Bee's Hive

Sunday, November 29, 2009

HGTV Pollyanna swap

I started a swap on HGTV called "All I want for Christmas" about 6 months ago. I gave the ladies 20 themes to buy gifts for and swapped them out as "Pollyanna's". We began shipping out the boxes on November 20th. So I would be surprised, I gave my name to one person and she had the option of keeping my name or trading it with someone else. She traded and my gifter was Deb51. When my boxes came I was going to open one gift a day..but that didn't happen. It was just too tempting! This house has me down and I needed a lift.

Here are all the gifts unopened. I tried to think of a time in my life when I had 20 gifts to open. I did, at my first baby shower 46 years ago!

These gifts were for spoolie, shiney and chocolate

The shiney is a tote with my initals done in Gold metallic thread

This redwork table topper is fabulous!

The stitching is perfect

One theme was Santa's bag..she made a tote out of a santa hat!

and filled it with things to make bags with!

Stringy, heavenly, kisses for Misletoe and a cinnamon candle for the smells of Christmas

Coffee/tea, gingerbread & Santa's stocking were next

Cotton & jingle bells

Let it snow & apron book and fabric to make one of the aprons

Next came sticky, ouchie and snowman

A 4th box came today with Kitchen. Deb made coasters, pot holders, embroidered towels, cookie cutters and lots of candy cups!

In the bottom of the box...she made one extra #21..because I was good and not naughty! It made me laugh! Fabric crayons & markers, pretty holiday computer paper and now I can make hot pads to go with the other kitchen items.
When I started this swap I had no idea the position I would be in right now. I really needed this lift! Deb did a fabulous job filling my boxes and my heart. She must be a very special person! Thanks Deb!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

To end the day..A good thing!


Saturday, November 21, 2009

What fun!

Today we took a break from wiring the house and went off to meet Tisme and bluesnail at a local quilt shop. We did our shopping for fabric for an up coming project. I've never worked with homespun. It's very soft and country. It reminds me of chickens, homemade jelly, fresh cut hay..gee, it reminds me of Lancaster, Pa.!

Then off to lunch at the local truck stop with Tammy's hubby and my son in toe.
I bought the gals quilting books for a holiday gift. Unfortunately, the book I got for bluesnail is one she already has. But, this will give her a chance to exchange it for one she really wants.

You are sort of spaced out, as ugly as that sounds, when you take medicine for pain. So, the surprise they pulled off would become a little lost and confused until I was able to sit alone and sort out the day. This doesn't mean I didn't totally enjoy the day. It's rare when I leave the house. The last time I ventured out was this past summer when we first got together at this same quilt shop. These outings are so special to me that I would make it to them even if my son had to carry me!

For the past year or so I've been holding mini quilt swaps on HGTV quilting site. Lois and Tammy got together and asked the swappers to make me mini quilts or doll house quilts as a Thank You!!

I sure never expected this! I have just been so glad that for the most part all the swappers came through and with wonderful mini quilts. Along the road we all learned a lot about mini quilts and about each other.

Now that I am comfy sitting in bed, I am really enjoying looking at and touching each and every one, reading the cards that came with them and feeling so at peace to know how many true cyber friends I have. I would really love to cry with happiness, but that is one emotion lost to the medicine I take. Instead, I'll share all my wonderful treasures with you.

We have seen this one in the swap! I was very jealous to see that 2 swappers got one of I have my own along with some needles that are always needed.

This tiny one for the doll house was made by Mikol

Kathy, our expert stitcher made this pretty one. The stitches are so tiny I couldn't believe she didn't do it on an embroidery machine!

Donna in all her own personal grief took the time to make this wonderful red & white quilt which she wrapped in a pink FQ.

Lois did this sunshine one! picture the work gone into this!

Shogun made a doll house quilt and sent along FQ in red and birdhouses two of my favorite kinds of fabrics

This one was made by AngelC

This doll house quilt was made by Terri mae

This tiny one was made by abxkris

Tammy made this great mini tree skirt or table topper, coasters and added some pearl 8 which is always a great surprise! I think she knew our tree will be pretty small this year!

Tammy also made this tote. It even has a solid bottom so it sits nicely. What great colors!
I wish you all could have joined us for lunch! You're a great bunch of ladies and I Thank you all for this wonderful surprise. A special Thank you to Lois for getting this together to surprise me and to Tammy for taking the time out of her very busy life to meet me at the quilt shop!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


The ladies on HGTV quilting board really care about each other. We support each other in happy times and sad times. A week ago Friday one of our quilters lost her son and toddler grandson in a car accident.

The ladies will be sending me Heart blocks to make 2 quilts for our quilter and her daughter in law. I will put together 2 tops and send them with the backing to one of our longarm quilters in California. I guess they will come back to me one more time for binding before given to our friends. It's not much, but we hope they will find some comfort in knowing we are thinking of them.
Made by Wyanet131 12 1/2
Made by Char77 12 1/2 & 6 1/2

Made by Tyme4toPlay 2- 12 1/2

Made by amiyoko 12 1/2

Made by McPatches 12 1/2

Made by LisaP8 12 1/2

Made by MelindaMG 2- 12 1/2
Made by Mountainlaurel 1- 12 1/2
Made by Catec7 2 - 6 1/2

Made by Nancy20 2 - 6 1/2

Made by Charmingsister 2- 12 1/2

Made by Dixielady 2- 12 1/2

Made by NICUnurse 2- 12 1/2

Made by patsy little 1- 12 1/2 & 1- 6 1/2

Made by Kim-Strut526 2- 12 1/2 & 4- 6 1/2

Made by Nickilee 1- 12 1/2 & 1- 6 1/2

Made by AngelaC 2- 12 1/2
Made by Royalboomer 12 1/2

Made by Shawkl 3- 6 1/2 & 2- 12 1/2

Made by expatquilter 2- 6 1/2

Made by TcMay 2- 12 1/2

Made by Sewlove2quilt 12 1/2 & 6 1/2

Made by terrimae 2- 6 1/2

Made by Luckirish64 2- 6 1/2

Made by KeepYou in Stitches 12 1/2

Made by Headilamar 2 -12 1/2

Made by everythingquilts 2- 12 1/2

Made by Quiltaholic 12 1/2

Made by Marion2 12 1/2

Made by RockinRobin 2- 6 1/2
Made by Quiltbea 12 1/2 & 6 1/2

Made by NLK 3- 12 1/2 & 1- 6 1/2

Made by Monasent 12 1/2

Made by Monasent 2-12 1/2 & 1-6 1/2

Two 6 1/2 blocks made by bails

Two 12 1/2 inch blocks made by Quiltnanny

Two 6 1/2 inch blocks made by TX Wildflower

Thank you:

I'm going to list only those who sent money to help but no blocks. Thank You Ladies for the help!