Friday, July 9, 2010

Spike and Chester

Remember the old cartoon that had a big bulldog and a little annoying terrier? The terrier would bug, bug, bug the bulldog? That is what the last 15 hours have been like. Poor Otto. He cannot get any relief from Gibby. Gibby would be happy to puppy wrestle 23 1/2 hours per day. After their morning walk (hey, that was an experience! one leash for each arm) I had to give poor Otto a time-out from Gibby and put him in a crate. Just so the poor guy could take a nap. I don't think Otto had this result in mind when he was trying to get in the door to find Gibby last night. 10 month old Gibby is RELENTLESS.

Okay, enough of that..... Are you ready to start thinking of crisp days, falling leaves and things that go bump in the night? This is a Fat Quarter bundle of Halloween Night and a pattern for the Spooky quilt. Here is the Charm Pack ™ and the Treats Not Tricks apron pattern.Make a comment here on this post about your worst house guest experience or about anything at all - before midnight July 11th and you could be a winner. 2 entries will be picked by Otto and Gibby and you could win either the Fat Quarter Bundle and pattern or the Charm pack ™ and pattern. Ta-ta.

Laurie

Postscript: In rereading, I see I might have given some wrong ideas about Otto. In no way is he a bad house guest. I do think his house guesting experience might be a little trying for him. His host, Gibby is the difficult one. Seriously, how can a good guy like this be a bad house guest?Here he is trying to catch a rest from puppy wrestling.

165 comments:

Nancy said...

Worst house guest? We had a rental house that was overrun with MICE!! They had no fear of us...I couldn't wait to get out of there...

Love the fabrics...

Dianne said...

I haven't really had a "worst" houseguest experience. My BEST houseguest experience was when my best friend came to visit me 5 weeks after my son was born, and I convinced her to move across the country to live with us. She slept on our couch in a 700 sq. foot apartment for 6 weeks until she found her own place. It was so much fun!

MJinMichigan said...

I shared a room with a fellow quilter once and found out she was a terrible roommate. She wore a mask and earplugs to bed and still complaned that I woke her when I came in so late at 11pm!
I'd love to win the pattern and fat quarters of the Halloween prints. I was at Lake Street Mercantile yesterday and saw the quilt in progress but they were already sold out of kits for it.

Patchwork Penguin said...

I don't know if I've had a worst house guest... unless you count those furry, thousand legger bugs... I HATE those things. If my husband is in the other room and hears "KEVIN!!!", he knows exactly what I want him to do.

So far he's killed two this week. Yuck!

I love the fabrics and your patterns. Have about three waiting in the wings to work on.

Thanks so much for hosting this!

Quilty Hugs!

ferne said...

My worst house guest would have been the bat that flew in uninvited and wouldn't leave. Bats are hard to get out just like some relatives.

Margaret said...

I would have to agree -- our worst house guest was either the bat that invited itself in, or the bees who decided our back room ceiling was the perfect place to build their nest. Ugh!

Gretchen said...

Thankfully I have never had a worst house guest experience. Maybe because I have a small house and don't invite anyone except for family to stay over :) I would absolutely love to win one of the giveaways & am keeping fingers and toes crossed.

Claudia said...

Well I've not had a worst house guest, but I have had a good one. My husbands brother helps watch our dogs when we go on vacation. I swear the house is cleaner when we get back home.The dogs just love him. So he can come over anytime to watch our house. If your single so is he, he's a great kid.

Mary said...

Worse houseguest-anyone who brings their pets with them. The pets are uncomfortable and so am I.
Mary

Mary said...

Worse houseguest-anyone who brings their pets with them. The pets are uncomfortable and so am I.
Mary

Nancy Anne said...

A chipmunk that got into the basement and chewed up anything cardboard, plastic or wood - including pieces of the garage doors!

Mary Grace McNamara said...

We've never had any bad people house guests, but one time while on vacation in a wonderful little cabin on a lake in New Hampshire, it must have been mosquito hatching season and we woke up in the middle of the night to a cabin FULL of swarming mosquitos. It was horrifying! Next time we went, they had replaced the screens! Whew!

Lovely giveaway too!

MGM

Hattie said...

The worst house guest we ever had was a relative. He suggested we have this great big dinner as a family, went to the store with my dad, picked out a roast and all the fixin's, then expected my dad to pick up the tab. His daughter clogged a toilet with a nursing pad, and they didn't offer to pay anything. It was a lovely experience for my family! The best part? They left! ;-)

Meg said...

My worst house guest experience was a relative of my husband's who stayed overnight. And thank goodness it was only one night! I had to go to work the next morning, but she decided she wanted to stay up watching television at the other end of the house til 2am. No problem! Until she came crashing to bed at my end of the house and kept me up for a half hour...

My husband went to work early the next morning, but warned her that she wanted to stay out of my way til I'd had my shower and some coffee. Instead, she talked to me nonstop from the moment I left my bedroom, including through the bathroom door! Privacy, what's that?

The final straw was actually going to take my shower and finding that after her shower the previous night, my pest, er, guest, had thrown my clean towel in the hamper and her sopping wet towel on top of it. My husband had been nice enough to use the last clean towel for HIS shower, so...

Let's just say she won't be invited to stay over again anytime soon.

(Wow, that was therapeutic! Also, I love the new line!)

Monica said...

My worst house guest...hmm. They must've so bad that I've blocked it from my memory because I can't remember a darn thing! LOL

Thanks for the chance to win this totally awesome giveaway.

krisgray said...

Most of our house guests are pretty good. Our first house guest, i.e. in our first house that we owned, was my mother-in-law and she spent the whole weekend pointing out everything that was wrong with our new house.

Mom on the Move! said...

Great give away - to have a worst houseguest experience I would need to have guests. And since we are stationed in Germany right now we don't get any.

