Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival

My entry for the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival is my "I'm a Maverick Star"I love this quilt for so many reasons. First I loved making it. It was mindless healing sewing for me at a time when I really needed it. Second I love it's scrappiness. Scrappy quilts are my favorite kind of quilts. You just can't go wrong with a scrappy quilt. All the fabrics and memories sewn together into a fabric hug. And this actually made a small dent in my scraps. In fact, I used up all my precut 2 1/2" light colored squares. And finally I love that I know it is making someone very happy. I made it for an eight year old little boy with spina bifada. I wanted him to have something he could take with him when he had to go to the hospital for surgeries and treatments. He was so happy when I gave it to him. He has decorated his whole room around it. He is an inspiration. A true Maverick Star.
Now head on over to Amy's to see all the other Quilt Festival entries.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

How Could I Resist ~ Giveaway

You know I couldn't resist a scrap sew along. My love of scraps would never allow it. So when I heard about Jodi's I hopped right on over and joined the fun.

And I'm so glad I did. Because prior to joining my scraps looked like this.
This bin sat under my cutting table and whenever I had scraps I just dumped them in. It was a bit unruly when I needed to find scraps though. But when I read about how Jodi stores her scraps I headed to Target to get me some containers so I could copy the pros. My containers are not as big as Jodi's but alas I didn't have as much room to store my containers. Still this is a great improvement over the one size fits all bin.
To celebrate Jodi's Sew Scrap Along and the fact that my scraps are now organized I'm having a giveaway. This scrappy dilly bag (being Em's Scrapbag it seemed only fitting) filled with scraps will go to one lucky person. I took a hand full from each of my newly organized scraps, so every color of the rainbow is in there.

Here it is all closed up ready to be boxed and shipped to that one lucky person.

Just leave a comment. Make sure you leave me a way to get in touch with you should you be that certain lucky person. Thanks for playing along. I'll pick the winner Monday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mr. Bones

Our Halloween decorations were sadly lacking and DD was complaining. So I grabbed some scraps and the little knowledge I have of human anatomy. (If this is any indication of how I'll be doing in my up coming anatomy class. I may be doomed before I begin. You'll notice he only has 3 ribs and no hands or feet.) And from this rather scary beginning Mr. Bones was born.
Risen from the graveyard down the road to haunt our home for the remainder of the Halloween season. Every year my neighbor makes this awesome graveyard.

Here are a couple of the new ones this year.

And for everyone wondering where Waldo is. I've found him.
Happy Haunting!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Lovely Nanette

Yesterday was my quilt guild meeting and we had the generous and talented Nanette from Freda's Hive. Once again I forgot my camera and I'm kicking myself real hard now. She has the most beautiful quilts. She has a lovely way with color. You have probably seen a lot of her quilts on her blog. If not go give it a visit. You will not be sorry. But I will tell you her quilts are even better in person. Since I did not have my camera I made this block from her newest pattern, to honor her. Isn't it so sweet? She gave me this precious gift. Love that cute little fat quarter.
And inside was this little ring. The cute little strawberry reminds me of Nanette.

Thank you Nanette for coming and doing such a wonderful job.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Design Wall~ Inspiration

I'm working on many projects right now as you can see from my design wall. I've added to my scrappy flowers. I don't know what this project will become, but it is a fun hand project to work on. The houses are from the Stitchin' Bee I'm in. It was my turn to be queen bee. Didn't ladies do a beautiful job. I wanted to have a virtual neighborhood with my bee sisters. So I asked them to make houses that spoke of them. I love what I've received so far. I'm also working on a couple of new designs. I'm looking forward to sharing them soon. Now for what inspired me at Quilt Fest. I thought these snails were darling. I can't believe I'm saying that. I hate the slimy things in my garden. I loved the ric rac vine for these cute flowers.
And these lollipop trees just made me smile. I might have to find a way to incorporate them into a happy garden quilt.
I was so thrilled when I saw this quilt. N is two merit badges and a project away from his eagle. So it's time to start another eagle quilt. I'll be pulling some ideas from this great quilt. Thank goodness the designer is my friend, so I can pick her brain and get some help.
What inspiration have you found lately?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oh My Gosh--- Eye Candy

