Friday, March 26, 2010

A finish, a design wall and a bluebird

My whirligig quilt is finished! whirligig quiltWay back when, I asked for some suggestions on borders and binding for this top and you didn’t let me down! Thanks for the guidance, my bloggity friends:) 

whirligig quilt 3 Quilted in straight lines one inch apart, with the border quilting going around the perimeter with 1/2 inch spacing.

whirligig quilt 4 whirligig quilt 5 Fabrics used for this are Zippity DooDah by Sandy Gervais, Glace Damask Holly Red by 3 Sisters for Moda, Simple Abundance Paisley Picnic Red, Stripe Picnic Red and Retro Dot Picnic Red by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I used a unbleached muslin for the light color.

Please hop over to amylouwho’s for Sew & Tell Fridays! Lots of great finishes over there and Amy’s the bestest:)

Our house is a story and a half design which means the outside walls on the second floor are only 4 feet tall. Since my sewing space is up there, I had no full size wall for designing. I used some PVC pipe and flannel to make a temporary wall that leans up against the sloping ceiling. It’s about 64 inches square. I didn’t glue it so I can take it apart as needed. Works for me!design wall

design wall corner

I really love bluebirds!

bluebird on box3a

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday already?

“The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get!”  (I don’t remember where that saying came from, but that’s how I feel today.)

Getting close to a finish!

binding whirligigs

A correction from last week when I identified this as a house finch when it is actually a purple finch.  I always get those two confused.

house finch

It’s all twiddletails fault! I love Make Life and it’s on sale at her store.  She has a wonderful blog, too:)

make life

This little charm pack may be showing up in a giveaway soon:)

make life charm pack

See you tomorrow for Sew and Tell Fridays! (See my sidebar for the link.) I will have a finish!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thursday’s ramblings

My last house block for V at Bumble Beans. You can make some, too!

house block

Freshly folded fabric. How long will it stay that way?

folded fabric

Making waves for fun.


House Purple finch.

house finch 

Saturday afternoon…hooking up a trailer…first pass…no one guiding me.  Not again in a hundred gazillion tries!


Looks like things could use some polishing!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Blog giveaways!

Just click the links to see what you could win!

Updated to add this one:

Alexis Miller’s Photography




Canton Village Quilts


Fresh Cut Quilts


Sponsored giveaway at Jaybird Quilts for Burgundy Buttons.image

Julie at Jaybird Quilts has a great list of more giveaways!

Enter! You could win like I did:)

Sunday, March 14, 2010


Bluebird on box

An Eastern Bluebird guarding the nest.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lucky Girl!

February was very, very good to me. I won five prizes in blog giveaways!

A ten dollar gift certificate to PT Quilting from the FabShopHop.

A fifty dollar discount for online tax filing at H & R Block from Frugal Hacks.

This cute as can be tote from Mama Roux. Thanks Nina!

mamaroux mamaroux2

From Pat Sloan, my sister in chocolate, coffee and quilting! A fat quarter bundle of her fabric line, Nikki, and some Aurafil thread. Her “shipping department” also slipped in a pattern for her Baker’s Dozen quilt:) Thanks Pat!

   So pretty!PS prize

PS prize2

PS prize3

And a yard (actually about 40 inches) each of Plain Jane Aqua from Michael Miller fabric! Look at that cute card:) Thanks Kathy!


Is this gorgeous fabric or what?


Thanks to all you wonderfully generous people!

To celebrate my great fortune, I’ll be having a little giveaway of my own in a week or two. Check back in, okay?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Two baby quilts and more lessons learned

(I’m linking this post to amylouwho’s sew & tell Fridays! Check out what others have made this week.)

Busy, busy week here with two baby quilts that needed to be finished for a shower by Saturday afternoon. And they were, but just barely. We had one minute to grab a couple of pictures before they were wrapped up.  It makes me wonder if I’m just slow or if I bite off more than I can chew. I did not procrastinate! I really didn’t.

Pictures taken in a hurry in bad light:

Made from the tutorial at Moda Bake Shop from V and Co.

eat sleepMy capable assistant holding the quilt. Do you see a resemblance? 

Heleneat sleep back 2

Personalized for Jaden! The embroidery machine comes in handy occasionally. I machine stitched the binding and it was acceptable since the stitching blended in well on the white front. I used a blanket stitch to catch the edge and it’s a cute look on this quilt. I think you can get a closer look if you click on the photo. I prefer hand stitching the binding even if it takes a while.

eat sleep close

Little Xavier has an airplane themed nursery.  I was pleased with the front of this one.

fly boy

This is where I learned a lesson. We decided on a quilting plan without considering how the back would look. The corner with the name and little airplane is partially covered with stippling. Not a look I would intentionally go for.

fly boy back

It feels good for this amateur to have two more quilts completed! I wasn’t afraid to dive in with the stippling this time and I really enjoyed it.

Random thought for today:

I was pretty excited to spot a pileated woodpecker in our back yard a few weeks ago! I’ve seen it a total of 5 times now and finally had a chance to grab the binoculars for a better look. I saw another many years ago in eastern Iowa. They are really magnificent birds being about the size of a crow.


Photo courtesy of since I’m pretty sure I’ll never get a shot of my own!

We’ve also been host to red-bellies and downies this winter. They love suet cakes!

I’m kind of a bird nerd:)