Thursday, December 1, 2016

December is here! Only 24 days until............................

Hi everyone!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed our Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings on Friday when Bryan and Jess were able to join us!  It was a very nice time and they visited with us until the next day!

So happenings last week.....................

On Tuesday I was out shopping and when I checked my phone I saw that the Senior Center director had called me.  I initially thought that she had taken me up on my offer to help her clerically with anything she might need done from typing, receptionist duties, etc.  So, I called her back expecting to be put to work and instead I received the most pleasant surprise................. the center had a raffle for a queen size quilt which was a Trip Around the World, like the pink one I was making only it was for Fall.  So, I bought six tickets for $5, figuring it was a donation to the center.  There were 1,000 tickets sold as they were on sale from the beginning of October through November 22nd.  Well, guess what!!  I won the quilt!!!  OMG, I never win anything of that magnitude.  If you know quilts, they go for a lot of money, this is probably at least a $500 quilt, perhaps more...........  So, here is what I won!

Just in time for the kids to come up for Thanksgiving.  I had a lovely quilt to put on the bed in the Guest Room!!  This quilt was done by Joannie Crowley, who is one of my quilting mentors, so I have a "Joannie Original."

I got back my pink Trip Around the World yesterday, but since it was forgotten at home, I had to wait on Joannie's husband to bring it to the center, I ended up working on some candle mats, or mug rugs, whatever you'd like them to be.  So, I ended up bringing the quilt home and just now finished putting the binding on the front side and now all I have to do is hand-stitch the back and it's ready to go back to the center, where I believe it has already been sold!!  Someone wanted it for their granddaughter.  So here it is, with binding on one side...............

I think it turned out lovely!  I'm not a pink person, but I am a green person and love the black and green.

Other than that, if you take a look to the right and scroll up to the top, you will see a big Chocolate Chip Cookie picture/button, and I am participating in a Virtual Cookie Blog Hop!  My day posting is December 8th.  There will be four days of postings of recipes from some wonderful ladies.  My giveaway for December will be another craft box full of Christmas items.  To enter you will have to go over to my Virtual Cookie Blog Hop post on Dec. 8 and follow the instructions there.

To get to the hop, just click on the Chocolate Chip Button/Picture.  You will be directed to Just Let Me Quilt Blog which belongs to Carol, our sponsor of this event.  You will see where it says Virtual Cookie Blog Hop and click there and you will see who is posting each day beginning Dec 5 - 8.  Just click on the different blogs posting each day to get the recipes.  I believe, Carol, is also having a giveaway, not sure if anyone else is, but it's worth a look at the recipes.

I'm busy decorating today, so I'll keep this fairly short, so much to do, so little time................
Happy Holidays!!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Things to be Thankful for............................

Hello Everyone.,

I hope that everyone is having a good week!!!  Can you believe that Thanksgiving Day is a week from today?  Where did spring and summer go?  I will not be posting on Thanksgiving Day; and I won't be going to the center on Wednesday, so I'm not sure if I'll have anything to write next week, but if I do, then I'll post up on Friday.

I went to the Center again today for their Thanksgiving Meal.  It cost $5 for this meal, but was well worth the money.  I took a picture of it with my phone, and wouldn't you know it didn't take because I am short on storage!  Ugh!  Anyway, we had turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, milk and coffee.  It was extremely filling!

I'm thankful for the progress I made this week on my Trip Around the World for the center.  It is off to the long-arm quilter so she can do her fancy stitching. Can't wait to see how it looks when it comes back to me in two weeks.  Then all I have to do is bind it and it goes for sale.  This would make a really cute quilt for a little girl.  Here it is as of yesterday..............



I worked on making some half-triangles for  a few candle mats I'm working on.this is the fabric I'll be using.  I love the rustic/primitive fabrics especially.  I just began to cut and will be sewing them next.







I also made this cute little crayon caddy for a very special little girl for Christmas.  I'm hoping that she likes it.  It was so much fun to make and very easy.




I'm also still working on that button puzzle.  Still giving me issues making it stay together, but I think I'll try to glue it down on some cardboard and hang it in my sewing area since the buttons relate.  Here is where I'm at today on it.....................................I better get a move on...................




I have to have it finished by next weekend as I'll need my dining room table for Thanksgiving Dinner.

I'm thankful for........my husband, Bernie, my son, Bryan and daughter-in-law, Jess, my entire family and Bernie's family, my friends, my good health, my retirement, and  I'm not hungry, alone, or sad.

