Wednesday, May 28, 2008

4th Of July Exchange ~ Stitch Pink

I just love the Fair & Square Group and am so very happy to be a member. Thank you Vonna for all that you do to keep this group active and successful.

I have participated in each round, 1-7 thus far, and have joined in on my first "holiday theme" round (4th of July). My partner, Diana, is so very sweet and generous. She selected a great Lizzie & Kate design. Let me say that her stitching is perfect, she uses the railroad method of stitching. As many know, this method slows you down but it will help the strands of floss to lay side-by-side instead of twisting.

Diana also included some fantastic extras: LHN pattern, ribbon, needles, patriotic fabric and buttons! Thank you so much Diana for everything! I do hope that you are able to start a blog someday soon so that you can share your beautiful work.

Fair & Square 4th of July Exchange

Stitched by: Diana J
Designer: Lizzie & Kate

Here are the squares that I sent to Diana:

Fair & Square 4th of July

Designer: Heart and Hand

Design: Olde Glory

Have you visited the Stitch Pink blog yet? Stop on by her wonderful blog dedicated to breast cancer awareness, you can enter her contest as well!

I feel as if I have not left this computer all day so I am must end now and get a few things done.

Thanks so much for your kind words about the college quilt, it is just too bad that I can't send the quilt off to college and keep my son here at home...he will be missed!

Until next time...

Friday, May 23, 2008

College Quilt

I am so very happy that the college search and application process is over. My youngest son will be graduating high school on May 8th and has decided to attend Lehigh University (PA) in the fall studying Mechanical Engineering. As any quilter knows, we must send our children off with well wishes and a college quilt. When I saw this quilt pictured in a Fons and Porter magazine, I knew that I would make it for my son. I machine pieced the top but as always I paid to have it machine quilted. Last Saturday I spent the day putting the binding on; now all it needs is a quilt label.

Drew's College Quilt ~ Scrappy Star

Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting July/August 1999

Given his genuine interest in Corvettes, this backing fabric is perfect!

And here he is riding in his favorite car. Lucky him, he will be driving this to his senior prom next week.

2008 Corvette

Fast Fact:

Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (observed in 2008 on May 26). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

For those that have served, and are serving our country....thank you!

I hope that you all have a great (long) weekend!

Until next time...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

New Stash

I was in Vermont a few week ago and took a three-hour drive over to Nashua, NH where I attended the Celebration of Needlework Show. With so few LNS in my area, I was in shopper’s paradise! As a quilter, I am use to attending quilt shows where there are row after row after row of vendors, but at this show there were only about 20 vendors. I was not disappointed however and managed to pick up this quite a bit of new stash...

Fabric, Floss and a Few Charts!

  • Where Stitchers Gather - The Victorian Sampler
  • On the Third Day of Christmas ~ Prairie Moon

I attended the show on a Friday, along with so many others! As I shopped alongside others, I wondered if any of them where people that I knew through blogging or exchanges.

I do believe that my favorite purchase is the leaflet titled: Where Stitcher's Gather. I had seen this online and knew immediately that I would be purchasing it, I can hardly wait to start stitching these designs. Here is a better picture of the Stitcher's Pocket, Scissor Fob, Scissor Case, and Needlebook:

Design: Where Stitcher's Gather
Designer: The Victorian Sampler

I really need to finish up so many other WIP's that I will try to hold off on starting this one.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words on the Seasonal Exchange Tote bag for Leena.

Until next time...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Seasonal Stitchers Exchange

I sent off my last exchange for the 2007-2008 Seasonal Stitchers Exchange. Leena posted that it arrived so I am free to share pictures.

Designer: Workbasket

Our final exchange was suppose to be a “Spring” exchange but knowing how much Leena loves cats, I wanted to stitch her this design. I did ask her in advance if she would mind if I stitched something without a “spring” theme and was glad that she did not object. I love this design but once I completed the stitching I had no idea how to finish it. I had already sent Leena a pinkeep, flat fold, and stitcher’s caddy. I visited quite a few blogs in hopes of seeing a picture that would help me with a finishing idea. To my surprise I saw this same design finished as a tote bag (sorry, I can't remember the blog) and I loved it. Being a quilter I have done quite a bit of sewing, and have a huge stash of fabric! Although I have made tote bags before, I have never used the fancy tote bag handles and was lucky to find a pair that coordinated so well.

Seasonal Stitchers Exchange
For Leena

The ’07-08 rotation of the Seasonal Stitchers Exchange is over and I must say that stitching for Leena has been a true pleasure! Leena, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to get to know you and I am so happy to have you as an online friend, you are very sweet!

Fortunately, Becky has been kind enough to run this exchange again and I am truly excited. I have been paired with Vonna who I consider my very 1st blogging friend! I am thrilled and honored to stitch for you Vonna and look forward to mailing out a Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer exchange to you!


I have been saving my coffee grounds and sprinkling them on my plants. Surprisingly the plants are looking good however saving my coffee grounds makes me realize that I drink much too much coffee! Oh well the plants need it! I was surprised at how many people commented that they too feed their plants coffee grounds, tea bags, even eggshells…I am a stitcher, quilter, crafter, but not a very good gardener so this is all new to me. Here are a few pictures of my plants, remember now I do NOT have a green thumb!

I would list the plants in this container but I can't remember what they are! When I went to the local garden center I had a worker pick out the plants for me...I think she did a great job! :)

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, I enjoy and appreciate each and every comment!

Until next time...

Monday, May 12, 2008

Did You Know? ~ Neighborhood RR ~ New Floss

Did you know that coffee grounds are great for the garden??? As an avid coffee drinker, I discard pounds of these grounds, almost daily. :D After learning that they can be recycled in the garden I will start sprinkling them on my plants to see if there is a noticeable difference. While at my local Border Books today, I noticed that the Seattle Café was offering free bags of their used coffee grounds.

