Monday, August 30
Sunday, August 29
So, what funny thing happened to the package? Well, I mailed the deer package on Monday, August 23rd. I sent the little box First Class and I sent a cared in a separate envelope. Both were only going a couple hundred miles to Iowa so I knew they would get there by Wednesday, August 25th, her birthday. The card arrived that day, but no package. Again on Thursday, no package. I was sure it would show up on Friday but again, no package. My mom suggested I should call the local post office and see if it was there and just hadn't been delivered. The nice postmistress said "no, not here" but she took the insurance receipt number and entered it in the computer (I couldn't track it myself as it wasn't a "signature required package") and then told me the package had left Des Moines at 12:18 that day. I said "wow, it took that long to go from Minnesota to Iowa?" Even she was surprised it took that long, so she offered to check further and that's when she discovered that when the package left Minneapolis it was sent to Wharton, Pennsylvania!!! No wonder it wasn't arriving in Iowa on time! She said the package had been "misdirected". It sure was! Who knows why it went east as there is nothing in the address for my mother that even remotely resembles "Wharton, PA".
Now, is there a happy ending to this "deer" tale? Yes, there is because on Saturday afternoon the mailman delivered the little package to my mother's door. She loved the planter just like I knew she would. All's well that ends well. :-)
Thanks for all the comments/birthday wishes for my "Mother's Birthday Giveaway" post. Winner will be drawn late Tuesday evening.
Have a lovely Sunday!
Wednesday, August 25
Tuesday, August 24
I actually would have had another picture to share if I had been thinking earlier this afternoon and got out my camera. I had a visit from Sheryl, who is sister-in-law to my neighbor, Kathy. Sheryl is here visiting from South Africa. She's a quilter and came over for a visit to see some of my quilts, plus she showed me the lovely yellow and blue Baltimore Album blocks she is working on. She's a Minnesota gal who married a guy from South Africa and the rest is history as the saying goes. They raise sheep and I should have asked her if she does anything with all that wool. Just imagine what we could do with some of that wool in my Wooly Buddies group! So, there would have been a picture of Sheryl if I had remembered to get out my camera. However, she's promised to send me a picture of her album quilt when it's finished, so when she does, I'll be sure and share it with you. :-)
See you tomorrow with that little bitty giveaway..............
Monday, August 23
Just in case you like Sunbonnet Sue, I decided to take close-ups of various sections of the quilt so you can see all the different fabrics that went into Sue's dresses. There are a few blocks that are alike. The fabrics look to me like they are likely from the 70's and 80's with some even older.
I tried to get all the little gals but I think I missed some and I think I took duplicates of others. Oh, well, you get the idea. LOL!
Thursday, August 19
In the spring, my favorite flower is the tulip. This past spring, I stitched a number of them on pillows, tea towels and little candle mats like this one............I designed this candlemat for my Wooly Wednesday class at Firefly Quilt Shop. I realized that I had never done a post about it sooooooo ..... as I mentioned a few days ago, I'm going to be doing some "catch up" and this is one of those "catch up" items. I made samples for the class (will post photos soon) but the candlemat in the photo above was made especially for Nihal, a blogging friend in Turkey. I wanted to make something special for her as a thank you for a book I won at her blog a couple of years ago and for the lovely earrings she sent last Christmas. Since Turkey is synonymous with tulips, I knew I had to make one of the little candlemats for her. I am happy to know that she really liked it. :-)
When summer comes, my favorite flower is the rose. I am hoping that I will find some hardy rose stock to grow in my garden next summer. In the meantime...........I am stitching rosey posies. :-) This is a design by Erin Russek that was created for the Posey Needlecase Swap over at QuiltingGallery. All we had to make was the needlecase but I decided to make a coordinating pincushion, too. Each swap participant listed the colors/theme that they wanted. My partner likes fall colors so I found a fat quarter pack in my stash that was perfect for this project. I had it all stitched together when I decided the pieces needed a little something extra. I decided to embroider around the edge of the pincushion and the needlecase. This photo shows that I have just started the embroidery............. and in this photo, the embroidery is complete...........
Wednesday, August 18
On Friday morning, we enjoyed a visit to the Henderson Library. Jacob loves to go there. It's small and he can wander the aisles and I can sit in a rocking chair and read so I enjoyed the visit, too.
We always make a project and if you go here you can see what we made. I should warn you that there are tunes on our project page so you might want to turn off your sound. Jacob picked them and they are rockin'. :-)
Jacob was my official helper for drawing winning names for prizes for my Yahoo group. He enjoyed this alot and would have happily drawn more winning names if I had more prizes to give. :-)
We enjoyed ice cream at Toody's, watched a movie, worked on a puzzle and even spent some time in the basement when stormy weather threatened. Sunday, though, was beautiful so we tried to play croquet.............
Jacob also loves to play games on the computer and while he did that, I worked on another little project made from the Quilt Minnesota fabrics.............
I got all the blocks sewn together before I took Jacob home and tomorrow I'll finish it. Yesterday, I just did laundry and a little reading. When we were at the library, I picked up Earlene Fowler's latest quilting mystery, "State Fair". It's going to be hard to put down, I can just tell.......... :-) I also put the finishing details on a pincushion swap project that I am participating in over at QuiltingGallery. I took pictures and that's what will be in my post tomorrow. Busy day ahead with another trip to the vet for Kaiser, and then an afternoon of finishing the "winter blues" and writing the pattern instructions. The stitching part is so much fun, but that writing part is work. :-)
Have a good day!
Monday, August 16
but it's a totebag that holds this quilt that I made and sent off to "Quilts*for*Kids" last Tuesday.
Friday, August 13
This is going to be a challenge project in my Seasons BOM Yahoo group (click on the Angel button on the sidebar to join my Yahoo group). I wanted to do a brief tutorial so that members could see the steps to making this simple piece. I titled this runner "Sew Many Possiblities" because I am going to show you the very basic pattern pieces for this project today. Then in subsequent posts, I am going to share the many "possiblities" for how a basic design can so very different just by changing the cut of a piece or the fabric, etc. Consider this post the "introduction" to this project. This will be especially good for beginner's but anyone who enjoys sewing will have fun with this project.
You will need to gather fabric, supplies and tools.
You can make this runner from your stash. If you don't have any stash on hand then two fat quarters and a half-yard of fabric (this will include backing) is what you will need for the runner.
Thread to coordinate with fabric
Batting (I love Quilter's Dream and use either poly or cotton) - one piece 17 x 30" (slightly larger than actual dimensions of runner)
Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
Before you begin.........
Take a look at the photo below. This is the lay-out that you will be working toward. Use this photo for reference. You'll see it again after you have cut your pieces. :-)
Cut two rectangles 5" x 12-1/2". I folded my fat quarter and cut two at the same time.
Cut the following strips from the fabric that will be used for sashing.
Cut 4 strips that measure 2-1/2" x 12-1/2"
Sew the 2-1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the piece that you stitched in Step 6. This finishes the piecing of your tablerunner top. You should have a piece that looks something like this..............
Thursday, August 12
Just click here and take a peek at Heather's Patchwork Heart. :-)
That's all for today. I'll be picking up my grandson, Jacob, this afternoon. :-)
Check in on Friday for the intro to the tablerunner tutorial. :-) Have a great day!