Saturday, October 13, 2012

I Had Better Buy A Lottery Ticket

I could not believe it Monday morning when I looked at Amber's blog, A Little Bit Biased.  I won her pattern, Twisted!

It is so darn cute - and it will give me an excuse to buy a layer cake to make it!  Thanks Amber!  I just can't believe I have won three giveaways in the last couple of months!  I should probably quilt commenting so that others can have a chance.  LOL.  I am thinking something Christmasy, maybe???

I went shopping last night with my daughter and my granddaughter.  That child is growing like a weed and needed some more clothes!  Anyway, we went to JoAnn's and I got some white Kona cotton that people are raving about.  I had a 50% off coupon so it was quite a bargain.  I'll let you know what I think when I use it.  It feels real nice and not flimsy or thin.

Speaking of Christmas, it is almost time to get out the Christmas books and magazines and start looking through them.  My sister-in-law, Kim, will be starting the music pretty soon!  I love the holidays and I am going to enjoy them this year!  Last year I had knee surgery on Halloween, so I spent much of the holiday time recooperating and did practically NO decorating.  This year I hope to change that!  I don't want to go over the top, but I want to really enjoy it this year.

Progress is being made on the t-shirt quilt.  I only have the top and bottom border to do today.  I hope to get it to my quilter this weekend!  Then I will be getting projects ready for the retreat in November.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Stash Quilt

My quilt group has a challenge to make a quilt from what you have in your stash.  You may only use what is in your stash on January 1st to complete this quilt top.  You are able to purchase fabric for the backing if you need to.  For the last few years we have 'revealed' our quilts at our fall retreat.  I do believe that I could probably make several complete tops out of my stash!  Anyway, I saw a picture of this quilt on the web somewhere and figured I could make it from my 2 1/2" strips.  As I was sewing strips and checkerboards together, I realized I could probably make two quilts so I proceeded to cut some more strips and make some more blocks.  For this first one that I completed, I did purchase the backing as I want to give it to someone close to me and wanted the backing to be 'nice'.  For the second one, which is at my quilter's I did piece the back from some yardage that I had on hand.

For those of you in my quilt group, this won't be a surprise when we reveal them in November, but I am anxious to document it's completion and move on to something new!  So thanks to my husband who woke up from watching TV tonight to hold it for a picture:

Here are a couple of other views just cause I thought I'd try to be a quilt stylist:

LOL.  It's just that a quilt looks so much better on a bed than being held up straight by a tired husband.

I hope you like it and TTs - act surprised and ooh and ahh when you see it in person.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Back to Business

Well, now that my computer is back home where it belongs,  I hope to be posting regularly again.  I did get some things finished up:

I finished the Temecula Quilt Co. free block project they did this summer.  I did change it up because they had 8 blocks in a different layout and I made one more.  I added corners to the blocks and two borders.  It was fun making the tiny blocks each month - each of the centers were different.  My sister in law, Melissa loved it so it went home with her.

I got two Schnibbles quilted and bound.  This one is Plan C,

and this one is Hot Cross:

I am up to 5 - a far cry from doing all 12 from the Schnibbles Times Two book this year!  But I will push on!  I now have to figure out what one I am doing next.  I plan to have it cut out and work on it at the November retreat.  Mary gave me the charms and some yardage for my birthday so I am excited to cut into it.

Urban Cowgirl, doesn't that sound fun!  That's what I love about Schnibbles, I can use different fabrics that I normally wouldn't make a full size quilt out of,  I am going to do either Little Red or Spin City with these fabrics.  

And last but not least, I won another giveaway!  It must have been my lucky month.  If you don't already follow Kristyne, you had better high tail it over there and check her out.  She does the most beautiful piecing and machine quilting, she just started her own shop with her patterns and just published her own book.  She has tutorials and free patterns. Her embroidery is exquisite.  She has been blogging for less than two years and is from Canada.  Her sense of humor is awesome too!  She had a giveaway for this book

and I won!  Thanks so much Kristyne!  When you have time, head on over to her blog and go back and read her archives, you will be wonderfully impressed and inspired.  

I have two quilts at my quilter - my stash quilt for the retreat and another one I finished two years ago and finally got the backing and sent it to be quilted.  I actually made two stash quilts because I realized I could!  One of them is for someone very special  - I'm not sure if she reads my blog or not so I'll show that when the binding is on.  I have plans for the other one too!

I am also making a t-shirt quilt for a neighbor of mine.  If you haven't already made one of these - they are so easy.  The hardest part is fusing the interfacing on the back of the shirts.  Actually it's not hard, it's just time consuming.  My neighbor would say the hardest part is picking out the t-shirts for it!  So that should be done real soon, and then off to the quilter.

The weather has definitely turned colder this weekend.  Almost time for winter coats.  I finally got the capris and tank tops out of my closet this weekend.  I love the fall and the sights and smells of it.  But I am not so fond of the 'thing' that comes after fall. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

On This Day I Married My Friend

Forty years ago I married my best friend.  I have no idea why God blessed me with this wonderful man but I am forever grateful!  We have been through many ups, a few downs but we have always been there for each other.  We are blessed with two children, one granddaughter and many, many good times.  

As I look at this picture, I see a couple of scared kids - we were kids, 18 and 19.  What on earth were we thinking??  But we had our heads on straight and knew what was important to us.  We had a lot to figure out but we managed to do so and here we are - 40 years later!  

Thanks to many wonderful people who have influenced our lives and have made us the people we are now.  

I love you Ron, and always will.