I like to reminisce of Thanksgiving's Past. I guess this is why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

Growing up as a kid, my Mom and Dad always hosted Thanksgiving for my Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.  It was a wonderful family time.  They would all come to our little house and we would have long tables from the church and chairs set up in our living room as our kitchen wasn't big enough to have approximately 18 or so people.  We'd all sit down to eat, but the real meaning of Thanksgiving would come later on when a second group of people would come for turkey and all the trimmings.

 My sister worked for the federal government at the nearby US Army base.  She would invite the soldiers that couldn't go home for the holiday to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.  They usually came in their army uniforms, some even came in their Military Police cars with the lights flashing,  one of them became her husband,  my brother-in-law.  I loved helping to serve them without really understanding that they were actually serving all of us, everyday.  I couldn't understand why they couldn't go home for the holiday.  They all ate, had some laughs, thanked my Mom and returned to the barracks.  After they left,  my brothers, sister, cousins and I would travel a few miles down the road to the next biggest town, which if you blinked you missed it,  where they would have their Annual Light Up Night.  If we got real ambitious, we drove all the way to Pittsburgh PA which was about a 20-minute drive to see the windows in the department stores at Kaufmanns, Gimbels, and Horne's which had a huge Christmas Tree on the side of their building at Gateway Center.  It was so much fun!  Awwwww, to be a kid again................

So, I just want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  There are so many things that each of us can be thankful for....................just think about it.for a minute.

Gobble Gobble!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Thursday, November 10, 2016

And the winner is................... and some other quilting stuff and goings on............

Happy Thursday everyone, can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks from today, I can't!!!  Time is flying by for sure.  So what's been going on this week for me thus far.............

Yesterday was Senior Center Quilting Day and yes!!!!  my Director got my fabric to continue on the Trip Around the World.  I was able to put the framing border onto the border fabric and got it pinned and ready to sew next week, then it will go to my quilting friend, Joannie's house for her to do her long-arm magic on the piece.  I like to do my own quilting, but since this will be a for sale item for the center, she does all the actually quilting for them.  Easy for me, because once it is back to me all quilted, I just have to put on the binding and then it will be for sale.  I didn't take pictures yesterday because you really couldn't see anything, but will take a few pictures next week.  Had a delicious lunch yesterday, Rotisserie style chicken breast, red bliss potatoes, green garden salad with Italian dressing, whole wheat roll and butter, and rocky road pudding for dessert with milk and coffee.  All for $2!!!

This week I also completed my final table topper for the Quilt-a-long I was participating in on the internet through From My Carolina Home blog and Carole.  It was lots of fun even though I didn't win a thing.  Just like me........................I never win anything, oh wait, Bernie bought me a lottery ticket on Monday and I won $50!!  WooHoo!!!  So here is my finished topper.

It is a pretty good size topper at 35" square.  It will go on my dining table once I get this out of the way...........................




I'm working on a button puzzle.  This one is tough!  There are 650 pieces and they are very small and they don't go together and stay together very well.  I have a question, how many of you lay out all your puzzle pieces by color and direction of the pieces.  (I'm guessing Bryan does this???)  I am obsessed with doing it this way.  So once I'm finished with this, or get totally annoyed by it not staying together while working on it and ripping it down, I will put my topper on , I'm thinking diagonally might work best,  and the runner that you see in these pictures will be moved to my coffee table in my living room.

What else is new????  still walking most days when it is not raining.  I have housework planned for today, running up and down the stairs, etc., so my steps will be all indoors today.

I'm thankful that the election is over and I don't have to watch all those awful commercials any longer and have hopes for a country that will be united sooner than later.

And now the giveaway winner, chosen by random generator,  


and the winner is.........................Joy from Days Filled with Joy.  Joy is from Victoria, Australia and I'm sure she'll love getting these fabric quarters from the States.  Congratulations, Joy.  Please email me your mailing address so I can send these off to you.



If you notice, on my blog upper right hand corner, I put a gadget where you can put your email in and every time that I post to my Deb's Rustic Quilting, Designs by Debbie and Dixie Too blog you will get an email of the post.  I hope this makes it easier for everyone to follow along.

That's it for this week.............I'll be back next Thursday with more from my neck of the woods!

Hugs,
Debbie








Thursday, November 3, 2016

November already! Quilting up a storm!!!! Giveaway for this Month.

Hello everyone,

It's Thursday already, the weeks are going quickly I'm so busy doing things.  Can you believe it is November, we were 72 degrees in NW Pennsylvania yesterday!  Unfortunately, we are much cooler today.  Leaves are so beautiful still, the wind hasn't knocked them all off yet although Bernie had to mow the leaves down last evening.

So here's what I've been up to for the week.  I had two finishes this week in quilting.

My little felt candle mat.

And the second project from the Quilt-a-long

I love how these both turned out, now where to put them...................hmmmmm!!!

