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Dec 21.DAY SEVEN – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY SEVEN

BLOG: Shirley Robbins

FACEBOOK: Kelly Kreft

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

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FINAL DAY OF THE GIVEAWAY!

I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 7- seven days of swag7This is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like.

By noon tomorrow  I will pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

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The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”NationalLampoonsChristmasVacationPoster

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik. It is the third installment in National Lampoon’s Vacation film series, and was written by John Hughes, based on his short story in National Lampoon magazine, “Christmas ’59”. The film stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo and Randy Quaid, with Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki as the Griswold children Audrey and Rusty, respectively.

Not only does this film have some of my very favorite actors it is based in CHICAGO!  Of course I love it.

But that brings us to the first Fun Fact (Mistakes) in the movie

1.In the beginning of the movie, when Clark and Rusty pull into the car dealership, it states that they are in Chicago. However, if you look in the background, you can see palm trees! The dealership at was actually filmed on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, CA —hence the palm trees.

2.At the beginning of the movie when Clark and Ellen are in the kitchen cleaning up the dishes. Ellen is pushing the food off the plates with a spoon, and Clerk is wiping them off with a dish towel and then putting them in the cabinet . Never once do they actually wash the dishes.and then there is this one.   Oops!

So today’s question is

“Do you own a dishwasher or do you hand wash your dishes?”

My answer…DISHWASHER!  It was the number one thing on my list of “must haves” when we bought a house.  After years of washing dishes as a child I wanted a dishwasher!

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

Dec 20.DAY SIX – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY SIX

BLOG: Patty Archuleta

FACEBOOK: Wanda Pagel

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

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I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 6 - seven days of swagThis is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like .

By noon tomorrow I will pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

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The same prize package for each Facebook and Blog winners!

The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “Miracle on 34th Street”Miracle_on_34th_Street

Although the film is set during the Christmas season, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck insisted that it be released in May, arguing that more people went to the movies during the summer. So the studio rushed to promote it while keeping its Christmas setting a secret. Fox’s promotional trailer depicted a fictional producer roaming the studio backlot and encountering such stars as Rex Harrison, Anne Baxter, Peggy Ann Garner, and Dick Haymes extolling the virtues of the film. In addition, the movie posters prominently featured O’Hara and Payne, with Gwenn’s character kept in the background. The film opened in New York City at the Roxy Theatre on June 4, 1947.

The Christmas window displays seen in the film were originally made by Steiff for Macy’s. Macy’s later sold the window displays to FAO Schwartz in New York. FAO Schwartz then sold the windows to the Marshall & Ilsley Bank of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they are on display every December in the bank’s lobby on North Water Street.

This is a short post of facts as it is Saturday…the Saturday before Christmas and well there are lots to do I am sure for everyone.

So today’s question is

“Have you ever written a letter to Santa?”

My answer…YES!  I remember writing one at about age 6 and making a construction paper envelope out of orange paper as I was sure that would make my letter stand out to Santa.   Always thinking outside the box…lol.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

Dec 19.DAY FIVE – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Friday, December 19th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY FIVE

BLOG: Carol Carroll

FACEBOOK: Barbara Ely-Beasley

SPECIAL RUNNER UP PRIZE FOR BEING RIGHT AFTER BOTH WINNERS (AND TWO DIFFERENT NUMBERS DRAWN 58 & 106) ON THE BLOG & FACEBOOK: SANDIE MACKINTOSH

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

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I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 5- seven days of swag5This is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like .

By noon tomorrow I will pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

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The same prize package for each Facebook and Blog winners!

The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “A Christmas Story”.

A_Christmas_Story_film_posterInitially overlooked as a sleeper film, A Christmas Story was released a week before Thanksgiving 1983 to moderate success, earning about $2 million in its first weekend. Vincent Canby’s mostly negative New York Times review echoed the more common response. Roger Ebert suggested the film had only modest success because holiday themed films were not popular at the time.[18] The film would go on to win two Genie Awards, for Bob Clark’s screenplay and direction.

