Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friendship Bag Swap 2009

How cute is this?

I took part in a Friendship Bag Swap by Quilting Gallery. The pattern was so simple... thanks to the great tutorial @ p.s. i quilt you can make this in an evening. I ended up making one as a trial which is now the home of a beanie baby or two in my daughter's room. I had never tried free motion quilting before, but I think with practice it could be really fun.
My secret partner was Jen over @ Miss. Punkie Pie. I know she loved it... she told me so! I used some "scrappy" strips I had and the bag turned out really great. I added a decoupaged picture frame, a covered sketch book, and some extra strips for her stash.

Next up, Quilting Gallery is hosting a Christmas Swap featuring Inchie Ornament. Nadine Ruggles @ DreamWeaverQuilts has shared her love of Inchie Quilts with a simplistic tutorial for making these ornaments. I have never made one of these super mini quilts so this will something new for me... wish me luck! I have a feeling these may be very addictive!!!

Spirit Jump Quilt Squares

If you are a crafter or just a person with a BIG heart, check out the group Spirit Jump.

They are an amazing bunch of caring people who FLOOD cancer and other ill people with small gifts, cards, and tokens of love to lift their spirits during their treatments and recovery.

Recently I sent in a bunch of squares to be put into a quilt for a woman struggling with cancer. Since the quilt is a surprise, I will not give any more details but to say she is loved beyond measure by this group... I will post the finished project and the recipient when I get the OK.

Another Quilting Bee 1: August Blocks

Do you love my light box?

I will finish this post tomorrow... I am tired.

Another Quilting Bee 1: July Blocks

July is/was my month for Another Quilting Bee 1! WOOHOO!!! I had made a slew of 9 patch blocks for a 6 month LQS block exchange (look back here) that have been sitting peacefully in a bin, waiting to be needed. I sent out each quilter, including myself, some greens, one flower print, and a white. I asked that the sewers NOT add color, but said they could add greens. In the final quilt there will be 12 sets of 9 patch blocks that work with each set from the group. I made it quilter's choice for patten, but requested either 6.5" or 12.5" blocks.

These women are amazingly creative and the blocks I received were more then I could have ever dreamed. I can't wait to share then with you... but I am posting the blocks I made. The first is 12.5" and the other three are 6.5". The third picture is of the back of one of the small "garbage" blocks. So many seems to press... ugh!

They were fun to make... looking at the fabric as if it was to be sent to someone else and then getting to keep the blocks.

Another Quilting Bee 1: June Blocks

So I am WAY behind on my blog... oh boy am I behind!

Here are the blocks I made for Another Quilting Bee 1 back in June. JMBMommy made this amazing tree for the center of her quilt. She wanted to use black as a background color rather than white. You should go look as some of the blocks she received... they really were great. She has yet to post a finished quilt, BUT if you stop by her blog, there is a cute picture of her new little baby girl! Congrats my friend!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Another Quilting Bee 1: May Blocks

So I am the over achiever this month for Another Quilting Bee 1. I was so excited to get this fabric that I got started tight away. I added a few scraps of the Heather Ross I had as well as adding the orange/brown dots and another turquoise. I had so much fun with these blocks!!!

The first was inspired by watching Sewing with Nancy teach basic quilting. She was showing the court house steps and my head quickly created this block. I was so pleased it came together so well. The second is so simple, but I was kinda thrown by the one turquoise and had no idea what to make. I added the turquoise seahorses and made this basic yet effective block.

The last two where free pieced. The third was a lark that turned out much better then I would have thought. It is kinda crazy meets log cabin. The fourth is what I am calling a garbage block. I took all the little scraps and bits that would have gone in the scrap bin to create something not half bad. When I look at it in the picture it seems more put together then it seemed as I was making it.

I really hope Chen @ Mushyhed's Sweatshop loves my blocks and the fabric I added. After working on these "sewers choice" blocks, I am getting so exited for July! I really think my quilt will be amazing after everyone works their magic.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Look what came in the mail today...

For Another Quilting Bee 1, it is sewer's choice for May care of Chen @ MushyedsSweatshop. She has asked for 12.5 inch blocks made out of her selection of Heather Ross' Mendocino. I have some of this in my stash and will be adding to what she sent... I am sure she will say that is ok. ;-)

Now to pick a block pattern...

You Capture Week #10

Joy is shinny happy kids, flowers and blue sky!

Please check out what else brings joy over @ my girl Beth's Blog... I Should Be Folding Laundry... and her You Capture weekly photo challenge.

Can't wait to see what is on tap for next week.

Friday, April 24, 2009

You Capture Week #9

So I had no picture, no inspiration, no nothing. Than last night, while doing dishes It hit me. This is what I saw when I looked at the window sill... the three flowers I saved from the hail storm the night before... and my bloom rock.



And the last two... no words needed. :-)

Friday, April 17, 2009

My 39th Birthday!

Me... on my 39th birthday as seen by my 4.5 year old daughter.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

You Capture Week #8

"Rustic" from a walk in the woods.

Check out Beth's blog and see all the other great captures!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

MORE Easter Sunday!

Our gifts from the Easter Bunny named Heather!

MORE Easter Sunday!

The Easter Bunny names Allison also came to our house! WOOHOO!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Not Me Monday

I have nothing to say other than I so did NOT eat all the Easter candy! I am so proud of myself!

Also, I am so not praying to Stellan! STILL!