September 23, 2012

Dare To Be Ugly - Photos Posted!

I promised to show you the results from the 1st Annual Dare To Be Ugly Challenge this morning and here they are!

To recall the fabric in question...

If you missed what Penny had to say about this ... ahmmm... not so gorgeous fabric visit this link... Be prepared to laugh out loud!

These ladies were given 1/2 yard of this and could make anything they chose to for the challenge... So, let's just see what they all came up with!

We shall start with Penny... Even though she thought it was hideous, she made a really nice quilt with it and her other fabrics...


The back...


 Colleen loved the fabric so much... mmm.. not... that she dyed it to get rid of that ghastly sight.. lol
She made a gorgeous sewing kit!


Marie made her cat a bed!

Amanda made this beautiful quilt!

I made this silly quilt for my granddaughter


Rondi made this fabulous quilt!
Patty made this ironing board cover

 This challenge was back in 2009 so some of the names are escaping my memory so please forgive that I can't put names with every creation.


A purse.

 Plastic Bag Dispenser


  Purse with wallet


 Childs Outfit w/ matching purse and bear



Reversible Purse

Reverse Of The Purse


 Soft Sculpture Doll w/ Apron


Cat Doll

Awesome Cat Bed!

Quilt Titled "Therapy In Session"


 Quilt Titled "Kitty Litter"


Mini Quilt - Potholders - Coffee Mugs


 All of these quilters rose to the challenge!

I hope you have enjoyed the show!

Would any of you bloggers be interested in taking part in a challenge such as this?

I Won Something SUPER Nice!!

I just got a call from 66 wonderful quilters!!!  They had me on speaker phone!!

Where are all of these quilters?  They are in branson, MO at the 6th Annual Circle Of Friends Quilting Retreat!   This retreat was started 6 years ago as an annual event to bring the quilters of the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum together in a more personable way and it is an awesome retreat every single year!

 If you would like a glimpse in to one of our retreats, this is the POST where I shared photos and write ups of the COF Retreat in April 2011 that I hosted in Charlotte, NC!  You can tell that this group of ladies know how to have some serious good times together!  COF 2011

Do you recall the post about the 2012 Ronald McDonald House fundraiser!
The Ronald McDonald House has become dear and close to the hearts of all of us quilters on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum!  We have raised well over 10,000.00 from the quilters making quilts (from their own pockets) and then using them to raise money to help the RMH!

Lindsay has been overseeing this years fundraiser while hostessing the 6th Annual Circle Of Friends Quilting Retreat in Branson, MO!  The funds this year have, as of today, been presented to the Springfield, MO RMH!!  I did not get a chance to ask her how much was raised but 2 days before the retreat began this past Thursday, almost 2800.00 had already been raised.  Lindsay was going to sell tickets up through last night so I am sure she went well over the 3,000.00 mark!

I am feeling like one lucky little duck this morning!!  I won 2 of the quilts and 1 of the baskets!!!  You cannot get any luckier than that!!  But, I am not keeping all of that goodness for myself... I am sharing!  I would not feel right keeping such an awesome loot!!

I kept saying that I did not care if I won anything as long as I won my friend Bluesnail's quilt!  from the moment it arrived here at my house, I was just in awe of it!  It is made from the churn dash design, my Granny Ida's all time favorite!!  How could I not love it!  It was in orange, black and white fabrics.. and although I have always strayed away from orange, since that quilt came in to this house, I have been making things with orange fabrics! ha!

Isn't this a gorgeous quilt!!  And it is all mine now!! 

 My friend warmbuns is hosting a small retreat for some of us in November so she will be taking it with her from the retreat in Branson and hand delivering it to me in Odenville, AL when we see each other in 6 1/2 weeks!  I am so giddy!!  Bluesnail will be at the retreat in Odenville as well and I will get a photo of both of us with the quilt and share it with you.

I also won yet another quilt!!!  YEP! I did say lucky duck didn't I??  I also won the quilt that was made and donated by my friend mountainlaurel.

Lindsay, as hostess of the retreat,  had not won a quilt and since she worked so hard getting the retreat planned and brought to these fantastic ladies, I had it presented to her as my thank you for all of her hard work and time given to the forum! Love you girl!

And if 2 quilts were not enough!!  YES!!  I won one of these awesome baskets filled to the brim with tons of sewing related items!!!

I am also going to share this with another friend of mine who was at the retreat I hosted and also at this years retreat!  Her daughter brought her to the retreat in Charlotte because it was in their backdoor and she knew her mom would have a fabulous time!  And she did!  Well, that got her hooked so when sign ups went live for the Branson retreat, she was right in there signing up to go!  She is also taking part on our forum now that she has met all of these fabulous quilters and has made so many new friends!

Ms. Mildred... You are truly a remarkable lady!  And it would be my pleasure to share my wealth with you!  I will be going by to see her when we go to Odenville in November.

WOW!! What a way to wake up on a beautiful Sunday morning!!

Thank you God for all of my many blessings which include all of my quilting friends!

September 22, 2012

Dare To Be Ugly Challenge - Quilts

In 2011 I hosted a Dare To Be Ugly Challenge with the quilters on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  This was the 3rd  of this themes challenge.  The ladies always look forward to seeing what fabric they get to work with next!

The rules are that they have to use 75% of the  half yard they are sent and cannot use more than the one given 1/2 yard.  They can use as many other fabrics that they wish. They chose what they want to make, the size, construction and all other decisions.
Once photos of the creations were sent in I uploaded them in to one post and the forum members voted on their favorites.  Prizes were given by:

They had this 1/2 yard that they had to use at least 90% of...
These are the creations that were sent in.

Jackie - 1st Place Winner!
Delores - 4th place winner!
JoAn - 2nd Place winner!
Jackie - 3rd Place winner!

I hope you have enjoyed the show!

BTW: Have you seen my giveaway?