Monday, April 18, 2011

A little (Jay)Birdie told me

Jaybird is having a giveaway.  
Thanks to Robert Kaufman Fabrics she has 2, yes really, 2 bundles of the new collection by Piece O' Cake named "Treasures and Tidbits" to giveaway.  This collection is not due out until July.  Such bright colors, reminds me of summer and picnics. 
Check it out here 
Julie is including her new pattern
(hope I did that right) 
Go on over and leave a comment for a chance to win.

My Monday Hope List:
Same as last week.
  1. Retirement quilt
  2. Graduation quilt
Anything other than those two would be hoping for too, too much,
but you never know I might surprise even myself.

Have a wonderful week !!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

What did I do this week

I was tied up this week with a project that I will get to in a minute.... first I want to show you my
 Just One Star.
This challenge is sponsored by the Moda staff and designers. They ask everyone to make "Just One Star"  so that they can piece, quilt and bind 100 quilts in 100 days using the Flag of Valor pattern by Minick and Simpson.  The quilts will be donated to soliders injuried in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's not too late to join in the deadline is May 1 so they can meet their deadline by Flag Day, June 14
"many hands make light work"

Now what else kept me busy this week....

This was my yard Saturday morning, like 6:30a.m. Pretty pityful, right? We moved into our home last year, the same weekend of the Nashville floods. Apparently all of our top soil and grass seed is somewhere many miles from us. I seeded last year but I grew mostly weeds. We were trying to decide what we were going to with our dirt. If you remember from an earlier post I decided to lay sod. The sod arrived early Saturday morning. My husband is disabled and I knew he would not be able to help much, but I thought was determined I could do it. I'm not scared of hard work.
Now, if I was 20 years younger and about 75 pounds lighter and it had not been 90 degrees I think I could have gotten a lot more done but..... A mini, (mini?), roll of sod weights 40-50 lbs, there are 5 layers, with 10 mini rolls on each layers on a pallet. Can you do the math? I laid 3 pallets on Saturday. Yeah!!!! I had 9 pallets to lay! Boo!!! I was beat, beat I'm telling you, my legs hurt, my arms hurt, heck my fingers even hurt. Saturday night, called a friend to enlist her son and a friend of his. Now 2 teenage boys didn't want to be outdone by an old lady so they worked hard and we laid 4 1/2 pallets. Monday we had terrible rain and storms, but the boys came back Tuesday afternoon and we finished up the majority of the work. I finished everything on Wed after work.

 Look at my yard now!!!!

Isn't it purty?  This is the same part of the yard as the 3rd picture above. (of course at different time of the day) You can see the hummingbird feeder in the lower right hand corner.

This is the steps off of the deck, I still need to cut around the stepping stones. (that's the little humps in the grass)

Just one more picture. Now I just have to keep it watered and talk to it everyday so it will grow and grow and turn a lovely green. So I can mow and weedeat in the Tennessee 100 degree weather. OHHH I might like the dirt better come to think of it.

I'm waiting until my sister comes for a visit week after next  to mulch.  Shhhh! she doesn't know yet.

Not much sewing and quilting marked off my Monday list but I have GRASS!!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Hands2Help Quilt Challenge

 to make quilts for Judi and Clint's Romania Quilt charity
If you sign up you will also be entered in a jelly roll giveaway.  Sarah just e-mailed all participants, and will post on her blog, that so far there have been 25 people to sign up. She is uping the ante today... if she gets 40 people to sign up she will add a Sherbet Pips jelly roll up for grabs, so there will be 2 winners and two jelly rolls up for grabs. Woo Hoo!! Everyone loves a giveaway.  There will be another giveaway at the end.  Check out all the details at Sarah's blog. 

A fun exchange, a way to meet new blog friends, quilts for people in need and a prize to boot, what could be better!!!!   

Monday, April 11, 2011


Sarah has come up with a way to help Judi and Clint at make quilt for their Romania Quilt Charity.  You can read all the details on their sites.  Sounds like fun and they will have giveaways along the way.  If you don't quilt there is still ways to help this cause check it out.  Grab a button and grab some fun.

I was busy all weekend so not much time for quilting but I do have 2 quilt that I must finish soon, time is running out.

 My list for this week will be:
  1. finish quilting my friend retirement quilt (waiting on thread that hopefully won't keep breaking) 
  2. work on graduation quilt for my friends son. (you notice I didn't say finish)
  3. Pull fabric for Hands2Help Challenge
  4. Sew binding on "Little Sprout" quilt
  5. Finish yard work that has been started (I have before and after pictures that are amazing)
  6. Finish star blocks for Just One Star and get them in the mail.
That's all for me this week.  I want to get back to quilting. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Quilt along is hosting a quilt along.  Looks like all you need is jelly roll, and of course backing and batting.  Should be fun, check it out and join in.

Another Giveaway!!

Found another giveaway over at 
Check out the cute ladybug fabric.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boy, Am I Behind !!!

Wow, it's been a while.
Longer than I thought.
My plate has been full and I have been slowly getting everything done. I had to buy a new car,  (remember the problems in Lowes parking lot,  well that was just the beginning) which took days, Stevie started baseball, a man at work father passed away, etc, one thing after another.

Every time I think my sod will be delivered it rains again. I have been able to plant some more flowers and shrubs and everything is looking so nice. (probably not going to be able to say that in Aug) Like I said in a previous post, I love a yard that looks like it should be in a magazine, but I have a hard time maintaining.

We had terrible storms come through Monday afternoon. The wind blew over a BIG walnut tree in our backyard and took out part of a Bradford pear tree in my parents front yard. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend. I don't mind a mite saw, skill saw or jig saw or air tools but I really hate to work with a chain saw. I don't like the sound but looks like I will have to find me some ear plugs because that big ol tree has to be cut up.

I have been tired but I have been able to do a little sewing. Not a whole lot,(I will have pictures this Friday for my UFO and Whoop Whoop posting) Should be able to finish quilting my friends retirement quilt this week and I have made some progress on my t-shirt quilt.

You need to visit she is having her first ever giveaway and it's a good one. Leave a comment for a chance to win and let her know you found out here.

Jaybird is also having a great giveaway, check it out

That's it for today. Will be back with eye candy the end of the week. Check out Sarah blog (yeah, learned how to link up) and see the flimsy I finished for the quilt ministry.