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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Deal of the Day - Thursday and Friday

This will probably post a little early....but I have to go out of state Thursday and Friday.  Needless to say, all orders placed Thursday and Friday will ship on Saturday.

So, for our deal of the day we are offering all Miss Rosie's, Country Threads and Open Gate patterns at $6.50.

I will change your price prior to processing your card.  Limited to quantity on hand.

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Deal of the Day

Now that we are back into the "groove" of things....how about another Deal of the Day?

All McKenna Ryan patterns, in stock, are $8.00.  I will change the price prior to hitting your card.  Sale Prices are good Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

I love McKenna Ryan.  There is so much detail and her applique method certainly makes them go a little quicker.  Below is a pic of a quilt I quilted for a customer a few years ago.  Just love it, and she has a keepsake from her trip to Alaska.





Around our little farm....I did get some power-washing done last night while Hubs went at some unsightly bushes with the chainsaw.  I'm looking forward to morning coffee on the fresh and clean back porch.  It's the only fresh and clean around here.  *sigh*  But, I keep my chin up.  It's going to be awesome once we get some things done!  :)

Blessings....

Monday, July 20, 2015

Status Update

First, I want to thank everyone who participated in the sale.  The second round of orders ship out tomorrow, so if yours wasn't shipped today, it will ship tomorrow.

When Hubs and I put the house up for sale, we 'decided' (and I use that loosely) that we weren't in the mood for another fixer-upper.  The last four houses have been fixer-uppers, and we are tired.  Fast forward to how we ended up on our little farm.  Our realtor had us signed up to get alerts when homes came on the market for sale.  We would respond with the ones we were interested in looking at, but they were selling as quickly as we were responding.  I was getting scared and nervous.  To top it all off, our house sold in three weeks once we listed this time.  So, in my mind, we were homeless and I was freaking out!

Hubs went to the house across the street from where Momma lives and knocked on the door.  He told them we wanted to buy.  (We tried to get them to sell to us years ago, but they wanted more than it was worth.)  Mr. Homeowner gives Hubs a price, they shake hands and we have a deal.  Contract gets signed and we have possession at closing.  This is in bold, because it is important to the story....  Mr. Homeowner asks us to keep them in the loop as to when we think we will close.  The ENTIRE time, we tell him the 22nd.  We stopped in every weekend.

It is now the 22nd and I am literally in my car on the way to closing when Momma calls to tell me there still has been no moving truck there.  After closing, I ask for the keys to the house.  Mrs. Homeowner freaks out and starts looking at Mr. Homeowner with a strange look on her face.  The man from the title agency asked Mr. and Mrs. Homeowner when they were leaving for their new state.  Mrs. Homeowner says she wants to be there by the fourth of July.  Hubs and I knew where this was going....unfortunately.  We drive straight to our new home.  What should have been an exciting experience was thwarted with the unimaginable.  We pull in the driveway and there is finally a moving truck--a really big one.  There are four, count them, FOUR boxes on the aforementioned truck.  I walk right in the house--afterall, it IS mine now.  Their son, who had flown in from Colorado to help them move, was H O R R I F I E D....as was I.  It would seem Mr. and Mrs. Homeowner were hoarders.  There was even more stuff on the floor and all over the house than there was when we originally looked.  Argh!  Hubs is nice about it.  We have a truck already rented, so we will be bringing our first load on Tuesday, so you two need to get busy.  Ahem....and, Oh by the way--I have ordered a dumpster to be delivered Tuesday.  Feel free to use it.

Hubs and I have to make a new "plan" for the move.  I had things packed in totes by room so it would be somewhat seamless.  Just unload into the appropriate room and everything goes smoothly.  It was good in theory.  We now have to pick a truckload of totes that are things we don't need to get into right away and can be stored in the back of a barn----YES, I said BARN.

We show up on Tuesday with our truckload of totes.  The dumpster is full (best $500 I ever spent--it was 30 cu. yd, which is the biggest one they make), but now there are only about 10 boxes on the truck.  Still can't get in the house to paint or clean.  You can't tell they have moved a box.  I'm ready to cry.  Hubs tries to be all sweet about it and tell them they have one more day, but we are spending the night on Wednesday.

