Friday, December 30, 2011

A Year of Stitching for Charity

These are the majority of the projects I completed during 2011.  As you can see, I love to cross stitch and give to charity.  However, there are a few pieces that were given to friends and family and one I even kept for myself. 

I have been very fortunate in my life:  I have a wonderful husband and family, I've been blessed with good health, and since I am retired, I can devote more time to giving to others.  This has been a blessing to me and I hope to others as well.

Fab Hop Shop Starts January 1

Don't forget to join the Fab Hop Shop which begins January 1.  There are lots of giveaways and great prizes. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Enter New Giveaways-Updated January 3

Fabricworm is giving away a Watermelon Bundle in their weekly giveaway.

Vickie is having a de-staching party and will be giving away some nice cross stitch items.  Now you can add them to your stash.

All Free Sewing Giveaway-a pair of titanium scissors.   

For some fun, DaffyCat has launched her Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long (TUSAL) for 2012. 

Melody is having a 500 post giveaway:  a  $25 gift voucher from Jane's fabulous on-line shop, Want It, Need It,  Quilt.

Check out Carolyn's sponsored giveaway:  a 12 piece Fat Quarter Bundle blooming with possibilities! :o) Featuring Henry Glass' Daisy Dance along with fabrics by Michael Miller, Timeless Treasures, Riley Blake, and Moda.

Cindy is having a birthday giveaway surprise to a lucky entrant.

Sarah is de-staching.  There are some very nice charts. 

Charity is having a monthly giveaway:  For the month of January there are some nice charts. 

Anita is having a giveaway this month too.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Oak Haven Owls SAL

This is the finished product of the Stitch-A-Long with Oak Haven Designs.  Tonia, the owner, is a very talented designer and very generous with her charts.  I love owls and this was so much fun to stitch.  I made this into wall hanging that I will hang in my craft room tomorrow.  I am proud that I was able to finish it and actually make the wall hanging before the end of this year.

I believe that Tonia is going to be starting another SAL for the coming year, so if you are interested, you can join her Yahoo group and get some beautiful charts. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Simple and Quick Gift Card Holders

I made these cute little gift card holders for my son and daughter-in-law today.  They were so easy and quick. 
I had some little buttons that a friend had given me last year that I was able to use to embelish them. 

I'm trying to finish up last minute items before the big day on Sunday.  Most everything is done except for some fudge-making, some baking for Christmas Day and there are only a few un-wrapped presents. 

You can find the instructions for the card holders here.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

World of Charity Stitching Gifts to Children

My group, World of Charity Stitching, has worked hard all year to make cross stitched squares to be made into tote bags for the children of Favor House, a domestic violence shelter and the Ronald McDonald House.  These beautiful, lovingly made gifts will be delivered to Favor House and RMH tomorrow.  We hope to be able to bring a little sunshine into the lives of children for Christmas.  Thanks to all the ladies who stitched the squares, who made the totes, and to those who helped fill the bags with goodies.

New Contest(s) Updated Dec.27

Go here to win a $10 certificate to 123 Stitch.
Evalina is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.  There are several bloggers who are participating.

Love Affair with My Brother is having a wonderful giveaway sponsored by FQS.

Jackie is giving away some beautiful hand-dyed fat quarters. 

Nichol is giving away 20 fat quarters - what a great end of the year gift.

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shop is giving two Sample Kits for two lucky ladies.

Lavender Quilts is giving away some great prizes.

Monica is having a wonderful giveaway and one lucky follower will win a complete kit for Cobblestone Lane by This and That.

Melissa at Happy Quilting is having a Fat Quarter Shop giveaway-$50 to spend at the shop.

Leona is having a Birthday Club giveaway.  All you have to do is fill out a form with your birthday and she'll be sending you a small gift and a card to celebrate your birthday.  You need to be a follower of her blog.  It's that simple.

For a chance to win some Aurifil thread and a charm pack, check this out. 

April is having a Fat Quarter Shop sponsored giveaway - $25.00 gift certificate.

Check out the new giveaway Mindy is having.  She has several charts to share.

