Thursday, November 12, 2009

Unbelievable Breast Cancer Scam

I am just speechless and shaking my head on this one.  I had heard some DJ's talking about this on the car radio so I googled the topic when I got home.  I found on CBS.com the story of Trista Joy Lathern 24, of Waco, TX, who held a fund raiser for herself and raised $10,000 for her breast cancer treatment, but she DOES NOT have cancer!!!! She wanted a boob job, and got it!!!!!  She says she thought a breast enhancement would help her marriage.  Click here for the story on CBS.com.

I tried to find an image to include in this post that would show the audacity of this story, but I couldn't find one that would be "clean" enough to post.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Keepsake Loot and a Giveaway Spotted

Well, our Keepsake Quilting Open House adventure on Saturday was a great success, both for the store and for my creativity, but not for my pocketbook!

Here are my goodies before lunch:



I got a little corner trimmer as a gift, and the strip of beige fabric is what they used to tie my bag shut.  It's like getting another little gift.  One of the charm packs came with a free pattern.  I would have opened them, but it is very windy today!

And...



This is the loot after lunch:



Yep, my sister had to think on an idea she had so we left, had a nice lunch, then came back.  Now I was done when we left the store the first time, but that didn't stop me.  The Christmas fabric is 25 10" squares, and the triangles are fat eighths impulse buys that were in a basket at the register.  The duckies are the gifty strip to close my bag.

I guess because it is a whole day trip, (2.5 hour drive one way) I feel that I should go crazy.  This is my third trip up there (over time) and on the way home I realized I have fabric and goodies from my first two trips I haven't even started yet.  Yikes.  Better get going!

I love the little freebies I got, the strips, the pattern, the corner trimmer, but if you go over to Sweet Home Quilt Co's Blog you will love this week's Friday Favorite Giveaway, some fabric by Cinnamon Stars by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  Check it out!

Until Next Time,
Lisa

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Quilty Girls Day Out!

I haven't been able to post lately.... got a lot going on.... but today is a Girls Day Out.  No housework, Daddy has the kids and we are going to KEEPSAKE QUILTING!!!  Yay!  I LOVE that place.  Raise your hand if you get their catalog!  Hmmm I thought so :-)

Its about a 2.5 hr drive so its an all day trip but that's OK!  Mommy's need a break once in a while.

Hopefully I'll have some good stories and goodies to show you next post.

Enjoy the weekend,

Lisa

Saturday, October 31, 2009

October Has Ended But Breast Cancer Has Not

October is a huge month for Breast Cancer.  A lot of marketing is done during October for Breast Cancer Awareness.  But Breast Cancer and the need for research and funding continues.  Suzanne over at Just Another Hangup is having a beautiful "Give-Away...Give-Away".  She has a lovely bag that she is giving away; however, the idea is for the winner to give it away to someone special in their lives who has been touched by Breast Cancer.






I already know who I will give it to if I win, do you?

Until Next Time....

Lisa

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Comfort Zone" Quilt Complete!

It's been a little while since my last post.  We've suddenly gotten very busy around here and its not even Christmas yet!  I have gotten a couple of projects done though.  Most importantly, the baby quilt I had originally posted about here for my neighbor's baby.  I finished it on the day she was born, 10/19.  Yes, its a girl thank goodness as this quilt came out more pink than I expected.  I was trying for an earthy neutral look.  My neighbor loved it and was very impressed I had made it. 


My assistant is my 3yr old DD




The back, trying to show the random free motion circle quilting.




I also made a matching little stuffie for big brother, (18 months).  I don't think he has let go of it since.




My two Sleeping Beauty DD's and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!  :-)

Until Next Time,

Lisa

 

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pattern Testing 1,2,1,2

Back when I started blogging ages ago, (4 weeks) I was browsing other blogs and came across Shelli at Needle in a Haystack.  She was looking for pattern testers.  I left a comment that I would be happy to help.  Not sure what I was thinking as I can't seem to find time to get my own projects done but as usual those details don't stop me.  I was (and still am) a little apprehensive as I am by no means an expert at sewing or quilting but what's to lose?

A week or two later she sent out some pattern info.  She was having some of her embroidery patterns digitized for machine embroidery, which is perfect as I have an embroidery machine.  I had stitched out this cute pumpkin applique design on some linen I had in my stash:





I didn't know what I was going to do with the design.  After a couple of days I decided on this:





I had some Moda in my stash so I used that for the lining:



I'm quite pleased with it as it is my first bag.  Shelli loved it and asked me to post it on "SWAK Embroidery".  If you haven't been to that website, it has patterns and ideas for machine embroidery projects.  Be sure to visit Shelli's page there.  If embroidery isn't your thing, sisters sites "You Can Quilt This" and "You Can Make This" also have a lot of nice projects for quilting, sewing, and general crafts.