Sorry it has taken me so long to get the promised eye candy up. I meant to do it yesterday but when I went to schedule my state exam for my CNA they only had one opening and it was yesterday. Fortunately I had studied the night before and the exam wasn't until the afternoon. So I headed off to school to review with my instructor before I took the test. I was needlessly worried. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Although I realized as I drove home that I did make one mistake. Don't you hate that?
Then today I had to go get pumped up with iron again. Darn my blood. It just won't behave. But my body must compensate because it sure is hard to find a vein. It took four needle sticks before we found one that would work for the IV. GRRRR!
Anyway enough of that, you're waiting for eye candy. The first is from a quilt called Oh My Gosh. See those little pieces, they were about as big and the end of my pinky finger. And made this stunning quilt, so appropriately named.
This one reminded me of my little flowers. I really like the vine around it.

And this one in the style of Gwen Marston, sorry it's sideways. I love all it's scrappy wonkyness.

This applique quilt was gorgeous.

And a sweet little favorite of mine. These cute covered buttons set on loose weave linen and framed. I just might have to make one of these. I talked to the lady who made it. She said it was easy and fun. What a great way to show case bits of your favorite fabrics.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Quilt Fest 2010

Quilt Fest 2010 was fabulous. I arrived Thursday morning with my friend, Marilyn, ready to sew, shop and look at all the eye candy. Here we are outside the resort. It was beautiful. The service was wonderful. Here is the bakery I ate at every morning. They had the yummiest danishes, bagels, and muffins.
Here is the fun carousel that was at the resort. Don't you just love carousels?
The figures are so ornate and beautiful.
Here is the sea of pink at quilt festival to raise money for breast cancer.

Beautiful eye candy to come.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Washing Machine Woes

On Monday I had a mountain of laundry only slightly smaller than Everest. So I started bright and early. By nine I was putting my second batch in. By ten when I went to put the third batch in I had a problem. My washing machine was not spinning and the clothes were soaking wet. I called my sweetie and he told me he would look at it when he got home. So the laundry set.
When hubby got home he and Alex looked at the washing machine. We had to get a part and that would have to wait until Tuesday since the parts store had closed. Tuesday Alex and I installed the part and we thought we were up and running until half way through the cycle the machine stopped completely. Grrr! So Tuesday night hubby and I went looking for a new machine. It will be here Saturday but I'm leaving today and needed to have clean clothes for my trip.
Needless to say I loaded all my laundry and headed for the laundromat. I filled 4 washers and worked on these oh so cute little flowers while my clothes washed. I brought my wet clothes home, cause at least my dryer works. And while my clothes dried I cut fabric so I would be ready for this weekend. I'm going to Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest. YEAH! My bags are packed, projects cut and ready to work one, and my oh so wonderful Featherweight is geared up for some serious sewing. Hope you have as much fun this weekend as I plan to have. HAPPY SEWING!!!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Piece of Pie

My Grandpa used to say he only liked two kinds of pie, hot and cold. Like him I am a pie lover. Maybe that is why I was so thrilled when Stephanie introduced me to the 45* wedge. It looks just like a piece of pie and oh the yummy things you can do with it. Like this fun quilt I started recently.

I also made these blocks for my BFF exchange

I also tried this spider web block.

I might make it into a quilt like this one found in Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again.

Or I might just make it in a pillow, wall hanging, or something else. Because I really like this setting for spiderweb blocks, found in Material Obsession Two. I can't figure out how to do it without foundation piecing. If you can figure it out I would appreciate your help.
But for now I'll just enjoy my piece of pie.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Oh So Yummy Crumb Cake

This happy fun quilt started as an ice cream bucket of scraps and a need for some mindless sewing. Don't you love how relaxing mindless sewing can be? It is very healing for me. Crumb blocks are some of my favorite mindless sewing. No need to cut fabric, just start sewing little bits and pieces together. I even pieced crumbs together for the back. Then added a scrappy binding another favorite of mine. I have a little tute on how I make my pieced bindings if you would like and another for putting the binding on and having it match up perfect when you meet up the two ends. It's easy peasy.
I'll be linking up with Amy for Sew and Tell. Go see what other fun projects have been finished this week. Have a happy weekend !