Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tinkerbell


Tinkerbell was very interested in pulling Grammy's Blackerry out of the latest case I made for it. That's the only bad thing about making cute, colorful cases - they attract the attention of very curious toddlers :) Em looked adorable in her costume - the cutest Tinkerbell ever in my opinion. Hope everyone is having a nice and safe Halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sneak Peek

Happy Friday everybody! I got the tree skirt trimmed and the inner borders on last night - had a minor lapse in judgment, that resulted in a few choice words, but all is well now. It is hard to work on quilts (even small ones) after work because I have no brain power left at all. Personally, I think they suck my brains out when I come through the front door in the morning :)

In this picture, I was trying to see what the outer border was going to look like with the quilt because there is another fabric that I really liked too, and now I'm thinking that I might need to go get 1.5 yards of it - nah! I think this red fabric looks just fine, don't you? Have a good day everybody!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You know the old saying...




"Necessity is the mother of invention?" Well, of course it is (all people who sew know this). I got a new Blackberry and I love it, but the case that came with it is way too tight, it's made of ugly fake black leather, and I can't get the phone in or out of it without a struggle. Today the wonderful mail person brought me a goodie in the mail - "Quilts from the Selvage Edge" Woohoo! So what happens when a quilter has a need for something and just happens to get a new book or pattern at the same time?








You guessed it! It's a little too long and I didn't think the construction through before it made it, but isn't it cute? I lined it with a small flannel scrap, so it's nice and soft. Even the button is a left over from Em's birthday suit. I can't wait to make another one that is a little shorter and has a velcro tab rather than a button for the closure because it will make the blackberry even easier to access. I'm going to have to do a lot more quilting so I can get more selvages.






11:39 pm: Oh boy - am I going to regret staying up so late when the alarm goes off at 5:30, but I can't help myself. I'm too keyed up to go to bed - I'm not even sleepy. I had to share this with you. I was going through my scraps looking for selvages and check this one out. This is going to be a very special one for a very special project. I'll have to wait for inspiration to hit. I just wish there was more fabric to the right of it. I'm going to have to be very careful not to cut it off when I incorporate it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Okay - so not much of anything (yet). This is the beginnings of a Christmas tree skirt. Got all the 5" squares sewn together today. I even managed to get all the squares with directional prints going in the same direction - it truly is a miracle! I'll trim it, put a gold inner border and a red outer border on, quilt it and then cut a circle out of the center and split it down one side, sew some ties on and then bind it. I need to get cracking on this so it will be ready for Em's Christmas tree - she's already talking about it.

Since I'm on the subject of Christmas, on Friday I dropped off my Roman Holiday quilt to be quilted - it wound up 103" x 103" I can't wait to see how it looks when it's all done! This quilt is my Christmas present to myself :o)

Reminder: Don't forget - Brenda at Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe is having a huge giveaway - 27 (yes, twenty-seven) fat quarters from Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Whimsicals. This is the last week to get your entry in!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Kelley's Warm Wishes




Remember I was telling you that my friend from work, Kelley, wanted to learn to quilt. She finished sewing the warm wishes blocks together tonight. Isn't it gorgeous? Imagine tackling a large quilt like this for your first one! She is a natural as far as having fabulous color sense and as far as being very precise. I'll post another picture when it is all done.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Primitives Halloween Giveaway!!!!

I read about this giveaway on Terry's blog. It's not Boo!, but rather Woo Hoo! Brenda at Pumpkin Patch Primitives Quilt Shoppe is having a HUGE giveaway - 27 (yes, twenty-seven) fat quarters from Red Rooster's Pumpkins & Spice Whimsicals. If she reaches 250 entries, she will give away another fat quarter bundle, and if she reaches 350 entries, she'll have a third drawing for a $100 gift certificate for her shop. So, what are you waiting for? Get on over there!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tinkerbell

So, I posted earlier that I was making a Tinkerbell costume for Em and here it is! I only have to put some elastic in her bloomers and I'm done. I'm happy with the way it turned out (thankfully because it was a pain to make). Doesn't it make you want to scream when you follow the directions and when you're done you realize that it would have been so much easier if you had written them? Honestly, sometimes I wonder why some patterns are so much more complicated than they need to be. Oh well, I can take solace in the fact that I'm so much smarter than the people at Simplicity - lol!

I hope everyone's having a great Saturday. I can't wait to get back to quilt sewing - it's so much easier!



Since this is supposed to be a quilting blog, here's a picture of the first two blocks I made with the Kiwiberry Hoffman Bali Pops. I think I'm really going to like this...a LOT!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another Giveaway at Blueberry Buckle Quilt Studio

Sue at Blueberry Buckle is having another give-away - this giveaway is eight fat quarters of the new Shade Garden line by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Henry Glass Fabrics. Fabulous! Hurry on over and get your comment posted along with a link to a quilt or quilt pattern that would work well to show off these fabrics. Thanks for the head's up (again) on this giveaway Allie!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Giveaway Alert!

