Monday, November 30, 2009

Envelope Please...And The Winner Is...

I couldn't wait to pick a winner this morning when I got up! I want to thank everyone for entering my giveaway! I am so happy for the response it got and every ones comments on what their favorite treat is for the holidays... some I never would have thought of... but now I might have to try!!! I am still responding back to comments on my Anniversary post... I really appreciated every one of them!
But now... we need to pick a winner...

and my lovely assistant, the hubs, is here to help...
( I tried to get my dog to do it but she didn't quite understand)


and the winner is...

Your comment and post about my giveaway was so kind!
Thanks so much for entering Ariane! Now all I need is your address and I will run the goodies over to the post office and send them off to you.
I was quick enough the other day while driving to get this picture.
At Thanksgiving, a tree is always brought in and put up at the main intersection of our town.
We have 2 signals on our main street... I know, whoohoo!... and the tree becomes the focal point for the holidays. This week there will be several smaller trees put around it and the little kids from the surrounding schools come and decorate each tree for their school.
Then this Saturday evening there will be a tree lighting ceremony along with singing... and hot chocolate! This last Saturday was the tree lighting ceremony at Bass Lake which we didn't attend but our boys were there.
Over the weekend we went to my sister's... they already put up their tree!
I did manage to work a little on my Red & White challenge quilt... which you can see is
vintage pink & white.


I was working on my Schnibbles for tomorrow also... but I can't show you until then!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

My 100th Post Giveaway & A Story


I am excited to say that it's my 100th post today!
What a perfect week for this... not only is it Thanksgiving
but on Thursday it will also be my 13th wedding anniversary!
Sooo, I'm hosting a little give-away
to show my appreciation and gratitude
because you all seriously make each day special for me!
Right now I am having a love interest with French General!
So, for the give away I made a loyalty wallet, to keep your punch cards in. A pincushion out of Rouenneries fabrics using the Sugar Pumpkin pattern by Fig Tree Quilts.
Also you will win the wonderful French Inspired Home book by Kaari Meng.
I love this book!

So here is how we are going to do this:
#1 Post a comment telling me what your favorite holiday treat is.
That will get you entered.
(if you don't have a blog, just be sure to leave me your email address
so I can let you know if you win)
#2 Blog about my giveaway... just take my little picture & link it back to here.
Let me know that you did it & that will get you 2 more entries.
That's it! The giveaway will continue all week until 11/29. Then I will post the winner next Monday November 30th. That will be the day before the new Schnibbles parade!
You don't have to do this one, but it would be nice:
If you are not already a follower (friend), I would love it if you became one.

Now, I wanted to tell you the story that I promised you last month:
This is the story from my friend Kassy
that she told while sharing these tea towels made by her mother.
Kassy wrote:
The story of the spy is a little convoluted!
Anyway, the story goes that an FBI agent came to my grandmother's house
and asked my mom, who was in Junior College, for her help.
They needed proof that a suspected spy, Velva Dickinson,
was sending troop information to Germany through dolls she was selling.
My mom had ordered paper dolls from her.
She also collected stamps and my grandmother
let her keep them in a drawer in her china cabinet.
The FBI needed something typed from the typewriter used by the spy
and mom found an envelope the order came in and it had the typed address!
Later mom saw in the newspaper that she had been arrested.
Also, several years later
the same FBI agent came and thanked mom
and asked if they could keep the envelope.
So that is the story.

The only thing we know about the tea towels is that she made them during WWII!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Who Doesn't Love Julie?


I love musicals. There I said it!

I admit it wholeheartedly!

And this one is my all-time favorite!

The Sound of Music...


On November 16, 1959 the Sound of Music opened on Broadway. That was 50 years ago! (Luckily, I can say that I never saw it on Broadway. )
But I did see it at the movie theater.

I love the story, the characters and the music.
I still fall back on the songs... like when I'm feeling sad...

you know it... and you know you want to sing it...

"these are a few of my favorite things"!

I think it was last year that Moda Lissa had a little contest to make up a song with Moda in it.

I took a stab at it, quickly, and entered... and won!


