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Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Few of My Favorite Things

One of the great things about the Quilting in the Garden show last weekend...
was being at the nursery itself! 
But aside from playing...
I had to get busy with my Spider blocks for my retreat coming up next month.

It's just a few weeks away and a Spider Web string quilt is
one of the  projects! 
So I am starting on my sample.
I really have a hard time with "string" quilts...
And in order to keep myself from going insane I decided to
have a controlled pallet for my quilt.
Although I really like the opportunity that this blocks gives you for using up your scraps...
I just need to have an order to my kayos. If that makes sense?

I finally got my first Betsy's Closet block made and have the next one
in the hoop! I try to work on it during my lunch hour during the week, but 
I think I need a new plan... because I need to get these done much faster...
some people have like 5 out of the 9 done already! 

Okay, back to the nursery...

I love flowers!
Did I ever tell you that I use to work as a florist when I was younger?
It was so much fun. 
That is the time period when I wore vintage clothes and  yes, hats too!
Loved it!

 Here is a fun quilt at In Between Stitches Quilt shop in Livermore.
I believe the pattern is from Anaka's Treasures, Living Large II booklet.

 okay, just a little more eye candy...
Monday, September 24, 2012

The Traveling Mannequin

Kind of like a Where's Waldo...
There she is in a wonderful quilt shop...
on a weekend excursion!
I escaped and went to Alden Nursery for the
Quilting in the Garden quilt show over the weekend 

This is at In Between Stitches... where I get an adrenaline rush 
as I walk through the front door and take my first breath of
fresh off the bolt fabric! Yum!

I still managed to get in some BOM Rehab time!
and got this one nearly ready to go.

This is Sparkle by Fig Tree & Co. 
(sorry for the super crummy photo)
I love this pattern! I used some fat quarters that I had handy although the 
pattern calls for a layer cake which would be just great too.
I just need to find some Parisville for the outside border and she is done!

Yes, of course I am going to share some 
 photos from the quilt show...

Amazing work by the featured quilter...
Judy Mathieson

The flowers were so pretty too.

Sweet little topper.

Fun quilts everywhere... and up high!

Lots of luscious work everywhere!
So were you in BOM Rehab...
or did your weekend lead you on an adventure?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Trying To Pick a Favorite & Giveaway Winner

Today is the last day of the Dots on Dots blog hop!
It ended yesterday... but there were more 
blogs to see... so check out Quilt Taffy for today's list!

Here are a few of my favorite blocks...

This was from the Traveling Quilter!
Isn't it adorable? Who doesn't love polka dot dresses?

Or how about this one...

from Cate's Linens , I love stars!

Or how about this very ambitious finished quilt...

I love it... it's by Quilting by Dawn

And then there is this one by Lori Holt....

she just kills me... I got the tingles all over when I saw this.
I will be making this one for sure!

If you would like to see all of the blocks from the hop...
just check out Pinterest for Madame Samm's board of Dots!

With Fabric & Thread

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog for a visit and took the time to leave a comment. I really enjoyed them! I am slowly going back through them all and checking out all the new to me blogs!

I have a winner for my Dot On Dots Blog Hop giveaway!
It was comment #169!

It's Pauline at Quilt-n-Queen blog!
She said:
Good morning Sinta, love your 3D pinwheel and the Dresden flower is sEw adorable. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win the Fig Tree book. I've heard it is a good book. Happy stitching, Pauline

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Baker's Dozen

The end of my Summer of Fun!
It's time to wrap it up.
There was a whole lot of things that were on my list to start with.
And the list kept on getting revised!
Here is the project list I started with:
1. Evening Blooms by Blackbird Designs
2. Le Petit by Fig Tree & Co.
3. Dolly Dresses (panel)
4. Yoyoville by Bunny Hill
5. Dancing Dollies by Fig Tree & Co.
6. A jelly roll project
7. Make a new purse
8. Bounce by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

What I actually did finish was...
1. Mystery BOM

2. A Schnibbles: Doc 

3. Another Schnibbles: Dimestore

4. A Little Bites pattern: Speck

5. Spools by Thimble Blossoms

6. Ivy League: for the book tour of
Geared For Guys Remix! By Emily Herrick

7. A special assignment project for Fat Quarter Shop...

8:  Another Schnibbles: Hot Cross

9. Yoyoville is nearly finished by not done yet!

I was going to angle the corners on the border of the quilt but the pattern calls for 
a little block... here is a photo of the block. I think I will go back and add the
block in the corner. I think it looks better, don't you?