Gwendie said...

Worst guest? Hands down, my sister! Even my kids had to tell her to stop talking and go back to bed. (And, ooohhhh, I'd love to win this!)

Vicky said...

I've had a few "worst" house guests, but also had some awesome ones. It was fun to sit up at night and chat until we couldn't hold our eyes open any more!

lesthook said...

My worst house guest? I had a cousin and her family stay with me for a couple of weeks years ago. Her daughter would break something or tear something up and she( the mom), hid all of it in a closet! LOL! It was all there after they left!
Love your fabrics!

Gayle said...

Believe it or not, my worst house guest experience was just two weeks ago. My sister came for a ten day visit, and I don't know why, but she only showers every three days! Whew!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Actually the house guests were okay, but something the woman used on her face and neck for night cream completely discolored the sheets and pillowcases! The sage green turned yellow in those spots!! Had to toss them!
Your giveaway is awesome - thank you for the opportunity!

thelazyquilter said...

My husband had a friend come upstate to visit from NYC. I was pregnant at the time. This person proceeded to tell us he was coming up every weekend for the entire summer. When we told him no, he got completely manic. He walked off yelling, then his wife called from the city and asked if we could please drive him to the train. I don't know WHY I said yes, I guess for his wife. So we drove in the dark night with this cuckoo bird. Nice, huh?

Danielle said...

My house had 3 bedrooms, for a family of four... No extra "guest-room"! Stops any potential bad house guests in their tracks, when the only option is the couch! LOL

thelazyquilter said...

Hey - this is theraputic! Here is houseguest #2 story.

Yet another city friend came upstate to visit. He proceeded to get totally wasted. He also brought my husband out to get lots of steak and seafood which, oh dur who paid for it? The hubby. To top it all off the guy is diabetic and isn't supposed to drink at all. Do I need to say I have told the hubby NO MORE HOUSEGUESTS?! Well, except for family because even though they drive you nuts, you love 'em.

Hope this isn't TMI ladies!

llo said...

Worst house guest, my brother-in-law.
He shows up without warning and thinks he is on vacation and that he doesn't have to clean up after himself. He doesn't even let you know how long he plans on staying.
He has now been banned from every family member's house except for day visits. Awe, family!!!
Would love to win.
Linda O.

merumo said...

Our worst house guest was our friend's doggies stayed at our place last year. They- two English Sheep dogs wouldn't move at at all for hours from the front entrance after they were dropped off as they were so mad about they were left. As they are both so heavy, we couldn't just move them into the room to entertain them nor nothing else we could have done... You can see the pictures of how they were at my old blog...


http://pleasentree.blog4.fc2.com/blog-entry-812.html#more

Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

Janet said...

I can't think of any bad houseguests we've had. I do remember staying at a friend's parents house one time and my then 16 month old daughter cried ALL NIGHT. Eventually I felt so bad I sat out in the car with her in the pouring rain. She was happier in the car - it was familiar I guess. I'm not sure anyone got much sleep that night.
I'd love to win your lovely giveaway!!

Anonymous said...

My worse houseguest experience was when friends of my husbands came to visit us for a few days. They both are incessant talkers and I would go to the bathroom just to get away from them for awhile. They must of thought that I had a urinary tract infection or WORSE!!!

Charlotte S from CA

Dee said...

The worst houseguest experience was not mine but my husband's. He babysat my parents 2 dogs while we went to a family reunion far away. Their dog Nicki was so neurotic that she was destroying everything. He blocked her off in the kitchen but she was so panicked she jumped through the see-through fireplace - while it was on! He was ever so glad to see her leave.

Annabelle said...

Worst house guest would have to be myself this last two days...Came to help my sister with her 4 kiddos since she had her tonsils out yesterday and I have come down with the WORST chest cold and dizzy spells - so my 10 year old are doing our best to keep the 7, 4, , and 7mth old from escaping and running for the hills. :)

sndy1 said...

We don't have houseguests that often as we have a small house, but one that I do remember slept and slept and slept and we weren't sure if he was ok or if he would ever leave. Thanks for the giveaway.

Tammy said...

Guess I don't have a worst house guest story. All of my house guests have been great. Hope Otto got some rest - those youngins can wear you out, haha.

Mimi said...

I babysat my son's dog (a Basenji) for a week and he tore up and chewed up my blinds, chewed the woodwork around the window and the back door. I guess he was mad because we went to work, but it wasn't a pretty site when I got home that night. As you can imagine, he is not welcomed to spend the night anymore.

Rose Hunter said...

No worst house guest stories, but I had the pleasure of having my granddaughters spend a week here with us. Loved it! I spent this morning cleaning fingerprints off of glass doors and removing footprints off of the hardwood floors. I hated to clean them off because they reminded me of the girls and the fun we had.

Sharon said...

Worst house guest? My ex Mother in Law. I finally told my husband she wasn't allowed on our property, so she stayed in her rv a few blocks from our house and he went over there to visit her. Since my dh passed, there has been no communication, not even to ask when I was having the funeral. Wow!
OK, I'm moving on, great fabrics, but I'm waiting to see what you were doing with all those circles ;-)

Sharon said...

Worst house guest? My ex Mother in Law. I finally told my husband she wasn't allowed on our property, so she stayed in her rv a few blocks from our house and he went over there to visit her. Since my dh passed, there has been no communication, not even to ask when I was having the funeral. Wow!
OK, I'm moving on, great fabrics, but I'm waiting to see what you were doing with all those circles ;-)

Debbie said...

We once had a cousin of my husband show up in town. She called from the bus station and asked could she drop by. She dropped by for several days. It wasn't that she was so bad, but she didn't want to leave. I had never met this woman and my husband had only met her a couple of times. When we told family members that she had stopped by they all laughed. The evidently knew something we didn't

MonikaC said...

