Wednesday, May 30, 2012

One-Flower Wednesday and 200th Post Giveaway

Encouraging words of the day:
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. ~ Hebrews 10:23, NLT

All sorts of things going on:

First of all, it's One Flower Wednesday, that day when Karen from Journey of a Quilter  provides a linky for all of to share our hexagon flowers.  I managed to get one done.  This goal of making at least one flower a week really adds to my garden each week.  That's a good thing since it seems like I'm actually working on two hexie quilts, my landscape with my little ranch house in it and another with scrappy flowers.  Here's a flower for one of them:

Then, yay!  My sister who blogs at  "My Sister Made Me Do It" is back from her vacation visiting her sons in North Texas.  I missed her and glad she's back home although I'm glad she was able to spend time with her sons and their families.  She came by my house on her way home bearing goodies.  Just look at these beautiful fat quarters and these too cute sewing ladies.  Thanks, Ida.  Glad you're back and not just because of the goodies.

200th Post Giveaway! I’m almost there as this will be post #198.  I have a new sponsor, "Connecting Threads."    

I make that sound like I have lots of sponsors when this is just my second one, but really, I already loved "Connecting Threads" even before they became a sponsor.  I love their prices, their fabrics, their threads, and their notions.  I have ordered all of the afore mentioned at various times and have never been unhappy with anything.  Now, I've received this fabulous fat quarter bundle from  "Connecting Threads."  This is the entire beautiful "Sweetgrass Prairie Collection.”  It’s full of blossoms and textures in a soft, vintage color palette designed to mimic the look of mid-19th century quilts.  There’s even a “cheater” FQ of hexagons.  That is a total of 33 fat quarters. 

These fabrics are gorgeous and rather than give them all to one winner, I have divided them up into 3 bundles so there will be 3 winners, each winning 11 fat quarters.  The major colors are pinks and purples,

greens and blues which includes the cheater hexagons,

and browns. so that will be the way the bundle is divided. 

To enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices.  The first name that comes up in the Random Number Generator will get their first choice.  The second name drawn will get their choice next.  If their first choice has been taken by #1, they will get their 2nd choice.  The third name drawn gets the bundle that is left.

2. For a second chance to win, blog about this giveaway and place the link to your blog in your comment.

3.  Giveaway ends on June 6th at midnight MDT.  Maybe by then, I will be announcing the winner on my 200th post.  Good luck.

That is all.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hands 2 Help 2012 Quilts Complete

Encouraging words of the day:
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don't use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. ~ Galations 5:13, NLT

I have finished my quilts for the Hands 2 Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2012.  
I made this one for The NOLA Project.  Quilts will be distributed to grade-school children in St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans.  St.Bernard Parish was hit incredibly hard by Hurricane Katrina The children that remain there have suffered through family changes as spouses split up over the decision to move or remain in the parish, and mothers tend to suffer from depression which affects the children deeply. This quilt goes off to Sarah of "Confessions of a Fabric Addict"  to be distributed with the other H2H quilts in the fall by her church group, which has made several mission trips there since the disaster.

The second quilt is for an ongoing project of Emily of Em's Scrapbag. This group provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients. 

That is all.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Jane K-3, K-12, and My CW Legacies

Encouraging words of the day:

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. ~ 1 Peter 4:8, NLT

Well, I entered a gazillion giveaways in Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Days and did not win anything so I may as well sew.  That’s exactly what I’ve been doing.  Jeannie from
"The Learning Curve" organized a “Civil War Quilt” quilt-along.  She's done a terrific job organizing us and collecting free materials for us.  She was able to get a copy of the book " Civil War Legacies" by Carol Hopkins for each of the 12 people participating in exchange for us doing a review of the book.

by Carol Hopkins
Each of us is making a block from a different quilt.  These blocks will be put together and made into one quilt called the "Gratitude Quilt" and then sent to the generous person who donated the books to us.  This is my Gratitude Block:
I’ve written more about this on another page.  Please see tabs above for “Civil War Quilt-Along 2012.”
A couple more “My Jane” blocks completed.  K-3 looks kind of crooked in the photo.  I freaked out and checked my block and it is NOT crooked.  The crazy photographer (me) messed the photo up some how.
And K-12 looks perfect to me.  I’m happy with both blocks for once.
That is all.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

One-Flower Wednesday and My Jane J-6 and J-7

Encouraging words of the day:
In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. ~Matthew 5:45.
In life, we all have to deal with the unexpected. Just because we’re believers or just because we’re good people or doing the right thing doesn’t make us exempt from trouble. When something unexpected happens or you find yourself facing a crisis, don’t automatically go into “panic mode” or just fall apart emotionally. Realize that the crisis is no surprise to God. It may be unexpected to you, but God knows the end from the beginning. He has solutions to problems that you haven’t even had yet. He has equipped you for every battle, and He goes before you to make your crooked places straight!

We’ve been back in El Paso for a week now.  I’ve been busy and have not blogged since last Wednesday.  Yes, today is
One Flower Wednesday.  Karen provides a linky for all of to share our hexagon flowers and I usually manage to get at least one flower done.  Here are two scrappy flowers:
If you would like to see more flowers out there in blogland, just click HERE.
And I’m trying to keep up with “My Jane.”  Here is J-6.  I didn’t make a good choice on the colors, too much white so the design seems to get lost.
And here is J-7.  I did pretty well on this one except for the top part.  As “they” say, these little (or big) errors add character to the quilt.  “My Jane” is full of character.
 Then I’ve been working on my Civil War Legacies Quilt.
A group of us was sent 12 books of "Civil War Legacies" by Carol Hopkins and we are  doing reviews. There are actually 15 patterns in the book.  My quilt is called “Scarlet, Tomorrow.”  It fits me since I am still trying to get my block done, maybe by tomorrow or Friday when I’ll post what I’ve done.
That is all.