Now, it's Wednesday.  We arrive at 3:00.  They are STILL not done.  Judging from their responses to questions, I'm pretty sure they think we are all staying in the house together.  Ummm....NO.  Now, I am having buyer's remorse, and I'm pretty sure I am about to stroke out on everyone.  I am waiting patiently for hubs to be the big ole' meanie I know he is capable of being.  We have given them two extra days.  I can't hold it in.  I reach for that inner "meanie".  Then, it all comes out of my mouth....like diarrhea.....and I can't stop it.  Hubs just stands there with his mouth open not knowing what has come over me.  "Mr. Homeowner--while I realize that you are not worried about honoring your contract with us, we ARE honoring our contract with our buyers.  You have had six weeks to hire movers, rent a moving truck, rent a storage unit....whatever you needed to do to get yourself moved.  We have been more than patient.  It is 3:00.  You have until 5:00 to get that truck rolling out of my new driveway.  I apologize for being notsonice about it, but my patience is gone and I am running out of time."

Whoa! That felt good.  He stomped off and told his wife that we weren't co-habitating.  They picked up the pace a little and I started wielding anything laying in the yard that I didn't want into the dumpster.  Yes, my Momma would have been proud.  Around 8:00pm Mrs. Homeowner had a meltdown.  They were out of room on the truck and she still had 100 flower pots, with flowers, that needed to be loaded.  I'm not kidding and I'm certainly not exaggerating.  If you want proof, come on over, they are still laying everywhere and I have already thrown some into dumpster number TWO.  I sit down beside her in the yard and trying to be patient and compassionate explain to her that if she wants those flower pots on the truck, she needs to make some decisions about what can come off.  Before leaving, they did apologize profusely.  They do realize they have an issue now.  They have three homes in the new state where they are going which were already full before they get there.  They have nowhere to put their stuff and will have to sleep at their daughter's until they can clear a path.

So, they are gone.  I am living in tote city.  I cannot unpack nor can I find anything I need.  Hubs has started gutting what will be the shop, but it is looking like fall.  I can only now explain to you what has been going on in my life for the last two months without wanting to bawl my eyeballs out.  To say that it has been stressful is an understatement.

If you are feeling charitable, send wine.  If not, come on over.  One look around and you will feel so sorry for me you will either want to run to get the wine or jump in and help.  It is that bad.

No sewing for me for a few months, but that is OK.  Nothing worth having comes easily.  What I can tell you is that Momma has been a big help and is really excited that we are neighbors.  I made her a nice Italian dinner last night and she was so excited she baked a pie--OK, well Kroger's bakery actually did the baking, but it's the thought that counts!  We are closer to the kids.  We are closer to the grandchildren.  We are closer to the hospital where the one grandson is.  We are happy.  Even the dog is enjoying being a farm dog.  He's been riding on the trailer being pulled by the tractor--rolling in the wet farm fields--and is happily pacing around what will be the new chicken barn.

Blessings....

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Don't forget the big sale!!!

Started yesterday.....until tomorrow at midnight.

All orders placed Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19 are subject to the following S A L E pricing:

  • Fabric (with the exception of the Sale Category) will be discounted $2.00 per yard  (minimum 1 yard cut)
  • Patterns/Books/Notions will be discounted 40% off manufacturer's suggested retail price
  • Wool Fat Quarters $2.00 off per fat quarter
  • Thread 30% off
I will change pricing before hitting your credit card.  All orders over $75 will receive a "Free Gift".



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I'm off to trim hedges....such an exciting life!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Woot Woot!!!!!!

AWESOME NEWS!!!!  The credit card situation has been fixed!!!  We are celebrating and doing the happy dance!

Join us in our celebration....

All orders placed Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19 are subject to the following S A L E pricing:


  • Fabric (with the exception of the Sale Category) will be discounted $2.00 per yard  (minimum 1 yard cut)
  • Patterns/Books/Notions will be discounted 40% off manufacturer's suggested retail price
  • Wool Fat Quarters $2.00 off per fat quarter
  • Thread 30% off
I will change pricing before hitting your credit card.  All orders over $75 will receive a "Free Gift".

