Sunday, July 22, 2007

Another Top Complete!

I started this top last Friday at my sew day in Pennsylvania, and completed the top (with the exception of the borders) this afternoon. I really love the way it turned out. The pattern is called Pineapple Blossom and is available for free on Bonnie Hunter's site. The pattern is designed to be completely scrappy, but I really like the look of the controlled scrappy I used. This quilt was made from 10 FQs and about 1.5 yards of the offwhite. Not a bad little stash buster :)

I can see myself using this pattern for a few more of my FQ collections in the not too distant future :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

A Day at the Quilt Show!

Well I had a ball at my guild show today in Chambersburg PA. My quilt was hanging pretty in the main quilt area and I received many compliments on it. I'm so very happy that I was able to get it done in time for the show and thank you so much Nancy for getting it to the show for me :)

And of course it's not a quilt show without a vendor mall...LOL and I hit the vendors pretty well :) I got a basket that I have been wanting for about a year and keep seeing at shows so I finally bought it....LOL.....I also got another purse pattern and a thread catcher for next to the sewing machine (I have one but can never have enough of them....LOL)....some wool to try my hand at a wool pincushion and a FQ bundle that I just fell in love with. Click this link to see the fabrics closeup.

Here are a couple of the other quilts that my 14 year old daughter liked and asked me to photograph:

I Got My Doll Quilt!

Well my lovely doll quilt arrived and I love love love it!! It is just my colors and Christine from Ohio even used a Shoo Fly block after seeing my tattoo on my blog :)
The little shoo fly blocks can't be any bigger than 3 inches...The piecing is fabulous!!
I am so thrilled with it!!! Thank you so very much Christine!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Wonderful Mail Day!

Well I got home from work this afternoon and picked up the mail. In there was a squisy package from Australia!!!! Yes you got's my first block in the Leanne Beasley BOM "Journey of a Quilter". I'll be getting a kit similar to this one each month....YAY!!!

I'm soooooo excited to get this started!!! But my #1 question is what kind of "tool" do I use to transfer the design to the fabric before stitching the embroidery??? These are not iron on transfers....Thanks!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Doll Quilt Swap II...........

.................... is in the mail :)

I finished it up and mailed it off today. Here's a peek at the quilt. I'll show the whole front after it's been received.

This has been fun, now to wait for mine to arrive in the mail..........

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Well it's done....finally....shew!!! I spent all of last evening and most of this afternoon finishing the binding on my "Choc~Van~Straw with a Touch of Mint" Quilt (That's what my Daddy always called Neopolitan ice cream). Doesn't it just scream Neopolitan Ice Cream???

Well it is all boxed up and winging it's way to PA for the show this weekend. The pics aren't great but I should be able to get some better pics when it's hanging at the show :)

Monday, July 16, 2007

A Very Busy and Productive Weekend

Well I had quite the quilty weekend starting on Friday! I drove to Pennsylvania to sew with my Sundae Quilters bee and we had a ball! I managed to finish my Doll Quilt Swap top and I really love it. I sure hope my partner likes what I made :)

I also worked on my Blue & Tan Pineapple Blossom from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville site and got all my blocks more than 1/2 finished. So that top will be finished very soon. The best part of this quilt is that I took all the fabrics from my stash, including the border fabric and I'll piece thebacking from stash so it will be a true stashbuster! This is going to be a housewarming gift for a friend.

On the way home from PA I stopped at a quilt shop and had the pleasure of meeting The Quilting Pirate for a few minutes. Since I dashed into the shop 5 minutes before closing we didn't really get a chance to talk much, but I did buy a few things and got to see the Doll Quilt she made for the swap! I'll tell you, whoever is lucky enough to get her quilt is gonna love it! It is just a really fun quilt and I fell in love with the colors :) I hope to get back to the shop soon so that we can visit longer :)

On Saturday I pulled a piece of pink fabric that was hiding in my stash and pieced it to back my Pink & Brown Turning Twenty Again quilt. Then I loaded it onto the machine and spent the rest of the weekend quilting it. I have finished the hanging sleeve and have the binding on. Just need to hand stitch the binding then it will be sent back to PA to hang in the Chambersburg Quilt Guild Show next weekend.

