Friday, October 2, 2015

What Did I Do in September?

I haven't taken a look back to see what I accomplished in the previous month in
a while, so I thought today would be a good time to do that.

This is a sew along... that got staled. 
I plan on returning to it this month.

The pattern is Viola, and I am anxious to return to
this project... I am working with such fun bright Kaffe fabrics.
It's different for me, but I am liking it so far.

My Welded quilt got completed.
I love these fabrics and it was a fun pattern to make.

This is one of three mini projects that I am working on to "share" at my retreat coming 
up this month.

This is also a project that I had started to "share" at my retreat. I am 
happy to say that I am much farther along with it... I just need a little
bit of time to do the last bit, and hopefully I will get to it this weekend.

More fussing for the retreat: I did make 45 lanyards
and put together prizes.

This next month I have some Bee keeping to do!
As in... catching up with my sewing Bee, the Bees Knees, 
on the blocks I haven't gotten off my table yet!

I will feel better when that gets done.

I also have some Farm Girl blocks to make... 
how about you?

But before any of that... I have some birthday celebrating to do!
Yesterday was the day... but tonight is the birthday bash and
the rest of the weekend I have house guests... so 
I am looking forward to it all!

What they don't know tonight....
I have a pop quiz for them.
I have a list of 10 questions...
"about me".
The person who gets the most correct answers gets a gift from me!
It's all friends and family... it shouldn't be too hard for them!
Or could it???

Monday, September 28, 2015

Welded Giveaway Winner and a Field Trip too!

Time to announce the giveaway winner today!

Welded winner:

Is Sue!

She was lucky  #25 

Sue said...

My favorite is STUDIO SKETCHBOOK :-D

Thanks for a chance to win this beautiful fabric Sinta !

Just inside the front doors...

This quilt (above), called Nonni's Garden is what you first see when you walk inside.

I found a spot for a couple of quilts at the computer desk.

 I squeezed in a Schnibble quilt over the dictionary!

Next we go down the hallway...

 I found a spot for my Fig Tree quilt.

And here is my sweet Bee In My Bonnet quilt!

In the children's  area I found a spot for some more Schnibble quilts...
 one made out of American Jane fabrics... and of course, more Fig Tree!

I put up 14 quilts in all.

and then the last look before I left!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Welded: A Quilt Pattern and a Giveaway

That's the name of the pattern... but I'm calling my quilt...

Sweet As Honey!
(because that is the fabric line)

Fat Quarter Shop and Art Gallery Fabrics have teamed up and have
a pattern to share with you!
Here is a link 
to a special video they created too!

They asked me along with several other bloggers to play along and make
this quilt (or version of) Welded!
Fat Quarter Shop has a kit available
 for their quilt is you would like 
to see it please go here.

The link for the backing is here

Welded Quilt KitFeaturing Artisan By Pat Bravo

I chose my own fabric to make the Welded quilt.
At first I thought I would just make a wall hanging or some pillows for fall using the
pattern as a guide. But I really liked the pattern, so I 
whipped up the Welded quilt.
It was fun and fast to put together.

Buzz into Spring with Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics:

This is a very fun fabric collection by Bonnie Christine.

I first saw it back in the Spring... and the collection has
a great Spring colorway.
When I knew I was going to be a part of this 
Art Gallery Fabrics promotion...
I knew that I had to go back and pick the Sweet As Honey
Fall colorway!

Sweet as Honey Fabric| Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics:

I am so glad I was able to play with this luscious group!
I now have a special fall quilt... just for me!

Here is my little photo shoot of Welded:

Seriously... I know you have to love these
fabrics and the pattern too!
I showed a quilt and pillows I made back in the spring using 
Art Gallery Fabrics...
and working with this fabric, once again has me falling in love with the
feel of their fabrics. 
And I swear...I don't know why but they 
just don't wrinkle like other fabrics do. 

So... would you like to enter into a giveaway???
Fat Quarter Shop will give the winner a fat quarter bundle of
Art Gallery Fabrics... winner's choice!

   Flourish Cultivate Fat Quarter BundleBonnie Christine for Art Gallery FabricsPaperie Fat Quarter BundleAmy Sinibaldi for Limited Edition of Art Gallery Fabrics

Ambrosial Fantasia Fat Quarter BundleSara Lawson for Art Gallery FabricsDress Me for the Playground Fat Quarter BundleWee Gallery for Dear Stella Fabrics

Just go over to Fat Quarter Shop and have 
a look at the AGF  fat quarter bundles... 

and let me know which one is your favorite
 group and designer!

I will pick a winner on Monday morning!

