Monday, September 2, 2013

Design Wall Monday and a Fun Giveaway!

Quilting time has been pretty elusive the last couple of weeks but I did spend a few hours fondling fabric, cutting it and even doing some simple piecing. I needed something simple that didn't take much thought and the Magic Carpet Quilt kit was just the answer. Here's what's done so far. I have all the large squares cut, the four patches made (they are part of the nine patch blocks) and the center section of the nine patch blocks. Oh it sure did feel good to sew, and this fabric is gorgeous!


I bought this kit from Nancy J's Fabrics and they were wonderful to work with. My friend Denise send me a picture of her kit and I loved it. (If I was trying to go on a spending moratorium, I'd blame Denise for me buying this. But since I'm not, Thanks, Denise!)

Here are some specifics about this quilt. It's designed by Roberta Horton and the pattern can be found in
I have to be honest, I didn't really care for the quilt in the book. I wasn't thrilled with the fabrics and just really didn't take the time to explore different fabric possibilities. Boy was that a mistake!

While at a show (I think Paducah),Denise saw a sample that Nancy J's had made up using very different Kaffe fabrics and it was stunning! She bought the kit and then send me pictures. Even looking at the quilt on the screen of a small phone was beautiful. I called the shop about the kit and was pleasantly surprised when they still had all but one of the fabrics. I asked her to substitute what she thought would work and before you know it, I had purchased the kit. (It was wonderful timing because the shop was packing up to got to Grand Rapids and most of this fabric was going with them. Whew, that was close!)

Anyway, I cut the fabric for this soon after receiving the kit because I wanted to have it ready to sew on a moment's notice. Well, my plan worked and it was wonderful to hear the machine purring away. I even enjoyed the pressing! I have another busy week ahead of me so I don't know how much sewing will get done, but it sure is nice to know that it's there and ready to go. Heck, even 15 minutes of sewing feels great and I'm ok with that.

I announced the birth of my latest grandchild Avery Lynn in my last post as well as the possibility of a giveaway. I've been playing around with some ideas of how to host this giveaway and I've come up with what I think is kind of fun. (I hope you do too!)

Since Lynn and Ty had decided to be surprised by their little one and did not find out the gender, I've decided to follow suit and host a
Mystery Prize Giveaway

Here are the specifics:

1. In honor of Lynn's 26+ hours of labor, this giveaway will last for 26 days, with the winner being chosen on September 27th.

2. To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog, answering the following question: 
What is your favorite childhood memory?

3. To gain an extra entry, link to this post on your blog or Facebook and leave a second comment telling me you've done so.

4. You do not have to be a follower of my blog, but you are more than welcome to do so.

5.If you are a no reply blogger, please make sure I have an e-mail address for you so I can contact you in case you're the winner.

What will the winner receive?

The winner will receive the above pictured bag filled with various fabrics, notions and items that can be used to make a baby quilt and/or other baby related products.

Sound like fun? Want to play along?
I sure hope so.
Good Luck Everyone!!

Check out what other quilters have on their design walls today.
Go to Judy L's Patchwork Times.


Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Yup - this sounds like great fun!! but 26 hours of labor - oh poor girl!! Yay for a new grandbaby :)

barbara woods said...

at 71 years of age i can't remember my childhood. thanks

Michele T said...

I hope you will share some photos of your new granddaughter!!
Your giveaway sounds like fun - count me in!!
Hmmmmm... Favorite childhood memory is playing games outside with family and friends on summer evenings!!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

Some of my favorite childhood memories involve playing games and riding bikes with the other kids on our cul-de-sac.

Rina Mason said...

26 hours of labor is a long time but what she was rewarded with made it all worth it. One of favorite childhood memories is of getting to spend the night at my grandma's house in the winter when all the cousins came to town. Grandma's house had one upstairs room and only one. It had nothing in it but four beds. Each had a feather mattress and at least five quilts piled on each bed. This room wasn't heated and only received residual heat from downstairs. We would run up the stairs, dive into the beds and cover up with the quilts. Since the mattress was a featherbed you sunk down into it and with the quilts pulled up to our chins the surface was perfectly flat and all you could see was our heads. Brothers, sisters and cousins would all chatter away until we fell asleep. It was great being a kid in the 50's.

