Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A swap gift in progress...

...or maybe this...
I haven't made up my mind yet.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Star Sampler Blog Hop - Star #9

Good day Quilters!

Welcome to my stop on the Inspired by Fabric Star Sampler Blog Hop sponsored by
Fabri-Quilt.  When contacted by Lisa and asked if I would
like to participate, I jumped at the chance. 

Here's the star I selected!  It has a very traditional
look but is pieced together in a  much simpler way.

So let's get started!

And there you have it! 
For a chance to win one of 3 fat quarter bundles of Marblehead Venetian Glass, sign up to follow Inspired by Fabric on their blog (using the "follow" button or the "follow by email" button in the right hand side bar) and leave an email letting us know you did, as well as telling us your favorite star block. You can leave a comment to enter once for each post during the Star Sampler hop (9 entries total). The giveaway will be open through Monday, March 17th at 11:59 EST, and we'll randomly pick 3 winners on Wednesday of that week. 

Make sure you catch the tutorial for all the blocks in the sampler!

March 4: Connie from Free Motion by the River
March 5: Joanne
March 6: Fabri-Quilt blog team
March 7: Dawn Stewart from Spring Water Designs
March 10: Heidi from The Whimsical Workshop
March 11:Fabri-Quilt blog team
March 12: Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts
March 13: Tammy from Tamarinis
Thank you for visiting and I hope you'll return again soon!
Till next time...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

An AWESOME find...

...for those of you who like to English paper piece.
Several years ago Bonnie Hunter has blogged about buying a hexagon paper punch she had found in a craft store and how fabulous it was.  Right then and there I knew I wanted one.  Not enough to go online and buy one but enough to comb the scrapbooking aisles of every craft store I went into to find one.  I'd always find lots of punches but never hexagon ones.  This hexagon punch had become my unicorn...a myth that people hear about but never see.
Well...while roaming the aisles of JoAnn's the other day, I FINALLY found what I had been searching for all these years...and not just one but THREE! 
X-Large = 1" hexagon
Large = 3/4" hexagon (the one I use most)

and the Medium = 1/2" hexagon
Pretty fabulous...right?!  Never more will I have to order least in these sizes.  When I got home I did a little math to figure out what kind I'll be saving cost wise.
I used coupons to buy all three:
  • X-Large retails for $ it for $10.79
  • Large retails for $ it for $8.99
  • Medium retails for $ it for $6.59

Now onto the saving for the pieces themselves.  I compare the prices of what it would cost me to buy them from a manufacturer/retailer versus using a 250 sheet ream of 65 lb. paper that costs $15.99 from WalMart.

  • 1 ream makes 5,000 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 4 pkgs of 1000 @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 100 @ $3.50 each = Total $147

  • 1 ream makes 8750 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 5 pkgs of 1500 pieces @$35.00 each + 1 pkgs of 750 @ $19.00 + 4 pkg at $3.50 8,750  = Total $206
  • 1 ream makes 20,000 pieces = Total $15.99
  • 13 pkgs of 1500 pieces @ $35.00 each + 2 pkgs of 250 @ $3.50 each makes 20,000 = Total $462

One last thing...on top of all those savings, the punches have a lifetime warranty so save that receipt in case you ever need to get a replacement. 

A pretty awesome and thrifty deal if you ask me. 

Now I'm off to go do some EPP!

Till next time...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I'm back...with good news!

