Saturday, August 31, 2013

Quilting Adventures in Portland

Earlier this month, I was away having fun at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-Up in Portland.  What a blast! It was fun hanging out with my CMQG peeps and meeting other blog/Facebook/Instagram friends! So many activities -- Charity sewing, personal sewing, prize giveaways, social time, classes, and goody bags!  Even a champagne brunch! So Much Fun! I didn't want it to end, yet I wanted to get back home. I even drove across two bridges while I was away, and I didn't have a panic attack! Ha ha! Not that I've actually had a panic attack on a bridge, but I dislike them very much, especially if I'm in the driver's seat! 

As part of the meet-up, those who wanted to participate in the tote swap were given a half yard of the new Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Denim, donated by Robert Kaufman. I used the Valori Wells Marrakech fabric that I picked up at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in July to add to the denim.  I absolutely love both of these fabrics!!!
The bag that I received was made by Cath at Wombat Quilts. This was her first tote ever, and I think she did an excellent job! Don't you? 
This is the banner that our guild (Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild) made to hang at Modern Domestic in Portland, where the meet-up was being held (You really should check that place out!) Pretty awesome, don't ya think? We'll add to it in the future, I'm sure, to make it even more awesome. 
On Saturday, there was a charity sew and a personal sew. There was a shuttle available to take us to either place throughout the day. Here are some of the blocks that were made at the charity sew. Mine is the green one on the 4th row. I neglected to take any additional pictures that are worth posting :(
When I got home, the first thing my husband said was that he was sorry the house was a mess. But then I walked in and saw that my son was also there, and they had been working on the kitchen as part of my month-long birthday celebration.  Yes, even they know that my birthday lasts all month long :) My son and I had already painted most of the kitchen and dining room an off-white (painting over red), but they added the beadboard while I was gone and finished the painting of the walls! I LOVE these guys!  What a nice surprise! The area where the beadboard is covering was nothing but an empty space (aka dust collector), so now I can hang pretty things up there instead :) It's not complete - still need trim and paint - but it's so close! And here I thought he was working out in his garden all weekend. 
After spending the weekend in Portland, I decided that I just really need to get up there more often. There's so much to do, and it definitely can't be done in a weekend, especially if you want to get some sewing time in. I'm hoping to get up there for the NW Quilting Expo in September, and maybe SewDown in February. At the time I'm writing this, it's the last day of my birthday month. It's been one of the best birthday months ever! Happy Birthday to Me! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

49th Birthday Celebration Winners!

I've been away for a few days and now it's time to pick a winner of my 49th birthday celebration!  

The winners are Lucy B. and Linda C.  I've sent both of you an email with instructions on how to claim your $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth

And don't forget that Winter Creek Cloth's 5-day Inventory Blow-Out Sale starts on Monday, August 19th.  Check out the specials! 

Monday - Free shipping on US orders, $5 off international orders
Tuesday - 20% off these collections: Fresh Cut, Impressions 2, In the Navy, Global Bazaar, Magic Garden, Ticklish, Phenomenal Fall, Deco, Splendor
Wednesday - 25% off all bundles
Thursday - 20% off these collections: Notting hill, Novella, Gabbie, Bella by Blend, 23, Dear William, Madhuri, Jasmine Tea, Vintage Vogue
Friday - 10% off everything

These discounts are automatic and will be taken at checkout. 
There was also a 10% off sale items coupon in the latest Winter Creek Cloth newsletter - coupon code AUGSALE   **Be sure to sign up for their newsletter so that you don't miss out on future sales and specials. 

That's all for now!  Hope you've all had a great weekend - I sure did, and I'll tell you more about it later this week!  

Saturday, August 10, 2013

This is 49.....and a Birthday Giveaway!

If you read my most recent post, you know that I celebrate my birthday for the whole month. Yes, you'll probably get tired of hearing me say that because this is NOT the last time you'll hear me say it this month :)  I was actually born on August 10th, so today will be a little extra special, and I'll even share it with you because that's just how I am! 

I just turned 49 today, and I'm happier than I've ever been! While I was having my teeth cleaned earlier this week, my dental hygienist mentioned that she didn't become a dental hygienist until she was in her late 40s.  She had been a psychiatric nurse up until that time. She asked what I would like to do if I could do anything I wanted. I waited for her to take that awful dental tool out of my mouth and then told her that I would make things.  I've always made things. My mom was a seamstress (aka sewist) but I had no desire to sew when I was living at home. My first real attempt at creating was crocheting, then I moved on to knitting, then cross stitch, then scrapbooking, then finally quilting. I think I finally found it! I simply can't seem to get enough of it. 

It's being happy and content with everything in my life. 
It's being a 6-year cancer survivor.
It's being a mom to a healthy, happy 24-year-old son. 
It's being married for 30 years to a wonderful husband. 
It's having the best dog ever - Giacomo the Schnoodle.
It's having a loving and supportive family.
It's having great friends - friends that I get together with once a month (out to dinner with one group and MQG sew days with the others), friends that I've met online (yes, you can have friends that you've never met in person). 

This is 49. 

In celebration of being the great age of 49, I'm having a great little giveaway! Two winners will each receive a $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth!  All you need to do to enter is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. That's it! And the winners will be chosen just in time for Winter Creek Cloth's Inventory Blow-Out Sale which starts on August 19th! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
By the way, have you checked out the Fab Shop Hop yet? There are so many shops participating, including Winter Creek Cloth! Great prizes to be given away! I've been hopping around and I don't think I've even gotten through half of them! Check it out! 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's My Birthday Month!

Happy Birthday To Me!

It's August 1st! That means it's the start of my birthday month! Woo hoo! For those of you who know me, you know what I'm talking about. For those of you who don't know me, let me tell you about my birthday month :) I spend every day in August celebrating in some way, even if it's just in spirit (but usually it's more than that).....just celebrating that I've made it to another birthday. August is also a big month for me because 6 years ago I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, but I am cancer-free now!  These two things make every day (not just in August) worth celebrating! 

Because August is such a big month for me, I'll be having a giveaway soon. More details to come on that, but I can give you a little hint.  It'll have something to do with Winter Creek Cloth.  :)   

And speaking of Winter Creek Cloth, if you're signed up for their newsletter, you'll see some big news coming out in the next issue - I believe that comes out today! They'll be participating in a FabShopHop. So go to their website and sign up for the newsletter if you haven't already! You can also like their Facebook page for more information. I'll be posting more about it here and also on my Facebook page

You may remember my post last month about my charm pack of Baby Jane (Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda).  It was going to be a wall hanging, but I couldn't stop.  Here's a sneak peek at my progress. 
I absolutely love this fabric! The print on the right with the red flowers is going to be the backing fabric for sure!  It's my favorite of all of them! 

Hope you're all having a wonderful first day of August! Let's celebrate together, shall we? It's a tradition in my little family that when someone tells you happy birthday, you say "happy birthday" right back at them because we should all celebrate together :) 

Stay tuned for my birthday celebration giveaway!