Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Woolie Wednesday...Back in the Saddle Again...

...And it feels wonderful!  I forgot what a joy it is to work on this project!  Kathy Cardiff and her daughter, Taylor Olvera did an AWESOME job writing the pattern to "Where the Cows Come Home"!  They thought of EVERYTHING!  I love the fact that they reversed the pattern pieces for you, gave you a pattern placing template to lay your pieces on top of and provided you with a close-up colour photo of each and every barn/house!  The written instructions are also extremely clear and to the point!  There is no guess work with this pattern and no blue smoke (ie...*&^%$%)... coming from my sewing room!  Just the drone of my audio book!  Ahhh.... Ain't life grand!

So...this time round, I prepped all of the background blocks first and numbered them...ready for the wool applique.  I should have done this at the very beginning as it is such a time saver...not to mention you only have to clean up once!

See how I lay my sheet of clear plastic on top of the design page...makes it so easy!
 When I am finished I can lift the sheet of plastic off the page and place it onto the prepped background block...that white square pinned to the right of the barn  will be the fence posts that go on either side of the red barn.
 A yellow farmhouse...hmmm...I wonder if there is a blogger living in this house?

It's gradually taking shape....

...with only three more barns to go and then the hand stitching can occur!  Once the prep is done, the rest is gravy!

Stay tuned...

 I hope you get to have a Woolie Wednesday too... and Happy Stitching!~P

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

And the WINNER is...

As promised...I said I would pick the winner of the Buttermilk Basin pattern Monday tonight...and I did!

October is birthday month for 'the baby' in our family!  I can't believe that she is turning THIRTY ONE this year!  Now how in the world did that happens...?'s only fair that the winning number should be 31 too!  So without further delay (and yes, I double checked the counting), the lucky winner is... Debbie Wofford!
Please send me your snail's mail address Debbie and I will forward it on to Stacy of Buttermilk Basin!
Thank you for all your Buttermilk Basin love...I know that Stacy appreciates it, plus she also REALLY values your votes!  Please continue to go to Martha Stewart's American Made 2015 contest site... remember you can vote SIX times a day until Oct.23....and make Buttermilk Basin number ONE!!  It's a close race so every vote counts!!
I also hope that you continue to visit Buttermilk Basin's Blog as there seems to be a lot of FUN Halloween hyjink about to happen...starting October 10th!

Thank you Stacy for sponsoring this give away!  It was fun and I loved tooting your horn!  Wishing you all the best in the Contest...but regardless of the outcome, it's important to  remember that you are still one of the best designers 'out there'!  You're already a winner in my books!

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Stitching!~P

Sunday, October 4, 2015


I hit the jackpot on Saturday while Garage Saling!  Actually, I wasn't even going to go GSing...the plan was to go to a Fall Church a few books, a jar of pickles, a plant or two and be on my way.  BUT I arrived early...and it was too darn cold to wait around outside, so I followed a Garage Sale sign to a nearby sale.  I knew going up the driveway that it was MY kind of GS!  (Wouldn't you know I would forget my iPhone charging in the cradle at home!  I would have LOVED to have taken some pictures!  After all, SEEING is believing!!)

BUT I do have pictures of the LOOT!  (I'm sure my neighbours worry about me...haha)  Just look at those old windows...and in gorgeous shape!  Love the patina of the green one and the brown one has been sanded till it glows!!  And they were all just a few dollars!!  Yes, that is a LADDER...correction...a quilt ladder. :o) Beside it is a beautiful chalk painted mirror that I want to hang by the door in the RV.  And do you see that LONG framed board...well...the owner was going to make it into a sign for over her kitchen door...which I like the idea of... but I think I will use it for a Maggie Bononomi pattern where the wool mat is long and skinny.

Now for the smaller loot..

Bread boards...Bread, Butter and Jam...LOVE!!

The sweetest hand carved rabbit...feels so soft and smooth...and love the paint finish!

 It's a work of art...
And back!
 Love the pewter bowl! (turned upside down...)

Some old wooden sock forms...for drying my socks in front of the fire!  :o))

Hand carved wooden utensils...old...even a wooden a white crock pot...which I LOVE and looks perfect with my other kitchen junk! 

And of course I was playing with THAT green window!  I loved the fact that it didn't have any panes to get in the way!  PERFECT for a small quilted flimsy!  Maybe not this flimsy but one made in the very near future!!

So that's it!  I had enough money left to stop off at the Church Sale (albeit late :o) to buy a few books and a potted plant for the garden!  What a FUN Saturday!  What about YOU...did you do anything exciting?  Come on and share...we want to know!

Hey, before you go... if you missed yesterday's POST, I am having a GIVE AWAY sponsored by BUTTERMILK BASIN!!  You have till tomorrow evening (6pm) to enter!  You snooze, you lose!  Go HERE!  :o)  And don't forget to vote (and vote often) for Buttermilk Basin and help to put Stacy in the White House...that's Martha Stewart's White House...Read all about it HERE!!  Very exciting...

Have a Sunny Sunday and Happy Quilting!~P