Sunday, March 24, 2013

Quilt at Auction

Several months ago I bought a flannel fabric quilt kit knowing that our church was having an auction to raise money for summer camps.  When did I start the quilt?  Monday.  When did I finish? Today. Saturday. Crazy!  I should have asked for the week off.  Who am I kidding?  I'm a public school teacher.  We never take days off!

Back to the quilt.  I love the colors and the supreme softness of the flannel. I quilted it by machine and did the binding by machine as well.

Here is my husband holding it up while I am telling him not to let me see his feet or fingers.

The only real problem I had with the quilt, besides putting myself under such a time constraint, is that the gray hounds-tooth flannel stretched when pressed or stitched.  I trimmed it down but some stretchiness still sneaked through to the final project.  See how the point didn't match at all on this corner?

Even though we are into spring,  I thought it a bit ironic that I was taking a photo of a flannel quilt with snow in the background.  

"What was the final auction price?" you may be wondering. My friend Malia bought it for $100.  Thank you, Malia.

Do you remember the sunflower cake from my last post?  It went for $25.

I purchased a few things myself at auction.  My daughter bid (and I paid) on a garden weeding service thinking that she wouldn't have to do it.  It was only two hours worth so she was a little disappointed.  I also purchased this beautiful coconut cake.  Can you believe a 13 year old decorated this?  The flowers are marshmallows.  It is lovely.

The auction was successful!  Have fun at summer camp.  And take a quilt.  It's going to be cold!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sunflower Cake

I'm taking this cake to be auctioned off at youth camp fund raiser tonight.  I got this super easy idea from a Taste of Home cookbook, and I made some "design changes", for lack of a better description.

All you need to do to make this cake is:
     1. Make a cake mix, any flavor, in two round pans.  
     2.  Frost the cake with homemade or store purchased frosting.
     3.  To make the petals, place snack cakes around the edges from 1 and 1/2 boxes of Little Debbie's Tulip Snack Cakes.
     4.  To make the seeds, place chocolate chips in the center.

Done.  And you have an extra round cake to nibble on. 

I'll let you know how much it goes for!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner

We have a winner to the Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Ms. Porter

Congratulations to Erika!

I used a random number generator and Erika, who posted comment #22, was the winner.  Sorry I don't know how to do a screen shot of the number generator.  Anyone want to give me a tutorial?

I will be contacting you soon via email as will Shabby Apple.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Steal the show this holiday season in the Hollywood Hills dress—a stunning sheath of pewter satin overlaid with dainty black lace.  Cut with a body-conscious silhouette that is fitted at the waist and slim through the hips, with a skirt that falls at the knee, the Hollywood Hills is a show stopper that will never have you worried about a wardrobe malfunction.

Ladies and the small handful of gentlemen who read my blog, Shabby Apple has generously donated a fifteen dollar gift certificate to one of my lucky readers!  Yes! have you ever seen their luscious clothing?  Here is a peek of a few of my favorites.

With dainty white dots and a darling peter pan collar, this dress is made for dancing.  A delicate, tiffany-blue  chiffon overlays this frock’s sleek lining.  The accordion pleats at the waistline are perfect for twirling or for being anyone’s baby.
*Accordion pleated skirt in ivory with black polka dots *100% Polyester *Dry clean only *Iron low heat only  Youll reach for this ultra-feminine pleated skirt as quickly as a cucumber sandwich at teatime. An ivory confection sprinkled with ample black polka dots, it possesses the perfect ratio of cream and sugar. Sitting high at the waist and flowing down past the knee for a long and flattering fit, the High Tea skirt moves cheerfully from fancy events to everyday wear.
This long wrap dress in smooth grey jersey is at once elegant, essential and easy. As leisurely and laid back as an afternoon of beach combing on the islands surrounding Cape Cod, the Elizabeth Islands possesses a classic line, figure-flattering shape, and sleek sophistication that allow it to be dressed up just as easily as it is dressed down.

Shop Shabby Apple for retro swimwear for women. We offer a great selection of vintage-inspired swimwear and other stylish clothes for women. Ms. Porter
*Black and white houndstooth dress in woolen tweed *Sweetheart neckline with attached belt *Wool and Polyester Blend *Dry clean only  A va-va voom stunner in black and white houndstooth tweed, the Estate dress achieves a triumphant blend of sophisticated and sassy. The sweetheart neckline, belted waist, and close-fitting waist and hips create and compliment curves, while the substantial woolen tweed in an iconic black and white houndstooth boost your vintage vibe. A kick-pleat skirt extending over the knee is the capstone of this cant-go-wrong classic.