Fun Fact:

The movie is set in the fictional Indiana town of Hohman, a fictionalized version of Shepherd’s hometown of Hammond, Indiana. Local references in the film include Warren G. Harding Elementary School and Cleveland Street (where Shepherd spent his childhood). Other local references include mention of a person “swallowing a yo-yo” in nearby Griffith, the Old Man being one of the fiercest “furnace fighters in northern Indiana” and that his obscenities were “hanging in space over Lake Michigan,” a mention of the Indianapolis 500, and the line to Santa Claus “stretching all the way to Terre Haute, Indiana.” The Old Man is also revealed to be a fan of the Bears (whom he jokingly calls the “Chicago Chipmunks”) and White Sox, consistent with living in northwest Indiana

So today’s question is

“Chicago White Sox or Chicago Cubs…which team would you root for?”

My answer…I am one of those rare Southside Cub Fans.   I have loved the Cubs since grade school when I would flip on the game as soon as I got home from school and all summer long.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

Dec 18.DAY FOUR – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY THREE

BLOG: Mary C in WA

FACEBOOK: Elizabeth Pumphrey Wells

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

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I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 4 - seven days of swagThis is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like .

By noon tomorrow I will pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

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(special note: “the correction” on the pic of prizes is what happens when Mr. Depre comes home from work and starts chatting with me when I am in the midst of taking pictures…lol)

The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.

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This cartoon first appeared on December 18, 1966.  Yes exactly 48 years ago.   Boy, the mid 60s were quite the time for awesome “new” Christmas specials.

The Grinch (voiced by Boris Karloff) is the film’s main character. He lives in a cave atop Mt. Crumpit, located above the village of Whoville. The Grinch is a surly character with a heart “two sizes too small” who has especially hated Christmas for 53 years. On Christmas Eve, he finally becomes fed up with seeing the decorations and hearing all the music and caroling in the village and wishes he could stop Christmas Day from coming to Whoville. When he sees his dog, Max, with snow all over his face in the shape of a beard, he decides to disguise himself as Santa Claus and steal Christmas.

Here at Chez Depre we are convinced that one of Max’s parents was a dachshund.

So today’s question is

“What breed or mix of breeds do you think Max is?”

My answer…he is a Dacker.  Dachshund and Cocker Spaniel.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

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P.S.  Yesterday after getting a few emails regarding the Pieced Hexies Sondra Stars quilt that I have been working on (see blog post here) I  decided to run a CHRISTMAS SPECIAL in my online store on the Pieced Hexies Book and Template Set that is good until Christmas Eve or supplies run out.  Check it out! 

 

Dec 17.DAY THREE – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY THREE

BLOG: Julie E

FACEBOOK: Joyce Marie Miller-Doenges

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

7days of swag banner

I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 3 - seven days of swagThis is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like .

By noon the tomorrow I will pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

Day3Blog&Facebook

Same prize package for both Facebook and Blog entries.

The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.Rudolph_-_1964_ad

RudolphandSantaThis stop motion animation classic first aired Sunday, December 6, 1964, on the NBC television network in the United States, and was sponsored by General Electric under the umbrella title of The General Electric Fantasy Hour. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” which was itself based on the 1939 poem Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer written by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May.  Sometime in the 1930s, May moved to Chicago and took a job as a low-paid in-house advertising copywriter for Montgomery Ward. In early 1939, May’s boss at Montgomery Ward asked him to write a “cheery” Christmas book for shoppers and suggested that an animal be the star of the book. Montgomery Ward had been buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money and be a nice good-will gesture.

So here is the personal connection to Rudolph.   My grandfather was friends with Mr. May and as a child I used to think…well I still do…that this fact was so very cool.

So today’s question is

“Do you personally know someone who invented/created something? and if not who would you like to know?”

My answer obviously is …YES!  I also know the man who came up with the Allstate “Good Hands” slogan.  Same kind of story.   He never saw a dime for his genius work.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

Dec 16.DAY TWO – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY TWO

BLOG: Mary Chris Stan

FACEBOOK: Deborah Brazil

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! 

7days of swag banner

I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 2- seven days of swag2This is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like .