As soon as I finish the binding I'll post pictures of the finished quilt. This is the quilt that is featured on my blog header bar and I just love it!

Hope everyone else had a quilty weekend!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Stitchery Swap

Well I joined a fun new swap that Paula is hosting on her blog. Hop on over there and join....It's sure to be alot of fun :)

Saturday, July 7, 2007

A Cute Little Purse

I finished another little project this morning. My daughter went to a birthday party for one of her friends today and needed a quick gift for her friend. Well don't all 14 year old girls love purses? I sure hope so. A few months ago I bought a pattern for a purse made from a fat quarter and some scrap batting. Well my daughter and her friends are really into Japanese Anime and I had some leftover fabric from the quilt top I made her for her birthday (still need to finish that one...LOL) and whipped up one of these for her friend using the Kanji fabric I had on hand.
When I first bought the pattern I also bought alot of various cording for straps, but of course when I went to make this purse at the last minute (what else is new?) I couldn't put my hands on the cording. So I cut a long strip of the fabric I used for the purse and folded it until it was a thin strip and stitched the folded ends shut to prevent fraying. I really like the way the flat strap looks on it (better than I think I would like the cording).
I'll find out tomorrow if she liked the purse or not.....LOL

I'm Going to P.I.F Too!

OK....I read about this on Welsh Quilter's Blog and have decided that I too will Pay it Forward :)

Here's how it works:

I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week... LOL... but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.

Anyone else want to join in on the fun and satisfaction?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

I just couldn't resist.....

So I've been mulling this over for a few days.....I'm not a hand stitchery person, but I just love the look of this quilt! Then Darlene blogged about it and told us where to find it! The Honeysuckle Cottage, so I hopped over there and ordered it today. I went ahead and decided to do it as a BOM and will look forward to seeing those packages arrive from the Land Down Under each month :)

I know alot of you lades do embroidery by hand, so I may be asking for help here and there after my kits start arriving. I just love the fabrics and love Leanne's designs. I follow her blog regularly. She has wonderful patterns and ideas!

Monday, July 2, 2007

More Round Robin Progress

I finished a round on another round robin today in addition to the other 2 I finished over the weekend. I'm feeling really good about the progress I've been able to make so far :)

This one I can actually post a picture of because we are not keeping these secret :) This is Becky's Red White & Blue round robin thru the Feedsack Friend's yahoo group. I think this one will be really neat when it's finished!

Doll Quilt Swap Tease

OK......just a little tease. Here's the blocks that I'm going to use on my Doll Quilt Swap II quilt. Sorry I am not showing anymore of the top until after my swap partner receives her quilt :)


Another Quilty Weekend!

Well I did manage to have a quilty weekend despite my daughter having a friend over Friday afternoon, night and all day Saturday and then leaving for a sleepover at another friend's house this afternoon (she'll be back home late Monday afternoon).

Friday (normally a day off for me) I had to work 1/2 a day in the office and then being the weekend before a holiday it took me almost 2 hours to get home due to traffic. So I didn't get any sewing done Friday like I wanted. But I did find a pattern for some blocks for a Row Robin.

So Saturday I finished the hand applique on a round robin border that has been giving me fits. But it is finished now and ready to be mailed out to the next person.

Then today, I pulled the fabrics for the Row Robin and cut out all the block and finished the blocks this evening. So all I have to do in the morning is to put the blocks together and pack up the package to be mailed off to the next person.

The really nice thing about these RRs is that I seem to be able to find everything I need in my stash. So I haven't had to buy any fabric for them yet and I am able to bust a little stash as I go :)

I haven't posted any pictures because we are trying to keep these a surprise. Sorry

I also finally played with my EQ6 the other night and drafted my final setting for my Doll Quilt Swap II top. I have the blocks made so maybe I'll take a picture of the blocks when the sun comes up and give you a sneak peek of them :)

Hope everyone else had a nice quilty weekend, I know I did!