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.