Monday, March 29, 2010

Meadowsweet Quilt Top

This quilt was easy peasy, I put it together over the weekend.....I have to admit though, I've had all the fabric cut for some time now, waiting for the right moment to sew it together. I used two fat quarters of Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller Fabrics: 1 Peach & 1 Pear

And, I also have a whole lot of these little guys left over too!.....I'm not what I want to do with them yet....I'm thinking of a either on larger quilt or two smaller quilts....haven't decided yet....maybe I'll put more thought into another time.
Unless you have any thoughts?!?!

Friday, March 26, 2010

One Year & Giveaway

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Can you believe it?!?! I've been quilting/sewing for a year now.

The very first quilt that I made was for my oldest son Alex, who is now 4 years old (and he loves it...carries the quilt everywhere with him). I have to admit that the quilt isn't the best looking, a lot of the rows do not line up properly, but again, my first quilt. And the first technique that I learned was the "half square triangle" that Rachel (p.s. i quilt) taught all of us for the Pinwheel Sampler Quilt Along.

Another reason that the quilt may not look as great, is the fact that I didn't have a cutting mat or rotary cutter! That's right people....I used a good ol' yard stick and a pencil to measure out & cut my material, which by the way I do NOT recommend, and a pair of old scissors that we use for everyday cutting in the house, which i also do not recommend. I have to say I have come a long way...when you are going to sew on a regular basis, investing in some good tools is worth it, even if you have to invest in one thing at a time.

As you all can see I have come a long way in just a years time. I've finished 15 quilts and 7 projects. I also have 4 quilt tops done and numerous other projects started.

So, in honor of my one year quilting/sewing quest, I have decided to do a little giveaway. I thought you might like the sound of that.
How about a layer cake of Make Life by Sweetwater for Moda

Giveaway Details:
Tell me what your first sewing project ever was (outside of home ec. class in high school) & when your journey began.

Second chance to enter: Follow my blog, if you already do, just remind me.

Third chance to enter: Blog about my giveaway on your blog.

Fourth chance to enter: Tell me about your favorite fabric shop & why.....can be online or local. (I like several different shops [see side bar] for different reasons....low prices, free shipping, great selections.)

So, the breakdown:
Comment #1 - Leave a comment about first sewing project

Comment #2 - Follow my blog

Comment #3 - Blog about my giveaway

Comment #4 - Leave a comment about fave fabric shop

You have until Friday, April 2, 2010 Midnight Eastern time to leave your comments. A winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Ready.......Set......Let the comments begin!!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Block #4 - Pinwheel Quilt Along

ok ok ok...i'm about a week behind for this block, but I had another obligation to get done the quilt for my "soon-to-be-born" nephew, Landon.

This pinwheel has got tobe the easiest so far....I've learned to put pinwheels, like this one, together a different way, and I have to say I this way the best!

For really simple instructions click here!

Block Two - JRSQA

It took me a little longer than what I thought to get this block done, but once I sat done and actually started working on it, it was easy peazy!

For instructions click here!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sew It Forward!

Do you remember when I posted this!

I only had two people sign up...BUMMER! One of which still needs to be full-filled by the other person, and one to be full-filled by me by November 2010 (so I have a while for the second one).

Well, it's March again and I thought I'd give this another try, but I'm teaking it little bit from 5 (five) to 3 (three) people this year!

Here is peak at what I've made in the past for someone!

The first 3 (three) people to respond to this post will get something made by yours truly!! I get to chose what it is, and make it just for YOU! However, this offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
  1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! (Although I'm hoping you do!)
  2. What i create will be just for you
  3. It will be done within 1 (one) year of your responded date (the date you left the comment)
  4. You have no clue what it is going to be. I enjoy crafts, sewing, photography, and even cooking! (don't worry! I won't send food in the mail.)
There is one little catch, you must re-post this on YOUR blog, facebook, myspace, or whatever you use to contact the masses and make the same offer to the first 3 (three) people who respond to you, thereby continuing the fun! (Keep it local if you would like, however you want to do it is fine.)

The first 3 (three) people to leave a comment telling me they will be posting this on their blog (or whatever you are using) will win a special something made by me! Be sure to post a picture of what your handmade prize is when you get it!

This offier expires on December 31, 2010 or until 3 (three) people sign up!

Good Luck and Let the Race Begin!

Nephew #5's Quilt

OK......I screwed up big time!
I forgot to take pictures of the quilt before I wrapped it up to give to my sister at her baby shower.
I'm sure someone was taking pictures that I can use to show you all. Or maybe I'll just wait until the baby is born and get birds with one stone.
But if it make you feel any better that quilt was super cute! I was made with the same material & pattern as Nephew #4's, the only difference was the backing. Nephew #4 was orange/red for the backing and this one was lines green & teal.
This also explains why I haven't posted anything...I've been busy working on this quilt in order to get it finished for the baby shower.
Now it's time to ctach up on the quilt-alongs and the quilt for aunt fay.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Block #3 for the Pinwheel Quilt Along

It took me a while to get in the mood to put these blocks together, but since the kids are staying the weekend with Grandma & Grandpa, I've all day to myself (Andy's working from 8-8).

Oh, you noticed it too! GREEN for St. Patty's Day, which is just around the corner. I didn't think about the colors when selecting them, until the whole block was finished and I was ironing it out.

Yep, more green!...guess I really had St. Patty's Day on the mind subconsciously.

Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along - Block #1

I've had this block done for about a week and I just kept forgetting to take a picture of it.

I'm using Treasure's of the Southwest for Moda....had the jelly roll sitting around now for quite sometime and wasn't sure what I wanted to use it for....I also wasn't sure if I was going to even do this quilt since I wasn't sure about either, well you know the rest as by the picture.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Natures Notebook Quilt.....'s coming along quite well....still need to add two borders, which will make the quilt top look more complete

I'm hoping to have to the top finish by the end of this weekend.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sneak Peak of Aunt Fay's Quilt

So far I have Units A & B, & C I can put them together to make the blocks.

Unit B on the left and Unit C on the right. To see Unit A click here.

This quilt is slowly, but surely coming together. It's hard to finish when I have about 6 projects going at once.

Monday, March 1, 2010

What I'm Working On...

I have piles of fabric laying all over my quilting area, which makes it hard to switch back and forth from projects. And since I do NOT have proper storage, I grabbed some 1 gallon baggies from the kitchen....6 baggies to be exact!

Here are the lines of fabric that I'm using:
#1 - Sanrotini by Lila Tueller for Moda
#2 - Nature's Notebook by April Cornell for Moda
#3 - Treasures of the Southwest by J. Michelle Watts for Moda
#4 - Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller
#5 - Riviera by Connecting
#6 - Cheep Talk by Connecting

The featured quilt in the book is Jitterbug, which I'm using for one of the quilt projects....and the book is "Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, and Charm Quilts" by Pam & Nicky Lintott. This is one of my favorite quilt books by far!

...and this is what I'm NOT working on....clean up the toy that is shared with my sewing room.....there's nothing like walking on my tip-toes to get from one point to the other in that room.....almost like land mines, except with lego blocks & miniature animals & dinosaurs.

Alex's wooden block tower with FP animals on top...he was so proud of this, that was until LJ knocked it over....why?... because he's 2 and that's his job!

LJ reading his Sesame Street sing-along book, which has a mini cd player with plastic discs that came with, but who knows where those are now...I'm sure they're somewhere in that mess of a room