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Friday, October 30, 2009

Stippling fright and an almost finished quilt

I hope to get the binding on this quilt today and send it off soon to it’s new home. I used a Tula Pink Hushabye jellyroll plus some yardage. As a newbie, I wanted to keep it simple so decided on a rail fence pattern. I could have sewn the long strips together for this but that wouldn’t have given me the randomness I wanted, so I cut the strips to length (6 1/4”) and then put them together.

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I was scared to death to do the stippling, but after much practice and coffee I dove in! It’s not perfect by any means but I’m mostly satisfied with it. There are a few spots that may get a do-over by hand where the stitches got too big. If you click on the last picture you can see the stippling a little better. I'm not quite brave enough to share a real close-up:)

(I’m keeping a “Things I learned about free motion quilting from my first quilt” list and may have to share it later.)

If you look closely you can see the ducks in the print. Aren’t they cute?

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I wanted to add a personalized detail to the back and used the embroidery feature on my Brother for this. It’s blurred out on this picture since it is still a secret, but it’s the owner-to-be’s name with a little decorative stitching.

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I think I’ve overcome my fear of stippling and it feels good!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Random thoughts for Thursday

The IBOL guy is in the final stages of this amazing project. The distribution process has begun so the “bundles of love” are finding new homes where they will certainly be well used.

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I’ve put my table runner away for the time being. After two attempts at quilting and then ripping out hundreds of stitches (ugh) I’ll have to give it a rest for now. I tried stippling, but I’m having trouble getting it to move smoothly on the machine bed. I may have to try Supreme Slider. I love buying gadgets!

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I started a new project today for a gift. I’m not revealing the recipient because I don’t know if she reads my blog or not. I bought a jellyroll of Hushabye from Tula Pink for this and I love it!

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I chose these two prints for another border, the back and binding.

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The weather has been very pleasant for a few days and I’ve been able to get that ugly deck painted. It’s still kind of ugly but at least it’s got a fresh coat of paint!sweetpea

Just to be clear, this is the “before” picture:)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Etsy Monday Breast Cancer Awareness III

Here’s another group of excellent Etsians who are crafting for a great cause. Please visit their shops and have a look at what they have to offer. Click on the pictures to see the listings.

Breast Cancer Awareness Card Set (5)

CraftyBlonde

CraftyBlonde

Emotional Rescue Earrings - Breast Cancer Awareness Collection

maiziedesigns

maiziedesigns

Stacked Coin Quilt Breast Cancer Awareness Eco Friendly

nacyanne

nacyanne

Slr, Dslr Camera Strap - Breast Cancer Awareness

HowardAvenue

HowardAvenue

Roses of Courage Woman

Middleburg

Middleburg

THINK PINK - Breast Cancer Awareness - 1x1 Inch Square Tiles Digital JPG Collage Sheet

MasterpieceDesigns

MasterpieceDesigns

Cancer Awareness Bracelets - Lampwork - Breast Cancer

beadsforacure

beadsforacure

Breast Cancer Awareness Ornament-Sweater

ChestnutAlley

ChestnetAlley

I’ve had such fun scouring Etsy for these wonderful items. So many talented people. Amazing!

The winner of the giveaway will be chosen and published as soon as I’ve had another cup pot of coffee or two:)

Update! And the winner is....

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Maggie is guarding the vintage Kitchen Aid mixer bowl with the names of the entrants. I couldn’t get her to draw a name, though. I should have put a t-r-e-a-t in the bottom!

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So I closed my eyes and pulled one out and it’s Laura!

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I’ll be contacting you shortly, Laura, for your mailing address:)

Thanks to everyone who dropped in to comment. Blog readers are the best! And thanks to all who left kind remarks about the table runner, too:)

That was so much fun that I’m already planning the next one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More wonkiness and a giveaway

I’ve been making a lot of random “wonky” blocks lately and I wanted to make an actual project instead of just playing and practicing.

