Monthly Archives: February 2012

LEAP DAY GIVEAWAY!

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Leap Day Giveaway

Happy Leap Day!!!

As promised here is my Leap Day giveaway.  When I was in My Girlfriends Quilt Shoppe to pick up my mystery kit for the week I found something that I’ve wanted to try making for a while now and I decided it would make a great giveaway.  It’s a kit for a 10 Minute Table Runner. Here is a picture of the one that I made out on our table.  They really do take about 10 minutes to make.  The kit for the giveaway has different fabrics in it.  I tried to get a picture but the plastic they are packaged in made it so the pictures didn’t work very well.  The kit has brown fabrics with red, blue and green accents.  The front fabric is cupcakes and the back is polka dots. I wanted to make this a simple and fun giveaway so all you have to do to enter is comment.  No rules just stop by and say hi! The drawing will close at Midnight.  Then be sure to click on the link at the beginning of this post to visit more fun giveaways.

If you want to enter a giveaway of your own.
Here’s how it works:
• Choose something to give away on Leap Day. Keep it simple. You can make something, give away a bit of your stash, offer a service, buy your favorite gadget to give away or offer something completely non-crafty. Your blog, you choose.
• To participate in the blog hop, your giveaway must start and end on Leap Day {February 29, 2012} in your time zone. You can open it at 10:00 am and close it at 10:00 pm, or go midnight to midnight, or anything in between. Your blog, your rules.
• Your giveaway winner does not have to be announced on Leap Day, but should be notified within a reasonable amount of time.
• Post your giveaway and then link up here. Please remember to link to your specific post {instructions here}. Please also include the Leap Day Giveaway button {code found below} somewhere in your giveaway post.
• The linky will open at noon MST on February 28th and close at 10:00 am MST on March 1st, to allow for people in different time zones to participate.Thank you for participating and good luck!

Some Great Finishes

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I’ve been lazy the last few days again.  Part of it was that I was once again enjoying my cross stitching this weekend.  I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on a couple of them.  I can’t wait to share. Do you remember my Chippewa Nine Patch quilt?  I was able to go pick it up on Saturday.  The quilting she did is perfect for my quilt.  I absolutely LOVE it. Here’s the quilt!  It’s still my favorite quilt that I’ve made for a long time.Here’s a close up of the quilting in the double nine patches! Here’s a look at the back with the feathers in the plain setting squares.  I can’t wait to get this bound and on my bed! Here’s the latest quilt for the store.  I got this one finished this morning.  The pattern is Bird’s Eye View by Valorie Wells.  I love the look of her quilts. I just barely finished stitching this candle mat for my February Monthly Make.  Nothing like leaving it till the last minute right?  I made this with mostly repurposed wool.  I have to thank my friend LeAnne for helping me.  This is my first project with wool applique. 

Leap Day Giveaway!!!

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Leap Day GiveawayLook what I found on one of my favorite blogs today!  I’ve never participated in a blog hop but I love giveaways.  I’m looking forward to joining in.  I’ll be looking though my stash for the perfect giveaway prize so be sure to come visit again on Feb. 29. Here’s how it works:
• Choose something to give away on Leap Day. Keep it simple. You can make something, give away a bit of your stash, offer a service, buy your favorite gadget to give away or offer something completely non-crafty. Your blog, you choose.
• To participate in the blog hop, your giveaway must start and end on Leap Day {February 29, 2012}. You can open it at 10:00 am and close it at 10:00 pm, or go midnight to midnight, or anything in between. Your blog, your rules.
• Post your giveaway and then link up here. Please include the Leap Day Giveaway button {code found below} somewhere in your post. The linky will open at noon MST on February 28th and close at 10:00 am MST on March 1st, to allow for people in different time zones to participate.Check it out!  I can’t wait to participate.

Swapping Joy!

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I love swapping.  I’ve only participated in two quilt swaps so far but I have loved being involved in them.  I recently joined another couple of swap groups and I wanted to share them as both groups have openings for more members.

The first that I joined is the Stash Bee Hive 3.  The object in this group is to use your stash.  When it’s your month you put up at tutorial on which type of block you want made and everyone makes their blocks and send them to you.  They do the same on their month and you send them your blocks.  Go check it out.  I’m super excited for when it begins.

 Doll Quilters

The second group I’ve joined is the Doll Quilt Swap.  Every month you get a new partner and there is an optional theme for your doll quilt.  I’m excited for this because it is an ongoing swap but if you need to quilt or take a month off then you can.  This one starts in April and the first optional theme is three colors.  I’ve already started having ideas and drawing out quilts for this.

Monday’s Stitching

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I got to work today on some top stitching that needed to be done. 

I sewed a zigzag stitch with invisible thread around the hearts on my Mi Amore quilt.I used some white to do a blanket stitch around some flowers.  This was my first time using my machine to do a blanket stitch.  I had a couple of rough spots but I was very happy with it overall. The flowers were for this block.  I joined a mystery quilt at My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe and this was our first block that we got Saturday.  I’m excited to go pick up the kit for the next block this weekend. I’m hoping to get to work cutting out and starting my next store sample quilt tomorrow.  I’m excited to do that one as well.

Long Weekend

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I made a goal on Friday to finish the Goodnight moon quilt I was working on for the store.  It didn’t happen.  I was interrupted by my sister asking for a babysitter and it got me out of my groove.  Later I was just getting back into the swing of things and my hubby decided he was hungry.  I guess I should have known that when you get a husband you have to actually take care of them. 😉  So then while cutting onions for our hamburgers I slipped and tried to cut off the tip of my finger.  I didn’t think of the quilt at all the rest of that night.  Saturday morning I got up and went to town to get my first kit for a mystery quilt I signed up for.  Then I came home wanting very badly to get that quilt finished before I had to head over to my sisters.  After way more trouble than I had expected I got it finished and taken back to it’s home.

It turned out really cute but the pattern I was using had a few problems that I also had to rewrite for the store.  In the end though it all came together.  I have one more quilt to sew for them and I’m super excited about this one.  It uses a pattern by Valorie Wells and I love her patterns.

I did go to my sisters with my hubby last night and we watched her kids and spent the night there.  Apparently we’re more fun than I realized because they did not want to quit and go to  bed.  It was a good thing that we had no plans today because I’ve already had 2 naps.  The funny thing though is that my tinkerbell won’t let me get far out of her sight today.

I laid down on the couch and she decided to use me as a pillow.  Then…

I was just sitting there and she came and wriggled under my arm and sat down beside me.  I love it when she is in one of her snugly moods.

February FMQ

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I finally made myself start the FMQ challenge for this month yesterday.  This month’s post was by Diane Gaudynski and she showed how to do feathers.  I am terrified of feathers I think if it weren’t for this challenge I would have been perfectly happy to go through my quilting life without making a single feather.  That’s why it took half of the month to talk myself into trying this.

Here’s my first attempt.  I figure if you stand back far enough and squint a little it looks pretty darn good.

I actually really like the top half of the second attempt.  Don’t look to close at the bottom.  I love the little branch off.

Here’s my sampler quilt so far.  I didn’t show it last month for the very simple reason that it hadn’t been sewn yet.  So here’s this month and last months blocks.

All in all while I am quite proud of my feathering efforts I still don’t see myself using them in a quilt anytime soon if ever.  Thanks Diane for the tutorial though and thanks to http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/ for putting this challenge together.  I am enjoying this opportunity to learn more about FMQ and improve my skills.