Sunday, January 30, 2011

Love This Little Star!

Okay, so I got a bit side-tracked again. I couldn't help it! When I saw this Lone Star block in the Stars By Magic book I just knew I'd have to give it a try. Would you believe this block is only 6 inches? This block was a challenge for me to pay very close attention to details in the instructions and by no means will you have this one done in much less than an hour. I love it!

Town Square Nearly Finished!

Yesterday was I was able to get the borders on Town Square and on my longarm ready to quilt.

I've decided to quilt this with a very simple edge to edge pattern and nothing fancy. This quilt is meant to be used and washed many times over. I plan to bind it this evening. The party continues here in the hollow! You can see more about the sewing party that took place yesterday here. I think a few of us are continuing on this afternoon.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Uh-Oh....Side Tracked!


Today was Word-Up Sewing Party day (see two previous post). During the midst of it all I had a book delivered called, Stars by Magic. (photo in previous post) I knew I just had to try one block before my party was over for the day. The cover says New Super Easy Technique! Diamond-Free Stars from Squares and Rectangles! Perfect Points and No Y-Seams!
This isn't a new book but new to me and the possibilities are endless! I'm smitten! I share with you Block #1, the Eight-Pointed Star. There are 30 different star blocks and each one can be made in a variety of sizes. I'm making 6" blocks.
The downfall is leftover fabrics from the cut-away pieces. The book does share some extra design options in the back of the book to use these bits. I, however, decided to simply stitch the bits together and made the block to the left. What will become of it? Who knows...I'm just having fun discovering new techniques!
My book was purchased at Amazon.com.

Sewing Party Update

Mail delivery during the party! (Judy, your quilt top arrived too)


Woo Hoo! On a roll with borders; even slipped out for my hair appt. (bet you didn't notice)

My scraps are all squared up and those birds will be delighted with these tidbits for their nest.

Word Up Sewing Party Today!!

Today I'm joining on the the Word-Up Sewing Party with many blogging friends! My word is breathe. I've been making great progress on my Town Square quilt from Kim's new book Scrap-Basket Sensations because of lots of evening piecing which isn't like me to do! Do you ever get started on piecing a project and just can't stop? This will not be an UFO!

Today I will get on the borders and start the quilting. I'll have to break away from the party for a bit for a hair appt but won't be long!

All these are trimmings from Town Square. Many quilters will simply toss these in the trash but not me! Fabric cost too much these days to be wasteful. I've stitched all my triangles and am now trimming them. I much prefer the waste you see on the lower right below the squares. Did I say waste? No, No, No!!! Spring is coming soon! Save your little bits for our bird friends nest by tossing them about the yard. It is so fun to watch the birds collect their "quilts."
I'm not exactly sure just yet what will become of my trimmed squares but do know that I'm ahead on piecing whatever that project may be.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scrap Basket Sensations Book Give Away Alert!!

Nicole at Sister's Choice is giving away a copy of Scrap Basket Sensations....hurry over!
Here is my progress on Town Square from the book. Fun pattern!

This was quilted last week but I hadn't shared. Today I got an email asking if I quilted baby quilts. You bet I do!
Fun rattles and pacifier quilting motif edge-to-edge makes for a fun baby quilt don't you think?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Piecing Town Square

Town Square is one of Kim's patterns that can be found in her newest book called, "Scrap Basket Sensations."

I'm using Moda's Portabella Market just as Kim's in the photo. Kim had shared a sneak peek with me when she was making this top. I already had a jelly roll of Portabella Market set aside but not the backing or border print. The next thing I knew a little gift package showed up for my birthday with the rest of the fabrics I needed to make this quilt. When the book arrived last Saturday I couldn't wait to get started.
At the Connecting Threads website Kim's book is already on the bestsellers page and on sale. You are going to love this book.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Beautiful Post!

Several months ago Karen and I made a barter deal she would applique for me and I would quilt for her. Karen requested a design called Deb's Feathers for her Trumpet Tulips quilt. This is hot off the frame and now in the mail back to her. I can't wait for her to see it in person.

The lighting isn't the best but I tried to get a photo of what the quilting looked like.

A good size quilt with a man sized quilt holder. LOL Isn't this one a beauty?!!

I've shared Marcie's Fish Creek Cabin quilt pattern information in an earlier post. The quilt is now finished and I had considered using it as a gift but now the rave review I received from my husband makes me think it needs to be kept in the family. I love when he chimes in to say he likes my quilting.
The quilt fits perfectly on my kitchen table and added bonus was the "just because" flowers I received from DH yesterday.
I emailed Gene Black early this morning with news that he was the winner of the Mix & Match Accuquilt book. Since I had quilts to mail today I wanted to get the book posted as well.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mix & Match Quilts with the Accuquilt GO! Tour and Giveaway!

