Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I have been letting my Dolly Mama project fall to the wayside lately... So last month I pulled another kit out and started working on it... Well, with taking care of things around the house, quilting, sewing and then getting so sick my Dolly was put aside. Now that I am pretty much recovered from my surgery I picked up Dolly and once again started stitching. This one for some reason took me forever but she is done and has joined the growing group of Dolly Mamas that are hanging out in the sewing room, patiently waiting to be turned into a quilt. I think I counted 6 more kits waiting to be stitched. I will make this Quilt with all my Dolly Mamas, I will put it on my bed, and I can't wait to see hubby's expression when I do... He thinks my lovely Dolly Mamas are so ugly.. and he dosen't really think I will make them into a quilt for our bed... HA he should know me better by now....I am driven to finish this project...
Saturday, October 19, 2013
It is that time of the year when the weather turns just a little bit cooler... Even here in Florida we get some of the Fall color, not from the trees showing their colors, but from other sources. I bought three lovely Mum bushes which occupy the planters on my porch, rich burgundy, shades of orange and a lovely yellow add just the perfect Fall touch to the porch. I use to decorate the front of the house for Halloween, or should I say the grand kids decorated, but not this year. The kids are getting older and not into that anymore so instead I just add some Mums and maybe a pumpkin or two and be done. No more skeletons, ghosts, witches, skulls or spooky music, besides where we live there is very little activity on Trick or Treat night. Guess the houses are just to far apart.. I will still have a cauldron full of treats just in case that princess or pirate, ghost or goblin rings the bell. For my Halloween decorations I am just putting out the dogs... My Halloween dogs that is...
I was at Cracker Barrel Restaurant a few months ago and they had these adorable dogs on sale.. I just had to get them.. bought a set for me and one for Melanie as she still decorates for the holidays.
I really think the main reason I go to Cracker Barrel is to shop at the country store... or maybe not, might be the ham dinner... or the breakfast or maybe their corn bread... NO I really think it is the store... they have something for everyone there.... and the store is always changing according to the season... and their sales are fantastic... plus I love the shirts I get there, great quality...and who can not remember something in the nostalgic candies they have there, I love the Nesco wafers.
Funny Doggy is ready
This was Mel's favorite, as she has a dachshund
So for creativity this past month, well not to much got done as I was recuperating from my surgery and not allowed to lift, push or pull. So when the doc gave me the go ahead of returning to my crafting this is what I did.
Pillows to match the quilt themes for WOCS
these will be delivered in December to a nursing home
I just love this top... the ladies stitched veggies, I had Veggie fabric and a lovely red checked fabric that reminded me of a table cloth. Perfect for the Veggie quilt.. But then it needed just that special touch and I added two Chefs. They are Anita Goodesign embroidery designs and are just the touch this quilt needed..
I also made this Tiger quilt. The designs are by AZ embroidery Barn and are just precious.
Tiger fabric frames the little guys, a jungle print is the sashing and Hunter Khaki frames the top, the back will be Wild cats.
I am now allowed to return to the quilting machine so my Lizzy has been loaded and my Mom's watercolor quilt has finally been quilted. I just need a binding and it will be on the way to my son. The basket quilt is one of two quilts that my Mom and I made together, I will post a photo when I get the binding on it.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Last month some of the grand kids came for a visit and the first thing they headed for was the puppy play pen. At the time we had two litters of puppies which were born two weeks apart. The grand kids love playing with the puppies and they each grabbed their favorite. Of course there is always the "Nana, can I please have a puppy" to which I reply that they have two dogs and their mommy and daddy think that is enough. For the most part just saying that is enough, but not this time. This time our normally quiet and shy Becca let her feeling be know. She wanted a puppy so bad and kept begging me to let her take one home. She had her favorite and even decided on a name. I told her that her daddy didn't want another dog. But she begged and begged. You could see the wheels turning as she tried her best to talk me into letting her take that puppy home. But she left with out her new friend. That weekend we stopped by her house and saw Phillip, he knew of Becca's wish and of course thanked us. Guess Becca saw her dad as the bad guy who wouldn't say Yes. But she was not finished in her venture. Phillip said that she was in the house as we spoke and she was on the Internet looking up how to instructions... what subject you ask... Well, it was " how to talk you dad into letting you have a puppy" Yep, she was a determined little girl.