I've been on a roll the last few days, finishing up this bag, a baby quilt and a little stuffie for the baby's big brother.  I will post pics of the baby gifts when the little dog gets a face.

Until Next Time......
Lisa

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Quilt Festival Entry

It took me a while to decide whether any of my quilts are worth entering in Park City Girl's Fall Quilt Festival, then I thought of the quilt we made for my grandmother.  She LOVES elephants and has a huge collection.  I spotted an elephant panel at the Sewing Expo in Worcester, MA back in 2007.  I got Mom and my 3 sisters involved.  Each of us added borders, embellishements and quilted a panel, signed our name on it then Mom sashed and put it all together.  It came out great, and 2 of my sisters don't quilt, (or sew for that matter!)

We presented it to her at her annual Christmas party that year.  All of her grandchildren are spread out between Vermont and Massachusetts so we all get together for "Grammie's Christmas".  She was blown away.

Here is Grammie with her quilt:



There are so many quilts to see at this festival!  Click on the button at right to see hundreds of quilts.  I can only look at a few at a time or nothing would get done around here!

OK, look at a couple more then back to housework....

Until Next Time,

Lisa

Sunday, October 11, 2009

You Can Feel Pretty During Chemo!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  My very first blog post was about breast cancer.  My dear friend of over 30 years has been cancer free for one year now.   Barbara is one of those inspirational people who can take something bad and make something good come out of it.  Barbara is very creative, and when she couldn't find a comfortable head covering while going through chemotherapy, she designed her own with the help of her sister, Lauren.  Thus Kare Chiefs was born!

Kare Chiefs are beautiful, versatile and very comfortable.  I wear one and I'm not even sick.  I love them.  They are reversable and so soft with pretty little beads dangling off the hem.  Here is a sampling:


If you know someone who is enduring chemo or another hair loss condition, please click on their logo to visit:



Portions of the proceeds go to cancer related research and charities.  Tell her I sent you!

Until Next Time......

Lisa

Friday, October 9, 2009

Terry's Quilt

Block donations are starting to pour in for Terry's Quilt.  Laurie from A Yankee Quilter is posting initials and locations of the block contributors as she receives them and it looks like she is getting 4-5 a day!   If you haven't heard of this project yet, click on the "Terry's Quilt" button to the right and it will give you the information.  In a nutshell, people are donating blocks that Laurie will put together into a beautiful quilt to comfort Terry and her family as they endure the crisis of her husband getting very badly hurt at work.

I actually made two blocks, but the first one did not measure up.  Literally.  The block came out short of the 9 1/2" size requested.  I also didn't like the way it looked.  Funny how when you lay your fabrics out while auditioning them that you think they will look good then you get the block together and you realize they don't work after all!  Here is my first block ....



A little too busy I think.

So here is the block I ended up sending...




If you'd like to see more blocks Laurie is posting them on Flickr.  They are beautiful!

I marked bubbles on the baby quilt last night.  I hope to get it quilted today.  I better get a move on, my neighbor is due in a week!  Then there's my fall table runner that I'd like to see finished for this year, a Christmas present, and then all the Christmas projects I want to make.......

Also, as we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Please take a moment to click on the Breast Cancer Site button in my sidebar and help fund mammograms for women in need.  It's free and only takes a second!  We have to take care of the girls!


Until Next Time....

Lisa

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Need a New Quilt Project?

Sometimes we have a project in mind, and not all of us feel confident enough to design one of our own.  I am always looking at new pattern ideas, especially now that I spend a lot of time reading quilting blogs!  In my sidebar you will see a link to a new website, http://www.findaquiltpattern.com/ .  Created by Cindy from CD Designs, this brand new website will be a great resource for patterns for your next quilt project.  I have already seen several I want to try.  Be sure to bookmark the site as the listing of patterns continues to grow.   If you are a designer, you can list your patterns which will link back to your website, increasing traffic.  Everybody wins!

I first found Cindy when I recently started English Paper Piecing, which she teaches on http://www.quiltcampus.net/.  I have always been a big fan of machine piecing to "get it done" but find EPP relaxing and portable, thus enabling me to enjoy the process, not just the outcome.  Here are a couple of pieces I have stitched from scraps so far....





I have some vintage feedsack scraps that I want to try using EPP.  I love the way it looks and its easy to learn!

I am off to the "Big E" Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA tomorrow with a good friend of mine.  A girls day out!  I will bring my camera and hopefully have some pictures to share.

Until Next Time....

Lisa

Friday, September 25, 2009

Precious Puppy and A Giveaway at Sweet P's

As a new blogger I am spending way too much time thinking about what to post.  As if it has to be something profound.  As I read other blogs, mostly about quilting, I see that all I need to do is just be myself.  A life lesson I struggle with a lot as I am one who worries too much about what other people think, which blocks any creativity I have waiting to come out.

