Saturday, August 25, 2012

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways


I'm participating in the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways from the Quilting Gallery so at the end of this post there will be a chance to win this Murphy Bag!
It has a really fun mix of black and vanilla fabrics. 

I've been working on this quilt exclusively and I'm just about ready to start the quilting. It will debut at a gallery exhibit this fall. Details to follow but very exciting news!
Dusk 32" x 40"
I used only what I had in my batik stash so I had to make some questionable choices :) like the funky fabric in the rocks, but I think it works. The sky was a challenge to achieve that pink color. I ended up painting a pink batik with some orange watercolor paint (I soaked it in a zip lock bag) which was perfect because it kept its translucency.
This is the watercolor that inspired the new quilt. I've started painting again for my online journaling class with Melanie Testa @ TheCleverGuild.com.
I live near a Christmas tree farm and it made for a beautiful subject matter. I've altered the quilt a bit adding the birch trees and foreground. That's artistic license:)

OK now the fun part :) I'll be giving away this Murphy Bag....

There are 8 pockets and a zipper closure. It's Machine washable too!

The pockets are money fabric and a tiny little clock-tower fabric!
For a chance to win the Murphy Bag leave me a comment about a random act of kindness you have performed.

I'll choose randomly for the winner. 
The BHP is from August 26 - September 2, 2012.
Good luck and thanks for stopping by:) 
Check out all the other blogs participating in the 




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82 comments:

Vicki W said...

Oh, Dusk is going to be fabulous! As for RAKs, I just try to be aware of people around me and offer help when needed. Simple things like opening doors, helping lift something and letting people ahead of me in line.

Donna~~ said...

Great idea for the pink sky--it turned out perfect! It's going to be a lovely piece! Most recent act was sending fabric for a quilter whose house burned in one of the recent fires. If I'm lucky, the next one will be giving your lovely bag to my daughter whose bag was stolen when some not so nice person broke into her car--looks just like what she needs! :) (I guess I could just be nice and make her one too, but there are so many other things I'd rather do!)

Mommarock said...

I shopped today for the local animal shelter. All my grocery points go toward money for the local animal shelter instead of towards my gas credit.

Jeannie said...

Kathleen, I love your how you have taken your beautiful watercolor and interpreted it in cloth. The sky technique was inspired! I love the rocks. I have trying to do at least one random act of kindness a week - taking flowers to an elderly neighbor who had to give up gardening, or berries to another neighbor. Something as simple as letting someone go in front of me in the grocery line. People seemed to visably perk up when you do something so simple. I like to think that it encourages them to do a similar kindness. My long term kindness this summer has been encouraging my neighbor (age 8) to draw. She is going through a rough patch, and no 8 year old should have rough patches. So we paint, sew, learn to knit, crochet, whatever strikes her as fun. For just a few hours of my time, I hope I have made her life a little happier. Wishing you a glorious weekend.

Lyn said...

I love the bag! I make quilts and pillow cases for children that need help in the hospital.

Peggy said...

Don't know if this is random, but I belong to a Yahoo group called World of Charity Stitching. We make lap quilts for charity to give to seniors in a nursing home and to children in a domestic violence shelter. I made tote bags for the children and fill them with toys, books, etc. for the holidays
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

lynaeve said...

I gave my cousin roni'a whole bunch of cool stuff just because I want her to love sewing. So far she does.

Pat V. said...

Our quilt guild recently had an auction. I won a basket of Christmas fabric and gave it to our newsletter editor as a thank you for all her hard work. (I know she is on a fixed income and can't often purchase fabric.)

Kim said...

I joined the ladies over at the Friday Night Sew In to make pillowcases for charity.

Judy B said...

Lovely bag, my favorite colors! I give my time to the Senior Food Bank and make lap quilts for Nursing homes.

Fiesta said...

 Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize. My coworker is a single mom so I give her all my clothes and oftentimes I shop for her little boy.
She is not single by choice. This Christmas I want to make quilts for veterans at the va hospital but omg batting prices are going thru the roof!



