Sunday, March 21, 2010

National Quilting Day Celebration

I know I am late..but I figure that the celebration is for the weekend and what better way then visiting blogs and working on your own projects

Do you remember when I said that I won't be doing any more swaps for the year? as they say famous last words... I initiated the one below a yahoo group Cyberquilters posted a pattern

Snowglobes!! well I could not resist so I brought it forward to one of my forums. Quilters last resort as a theme "Christmas in July" these are wonderful to make and easy we are only fusing them and the recipient will be able to applique them this way you can be continuous in your thread and stitch..are they not adorable!! I used Laurel Birch fabric
The fusing is called soft fuze and it is fantatic to work with I was able to get some at Cockadoodle quilts
Jo Ann was teaching a wonderful class go to her site and you can click on her blog she has great pictures of show and share and what's always new at the shop!! Here are all the snow globes on the wall I would like to make these as another type theme maybe a travelling them...

Next I needed a carry all for my applique I bought this gorgeous fabric at Sew Sisters for only 5.99 a meter so I bought enough for the backing of my Reaching for the Stars quilt and thought I would also make a applique carry case you can see I made it large enough to fit my Love Letter blocks...

Now don't shake your head at me this IS the last swap that is it..I could not resist this gem either the same forum Quilters Last Resort another friend of mine initiated these blocks for a swap. There are 3 different blocks I chose this one cause I had a wonderful blue for the boy we are fusing but not sewing this way we can again use what thread we would like for uniformity.

Now how easy is that??

Here is the design wall with all the guys together...I just love them!!

So in between working nights this weekend I was able to get these done I have until the end of June for these but I still have to sign them

By reading all of the blogs I am following everyone is busy getting their last bit of sewing in before the nice weather comes and we have to be outside.. I start my 2 weeks days and tomorrow I am hitting the gym to try to get ride of some of this winter fat... thanks for visiting.. I hope everyone else had a great weekend

Monday, March 8, 2010

Swaps are such fun!!

Well I have also signed up for a couple of swaps and got my blocks done...a while ago I would say but now I am posting them as well
I belong to a Repo Fabric group on Yahoo trying to learn as much as I can and we were to make 6" block a group of ten without using a muslin or plain background...these are the three blocks I made.
My resource was the Judy Hopkins book 501 Quilt Blocks it has many of the old blocks designed in many sizes. I just love this book...

the one above is called Farm Friendliness...
The one above is called Picket Fences

the one above is my favorite I love how the block makes a secondary pattern when put together. it is called Crosses and Losses I know I should have displayed them better but they have already gone to the swap coordinator
I am also in a stack and whack swap on Connecting Threads we were to make 50, 10in blocks and send them in so you can see some of them below..the fabric is by Designer Carol Doak- Floral Affair -Autumn.. I know I loved it cause I bought the whole bolt at Sew Sisters I am going to make a Star of Elegance quilt as well with this fabric and do some Broiderie Perse on the outside this fabric is perfect for it...beautiful Broiderie Perse swags!!!

Well I think that is about it for now I will be showing some applique sometime this was nice to cut and sew some fabrics and see some accomplishment..applique can be a little tedious when you don't see results fast enough. I have one more quick piece I will show you later in the week.
Now to go downstairs and get my dlink working.. this is about all the pictures I have uploaded on my DH pc' the thing is just so slow.. I got places to go people to see and blogs to visit!!
If you want to visit any of the places I mentioned just click on the lightly colored text it will bring you there..
Until next time stay healthy and hope you are able to get some show and share in..

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I can't stand it!!

I have to borrow my DH pc and download pictures for you all to see I got my Reaching for the Stars quilt pieced together. This is a pattern by Minick and Simpson they published it in the Oct 2008 American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I fell in love with the quilt right is a king sized I don't have a king sized bed..but how can I resist. (I love this magazine)

I pulled fabrics from my stash the only fabric I bought was the Background it has some pinkish stars on it and is not as bright as what it shows here in the picture
When I hung this thing there was no wind but then you know how it goes the breeze started to I ran to stop the quilt from dragging on the semi melting ground and took a big spill!! DH came to help me...LOL what we will do to dispay our quilts
Well I hope you like it now for the quilting. I debated about getting it machine quilted but have changed my mind and will be hand quilting this one it will be simple. I want to admire all those fabrics..don't ask how many there was.. the corner blocks are 32" inches I didn't measure the quilt... because there is no backing on the quilt the fabrics are brighter than they seem.
I would like to thank Minick and Simpson for a wonderful pattern everything fit together like a glove...I am going to make another one.. I am not afraid of "Y" seams anymore!!