Tuesday, February 14, 2012

a Valentine's Day giveaway

I just had the perfect  kind of day prescribed to lower the blood pressure. It was spent with my quilting friends. We idled the day away in pleasant chatter about quilting projects, food, and bits of our lives. I decided it was too much to drag my machine today while I'm supposed to be resting. The host,  Paula, made the most decadent dessert called turtle cake, chocolate with caramel, my two favorite things. This is one of the quilts she had laid out. It is a block of the month quilt from  Moose on the Front Porch. The picture quality is not perfect as I took my old camera and I forgot how touchy it is.
My afghan is growing.

I came home near 3pm and went for my 20 minute walk that the doctor said I could do until the blood pressure came down. Then I stretched out on the sofa with my watercolor pencils and sketchbook in hand to try sketching my roses. I am being very brave here with a picture. While I love to draw and paint flowers, I have never done roses; they are not easy! I need to do some contour drawings to get more of a feel for them and get lots more practice!

Finally, ever since I got published in the most recent Quilting Arts I've been so excited and I've wanted to do a giveaway. So, if you leave a comment about how you spent your Valentine's Day, I will draw a name before Sunday, Feb 19th, 5pm EST. I will giveaway a copy of the latest Quilting Arts and one of the book marks that I just made from paper fabric.
I'm linking to the Needle and Thread Network today. You'll find the button on my sidebar.

13 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

lovely gifts Holly....

Angie said...

I love how you spent YOUR day! :D I spent my blog-hopping, standing and staring at the two current quilt projects I'm working on, and drooling over the most recent issues of quilt magazines. :)

elle said...

I haven't a clue about drawing roses but they are cool to free motion quilt as you just bounce around and touch the curves every bounce. I'm glad you are chillaxing! I spent the day with my other love as #1 is at work. Nina and I sewed out some of her many stitch patterns. I hope I win as I haven't found that particular magazine.

B Larson said...

I love your creativity. So talented. I can draw within the lines, but that is about it. I spent the day working, but came home to a lovely roast chicken supper that my better half put tog. A great day, overall.

Wendy said...

I spent my day very busy. Prepping for an upcoming retreat I am co-coordinating. Dropped in to see my quilting buddies at Paula's and had some of that decadent cake Holly was talking about. More retreat errands after dinner and then home to make my Valentine his favourite supper. I bought him some wonderful chocolate truffles and he even shared some with me. Dishes and more retreat stuff and now a bit of relaxing and knitting...I did receive the most awesome card and flowers from my Valentine too. He finds the "bestest" cards. All in all a good day! Just 3 more sleeps to retreat. I won't know what to do with all my spare time after this is over but I wouldn't mind spending the day relaxing and reading your giveaway magazine.

Jackie said...

You are ssuch an artist ! Wow love the things you do! I spent Valentine's day with my husband and trying to get ready for retreat!

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

Oh count me in! (and super congratulations!) I don't have that issue yet... I would love to see it!
Valentines... well (hanging head in shame), he was mad at me, so no flowers or chocolates. I lined up at Safeway in a crowd of dozens and dozens of men with flowers in hand. I bought all the ingredients for a very fine Vietnamese home cooked meal. It was awesome. I think he loves me again. That'll teach me to whine about doing the housework ALL ON MY OWN ALL THE TIME. ha. well... he can expect more whining. ;P I will buy my own damn flowers. lol

~Monika

Grandma Coco said...

Gave my sweetie new socks for Valentine's Day and we cooked supper together. A glass of wine. Just a regular day in the Kingdom of Coco.....and I mean that in a good way. :)

Margaret Applin said...

Yayyyy!! A giveaway!!! You will be autographing your article, right??!!??? Count me in!

Kit Lang said...

sounds like a lovely day!

greelyrita said...

I had a long browse at Moose on the Front Porch! Nice stuff there. Lots of energy. I love the blocks you did, especially the twin stars. So cute. Your afghan is so soft looking and lovely. The roses are super. It would be lovely to win the magazine! Thanks for the opportunity!

Gill said...

I love your afghan!
I spent valentines day hedge laying with my husband!! how romantic!

Adrian said...

hiya, I found your site through Margaret Applin and really enjoy your sketching and stitch work. I'm adding you to my blogger list so I can follow you now. I'm a groupie!!!!