Sunday, March 16, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Fun



 Wouldn't you know it????? As often as not, when I am planning a big dinner with company, there is some sort of disaster at home. I won't have time for company tomorrow so I am making my traditional St. Patrick's dinner today. I got up early and started the horseradish sauce for the corned beef then started working on desert. I was just getting happy and the darn kitchen faucet started leaking under the kitchen sink! Not a good time for me not to be able to use water. What my husband hoped would be a small fix, turned into several hours and a new faucet!
 
Things are starting to settle down now but what a mess I need to clean up before anyone gets here! I kept going without water so I used every practically every pot, measuring spoon, measuring cup and utensil that I own. The Guiness cupcakes http://sugarandsnapshots.com/irish-car-bomb-cupcakes-recipe/are done, the corned beef is in the oven and the ingredients for the Irish soda Bread are ready to mix when my oven is free.

 I wonder if I can make time to put my feet up for five minutes and have a cup of tea and a cupcake!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bronwen's Fantasy

 

 
My Batik Adventure produced this quilt that I call,
 Bronwen's Fantasy
 
Batiks always seemed random and scattered to my super linear taste.
Now, I'm looking for my next project using them! 
 
I did the straight line quilting myself, for the first time, on my domestic machine. I've done this a lot on small projects but I really struggled with it this time. I just couldn't get comfortable wrestling with the quilt. I'm not the most patient person in the world especially when I really want to do something and there is a learning curve.
 I need lots and lots more practice. I think some classes are in order.
 
 
 
 
Parting with a quilt intended as a gift isn't usually an issue for me but I was surprised to find myself a little reluctant to put this in a box and wrap it.
 
 Bronwen squealed with delight when she opened it on Christmas!
 
 
 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bronwen's Fantasy-My Batik Adventure

 
 
I have a very colorful mother in law!
 
My Batik Adventure began when I decided to make my mother in law a quilt.
Bronwen is colorful, vibrant, bold and she loves adventure. 
I poured over magazines and blogs for months and months trying to decide on just the right fabric and pattern.
Hmmmm.....would this be a good oppourtunity for me to explore something different?
 
 I had seen Batiks but never quite "got it". Symetry is a very strong tendancy for me, most of the time and Batiks seemed random.
 
 
 
 
 From the minute I laid out the first block, I could see that this was going to turn out to be something special.
 
 
It's colorful and bold and adventurous and ZANY, just like her. The more I worked, the more excited I became.
 

                                     What will Bronwen think of this?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blog Hop Party Winner

Congratulations!
 
Many thanks to the The Quilting Gallery for hosting this Blog Hop and Giveway!
 The lucky winner has been chosen by Mr. Random.
She is, Margaret.
"I follow you by bloglovin and I too love that cathedral windows. I really like all of them but you made me choose. lol"
 
Very shortly, she will be the happy recipient of Runnermania.
 
Thanks so much to all of you. I really enjoyed reading all of your comments. The consensus on the favorite quilt seems to be the Aspen Frost quilt. Second is the Cathedral Windows that my Grandmother and I did by hand. She would be tickled at that.
Just a little reminder, if you are a No Reply Blogger or Anonymous, I can't identify you if you win. I had several of these type of entrys, this time.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilters’ Blog Hop Party and Giveaway

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
I Love Blog Hops and Giveaways!

Welcome everybody!

If you are new to this, like I was not long ago, it's a lot of fun hopping around the Giving Thanks Blog Give-Away.
 
  I hope you’ll visit all the participants, check out their blogs and enter their giveaways. I won a terriffic Jelly Roll the very first time I blog hopped and entered a giveaway.
 This is my second giveaway. For my part, I am offering a great book named Runnermania by Kathryn Squibb and Deborah Jacobs.

All you need to do is follow my blog and comment on which of my projects you like the best, so far. Entries for this giveaway will close at Midnight on Tuesday, November 26th.

I will do my best to reply to your comments but I want to say that I won't get to all of them because I work full time and my commute is two and a half hours per day on top of that.

Thank goodness for quilting and my quilty friends to keep my sanity! This is my escape.

I will be happy to ship internationally. The winner will be chosen by Mr. Random on November 27th. I will notify the winner by email.
Have fun!

Monday, November 4, 2013

This One's For Me-2

 
 Giveaways are a perfect source of inspiration in that you may win a fabric that you may not have discovered on your own. They also may cause you to try something new that stretches your imagination.
 I thought that I was a traditionalist when it came to holiday color ways.
Boy, was I wrong!
I'm so happy with this quilt!
 
 
 
 
The fabic is an Aspen Frost jelly roll that I won last Spring from  www.1choice4quilting.com. I added some yardage that is part of the same line.I finished this as part of my UFO Sunday determination.
 
 
 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Its UFO Sunday!



Its UFO Sunday!

 
Finally, I was able to spend the day sewing! I really do need to get going on some Christmas gifts so I decided to spend today finishing up some UFOs.
 
 I used up some Bittersweet charm squares by making two more table runners from my favorite pattern.
I also finished a Christmas quilt that I have been working on for my living room, made of Aspen Frost!

