Tuesday, April 28, 2009

It's finally here!!!

My Four Seasons Quilt Swap 5 finally arrived! I started to give up on it, thought it was lost somewhere between Australia and here, but it came! Better late than never! It's just beautiful! Louisa from Lululollylegs made me such a beautiful quilt and added a ton of extras in it for me. Thank you Louisa! I LOVE IT ALL!
Sorry for the dark photos, couldn't get my flash to work right and well just plain too lazy to brighten and do a fix on photoshop....so that's my quilt!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My latest addiction

I had to take a short break from quilting & sewing, it seemed like almost everyday and every evening I was sewing something or quilting something....that's killer to my hands, arms & not to mention posture, I'm almost 7 months along in this pregnancy now and the swelling sucks!--I know time flies, I feel like I just announced we were having our 4th :)

A friend of mine from my mom's group introduced me to hairbow making--BIG MISTAKE, we all know how I am when I pick up a new hobby/craft--I go crazy! and that I did, a trip with a couple of my gal pals to the ribbon outlet and major purchases here and there from Joann's and Michaels has created a ribbon explosion, but the organized maniac and neat freak that I am couldn't let it sit that way for a very long time. All of my ribbon now is organized and separated into types and colors, all loose ribbon is rolled and I bought a perfect caddy to take along with me for when we all get together again for more hairbow making.

It's such the perfect side hobby right now with quick results and so very much needed with everything our family is going through. I love it, I'm just trying to perfect my techniques and make my bows look somewhat decent. Right now, I have two little girls with very little hair, happy to help their Mommy and model her finished bows!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another one for the "Will never finish pile"

WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!! All by hand?
About a little over a year ago, I attended an auction of a quilter who passed away leaving 3 rooms full to the brim of fabric and notions. I was in heaven of course, and if I had the room to hold everything, I'm pretty sure I would have bid and purchased it all. In the many boxes I won, she did not have any pieces of fabric larger than 10" everything had been cut so I was in a crunch and wondered what to make with her vintage treasures.
A scrappy log cabin quilt completely made out of hand to practice my hand-piecing & hand-quilting is what I ended up on doing. I started out w/ a bang and stayed up many nights to cut my pieces and piece my strips together in no particular color scheme other than to maintain the red square in the middle for all blocks. Eventually, it became too overwhelming and joined the other abandoned projects.

Going through it, I realized I accomplished quite a bit, I counted 62, 9" blocks and 8, 18" pieced blocks. I don't think I will ever finish this quilt, so I'm wondering is there anyone who would like to take this over? Is there a quilter's guild that would like to have this to work on? If so, leave a comment here, maybe I'll split it amongst those interested. Have a look at the photos and see for yourself. I don't expect whoever does take this from my hands to finish it completely by hand, but I would love to see it finished :)

Look at the cute Holly Hobbie fabric!!

Anyone want these? Someone with a more trained eye can tell what years these fabrics come from. If you do know, pls. tell me, I would love to know!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Slowly but surely I'm getting back to where I was---well kind-of, I don't want the sewing like crazy to meet deadlines & the huge stash. I'm redesigning my website, re-doing my blog and eventually will be listing items back up on etsy & art fire. It's taking quite a bit of time & it would require me to sit in front of the computer for long periods at a time--I hate doing that! For some reason I feel like a lazy bum for doing it. 3 kids running around now & a growing belly keep me busy enough.

I took some time off to focus more on my family and work on my charity quilts for Project Linus, Warm up America & St. Judes Childrens Hospital. I have completed several and hope to make a couple more. I did participate in a couple of swaps during my hiatus just to keep the sewing juices flowing, and wanted to thank my swap partners for the wonderful items that were sent to me. If I didn't get to thank you before, I apologize. I really did mean to, but life kinda, sorta got in the way.

Here are photos of some of the charity quilts, silly me mis-placed my camera for some time & my deadline was nearing so I was not even able to take photos for my album :( It was soo hard to part with, but going to a good place.

So, those are the baby, crib quilts that I was able to photograph. I'm so in love with Rag Quilting now, I've started another fresh-cut quilt like the one above to make for my little girls. If you are interested in donating a crib quilt please let me know. I'm also participating in making pillowcases for the children's hospital with my local quilt shop---They have already donated over 200 pillowcases for the soldiers & are hoping to do the same, if not beat that amount for the children.

Well, that's it for now, it's off for some tidying around the house first & then catch up on some sewing!
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