Friday, November 21, 2014

Night Sky Quilt Along Finished


I finished my Night Sky quilt be Thimble Blossoms!
And not a day too soon.
I was playing with Jana M who hosted the Night Sky Quilt Along!


I used an assortment of my American Jane fabric from my stash.
The fabrics are all pretty busy...
so I was nervous that it would be overload...



But I think it turned out just fine.


I had originally thought about making up my own block arrangement...
but after playing with other options...
I thought the original layout on the pattern worked just fine.

There are no borders on the pattern but I am considering
adding a border to it.

I am so glad that I played along on this one!
Thanks Jana! It was fun and also seeing everyone else's quilt 
in progress on Instagram!



Now, I am back to working on Sail Away!
 I stopped working on this in September 
while sewing the rows together... so I just 
need to finish that and add the borders! It was on my
 list to finish before the end of the year. I think 
I will get it checked off soon!



Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Christmas List... just one thing!


This is one of those Tiny Homes!
Isn't it just adorable?



It is only 500 square feet.



I am sure I could manage to live in it!


I will even take the little grey cat! 
I think I will call her Snippits.

See... a sewing space too.

Really, it's not too much to ask of Santa is it?

More photos of this little gem can be seen at Country Living.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Sick of It!

I have an issue!

I believe it started when my computer got upgraded, due to Windows 7 no longer being
supported.
I cannot comment on blogs if their comment section looks like this:



 
 

I have a google  account but it will not accept my comments. I read blogs still... and wish I could comment... but  can't unless it has a place to comment that looks more like this: 
 


Friday, November 14, 2014

My New Favorite Book for Baby Projects

I'm still catching up on things.
I wanted to do a little book review for Martingale Publishers.

This book is so adorable!
Baby Says Sew by Rebecca Danger...
who is currently expecting her third child!
She has already published a knitting for children book 
and now has come up with a whole nursery of ideas!

I am already a grandma but there are two more little ones coming our way
early spring! Yeah!

This book would be fantastic for a new mom but super useful
for a grandma or anyone who has little tadpoles in their lives!


(photos by Brent Kane for Martingale)


Baby Says Sew is like an A-Z book covering just about everything for
the nursery...
from play toys, softies to basic wearables and even bedding and
each project is really cute!



This is the only book I need for
the future grand babies! 


These little squares are great for grabbing but as
Evie got bigger they made it easier for her to play catch...
who would have thought?


Okay, I am sure that the stacking turtles
are just going to be for me...
but I will share... promise.



A mom just can't have enough sheets. 
Seriously. Babies stay in these cribs through
toddler... and then they get converted into youth beds.
Sheets... easy enough to make and much cuter than store bought, right?



This is the first project I intend to make from the Baby Says Sew book.


Very little sewing experience is needed for many patterns.

The projects are very versatile  for at home or
 on the go! 
There is a pattern for 
a baby carrier, sleep sack, diaper-change bag, and toys.
Actually... now that I think about it... it would be a great gift for 
an expecting mom!

Okay, like I said... I am still trying to catch up with myself, so
this book was already released last month. 
The good news is that you can find it at Martingales or at Amazon!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I've Been Doing Some Surfing: Market Surfing!


I finally had a chance to look at some the photos taken
from Fall Market!
I usually am looking minute by minute... and thanks to 
Instagram I was able to see the photos from
Market as it was happening but
it's really nice to see snapshots that get put up on 
various blogs.


To me, I liken this event to the CMA awards or 
project runway...


The booth displays are what I see first.

Then I look at the elements of the booth.

These were a few that struck me as different...

I mean that in a good way!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bird's Eye View Winner


We have a winner!

The winner of the Atelier Jolly Bar quilt kit is 
Susan S. 
I know you will love making Bird's Eye View!




This is just one of the kits available using Jolly Bars at the
Thank you all for your comments for the giveaway!
And congratulations again to Susan!

Friday, November 7, 2014

As Easy As A, B, C

 I have been sneaking in a little play time this week...

I'm working on rows ! and 2 of Night Sky.
I am using my American Jane fabric stash. 
You know she use to be an elementary school teacher didn't you?
Doesn't it all make sense now?
(smile)


I can't wait to see what the others are doing in this quilt along!


I don't know how far I will get this weekend...
 but I am sure I will make a little bit more progress
making this one. I just love these stars...

but...

I am kind of thinking of making up my own arrangement... 
and not putting the stars in rows.
What do you think?


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Jolly Giveaway!


At the end of September and the beginning of last month the Fat Quarter Shop had 
a little blog hop to share the news about a new pre-cut from Moda called
"Jolly Bars"!

I wanted to share my quilt again that I had made using the Jolly Bar. 
It was the Atelier Collection  from 3 Sisters. I love the fall colors in this group. 
A Jolly Bar is exclusive to Fat Quarter Shop. The reason I love this pre-cut is
that I always purchase 2 charm packs anyway... so a Jolly Bar measuring 5' x 10" 
just makes good sense for a pre-cut. 

So I made up this little pattern using half square triangles.
I made 12 HST's from 6, 2 1/2" squares each
piece of fabric and made it into this block. 
I kept the extra 2 2 1/2" squares from the bar to use in the border. 
This measures 62" square.

