Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday and Birthday Surprises from Jolene

Hi Everyone!

The weather down here in Southern Oklahoma is LOVELY today.  I swang on the back porch for over an hour just enjoying the coolness.  I was TRYING to clear my mind and fill it up with something else, so I took out a spiral bound steno pad to doodle on.  My doodling looked as confused and sad as my mind has been since yesterday.

Alooooooooong came Jo-le, ee, ene!  (Remember the song?)

She "untied me from the railroad track" and gave me something to smile about.  She told me she was going to make me smile today, and she did.  I was truly grateful too because I expected all my friends to tell me to take a flying leap into the Big Baby Crib because I am just too hard to please -- expecting people to call me when they aren't going to show up when they said they would.

So anyway, let's HAPPY THIS UP, and I'll show you the wonderful gifts I got from Jolene for my birthday which was August 4th.  She told me they would be late, BUT worth waiting for.  She was right!

You know -- if you read my blog much -- that I have been making Mug Rugs for the last several months since the Serg-a-Thon that Di and Deb came to.

Here are the ones I made for Di and Deb:
 And I made this one for my Mom on Mother's Day:

I was DEElighted to receive one of my very own from Jolene that about blew my socks off!

You may recall that Jolene just took 2nd place in the Hoffman Challenge quilt contest.  She is REALLY good!  I made a mug rug for her too to celebrate her win, but I didn't get a picture of it.

Here is the mug rug she made for me. Those are 1/4" half square triangles!  Yikes!

I love it, and I am using it on my nightstand.  I have had a paper napkin there for 18 years!  This sure is a whole lot prettier.  Diana pointed out that the "J" looks like a butterfly, and it does.

Do you all remember Erma Bombeck?  She was a real funny lady who got cancer and died way too young. She wrote an article before she died about all the things she WISHED she had done differently.  One of them was she wished she had USED all the pretty things she had bought or that people had given her that she put away inside a cupboard because they were TOO NICE to use.

That really touched me.  I am using my pretty gifts!

Jolene included two patterns for this so Terry and I can both make it.  Hopefully, we will have a play day again SOMEday.  Terry is always SO BUSY!  Look at this teeny-tiny-itsy-bitsy paper-piecing pattern!!!  I may just have to start without Terry.  I want to try it.
She also bought me two things that I have wanted for a looooooooooooooong time, but I have been waiting for them to go on sale.  I don't think they ever will.

I was so surprised to see these!  They go with my Accu-Quilt cutter.  Remember the one that Terry and I bought?
And, of course a pattern to use those on.  This is a table runner, and I really like it.  I will make one soon.
And this wasn't a birthday present, but I want to show it to you.

As you know, Terry, Jolene, Diana and I are the Cuatro Quilters participating in a Friendship Swap of 720 Half Square Triangle Blocks.  I asked the three girls to please make me a little label/sign to put in my quilt.  This is the first one I recieved.  It is so pretty on that fancy fabric.  I want to know WHERE to get some like that.  Don't know if it is a printed fabric or software that you print out your own labels with.  I'm sure one of my readers will let me know, and thank you in advance!

I want to color it.  Wonder if Jolene would mind.  I need a coloring project to concentrate on.

Have a fabulous, wonderful, blessed, happy week, my friends, and count your many blessings every day! Something GOOD is about to happen!

Hugs, Joy


  1. I would so want to colour that label in too :)
    Like the cute umbrellas too.

  2. I think there are books of these labels to scan...Dover publishing also has discs for sale with printable labels

  3. Oh what fun, presents! And you got some great ones. I don't think Jolene would mind if you colored the label, she is probably expecting you to. :D

  4. Smile my dear,
    Enjoy the waning days of summer. You are so blessed in you life.

  5. Hi Joy! Happy Belated Birthday Wishes!! Thank you for all your enthusiasm and talent, your youtube channel inspires me to quilt. I'm a newby getting started.

  6. Sorry to hear that you're feeling sad. I watch your YouTube channel all the time and was wondering why you hadn't posted recently. I was worried about you, even my husband was worried, so I'm glad to find that you're okay. We both love hearing from you. Your "Hello everybody!" is always bright and cheerful. If I just lived closer to Oklahoma, I'd love to sew with you and I'm really quite good with communication. I'm in Pennsylvania, it's a bit far. Well, have a lovely day!

    Oh... and there's not much on my blog, I started it last year, but I'm not a good blogger.

    1. I forgot to sign my note... Sincerely, Debbie Chittick

  7. Hi Joy. I want to say happy belated birthday, my birthday is also August 4 go Leos! I just found your blog. I have been watching for videos for a while now and enjoy watching you and your projects. I saw your owl quilt and fell in love with it, so much so that I went straight to Amazon and bought the pattern. I also enjoy Edyta Sitar and also have the umbrella, butterfly, and simple shapes from accuquilt and can't wait to start making some quilts. I am also going to make them for charity. My daughter has been fighting cancer and I see all the children in the hospital so I think something bright and colorful will cheer them up. That is my goal anyway. (Also those hospital blankets aren't very warm.) I just want to thank you for taking time to vlog even though your not a teacher I have learned a lot watching you and you inspire me and I love your energy. Keep up the good work.
    Angela in Florida


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