Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

Hi, Remember me?    Wow, where did summer go?   We were really busy with family and friends and just enjoying the wonderful weather we had.   Our backyard is taking shape so we spent a lot of time just sitting on the patio doing "nothing". Add a couple of trips in there and boom....it's September!  

Thanks to all of you who emailed me to make sure things were okay here.   I really appreciate all of you.   While I didn't get to many blogs this summer, I was thinking about you.

Not only was I not blogging this summer, I also wasn't doing any sewing!   Blasphemy!   I didn't realize how much I hadn't done until one day mid August when I noticed that my sewing machine was unplugged.  It had been unplugged since the middle of June when we had a lightening storm.   But....I think I have my mojo back and have actually finished up 2 quilts that were in the making last spring.   I'll be sharing those with you very soon.  

Now...on to the giveaway I promised you so very long ago.  

Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin had a wonderful booth at Quilt Market in May.   70, yes, SEVENTY, new designs.   Don't know how she does it all.    Anyway, she generously offered some patterns for a giveaway.   I've also added some patterns and a little wool too!

On with the show.

I love anything "red" and with embroidery too. Wow, what a combo!


These next few pics are of "A Year in Stitches"   These are the 12 patterns that Stacy donated for the giveaway.   Check out how many different ways you could incorporate them into your own style.  










Darling pillow project.   



Sorry, this picture is out of order and I can't seem to move it up one!   Geesh, you can tell how long I've been away...  Anyway, you could really use your imagination here and work these designs up into something really cute!


This "Live Simply" series of patterns is so cute.  First, you make the main design and then add the monthly little mats to the center of the background.   So dang cute!


Who doesn't love gingerbread men?


These little mats combine cottons n wool.  (What could be better)    :)


And if cottons n wool isn't your cuppa tea, how about some cotton and embroidery?


Darling little star pillows to add to your holiday decorating. 


Here's the gang having lots of laughs.   That's Stacy on the left, then me, Karen, and Sandy (no blog).   Not sure where Anna was.  She must have taken the picture.


Oops, again...out of order.   Do you know how long this post is taking me?   That will teach me to be away so long!

Anyway, these are really cute little designs that can be used in numerous ways.    Mats, pincushions, or hanging on the new smaller version of the wire stand.  See the little snowman in the upper right?   Well, that pattern is part of the giveaway too!


As you can see, I didn't get pictures of all 70 designs, so you'll need to head on over to Stacy's website and check everything out.   She just told me that she's been designing like crazy and will have MORE new designs shortly.   Good grief, does she ever sleep?  

So, thanks for hanging in there for the good stuff.    This is the giveaway.   There are the 12 patterns for the calendar series, the little snowman pattern, and then I've thrown in the 12 patterns for the "Wool & Needle Handwork Series BOM".  (These are the ones that I was been blogging about, way back when.  The ones that our Woolies group has been working on).  I'm finished with all of mine, so thought I'd share the patterns with you.   Also, I've thrown in a little bundle of wool!


Whew....now that I've finally reached the end, just tell me what Fall TV shows you're excited to see.  New or old. For me, it's "The Following".  So suspenseful.   Oh, and I can't even tell you how glad I am to see the new judges on American Idol.  I have to say that I couldn't even bear to watch last season with Nikki and Mariah.  (Randy was never a favorite either)  Go, J Lo, Keith and Harry!

I'll do the giveaway this week, so that means you'll be hearing from me again, really soon!   :)

Hugs, Anne

76 comments:

Geoff's Mom said...

I have missed you! Glad you had a great summer! Enjoy sewing again. Fall is fast approaching. Take care!

Beardie Mom said...

Modern Family! The Middle! and of course Dancing with the Stars!
Rock it Rhoda!!!
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great post! Love the designs! And I can't wait for the next series of Downton Abbey :-)

Lady Locust said...

We don't have TV. I think the last time we had TV, it was the first or second season Survivor was on and Friends was still going. I luuuuv Buttermilk Basin though.
Smiles,
JoeyLea
http://www.thelocustblossom.blogspot.com/

Cathy said...

What a great giveaway! I'm also looking forward to The Following ....I can't believe how it ended last season!! I also really enjoy Parenthood. Thanks again for a chance at the giveaway!

Darlene D said...

What an awesome give-away! It's been a busy summer for all I think! As for fall TV, I see a new series starting up called King and Maxwell, looks like a good one to me!

Tina said...

Welcome Back!!!!! I just "clicked" on your blog and Ta-Dah! you're back!! We've missed you (!) but I'm glad you had such a great summer. Okay, I know this will gross you out, but I got hooked on the Walking Dead (yikes!) and I'm anxiously waiting to see what will happen to all of the characters this Fall.

