Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Bit of This and That

At the outset, I’d like to thank you all for your most wonderful comments about my First Friday Freebie pattern.  I am thrilled to bits and as of last night, there were over 700 downloads of my ‘Fall is in the Air!’ pattern.  Can you hear my heart singing?

Three wonderfully speedy stitchers have shared their completed projects. 

Darlene from Quilting Daze


Tudy from Tudy’s Craft Cupboard

Tudy and Julie from Julie K Quilts


Cool, huh?  Now these gals work quickly, don’t they?

Yesterday I completed the line drawing for next month’s First Friday Freebie which will be available on Friday, October 2nd.  I’m excited about it and I hope you’ll like it as well.


Last week, I received another RAK, this time from my ‘bestest’ blogging friend Julie from OZ.  I met Julie through a swap I joined, not too long after I started blogging in January of this year.  Julie was the swap hostess and because there was an uneven number of swap participants, when all was said and done,  Julie became my swap partner and the rest as they say is history.

Here’s what Julie sent to me…

DSCN0949The pincushion is amazing, personalized with a x-stitched  ‘K’ .  It’s much too nice to use so it sits on the antique Shaker sideboard in my studio along with my other ‘special’ things. 

The Australian flag hangs on our patio doors going out to the garden…

DSCN0951 And of course the boomerang key chain is already keeping my keys company…


Julie is also having a giveaway on her blog to promote breast cancer awareness and research.  Rosalie Quinlan, an Australian designer and breast cancer survivor herself has donated some awesome prizes.  Robyn and I have also donated items which are included in Julie’s giveaway.  Click on the button below to find out more.

pinkribbonbuttonrob_thumb It’s been a busy week.  I hope you all had time to share with your family, friends and hobbies.

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥



Rumi said...

Wow! Those ladies work fast! I'd love to start mine but darn if I don't have other projects that I must finish first!

Love your RAK goodies!

Janet said...

Thats wonderful that your design has proven so popular, I'm not surprised. I'm glad you're having fun with it too. You have some lovely gifts there, especially the pincushion because as you know, you can't have too many of those.

Busy Little Quilter said...

They really do work fast! They all did a great job!

I love your gifts you got from Julie.

Now I'm off to get The Great Pumpkin instructions. I can't wait to make these!

Anonymous said...

So there are more than one Ms. Speedys!! I've also heard of another blogger working on this block...wouldn't be surprised to see it finished today! LOL
RAKs.....simply the best.

Neabear said...

I have downloaded it, but I have not made it yet. Busy working on the "A Christmas Wish" BOM. I love your pattern and I have printed it out already. And I already have fabric on hand I can use to start the stitching. Also I want to thank you for the great tip on what pen to use to trace the pattern. I was using a mechanical pencil and getting frustrated with it. I have a pen similiar to what you suggested and tried that to trace a few of the blocks I am doing from the BOM. Wow! So much easier. So thanks again for that tip!!!

Have a great week!


Nima said... can be proud of thier finishes

Allie said...

My goodness those ladies are quick! I haven't started mine - I better get going before winter, lol!
Lovely package you recieved!

Karen said...

I am getting close to getting my stitchery done. Working on the words and then doing the sewing part is what is left to do.

Leslie said...

One of my blog readers told me about your 'First Friday Freebie' yesterday. I am so in love with the pattern and cannot wait to work on it. I think it will be the project that I take along with me over the weekend while we're away at a friend's cabin. Thanks for sharing such a great pattern and I'm so excited to see the others. I'll be looking forward to the beginning of each month :)


Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

Wow they were indeed fast!! How nice that so many people want to recreate your art in their own way. I say it is a testament to your talent and kindness for sharing!! I hope you get to see many morer finishes!!

And I hope you have the same crisp air we have had the last few days. I got some bittersweet, put out the rest of fall, made my first pot of soup for the season and we're having our first pork tenderloin cooked with apples and a side or butternut squash for dinner tomorrow. It must be fall!! WOO HOO!

Cathi said...

Those quilters are amazingly quick!! They look fabulous.
Love the goodies you received -- especially the pincushion! It is gorgeous!

Carrie P. said...

Wow, I can't believe they got your design done so quick. They all look great. You must be so proud to see them done.
Great little gifts from Julie.

Tammy said...

Hi Kaaren!
I'm new to your blog and must say I had a wonderful visit :-)and look forward to visiting again.
THANK YOU so much for sharing your talent and design concerning the "First Friday Freebie". I downloaded the design today and grabbed the FFF button for my blog. I can't wait to start stitching!
Happy Weekend2u!

Candace said...

Now how fast are those gals! Their versions are adorable, Kaaren! Great RAK's - such nice people in this world!

Linda said...

Hi Kaaren, Isn't it awesome to see all the talented stars out there. Have a great weekend.

Wendy said...

Those stitcheries look fantastic.

Khris said...

I love the fall stitchery Kaaren. Thanks for another lovely freebie...I couldn't download it though...when I clicked download it kept coming up with an error...hugs Khris