We have a 7 year old boxer who was content to have a relatively quiet and calm house. Then we took in a 6 month old boxer pup who refuses to allow any kind of calm or quiet. After 5 months, the puppy still jumps all over the old guy and destroys just about everything he can get his mouth on! He may not be a house guest, but he is a bit of a terror.

Cheri C. said...

We won't name names... but someone with several children that tore the house up... just because the items were there...

Anonymous said...

No bad house guests that I can remember. Love it when my quilty friends come to stay!

Love the fabric!

Nancy E

Barbie Jo said...

When I lived in Oklahoma..... I was chattering away on the phone and my daughter ran into the kitchen screaming there was a tarantula on the entry way floor. EEEEKS, what to do! Apparently being quite large it snuck in the door when some little darling came in or out. I dropped the phone, grabbed a LARGE bucket and quickly threw it on top. Now what, I had a tarantula trapped inside my bucket, the bucket did not move. Phew. I s l o w l y slid the bucket across the floor and out the front door and on to the side walk. Grabbed my garden hose and whooshed it out to the street. Where it got run over by a car to the cheers of all the neighbors who had gathered over the drama LOL! Would love to whip up something from your cute fabric bundle!

passingdowncrazy said...

I had a roommate that left open cans of tuna in the fridge. I can't eat that stuff to this day!!!

Oh, the fabric! How fun.

Jo Anne said...

No bad house guests for me, unless you count the 40 parrots that moved in permanently.

Amy said...

We woke to muffled cries for help from our teenage daughter. My DH rushed down the steps and uttered a one word expletive. I quickly followed to find a bat circling above her bed. DH ran to find a old sheet, and I ran and opened the front door. The bat circled our daughter's bed once more, and then flew out the door. We were never so glad to see a "guest" leave!

Diane said...

the worst experience was a few years back. My in-laws came to stay as our middle son was graduating from HS. Mom -in- law became ill, I didn't think she should go to the graduation ceremony, it was outside and hot...but she insisted...we almost missed graduation (aaagggg) but the worst part was she was so sick that: 1. I thought she was literally going to die in my house... and
2.it was over TWO weeks before the Dr would give her permission to fly and when they got the permission (praise the Lord)they booked their flight for THE FOLLOWING WEEK because they got a better rate!
**I must say they are wonderful people and I love them...just not for that long a time** :)

Lisa C said...

My worst was probably not so bad compared to some; it was an old friend and her two little kids that needed a place to spend the night. I had little kids at the time also so it was like a slumber party. Except not as fun. They complained about the dinner I cooked for them, about the bed (my daughter's) they would be sleeping in, then her son threw up all over my living room carpet. Complained all morning about the birds outside the window that woke them up. I was glad when our slumber party was over :)

craft-crazed said...

worst house guest... well its actually a good friend of mine and I was out of town and he was there hanging out with my roomie at the time. I have one of those popason chairs (I call them turtle chairs since the seat looks like an inside out turtle shell) anywho he broke the base of it! Well then I asked him to replace it of coarse because that is one of my favorite reading spots! he bought a flower pot to replace the base... needless to say it didnt work to well so then he got the bright idea to throw it over the balcony the next time I was out of town!! I know great friend right?! He really is we've known each other a long time and this all happened in our younger "crazier" days.... Luckily I have a fabulous sister and bro inlaw who bought me a new chair to replace it that christmas :)

ps. halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! so much fun!! I love the fall season and I love all the spooky colors! I also am a fan of dressing up :)

~Candace

Cara said...

Luckily with an apartment we don't get many of those! Though growing up my bedroom used to visited by an occasional mouse or much worse, spider!

Carrie said...

Worst house guest... when I was in school, I went home for Spring Break. I had a good friend who lived with her family and also needed a break, so I offered my apartment to her to house-sit ~ and for a break. Everything was in perfect condition when I got home, that wasn't the problem. But I found out a few months later that she had gone through all my drawers, my closets, every single thing in the house, just nosing around. Journals, notebooks, photo albums, little saved whatevers... she had snooped through E V E R Y T H I N G.

Poor Otto. He's going to sleep for a month when he gets to go home. Do you think he'll start leaving brochures for kennels around the house for LeighAnn? :)

Have a great weekend!

Judy in Michigan said...

My house guest story is about when I was a house guest with another friend at his friend's house. My friend had too much to drink and fell asleep in the living room. Everyone went to bed and he woke up and tried to find his bedroom. He found the door to the garage which he opened and immediately set off the alarm in the middle of the night! What a commotion! Everyone went back to bed and he decided to find the bathroom later in the night - oops - wrong door again - I was so embarrassed - we were never invited there again!! True story!!!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

We have a cottage in Maine and we have the usual mice once in a while but last year we had a squirrel and he created havoc! We had a heck of a time catching him but finally at the end of summer, after all our cottage guest's complaints about him, we caught him in October. He must have left to go Trick or Treating!

Robin said...

My worst house guest experience was when my son and daughter-in-law stayed with us for 5 months while they got on their feet financially. They insisted on bringing their aquariums (plural) to live in the basement with them When they left there was mildew all around my four family room windows.

Robin C said...

well my worse house guest was human, came to see his brother who had just had heart surgery and I had my hands full so the last thing I needed was someone to have to wait one while taking care of my precious husband, besides the brother didn't like cats and we had 2. Creep stayed for 3 weeks!

b said...

Hmmmmmm, I can't really think of a worst house guest story. I suppose having a little too much family time at our family lake cottage happens occasionally. One can only take so much of my brother! Gotta love him, but seriously!

Have a great weekend! The fabrics look great!
b.

Lindy said...

Not really worst house-guest...but they brought all 6 of us the throw up Big "D" experience....and this was when we only had one bathroom....so with 10 people sharing one bathroom...not pretty...not pretty at all!