Brenda said...

Welcome back. What a great give away!Fingers crossed that I am lucky enough to win. Love wool projects. I am excited about The Following, Chicago Fire, and not sure about new shows. I do have a lot of returning favorites that we'll see if I continue watching. Glad you are back to blogging.

Kathy said...

Welcome back - we've missed you!

I'm looking forward to Downton Abbey and Castle - is Kate going to marry Rick or not? We've waited all summer to find out!

I haven't heard of The Following - guess I'll have to check into that one.

Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Ann in PA said...

Missed you!!!! I would love to win anything from Stacy's Buttermilk Basin. Could do some hand work while watching Blue Bloods & Chicago Fire; but would have to put it down to cover my eyes while watching The Following! LOL Ann

Gayle said...

Yay Anne! So good to see your post today! Thanks for the news about the American Idol judges - I too couldn't stand Mariah - not her singing or her personality! My favorite TV shows are Longmire, Blue Bloods & Castle.

Jacqueline said...

Welcome back !

I am looking forward to watching The Following too and a new one about Ica Bod Crane but I forgot the name.. Geesh..

I am retiring this month YAHOO, YAHOO for me so would really put your patterns to good use.

Thanks for a chance.

Ginny Worden said...

Chicago Fire is a favorite at our house, so we are looking forward to it's return to our tv viewing.

Jeanna said...

Welcome back Anne! I can't wait to see what you created after you plugged in the sewing machine again :)

We pretty much just watch sports...well, my husband watches while I listen. I'm usually busy sewing or knitting :)

Looking foward to your next post!

marie said...

I missed you blogging as you always do some interesting things. Looking forward to Dancing With the Stars and anything else that is "new".

Michelle said...

You have been missed but since I had been to Bend a few times this summer, I knew you were enjoying the weather. I have two more trips by November 2nd planned and then may do some time at New Years.

What shows? Well....there is a new one...Betrayal. Probably not the best to admit to but looks good and suspenseful...HOWEVER the best one I am looking forward to started this past Saturday. ESPN'S COLLEGE GAME DAY - With Mr. Kirk Herbstreit and of course ANY COLLEGE FOOTBALL Game along with my son's own high school football.

Please enter me to win....I need to get off this computer and start tracing out my next project that I am going to be held accountable to by Lori and Carrie.

Happy Fall.

ozone3 said...

Looking forward to Person of Interest, Grimm & Elementary....Yes, my DH & I are nerds...LOL!! Also, hopefully the new show Marvel..Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be good!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

WoolenSails said...

I love stacy's new designs and it is fun to have all different types to do throughout the year. I watch whatever interests me at the moment and half the time I have no idea what is going on since I never pay attention, lol.

Debbie

Anne said...

Missed you and your inspiration this summer, but I'm glad to hear you had a good one!
I ditched my TV years ago with the advent all those reality shows, and I can't say I've missed it one bit. However, I did watch the first season of Downton Abbey on DVD this summer and rather enjoyed it. So if I were watching TV, I'd probably tune in to that from time to time.
Take care, and looking forward to more blog posts again.

Wonky Girl said...

SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK. That being said, I'm looking forward to Castle, NCIS, Grimm and oh well- many more!
Over all, I'm looking forward to fall and Halloween.
Nice give-away offer!

Kim said...

I love all of these patterns! Glad to see you back! I'm really looking forward to the return of "Chicago Fire"! Nothing like a bunch of firemen!

sandy said...

Glad you had a nice summer. The giveaway stuff is awesome. I can hardly wait for Grey's Anatomy and Survivor to start.

Lesley said...

Welcome back! Love all these patterns and projects. Will check out Stacy's site. My favorite show is Downton Abbey. They even have some fabrics coming out! Thanks for the chance.

Grandma M said...

Great to have you back! I love fall but am not much of a TV watcher. Thanks for the chance to win some great prizes.

Peggy said...

Glad you are back!! I would have to say I am most looking forward to Notre Dame football. It is the only time I watch football.

Brenda said...

Love the new designs, and I know what you mean about the summer flying by....

I don't watch TV, but am anxious for cooler nights, more time to work on wool projects!

Lorraine said...

Welcome back! Spring has sprung here - not sure what happened to winter! - I am looking forward to the next series of The Paradise and of course Downton Abbey. Love Stacey's designs....gosh she has been busy!!

Janet said...

Welcome back. Yes, I love the judges too. I am a huge fan of Harry's and Keith's. Glad he is back. Really surprised JLo is back.
Any way I am looking forward to NCIS and Sleepy Hollow.
Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win a wool project since I have NOT tried it yet.
Thank you. Janet

quilter47 said...

