Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Fall Into Fall Quilt Giveaway

My giveaway for the Fall Into Fall Giveaway is "Beautiful Foundation-Pieced Quilt Blocks" by Mary Jo Hiney.

This book is filled with 4" foundation pieced blocks. I hope whoever wins it will enjoy the blocks and the ideas for their uses.

The rules to win it are simple......... Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner on October 15th. You do not need to be a quilter to enter, nor do you have to have a blog. If you do not have a blog, please leave your e-mail address. ALL international readers are welcome to enter. My comments are set to Google account holders only...no anonymous comments, but a google account is free and easy to get. Just click on the "Sign Up Here" link at the end of the comments.
Now here is the bonus.....Click on the scarecrow and you will find a list of 40 other quilting bloggers doing a giveaway. They will be posted by Oct. 1st and all will be drawn on Oct. 15th. I can not say they will not have different rules to their drawings. Be sure to check out all the great giveaways....after you leave your comment here.

Fall Into Fall Quilt Giveaway

I've just spent the last two days frogging all the quilting that I put into this three year UFO.
The thread kept breaking and so I decided to frog it and start over, oh well it's good practice.

I'm working on my UFO's. Wish me luck!

Monday, September 22, 2008

New Years Eve Challenge

My friend Bren joined the New Years Eve Challenge on Finn's blog. Bren pointed out to me that I had some UFOs and I should join in the challenge too.......So I did! I went on Finn's blog and signed up a few of my UFOs.
The first thing I need to finish is this quilt. It needs to be quilted and bound. It is a wedding present for my friend's daughter. I've shown it on a previous post but here it is again.

This top has to be finished next. It is a quilt for the American Hero Quilts organization. I will do the quilting but it will be sent to someone else to be bound. When it is finished, it will be presented to a wounded soldier.

Next I would just like to get this top pieced. It needs setting triangles added and the blocks put together. Quilting will probably not be finished on this one yet.

This top was loaned to me by a friend of mine 3yrs. ago to practice machine quilting. Think maybe I should finish it?

Last but not least (for now)...... This is an applique that I started in a class years ago. For now I would like to finish the trellis border. I love to do hand applique.

I'm going to try, No, I am going to accomplish all of this by the end of the year. If I don't go into this with a positive attitude I'll never succeed. In my first blog, I showed my hand quilting project which is still not finished but it is going to have to wait awhile.
While I was at joining neat things, I joined the Fall Into Fall Giveaway. I will post my giveaway before October 1st and draw a winner on October 15th so please sign up. You don't have to be a quilter to enter. Make sure you make the rounds to get your name in on this giveaway. Your can find the participants at the link above.
Happy Quilting

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Sewing Space

I wanted to share my new larger sewing/quilting space. My DH has enlarged it. While we're not quite finished with it, I wanted to show some pictures.

Here's one of my new cabinet. It's great for housing my machine bags and hanging tops waiting to be quilted.

The wire bins next to it house pieces of fabric that are less than a yard.

I have cubes to hold my larger pieces of fabric. I have them stored by color. It took me hours to fold the fabrics so they would fit in the space.
Here's the bottom half.......

I have shelves to hold batting or a bolt of muslin and other large things.

My sewing machines....

Some of the walls have foam board so that I can use them as design walls.....

These are blocks from a Christmas exchange that I'm doing.
We still have some peg board to add to one of the other walls.
This is the most amount of space that I have ever had to devote to sewing and I'm so excited and blessed to have it. Now I don't have any excuse for not getting things done.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 19, 2008

A Lot Happy, A Little Sad

This time of year is always a mixed bag for me. As anyone that knows me will tell you, I love Hummingbirds. Right now they are buzzing all over my yard which makes me very happy. For some reason my yard seems to be the gathering place for the little boys and girls at this time of the year. All summer long we're lucky if we see two or three a week. They are gathering to make their long trip down south to South America.

My DH managed to snap a few pictures......

They are so cute, I wish I could spend all day just watching them. The last two days I have hardly been home so I've only been able to see a few. DH said they were all over the yard today.
Soon they will be gone and I'll have to wait until next April to see them again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I don't have any new quilt pictures to post today but I do have two new pictures. They are of my almost new grandson Dillon. Dillon was born on July 30th. Dillons mother just sent these today....

He's such a good baby. I don't get to see him or my other grandchildren as often as I would love to. I would love to be like my friend Bren who lives so close to her grandchildren.

I spent almost my entire day trying to come up with quilting designs for the top that I posted yesterday. I think I have a few ideas.


I'm Back!!

Well it's been a long time since my last post but I'm back.
On my last post I told you of a class that I was going to take in order to help a friend of mine make a quilt. It's taken an entire year to finish this top but here it is....

Here's another one.......

One more closer view.......

I found out after fighting with the square in a square blocks that there was a mistake in the pattern. This quilt top taught me a few valuable lessons. I will never cut out an entire quilt without making one of each block in scrap fabric. I am known to my friends as the "Golden Seamripper" and I sure lived up to the name on this one. I'm going to put this top on my HQ16 and get it quilted in the next week.
I have finished one quilt for a group called "American Hero Quilts". If you've never heard of them, they provide quilts for our soldiers. The tops are pieced and sent to others to be quilted and then sent on to be bound. It's a very worthy organization and I would encourage all of my quilting friends to get envolved in this cause. That seems to be the least that we can do for the men and women fighting this war. The website for American Hero Quilts is http://www.americanheroquilts.com/.

Here are a few picts of that quilt....

This is the back, a beautiful piece of blue batik.

I hope to have many more quilts finished to share with you in the future.