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Monday, November 22, 2010

Deviating From the List, Already

I finished up my little shop sample project.
I just love the Quilt Soup pattern and the fabric is Quilt Soup also!
I sent it off to the quilter today... the backing will be the large polka dots.
And even though this wasn't on my list that I shared last week...
I have been wonderfully influenced by Pam Kitty Morning, Freda's Hive, Mrs. Schmenkman and Ferne
who have all made these Butterfly blocks. I love them so much, in all different sizes. There are lots of fun ideas and fabrics on their blogs.
And these smaller ones which PKM had made into a pillow, are perfect for the smallest of scraps.
I just thought it would be fun to tackle. I little butterfly quilt made from 
leftovers from a couple quilts that I made last month. There are scraps from Bliss, after making Marmalade by Thimble Blossoms. And also scraps from Sweet from my double hour glass quilt.
I actually tore apart a Abbey Road scrap catcher that I had made and didn't like (it reminded me of the circus) and I repurposed the fabrics for the center/bodies of the butterflies
and also the stripe outer border.  I also used scrap background fabrics for the white parts with the exception of the center columns. I still need to put on an outer border... I think it will be leftover polka dots from the Quilt Soup quilt.
It's my attempt at being influenced by Scrap Manicure!
You can see the top pincushion that remains from my pincushion scrap bag.
I think it was the stripe that was the outside fabric that just screamed circus to me and
just made it impossible to live with.
But now that I am on to these Butterflies... I want to make up some big ones, they really are addicting.
One more thing that I made
 is my MBS Christmas Tree designed by Cara of Cara Quilts.

 I have a little more to do, adding some buttons and a little something for a tree topper and borders...
I made it with my sewing group. It was a fun little group project and it was done before we know it... well, at least this far.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The List: Checkin' It Twice

I finished work  the other evening and walked out the door
and saw this in the parking lot! I was so excited! I have always wanted one of these
sweet little campers... I instantly loved it. The color is perfectly sweet and then I saw the For Sale sign
in the window... and just for a moment,
Merry Christmas to ME!
I love looking at those other camper gals with their trailers all fixed up and adorable inside.
I think I would even pick up fishing as a hobby just to hang with
Sisters on the Fly!
Of course, it would have to be hook-less fishing for me!
The first time I ever casted I caught a very large trout...
I handed off my pole immediately.
No way was I going to touch that!
I just don't have what it takes.
But camping, yes! Can you imagine sleeping with a big down comforter in here?

Oh well, this is what dreams are made of.
This is the camper that got away. Maybe next time.
Right now I have other "fish to fry" so to speak...
although I did not get a photo of the top , this is about to be checked off my list.
I will be putting the binding on this secret project this weekend.

I will be back with this one next...
almost finished right now.
I'm getting my pencil ready to start checking things off my list!

I just saw these photos in my saved photo file...
see I told you have have been dreaming of having one of these...

 How cute is this?
I think that this was made into a traveling cupcake business.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

How The Rest of the Year Shapes Up

I am finally getting my November/December goals
figured out for the Charming Girls Club.
I try to make a short list... but, ya know, I just don't know how!

 1. Work on Gone to Market
2. Finish up Victory Garden
3. Make Single Stem shop sample
4. A surprise shop sample
5. Le Petite Project
6. Finish Todd & Jill's wedding quilt (quilting/binding)
7. Dig out my Yoyoville project and finish that up
and lets see...
8. FQS Designer Mystery BOM
Then make my house look like this... but add a ton of Christmas decor.
I'm dreaming now! But if I was downright delusional...

 I would like to whip this up!
I saw it at Comfort Stitching and just l-o-v-e it.
And I would definitely make it out of Bliss too!
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Forever In Our Hearts

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

There was a beautiful post today by Cara Quilts.
I wanted to write about my appreciation, gratitude and thanks to our heros
 and the families that support them...
I don't think I could express myself as well as Cara did.
Please take a moment, grab a tissue and read it when you have a moment.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

I have a couple of projects that I have been working on recently
that I thought I would show you...

