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The winner of Series 3 of Downton Abbey is Oooglebloops!

Congratulations.  I’m glad to help you build your collection.  I’ll send it on its way to you the next time I go to town.  Enjoy!

Until next time…

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. (Revelation 14:6-7)


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My mistake is the gain of one lucky commenter on this thread.  Last week I made a quick trip to Sam’s Club to pick up a case of food for our Boxer  dog.  I made a pass through the video isle in search of the latest Downton Abbey series and quite by accident I grabbed series 3.  I got it home and ripped the plastic off of the case and started to slip it on the shelf by the other Downton Abbey discs in my collection and realized I already had the very same disc!  I felt pretty silly!  (Haste makes waste.)  I can’t return the DVD after opening it so I’m giving it to another Downton Abbey fan…or a wannabe.  Accompanying the disc will be tea.  I’m not sure which tea…but it really should be a classic English tea, shouldn’t it?

To toss your name into the pot for a chance to win the DVD leave a comment on this thread.  Tell me what you like about Downton Abbey.  If you share the giveaway on your blog, Pinterest or Facebook, leave a link in a separate comment, and you will get a second chance to win.

The giveaway closes March 15, and the winner will be randomly selected and announced on the 16th.

Until next time…

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

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This is a lovely giveaway, and I must give you the scoop so you can get in on it, too.


“In celebration of the Sunshine Sampler I am offering a giveaway.  Included are the threads shown above and Rebecca’s sampler for you to stitch as you wish shown below.”

How do you enter?  Simply post about this giveaway either on your blog or on pinterest and leave a link in your comment.  A winner will be selected by Random Generator.  Deadline to enter by Wednesday December 4th @ 5:00 p.m. (PST).Good luck!You can see more of the host’s threads in her Etsy.

I hope I win, but I wish you luck, too.  🙂  I love the threads and the sampler.  It reminds me a lot of my doodle cloth…so much fun! Until next time…

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you,  and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all  wisdom and spiritual understanding.   Colossians 1:9

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This is a very short post to share a pincushion I made for a recent swap.  It is constructed of decorator silk and embellished with stitching, beads and pretty laces.

for Lisa

Until next time…

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 1 John 2:18)


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Phyllis commented:

Today I worked on the Fly Stitch and its variations, but the last truly new stitch was the scroll stitch.

Phyllis, I sent a private email to you asking for your mailing address.  Congratulations and enjoy your Creative Stitchery Success Strips.

I wish Robbie or I could give a set to everyone who is interested in adding a set to their stitching tools, but that is not possible.  The good news is they are very affordable, and Robbie would be happy to receive your order and send you as set.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this giveaway.  I appreciate you!

Until next time…

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.   (Isaiah 40:31)

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Success Strips

Last month I hosted a giveaway for a set of Robbie Field’s Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  As promised, this post announces the second of two giveaways featuring these useful stitch templates.

For a chance to win you need only comment on this post telling me what stitch you last added to your stitching repertoire.  The winner will be selected randomly.

Recently I did a one on one heart swap with a crazy quilting friend from one of the groups I belong to.  When she received her heart she commented on the stitch spacing in one of the seam treatments she has difficulty with.  The even spacing was entirely due to Robbie’s success strips!  There is no greater testimony of how well these innovative strips work.

These simple strips are a great addition to any free-form stitcher’s “war chest”.  I pull mine out and use them often, and they work well with some of the other templates crazy quilters use.

To read more about the strips, visit the Creative Stitchery site (link in embedded above) or read the information I shared in my first giveaway post.

This giveaway will end on September 15 at 12:00 noon Central time.  (Can you believe it is September already?)

For a second chance to win tell, also tell me how you learned of this giveaway.  (This is a reward for actually reading my post.)  🙂

Everyone is welcome to enter.

If you already have a set of strips you can gift them to a stitching or crazy quilt newbie.  If you would like to get a set of these useful stitching tools without waiting, Robbie would be happy to receive your order.  Ordering information is available via the link in the first paragraph.  Robbie’s turnaround service is excellent.


I am in no way profiting by hosting this giveaway and have no affiliation with the Creative Stitchery Success Strips production or sales (except for the warm fuzzy feeling I get by doing something nice for someone with no expectation of anything in return).  I just believe in the product’s usefulness to fellow stitchers.