We thought it was all over and that she had forgotten about the puppy, but a week later she came up with a plan. She said we could keep the puppy at our house for her and she would come and visit him.
the girls with puppies
Mo snatched up two
Em's picture perfect pose
getting puppy kisses from the little boy
Ally and her friend
Lizzy with her friend
and Becca and her favorite pup, that is the PLEASE NANA look.
The whole time the kids were here the puppie played and were carried around, when the kids left the pups crashed. I think they slept the rest of the night.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Yesterday I had my follow up appt. and things seems to be doing well. I was told that there are small blockages in my heart and that I will need to be on a blood thinner the rest of my life. I just need to be aware of any issues I might have and take care of them in a timely manner and not wait like I did this time. To many chances of having another heart attack and to many chances that it could take my life away.
I can now get back to my quilting, sewing and crafts... I have numerous quilt tops ready to be quilted. I am also in the process of making some items for a online friend who owns a embroidery design site. Her designs are fantastic and one day I hope to tell you more about her work and host a giveaway featuring her designs. I made a baby quilt with her frog designs for her and I am now making a baby tiger baby quilt for her sister in law and also a cameo and lady quilt for her mother.
Now that I am using my Tin Lizzy all the time I listed and sold my Nellie Belle (Bailey 15" pro quilter) to a local lady. I had met them at a Anita Goodesign event and her mother knew I quilted and asked if I would be taking quilt projects for other people. Well, she came with her daughter when she bought the machine and she brought a quilt she wants me to quilt for her. I broke down and told her to leave it that I would quilt it for her. I really wasn't thinking of doing quilts for others as I am always afraid that I will mess up their quilt. But this lady was determined that she wanted me to quilt her special quilt. I even mentioned that her daughter had just bought a quilting machine and she said no she wanted me to quilt her quilt.
So I guess that is about it for now.. I am off to the sewing room... Hope you all have a great weekend. Oh and a special thanks to all of you who sent get well cards, I loved them all. It was so nice that you thought of me and it made me feel really special to know you cared.
As for the puppies
The boys are still looking for a forever home
Bubba the adventurer (Dk color)
Bailey the shy guy (beside Bubba)
Buddy the lover (in front)
Then there is Skeeter, he was the runt of the litter, the one we didn't think would make it. He is the one we bottle fed, the one for weeks never gained a ounce. He is now a healthy boy just tiny and so spoiled.. Of course after spending all that time and effort to make sure this guy got a fighting chance, he has a home with us.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Voting is now open at Lilypadquilting web site.We hope you like our pets on quilts and vote for us... we are entry Number 4 the one with puppies Beep and Bop.. /Voting is now closed, winners have been chosen... we didn't win, but the quilts that did were so cute... my all time fave was the Scotties decorating the Christmas tree... great job to all the Pets on Quilts quilters... I think they are all winners..after all they have the quilts and pets and what better prize..
Every year I entered the Pets on Quilts event when SewCalGal hosted it, but last year the event was taken on my Lily Pad Quilting and somehow I missed getting a entry in on time, This year I had the date saved ..
There are many categories to enter in,
I think I hit every category with my post.. all my quilts are designed on EQ 7 software, most are cut out using Accuquilt GO fabric cutter..
so with out further ado here is my entry.
I had to choose just one photo as my entry and this year it is Beep and Bop two of our puppies.. They are seen posing on Dad's quilt.. we call them the twins as they look so much alike.
