Abby made her final trip to the veterinarian this afternoon. She suffered a bad seizuire Sunday night and when the vet saw her, he found a large tumor under her tongue and determined the seizure was due to kidney/liver failure. We brought her home and last night the girls came over said their goodbyes. Abby and I made a trip to the pet goodie store this morning for a special cookie and a particular chewy bone she enjoys. We sat out under the big oak tree in the back yard - the weather was actually breezy and unusually comfortable today. I believe God gave us such perfect weather so Abby's last day could be spent sniffing the breeze and resting outside with us. She was ready to leave us, but of course our hearts are aching because there is now a gigantic empty spot in our family. I am grateful to have had one more day with my little old girlfriend. We will adjust to this change in our lives, but it will take some time. Abby will forever live in our hearts.
Em wasn't available today to help me do the giveaway drawing, but my best friend and quilting buddy was :o)
I went over to her house late this afternoon. I put the little folded slips of paper in a new reusable shopping bag that I finished last night. She reached in...
pulled out a slip of paper...
and showed me the name...
I didn't realize that the name didn't show up in the picture until I got home and pulled the pictures off my camera *sigh* I seriously need a new one where the flash doesn't wash out the color like this! Lucky for me I had put the name in my zippered pocket. The winner of one of the fat quarter bundles is
Rita R. from ritashandarbeid.blogspot.com
Now, for the second name I decided that there was one person who has been so supportive throughout my first year blogging and who has consistently been a source of encouragement and creative inspiration. So the second fat quarter bundle goes to
Allie from allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com
Thank you all for stopping by and entering the giveaway. I really enjoyed visiting your fabulous blogs!
I finished sewing together the blocks for this batik strip tube quilt, but I need to put an inner and an outer border on. This is where I always wind up stumped because the borders can make or break a quilt. I'll probably wind up taking it to the quilt shop to try different combinations out. I just finished the last seam a few minutes ago and hurried outside to hang it on the fence for a quick picture before the sun sets (I didn't even take the numbers off). See?
Also head over to Birch 100% Organic Fabrics - there is a fabulous giveaway in honor of Earth Day on their website as well as links to several other Earth Day giveaways! You will be amazed at the gorgeous organic fabrics available on these web sites!
I've been busy making blocks with some of my friends - we had a sewfest at my best friend and quilting buddy's house. It's always such a wonderful time chatting, sewing, and admiring each other's creations. Here's a glimpse of what I worked on...
Notice some of Em's chalk artwork on the porch floor - some of it is actually Grammy's (I'm no artist - lol) The screen porch is the only place I had where I could easily move the furniture leaving enough space to lay out the blocks.
I also ran across a cross-stitched and embroidered prayer that I made for my two girlies when they were very, very small (Christmas 1982!) I used to love to do needlework when the girls were young because it was so easy to pick up, work on for a few minutes here and there, and then put away until I had a few free minutes again. The picture is going in Em's room now :) There were so many different stitches in this - the teddy bear is all french knots and the pig tails on the blond little girl were made by braiding embrodery floss.
So - what have I been up to? Reading blogs that I have come to find through all the nice comments and new followers thanks to the giveaway. I also finally finished quilting and binding this Spring Meadow Stacked Coin quilt. It doesn't have a home yet, but with two daughters in their late twenties, there are a lot of baby showers these days. I wanted to get the Spring Meadow striped fabric from this collection to make the binding, but couldn't find it for a reasonable price. So when I went to our local quilt shop, I found a stripe that coordinated beautifully. I made the bias binding last Saturday and finished the quilting in vertical lines. I finished hand sewing down the binding last night and sent the quilt through the washer and dryer. It will be a nice baby shower gift at some point, or I may decide to put it in the Etsy shop and sell it (I'll have to take inventory of the finished baby quilts stashed in my sewing room closet before making a decision).
This Friday the 23rd (sheesh! I got way ahead of myself didn't I?) will be my one year blogging anniversary, so I thought it was time for a giveaway. I have two fat quarter bundles that I'm giving away. There are six coordinating black, white and yellow fabrics and one additional fat quarter (solid black) thrown in for the heck of it.
So how do I enter the giveaway? You may ask...
Three Four easy steps.
1) Be a Blogger (I want to be able to visit your site - after all that's one of the main reasons I blog: to share what I'm up to and to see what others are doing. Your blogs are a huge source of inspiration for me and I've met so many truly amazing people through their blogs!)
2) Mention this giveaway on your blog and provide a link back to my blog
3&4) Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment (In English!) letting me know what you might like to make with these fabrics.
By the way - I have comment moderation turned on, so your comments won't show up until I approve them. This is to prevent spam or obscene comments.
Be sure to do all three four of these things before midnight Eastern Daylight Time on Friday April 23rd because that's the deadline for entering the giveaway.
The winners will be announced on Saturday April 24th - one winner will be picked by random drawing with the assistance of my little helper Em, and one will be chosen by me (randomly or not - I haven't decided yet).
10:18 pm update: I was unbelievably well-behaved in the quilt shop today (truly amazing)... I only bought the fabric to bind this quilt. I found this striped fabric, so I made the continuous bias binding tonight. Now I have to get going and do the quilting :)
I decided to sit out on the back porch this morning to have my coffee. It is warm (around 70 degrees) and there's a good onshore breeze, the birds are singing and chirping including a woodpecker who's been pecking in between visits to the bird feeder off and on for the last 20 minutes or so, the pugs are snuffling about in the yard, and the most amazing scent is in the air - the sweet scent of the citrus trees - they're in full bloom. I wish I could send this scent out through the blog for everyone to enjoy!
The weather person is calling for rain today, so it's a good day to knock out some chores go to the local quilt shop. I'll post a pic or two later.