Jan - Big Brown Dog Primitives said...

How about a 2 1/2' Copperhead who invited himself into our mud room? Quite a surprise, for sure.

Love the fabrics and the patterns, and thank you for a chance to win them.

SheilaC said...

Poor Otto!! Hope he was able to take a nap :)

My house guest wasn't bad, but he came to visit during construction on our house and we hadn't put the door on the bathroom yet. It was just hubby and me and 2 babies so it didn't matter, but the house guest was a little anxious to get the door installed pronto!

Thank you for the wonderful give away, those fabrics are fun!!

SheilaC

SueB said...

Oh thinking of fall all ready. I dont think I want to go there yet but would love to start the project. Love them.

Me and My Sister Designs said...

Making a long story shorter...
We had a house guest that took 2 hour showers, was eating us out of house and home, and his dog was getting on our nerves. We still had a few days to endure so late one night my husband and I decided to launch a plan to get him out! We pretended that we got an emergency call from his parents and that we had to leave town. We went so far as stuffing an overnight bag with blankets for effect and loaded the car. He asked to leave the dog in the yard for a few hours and we said OK. We waited around the corner and as soon as he drove away we went back home, closed all the blinds, and watched television in the backroom for a few hours until he came back for the dog. As soon as we heard him pick up the dog we opened up the house again and enjoyed the weekend!

mamabagelsblog said...

We let friends stay in our house while we were away and had to spend several hundred dollars having the carpet cleaned because their dog wasn't quite as housebroken as they thought he was. We are still friends though!
I would love to win the Halloween fabric and maybe get a head start this year!

Carol Sc said...

I've had a good laugh visualizing your "puppies playing". We also have had a visit from a "grand-dog" that thought it would be interesting to see my fabric stash (not all of it, mind you!). In his haste to paw through the piles, he revealed some that I am sure I didn't purchase! It did result in a more orderly storage system, so, I guess, I should be suitably grateful.

Diane said...

The worst house guest experience...my brother in law and his wife came for dinner one evening...and left 4 days later. We lived in a tiny narrow mobile home and there was no place for anyone. I had three children and they had three. My husband and I questioned each other "did you invite them to stay so long?" Neither of us had, but what do you do? We couldn't hurt their feelings so we toughed it out and they finally went home. Needless to say we thought long and hard before we invited anyone to dinner again.

Sandra Henderson said...

We invited a couple from Poland, who we'd had some business dealing with, for a few days while they were in FL for the winter. Well, they stayed a week. With us. On an island. No escape. Have you ever been around anyone who just talks and talks and talks nonstop and never really says anything and yet they just keep on talking because well i don't know why and they just run on and on and are also very dramatic in doing so with their gestures and body language and when you finally can get a work in edgewise they have a similiar experience or story to tell or know more than you do about the subject and just have to tell you aalllll about theirs because well you know they just keep going and then about half way through it leads into another story and then you have to eventually get back to the first one and then you have to fix dinner and they follow you into the kitchen to continue talking so as to be good house guests and keep you company and then after dinner they don't help you clean up but they do keep you company some more and and and and.... ? get the idea? well, this was the wife. Poor man.

Mikelle said...

I haven't had any bad house guest experiences, lucky, I guess!
I would love to make that Spooky pattern.

kell22 @ cox.net

Sarah said...

Our best house guest was a foster dog we had for more than a year. He was a shepherd of some sort and small, so we told people he was a mini shepherd. My husband and I fell in love with him, but with a Mastiff and St. Bernard already, we didn't feel we had room for another permanent resident no matter how small. He deserved a family where he would be top dog.
This little guy was the perfect house guest. He ate laying down in his crate, slept only on a corner of the bed and made the sweetest sighing sounds when he was tired.
He was adopted by a family and is doing great now!
Oh, but we miss him!

Patty1 said...

I'm betting that my mother's worst houseguest was my aunt and uncle's only child Cousin Duke...a very large labrador retriever. He slobbered, drooled and suffered from apparent gastric discomfort. He pulled a folded up rollaway bed into the kitchen where the entire family reunion group was eating. He was pretty much a house dog, especially after he killed many of mom's chickens. We laugh about it now, but I don't think she was all that amused at the time. Of the 17 guests (and 7 family members)there that weekend, I've never heard anyone recall anything anybody else did or said. He was the star.

Amy said...

I have not had a bad houseguest, but our air conditioning was out when my last houseguest was here. I live in Texas...100 degrees outside!!!

Siobhan said...

My worst house guest? I'll just say that I knew our marriage could withstand anything after we had the in-laws visit us for 3 weeks at a time. Nobody told me that long family visits was the downside of marrying somebody from a foreign country!

Deb A said...

Worse house guest would have to be my father's dog while he was in the hospital. He didn't get along at all with my 2 dauschand's and it was like have 3 toddlers to deal with on a daily basis - never again! Beautiful fabric!

Cindi P. said...

The skunk under the cabin we had rented was the worst house guest...the other may be reading your blog :)

Kathie said...

when my brother came to visit us for a weekend and wound up staying for almost 2 months, He forgot to mention he was leaving his wife when he asked if he could come up for the weekend!!!! it was WAY too long. Now we have house guest rules 2 nights and thats it!
of course we have asked certain people to stay longer but not much longer!
Love the fabrics and the pattern looks fun to make! I love the fall my favorite time of year, and yes its all about the fall colors !
Kathie

Jeanne said...

We had an uninvited guest years ago. My husband opened the door to the basement of our old farm house and sitting on a shelf above the steps was a raccoon.

Kathy said...