After you see the two little ones, take a further look on this post to see the animal themed quilts that I make with my charity group WOCS and some of our other dogs on quilts.. At the bottom of this post you will find the link to visit the rest of the entries for the event..
The rest of the story
As many of my regular readers know I belong to a on line charity group called The World of Charity Stitching Group.. they come up with themes each month for ill children, seniors in nursing homes, abused women and children, and cancer patients. Many times these themes are animal themes.. so here are just a few of my charity quilts both finished and delivered and some still in the works..
Here are some of my animal themed charity quilts
birds of prey
down on the farm
long legged birds
Teddy and ABC
Cats for Kids House on a quilt
under the sea
Chickens by request
This is my 100th quilt for WOCS charity group
Silly Ladybugs.. Guess bugs can be pets..
My Family Quilts
As for my family quilts, well we raise Pomeranians and they think the family quilts are where the puppies and dogs should be..
try to take a picture of a quilt for my Mother in law and Mist is there posing so pretty
newborn babies on their quilt
a chocolate cutie
a little Merle playing on dads quilt
the big boys posing for their ad..
last is Beep and Bop again on dads quilt posing for their puppy ad.
YEP we have a few puppies on quilts and many pet or animal themed quilts that I make for WOCS group.
As for pet shelter beds and quilts..
I make mini quilts for each puppy to take to their new homes, I make sure to get the litter mates and their mom's scent on the quilts so it will calm the pups when they get to their new home.
I don't make beds for our local shelter as they have a man who makes PVC pipe and canvas beds and they use old towels.. so we donate our old towels and we try to take a 50 lb bag of food in each month to our shelter and many times we stop at the Dollar Tree store and pick up doggie toys for the shelter animals.
Taking food and toys to the shelter is so appreciated by the shelters as most work on a very limited budget... oh and don't forget the treats...
If you like seeing my Pets on Quilts post there are more to see at
Pets on Quilts event at Lily Pad Quilting site.
Here's the link...
Voting will start on Sunday August 18,
If my blog post has the most votes I can win a prize
I almost forgot, the best news for my readers... If you go to the above link for the pets on quilt show at lily pad quilting and vote for your favorite quilts you will be entered into a drawing for prizes too//
Saturday, August 10, 2013
This has been a busy sewing week for me... I finished a fish quilt for a young man who is in the hospital in Washington State getting Chemo.
I love the fabric I choose for the background as it looked like water and what better for the little fishes
This is another request Charity quilt for a 22 year old girl with MS. she saw one of the chicken quilts that was made for the nursing home while visiting her grandmother, she loves chicken as she use to help her grandpa take care of his chickens. WOCS members stitched the chickens for her quilt, love the chicken fabric I found for this quilt
Another quilt made for WOCS using donated 4 season squares and members stitched the other squares for the quilt.
This quilt I am so proud of, Members had stitched ladybugs and we got enough for three quilts, this quilt uses all the silly ladybugs.. This is my 100th quilt that I have sewn, assembled, quilted and finished for The World of Charity Group that I belong to.. Being that it marks a special number I decided that it needed to be a special quilt.. so I thought funny ladybugs on a ladybug, how cute it that.. This quilt will go to a child either at Ronald McDonald house or the Abuse shelter when finished.
This quilt is a twin size for my grandson Jack... he requested Star of David as the embroidery design and wanted shades of blue.. I just need to quilt it and deliver to him.. This will finish the quilts for daughter # 2s family.. The other five quilts for the kids were delivered weeks ago, Jack didn't make up his mind till he saw those quilts. Next will be quilts for my Son's daughters.. Just taking them one family at a time..
and Last is a texture quilt kit that I bought last weekend and put together for my niece in Ohio, she is expecting her second daughter. I try to make two quilts for the babies.. one is a texture quilt like this one or a flannel rag quilt and then the Mom's get to choose a theme for the second baby quilt,
this time she choose Mickey Mouse as her theme..
Check back later this week for the PUPPY DRAMA and grandchildren