I love this pattern and the fabric... but I came to a screeching halt on it this morning.
I have a little bug-aboo to work out with the pattern.
Which then reminded me of this project that I have and have a little
problem with as well.

Cute blocks, but they are suppose to look like this:

It is from a Moda Bake Shop pattern. I love MBS and I love the designer also...
but I love the pattern to and I want to finish it!
Here is what the pattern says:
"Now sew a 1" strip into the block, as shown in the image above. Repeat this process until you have 11 blocks."

"Now sew a 1" pink strip to the top of the block.
Then trim the block down to 5" as show in the image above.
Make 6 blocks like this.
You will also make 4 blocks with a 1" white strip on the top."

See how it is suppose to look when it's finished?
I used 1" strips. My blocks measure 5" as they are suppose to.
So, instead of making some quilting progress...
hmm, what would be the opposite???????

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Recap of Sept/Oct For Charming Girls Club

I was a winner in the Fall Into Fall giveaway! So much has been going on...
I didn't even get to show off my wonderful stitchery that was made by Carol of
What is even more amazing is that she did the stitchery and had the rest of the project
ready to go! I love it and love her embroidery work! I should have taken a closer picture.
It is just perfect! Thank you Carol!!!

 Recapping  the September/October challenge for the
Charming Girls Club:
Several of my projects on my list did get finished.
I made this banner.

Finished up this little wall hanging.

Made this purse:)

Finished my Picnic quilt by Thimble Blossoms.

Made up this insulated market tote bag... but that wasn't on my list.

 Made Marmalade by Thimble Blossoms! Love it!

Finished up this little table topper by Thimble Blossoms.

Made my Paganini! Went ahead and added extra borders this week.


Made my Double Hour Glass quilt.
Did a quick ironing board cover, well, I really made two.
Although that wasn't on my list either.
What I didn't get done?
1. Victory Garden- didn't happen (5 blocks done)
2. Midnight Silhouette- cut out only
3. Going To Market? Forgot all about it!
But I did make my Fig Tree Club project... only I forgot to take a picture of it! Darn!

Now I need to see what gets moved onto the new list.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Le Petite Parade of Winners!

But before I get to Le Petite... I have been dying to show you something!
Do you remember when I gave you a little sneak peak at something?
Well, now I can show you.... meet Sophie's Bloomers!

Becky from Sweet Cottage Dreams, who I absolutely love, has started up a line of patterns!
And this purse is her debut pattern! I had the privilege of working on it in it's baby stages to see how it all
came together! Today Becky has let the cat out of the bag and to celebrate she is having a
"Bloomin' giveaway"!!! So go over to visit her blog and enter to win. But if you don't win, don't worry, there is always a pattern to make one of your very own! Now that I see the ones that Becky made... I want more!

And now let's talk... Le Petite!
It was such a pleasant surprise to see how many people joined in for the first project of  Le Petite!

I hope everyone who stopped by enjoyed the parade of quilts. And we added some that were missed in the first posting... so you might want to take another look at the great versions that were created.
It is always fun to have the opportunity to see the same quilt done in so many different
fabric groups. When I made my new project for Le Petite I had no idea that
Sherri was making her Butter Churn quilt
in those fun bright colors...
it was like night and day, mine being the night!
But I did get the borders on the quilt that I wanted to do and here is the top now:

We need to follow up and pick some winners for the Paganini Parade.
If your name is picked (well, they are all randomly generated) please send either Sherri or me
an email with your address so that we can forward your information to the store.
And just so you know... the pattern for Butter Churn, which is the next Le Petite project
can be ordered through any of our featured quilt shops!

The first prize will be from Carrie (and Miss Rosie)

She has a special little bit of goodness from Fall Market! ... and the winner is:
Anne from Quiltoholiker blog!

 The winner for the gift certificate from Quilters Paradise is.... Hazel from That Ninch!

