merry everything, happy always

This is the greeting on my best friend's Christmas card this year...and I love it.  It perfectly sums up the overarching sentiment of the season, without using the generic, boring, and overly innocuous "Happy Holidays".

So, this is my wish for you, too.

Merry Everything - whatever holiday you are celebrating, I hope it's festive, fun and merry.

Happy Always - I hope you find happiness and joy in everything you do, not only in the new year but always.

I'll be taking some much-needed family time after the long, hard fall semester.  They deserve everything I can give them for being so patient with me.  My family rocks.

See you in 2012!


giveaway winner!

Wow - thank you so much to everyone who entered my little giveaway last week.  I'm overwhelmed at the response!  I loved, loved, loved reading all of your "favorite things" posts.

Now - on to what you are waiting for... our lucky winner is #108, VickiT!!


Congratulations, Vicki!  Look for an e-mail from me soon.

Only one more week 'til the big day....are you ready?  I know I'm not!

Merry Christmas, every one!


party time!

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The holidays are quickly approaching and parties are filling up our nights. But how about a party where you don't have to dress up, you don't have to drive anywhere, you don't need a babysitter, and you don't have to clean your house?!

Welcome to that party!!!

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Quilting Gallery is celebrating their 4th anniversary, and Michele is hosting a fabulous Blog Party to celebrate. Every blog that is in the party is hosting a giveaway...and, rumor has it, there are over 240+ participating blogs. That's a lot of prizes!!

So, here's my little giveaway.  It's a small bundle of things I received at Sewing Summit, passed on to you, my fabulous readers.

First is a Robert Kaufman Kona charm square pack (dark palette)...

(You can see all the colors in this palette by clicking here.)

...a "Stella" dress pattern by the fabulous Izzy and Ivy Designs...

...and a Quilter'sBlock-A-Day Calendar Companion CD.

One winner will receive all three of these items.

To enter the giveaway...
(1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about holiday parties. (1 entry)
(2) Follow Stitching by Starlight, and leave a comment telling me that you do. (1 entry)

US entries only, please, limit two entries per person. Giveaway ends Dec 17, 2011.

The full list of blogs will be available tonight, just a little after midnight.  Be sure to visit the Quilting Gallery blog to visit see a list of all the giveaways!

Happy Hopping!


Finished it Friday and a Friday feature

Hi everyone!  It's time for our weekly link party, but first, I have a little announcement... I'm being featured!

AnneMarie from GenX Quilters, who I got to meet in person at Sewing Summit, is featuring me today as part of her Follower Friday series. I'm so honored and excited!  AnneMarie is a wonderful person and I'm so glad I got the chance to get to know her a bit better in Utah.  Her blog is a wonderful resource of tutorials, quilt blocks, patterns, website links, and more.  So, for those of you who haven't seen it, go check it out. And for those visiting from there, welcome!   I'm so glad you're here.  :)

Every week, my friend Kimberlee and I host Finish it Friday, to showcase your quilting, crafting, and sewing finishes.  So it's your turn to toot your horn and shout your finish to the world!


Our most visited link from last week was the one for Belinda's Christmas pillowcases. They were so cute and I'm trying to figure out how to work them into my already overloaded to-do list.  My boys would love these.  If you didn't see them, be sure to check them out.

Katy's Christmas Pillow Cases

I don't have any finishes to show just yet, but I'm steadily working towards one.  How about you?  Do you have a recent finish?