 

Patricia said...

I really like your trees. I am working with a group making quilts for cancer patients. I also offer help to reach or lift things for people who need help when I'm shopping.

JoyceLM said...

Oh my - I love the bag. Random act - okay, last week when I was walking back from the post office, this lady was carrying a really big box. So I stopped to help her carry it to & load it into her car. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marsha said...

RAKs are a daily happening when you spend your time as a Park Host for a State Park. One could easily walk by someone having a problem or needing assistance, but I always stop and give information or assistance without waiting for them to ask. Some are too shy or embarassed to ask!

BizyStitches said...

Beautiful quilt you are working on. Love the colors in the bag you are giving away. I just try to smile, open doors, help people in small ways. You never know what is happening in their lives that a little smile might just make them forget their problems for a few seconds. Thanks.

Leah said...

Wow your trees and rocks are lovely! From time to time I donate baby quilts to our local children's home.

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

As a painter and quilter, I love your quilt. I try to be aware of older people around me and a smile and hello to them usually makes them smile back. Some look so lonely. I always open doors and wait for older folks or someone heavy laden. Love the bag!!

Needled Mom said...

Your percetion of nature is just stunning in your piece. Beautiful!!!!

Your bag is darling too. Does helping an older woman do her shopping the other day count????

giddy99 said...

Random act of kindness! Every time I'm out, I find one really nice (and honest) compliment for a stranger. I know how it feels to get a random compliment from a stranger, and it's surprising how one comment can make or break someone's whole day. :)

Karen said...

Love the Murphy bag. I donated a dresser to a newly single mom who needed some help in getting her apartment together.

Barbara Woods said...

i help every chance i get and make thing for my grands thanks

Mother of four said...
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Anita said...

Oh dear...I don't like to toot my own horn...this is hard.

I will say that I like to give/do things for people anonymously. I recently made a quilt and mailed it to someone who is having chemo treatments. I did not feel that she needed to know it was from me...I wanted her to enjoy it for herself without feeling any sense of obligation to me...but rather to be encouraged and find strength in herself for the battle she will face through treatments. I think those are the best gifts and acts of kindness to perform. To God be the glory!

Gill said...

Fabulous bag!
I'm just finishing another quilt for a UK charity

joyce said...

Like mother of four said, I just try to listen when someone needs it, complement someone's hair or outfit even when they are a stranger, a kind word here and there.

Mother of four said...

Righty this is the second attmept -

The old lady that I had listened too, whilst was a lovely conversation and actually I enjoyed it... one thing has taken over that feeling -

In March a little girls mother was brutally murdered in my home town of Plymouth. A facebook thread was placed asking people if they could give things to her as the police had cordoned off her flat and no clothes, toys etc were accessable. I didn't have much to send as my daughter is the same age, so I thought I could make her something more permenant.

I began to design and piece together a quilt for her - Isabella's Quilt.
It shows the story of her little life so far, in her mummies tummy, in her mummies arms being cradled as a new born, holding mummies hand walking down the street and finally in bed with mummy the angel stroking her brow and calming her.
I found it very hard to do, being a soft touch mummy tear's came very easily each time I sewed. Once it was made I then had the arduous task of making contact with the family, the Police officer who is dealing with the family was superb and eventually they got in touch with me through facebook. I sent the quilt (my first blocked quilt - ), they loved it, as did little Isabella. When I am next visiting my family we are sworn to visit Isabella and her family too x
Hope comes from horror x

Joyce Carter said...

I like the Murphy bag and would love to win it. thanks so much for the chance.
I try to help the elderly when they are shopping by getting items off the shelves for them or helping them find something they are looking for. I open doors and carry things for them. I have a neighbor that is bedridden, so I visit her and i talk to her about the past. She has a great memory and loves to talk . I also will make gift baskets for her.

Lori said...

Oh my goodness this bag is wonderful. Your quilt is fantastic. I work at a senior home so I have the privilage of helping many of them all the time. I just love it. They are (most of them) wonderful people. They love to have someone to listen to them talk about their past.
quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

selleck said...