The winner of the gift certificate from Quilt Taffy is:

Eileen from My Quilting Porch

The winner for the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate is:
Dorthy at Paws for Stitching blog!

and next we have our last prize...

 this fat quarter bundle of Fall Leaf fabrics from Bear Paw Quilts and More will go to
 Linda at the Quilted Pineapple blog: 

Congratulations to everyone who joined in the fun and made Paganini with us!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Le Petite Parade of Paganini's

I was away from my computer over the weekend and I was very excited to see all the quilts that came in to join the Paganini Parade today!
Sherri and I are back at it again! and it fells good!
I have really been missing the parade of quilts this past month. I think it's going to be a fun year ahead!
So, before we start the parade would you like to see the next project?

This is Butter Churn by This and That Designs
It's a cutie! It finishes at 24 1/2" square but I am very tempted to go ahead
and add an outer border to it. A 3" border should get it to a respectable 30"s+.
You will just need 2 charm packs and binding fabric.
I just love Sherri's designs... not that I don't love Carrie still...
I'm just sayin'

Ok, now on with the show!!!

This is from Becky... nearly ready to quilt!
I love the fall fabric she used... especially the polka dots!

Here I have a sweet Paganini made by LeAnn.
I don't know why that I think of candy when I see these...
I know the name should imply a sandwhich.

Ah, finally I got this picture to post... I am having the darndest time- getting a message for several
that say "server rejected". What's with that? We have a parade to show!!!
Anyway, this one is from Carol at Brown Quilts blog.
Great colors!!!

This is from Jenn,
 from Jenn Sews Now blog. She is new to blogging and new to our group too!
Cute alphabet border!
Here we have Paganini made by  Carol at This and That blog.
and a wonderful version of Paganini made by Charity from A Handle On It blog.
This one is from Darlene at Quilting Daze blog. I love the way the colors stand out from the background and sashing.

 Jenn from Patchwork Possibilities- love the outer border blue!

 Kay using Verna fabrics from Moda.
 Kim G from Illinois, no blog. She used beautiful Bliss!
 Kim P Kim's Big Quilting Adventures- okay now...
Can you stand it? What a great idea!
 Dorthy from Paws for Stitching blog... this one just looks like the changing of the seasons!
What? Who is this but Carrie herself with Paganini in the background...
photo was from Jolly Jabber's Market pictures. Thank you!

 Amanda Little Miss Stitcher blog. Love the fun fabrics in this one!
Ribbons and all! From An Encourager.. .How fun is this! Such a happy quilt!
 This is a small version of Paganini by Andee at a Modern Diary blog.

Anne from Quiltoholiker blog...
then she made it into a pillow... you can see it on her blog.
Cindy C from Sew Cindy blog created her version of Paganini with a little twist to the border fabrics. I just love the way your eye moves around this quilt and out to the middle border fabric.

Carol and Buster... yes, buster is back! See more at Carol's blog: Carol's Crafty Creations. Stunning contrast in fabrics!

 Cindy Hiyacinth Quilt Designs
made this fun version of Paganini. Don't you love the border fabric she used?

Diana made her Paganini out of red white and blue! It reminds me of floatation rings on boats!
and a little version by Diana also!

Bea from France has made a beautiful Paganini and set in a beautiful France landscape for us!

Carol and Buster?
A Tic Tac Toe version of Paganini?

This one was made by Eileen from My Quilting Porch blog. I love the way she used the
pink background fabric in her quilt!
Ekatherina sent in a beautiful "Fruitcake" version of
Paganini with a piano key border!

This is a sweet version of Paganini made by Joyce. The picture doesn't come out to clear, but do you see the beautiful border?

Here we have a fun version of Paganini made by Linda from Stray Stitches!

and this one is from Sherrill!
I love this line of fabrics that she used!

To see the rest of the parade go over to Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life! There is plenty more to see!
Please check out our Featured Quilt Shops, (listed on my sidebar) for the next pattern!
oh, and if I made a mistake, and I usually do... please feel free to help me out and send me an email.