By noon tomorrow I pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

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The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

It's A Wondeful Life

Today’s Movie is “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

The original story “The Greatest Gift” was written by Philip Van Doren Stern in November 1939. After being unsuccessful in getting the story published, he decided to make it into a Christmas card, and mailed 200 copies to family and friends in December 1943. The story came to the attention of RKO producer David Hempstead, who showed it to Cary Grant’s Hollywood agent, and in April 1944, RKO Pictures bought the rights to the story for $10,000, hoping to turn the story into a vehicle for Grant. RKO created three unsatisfactory scripts before shelving the planned movie, and Grant went on to make another Christmas movie staple, The Bishop’s Wife

At the suggestion of RKO studio chief Charles Koerner, Frank Capra read “The Greatest Gift” and immediately saw its potential. RKO, anxious to unload the project, in 1945 sold the rights to Capra’s production company, Liberty Films, which had a nine-film distribution agreement with RKO, for $10,000, and threw in the three scripts for free. Capra, along with writers Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, with Jo Swerling, Michael Wilson, and Dorothy Parker brought in to “polish” the script, turned the story and what was worth using from the three scripts into a screenplay that Capra would rename It’s a Wonderful Life.

It’s a Wonderful Life premiered at the Globe Theatre in New York on December 20, 1946, to mixed reviews.

Fun Facts:

During filming, in the scene where Uncle Billy gets drunk at Harry and Ruth’s welcome home/newlyweds’ party, George points him in the right direction home. As the camera focuses on George, smiling at his uncle staggering away, a crash is heard in the distance and Uncle Billy yells, “I’m all right! I’m all right!” Equipment on the set had actually been accidentally knocked over; Capra left in Thomas Mitchell’s impromptu ad lib (although the “crashing” noise was augmented with added sound effects).

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The Sesame Street Muppets characters Bert and Ernie share their names with the cop and the taxicab driver in the film. Longtime Muppets writer and puppeteer Jerry Juhl said he believed there was no connection and that this was a coincidence.

I don’t know about that last fact.  I read that Jim Henson loved “It’s a Wonderful Life” in a biography and I think it was an influence for the naming of the Sesame Street duo.

So today’s question is

“Who is your favorite Sesame Street Muppet?”

My answer…GROVER! He is just so loveable.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

Dec 15.DAY ONE – Seven Days of Swag Giveaway

Monday, December 15th, 2014

WINNERS FOR DAY ONE

BLOG: Terry Donati

FACEBOOK: Eunice Donges

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

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For the next SEVEN DAYS I will post a blog each morning (sometime between 4am – 7am cst) with that day’s two prize packages from the Swag Bag.  One prize winner will be drawn from Blog entries and another from Facebook entries.

All you have to do to enter on the blog is post the answer to the question I ask at the end of each blog.

Now if you have never commented on my blog prior, your comment will not automatically appear.  I will check the comments hourly and will approve them asap.  After your first comment and approval your comments from then on will post automatically.   It’s kept the spam down for the past few years and thus I will keep this system.

To enter the Facebook drawing you have to wait to you see the daily “Swag Image” appear on my Facebook page, MDQuilts.    Now this will not always appear at the same time as the blog is posted.   It will appear randomly between 5am – 2pm on the blog.   Once you see the image post then just comment “FOUND IT” under it on Facebook.

Day 1 - seven days of swagThis is what today’s Facebook Graphic will look like and here’s a hint…it’s posting at the same time as the blog today.  That won’t be the case every day.

Sidebar: my dear daughter Emily did the graphics for this event and she rocked them! 

By noon the following day I pull the previous day’s winners and will edit the original blog post with list of that day’s winner at the top.   This will help with the confusion of whether a group of winners has been drawn etc.

I will try to notify the winners but hey if you see your name before I get to you then feel free to email me your mailing info at mickey (at) mdquilts (dot) com.   Facebook Winners I won’t be able to message you due to Facebook’s new page structure under MDQuilts so you will have to watch for my post of your name.

Entry is limited to United States only.   You may enter once on both Blog and Facebook daily!

Today’s Prizes are:

Day1Facebook Day1Blog

The theme of this year’s giveaway is Christmas Movies.   Each day I will share some fun facts about a popular Christmas movie here at Chez Depre and ask a question.

Today’s Movie is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Now tell me what household has not used the mumbling voice of Charlie Brown’s teacher to make the point to someone that what they are saying is not being comprehended.

And the tree…with one red ornament…well it’s replicated on my own front lawn using our weeping pine tree and a 12″ red ball ornament.  Not a season goes by that this is not watched here at Chez Depre.