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Many Blessings....and it is great to be B A C K ! ! ! ! !

Thank you for your patience!!!!!

Well, to say the move has had it's share of challenges would be an understatement.  We finally have the household and business moved, but everything is a hot mess.  There is no "internet" here.  *sigh*  The landline is not dependable, as Momma and the aunt have said you can go a week at a time without a phone line.

That being said, we have everything up and running with the exception of the credit card machine.  The credit card company was supposed to call back yesterday (so, guess who I get to call promptly at 8:00 am today....) to let me know if there is an adapter available to use a mobile hotspot with the machine.  So, here I sit on an evergrowing pile of orders with no way to process them. *another sigh*  If an adapter is not available, I will either have to purchase another credit card machine or switch to PayPal.

Thank you so much for your patience....I will get there.

To make up for it, once I get things squared away, I will have a HUGE SALE.

Soooooo sorry!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Deal of the Day....

While I am packing everything up, I'm thinking about how heavy it is...ugh!  So, for the Deal of the Day, we are offering books.  Lots and lots of heavy books....

All Books are 40% off Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price. 

I will also extend the Wool Fat Quarters ($1 off)

Subject to availability and inventory on hand.  I will change pricing before I hit your credit card.

Order 5 wool quarters and get a free spool of Lana Wool embroidery floss.

This sale ends at midnight Friday.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Deal of the day (Weekend)

Our Deal of the Day will last thru Memorial Day Monday at 5pm EST. 

All wool fat quarters will be $1.00 off.  Subject to availability (no backorders).



I had to go with a simple one.  We have sold our house in just under three weeks.  Since I didn't get too excited about it when we listed, I hadn't really packed anything.  So, this weekend I am on fire starting the serious packing.  On the upside, Hubs bought me a little farm.  He knocked on the guys door and made him "an offer he couldn't refuse".  LOL

Needless to say, I will not be taking in anymore longarming until I get situated, which should be the end of June.  The shop will be on the same property as the house, kind of like we had in Caldwell, but without stairs.  I'm hoping to have an Open House early Fall, but the place needs some work....

Blessings......

Monday, April 13, 2015

Home from Vacation and Deal of the Day!

We are all settled back in from vacation.  We went with some friends to Gatlinburg, TN and had quite the relaxing time....not to mention a good time!  J and I spent too much money shop hopping and didn't get nearly enough stitching done (in proportion to the amount of recently acquired projects).

Our Deal of the Day will be on batiks.  All batiks will be $7 per yard, minimum 1 yard cut.  I will change the amount prior to charging your card.  Sale will go through midnight TUESDAY.

Since we were gone last week, I will also honor all of the Deal of the Days for the prior week, until midnight TUESDAY.  (Again, I will change the pricing prior to charging your card....no backorders....subject to quantities on hand.)

Have a blessed day.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Easter!

There will be no Deal of the Day for today.  Instead, I offer you this....




Some pictures of Easter quilts around my house.  Enjoy your holiday!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Saturday Deal of the Day

Today's deal of the day is a gorgeous pattern by Judy Niemeyer.  Japanese Fan



Suggested retail is $25.00.  We are offering it at $13.00 as our Deal of the Day.  Limited to quantity on hand.  Pricing expires at midnight on Saturday.

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Friday Deal of the Day

Want to try your hand at paper-piecing?  Are you a paper-piecer who knows how awesome Carol Doak's Foundation Paper is?  Today's deal of the day won't disappoint!

Carol Doak's Foundation Paper

Suggested retail price is $9.95.  We are offering our Deal of the Day price on this at $6.00.  Offer limited to quantity on hand and expires at midnight Friday central time.

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.

Blessings

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Thursday Deal of the Day

One of my favorite designers!  Bunny Hill's Cream and Sugar pattern.  What I love about her patterns is that there are individual color photos for each block.  (If anyone wants to make me one of these quilts, I would love you forever!)



Suggested retail on this pattern set is $24.00  Our deal of the day is $13.00.  Limited supply on hand.  No backorders.  Once inventory is depleted, the sale is over.  Sale pricing available until midnight Thursday, April 1 (central time).