Anyway, I see a lot of pictures of people's pets so here is one of my poochie, his name is Shemar.  (He came with that name) He is a mixed breed rescue we adopted about 18 months ago.  He was 10 months old at the time and still has a lot of anxiety issues but is coming along.  He has a rather "unhealthy" addiction to me.  He has to be with me ALL the time, even peeking around the shower curtain to make sure I'm still there!  Fortunately, he LOVES my daughters and they love him.



Daddy's Home!


On another note, one of the blogs I enjoy following is Sweet P Quilting and Creations.  Paulette is having her first giveaway!  I am not a designer and it didn't even occur to me to do a giveaway but what fun!  I will have to work on that.  Paulette has a hot-off-the-press copy of Canada's newest quilting magazine, Quilter's Connection:



This is the first issue and it has an adorable Partridge in a Pear Tree wall hanging project on the cover.  She is generously giving away a copy of the magazine and some fabric to start the project!  Quick, pop on over to her blog to enter, she is doing her drawing September 30!

Well, off to get some stuff done so I can play with my fall table runner that is still in my head.

Until next time...

Lisa

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone




I have a new quilt top I just finished for my neighbor who is due with baby #2 in a few weeks.  I found this Hoffman "In The Wild" fabric on sale and loved it.  The pattern came from Quilt Taffy's Speedy Baby 2 Pattern.  The pattern calls for charm squares but I used the Hoffman and some out of my stash.  Now that I have it together I'm not sure about it.  Part of me loves this and part of me is hesitant because its not traditional "baby colors".   My family says it looks great don't change anything, the neighbor will love it.  I plan to use bamboo/organic cotton batting and quilt lots of circles. 

This indecisiveness usually happens to me when I am putting a quilt together but most times I am very happy with the result.  Is it just me?





I'm actually amazed I got any sewing done since I jumped into blogland. Geez I want to follow everybody! I just love seeing the other projects and ideas. That's how I came across Quilt Taffy's blog. I was just blog-browsing, found their site and here I am. Corrie and Des have a lot of cute tutorials and projects.  Take a peek.


Until next time....

Lisa

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tongue-in-Cheek Timesaving Tips for Quilting Moms

I am having a ton of fun learning how to blog!  So much in fact that being on the computer checking out other quilter blogs is cutting into my sewing time, what little there is of it.  Which brings me to today's topic.

I subscribe to Ivillage.com "Stuff We Love" newsletters.  Today I came across an article of time saving tips for moms; "Ten Great Ways to Glide Through Your Day" which immediately caught my attention.

I thought I'd share just a few of the tips and how they would benefit me:

Set up a large corkboard - Hang it in your kitchen where you can prominently display a family calendar. This calendar will serve as your family's command center. Each night, you can check the calendar to see what activities are on tap for the next day.   OR pin up your quilt ideas!.


After-dinner duty - Help your kids get their outfits and knapsacks packed and ready for the next day. You can also use this time to put your belongings together (e.g., recharge your cell phone).  OR pull fabric from your stash for your next project!


Set the breakfast table the night before - Set up the bowls, spoons, cereal boxes, skillet -- this way, there's one less thing for you to do in the morning.  OR... ok well, this won't work for me as I sew at the table...


Get a babysitter - To get a better perspective on your life, and to ultimately get all your chores done more efficiently, you need to refuel your physical and mental energy. (for quilting!) Employing a babysitter for one afternoon a week or even one day a month will help you step back and evaluate life from a clearer perspective. For Quilting ideas!


Get a housekeeper - Even if it's just once a month, try to get someone in to take over the heavy-duty cleaning. If you think you can't afford it, remember that one day of housecleaning provided by a cleaning company is equal to the cost of two people going out to a movie and dinner.  This would be a toss up; more time to quilt or more money for buying fabric!


I will definitely be taking these helpful hints into consderation!

I want to also invite you to click on the link in my sidebar for the Among the Gum Trees blog.  This is a great group blog made up of the Gum Tree Designers from down under.  These nine Aussie designers have beautiful patterns, ideas and oh yes giveaways.  Be sure to check them out.

Until next time...
Lisa

Saturday, September 12, 2009

First Ever Blog Post.....

Hello Blog World!  Although I am a crafter and quilter, I think my first post should be a subject near and dear to my heart.  My sister survived breast cancer last year with a mastectomy.  My best friend of 30+ years has been cancer free for 1 year; she underwent full chemo and radiation.  With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, it is high on my priority list of pondering.

Some Breast Cancer Facts from The Breast Cancer Site         

  • Every two minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer  
  • One woman in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.
  • Mammography is a low-dose X-ray examination that can detect breast cancer up to two years before it is large enough to be felt.
  • When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 96%. This is good news! Over 2 million breast cancer survivors are alive in America today.
Did you know you can help women in need get mammograms with just a click?  Its free! Just click on the Breast Cancer Site link above or button at right.  Every click counts!

Until next time....
Lisa


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