Saturday Stuff

First and foremost, if you are reading this before 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday, April 15, you still have time to enter the giveaway. Just click here, follow the directions and use the Rafflecopter widgets.

Now, I just thought I’d update you on a little bit.

  1. DD seems to be feeling better although certainly not well. But better is good!
  2. I’ve made a little progress on the Surrounded by Scraps. See:
  3. I opened up the layer cake that didn’t make it into the giveaway. I can’t wait to use this. 2 more weeks!
  4. I’m three for three in meeting daily goals:
    • Thursday – taxes done and submitted
    • Friday – dining room table sorted and springified
    • Saturday – filing caught up and reorganized
  5. There may be a little La Passacaglia progress since there is spring football this afternoon. Somehow football season seems to be the time I do the most hand piecing.
  6. Last post was my 800th post. I saw that and thought, “I need to have a giveaway!” Then I realized that I already had a couple layer cake giveaways going on. 😄
  7. I can’t wait to write the post announcing the giveaway winners. Tomorrow! Happy Easter!

How’s your weekend going?

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Thursday Morning Catch Up and a Giveaway!

There are so many things to catch up on and, yes, there is a layer cake giveaway here! Really! Read on to the end and enter to win one of two layer cakes. If you are a member of the secret Twitter group, this could come in handy for the upcoming May sew along.

But first – time to catch up.

Last week I got a lovely package from Katie from Katie’s Quilting Corner. At Christmas, I was not satisfied with the granddog Christmas stockings but I felt too lazy to actually make them myself. So, I commissioned the lovely Katie to make them for me because I had seen some online that she had once made. I asked her to make them in the colorways that the granddogs are – Beagle/Bassett Hound and Shih-Tsu. They arrived last week, along with a lovely note from Katie and a charm pack of Christmas fabric. Aren’t they absolutely adorable?

And here’s the charm pack.

Katie designed the paper pieced block that I did some pattern testing for and is giving it away to her blog readers for free here. Since she has published it now, here’s my version.

Since Loki’s mom was out of town for the weekend, Loki wanted some sewing time so we finished off Clue 3 of Surrounded by Scraps. I didn’t actually press them until Sunday though.

This scrappy mystery quilt is going to be much brighter than the previous one. I left out almost all the browns. (Brown Fizz made it in because I didn’t have much and it’s Fizz!)

Now let’s talk about the giveaway! Or rather giveaways!

The first layer cake is Sophia by Maywood Studios. I got this quite a while ago and have not been able to find pictures of the whole line anywhere online but here is a picture of the layer cake.

This is a Rafflecopter giveaway. You can get extra entries by tweeting each day.

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The second layer cake is Beverly Park by RJR Fabrics. If you click the link, it will take you to the Missouri Star Quilt Company page where you can see all the fabrics.

This is also a Rafflecopter giveaway. You can get one extra entry by tweeting each day.

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Thanks for entering! And reading this blog!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving one and all! Of course, I know if you are not in the US, this is not your Thanksgiving and tomorrow is most likely not anything called Black Friday. I hope that you will be able to participate in the #BFSI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter tomorrow. I don’t picture myself getting to do much quilty sewing during that time as a family Gilmore Girls (the new batch on Netflix) marathon is planned here.

After much consideration, since I still have all these magazines to find new homes for, I think I will do a giveaway here. If you can read this, the giveaway has already started. It ends at 12:00 AM on November 29, 2016. You can enter multiple times if you like.

The prize is 9 of the first 10 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines. I mistakenly said I had all but #2. I have all but #4. They are all in great condition and include the pattern sheets still attached.

fullsizeoutput_1e5fYou can enter once per day, at least you can tweet once per day for an entry. Rafflecopter has changed some things around so I’m not sure exactly what it will look like. I guess we will find out together. Good luck!

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And We Have a Winner!

Well, technically my giveaway ended an hour and a half ago, so after consulting Rafflecopter the winner is Nathalie who commented:

“Love your bookreviews. 5 years-wow. Keep up the great work.”

I have emailed Nathalie (who was apparently sitting by her email since I already heard back from her) and will be shipping her books in the next couple of days. The books are headed to her in Germany!

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog and who entered the giveaway.

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Five Years a Blogger

Today I celebrate five years of blogging. That feels like a long time! And it probably calls for a giveaway of some sort.

So, in an effort to downsize my library, I’m offering a complete set of the Quilter’s Academy books by Harriet Hargrave and Carrie Hargrave. Yes, these books look just like new. (I am usually very careful with my books.) These are a wonderful reference, but I really need to start downsizing. So these are the books included in the giveaway:

Please make your entries using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Good luck and quilt on!

A Charming Winner

We have a winner in the charm square giveaway! Congratulations to Dianne who commented “thank you for your participation that I might enter:)”. And you are very welcome, Dianne. I will try to get those in the mail next week, after I receive your snailmail address.

And I wish that you would all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love and laughter!


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Welcome to the Party!

Welcome to the party – the

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Before we get to the giveaway, let me tell you a little about this blog in case you are a first time visitor.

