Monday, June 30, 2014

Here She Is!

I only had to put the outside borders on to finish 
Coastal Lily and I managed to do that this weekend!

I started Coastal Lily along with Thelma last year. If you have seen
hers... it is back from the quilter and absolutely stunning!

I love this quilt and actually pulled from my stash for most of the fabrics.
That's a plus!
 I wanted it to have a beachy/shabby chic feel. 
Although when I saw Thelma's Coastal Lily in progress... I started having doubts.
I am so fickle! 
I decided to make my circles from yoyo's... which became a process!
I enjoyed making the little yoyo's actually... it was the hand sewing
that was going to be the crux of the matter... either way I went.

What I don't like about the quilt is the stems. I used a light pearl cotton
through the machine on most of them and unless you are holding the
quilt the stems just don't show up well at all.
Never-the-less I like her a lot!

I had more pictures to share... but I can't seem to upload them.
Maybe I will share those for a Midweek Mosaic!




Friday, June 27, 2014

First Finish in my New Home


Yeah! I finished my Nested Churn Dash quilt! 
I really enjoyed how easy this was to make! 

I used fabric from my stash... so that is always a plus!

The sun was barely coming up this morning when I went out 
to take some pictures of the quilt.
I can't believe I was able to squeeze this one in while 
in the process of moving! 

                                           

Can you tell my cats were having fun running across it
while I was trying to take a picture?

Now... I plan on getting the last borders on my Coastal Lily quilt
this weekend so I can count it as a finish for this...
the 2nd quarter of the year!
Oh, and Swoon came back from the LAQ... so I can put the binding on her
as well! 
I have a mountain of must do's... on my housework list too... so
we will see what will be done by Monday!

I know you are aware that Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 11th
anniversary! Teresa is having a giveaway on her blog to help them
celebrate. So you might want to stop by and visit her! Her blog is 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Word of the Day: FUN




Last night I taught a little class at the LQS on Layered Flowers
by My Red  Door Designs.

It was a fun class... so simple, but it was great for beginners.

On other news...

My son, Jill and Evie who have been in Italy
will be waking up tomorrow in Paris!
How fun is that?



Happy anniversary (tomorrow) to my sweet son and his amazing
wife. 
about an hour ago I realized that tomorrow is their anniversary. 
I can't believe I didn't put two and two together until just now!


I ran across this and thought it was a fun little thing...

What are your 3 words?



During our moving process I have been taking time to sew my Nested Churn Dash
blocks here and there and this morning I got the blocks put together.




I am so excited to get a fun sewing project nearly done...
I think I am calling it Fun-fetti.
I need to figure out the border tonight... and then 
maybe I will have it all finished by Friday!


So, what where your 3 words???

Monday, June 23, 2014

I Hate to Break the News!



Did you realize that this week marks the point of the year when we are 6 months away from Christmas?
I know! Seriously! 
So maybe it's a good time to look at a new quilt book that is focused on winter projects!


(this photo was found on Pinterest for The Quilt Patch from their Market Booth)

Both Shelley Wicks and Jeanne Large own and operate 
The Quilt Patch retail store in Moose Jaw, SK.  Shelley is blogging at The Quilt Patch blog 
They currently have four books published with Martingale,
 as well as having a line of patterns that sell under the name 
The Quilt Patch Pattern Co.

(photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)


Tis' the Autumn Season was rated #4 last year in Martingale Publishing's top 10 books!
And the photo above was the cover quilt for last year's Holiday quilt book called
Tis' the Season!

This one was one I loved from Urban Country Quilts!





And now they are back again with their new book: Here Comes Winter!
There are 19 projects that range from pillows to table runners, to 
lap quilts and wall hangings. 

I love their projects because they are very do-able and have a fun kind of charm to the style.
Also, since they aren't really labor intensive... you might consider making 
one or more projects from their books as gifts!

The projects also range in style... their is whimsical...

like this one... called A Few Good Men!
I like the chunky applique.

Dramatic... like the Snowflake trio...
this would be great decor for all season long.
Not just Christmas.

and just fun... like Crosswalk! 
I could see this being done in any number of colorways.
Even though this one doesn't have to be a winter quilt...
they seriously have it all covered for the season... 
snowmen, reindeer, snowflakes... mittens (I love mittens),
lights and even a Christmas tree or two!
One more photo to show you... I love those
cute little reindeer! 

You can find the book at Martingale Publishing or at Amazon.

So other than it being 90+ degrees out...
why not start thinking Holidays?

I just put this group of fabrics on my wish list at Fat Quarter Shop:







Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Midweek Mosaic


Stacks of quilts! 
What could be prettier?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Happy 11th and Other Weekend News

Have you seen who is having an anniversary?
There is going to be lots of celebrating
going on!
Congratulations to the Fat Quarter Shop family!
You guys are amazing!
Thank you for all you do and 
all the things you do that make the FQS the cream of the crop!
It is very much appreciated!