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.

Blessings


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wednesday Deal of the Day

Better Together - Two-block designs for dynamic quilts

Each of these 10 projects features either one repeating block or two alternating blocks.  Where the blocks intersect, the lines blur from one block to the next, creating gorgeous and unexpected designs.  Quilters of all skill levels can create eye-catching projects.



Suggested retail for this book is $22.99  Until midnight central time, we are offering it for $12.00.  No backorders.  Limited supply.  Once inventory is depleted, the sale is over.

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.

Blessings

Monday, March 30, 2015

Tuesday deal of the Day

Today's deal of the day is the book Bold and Beautiful--Artful quilts from just one fabric.  Whether you are dipping your toes in the world of art quilts, or if you just have a gorgeous piece of fabric that you hate to cut up, this book offers design possibilities that make your quilt a one-of-a-kind design.
Bold and Beautiful - Artful Quilts From Just One Fabric by Judi Dains

Suggested retail is $26.99.  Until midnight Tuesday (central time), we are offering this book for $15.00.

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Updates....and deal of the day!

As the remodel of the family room comes to a close, let me just say I am thankful.  Hubs and I always guesstimate how much time we "think" it will take, and it is usually double.  We get into a project and decide to do more....the next thing you know, it's Spring!

While I have still been longarming for customers, not much action in the studio on the personal front.  I did get this finished in time for Valentine's Day.....
Be My Valentine


I hope to get more done soon.....going on vacation with a good friend, and I intend to have a bunch of handwork for the car ride.  It will be great fun catching up and spending some much missed time together.  She is a kindred spirit to me.  I wish we lived next door to each other.  We could get in serious trouble together!  *grin*

Now on to our deal of the day.  We will leave this deal available until Monday at midnight central time.


Suggested retail for this is $30.50.  For our deal of the day, we will be offering it for $17.00  There are 16 projects and over 190 blocks.  Projects included include Greenbriar, Holy Thistle, Mercer Lane, Miss Kim Pinkeeper, Inkberry Pinkeeper, House Pinkeeper, Uniontown Square, Birdsong, Ginger Grove, Acorn Pinkeeper, Elephant Pinkeeper, Milkweed Pinkeeper, Simply delicious Pinkeeper, Dog Days Pinkeeper, Aimee Rabbit Pinkeeper.  I've made a couple of the pinkeeper patterns as blocks.  Limited supply.  No backorders.  Once inventory is depleted, sale is over.

Price will be manually changed before we charge your card.

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wool Sale Extended

We had a little "hiccup" with the website.  The Wool link wasn't working on the front page.  Because of this, we will be extending our Wool Sale through January 17.

All wool orders will be 15% off.  If your order is over $50, you will receive either the 15% off or FREE SHIPPING, whichever is greater.  Add a wool pattern, and the pattern will be discounted to 40% off suggested retail price!

and....to apologize for our little goof-up, making finding that wool like an Easter Egg Hunt, we will also be offering a Buy 4, get 1 free on soaps and candles.  (The lower priced soap or candle will be the free one.)  So, buy 4 bars of soap, get the 5th free---buy 4 candles, get the 5th free.

Here's a link to our website:  http://www.quiltweb.net

Happy Shopping!!!




Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shhhh.....it's a secret!

Hubs has a birthday coming in the next few weeks.  He is a big Philadelphia Eagles fan.  (Yes, it makes for some interesting football games when they are playing my Chicago Bears....)  So, I ordered a bolt of this fun fabric and have been sewing away making him all kinds of silly stuff for his birthday.


Boxers and a welding cap.  I figured it might be a little much if I made him a case for his tablet, too, or some slippers.  We will see what I end up with....

Here is a sneak peak of a little something else I am working on.  I'm only about halfway done.  Will be loading back onto the longarm today.

Just trying to keep myself busy in this extremely cold weather.  What about you???

Blessings....

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Some Kinda Special....

Some kinda special just left.  He has been here since Tuesday night.  He is quite the little time bandit.  Needless to say, I got two welding caps done, and that is it!  He smiles all the time and definitely knows how to work the ladies....at least he can work this one!