*Fold-over collar dress in a substantial wool/poly blend * Short sleeves with a back zipper and an A-line shape * Patch pockets with button detail *  Hand wash cold with like colors and line dry OR Dry Clean  As captivating and elegant as our favorite jungle feline, this vintage-inspired foldover collar dress is downtown chic with a lighthearted wild side. The statement neck and generous patch pockets are adorned with smart grey buttons, while the combination of black and white herringbone and the substantial wool blend material makes the Panthera our preferred way to prey upon colder-weather fashion.

This way for a lighthearted skirt sure to take you all over town. Cleverly composed of gradually-thickening navy chevron stripes, its high waist and longer length further favor your figure and add visual complexity to your look. Pair any bright color above for a bold statement, or top it off with a navy blouse for an ensemble that is benignly beautiful. Flattering and comfortable cotton/spandex blend.

One part wonderland, one part 1920s flapper, the Caterpillar skirt is a daring, darling combination of Victorian lines and contemporary details.  A wide, 3

Shabby Apple specializes in modest woman's clothing.  Some of their gorgeous offerings have a lovely retro appeal.  My daughter wore one of their casual dresses as a bridesmaid dress a couple of years ago.  It was darling.

Here is how you can win some beautiful clothing.  Click on "modest clothing" and look around.  Then come back and leave comment.  I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.  When you comment, please also consider following my blog.  If you comment and don't have a blog, or are a no-reply blogger, please leave an email so I can contact you.  

Tell your daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends to drop by and join the giveaway!

Once a winner is picked I will contact Shabby Apple and they will send you a gift certificate. This giveaway is open until Friday, March 22nd at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.  I am so sorry, but this is only open to U.S. residents.  

Click on "modest clothes"  for beautiful, some trendy, some retro, all gorgeous, fabulous clothes.  
Good Luck

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Monday, March 11, 2013

I Found a New Quilt Shop! And Antiques. And Art. And Cacti.

It was a blizzard as we hit Scipio on our way to a softball tournament in St. George, UT.  My daughter was already there, playing in the pouring rain.  Unfortunately, due to the horrible driving conditions, we missed the last game of the evening.  They won, by the way.  We won't talk about the other games they played that day.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the games were cancelled the next day even though it was clear because the fields were a muddy mess.  That freed us up to be tourists and do a little shopping!
When we are in St. George, we love to drive out to Coyote Gulch Art Village in the community of Kayenta. On our way there, however, we had to drive through Santa Clara.  And lo and behold, what did  I notice?  A quilt shop I had never been in.  And yes, I made the whole family stop and go in with me.  I bribed them since the sign said they had old fashioned candy.  The Clover Patch Quilt Shop was a wonderful find! All the fabrics were $7.99 a yard.  I never can find fabric under $10.99 these days so I was thrilled.  I restrained myself fairly well, but I did buy 4 1/2 yards.  

These cute fabrics are for my daughter. They are called Geeky Chic from Riley Blake designs.  The glasses fabric has a slight flaw in that some of the bottoms of the glasses are not complete.  I don't think you will notice it when it is sewn into a skirt.  

The bicycle fabric is for me.  It is from Henry Glass Fabrics.  I'm going to make a skirt.  You don't think that is to young for a super hip forty-something do you?

The Clover Patch also does online sales so if you stop by and buy something tell them I that I sent you from this blog.  I'm not getting a cutback or anything, but maybe in the future.....

A few storefronts down the road from the quilt shop is a wonderful antique shop called Elegance N Rust.  My whole family loved this store.  We browsed for a long time.  I bought this silver plated butter dish.  All it needs is a little polish.  Why something so fancy?  I seem to break all my butter dishes, it's a curse of some kind, but this, I cannot break!

We finally made it to Coyote Gulch and looked at all the beautiful art galleries and shops.  We thought this bicycle bottle carrier from Away From the North was pretty spiffy.  

I love the windmills and the sculptures and the cacti that one finds in this area.  Enjoy these photos from Coyote Gulch Art Community. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

February Blocks of the Month

Does having a finished part of a work-in-progress make it a finish? I think so. I'm linking this with Finish It Up Friday.

Here are my February blocks for Pile O' Fabrics Skill Builder Block of the Month Series.

I actually don't like the yellow block.  I think it is too pale.  But I am not doing it over.  This is a skill builder.  Live and learn.

This it the Western Block of the Month from Quilt's Etc

I would never have picked that green, but I quite like it with the cowboy fabric.  

Care to see how I quilted the blocks from last month?

I have this excellent new marking pencil that I will review in another post.  You can see the lines on the black block.

I'm quite excited about the "quilt as you go" aspect of these blocks. I bought a new book, One Line at a Time, Encore by Charlotte Warr Anderson.

This book has some amazing quilting ideas that will go well with each individual block.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway ending on March 22!