Friday, September 19, 2014

Random Post

Things are looking bad. I have not even unpacked my stuff from out getaway in the Poconos.

We celebrated Cheryl's 60th birthday. I hope she doesn't kill me for letting that out! It was so nice and she was very touched. There are not 60 candles on that cake, even though it might look like it!

I worked on the paper piecing project and now have 4 blocks complete, they take forever! I am really enjoying the colors, a departure from my normal pallette.
I also completed all my bowtie blocks and will show them to you later this week.

Jane was sewing furiously to get this all together before she left and was successful!

Terry found a snake skin (that had shed) and I brought it home for the grandkids. You know it will be a hit at show and tell.

This was the head, see the eye at the top? I have never seen one this amazing and intact.

One of our quilting friends, Lynne is a finalist for the Pillsbury Cookoff! Her recipe is called Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee Bread Pudding with Candied Bacon. It looks delicious. Congratulations Lynne and I really think you need to get that blog started so we can follow along, one delicious recipe after the other....We look forward to the competition on November 3.  Lynne is also a super nice lady, what a great combination!

I did go to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. My Dear Diary quilt is hanging in the show, so that was fun to see. I got this book I have been eyeing for some time now. It's super, with great antique quilts.

I also found this adorable little book that I will be giving to my granddaughter.

Perfect timing as she will be getting a new sibling in the spring.
We had quite a discussion about Edyta Sitar at our getaway. Some knew about her and others did not. If you leave a comment, tell me if you know about her or if you have had her as a speaker. I would love to get some feedback.
Don't you love how the fabric in the book is her actual fabric? Nice touch!

I promise to regroup and get back on the blog soon. I missed you all!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Happy News!

Madison and her new sister or brother
I am so happy! My daughter, Caitlin and her husband Jim are expecting a new baby in the spring! Maddy is very excited to be a big sister and is already taking her job very seriously!
This will be grandchild #5, a welcome addition to our family. Any guesses from the ultrasound? Boy or Girl? I love the little nose!!

I am going to be gone for a few days on a sewing retreat. I promise to come back with lots of inspiring sewing and finished (hopefully) projects.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Random Thursday

What can I say, I caved to these blocks, the Flowering Snowball. I first spied them over at Mary's blog. The first one I made had the corners using a background fabric. Not what I wanted. If I continued in this manner, my pattern would have looked like this,

Not bad, but maybe next time.

So if you alternate the fabrics, you get this one.

and the pattern looks like this. Value is everything!

The sewing part is actually very easy, as long as you go slow and pay attention to your pattern pieces.
I am so happy to have conquered my fear of curves, a whole new world is opening up!

I also have given Massdrop a try. Not sure if it is a good thing or not yet.

They look kind of like Fall don't they?


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lawn Watering Tuesday

Today I started sorting out the fabrics collected last night at the Penn Oaks Quilt guild. This is the beginning of our year long swap. This month's theme is fabric with words or text.

I did it while I watered the lawn. It takes forever! Like 2 1/2 hours....I have to move the hose about every 10 minutes. Do you know how much you can't get done in 10 minutes????

I thought I would show you a few of the 10" blocks I collected. A lot of the ladies liked this one with the birds.

How fun is this?

 and this one

these could be cut out and used some how....

We got a great variety!

The only sewing I did today was a label. I am not a fan of labels, I write directly on my quilt backs with all my information. I figure it really is permanent unless someone destroys the quilt.
The reason I have to sew on a label is because my Dear Diary Quilt was accepted into the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXI show to be held September 18-21. It you are going, be sure to look for it.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Tammy Don't Look

So as you may know, Tammy won the Giveaway the other day. She specified that I could pick out any colors I wanted and it would be fine with her.
I thought I would work outside my usual colors and try red and orange. I layed them out and I did like them but, orange is one of those colors, either you love it or you don't. Not knowing Tammy I decided to scrap that color combination.

I had a bunch of pink and green ones (I know what a surprise!) and started playing with them.

The colors really looked good together. I pushed those greens into the yellow and the pink into purple just to get a good variety. It is a very gloomy day here today and the picture does not do it justice!



 and this are some of my favorites!

I used a pin fabric background with those triangle corner for hanging,love those! I liked the text binding on the first one I made and decided to use it again but in pink.

I finally remembered to use these cute labels I got a while back.

I am going to have a hard time parting with this one too!

Size is 18 x 18 made using assorted scraps from my stash.


Friday, September 5, 2014

Small Hexagon Quilt Winner

Sorry it has taken me all day to announce the winner, it has been one of those days.
The winner is TammyLB who said:

I love our Fall in Lancaster County!! The cooler temps, the colors, pumpkin everything!! Apples, too! Congrats on 4 years! I look forward to reading your blog, and being inspired, for many more years!
I love this quilt- it's gorgeous! I will let you pick out your own color & fabric choices- I also love the clear, bright, cheery colors that you use!

Congratulations Tammy! I will start digging into my stash and hopefully come up with something you like. Please contact me with your address and I will get it out next week.

I loved reading about all your favorites things of Fall. Every single one was good and made me feel like it is right around the corner.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

More Moda Blocks

A few people wanted to see the layout of the quilt. I am already moving on to another project. This will be one I will come back to here and there.

So here is the third block. I am not so sure about that background fabric.....

Here are the first three together. I need to make some more to see if I like them together or not.
I have a stomach bug and haven't been feeling too good the past couple of days. So maybe that is influencing my colors choices????

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY I will be pulling the name tomorrow. I am excited to make another one of these quilts for the winner. I happened to look at my stats the other day and I had over 15,000 hits last month! It's the readers that keep me sewing and blogging, you are very inspiring to me with your wonderful comments and feedback. Thank you very much!