Monday, October 3, 2011

My Big News, Celebrating Autumn and A Giveaway



Ah...Autumn.  It's my favorite time of year.  It's my birthday month and (Here's my big News) it's the month my husband Terry retired.  Yep, as of October 1st he is retired.  It's early but we've hoped for this day for sooooo long.     He worked at the same company for 44 1/2 years.  We are so looking forward to spending time together. 


Yesterday we went to Hudson Mills Metro Park.  It is over by Ann Arbor.  The weather couldn't have been better.  Sun shining, slight breeze and good company.  The park is along side of the Huron River.  Not a lot of color change yet but we still enjoyed ourselves.  We saw 3 deer but none of them were very friendly.  Every time I got my camera ready they would run off.

We just got back from Metro Beach Metro Park after taking our morning walk.  We are planning on doing this at least 4 times a week.  It was a rather chilly 59 degrees and over cast.  We even felt a few rain drops, but we enjoyed our walk.  We like walking along the boat docks.  I had to laugh at all the seagulls lined up on one boat well. 

I have gotten a little sewing done.
Here are 2 of the Barbara Brackman blocks I finished.  Now I hope I have the time to do the latest before a new one is posted on Saturday.

I joined my good friend Freda at The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe for her Jacobs Ladder Quilt Along.    I'm doing mine in homespuns and neutrals.  It looks like it is going to be fun.

Now for the giveaway.....To celebrate my husbands retirement and my birthday month I am going to have a giveaway every week.

This weeks giveaway is a copy of .....
Inspired by Tradition by Kay Mackenzie.  I love this book.  If you love to hand applique or do fusible applique it is great.  And it comes with a DVD to print templates in 5 sizes.  I love my copy and know you will too.

Now how to enter.

1.  Leave a comment to say you are a follower.
2.  Leave a comment that you just became a follower.
3.  Blog about the giveaway and then leave a comment telling me you blogged about it.

You can receive 2 chances to win a copy.  Leave comments by Friday and I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday morning.  Good luck.

Wishing you a quilty day!

Hugs, Cathy

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

Congratulations on hubbies retirement and happy birthday. This is my BD month also! Don't enter me in the giveaway...I will be out of touch for awhile. Maybe when I get back I can enter. Looks like a book I would love to own.

Janet O. said...

Congrats on the birthday and retirement! Don't enter me, either. I don't do applique, so someone who can use the book should get it!

Allie said...

Well congratulations to hubby - that is an amazing work record, especially in this day and age when everyone stays in a job 2 years or less! Your walks are so lovely. And your blocks are too! I'm going to try to remember to blog about your give-away - there is so much going on this week. Maybe I should do that now....you know I'm a follower!

Allie said...

Blogged!

Impera_Magna said...

Happy Birthday to YOU, Cathy!

Congratulations to your DH on his retirement!!! How exciting for you both!


I'm not an appliquer either... so please let other have the chance at your great give-away!


Love your JL blocks... you're on your way!

sunny said...

Happy Birthday and Retirement. Enjoy your time together and your lovely walks.

Cindy N. said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Retirement to your hubby! I am a new follower. Hand applique is my passion, I find it to be so relaxing...thanks for the chance to win your book :)

Martina said...

Congratulations to both of you! And thank you so much for the lovely give away! I am a new follower now!

gill said...

Happy Birthday to you and I hope your husband has a long and happy retirement! My husband goes part time this month with a view to retiring at 65!
I'm a new follower!

Joan said...

Happy Birthday to you and congratulations to your husband on his retirement. Wishing you many, many happy times together. Retirement is wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.

Joan said...

I have become a follower. I'd love to win the book. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Doniene said...

Cathy, I've just become a follower!! I have so wanted to do a sampler appliques quilt and this book looks perfect. Congrats to your husband for such a stellar work record!! Happy Birthday month!! and I love your blocks they are lovely!!

Blessings

Doniene said...

Just blogged about the give away!!

Blessings

Sharon said...

Just found you through Allie's blog! I'm going to like visiting here.
Congratulations to your husband on his retirement. That's a long time to be with the same company and very rare these days. Thank you for the sweet giveaway you are having! Now I'm going to follow you.

shez said...

I am a new follower Cathy,happy birthday and happy retirement to your hubby,enjoy your time together and have fun.I love your blocks,well done,i have come over from Allie's site

krisgray said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday! Your pix of the parks are lovely - what a great way to spend your days. Thank you for the awesome giveaway.

Terry said...

Congratulations to your hubby (and you) on his retirement! Enjoy your time together! No need to enter me in your giveaway. I'd never do all that applique anyway! LOL

Jen said...

Congrats! What a joyous occasion. What a fabulous birthday gift :) I would love to win Kay's book. She does some amazing work and is such an excellent teacher. Thanks for the opportunity. I'm a new follower, so I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work!

James-Linda said...

CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH!
THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT BOOK!
HAPPY STITCHING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Verna G said...

Congratualtions on your birthday and your husbands retirement! I hope you both enjoy these years!

Carrie P. said...

Yay! for fall.
Oh, I am enjoying seeing your blocks being made.
Congrats to you both. And such a nice way to celebrate by giving a gift. :)

LuAnn said...

Happy birthday to you, and congratulations to you both on your husband's retirement. That is the time in life that we hope for, too. I wish you many happy years of walks together.