Thursday, October 31, 2013

Good News

Hey Everyone!  It's me!
 I just wanted to stop and tell you my good news.

I'm still being transferred - but my job will not be eliminated.
Isn't that a relief? 

And...I've been reading a great book.  
It's a mystery and it's about quilts.  What more could you want?
I really like Clare O'Donohue's books.  She has a nice easy going style.  Her characters are interesting and the plot moves along at a nice pace.  Just a joy to read.  I do recommend her new book The Double Wedding Ring.  Her main character is Nell, a quilter and hobby sleuth. In this book she is looking for a murderer.  I do like that some clues are laid out for the reader to guess who the murderer is, but not so easy that the book is predictable.  I didn't guess the murder in this story - maybe next time.  O'Donohue also has sub-stories being played out - those are as interesting and the main story.  

And...I cleaned my oven.  
Yep, I know it doesn't sound that exciting but a sparkling clean oven
is so enjoyable.
(Oh darn! I can't get the photo of my shiny oven to upload. I'll update this later if I can get it to work.)

And I did some machine applique - so fun.  But can't get those to load either. :-(  

Ta Ta for Now,


Friday, October 18, 2013

Well, all good things must come to an end.

I'm being transferred at work and I know with my new duties at work and further time constraints at home,
I just won't have time for blogging. 

So I'm considering ending this blogging adventure. 

I've been thinking how much fun it's been getting to know all of you, 
seeing your wonderful projects,
and learning so much from all of you.

Thanks a bunch for all your kind comments and being so much fun to hang with!

Happy Stitching, 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

It's been a week and we don't want to wait any longer for the winner of Jennifer Chiaverini's book, Spymistress - now do we?

So let's get to it..... 

Random Generator do your stuff!

Here's a little funny while we wait.

From Random Generator:
Here are your random numbers:

#6 is 

Yea Sunny! You Won! You Won!

Sunny's Winning Comment: 
Would you believe I've never read any of her books? Shame on me. Beautiful job on the stocking! It must be such a relief to be so near the finish line. And it's not even Christmas!!

Congratulations Sunny!! 
 I'm sure you will enjoy this book. 

Thanks everyone for playing with me.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, October 7, 2013

Don't Forget the Give-Away & Finishes

It's been a while since I could sit down and sew. 
 I'm telling you , there's nothing like it. 
Sew relaxing.
While my daughter was doing her homework and asking me Algebra questions, (Like I'm going to remember that!) I was stitching up my Terrier Town BOM  #9

And I finished up the Stocking - This is the last time for seeing it, I promise!
I used white to stitch the front & back together not the suggested blue.
See what I mean? Does that white make it pop or what?
 And gives it that hand stitched look. Better known as "homemade" look.  

Here's another close up of the puppies in the bag.

Tonight I'll be working on Block #10
First thing I said was I need to add rickrack to the eave of the house.
Change the flower colors, maybe add more....or add a cat? Change up that heart 
and the window.  Well, we'll see what I end up doing. 

Now don't forget the book give-away in my previous post. Okay?

Happy Stitching,
 Linking up with:

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Spymistress Book - Giveaway

I have some exciting news for you!

I emailed Alison of Dutton Publicity & Marketing and she offered to send one of you a copy of the book. 
How sweet is that?

I did have time to sit down and start reading Chiaverini's new book, The Spymistress. 

Can I say, I'm LOVING IT!

Of course I'm a big fan of Chiaverini's Elm Street Quilter's books. I love the way Chiaverini writes, fleshing out her characters, giving each one life like flaws & attributes.  Chiaverini really let's you see things from the perspective of the people that lived during that time frame. She does the same in The Spymistress. I believe she gets better with each book she writes. 

Can you imagine being a woman just before the Civil War starts - being interested in politics, loving your home state & country, seeing them being torn apart and not being able to vote?

Well, Elizabeth Van Lew does something - she becomes a spy. And that's all I'm going to say for now.

So if you would like to be entered into the give-away just leave a comment.

Please note: I was not asked to do a review or to have a give-away.  

And now onto some other exciting news - well, exciting for me.
I finished the front of the stocking. 
I just have to put on the back and the little hanging tab.
I can't believe that I'll be able to finish it this week.

Happy Stitching,
Linking up with:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October - My List of Wants & Desires

AHHH  October

Don't you just love October?
The fall weather finally reaches Bakersfield in October.
And that's when I start fantasizing about pumpkins.

I have to wait until it's cool enough so I can start baking pumpkin goodies; cakes, pies, biscuits. Whatever! I don't care as long as it's pumpkin. 
pumpkin donuts - The Frugal Girls
Have you seen Pinterest with all it's 
Pumpkin Goodness?
Pumpkin Pancakes - Something Sweet Something Salty

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Okay, since I can't decide, let's talk about sewing and October's list.

Look how much I gotten done on the stocking? 
I wonder if I can finish this up - I'm at item number 66 and I have 110 items to do. Maybe, just maybe I can complete this if I work every day on it. 

Help Miss Scarlett, and Miss Violet work on their stockings.
It will be fun working with them. And we could make some pumpkin dessert too! 

And last of all, I'm going to do TWO, yes two! BOM on my Terrier Town quilt.
Block #9 & Block #10
I would like to get this quilt finished before I get busy with the holidays.

So what's on your list?

Happy Stitching, 

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times