Christmas in July 2011 at

It’s that time of year again – time for me to hide in my sewing studio while my husband’s family converges on our hill for their family reunion – and I design, create, sew and quilt the weekly projects for our “Christmas in July 2011” celebration at!

I have started on the first project and my oldest daughter (age 15) has given her approval, since she’s a BIG fan of BLACK <grin>:

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    The Artist Is In the House

    Our oldest daughter was accepted to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) summer camp a few months ago, but without a scholarship the trip was totally out of our reach.  Lucky for our budding artist, our community and friends came together to help raise the funds for her trip…..and her grandma had enough sky miles to get them there.

    Here she is leaving our home at 4 a.m. – which is early, but considering she’d just returned from a mission trip with our church youth to Chicago …. well, let’s just say she slept the ENTIRE way to Savannah with a little grumpiness when she had to switch planes in Atlanta:

    She chose two courses for her summer session – Mixed Media and Fashion Design. 

    Now, let’s be clear on where we live.  Small town is too big of a word.  The kids’ school is Pre-K – 12th grades, with less than 300 students in the ENTIRE school.  There are NOT a lot of artistic-types such as our daughter and there certainly no other students were offered such a fantastic opportunity at one of the nation’s top art colleges.  Big thanks go to her art teacher, too, because she started the ball rolling.

    The following photos contain the two exhibition pieces of hers that were chosen for their finale to show off to the parents and general public after her week at SCAD:

    Needless to say, we are extremely proud of the gifts that God gave to our daughter…..and for our daughter who literally stepped out of her comfort zone to travel so far from home and be amongst other talented artists.

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      Precious Memories

      Our oldest daughter went with our church youth group and chaperones to Chicago to participate in a week of service for YouthWorks last week.  It was her first mission trip experience and her first trip to Chicago.

      I was just tickled pink to receive this message from her while they were on the ride to their destination:

      dear mom, hi. missouri is nice, we just left st louis. i stood in the mississippi and played in its mud. i danced barefoot under the arch. having fun, give my love to dad and the kids. later, keara the national traveler

      She is now in Savannah, Georgia attending a week of summer camp at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  What a wonderful summer for her, of achieving dreams!

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        WINNER of the Embroidered Blocks from Crooked Brook!

        Drum roll please …….. 

        Wait.  Quilters have cutting mats and rulers, so …. ruler roll please ……..

        The winner of the three embroidered Little Red Riding Hood blocks from Crooked Brook® is ….

        Janice Addams!

        Congratulations – I will send you an email to get you in contact with Crooked Brook® so you can claim your prize!

        Thank ALL of you who entered and watch this blog for another giveaway in another week or so!

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          Crooked Brook Embroidery Blocks Giveaway!

          Once again, Crooked Brook® has stepped up to the plate and is giving away another great quilter’s or sewing gift!


          If you saw my earlier post, I put photos of all of the blocks that they sent to me. 

          Boy, was it tough to decide which set I was going to work with first! 🙂

          After the kids and I ran through all of the stories of Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, we agreed that I’d make a quilted story book wall hanging out of the Little Red Riding Hood blocks.  That way, it could hang on a child’s wall and they could either read the story with their parents, or just lay in their bed and make up their own story to go with the pictures.  We’re big on imagination in our house!

          First, I trimmed all of the blocks to 11″ unfinished.  Then, I added 2 1/2″ unfinished red sashing to the blocks and made my quilt sandwich:

          Then, I took my own sweet time quilting the wall hanging – and let me tell you, I could NOT get the story of Little Red Riding Hood out of my mind the entire day!

          And here’s my finished quilted story book wall hanging!

          Free Fabric Giveaway !!!


          • You must leave a comment on this blog post about what you would do with your own set of three embroidered blocks, including your email address.
          • Entries will be received from June 10th through June 16th.
          • Winner will be chosen on Friday, June 17th and notified via email.
          • Winner will be randomly selected.
          • Entries only received from U.S. Residents with U.S. mailing addresses.
          • You must be 18 years or older to win.

          Watch out for the BIG BAD WOLF!  Leave your comments now!

          This contest is sponsored by Crooked Brook®.  No compensation for the above contest was exchanged for this fabric giveaway.

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