Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Reminder and a Fluffy

I wanted to send out a quick reminder that this coming Saturday is Yard Sale Saturday.  I have been pulling a few things to post for sale, and I'm sure there will be lots of other blogs with fun things as well.  Last month's sales were so much fun!

Here's what Callie's life has been like...
"An open drawer...I think I'll hop in and leave some fur on that quilt"


"You talkin' to me?????"



"I'm quite happy here, thank you"


A day in the life of Callie!

Have a great day and don't forget to come back on Saturday!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Farmer's Wife, Valentine's Day and Quilts!

This week was the second installment of Randy's Farmer's Wife Sow-A-Long.  I'm really going to try to keep up on this (remind me of that in a few months!).  Sticking with my red/black/tan theme...


The red is from The Cotton Club line, the black is a Bonnie Blue and the background is what I'm using for the whole quilt - it's one of the darker of the Primitive Muslins - not nearly as light as it looks here. 

On Valentine's Day I posted about my birthday, so I thought I would show you what was delivered to my door on Tuesday afternoon...
Hmmm...interesting...wonder what could be inside??

Looks like it's going to be interesting!

Chocolate covered strawberries - YUM!  You'll notice that one is already missing - that didn't take long.  What a creative surprise! 

I have been doing some other quilty things as well.  I made a quick and easy sample for my LQS...
She chose the pattern "Charm Thursday" - a free Moda pattern.  The fabrics are mostly from the "Late Bloomers" line by Sandy Gervais.

I also finished this...


I posted about these last month...this is the second one (you know...the one that sat in the closet for 2 years!) .  My friend, Carla, machine quilted this and did a really great job.  She stitched around the animals - I wish you could see it on this picture - it really looks great.

That's all for today - hope you have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Farmer's Wife

Well, I've once again given in to peer pressure!  Actually it's just that I'm so inspired by all of the wonderful, quilty things that I see in blog land, that I just can't help myself.  I'm sure you've heard of The Farmer's Wife book and quilt.  I've had the book for some time and thought it would be fun to make the quilt, but I have so many other projects in the works that I just didn't give it much thought.  Then Randy from Barrister's Block blog decided to host a "Sow-A-Long" (to stay with the farm theme!) that I just couldn't resist.  Randy is offering instructions for 3 blocks every two weeks.  Only six blocks a month - I can do that!  Since I already have Dear Jane and Civil War Love Letters started and am making them scrappy, I decided to stick to a color theme here.  Any guesses on the colors I chose??  Yep...red, black and tan...my favorites.  Here are my first 3 blocks...


I love that red - it's a new one from Jo Morton.  The black I've had for a long time, and the tan background is one of the Primitive Muslins.  Today is the day that the second set of instructions will be posted, so you have plenty of time to jump on the bandwagon and catch up!  These blocks were nice and easy and didn't take much time.  I think that Randy is going to have us all link up at some point - I can't wait to see everyone's blocks and the different color choices.  Come on...play along!!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Another fun mail day!

You know that I love fun mail days, and my birthday, so this was a GREAT day!!  Oh...and you also know that Aunt Nancy sends good stuff - so this was a SUPER GREAT day!  Look what goodies Auntie sent me for my birthday this year!
A girl always needs needles and thread...and chocolate is just a given!
When I was in Minnesota last summer, we saw this stocking made up at Piecemaker's.  It is soooo cute and I had often regretted not buying the pattern.  Well, that is now remedied!  The wool is not included in the kit, but the flannels for the stocking are, so I should be able to whip this up (haha...famous last words!). 
Aunt Nancy makes the best cut out cookies!

What's really funny is that I think she has sent me this card several different times!  Too funny.  When I turned 40 she sent a card to my work every day for a couple of weeks.  She's such good entertainment...if only we lived closer together we could really get in trouble!

I didn't get pictures of the rest of my gifts, so I will just tell you about some of them.  Hubby gave me a Kindle Fire!  I'm excited.  I already had a Kindle and I read on it every day and have downloaded lots of books - mostly free.  I had mentioned at Christmas that I might like to have a Fire, but he didn't think that I needed one!  Somewhere along the line, he must have changed his mind.  The Fire is awesome, it does everything that my laptop does and will be much easier to take along on my travels.  My kids gave me flowers and plants, and some Bath & Body (no excuse to smell bad!).  My parents gave me some pretty heart earrings and cold, hard cash for my big upcoming road trip.  My brother and family gave me a funny hillbilly card (they make me laugh) and a plant and some Girl Scout cookies.  We all got together for supper on Sunday at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Mt. Pleasant.  Mom made me a German chocolate cake - she makes the best GCC EVER - so yummy.  Oh...and while we were there I had to wear the sombrero and be sung to in Spanish.  There should be some good pictures to follow!

I'm off for a sew day - hope your day is great!  And...Happy Valentine's Day!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Weekend work!

Just a quick post to show you the pieces that we finished this weekend.  Can you tell I was on an earring kick?

And a few more...look closely at the fabric...I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Seasonal Gatherings fabric by Lisa Bongean.  It won't be available in shops until April - you will want to own some of each and every piece!  The colors are deep and rich...yummy!  These are just a few, I've pieced more, but they aren't finished just yet.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Yard Sale Saturday - I really thought it was a blast and can't wait for the next one.  I know I have plenty of things that I can offer up!

