Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winners and Other Exciting News

I have a couple of winners from the Jumping Jack mini AYOS parade!

First up is Hildy! Her Jumping Jack was posted on Sherri's parade.
Congratulations... your version is so cute!

and from my parade
the randomly chosen winner is Polly!
It's a beautiful version!

Please send me your addresses and you will be receiving a special 
gift in the mail from Joanna aka Miss Fig Tree.

I never mentioned my trunk show from last week... and now I will be 
doing another one tomorrow night!
My vintage suitcases came in handy for transporting... 
and also for display

This was the only photo I took. It was before I started speaking.
It is a little nerve wracking (is that the right word)? 
But after I got started I had a lot of fun... and I hope everyone else did also.
They even wanted me to show some extra quilts that I had brought
but were not yet quilted.  I just wanted to keep it real. There are 
probably more of the flimsy's than the quilted ones.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jump... jump, Jumping Jack Parade!

I'm so sorry that you had to wait an extra day for the Jumping Jack parade!

I am excited to share our next AYOS (and a Little Bit More) project...

This will be another small quilt. 
I hope that doesn't scare you away.

If you, like me, have been missing Miss Rosie...
well, we want to announce
 the next project. 
It's a
 Miss Rosie's Little Bites 

Little Bites Quilt Pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. This is a sampler quilt that uses mini charm packs

I want to think of it as a tribute to Carrie for the inspiration she has 
been over the past years... how many is it now? 5? 6? 
I hope you will agree with me and want to take on this challenge. 
The Sample parade will be April 1st. Plenty of time to play with 
this Little Bites pattern. 
You can purchase the
downloadable version at Fat Quarter Shop...
just in case you are interested!

Joanna, the Patriotic Quilter jumped on it and made the pattern as soon as
it came out. You can read about it here.

Isn't it beautiful?

Now for our parade today...
Here is the inspiration for our AYOS project this month:
It's the Fig Tree and Co. pattern
mini Jumping Jack.
Last summer (I think it was summer)
there was a quilt along with the large version of this pattern.
I had wanted to sew along but wasn't able to join in with everyone.
So, I was happy to get a chance to make one along with 
the others in our group for our February project.

photo via pinterest via A Quilting Life

I only wish there were more quilts in the parade... it would have been 
so fun to see more versions of this pattern. 
I can see it in black and white and yellow...
I will have to remember that... 
it would be a fun one to make!

Here is my Jumping Jack mini.
 I used a little bit stronger colors
in it so that I can gift it to my oldest son when it's finished.
He has a Union Jack coffee table and other various British items
in his home decor.

I am happily showing Cathy's Jumping Jack... 
she is new to AYOS  and is a sweet friend! 
She doesn't have a blog
 but she is on Instagram: Moonrayview.

I love the PKM fabric mix and especially the black 
cornerstone fabric and binding! 

Cute, cute, cute!

Peggy made a fun variation of Jumping Jack to add to your mini quilt wall.
It adds just the right touch! 

Polly from Aunt Polly's Porch went a little different direction with her 
little Jumping Jack quilt!I really like this idea and of course, her fabrics and colors are
fabulous! It will be a great summer table runner.

Well, that is a short and sweet parade. 
I hope you hop over to A Quilting Life to see more of the Jumping Jack 
parade of mini's. 

Monday, February 23, 2015


AGF Stitched with Kimberly!

Today is going to be a fun day...

This is the special anniversary of Art Gallery Fabrics!
Fat Quarter Shop and a group of bloggers are
joining in the celebration and showing you
a project made with their fabrics.
We all used the Birchen quilt pattern but had the freedom to change it up!

So, this is my version of the pattern.

I used all the blocks... I just put them together 

I chose the fabric line called Indelible.
It has a nature feel to it but has a soft romantic side.
It seemed a perfect fit for me and the area where I live.

Indelible: impossible to remove or forget. Enduring, unfading, unforgettable, haunting.

I wish I could have gotten a photo fast enough... I actually startled a small group of
deers when I came out to take these pictures.