We have not had bad house guests, but we had a bad weekend at another house...or should I say BOAT. We went with neighbors for a weekend on their sailboat. It was 105 degrees in the shade...and there was only shade on the dock...there was no wind, and they would not use the motor...it was a sailboat, you know. We slept in the bed below deck, where it was even hotter, and the light on top of the mast had to be lighted all night since we anchored near a shipping lane in the Chesapeake Bay. The light shined in on us all night. Got up the next day to the smell of diesel fuel leaking, and A....ONE...burned pancake that 4 of us split. Yumm. I got sunburned and seasick and we could not go in the water because of jellyfish...everywhere. I could not wait to go home. Well, we ended up spending ANOTHER night on the darned boat...yippee. Sunday AM I begged to go back to their shore house. We did. Shortly after, we left to drive the 4 hours back home. I was never so thankful to see our HOME again.

We did stay friends, but the weekend on the boat was never mentioned again.

Lisa said...

Our most recent house guest was a little sparrow who flew in the front door and landed on the windowsill. Our two terriers came to immediate attention and climbed up the dining room furniture to get to the poor girl. After she rested for a minute I tossed a lightweight towel over her, scooped her up and set her free...much to the disappointment of the pooches! I can feel the cool, crisp air of Fall coming our way just looking at Halloween Night.

Laura Jean said...

Amazing the eyes of a dog and that they need no words -- just those looks say it all! . . . I enjoy coming to visit your blog and website -- your fabrics, patterns, your work are truly inspirational . . . THANKS!

Becky said...

How could you not love that face :) One of our worst house-guest experiences was when some dear friends visited us with their children. We were in a rental house, trying to keep things in wonderful shape. Their four children ran wild. There was a meal with spaghetti sauce that was difficult to handle. Our friends didn't think their children needed to be watched. Thankfully, they never all visited again. Actually, we've been blessed with wonderful houseguests, several of them family dogs.

SheilaS said...

My worst house guest-when my brother-in-law brought his new wife-to-be to meet us for the first time. We are all Sr. citizens. They arrived here before we got home and when Dick introduced us she greeted us with "Dick showed me around. I hope you don't mind that we opened all the closets and we checked out the basement. You really need to clean out the basement so that your children don't have to." No further comment! :)

Carol said...

My sister-in-law and her 2 sons who arrived during March break when my husband (her brother) was out of town on business. Her kids fought with my five sons the whole week of the visit and she has never been my favourite person. Also the weather was so miserably cold that the kids couldn't play outside. All in all, unforgettable!

Marcia said...

Thank you for this giveaway and am enjoying your selections. My worst houseguest is something I want to forget. Ate my food, trashed the house, ran up the phone bill, and left before I got home from work. Would rather quilt than reflect on that history. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Mary said...

Well, for me she's a delightful house guest, but for our two cats, our daughter's mini dachshund is the worst house guest ever! She thinks the best game ever is to chase them up the stairs, around through the bedrooms, back down and around the kitchen island. They finally catch on, get up high where she can't see them and then there is peace until they get down again. I'm sad, but they are relieved when daughter and doxie go home!

Kwiltsfl said...

I guess our worst house guests were a family that invited themselves to our house for the weekend and then brought their dog unannounced. At least the dog was small and had a crate!
Karen

debbie said...

those eyes speak volumes!
Worst house guest ~ the ex!! ( finally had to ask him to leave!LOL!)
LOVE your fabrics ~ thanks for your generosity ~ Fall will be here before we know it! Thanks Laurie & Polly! Debbie

Laura T said...

I also have a bat story. We were vacationing in Chelan WA and there were fruit orchards all around. Somehow two bats got in and during the middle of the night started flying above my husband and self. I've never jumped so fast out of bed and been so scared. It's funny now to remember it. My husband was trying to bat the bat with as badminton racquet in the middle of night. So we slept on the sofas downstairs and were finally able to capture the bats later the next morning. Whew!
I would so love to win one of your give-a-ways. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!
Laura T

Karen said...

I'm lucky to say that I've never had a bad house guest. I always enjoyed having my niece and nephew over and dogs are always welcome. Our labradoodle Lucy would love to play with Gibby and Otto. She is non stop energy. The only way to wear her out is to walk her several times a day. If you don't, there's no sleeping for any of us. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm really glad you have a new halloween line again. Fall fabrics are the best. Thanks, Karen

Pati said...

Worst houseguest would have to have been my ex-inlaws who came to visit after my husband had died. They proceeded to criticize everything I did as a single mom! BTW, I had 4 children and raised them by myself and they have all turned out to be wonderful people. So, the ex-inlaws must have been wrong! I absolutely love the fabrics and have never won a giveaway!!!

Audrey said...

I have never had a bad houseguest experience! I guess I am lucky... But to be truly lucky would be to win your giveaway!!
Audrey
audreybretz@gmail.com

Sue Tokash said...

The worst house guest actually tried to invite themselves to stay several days. We own the family homestead, built by my husband's grandfather. Some distant relatives showed up and stayed and stayed for hours. Finally, she asked where would they be sleeping? I must have looked very surprised because she responded, "well it is the family homestead. We have the right to stay here." I smiled and said no problem as long as I get her portion of the mortgage that I have been paying for the last 20 years. She packed up her family, left and still hasn't spoken to us. Oh well.

scottylover said...

Pretty! I don't think I have ANY Halloween fabric in my stash. Maybe you could remedy that? LOL

Not may house guest here, Not enough room for the two of us, add one more person and we'd be like sardines! LOL

Sandy A

terry said...

love the new fabric collection. Maybe i'll win.

Lisa D. said...

Would love the chance to win. Worst house guest? Well, he has since passed and I miss him terribly, but this family member stayed at our house and someone was in our one bathroom, so he went out the front door (in daylight) and did his business off the front porch. How do I know? I caught him in the act.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I've been pleased with everyone that has stayed with us through the years. I guess I'm lucky to have good friends and family!

Nice give away!

Amy said...

