Friday, January 28, 2011

Wildflower Rhapsody Block of the Month

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Why are men are happier (not negative, just funny)

I found the following on Quilting Board website and thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you do, too.

Men Are Just Happier People --
Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can be President.

You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

If someone forgets to invite you,

He or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..

You almost never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..

Everything on your face stays its original color.

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives

On December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Patterns and Quilt Books listed on website

Check out some of the new patterns (including Lori Holt's) and quilt books that have been added to our website at Good pricing - lower than the suggested retail pricing. Here are just a few:

[To go directly to the website to order each item, put curson over picture and click the mouse.]

Love those Art to Heart patterns. Easy to make, too.

It is never too early to start working on
your Christmas designs.

Lori Holt's Gardening pattern. Great for spring time.

Another Lori Holt.

Snow Day. . . Sew Day.
Easy and fun applique pattern.Snowday Quilt Pattern

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Modesto Quilt Show

Today Elisa and I went to the Heart of the Valley Quilts and Textile Show hosted by the Country Crossroads Quilters in Modesto.  It is going on tomorrow, Sunday January 16th also. For more information go to:

It was a great show in a great location. We saw a lot of beautiful quilts, of which I took just a few pictures shown below. It made me want to come home and start sewing. I have so many quilt projects I want to finish and quilt ideas that I want to do. Going to quilt shows helps me get re-energized.

I also bought the cutest quilt kit and, I must say, it was very well priced (which I love the most). It is a darling valentine quilt. Its center point is a very cute panel. The color is not pink, which is a surprise for a valentine quilt. It is more of a peach color.

Now I have already started a pink and red quilt that is quite large and might not get done by this year's February 14th. The kit will allow me to have a new quilt for Valentine's Day.

I bought it from the booth from Manteca called Ladybug's Quilts. Elisa also purchased a panel from them. We were so impressed by their booth that we decided to stop by their store on the way home. Really a nice store. Terrific bright colored fabrics that I fell in love with. I did not buy any, but I wanted to. I did purchase the same panel Elisa bought. It is two teddy bears. One with a hoola hoop and the other on an old fashioned scooter. She is going to make a quilt. I have a UFO made out of teddy bear fabric that needed something to jazz it up. I am going to cut the bear with the scooter and applique it onto my quilt. I think it will add a lot to my UFO, which hopefully will be a finished quilt before too long.

Ladybug's Quilts also had a great selection of Civil War prints and flannels. Elisa and I are doing a Civil War BOM through Beverly's Fabrics in Fair Oaks. Depending on their finishing package, choices, we may have to travel back to Manteca to get something beautiful from their shop. Who knows. Plus those flannels are some of the prettiest I have seen. Good selection. If you are down that way, take the time to stop by and take a look at their choices. Easy on and off the freeway (highway 99). More information go to

Now for the pictures of the quilt show:

One block of a large Hawaiian quilt.

Sunbonnet Sue Calendar quilt

Stuning Christmas Applique Quilt

This was also a textile show. I loved this dress. I would love
to know why it was designed as it was, but the work that was done on it was fantastic.

Loved this smaller wall hanging. It is like a girls doll house. Very cute.
The pictures have real pictures in them. The steps outside the front door
 have flowers on them. The bunk beds on the top floor have quilts on them.
 Really unique and very beautiful.

Center block of a Sunbonnet Sue quilt. These three are at a quilt show
looking at a quilt with very small pieces sewn together.

Featured artist Joyce Compton did this skyscape. The quilting was
unbelievable in this smaller quilt. With it looking hazy,
it made it look like the city across the bay. Love it. This all came from a picture.

And for those that know me, Halloween quilts always get my attention.
 Loved this one, too.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quilt Labels - FREE - Part II

I found another site that offers free quilt labels:

Don't you love the Internet?

Quilt Labels - FREE

Quilt labels are so important. Many of us have antique quilts that were handed down through the family or perhaps obtained elsewhere and have no history of who made it or when. Put a label on every quilt you make, so 50 years or more people will know the when and who of your heirloom.

Now you can get really creative with your labels. I have seen where people have printed a picture on fabric, or taken part of the fabric used on the top, or embroidered one, or had one specially designed one. Most of us just write the information on muslin and sew it on, which is fine. It is better to have something there, than nothing at all.

But if you want to make it special without a lot of work, have I got a website for you. All you have to do is print this out on printable fabric, write your information on it and you have a darling quilt label.

Go to to see what I am talking about. See samples below. But go to the above website and click on the one you want to print out.

Don't you love them? There are more to choose from.

Milk Men - Too Cute

I found the following on a great site:

You just need:

small milk glasses (these from Target work great)
powdered doughnut holes
milk, of course

To decorate, Julie used chocolate jimmies to press into the doughnuts for the eyes and mouth. The noses are orange coated sunflower seeds pressed into the dougnut and attached with a tiny bit of frosting.

She also coordinated their felt scarves with the same color striped straws. And to finish them off, she glued a few small buttons right on the glass.


The website has several other wonderful recipes. Check them out at above link.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - Great Site

So a friend, Janet Wheaton, told me about the quilting board. I had never heard of it before, so I checked it out. It is a great site for all quilters. They have so many different things you can get involved in. There is a chat room where you can talk live to others. Love it. You can also join different groups that do many projects. I am joining one where you are to make a set of "funky" chickens and send it off before the date set in March. Since I have a great pattern featured on my website for a very cute chicken quilt, I thought I would make those blocks up. Send them off and in return I will get six funky chicken blocks back. Sounds like a good deal all
around. [You can find the pattern at]

I have also joined a weight loss project. No sewing for this project. Just had to weigh myself on January 1. On February 1, I weigh myself again and send a private message to the organizer. Whoever loses the most weight that month gets a fat quarter from everyone participating. Best of all there are daily posts of different ideas that can help us on our way and we can post ideas we have or our goals or anything that is appropriate to the project. I figured it might be good if losing weight is put in front of me daily. Who knows, maybe I will actually take off some pounds. Good project to be involved in.

You can post pictures of quilts or other sewing projects you have finished or are working on. People ooh and aah over them. Also you can ask for assistance in your project and get lots of suggestions.

People from all over the world are involved in this website. You get great ideas and help. Check it out at today.