Until next time…

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.   (Ephesians 5:17)

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First of all, I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on this giveaway for a chance to win one of Robbie’s embroidery success strips.  If you did not win today, be sure to keep an eye out for my next giveaway featuring a second set of the strips.  I honestly believe all free-form embroidery stitchers would benefit from owning and using a set of these innovative stitch marking strips.  They make creating well-balanced crazy quilting seam treatments a breeze.   If you do not want to wait for a chance to win, I am sure Robbie would be happy to send a set your way for a very nominal price.  Rarely do we see anything used in crazy quilting priced so modestly.  These strips are worth every penny!

Without further pomp and circumstance…

The Giveaway Winner Is



Theresa commented saying…

Hi, I enjoy reading your blog.  My favorite seam treatment usually involves chain stitch.  I love that I can do sensuous curves and it stitches up so fast I can “travel” the seam quickly.

Congratulations, Theresa!  Thank you for playing.  I hope you enjoy your strips.  Please contact me as soon as possible.

Until next time…

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint..   (Isaiah 40:31)


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Since beginning my crazy quilting journey several different stitchers have recommended Robbie Fields’ Creative Stitchery Success Strips as useful tools when we talked about seam templates.  About two months ago I finally got around to ordering a set.  I’m so glad I did, and I have to wonder why I waited so long to order them.  The price is very reasonable, and they make even spacing and height of many of the stitches used in seam treatments such a breeze.

After receiving my strips and working with them for just a short while I decided to host a giveaway featuring Robbie’s nifty little templates.  When I told her about my idea Robbie graciously offered to supply two sets to be given away.  One will be given away in two separate giveaways.

To put your name in the hat for a chance to win comment on this post and tell me what stitch you are struggling to master or what your favorite seam to use in a seam treatment is.  My personal favorites are the Cretan stitch and the feather stitch.  Both of these stitches can be marked beautifully with Robbie’s templates.

If you already have a set of Success Strips feel free to comment anyway…and pass the strips on to a novice you would like to encourage.   OR you could even host  blog giveaway or pay them forward to another stitcher.

Below is a heart I used the Creative Stitchery Success Strips to mark the seam treatments.    The spacing and height of all my stitches are uniform thanks to the strips.

For Judy

The giveaway of the first set will be open for comment until 12 noon on 8/15/13 central time.  The winner will be announced in a blog post shortly after the giveaway ends.  Anyone who answers my question in their reply will be given two chances to win.  🙂  It pays to read the post!  🙂

Disclaimer…I have no ownership interest in Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  I am hosting this giveaway because I believe in the product and think all crazy quilters should own a set. 

Until next time…

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  John 17:26

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Earlier the week I began sharing pictures of the beautifully embroidered blocks my dad stitched more than over five decades ago.  This post is a continuation of that one.  Today I am sharing pictures of the second row of blocks.

Before I start I want to toss out a plug for the giveaway I will host very soon.  I hope everyone interested in embroidery will put their name in the pot for a chance to win this useful tool.

Now for row 2…









Connecticut…one of my personal favorites.  I love the call of the quail…”Bob White”.


New Hampshire…

12New Hampshire

That’s it for this time.  I hope you are enjoying seeing my dad’s handiwork.  I’m loving the walk down memory lane as I share it with you.  It makes him seem just a little closer.

Until next time…

Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.   (2 Timothy 2:19)

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When I was a girl I remember my dad coming home from a long day at the office and unwinding in his chair after supper.  He would pick up the quilt block he was working and stitch until bedtime.  It took a couple or more years for him to meticulously embroider the forty-eight state birds and flowers I will share over the next few posts.  (If you know history, you know this quilt top predates 1959, because, Alaska and Hawaii were not admitted into the union until that year.)

Today my dad would have been 86 years old.   For that reason I chose today to begin sharing pictures of the wonderful quilt top he embroidered.  It was stored in a box in the top of his closet for decades.  Two years before he passed away I brought the quilt top home and quilted it for him for Father’s Day.  When I gave it back to him, he cried.  He said he did not believe he would ever see it completed.  Earlier this year my mom gave it back to me.  Needless to say, I cherish it and count it amongst my earthly treasures.

I will share each block in the order it appears on in the quilt starting with the top row.



New York…

2 New York

North Carolina…

3North Carolina







Dad’s steady hands and sharp eyes helped him turn out beautiful work.  He was self-taught and a perfectionist.  I’m hoping one day to be as accomplished a stitcher as he was…surely a little of his creative genes rubbed off on me.

I will share another row of blocks very soon.  I hope you will check back and see all forty-eight.

Be sure to keep an eye out for my upcoming giveaway featuring Robbie Field’s  Creative Stitchery Success Strips.  I will be posting the details very soon.

Until next time…

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?  Matthew 6:26

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