We were instructed to make 4 more pumpkins and 12 more leaves for the third and final project of the quilt-a-long.  So, I worked last week to accomplish that.  When Friday came, we got our last instructions on how to finish off another table topper in a larger size.

Having went to the center yesterday only to find out the director has found my Trip Around the World topper, YAY!!!  she went to purchase the framing material, border and binding material and forgot to take the topper with her.  So still no fabric, she swears it will be here next week.  I won't be holding my breath.  So, I worked on this third topper at the center and worked some more on it this morning.  Here is what I have thus far..............


I have to put the strips between the leaves and pumpkins yet, and easy sewing of strips and then I get to find backing, put in the batting, and quilt it and bind it.  Then, I'm completed with that project.

I won't be doing anymore quilt-a-longs as there are a few Christmas presents that I need to work on next to have them ready in time. I'll only be able to show you one of them when it is completed as I know the little recipient is too young to read yet.  Ha Ha!!!

So, what have I been doing in my spare time.   Ha Ha!!  Reading magazines to get them outta here and also this................

A 300-piece jigsaw puzzle.  Took me a few hours to complete spread over three days.  This was a tough one, but just beautiful when it was done and oh,  how I wish I had some of those cupcakes right now!!!
They would be so yummy!!!

Got my walking in most days this week, except for today since it is raining out.  Guess I better go up and down the stairs a few more times.  :)

So, on to the giveaway!  This month will be a surprise giveaway!  Could have a fall item, could have some early Christmas items, all you need do to enter is to follow my blog and leave me a comment on what is your favorite dish on Thanksgiving Day!!  It's that simple.  A random generator will determine the winner and will be announced next Thursday!!

Well, that is it for this post.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!  What have you been working on?????

Hugs,
Debbie

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Thursday - Last One in October!!

Hello Everyone,

Posting this morning on a not so nice day in NW Pennsylvania.  It has been raining all night long and is 100% today.  It is gloomy, rainy, and cold.  On the positive side..................No Snow Yet!!   So all is good!   This is a wonderful day to stay inside, warm and dry, and work on some quilting and indoor projects.

Monday was a trip to the center where I joined in on a "Leaves in Pastels" project.  It was harder than it looked.  We took a wet paper towel on a paper plate, put a little acrylic black paint on it, brushing it around, placed the vein side of the leaves on the paint and then transferred the imprint onto semi-thick art paper.  So, after placing all the leaves of maple, oak, pinoak, chestnut, etc., we blew it dry with a hairdryer.  Now the fun began!  We began by coloring the sky and blending it with a paper towel, but I quickly learned that you couldn't get into the nooks and crannies, so fingers worked best.  Each finger held a different color, haha!!

So when all was done, this is what I ended up with.  When you're finished she sprayed something on the painting so the pastels wouldn't come off.  This is critical as pastels make quite a mess!!!





So here is the finished product.  I wasn't real thrilled about this one and actually would like to try this method with coloring in colored pencils instead of pastels.  They were a bear to work with!  With my love of anything pinecones or pine trees, I think I'd like to do something more on that line using actual pine needles and sprays to dip in the paint and then accent with the pencils.  Oh, another project for another day.   So, I'm not going out to buy pastels anytime soon.  Not my bag of tea!!

Next, I'd just like to show you a leaf that I picked up in my yard.  It was huge.  Not sure what type of tree it is from, maybe one of you know and can enlighten me, but it makes Macy look small.  She actually was touching it with her nose here.  Here are a couple pics of it.


So, Tuesday was massage day and then lunch with a former co-worker.  And Wednesday is Quilting Day at the center.  Retirement is anything but free time!  When did I have time to work, really!!!

Still no fabric for my Trip Around the World Pink Quilt for the center.  The director finally admitted to me that she took the topper home to take it to the fabric shop to pick out some border fabric and now she can't find it at home.  Seriously!!  I think this will be the last quilt I make for them.  So much time and effort all to be lost!

Well, good thing I'm working on the quilt-a-long at From My Carolina Home.  I had taken it with me so I worked on it.  On Friday were to take some of the leaf blocks and some of the pumpkin blocks and make a tablerunner.  Here is what mine turned out.  I still have to quilt and bind, but I'll have it done before Friday.  I really love the colors of this!


We were also told that we need to have 4 pumpkins and 12 leaves for the final project on Friday.  So, back to the quilting table and I have these ready to complete today.

Pumpkins are Ready, and Leaves, just about.

If you recall we were also doing a Sunday Slow Stitching felt candle mat.  Here is what it initially looked like...

And last Sunday we worked on embellishments.  I also decided to stitch around the outside of the leaves as well and I do like the way this turned out.  This Sunday will complete this project.  Thanks so much to, Carole, over at From My Carolina Home for hosting this wonderful Autumn Jubilee.  We are posting pictures on Flickr "Autumn Jubilee" for all to see as well.


