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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…

Iowa…

7IOWA

Kansas…

8Kansas

Alabama…

9Alabama

Indiana…

10Indiana

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

11Connecticut

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.

California…

1California

New York…

2 New York

North Carolina…

3North Carolina

Idaho…

4Idaho

Minnesota…

5Minnestoa

Tennessee…

6Tennessee

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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Once again days have turned into weeks since my last post.  My dear husband and I took a trip to north Arkansas for a few days for a little rest and relaxation.  While we were visiting that part of the country we had the pleasure of visiting with my crazy quilting, online friend Hollie and her husband Mark. (picture of Hollie and me in the post before this one)  When we returned home we needed a few more days of rest and relaxation to revive from the road trip…If you are over fifty, you know what I’m talking about.

When we went out of town we left our dogs at home with our oldest daughter.  They love her dearly, and we never have to worry about them when they are in her care.  Our Great Dane started getting very finicky about eating while we were gone this time, and when we returned things went downhill from there.  We were hoping he was just being sensitive, because we left him and he would soon return to normal.   His hips had been getting bad for a while.  He showed signs of old age.  I’ve seen the “handwriting on the wall” for several months.  On Tuesday of last week he completely stopped eating.  Nothing I offered him would entice him to eat.   On Monday of this week we called our vet in to euthanize him.  He was beginning to show signs of suffering, and we had to gulp up the courage to do what was best for him.  Hence…the broken heart.  Bubba was a great dog and will be missed greatly.

Bubba

Moving on to crazy hearts…Late last week a crazy quilting friend’s husband passed away.  My words are not adequate for expressing the sorrow I feel for her loss.  I’ve never walked that mile…I can only imagine the pain she is feeling.  This heart will be embellished with her in mind, and I will send it to her.  Hopefully I’ll have it completed and ready to go by weekend’s end.

naked1

The next heart is for a one on one heart swap…just because.   I constructed it a little bit bottom heavy and have not decided how I will handle that.

naked

Speaking of one on one swaps…My friend Pam and I have entered into a one on one block swap.  We chose an 8 inch block.  Each of us made a naked block and exchanged them to embellish and return home.

Here is the one Pam sent to me.  She dyed all the fabrics herself.  Aren’t they lovely.   The colors are vibrant…brights are her favorite.

Pam's block one on one

The block I sent to her is made of fabrics in far more muted colors…The trim along the edge of the curved patch was salvaged from a thrift store pillow case.  I call this block “two friends” because of the silkie I used for the anchor patch.

Pam Gonzalez - one on one

Last but not least, I worked on the final block I will angel stitch for in the World Wide Crazy Quilting encrusted RR.  The block belonged to Carol.  For my part I stitched the vine on the long blue patch, added stitching to the existing stitching on the anchor patch, and added the spider web and spider.  I tried a different web-making technique and have not decided if I like it as well as couching the web.

Carol's block

Before I go I want to announce my next giveaway.  Robbie Fields has generously offered to share two sets of her Creative Stitchery Success Strips to be given away one set at a time on my blog.   I will be featuring her success strips in a post very soon (or as soon as I can manage to get another post ready).  I recently bought a set of these strips from Robbie after hearing about them from several of my very accomplished stitching friends.  I’m so glad I did, because they make it so simple to space my embroidery stitches evenly and give them a more professional look. That’s a big plus when stitching compound-stitch, seam treatments.   I think every crazy quilter should have a set of these great stitching tools, and I have to wonder why I waited so long to buy them.  Click on the link and see how affordable they are.

Just for the record, I am hosting this giveaway because I really like the strips.  Robbie did not ask me to.  Only after I asked her if she minded if I featured her strips on my blog and told her I wanted to give a set away did she offer to furnish the sets.  I appreciate her generosity.  I expect nothing in return for hosting the giveaway.  It is my intention to share a wonderful stitching tool with those who are not aware of it.