Otto is just as cute as Gibby. I'm sure he was happy for the time out. Our guest dog is my daughter's dog, Jerry Lee. He is cute and certainly lovable. He is about the same age as Gibby. Honestly, I know just how Otto feels. No offense Jerry Lee.

kshackabq said...

A centipede ?? Can't think of a good story to share, but had a good chuckle about Otto and Gibby wrestling, and wrestling, and . . . Please count me in on the giveaway!

Jen in NY said...

Once my friend came to visit and brought her two out-of-control kids. The boy locked my son in the guest room and the girl wouldn't go to sleep and whined until her mom went to bed with her, at 11 o'clock. Good times!

carol fun said...

Worst guests - the family of raccoons who took up residence in the ceiling our solarium. You could hear them running back and forth all night long. It took a trapper a week to remove all of them and relocate them to better digs than our house.

Those are lovely fabrics!

rebecca said...

Hmmm...the worst house guest would be my sister-in-law, bless her heart, who liked to hunt up obscure things to clean. Drove me nuts!!!!

Connie F said...

When we were remodeling and adding on to our house a bat made his way into our house. YUCK!
Would love to win the fabric!
Connie F

Logan said...

Worst experience? I don't think I've ever had one. I love the new halloween line! Can't wait untill my local quilt shop gets the new patterns!!!

ledamewood said...

Worst house guest was my son's old girlfriend. Fortunately, it's not the one he married.

Anonymous said...

Gosh I guess I don't invite worst house guests to my home. Probably the only thing that would apply here is a snake that was coiled around my vacuum hose which I very proudly caught with a butterfly net! My husband was hiding in the next room! What a coward he is...LOL
Louise

WoolenSails said...

My son's cat. Can you keep her for a few weeks, has turned into a few years. She pukes all over the place and not fun to clean. Unfortunately she seems to like me and follows me all over the place, how can I send her away;)

Debbie

sandy said...

I haven't had a bad house guest. Now that I have stated that it will probably happen. Love the blog and the generosity in giving great prizes away. Thanks!

S. said...

This is my daughter's worst house guest and it happened over 4th of July. Her SIL is a dog handler; she grooms, trains & shows Golden Retreivers all over the country. My daughter was told on Facebook by her SIL that she wanted to visit for the holiday weekend. SIL didn't inform my DD that she would be in a local dog show and that she was traveling with 10 Goldens.(yes Ten!). DD is at work when SIL arrives after a 22 hour drive and turns the 10 dogs loose on DD's fenced backyard. DD comes home, find dog poo and dog hair all over her house and then sees the backyard garden. Understand DD has worked on garden since Feb. as she lives in the deep south.
SIL stacks the dog crates in the guest bedroom so all ten dogs would sleep there. Later SIL informs DD that her boyfriend is flying in on Fri. & please get him at airport?
DD packed her bags, rented a condo on beach in Florida and had a great time with 3 GFs over the long weekend. I say, hire a cleaning crew, send SIL the bill and dump the DH, who never told DD that 10 dogs were going to be house guests. Grrr

Becky B said...

My worst house guest was a deer that jumped into our pool and then crashed into the garage. And believe it or not, the deer was okay. Pool, not so much.

Barb said...

When my son was small, we had an unexpected visitor. We lived in a small town where locking doors at night was optional. Our son woke us up saying there was a strange lady sleeping on our couch. Turns out the woman got her directions mixed up; she turned right instead of left and went to the place at the end of the road. Her friend knew she would be late arriving; so told her to just come in and make herself at home. We all had a good laugh and got her safely to her intended destination.

Cathy M said...

My worst house "guest" is the dust bunnies. They invited themselves years ago and have never left!

S. said...

PS. DD's greyhound was not leaving the master bedroom while the ten Golden Retrievers ruled the house.

marie said...

I can't think of anyone who would qualify for "worst house guest", the ones I like best, though are the ones who stay in a hotel, LOL.

Beth said...

No bad houseguest except for bugs don't like bugs.....do like fabric would love to win!!

Ginny Worden said...

Why is it we all think of mice as our worst house guest, but that would be mine. Not fond of those little critters.

Janelle J said...

Our neighbors dog comes to visit us since the neighbors are rarely home and the dog likes the attention. All is fine except the dog did get skunked a couple of months ago and even after a bath we still get a whiff of skunk every now and then.
Love the quilt!

Janet said...

When my daughter was about 10 she told a friend that she would take care of her rabbit for her. The friend was gone for about eight months! Hubey was a very large rabbit and he wasn't house trained (can one house train a rabbit?) Also our cat thought that he should play with (read eat) Hubey, so we had to keep him locked in a separate room when we weren't home. It was very entertaining.

Jackie said...

My worst house guest experience was my former father in law who thought that if he smoked in the bathroom with the exhaust on at 3am, no one would know that he was smoking in the house. Seriously?! We wouldn't notice?

Thank you for a lovely giveaway opportunity!

Christina D said...

Our worst house guest was a rat that lived in the garage. When we remodeled he left because of the noise. Yeah!

Thanks for the chance to win!

farmhousequilter8 said...

Never had a bad houseguest. We did have a bird get in once and they are hard to catch!!! Love your fabrics. Working on two right now.
Paula

farmhousequilter8 said...

Not had a bad houseguest. We did have a bird some thru the fireplace once. Working on two of your patterns right now, love them.
Paula

Anonymous said...

Can't mention names for worst house guest!!!!!!

I can't believe there is a dog that can wear Otto down!!!!!!!
Jill

Zebracar said...

It was easy for me to think of my worst house guest experience. Two years ago, at Christmas, my SIL came to stay with us for a week. My SIL, who is bipolar, decided to go off her medicine prior to her visit. To say she was unstable is an understatement! There was a huge family fight on Christmas Eve and the rest of her stay was un comfortable to say the least. Added to this my twin 2 yr olds were sick, one with a double ear infection, the other with a single. I've tried to put that guest experience out of my mind, but every now and then I think back on it and shudder.

