Monday, September 26, 2011

Round and Round...

pssst...If you're looking for the
giveaway, it's the next post down.
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Remember this quilt top? 
From June of last year...




It is now quilted...
and will soon have the binding on.

I'll give you the stats when it's finished.
 

Oh, and I've been working on this...
 'sit!'
{grin}
Have a good evening!

Dancing With The Stars
& Hawaii 5-O for me!




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 23, 2011

Carrycot Giveaway!

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Another giveaway!  

This time, I am giving away a carrycot...a doll bed made of fabric.  Cathy of Quilting on Turtle Hill  and I have decided to run our giveaways at the same time.  She is giving away a Bitty Bud...if you haven't seen her dolls, you are in for a real treat!

I am giving away this carrycot.



This pink with green carrycot measures 10 x 7 inches with 4 inch high sides and includes a tufted mattress, a pillow with pillowcase and a quilt that measures 10 1/2 inches square.  

If you would like to win this carrycot set, please comment on this post only.  And, really...go ahead and comment on anything that you want to.   Just please be sure that I have your email address to contact you should you be the winner.

I will use the true random number generator and will announce the winner on October 1st.  


Now, if you haven't already done so, be sure to hop on over to Cathy's blog and enter the giveaway for the Bitty Bud!  Her name is Abigail and she is cuter than cute!


We both thank you and wish you good luck!


Always read the fine print.  Cathy and I will be drawing our own giveaway winners.  She will draw the winner of the Bitty Bud and I will draw the winner of the carrycot.  Though it is entirely possible (not even going to do the math on this one), it is highly improbable that the same name will be drawn by both of us.


Sunkissed! Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the
Sunkissed quilt is...

Kim of Millie's Mats, who said...
"Me, me, pick me!!!"

and, by golly,
the True Random Number Generator did!

Congratulations, Kim!

I have emailed you with the news
and the request for your mailing address.

Thank you to everyone for entering...
and for the kind words you wrote about my work.
I appreciate you all and wish I
had a quilt to send each one of you.

And!
Because I now have over 100 followers
(thank you, thank you, thank you!)
I will be having another giveaway for a small quilt.
After October 1st.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Creating...

I must be better.  Completely over my pneumonia.  I've been looking.  Looking for something more.  I've got 4 quilts all set to baste/quilt/finish.  I've got my Snow Days stitchery block 9 to work on.  Several quilts to make without stepping out of the house to buy fabric.  

Yet.  I am restless.  Looking for something different.  Not to replace what I'm doing now.  Just something to fill this little void...this one right here.  I've been looking and thinking...here...there.  Looking at files I've had for a long while.  Wanting something else to stitch.  My mind seems to be working overtime.  I need to fulfill these errant creative urges...to let these creative juices flow freely.  

So, I made a start at something.  

Tag, You're It! Creations.  Pieces of Tag.  Well, not really Tag...just a brown dog.   Small.Simple.Fast...Perfect!  And, not always the brown dog...I've got other colors of floss.  And, more designs...in a few other breeds, too.  

Why 'Tag, You're It!??  Because that is Tag's AKC registered name.  And, I do love the brown boy.  Because he is 'it'.  Actually, he's all that.  And more.  Really.  {grin}  Sorry...I get a bit carried away sometimes.  

I made this little design into a pillow to hang on my cubicle wall at work.  It measures ~4.5 x 6 inches and is entitled, "Stay"...the first in a series of 4.
 

So, what do you think?

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If you're looking to enter my giveaway, it's 2 posts down.  Only comments left there qualify for the giveaway.  Hurry...the drawing is tomorrow! 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Last Pneumonia Recheck

No more doctor visits.  At least for now.  I've been cleared...my lungs look great, my extreme fatigue is pretty much gone.  I am able to go back to work.  No restrictions.  That's all really good news.  Right?  Yes, it is.  Except for the 'able to go back to work' part.  It wasn't fun having pneumonia...not in any way.  Not.At.All.  However, I did rather enjoy staying home.  And, being gone from work this long...well, I can only think that it'll take awhile to get everything sorted out and back on track.  Things that no one else knew how to do.  Waiting for my return.

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If you're looking for my giveaway...it is still open...sign up on the post below.  Good luck to all!

 


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, September 17, 2011

SUNKISSED! Giveaway...

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I think I mentioned not too long ago that
I was going to do a giveaway.
I am finally getting to it.
Here.
Today.
(mostly cuz I don't have anything to show you.)

Remember Sunkissed...the fabric?
And, S*U*N*K*I*S*S*E*D,
the quilt I made as a shop sample
for my lqs (seen here)?
With some of the scraps, I made a small quilt.
A very small quilt...it measures 12.5 inches square. 
It is dang cute, if I may say so myself.

Would you like to have this?

All you need do is leave a comment on this post.
Please make sure that I have a way to contact you.
I'll close this giveaway next Friday,
September 23, at noon.

Good luck, all!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Flower Girl & Bee

My granddaughter, Kaylynn, 
was flower girl for her Mom's wedding
this past weekend.
I had to share the photos that were sent to me...


