Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pay It Forward

I've never done pay it forward but awhile back I read this on  Barb's blog here http://thanxsandy.blogspot.com/2011/09/paying-it-forward.html

Pay It Forward is simple: For the first 3 people who comment on this entry, I promise to send them something handmade within the next year.
1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you must play along too. Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on your blog to spread the love.

I try to visit and comment on some of my favorite blogs at least a couple of times a month, and I try to update my blog at least once a week.  But I don't want to update it unless I have something to share and my sewing, quilting time is never enough.  Right now, I am working on FMQ a tablerunner top I put together last fall (does that sound familiar) HA! I will have some pics of that process to post tomorrow.  Adios Bernie

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick or Treat bags and the Travelling Stash moves on

Just a few quick pics of the Halloween treat bags I put together for my granddaughters.  Grandson got an orange pumpkin onesie because he is too little for a bag :)  Also, the travelling stash is making its way to Sarah at http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/.  So check on her blog for another chance to win.
I used the pattern I had from the Grommet Bags but decided to leave out the grommets and just put straps. I made tubed straps and inserted cotton clothing line to make them sturdier.  Cute!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


First off - thank you to everyone who left a comment - did my heart good and I hope you will come back and visit once in a while.  I took a quick peak of your blogs last night and boy oh boy you all are some busy quilters!  I am not savvy enough to use a numbers generator thingy so everyone's name went into a basket and and I had a good friend close her eyes and pull out a name.  The name was SARAH.  So Sarah Craig please send me your address and I will get the travelling stash on its way to you toot sweet. :)  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Adios, Bernie 
P.S. I will post some pics tonight of what I took and what I added.
This is a picture of what I chose, 2 yummy fat quarters, a pattern for candle covers (guess what my friends are getting for Christmas) :) and an interesting piece of yardage that I was smitten with as soon as I spied it in the box. 

I also picked out a Christmas Advent calendar cheater panel, which I think my grandkids will enjoy if I can get it done in time. 
Here is a pic of my additions. 

I put in a pattern for a backpack style purse; a new pincushion; a quilting puzzle; a bag of Sulky rayon thread and a couple of big spools of Superior thread and six fat quarters in addition to some 1/3 and 1/2 yard pieces; some rick rack, some embroidery patterns and a few little notions. 
I already heard back from Sarah - she is so excited.  Congratulations Sarah.  I had to move up to a bigger box, so at some point I think someone will have to split the stash and pick two winners, then there will be three travelling stashes wandering around. 
Adios, Bernie

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Travelling STASH Drawing and my Halloween quilt

It will be one week tomorrow since I received the Travelling Stash - Monday is a postal holiday so I have decided to ask anyone interested in winning the travelling stash to leave a comment between now and Wednesday October 12th.  I will draw a winning name on October 13th.  It is a fun idea.  You take out of the box what you like and replace it with like items from your own stash, hold a drawing and pass it on.  You must have your own blog to enter in the drawing.  United States and Canada only please. 
I finally remembered to take a pic of the Halloween quilt I started last August, but just finished quilting in September.  It is being used everyday in the living room and is a big hit.
I truly tried to get some pictures of my efforts at FMQ this one, but don't think they came out real well, oh and the backing fabric is soooo cute, had purchased yards of it years ago and finally got to use it. (extra points for using up stash)

I think I have another Halloween cheater panel which will probably find its way into the TS box and I am going to see if I have any of the witchy fabric left too. Adios, remember the Travelling Stash.   Bernie

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Santa Fe Pics

These are probably not awe inspiring pics, but it was a beautiful fall day and my husband and I really enjoyed just walking around and soaking in the color and history.  We also stopped in Taos, NM on our way home and walked around the Plaza and of course I visited the local quilt shop Taos Adobe Quilting.  A fantastic shop, really friendly owner.  I purchased a table runner kit with a chili theme.  The fall foilage coming back through the mountain passes was absolutely gorgeous, the colors looked like they had been painted on they were so vivid.  It was an inspiring trip.  Adios Bernie
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Traveling Stash visits Colorado!

On Friday September 30th I had a big surprise waiting for me on the front porch when I drove up after work .

Yes, the travelling stash arrived all the way from Wisconsin from Barb over at
http://thanxsandy.blogspot.com/.   My husband and I were getting ready to get away for the weekend (pics & more on that little trip later), so I didn't even get a chance to open it until we got back home tonight and boy oh boy, so much wonderful goodies it is going to be hard to pick and choose!
There is a long list of previous winners and I want to stop and take a look at their blogs.  I will post what I pick out and also what I will be adding!  This is fun :)  Thanks Barb - Adios Bernie