Sunday, January 29, 2012

Why Did I Make These Stars?

Rummaging through my stash, boxes, containers (you know we all have them) I found stars I made months ago and now I can't remember what pattern they were intended for. I just know I enjoyed making the stars using Jo Morton fabrics. I had bits and pieces that still needed to be pieced so I got busy yesterday piecing more stars. There are doubles of each star. I've got a total of 32 blocks. Any ideas?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pass It On! Sunshine Squishies for Kaaren!

Shelley at Red Quilts has an awesome idea and I wish to help spread the word and I hope you will too!

Many of us have come to know Kaaren from The Painted Quilt for her monthly free patterns she designs for us. We also know about Kaaren's fight against cancer that she has openly shared with us through her blog. Kaaren's radiation and chemo treatments have started this week. You can read Kaaren's post here.

Shelley proposes that we rally together and send cards with little "squishies" to make Kaaren's days a bit brighter. You can read Shelley's blog post for further details.

Let's rally together on this one! Please post and spread word! I will share Kaaren's snail mail address with you if you need it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Review & Give Away!

I'm so excited to be able to review Dawn Heese's latest book! Her book is called, "A Year of Cozy Comforts' published by Kansas City Star Quilts. This book isn't just quilts! It is a fun filled book with fun other little "instant gratification" projects is what I like to call pillows, runners and a pincushion that is cross-stitched. I've given a little sneak peek below of one of the photographs of quilts in the book. The photography in the book is wonderful and directions concise along with full size templates for some applique.

You can see some really great photos of quilts from Dawn's latest book at her site called, "Linen Closet Quilts." I mentioned a few days ago that Dawn is having a giveaway for one of her books. You still have time to enter! So hustle on over, scroll down into her blog and see some of the quilts you can make!

Dawn's on a roll in the quilt world. This is her third book (you can see the others on the right side of her blog) AND I do need to mention Dawn's first line of fabric is coming out soon! I'm anxious to get my hands on some and you will too. Take a peek to see it HERE.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Year of Schnibbles AND Christmas Through the Year Finishes!

Here's two finished Schnibbles Full House quilts. I couldn't stop making the houses and now have a quilt to gift as well as one for me! I was able to not only participate in Year of Schnibbles but have finishes for the Christmas Through The Year as well.

I absolutely love the texture that the quilting added to these tops. They were quilted with an edge-to-edge design called, "Cotton Seed." turned! This is a cute little number from Little Stitches and the ornament is wool. So fun, fast and easy to make for holiday gift giving! (another one for the Christmas Through the Year)

Lastly, I whipped up this table runner! It is one of many FREE patterns you can find at Quilt Bug. It is another very fast project and possibilities endless for the center block and small diagonal blocks. I simple chose a quilt motif and stitched-in-the-ditch.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Year of Cozy Comforts Book Give-Away Alert!!!

My friend Dawn Heese from Linen Closet Quilts has a NEW released book! You can see peeks of the quilts at her blog and also enter to win yourself a copy. Get on over there and tell her I sent you when you enter!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winners Announced!!!

Before scrolling down to see if you've won (hee) I would like to share with you a few finishes of mine. The color isn't true but these are a soft muted green with white polka dots. Oh so cute with the rick rack trim tucked into the binding. I just love these little mini wholecloth pieces.

Thanks to all who checked in with me this past week with regards to how I was feeling after my sinus surgery. I feel 100% myself today and have my follow up appointment tomorrow. I'm not keen on this appointment either because I know he will numb my sinus and insert that long camera for a looksy...yuck!

Did you see The Raspberry Rabbits post today? The NEW and FREE 2012 BOM to be specific? This one BOM that I'm very excited about and have already downloaded my patterns!

Another shout out and thank you to Shabby Fabrics for the giveaway! I did the Random Number Generator thing for this one and it is lucky #7. Darlene will receive their Sweetheart Houses BOM patterns!

My Chase Away Winter Blues Give Away had some great patterns from Little Stitches I asked about your birth date and couldn't believe how many of us have births so close to the holidays! Several have had them this past week, if not next. So Happy Birthday to you! The winner of this package of patterns plus a few other goodies is Shelley who is a lucky duck with a June birthday! Congrats ladies...I'll email you both.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chase Away Winter Blues - Another Give Away Day!

Debbie of Little Stitches has some really cute patterns that you can see on her website Her patterns are a bit of primitive, folk-art and a bit of whimsy, all things I love!