Cant wait for the new season of shows. Glad to hear I am not the only one watching the Following but of course Downtown Abbey is right up there too. Glad you had a great summer and thanks for an opportunity to win a giveaway.
Sheila

quilter47 said...

Cant wait for the new season of shows. Glad to hear I am not the only one watching the Following but of course Downtown Abbey is right up there too. Glad you had a great summer and thanks for an opportunity to win a giveaway.
Sheila

Loris said...

You have been missed here :-) I am glad you summer was a full and happy one. Thinking of fall...I love this season. And on TV, I'm looking for to seeing Castle and Big Bang Theory :-)And then in January...Downton Abbey!
Thank you for such a sweet giveaway. I love Buttermilk Basin patterns!

Wendy said...

I've been checking your blog all summer, you always have a great post that makes me drool. Those patterns and wool are to die for! I'm looking forward to Downton Abby and Survivor.

Lori said...

Wow! How does she come up with so many new ideas!! I'd love to be in your giveaway. welcome back to blogland, I've been enjoying summer as well.

Bev R said...

Looking forward to Greys Anatomy and Elementary. Love cooler evenings and working with wool feels like fall. Welcome back.

Jan Baker said...

I can't wait till my Bones comes on again. I wish I had the talent she has for these patterns, they are wonderful.

Colleen said...

Okay, this is a giveaway of a lifetime! I want all three sets of those patterns and if I don't win them, I am going to have to buy them!!! Thank you for the chance!

Colleen said...

Oops! Sorry about that... forgot to list my favs. Survivor, Dance Moms and How I Met Your Mother :o)

paulette said...

Can't wait for Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy...to name just three!! You were missed this summer...and you are back with a BANG! What a give away! I'm off to Buttermilk Basin so that I can savour each of her new patterns in privacy...up close and personal!! Glad to have you back!!
P

chris m said...

i've just discovered your blog and love it! So glad you're back. I'm looking forward to Survivor and a super suspenseful series on showtime called Homeland. Please enter me in the giveaway. You can reach me at cmajchrzak810@gmail.com. Thanks!

chris m said...

i've just discovered your blog and love it! So glad you're back. I'm looking forward to Survivor and a super suspenseful series on showtime called Homeland. Please enter me in the giveaway. You can reach me at cmajchrzak810@gmail.com. Thanks!

Ruth said...

Downton Abby for sure! I'm not sure when it's going to start - I hope soon. This is an awesome giveaway! I love wool and embroidery, so would love to win it.

kcenya1950 said...

Oh, Anne, what a great giveaway. I am glad you are back. I was at 1st Friday in Bend quilt shop in August and looked for you but it was a great night anyway
i love "the good wife" and hope it is coming back. it appears somewhat intermittently so you never know

Robin C said...

I can't wait for Grimm to come back on but my second fab is The Following. Love these pictures. Thanks for showing.

Me and My Stitches said...

Hope you had a great summer! Time does fly, doesn't it!? I'm looking forward to Grey's Anatomy and Nashville!

Karen said...

I didn't hear about the judges from American Idol. Thanks for the news. Now I can't wait! Thanks for the opportunity to win your bundle of sweetness. And so glad your back, and that you had a great summer. You've been missed, girl.

andsewon said...

Have missed your posts! Nice to have time off having fun though! Besides we all lose the mojo once in a while. Lovely designs! Wonderful giveaway too!
We are looking forward to new fall episodes of Castle! May also find a new show to get hooked on as some sound good from what I have read.
Hugs,
Lola

martha said...

I am excited to see Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire this fall. Love Buttermilk Basin! Awesome give a way!

Quilter Kim said...

Glad to hear everything is OK with you. I am also hooked on The Following, but also waiting for Downton Abbey, Revenge, Nashville, Scandal and of course American Idol and Dancing With the Stars. I better get to prepping some handwork!

Karen said...

Nice to see a post on your blog. I am looking forward to a new season of the Big Bang Theory. I have been watching the old ones over and over as there hasn't been much interesting on tv over the summer.

Alice said...

Glad you had a great summer! What an awesome giveaway!!! I can't wait for Castle and Bones and Haven.
Thanks for the chance to win.

MamaT said...

Welcome back! I love red, too! I'm looking forward to new episodes of "The Middle" and "Psych". I'm not big on TV but I sure like "Duck Dynasty"!

JanetL said...

Glad you're back! I'm not a TV watcher so don't have a favorite, but that does allow me much more sewing time in the evenings.

Julie said...

So glad you're back! And glad you had a good summer. I'm looking forward to the new season of Revenge.

