Friday, April 11, 2014

A Very Good Friday! (giveaway inside)

I got up early every morning this week and
worked on my new project!

I thought I was dong well with it and by
Saturday morning I would really be able to get a good grip on
 it. I made all of my flying geese units and then went 
on to make the HST's.

The project is Star Blossoms. The first one to do from
my list for the "2nd Quarter" of 2014.
Star Blossoms Quilt Pattern By Cotton Way
Ms. Cupcake is going to be working on it too... so you know that
means that she will simply blink and be done!

Unfortunately, there had been a nagging thought...
I kept looking at my cutting table and looking at
my stacks of cut pieces... but I just couldn't put 
my finger on it!
Until yesterday.
Then I realized that I made a terrible mistake as I started to assemble the
star blocks! About the second one through I noticed that it 
just wasn't going to work!
You know why?
Because I used the wrong pieces to make the flying geese! I made them in 
the reverse!!!!

I blame this to switching to decaffeinated tea. 
So, now I am busy ordering more fabric.
Secondly, purchasing caffeinated tea. 
Then we will see how far I get tomorrow.

And just for good measure I am going to make some 
good karma here and offer a little de-stashing giveaway!
I have a flat rate envelope stuffed full of 
patterns that I am going to give away.
I counted 2 dozen.

I thought that if the winner didn't want all of the patterns 
they might pick and choose, maybe add to the envelope 
and have a little giveaway of their own.
Just a thought.

Then I have a Block of the Month that I am
able to stuff into another envelope.
This is McKenna Ryan's Storybrook Farm.
Patterns and fabric included. 
(I did make the first section... and that will
 be included as a head 
start to whoever would like it).

So, just say if you would be interested in
Envelope #1 Pattern Assortment
or Envelope #2 Storybrook Farm

It's Friday today... and I will away this next week but
leave a comment and I will announce a winner for each giveaway
on Tuesday... Earth Day. 
oops...I meant this Tuesday the 15th
... but not Earth Day... that's the next week.

I am listening to Elton John- Believe, right now.
Here is a link. I think it's a good song to start the weekend with!

Good luck on this 
Good Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crisp Color and Fun Designs

No I haven't made this yet... but I think it is super cute! 
I love the on point squares! 
The whole book is full of unique little ideas and
really sweet projects.
What book?
This book!

(photos by Martingale; photographer Brent Kane)

I always love the fabric collections 
that Jessi and her daughters Lauren & Carrie Jung
come up with. And now they have come out with 
I saw the book at my LQS and loved flipping through it.
I kept thinking crisp colors and fun designs!

Then, before I went back to purchase the book
I was asked to do a little review of it by Martingale.
Lucky me!
The book has 13 projects... some are little handy gift ideas...
to give or to keep for yourself.
The small projects can be made with less than a yard of fabric and
a couple of hours of your time.

 Then there are some adorable quilts in it too!
Like this one...
Isn't it so sweet?
The book has lots of illustrations and the directions are
really well written too.
When it comes to crafty kind of things...
I really have to pay attention to directions. So it
was nice to see that the project instructions
are clear and understandable. 
Projects are designed for the beginner sewer through advance.

(photos by Martingale; photographer Brent Kane)

This one is Gypsy Moth.
It would be a great picnic quilt.

Clever ideas... I think these would be cute in a baby room.

I like it when a book has a variety in it.

 You can seem more information about Sweet and Simple Sewing
at Martingale Publishers or over at Amazon too.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Midweek Moasaic: A Perfect Day!

Yes... take me away!
Paris, boats, love... awe!

Hope you have a perfect day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

What's the Holdup?

I pulled out my pattern of Coastal Lily Saturday morning...
as well as the bag of various parts and pieces 
and tried to make some sense of it all.

While I was getting the puzzle figured out
I decided to go ahead and make it my project de jour!

Where I left off was with all the little handwork. 
I seem to loose interest fast with that... but now I got my 
yoyo's sewn on the background piece and after I got the geese in rows I
was able to 
get the blocks put together!
But I am only halfway there.

It's always good to know that I can "guilt" myself into things.

It means my upbringing is still alive and well inside me! ha!

I am making good progress and I even caught up on one of my
Bee's Knees blocks that needed to get done!
 Well, actually two.

Now it's time to get get started on Star Blossoms though!
I am making  it as a little sew along with Ms. Cupcake.
I will show you more on that soon!

Friday, April 4, 2014

What Goal?

Goals for the 2nd quarter of 2014!
1. Star Blossoms
Pattern by Cotton Way/photo from Cotton Way

2. Finish my Granny Squares

It looks like this could be easy enough to finish!

