Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sharon Holland Designs -- a new sponsor

It is always so much fun to meet new people in this wonderful quilting community that we share. We have a new sponsor for the Pets on Quilts show coming in August!

(I hope you will take advantage of the links below; click through and enjoy the designer bio, the freebies, and more!)

Sharon Holland is a designer of lovely fabrics . . .

And a talented quilter . . .

She has loads of free cute patterns for us to try, and she offers great tutorials, too!

Sharon designs for Art Gallery Fabrics

Her latest line is just beautiful -- it's called Tapestry. Check out that adorable cat print on the top of the box in the photo . . . I know some of you folks will want some of that!

One lucky Pet Show winner will receive that bundle of twelve fat quarters of Tapestry fabrics from Sharon and AGF fabrics! (The photo reveals that Sharon shares our love of Aurifil threads!)

It means a lot when folks click through and visit our sponsors, and especially if you have just a moment to leave some comment love or a "thank you!"  Maybe you have time to visit Sharon's Facebook page here: click on this link and tell her hello!  Check out some inspiration over at her Instagram page.  Stop in at her blog and maybe click to follow -- you'll see some lovely things and be the first to know about new patterns! Be sure to visit AGF fabrics and Aurifil, too!

(Waving) Thank you, Sharon, for sponsoring this beautiful fat quarter bundle for our prize drawings in August! We appreciate your sponsorship so very much!


Sunday, May 29, 2016

In honor of all who serve, in memory of some who gave all

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Ronald Reagan 

Here at the Lilypad, we want to show our gratitude to all those who serve. We appreciate you. And we want to honor the memory of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we could be free.

God bless you all.

Happy Memorial Day to all of our US friends!


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe giveaway

Do you love to stitch?

Do you find yourself drooling over lovely flosses, and do you have way more patterns on your to-do list, than you can accomplish in your lifetime? (Grin)

I'm right there with ya!

I love to stitch, and I want you to know about a fabulous giveaway -- click on this link to go see the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe!

Nancy is hosting a generous giveaway of her entire Primitive line of colors!

Hey, if you win, will ya share with me? (Wink)


Thursday, May 19, 2016

More vintage linens found . . .

I found some more lovely vintage things that I wanted to share with you . . .  

I think these are what my grandma used to call "dresser scarves" but if I'm wrong, please feel free to chime in and correct me!

Like the items I showed before, these were all made by my hubby's grandma, so they are precious family heirlooms. I love the ingenuity of the designs, and how they made every bit of that feedsack count!

All of those perfect little French knots . . . 

And making the flowers two-toned! So cute!

This one is in different colors -- I imagine she had different bedrooms in mind when she made these.

Love the vines on this one.

The flower petals are wavy, instead of straight -- I like the movement that it gives the embroidery.

And the piece de resistance (see, I'm cultured and can speak French): the hand crocheted trim! Beautiful!

Thanks for wandering down memory lane with me today!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Do you have a very good, very bad dog?

Today we are kicking off our sponsor features for the Pets on Quilts Show in August! Please welcome our first sponsor -- new to our show, it's Jeffree Itrich, an author and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog compilation!

I'm so impressed with Jeffree; I've corresponded with her, and she has a real heart for the kind of things that we do here at the Lilypad . . . good things, heartfelt things, things that make a difference in our world! Like our Padsworth Project, for example. (Grin)

Jeffree's blog (click on this link to be whisked through cyberspace and see it!) is fairly new, and I believe you will enjoy your visit there. She is building her audience, so click to follow, and you will find stories about all the good around us -- people, animals, and organizations! 

Jeffree's dog, Sitka, was the inspiration for her contribution to the book. All of her photos of her beloved pup were stashed, so we grabbed this from the interwebs: Jeffree says Sitka was even more handsome than this good-looking guy!

Here is a little bit of the text that describes this great book:
Sometimes you can choose your family… by choosing to love a dog! But just because they’re dogs, it doesn't mean they won't be as complex and individual as anyone else around. Our dogs can be so good, and then they can be not-so-good, but boy do they give us great stories! This collection of 101 funny, heartwarming, and sometimes mind-boggling stories is all about all the very good, very bad, simply amazing things our dogs do.
They come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. From goofy to guard, from hero to ham, and everywhere in between, our dogs are important and beloved members of our families. Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog will have readers of all breeds laughing, commiserating, and maybe even shedding a tear. These 101 heartwarming, humorous and completely true stories about our canine companions are sure to touch every dog lover's soul. Perfect for "man's best friend's" best friend.

Jeffree is going to provide one of our lucky winners in the Pet Show a copy of this book as their prize! Thanks, Jeffree!

I hope you will click over to see Jeffree's Facebook page, as well, for another way to keep updated with her lovely and inspiring posts.

Folks like Jeffree really make us happy here at the Lilypad!

Thanks for being a Pets on Quilts Sponsor, Jeffree! Welcome aboard!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Pets on Quilts 2016

Have you seen our new button? 

Thanks to the creativity (and coding expertise) of Diana at Diana Rambles, we have our button for this year!

Grab the code and put the button on your blog! You'll receive 5 (five) extra entries in our prize drawings for being a PR Angel!

And you'll have the undying gratitude of one small frog and a tiny dragon!

Our mascots, Padworth and DragonDrop, want you to know that we'll be starting our sponsor features soon, so start snapping photos and getting ready for the show. We have a lot of fun every year!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Just a lil' stichin' . . .

Had some time recently that could have been "down time" but you know me . . .

I'll always have my hand work handy!

This is a cute design from Shirley Hudson, of Hudson's Holidays. Click over there to see more fun things to stitch!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to all of you who entered our Maggie's First Dance giveaway! The "staff" (see our previous post)
 and I had a lovely time reading all of your comments! Some of your "first" or "most memorable" dance memories were humorous, and many of them were so sweet!

The winner of our giveaway is Sherry Walley! 

Congratulations, Sherry! 

Enjoy your digital patterns:

Thank you to everyone who participated.

We'll be kicking off the festivities with the first block soon!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Maggie's First Dance - we'll announce soon

Hi everyone!

Our giveaway is closed now, and we'll announce our winner just as soon as possible!