Thursday, April 17, 2014

QAL, Bee or Swap?

Low Volume Fabrics
One of the things I enjoy about quilting are the endless choices we have to make. I am very easily swayed when it comes to things I see and want to try out.Which leads me to my question......have you ever joined a Quilt Along (QAL), an online bee or a swap? If so what has been your experience? I did a block swap a few years back and about half the people in it did not send out blocks, it was a little disappointing.
Last year I was in a Low Volume Swap that was fabulous, so much so I am in it again this year. I will end up with 36 (10") squares of fabric similar to these above. A low volume fabric usually has a lot of white, cream or gray with a print that still makes it read as a white. Definitely a more contemporary feel.

I used them in this quilt that I made last fall. I think it adds a lot to the quilt, especially if you like scrappy.

A few months ago I was in a Skinny Pincushion swap that was a lot of fun. It took no time to make and I think everyone who signed up, sent one out.

Remember this drawstring bag I made a few weeks ago? You can find the pattern here at Quarter Inch Mark. Chase is having a Quilt Along that I have joined, I have never done one before so this will be new to me, but I am looking forward to it.

These blocks I made last Friday are the beginning of the QAL. If you want to know more you can check it out hereI think it might be fun for my first go at it.
Have you ever participated in any of these? How did it go?


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quilts + Favorite Color Winner

Last night at the Penn Oaks Quilt guild we had our challenge. The challenge was to make  small (8 x 12) quilts that will be used at our quilt show next year, encouraging people not to touch the quilts. This was mine, the baby looks a little scary.

This one was the winner and in my opinion the best one. Any time a quilt can make you laugh out loud is good! So sit back and I will show you the rest.....

Overall I think they turned out great and are so creative. They will be fun to hang at our quilt show and give people a little chuckle.

I did not forget about the giveaway, the winner is Helen Ernst! Helen you didn't leave an email address. I will give you a couple of day to contact me. I will pick another winner if I don't hear from Helen on Friday. Congratulations Helen!
Our final tally was:

Aqua- 22 Yeah!
Red - 19
Green - 12
Purple - 12   I can't believe purple tied for 3rd place!
Blue - 9   I thought this would place higher, didn't you?
Pink - 9
Orange - 5
Yellow - 4
Gray - 1
Back - 0
Brown - 0
White - 0
So there you have it, our very scientific poll. I very much enjoyed reading all 47 comments. I thank you for you opinions but I think we can agree we need all those colors or quilting would not be much fun with only one!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Miscellaneous Monday

Wow what a great conversation on favorite colors! So far aqua is winning, I have to say I am surprised. I thought it would be blue or red.  If you would like to read the comments or vote, read this post.
You have less than a day to vote, leave a comment and a chance to win 4 fat quarters in the color of your choice. I will announce the winner sometime tomorrow.

My grandsons, Griffin and Elliot were over this weekend and we had a sleepover. No sewing was accomplished but we played jump rope and catch. It was too nice to be indoors. I got a kick out of them asking me to sing the jump rope songs of my youth....engine, engine number 9, rolling down Chicago line...does anyone even know that one?

I also realized I forgot to show you the finished kitchen/family room at my brother in law's home that my husband renovated. I love how this turned out and isn't that a cool overhead light fixture?

Here is the other side with the finished kitchen. It turned out so nice and my sister in law loves it. She is surprised every morning when she comes down stairs!

There are a lot of things to think about when 2 rooms flow together, her choices are great!

This is a microwave/oven that cooks thing fast. I never saw one like this before.

I like the subway tile backsplash too. I want to put it in my bathroom eventually.

So I know it is not a sewing post but the crazy spring days are here. Time is at a premium. This morning I was up at 4:30, read my book until 6:00 and got tons of chores done before 9:00. There is something about the birds singing that gets me out of bed!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Voting For Color Giveaway

Here are two little pieces I worked on today. Now I am getting outside to enjoy a beautiful spring day!

The voting on color has been an interesting dialogue! You can read about voting for your favorite color here and get a chance to win 4 fat quarters of any color you choose. So far aqua is winning! I am not sure what is happening with pink.....another of my favorites. Just look at the top right hand corner of the post to vote.