When I first started this blog, I was working my way through the book Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party: A Quilter’s Extravaganza of 120 Rotary-Cut Block Patterns (Rodale Quilt Books), hand piecing each block using Christmas fabric. (By the way, all book links are Amazon affiliate links. Just thought you ought to know that.) I took a break from that when I started to run into too many blocks that required templates.

The blog has changed quite a bit. Each Monday I review a new or old book from my quilting library in my Books on Monday posts. (BOM, get it?) Any other posts are more personal – projects I’m working on or quilty stuff I’m learning. (Machine appliqué is on tap for early next year.) Every once in a great while I throw in a fiction Friday or some other random alliteration.

No, this is not an earthshaking or life-changing blog. but it’s mine! And you are more than welcome to come and share it!

Now for the real reason you are here – the giveaway! Somewhere back in time I started collecting charm packs, probably because they are much less expensive than fat quarter bundles and take up less space. And they are just collecting and collecting and collecting! Sigh. I did use some in a Falling Charms Quilt that I recently began, but there are still several collecting and collecting and collecting. So I’m ready to part with four of them. Three are from Moda – Fa-la-la-la-la by French General, Urban Couture by basicgrey, and Louisa by Terry Clothier Thompson. The fourth is a charm pack from Free Spirit, but it doesn’t have the name of the line on it and, though I’ve spent an hour or so searching, I can’t seem to find it.

Here they are in all their glory:


This is a Rafflecopter giveaway, so follow the directions on below and good luck! One winner will win all four charm packs. The giveaway closes at 11:59 PM on November 26 and you can enter again each day. Have fun!

I’m not sure why Rafflecopter is not working for some people – it may have something to do with the security settings on your computer or network.

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The 400th Post

Welcome to my 400th post! I think I’ll celebrate with a giveaway, but it won’t go live until Thursday, November 21 as part of

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

But until then, I’ll just bring you up to date on a few things.

First, the wedding quilt – I’m still plugging away at it, but I’m not making very fast progress since most of my hand quilting time (as far as my hand holds up) has to be spent finishing the church quilt. So the wedding quilt is going very slowly, but that should pick up in a couple weeks when the church quilt is completed.

The Falling Charms Quilt – It still looks like this:


Now that I have my new iPhone with the better flash system, the colors look more like this:


I think the colors are closer to true here. And no more actual sewing has happened on this one.

Then there’s the saga of the boot:


Yeah, it’s still there. I tried wearing the brace instead for parts of a couple of days but the supports hit me in the wrong places on my ankle and caused pain – so I have my PT’s suggestion that I take the plastic out and try to replace it with cardboard or something that isn’t quite so stiff. (A couple of layers of Timtex perhaps?) She also suggested that I may want to reshape it slightly so it hits in different places. That might be on tap for tomorrow.

Christmas tree skirts – I am still working on cutting the Judy Niemeyer. I got to one shape (a large one) that has a curved bottom and it has me so intimidated I haven’t gone back to it. Soon now, though. It’s looking like they may not be quite ready for this Christmas.

A Giveaway!

Yes, I have once again learned my lesson about why my sewing room should be completely and perfectly organized. Once again I have purchased a magazine duplicate. Sigh. I actually went to great lengths to purchase this one, too.

See, what had happened was… I started collecting some copies of Australian Patchwork & Quilting because there is a 10 month block of the month that had me very interested. I got the first two or three issues and then Barnes & Noble quit carrying it. I thought I’d just let it go, but then I changed my mind. I found an online provider ( in case you are interested) and checked my stack of magazines in the basement to make sure which ones that were available I already had and which ones I still needed. I ordered three different issues of the magazine, 7, 8, & 9. When they came, I immediately realized I’d already read 7 – and then I found it on the other side of the room. Sigh.

So rather than just recycle it, I thought I’d offer a giveaway of this year’s issue 7 of Australian Patchwork & Quilting. This may not be a magazine you have ever examined, but it’s free!


This is a Rafflecopter Giveaway! It is open until the end of the day on Thursday, November 14 (AKA 12:00 AM on Friday, November 15).

Good luck!

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Post Number 200 – A Giveaway

Welcome to my 200th post! Yes, it is a Friday, maybe not so much a usual posting day, but I do want to get this announcement to you. And, yes, that is all this post is about!

I have a 6 month subscription to The Quilt Show to give away to some lucky person. I know that I haven’t used my own subscription quite as much as I would like to, but that is about to change since I know that I can watch it on my iPad while I work on my quilting or pressing or cutting. I do know that the shows I have watched, I have loved. If you’ve never tried it out, maybe now is the perfect time.

To be entered, just comment on this post before the 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 24th. I will use the handy dandy random number generator to choose the winner and announce it on Saturday the 25th.

I am trying to decide whether a series of posts about how I organize our church’s annual auction quilt would be at all interesting to anyone or whether it would just be more typing in the wind. I know there are books and articles about such things, but most of them are about making a quilt with a group of quilters, whereas most of the people who work on our quilt are not quilters and we attempt to get as many people involved as possible. Let me know if you are interested and…

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