You can find the links to these bloggers 
who are sharing their projects
 today over at Fat Quarter Shop!

John of Quilt Dad
Kitty of Night Quilter
Michele-Renee of Quilt Matters
Christina of Sometimes Crafter
Sinta of Pink Pin Cushion
Svetlana of Sotak Handmade
Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon
Caroline of Sew Caroline
Riane of Vessel Quilts
Megan of Quilt Story
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N Quilt

and one last picture.....

Friday, September 18, 2015

My LItle Sprouts

I am making headway on my Scrappy Sprouts quilt! I hope to have it
 finished. this weekend. The pattern was by Tracey Jay but it's going to have a change up
to resemble the one from Homespun Magazine.

I am feverishly working on my upcoming retreat! It's only three weeks away.
These things I am working on will be projects at the retreat.

This is a travel-sized pillowcase. I have made one of these for each member in my family but this pattern was new to me... by Kim at FQS in conjunction with Riley Blake.

I had to add this into our little group of projects...

It's just 6 1/2" but it could be so many things!
I found it originally here.
A camping potholder, a little addition of fabric on the side would turn it into
a perfect mug rug. I think it would be a great label for our retreat quilt project...
but most of all... I want to make it into a make-up bag!

I haven't shared photos  Evie lately and next to no photos of Elsea...
(my little sprouts)
Here is Evie when we were at the County fair over Labor Day weekend.

Is that not the look of sheer bliss?

And Else turned 5 months old this week!
She is just a sweet little cuddle bug!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Midweek Mosaic: Opinions?

I have pinned these on Pinterest...

I can certainly see how these are quaint and have charm... but 
could you, would you do this?

And if you could... could you with one of your own quilts?
I could NOT love this more!:

Hmm, maybe there are more important things to think about...
I'm not sure I am sold on the style.

Crown & Crumpet Tea Room in San Francisco.  Went here with my nieces a couple summers ago-a little girl's dream!:
 would totally go to a place like this and sit on fun upholstered sofas
Quilted or otherwise!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lily's. Viola's and Sprouts

There seems to be a theme going here!

Labor Day weekend is the annual County Fair.
I entered Coastal Lily along with a couple other quilts.

I was happy to see that I won first place along with Best of Show
for my quilt. 
My wall hanging got first place also and my other large quilt got second place.
It had been in the same category with Coastal Lily.

I have been so remiss about blogging that I don't think I have shown my progress
on Viola!
I was working on this with Nicole at Sister's Choice blog and Thelma...
Cupcake n Daisies blog. Thelma whipped up 4 blocks into a sweet little 
wall hanging and was finished pretty quickly.
Nicole and I are still working and making slow progress.
I am sure my progress is slower!
I haven't used Kaffe fabrics in a long time... but I always love
how lively a quilt will look using his bright and bold fabrics!

Here are my blocks right now.

Here is another view... more spread out.
Do you see the stem fabric?

I was reluctant to use the black and white fabric... but it just seemed 
to call out to me. 
I channeled my inner Aussie and went for it!

I'm glad I did. It's kind of  fun and gives a little attitude to the blocks!

I also am working on a Scrappy Sprouts quilt.
I am using American Jane fabrics.

I am combining a couple of features from a few of the 
patterns I have admired.
This is going to be done quickly... because I will be teaching it at my quilt 
retreat next month! 
 I have a few irons in the fire right now... and don't seem to have enough 
time to come up for air.!
We all do that don't we?
I also have a quilt exhibit in Yosemite National Park that will be at the Wawona Library for 
three months. I will be installing that next week! I don't know exactly when I will
fit it in... but it's on my calendar!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Something Sweet

I love love love Cory Yoder's book...
Playful Petals.
The quilt above is a free pattern from  Corey's blog, Little Miss Shabby.

In between losing my sweet cat Leo and having the memorial for my dad
a sweet Instagramer, Mtnrosedesigns was having a giveaway on  IG.

She had a great giveaway of Prairie precut fabric by Corey Yoder.
She also picked me to be a winner of this bundle along with the 
other winners. 
My name wasn't drawn but she added me in because she thought I 
was a hero for trying to save my Leo from the coyote that had him.
A heart breaking story...
but it was so sweet of Donna to think I did a good job of
bringing him home.

I absolutely love the bundle and the project that she made 
from her bundle of Prairie!
This will be quilting therapy in the best sense of the tern.

I look forward to playing with those beautiful fabrics.

I can't wait to see what other people are making with their bundles too!
Maybe I will just make another quilt from Playful Petals...
every one of the quilts in the book are so cute!