I know I've been absent for almost a month but it's been for a good reason.  I've been finishing up entries for our local quilt show which occurred this past weekend. 
Anyone who knows me personally, knows I hate entering quilt shows.  It's just never really been my thing.  I know my work isn't perfect.  I know what I could've been done better with each piece.  And I cringe at the thought of a judge critiquing my work and pointing out the flaws and why I didn't win.
With that said...since moving to Florida I've made some friends that encouraged me to enter.  Sometimes they even had to give me a kick to keep going and finish.  And I'm glad they did because it pushed me to want to do my best work.  I'm still not going to win any awards in Houston or Paducah but I'm pleased with the results. 
First, as a group we entered the Group Challenge and took third place.  For our challenge we each created a quilt using Tula Pink's City Sampler book.  Which blocks, how many, and the layout was up to each person.  As a group, I think we did pretty good.  They all looked good next to one another and had cohesion.
Here are the pics of our group entry.  Thank you Joey for letting me steal photos from your Facebook page.
On the left is Joey's map of Barcelona using Zen Chic's Barcelona fat quarter bundle.  She even added in a Mariner's Star and map legend.  It was very cool...and very outside the box.
On the right is Margy's quilt.  She used Kate Spain's Simply Color bundle along with other pieces from her stash.  Margy was the only one of us that made all 100 blocks.
On the left is Donna's bed runner.  She used a small sampling of Tula's blocks and used Asian prints. 
On the right is Maureen's using tone on tone prints.  Never in a million years would I have thought to use Tula's blocks in the way she did.  It was a pretty awesome idea...and very effective!
And here is mine...feathers and all.   I call it "Dear Tula."  It may look familiar to you because I created a smaller version with leftover blocks in December to practice my feathers before quilting this one.
The judge's comments were that my quilt had "excellent asymmetrical balance" and the "change in scale works well."  She also said that I need to "strive for more consistent stitch length"  which I was painfully aware of before entering it.  Sometimes I move faster than my machine can quilt.
My second entry was "The Butterfly."  Back in January it received a Best Machine Applique award from the board members of the guild that hosted the challenge and it hung at the Mancuso World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach.
At this show, it received second place in the Small Machine Applique category.  The judge's comments were that it had "high contrast fabrics for striking design" and an "additional border treatment may have added to this design."  I totally agree about the additional border...if I were ever to do another black quilt for a show.  It just doesn't show well against a black curtain...a definite lesson learned.
She also noted bearding on the quilt and that I needed to use black batting...which I did.  It just goes to show judges aren't always right and they make mistakes sometimes too.
And lastly, my third and final entry was for the Member Challenge.  I call it "Tropical Beauty". 
Here is a picture of it after it was blocked and bound.  Sorry the photo is not better.  It's hard to see all the feathers in the quilting which is what I'm especially proud of.  The challenge winners were decided by ballot as a Viewer's Choice.  And I'm happy to say it took second place.
The challenge theme was "Quilting in Paradise."  We were to create a quilt no larger than 24" square with some type of foliage and we had to use the green fabric on the left in the first photo below. 
Here's a look at all the entries as they hung at the show.  I was really impressed by all the entries.
In this photo you can see the 1st (turquoise) and Honorable Mention (white) winners.
And here is 3rd (yellow) and 2nd (green-me) winners.
Well I'm off and running.  I have a couple of quilts to longarm.
Till next time...hope y'all have a great rest of your week!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach

I had the chance to attend this show last Friday. 
And here are a few of my favorite quilts.
Everglades Sunset
by Candice Phelan of Wellington, FL

Dancing Mangroves
by Waynette Pennell of West Palm Beach, FL

Rafflesia Arnoldii, The World's Largest Flower
by Joan Balmer of Port Charlotte, FL

A Taste of Sunshine
by Deb Crine of Marco Island, FL

by Laura Ruiz of Malabar, FL

Fish House:  Pine Island, FL
by Carol Elrod of Bokeelia, FL

To Good to be True
by Gabriele DiTota of Melbourne, FL

One Hundred Years at Rest
by Nikki Hill of Saint Augustine, FL

--my favorite of the Hoffman Challenge Quilts--
(I did not get the information about this quilt so if you know anything
about it please leave a comment so I can give proper credit)

Into the Light
by Judy Momenzadeh

Mr. Grim
by Holly Dominie

Sunrise, Sunset
by Melody Randol

Sue Bee's Flower Garden
by Sue Burnett of Wellington, New Zealand

by Maria van Buel of Auckland, New Zealand

Let's Go Party
by Keiko Ike of Kochi-city, Japan

Cherry Blossoms in the Full Moon
by Noriko Matsutou of Toyama-shi, Japan

Tiptoeing into the Future
by Kathryn Harmer Fox of East London, South Africa

Don't Go
by Laura Kemshall of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

by Yemima Lavan of Modiin, Israel

The Unicorn's Garden
by Eileen Campbell of Kew, Australia

The Drought
by Beth Miller of Kambah ACT, Australia

Reaching for Our Roots
by Shani Leser of Ginot Shomron, Israel

Naturally Crazy
by Linda Steele of Park Orchards Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

You'll never guessed what came up to our beach just in time for Christmas!

Exotic Florida sea for each grandchild!!!

...with a couple left over just for Grandma. 

Yes...this is what I spent a good share of my time making during the month of December. 
Way back in October a plan was hatched to have all the grands and their parents
come to Florida for Christmas.  So when I saw the pattern in Houston at Festival,
I knew I would be making one for each kiddo for Christmas.  It was perfect!
The pattern is called Shell Shelters by Java House Quilts.
Here is a view from the top of one of them.  As you can see, I opted to make simpler eyes that weren't in the instructions since half our grands are three and under. 
For the eyes I used two felt buttons found at Joann's and one black button. 
I stitched them together to create a single eye and then hot glued them
using a glue stick made specifically for fabric and washing.
And here's a view of its belly showing the zipper. 

To save time and make it more durable to lots of
"loving", I also hot glued the heads in.
Here's wishing y'all a FABULOUSLY AWESOME 2014!!!
Till next time...