3. Make  Fig Tree Sail Away quilt.

4. Make Layered Flowers by Red Door Designs.

 Click to see full size image
It's a sweet little raw edge pattern that I picked up 
at Road To California in January.

Then there is this one!

Last year I started making Coastal Lily.
Thelma at Cupcake n' Daisies started
making Coastal Lily at the same time.
Only I think she got hers finished two weeks later!
Click on the link to see her gorgeous quilt.

Anyway, I went from this to

and then to 


Then I went to a sample block.
And that is the only block that is even near being finished.

In January I posted that Coastal Lily was on my
list of projects to finish in the first quarter of 
this year. 
As you can tell... I missed that goal and all the other goals before it.

June will be here before we know it... I suppose I could set
June as the new goal date... making it a 1 year in progress.

The thing is... I hate having projects around that long!
I know some things we make are more of a "process" but
this really drives me nuking futs
Well, you know.
So, here we are... it's Friday... the weekend is free and clear...
I wonder what I will get done?!?

Monday I will be back and take a look at what I actually did make 
during the first quarter of the year! 
I'm sure it will be a surprise to me!
Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AYOS: It's the Hook Parade!

We came, we saw, we conquered!
Yes, Hook was a wee bit out of our
comfort zone for the most part... but we did it!

I can't wait to show you all the amazingly versions 
we have in the parade today... 
but first... I have a surprise.
No joke.
We have decided to do something small for the next parade.
But this time it's not a pattern of Carrie's
No... seriously, I wouldn't fool you!
We get to pick a pattern from the 
wonderfully adorable 

She has been churning out lots of cute fun and patterns
this year
that are small versions of her 
larger patterns... and, well, 
who could resist?
So, for the next parade...
it's a free choice of one of Camille's small patterns.

Okay, you can do two if you want... after all, they are small!

Here is a sample of a few of her patterns that we will be choosing from...
(photo from Camille's Instagram)

I can't wait to play! How about you?

Don't go yet though... 
here is the parade of Hook!
Starting with my  little quilt...

I have to admit that I was inspired by an early photo of
Lisa's quilt that I saw on her blog. My 
quilt got a quick re-do because I needed polka dots too!

See what I mean!

Here we have some sweet polka dots and holiday fabrics...
this is a wonderful version of Hook made by 
Lisa at Stashmaster blog! 
Thank you for
allowing me to copy you a little!

Here is a stunning color combo that Michelle at Quilts and Stuff 
 used. Not only the blocks seem to move but the border
seems to move too... like a marque! Love it!

Here is a lovely looking version of Hook
that was created by Nancy. I love the
earth tones of the reproduction fabrics she used here.
I think Nancy is the only one who actually thanked us for picking this pattern!
he he he

You are killing me! I LOVE this!
Patty from A Stitch in Time made this adorable
Hook! It is dancing... love the quilting and the border too!

Paulette made a beautiful version of Hook...
I love looking at her color combos in each of 
her blocks! Cute!

This is a beautiful version of the Hook pattern
created by Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch!
I love the solid stars of Urban Couture fabric
 and the green background!

Sue made a gorgeous version here using my all time
favorite holiday fabric line... and then made a couple
of candle mats to go with it!

Susan S  made a gorgeous version of the Hook pattern
here is a sweet little color combination. I love the stripes in her
blocks too.

Here is a stunning version of Hook made by Thelma
She used Little Black Dress II to dress it up...
and then doubled the size of the block for a more 
versatile quilt... making it  66" x  70".
Isn't she clever!

Vivian made a bright and beautiful version of this Schnibbles 
pattern and used a 
vintage mint green for the background! 
It looks great with the colorful blocks!
(note: I made an error last month... Vivian's State Fair quilt was
 not given to her only the pattern of State Fair was gifted...
she made the quilt herself! Sorry... I misread).
Take another look... here.

Wendy made a gorgeous Hook quilt here. I know she said she 
had a bit if a challenge with it...
you wouldn't know it though, it looks fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed the parade so far... you can see more over at A Quilting Life.
I also encourage you to take a look at each of these quilts over at 
each of these blogs. The photos of the journey are wonderful!

New minis
Then go take a look at what pattern you might make!

Monday, March 31, 2014

She's Two Now

The final birthday party of our "birthday week".
This was yesterday.
It was a carnival theme for Evie.
There was lots of fun and activities including bean bag toss, ring toss, 
face painting, art making, knock down the cans game and balloon animals.
The food was carny theme also but there
 was a plate of veggies... just to balance things out!

Now, maybe we can get back to sewing???
After all... we do have a parade tomorrow!
See you there!