Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Primitive Sampler, Some Purple Yarn.....and A "Bits and Pieces" Give-A-Way!!

I had a GREAT time at my retreat!  I didn't take a camera, but I did take a couple pictures of two of the projects I actually finished.

I bought the greatest book at the end of the summer, Autumn Gatherings by Lisa Bongean.  I want to make every single project in the book!  Of course I needed to be realistic so I chose a sweet embroidery and wool sampler:
'THE SECRET TO CONTENTMENT IS KNOWING HOW TO ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE.'
I admit, I had a little problem just tracing the writing the way it showed on the pattern....I just wanted to make it nice and uniform....but I am glad I gave in and gave it that primitive look after all.


 I also took along some great purple cotton yarn that I had purchased a while ago.  I made my first ever crocheted baby sweater.  The pattern came from the book, 24 Hour Crochet Projects.  I am very pleased with how simple the pattern was (although it did take me much longer than 24 hours!)  Now I just need to find a baby to try it on for size!


And now for my give-a-way book.
Bits and Pieces by Karen Costello Soltys is a wonderful book with projects for 18 small quilts from fat quarters and scraps.
Click on the photos to enlarge them and get a better look at the sweet little projects that are offered inside.
I have only made one project so far, but I still have many more in the planning stages (I am not giving up my own personal copy of the book).
If you like small quilts and want an evening project....this book is for you!

The "rules" for this give-a-way are:
1 entry for your comment
2 entries if you are a Follower and leave a comment
3 entries if you are a Follower and leave a comment and mention it on your Blog



I really enjoy linking back to each one of you through your comments and seeing what is going on in your world.  I appreciate you taking the time to stop by.....so I am planning to have a give-a-way each week for the rest of the month....not all "quilting" related....so please stop by again!

I will post a randomly drawn winner on Monday morning.  International friends welcome.

60 comments:

Terry said...

Love the sampler and the sweater! And thanks for the great giveaway! :0)

Terry said...

I'm a follower too of course! :0)

Sandy said...

I love small projects, because I can actually finish them! Thanks for this chance, Sandy

Sandy said...

Yup, I am a follower! thanks again, Sandy

Lori said...

Love your little stitchery and the prim words make is really sweet.
The baby sweater is your first one? No way! It looks perfect in every way!!
I already own the book, but will say it's a good one!!

Colleen said...

I love the giveaway!

Colleen said...

I am a follower! I always laugh when I visit your blog because the picture just tickles me. It also looks a little like me when I was that age-same era.

SewLindaAnn said...

Great work. Love to have the book, I'm into small projects!

SewLindaAnn said...

I subscribe to your blog in Google Reader.

maria said...

That's a great giveaway :)

I like the text on the first picture, it's really true. I thought of it yesterday when a friend of mine said all her life (she's 50+) she's always longed for something that she can't afford (different things like travels, furniture, expensive clothes) and I thought that she has so much more money than me, buys so much more than me, but I really don't feel like her. And I guess it's because of what's written in your picture, that I'm happy with what I have.

http://familycreativa.blogspot.com

Barb said...

I am already a follower!

Barb said...

I would love this little book...your projects at retreat are just wonderful.

Barb said...

I will post for you.

Melissa said...

I would love that. Perhaps I could even manage to hand quilt one of those minis!

Melissa said...

I am a follower!

JJ said...

Looks like you have been busy. That book looks very interesting. Have fun with your giveaway. There is one at inchwormfabrics, 3 sisters and a mom.

Mystica said...

Love the stuff shown! Thank you for sharing.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love little quilts, and little projects. Thanks for entering me in your sweet giveaway :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I have been a reader of your blog, but now I am a follower :-)

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance to win. I tried the link for the Autumn Gatherings book but I did not see the book there.

Fiesta said...

I became a follower. Looking forward to reading your blog

Gunda said...

Thank you for this giveaway, I like yur blog ant I will link it on my blog

Gunda said...

Follower # 77 :-)

Carol said...

Wow, that's a great book. I'd love a chance to win it. I'm a follower and I posted your give away on my blog. Thanks Sheila!

D@isy said...

The book is wonderful, I love it. count on me.

D@isy said...

I am a follower of your blog

D@isy said...

I'll post the drawing on the sidebar of my blog

robin said...

What a cute sweater. Wish I could do that.

robin said...

I'm a follower, too!

robin said...

And I blogged about your giveaway at quiltyascharged.blogspot.com

Penny said...

Small and fast projects are mt favourites!
Came over from Bejeweled Quilts by Barb.

Penny said...

I'm a new follower but I've been stalking for some time now! :)

Catswhiskers said...

Love the sampler and the sweet crochet cardi has brought back good memories...
I'd love to have the chance to win this lovely book.
Pls count me in
Gina

Catswhiskers said...

I am your newest follower
Gina

Catswhiskers said...

I am posting a link of this lovely giveaway... well it's good to take part ... even if I reduce my chances of wining

M. Regina said...

I'd love to win the giveaway.

M. Regina said...

I am already a follower.

M. Regina said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog.

Wind Zackie said...

following and commenting =D
your blog is cute, your work too =D

wind@windcastle.net =D

Kathy H said...

Your sampler turned out great. I have the autumn gatherings book also and want to make every project. I just love it. I saw the new book, Summer Gatherings (a friend went to Houston and brought it back, I haven't seen it in the shops yet) and it is wonderful.

Kathy H said...

I am a follower and would love to win your book. Thanks for the chance.

Diane H said...

Oh, thank you for a chance to win this lovely book - have so many fq's in my stash that could be used to make some of these wonderful patterns.

Diane H said...

Your stitchery saying is just right - we all need that posted in our homes as a reminder. Have found your blog through the giveaway and am pleased to sign up to follow.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

What a lovely give away and I am sure anyone who receives it will be one happy camper!

I already own this book and and have made many little doll quilts from it.

I love your darling blog and became a follower! I will visit you again, soon!

"Good luck" to all who is entering your giveaway---the winner will be pleased with this book!

Carolyn :)

pippirose said...

What a beautiful sweater! The colour is gorgeous.
Thanks for the chance to enter your great giveaway.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I follow your blog via GFC.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Monica said...

Ooooo I'd love to have this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Monica said...

...and I'm already a follower!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

New follower :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I enjoy the look of the primitive writing on your sample but I also understand the "need" to straighten out the letters.

Your purple baby sweater is adorable.

Jansie said...

That sweater is adorable. I am thinking about teaching myself how to do this. Thanks to YouTube, I think I could do it. :)

Jansie said...

And I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance!

Jackie said...

I'd love to be entered into your generous giveaway! Small projects are fun.

arlette said...

I'd love to be entered in your fantastic giveaway, the book looks really tempting to me!!!!

arlette said...

I'm your follower, crossing fingers and toes for this cute babe

arlette said...

The info of your fantastic giveaway's in the sidebar of my blog (left side of it), still crossing fingers!!!!

Patty said...

Your sweater is darling, and the sampler is so sweet. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Teri said...

Love the sweater. I wish I had that talent. Thanks for the givaway. I haven't seen this book, so would love to win

SheilaC said...

I follow
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SheilaC

SheilaC said...

That book looks great, thank you for the give away!

SheilaC