Just because it's the anniversary of the Sound of Music I'll go ahead and share it with you:


Raindrops on windows and winters with Moda,

Bright colored ric rack and warm cozy flannels,

Stacks of fat quarters all tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored backgrounds and crisp folded cottons

Doorbells, sleigh bells and packages from United (Notions)

Patterns to play with from Moda’s designers

These are a few of my favorite things

A sewing room filled with fabrics, jelly rolls & charms

Threads that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Silver white winters that melt into springs

These are a few of my favorite things

When the stores close

When the needle breaks

When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don't feel so bad!

Have a supercalafragalistic-expialadosish day!

Oh no, wait... that's a different musical!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Monday Already?

Where did the weekend go?
I can't believe that it's Monday already... I still have things I need to get done!
Well, I'll show you how far I got on my quilting... just a little more to do and then the binding can go on.
There was a huge Christmas Boutique with something like 70 vendors.
My friend Patty had a table there, in the library and sold her lavender items.

I got to see lots of people I knew while I was hanging out at Patty's table with her.
Angie had a set-up outside for all of her knitted and crocheted items. I got a couple of little newborn caps for a couple of babies, one was born the 7th and one should be born today!

Then we went out to a wonderful dinner at the place where Todd & Jill will hold their wedding.
We went with Jill's parents.
Then on Sunday we had to go see their new "house purchase".
I will have to tell you a story about this house latter!





But don't you just love the view?!?

Friday, November 13, 2009

A Mulitble Choice Day

I had joined in the Snowball Challenge with Allyson of Fat Cat Quilts and
I am not sure if it was: A: a moment of weakness, B: because I love a challenge or C: I am a glutton for punishment... or their could be a choice D: All of the above.
It's a beautiful scrappy quilt... and did I mention that there are 480 half square triangles.
This is where you pick C, right?
The fun thing is that Allyson has organized us into groups
and we are doing a swap of light fabrics!

So, since today is the deadline to mail out our fabrics... here they are all washed, pressed, bagged up and ready to go into ready for mailing envelopes. Now all I have to do is find some red fabrics and some other whites to add to the bunch!


Fortunately today is Friday the 13th. Unless you are superstitious... then you are busy trying not to walk on cracks in the sidewalk; not walking under a ladder; watching out for black cats and staying away from mirrors... but while you are busy with that I am arriving at the LQS where it's "Fat Quarter Friday"! Which means you buy fat quarters in increments of 13 and they are $1.xx each. Yep, it only happens on Friday the 13th!
Not only that but I ran into the nicest people while I was there, lucky me! These girls are adorable and they have a new friend with them (the one in black). They are showing her the ropes, so to speak!


Here are a few more girls... I asked them to wave, but their arms were full!LOL
I was able to muscle my way in and find some red & white fat quarters...
and a few Diawabos as well.

I have made some progress here on my quilt by Abbey Road.
Here is what 1 lunch hour, 327 safety pins & a Red Bull

can do for you!

Now, all I have to do is quilt & bind it! It will be a shop sample. I do have a deadline to meet.

I just need it done by... Monday? What was I thinking? Please go back to top of post and read choices A through D.

Yeah, I would have to pick that one too!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gratitude

(photo from an unknown source)



This is where I went today to give my respect


and to remember those who have served


and who have sacrificed.




I also would like to thank those who are currently serving in our Armed Forces.



May you all be returned to your home and families safely.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Second Lookie Lou at Cindy Lou Who

Julie at Jaybird Quilts is having a 100th post giveaway... and she did good!!!


She went to Market with a plan and a list... and now she is celebrating! She picked out great goodies for you to win... so all you have to do is "enter-to-win"... as they say!

I didn't realize that she was had been blogging about the same amount of time that I have.

I haven't reached my 100th post yet... but it's coming soon.
So tell you what,
go on over and give Julie some blogging love and enter to win her giveaway!
Then next week or so, when it's my time to celebrate we'll have our own giveaway right here. It's just a win, win all the way around!

and speaking of winning...


Cindy Lou Who and I wanted to acknowledge the November
Schnibbles winners one more time!
So I thought we could have another look at the quilts of
our (randomly picked) winners:

Lanette from Crafting in Tataville blog.