Yesterday...
I had to stop and pull over to a driveway...

Can you see what I see?

This guy was hiding by the time I got my camera
out of my purse. But I have to say... he was
very impressive!
Can you see him better in this shot?
I got to see him out in the open... he was
the biggest bear I had ever seen!
Had to be at least 600 pounds!

I think those people are going to regret leaving their gate open!

MY Nested Churn Dash
did go from this...


to this...


over the weekend... I only had a little bit of play time in 
but I love the way it is turning out... yes, turning out, not
Churning out! ha!

I can't wait to work on it some more... it is so addictive!
And the best news of the day... I have finished the move 
into the new house. 
Thank goodness for our son's and my DIL!
Pictures? Why don't I have any pictures yet of the house?
I guess that will be the next post!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Back to Sewing...

As some of you might already know, the house 
we have been living in for the past 6 1/2 years
was sold and I had 5 weeks to find another one
and move.
That is a lot of pressure... but I am happy to say that 
in just two weeks I found a home... and one in 
the same neighborhood at that!
Last Saturday we started moving in... and
we actually slept there that night! The furniture
was arranged and it was kayos but not too bad.
We have some finishing up to do this weekend
and then we are done! Two weeks ahead of schedule!
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So, now that I can come up for air a little...
I was able to start the Nested Churn Dash quilt along
I love Churn Dash blocks and actually had a 
pattern pulled out of a CD quilt that was similar...
but for some reason it had Y seams. Hmm, so 
I was glad to play along and get things started 
with the quilt along!

Her pattern is a couple $$ and it's a 24" block...
I decided that this was the better pattern by far!
So...
I cut my fabrics....


and even got a little bit of sewing started! 
The biggest miracle is that I have a sewing room that
is all put away nice and neat.
It looked impossible at first... but it worked out! 
So I fired up that machine, put thread in her and started sewing!


I am using Quilt Soup fabrics... mostly (using the 80/20 rule).
I have been hording them since I found out that Barbara is retiring.
I am going to miss her! 
Here are a couple other quilts that I have made with her fabrics:
They are just happy fabrics!

I found this photo on a google search... it's my quilt, but before
I had put on borders. 

And here is another one that was a Mystery BOM!
I am going to miss her whimsical designs and fabrics!
But just so you know.. she is having a sale on her web site right now.
You might want to take a look! And then thank me later... ha!

I will try to take some pictures of the house tomorrow! 
(well, at least the outside)!


Monday, June 9, 2014

American Jane Trunk Show Recap

 I quick post but lots of pictures!
Last Friday evening was the trunk show 
of American Jane...
I have some photos from it to share...
 

This is the quilt that we had a class on!
The class was the next day.

Then Sandy shared some of her favorite scrappy
quilts with the group!


The borders were so fun to see too!



These quilts were huge... I mean HUGE!
They had to be folded just to show them at all!

This quilt was the same star as the class but
just four stars and some other blocks added in!


I love this one!






I love this one too!

A double Churn Dash....
how cute!

Blue and White is just cute.

I wish this one wasn't so blurry but it is
adorable! I really really want one of my own!
Yellow and Grey/ Never used that combo before...
I don't think?

More scrappy goodness!

Love the border and the courthouse step blocks.

Okay that's it. Just a quicky~


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Somebody is Coming to Town!

American Jane
is making a return visit to my little town!
Tomorrow night she will have a trunk show at my guild...

Her fabric is just happy!

I can't wait to see her again...


And maybe see all her new things from Market this time!

... have you seen her newest fabric?




 Friday she will be teaching a class for us, so of course
I signed up and put in my request for the day off from work!

This star quilt will be the class.

The funny thing... since I haven't been to any meetings for a long while..
I had seen the program person in the local quilt shop and handed her over a check 
without ever seeing what class it was.

A  friend filled me in and showed me the pattern. 
I said "oh, great I think I have that one.

I looked and was happy to see that I did have it in my pattern stash.

I decided on fabrics... but still needed some background 
which required a 
stop to the LQS and 
then when I was talking to the 
quilt shop owner and telling her the
things I might change in the pattern... she said:
 "what"?
"What pattern are you thinking of"?

I was way off!
.
This is what I thought we were doing!

I am so glad that I didn't get to class with everything cut out ahead of time!
I would have been so embarrassed! 
I just wish I could remember who told me it was this pattern!

But since I had it in my mind... I am thinking of combining the two patterns
and make some of the feathered star and some blocks from Oh My Stars
(pictured above)... maybe with a few of those little guys on the side!
(so glad that I won't be making that border)!

Woo hoo... two days with Sandy K.
That will be a nice break from my week!