What did you all do for Superbowl Sunday?  I actually watched the game (but more importantly, the commercials) while sewing.  I even sat and hand quilted for awhile - I really need to do that more often!

Have a great day!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Yard Sale Saturday

Yard Sale Saturday!

If you read Bonnie Hunter's blog then you've seen some of her posts about Yard Sale Saturday.  I think it's a great idea, and wanted to get in on the fun.  I hope some of you will do the same.  I'm going to copy the very few guidelines that Bonnie layed out:


There will be some ground rules…These items need to be QUILT RELATED. Patterns, Books, Fabric, Notions, Partial UFOs…whatever you want. This is for gently used –white elephant type items, not new-sell-at-retail-stuff or new crafts you have made to sell for Christmas. Understood? Think YARD SALE. When your item has sold, mark it sold on your blog page so people know.
You must link your post back to THIS POST, not the whole blog --- The url to use is http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2012/02/yard-sale-saturday.htmlhtml
You write the post on your blog, you come back here and link it up. It is up to you to decide how you are going to interact with your buyers. I’m going to use paypal, and the selling price does not include the shipping. The shipping price will be figured depending on where the person lives, and the shipping price will be added to the purchase price.

 Simple enough? I am also going to use PayPal.  If you want to buy any items that I post, the first person to e-mail me (at this e-mail address: julie@meandmystitches.com) will be the lucky buyer.  I will send you an invoice via PayPal that can be paid by credit card or PayPal.  As Bonnie stated - there will be an additional charge for shipping when noted - sometimes I will include it in the total price, as you can see below.

***HENS ON HEELS IS SOLD (Thanks Lindsay!)***This first week, I have found a couple of patterns that I know I will never use.  The first one is called "Hens on Heels" by Carol Bruce of Needlesongs.  Some friends and I bought this pattern with the intention of making it for another mutual friend, but it didn't ever happen!  I still remember the shop sample - and it really was very cute and very funny!  The price on the pattern is $11.00, but I am asking $6.00 which INCLUDES shipping (sorry...USA and Canada only).





****3-6-9 PATTERN IS SOLD (Thanks Carla)!!  The second pattern is "3-6-9-Quilt" by P3 Designs.  I actually did make this one - it was in a kit that I bought from The Quilt Merchant in Winfield, IL (LOVE that shop!).  The kit was wonderful - it was a baby quilt with the cutest old-timey fabrics.  The pattern gives instructions and fabric requirements for five different sizes, from lap to king size.  It is a quick and easy pattern - good for a beginner or for someone who wants to whip something up in a hurry.  The price on this pattern is $8.00, but I am asking $5.00 which includes shipping (again...USA and Canada only).



****SOLD - Thanks Ginni!***Lastly is this fat quarter bundle.  There are five fat quarters in this cute little bundle.  I don't know what fabric line these are from - I tried to take a peek at the selvedges, but the most info I could find was that they are from 2000 and the word Mosaic.  They really are pretty colors, but just not something that I'm going to use.



 I am asking $8.00 which includes shipping (USA and Canada only).

If you have some of your own Yard Sale items to sell, post them on your blog, and be sure to link back to Bonnie!  This is gonna be fun!

Have a great day!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Second Batch O' Pins

Here is the batch of pins that I FINALLY finished up yesterday...
Now I need to get back to making pendants!

Are any of you planning to do the Farmer's Wife "Sow-A-Long" that Randy is hosting at Barrister's Block? I am seriously thinking about it - she is planning to make 6 of these small blocks each month, which seems manageable.  I need to decide for sure...I have a tendency to ponder on these things for too long, then decide that I'm too far behind, so I don't start.  When I see all of the wonderful finished products out in blogland,  I kick myself for not doing it.  So now to decide - what colorway?  Scrappy?  Red/black/tan?  Pink/brown?  Hmmmm.  I've got to make a decision!!!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pink Lemonade and New Jewelry

Well...it took awhile, but I gave in to peer pressure!  Lori at Humble Quilts has done it again and has gotten a lot of quilters involved with her latest Quilt-A-Long.  I thought it sounded like fun from the beginning, but I have so much going on that I decided not to participate.  Of course, there are tons of you bloggers out there, showing off your Pink Lemonade quilts, and telling me I could do it...it's just a small quilt...it won't take long...etc!  So yesterday I gave in and started pulling fabrics.  The hardest part for me was deciding on the yellow.  The piece that I really wanted/intended to use just didn't work.  This one is a little bright, but I think it will do (it's going to have to...because I'm not tearing it apart!).  The background is a light pink, but the picture really washes it out.  So...here is my attempt at Pink Lemonade...
To see more Pink Lemonade quilts, go to Lori's blog - everyone is linking up there today!  There are lots of awesome versions to see and you might find a new blog or two to follow.

On another note...I know that I haven't been posting much lately.  I've been busy with all kinds of different things...all things that I really need to post about - but for now, you only get to see the jewelry that we've finished up.  I was really short  on pins, so we made bunches of them.  Also lots of scissor fobs.  I'm probably not going to post these on my website (I'm planning a selling road trip in the near future), so if there are any pieces that you are interested in, drop me an e-mail and we will work it out.  I have another batch of pins that I will finish up today and hope to show you those very soon.



As always, forgive my poor photography - there's a big ol' glare on some of these.  I made lots of new heart pieces so be sure to look at my website to see even more new things.  It's not too late to order for Valentine's Day!

Have a great day!