Quilt Top by Me, Hand Quilted by my Mother, Doll crocheted by my Mother

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mardi Gras cakes

We are in Mardi Gras celebration time here in the south, lots of parades every weekend. Beads, tokens, masks are all the fashion around town. There are Balls and Parties every where, so lots of glitz and glamor in their party wear.  We however do tend to avoid the parades and parties, crowds just are not our thing any more. But we might give a little thought about getting a king's cake, they look so good.  To my northern friends a King's Cake is like a big round cinnamon bun with a glaze icing and colored sugar. The three colors of the sugar are Purple (representing Justice), Green (representing Faith) and Gold (representing Power)
Plus there is always a little plastic baby baked inside.. The person who finds the baby must purchase the next King's Cake or host the next Mardi Gras party.
I kind of like Wilton's Mardi Gras Party Cake...
I think it is just so pretty


Sunday, January 27, 2013

January highlights.

The boys posing or maybe just trying to escape.
There were three boys, each had a personality all his own
The largest puppy  was the bully, The little guy in the middle was the lover, and the white one was our escape artist.

Houdini and Romeo waiting to be picked up in their indoor doghouse.. or maybe I should call it the fun house as most times they would be playing inside and the house would rock and roll all over the house.
Thursday the last of the puppies left for his forever home.  So glad they all found good homes to go to, We already miss the little trouble makers. But we had a delivery of 4 more puppies last week, 2 boys and 2 girls.  Three are white and one is a Merle
I just finished three baby quilt tops for my charity group. The Teddy Squares were a donation to WOCS and the ABC squares were stitched by a member

Now they just need quilted, but my quilting machine is set up in the garage area and it is quite cold there, so I will wait till it gets a little warmer before heading in that direction. 
We are in the process of looking for cabinets to make a table for my quilt frame. We will be giving up the dining room and turning it into a quilting room.  At least the room will be used and not just a room to look at.
I also have numerous quilts designed on EQ 7 for the themes WOCS members stitched for... Plus Jenny requested a baby quilt for her friend and Mel wants a new Gown for their Halloween party, yes I said Halloween party, Thankfully she is giving me time to find a pattern for her gown.
I still have the quilts to finish for Jen's kids, but again it is cold in the quilting area right now..  This year will be my son's year for quilts. I have him asking his girls what they want for their quilts.
Good thing I like keeping busy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Golden Quilter's Award press release

Golden Quilter's Awards Show Information

It's that time again, Time for the annual Golden Quilter Awards. SewCalGal  at, hosts this wonderful award show each year to honor the quilters we all know and love. The online world of quilters can nominate their favorite designers, quilters, teachers, and new products. Follow the links to read the press release, then stop back on Feb 9th and nominate your favorites. I have done this part every year and a lot of my nominees have won. Voting starts is February 10th to Feb 28th. So please take a few minutes this year to nominate or vote for your favorites. 
I almost forgot, there are prizes to be won too for participating in this years award show.. so get in your nominees, and don't forget to vote.
Here are this year's categories
1. Best Quilt Designer
2. Best Fabric Designer
3. Best Quilt Book Author
4. Best Teacher/Instructor
5. Best Quilt Store (Physical)
6. Best Quilt Store (online)
7. Most Innovative Product (Physical)
8. Most Innovative Product (Software)
9. Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (Physical)
10. Best New Product Introduced in 2012 (Software)
11. Best Quilt Book Published in 2012
12. Lifetime Achievement Award

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Good bye 2012, Hello 2013

2012 has come and gone and so we are looking forward to another year.  Last year was quite trying for our family but we survived. Here's hoping that 2013 will be a much better, uneventful year for our family.  I hope all the hospital stays are behind us and that every one is healthy this year.
As I have done for the past few years, I started my New Year with a New Project... and this year I finished it in record time for me.  She is done and will join the other Dolly Mamas that I have stitched.
The Peanut Brittle was a big success.... it was so good..
Mel's husband took it to work and didn't share with anyone not even Melanie/
Jenny said her batch somehow just disappeared.. wonder why... oh yeah, she has all the kids home from school.
Donnie said he was watching the game and his bag just got empty, same thing happened to the second bag.. He didn't share either/  He also said that I really need to make more and send as the two bags wasn't enough.. Poor Chrissy she didn't get any this year.   As for the batch that stayed here.... IT WAS GOOD but it too disappeared, but I shared mine with my husband.  So this weekend we will be picking up more peanuts and I will be making more brittle.
All the out of state boxes made it safe and sound, but two were a day late and arrived the day after Christmas, but that was OK as they had another day to open packages.
My year ended on a positive note... We delivered a van full of WOCS items to the nursing home, took numerous quilts to Peggy for Ronald McDonald House and the abuse shelter making their Christmas a little brighter. 
Now that the Traditional Pork and Sauerkraut dinner is over and new projects are being started  I look forward to a great year..
After all this will be the year that I will make my 100th quilt for my charity group...and this year my birthday will be special too..  it is one of those milestone birthdays, so I plan to celebrate.
Have a great 2013