Then I came inside to show where this 
wall hanging and pillows were really going to reside.

There is a You Tube video on how to make this pattern
 that Kimberly is showing today.
You can find it here at this link.

Here is the link for the free Birchen Quilt pattern.

Kimberly also has a quilt kit available for this pattern at Fat Quarter Shop.

Seriously... you really can feel the difference!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Another Lovely Day

This year is just too busy!
It has been non-stop for one thing or another and
no rest on the weekend either. 

I wonder if that is because winter just hasn't hit us yet...
on a normal year, it would be cold and there could be snow 
so staying home, keeping warm, and making soup
 would be about the only thing on the agenda.

Other than being in short sleeved shirts...
(I know you're jealous)
the real news of the week is
the arrival of this cute baby!

This sweet little one is Noah. 
He arrived on Wednesday! He is grand child #3 for us!
My stepson Matt and Cara are his happy overjoyed parents!

Underneath that cap... he has a full head of black hair!
I still can't get over how much hair he has!

I am  happy to get this quilt home from the LAQ.
 It hung at my LQS for a year or more...
and now it's finally quilted!

The binding will begin this weekend.
I love this fabric, Going Coastal, so much... and I am happy to say I 
still have a small stash of it.
The bottle cap fabric was fussy cut for the star centers. 
I wanted the quilting to resemble fancy kelp... kind of like those seahorses.

Round and Round by Thimble Blossoms is such a versatile pattern. Fun to make
and it looks great in any theme of fabric.
 I think 4 blocks made up in 
boy fabric would be a great baby quilt too.

Just saying.

Not that I need to make one more...
 wait... I always need to make ONE more, don't I?

oh... there is one more thing to share.

I was asked to be a guest speaker and to do
 a trunk show at a quilters retreat... 2 of them, 
that is hosted by Quilter's Paradise Quilt Shop.
How exciting is that???
I need to wrap my head around it and start pulling quilts out in preparation.
The first engagement will be next Thursday!
I guess I will get it all figured out while I am binding quilts this weekend.

Honestly, I might not get a whole lot done.
I am picking Evie up for a sleepover at Grammy's house tonight..
after a quick trip to the market.

Oops, gotta go!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What I Heard and What They Say...

I guess that I will continue to
 be busier than a one armed paper hanger.
(an old saying)

In my post last week I had mentioned that I was excited 
for the release of Lori Holt's new book... it will be coming out in 
April.  I wanted to make sure that you knew that it was available for pre-order 
at the Fat Quarter Shop. And if you do pre-order it you get an sweet little extra 
pattern to go along with it! 
Here is the link if you are like me and don't want to miss out.

I had missed out on Lori's 1st birthday/anniversary of Quilt Fun...
so I had decided to get that free pattern
 (see last week's post)
started while I wait for Farm Girl Vintage
to be released. 
I heard that Lori will be doing another special quilt along with FGV...
and I plan to be ready for that sew along when it happens.

Lori is always up to something fun and 
 is a master of all things cute and vintage!
A combination I like a lot!

Another special book that is available for pre-order at Fat Quarter Shop is
Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls!
Sherri always has the sweetest holiday projects!
(and other patterns too)
It's coming out in May 

 and it's 
available now for pre-order. 
If you do pre-order Winter Wonderland
you will get a 20% discount and an extra little sampler pattern for free.

Here is the link for Winter Wonderland!

She has a fun Mystery sew along going on right now at her blog.
Go take a peek! 
Holly jolly inside page 2 web

Here is some of the projects in Sherri's Holly Jolly book
from last year. 
I am sure the projects in her new book will be just as cute!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Take A Breather!

 I'm asking myself...
how is it that I did not see this "Quilter's Calendar"?
Then I wonder... is it too late to get a copy???
Isn't that the cutest quilt and dog?
ha ha ha!

I have been busy with special projects... and I can now say that I have
those all finished! 
I was challenging myself to get 4 quilts done 
in a month... but 
I did it. 

