Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day: Sending You a Moonbow

You probably already know that I live near Yosemite National Park.
I worked inside the park for ten years and
even lived there for a few years too when I was younger.

One of my favorite things I enjoy in Yosemite in the Spring is Moonbows!
I thought that it would be fun to share that with you today... on Earth Day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Giveaway Winners Finally Announced!

Well, hello!
Happy Easter!
I certainly didn't mean to go away for so long.
I had been on a trip to visit my mother and  my family.

It got very busy.
I don't know if I have shared this
 but my mom has Alzheimer's.
It is a horrible disease.
My poor stepfather has his hands full... 
so I have been going down to
help and give him a break.
I certainly thought I was going 
to have some computer time while I 
was there... but it was just way too busy.

I even took a mini project to make some yoyo's in red white and blue and 
sew them into a flag... but I didn't even take a stitch!

(photo from Pinterest, where I saw the idea)

When I got back home I spent the entire day in my sewing room!
A good place to decompress!
Not that I got a whole lot done... 
but I did manage to work on Star Blossoms a little bit.

I got the center stars made before I left.

I made a mistake, which set me back but I ordered some
more Madhuri fabric and continued to work on the 
outside of the block with what I did have.

I got this far before I started to feel guilty about 
a messy house... so this is where I left off.
Of course today will be busy with focus on Easter.
We will have a Easter egg hunt and dinner this afternoon with 
my family. 
This morning I started ironing the table cloth and napkins! 
(not real well... just enough to get by)!

I still need to announce the winners of the giveaway!
I am really sorry to not have done this sooner!!!

I wrote a name list, a very messy list for each giveaway.
I had 90 people who prefered giveaway #1
and 51 people who were entered into giveaway #2.
People who didn't care which one or wanted me to choose for them
got randomly entered into a list.

The winner for the envelope of assorted patterns is:
Sherrill at Quilting in My Sleep

The winner of giveaway #2, the McKenna Ryan BOM kit is:
Sherry from Blessings From Our Nest

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Very Good Friday! (giveaway inside)

I got up early every morning this week and
worked on my new project!

I thought I was dong well with it and by
Saturday morning I would really be able to get a good grip on
 it. I made all of my flying geese units and then went 
on to make the HST's.

The project is Star Blossoms. The first one to do from
my list for the "2nd Quarter" of 2014.
Star Blossoms Quilt Pattern By Cotton Way
Ms. Cupcake is going to be working on it too... so you know that
means that she will simply blink and be done!

Unfortunately, there had been a nagging thought...
I kept looking at my cutting table and looking at
my stacks of cut pieces... but I just couldn't put 
my finger on it!
Until yesterday.
Then I realized that I made a terrible mistake as I started to assemble the
star blocks! About the second one through I noticed that it 
just wasn't going to work!
You know why?
Because I used the wrong pieces to make the flying geese! I made them in 
the reverse!!!!

I blame this to switching to decaffeinated tea. 
So, now I am busy ordering more fabric.
Secondly, purchasing caffeinated tea. 
Then we will see how far I get tomorrow.

And just for good measure I am going to make some 
good karma here and offer a little de-stashing giveaway!
I have a flat rate envelope stuffed full of 
patterns that I am going to give away.
I counted 2 dozen.

I thought that if the winner didn't want all of the patterns 
they might pick and choose, maybe add to the envelope 
and have a little giveaway of their own.
Just a thought.

Then I have a Block of the Month that I am
able to stuff into another envelope.
This is McKenna Ryan's Storybrook Farm.
Patterns and fabric included. 
(I did make the first section... and that will
 be included as a head 
start to whoever would like it).

So, just say if you would be interested in
Envelope #1 Pattern Assortment
or Envelope #2 Storybrook Farm

It's Friday today... and I will away this next week but
leave a comment and I will announce a winner for each giveaway
on Tuesday... Earth Day. 
oops...I meant this Tuesday the 15th
... but not Earth Day... that's the next week.