No matter what, we all can agree we can't live without all of them!
Enjoy this beautiful weekend, spring is finally here!


Thursday, April 10, 2014


Yesterday at guild our speaker was Joyce Hughes. Her pathway into quilting was an interesting one. She wanted to make a Tshirt quilt for her daughter who was graduating from high school. She went from that to this beautiful Fairy Quilt.

There is a lot of detail and she uses a lot of thread painting to make these quilts come alive.

I am not a huge fan of embellishment but she used it very well and it enhanced the quilt and did not overwhelm it.

There are actual rhinestone jewels in the treasure box.

The one thing that I think draws you to her quilts is the use of a lot of color, it is very eye catching and wants to make you look even closer for the details.

So the other day I was reading and came across an article about colors we are drawn to.......I was surprised to say the least about the results. These are the top 5 colors that were voted on as favorites.

#1 Blue


#3 Red

#4 Green

#5 Pink

Seriously purple as number 2? I was very surprised I was expecting red or green. I didn't think that pink would be in the top 5 either. So let's have our own little poll. If you look to the top right of this post there is a place for you to vote for your favorite color. I see a few already went ahead and voted. Leave a comment and tell me what you think about purple being #2........
Aqua is added to mine because for right now it is my favorite color.
How about a giveaway too? I will randomly pick a name on Tuesday, April 15th. You can win 4 fat quarters in your favorite color......yes it can be purple!
Really? Purple #2???
The giveaway is now closed.

I also wanted to show you this cute fabric my friend Cheryl gave me. I have a fun idea that I want to make using this fabric. Hopefully this weekend.
Okay now go vote!


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ready To Quit

I started this mini quilt a few weeks ago. I love the pattern but really dislike my color choices.

Maybe when they are not next to each other, but they feel a bit garish.

I never thought I would say this, too many polka dots, well maybe they are too much the same...

What was I thinking with that big greenish yellow blob in the center block? How could I not see that????
Any way I am walking away from it and NOT finishing it. I will put the blocks in my box of orphans and cannibalize them at a later you do that, just walk away if it is not working for you? I have too many other things I want to make. Now I love the pattern and want to make it but I will re-think the fabrics and do it another time.

Now it feels like spring, the candy and the eggs are waiting to be hidden.

Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy

Mandeville, dark red
I overwintered some plants from last summer. I think they are going to make it! I will have a head start.

To keep my Suzie Homemaker crown, I made Bob a crustless lemon meringue pie the other night. I very rarely make dessert but he worked hard and deserved some pie. He is not a fan of the crust so I skipped it (and saved some time and effort), it turned out great and was easy.

For those of you who are fans of the Outlander books, I just finished book 2. Just when I thought there was no where else to go, she surprised me again. I can't wait to start book 3.
Linda from Flourishing Palms alerted me that the network, Starz will be starting a series on these books this summer. I need to hurry up and get the rest of them read!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Suzy Strikes Again

What is it about spring that brings out the cleaning in me? I don't think I sat down all weekend long. I did not get a before picture of my pantry but it is safe to say you could not put one more thing in it. Now look at all that space! I keep opening the doors and looking inside....

The shelves were pretty bad but there is such a feeling of satisfaction to get them all cleaned and put back together.

These are a recent new addition and I love them. They are on the upper shelves that can become the black hole for canned goods. My husband has catalogues filled with little gems like these.

I also love these containers from OXO. I bought these a few years ago and while pricey they are worth it. I can see at a glance how much sugar, flour etc is left and it keeps them fresh.

An added bonus is they fit across the shelves perfectly.

To keep it real, there is still much to do but I am getting there......

I also spent the weekend chipping wood with Bob. Talk about a good workout, cutting down trees, hauling them to the chipper, walking up and down the hill a million times.....


after.....We spent some time deciding if we should cut down this tree or not. It was a Linden tree which was a huge mess that was constantly dropping pollen and leaves that was all over the garden and all over my house, not to mention it was growing over the house. I am going to put a smaller ornamental tree in its place.

This week I will be sewing. With spring always comes the push and pull of the garden, the house and sewing. I just need a few more hours each day, how can anyone ever be bored?