DonnaCME said...

My "worst houseguest" would have to have been my sister's dog....fox terrier. The terrier was not friendly to *any* dogs, and was aggressive to my docile little beagle, even drawing blood. The mama bear came out in me....you just don't want to be hurtin' my furbabies!!!

be*mused jan said...

My worst house guest experience was years ago. Actually a dear quilting friend from when we were both newly-marrieds. We had moved away and had a toddler when she came for a visit and the whole time, she shooed him away as if he were a little pet!
I love your new group! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Frankie said...

My worst house guest experience was with family. They came for a long weekend and I thought it would never end. They seemed to think our home was a hotel, my children were servants and meals were catered to their specifications. Oh was I ever glad when that weekend was over! Fortunately, now that we live in the same state, there are no more overnight stays so the get togethers can be short and enjoyable.

Love the Halloween fabric -- it's my favorite holiday and I love to create things for it!

quiltnmaryf said...

I really haven't had any bad houseguest experiences, however, I have had excited dog experiences. My retriever mix went through the screen door in his excitement to get with his 'friend'. He was quite shocked, however only slightly "strained"! Ha Ha!

DebrafromMD said...

My worst houseguest was of the small, furry rodent variety. Helped himself to anything he could chew through in the pantry and left droppings in inopportune places. We tried to catch him with sticky traps but he managed to get out of those- minus a lot of fur. I told my husband that now we had a bald, pissed off mouse. Finally has to resort to poison baits. Fortunately, he arrived solo and we haven't had any further problems.

Mary said...

I am sure Otto votes for Gibby as WHE.

But my Worst Houseguest Ever, was a friend of my husband who brought his motorcycle dude brother. His leather and metal pants scratched every wooden chair I owned. He never sat in the same one twice. And, although we don't allow smoking in the house, there was a cigarette in the bathroom hamper which had fortunately gone out on a wet pair of socks. Ugh!!!

I could go on but he was definitely the WHE.

Erin in MI said...

Awww, poor Otto. My worst house guest has to be my in-laws...When they came up to help us install a new surround in our shower, my MIL brought all their own food with her for a 3 day stay! I was too shocked to be offended....it's been 2 1/2 years and they haven't been back...Love the Halloween fabs!

Cory said...

What an interesting experience you guys are having. My friend who is staying with us has a 16 month old son. We have a 5 month old puppy. They are buddies but sometimes the puppy looks like she is tired of the tugging and laying and rolling around. I try to give her a break by bringing her into my sewing room and blocking him out. That lasts for all of about 5 minutes and she is jumping over the barrier to go hang out with him and get layed on and rolled on and pinched. Some much for needing a break. LOL Thank you for the wonderful give-away. Take care and God bless, Cory

Emma said...

Worst houseguest has to be squirrels in the attic, followed by garden snakes in the garage, and roly poly pillbugs who are always dying inside. I thought of some people to include, but that wouldn't be kind. Sometimes visiting dogs make the list, too.
Thanks for another delightful giveaway.

I am a quilter said...

worst was fil.... came for christmas and went to bed at 7:00 on christmas eve... we had to be quite. Did not like what we had for food on christmas day... He was one of those men that jiggle there keys when he did not like some thing and would pace. so much fun.
Hope I win...

Anonymous said...

Hi Otto and Gibby!
Our worst house guests were an army of ants =( They took over the whole kitchen and threatened my dog Sugar's treats! It took months to get rid of them-and sometimes even now one or two will still show up unannounced. But our cat Xeno runs them out.
And Halloween is the BEST.

Anna, Sugar, Xeno and Mama,
Pam.p@comcast.net

Barbara said...

Worst house guest? Never really had one.

Love all your fabrics and patterns. Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks!!
Barbara S.
Cumming, GA

debbie said...

Well....As of last month ALL three of my sisters have now lived with my husband and I at least once......that's all I will say!!

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain....I have two dogs..one large and older and one small and much younger!
Love the new Holloween line!
Bev/MO

beeinstitches said...

Sorry, no bad house guest story to share because I haven't had any bad guests! But the Halloween fabric looks wonderful - and the patterns too! Hope I'll be lucky.

Del said...

Thankfully I have no bad house guest stories.

KatieQ said...

I have had several house guests who could wrestle for the honor of "Worst." My late mother-in-law is pretty close to the top of the list. She was a serious diabetic and told me she had to stick to her diet very strictly. I followed her requests very carefully and even weighed her portions. If any of us left the house for a moment she would sneak into the cabinets and the refrigerator looking for sweets and when she was caught she would say she was tidying up for me.

Barb in Mi said...

Hmm, worst house guest: I guess for me it was a bat that had entered my rental apartment - and I had no clue what to do. Now I know and it can't spook me any longer... Hopefully Otto got some rest - and Gibby takes a break herself. Nice fall / halloweeny fabric and pattern - thanks so much for the giveaway!

Malmbergs said...

While living in apartments years ago, we had squirrels that would run back and forth chasing acorns in the ceiling above our bedroom! Not the kind of atmosphere you want when trying to sleep.

cathy said...

No bad house guests that I can remember. Hopefully I wasn't one either.

Love the Halloween fabric and pattern.

Linda said...

My houseguest experiences don't hold a candle to the ones described in these comments...particularly the sister who showered infrequently! The fabric is great....hope I win!!!

Rebecca Woods said...

My worst house guests I am sad to say were my parents 10 years ago when I first had my daughter. She was my first and they were just so set in their ways of the way things should be done. They had very old fashioned ways of bringing up a baby and my house was never clean enough for them. It was a very long month. Needless to say when they left and went home to Canada (we live in Australia) we breathed a great sigh of relief and did things the way we wanted to. And she was always a very happy healthy baby and that is all that matters. We never had another trip like that though thank goodness and always really look forward to them coming back :)

Miss Jean said...

