Monday, July 21, 2014

Make-A-List Monday - Fundraiser Week!!

Hi, all!

Well, last week all my plans went out the window!  Monday evening I went to our local community center's board meeting to see if I could get a date to host a bunco party fundraiser for Nancy - and the best date we could get was this coming Thursday, July 24th!  So I've spent the last week working frantically on getting ready for that event.  I did get a few things done though, so let's see how last week's list went….

1.  Finish up the third giveaway quilt.
Done!  Here's the picture…

2.  Make a fourth giveaway quilt.
Partially done.  The top, back and binding have been made, I just need to get it on the frame and quilt it!  Here's a progress shot.

3.  Blog about the 30 quilts that went to Hurricane Sandy survivors this week.

4.  Quilt three quilts for Hurricane Sandy survivors.

5.  Keep up with ministry needs as they arise.
Fortunately, it was a very quiet week last week!  We sent this quilt to a woman with breast and liver cancer…

…this one to a homebound lady who is 91…

…and this quilt, which was originally made for a woman who died
before her quilt could be delivered, will be donated to the small medical center where she spent her last days, which has been named in her honor.

So I've got a good bit to carry over from last week, it seems!  Here's this week's list

1.  Finish the fourth giveaway quilt. (More below!)

2.  Draw winners for the quilt giveaway!

3.  Gather up prizes and supplies for the bunco party.

4.  Make or bake lots of good food for the bunco party.

5.  Spend some quality time with my grand girls!

6.  Blog about the quilts that went to NY last week for Hurricane Sandy survivors.

7.  Keep up with any ministry needs that arise.

OK, that's more than enough to keep me busy this week!  And on the topic of the quilt giveaway, we are within $70 of needing that fourth quilt!!  Woohoo!!  So finishing that quilt is one of my most important things to do this week.  Hopefully time will slow down so I can get lots done before Thursday night….

If you've missed all that I've post about the quilt giveaway/raffle, you can check out the posts here, here, and here.  We'll be giving away at least three quilts…

…and maybe a fourth one, too, if we pass the $1500 dollar mark!  You can enter the giveaway until Thursday, 7/24 at 6 pm CST. I'll draw the winners after that and announce them the next day on Whoop Whoop Friday, also known as Christmas in July!  So check out the posts if you want to know how to enter!

And now the question is - - - what are YOU working on this week?



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Craftsy's Creative Escape Flash Sale!

Hi, all!

It's time for another great sale at Craftsy!

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Save up to 50% for a limited time only.  
You won't see this many classes with prices 
this low again anytime soon!  
Hurry - offer expires July 20th at 11:59 pm MT!

Don't miss out on these great deals - two days only!!



PS - Don't miss out on the last few days of the Christmas in July giveaway/fundraiser on this blog, either!  Read more about it here...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Christmas in July Giveaway Continues - with Criss Cross Applesauce!

Hi, all!

It's Friday, and time to get our whoop whoop on!!  I hope your summer is going swimmingly - I'm so busy I can't see straight but we're having a ball!  And here are some new pics of the girls from this week - set at that best of all summer traditions, a lemonade stand!

I am absolutely in love with the color palette in that last picture - lemon yellow, teal, salmon, white, pale sage green, blush pink, and that pop of hot pink!  I see a quilt in that palette in my future.


If you saw the Whoop Whoop posts for the last two weeks, you know that I'm hosting a giveaway/fundraiser… help my daughter raise the necessary money to pay for the cost of adopting of our Chinese grandson, Nathanael.  (You can read more about their adoption story here.)  We started out with one quilt in the giveaway...

…and then when donations exceeded $500, we added this one (yes, that's right, there will be two winners)...

And now, I'm ready to do some whooping!!!!  Because donations in the Christmas in July giveaway/fundraiser have topped.

Whoop whoop whoop!!!  And you know what that means - now we'll be giving away not just these two quilts….

...but now we'll be adding a third quilt to the giveaway!  That's right, three people will each win a quilt next Friday, July 25th - Christmas in July!!  And here is the third quilt - Criss Cross Applesauce!

This quilt pattern is called Cosmic Delight, and was designed by KarrieLyne of Freckled Whimsy!  Isn't it just fabulous!  You can see this pattern and more by Karrie on Craftsy...

I used wonderfully cheerful Pam Kitty prints, Kona white and Kona punch on this quilt top...

…and more of those pretty prints and Kona white on the back!

This quilt was custom quilted on Jolene, with stitching in the ditch around the stars and lattice lines, and small random meander in the white spaces.  Squares on point in the center squares and radiating lines in the star points complete the quilting.  Look at that gorgeous texture!!

White binding (once again my favorite Kona white) finishes off this pretty quilt!

And here's one last shot, just because it's pretty!!

Now, you know you want a chance at winning 
one of these three gorgeous quilts!

 So here's a recap of the ways to enter...


Primarily, this is a fundraising event.  But that's where you can get multiple entries!  For every $5 you donate, you will get one entry in the drawing.  $5, one entry; $25, five entries!  You can make your tax-deductible donation by clicking here, or by clicking on the "#bringNathanaelhome" button at the top right of this blog.  After you make your donation, come back and leave a comment letting me know that you did!

If you would prefer not to use the website to make a donation, tell me so in your comment and I will contact you with mailing information.  Be sure to give me your email address just in case you are a no-reply blogger!


But you don't have to make a donation to enter in the drawing!  (Although we would really appreciate it if you would - 
because every little bit helps!)  
For one entry in the drawing, leave a comment on this blog post  telling your favorite thing about summer!


And for a final entry in the drawing, share about the giveaway on your own blog!  Be sure to put a link back to this blogpost in your post, and come back here and leave a comment with a link to your blogpost.

This event will stay open until 5:00 pm CST on July 24th, 2014.  Less than one week left to enter!
A winner will be drawn and announced on July 25th - 
Christmas in July!!

There!  Easy-peasy!!

And here's a little challenge - I have another quilt waiting in the wings just in case donations exceed $1500!  
I'd be over the moon if we had to throw that one in too!!


Vital statistics on "Criss Cross Applesauce":

60" x 76"

Top pieced using Kona white, Pam Kitty prints and KarrieLyne's delightful new pattern, Cosmic Delight (available on Craftsy)

Back pieced using Kona white and Pam Kitty prints

100% cotton batting and custom quilting
using Glide thread in White

Washed, dried, and ready to cuddle up in!


And those are my whoop whoops for the week!!!

Now it's your turn!  

What's made you dance the happy dance this week?

Share - we want to dance right along with you!!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish,
just something that's made you happy!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight -

Hope to see you there!!