Well, that is all for this post.  I want to wish everyone a very Happy, Scary, Halloween!!!


Hugs,
Debbie


Thursday, October 20, 2016

A beautiful Fall Day..........Quilting!!

Hello everyone,

Thanks for stopping by today to see what has been happening down my path!

I joined a Quilt-A-Long over at From My Caroline Home, it is a fall design type quilt-a-long and is the first one that I've ever had the time to participate in.  It is so much fun!!!

The first week Carole had us making leave blocks.  Then, this past week was pumpkin blocks and I put together this table topper.  So very cute!  Not sure what Friday's block will be, but I'm sure it will be fun as well.

Here is a picture of my table topper...........
First Quilt-A-Long Table Topper 

Gobble Til You Wobble Fabric !!!

I had a lot of fun doing these blocks.  Mine were slightly bigger than what we were to do because I already had the diagonal halves already cut out for a would be future project, but they worked perfectly for this!

I ended up making more pumpkins at the center today since I still have no fabric from the director to finish off my Trip Around The World quilt.

What a perfect fall day today is!!  It is about 70 degrees and this will be the last nice day for us I'm afraid.  Still no frost yet, so I'm still hoping for an Indian Summer later this month or next!  Wouldn't it be great to have wonderful weather still in November!!

Next Monday at the center in my drawing class we are doing "Leaves in Pastels."  Sounds interesting enough!!



This is the scenery I saw yesterday on the way to the center.  Behind these trees and behind where I am shooting this phote is Pymatuning Lake.  It is so beautiful this time of year here in NW PA.

This is where the "Ducks Walk on the Fish Backs!"  Really they do.......................


Underneath these mallards are plenty of carp and you can stand along that railing and feed them bread.  They go mad over it............................but, you have to keep the seagulls away!

It is the second biggest attraction in PA after Gettysburg!

So if you are every in NW PA, Linesville PA, this is what you want to see for sure.

That's it for this time around!  Talk to you again next Thursday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs, Debbie

Thursday, October 13, 2016

And the winner of the October Giveaway is.........................

Ann from Ann's Snap, Edit Scrap!!  The generator gave me the number one and you were the first to reply to my blog, so you are the Winner!!!  Woot Woot!!  I tried to copy and paste the generator for proof, but it kept saying that it failed.  If anyone knows how to do this and can tell me, I'd appreciate it.

I'll send the little witch with hubby to work and you will also receive some fabric!!  You'll be able to make more of those little scare crows or some other project!!!

Thanks to all four of you that entered!!

So what have I been up to this week!!!  On Tuesday, I took a drawing class at the center.  We were tasked with drawing with pencil and then shading, etc. with colored pencils a pumpkin, gourd, corn and wheat!  This is what I came up with!


I actually had fun doing this.  I would like to perfect my leaves better though.  The lady who was teaching us is a retired elementary school art teacher.  She has so much patience with us!  They have drawing, art classes twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays.  So, can't wait to see what she has for us to do next month.

Also, yesterday was quilting class.  My Trip Around the World is still not finished, the director forgot to get the border fabric over the weekend, so I ended up cutting fabric for a Quilt-A-Long I'm doing over at My Carolina Home blogspot.    So here is what I did yesterday.

 My fall leaves.  I have actually 4 made thus far and plan on doing four more tomorrow.  Tomorrow is the day another block style will be added.  Ugh!!  I need to get busy!!
Here is some of the fabric I've been cutting and am going to use in more leaves!

I did a lot of decorating here at our home for Fall and I'd like to share a few pictures.

Our diningroom

Mantle  - I collect Jim Shore and I love my witch and my little skeleton!

Better picture of fireplace with the decorations.  I made the runner on top of the mantle several years ago before my quilting days!

No room goes untouched!  This is an arrangement in our one bathroom.

I love to flower arrange, so this is the arrangement on my nightstand.

One of the kitchen corner shelves.

Front door with my vinyl clings!  I love those things.  Also, the door has a beautiful little quilt done by Michelle May at The Raspberry Rabbits!  Can't see it really well here.

My kitchen window.  These are black and tan Park Design curtains that have pumpkins appliqued on.  I also have a set of red and tan ones with snowmen for Christmas.  The little Jack-O-Lantern to the right, is a plastic canvas one that was made by my son, Bryan, when he was small.  

Another arrangement on my husband's nightstand.
I have many more pictures, but perhaps for the next post.  Have a great weekend and see you back here next Thursday and once again, Congratulations to my friend, Ann!!

Hugs,
Debbie