 
 I've made quite a few of these runners because I really like the Bittersweet fabric and the simple pattern but I think its time to climb out of my comfort zone and do something with a new technique. I tend to get comfortable with something and do it many times in different color ways.
I Know..........really boring!
Thanks to all of you, I have loads and loads of inspiration from your blogs and my ever increasing library of books.
I do know that my next project will be a gift for my mother in law and it will be made from Batiks.
 

Now to find a pattern.........................

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Secret Swap Sisters!

Meet my new Secret Swap Sisters!
First is Wendy, from www.why-knot-kwilt.blogspot.com. I am so crazy about her gift that I put it up right away!  This wall hanging is perfect in my kitchen. I have been pondering new paint in the kitchen and this piece will definitely help with inspiration.
Wendy has been so sweet, sending little notes along the way that really did make my day more than once.
 She basically showed me "how it's done".
 


Second is Julianne, from www.quiltingwithcalicos.blogspot.com. I stalked her blog and had lots of fun figuring out what she likes.
My little tease pre-swap qift was a happy stoke of luck!
 Who knew that she collected antique Singer machines? 
 When I read that Julianne loves tote bags, it was the perfect excuse for me to try my FIRST one! Monster Bash is a favorite of mine and it was a good time to do something for Fall. I think it came out adorable so, I sent it off with another little surprise, a fall table runner very similar to ones that I made for my own living room out of Bernatex Bittersweet. You can see pictures of them on the First Trys post, May 2013.
 


 Thank you again ladies, including my own Sister Dear, Michele,  for a few more firsts. I hope everyone had a blast like I did. I can't wait to do it again!

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Its a Sister Thing

 I really have to hand it to my sister Michele.
What a great idea this swap is.
I really have fun stalking my sister swap partner and making what I hope is just the right thing. I expected that this would be fun but it also brought a really unexpected and delightful twist! The person stalking me has got to be one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever encountered. She has made my day a couple of times and has been a real inspiration.I could probably figure out who she is but I don't want to. I'll happily wait and I look forward to "meeting" her.

Class Project-Braid Table Runner




This was a Quilt As You Go class project at my local quilt shop, Beary Patches Quilts.
The georgous fabric was the perfect color way for my Mom on Mother's Day this year. I'll definately do it again in different colors.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This one is for ME!

My turn, my turn! Since October, I have completed six quilts and two table toppers all intended for others. While I absolutely love making hand made gifts for family and friends;
 
 I have been seriously craving a project for me.
 
In May, I won an "Aspen Frost" jelly roll from a great giveaway at 1 Choice 4 Quilting. Finally, I have some time to create something from that georgous fabric.
 
 The pattern is from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.
 
The feline decorative accent is another story all together. Her name is Finleigh. Although she looks like a kitten, she is four years old. We rescued her as a tiny baby from a breeder that my in- laws deal with because the breeder did not want kittens that were an "oops in her kennel". She is mix between Oriental Short Hair and Maine Coon. My inlaws took her brother and we took her.
What's another Zyrtec when in comes to rescuing a beautiful kitten?
 
The top is done except for the border. It took me two weekend days and 5 evenings after work,
I picked the fabric for the border before putting the rest together and once I finished it, I decided that I didn't like what I chose for the border, at all. Does this happen to the rest of you.
 Maybe I should not pick border fabric until the rest of the top is done??????????
so, I ordered a different fabric for the border.
Stay tuned for progess on this quilt as soon as the border fabric arrives.
 

 UPDATE

I finally found somehting that I like for border fabric!
 


 
 
 
 
 
 

This one is for you, honey!

Last fall when I decided to start quilting again, I enlisted my Sister Dear, Michele, to help me get going. We visited several quilt shops that are local to her and we found this fabric on sale. 
 
 
I fell in love with it because in my opinion, it was the perfect fabric for a somewhat masculine quilt for my husband.
 
Like most of us, other projects, my job and life in general got in the way of my hubby's quilt for quite a while. Also, I really did want to hone my rusty skills a bit before I made something for him or other family members.
 
I promised myself that I would not have more than two UFOs at a time so after I finished a table topper for my Mom and Uncle Kenny's quilt, I got to work on this one, for John. (The guy really does need a present)
 
All quilts are fun for me but I have to admit that I can see the improvement in my quilts with practice. Corners are matching up better, seams are getting straighter and they are much less "wonky" than the first couple.
 
I hope you like this, hubby loved it. The long arm quilting was done at The Village Quiltery in Tannersville, PA.
 
 
 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Crazy for Shelburne

I just finished this quilt and will ship it off to Vermont in the morning. It is a gift for my Uncle Ken's 75th birthday.
The fabrics are from a line called Crazy for Shelburne by Windham.  Uncle Ken worked for the Shelburne Musuem many years ago. When I first discovered that the Shelburne designed a line of fabrics, I knew it was meant for him.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pillowcases


I wish my husband would let me put these on the bed!
 They are quick and easy and a lot of fun to make.

Back to whatever normal is

I've been out of touch for a month, Finally things are starting to get back to normal or as normal as they can be right now. My husband was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. We have spent the past month finding the right physician and getting his extreme level of pain under control. My family has been through an awful lot over the past few years and I prefer to look for the blessings instead of dwelling on the negative things. Our blessing is that although this is painful and chronic, it is manageable.So, manage it, we will. To quote my husband right after I had surgey for an aneurysm, "We found out what a 10 was....the rest is all 2s".