My pattern came for the Stitch A Long.  I'm excited to pick out my fabrics and start getting everything cut out.  While I was waiting, I did start doodling out a project for Valentine's Day.  I will probably make it before I actually start stitching on the Stitch A Long project.  As a way to celebrate, I will be doing a giveaway.  Comment on this post by midnight Sunday.  You must be a blog follower on my blog.  I will draw the winner Monday morning and you will get this pattern....


It finishes at around 9" square.  These little wool candle mats are great little accents to your holiday table decor.  Hopefully, you will win it and be able to get it done in time for Easter.  Isn't it just darling?

And....just in case you aren't the happy winner....how about another shipping special?  I am offering 15% discount on all wool fat quarters through Sunday at midnight as well.  If your order is over $50, I will give you FREE SHIPPING instead.  (US shipping only)

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Oh, Facebook.....

I can get in a lot of trouble of Facebook.  There are so many great sewing/stitching groups to join.  I have met a lot of awesome quilters.  Heck, I've even ended up being friends with quilters who know my family in West Virginia.  It has truly been a ride.

The two stitch-alongs I joined were from Facebook.


Most of us are doing the applique in wool.  

Then, I have another FB friend who says her Hubs came in her sewing room and gave her grief about how messy it was.  I offered her some simple advice--go into his garage and offer to tidy up.  If he keeps it clean, offer to run his tools through the dishwasher.  Hey, I'm just here to help!  (Of course, this is probably why the Hubs and I have agreed to stay out of each others' space...)

I did get to spend some time in the sewing studio yesterday.  I made more surgical caps for Nurse Daughter to take to work.  Since OSU is playing Alabama in the big game on New Year's, it is only appropriate the surgical staff is able to show their spirit.





The other ones are just for fun.

Then, I made the bib for "some kinda special".  Nana shouldn't be the only one with a Challenger!  :)



He needs to be all stylin on Sunday for our Christmas celebration, so I have given him the hook-up.

That's it.  Now, I need to go make some cheesecakes and start marinating and cooking for tomorrow.

Blessings

Friday, December 26, 2014

It's that time of year....

Everyone starts making New Year's Resolutions.  I've never been a "resolution maker".  However, as I reflect on this past year--I really didn't take enough time for myself.  Hubs and I have worked a LOT.  In the past few months, we have gutted our bedroom, pulled up all the carpeting, installed California shelving in the closets, painted, etc.  We have done the same in the wall of closets going down the hallway....installed a new chandelier in the Living Room.....painted the dining room.....the list just goes on.  My sewing studio is dusty.  How does one get dusty?  LACK OF USE!!!

My longarm special in October had me quilting away for everyone's Christmas presents.  As I went through one quilt after another, I felt a pity party coming on since I will only be giving one quilt this year.  Oh woe is me.  Not really.  My life is filled with so many blessings that I have absolutely nothing to be pitied for.  We are healthy, happy and our kids are all truly blessed.

That being said.....Hubs and I have set some goals for this year.  *NOTE*  I did NOT say resolutions.  I don't resolve to quit smoking, lose weight, make more money....all of those things you hear when a reporter runs around the mall asking....  I do intend to take more time for myself and spend it in that studio that has gotten dusty.  We do intend to get the business jump-started this year.  And, last, but certainly not least....we do intend to get moved.  January will find us gutting the family room.  Once that is completed, the house goes back *groan* *sigh* up on the market.  We hate being so far away from the kids and not getting to spend time with the grandkids.  With another due in February and another "some kinda special" that blessed us right before Thanksgiving, we want to be those grandparents that spoil them all rotten.  We don't know how long we will have "some kinda special", but we want him to feel genuine love and what a family is all about.


So, no resolutions.  Just goals.  Achievable goals.

Enough of the dribbling.....here is a pic of the quilt I made for one of the granddaughters.  She has a grey and white bedroom with pink accents....all done up in elephants.  This wholecloth was to hold her over until I got the embroidery work done for the second quilt.  This is also the quilt that attracted the Taco Bell stains the other day.