My in-laws, all five of them, had to stay with us when there mountain was evacuated from a fire. I was glad to help. Our house was brand new and we had no back yard, just dirt. My fil went out back to look at something. I had just watered down the patio and my pots. He went out and came in- no wiping his feet. He actually got mad when we called him on it!!

Lisa said...

When our children were younger, we "dog-sat" dogs of friends during the summer while they traveled back to the States (we're stationed overseas). I didn't want to have a full time pet and the kids could help with doggy chores during the summer. The dogs became part of the family. We never had more than one dog at a time and they were actually wonderful guests...except for the time that one of the dogs threw up in the middle of the living room on our carpet. My husband and I were out of the house at the time and my eldest cleaned the worst of it up. Convinced me that an adopted dog was the way to go for a while.....

basketsofcheer said...

I love the Halloween fabric, but I've been banned from buying any more of these lovlies until I use some of what I have ... according to my DH. So ... the only way I can have some of this is if I get lucky enough to win some from you. Pretty please ... :)

Quilts And Pieces said...

Not sure I can say I"ve had a worst house guess - but I have had a best! My long time internet friend from Australia came with her family to visit last year and that had to be the absolute best time we have ever had! I just hope I can make it over to AU sometime soon!

taylorsoutback said...

Have been quilting for almost 30 years & have never made a "Halloween" quilt as such! We always love our houseguests & time passes too quickly. The worst? A very uninvited slithery thing at the foot of the basement stairs on the day of my parents 65th Surprise Anniversary. I had gone down to retrieve one of the desserts in the frig & almost stepped on it. One of our dear guests came to the rescue with broom & grocery bag & the slithery thing was unceremoniously escorted off the premises. That was 4 years ago and I still double check that bottom step every time.

Sue said...

Worst house guest would have to be the frog that got into our apartment when we were newlyweds. I got up in the morning and didn't put my glasses on and stepped on the yucky thing! I love all of your fabric and would love to win the fat quarters and pattern.

quiltdolls said...

no house guest story. Just my grandmother. who is 89 & just mean & nosey.

quiltdolls said...

ants have been bad in the summer time. I hate ants even worse water ants.

kim

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

We don't have room for house guests! Just enough space for some more fabric!!!!

marilyn said...

Running a B&B, I'll spare you the worst details. The most exasperating house guests came with a motor home (parked dead center in our parking lot for the weekend), made reservations for 2 rooms (occupancy 4), and trooped 9 family and friends through over 2 days and nights - including a puppy who they felt needed a bath - and more towels than we could keep up with. Needless to say, we were booked when they called the next time!!

Nancy said...

I'm probably the worst house guest. I snore.....loudly....and keep others from getting any sleep. When on a retreat I always try and get a room alone so that I don't bother the others. With the hot humid days we're having here in Michigan, I'm ready for a fall project using your wonderful new line of fabrics. Hope I win!

madrekarin said...

Worst house guest- hmmmmm. I don't think I've had one yet! Unless you want to count the bat that decided to come visit us, hanging out on the very top of the door jamb and flying right at us when we tried to get him out. He finally did leave- on the end of a broom. Yes, that is definitely my most unwanted house guest.

Jane said...

Really have had no bad house guest experiences....I've been lucky I guess!! :)

Diane B said...

My worst house guest was my son's 65# golden lab which stayed with us for a couple of weeks during the summer! Not only did he claim anything loose was his, he also tore it to shredds or devoured the item, which included the majority of my landscaping.!!!! Solution--we put up a 3 foot fence around the new landscaping this year !! Yep, it's working!

Mary said...

I can't think of any bad house guest experiences except a mouse or two.
I absolutely love Halloween and the great fabric that goes with it. That fat quarter bundle would be wonderful!

Susan B said...

Worst house guest? Can't really say I've had that experience...yet. Love your fabrics and would love to be in the drawing.
Susan

Anonymous said...

Was away all week up north with family and 4 dogs! One was a great dane!
Since we have lived everywhere before settling back in Michigan, we have had dozens of house guests. Most were great but the worst had to be the one who thought our home was a beach house when we lived in Myrtle Beach. Not even gonna go there!
Have fun with the doggers!
~Joyce in MI

Karen Sikes said...

Worst house guest for me would have to be a mosquito that buzzes your ear the minute you turn the light out and of course, when you turn the light back on, it is no where to be found....

Quilt Hollow said...

Can I say Step-MIL? I fret every time she comes. She lubes up herself with so much cream that my door handles are left greasy and coffee rings on every table as a simple reminder she has visited. I need to mention in her home she has a cleaning lady once a week. Thank goodness right?

Sandy said...

Worst Houseguest is your 3 year old grandson that has a crying tantrum and when you ignore it, he tore wallpaper off the wall!!
Well it did have a loose end g on.and speeds up the remodeling plans.

Sharon S said...

No really bad house guests for me, yet! Just an occasional racoon at the front door or on the roof. Nice fabrics!

Brenda S. said...

My worst house guest was a squirrel who lived in my garage and would scare me almost every night when I came home from work.

Cyn said...

Hi,

Our worst house guest(s) was the huge hive that we found in the walls of our basement. When the exterminator came he said that was the biggest hive that he had ever seen indoors.

He had to return the next day with the special suit so he could remove the hive which filled a laundry basket!

I think he's probably telling our story to all of his customers. "Oh, you think that hives big, wait till I tell you about his one!" LOL!!!

Love the new Halloween fabric line and after 105 degree temperatures last week... Fall sounds good! :-)

Cynthia

Kathy said...

Ohhh, Hope it's not to late to enter the drawing I would love those treats!
Kathy

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