Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Chicken Dinner.

 Good morning friends, new and old!  Hope you're had a nice holiday weekend if you're in the US.  The weather here was lovely all weekend, I really enjoyed it.  It might be the last hurrah before summer temps settle on us for the foreseeable future!


I had a lot of fun on Pat's book tour.  So many great projects, right?  But today is my 'winner winner chicken dinner' day.  But before that, did you always know that phrase?  I first heard it reading blogs, it wasn't a common saying in my life... well till around 2005 anyway.  I mean it's the cutest right?  And trust me there were a lot of things I never heard of that I learned about on the internet that are not that cute!!!  

But back to the winner, who is Deborah who said "Love the runners.  Pat has been a life saver during the past couple of years.  Yours is great.'  I totally agree, Pat has been a life saver.  She's such a thoughtful friend, bouying my spirits during the past few years checking in with me.   I met Pat through the blog then later in person at Quilt Market.    She's great.  I'm lucky to know her.  

Ok, that's it for today.  Thanks for all the wonderful comments!!  I really enjoyed them.  I was really getting that old blog feeling reading them.  And everyone is so busy!!!  Hope you have a great week everyone! xop

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Pat Sloan's Tantalizing Table Toppers

 Hi there friends!  Today is my day on Pat's Tantalizing Table Toppers Book Tour.  It's always so fun to participate in a book tour, especially among such talented people! 

pat sloans Tantilizing Table toppers

I had a hard time choosing which topper to make.  There are a lot of fun projects in this book, but that blue runner on the cover, French Bistro, really caught my eye. It's a simple project that  can be made quickly.  Perfect for left over strips of fabric.  I had my eye on this cute Cook Book fabric by Lori Holt and I love how it turned out.   

  Tantilizing Tabletoppers Pat Sloan 

One of the things I love about Pat's books are the variety of projects, the tips and the little stories about each piece. I like the way she approaches each project, her work style.  And of course Martingale books are lovely, the photos and styling are charming, so they're a pleasure to look at.  And of course the most important thing, the instructions and illustrations are easy to follow.  

Tantilizing Tabletoppers Pat Sloan

I love sewing.  And sewing with people, like Pat, is what I love the most.  I hope you enjoy seeing my project and all the projects that people have made for this book tour. I'm grateful for all the friends I've made over the years.  


And now for the fun part, if you'd like a chance to win a copy of Pat's book, leave a comment below.  Tell me what you're working on, or  just say hi! A winner will be selected at the end of the book tour!

pat sloan's tantilizing table toppers

There's a giveaway on each post in the book tour, here's a list of  the participants:

Full Tour list:

You can check out Pat's YouTube channel for videos each day  where she introduces everyone.  It's fun to follow along with Pat on a regular basis, not only for this hop. Follow along on Instagram with the #PatSloansBookTour tag.   Thanks for hanging in there till the end of my post! 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

What's up?

Greetings friends! Surprise, here I am.  Hope you're doing well.  It seems like nothing much is new here, and maybe the boring everyday things aren't interesting enough to share. Who tunes into read about how I drank coffee like I didn't drink coffee every day (or just about) since the last time I drank coffee. And in all the years since 2006 when I started this blog. 

Ok, sure that coffee photo is from last year during summer. That plant isn't blooming yet.  But the days are warming up and the branches are getting all their leaves so hopefully it won't be long.  I know so many people are just getting spring time weather right now, but we're already having days in the nineties, so it's basically summer to me. Chris, on hot days you know I'm thinking about you!

TQS Pictures

Some things are new to me.  A month or so ago I started helping out over at the Quilt Show Store taking photos of incoming goods.  So many pretty things, it's a little like working in a brick and mortar shop again.  This was just a little corner of the table of things I took pictures of recently.  It's nice to get out of the house and see people even though  most of the work takes place here at home on the computer.  The extra bonus is having a little more structure in my day to day, which has led to a tiny bit more productivity in the rest of my life.  But just a tiny bit. 

lori Holt cookbook fabric

Mostly people follow along on instagram, and I haven't been too good with that either.  But I posted this photo a while ago, kind of a teaser at the time.  But now it's finally coming around to being able to talk about it.  Pat Sloan asked if I'd like to participate in her Table Topper Book Tour and of course I said yes!  One of the best things for me is working on things like this.  Plus the runner I made is cute, so bonus.  You can check out Pat's Instagram post about it here, and see all the sneak peeks. 

pat sloans Tantilizing Table toppers

Glad I hopped on over here today to catch up.  I have to reteach myself how to use blogger each time when it's been so long between posts, My last post was my little box tutorial a bit more than a year ago.  Looking at the post it seems like so much longer than that though.  The new changes are nice, once you remember how to do it.  Maybe I'll be here more often, who knows.  I know I'll be back a couple of time, once for the table toppers tour, for sure.  

So anyway most of you post on instagram and I follow along there.  Your posts always make me so happy to see and read about all the things you're up to.  Many of the way-back bloggers have kids grown up and in college or graduated and there's nothing like that to show you how time has passed by.  Maybe it' an old people thing to mention but time does seem to be flying by right, even though in the moment it seems to plod along.  I hope you're all healthy and doing well. xop

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