Saturday, March 23, 2013

FNSI ~~ not exactly done ......

Well, my "Friday Night Sew In" plans didn't go quite as planned ........ So, pretend I actually had time to sew last night ...... this is what my finished project would look like if it were actually sewn together .........

.......and this is what it would look like if it were actually sewn together and had a pretty candle sitting on it !   However ......

.......this is what it still looks like .......(sigh).  Well, maybe next time right ?    OK ,  gotta zoom out the door to work.

Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Night Sew In !!!

    YAY !!  It's Friday Night Sew In time !!!  So,  as usual, I'm signing up late ..... cause I got in from work late ...... and still have tons of day - job work to do tonight yet  .....but, maybe, JUST MAYBE I'll be able to squeeze in some  sewing .......

......more than likely around 2 AM (not sure who the quilter /artist is for this very realistic depiction of us night owl quiters  - was posted on "Quilts and More" facebook page ..... but I LOVE it !!! It's SO me !!!)

 So, here's the plan ...... spend about another 2-3  hours on my work laptop until about 11 PM or midnight ..... THEN,  do some jumping jacks to wake up ...... THEN,  make another cup of tea (high test) ...... THEN,  sit down at my sewing machine to put this little (already cut out x about 2 years)  springy wool felt project together before I fall asleep and have to get up for work again tomorrow ........ugh!     That's the plan anyway ...... so, we'll see .....
Be back tomorrow (probably late .... again)!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

It's little ..... and it's FINISHED !!!! (Instant Gratification Sunday !)

Well, thanks to World Wide Quilting Day yesterday,  I was feeling justified in having a therapy session with my sewing machine to finish up a little doll quilt for my niece.  I LOVE doing little projects like this ... so fun  AND lets not forget the instant gratification of actually being able to finish something !!! (a concept that often escapes me). 

....... and I've been hoarding, holding onto that darling bumble bee fabric just waiting for the perfect project ..... I love it with the turquoise polka dot binding ...... sure hope Hannah thinks so too ! (Hannah is the name of the doll who is tapping her foot waiting for her quilt).
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

World Wide Quilting Day !!!

C'mon gang !!!  Fire up those sewing machines because ...... is "World Wide  Quilting Day" !!!

...... and this is for all the significant others out there who can relate to this cartoon ...... (and for you quilters, here's a little tip :  if you scatter your stuff/stash in various locations throughout the house and in the trunk of your car, it doesn't look like you have as much as you really do  ......I've operated this way for YEARS !!!! ....... you're welcome ).

......... and, in honor of World Wide Quilting Day ,  I decided to blow off another Saturday afternoon chained to my work laptop and do some machine quilting and binding on this little doll quilt (a MUCH more enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon I might add !!!)
Be back soon !!! (hopefully with a finished doll quilt to show )
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

....... at the end of the rainbow ...... is a BLOG HOP WINNER !!!

Welcome Welcome Blog Hoppers !!!  We are sorry for the delay in getting started for this evening's festivities and selection of our Blog Hop Give away winner .  Seems there was a bigger mess in the kitchen to clean up than we bargained for . Before we get started, though, we wanted to thank all of you who visited here, entered our give away ,  and left so many nice comments !!!  WOW !!!!!!   And now , without further delay,  let me introduce our Mistress of Ceremonies ..... just in time for Saint Patrick's Day, Miss Hello O'Kitty.
.... and I see she has made her way over to the Pot of Contestant Names at the end of the Rainbow (I don't think there was any gold at the end of this rainbow ..... or maybe there was, and Miss O'Kitty helped herself and bought that outfit she's wearing ........).   Well, anyway, I think she's picked a winner !!!! 

Yes she has !  The winner of the "Woodland Blooms" jelly roll is ...........
(please email me your mailing address and I will get that jelly roll out to you as soon as possible !)
Thank you again everyone, for visiting , entering my give away , and leaving such nice comments !!!
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Hop Party starts TODAY !!!!!

 WELCOME Blog Hoppers !!!! Today is the start of the Blogger's Hop Party !!!  (and I'm also celebrating my 6 year Blog Anniversary !!) ...... So , in honor of these fun occasions,  it's GIVE AWAY TIME !!!!!!   YAY !!!!   Now I have enough fabric to SINK A SHIP,  so I decided to go through my stash to see if I had doubles of anything ........ and, big surprise, I DO !!!! I had two of these GORGEOUS jelly rolls of Lila Tueller's "Woodland Blooms" fabric ...... so fresh and springy !!!! So, I'm keeping one for me and giving the other one away .

Here's a close up of one of the GORGEOUS fabrics .

......and another one .....

.......and another one !  (and there's lots more in the jelly roll ...... all to simply swoon over !!!)
So, if you'd like a chance to win this jelly roll,  just leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner  on March 14th (evening ..... after the kitchen is cleaned up ...... maybe around 8 PM here in Pennsylvania)
AND, don't forget to check out other bloggers give aways over the next week .....
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coming Soon !!!!! (like .... tomorow )

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways   Well, its time to kick the winter blahs to the curb !! ....and what better way to do that then to have a  BLOG HOP PARTY !!!!!  ...... with GIVE - AWAYS !!!!!   It all starts tomorrow (March 8th) ..... you can still join in if you want to participate as a blog to be hopped to (go  here to sign up)
  ...... or just come back tomorrow to see what the give - away will be here at Moonbeams in  Jar (as soon as I figure it out  ....maybe some fabric?.....maybe a book ?) ...... then go visit all the other blog hoppers to see what they are doing for their give - aways (sounds like we should wear our clod hoppers to be blog hoppers ...... sorry just had to throw that in there).  This Blog Hop Party is being hosted by the Quilting Gallery.
P.S.   we're also celebrating our 6 year blog anniversary this week ....... yes, SIX YEARS  of blabbing blogging ...... didn't know I had so much to say !!! (although my family isn't surprised ......).

So, come back tomorrow !!

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

You can never have enough ........(fill in the blank)

 .......quilting, sewing , stitching books !  (and this is just the tip of the iceberg! ).  These are some of my current favorites and newest aquisitions ).

 When I get a new book like these, after I drool all over the pretty pictures , I get my pink (or yellow or orange or blue) Post It notes and mark the page(s) of the gazillion projects I now want to make, or the technique I've been looking for that will make my sewing life more efficient and fun.  As you can see there are many ........

 ........ this is my most recent addition to the pile ...... and as you can see, I'm busy putting a Post It note on just about every page because I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!  (sigh)  My instant gratification for this week !
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)