Thursday, May 31, 2012

Around the Clock Shower

I am invited to a bridal shower this weekend. It's an "Around the Clock" shower. I didn't know what that was until I received the invitation. Each guest is assigned a time of day and then you bring a gift for the couple that would be appropriate to use at that time of day. I was assigned 2 pm. 

Jelly Roll quilt 
I decided it would be nice to take a nap at 2 pm., so the couple would need a quilt. I won a jelly roll of Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 a while ago so I combined it with some Kona Khaki and made a super fast and easy quilt.

Jelly Roll Quilt 
I quilted it with diagonal lines that intersect at the corners and wavy lines in the border.
Jelly Roll Quilt 
The backing is my new favorite thing in quilting...the extra wide dotties by Moda, in red. I used 8 of the jelly roll strips to make the binding. The quilt is 74"x74" {kind of, almost square, ha!}
Jelly Roll Quilt

When ordering the border fabric I miscalculated and did not order quite enough, so I had to make half square triangles for each corner. {I like my borders and sashing to be cut in one piece whenever possible} Since the backing was such a solid red I did not want to break it up by putting a label on it, so I just wrote my sentiment on the front on one of the HST.
Jelly Roll Quilt
This quilt is for someone very special to our family. Our neighbor's son, Bernie, was our boys' babysitter when we first moved into the house 27 years ago. Bernie has been a good friend to our boys and is the happiest guy you will ever meet. At 42, we are so happy that he has finally found the perfect person to share his life. 
Best Wishes to Bernie and Sulema!

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Sewing Contest

Welcome to the last day of the Summer Sewing Contest Blog Hop. If you are here from Jennifer's blog, welcome. I hope you will take a look at what I have been up to the last few months. There has been a lot going on here and I have big plans for my summer sewing. The first thing I had to do was make a new bag and a passport wallet for our big anniversary trip. In a few weeks we will be heading for a long awaited trip that starts in Berlin, Germany and will take us through Poland, Slovakia and we'll end in Vienna. Mr. Romance and I are celebrating 40 years of marriage and we can't wait to get away and explore places we have not yet visited. We are even going to meet up with a few blog friends and I will meet a cousin in Slovakia that I didn't even know I had until a few months ago!
I knew I wanted to try making Anna Noodlehead's 241 Tote. I have had the pattern for a while now and finally made one for me. I also wanted a passport wallet because I always just stick my passport in my bag and thought since I was making a bag I might as well make a matching wallet.

I used my precious collection of Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy and combined it with Essex Linen in the putty color. The linen gave me a few fits after fusing it to the interfacing, but in the end I love this bag. I added an outside padded and zippered pocket for my iPhone.

I lined the bag with Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets fabric in the Salmon/Coral color and it goes perfectly with the FMF. The bag has a magnetic clasp and a pocket inside, too.



I found the passport wallet pattern on Pinterest.  Here's the link to the instructions. It was exactly what I was looking for.

It is secured with a snap closure. The wallet has a place for my passport, train tickets or itinerary papers, coins, cash, credit cards, a pen and it even has a vinyl window pocket for a driver's license. I put my Moo cards in there just in case I need to share my blog with someone in Europe.

The euros are leftover from our 2010 trip to Europe.

So what are your sewing plans for the summer? I have a list a mile long, but have to finish a few things before we leave and then I will tackle my long list when we return in July.

Here are the rules and the categories with all the dates for your submissions. Good luck and have fun.

1. Sew something fun for summer in one of these 4 categories:
  • Quilts
  • Home Decor
  • Clothing
  • Bags & Accessories
You may enter one item in each category.

2. Link up your entry at Ellison Lane Quilts:  June 10-17

3. Finalists are chosen in each category: June 18

4. Voting Begins: June 18- June 23

5. Winners announced: June 26

The Prizes: 
The winner of each category will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. 