I love taking all my used goodies to the charity store to be given to folks who need them.

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

What a beautiful quilt....no, it's not a quilt, it's art! Good luck at the gallery. As for random acts of kindness....I really don't like to brag about being kind to others. It's something I try to do each day and to make it part of my life. Thank you for the opportunity to win the beautiful bag!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the giveaway- beautiful bag and beautiful fabric-i am on missions committee and bought uniforms for kids going back to school(with money from church) kids did not know where the uniforms came from
cjscraftcorner(at)gmail(dot)com

Anne said...

Your quilt is exquisite. I visit the home bound for my Church. Tomorrow I am taking a co worker who is newly widowed out o a ball game to keep her busy

MaryBeth said...

What a great bag. I'm a nurse in a small community hospital. The other day in the cafeteria there was a soldier in uniform who didn't have enough money for his lunch, so of course I paid for it. I'm sure anyone else of your readers would have done the same.

Samantha said...

Gorgeous painting and quilt! I am so envious of people who can make pictures that way. My whole family is very artistic that way but it skipped me I guess. The only arty-ness I have is my ability to make traditional type quilts. :D

I usually just keep my eyes peeled for people who need a bit of help. Lately I loaned an unknown lady in the grocery line in front of me around $4 since she was going to have to put back some bananas and ice cream and her son, though visibly upset was taking it rather well, even though he really wanted a banana split after his dinner. He hugged me and thanked me profusely. :D

Anonymous said...

Love all your bags!!! There are so many ways to be kind, even the tone of our voice to our family. Love to give quilts, food, meals, labor, whatever is needed. Belinda (barnmace@msn.com)

PJ said...

We found out this past winter that a elderly man had no heat, he burned wood in fireplace and stove, but was out of wood. We took him a truckload wood and stacked it for him.

Love your bag.

Kelly said...

OMGoodness what a cool quilt. I am more of a sewer vs a quilter and I just love your quilt! I might be inspired to quilt! Thankyou!

Life in Fourth Grade said...

Love your stuff :). As for RAK- let's see...we went through our house and collected all oolder toys and all stuffed animals and took them to the Blessings Barn. They are a consignment shop, but they also give vouchers to the local food banks for those in need to shop there :). My newest motto- be kinder than necessary :).

averagemom09 said...

I love to make quilts and send them to children in hospitals.

Karen said...

When the call came for quilts for the Colorado wildfire victims, I didn't hesitate, but had a quilt shipped off within a day, to someone I had never even followed on blogs before. Just seemed like the right thing to do at the time.

Kay said...

Your bag is stunning, I actually excalimed out loud when I saw it. Every week I try to make a little gift for someone I know, it could be a gift of something sewn or baked or both if they are extra lucky. Last week I made chocolate truffles for a friend. I have particularly made a lot of pincushions and hearts this year as gifts. Thank you for the giveaway.
ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

Marcia W. said...

RAK - with his mother's permission, gave a toddler a cupcake and cup of lemonade when at a tiny public park. We were celebrating my grandniece's first birthday and this little boy was tracking our festivities with these big blue eyes.

Farm Quilter said...

RAK - last time I went through a toll booth I paid for the person behind me. I love your quilt and how you achieved the perfect pink!! I'm following you because you do the kind of quilts I like to do!!!

oldethymequilter said...

My dad and ex-husband were Veterans. I help Blue Star Mothers. I'm working on some quilts for injured soldiers.
I love the Murphy Bag, I can see some handwork in it.
Debbie

Jen said...

I will randomly straighten up the break room at work so the cleaning staff doesn't always get stuck with it. Not sure why people can't clean up after themselves!

Emily C said...

I do small RAKs all the time. I hold doors for people at school, pick up things for people who have their arms full, take care of the odd chore instead of reminding the person who's job it was, etc.

Deb said...

I'm sending some fabric to a blogger in Belgium...just because. It feels really good to do a random act of kindness.

Richard Healey said...