I don't even like Taco Bell.  I never eat there.  Hubs was being sweet and brought it home to keep me from having to cook lunch.  Now, I have even more reason not to like it.  Good news is, though, my powerful little stainkiller knocked those stains right out!  We have a clean, freshly washed quilt to give to the granddaughter on Sunday.

This is a close-up of the center.  These pics are of a wet quilt.  I just couldn't wait once the washer was done, to make sure those stains were gone.  I did half the binding.  Hubs did the rest.  He wanted to be able to say he helped.  I'm sure there will be something about it the step-diva doesn't like.  I'm not being negative....in the Indian culture it is considered bad luck for the trunk of the elephant of the trunk to be down, rather than up.  Suffice it to say, this may end up in a closet.  :)

Well, I'm off to the studio to organize a little and wipe some dust off.  I have signed up for a quilt-a-long for the new year and need to be able to jump in once my patterns arrive.

Don't forget about the shipping special through the rest of the year........

Blessings

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas all!

It's been a while since I have posted.....but, life has thrown us some awesome curveballs.  From our house to yours....Merry Christmas!



 My little Christmas present.....
This one was from Thanksgiving

This is another one from Thanksgiving.  My half of the Brady Bunch.

We are doing Christmas with our kids on Sunday, so I'm sure you will have to suffer through more pics of the family.  :)

I actually HAVE gotten some stitching done.  Will post pics tomorrow.  I even finished one of the quilts for the granddaughter.  Of course, while binding yesterday, I may have gotten Taco Bell goop all over it.  We are about to try out my favorite stain remover...1 part Dawn blue dish soap to 3 parts white vinegar.  Cross your fingers!

To atone for not having posted for a few months....I will offer a FREE SHIPPING special on the website.  All orders over $50 will receive free shipping. This will run through New Years's Eve.

Have a blessed holiday!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

8--16--32--84.....Decoy

I sound like a football player, don't I?  I know the next thing you expect to hear is "hike".  Well, it is actually my piece count so far on the new wool project I am cutting out.  Can you guess what it is going to be?  The brown is not the background.  I just used it to lay the pieces on.  There are 8 strips of brown, 16 leaves, 32 flower petals and 84 berries.  This is a wool project I have wanted to make for a long time.  I'm going on a mini-vacation and wanted to have the pieces cut out just in case......never fear, those 84 berries are going into a ziploc bag, so I don't have to cut them out again!  It sure doesn't "look" like 84 berries.


And this pic is everything I need for a good time.  I actually have all four sizes of the Karen K. Buckley applique scissors.  The serration on the blades really helps with accurate cutting.  I just love these--so much, in fact, that I keep them well hidden.  I have 'decoy' scissors in my basket on the sewing table for those occasions when the Hubs thinks he will sneak in and borrow them--like yesterday.  The wool applique needles are a "must have".  I've tried the other needles.  I will stick with these.  Carpenters say, "you are only as good as your tools".  Well, I believe the same is true for quilters.  There are just some specialty items that I find essential to getting the desired look.  There are places to scrimp and save, but cutting is not one of them!  There's nothing worse than wonky, jagged uneven cuts.  The little pink-handled scissors actually have a slight curve in the tip of the blade.  These made the little berries a dream.  The berries are approx. 1/2".  If you have ever tried cutting out those little pieces with regular scissors, you will completely understand.  All three scissors were used to cut out this project.

When I ordered Gabbie (longarm #2), I ordered new leaders for Gammie (longarm #1).  The old ones were a bit dirty and I was concerned they were sightly stretched as well.  So, when I took the old leaders off, I gave the canvas to the Hubs aka Fred Sanford.  I knew he would eventually find a use for them.  Yesterday, he sneaks into the sewing studio and grabs scissors from the decoy basket.  They were absconded to the garage, and I haven't seen them since.  I will feign irritation and demand they be returned--that's how I roll.  :)  He used the canvas this weekend to make himself a pouch (can't think of a good word to describe it) to carry wood in for the woodburner without getting dirt/bark/leaves all over the floor.  All I can say here is--FINALLY!  At least the scissors came from the decoy basket.