I'm the last to post for the book tour. It was an interesting week for me to be able to see what all the other bloggers had to say about their review of this book. To see a list of them you can go to my post here. We were all assigned a specific quilt from the book to review.

My review is for the quilt called Crossings. I would have loved to try and make my assigned project however fell short on dies that were required to use with the GO! Because I am a seasoned quilter I could figure out details relatively easy but for this particular quilt a beginner may struggle. Each quilt in the book indicates skill level and Crossings was for the advanced.

I hope you did spend some time looking at the other blogger's post and their thoughts of the book and the quilt they were asked to review. (We were not asked to sew the quilt but review the pattern) Each blogger has already pretty much said what needed to be said and a few are giving away a copy.

Would you like to win my copy? Please tell me which quilt from the book you would make first, why and who blogged about it.

Crossings
If your interested in purchasing either hard copy or immediate PDF download you can find that HERE.
I'll announce my winner on Sunday. Good Luck!!
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED AND WINNER HAS BEEN SENT AND EMAIL TO CONTACT ME.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mon Ami and Fish Creek Cabin

My Le Petite project Mon Ami is now completed! It's been quilted, bathed in tea, rinsed and dried for an old crinkle feel. As you see I did not add the borders and I love it!

My Mon Ami will be a perfect basket stuffing sort of quilt.

I've been wanting to quilt a log cabin motif so I pulled out this top called Fish Creek Cabin and started custom quilting it today. I'm not finished and have a way to go but thought I'd share a peek.
Marcie at Patchalot Patterns is the designer of Fish Creek Cabin and many more wonderful patterns that you can find at her website and don't miss her blog to see her new pattern called Stitchin' Time.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Post Birthday, Barter, and a First!

Today I met up with my friend Sandi for my post birthday breakfast. I tell ya, having a birthday just days before Christmas makes it difficult to get together since we are taking care of last minutes. Sandi gifted me with several things today but this one I just have to show you and I'm so bummed the photos turned on me. (tilt head please or computer monitor...option is yours)

Sandi is one of my longarm friends and someone who truly made me feel welcome when we moved here. Sandi quilted this wall size wholecloth quilt on her longarm all hand-guided! Just look at the detail! Thank you Sandi....there is nothing more precious than a gift from heart and hands.

Remember awhile back I shared a quilt top here about a barter between Karen and I? Our deal was for me to quilt a few of her tops. Here is one of them that I finished yesterday. When I first opened the box to see what she sent I thought custom would be wonderful but then I pulled out the backing and found what looks like another quilt so an edge-to-edge would make it look even better as a two-sided quilt.

Karen requested a design called Kaitlyn's Floral after seeing the quilt below we both felt a perfect option.

This is the very first quilt that Cyndi made! Everything was spot on perfection and a breeze for me to quilt. I loved the simplicity of her pattern and fabrics chosen. Ooooo the quilting gave it such a beautiful texture too!
Okay...I'll be back with my turn to post about the Mix & Match Quilt Book Blog Tour....to read more about it see my previous post. I'll be having a giveaway!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Mix & Match Quilts with the Accuquilt Go! Blog Tour

Tomorrow is the start of this book's blog tour. I've listed below the dates and blogs for you to visit.

Jan 17: Char Coester -- http://www.crapivemade.com

Jan 17: Sherri McConnell -- http://www.aquiltinglife.com

Jan 18: Vicki Eapen -- http://www.spunsugarquilt.com

Jan 18: Kelly Jackson -- http://www.ihaveanotion.blogspot.com

Jan 19: Tonya May -- http://tonyassewingroom.blogspot.com

Jan 20: Nettie Peterson -- http://aquiltisnice.blogspot.com

Jan 21: Mary Flynn -- http://quilthollow.com (HEY THAT"S ME!)

Both hard copy and PDF electronic download available here. No waiting for yours!

I want to make this a bit more fun so when it is my day (Jan 21) I will be taking entries to give my book away. You will need to leave me a comment on my day's post telling me which quilt from the book you would make first, why and who blogged about it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Release of Scrap Basket-Sensations!!!

It seems like forever ago that I teased about a secret quilting project I was lucky to be part of. I finally get to squeal that Kim Brackett's NEW book called, "Scrap-Basket Sensations" is being released on January 11th from Martingale & Company!!!

