Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Goodies

I love getting mail...especially when something I've ordered arrives.  Yesterday I received this wonderful book.

Here are just a couple of the quilts I'm dyin' to do.

And I also received a wonderful package from Reeze of Morning Glory Designs.  She had a giveaway recently and I was one of the winners.  Who'd thunk it?  She has some really neat tablerunners and toppers.  I had my choice of two patterns and chose the ones you see below.  She was nice enough to even throw in 3 fat quarters to get me started on the Gladiola quilt.

As I get nearer to the 100th post I'm going to have to start thinking about a giveaway.  What giveaways do you like throwing your name into the hat for?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another Finish

Isn't it cute?  I'm lovin' it and can't wait to quilt it (and I hate quilting).

A Finish & Some Almost Finishes

I've been busy busy busy!  The blue bonnet diamond quilt is finished and waiting for DH to quilt it this weekend hopefully.  I'll show it to you when it finished.

Yesterday I made this little quilt top from a couple Hushabye charm packs and 1/2 yard of white.  I love it.  I wish I had purchased more charm packs so I could have made it bigger.

Today I'm going to work on finishing up this little wallhanging that I'm making out of Thimbleberries.  I need to finish the blanket stitch along the applique and then add borders.

 When I get that done I'm going to finish up this quilt.  Its made from some layer cake squares that wouldn't work in my upcoming Dear Jane quilt.  Two 10" squares make two blocks.  I think I still have some arranging to do to get the color balance right.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What I'm Working On

Well the new diamond quilt is almost done.  Here's what it looks like so far.  All I need to do now is cut the setting triangles and borders, and then start sewing.

I made this little postcard over the weekend.  It's going to a very nice lady in France that found me on Flickr and asked me if I was interested in swapping.

I bought a couple new patterns that came in the mail yesterday from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I've been wanting them for a long while and am really excited.  The first one is Sweet Tea by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I plan to do it in mostly Civil War Prints and a cream background.

The other pattern is Josephine's Sampler by Lori Smith of From My Heart to Your Hands.  I just love her patterns.  I'm not sure what fabrics I want to use.  I have a Shangri La fat quarter bundle (1st pic) and a Renewal fat quarter bundle (2nd pic) that the pattern would both look good in.

Opinions anyone?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Are you a Gleek?

I am!  And I am freakin' missing the show a lot right now.  The show is on hiatus and doesn't continue with the rest of Season One until Spring.  Luckily I found Glee Season 1 Volume 1 on dvd today (thank you Costco).  Now instead of just listening the Glee songs on my Iphone, I can watch it while I quilt.

If you haven't seen the show you are missing out.  It's about a high school Glee Club and the idealistic teacher leading them.  The show is a mix of comedy and the best singing you've ever heard. 

You need to rent it or find it online today!  You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Now I know...

...why they changed it from "global warming" to "climate change."

It's snowing again here in North Texas.  I guess it's not that big a surprise because we are so far north but what the heck!  Truth be told, I'm likin' it.  Forcast for tomorrow - icy roads.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I finally put the last stitch in the binding of my new tablerunner.  I made it last APRIL at a quilt retreat...nothing like a little procrastination.  The runner is from the book "Tablerunners A Second Helping" by Bear Paw Productions.  The original runner used half square triangles to make the geese effect.  But that wasn't going to work for me.  I didn't want a whole bunch of seems running through the runner so instead I just made regular geese instead.  For the fabrics I used Marcus Fabrics hand-dyes and a solid beige from my stash for the background.  I really love how it turned out and would love to make a similar quilt.

It would have been done last week but sometimes my hands are just too sore and achy from all the embroidery I do.  And doing binding really puts a strain on my right hand from having to grip the needle tighter.  C'est la vie.

I don't have anything to show in the way of what I'm working on right now.  I have start stitching the first block for the Halloween quilt so there's barely anything there to show and the new diamond quilt...I'm procrastinating. 

So I decided to share some pictures of the pillows I made for my sofa last spring...I just now got around to photographing them today. 

When we bought this sofa it came with only two pillows that were the same color as the sofa.  It was blah blah blah.  The first pillow I made was Old Glory, a design from who else but Crabapple Hill Studio (I like to do her embroidery if ya haven't noticed...wink). 

I bought a couple dark brown pillows and threw in two plaid chenille pillow but that wasn't enough.  I needed more color.  So...I made three more.  The first two were simple patchwork pillows from scraps found in my bins.  The third one was taken from a quilt called Maybelle's Stars, a kit I had seen in a shop.  I think the star is my favorite.  I want to make a quilt full of these stars one day.

I guess I should get busy now and work on something.  Till next time...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Another Finish

At 1:00 AM, it was completed. I am calling it Diamonds in the Rough because it kind of reminds me of the facets you see in diamonds.  Today I am going to work on making hexagons with my Oz jelly roll.  Wish me luck.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

One Completed and One to Finish

Whew!  Where did this week go?

This afternoon I finished the quilting and binding on "An Embroiderer's Blessing."  My fingertips are TIRED.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  It still needs quilting in the center but that'll have to wait till after my class.

I am about halfway done with the new diamond pictures yet.  In addition to working on the diamond quilt, I have been participating this weekend in Pat Sloan's Camp Sloanie Stashbuster weekend.  So far I have 80 blocks done for a new quilt using one Glace jelly roll and some background fabric.  It should be completed in a couple hours...just have to get the blocks together now.  Here's a little of what it looks like. 

Excuse the coloring. The lighting wasn't very good when I took the picture. The background is a yellow beige, not yellow.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Making Progress

Well I'm about half way done with the "An Embroiderer's Blessing."  I am really excited about how it's turning out.  I pulled the lightest pink color from the mix though as it was so light you didn't really see it from a distance.  I like the look of just the two pinks. 

Tomorrow I need to head to the shop and find a color for the lily outlines and border...or...I may just use one of the greens I am already using.  I haven't decided yet. 

With any luck I'll have it done tomorrow and start quilting it Wednesday and then I can move on to the new diamond quilt.  Cross your fingers for me.