Friday, January 30, 2009

I've been Tagged.........

Melinda from Melindas Fabric Fancies tagged me and asked me to play along....This s a get to know you "play along game" that you see going around right now.......

  1. Were you named after anyone?  no, mom said I was about 2 days old and the nurses kept hounding her to name me.  Gee, you would have thought she would have planned ahead a little huh??
  2. When was the last time you cried?  Oh my, it's not even been an hour ago.  Watching a Lifetime movie.  And.......I cry easily.
  3. Do you like your handwriting? it will do
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat? turkey 
  5. Do you have kids?  just one, Evan and he's 7.  I want more dearly, but can't have anymore :(
  6. If you were another person would you wanna be friends with you?  for sure
  7. Do you use sarcasm? who me?
  8. Do you still have tonsils?  no way, those things ruptured when I was 21 and I got really, really sick, was in the hospital for days.
  9. Would you bungee jump? no, but would sky dive.........
  10. What is your favorite cereal?  Rasin Nut Bran
  11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?  nope
  12. What is your favorite ice cream? Sun Drop Sherbet, it's a NC thing.  I'm not even sure Sun Drop ships out of the state.  Someone let me know if it does.  It's a soda, and they've made sherbet out of it.
  13. What is the first thing you notice about people?  Their eyes and teef (teeth) just making sure they have them all.  lol
  14. Red or pink?  pink
  15. What is your least fave thing about yourself.  I could stand to loose a few lbs.
  16. who do you miss the most?  Stephanie, my best friend from high school, I still talk to her daily, just haven't seen her face to face in years
  17. Do you want everyone to complete this list?  if they have time
  18. what color pants and shoes do you have on.  black pants, and colorful stripped shirt
  19. what are you listening to right now? the news
  20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? probably the ugliest color in the box, so no one would pick me, I could be left alone. haha
  21. favorite smells? Evan (when he is clean) rain, and a fire burning in the fireplace.
  22. last person I talked to on the phone? my husband TJ
  23. favorite sport to watch? whatever Evan is playing at the time
  24. hair color? blonde
  25. eyes? blue
  26. do you wear contacts? yes
  27. favorite food? chicken........anyway possible
  28. scary movies or happy endings. No scary movies please, it scares me
  29. Last movie you watched? I don't honestly remember, been awhile since I've been to the movies
  30. what color shirt are you wearing.  multi-colored
  31. summer or winter.  Winter
  32. hugs or kisses?  why can't I have both?
  33. fav dessert?  cheesecake
  34. most likely to respond?  not sure
  35. least likely?  not sure
  36. what book are you reading?  The Notebook, which is based in NC.  WOOHOO
  37. what color is your mouse pad? Bright Green
  38. what did you watch on tv last night? Nothing, played Animal Crossing-City Folk on the Wii
  39. what are your fave sounds. Rain on a tin roof, and most anything Evan says.......
  40. rolling stones or the beatles?  oh my, don't know that I would know the difference between the two, sorry
  41. the farthest you have ever been away from home? California
  42. special talents?  I say my sewing
  43. where were you born?  Gastonia, NC
  44. whose answers are you looking forward to? everyone's

Anyone who reads this is it's your turn.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Name is Tonya and I'm a Turtle-oholic

See, you believe me now??  These are two of our five turtles.  I love TURTLES.  Look down for even more proof.
I just threw this small quilt together.  I thought it goes very well with all the other turtle decor.
Our turtles fine mansion of a home.  haha
Just a small tidbit of my turtle collection.  So, again......My name is Tonya, and I'm a Turtle-oholic.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

How's this for hanging a quilt?

So, I've been looking for some different ways to hang my small quilts.  I always seem to use the same type of hanger and was getting quiet bored with myself and my hangers.  SOOOOOOOOO, I found these cute hearts on Ebay, they were calling my name.  Really.......they were.  Their very heavy duty, very thick and can hold the weight of a small quilt.  If you click on the picture you'll be able to see the center of the hearts will spread apart just a bit to slip the tabs into.  Let me know what you all think.  I like it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Even "newer" best friend.

I blogged about this earlier (Dec 08).  It's a new tool, well new to me.  It's called a Hera Marker made by Clover.  I had been using something different but worked in the same way.  This Hera Marker is for marking lines in your fabric to quilt against.  You'll have to click on the picture to really see the lines it makes.  I just love this tool.  I've had this one for awhile, but just today needed to actually use it for it's purpose.

Check out the fabric I'm working with right now.  This is a fat quarter, and I didn't even realize I had anything with this type of design on it.  One of my husband's best friends loves the asian girls.  I'm going to just quilt this in a diamond pattern then put binding on that burgandy color you see on the fabric.  I think he'll enjoy it.  He can hang it, or throw it over the back of a chair, or use it as a table topper.  It will be interesting to see what he does with it.  I'll get back to you all and let you know.

FYI:  My local Joann's store does not carry this is the store.  I ordered it online.  ;)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Very Special Giveaway One World-One Heart

I'm so excited.......this is my first giveaway.  This is a very special giveaway.  I'm so happy to be taking part in it.  You can read more about One World-One Heart here.  Also here you will find over 400 more people on the Gypsy Caravan taking part in this giveaway.  It's HUGE people.