Until next time…

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)

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From time to time I come across a product I have to shout about.  Such is the case with Krud Kutter.  For those of you it matters to, Krud Kutter is a green product.  The manufacturor claims to have “the hardest working green products on the planet”.  At this point…I am inclined to believe them.

krudkutter

Several months ago, my sister-in-law Lee told me about this amazing product.  She and my brother bought an almost century old house and took on the gruelling challenge of restoring it as near original as possible.   Prior to purchasing the house, it had been a rental property for decades.  A not-so-Harry homeowner had made changes that made my carpenter-extraordinaire  brother cringe.  Not-so-Susie homemaker lived with not-so-Harry and years of crud had been allowed to build up on the kitchen cabinets and appliances.  This made Lee cringe.   Lee is an immaculate housekeeper and cleaning guru, and after over-use of elbow grease, she sought something that would make the job of removing the grunge and refurbishing her kitchen easier.  While in Lowe’s she found Krud Kutter and took a chance on it.  To her delight and amazement the stuff was a miracle in a bottle.

Because I drag my feet when it comes to shopping, it took me months to finally purchase a bottle of my own so I could see what it would do for the built up grime around our house. I finally picked up a bottle last week.   You see, I am not an immaculate housekeeper much to my own dismay, but I do enjoy and long for an orderly, clean home…and a full-time housekeeper.    One of the biggest cleaning challenges around our house is a by-product of having four-legged kids.  In the past it has taken an act of congress to cut through the dog snozz they leave on our glass storm doors.  We all know what it takes to get an act through congress!  It requires hook or crook and a lot of hidden pork… When I got home I wasted no time trying Krud Kutter out on our front door.  The stuff took the snozz off without me having to exert any effort.  I stood amazed.  It did the same for the back door which was quite a bit snozzier, because we leave the “big” door open and the storm door accessible more often. 

Since my door trials, I’ve cleaned our shower doors and appliance exteriors with the same fabulous results.   I am a believer in Krud Kutter, and the next time I go to Lowe’s, which may well be a special trip to replenish my supply, I will buy a gallon. 

I appreciate Lee telling me about Krud Kutter.  If you have tough cleaning jobs around your house, I recommend you seek out a bottle and see how it works for you.  I think you will be pleased and possibly as amazed as I was.  I’m not sure if any stores other than Lowe’s stock it, but the manufacturor has an online store where the full line of Krud Kutter products are sold.  This product is bound to make your cleaning efforts easier.  It’s that good!

Disclaimer:  The makers of Krud Kutter are not responsible for this post.  I have not been compensated for writing it nor have they asked me to give a positive review of their product. 

Until next time…

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 

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The winner of my “In The Spirit Of Giving” giveaway is commenter #12, Pam Gonzalez.   I used a random number generator to make the pick.

number 12

Pam said, “Hi Judy: Thanks for a chance to win your nice scissors. I belong to CQI & CQ for Newbies. I also belong to StitchMap. My most favorite gift was a cup my son made for me when he was seven I still keep it on my kitchen counter–he’s 23 now. But being a Christian is really what it’s all about.”

Congratulations, Pam.  You definitely know the “reason for the season”.  Without Jesus there would be no Christmas. 

I’ll get your package in the mail asap…sometime this coming week. 

Thank you to everyone who commented on my giveaway post.  I wish everyone could have been the winner.

Until next time…

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Matthew 1:21

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It’s been quite a while since I hosted my last giveaway.  As Christmas approaches it seems only natural to give something away to one of my readers.  After thinking about what to give I decided to give away a pair of 3 1/2 inch Stork embroidery scissors made by Mundial. These  little scissors gold-plated and have a lifetime guarantee.  I have a pair and use them almost everyday when I am stitching on crazy quilt blocks.  This giveaway also includes a few other things useful in crazy quilting.  There is a nifty embroidery stitch guide.  Surely I’m not the only one who forgets how to make a stitch sometimes.  The winner will also receive a two-pack of The Quilter’s Threader – Precision Threader for Fine Needles.  These are the needle threaders recommended by Nancy Eha the Queen of Bead).  I’ve never used them, but I bought a pack for myself, too. 🙂   A pack of pretty green floss bobbins, two packs of Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads, and a pretty Christmas magnet round out my “In The Spirit Of Giving Giveaway”.    For close-up view, click on the picture.  xprd56_z

giveaway pt 2

For your chance to win leave a message telling me what your all-time favorite Christmas gift was.  If you are a crazy quilter tell me what crazy quilt group/groups you belong to.   The giveaway is open until 12:00 AM central time January 1, 2013. 

Until next time…

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33

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