I am listening to Elton John- Believe, right now.
Here is a link. I think it's a good song to start the weekend with!

Good luck on this 
Good Friday!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crisp Color and Fun Designs

No I haven't made this yet... but I think it is super cute! 
I love the on point squares! 
The whole book is full of unique little ideas and
really sweet projects.
What book?
This book!

(photos by Martingale; photographer Brent Kane)

I always love the fabric collections 
that Jessi and her daughters Lauren & Carrie Jung
come up with. And now they have come out with 
I saw the book at my LQS and loved flipping through it.
I kept thinking crisp colors and fun designs!

Then, before I went back to purchase the book
I was asked to do a little review of it by Martingale.
Lucky me!
The book has 13 projects... some are little handy gift ideas...
to give or to keep for yourself.
The small projects can be made with less than a yard of fabric and
a couple of hours of your time.

 Then there are some adorable quilts in it too!
Like this one...
Isn't it so sweet?
The book has lots of illustrations and the directions are
really well written too.
When it comes to crafty kind of things...
I really have to pay attention to directions. So it
was nice to see that the project instructions
are clear and understandable. 
Projects are designed for the beginner sewer through advance.

(photos by Martingale; photographer Brent Kane)

This one is Gypsy Moth.
It would be a great picnic quilt.

Clever ideas... I think these would be cute in a baby room.

I like it when a book has a variety in it.

 You can seem more information about Sweet and Simple Sewing
at Martingale Publishers or over at Amazon too.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Midweek Moasaic: A Perfect Day!

Yes... take me away!
Paris, boats, love... awe!

Hope you have a perfect day!

Monday, April 7, 2014

What's the Holdup?

I pulled out my pattern of Coastal Lily Saturday morning...
as well as the bag of various parts and pieces 
and tried to make some sense of it all.

While I was getting the puzzle figured out
I decided to go ahead and make it my project de jour!

Where I left off was with all the little handwork. 
I seem to loose interest fast with that... but now I got my 
yoyo's sewn on the background piece and after I got the geese in rows I
was able to 
get the blocks put together!
But I am only halfway there.

It's always good to know that I can "guilt" myself into things.

It means my upbringing is still alive and well inside me! ha!

I am making good progress and I even caught up on one of my
Bee's Knees blocks that needed to get done!
 Well, actually two.

Now it's time to get get started on Star Blossoms though!
I am making  it as a little sew along with Ms. Cupcake.
I will show you more on that soon!

Friday, April 4, 2014

What Goal?

Goals for the 2nd quarter of 2014!
1. Star Blossoms
Pattern by Cotton Way/photo from Cotton Way

2. Finish my Granny Squares

It looks like this could be easy enough to finish!

3. Make  Fig Tree Sail Away quilt.

4. Make Layered Flowers by Red Door Designs.

 Click to see full size image
It's a sweet little raw edge pattern that I picked up 
at Road To California in January.

Then there is this one!

Last year I started making Coastal Lily.
Thelma at Cupcake n' Daisies started
making Coastal Lily at the same time.
Only I think she got hers finished two weeks later!
Click on the link to see her gorgeous quilt.

Anyway, I went from this to

and then to 


Then I went to a sample block.
And that is the only block that is even near being finished.

In January I posted that Coastal Lily was on my
list of projects to finish in the first quarter of 
this year. 
As you can tell... I missed that goal and all the other goals before it.

June will be here before we know it... I suppose I could set
June as the new goal date... making it a 1 year in progress.

The thing is... I hate having projects around that long!
I know some things we make are more of a "process" but
this really drives me nuking futs
Well, you know.
So, here we are... it's Friday... the weekend is free and clear...
I wonder what I will get done?!?

Monday I will be back and take a look at what I actually did make 
during the first quarter of the year! 
I'm sure it will be a surprise to me!
Have a good weekend!