Last weekend, Bambino got into some briars.  Hubs, again, snuck into the sewing studio and absconded with a small pair of scissors to cut the briars out.  Alas, the decoy basket was effective in securing the safety of my good scissors.  Can you imagine if he had started going through my drawers, etc. to find something?  There could have been trouble.  He might have actually seen that my stash is "slightly" larger than he thought.  Another reason every quilter should have a decoy basket--in plain view--to avoid detection of other novel secrets!

So, there is my tip of the week.  Do with it what you will.

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Money is no object to me.....Sweetest Day

Hubs does all of our grocery shopping.  I hate shopping.  I don't care if it is for groceries, clothes, furniture....it just doesn't matter.  If I need something new, I go in--grab it--and get out!  The agreement is I will cook whatever he brings home.  (As you will recall, that is how I ended up with the duck!!!!!)

So, this morning I have sent him out to the grocery store and told him that "money is no object".  We don't have enough of a 'selection' in the pantry when I stand in front of the door trying to figure out what to fix for dinner.....and it drives me crazy.  I also have a rule--everything has to have at least one backup in the cabinets.  i.e.  If we open a jar of mayo, there needs to be one in the pantry as a backup.  You may think it is a little much to expect, but remember when you were making potato salad/devilled eggs/burgers and ran out of mayo.  Well, there's my point.  What would you do if it was the toilet paper that didn't have a backup????  OK, I'm done proving my point.  Dang, I should have been a lawyer!  LOL

To change the subject...today is Sweetest Day.  Don't forget to do a little something for a sweetie in your life.  I got mine some clothes.  (You have never seen anyone who can pick out clothes and get checked out so quickly at the department store.  Again, hate the whole shopping thing.)  Do you need some ideas?  Check out this link...

http://wdtn.com/2014/10/15/sweetest-day-ideas/

Yeah, it is probably a holiday made up by candy companies and florists to get us shopping in a lull business time, but it is a good reminder to not take special people in your life for granted.

Our longarm special is still going on all month.  For more details you can go here:

http://appalachianquilts.blogspot.com/2014/10/longarm-special.html

Well, I am off to spend my glamourous day cleaning and then, I think I will play with some wool.  Going to cut out a Christmas project so I have something to do while we watch the football game.  I will have to put my little prim project on hold until I finish this wool table mat for Christmas.  Want to make sure I get it done in time to decorate.

Have a blessed day!

P.S.  I forgot to remind you.  Today and tomorrow are the last days for the Columbus Day (week) sale.

For more info, click here:
http://appalachianquilts.blogspot.com/2014/10/columbus-day-sale.html

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Longarm Special!



Christmas is creeping up on us.  Don't be a naysayer--really, we only have TEN more Saturdays until Christmas!  Can you believe it?  I feel like I was just out working in my garden.  (Really, I was!)  Are you making quilts to give this Christmas?

We have a LOT of wide backs in stock.  Why wide backs?  First, there is no labor.  You just cut off your yardage and go.  Second, it is more economical.  Three yards of wide back (108" x 108") will do up to a queen-size quilt.  That is approximately $45-48, depending on the backing you pick.  Nine yards of regular fabric that you would have to piece at $8 per yard.  Well, that is $72!!!!  The quality of wide backing is the same of the regular quilting fabrics.  I choose not to piece whenever possible.  Third, you don't have to worry about squaring up the back.  When you piece, there is always that chance that your backing won't turn out square.  Give them a try.  You won't be disappointed.


To "motivate" you to finish those tops and be ready for Christmas, we are offering a Longarm Special for the month of October.  If you haven't brought a quilt to us in the last three months, we will give you HALF OFF your batting.  (We carry the Quilters Dream products.)  Never fear, if you have brought a quilt to us in the last three months, you will still receive 25% off your batting.  Quilts can be dropped off or mailed in.  We return them via USPS Priority Mail when they are mailed in.  They are automatically tracked and insured by USPS, and we have never had a problem with them getting lost or damaged in the mail.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get those tops finished and get them in.  This offer is good for US customers only.  Turnaround time is usually 1-2 weeks.  We are taking allover quilting designs for this offer only--no custom quilting.