Thanks Allie! Blueberry Buckle Quilt Studio is giving away a yard of Kona Cotton if 20 or more comments are left. Hurry - you have to get your comment posted before 8:00 a.m. tomorrow!

I have accomplished no quilting whatsoever this weekend. I am fed up with the batik quilt top and have decided that it is going to be quilt backing - I ordered 4 Hoffman Bali Pops in Kiwiberry and am going to make another top out of those and back it with the batik top I'm not wild about. So there!

I am working on Em's Tinkerbell costume and managed to complete the bodice the overskirt and one petal before I ran out of thread. That was God's way of telling me to step away from the sewing machine. I'll run to Joann's tomorrow after church and pick up another spool (with a 40% off coupon of course).

I'm going to spend some time perusing entries for ParkCityGirl's Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Hope everyone is having a happy sewing weekend :o)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bloggers Fall Quilt Festival Entry


My favorite quilt is probably the one that is the most subdued colorwise of any of the quilts I've ever made. I bought a bunch of Spice Market fat quarters when a local quilt shop was going out of business. They were only 25 cents a piece and as I was buying them I was wondering what in the world I would make with them. Well, several months later I ran across a pattern called Caddy Corners from Good Intentions. I thought that I'd give these fabrics a whirl since it was one of the Laps from Fats quilts. I was a little short on fat quarters and my best friend and quilting buddy happened to have some fats and scraps that worked right in, so I incorporated them as well.







As I was making the blocks, I wasn't thrilled because the colors were not what I would normally have picked. However, I found an outer border fabric that I liked a lot and it seemed to tie the whole thing together.








While making the back, I made a mistake and wound up having to incorporate some of the border fabric to make the mistake look like a "design choice" and it actually wound up a good thing because those two inserts are on the long sides, so I know how to position the quilt on the bed so it covers the top correctly.

In any case, I had it quilted and when I got it back I noticed that one of the blocks was turned sideways! Everytime I looked at the quilt, all I could see was my mistake. I was horrified, but do you know what? I had to learn to accept my mistake and over time, this has become my favorite quilt. This quilt came together with the help of my best friend, has a flaw that I only see if I choose to focus on it, and everytime I curl up with it, I feel like I'm getting a wonderful hug. So it's a good metaphor for two life lessons for me: Don't concentrate on life's flaws - if you look at the big picture, they're really insignificant most of the time, and forgive myself and others - nobody's perfect.




Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A wonderful day...

Yesterday was my 51st birthday, and it was one of the nicest birthdays ever. I got taken out for lunch by some of my thoughtful coworkers for philly cheesesteak subs - mmmmm. Then, I met my wonderful Mom, daughters, granddaughter, niece, brother, and my all around best friend and quilting buddy for dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening. By the time I got home I was pooped, so I decided to lay down for a few minutes on the couch. Of course, I fell asleep and woke up at 2:30 a.m still dressed in my work clothes (no, I didn't do any heavy drinking - just one glass of wine with dinner).

I have to show you what my best friend and quilting buddy made for me for my birthday though. I had seen her make the cutest Christmas quilt and the backing was an ivory fabric with gold snowflakes. When I saw that fabric, I told her about my "puff" - a comforter that I had from the time I was very little (it was a present given to my parents when they were married) until it finally fell apart when I was a teenager. It was an ivory silky fabric with gold snowflakes all over it. I couldn't believe my eyes - the backing fabric looked just like it! Here are a couple of pictures.



Isn't it the most wonderful quilt? I need to get a picture of it in the daylight because even though it is beautiful in these pictures, they don't do it justice.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Quilts on the Wing

Update: Look at what the mail person brought to me! I love getting stuff in the mail that's not bill-related :o) This is the perfect bag to tuck into my big monster bag that I bring to sew fests. It easily holds my rotary cutter and all my hand sewing stuff with room to spare. I got it on Lynne of PatcheryMenagerie's etsy shop. The workwomanship put into this bag is amazing! She also makes a big version of this bag that is perfect for knitting needles or a bottle of wine ;^>



These two quilts are on their ways to their new homes in Connecticut.




This Courtyard quilt was actually done last March, and was made for friends of mine in Connecticut. These friends invited my oldest daughter up there over Christmas break last year and were so wonderful to her. The wife has MS and it is very painful for her when she gets cold, so I thought this would be a nice "thank you" gift for them. Since it was made with fall-ish fabrics, I wanted to wait to send it until this time of year.

I have made several quilts using the Courtyard pattern. It was from the March/April 2002 Quiltmaker magazine. The quilt whips up in no time - easy schmeasy.

Here's a close-up of the fabrics.



I like to send quilts when it is no special occasion - just a surprise in the mail.

The other quilt on it's way is my old friend/nemesis Funky Stripes. Finally got the label on last night.