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Thursday, November 19, 2009

What I've been up to since Friday the 13th!

This is my first little wristlet, no pockets with a free hand tree embroidery... I now know what I did wrong with it's construction, and will make a better constructed one on my next attempt!

Well I jumped from idea to idea and just made things I wanted to try based on online inspirations from contest blogs . . .LOL. I take complete credit for all my mistakes since I only had a pattern for the Coupon caddy from the wonderful blog of Blue Cricket Design...

The items below: small purse, scrappy stars were free hand and probably show it! The 24" block with primary color scheme I made based on a 12" block pattern from The Quilter's Cache, a truly wonderful site full of free block patterns for every level sewer!

I'm still undecided if I want the blue band completely around this purse or just for a top snap enclosure OR to for go it completely and just put a zipper in... which will be hard to do at this late stage since it is otherwise sewn. Ugh I should've decide this BEFORE I sewed it all up!!

Ahhh and my scrappy stars made from left over kaleidoscope quilt block pieces... I just love the pink and brown together. These are each about 30" in diameter so I can make them into mini doll quilts or a table piece for my round table... hmmmm???

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Lark Books: Quilt It! Contest

Now this one promises to be interesting and challenging, especially for a fairly new quilter like me. I am considering entering the Lark Books Quilt It! Contest if I can come with an idea that I think would be attractive enough to enter that I could actually achieve with all the requirements LOL

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to and 11 quilting books from the Lark collection. 4 Quilt Category winners will each receive 11 quilting books.

The contest will run from October 24th – January 5th and winners will be announced on February 1st. To enter, read the rules then email us at with the title of your piece, at least one photo of your quilt, and in which quilt category, as set forth below, your Quilt should be judged.

Required Elements

Entrants will create an original Quilt of any size that incorporates at least three of the following five required elements:

  • Bird/s
  • Mountains
  • Silver fabric, thread, item
  • Recycled/repurposed material
  • Beads

Birds-eye view

Started: 11-9-09; 9 blocks completed 11-10-09.

Here is a brief glimpse at my newest quilt blocks I'm working on and my 1st attempt at free-form modern quilt blocks. I love the colors and the look of the blocks and had a blast just cutting and sewing as I went along with no real plan, just added pieces where I wanted. There are 9 finished blocks... 2 that will be added to back or used another way... the lighter fabrics used in them disrupted the flow of the quilt.

I didn't want them too wonky, just off center and added to. . . more to come! (Having a blast with this one, no patterns yippee)

Another contest!

Hawthorne threads is having a contest . . . check it out!

They have 3 prizes to win . . . featuring items from Patricia and Walter Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sweet Home Quilt Co Contest!

Hey check out Sweet Home Quilt Co. which is hosting a contest for some delicious Cinnamon Stars fabric stash from Fig Tree Quilts for Moda!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Quiltmaker Blog contest November 9-13

Quiltmaker Blog contest begins Nov 9th and ends Nov. 13th. Daily contests held by many linked sites ...

Yeah!!!! I was able to win a copy from Cheryl over at QuilterChic on the first day of the contest, someone must be loaning me some of their good karma! I can't wait to browse through this book and get some inspiration and see all these quilters' wonderful creations!