Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I'm "under the weather," but YOU can enter the giveaway!

Sorry it's been quiet around here.

Have you heard those crickets?

Hasn't been much sewing going on, either. (Snap.)


Here's why:


I (almost) smiled when I found that image, since that is exactly what my handy dandy thermometer said.
Almost smiled.
Too tired to actually do that. (I know, right? Can I have some cheese with my whine?)

Our fab sponsor has come to the rescue . . . . while I take some time off to get better, you peeps can enter this giveaway!!


Fat Quarter Shop is just about the most fun place ever to shop, don't you think?

They have all the newest stuff for us to drool over, flash sales that are spectacular bargains, and they come up with neat mysteries and kits, too. And when I see something on their site that I want to make, I usually see a pattern or some templates!


Introducing the Orange Peel Set, from the It's so Emma division of the Fat Quarter Shop!

Orange these the cutest things? Aw, come on, humor me, I'm ill. (Grin) No more puns, I promise!

The awesome part of this is that in the set of templates, there are four sizes -- you can use these with any of these size squares of fabric: 3 inch, 4 inch, 5 inch, or 6 inch, for a monster huge quilt. The kind that would be lovely and warm and I could nap in it . . . .

Oh, pardon me. I'll tell you about the giveaway before I drowse off.

Two of you will win a prize package of these templates, plus these four patterns to make these quilts:


Jewel -- this one starts as a lap quilt, but you could make it larger . . .


Grapevine -- this one starts out as a crib or a lap size, but these are so easy! You could make a bed quilt in no time!

Round Robin -- they've included options for crib, lap, twin, and queen on this one. Just picture this from your scraps and your stash!


And this one is Goldie -- so cute, the little fishies! This one starts as a crib or lap size.

And who says you must make quilts? I LOVE this creative idea:


Here's how you can win . . . . leave a comment here with your best cough remedy. Seriously. My head hurts, and my chest does, too. The over the counter stuff isn't working!

So tell me if you have an old family recipe that will help me out, OK? And it's not required, but if you would like to follow here at the Lilypad, you can leave a second entry: tell me how you follow.

We'll leave this giveaway open for a week, and then choose our two winners!!
(PLEASE leave your email as part of your comment....like this: name(at)gmail(dot)com. I had SO MANY no-reply comments last time! I want to choose your comment for a prize winner!!)

Good luck!!

Love,




PS If you can't stand it, the templates and the patterns are available now at the Fat Quarter Shop! You can get the patterns as printed or as pdfs!
And please understand if I don't answer all the comments this time....I will probably be sleeping. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Got projects?

We're starting a brand new year . . . that's the time to start a new project, right? (Grin)

I wanted to let you know about a fun mystery project from our sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop!


The 2017 Designer Mystery Block of the Month!




It's the 10 year anniversary of the series, and it promises to be a fabulous one!


Check out the fun at this link: click here.

They have a block-buster line-up of designers, so join in the fun!

Love,



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Welcoming 2017 -- Happy New Year!

I'm wishing for each of you a wonderful new year . . . whether you keep your resolutions or not, I hope that your UFOs become treasured gifts or admired displays. 


I hope that your new projects bring you creative joy.


And I hope that your bobbins never, ever run out in the middle of your free motion quilting!


Love,




Seriously, I wish all of those things for you, plus God's best blessings of love of family and friends, health and contentment, too. Love to all!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to all!


In the midst of the wrapping paper, the thread and fabric, the tinsel, and the sugar cookies, can we stop a minute, you and I?

I won't keep you long.

I want to wish you a blessed, peaceful, and yes, a merry Christmas. Why?

Because this is a time of year when so many people are sad. Some are depressed because they won't get many presents. Some are sad because they can't afford to give many presents. Some are sad because there is someone special in their life who won't be around this Christmas -- perhaps because they are estranged, or perhaps that person has passed away.

They look around at the merriment and the mayhem and they sigh. It is for you, dear friend, that I want to pause and give you a virtual hug. If I could, I would wrap you in my softest quilt, and tell you that you are not alone; you are loved. Because that is what Christmas is really all about. It's about pure, unconditional, irrepressible, unbelievably awesome, self-denying love. The love that brought God to man.
 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
I hope that I have not offended you, gentle reader. I hope that you will have a merry Christmas. He knows what is in your heart today, and He's ready to fill your heart with the peace that passes all understanding. My Christmas wish for you is that you know Him, and that you know that He loves you, and me, and everyone.

Because that love is what makes my Christmas merry.

Love,





PS. For more Christmas thoughts, click here  or here and check them out!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas time is quilting time!


Are you sewing with the pedal to the metal?


Are you finishing up some fabulous presents?

(This one is courtesy of Barb, at Bejeweled Quilts)

(This one is courtesy of Pink Penguin)

Take a deep breath.

Take a sip from your cup of eggnog.



Relax. It will be OK.

Take a peek at some lovely Christmas things from around the interwebs . . . you may see something that fills a stocking at your house!

Pinterest can take up a lot of your time, no? So much to see! I have a couple of ideas for you!


You might find this tutorial helpful, for a tea or coffee wallet to drop in a purse or pocket . . . you can use some of your scraps that will make it just right for that certain someone!


Or this tutorial for a table topper might fit the bill.


Got some family recipes you can share? Make a recipe book with a quilted cover, like this tutorial shows you how to do.

Hope these ideas help you in the home stretch of Christmas sewing!

Love,