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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just won True Up Contest - Doohickey Designs FQ!

Wow twice in 1 week I have a won a fabric Contest... This has to be my Lucky week! I just was notified by Kim from True Up that I have won the Robert Blake contest! I won a beautiful Fat Quarter pack of Sublime by Doohickey Designs! Isn't it lovely!? And it's ALL MINE muhahaha . . . sorry but It's exciting to win pretty fabric ;)

The fat quarter pack of Sublime by Doohickey Designs for Riley Blake goes to #88: Farscape Girl of Elaine’s Crafty Corner, who wrote, “Wow first I’ve ever heard of Riley Blake – Thank you for giving me a new favorite fabric line!! I adored “Bloom & Grow” and Andrea Victoria as my top choices but they are all so Original and Fantastic!!!”

Monday, October 26, 2009

This-N-That contest = Check it out!

Contest Over!

This-N-That Fabrics, one of the online fabric stores (located in my state = Pennsylvania) I frequent is having a great contest to win a cute Welcome Home pillow kit.

You could win this: Enter to win HERE. Or click on pic to get taken to the blog link about contest.

Made with fabrics from the Welcome Home collection from Clothworks. The finished pillow measures 14" x 14".

I just won a C&T Publishing CONTEST!!!

I am so excited to say that I just checked my emails and found out I have won C&T Publishing's blog contest from Oct. 20th! I won their Applique Petal Party Giveaway! I can't wait to try Susan Knapp's applique techniques and make a quilt from this book!

Well the package containing this prize arrived 11-5-09 and I've looked through the book of patterns, all are very pretty and I will get started on them along with all my Christmas themed gifts after I get my modern quilt blocks completed. I am in the mood for modern & wonky and just have to go with the creative flow. But wanted to say the applique patterns and directions look easy to follow. I will start a new post once I start using the Applique Petal Party Quilt kit, now I just need to set aside the perfect fabric for it!!

Celebrate the Beauty of Flowers with Appliqué

• 16 wonderful 12 1/2" bouquet blocks and floral border make a 73" x 73" finished quilt
• Make the whole quilt or use one block as a pillow or wall hanging
• Package includes needle-turn appliqué basics and step-by-step instructions for the project quilt
• Full-size, easy-to-use appliqué patterns

Celebrate the beauty of flowers with this festive floral appliqué quilt. The package includes instructions and photos of a variety of other color and fabric options, including wool appliqué.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

donation quilts Done and in mailbox!

Too tired to post final quilting pics but will add them to this post later on. . .it feels good to share something I love doing with kids especially!
BUT . . . here are some pics I took of my fall front yard trees & flowers still in bloom during our Indian Summer weather the other day

My 2 Margaret's Hope Chest donation quilts are in a box in front of my mailbox waiting for tomorrows pick-up! YEAH!!!

I finished the binding on Fairy quilt today, added my personal labels on back, washed and packed both along with a bag of fabric and some quilting supplies. The site said they could use fabric and any supplies so that was a great way to pass along some gently used stuff I no longer need. And the fabrics while nice, are not in any color scheme I plan to use in the near future and should work for kids quilts done by volunteer quilt guilds. So GOOD all around!

Friday, October 23, 2009

New fabrics!

Well I just scored some true loveys! I found some really great fabrics online and am so excited to start using them in projects! Here are some pics and a few close-ups.

I really adore the Shade Garden line by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Henry Glass Co

Anna Marie Horner Lollipop

Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill line is bright and fun....

I love Fauna & Flora (and the Benartex Alsace blender lines too), I never have enough blenders!

Kaufman's Fusions Paisley Lace (Gold) Metallic line

I also have some FQ's of Heather Ross's Medocino Mermaids, and I found her adorable hard to find "Far Far Away" Princess / Unicorn themed line for Kokko of Japan on ebay. I scored a 15 FQ lot of them. I have so many unique retro fabrics and I want to make modern quilts with them...

** I also bought a FQ of The Morris Workshop from Moda... but haven't unwrapped them yet so mo pics. I want to make a tradition quilt (maybe a Jacob's Ladder variation or a sampler quilt of mixed blocks) for myself from the William Morris line, his indigo's , green, reds and other colors are so beautiful in person!

Wow now all I need to do is start measuring, cutting and sewing LOL

Update on Donation quilt #2 (Fairy panels)

Well here are the completed pics of this Fairy quilt with my freehand quilting:

Fairy Quilt back =quilted

Fairy Blocks

Fairy Top - sewn, waiting to be quilted

Well I have the top of Children's Donation quilt #2 completed (approx 44" x 65") the one featuring 6 of Michael Miller's Perwinkle blue Fairy panels. I don;t love the colorful border as much as I'd like, but hope a child will like it. The backing will comprise of two big sections of fabric and some of the left over colorful blocks (I like to use everything up and no one really sees the back too often)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Donation children's Quilts

Front view Back view

Well as soon as I read about Margaret's Hope Chest organization I knew I wanted to to do at least 2 quilts to donate. I have pieced the first one yesterday and have it all basted for quilting... it is a simple nine patch. The backing is bright and a bunch of patched fabric pieces I had from different projects. it is approx. 50" x 50".

Michael Miller's 2008 Blue Fairie panel

Tonight I started cutting and piecing a few of quilt #2's pieces... I am using Michael Miller's 2008 Blue Fairie panel as the main fabric and will have nine patch corners on the quilt. It should be about 42" x 60" maybe more or less, haven't decided on internal border piece spacing yet.

I am so excited to participate in this worthwhile cause! I love the idea that sometime in the near future a little kid somewhere will be using a quilt I made... I've only ever given my quilts as gifts to family. Well it is getting late and I've been up since early am so I'm off to chill before bed.

Happy sewing!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Up next. . .

I plan to focus on my mini wall hanging quilts with celtic embroidery and bias strips too... will post when I take photos again. I also plan to make a kids quilt of nine patch squares or a trip around the world or both ;) for the Margaret's Hope Chest project due by November 15th!

Celtic quilt wall hangings

Well here are two of my current favorite "small" wall quilts I've completed. I plan on making a few more intricate ones, but for beginning ones I picked one easy celtic knotwork to embroider to each quilt top fabric, added a border and then quilted the whole quilt and added binding. The purple/Gold completed 10-10-09 and Red/Green Christmas completed 10-11-09.

The purple and gold quilt (approx 16" x 16") features a Love knot

Red, Green and gold quilt (Approx. 23" x 23") has a simple interwoven circle knot