I enter giveaways all the time and never win. That is until The Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day back in May. I entered a whole bunch and found lots of great blogs to follow. Well, I won one of Girlville's goodies, an adorable flower pin. You'd think that winning my first giveaway would prompt me to skip right to my computer to post about it. I had every intention of doing just that, but, I dropped the ball on that one. My apologies to K at Girlville. I really enjoy her blog, you can check it out here.
I see it going on a handbag, that doesn't exist yet. I'll have to make one that will let this blossom shine. Thanks ~k!
One of the things I love best about blogging is how I find new blogs to follow. I am a follower of Becky, The Quilting Book Lady and thanks to her post, I was led to a lovely blog by Brenda called the Quilting Cowgirl.
Just look at what she is giving away....
Some Halloween fabric and holiday patterns. You can check it out here. Do it quick though as she will be picking a winner on Saturday.
How many of you out there still quilt by hand? I think it may be a lost art that is making a comeback. I've just finished my first hand-quilted project, a pillow.
I bought the pre-printed mini whole cloth at the VT Quilt Festival from The Stencil Co's booth a couple of years ago. I would work on it for a while, get frustrated, put it away.....I finally put it together into a pillow using some "out of my comfort zone" trim and backing. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out and now I am a little better at the stitching. Apparently, I like hand quilting as I have another small project in the works.
However, in the interest of life expectancy, I will still continue to machine quilt most of my projects.
Ahh nothing like fresh picked blueberries! Last week hubby, the girls and I went to pick. I have taken the girls before, but this year they are big enough to be helpful and with hubby along, well.....
our box was just about overflowing! It took me about 2 days to "process" them all! Lots were eaten fresh, (love 'em on cereal), some frozen for future delicacies, I brought some to my mom, and then decided to try making jam for the first time and am proud to say I was successful :-)
It's a small batch, but baby steps right? Now I have all kinds of crazy ideas for trying other jams, relishes, pickles....we have a very small garden, but I see an expansion for next year.
There were a few different kinds of jars to pick from, so of course I picked the "quilted" ones. They still look a little plain though. Might have to dress 'em up with little fabric cozies or something. In all my spare time.
It was so nice to make real progress on a project! I am forever putting myself last and thinking "I'll sew tonight" only to be too tired at the end of the day. The weather wasn't great here yesterday, so I cheated a little and put in a video or two for the girls, occupying them while I sewed...during the day. Never happens.
Anyway, I was able to complete my Road to Spring Top and get a pieced backing together, as well as cut the batting. I am ready to baste.
Still not lovin' it yet, but it is growing on me. The firsts? First batik quilt. I bought a whole bunch of batik fat quarters on sale last year not knowing what I would do with them. This is my first bloggy quilt-a-long (Thanks Randi!), and I have never done a pieced backing before.
This back just might make me "love it" when it is done. I'm thinkin' scrappy binding too. Another first.
When I look at the top I can see it divided into 6 inch squares within the rectangle strips. I've tried free motion quilting before, without much sucess, but I am going to give it a serious try with this quilt using the book "Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy" by Eva A. Larkin. She has great step-by-step instructions for quilting simple designs in small sections at a time. I ought to get plenty of practice on this 50"x60" baby.
All in all a very successful Friday (Day)Night Sew In. I am going to make an appointment with myself to do this every Friday. Wish me luck.
It has been a ridiculously long time since my last post. The end of the school year was super busy, and we've been away a lot so far this summer. Lately I've been working on my Road To Spring Quilt from Randi's Quilt-a-Long. Should have taken 6 weeks. I will have my top finished today....only 3 months behind.
I can't say I'm lovin' it yet. The design is great; just not sure of my color choices. I used stash fabric. I thought it would be earthy, but now it just looks masculine. Which isn't a bad thing, hubby probably would like a quilt of his own.
So join in on the Friday Night Sew In, you can make some progress on one of your projects and you just might win something!