....and don't forget our book/pattern sale going on this week.  See yesterday's post for that.  Maybe you can find a quick Christmas pattern???

Have a blessed day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day Sale!



It's a SALE!  On all pattern orders received Monday through Sunday this week, receive 50% off manufacturers suggested retail price!  We change the price charged before we hit your credit card.

This offer is subject to availability, no backorders and will be given on all books/patterns in the shop.

Have a great Columbus Day week!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Girls day!

So, last weekend "M" and I made some scrubs for her to wear to work.  It was too much fun.  We just kept picking more and more fabrics we wanted to use--I cut--she sewed--and she ended up with five tops and two more that needed finished.  Here's what we accomplished:



 Yeah, so I pretty much snagged this from her FB wall.  I forgot to take pics before she left.  The orange one is bats.  Bottom left is really a light yellow fabric with the cutest paisleys.  Pink one is fabric from Peace Love Joy fabric line....and then there are the pumpkins and of course the OSU one.  Won't she be festive?

Then there is the matter of the prim quilt.  As you can see, I haven't gotten much done on it this week.  Hubs is working me like I am Amish and there has been no time for fun.  Maybe tomorrow.....

Why wait until tomorrow?  Well, today is Girls Day!  Princess Daughter, Daughter-In-Law and "Adopted" daughter are all coming out to make candles.  I have little care packages for them to take home with their candles.  Princess Daughter gets the scrubs caps and they all get some of the latest batches of soaps....Strawberry Shortcake, Red Clay Facial Soap and Black Magic.

After we are done soapmaking, we are going to the big city to go to the Italian Festival.  We will eat our way through the festival and hopefully Stella Bella and her parents are meeting us there.  I must remember to take my camera!  While us girls are having our little day together, Hubs is going with Stella Bella to pick out her own personal pumpkin.

What are YOU doing today?  Hope it is a blessed one!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

How to turn a bad day into a really good one.....

I started to write this post once before, and Hubs thought it made him look like an ogre.  So, I will give it the old girl scout try...again. He wasn't at fault, sorta.  I was having a really bad morning.  Had to fast before getting some medical tests done.  No coffee and had to get up at 5 am to go for the tests.  Forgot my insurance card, so had to drive all the way home, then back to get the blood work done.  It is now noon, and I haven't eaten since 6 pm the night before.  So, I may have been a tad *ouchy*.  After the medical tests were all done, I decided "we" would go fishing.  (Now, that's the nicest way I can put it.)

So, we loaded up the fishing gear and went to Momma's to let her know we were going out to her lake house to do some fishing.  She couldn't join us because she had to pick up our nephew from school.  After she picked him up, they moseyed (is that a word??) out to join us.  He had been fishing before, but had never caught a fish.  I got to be there for his first!

 He is such a little cutie patootie!  He is usually quiet and doesn't say a whole lot.  See how skinny that little dock is?  Well, it was just me and him....talking and fishing.  I don't get to see him much, so for me, this was just the most awesome day.
Did I mention he caught more than one fish?  He was so excited that he kept catching fish.  It was just magical.  There is nothing like a child who feels excited over an accomplishment.

 Then, there was this.  Momma is such a workaholic that she never just does nothing.  By the end of the day, she was even putting her own worms on her hook.  I've been taking her to places she has wanted to go and spending time with her doing just nothing.  With Pops being gone, I worry about her dwelling on being alone.  As you can see.....she is flourishing.  She got to spend time with her grandson doing absolutely nothing....and, of course, her awesome daughter.  My cup runneth over.  :)
 Then, there is this.  We live in a subdivision.  We have been overrun the last few days by wild turkeys!  There is an inside joke with some of my Quilters Hollow quilty friends about these guys, so I have had a great time posting their pics on Facebook.
 They came back this morning....during the SNOW.  They love the red berries growing wild along the fence row.  Between the turkeys, the snow, and the cold, I felt like I should be up making Thanksgiving dinner!  Pumpkin pie anyone??
Today, Prodigal Son and his girlfriend are here.  We will be making candles, sewing scrubs and watching the football game together.  Life is good.

Blessings....

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