Beautiful {sigh} just beautiful. 

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We're ahead in our Aqua and Red Block Bee...
this is October's block.
Christine asked for a 10.5" unfinished
block with hst's using this layout.
I chose to make mine totally symmetrical.
I rather like it.


Today is Friday...last workday of the week...have a good one!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Borders...


bor·der

[bawr-der] 
noun
 
1.  the part or edge of a surface or area that forms its outer boundary.

I am not always quite sure what type of border I want to put on each quilt I make.  It depends on the quilt...I treat them all as individuals.  Do I want to use just one big, wide piece of fabric?  Or, do I want to make it scrappy, using several different fabrics?  Do I want to make floating squares?  Perhaps alternating squares?  Do I want more than one border?  Crazy idea...what about no border?  Endless possibilities, really.

So much to think about.  And, that's not all.

How large I want the finished quilt to be plays a major role in determining the type  and size of the border(s). 

As I wrote in my last post, I decided to make only 9 of the 12 blocks of the Summer Sampler Series Quiltalong.  But, even with 3" sashing around each block, the quilt measured just 48 inches square.  I wanted it to be at least 60 inches square.  So, I gave quite a bit of thought to what type and size of border I wanted on this quilt.  I didn't want it to be too elaborate, as the focus should be on the blocks, not the border.  It took me a few days, but I finally hit upon an idea that I really liked.  And, that I thought would work well with this quilt.  

Half-square triangles (aka hst's)!  I had almost decided upon a floating squares border when I started thinking about all of the hst's I've made lately.  Between this quilt and the Aqua and Red Bee Block Swap that I am in....LOTS of them around here!   HEY!  I KNOW!  Why not a border of hst's??  So, that's what I did.  It's simple and frames the blocks nicely...I think it looks great!

I'm hoping to get that one basted/quilted/finished by the end of this weekend.  EXCEPT, I am not sure how I'll want to quilt it!
  
OH!  And, I finished the wonky charms quilt that I first mentioned here.  I am in love with it (big surprise, hey?).  I quilted it with simple meandering.  After laundering, and in all its crinkly softness, it measures 46 x 54.5 inches.  Thanks, Erin, for allowing me to rip off this great idea!
 



I used a charm pack of Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey for Moda and Kona solid in White.  I purchased a bundle of Collection Coordinates from Pink Chalk Fabrics for the other solids used.  The backing is yardage of Sherbet Pips fabrics with 5 more of the charm squares.


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 12, 2011

Quitter...

Two more blocks of the Summer Sampler Series Quiltalong quilt were finished over the weekend.  

This first one is called Lucky Pieces...all half-square triangles.  Not too bad to put together at all.

After I finished Lucky Pieces, I looked at the remaining blocks and made a decision to do one more and call it quits.  So, I chose the one called Rocky Road to Kansas.  This one was definitely more fun than most of the others...paper-piecing that started with sewing strips of fabric together.

After I found a pleasing arrangement for the blocks, I added sashing all the way around.  

I am liking this.  A lot.  But, it's only 48" square, so I need to add about 6 more inches on each side.  I think something simple for a border is called for...so as not to detract from the blocks.  Don't you agree?  

Have a great day!




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Corn, Blocks & Dogs...

A bit of this and that today...

One afternoon, as Julie and I were driving home, I wondered aloud how tall the field corn was.  Julie stopped her car and stood next to the corn stalks so I could see.  You could say that she is...outstanding in her field.  (ya know...out standing in her field)  {grin}  Okay.  Never mind.  Julie is 5'4".  But really...see how tall the corn is?


  
I finished two more blocks for the Summer Sampler Series Quiltalong.  Yesterday's block is called 'Star'.  It was paper-pieced.

The block I finished today is called 'Arkansas Traveler'.  It also was paper-pieced.

I have 5 more blocks to make of this summer sampler, but I may make an additional 4 blocks to make it larger.  Time will tell.   

                 

The boys (read dogs) were having a grand time chewing sticks and pieces of bark (ya gotta eat a certain amount of 'bark' so you can make good noises, mama!...???). 

Hope your weekend is wonderful!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 9, 2011

Swapping...

Remember this little quiltie?  I posted about it here...

Well, Erin loved it.  Absolutely loved it!  You all know Erin, right?  Her blog is why not sew? .  She and I did a swap 2 years ago...the 'we double rock swap' (click here and here).  Because she loved this little sunshine star quilt so much, I sent it to her and told her we could do another swap.  So, we did.  Just the 2 of us.  That's the name of it...'just the two of us'.  Cuz it was.  Just the 2 of us.  Nobody else.  Two.  Us. 

Today was my lucky day...I received the quilt that she made for me!  And, you know what?  I love it!  I absolutely love it!  It is perfect!!!  Totally me!

I snagged the photos off Erin's blog...her photos are gorgeous and show off this precious quilt so well...




The fabric is Sonnet by April Cornell for Moda.  It measures 16.5 inches square.  My colors.  Exactly!  Perfect in every way.  Thank you so very much, Erin!





