Thursday, February 24, 2011

What's new and a Giveaway

Anita of Bed of Roses blog has a wonderful giveaway of a book by Bonnie Hunter. Do you know her website? If not you do want to check it out here:
Bonnie is a generous quilter who has a number of free patterns on her website. As well she has recently written her 3rd book and Anita is giving it away to a blogger with an active blog. She asks the question- When did you begin quilting? So when did you begin quilting?
I began steadily quilting in 1996 though I had made quillows and one queen sized log cabin quilt in a day in the mid eighties. Quilting sure has changed since then with all sorts of gadgets( rotary cutters, mats etc ) that make quilting so much easier. The array of fabrics and books is amazing these days. Each day you can find somewhere on line or locally with great fabric choices and new designs to tempt one.

I was not familar with Anita's blog but I know that I will return to visit it when I get the opportunity. You can find a link on my blog list for her.

I did get my OWOH winners bracelets in the mail over the weekend. I also went to buy curtain material for the basement this past weekend. One curtain is hanging up and I need to get two more made in the next few days.

Life is a little busy for us just now. Our son and his girlfriend and their two furry friends " Freddy and Buddy" (they are boy cats) are moving into our basement this weekend. The boy and the girl have been busy this past month clearing out stuff, rearranging other stuff and generally making the space a functional living space for them for awhile. A new wall, some paint, lots of garbage bags and sweat have been involved- mostly theirs.. We welcome them and appreciate all they have done to help neaten us up!

We are not sure how our furry pets are going to like having some new friends in their house so it could be interesting.
I will leave you with a photo of Mars helping me eat my ice cream bar. She loves vanilla ice cream - what a funny old girl she is...


And if you have noticed that fabric costs have been going up, you may find this post by Sue of Alderwood Quilts interesting. She is a quilt shop owner from Oregon and shares some really interesting insight to the rising costs of fabric.

Until next time,
Happy quilting,
Anna

12 comments:

diane said...

I made my first quilt in 1971 for my then boyfriend, who would become my husband. It was a appliqued quilt. I had seen a tutorial in Home Magazine, which was the Sunday magazine in the Los Angeles Times. I made him a quilt with appliqued memories of our first year of dating. I would have to search through many boxes to post a photo of it. I made my next quilt in 2003 after our second grandchild was born and I have been hooked ever since.

Orcsmom said...

Mar looks like a very smart cat!! Ny Orca used to eat those Big Stick popsicles. I will enjoy my time off, I know if will fly by so fast, so I have put myself on a schedule, so I make time to sew everyday, but not get burned out. Hugs to all!!


Pam

Hazel said...

What a sweetie Mars is ,she sure looks to be enjoying the ice cream .

Libby said...

That is one happy kitty face *s* Maybe the 'intruders' will go unnoticed if the free flow of ice cream treats continues.

Michele Bilyeu said...

It is lovely of you to open up your home to family..even adding a family of cats! It is just a patchwork of love! My segue'... into my patchwork quilting which began as simple random squares into pillows and coverlets in the 70's to real quilting in the 80's. I think it took me six months to hand quilt my first baby quilt and the fabric fell apart immediately...before even the stitches coming out;) My first big queen was in the late 80's..all by machine. The sun streaming in the window faded the browns in six months. So many lessons learned!

quiltmom said...

I am wanting to make sure that the comments come to my new email address- not sure why it is not???

Lori said...

Mars is such a cutie! I enjoyed browsing through more of your blog today!

Candace said...

Enjoyed catching up on your blog. Hope your new living arrangement works out for everyone. We have had our children move back in over the years and it is an adjustment, but doable.

Barbara C said...

I'll be interested in hearing how your merging of cat families goes, as Michael and I will be doing that later this year. Your kitty looks like quite the ice-cream loving character.

Jo said...

Aww how wonderful! Not so much 'empty nesters' now then with both new and familiar family members arriving! Do hope everyone, furries included, settle quickly and you have much joy altogether again.
Hugs xxx

Micki said...

Your cat is just too cute. Bonnie is a wonderful quilter and very inspiring!
Micki

ButtonMad said...

Mars is so cute - I have never seen a cat eat ice cream before! How unusual..