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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Charity Quilts in progress

I have been a little busy these past two weeks in my sewing room. a couple of the quilt themes were closed which meant it was time for me to go to work and turn the counted cross stitch squares that the ladies from The World of Charity Stitching group sent me. So without further ado, here are the results. The tops are assembled and ready to be quilted.
Lighthouse Theme # 1

Lighthouse Theme # 2
Fruits and Berries # 1

Fruits and Berries # 2
Tea Cups # 1

and my favorite Tea cups # 2
I have two Elvis tops to assemble and then on to the quilting machine..Of course these will fall in line behind the grand kids quilts. It was too cold in December to work on those, but now that the garage is warmer I need to finish those quilts.
Puppies are getting bigger, they are now eating on their own, and in a couple of weeks they will be ready to find their forever homes.
The Girls
I did have a lady who might take both of the girls

This is Troubles, he is always into something, he is the largest puppy and the bully of the bunch
and last but not least is Blu, he is a blue Merle and has blue eyes, one is lighter then the other. He has found a home, he will be heading to live with the man and lady who took the sable male from our last litter.. this little guy will be one spoiled pup.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Hope you all have a fantastic day, and your sweetie brings you lots of goodies.
Are these two lovely boxes mine??? NO They are for our girls for Valentines Day.. I always try to make the holidays a little special for the kids and grand kids.. My Son got a box of candy, He loves my peanut brittle and I guess I didn't send enough at Christmas so he got a big box with a surprise inside for him and my daughter in law..
For the daughters that live here we had planned on taking them out to a nice lunch as we do every year.. But one has to work and the other one called to say she is sick..  We will drop Jen's Valentine off today when hubby and I go out for our special dinner.  Mel's husband stopped here last night and picked up the Valentine's for her and the grand kids.  OH Well, nothing goes as planned all the time.
As for me and my Valentine..  
What is in  my future, Candy, Flowers, Diamonds, a Coach Purse, NO TO ALL.. 
 My hubby knows me well. he knows what I like.
Flowers wilt and die, candy makes me fat, I have a purse and jewelry, so what is left??  A new car maybe, NO!  a new fridge or stove,  NO!  
 how about a new vacuum, well really he does know never to go that route.. 
 But there is something that you plug in to make it work... A new toy for me, I just love new toys, that is when the new toy is a sewing machine... YEP  got me a new toy... and what a learning curve this machine is going to be.. 

If you don't hear from me for awhile, I am in the sewing room with the Do Not Disturb hanging on the door,  trying to figure this machine out...
Hope you all have a great Valentines Day..
Well, some of my sewing, embroidery and quilting friends wanted more info on the new toy... so here I am adding a update to my post.  The machine is a Husqvarna Viking Designer 1 sewing/embroider/quilting machine.  As for what it does, well as for what it does, I am still reading and learning all the functions of this machine. It is a older model, but there is only 250 hours on the machine, so I know the lady didn't use it that much.  She must have been in some kind of embroidery club as there were projects,  feet,  and hoops  that were never opened. There are also a lot of design disks that still have the shrink wrap on them.. I really wasn't planning on getting another machine type... I thought if I got a new machine it would be to up grade on one of the models I now have, either a Janome, Singer or Brother... BUT this deal was just to good to pass up.. I did join a Husqvarna Viking group so if I need help or information they can give me some insight. I did ask if they know where I can find either the software for 3D design as I have files in other machine formats and need to convert to SHV which is this machine's format. They had some good information.. I just need to check into the programs so I can convert designs to this machine's format. The lady I bought the machine from had 3D but she only sent CD 2 for the program so she is looking this weekend to see if she still has that disk, if not I need to purchase some kind of design software that will format SHV any one have any ideas.
OK up date is done... back to the post
Nursing Home Valentine's Day Delivery
This is the second year that members of The World of Charity Stitching Group stitched small hearts that were made into Valentine Cards for the seniors at the nursing home.  Just a small gesture to let these lovely people know that someone still thinks they are special.  One of our members stitched lots of bookmarks that went into each card and some pillows were sent along with some personal care items in little heart bags.

Valentines for the Seniors at the nursing home all ready to go
some of the cards WOCS members made for the Seniors


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Golden Quilters Awards Time to Vote

It is time, time to vote that is...
Yes, the voting has begun for this years Golden Quilter Awards.  All the nominees are in, and it is so east to vote for your favorite teachers, products, stores and more..
So take a few minutes and stop by SewCalGal's blog and get your votes in.
As for me I am routing for my nominees

1. Best Quilt Designer

  Barb Gaddy, a wonderful designer, love her octopus baby quilt

2. Best Fabric Designer

  Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs

3. Best Quilt Book Author
Bonnie Hunter

4. Best Teacher/Instructor

 Alex Anderson

5. Best Quilt Store (Physical) Martelli's  love the cutters and mats..

6. Best Quilt Store (online)
 I Have a Notion Kelly is always presenting info on what is new in the quilting world.

7. Most Innovative Product (Physical

8. Most Innovative Product (Software)

9.Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (Physical)
Fiskar's Fuse

10. Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (Software)

11. Best Quilt Book Published in 2012


12. Lifetime Achievement Award

Marianne Fons   of Fons and Porter

Friday, February 8, 2013

Spring ???

This weekend will find many of my northern friends and family digging out of snow, lots of snow... I remember those days all to well. There were storms in Indy when we couldn't get out of the door because of snow... and when in PA there were times I had so much snow in my driveway there was no way to dig my way out... and when I did do the digging to clear the path to the mail box then sure enough the plow would come and I would have 4 ft of snow pushed into the space I just cleared..  BUT I am now in the south and last week I saw my first robin in the yard... Today I noticed that there were buds on my trees and my Azaleas were starting to bloom... Blizzard up north, Spring in the South?????   I'm so confused.... LOL

OK, now for a little hint for all my male readers... pay close attention... NEXT Thursday is Valentine's Day... You know February the 14th... so don't wait till the last minute to order flowers, stop by the jewelers or the candy store... You have been given plenty of notice to get it all together for your special someone... don't forget or you will be in the dog house...

I just finished a baby quilt for Jen's friend...  I think it is for a baby shower as she did have a deadline on the finish date... But I am way ahead of schedule.
Pooh is still one of the favorites for babies... YEARS thirty something years ago my friend had decorated her daughters room in Pooh bears and he remains a favorite of mothers today.
 I thought I would also share the latest group of puppies.. two boys and two girls, they are just so cute..  Our Pom had 4 but Mel's dog had 8 
the Poms
Dachshund pups
and my son called to inform me that I am a puppy Nana... is there such a thing... oh well, he has added Ginger to his family. She is a Golden Lab and by the looks of her big feet she is going to be a big girl..