By Judith (n0 blog).

KJ Quilts... aka Quilt Quilter.


Megan's of Crooked Seams


From Carol at Carol's Craft Blog.


Happy Cottage Quilter!


Kviltsinta blog... of Stina's.
I just loved all the variations of this quilt. Everybody did an amazing job! I want to thank you all for participating in the parade and also for taking the time to visit the Parade of Schnibbles on both my blog here and over at A Quilting Life; Sherri did a great job organizing while I was here, there and everywhere...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Cindy Lou Who-- We Have Winners!

We had the parade and now we have the prize winners!
But first... please take one more look at the parade. I have added some quilts to
my post that I neglected to get into the parade somehow!
I know you want to see them all!!!
We have wonderful support of our Year of Schnibbles from several Featured Quilt Shops.
We want to thank them very much for their generosity and interest in our group!

First of all, Carrie Nelson who not only designed the patterns-- she has a wonderful prize, actually two prizes for us.

The Fat Quarter Shop is extremely generous in offering a $50 gift certificate... now even if you didn't win this time... you might want to play along thinking of next month... and go see what you would pick out if you won a gift certificate from FQS! It could be you next!

Lake Havasu Quilt Shop is offering a Thanksgiving Holiday panel along with coordinating fabrics, so you can whip up a little something before Thanksgiving!


Bear Paw Quilts & more is offering 2 Harvest Home charm packs by Blackbird Designs to one of the winners!




Quilt Taffy is donating a great gift certificate this time. They have a large selection of charm packs and patterns to choose from.



Carolyn from Cottage Quilts also has a wonderful gift certificate for $25 to one lucky winner!


Now to announce the winners of our A Year of Schnibbles Parade...
Carrie has posted her winners (randomly picked) on her blog yesterday...
They were...
Megan of Crooked Seams from my blog
and
Jocelyn of Happy Cottage Quilter from Sherrie's blog.
From Sherrie's group there was
Carol who won the gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop and
Stina who won the gift certificate from Quilt Taffy.
The winners picked randomly from my blog parade of Schnibbles are:
Judith who won the Lake Havasu Quilts panel with the coordinating fabrics.
Also, KJ Quilts who won the Cottage Quilts gift certificate
and lastly,
I want to thank everyone for making this another great parade
and making A Year of Schnibbles so much fun!
I hope you enjoy Picnic! I know I can't wait to see the next parade.
Thanks again to the Featured Quilt Shops for playing with us to make it even better!
A special thanks to Carrie for making sure we have plenty of Schnibbles
to choose from and for her wonderful generosity as well!
I hear there is something going on over at her blog...
we might need to head over there to check it out... what could it be???



Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Year of Schnibbles Parade #2

This is our last (or latest) entry into the parade by Quilter Going Bananas... aka Katherine.
It's another one with great placement of colors! I really like the way this one flows!

Edited 11/2 Oh Lord help me! I am so sorry ladies... I have 3 more quilts here to add to the Parade of Schnibbles! I have been out of town and trying to do this all between 5 computers... and it obviously has gotten the best of me!


This Cindy Lou Who was done by Quilt or Dye. She did a wonderfully bright version... I am wondering if she used any of her fabulous dyed fabrics??? Can you see?



I needed to add Marianne's quilt to the Parade! I lost hers between computers and it is so adorable... that I had to put it up... front and center! Marianne's blog is D is for Dovey.


She calls her CLW Roo Who! See whole story on her blog.


This one is by Cynthia of hyachinthquiltdesigns! Done in the fabulous Sweetwater fabrics!






Hi Blogettes! Here we are again and Sherri at A Quilting Life and I are sharing the entries to the Parade of Schnibbles! So make sure that you visit both of us and see all the quilts! We had a great turnout of quilts again this month! You guys are good!

I thought I would share with you the definition of a Schnibble as found on Carrie's website.



Schnibble: noun A scrap of fabric; a leftover bit of cloth; a small piece. The word has a German origin and is found primarily in German settlements in the Midwest. From the Dictionary of American Regional English published by the Harvard University Press.