Needled Mom said...

I love it when a couple chooses to be surprised. It happens so seldom anymore.

My favorite childhood memories were the summers spent with my grandparents.

JoyceLM said...

Happy birth day to your newest grand child. One of my favorite childhood memories is my Mom teaching me how to ride a bicycle. Which was interesting because she didn't know how to ride one herself but was still able to help me learn. Thanks for the mystery giveaway.

JoEllen said...

My favorite childhood memory is of my family-gramma, grandpa, mom, dad and my NINE brothers and sisters going to church every Sunday, then going out to breakfast---yes, nice Catholic family with 10 kids----every day was a party!

Enjoy your new baby!

Gill said...

My favourite memories are of long hot summers on the farm with my siblings! Didn't the sun always shine in the summer when we were children??

Charlene S said...

My favorite childhood memory is of a wild ride down a mountain road. The brakes went out but my dad made that ride seem like we were on a controlled roller coaster, that trip was a left- right trip - where each of the four children would call out left or right and that was the way we went. Those trips made my mom nervous but I still think that somehow dad knew exactly where we would end up!

Rosa said...

Happy birthday to your new grandbaby!!.Some of my childhood memories is playing football with my brothers and cousins.

Anonymous said...

My favorite memories are of playing outside, exploring creeks and trees. We only came home for lunch and dinner, and even though we didn't actually go far from home it felt like we were being so independent. LOL

Thanks for the chance to win such a generous prize, and congrats on the new brand baby!!

Andrea kmen3035 @ hotmail. com

Amy C said...

My favorite childhood memory is going to spend time with my grandparents. They were dear to me. My Grandpa could tell the best stories and My Grandma was the best cook.
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

KT said...

My favorite? I think it would have to be one winter when we built a giant igloo out of snow one winter. We even had a slide on the top...looking back now it prolly wasn't too safe, oh how times have changed

Nancy: said...

I have so many good memories of my childhood. I guess my very favorite was the Christmas when I was 8. My father had taken a new job teaching in the northern part of Illinois and money was tight. Mother learned that my 5 yr old cousin was going to get a two-wheel bike. Mother wanted me to know that they couldn't afford to get me one and didn't want me upset so she told me about it ahead of time. Christmas was always special. We stayed at my grandparents (even when we had lived only 10 miles away), and my cousins and their parents came up from Alabama for a week. The best way I can describe it is that it was like a week long slumber party. So this year after we had opened the gifts under the tree, I was told to take Howard to the kitchen and stay there until called. I was so excited because I knew this was when Howard would get his bike and I was in on the secret. Well, when we were called back into the living room I saw 2 bikes! There was one for me too. It seems that when my grandparents heard about the situation, they decided they would buy the bikes for both of us so that I could have one too. I am now 71 and I still remember it all so vividly!

Rebeckah Austin said...

Getting "Horsey back" rides form my dad :)

Nancy: said...

@ the bike my grandparents gave me and my cousin the Christmas I was 8. Yes, Actually, it was the only bike I ever had. Being short, I never out grew it.

Joyce said...

Camping with my 2 sisters and 3 brothers...the girls were the oldest so we got the tent. The boys slept in the pop-up camper. With 6 kids, it was the only vacation my parents could afford. I am a happy follower!

Sis said...

My favorite childhood memory is coming home from school and sitting on a stool in the bathroom and talking to Mom while she was bathing and getting ready for work. She worked 2nd shift and had I not done that, I would have missed the opportunity to talk to h
er at all. I am so glad I did.

Mara said...

26 hours, wow, she is such a cutie I love her smile of her most recent visit with Grandma. My favorite memories are of all the traveling we did and the different and wonderful places we got to visit.


riding my horse and taking care of my animals..



link that I shared on FB. shirley tener

✄ Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy ✄ said...

26hours is a long time - I know! (happy that this one is going to be a scheduled c-section, lol!)

My favorite childhood memory...would have to be skiing on the weekends with my mom and dad and sisters; man, we had a blast!