Sunday, January 25, 2015

Thank You For Entering the Giveaway

Thank you all who signed up for the giveaway, the winners were chosen, announced and all prizes are one their way or arrived by now.

I thank those who took the time to make comments and visit and hope to have another one soon!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Lonnie Hutchinson...Where ARE YOU??

Lonnie Hutchinson where ever you are, you have until Weds. morning at 0700 to contact me with a mailing address for your scissors holder. If you do not contact me, I will chose an alternative winner.

I have posted winners and sent you 2 emails with no response. This is my last attempt to find you!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Completed Table Runner

 I wish I could have gotten better pictures of this as it is really cool and the kids say it reminds them of piano keys.

The pattern is called Modern Waves and was in the Easy Quilts Spring 2015 done in nice browns and creams.
However, having musical grandchildren and several who share the same room, I decided to use musical notes on a white background and then black fabric with brightly colored musical notes.

It was a quick project to cut and piece and I used stitch in the ditch quilting and the back stitches are in a teal blue per special request from the girls.

The back is the same white fabric with black musical notes and the girls were excited to add it to their dresser.

I may try a few more in different color schemes to see how they come out!

Sometimes I just need a fun, quick project for the kids or the house to make me smile!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

God Knows

If you have watched the news at all this week, you could not have missed that coastal Washington and northern Washington was deluged with over 6" of rain in a 24 hour period of time which caused severe flooding, rivers to over flow their banks and landslides.

One of those areas hardest hit was Grays Harbor County and the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area the place our family settled into when we moved up here and it breaks my heart that these people who have little to begin with are now having to deal with this mess!!

We are blessed!  Two of the areas hit the hardest were areas known as Queets Avenue and Canyon Courts. Both of these areas are where I wanted to purchase homes and hubby kept telling me he just didn't feel comfortable with either of them. This is when I see the hand of God in my life!

We of course moved away in 2013 about 45 miles inland where we sit away from hills or rivers and while we got soaked with the same 6" of rain, our ground is heavily rocked and socks in quickly.

I however, have reached out to ask for quilts and toiletries from others in my community and today at noon, I am meeting with some people to do what we can.

What I find miraculous is that after the rain stopped, I received an amazing package from Sandy in Arizona that had 8 quilts in it. I wasn't expecting this and Sandy blessed the families of OSO awhile back as well.

Went to a Shasta 911 Dispatchers Daughter

Went to a 911 Dispatcher Who Lost Their Home in Fire

 These large quilts enabled me along with the help from Jennifer in IL, to completely close the books on smaller needs from 2014.  We still need 130 for Okanagan County from the Carlton Complex Fire, but I believe by spring or summer we will have those.

Yesterday, I opened my mail to find a letter fittingly enough from someone in Rochester, MN and a check to help with postage. The sender told me she has followed me for years and the plight with my son Joseph.  

Amazing! It is the true hand of God!

I know you might wonder, how many quilts I actually get to each year and this past year I would probably tell you very few, however, here is a picture of all the spools of thread I went through in 2014, so guess I was busier than I ever expected!

41 Spools in 2014

Whatever you do, do it with love, do it with a joyful heart, share your talents with others, teach a child how to bake, quilt, knit, crochet, play an instrument, plant flowers.  Reach out to the homeless and at least share your smile, it costs you nothing to give it away. 

I leave you with this story that made me cry on Christmas day:
My son Joseph is homeless and several months ago, he made the decision to go into detox and get sober and he has remained sober.

Christmas day his older brother went to hang out with him and told me this story: Joseph had been given a small cooler full of handmade/homemade warm Tamales and (let me tell you if you live in the SW, you know receiving Tamales as a gift is amazing!)

Mom, they were the most amazing Tamales I have ever eaten, the very best and I had one and was going to take some home with me. Then a man in a very nice car came by and asked us if we knew where he might be able to find some Tamales.  Without an ounce of hesitation, Joseph got up and handed the man the entire cooler with the words, 'we already had one, Merry Christmas!'  The man attempted to pay Joseph for the Tamales, but he told the man they were a gift to him so he could gift someone else!

Whatever our story is, however our day is going, our lives are going, we can always find someone who is worse off than we are and yet, who is willing to give their all to someone else in need!

I recently received a wonderful letter from a quilter who has been an amazing contributor to Layers of Hope - Quilting 911. It was to let me know she was sorry she could no longer donate to us as she had found charities that need her talents closer to home.

I was humbled she felt the need to let me know, it wasn't necessary. I have always believed in 'paying it forward,' I understand postage is expensive and I understand some of you aren't really sure I do as I claim, but I do not need any explanations or apologies. I am just happy knowing others are being blessed by your talents!

Thank you for all you do to continue this ministry!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Thread Count 2014

I can't remember where I saw this last year, but someone said it would be fun to save all of our empty thread spools and see how many we used throughout 2014.

I was pretty shocked when the grands took them out of the box and set them up and counted them to find out that I had actually gone through 41 spools of thread.

 As you can tell, I use lots of different types of thread from Sulky, Coats and Clark, Signature, Gutermann, YSl, etc..  Most of this has been donated to me or purchased on sale when I see it and that is the reason we have so many different colors and sizes of spools.

In my quilting, I try to use all my thread keep some basic colors on hand such as black, tan, white and gray as I find they do quilting and blending nicely.

If anyone else did this in 2014, I would love to know how many spools you used!

Hoquiam Landslide

Hoquiam Police tell KXRO that following the landslide on Queets Ave, 3 homes were overtaken by the debris. 2 of these home s were vacant at the time. residents in the 3rd home were able to escape without injury.

Hoquiam Police are advising everyone to avoid Cherry and Queets due to standing water, and if at all possible, avoid Sumner, Riverside, and the East Hoquiam Rd as well.

The YMCA is offering their facility for anyone who needs emergency shelter, and a Grays Harbor Transit bus is on site near Queets for residents in need of shelter.
Residents are advised to avoid driving in standing water throughout Grays Harbor.



Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Giveaway...Scissors Holders 1/3/2015 - 1/10/2015

***Last Call for Lonnie Hutchinson to send me your mailing address. You won 1 of the scissors holders. If I do NOT hear from by by 1/14/15 at 0700 PST, I will have to chose another winner***I am having a 2015 Giveaway. This one will be easy to be a part of, fun to play along and only a few mandatory requirements.  While there will be other ways to gather points, most are NOT required such as following another can to earn extra points, but it isn't mandatory!
Aren't these 2 Valentine scissors holders adorable? I love them both, but they are part of a giveaway, so I have to send them to you! There will be 2 winners chosen, so make sure you have a way for me to contact you. Also, the adorable Kiss Me socks!

The winners are in order:
1- Kelly R. Wood won the Valentine Scissors Holder with Small Heart
2- Lonnie Hutchinson won the Valentine Scissors Holder
3-Lindsay Hess, you won the cute little Valentine Socks
4-Kathy Anderson, you won the Valentine Fabric

I need everyone's mailing address ASAP and these will go out sometime next week in the mail when I return from vacation!

Congrats to you all and I hope you come back often as I will have another giveaway soon!

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The holder on the right has a raised heart on it, under the smaller heart. 

I love these because they are handmade by a disabled American Veteran and his wife does the painting/stenciling, it helps them and it makes me smile!

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