Malt Designs is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Northcote Range Petite, by Cabbages & Roses, which includes 12 fat quarters and some other special goodies as well.  Ends Dec. 31st

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm Lucky Once Again

Can you believe it?  I've won another fabulous giveaway:  some beautiful hand-dyed fabric by Jackie White.  You can visit her Etsy Shop too.  

Since my group makes quilts for seniors and children, I am donating this beautiful fabric to our group and Jackie has agreed to send it to one of our quilters, Bonnie.  Bonnie is going to use it to make a quilt for a lady who has MS and is currently residing in the nursing home we support.  The theme for this quilt will be birds and crosses.  I can't wait to see what Bonnie does with this beautiful fabric.

This is the bird that I have stitched for this quilt:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Starts on Monday, December 12!

Don't forget to visit Sew Mama Sew for their fabulous giveaway.  There are lots of  prizes and new blogs to visit.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Come Join in the Fun at A Quilter's Blog Hop Party

The Quilting Gallery is hosting a Quilter's Blog Hop Party with lots of prizes.  There are 134+ blogs already signed up.   My group, World of Charity Stitching, is going to be one of them, with a $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

This celebration starts December 9th and lasts until December 17th, so get ready to have some fun and win some prizes.

Monday, December 5, 2011

I Won Another Giveaway

I entered a fall giveaway a few weeks ago at a blog owned by Heather.  I was the lucky winner and these are the wonderful items I received from her.

I'm always entering giveaways and now I'm keeping a database on the ones I've entered and the dates; that way when I go to several blog sites and can't remember (you all know how that is) which ones I've entered, I can view my record of entries and the dates I've entered.  I can also go back and check to see if I've won a prize.

Thanks again for your generous giveaway Heather.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Some New Giveaways-Updated Dec. 14

Hand-dyed floss - 25 skeins - is up for grabs from Nancy at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe.

Barbara at CatPataches  is giving away a fabulous quilt book and the material to make it.  It ends Dec. 17th so hurry to enter.

Moda Fabrics is having a 12 day blog hop.  Join the fun.

Cross Stitch Queen is giving away a beautiful Weekend in Paris

Dimensions Gold Collection Petites Cross Stitch Kit.  Go here to enter the giveaway.

Jackie's Art Quilts is having a fabric giveaway.

If you enter here, one lucky reader will receive a Christmas Jewel pattern! Christmas Jewel was designed by Jacqueline de Jonge for her Be Colourful pattern collection. The "jewels" are paper pieced, which gives you amazing accuracy.

A New World of Charity Stitching Giveaway

World of Charity StitchingWorld of Charity Stitching has a new sponsor and a giveaway.     Hurry! Giveaway only runs for one week!
Judy and Vicki at Quilting Lodge are giving away a beautiful Moda Jelly Roll. 

Click here to take you to this wonderful giveaway.    Good luck!


Friday, December 2, 2011

Love Quilts Square

Another finish for Love Quilts, this one for a boy named Nathan C. 

This will most likely be my last Love Quilts square for this year, as I have commitments for other squares for my other group, World of Charity Stitching.  And I need to fill the tote bags for the children at Favor House we are donating during the holidays. 

This is a busy time of year for everyone, but we don't want to lose sight of the reason for giving to others.   Stitching for my groups is my way of using my hobby to help others in some small way.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lily's Quilts Advent Giveaway in December

Lily's Quilts is having a sponsored giveaway. 

Advent Giveaways - one a day

Fi over at the Sewing Directory has teamed up with Abakhan Fabrics to bring you a giveaway every single day from 1 December right up to Christmas Day.

Just head to Lily's each day on December 1st to view what prize is on offer and how to enter, plus you can check the winner's list to see if you won any prizes the previous days. Prizes include gift vouchers for the Abakhan site, loads of fabric, sewing supplies, ribbons, buttons, sewing patterns, craft books and more.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Playful Kittens

I enjoyed stitching these cute little kittens for my group, World of Charity Stitching.  We will be making a wonderful lap quilt in the coming months for a senior lady in a nursing home. 

If you love stitching for others, please join us by going to our website or blog.  Or if you have some stitched pieces stuck in a drawer or closet and don't know what in the world to do with them, we'd love to make beautiful gifts with them for seniors and for children.