Becky said...

Glad that you are back to sewing, but it's fun to take a break from our regular routines. I'm excited for college football (Geaux Tigers), the Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey. Thanks for sharing this great giveaway!

mayme said...

I'm not a TV watcher. Spend my evenings stitching ,reading and to much time on the iPad. What a great bunch of stuff you are giving away! I love the embroidery and quilting patterns.

Twyla said...

I can't wait for Call the Midwife and Dowtown Abbey, my two favorites!! I've missed your blog but life is just too busy for all of us. Glad your back.

Louise said...

Without a doubt it has to be Downton Abby..love it. All the patterns look pretty wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity!

Cindi P. said...

My SIL got me "hooked" on Downton Abbey, I don't think it comes til January so in the meantime: Big Bang Theory, The Middle, Modern Family, The Voice, NCIS- sheesh I didn't think I watched much television but .....Thanks to you and Ms. west for the chance to win stitching projects to do while watching " the tube".

Kristy said...

Well, I certainly did miss you...but you are surely making the wait worthwhile. So glad you are back...and hopefully to stay. the giveaway is fabulous...I love a wood project to work on during down times of the day. Kristy soardkgatfusedotnet

nancy murphy said...

I am so looking forward to watching Once Upon a time. I hear the first season was amazing. I'll have to catch up before the season starts Happy September....the Kids are back at school...Yippe....Nancy Murphy

nancy murphy said...

I am so looking forward to watching Once Upon a time. I hear the first season was amazing. I'll have to catch up before the season starts Happy September....the Kids are back at school...Yippe....Nancy Murphy

suz said...

Glad you had a great summer. I've become a huge fan of Buttermilk's patterns and these are so cute! I'm looking forward to NCIS and The Big Bang Theory. I just noticed someone mentioned King and Maxwell - I'm just finishing the first book (Balducci) they are in - so I'll be looking forward to that as well! Finally, cause I'm a major geek - I'm looking forward to Dr. Who...

Glo said...

I'm looking forward to Castle and Downton Abbey. I enjoy your inspirational blog!

Missie of Hallbrook Designs said...

Beautiful post as always! What a generous give away! Thanks for the chance. I am excited for "Breaking Bad"...such a bad show but so good to watch! LOL

oknonnie said...

I am waiting for The Middle. It always makes me laugh!!
Oknonnie@hotmail.com

linda said...

So glad to have you back! Thank you for the opportunity to win these patterns! Love doing the wool and they are manageable projects. Love Stacy's new designs as well.

linda said...

Forgot to list my shows! NCIS, The Following, Body of Proof and The Hostages

terriquilts said...

Nice to see you back; summer goes so fast, doesn't it? I don't watch much TV, lately I've been watching Damages on Netflix and, of course, I can't wait for Downton Abbey (not until January, though).
Terri

JulieF1962 said...

Your blog is among my top five favorite ones for your decorating, and quilt and wool applique choices. I really missed your posts! I'm not really looking forward to any shows in the Fall, but I cannot wait for the start of American Idol (I've been watching since the first season, and I agree with you about last season), and Downton Abbey. Until then, I will be watching a lot of House Hunters, Hoarders, and Property Virgins. :)

Linda said...

Welcome back! I'm looking forward to the new seasons of The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, and Blue Bloods. I'm going to check out Hostages and Ironsides which are new. You might be able to tell I like dramas! The contestants on DWTS aren't interesting to me this season so will skip that one. I do love my TV and TiVo!!

Diane K said...

What a wonderful give away. You have come back with a bang. I too am looking forward to the return of the American Idol judges. I think the new show with Robin Williams looks good - how could it not be. Its been along time since Mork and Mindy.

Anita said...

Welcome back!! I've missed your posts over the summer! Your blog is one of my favorites! Thnk you for the giveaway!

Hannah F said...

I love all the patterns, especially the calendar. I am looking forward to new seasons of scandal and criminal minds. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

mainelymoose said...

What a, "YUMMY" giveaway! Makes my little ole heart go pitter patter... Of course we are excited to see how it's going for the gang on,"Big Bang Theory". Also,"The Voice " is always exciting. I gave up on, "American Idol", bored me to distraction! Can't wait to see who wins, so exciting!!!
Staying in Stitches,
Darla

mainelymoose said...

What a, "YUMMY" giveaway! Makes my little ole heart go pitter patter... Of course we are excited to see how it's going for the gang on,"Big Bang Theory". Also,"The Voice " is always exciting. I gave up on, "American Idol", bored me to distraction! Can't wait to see who wins, so exciting!!!
Staying in Stitches,
Darla

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