Scrap-Basket Sensations is a must have book for your quilting library!! The book includes instructions for 18 quilts using 2.5" strips. You'll love creating the quilts using Jelly Rolls, Bali Pops, or your own stash. The quilts are made from a wide variety of fabric styles. I have to be honest and tell you that you won't know which project to start making first! They are all that good!!
If you loved Kim Brackett's first BEST SELLER, "Scrap-Basket Surprises" you will not want to miss out on her NEW book because it's even better!!

When Kim asked me to help with a few quilts for the book I had no hesitation as I already knew I loved her style of quilting and fabric choices! Boy was I ever tickled!

Here are two quilts in the book that I had the honor of making.

"Blessings from the Hollow"

"Lake House"

You will find more peeks of the quilts in the book by visiting Kim, Darlene and Karen's blogs.
I also get to share even more fun news with you! There is a blog tour in the works and details will follow soon. You will have opportunities to win your very own copy!
I'm so happy for Kim and her newest book. Congrats girlfriend!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thanks and A Peek Post

A special gift arrived for me from Nancy E. (no blog). I absolutely love critters and Susan Wheeler's illustrations just tug at my heart strings. Thank you Nancy for this delightful book!

Well my quilt holder person isn't cooperative today so you get a peek of an awesome quilt. It's huge and lots of swirl quilting adds wonderful texture.
Do not miss tomorrow's post! I'm just saying. I get to spill one of my secrets I've been keeping from you!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Le Petite Project "Mon Ami"

The only thing missing from this pattern is the outer border and quilting. I'm on the fence about adding a final border because I personally think it looks just fine like this. Moda Remembrance is the line of fabric I used. Do you know that the Fat Quarter Shop is offering Remembrance 50% off with code word "remem?" The Fat Quarter Shop's Facebook page announces specials just about weekly I think.

My blog needs a new look. It needs something that still says I'm Quilt Hollow and feels like me. I've received several emails this past week asking me where you can find my prices for quilting and requirements. Until I get tabs set up or my website I can send you a price list or even quote you via email. Before I mess around with my blog I want to be sure to back it up so nothing is lost. It seems I saw somebody post how to go about this awhile back and now I can't find it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Word Up - What Would Be Your Word?

Kelly at Charming Girls Club has asked us to come up with a word for 2011. While there are a few who are struggling to find "their" word mine came quickly. It was easy...just BREATHE.

Breathing is something I take for granted. Breathing is to be alive. Give me a moment to breathe under a stressful situation for a sense of calm. I love the touch of a natural fabric that breathes like quilting cotton. I love breathing to take in the fresh smell of a flower, flavor or lovely aroma in the air.

Breathing life into a quilt as an artist into a painting. Just breathe.

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Little Bit of Quilting

Today was my first "work day" for 2011. I love my job quilting for others.

I wasn't able to get a good photo of the quilting on this one or colors of the quilt. Debra's quilt is a wonderful yellow and makes me wish for summer weather! An all over simple design makes for a fun top and a great finish. (Debra, I'll email you a delivery confirmation after I mail it tomorrow)
The week just before Christmas this quilt top came as a RUSH and did make it back in time for binding and gift giving.
The more I see swirls on the different tops the more I love it! Don't you?

This beauty was quilted during the holidays as well. I loved the flannel on the back and makes me think I should do more like that for myself.

Oops...this photo obviously before quilted. I loved the simplicity of using a layer cake and background fabric for a quick and fun top when you have that urge to piece something easy.

Here is one I absolutely LOVED!! Jingle bells was a brand new design that I'd never used before and the client said go for it! Now...I want one of these quilts!!

Here is a closer look at jingle bell quilting.
How many unfinished tops are sitting in your closet just waiting to be quilted?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Le Petite January Project

After being reminded the other day about January's Le Petite Project I figured I could at least cut pieces while I still had a house full of kids visiting. The project for the month is a Schnibbles pattern called, "Mon Ami." I'm going to use Moda Remembrance for mine. After cutting out all the pieces I couldn't wait to see how a block would come together; then another, and another. In between cooking, cleaning, laundry and visiting I would try to steal away a bit of time for some piecing. (quilting is such a great stress reliever)

Two errors were found on the pattern I own. You may want to check your pattern before you cut out your background pieces. You only need 109 2.5" squares not 134.

Also, the pattern leaves out that you will need to stitch one dark 2.5" to the matching light 2.5" to make two half-sq triangles that complete the block's star points.

This is a beauty of a pattern plenty of 1/2 square triangle fun!