Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Winning Week

Wow, what a week for "Winning"
(and I'm not talking about Charlie).
Biggest Loser
Dancing with the Stars 
American Idol
Celebrity Apprentice (yeah, John Rich)
Yes, ME!

This is the box I received from 
Madame Samm (Sew I Quilt).
Filled to the brim with goodies.
I won her give away last week. 
I can't wait to use my new I-Tool
and cover me some buttons.
Thank you so much Madame Samm.
Like she said,"You are only as good as your tools"!

Which brings me to my give away winner.

23 comments were left and #10 
is the winner.
Mary Engelbreit goodies headed to Florida.
 We are off to Milwaukee this morning to celebrate
the Memorial Day weekend with the grandbabies.
There's never a dull moment with all six of them

 On Monday, we will attend the 
Memorial Day Service
held at the Veterans Hospital.
To remember
those who have died in our nation's service.

Stay safe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Left Overs & A Give Away

Don't ya just love left overs!
Whether it be food or fabric.

 Does this red work look familiar?

 In March
Debbie at Busy As Can Be  
offered this free embroidery pattern.
I stitched it on a tea towel
only to discover that it was waaay 
too pretty to get dirty.
(Picture grandson, running in, wiping his
cute little dirty-grubby hands on it).
So, I cut the tea towel and used my leftover fabrics
from my red work quilt to make this table topper.
It measures about 25" and so cute on my table!

 There was even enough left over 
bias binding to finish it off!

Thanks again Debbie for the pattern!

And speaking of cute......
 Mary Engelbreit's 
Bowl of Cherries fabric with polka dots.

 And cook book.

Just leave a comment and 
I'll try real hard to draw your name 
and send both, 
1 yard of fabric and the cookbook, to you.

P.S. I'll draw Saturday morning before I head out of town!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Quilt Show Highlights

Rockford, IL "Memories of Mom" 
Quilt Show.

A beautiful pieced and appliqued quilt
took Best of the Show.
Her detail work was exquisite.
Oh, the time it took to make this one.

 Love this bright "candy wrappers" pattern
 and the curved cross hatching!
Look at all the curves & points.
And ribbons!

I've never seen this layered star pattern before
have you?
Sew cute in the reproduction prints and buttons.

The show theme was "Memories of Mom".
A great quilt and story.

And here's my entry. No ribbon.
Looks pretty "vanilla" in comparison to the other quilts.
I was just thrilled to see it hanging straight.
I was nervous putting on the sleeve
with the scallop edges.

Customer quilts from the Rock Valley Quilt Show.
 It's hard to see the "bling" Sue added.
And Barb's quilt, "Footprints in the Sand". 
Sorry, I didn't get a picture of it
hanging in the show.

 Pat's "Winter Wonderland"
took a 2nd place ribbon.

My entry
With a ribbon....Yeah!
Here are my purchases.
A cookbook and magazine.
Wasn't I a good girl!

Off to the quilting machine.
I'm sooooo inspired. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2 Quilt Shows This Weekend!

Two quilt shows on the same weekend.
Is that great or what!
Plus, it's my Saturday Sew Day with the guild.
I'm in quilter's heaven. 

I want to show you my entry for the Rockford IL show.

Redwork Vintage Baskets 

 The pattern is called Aunt Bea's Parlor
designed by Judy Reynolds for
Black Cat Creations

I love the nostalgic embroidery basket designs.

 It took me most of the winter to 
hand stitch the 20 blocks.

 Of course, I used a different setting 
than the pattern called for. 
And I scalloped the edges.
The scallop edge really gives 
the quilt a quaint feel.

And quilted feathers complete
the look.

Have you ever scalloped the edges of a quilt?
It's not as hard as you think.
A little math and
You Tube.
The binding must be cut on the bias,
(not straight edge).
Here are easy to understand 
visual directions for
bias binding I've ever-ever found.
Print the pdf file for reference.
File it away.
One day you'll thank me.

OOO, I want to leave you with this darling
new quilt pattern and line of fabrics
from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.

 The pattern is called
"Vintage Dishes"
the fabric
"Sew Cherry"
 Photos taken from her site.
Take a peak.

 Don't ya just love the rick rack border
and scrappy binding!

Can you tell what I'm going to be 
on the look out for in those vendors booths?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Basket Lotto

At our Friendship Stars guild meeting
next week we are having a
May Basket Lotto.

Have you ever participated in a 
quilt block lotto?

It's FUN!

Here is my finished 12 1/2 inch block.
Our lotto lets you make any basket design you'd like.

Because we have a lot of beginner quilters
in our group
I wanted to post an easy block with instructions
for those that need help.

Here is how I drew it out.
I'm no artist, as you can see.

You need to cut:
Background fabric
5- 4" squares (1/2 sq triangles)
5- 3 1/2" squares
Floral Print
3- 4" squares (1/2 square triangles)

Basket Print
2- 4" squares (1/2 square triangles)
1- 3 1/2" square

Using the 4" squares
make 6 half square triangle units 
of floral/background fabric
and 4  basket/background fabric.

Trim to 3 1/2" square.

Lay blocks in order shown below.
Stitch into rows 1 thru 4 and

Press row seams in opposite directions
so seams lay flat.

Wasn't that easy?
The more blocks you make 
the more chances you have to win all the blocks!
Enough to make a quilt!

Doesn't it sound like fun?

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Happy Quilt

Check out this HAPPY quilt.
It brightens my day just looking at it!
Wish the sun would cooperate and shine 
so I could take decent photos.

This is my customer's original design.
Raw edge applique and lots of
open spaces for quilting
and "bling".

I'll be sure to share the "after bling" photos 
with you.

Feathers, fill, and cross hatching
my favorites.

The solid pink backing really shows off the quilting.

I'm working on my show entry this week.
Going to make bias binding and scallop edges.
Wish me luck.

Went to see the movie "Water for Elephants".
Pretty good.....
of course, the book was much better!
I'm reading "Union Quilters" now
by Jennifer Chiaverini.
I love period novels.
And this one isn't disappointing.

Send some warm weather my way
would ya?