Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.(Philippians 4:8)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Delayed ...

Yes, I've been a bit delayed, but I am positive most each and every one of you reading this post are in the same boat I find myself, so I will float no apologies {grin} You understand!!

Just so you know I haven't been hitting the snooze button on my unemployed alarm clock ... I share with you a few projects I've completed since my last post:



These three bags I made over the course of this week as my Teacher Thank You gifts.  Besides the fact that we placed chocolate and hand-drawn thank you notes from my girls inside, I think they were well received!


The quilt above was a project someone called asking if I could put together for her so she could present to her 40 yr old brother for Christmas ... it is 92x108 ... I do believe I will be  putting together another post on this quilt in the near future so that is all I will say about this one at the moment ... however, I can say that yes ... two weeks and I did complete the top. 
{grin}

 As many of you know, those that serve in the military hold a very special place in my heart ... for so very many reasons. Well, when I found out that a friend of mine from high school was to retire from the Navy after 25 years ... an enlisted sailor retiring as a Lt. Commander no less ... Well, I decided not to let the moment go unnoticed:
 
With the help of scouring ebay for old t-shirts, and a bit of pattern improvisation, I designed and quilted this and mailed it off with my appreciation.
I did have enough material to make a matching pillow case in which I mailed the quilt ... kinda fun and something to store the quilt in when warm weather comes again ....


And on that gratitude note, I will let you all know that Thank You Teddy is being mailed to Michele of L7 QUILT CO. ...  my daughter's pulled her name out last Friday.  
If you haven't visited with Michele you should, those of you that have know Teddy's going to a wonderful home!!

Well, I've been up to a few other tiny projects, and with Christmas next week, have several more to go as many of you do also, I am sure....

Thank you for visiting with me today, and until next we chat ...

Warm Hearted Wishes and Happy Stitching ~





Sunday, December 1, 2013

Friends & Followers Giveaway


Welcome to you ... my friends and followers!

My first post in my humble and often
wandering rambling blog was on 
May 28, 2010 ... not so long ago in days, 
but so very many lifetimes ago.
I do not recall when I reached 503 followers,
though I am grateful for each of you!
Nor am I aware of when I surpassed the 300th
post ... certainly I haven't had much wisdom
to share or I'd have remembered right?

What I do know, and think of often ... are 
the wonderful, wonderful quilters, bloggers,
... FRIENDS ... I have met through this blog.

Those of you who visit with me often know
my stance on kindness, my belief in a kind word,
and while I will not rant on that again today,
but I do want to share with all of you my
utmost gratitude for those people who have
made such a difference in my life through this
blog ... Mary of Quilt Hollow was one of the 
very first to make such an indelible impression
on this newbie blogger all those posts ago ...
she may not remember why, 
but I do and thank her for it!

I also know for a fact that my blog would not
be nearly what it is today if not for the grace
and intelligence of a very dear 
Cheerleader Madame Samm.
She chooses to lead Sew We Quilt
our online quilting bee of which I am
grateful to belong and participate ...
She shares, inspires, and CHEERS for so many,
I am proud and honored to think of her as friend.

But beyond anything, I would not have reason
to share my ramblings and sometime creative
endeavors were it not for my friends and followers
who chose to visit me from time to time and
are so very kind to leave encouraging words...
There are so many, many for whom I am grateful
that I would be afraid of leaving any out,
so instead, to all, I humbly say ... 

Thank you!

For offering of my gratitude, I share with you
what has been in my head for quite some time
just waiting to be taken out and created ... 
just for one of you ...

Saturday morning I started with a scrap of 
Minkee, drafting paper, and some bits and
pieces from my fabric stash: 

Teddy ~ in the making ...
A close up of the material for color purposes since the
weather did not cooperate for proper picture taking ...

What I ended up with is of my own design and quilting:
Thank You Teddy ~ 20 x 22 inches

Please forgive the pictures ... 
the clouds and rain did not assist in proper 
picture taking, but I did not want to wait 
any longer to post this giveaway ...

I adore teddy bears ... the soft and fuzzy
squeeze-ability of them ... they often become
our best friends as children and become reminders
of childhood friends long into adulthood.

Therefore, once this Teddy entered my
head, asking to be created, I couldn't resist
the idea of adding the thank you ...
In fact, I already have a few more in the works
with different colors and different words
on the banner above ... 
stay tuned for more shares :) 
especially since my daughters haven't seen this one yet {grin}

I did purposefully create this hanging 
in muted colors, hoping it would work in
with more decor by doing so ...

