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. 

 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,

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!


Warm wishes and happy stitching!

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