Saturday, October 31, 2009

October Has Ended But Breast Cancer Has Not

October is a huge month for Breast Cancer.  A lot of marketing is done during October for Breast Cancer Awareness.  But Breast Cancer and the need for research and funding continues.  Suzanne over at Just Another Hangup is having a beautiful "Give-Away...Give-Away".  She has a lovely bag that she is giving away; however, the idea is for the winner to give it away to someone special in their lives who has been touched by Breast Cancer.

I already know who I will give it to if I win, do you?

Until Next Time....


Friday, October 30, 2009

"Comfort Zone" Quilt Complete!

It's been a little while since my last post.  We've suddenly gotten very busy around here and its not even Christmas yet!  I have gotten a couple of projects done though.  Most importantly, the baby quilt I had originally posted about here for my neighbor's baby.  I finished it on the day she was born, 10/19.  Yes, its a girl thank goodness as this quilt came out more pink than I expected.  I was trying for an earthy neutral look.  My neighbor loved it and was very impressed I had made it. 

My assistant is my 3yr old DD

The back, trying to show the random free motion circle quilting.

I also made a matching little stuffie for big brother, (18 months).  I don't think he has let go of it since.

My two Sleeping Beauty DD's and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!  :-)

Until Next Time,



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pattern Testing 1,2,1,2

Back when I started blogging ages ago, (4 weeks) I was browsing other blogs and came across Shelli at Needle in a Haystack.  She was looking for pattern testers.  I left a comment that I would be happy to help.  Not sure what I was thinking as I can't seem to find time to get my own projects done but as usual those details don't stop me.  I was (and still am) a little apprehensive as I am by no means an expert at sewing or quilting but what's to lose?

A week or two later she sent out some pattern info.  She was having some of her embroidery patterns digitized for machine embroidery, which is perfect as I have an embroidery machine.  I had stitched out this cute pumpkin applique design on some linen I had in my stash:

I didn't know what I was going to do with the design.  After a couple of days I decided on this:

I had some Moda in my stash so I used that for the lining:

I'm quite pleased with it as it is my first bag.  Shelli loved it and asked me to post it on "SWAK Embroidery".  If you haven't been to that website, it has patterns and ideas for machine embroidery projects.  Be sure to visit Shelli's page there.  If embroidery isn't your thing, sisters sites "You Can Quilt This" and "You Can Make This" also have a lot of nice projects for quilting, sewing, and general crafts.

I've been on a roll the last few days, finishing up this bag, a baby quilt and a little stuffie for the baby's big brother.  I will post pics of the baby gifts when the little dog gets a face.

Until Next Time......

Monday, October 12, 2009

My Quilt Festival Entry

It took me a while to decide whether any of my quilts are worth entering in Park City Girl's Fall Quilt Festival, then I thought of the quilt we made for my grandmother.  She LOVES elephants and has a huge collection.  I spotted an elephant panel at the Sewing Expo in Worcester, MA back in 2007.  I got Mom and my 3 sisters involved.  Each of us added borders, embellishements and quilted a panel, signed our name on it then Mom sashed and put it all together.  It came out great, and 2 of my sisters don't quilt, (or sew for that matter!)

We presented it to her at her annual Christmas party that year.  All of her grandchildren are spread out between Vermont and Massachusetts so we all get together for "Grammie's Christmas".  She was blown away.

Here is Grammie with her quilt:

There are so many quilts to see at this festival!  Click on the button at right to see hundreds of quilts.  I can only look at a few at a time or nothing would get done around here!

OK, look at a couple more then back to housework....

Until Next Time,


Sunday, October 11, 2009

You Can Feel Pretty During Chemo!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  My very first blog post was about breast cancer.  My dear friend of over 30 years has been cancer free for one year now.   Barbara is one of those inspirational people who can take something bad and make something good come out of it.  Barbara is very creative, and when she couldn't find a comfortable head covering while going through chemotherapy, she designed her own with the help of her sister, Lauren.  Thus Kare Chiefs was born!

Kare Chiefs are beautiful, versatile and very comfortable.  I wear one and I'm not even sick.  I love them.  They are reversable and so soft with pretty little beads dangling off the hem.  Here is a sampling:

If you know someone who is enduring chemo or another hair loss condition, please click on their logo to visit:

Portions of the proceeds go to cancer related research and charities.  Tell her I sent you!

Until Next Time......


Friday, October 9, 2009

Terry's Quilt

Block donations are starting to pour in for Terry's Quilt.  Laurie from A Yankee Quilter is posting initials and locations of the block contributors as she receives them and it looks like she is getting 4-5 a day!   If you haven't heard of this project yet, click on the "Terry's Quilt" button to the right and it will give you the information.  In a nutshell, people are donating blocks that Laurie will put together into a beautiful quilt to comfort Terry and her family as they endure the crisis of her husband getting very badly hurt at work.

I actually made two blocks, but the first one did not measure up.  Literally.  The block came out short of the 9 1/2" size requested.  I also didn't like the way it looked.  Funny how when you lay your fabrics out while auditioning them that you think they will look good then you get the block together and you realize they don't work after all!  Here is my first block ....

A little too busy I think.

So here is the block I ended up sending...

If you'd like to see more blocks Laurie is posting them on Flickr.  They are beautiful!

I marked bubbles on the baby quilt last night.  I hope to get it quilted today.  I better get a move on, my neighbor is due in a week!  Then there's my fall table runner that I'd like to see finished for this year, a Christmas present, and then all the Christmas projects I want to make.......

Also, as we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Please take a moment to click on the Breast Cancer Site button in my sidebar and help fund mammograms for women in need.  It's free and only takes a second!  We have to take care of the girls!

Until Next Time....


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Need a New Quilt Project?

Sometimes we have a project in mind, and not all of us feel confident enough to design one of our own.  I am always looking at new pattern ideas, especially now that I spend a lot of time reading quilting blogs!  In my sidebar you will see a link to a new website, .  Created by Cindy from CD Designs, this brand new website will be a great resource for patterns for your next quilt project.  I have already seen several I want to try.  Be sure to bookmark the site as the listing of patterns continues to grow.   If you are a designer, you can list your patterns which will link back to your website, increasing traffic.  Everybody wins!

I first found Cindy when I recently started English Paper Piecing, which she teaches on  I have always been a big fan of machine piecing to "get it done" but find EPP relaxing and portable, thus enabling me to enjoy the process, not just the outcome.  Here are a couple of pieces I have stitched from scraps so far....

I have some vintage feedsack scraps that I want to try using EPP.  I love the way it looks and its easy to learn!

I am off to the "Big E" Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA tomorrow with a good friend of mine.  A girls day out!  I will bring my camera and hopefully have some pictures to share.

Until Next Time....