Saturday, November 27, 2010


It was two years ago today that I started my blog.  That year November 27th was Thanksgiving Day.  It has been a fun adventure.  I have made new friends, have had a lot of fun, learn a few things and have been a real ham showing off all my quilts and projects. 

Give away Wall hanging 2010

I have decided to repeat my quilt give away again this year.  It took me awhile to decide on what I was going to make.  Of course just like last year it is not made yet, it isn't even started.  But I feel ready good because  yesterday afternoon I finally decided what I would make.  I have been thinking of things and shooting them down as fast as I could think them up.  I had settled on one idea but it just didn't feel right. 
Yesterday I was looking at this pattern to make for myself and thought, this is what I should make for my blog give away.  The best part is I have enough of the special fabric for the moon and the night sky background to make two.  One for a lucky winner and one for me.  After all I did buy the pattern to make for me. Like I need another Christmas quilt like I need a hole in the head but I just love Christmas quilts.

Anyway, here are the rules:

Look at the list of give away activities below and decide how many activities you want to do. Then add up the points after you've done them, and then email me the information below to enter this give away. Your name is entered for leaving a comment and for each  point you earn I'll place your name in the drawing for the little quilt. That gives you up to four chances to win.

Copy & Paste this information in your email to enter this giveaway.
Then send your email to me at mebowden at cox dot net.

My Name is:
My Email is:
My Blog Address is:
I completed the following requirements:
I have _______ points.

Point Actives:

One point for leaving a comment on this post. So even if you don't have a blog you can do this, but you will need a Google account to leave a comment.
One point for creating a post on your blog and linking to my giveaway.
One point for being or becoming a follower on my blog or if you are one.
Giving you a total of 3 points, for each point earned you have a chance to win the wall hanging. 
So may the best person win.
The give away will END on Saturday, December 11th at Midnight.
I will then pick a WINNER on Sunday December 12th in the early afternoon.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

The Living Room crowd
We hard a marvelous day yesterday and sure we had plenty to eat.  We decided to do Thanksgiving here at my house instead of my Sister-in-Law, Judy's home.  Of the possible 40 guest I could have had I had 18.  Those that couldn't come because of other commitments and sickness where missed by the rest of us.

We pull out of the gargage two banquet tables to fit everyone at a table.  I only purchased one paper table cloth that my Mr. B. thought was less than ideal.  He thought they should be all cloth, funny guy!  I might have to find some fall fabric on sale and make another one. 

Dinning room group

My plan was to take photos as everyone came in, but their hands were all full of food, so I cancelled that idea. I don't like to stop visiting to take pictures but if you don't stop you don't have pictures.  So I stopped eating to take a few shots.  The first shot of the living room crowd they all hide their faces.  I didn't make them post nice, but I didn't want them hiding either.  I should have taken this one from a different angel so I could have Kierra our daughter in the photo.   

The Man Cave group

We even pressed the man cave into service and had a table there.   Isn't our great niece a little cutie, and holding her own with all those boys.  I think the paper cloth looks just fine.  We borrowed the folding chairs from church in case you are wondering do I really have that many chairs.  

Everyone had a nice time, but couldn't stay long to visit since they all had other dinners and families to visit.  That is why we eat at 1230. 

Click Here and Here to read about my memories from Thanksgiving past. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Man Cave Update

One wall finished and a shelve added.
Mr. B. has been making some progress on the "Man Cave".  Last weekend he finished the insulation and today he finished one wall.  He was going to use dry wall and then decided it is only a shop after all so now he is using wood,  3/8" plywood. 

View from the door.
 Here is a view from the door, it is the South wall that has been completed.  Part of the ceiling just over his shelves is also covered. 

Yes it is level!

Here is the level that is on the lower shelve, that bubble is right in the middle!

Mr. B. has a five day weekend for Thanksgiving so he will be making more progress during that time. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A week of Finishes!

Mystical Horses finished 11.14.2010
 I like it when I can say it is finished and I can hang it on the wall.  Here are the pictures for proof. 
After almost three years it is finished.  I designed it in 2007, maybe earlier in EQ6.  I started sewing it in Aug of 2007.  I had this beautiful Laurel Burch fabric and didn't want to cut the large prints so I came up with this design. 
Now it is on my wall hanging in the place of honor in my home.  I am doing the happy dance here!

All Done

Here is Be Thankful also done and on the wall for Thanksgiving.

Great Niece Holly

I do other things besides quilting, like take my great niece out to lunch for her birthday, she is now 12. She really enjoyed having her first Birthday lunch with Aunt Mary. I have taken her two older sisters out for a lot of years, now it is her turn. We came back to my house and she had fun taking the eggs out of our chicken coop.

Happy Birthday James
Later in the afternoon we went to Holly's nephew's first birthday party, here he is with his first cake.  He was a blue man by the time he finished. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Be Thankful

Be Thankful
Well I have made good progress on my Be Thankful wall hanging.  All I have left to do is to sew on the binding.  I machine appliqued all the pieces down.  It was suppose to be with black for a folk art look, but I don't like that look and I matched all the colors.
I don't like how the pumpkin is laying, it isn't totally flat.  I didn't fuse the whole thing down, only parts because I didn't want it thick with fusing.  I don't think anyone will notice and if they do and they make a smart comment, that can't be true friends! 

Monday, November 1, 2010

A New Project

Be Thankful

OK I know I am crazy but I started a new project today.  I saw the pattern a couple of weeks ago and the pattern just called to me.  I had stopped in a quilt shop I hadn't been in for a couple of years.  I was thinking I don't have that many Thanksgiving quilts, especially compared to my collection of Halloween and Christmas quilts. It is called "Be Thankful"  by Cottage Creek Quilts.    I still have three pieced borders to do and some hand embroidery.  It is just so cute, I am loving it!  I just now checked out the website and there are lots of cute patterns there. 

Table Topper

I was also able to finish quilting the Fall Table Topper.  I still need to cut the binding on the biases and sew it on but that is for another day.  The binding is going to be a dark brown.  It felt strange to be sitting and quilting on my table top machine.  I wanted to do some stitching in the ditch which is why I was at my table top machine.  I decided the borders needed something, so I did free motion on the borders.  Boy is that awkward after doing it on a frame.  The quilting doesn't show in the picture.