Monday, March 30, 2009

Three Years of Blogging and 400 Posts

I recently passed the 400 post mark and on April 1 I will celebrate three years of blogging. Wow! I've met many wonderful people and have more inspiration projects than I will ever finish.

To celebrate these events I am going to have a give-away for my readers. I have three pieces of cupcake fabric that have been calling out to me to use them and that is what I will do. The winner of the contest will win a Cupcake Prize package full of goodies for making and enjoying cupcakes including something made from these fabrics.
To enter the drawing please leave a comment telling me what your favorite cupcake flavor is and what you would like made with the fabric. Feel free to blog about the contest and receive an additional entry in the drawing.

The drawing will end Friday night, April 3 at 8 PM EST.

Good luck!

Sweet P

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Falling Off The Wagon and Sign of Spring

When Lent started I decided to stop spending money at Jo-Ann's. I certainly have enough projects to keep me busy without having to buy anything else.

Up until Thursday I was doing a great job. I had only bought fabric for my swap project (pictured in the previous post). That fabric is already used and I only have a small amount left that will be going into another project.

So what happened on Thursday? One of my tasks this week at work is to reset the floss and cross stitch tool aisle at the store. While looking though the aisle and laying out my work plan I saw this book. Since I've started doing cross stitch again I thought these little designs would come in handy to make little projects. The stitcheries are no larger than 3 inches by 3 inches, if that. Plus I had my 50% coupon to use so I got a great deal on the book.
Yesterday I asked DH to stop at the grocery store to pick up a couple items for me. He came home with my favorite flower and a sure sign of spring - tulips! I put a few of them in the dress vase I bought last summer. Don't they look lovely? Certainly a lot better than the clouds and fog outside my window this morning. At least we're not getting snow and floods, but we will get some rain.

I'm have to work today and tomorrow, but have Monday off. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Happy Quilting!

Sweet P

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Couple of Sneak Peeks

I spent the day in my sewing room working on swap packages.
Here's sneak peek #1.
And sneak peek #2:
I also spent time working on DS #3's quilt. I love having weekdays off when DH is home. I get to have a whole day to play!

Sweet P

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Stash and Sewing for Baby

It's been a few weeks since I've shown stash on Sunday. Yesterday I purchased these fabrics for a swap project. Don't they look yummy together? I can't wait to get started on this project. That will happen later this week.
I didn't get to sew on National Quilting Day yesterday as I had to work all day. This afternoon DIL came over and we worked on baby projects. I completed two of the six remaining taggie blankets. I only have to top stitch the remaining ones and they will be done. These blankets are turning out cute and soft, with a little touch of silky for baby fingers to find.
From the leftover pieces of flannel DIL was able to cut six bibs, a burp cloth and two washcloths. I have a couple of questions though. Is one layer of flannel enough for a bib? Do you have to have two layers? If you only have one layer what is the best way to finish the edges?

Last fall I was in the local Goodwill Store and found a set of four Winnie-The-Pooh curtains for $3. The only problem was the way the curtains were made a curtain rod barely fit through either end. Today I stitched a larger opening and now they can be hung.
I have several swap projects and packages to get finished and sent this week. Then I need to make a few crib sheets. The baby excitement is growing around here. We can hardly wait!

Happy Stitching!
Sweet P

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Simple Galoshes

I had a couple of hours this morning to play in my studio. I finished one secret project, finished trimming my siggie squares and signed a few of them. I still had some time to play. I spotted the stack of 9-patches I made last summer with galoshes fabric. I quickly sewed 16 of them into this baby 9-patch quilt.
I like the simplicity of it. Here is a close-up of the fabric. The galoshes fabric just makes me smile every time I see it.
I'm off to work this afternoon and then three days of day shifts. Hopefully I'll get some stitching time in the evenings.

Happy Stitching!
Sweet P

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A "Piece" Full Day

Today was "piece" full day for me. I spent several hours stitching blocks for the quilts for DS #2 and his GF and my siggie blocks.

I have my siggie blocks all stitched and most of them are trimmed. Then I'll be able to sign them and send them off to Connie.
I also finished all the blocks for DS and his GF. Now I can piece the quilt tops.

This evening I'm doing some stitching, but it's a secret project. Once it is complete, sent to its new home and received I'll be able to show you.

What are you working on today?
Sweet P

Monday, March 09, 2009

Rainbow On A Snowy Morning

Your rainbow is shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

March First Photo and Shopping at Lowe's

I didn't get my First Photo taken until today - after we got about 12 inches of snow! There's not much difference between March 09 . . .
versus March 08.
I'm trying to figure out how to make a collage of the first photos off our deck in Photoshop Elements. Hopefully I can get it done soon.

Last Friday I finally made it Lowe's to spend some of the gift card I got from my FIL for Christmas. I had no idea what I was looking for. I just assumed I would find a few items for the house.

In the clearance section of the storage department I found this tool box. Regular price: $13, I paid $4 for it.
I'm using it for storing my beads and beading tools. Can you believe I bought the beading stuff last August and I have yet to make anything with them? Probably so.
I've been busy on my cross stitch project. This morning I spent a couple hours finishing favors for the baby shower next Saturday and working on the quilts for DS and his GF. It felt good to sit at the sewing machine. I may sew some more later tonight. Right now, it's dinner time.

Happy stitching!
Sweet P