We donate our gifts to a nursing home, to the Ronald McDonald House and to the Favor House, a domestic violence shelter.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Great Giveaways

A Layer Cake Giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop here.  Giveaway ends December 5th,  MST.  The winner will be announced by Tuesday, December 6th. 

Kathrine is having a 3 prize giveaway on her blog.
Barbara's Christmas giveaway.

DaffyCat is having a Lizzie Kate Snowman giveaway.

Diane at QuiltyPleasures is giving away Quilting Designs Volume 8 for a lucky winner.

Check out Annemarie's giveaway, the Electric Quilt 7 Software Program.

Kirie at Shape Moth blog is having a Duni's Studio giveaway.

Jenelle is having a nice giveaway on her blog.  And she has some nice tutorial too.

Go to LilyPadQuilting Blog for a chance to win a Go Baby Go.

Rebecca at Our Busy Little Bunch is having an Intrepid Thread giveaway.

Check out Giveaway for 9 yards of NEW Eco-Cotton Batting from Pellon on Our Busy Little Bunch blog.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cat Therapy "Hug Me" Pillow

Some of the ladies of World of Charity Stitching are busy making some of these cute therapy pillows for the senior ladies at Century Care Center, in Century, FL.  This is my first one and I really enjoyed making it.  It was easy to stitch and easy to sew. 

If you'd like to see some of our other gifts we make for seniors, you can view them here.

Come join us for some stitching fun and making someone smile.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Holidays Giveaway

Happy Holidays Giveaway

World of Charity Stitching and Crazy Annie's Stitchin decided to join together for the Holidays. They are each donating 3 Pine Mountain Designs cross stitch kits for this giveaway. One lucky person will win all 6 kits.
This giveaway runs through November 22.
Good luck!

New Giveaways

Melissa at Happy Quilting is having a sponsored giveaway.

Barbara is having a fat quarter giveaway. 

Lilly's Quilts is having a fabulous fat quarters giveaway.

Pink Chalk Studio has a weekly giveaway.

Wagapapa Creations is having a 1st year blogaverysary giveaway.

FriendshipCrossing Blog is have a wonderful giveaway - 3 different types of prizes.

A Great Book Giveaway at Ellison Lane.

Sukie is having a sponsored giveaway.

Nikki is having a crafty supplies giveaway.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Love Quilts Square for Matthew F.

This Rainbow Trout square was finished last night;  I did a little stitching at the bowling alley, where I stitch between my time to bowl, however, the lighting wasn't the greatest and  the batteries in my little table light I use were failing.

I finished it when I got home and had much better light with my Ott light.

This is a square for a little boy, Matthew F., who lives in Minnesota and loves the outdoors.   I enjoyed stitching it because it was very colorful.  I only had to do a little bit of "frogging", as I made a goof when I looked at one of the symbols and used the wrong color. 

Stitching for World of Charity Stitching and Love Quilts is very relaxing for me and I love to be able to give to others who are less fortunate.

Monday, November 7, 2011

World of Charity Stitching Sponsored Giveaway

If you enjoy sewing, you'll love this wonderful giveaway at World of Charity StitchingIt is sponsored by Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake Patterns.

To enter, go to WOCS, and click on the Giveaway Tab at the top, which will take you to the how to enter posting.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Another Therapy Pillow for a Senior at Century Care Center

Today I started and finished another therapy pillow for a senior man at CCC.  It was a stitched piece I did a while back, along with the wolf piece that I had previously made into a pillow. 

Since it is a pillowcase, it can be removed and washed if needed.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Hummingbird for a Special Lady

This piece is for a special quilt for a lady in a nursing home who has Multiple Sclerosis.  She spends most of her time in bed due to her illness.  Our group, World of Charity Stitching, is making a quilt for her comprised of different types of birds and crosses.  This should be a very interesting quilt when our quilter finishes it. 

The hummingbird and flower were quickly stitched, but the border took a long, long time.   After I finished the bird/flower, the square looked too small, so I found a border on the internet that I used to enhance the pattern.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dragonfly Snowglobe

Our group, World of Charity Stitching, is making one (or possibly two) snowglobe quilts for a lucky senior lady or ladies.  Here is my contribution to this quilt.  It was fun to stitch.  Thanks again to Vee of Vee and Company for donating these beautiful charts to our group so we could give to our charities.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Some New Giveaways

LoveAffairwithMyBrother is having a link party sponsored by Intrepid Thread.

