Saturday, September 18, 2010

The late Saturday Night Report (on the Friday Night Sew In)

Hello out there Blogland Neighborhood! It's still Saturday right? (Well, we figure it's still Saturday SOMEWHERE, so therefore we aren't late with our Saturday report of our Friday Night Sew In project ! (see how you can rationalize ANYTHING ?!?!?!!!!! and we here at MBIAJ Headquarters should know because we are EXPERTS at rationalization !!!!!:)

OK, anyhow here's how we spent our Friday Night Sew In......

....a little piecing .....

...and a little fusing to make .....

.....a little quilt!! ... well, it's a little wall hanging and it's a little not quite finished!

......but it HAS to be finished by Sept 29th! Why? Well because this is a sample for a class I'm teaching (YIKES!) of my wall hanging Practical Magic that is in the current Sept/Oct issue of Quiltmaker magazine . I am scheduled to teach it at The Quilted Crow in Lehighton, Pa. The Quilted Crow is a fairly new quilt shop and the owners, Jane and Cindy , are two of the NICEST gals you'd ever want to meet! So, if you're in the area, you should pop on in for a visit!

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blogland Happenings ......

Good morning and TGIF Blogland Neighborhood! Well, there's always lots of activity and creativity going on in the Blogland Neighborhood ....and this month is no exception. We here at MBIAJ pride ourselves in having our finger on the pulse of the Neighborhood .... having a nose for the latest news .... (OK, so sometimes we miss stuff and don't have a clue what's going on .... OR we're the last ones to know what everybody else is talking about .... but our motto has always been " Better Late than Never" !!!!) BUT.... this time we're right on top of things !!!!! Look what Kitty discovered on Gudrun's blog while blog hopping last night .....

....she's having a fall themed designer blog hop !! (zip on over to her blog and leave a comment because if you do, you'll be entered into a give away for some FABRIC ..... a big pile of very pretty FABRIC !!!) Kitty is so excited about it (and about fall weather and Halloween) that she even dug out her witch's hat to wear to tell you about it! (before she even gets her glasses fixed!)

....the blog hop starts Sept 27th and runs through Oct 6th.

......and in other news, tonight is the Friday Night Sew In for Sept hosted by Heidi

...the MBIAJ Sewing/Quilting Dept feels strongly that they should participate in this tonight because they are (as usual) WAY behind on a project that has a deadline coming up WAY TOO SOON !!! YIKES !!!

OK .... we're off to try and get Kitty's glasses fixed , along with about a zillion other things .... and hopefully the Sewing/Quilting Dept will get to do some sewing tonight!

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Monday, September 13, 2010

"The Lost Quilter" ....

Good morning Blogland Neighborhood! One of the things we love to do here at MBIAJ Headquarters (besides stitching, drawing , and eating chocolate) is .....

.....READING !!!

We just started reading this Jennifer Chiaverini book "The Lost Quilter" and are thoroughly enjoying it (which we knew we would since we read and enjoyed alot of her other books).

......and speaking of "lost quilters" ..... has anybody seen Kitty? She went into the MBIAJ fabric stash awhile ago looking for some fall fabrics for a new project she's determined to start (ignoring all the half finished summer projects ...) and we haven't seen her for a day or two .....(sigh) guess we better go look for her.....

....OH LOOK !!!! There she is ..... LOST in a sea of fabric !!!.....

......PHEW!!! She made it out OK ..... but I think she broke her glasses .....

......yes ... Kitty , the original "Lost Quilter" !!!

How about you? Does it take survival skills to enter and leave your sewing room/fabric stash without getting LOST ?!?!????
The "MBIAJ Decluttering Dept" better get busy that's all there is to it !!!!! We should have a yard sale .... but that would require even more time and energy.... ugh!!!

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Happy Changing Seasons !

Happy Labor Day Weekend Blogland Neighborhood! This marks the unofficial end of summer .... (officially, it's still summer for 3 or 4 more weeks ... or at least that's what the calendar says). So, the leaves are beginning to change and fall ....

....on the flowers who aren't ready to give up summer yet .

... and the kiddos are back in school (or will be soon!) .....and, the MBIAJ Decorating Dept gets ants in their pants to start making a few little changes here and there to ......

...usher out the season we're getting kind of tired of .....

.....and say "come on in!" to the season we're looking forward to !!!

.... new (so easy to make it's embarrasing) wool felt "sunflower" candle mats up close....

Have a safe and happy last (un)official weekend of summer ! Here comes autumn !!!!

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)