"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flower & Star...

I am rather enjoying the process of making these blocks for my Summer Sampler Series Quiltalong quilt. They are all blocks that are new to me...and I am loving these Hope Valley fabrics (thanks, Cathy!).

This block is called Evening Star...I put it together yesterday.  It called for paper-piecing, which is a process that I do somewhat enjoy!  I like this block...a lot.


And, here is Flower Garden Path.  This was the block I worked on today...and one that is definitely not for the faint of heart!  Flower Garden Path is made up of almost all half-square triangles...28 of them, plus 4 corner squares and one larger center square!  I only placed one hst square the wrong way...luckily, it was an easy fix.  I am quite happy with this block, too!

It's a gorgeous Autumn-ish day.  How can it be so hot and humid one day and the next day, it's Fall?  We've been having these lovely cool & sunny days since the weekend.  If all the days were like this, I'd be happy.   


I am thinking of doing a small giveaway.  No special reason.  Something small.  Sometime  soon.  Stay tuned!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

What's a Girl To Do?

I went to the doctor today for a recheck on my pneumonia.  I've been very discouraged because I have no stamina.  Which is all a part of pneumonia...but still.  I'm just so tired of being tired.  Ya know?  And, it's not even really being tired...not sleepy tired.  Just plain fatigued.  There's not much I can do, especially when I'm supposed to rest.  I can sit and sew, though.  For little increments of time.  But, I even need to take a break from that, for pete's sake.

Anyway.  I had chest radiographs taken, and they looked better than the ones that were taken a month ago.  So, that's the good news.  The bad news...well, it's not really bad news...but the other news is that my doctor is not releasing me for work.  Yet.  I go back for another recheck in two weeks.  I will probably be released for work at that time.

In the meantime...what's a girl to do?  Well, how about if this girl starts a new quilt?  Yeah.  I've been thinking about a sampler quilt...and the Denyse Schmidt fabrics have been calling my name.  So.  That's what I did.  Started a new quilt.  Today.

I had seen this quiltalong - Summer Sampler Series - but was in the midst of planning my 'Christmas in August' projects (this was before I had pneumonia), so didn't want to take on another project.  

But now?  Heck, yeah!  

There are twelve 12" blocks in this quilt...I will probably make 16, though, so the quilt finishes at a larger size.  I'm using Kona solid in Snow with the Hope Valley fabrics.

Here are my first 3 blocks...

The Star of Virginia...

Greek Cross...
 
Mosaic...


 
That's all I have for now.  



Must feed the pups.  

Have a good evening!


 
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 5, 2011

On the Second & Third Days...

I've mentioned the 'aqua and red bee'
block swap that I'm in...
and I've posted photos of blocks
I've made for others
(here, here, here, and here).   

Well, August was my month.
Time for the 11 others to make blocks for me.
I was totally inspired by this
aqua and red wonky star quilt.
Isn't it fun???
I love it!
The link to its Flickr page is here.

So.
I asked for wonky stars in 9" finished blocks.
I'll have a total of 18 from my swap group...
which means I need to make
a whole lot more myself!
But, that's okay...
wonky stars are fun & easy to make.
Go here to see the tutorial.

I asked (read bribed)...
and most of the group agreed
to make 2 blocks for me.
I've gotten 12 of the blocks back...
6 more are coming.
Here are the 12...
Aren't they fun?
I'll show the other 6 when they all get here.
 
In other sewing news...
I put together the backing
for the wonky charms quilt
(which I showed here)
and will get that
basted/quilted/finished in the near future.


I traced out block 9 of the 'snow days' quilt.
Look for that to be completed
sometime soon.

Remember the cracked tree limb?
Well...it fell!
Through the fence and onto the patio!
Julie saw it at noontime today...
called our landlord and he came down
right away with his chain saw.  



Didn't take long for it to be all cleaned up!
Thank you, Julie and Curt!
The fencing is back up now, too.
It's a bit damaged...
somewhat 'wrinkled'...
but it will keep the dogs contained.

Have a good rest of the day.



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, September 3, 2011

On the First Day...

I love 3 day weekends.
(Course, lately...every single day
has been like a weekend.)


At any rate.
Here's what I did today...
finished stitching block 8 
of the 'snow days' quilt...YAY!
I have just 6 more blocks to embroider
and then it will be time to start
piecing the fabric blocks.
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It was a very quiet day,
until I heard a snapping/tearing sound...
oops!
The tree limb cracked...see it?
The end of it is resting on the sunroom roof.
We made a call to the landlord...
hopefully, it'll get taken care of very soon!

That's all I have.

Hope you're enjoying your 3 day weekend!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 2, 2011

Penguin Pals...

I haven't been doing much.

Still am so fatigued.

Still taking my daily nap.

I did manage to get this done, though.
Penguin Pals.
A panel with borders...very simple.
A store sample for my LQS, 
it measures about 38 x 56.
 

What are your plans for this holiday weekend?



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11

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