Heather is having a nice giveaway - ends Nov. 11th

Lilly is having a fabulous giveaway. 

Carolyn is having a nice Christmas fabric giveaway.

Karen is having a blogoverary giveaway.

Giveaway of 5 thread samplers of Aurifil here.

Me and My Sister Designs is having a nice thread giveaway too.

2Sisters and Me is having a surprise birthday giveaway.

A fabric sponsored giveaway here.

SewWeQuilt is giving away some quilting rulers.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Therapy Pillow

I had stitched a couple of small squares a while back, but didn't really know what to do with them, until I saw a pillowcase that one  of our WOCS members had recently finished.

I had some fabric remnants that dectorators give to people to take home to match their decor, and I used a small piece of that for the pillow and sewed a small band around the end.  For the pillow form, I used some left-over material to make a small form and stuffed it and sewed the end together.

It was fairly easy and it turned out better than I thought it would, since I didn't really have a pattern (just the one in my head-and it gets goofed up sometimes.)   I have a matching bear square already finished that I plan to make into another pillowcase for a senior man at Century Care Center, one of the charities we support.

New Giveaways to Enter

Megan of Brook'sBooks is having a giveaway. 

Sarah is having an Aurifil thread giveaway.

JoAnn's Fabrics is having a very nice giveaway-cash prizes for quilts.

Martingale Publishing Company has a weekly "quirky question" contest.

This blogger (don't know name) is giving away 20+ already pieced quilt blocks from a block swap.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

World of Charity Stitching is Having Another Giveaway

Crazy Annie's Stitchin & Stuff

Our group, World of Charity Stitching, is having another fabulous giveaway sponsored by Annie of Crazy Annie's Stitchin & Stuff.

Annie not only has some awesome deals on cross stitch, scrapbooking, primitive stitch, beading and more, but has donated a $25 gift certificate for this giveaway. She also has a special discount running right now in her store so be sure to check it out.
If you'd like to win a $25 gift certificate to her store, go to the World of Charity Stitching blog to enter.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Jackie is giving away some hand-dyed fabric.  Visit her here.

Hawthorn Threads giveaway is here.

Sharon is having a Fat Quarter sponsored giveaway here.

A nice giveaway at A Stitcher's Heirlooms blog.

A super giveaway at Ellison Lane Quilts.

Birch Fabrics  is giving away a beautiful tote bag.

Fabric Worm - their  weekly giveaway.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Look at What a Cute Little Owl I Won

I entered a recent giveaway that Lani was having and was one of the lucky winners.   Lani is the owner of the website called "create".  She sells these cute little owl business card holders at her Etsy Shop.  You can find her shop here.  She also has other items for sale, so please visit Lani at her shop. 
Can you believe that she really LOVES owls?  Actually, I love them too and am a collector of owl figurines and photos.  We even had a beautiful little Eastern Screech Owl visit our backyard several years ago.  My husband took several pictures and my mother even had an "owl" mouse pad made for me as a gift from one of the photos.

I'm also working on a Stitch-a-long with the ladies of Tonia's group at OakHaven Designs.  Tonia designs these cute little monthly owls as freebies for her group members.  I am currently working on July's owl (I know, I'm a little bit behind.)  When I am finished, I plan on creating a nice fabric wall hanging, but I still need to find the perfect coordinating fabric.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Nice Giveaway

Lisa at Hockey Mom Stitchin’ Hobby is having a  very nice giveaway. Click here.

"You Are Beautiful" Tote Bag

A while back I had posted a photo of a square I stitched for World of Charity Stitching group.  I recently made this tote using the square.  It is actually made from one of those fabric swatches you get in the stores to take home to match your decor.  My daughter-in-law had given me a bag-full about two years ago and I finally found something useful to make with it.   I hope it will make a senior lady very happy to receive it.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Clown Face

A new finish for WOCS for our Clown-themed quilt to be given to a child.  This was fun to stitch because of all the bright colors (and not any half or quarter stitches-yeah!). 