She was kind enough to send me not one, not two, not three but FOUR patterns for a Winter Blues Give Away on my blog. Thanks Debbie!!!! I plan to toss in a few extra surprises as well.

Please go to her website, browse some, shop perhaps and don't forget to sign her guestbook. Then please come on back here and share your birth date with me. I know, I know that's random, but I want to update my blog book and if your a regular follower of matters!

The winner for this give away will be announced Sunday along with my other giveaway HERE. You still have time to enter and good luck!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Give Away Day -- Part One!

Shabby Fabric's NEW Sweetheart Houses BOM begins this July and runs for 10 months. Have you checked out the Shabby Fabrics online store? The shop has the pattern, embellishing kits, silk thread sets and BOM available now for purchase.

Shabby Fabrics is offering one pattern set for this giveaway! But wait, there's more!!! Shabby Fabrics is also offering my followers $5 off of the $10 BOM sign-up fee using the coupon code QUILTHOLLOW. The coupon code is valid between January 7 through January 22nd and is only valid for the Sweetheart Houses BOM.

To enter this giveaway simple visit the online shop and then come on back here and tell me what you thought of their site. It's that easy!!

One more thing, did you happen to see the Shabby Fabrics FREE Country Cottages BOM that just started this month? Block One was released on the 7th and on the 7th of each month will be another free block. This link takes you to their blog post with General Instructions and Block One. Mark their blog on your favorites!

I will select a winner for this giveaway on Sunday, January 15th. Good Luck!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Road to Recovery.....

Get Well Flowers (thank you my friend)

I'm recovering and wanted to say thank you to all my friends in blogland who have been sending me get well wishes and wondering how I'm doing. I've been trying to get on the computer and send back replies but find that I get drained easily. Boy am I looking forward to feeling 100% again, I've got quilting to do! Seriously...thank you my friends for checking on me.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Construction Zone

Twenty four houses, a town square and a few stars constructed today. My day was very productive! My email inbox is full and semi-neglected today with all the building going on here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Contractor's License Came Today!

This month's Schnibble Project is Full House. My friend Bari gifted me this pattern during the holidays. I was so excited when I saw Carrie's post and knew I just had to make these little houses! Carrie's post shows several possibilities and I fell in love with this Jo number immediately! I'm making Tiny Houses and you can download the .pdf for the measurements at her blog, however will still need the pattern Full House for your construction directions.

Photo taken from Carrie's blog. Oh yes, wish this one was mine!

Have you looked at the right side of my blog? Talk about FREE projects available to us quilters this year! I can't make all of them but will sure enjoy seeing the happenings this year in blogland. While I've been working on my Tiny Houses I keep thinking this could be a two-fer! I will be able to submit it to the Schnibbles Parade at the end of the month and count is as a finish for Christmas Through The Year with Darlene & Cheryl!

Be sure to come back soon because I've got a wonderful Winter Blues Give Away not to be missed!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Beautiful Gift To Always Treasure - And Your Prayers Requested!

This beautiful wool pinkeeper arrived for me earlier last week. It is truly a treasure as it was made from Kaaren's heart and hands. It's absolutely gorgeous and photos don't show the beautiful embroidery stitches and tiny wool pieces. I love all gifts I receive, I honestly do, but this one has an extra sentimental feeling everytime I see it. My blog friend (and likely yours) is fighting a battle with cancer. Many of you have come to know Kaaren because of her Fourth Friday Freebie she gives us through her blog, "The Painted Quilt." When many of us first learned of her cancer we all banned together and made blocks for her special quilt of friendship. What Kaaren needs is our friendship, thoughts and prayers.

Sweet little label that is on the back of my wool pinkeep.

Thank you you girl!

Even though our home has been extremely busy these past weeks I managed to get a few small quilts back out in the mail to my customers and started quilting on my reindeer stitchery quilt that has been a UFO for years! I now have the binding to stitch to the back but I think the stitchery lacks color. Karen suggested crayons when I told her I was thinking of painting it. I'm unsure just yet what to do with it...Rudolph certainly needs a bright red nose! (The pattern originally called for the noses to all be filled in with french knots.)

There has been little time for computer lately so forgive me if I haven't got back to you on emails sent or commented on many of your blogs. December is always a very busy month here with not only Christmas but my birthday and then we celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary as well. This Friday is my sinus surgery that had to be rescheduled from last month. Then the following week it is back to work for me with quilting on your quilts.

Happy New Year everyone....may you all see many stitches!!!