However, I can't show you any of them yet! 
I think that one or two
of the quilts got done and packaged 
and then mailed before I even took a photo
of them. 
The one thing I still need to get working on though is
my AYOS project for this month!
It's the Fig Tree Jumping Jacks mini.. have you started yours yet?

I have plans for the weekend... so I think I will be turning out
the light in my sewing room for a few days and
giving it a rest... by that I mean me. 

I did do a tiny bit of playing on the Cake pattern this week

I think it will be fun... with a little Valentine's flavor to it.

Here is a little snapshot of some of my mother's recipes.
(sorry, can't seem to rotate it)

Little by little I have been going through her things and
I thought it was a good time to 
 go through her recipes and divide them up 
for my sister's and myself. 
Well, most will go to my younger sister and
I mailed some to my older sister
 as a  little Valentine's gift from "mom".
But these few were just so funny to me that 
I had to take a picture of them.
Beet Jello? Grasshopper Pie? Brier Patch Molasses Cookies?
The names make them sound like hillbilly cuisine.
They must all be 50's - 60"s specialty dishes!

Wishing  you all a  great holiday weekend and a
happy Valentine's with all the special "some one's" in your lives!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Where Did the Week Go?

Last week ended with a bang for me.
Make that a bang and a crash.

Unbelievably, I was involved in (another) accident!
This time I was stopped at a signal... the driver of the other car evidently
had passed out and hit my SUV from behind. 
Everyone seemingly was fine.
Car damage... yes, but I could still drive.
Unfortunately, after taking it in for repairs... 
the damage was deemed extensive 
and my car pronounced D.O.A. (dead on arrival).

That makes two cars totaled in 7 months. 
So lucky to have not been hurt... but
my guardian angels are working overtime! 

Remind me to tell you about a little sequel to the first car's story.

that was the crash part...
the bang was...

going away to the beach for the weekend!
This was a photo of the view from my room!

We stayed near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Do you see all the people on the beach?
That was February 1st and it's "no-sleeves" weather!

My favorite thing is listening to the sea lions while they are
sun bathing under the peer on the pilings.
But the thrill was being right next to a pelican!
He kept nearby me... 
maybe because I kept talking to him and
saying "hello there handsome'!

Another favorite is clam chowder!!!
 I nearly ordered a second bowl "to-go"!

Fast forward to today:

I was overjoyed to see that my LQS got a shipment of 
Pam Kitty Garden fabrics.
They are so SO CuTe! 
I have just a little sampling here... and I know I will be going back for more.
I need to start working on my Jumping Jack mini...
have you started yours yet?
I think I will be making two of them. 
My oldest son wants one but made into a pillow for his sofa.
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(photo from Fig Tree & Co via Pinterest)

I just need one... period.

But I also wanted to do a little catching up...

Who Wants to Make a Cake for Quilty Fun's 1st Birthday? - Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber
(FQS photo)

back in October Lori Holt had a birthday bash and
had an adorable pattern available in 
honor of the 1 year birthday of her Quilty Fun book.
October was not a good time for me. 

Bee In My Bonnet: More Quilty Fun...can't wait for this book!  Go visit this post if you love bright colors, quilts and cuteness!!

Who Wants to Make a Cake for Quilty Fun's 1st Birthday?
(photos from the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop)

But I thought NOW might be a great time
to catch up on that project.
(photo is borrowed from my idol Greg Jones)
You seriously need to go see the whole quilt... it's super cute.

We have 6 birthdays in mid-March 
and a new grand baby coming the end of February...
and another grand baby arriving the first of April!
So... Pam Kitty Garden fabric... birthday cake pattern...
it's the perfect fit! 

But why the timing is even more perfect...
we are just on the heels of Lori's new book being published!
Fortunately for me... Lori has allowed me to purchase her book.

I confess that I "trimmed" the cover of the Quilty Fun book... 

 of making it more
user friendly for me...
it broke her heart. 
(she said)

Insert picture of a dog slinking away with tail between her legs...
yeah, that's me. 

I pinky swear that I will take good care of the new FGV book!

 I can see that you agree... 
I will have to be going back for more fabric right?