The first airing of the cartoon was December 9, 1965 .

The popularity of the special practically eliminated the use of the aluminum Christmas tree, which was a fad from 1958 to 1965, when the special portrayed it negatively. By 1967, just two years after the special first aired, they were no longer being regularly manufactured.

So today’s question is

“Has an aluminum Christmas Tree ever graced your life?”

My answer…YES!  being a child of the 60s with “hip parents”  we had a sparkly silver tree that twirled on a stand while two round orbs sat on opposite sides with spinning bulbs of different colors in them making quite the groovy vision of a tree.   I remember I had to wear my Easter gloves to protect my hands when decorating the tree and we were never to touch the orbs as they were very hot.   No wonder this fad faded quick…I am sure housefires also had something to do with it.

’til tomorrow,

MickeySignature

 

 

What makes this Designer Thankful

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Thanksgiving

It’s that week….Thanksgiving is just literally 48 hours away!

Our holiday here at Chez Depre will be a quiet one as Paul has to work and the kids are scattered with plans of their own to spend the day with friends.

We will miss them but I told myself I was going to let them flap their wings and fly in life…knowing when they return home it will be all the more special.  And it will be as both are heading home for Christmas.  I can hardly wait.

A quiet Thanksgiving might be just what I need as I am hoping you will enjoy the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday special that I have planned.

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Village Square Block

….and since I am notoriously bad with secrets I will share now…..FREE SHIPPING on everything in the web store for domestic customers only, sorry my foreign friends.

YES! even Castle Wall Acrylic Templates which are currently back in stock!   This mania will last just 48 hours from 12:01 am CST on Friday Nov 28th to 11:59pm on Saturday Nov 29th.

I’m going need a breather on Sunday to flip the web store around for the very special offer I have dreamed up with Paper Pieces for Cyber Monday.  

And no, I won’t be hinting ….just yet. 

But for now I just wish to share what I as a designer am thankful for.   It hit me smack in the face this week when Terry Thorne of Maple Park, IL posted this picture on my MDQuilts Facebook page.

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Her rendition of my block, in the recently released Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine.

 

 

VillageSquare Vol 10

 

Village Square is a simple block that looks complicated.  It’s a perfect block to play with scraps or plan out in set fabrics just playing with color and texture combinations. 

I can’t begin to tell you how much joy it brings to me to see your creativity applied to designs I have created or just share.  Such as the Castle Wall Block…but that is another blog soon.

When I get a notice of a post of a picture to the Facebook page my heart just sings.   This is what I dreamed of as a little girl when I told my aunt I wanted to be the lady that wrote the crochet patterns for Leisure Arts.   Truly.  

To celebrate my Village Square Block being included in the

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks! Volume 10  I have two issues to giveaway!

So post a comment here on the blog from now until NOON CST on Thanksgiving telling me the one thing you are most thankful for in your “sewing life”.   I will randomly pull the winners and post them for you to see on Thanksgiving night.

I will go first.  I am thankful for THREAD in all colors, styles, and sizes.  Using the right thread makes life sew much easier!

If you are new to the blog please note your comment may not appear immediately upon posting.  I will have to approve you (which I will do several times a day) but once your first comment is approved you are good from then on….and you will want to be as we have just a few short weeks until my 7 Days of Swag giveaway starts on December 15th.

Oh yes there is a lot of typing going on….lol.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

MickeySignature

A Winner and Borders Please.

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

First order of business.

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We have a winner in the Polar Notions Board Giveaway!

The Random Number Generator picked…Winner

That made SHARON the Winner!Sharon Winner

An email has been sent …thanks all for participating!  Don’t forget the Polar Notions Boards are on sale until Midnight (12:00am CST) tonight on the Paper Pieces website that you can find HERE.

Oh and how many boards do I have on my wall.  980!

but honestly another 50 boards just arrived so I can truly finish the wall.  You will note that the lower middle had a shelf of solid reading prints that needed to be wrapped.  So the true total when I am done will be 1030.  Remember this is a stash almost 25 years in the making.  There are some golden oldies up there.   And of course my bins of Civil War Repros and 30s Repros are still alive and over flowing.

Tomorrow is another day.

