Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween !!!!

vintage halloween clipart Pictures, Images and Photos

Happy Halloween Blogland Neighborhood! We're having major computer problems here at MBIAJ Headquarters (and have not been able to get to important things like blogging .... and finishing up the alternate directions to the "Practical Magic" wallhanging as previously promised .....SO SORRY !!! Right now, this blog post is being done on a borrowed laptop and we can't upload any of the pictures needed to go with the instructions ....AAARRRRRGH !!!!!!) SO....since our computer seems to be under an evil spell, we sent for this expert (the one in the picture with the pointy hat riding the broom) to conjure up a counter spell to FIX THE DARN THING !!!!

Time for Trick or Treating !!!

Be back soon! (hopefully!)
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Catching up ...... (trying!)

Hello out there in Blogland !! Have you all been by to visit .....

"Get Your Craft On" at Today's Creative Blog? Well, you should zip on over there because every Tuesday (I think) Kim (Today's Creative Blog Blogger) hosts "Get Your Craft On" where you can join in and post your latest creation! ....AND you can see lots of other crafters', bakers', decorators' fun stuff! So...the MBIAJ Sewing /Quilting Dept thought that SINCE they scrambled to finish the Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt Block Challenge for our local quilt shop AND actually finished and delivered it to the shop with exactly 1 minute to spare (and that was with the extention on the deadline from Wednesday evening to Saturday at noon) .... we thought we'd post a picture of it here AND on the Tueday "Get Your Craft On" ... So.....

....HERE it is!!! "Fight On Sister"!!! Ta Daaaa !

OK .... back to the sweat shop ....ummmm sewing room .... LOTS more stuff to catch up on !!! (including posting the alternate instructions for the quilt class I taught a couple of WEEKS ago ... yikes!!!! They're coming .... I PROMISE !)

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble"'s time to pick a WINNER !!!

TGIF Blogland Neighborhood and welcome to our Giveaway drawing! Now, as usual, Kitty has to be in charge of the actual drawing of the winner's name and she left instructions for us to meet her outside .....hmmmmm......

......oh no ....she's stirring up something in that caldron ....and she's chanting something about double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble .... witch's brew?!?!??? eye of newt, and toe of frog ?

.....oh (phew) it's just all the names for the giveaway drawing......OK Kitty, do your magic spell and conjure up a winner !

...."Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf; hocus pocus and a big fat POOF !!! ... and the winner is ......"

......Jan !!!! Yahoo for Jan !!!! Congratulations !! (Jan email me your address so I can send you your loot!)

Well, what a relief ... we have a winner AND Kitty didn't turn anybody into a frog! THANKS everybody for entering our giveaway and for all of your very nice comments !!!:)

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fight on Sister !!!!!

Good morning Blogland Neighborhood! YIKES !! Has it really been a week and a half since our last chit chat session?!?!?!!!! SO SORRY !!! That darn day job (and the piles of never ending paperwork that need to be done YESTERDAY ) keep getting in the way of anything and everything that's fun .... oh well, can't do anything about that unless , of course, we all of a sudden win the lottery !!!! ANYHOW, in the teensy tinsy little bit of spare time there is around here, the MBIAJ Design Dept and MBIAJ Sewing/Quilting Depts have (at the last minute as usual) decided to join in on ....

....the "Breast Cancer Awareness Month Quilt Block Challenge" being held by The Quilted Crow quilt shop in Lehighton, Pa.
So, over the weekend we scribbled out a quick design for the block using the white with pink polka dot challenge fabric and then .....

......slapped it together into the wee hours of last night/this morning....
AND.... NOW I'm scrambling to finish it (before going to work today) because ..... the DEADLINE is TODAY ...... YIKES !!!!

ANYHOW, in the meantime, I apologize to those sweet gals who were in my quilt class a couple of weeks ago because I STILL have not gotten the rest of the instructions posted on here for the alternate construction method (please don't hate me! ... I hope to have them on here REAL SOON!) ALSO, if you haven't signed up yet for our Give Away you still have time (drawing isn't until Friday evening Oct. 15th ).

OK, so while I'm scrambling (and calling the quilt shop for please,please, please an extension on that deadline ).... run along and sign up for our give away AND also, here's something fun to watch ....(you can click the "pause" button on my music playlist over there on the upper right sidebar to shut off Frank Sinatra for a minute)

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fall into Fall Quilt Blogger's Giveaway

Happy first Friday of October Blogland Neighborhood! Where the heck did the rest of September go? The MBIAJ Sewing and Quilting Dept was so busy getting ready for and then teaching their first EVER quilting class that the past week and a half just FLEW by!! Anyhow, the quilt class was held at The Quilted Crow in Lehighton, Pa and it was a GREAT experience. A small , but mighty class ! (Hi Vicky, Iris, and Nancy !!! I promise I'll get the rest of the instructions posted on here SOON!)

ANYHOW, in honor of our "FIRSTS" ... (design in a magazine, and then teaching a quilt class) we here at MBIAJ Headquarters thought it was high time for a GIVE AWAY !!!!!! .... AND see that cute scarecrow ? Well, it seems we're not the only ones having a give away! Starting today, there is a HUGE Blogland Fall into Fall Quilt Blogger's Giveaway ..... you should zip on over there and visit all of those blogs listed .... there is the potential to win LOTS of LOOT!!!!!

BUT ... WAIT .....

...Kitty and her scarecrow friend want to remind you to leave a comment on this blog to be entered to win our give away ! but what is it you ask?????

Well, it's the Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker magazine AND a fabric kit (made up by those lovely ladies at "The Quilted Crow") to make .....

..... our little Halloween wall hanging "Practical Magic" which is in the magazine ! (just click on the picture to make it bigger so you can see those pretty fabrics better)

SO, leave a comment(the drawing will be October 15th evening after Kitty cleans up the kitchen ).

Have fun blog hopping!
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)