This giveaway is open to the followers of
Why Knot Kwilt and to my Facebook friends
as I know many follow my blog via Facebook.
So please, if you are interested in my giveaway,
either for yourself or as a timely gift for another
at this time of year, leave me a comment,
tell me how you follow Why Knot Kwilt,
and MAKE SURE I CAN CONTACT YOU.

No-Reply bloggers cannot be contacted
and therefore there is no way of letting
you know you won and will have to be passed
up for another.

If you wish for a second chance to win,
well, leave a second comment and let me know
when you first came across my blog and 
if you have a favorite post ... or
what brought you back for another visit 
besides my charming good looks 
and witty humor, of course!

hahahahaha

Warm wishes and happy stitching!




of course ... I will ship internationally!!!!
heck ... details, details ... 
I will draw a winner on 12/13/13...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Changing Seasons ...


Fall is here, there is no denying ...

This is what my bike ride with my daughter 
looked like yesterday afternoon ...



The air is crisp ... just as the leaves and grasses are. 

42 degrees but snow will be here soon enough, 
so pedal while the pedaling's good.

Once all of the Wicked Halloween decor was removed,
we realized our Fall/Thanksgiving fare is mighty low, so ...

and Sandy Gervais' Soho Chic collection ...
I don't think there's a single swatch in this line of
Sandy's that I don't love ... and yes ... a bit of
yardage found its way home with me along with
a charm pack from my LQS .... 
imagine that!

I put together this sweet little number ... 
and have decided to use it on the table for now...

I think I really like it ...
{grin} 
so I guess I'll have to keep this one for me!

However, I have noticed that somehow, I have
recently been blessed by a number of followers
over 500 ... and ... I've had over 300 posts
{crickets chirping}
seriously! 
who'da ever thunk it?!??!
{hahahaha}

Therefore, I do believe a giveaway is in order ...
A follower's giveaway ... 
and that means I need to make it a good one
so it won't be today, but very, very soon ..
so please be sure to come back again.

Until later, I wish you all ~

Happy Hearts and Happier Stitching!






Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wicked Wendy's Wicked 3 Post


Yes ... this sign hangs at my front door ...
{grin}

Most of you know its truth  ...
{wicked grin}

I have always been a kid at heart … 
I have always gone for the humor in most all situations … 
I strive to find reasons to laugh ...  and 
I truly believe in the good of all things and people.

I am aware there are a lot of people who view Halloween as a
representation of evilness, things that are ugly, and not of this world.

I tend to put a different spin on this view … 
thus my joy in being Wicked Wendy

As a child growing up, I remember Halloween being about dressing up, 
parties at school, and getting candy .... 
lots and lots of sweet treats! 
… the true gift of seeing things through a child’s eyes.

Yes, looking back now, I can see there were bad things mixed in … 
but I was fortunate, those bad things often never touched me, 
whether in actual deed or by choice of memory.

Therein lies the reason for my joy in the Wicked Hop …

What fun it is to put a bit of magic back into a darkly-tinted season and share a bit of wicked joy by being able to help show the creativity that exists among us!

I give my sincere thanks to Madame Samm for her continued ingenuity in keeping us involved and active with these glorious hops!  She keeps me on my toes!

I also give my sincere thanks to each of you who participate in these hops, whether by sharing your creativity, or sharing your kindness through comments … you all are the reason I so enjoy these hops!!

Without further ado I share with you the Wicked deeds I created for this Wicked Hop and I hope you enjoy them and find a reason to smile for a while …


Would you believe way back in April, 2013, 
when Riley Blake announced the release of the line Too Cute To Spook ... 
I instantly knew I wanted
to use it for wicked Halloween creations ...
Sandy Gervais' pattern "All Smiles"..
Riley Blakes' Too Cute To Spook Fabric
Using this All Smiles pattern by Sandy Gervais,
I framed all the adorable little Spooks in each flying goose ...
they are just Too Cute!

Close up of quilting and Too Cute to Spook creatures...
I also did the free motion quilting on my small machine ...
and took the opportunity to ad-lib some fun words into the stitching ...
you may note the "Wicked" I stitched in above ....
{grin}

When I saw this table runner ... I just knew it had to be made for
a special person who happens to love Birds .... in particular
crows .... what's up with that???
What better time to create this menacing creature of wings
than for the Wicked hop??