Here is a bit of information that I found at a website called Sustainable Enterprise:

Coffee and Gardening

Every day across America, Asia and Europe, millions of pots of coffee and tea are brewed, and the millions of pounds of wet grounds, filters and bags thrown in the trash. This is both wasteful and foolish.

Coffee by-products can be used in the garden and farm as follows:

  • Sprinkle used grounds around plants before rain or watering, for a slow-release nitrogen.
  • Add to compost piles to increase nitrogen balance. Coffee filters and tea bags break down rapidly during composting.
  • Dilute with water for a gentle, fast-acting liquid fertilizer. Use about a half-pound can of wet grounds in a five-gallon bucket of water; let sit outdoors to achieve ambient temperature.
  • Mix into soil for houseplants or new vegetable beds.
  • Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests.
  • If you are into vermi-posting, feed a little bit to your worms.

Now for some stitching news....

I completed my block for Carol's Neighborhood Round Robin. I always seem to struggle to capture a good picture of the items that I stitch, this is the best that I could get. Maybe I should take a class in photography, then again maybe I should try reading the camera manual (oh, how I hate reading manuals!).

My addition to Carol's neighborhood

Carol's Neighborhood Round Robin

While reading Wanda's blog I learned of an online eBay store called Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, which offers a great selection of hand-dyed floss. Each skein is a generous 20 yards and sells for $2.00. When you purchase four skeins, she includes a FREE skein to cover shipping it cannot get better than that! Well, I placed my order and within a few short days I received this:

Victorian Motto Hand-Dyed Floss

I am looking forward to using this floss, the colors are wonderful and the service was excellent! Last night I purchased even more, I can't wait until it arrives. Wanda learned of this store from Staci's blog so thanks to both of you for the post!

I guess it is time now to end this post so that I can Sit and Stitch for a while, I signed up for a few more exchanges so I must get a move on. Thanks for visiting and I do hope that you have a wonderful week.

Until next time...

Friday, May 9, 2008

In Honor of Mother's Day

History of Mother’s Day in the USA

History of Mother’s Day in USA is not even hundred years old. It is due to the hard work and protracted struggle of a loving daughter Ms Anna Jarvis that Mothers Day was declared a national holiday by the then President of USA, President Woodrow Wilson. President Wilson designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day by signing a Joint Resolution on May 8, 1914. Founder of Mothers Day, Anna Jarvis is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day. However, it may be noted that the idea of official celebration of Mothers Day was first given by a writer - poet, Julia Ward Howe, in 1872. Julia is also noted for writing words of the famous Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Mothers Day Proclamation, written in Boston in 1870.

Mother's Day Quotes

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.

Men are what their mothers made them.

We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.

The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

That best academy, a mother's knee.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life.

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.

A mother understands what a child did not say.

Trivia about Mothers

There are 84 million mothers in the U.S

The odds of a woman delivering twins is 1-in-33. Her odds of having triplets is approximately 1-in-539.

August is the most popular month in which to have a baby.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby.

Kentucky has the highest percentage of women who are mothers at 67%. The national average is 57%.

About 4 million women will have babies this year.

The median age of a woman giving birth for the first time in the U.S. is 24.8.

The average woman in 17th-century America gave birth to 13 children.

Daughters keep in closer contact with their mothers than do sons.

There are more phone calls made on Mother's Day than on any other day of the year.

While nearly 80 percent of Americans will buy a card for mom this year, 83 percent of the cards will be purchased by daughters.

Mother's Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday.

In the vast majority of the world's languages, the word for "mother" begins with the letter M.

Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

Free Printable Blank Coupons for Mom

Mother's Day Recipe
Banana Pecan Pacakes

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (see below)
additional vegetable oil for cooking
maple syrup for topping

Cooking Instructions
1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar and baking powder.
2. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and 1/4 cup vegetable oil.
3. Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture, mixing just until the flour disappears (a few lumps are fine — do not overbeat the batter). Stir in the mashed bananas and the pecans.
4. Lightly oil a skillet or griddle and place it over medium heat. Spoon in the batter — about 1/4 cup for each pancake — and cook until browned on both sides and no longer gooey in the middle, flipping once. If you find the pancakes are still uncooked inside when the outsides are browned, lower the heat in the pan so that they cook more slowly.

Toasting pecans:
Sprinkle the nuts onto a baking sheet and bake at 350o F for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until they are lightly browned. Stir once or twice during baking time.
Servings: 15 to 18 4-inch pancakes

In 1907, Miss Anna Jarvis selected the pink carnations as the symbol for Mother's Day.

Later, white carnations, with their sweet fragrance, came to be regarded as the flowers meant for those who have missed their mothers. Missed, either because of death, or, because of staying at a distance.

And it was the red carnations which in course of time became the symbol while wishing a living mother love. Perhaps, red, the color of blood and heart, was thought to be more suited to represent life and love.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Mother's Day!!!

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Rating Widget- What's Up With That???

For some strange reason I had a “5 Star Rating” widget appear, at the bottom of each post, on my blog. It would allow readers to rate my posts, as if I want you all to do that! After many hours and much aggravation, I have discovered how to remove it. If the rating system has mysteriously appeared on your blog and you wish to remove it you can follow these steps:

1) From your main blog page click on Customize in the upper right corner

2) Press the Layout Tab

3)You will see the Blog Post section and within that you will see Edit, click on it

4)This bring up the Configure Blog Post where you should see “5 star rating” ~ you need to remove the check from that box.

That's it, and it only took me about 4 hours to locate how to do this! I could have made some real progress on my many stitching projects wouldn't you agree? :p

Until next time...