So now let me show you my newest example:



This is Picnic. And this will be our Schnibble for November!!!



... and wouldn't it be nice to have a little picnic before we say goodbye to Autumn altogether?


I love basket blocks and I'm glad that I met this challenge. I used the Panache group that I acquired at Cottage Quilts. The pattern gives you options on 5 different basket blocks... so you can make it more of a sampler, which is like the picture on the cover of the pattern.


I thought I would keep it simple for myself... and kept them all the same...


I wonder what you will do?




2 charm packs, 7/8yd of background and you're good to go!


I hope you have fun with this one... I just love it.


So now, let's get this parade started!




First up is an entry by Lanette from Tattaville, I have to mention



that I love the music on her blog... she made her special Cindy Lou Who classic style!


I love the red white and blue with the lighter blue thrown in.



This is Trisha's Cindy Lou Who and can be seen on her blog: TLC Stitches


Allyson's entry has a warm holiday look... her blog is Fat Cat Quilts where you can see her cat's approval going on!


This is beautiful and made by Sandy Feigner! I don't think she has a blog...


if I'm wrong please let me know :)



Here is one by Megan from Crooked Seams blog done in April Cornel fabrics. So sweet... I love the romantic look it gives.




KJ Quilts (aka the Quiet Quilter), did this one in wonderful fall fabrics!




Karen K .... made this C.L.W. I like the way

the stars stand out in the corners and in the middle!



Judi Smokey from the Netherlands decided that this one was done...


as far done as the cat would allow!


Pam Walker (no blog) sent in this little Cindy Lou Who

done in the lighter colors and with a nice twist to the border.



This one is adorable! She made little pumpkins in the stars!


It's by Jewel, of the Jewel's Arm Candy blog.



Annette's blog is called Sunshine Yellow and this quilt looks happy doesn't it?



Alicia has the blog: "Where Do I Go From Here". My answer is don't go anywhere...


for goodness sakes... you are in Maui. Can it get any better? I like this fabric group with this pattern. It looks so fun!




Judith did a beautiful job on her Cindy Lou Who.





My favorite Holiday fabric group from Minick and Simpson.
Above is Cindy Lou Who made by Lisa D. from Stashmaster ... love it!



This one has wonderful contrast... by Lisa Burns from the Candlelite Quilting blog.





Lynda G made this Cindy Lou Who... her blog is From My Farmhouse Window. She has a sweet story about this quilt and where she is going to hang it on her blog.



Sandie of Crazy 'Bout Quilts did her version ~wonderfully festive!!!




Heather of Quilt or Stitch did a patriotic version... very fun!





I know that this is Winter White... and it did not make it into the September Parade of Schnibbles but I thought that you would want to see it just the same... it's by Quilt or Dye.




Sweetest Cindy Lou Who yet! Do you see the hearts in the quilting?






Dona of Stitch By Stitch...did not only one Cindy Lou Who, but two of them!




the second one by Dona




Thelma, Cupcakes and Daisies did a larger version in red, white and blue and fussy cut the stars in the center of the stars! How smart is that! Love it!




Here is Cara's Cindy Lou Who, the border stripe is great! Check out her blog: Cara Quilts.



Rita designed a nice crisp looking CLW quilt. Sorry, no blog.


Those nine-patches around the center star pop out so nice!




Julie, Stitches of Love did another patriotic version... it looks so good in those colors!



Here is a Cindy Lou from Julie at Red Key Quilting, that red just pops out nicely!


From RSIS Landcrafts is this fun CLW by Robin.





An Encourager says that this quilt taught her patience... actually it was PATIENCE.

Her story about it on her blog made me laugh! I'll bet she wasn't alone!


Well, thanks for stopping in and viewing our Parade of Schnibbles!



Watch to see the prizes awarded from our generous Featured Quilt Shops. The links to those shops are on my sidebar if you're in the mood for a little bit more browsing around!


The prizes will be announced on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.



I am up in Chico for the weekend to watch my oldest son run a 10K.


So have fun... and I can't wait to see our winners!



*** I am coming up on my 100th post very soon, so keep watching- a giveaway will be coming!!!