During the holidays my family picks a few family's that seem to be having a rough year and we give them the 12 days of Christmas for 12 days we leave gifts on their porch to brighten their days.

sh said...

Random acts of kindness - I make quilts for those who need 'comfort'. Most recently for a friends mom who had to go to a nursing home. Working on a baby quilt for a delightful young lady I met at the hospital.

Debra Lee said...

I gave an antique to someone to auction off for their daughter who had cancer!

Shannon said...

Your art quilt is lovely! and the murphy bag is fabulous. What a wonderful thing to give away!

as for RAK, I'm trying hard to do better at this! It seems easy to be kind to friends and family and I'm trying to do nice things for strangers more. I just finished a baby blanket and a baby quilt for infant crisis services as a first step!

Lee said...

My husband and I are going this weekend up to my sisters house (single working mom of 2) and do some fix up work around her house to surprise her. Your quilt is beautiful! The pinky sky perfect!

JMF said...

I'm in this bloghop too and a couple of people liked the bags I made so I am giving them one even if they don't win. One is for a gal that was in a bad accident and the other one is the gal that won one last March and her son wants one.
Thanks for the great giveaway.

Nanbon44 said...

I delivered quilts to a nursing home, knitted baby blankets to our local hospital, lots of military wives with hubby overseas there. and one young lady overheard us talking about going to lunch after leaving the pharmacy, she said she was hungry and would love a hamburger, so we went and got her lunch and delivered it to her...

Judi said...

We decided to make it a little less random. On my side of the family, we give gifts to charities in place of giving gifts to the family members. The trick is that each donation of time or financial, or whatever, has to be meaningful to the person you're doing it in honor of. So for instance, when my sister had her baby, I donated a quilt to Project Linus. For my mom, who is a single woman, we donated money toward a program that helps women in Africa start their own businesses. We have fun working on these all year and having the big reveal at Christmas :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've been privileged to make charity quilts for the victims of hurricanes and tsunami's. Some were here in the states, and others overseas. Thanks for the giveaway! Your quilt is beautiful.

Kathy said...

Beautiful, beautiful quilts you make! When I was a girl, my sister and I would wait at the entrance to the grocery store while my mom shopped and open doors for folks coming out with their bags (before automatic doors!) winterwrens at gmail dot com

Joanne Lendaro said...

great projects! RAK's? Can't think of any right now, but I did just finish quilting 5 lap quilts for a woman's selter. I do a lot of "free" quilting for different organizations. If someone donates their time and fabric, I can do a little too. thanks for the fun!

Oh, and really, really cute bag...

barb said...

I love this bag. i made lap quilts and gave them to various churchs to raffle off babscorbitt@gmail.com

Loris said...

This looks like a wonderful bag! Thank you for the sweet giveaway.
My favorite RAK is to round up dogs running loose in our neighborhood and find their owner. Sometimes they are owned by visiting vacationers and it is a little bit tricky. But I have a great front yard for the dogs and neighbors get involved helping till we get them back to the owners...who are always grateful and relieved. I just love dogs :-)

Cheryl said...

My act of kindness isn't anything big but I like to think someone will appreciate it... I volunteered at the cancer center and organized a drawer full of pretty bras donated for breast cancer patients so they were folded neatly and not in a tangled jumble.

Donna said...

Dusk is stunning! This is the kind of quilting I want to do but I think you have to be an artist! I'd like to tell about a RAK that was done for me recently. Someone I don't know offered me a sewing machine she heard I needed- it will be a lot of trouble for her to box and send it. I was amazed at her generosity!

Debbie said...

Last week, a family asked to park their old broken down RV at the Y where my DH works for the weekend. After talking with them found out they were living in their RV and out of work.... and money. Listening to the Lord tugging at our hearts, we bought clothes for their 13 y/o son, had the RV towed to one of our family members farm and repaired their RV.

Lovely quilts and bag

Connie said...

Your work is beautiful and I love the Murphy bag! I can't think of any recent random act of kindness but I always try and be nice to people and helpful whenever I can.

OhioLori said...