10. Jelly roll project: not finished.

11. Boardwalk: finished

12. Le Petit: FINISHED! I love this one made with Blueberry crumb Cake!

13. I made another special assignment project but I can't show that one yet.

That's my baker's dozen for the Summer of Fun!
So this is how the list looks now:

1. Evening Blooms by Blackbird Designs
2. Le Petit by Fig Tree & Co.
3. Dolly Dresses (panel)
4. Yoyoville by Bunny Hill
5. Dancing Dollies by Fig Tree & Co.
6. A jelly roll project
7. Make a new purse
8. Bounce by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

That's depressing!

Monday, September 17, 2012

BOM REHAB- My Weekend Show and Tell

It feels good to be making progress and finishing this block of the month project.
I have been able to finish 2 other block of the month's that had been abandoned, work on this
one by Bunny Hill, and keep up to date with a current Fat Quarter Shop BOM program.
That's a lot of progress for some things that have been sitting in my closet, neglected, for a
very long time! 

I have the stitching done on 4 of these blocks now! I am almost half way there.
There is some embroidery embellishment and some buttons that I will be adding also,
but I will have this done and ready to hang by the first of October! 
I am excited about that!
I did manage to finish making the last of my yoyo's for Yoyoville,
another Bunny Hill project... 
I discovered when I got to the outside border, that I had not made the 3 dozen 
yoyo's that I needed! Darn! 
I also decided to work on another project yesterday...

It's by Fig Tree & Co.
These blocks are about 22" and I couldn't believe how fast that they
went together! 

I am working on the sashing right now... but this could be completed by the
end of the week! I love this star pattern... it's called Sparkle!
Here is the pattern and a photo of the cover quilt:

I could see making this one again... as soon as I get my hands on some of this fabric!
I used Parisville. The pattern called for a layer cake but I had 
9 fat quarters of the Tula Pink fabric
and it worked perfectly.

What did you guys do in the BOM Rehab this week?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today Is My Day...

My polka dot block and a little giveaway!

I am really excited to participate in the Dots On Dots blog hop!

I love polka dots, and I suspect you do too!
I even wear polka dot sunglasses!
I have a block to share with you and some of the quilts I have made that I incorporated 
dots into...

I made a special version of a flower block with a 3-D center.

If you would like to make one here is what you will need:
4- 6 1/2" squares for flower petals (black and white polka dots)
4- 3 1/2" squares and 4- 2 1/2" squares (dark blue dots) for  background
4- 4 1/2" sq.'s folded twice to make the flower centers (green polka dot)

Directions: place a 3 1/2" blue square on left corner of 6 1/2" square and sew across the diagonal;
do that again on other 6 1/2"  sq.'s. Then take the 2 1/2" sq.s and place on the right top corner of the 6 1/2" sq. & sew across on the diagonal. Cut away excess behind the diagonal where you stitched.
Next: take your flower centers that you folded twice to make the "prarie points" and sew those 
within the seam of each two "petals" as you sew them together.
Be sure to copy placement of the squares like in the photo.
Repeat with the last two squares and there you have your flower block.
It measures 12.5 inches.

I modeled the block after this block by Quilt Soup. But I needed it larger and I changed the center 
(and the petals) for a little extra pizazz!

Here is another one of my quilts made with an Abby Lane pattern and MoMo fabrics...
big polka dots!

This one is Picnic from Scrap Basket Sensations book and Sweetwater fabrics.

And here are more polka dots used as the setting triangles in a Fig Tree pattern called
Figgy Pudding.

And lastly...

here is my sweet little Dresden with a few polka dots of Pam Kitty Morning fabric
 used for the petals!
Flowers and polka dots just seem to go together!

I hope you got some inspiration here today...
and if you would like to enter to win this book by
With Fabric & Thread
Fig Tree and Company... just leave me a comment.
I will pick a winner on Sept 20th, the last day of the dots on dots blog hop.
I love this book and I guarantee you will find lots of inspiration inside...
and just maybe some thing you would like to make with polka dots!
(I love love love my copy of it)

Thanks to Corrie from Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm from Sew WE Quilt for organizing another super fun blog hop! Click here to see the full schedule for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop and here are the hoppers for today:

September 13th
Pink Pincushion
Bee in My Bonnet

Thanks for stopping by!