Monday, April 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Megan

Where has the time gone?  You have grown up so fast!  I miss this little face, but I'm so blessed to have the grown up woman in my life today.  You are amazing...you are accomplishing your dreams and achieving great things!  Your dad and I are proud beyond words.  Although sometimes we miss the little girl that danced around the room, played "little people," and cuddled on the couch while watching Little Mermaid (for the 486th time), we are so excited to see what the future holds for you.  You can do anything!

Love you more than words can say!  Happy Birthday Megan!

Love,
Mom & Dad
Monday, April 22, 2013

Some finishes to share....

Although my life is ramping up on the craziness factor, I have been doing some sewing...some I can share, some are secrets for now.  :)

One reason for the craziness is our upcoming move...the movers will be here in less than 6 weeks, so I'm starting to realize how unprepared I am.  LOL  I also have a quilting retreat in three weeks...it's our annual trip to Indiana.  I'm super excited to go and just get away from thinking about moving for a few days.

I've been working on a few secret projects for retreat, birthdays, and new babies in the family.  I promise I'll take pictures and show you after all the gifts have been received.  :)  

I do have some finishes to share...you've seen these before, but they weren't technically finished without the quilting and binding.  I even put labels on these projects!

This is my Liberty Star quilt...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!  (Do I say that about every quilt?)  This quilt was from a workshop with Pat Speth and her "Nickel Quilts" books.  I took advantage of the brief sunshine we had this weekend and got a few outdoor pictures....

It looks really wavy in this picture, but it's because the lawn hasn't been mowed all winter and it's growing all crazy...

I love the backing...I had bought it a year or two ago on clearance and knew the perfect quilt would come along to use it on some day.

I also finished the binding on my little Friendship Stars quilt...remember I made this quilt with all the bonus triangles from the Liberty Star quilt?  It has a label, but still needs a hanging sleeve.

I also finished my first Calendar Quilt...this is actually "July," but I think I'll leave it hanging until we pack up.  :)

I also realized I never shared a picture of my finished Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt.  This is one of Bonnie Hunter's free patterns on her website.  My local sewing group swapped fabrics and started these at retreat back in November.

Love that polka dot backing!  Also another one I picked up on clearance!  I did not add a label yet...I will probably give this as a gift...I just don't know who the recipient is just yet!

There you go!  I love putting those final stitches in the binding and finishing up a quilt!

I may not be blogging much over the next few weeks as we prepare to move and then head out to our new assignment...but I'll try to pop on as much as possible!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The winner...

Congratulations, Dortha!  You are the winner of the Thimbleberries FQ's!!  

dortha
One of the stars has a point going done on the side that should be going up and one going up on side that should be going down. It is reversed. It is still a pretty quilt.
I probably should stop pointing the booboo out to every passerby.  I actually like the booboo..it gives the quilt character!

I had these two wallhangings to be quilted and realized they would be okay with the same backing fabric, so quilting them up was cinch.  On the calendar quilt, I outlined the flowers and flowerpot and did swirls over the rest.  For the friendship star I did a meander with tiny loops.  I have the binding sewn to both on the front, just needs the hand sewing part and the hanging sleeves.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Bonus Triangles

I'm sure you remember I took a workshop last year with Bonnie Hunter and learned about bonus triangles and I love 'em!  (You can see a mini tutorial here)  With my recent project, Liberty Star, which was filled with flying geese and perfect for making bonus triangles, I ended up with 160 2" unfinished red/neutral half square triangles!  

After playing with them a little and trying a few different layouts, I decided to make this friendship star quilt.  All I had to add was the 2" center square and sashing, of course.  To be honest, I added the sashing to avoid having to match all those seams!!  LOL  I think it adds a nice touch though... 
(you can click the pictures for a closer view!)

The HST finish at 1.5" and the block finishes at 4.5"...isn't it just adorable??  I love star blocks and this ranks right up with my favorites.

I just love it!

I even like the back...look at all those seams!  It's wonderful that on the flip side of all this chaos such loveliness!  :)  Kind of like my life sometimes...

There is one small "boo-boo" though...can you see it in the pictures above?  I decided to keep it in, because as the saying goes, "Only God makes perfect things."  

I thought we'd have a little fun.  For all of you that find the boo-boo, post a comment.  I'll draw a random name from the correct comments and the winner will receive these fabrics!
They are all Thimbleberries and mostly FQ's, give or take.  Good luck!  (I'll close the comments and draw a name Saturday night)  WE HAVE A WINNER! -- THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Monday, April 01, 2013

A couple of projects to share....

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  It's so exciting to see the sun a little more, feel the temperature warming up just a bit, the trees are budding...all the promises that spring is really going to get here.  Some day.  LOL  I know it does no good to complain about the weather, but I'm really looking forward to the end of cold, dreary days.

I spent the weekend sewing and I got my Liberty Stars quilt top assembled!  I love it!  Hopefully I'll get it quilted in the next couple of weeks.

Since I had all my red, white, and blue "charms" out, I decided to jump into yet another NEW project!  One of the ladies in our guild recently completed all 12 of the Calendar Quilts from this pattern.  They are soooo cute.  I couldn't resist and ordered the pattern last week.

I decided to start with July to put those leftover red, white, and blue fabrics to good use!  Everything is fused, but I still need to do the applique stitch and quilting.

Why start with July, you ask?  Well...to put it simply, we are moving and we'll be settling in to our new house in late June/early July.  What's better for a new house, but a new quilt!  :)