The deadline to enter will be Feb 11, 2009.  I will draw a winner first thing in the morning on the 12th and contact you and post the winner ASAP.

I will be giving away.......17 spools of thread.  Yes, I said 17.  It is quilting thread.  2 zippers, 5 fat quarters and just in time for Easter, some pretty, bright, pastel easter fabric.

What do you have to do you ask?  Simple........just leave me a comment and you'll be entered into my giveaway.  You do not have to have a blog to enter.  However, if you don't have a blog you have to leave me your email address in the comment. 

**Please be sure you leave me your email address if you do not have a blog.  Out of 29 comments so far, I have 5 "no-reply" email address's.  Since I can't reply back to that and you don't have a blog, I have no way to contact you if you win.**  Also a few people have said they were not able to leave me a comment.  I'm not sure what's going on with that, maybe someone else was leaving a comment at the same time??  Click on "29 comments" or how ever many there are at the time and at the bottom of that page, you'll be able to leave me a comment.  If not, do what they did and email me your entry.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Not-So-Plain Jane's Giveaway

WOW, I just love all these giveaways.  Now....if I could only win one. ;)  Stroll on over to Not-So-Plain-Jane's blog and check out her giveaway.  It's her birthday and she's gonna give us something.  Isn't that backwards?  WOOHOO

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fruity Quilt

Here we have........Fruity Quilt.  I was in the middle of making a Hexagon quilt using fruit/veggies fat quarters.  I came across this fat quarter and could not bear to cut it.  It just caught my eye and I loved it.  So, one of the other fat quarters was the frame, it's pears.  Then I had another fat quarter for the corners, also pears.  I also used this for the binding.  This was so fun.  I started it Saturday and finished just a bit ago.  I'll hang this in my kitchen.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Awesome Ebay Deal.....

WOW, what a load of thread!!!!  I got all this with shipping for under $10.00  Tons of thread, 2 zippers (Lord only knows what I'll do with zippers, ewwww) and some elastic (I could use that and add some to some of my current pants, lol)  all packed in a nice OLD tin.  This tin, and some of the thread I would bet is older than me. ;)  However, most of the thread is brand new.  Huge fat rolls, small skinny rolls.  I love thread.  That's why I wanted to share it all with you.

Clare's Craft Room Giveaway.........Check it out.....

Clare's Craft Room is having a 50th post giveaway.  I love those pinks.  How cool to get them just in time for Valentine's Day.  I hope I win. ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

TJ's High School Letters

My husband has been asking me to make something using his high school letter's.  This is what I came up with.  Simple, not to flashy.  I didn't want the background fabric to take away from the letters.  And had to find a color that would match all 3 letters.  You can't really tell, but the middle letter is trimmed in dark purple.  I thought it came out pretty good.  Now to hang it...........

Friday, January 9, 2009

Star Explosion Hanging

**UPDATE**  I finally got the backing and binding on this cutie.  I'm not sure what took so long, I think I was afraid of the binding.  This was the start of "making my own binding".  I thought I did very well, for making it myself and sewing it on the front and tacking it on the back.  What??  You want to see the back??  NO's my first tacking job and no way.  I'll be sure to hang this one, so no one can see the back.  lol  Click on the picture and you'll be able to see better my "binding" job.

"I'm seeing stars".  How lovely this turned out.  Thanks so much to Brown Dirt Cottage and her star tutorial.  This was so fun to make.  I already had the 2 center stars.  Then after her tutorial, I made the top 3 and the bottom 3.  I added bunches of extra stitching, (I call it quilting).  

I don't have a back on it yet, or binding.  I'll have it all finished by tomorrow.  I just could not wait to get it posted and to thank Belinda.  I sent her an email personally.  Gosh, I love you quilting "bloggers".

Thursday, January 8, 2009

EL (East Lincoln) Wall Hanging

Another UFO finished...........WOOHOO!!  I've had this quilt top done for about a year.  I couldn't find anything I really liked for the back of the quilt.  Finally during Christmas break I found a felt backing in the lightest green shade of this quilt.

I made this from fat quarters my MIL picked up for me at Joann's.  Last week when I was there, I got the orange and green binding.
The green looks much better in person than it does in this pic.  The color looks way off in this picture.  It looks great. 
One thing I enjoy about quilting is naming the quilt.  This one was a no brainer.  My high school colors were orange and green.  Thus "EL (East Lincoln)".  

Friday, January 2, 2009

School Days

I could not wait to try out my "quilt marker" (my new best friend I blogged about the other day).  This school days fabric was a remnant  piece I picked up the other day.  I thought this would be perfect to "crease" up for a quilting pattern.
I used it against a ruler and basically used it like it was a pen or pencil.  Above and below you can see the new tool DOES WORK!!  WOOHOO.  I love this tool.

Above and below, finished small wall hanging.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Behind Already?

I'm starting to feel like I'm already behind for 2009 on something being completed.  I just have to keep reminding myself  "self, you can blog without having a project finished to blog about".  

 I am super excited about the "Calendar Quilt Challenge".  To the right of this blog, I have a link to Rachel's page about it and all the rules.  Please sign up for this....if she gets 25 peeps to sign up, she create a blog just for this.  How cool.  I'll do as she will, and post pics as I go along on this year journey.  

Alright, all is quite here and I think I'll take advantage of it and catch a movie.