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This will be a table runner if I can get rid of my quilting block (no pun intended). I’m really stumped on how this should be quilted.

Here’s a close-up of one block. I’m happy with it.

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The back I have made up is negotiable because I don’t know how any quilting on the front will look on the back. Maybe it’s just too busy. Or maybe I over think things a little.

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I may just scrap this back and go with a solid so I don’t have to worry about it. Can you tell I’m a beginner at this? It’s no wonder I get so little done…too many decisions!

If any of you wonderful quilters out there happen to read this and have a suggestion, I’m all ears!

I made a couple of coasters just for fun:)

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Now, you read through this whole thing to find out about a giveaway, didn’t you? (Thanks for hanging in there!) Today is my birthday and I thought it would be fun to give someone else a gift. So here’s the deal. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. If you blog about it in your blog, link back to me and leave me another comment, you’ll get another entry! I’ll randomly choose someone from the comments to win this tote, made by me:

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Since this is such a new little blog and to make things more interesting, if there are more than 20 comments I’ll throw in a little something extra for the winner:)

This giveaway will officially end midnight Sunday, October 18 and we’ll see who wins on Monday. Good luck and happy commenting!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Quilts for a Worthy Cause

Margarets Hope Chest

“What might a handmade quilt mean to a homeless child? It might bring warmth to a 5-year-old boy in a drafty room. It might give hope to a 12-year-boy who never had a handmade gift before. It might give comfort to an 8-year-old girl who wants something pretty to snuggle under.”

The above is a quote from Margaret’s Hope Chest blog. Please click on the above picture to see if you can help.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Etsy Monday for Breast Cancer Awareness

To support Breast Cancer Awareness I will feature Etsy sellers who donate proceeds to this cause for the month of October. As always, I encourage you to click through to each shop. You’ll be tempted!

Janie the Bunny A Breast Cancer Comfort Friend

Cindimh

Cindimh

 Faith Hope Courage Sterling Silver Awareness Necklace A004

beadznthingz

beadznthingz

 

Pink Quilt- Breast Cancer Awareness- 'Thinking of you'

formyboysjc

formyboysjc

 

Hope Soap- EtsyProjectEmbrace - Proceeds to the American Cancer Society

sunbasilgarden

sunbasilgarden

 

Pink Ribbon Sandwich Baggie- Proceeds Donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks

bellsandunicorns

bellsandunicorns

 

Pink Ribbon Dog Collar

RetroAnimals

RetroAnimals

 

It’s pretty crazy that in the huge old world of Etsy, the seller of this cute dog collar lives in the tiny town where I was born.    How many Etsians can there be in a town with a population of less than 1000?  That’s pretty cool! 

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Lila Tueller fabric giveaway

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I love giveaways and this fabric is gorgeous! The lucky winner will receive a  jellyroll and a layer cake of Eden, which will be available for purchase in spring 2010. Here’s Lila’s blog for all the juicy details. 

 

On a totally unrelated note, these cute little guys and gals will soon be headed south. Surprisingly, my trusty point and shoot Kodak caught this ruby-throated hummingbird pretty clearly.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sis Boom and some other stuff

This morning I was doing my usual blog browsing and left a comment on Jennifer Paganelli’s blog never thinking she would ever look at my little bitty blog and leave a comment! She found this little practice quilt block made from some of her Mod Girls and Bellbottoms fabrics.

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That inspired me to look up some older pictures from my days of making children’s clothing. Here’s a better example of something I’ve made with Sis Boom. By the way, this was the first “designer” fabric I ever purchased. Oh, Nicole!

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Now the next pictures are not wonderful quality, but here’s more of Jennifer’s fabric (Cindy) tucked in these blocks made from this tutorial. I made another little dress from this and her Katie stripe, but the pictures are not to be found.

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I love this shade of blue.

So, Jennifer, I want you to know you made my day!

Now, I think I’ll go clean a toilet or something. You know, to come back to earth.