Disa Designs Pattern ,,, Four and Twenty Blackbirds
from her marvelous book  More of my Runners
Oh my ... could that be Ghastlie fabric on the back???
{cackle, cackle}

Here's a close up of the Wicked Birds ...
I like the Wicked looking trees in the border, myself 
{wink}

And ... lastly I share with you an item
I designed for our first Wicked Hop,
for which I recreated for this hop,
again using Riley Blake's Too Cute to Spook fabric.
I did say I liked the material ... didn't I ????
"Why Knot? ... A Door Stop"
Pattern by Wendy of Why Knot Kwilt

Fabric is also Riley Blake's
Too Cute to Spook
And if I have all my spooks in a row by time of publishing this post ...
The pattern for this door stop should be available 
to all of you who so desire it on Craftsy here ... 

I thank you again for visiting with me today ... 
and encourage you to go check out what our other Wicked creatures .... 
um, I mean creators .... have to share with you today!!



Wicked Wishes ~


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wicked Blog Hop .... Day 7

part of my creation from last year's Wicked hop ...

Goodness ... we are on Day 7 of our Wicked 3 blog hop ...

Please take an opportunity to check out all of the
creations made for this hop to date by visiting the 
Pinterest page Madame Samm put together for
our benefit ... you can click this link to get there ...


You can visit today's hoppers to see their Wicked creations
by visiting the following:

Wyndham Fabrics has supplied us with some lovely Halloween bundles,
wanted you to be prepared for next years Wicked.... 
Some lovely patterns to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Cheer them on, 
Support them in the upcoming months, 
they will be filled with more Tricks and Treats, 
you can depend on them for that...
HOW CAN THESE GIVEAWAYS BE YOURS?

#1 Join us in future blog hops,  One of these giveaways 
is for all those who participate.

#2 Those in the top 3 each day, also have a chance at 
the end of the hop to win one of these prizes.

#3 All of YOU who leave comments, also can win....

Remember, the kindness of a few words,is such
sweetness to another's creative soul ....

Wicked wishes to each of you!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Day 6 of our Wicked Hop!




Our wicked brew is still bubbling ...
Day 6 brings us some delicious treats,
please check out who has left their
porch lights on today for you to stop
and enjoy the feast ...



Wyndham Fabrics has supplied us with some lovely Halloween bundles,
wanted you to be prepared for next years Wicked.... 
Some lovely patterns to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Cheer them on, 
Support them in the upcoming months, 
they will be filled with more Tricks and Treats, 
you can depend on them for that...
HOW CAN THESE GIVEAWAYS BE YOURS?

#1 Join us in future blog hops,  One of these giveaways 
is for all those who participate.

#2 Those in the top 3 each day, also have a chance at 
the end of the hop to win one of these prizes.

#3 All of YOU who leave comments, also can win....

Remember, the kindness of a few words,is such
sweetness to another's creative soul ....

Wicked wishes to each of you!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Welcome Back to Wicked 3!


You've had the weekend away ....
it's time to get Wicked again my pretties ....

I know we have a wonderful line up
of Wicked Hoppers sharing with us today,
so please, join me in visiting the following
to see what treats they have for us ...



Wyndham Fabrics has supplied us with some
lovely Halloween bundles, Reliable IRON has supplied us appropriately with an ORANGE IRON, and Look Bird Brain Designs, wanted you to be prepared for next years Wicked.... Some lovely patterns to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Cheer them on, Support them in the upcoming months, they will be filled with more Tricks and Treats, you can depend on them for that...


HOW CAN THESE GIVEAWAYS BE YOURS?

#1 Join us in future blog hops,  One of these giveaways 
is for all those who participate.

#2 Those in the top 3 each day, also have a chance at 
the end of the hop to win one of these prizes.

#3 All of YOU who leave comments, also can win....

Remember, the kindness of a few words,is such
sweetness to another's creative soul ....

Wicked wishes to each of you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Friday and Day 4 Wicked Hop Schedule



Friday brings us to day four of our Wicked Hop ...
and to the weekend which may provide a lot of us
with the opportunity to catch up on checking out
all the Wicked-Good treats that have been
put out for us to share ... everything has
been delightful, hasn't it!! 




Wyndham Fabrics has supplied us with some lovely Halloween bundles,
and Look Bird Brain Designs, wanted you to be prepared for next years Wicked....
Some lovely patterns to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

Cheer them on, Support them in the upcoming months, they will be filled 
with more Tricks and Treats, you can depend on them for that...


HOW CAN THESE GIVEAWAYS BE YOURS?

#1 Join us in future blog hops, 1 of these giveaways is for all those who participate.
#2 Those in the top 3 each day, also have a chance at the end of the hop to win one of these prizes.
#3 All of YOU who leave comments, also can win....

Remember, the kindness of a few words, may be
just the encouragement someone's soul may be
craving ... 

Wicked wishes to each of you, and
I look forward to seeing you again Monday!