But today I vow to get the final 32 diamonds done that I need for the borders of my Castle Wall Quilt.   I really do need to get this done as I am off again on Tuesday up to Janesville, Wisconsin  for a two day visit with the Rock Valley Quilt Guild and I would like to share it with them albeit in just top form.

It will remain in top form until my last gig of the year the first week of December then it’s off to quilting so it will be ready to travel off to California when I hit the road again in January.  Whew!

And just wait to you see what I have dreamed up for my 2015 On The Road Project.    There are 30 gigs on the books so lots of hand sewing time.

But for today I will be in my studio.  Working on the outer borders.   It involves foundation piecing (yes there is a difference…paper piecing is wrapping fabric…foundation is sewing on paper).

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98 diamonds are needed.  I have 32 to go.

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I hope you find time to sew today to!

Enjoy your day,

MickeySignature

 

The Rainbow Wall of Awesomeness!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

*note due to the large amount of pictures in this post I am experimenting with smaller pics that can be clicked on to reveal a larger picture.  Hopefully this will make blog reading for those on mobile devices easier.  Feedback is welcome.

Back in September I made a decision that during my 5 week break between gigs in Oct to Nov there was going to be some editing (see previous blog), some sewing (I’m trying), and some serious reorganizing of my stash.

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After four books in just about 3 years…well things had gotten a bit out of hand.Nov.2014 Studio010

In normal times all my fabric lived here for years in these wire bins.

But somehow over the last few years it has just…well…spilled out…everywhere.

 

 

And in a kismet moment while teaching in North Dakota I received an email from PaperPieces.com.   They were now the owners of Polar Notions the makers of Polar Boards and would I like to give them a spin?  I couldn’t  type YES fast enough.   I have dreamed of a wall of fabric in my studio for years.   One where I could actually SEE what I have to work with rather than search.

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Even just the ten boards (large size) they were offering to “give it a spin” with were gonna be so much fun.  I envisioned using them for project organization.

The boards arrived.  I wrapped.  I fell head over heels in love.

 

And then another kismet moment.  An app that I discovered while in North Dakota called “Offer up”, think Craigslist and Instagram have a baby, brought an offer of two CD/DVD shelving units for $25.   I pounced.  Within an hour they were in the jeep and on the way back to my studio.

Nov.2014 Studio007I order more boards.  A lot more boards.  And Paul got to work stabilizing the shelves to the wall and helping me figure out the best strategy for shelf space.  Since the shelves cover an outlet, and outlets are at a premium in my 70 year old home, the back was cut out to give access to that electrical outlet.  This caused that line of shelves to include two larger areas that would accommodate the yardage size boards.  All the other shelves where figured for the fat quarter size boards as that is 90% of my scrappy stash.    We decided to mirror image this shelving setup on the second set of shelves even though it was not absolutely necessary for symmetry.

Nov.2014 Studio008Then I pulled out one packed-to-the-brim-and-then-some basket and began the process of laying hands on every piece of fabric I own.  I had two containers nearby.  One for scraps to be cut down to strips and the other was my “it’s leaving” bin.    I actually do cull my stash every few years (the last culling sent 32 pounds of florals to a friend in N.C.) so this is nothing new, but this time I was brutal.

And I began to wrap.  And wrap.Nov.2014 Studio012

And order more boards.  And wrap.

And then just fold and put fabric in holding for even more boards to arrive.

And finally after several weeks the wall is done.

Behold “The Rainbow Wall of Awesomeness” as it was named by a friend.

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Already having my stash on the boards where I can see EVERYTHING has spurred on so many creative ideas.

Paper Pieces currently has the boards on sale for this weekend.  You can find them here.   I won’t go into the technical details about the boards, that info can be found on the PaperPieces website.

 

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You deserve a Rainbow Wall of Awesomeness too!

GIVEAWAY!

To get someone started…yes I am enabling with the help of Paper Pieces…a set of set boards, winners choice in size, are up for a Giveaway.  Just give me your best guess in a comment on this blog posts  as so how many Polar Notions boards I have on my wall to enter.  The winner will be a random draw on Sunday morning so the guess truly doesn’t count but I am curious what you think.   If you are new to my blog and this is your first comment please note it will appear as soon as I put you on the approve list.  I will monitor the blog every few hours so don’t worry you will get your entry in.

Enjoy your day and sew something!

MickeySignature