Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Quilting. Show all posts

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gifts for Me

The pleasant thing about being a blogger is sometimes you get little gems in the mail from fellow bloggers.

A little over a month ago, I got this cute clover pin from Kelley, who is no longer blogging but is still a friend, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  



Just recently I won two giveaways.  I don't usually win giveaways so I was completely surprised.  Catherine from Urban Rustic sent me this quilted, pot holder.  





I had to really find a good spot on my table so the stains on my tablecloth wouldn't detract from this darling homemade gifts.  Thank you Kelley and Catherine!

I did say I won two giveaways, didn't I?  Well, this second one is unusual.  I won a bra pattern from AJA at Farmhouse Garden who was sponsored by Ohhh LuLu Lingerie.  This is the PDF pattern I won.



Thank you AJA.  When I make this pattern dear readers, you will never know because, I'm not modeling it! Or even taking a photo.  This photo is as good as it gets! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

May 6th Giveaway #2

I'm so excited to be participating in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day.  I am doing two giveaways.  You can find my first giveaway for a vintage pattern by clicking here.  



I have two copies of this lovely book, Quilts from the Quiltmaker's Gift, so I thought I'd give away one of them.  This book is used but in great condition.  Inside the front cover the book is described as, "20 traditional patterns for a new generation of generous quiltmakers."  


To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment stating your favorite homemade gift from a generous person.  Also, consider becoming a follower.  It isn't a requirement for this giveaway, but look around and if you like what you see, please follow.


This is open until May 10th at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard time.  This book will ship to U.S. residents only.  Good luck.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

March Blocks in May

I'm a tad late on these block finishes from March.  At least I finished!

The first two are from Pile o' Fabric's Skill Builder Block of the Month series.  I love these two.  Mostly because of the colors I picked.  I lopped off a couple of points , but hey, most of us do.  At least I'm assuming we do, so I can feel better about myself!




This block is from the Western series at my local quilt shop.  As I have said before, I wouldn't have chosen this style of fabric myself, but as a whole, it is growing on me.



I may get my April blocks done before June or even July and I may not.  If I really apply myself, perhaps I might get them done next week.  Stop laughing.  It could happen.  Alright, I'm laughing too!


Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

More Babies, More Showers

When we moved to our current neighborhood, it was fairly elderly, to put it mildly.  We, with 2 out of 3 children who were teenagers, were considered a "young" family.  Now more and more truly young families are moving in and that means babies.  And babies means shower and quilts.  

I made this quilt for my friend Julie from the Moda Marmalade collection of flannel fabrics.  I had also used these for  a pinwheel quilt a few months ago.  





Don't you love how a quilt will pucker up and soften a bit after the first washing?  Do you wash your quilts before you give them away?


Because Julie is the Young Women's youth leader in our church, the girls were invited to the shower, and they made these darling onesies.  




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!


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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!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January Blocks

I'm participating in Pile O' Fabric's Skill Builder on-line Block of the Month.  It is very modern and I love it!

I decided to use up some of my stash by picking one color theme for each block.



There will be more than orange and black as to avoid the Halloween look.  There is an edge on the right side of the black and white block, but it is hard to see with the white binding strips.  I am going to try and do the quilt-as-you-go method of quilting.  I will let you know how this goes.





Lest things get a too modern, I am also doing a Western block-of-the-Month with Quilts Etc.  For this I actually go to the store early Saturday morning once a month, enjoy the company of other quilters, and ooh and ahhh over the show-and-tell. The Western look isn't totally my style but I enjoy the process.



The barbed wire print is kind of cool, don't you think?

I am taking suggestions on how to get the photos of the fabric that are more clear.  Let me know what I should do---about the photography that is!

Linking with Plum and June at Bold Goods.


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Showers and Quilts

I finally have some finished projects to show you.  It is all because my friends are having babies.  Thank goodness it isn't me!  For my friend Renata from Brazil, I made a cloth book of The Tawny Scrawny Lion.  Do you remember that book along with The Saggy Baggy Elephant?  I remember reading them to my brother.





I got the fabric panel from Elaine's Quilt Block.  It was zippy-quick to put together.

I bought some darling Marmalade by Moda fabric charms from Quilts Etc. and knew that it would make a sweet quilt for Amanda.








No baby shower would be complete without food.  And my dear neighbors brought over wonderful food.  





Don't you wish you could come to a baby shower at my house?  No silly shower games for us.  Just great food, good friends, and lots of presents.