I am now working on some cute little bookmarks for our "bookmark" drive for the children and senior citizens. 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Fun Square to Stitch

The members of my group, World of Charity  Stitching, are in the process of stitching squares for a man's lap quilt for the Century Care Center, in Century, Florida.    It will be given during the upcoming holiday season to a lucky senior citizen.

I found this freebie on Cyberstitcher's website, and after making a couple of modifications, here is my completed square.  It was fun to stitch. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I won these from Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap

I recently entered a giveaway at Quilter in the Gap and these photos are what I received today from Rhonda.  Thank you Rhonda for a very nice package of fabric.
This is my second time winning a giveaway and I enter different ones several times a week, when I have time.


Annabella is having an Intrepid Thread sponsored giveaway

A Little Garden Heart

This little Garden Heart will be part of a hearts and flowers themed quilt to be quilted by one of our talented quilters, Bonnie C.   It will be donated to the Century Care Center in Century, FL during the upcoming holiday season to a very lucky senior lady, who will cherish it and know that a lot of love went into every stitch. 

I am very glad to be a part of this great group of stitching, sewing and quilting ladies. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

World of Charity Stitching Giveaway

It's time for a cross stitch giveaway and Vee from VeeandCo has donated TWO $25 gift certificates. Want to enter? Click here and you're on your way.

Giveaway starts today.  Be sure and visit Vee's site for some beauiful charts.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Giveaways

Click here for Barbara's nice Halloween giveaway.

Debbie is celebrating one year of blogging with a giveaway.

Another nice giveaway here.

Carolyn, at JustOneMoreStitch, is having a very nice sponsored giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop (valued at $100).  Click here to enter. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Great Giveaway at World of Charity Stitching starting Monday, Sept. 26th

New Giveaway Starts on Monday at World of Charity Stitching

Be sure to check back on Monday for the new giveaway. You're going to love it!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


 Sew We Quilt is having a nice giveaway.

Here's a great-looking giveaway:  $250 cash
Enter at Nikki in Stitches

Aurelia Eglantine is having a very nice Christmas package giveaway

The Fat Quarter Shop is having a very nice giveaway, three gift certificates to their shop.

Melissa at Happy Quilting is having a giveaway, sponsored by Intrepid Thread.

Leona at My Quilting Adventure is having a very nice giveaway.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Breast Cancer Fundraiser

This past Tuesday, the bowling alley had the fundraiser that I made this cute little ornament for.  The lady (Debbie) who won it was thrilled to receive it because her daughter-in-law was  diagnosed with breast cancer a few months ago and had to have a radical mastectomy.  Debbie said she was going to mail it to her and she will love it.

I started this Breast Cancer ornament a couple of days ago to be donated to the bowling alley for the ladies who raise money for breast cancer.  They do this fundraiser every year on the Tuesday night ladies league where I sub occasionally, and I wanted to contibute a little something this time.  

I will make it into a flat fold using The Twisted Sister's (Vonna) tutorial and I'll try my hand for the first time in making my own cord.   

This chart is a free design by Virginia of Vee and Company; she has a lot of free charts and some beautiful designs for sale too.  Virginia's blog is: 

Accuquilt Cutter Giveaway

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hockey Player for Love Quilts

This Love Quilts square for Laura B. was finished last night and will be mailed, along with the Kitty and Snail square, on Monday to the Love Quilts coordinator, Joan.  This piece was actually fairly easy to work on, as it had no 1/2 or 1/4 stitches and not a lot of different colors. 

I have started on a small piece for the October Breast Cancer fundraiser we have at the bowling alley and it looks fairly easy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Great Giveaways

Latest Butterfly for World of Charity Stitching Group

This is my latest butterfly for WOCS.  Our group is stitching different colored butterfies, 36 of them, to be made into a beautiful lap quilt for a senior lady. 

We welcome any new members who might enjoy stitching a butterfly for this quilt.

Our blog is

We are also having a great giveaway, with a possibility of winning a $50 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop (two gift certificates to two winners) with five chances to enter.  Contest ends Sept. 16th, so hurry on over to enter.