Saturday, July 27, 2013

Joining In On This One!

 A view from out the storm door.  I'm so tired of the rain already!  Seriously; the last Saturday in July too!  This crazy rain came roaring in with plenty of thunder and lightening.  I wasn't able to quilt for fear my machine would get fried.  SO.....
I decided to join in on this new QAL with Melissa at Happy Quilting.  It isn't just the star quilt that has attracted me but how many options we have as for the size, choosing fabrics that she calls same layout or scrappy layout and then the fun way she has scheduled each week's assignment on a Monday.  The blocks won't be made one at a time but more of an assemble line type sewing.  She mentions PRIZES!!  Did that catch your attention?
Here is my cutting assignment.  On Monday she will be posting our half-square triangle assignment.  I've decided on the 16" block 3 x 3 layout.  Be sure to check out her handy charts to see what size you may want to make.

This is an older Nancy Halvorsen line of fabric called, "Star of Wonder" that I've had in my stash since 2007 or so.   Did you catch that Bari?  Bari is my friend who I quilt for and every quilt she sends me is made from Nancy Halvorsen fabrics.

On September 16th will be the Star Surround Parade and hopefully mine will be in the bunch!  Will you join us? 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Got to Love It!

 Carol whipped up this sweet sailboat quilt for her summer decor and asked for quilted wave swirls edge to edge.  We both really liked the design but then it seemed the boats were more "in the air."
Look at what Carol did!  It takes quilting to a whole new level!  I love how she followed some of the quilting with some pearl cotton and a bigger stitch!  You can read and see more here at her blog.
 Daisy quilting is a new design to me!  This is just a peek of quilting I did for Nicole.  These daisies are just too cute not to share with you.  Holler at me if you want some daisy quilting too!  I'm really digging this design!  Information about quilting is found on the right side of my blog under the tab "May I Be Your Quilter?"
Progress at last!  The rains subsided long enough to get footings in and to actually see some progress being made.  Everytime we visit the house lot we have  huge grins on our faces.  You know the type of grinning that a school kid gets when they are allowed a bit more recess time?  That's us!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My Blog Friend Really Spoils Me!

 This post is way overdue as I owe Karen at Log Cabin Quilter a huge, huge thank you for not only the friendship we have developed over the past several years through blogging but also in our many, many emails sharing daily life's happenings.  Seriously, I think we email each other a little something just about daily!

Karen has gifting me so many things and I thought I'd show a small sampling of a few.  They are by no means small as she gifts me quilt tops!  Can you imagine letting go of this beauty after you put all that work into it?!  When Karen sent me the top she also included the backing so I just knew that this one would have to be quilted immediately.
 Karen told me she whipped  the top below up to use some Halloween fabrics and get them out of her stash.  After receiving the top I started doing online searches for some Halloween fabrics for the back and found a great deal at The Fabric Shack for just $4.99 a yard.

Drats the picture turned! I wanted you to see the backing.  Perfect!!  I took the last stitch on the binding last night, washed, dried and crinkled today.  I talked with Karen about placing this one on Etsy.   We both agreed we didn't know how well a Halloween quilt would sell and would we get back what we put into it.  Any offers?  Perhaps a Fall bazaar quilt for a school fund raiser?
 Here is another top from Karen made from Homespuns.  This one is set aside for a bit and will be revisited later as I think how I want to quilt and finish it. 

 What do you think about this snowman quilt?  Cute right?!!  I snagged the photo from Karen's blog.  I won the pattern last year from Geoff's Mom Quilts and sent it to Karen.  Care to guess who this quilt actually belongs too?  ME!!!  Sweet Karen set about making this quilt top for me!!  How's that for blogger friendship?!!
The day before July 4th I ended up in the ER with diverticuliltis.  Not fun!  It took me down for several days.  I did get several of my client's smaller quilts finished and mailed back out but haven't put together the photos for a blog post.  So I'll go ahead and show you what I've slowly been piecing when the urge to just sit and sew strikes. This is another gift from Karen is her UFO called, "Come On-A My House" by Miss Rosie Quilts.

 We've had so much rain in the past three weeks that the builders couldn't get in the footings to start the work until this past Friday so I haven't much of anything to show besides the view of my standing in the middle of where my house will sit and looking out to the culdesac.
Here I'm standing at the end of the drive looking towards where the house will be.
One last photo of DH in his Toyota FJ40 affectionately known as the jalopy.  We've been having a grand time cruising out and about the country roads of North Carolina just enjoying the ride and time spent together!