The  I know there must be a name for the block out there
but I wasn't using a pattern.

I am calling my quilt Riverbed. 



I thought you might like to try out a Jolly Bar and so 
I talked to the wonderful people at Fat Quarter Shop and
they agreed that a giveaway would be fun!
So what I we are going to give away is this Jolly Bar Quilt Kit called
Bird's Eye View which uses the Atelier fabrics.


So here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway....

leave me a comment using the word "jolly" in the sentence. 

I will keep the giveaway open through Sunday November 9th
and announce the winner on Monday November 10th. 




To hear about Jolly Bars directly from Kim Jolly... click on this link for
her You Tube video about it.



Good luck! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Got It Covered!


Here is my mini Stems quilt for our next AYOS project!
I caved in and used my October Skies fabric that I had been
hoarding. I can't wait to have it quilted.
Now, I want to make a large Stems quilt.  
I think these can be addicting!

So, let me pick our winners for the AYOS Harvey Parade.

Carrie is giving two special surprise-prizes, 
one for each of our blogs...
and 
the first randomly chosen winner is:

Pam... at Stitching Between the Lines blog from my parade.


Judith is the winner from Sherri's parade!


I also have a charm pack and a Schnibbles pattern to give one person from each blog...

Linda and Jackie are the winners that will receive the charm pack/pattern combo.

Thank you all for taking on the Harvey project! It was a big quilt and I love
what you all did with the pattern. I love the mini versions and the conversions
that were made... you guys are so creative!

Congratulations to the winners!

as for me...

I had a very nice and relaxing weekend!
 It was the first one in a month or more!
 I got to stay in my pj's most of the day on Saturday...
and  even better... it rained!
I worked on miscellaneous projects that were laying around
in my sewing room and I even got out some binding that needed to be done.
I had the quilts quilted in the summer... but it was just too hot to even think
about binding them! 

I got caught up on my Bees Knees Quilting Group projects. 
I had two that have been needing my attention.

This one is for Shari...
her theme was a masculine Autumn Leaves block.

and this one is for Calli...

her theme was a free style, anything outdoors and camping
kind of feel, so I made up this...



Also, November is my month for our group so I cut out
and kitted up blocks for everyone in my group.
I even made two  of my own for my quilt to get a head start.


 It's a free pattern from Little Miss Shabby
promoting her Playful Petals book.
*which I love!


I had decided to join in with the Night Sky quilt along that
was starting up. So I grabbed my stack of 
American Jane fabrics and started to cut into them.

There are 7 rows that will be done in 7 weeks. 
It should be fun.
This morning I started sewing row #1.


I like the way they are turning out. I am keeping my fingers crossed though...
it is a busy/scrappy pattern and American Jane fabrics are the same... 
so we'll see how it turns out!


I even managed to make a Bunny Hill ornament along with a friend on
Thursday evening. They were a lot of fun to make!  
But, can you believe it.... I didn't play any Christmas music! 
That is just wrong.





Saturday, November 1, 2014

Post-Halloween Parade... No Costume Required


Happy Harvey-ween!
It's time for our AYOS parade!


Autumn is in the air and like autumn and  the changes that come with it...
just posted about some changes that are taking place in her life.
It's all very exciting news... you can read about it here.

I am so excited for Carrie! 
I nearly want to help her pack!

We will still plan on continuing our AYOS parades every month...
we will just be adding in a few "other" small quilts into the mix!
So, for next moth Sherri and I have decided on Stems... mini Stems.

(photos from Fig Tree)



It's really cute... I hope you like making this one!

You can find it here at Fig Tree and Company.

I almost have mine ready ... I can show you tomorrow!

But for now let's have our 
"little" parade of Harvey!

I have to say that this is the biggest Schnibble of them all.
But I loved making it!


I am showing mine here... but I was in a rush 
putting on the borders... (see my finger in my last post).
Do you see my problem?
Evidently I have a little bit of resewing to do... all in all,
I love my Harvey in Polka Dots. This is the full size, at 72"
but it's hard to tell in this picture.



Here is Linda's Harvey. You can see more of this spectacular 
quilt on her blog, the Quilted Pineapple.



Here is a mini version of Harvey made 
by Michelle at Michelle's Quilts and Stuff blog.
It's a sweet one for sure!


 went in grand style with the drama of black...
and it's another one that is even quilted! Wow!
Those colors just keep popping!


Patty at A Stitch in Time created her version of Harvey
in a beautiful colorway and really made the center pop.
The basket converted into a star too. Ha, two patterns in one!!!



Here is a dazzler... this one is taking "center" stage!
It was made by Polly at Aunt Polly's Porch!
Vibrant!
Okay, 3 patterns in one now!



Low volume with big contrast! This beauty was made
by Peg at Stitchin With Peg blog.

Be sure to visit the other half of the parade at A Quilting Life
I will be posting winners here tomorrow!

Also, I finally added the blog names of our AYOS 
group to my sidebar. Let me know if I left you out.

I know I said no costume required... but here is a picture of
little Evie who was
starting to get ready...

(she is practicing her roar)!

I will have the fully made up lion photos tomorrow!