Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I am not sure why, but I just love St. Patrick's Day!
Maybe it is because everyone wears green and
hat symbolizes the coming of spring.
Maybe it is because of all of the
old Irish blessings that sound
so uplifting and charming.
Or maybe it is because you just have to
have a drink to celebrate!

One of the ways my family has always celebrated
St. Patrick's day is by having a green breakfast.
I make green pancakes, green butter and usually green milk.
(today we had orange juice.....whoops)
Usually I make green scrambled eggs,
today we just had regular ole' white fried eggs.
It was a lovely morning to have breakfast outside.
The birds were singing
and sun was just peeking into the garden.

Then there is the traditional dog washing.
It is rumored that if you wash your dog on St. Patty's day
you'll have good luck in the coming year!

Nahhhh, I just made that up!
Mike is returning from a business trip tomorrow
and Jenny thought it would be nice to wash his dog!

Shamrock cookies to take over to a friends house.
Check out the cool tablerunner!
Great story.....great memory!
I made this at a quilting retreat and
it was the first time I had
made up this particular pattern.
Let's just say that I had had a glass or two of wine and
the runner came out a little cattywampus.
PERFECT for St. Patty's day!

Later tonight I'll have to watch "The Quiet man"
Mike and I love this old movie and it is great anytime
of the year, but especially nice around St. Pat's day.
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
If you have never seen it......
You really should check it out!

This little Irish lass is the greatest gift of all!

Irish Blessing to you!


Sunday, March 13, 2011

HeartString Quilts 1st Charity Sew-In

What a great day!
We had a very successful first  Charity Sew-In today!
My friend Kathy and I have been talking about doing this for some time
and today we finally DID IT!

Kathy arrived at my house with a TON of fabric
and started right away started making Kits!
Kathy is known as the Kit she EARNED the title!

My daughter Jenny and granddaughter Mia came to help,
along with Berta and her daughter Mo, Sharon, Cheryl,
Sally, Joanne, Katrina, and Lindsay.

We had a kit making station, sewing station, ironing station,
longarm station and design station
and finished 3 quilt tops, almost finished a fourth,
quilted one top and MADE 32 KITS complete with backing!

Berta worked on this top for Camp Reach for the Stars.

Monique worked on sorting 5 " squares.

Cheryl, Berta and Sharon put the pedal to the metal
 and made those sewing machines HUM!

Jenny and Kathy and Sally (not pictured here)
worked on cutting 1 yard pieces of fabric,
color coordinating that fabric, choosing an appropriate pattern and
combining them into beautiful kits!

Monique (and Lindsay not pictured here)
took a turn at longarming.

and of course had her turn working with Mia!

Joanne matching up squares
and sewing them all together.

Quilting all finished on this one.

3 finished quilt tops ready for backs and quilting.


We really did have a fun day.
Some of us took a couple of kits home so we can
sew them and bring them back to be quilted and ultimately
donated to Project Linus.
So if you are reading  this and live in the Phoenix area,
come on by and pick up a quilt kit to sew and donate!

God Bless!