A randomly chosen winner in each category will win a Fat Quarter Bundle of fabric from Westminster Fibers / Free Spirit Fabric

A wild card winner will be chosen by Jennifer's husband and will receive a $25 gift certificate to The Intrepid Thread

Grab a button and spread the word! Then get sewing!


Summer Sewing Contest at ELQ



Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 21

Is it really the end of May?
That means I only have three weeks to get ready for vacation.
This week was a huge week for Random Thoughts Do or "di"...
I had 813 comments on one post. Granted it was a giveaway post but I also gained 99 new followers!
I am so excited that so many people like my blog. I really enjoy writing it and enjoy all the people I have met through my little corner of Blog Land.
I also won a charm pack and 10 spools of thread on Michelle's blog from Giveaway Day. It's so fun to win!

This week I was able to visit my son, daughter-in-law and 4 grandchildren in Arizona.
Jack had a piano recital and he did so well.
I was so proud of him for having the confidence to get on that stage and play in front of an auditorium full of people.

Little Miss Olivia sure did enjoy her spaghetti dinner.


A certain princess celebrated her 4th birthday.
First at home with family...


Then at the splash park with her friends.


This photo reminds me of something you might see in Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Molly is so talented when it comes to parties, baking and decor.
She also made Olivia's sweet little tank top dress in the photo above.


You can't have a party without homemade cupcakes


Something new for me this week.
I am going to wear these new fangled braces to hopefully correct my 
snaggle tooth and the crowding of my lower teeth.


We attended a beautiful wedding with perfect weather in San Diego.
Our #4 son's best friend and business partner got married and Kyle was the best man.
Kyle met Matt and Pearl the first year at USC dental school. They all became friends and study partners and now, 6 years later, Matt and Pearl got married! There were more dentists at this wedding than at a dental convention (not really, but there were a lot). Mr. Romance was so happy to see a lot of his former students from the charity dental society that he mentors each month. What a great group of fun and caring people!
We really liked Kyle's date, Fabrizia, who unfortunately will be moving back to Rome next month.
Mr. Romance wore his silly white sun glasses, just for fun.
After a lovely church ceremony, the reception was held at the San Diego Museum of Art.
It was a perfect evening of dinner and dancing.
Matt and Pearl made their entry into the reception down this beautiful marble staircase lined with candles.


The garden is really doing well, especially the tomatoes.
The squash planter is off to a slow start but showing promise with the warm weather we had this week.
I planted carrots, radishes and sunflowers this week.


I have 2 quilts to baste and bind this week. Wish me luck. It might be pretty silent around here.
But don't forget to come back on Wednesday to see what I have made for my stop on Ellison Lane's Summer Sewing Contest Blog Hop.


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Day Winners

What a fun week it has been to read all of your lovely comments and learn a little more about my reader's travel dreams.
It seems the #1 place people want to go is Australia with Ireland, Scotland and Italy closely trailing behind.
Some people mentioned places I have never even heard of, like Macquarie Island or just wanted a trip home, wherever that might be. I had a comment from Maureen, who said she wanted to go home to Pennsylvania. After a few emails we found out she went to the same high school my parents and cousins attended in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and she now lives less than 70 miles from me!
Thank you to the 98 new followers. I hope you will come back to visit my blog often. I'll be the featured blogger for the Summer Sewing series blog hop on Jennifer's blog, Ellison Lane, May 30.
Come back and see what I have made for my summer sewing fun.
Ok, without further ado, here are the winners.
Oso will get first choice of either the nesting bowls
or the bag.



The comment numberer only goes to 200 and then restarts the numbering, but this was comment #427.



The second number drawn was #171.


 Congratulations to Debbie. 

I will send you both emails and you will have until May 27 at midnight PST to send me your address.
Thank you to Sew Mama Sew for organizing this giveaway event.


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

More About No-Reply Commenters

Karen of Sew Many Ways has a quick tutorial on fixing your no-reply commenter status today.
Check it out and make sure you are not a no-reply commenter.


Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

No Reply Commenters

I cannot believe the response to my Giveaway Day gifts. 
I am so flattered by all the new followers, too.
But many of you are no-reply commenters and if you win one of the giveaway prizes there will be no way for me to contact you.
So please change this in your profile because if you win and you are a no-reply person...you LOSE, and I will draw another winner.





Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway Day is Here



*****This Giveaway is officially Closed*****
Winner will be announced at 9 am PST May 26, 2012
Sew Mama Sew has organized another Giveaway Day.
This is such a great way to find new to you blogs and maybe even win something, too.
This time I have made two things you can try to win.
The first is a set of three nesting fabric bowls using Nova's fabulous and easy pattern.
I used Essex linen in the putty color combined with the new line from Lu Summers, called Summerville.
I made the 4", 5" and 6" set and they nest just perfectly.
I can think of all sorts of reasons to make another set just for me.
I'm also offering you the chance to win the bag I made using
Michelle's pattern
You can see here that it is a nice, big roomy bag.

It would be like having two bags in one.  I used Malka Dubrawsky's A Stitch in Color fabrics.
The outside, pleated version, uses one of the sand dollar prints with a polka dot accent strip.
This is the outside view
and here is the inside view, using the "cheater fabric", which makes it look like it is pieced like a quilt.
The bag is completely reversible.


These creations come from a non-smoking home.

1. To win, just leave a comment telling me if you could visit any place in the world where would you go?

2. For a second chance to win, become a follower of my blog or tell me that you already do follow.

Entries must be in by May 25, 2012 at 5 pm. PST, and I will announce the winners at 9 am PST on May 26, 2012.

The winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator.
The first winner drawn will get first choice of which prize they want.
  
I will ship internationally.
If you are a no-reply commenter make sure to leave your email address in this format ylmommyx4(at)gmail(dot)com. No email address means I cannot tell you you have won.

*****This Giveaway is Officially Closed*****
Winner will be announced at 9 am PST May 26, 2012
Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

Sunday, May 20, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 20

There was a fun hash tag going around on Twitter and Instagram this week #notgoingtomarket. It was for all of us fabric geeks who wished we were at Quilt Market in Kansas City, where all the new lines of fabric are being displayed for the trade. If you are lucky enough to have a friend in the fabric/pattern/quilt trade you can go too. I'm hoping to go as Brigitte's guest next year.
It was fun to post what we were doing because we were #notgoingtomarket.

Since I wasn't going to market I made this quilt top using a jelly roll of Circa 1934 and Kona Khaki.
My sister and I cleaned out more of my mom's stuff and I found this old ID pin from 1944. She said that when she and dad got married, in 1948, she had to quit her job. Something about the union and being married... can you imagine that happening now?
I took some progress photos of the garden. The hydrangeas are starting to bloom and the blueing agent worked on one of the pots.
The squash is starting to grow and flower. I am having a big problem with the pill bugs eating the squash plant starts. Does anyone know how to get rid of the little critters?
The beans are growing and I planted the next phase. I like to plant a few rows every 2-3 weeks so we can enjoy fresh green beans all summer long. 
The first big tomato is growing. This one is called Ananas Noire, which is French for black pineapple.


I actually cut into my Flea Market Fancy stash and made a project for my upcoming post on the Summer Sewing Contest blog hop at Ellison Lane. Make sure to come back on May 30th and see what this turns out to be.

And the best thing about not going to market was that I got to recreate this photo from the 1990 baptism of my goddaughter, Shelby. hold down the laughter, I know, the hair, the glasses, the earrings, wow, right?


Here we are twenty two years later, Shelby graduated from University and we celebrated at her parent's home with a lovely party. That's her Uncle Cameron, the godfather! you can laugh that he has no hair, we all do!

I'm off to see #1 son and his family for a few days. I can't wait to see them.
Remember to come back tomorrow for Giveaway Day and see what I am giving away.
Thanks for stopping by,

"di"