I love your Quilt! (& your Blog!) Would loooove to win this Bag! It's awesome!

Love doing "surprises" without being discovered! lol Make & send cards to people all the time. (shhhh! lol) I just try to me extra caring to folk's always....sometimes just a Smile is special to give.

Thanks for chance to win! :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your quilt is just awesome - your are a wonderful artist - such perceptiion.
The Murphy bag is beautiful - love black and white.
Each day I try to do something kind to someone - be it so small as a compliment or giving to those who need. Thanks for the chance to win.
MaryLou
Fun4Me1249@aol.com

Quiltah said...

I like to knit fingerless mittens from sock yarn in the winter months. Last winter a lovely young lady at the local thrift shop was helping me pick out books for our school's reading room. She commented on how much she liked my mittens. The shop is located in a former auto shop and for the most part is not heated (except for a few small heaters). I noticed she had her sleeves pulled down trying to cover her hand so I gave her my mittens.

JTP said...

I think this will touch you right where you live so to speak...I was at the vets office and the receptionist was just gushing over my Murphy bag (the black damask like fabric remember?) and she said how you never see bags like that and she looked in the bag and oohed and aahed over the pockets...so I went out to the car and dumped my bag on the seat and came back in and gave it to her. I told her she loved it too much not to have it for her own....and I just happen to know this special woman who makes them....

apple blossom said...

baked goodies for elderly neighbor

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jody said...

I try to be kind to others--and I quilt tops made for a local group that gives quilts to kids in need. Love your Murphy bag!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Bought groceries for a 91 year old lady. Love the Murphy bag.

Kelli said...

What a cool bag. :) I was driving through a bridge toll booth with my cousin once and we decided to pay for the car behind us. Does that count? Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Judy1522 said...

Great bag love it. I bought coffee for a homeless man on a very cold winter morning.

Michelle said...

Last week I was in line at a coffee shop. The debit machine went down so the teenager in front of me couldn't pay for his order so I did. I love RAKs -they are so much fun!

Anne said...

I love the Blue Willow design pictured as your blog's cover! Today, I watched "The Joy of Painting." Love to watch Bob Ross bring a landscape to live with paint. You've done the same with fabric!

My act of kindness is working a day each month at a church-run facility that provides food and other necessities to folks who need help. I enjoy meeting the people and showing the respect and understanding they deserve.

Goldogmom said...

a friend at work has been treated badly and the supervisor who can address it is away. I thought fresh flowers from the farmer's market on her desk would be a nice surprise, just a note saying 'you are fantastic!' withought telling her they are from me. I just want her to feel special right now.

thanks for the chance to win. The purse is beautiful! And I LOVE sections in my bags. I am grateful for the chance to win your creative gift.

thanks!
Michelle

free indeed said...

We grow corn for a road side stand. Every year we donate corn to the 3 area nursing homes and the food pantry down town. I little way of giving back to those who seem to need it most.

bohemiannie! art said...

Well, I love doing random acts of kindness and have lots to choose from but the last thing I did...as a result of this blog hop was to give my bag pattern to a lady who became my 200th follower. She, nor I knew it was gonna happen which made it that much more fun!

CynthiaT59 said...

My post disappeared! We just had a clothing giveaway for our area for families who need a little help with back to school. I helped girls pick out outfits. It was an awesome experience. The ladies who set this up did a fantastic job of giving these families a wonderful "shopping" experience.

Maria Kievit said...

Like the quilt you're working on. Thanks for participating in the blog hop. I'm from Canada.

quiltmom said...

What a lovely bag- someone is going to love it when you draw your name.
I love doing things that help others- sometimes its letting someone go ahead of me in the grocery line and other times I have made quilts for people who are sick and need something to brighten their day.
Thanks for participating in the blog hop. It has been fun to visit some new to me blogs.
Regards from western Canada,
Anna

Kathleen Murphy said...

Thank you all for the comments both about my quilt "Dusk" and the RAK you all have done for others! It warms my heart and I'm sure the other people who have read them. Thank you! The winner of the bag was OhioLori, chosen randomly.