Monday, July 26, 2010

What a Surprise!

Oh, what a surprise to come home last night and
find over 75 emails in my inbox!
My first thought, I've been "spammed".
Then I realized
Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Desi
had posted about my give away on her blog.
A real-live celebrity had visited my
C-leb-ber-ty, oh my, heart be still.
Thank you sooooo much Anne.
I'm honored.

A Warm Welcome, to all my new friends.
It is so nice to meet you.
I hope to hop over to your blogs and say hello soon.

It took me awhile to get my list ready for the drawing.
My hubby did the honors.
Drum Roll Please..................

Carolyn (Lee Prairie)
I wish I could send each and everyone of you something!

Denise (Count it *all* Joy)
Ladies, please send me an email with your
address and I will get your gifts in the mail
on Wednesday.

I want to show you my Vintage Baskets quilt top-
minus the borders. I'm still giving those some thought.
Not sure what I want to do.
I'm going to use my left over reds, creams & whites to piece
together my chain blocks for Snowbound.
I love scrappy quilts.
The more fabrics the better.

And this is my next project.
"Over the River and Through the Woods"
(Crab-apple Hill) in Fall colors.
I'm on the 2 year plan.
A year to stitch and piece, another year to get it quilted.
My quilts are always the last to get quilted.

I must confess.
After years of counted cross stitch,
embroidery, candle wicking (showing my age with that one).
I've decided that:

1. I don't like to change thread colors. I'm lazy.
2. I love to do what I call the stem stitch.
Easier for me to keep the stitches even. I'm terrible at the back stitch.
3. I love Perle cotton #8 in place of floss. No twisting & knotting.
4. I want it to be "mindless" so I can stitch watching TV or a movie
and feel I'm not wasting my time completely.
5. And did I mention, I'm getting lazy in my old age?

It's hotter than blazes here.
But at least you don't have to shovel heat.

Hugs, and thanks again.


  1. Congratulations to all of the winners. Love the Vintage Baskets. I too am a fairly new redworker, well least for the last 3 or 4 years. Like you I dislike seperating and working with floss. I am just finishing up my Flights of Fancy by Megan at Crabapple Hill. I have used Cosmos on the spool in the turkey red and the beige. Easy to work with. I will be pinning this one on the Gammill hopefully next week. Have a geat day! Louise

  2. Howdy Karen,
    Your basket embroidery is beautiful, what pattern are you using? I would love to make them. If you are bored my website has 2 free Block of the Month and a 12 Free Christmas Ornament Series as well. I am disappointed I did not win but I did find your blog and now I am blessed by all your creativeness so it is a great things.

  3. Congratulations to the winners! I found out a little tooo late! I popped over from Bunny Hill and have enjoyed looking around!

  4. I love your baskets!! Redwork is simply wonderful; I've just started working on some in the last month, and I adore it! And thanks again for pulling my name! :)

  5. Love your basket quilt, is it a pattern? Or did you just make it from your own creativity? Please post the pattern name if it still exists, thanks.

  6. Congratulations to the lucky winners!!! Thanks again Karen for a great giveaway. Your Basket quilt is absolutely gorgeous and I just have to tell that I have seen the "Over the River" quilt all done up and quilted and it took my breath away. It was done in winter colors. Fall colors just happen to be my favorite and I can't wait to see yours finished, so...get stitching, LOL.

  7. Congrats to the winners. Your baskets are beautiful!! Again thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I love your sentence "You don't have to shovel heat!" As I was lamenting over how hot it is here in south-west Michigan, I was reminded of what I was doing this past January. I'm zipping my lip! :)

  9. Your work is just beautiful. I need to make time for more stitching and quilting. I am originally from WI and can't believe you live there. Are you going to quilt expo?

    Ann P,.

  10. sorry I missed it - but all the same it was too cute reading your excitement over all the 70+ emails when you checked... and then to find out that you were visited by THE Anne from Bunny Hills :) Super COOL!

    what an awesome gift to share... I hope the lucky winner makes something great! Love the scrappy corners on your basket blocks. ;)

    I have an ole BOM project that I've sorta forgotten about and need to unearth it... I worked on it many days during my waiting in the carpool line for my daughter... and need to finish up the last 4 or 5 blocks! ;)

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  11. after i finish Hocuspocusville (you think the two year plan is long? i'm on the five year plan with HPV - ha ha ha) and the Snowflake Angel, i get to stitch Over the River (unless, of course, they've come out with something even more awesome - which they already have but i wouldn't let myself buy it cuz i have OtR) and i want to do it in fall colors, too ...... i like redwork, just not in red

  12. Thank you for the Surprise. I won the wonderful embroidery red work blocks!!! I am going to have so much fun making a quilt with them! I am caning now--making salsa with all my tomatoes and Mock Apple Rings with my Cucumbers. Right now-- I am busy in the kitchen and can't wait till I can clean up and return to my sewing room! You will have to take a peek at my blog for the pictures. As soon as I am finished with the Snowman blocks I will e-mail you pictures and place on my blog. Thanks again!!! Can you tell that I am just a little excited???? Carolyn from Des Moines, Iowa

  13. Wonderful giveaway - congrats to the winner!

    I would love to learn more about your vintage baskets projects. Would you mind sharing the name of the pattern. It's adorable.

    Your two year plan is a fabulous idea. LOL


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