Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Progress

Did you get to work on a project for last night's Friday Night Sew-In?  My Friday Night project has trickled into Saturday.  Fine with me!  After all, it is National Quilting Day!

My sister has been remodeling her house over the last year and I've decided to make a bed runner for her brand new bedroom.  The only input she had (her choice) was that she wanted browns and greens.  This is what I have so far:




I need more blocks, but was itchy to play with the layout.  I thought maybe something more interesting than the square in square.  Her room is big and not very busy on the walls so I thought turning the blocks might give it some more interest.  I'm not sure about it as it lays on the floor, but in the photo I kind of like it.  Would love to hear your thoughts!


Enjoy National Quilting Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Join Me in the Just One Star Moda Challenge!



"Just One Star Can Comfort a Soldier"



Moda Fabrics is having a challenge to piece, quilt and bind 100 quilts in 100 days to be donated to soldiers thru the Marine Semper Fi Fund.  They need 1800 star blocks to reach their goal.  Hit your scrap bin, pick out some cream and medium red or blue and whip up a block.  You can get The Star Block pattern and mailing information here.  The deadline for getting your blocks in is May 1.  Let's help comfort those who are fighting for us!

Here is what I am sending out today:


I got this tip from Rachel at P.S. I Quilt.  Have you visited her blog?  If not you should.  She's got great tutorials and just released some new patterns.  Plus she's just plain nice.

I'm off to finish making St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts for my munchkins.


 
Until Next Time,







Friday, March 11, 2011

My First Giveaway Winner......

Quick post today, not feeling too great.  Got a little sewing done and heading to bed early.  I can't seem to figure out how to show the Random Number thingy in my post.  I did use it however, and it picked #6 which is Gayle L. /La.  Congratulations Gayle!  An email is on its way to you.

Thank you to all who stopped by to visit; this was fun and I will definitely be doing it again!

Have a great weekend!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Time to Sign Up for Friday Night Sew-in and Some Pachyderm Love.....

If you are looking for my Very First Giveway click here  :-)


It's that time of the month again!  No, not THAT time! .....It's time to plan your Friday Night "me" time and sign up for the next Friday Night Sew-In on March 18.  Head on over to Handmade by Heidi to get the details, or click on the button in my side bar.

My hubby had some pictures of mine in his camera that I have been very patiently waiting for.  They are from about Christmas time and I wanted to show off a little project I am quite pleased with and hated to give away.  But this was a special gift for my "Grammie".

To say she loves elephants is an understatement.  She has collected hundreds of them over the years.  You can click here if you'd like to see another elephant quilt my Mom, Sisters and I collaborated on.  When I spotted this panel at the Sewing Expo last year I had to get it.  I haven't done much hand quilting, but wanted to give it a try on this small quilt.


I loved seeing the elephants "come to life" as I stitched around them.  Standing back it almost looks like they are going to walk right out of the picture.


I added fast finished triangles on this one for easy hanging if she so chooses.


I even thought to put a label on this one! 



Grammie loved it!



Until Next Time,

Monday, March 7, 2011

Making Progress...

Thought I'd show some of what I've been doing lately.  My Mom's Birthday was a couple of weeks ago, so of course my sisters and I took her out to lunch and I presented her with these little beauties:





Mom's stitching room is yellow and her favorite color is blue, and I made this gift completely from my stash.  Boy does that feel good.  Get an idea, start and finish without leaving the house.  I say "stitching room" rather than sewing room because she hand-pieces and hand quilts everything.  She makes some beautiful quilts.  I'll have to bring my camera over and take some pictures to show.

I found the tutorial for the cubes at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I'm sure I will be making more of these.  I love Amandajean's tutorials.  They are always easy to read and well pictured.  If you haven't been to her blog yet you can check it out here.

I've been working on my first tutorial, a small project, which is almost done.  Man!  I never realized how much work they are and I now have a renewed appreciation for them.  Here's a peek:



Saturday I was able to dust off the embroidery unit for my machine.  I'm thinkin' these diaper cloths came out pretty cute.  I have coordinating fabric to go with each design.  I'm not sure what's going on with the panda there....his belly doesn't look like that in person.



Feels good to make progress on your WIPs!

Don't forget about my giveaway!  It's my very first so check it out here.  Drawing will be Friday.

Have a great week!

Until Next Time,

Friday, March 4, 2011

My First Giveaway!

I started my blog September 2009.  I am just now getting past 50 posts as I have trouble finding the time to post (probably because I spend so much time reading other blogs!), as well as what to say.  Well, I've been feeling so enthused lately, the ideas for projects are spilling over in my brain, and I am getting more sewing done and playing in my Etsy shop, so I figure it's about time I had a giveaway.  Don't you think?

I poked around in my stash and one of the things I came up with is this fat quarter medley pack I picked up at Keepsake Quilting a while ago, (like over a year).  There are six Fat Quarters of  "Feathered Friends" by Wendy Slotboom for In the Beginning Fabrics.  I love it.  Love the colors.  The birds make me feel springy. But, I'm not sure I will get to use it anytime soon and I think these cute birdies deserve more than living in a plastic tote.  They need fresh air.  Sunshine.  They want to play.  Don't you want to play with them? 





So, let's have three chances to win.  Please leave a seperate comment for each:

1.  Leave a comment on this post.

2.  Become a follower.

3.  Blog to your friends about my giveaway so they can play too.


I will figure out the random generator thingy and draw a winner Friday morning, March 11.  I like Fridays.  Plenty of time for me to meet and be even more inspired by new bloggy friends!


Until Next Time,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I'm on a Jelly-Roll and New Blog Address

I have had my own domain name for a while now but wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it.  Did I want a typical on-line store?  Another blog?  Well, the store isn't happening anytime soon, so last night I changed this blog's url to http://www.sunnaturalsandgifts.com/.  I feel like I'm playing with the big kids now :-)

Recently I saw a very exciting post on one of my favorite blogs to follow, The Cutting Table with a video tutorial on tube quilting.  Have you tried this method? It's the bees knees and I'm  hooked.  I can't wait to try some other combinations.  I made up these hot pads using a Verna by Kate Spain Jelly Roll I had on hand.  I love the colors in this collection...they make me feel very "springy".



I love how well it fits under one of my favorite dishes to use.  Now I won't have to put two little potholders side by side as this fits perfectly.  I showed them to a friend and now she wants to buy a pair made to match her kitchen!  Not a big deal to some, but for me it's very exciting that someone likes my work!



I will be listing some of these in my Etsy shop which I have been working on as well.  I listed some embroidered yoga towels the other day and one sold on the same day it was listed!  Talk about encouraging!

I have also been working on my first tutorial.  I woke up Saturday with an idea and jumped right on it.  I hope to have it ready to post soon.  Stay tuned!


Until Next Time,