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Happy Birthday Janena

Hello Everyone!

Today is my baby sister’s birthday!  She is super sweet and for that reason I have been working on a special present just for her….all week!  LOL!   Your quilt is call the Plus Quilt and used various fabric with Amy Butler Dots.  The size of the quilt is 60 inches by 70 inches.  One of my larger quilts but not the largest.  Pop Pop has the largest quilt, so far.  The quilt is binded in a pink and purple strip.  This quilt made me think of my sister as I was putting it together.  It’s so fun and lively…just like her!   So Nena, here is!  Your very own quilt:


Sorry for the dark pictures, Sis but you can always facetime ….for a closer look.  I will be putting your gift in the mail on Friday after guild!  The ladies must see this modern plus quilt up close. IMG_0778

Above is the back of the quilt.  I really think you will enjoy the back, Nena, one print says “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH”  and the print with the flowers is called MOXIE.  I pray you get just enough Moxie under this quilt!  The last print is hop scotch…since I always remember you hopping around as a kid annoying me.

The picture below shows a bag for you to fill up,  an up close look at the quilt label and a closer look at the straight line quilting.

In the middle of me working on Janena’s quilt, I got my happy fingers on a Amy Butler Hapi Design Roll.  I woke up early this morning, feeling restless, and decided to baste, quilt and bind this Hapi quilt top.  I binded it in some yellow Tula Pink and backed it with some Anna Marie Horner viole.  It was so easy quilting this …I really though working with the viole would be difficult but I really worked well…and it feels AMAZING!

IMG_0783Well that is all for now, I am going to get some coffee and a breakfast snack!  Once again…HAPPY BIRTHDAY NENA!  I hope you feel as special as you truly are.

With Love,



My Birthday Adventure


Hey Guys!

Today is my Birthday!  I know I am getting old because I needed a calculator to tell me how old I was this year.  I couldn’t remember if I was going to be 31 or 32.  The calculator sadly said I was 32 this year.  Oh well!  I decided to make the best of it this year and embrace all the free stuff I could get my hands on.  So let me tell you about my Birthday Adventure.

I woke up late…the sun was already up.  That was amazing.  My husband gave me some money to get my hair done for my birthday and my appointment was at 2:30pm.  I left home around 12 so I could get my first birthday gift.  I went to Cami Cakes (a cupcake place here in Atlanta) for a free cupcake then I walked next door to Fire House Subs and got a free sub!  I know amazing!   There is more.   Next, I went to Lenox Mall and stopped by Sephora for my free birthday gift.  On my way to the car, i walked through Macy’s and they gave me free samples just because…..it was my birthday.  After that, I went to my hair appointment.  This is what my hair looked liked before.



My appointment was at 2:30pm but my hair stylist did not start until almost 3:00  She was behind, very behind.  Just the same, I was determined not to have a bad attitude on my birthday.  It was frustrating …by the time I left my hair appointment it was almost 6pm.  I spent 4 hours there when it normally takes me a hour and a half to get my hair done.  At the end it was worth it when she charged me $50 instead of $80.  YEAAAA!  I was so shocked I was speechless.  Since it was 6pm and I live in Atlanta I had no choice but to browse around Hancock.  I HAD to go…I HAD no CHOICE!  LOL  with my extra hair money I got some batting that was on sale and they gave me a !5% coupon because I am a teacher in training.  I get to use this coupon every time I go, so if you are a teacher go get get your card!  On a whim, I decided to head back to the mall and go to Anthropology, one of my favorite stores and bought this mug.



It was $10 and totally the best gift from my husband’s birthday money.  On my way home, I was hungry so I stopped by Moe’s for my FREE Birthday entrée.   By the way, here is how my hair turned out:



It is pretty humid here so my curls have completely dropped but it is super long and straight!  I am pretty happy with it!  This is me at the container store picking up my last item before I headed home.   I got this bright pink caddy for my sewing cart.  Yesterday, I went out with friends and got a sewing/craft box for my travel sewing machine.  Two additional gifts from my Happy Husband.

My Birthday is not quite over yet, I have a Birthday Stash planned for Saturday and we are heading to a movie tonight and a free meal at iHOP.

I would like to point out this is the first year I have taken advantage of all these freebies.  You can do the same on your birthday by going to this link.

Until Next Time, Sew Pretty!