Happy Belated Birthday to ME!

My hubby, super handy and most wonderful guy, gave me a gift certificate to my local quilt store for my birthday earlier in the month. $100 to spend on myself for quilting. Wowsa. I had to think about it for a long time. πŸ™‚ I chose to wait until after Christmas to spend it to see if Santa brought me any needed items. (He did) So Friday I popped on over to the store to check it out.

I was able to get:

A panel to quilt (50% off). I think I will just leave it as a big block and then quilt and embellish it. Or maybe make 4 smaller panels. Or maybe make it in to a larger wall hanging… Nope. Not that one. It would take too much time and thought. Sticking to option 1. ….or 2.Β  Any suggestions??

Quilt Shoppe Panel

Next I got a large wall hanging with the 12 days of Christmas on it. (Again 50% off) This one doesn’t look too hard. It will be the first time I work with triangles. I hope it goes ok! I like the colors and it looked rather simple for a beginner like me. πŸ™‚

12 Days of Christmas Pattern

12 Days of Christmas Pattern

12 Days of Christmas Fabric

12 Days of Christmas Fabric

Also at a great price of 50% off (Clearance, one of my favorite words don’t cha know?) I have this wall hanging. I like the pattern, but what really sold me was the colors. Again, it looks easy. And right now I am all about easy!

Simply Playful Pattern

Simply Playful Pattern

Simply Playful Fabrid

Simply Playful Fabric

I also got some more quilting thread to keep working on my Grandmas 90th birthday quilt. I am plugging along quite nicely with this and am really enjoying hand quilting. Time flies when I sit down to do it. I managed 3 hours last night before I realized it was past midnight and I needed to get to bed!

Hand Quilting Thread in my New Pin Cushion

Hand Quilting Thread in my New Pin Cushion

I bought a nifty 6 by 6 square ruler. I am going to be working on a surprise quilt and I think that is the size of the blocks I want to make. I think this will help out.

6 by 6 Square Ruler

6 by 6 Square Ruler

The last thing I ordered. A 14 in quilting hoop so I can bring my hand quilting with me when I have to sit some where for a couple of hours. I really want a lap quilt, but I think I will start with this cheaper one and move on up to that. Besides, this brought me to $8 over my $100. So I had to stop there!!

Oh, and I was flattered to be nominated for this award from Sue over at The Crafty Pioneer . I am totally new to awards, so I hope I am doing this right Sue. πŸ™‚ Have you ever read someones blog and been sure that if you were neighbors you would be real-life friends? That is what I thought when I first “met” Sue. I started reading her post and kept going back further and further to find out more about her. I love the variety in her postings. I love that she is from a different country than me. I love her blogging voice. You should absolutely pop on over and give her a look-see. πŸ™‚ Thanks for nominating me Sue!


Now I gather that I am supposed to nominate several other blogs. These are all blogs that I love to read because they bring me joy, teach me, inspire me and make me put off my housework so I can keep up with them. πŸ˜€

In no particular order…

Lucie the Happy Quilter

In Her Chucks

Oh Sew Tempting

Explore Newness

Tim Latimer Quilts

The Inbox Jaunt

Musical Gumball

And finally I do believe that I am supposed to disclose 7 random facts about myself.

1) I can wiggle both my ears at once. Or just the right one. But not just the left. πŸ˜‰

2) I love to travel.

3) One of my favorite destinations is Disney World. Yes, I am an EARhead.

4) I would love to visit England, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, New Zealand, Australia just to name a few.

5) I have recently become addicted to quilting. But if you have been reading my blog you already knew that!

6) I LOVE tea. I drink a huge pot of it all day long. I love it hot or cold or lukewarm or any temperature in between. My children often follow me around with my tea because I usually put it down somewhere and have to go in search of it.

7) My best accomplishment is being a Mama and a Wife. Those are the two biggest reasons I get up in the morning and look forward to my day.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope that you all have a safe and prosperous New Year. I hope that each of you will find time each day to Laugh, Love and feel Joy.

Happy New Year!

Here’s to another year Lovin’ Life on a Dirt Road.

About Life on a Dirt Road/BornForTravel.com

Life on a Dirt Road, Disney Travel Agent, Owner of BornForTravel.com, Just a few things about me. :D
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7 Responses to Happy Belated Birthday to ME!

  1. Wow! You bagged some real bargains! Happy belated birthday πŸ™‚ I have an idea for the fabric with the panels. My friend Teje sent me some mug rugs that she had made and they were so nice, I couldn’t bear to use them at the table. So I put them together to make a wall hanging. You could put together as many of your panels together as you like. Here is the idea:
    Avis x


  2. Oops! Sorry, I didn’t mean to send you all of October! Here is the link I should have sent:
    Avis x


    • Those are beautiful! I wouldn’t want to put my tea on them either. These side blocks that I have are about 9 in wide by 11 in tall. So too big for a cup of coffee, although it would work for under my teapot. Hmmm. Something to consider. Thanks. πŸ™‚ ~ Carol


      • If you do decide on a teapot or table mats, make sure you use insulbrite batting, not sure if you already know this but thought it best to mention as you would want heat marks on a nice table πŸ˜‰ Avis x


  3. Happy belated birthday and some lovely gifts you have there! I would love to have you as a neighbour although I would probably drink more tea and get even less housework done ;). Glad you could accept the award and you did a great job. If you make it over to Australia, I’ll have a cup of tea waiting for you!


  4. Carol,
    Thanks for the kind nomination! I’ve really enjoyed browsing through the sites of your other nominations. Thank you!


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