Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free pattern & finish!

First off, I have this cute pattern that I want to give away. (the pattern is on its way to OK!) It's so cute that I bought it twice! The size is Xsm (3-4) to Sml (5-6), girls' tops, shorts and capri pants. The first person to request it will get it, so if anyone is interested just e-mail me or leave me a message with your contact info.

Also, the blue & white $5 block quilt is done, yea! Unfortunately you can't see the quilting, and I did quite a bit of hand quilting on it. I have a few years worth of $5 blocks and I think this is the first one I've actually made into a quilt.

The problem with sampler blocks is that I don't find much room to do anything to make it unique. I know there are a variety of ways to set them, but I usually like to add a border with some applique or something to make it my own, and it seemed to me like it would have just looked to busy with blocks like this. That's just me, though, I know a lot of quilters out there would find all sorts of amazing things to do.

Another little project I got done was adding some applique to this cute little dress. It was only a few dollars, but I loved the look of it & thought it would be adorable with a bit of help.

Pretty cute, eh?

Even better with this sweet little missy in it!

We actually had a warm enough day for her to wear it, though we're not having too many of those. Mostly it's been in the 50s and cloudy or rainy, but who's complaining? I'm so glad that spring is working its way back and I don't have to wear a heavy winter coat and boots every time I got outside.
I was able to pick a handful of daffodills today, but very few are blooming yet. We have about a trillion daffodills on our land, so it's pretty great when they're all in bloom.

Fortunately some bloggers in warmer parts of the country (or world) are sharing pics of their flowers in bloom, so I'll just live vicariously through them for a while longer!

Friday, March 13, 2009


Wow, how's that for an unimaginative title? I'm just drawing a blank tonight so just decided to be lame & go with that so I can get on with the blog! I've finished my March block of the A Tisket, A Tasket quilt from Bunny Hill Designs. I love the little bunny, so cute. I am almost tempted to make another set in wool as I've seen some cute ones, but I'd better use that energy to continue to finish up UFOs. I haven't worked on the blue and white quilt for at least a week and I'm getting so close to finishing it.

I also finished up the block of the month for A Christmas Wish by Gail Pan. I love these sweet little blocks, it's nice to be doing some embroidery again. I used to do a lot of embroidery and cross-stitch before I really got into quilting. Fortunately embroidery and quilting go together like peanut butter and chocolate, so it's all good.

My husband was doing some training in Chicago all week so I thought I was going to get a lot of work done on my projects. I have no idea where the week went (well, there was that trip to Shipshy), I did get some things done, but not anywhere near as much as I planned. I can account for yesterday as I babysat my grand-daughter so my daughter & her husband could go to a concert. She's walking much better now so she keeps me moving. I love watching her toddle around, but on the other hand it kind of makes me sad that's she's getting so big.

I started on a new quilt for the aforementioned grandbaby. I've been thinking about it since I made her first baby quilt. I wanted to get started on a bigger quilt for her and had a traditional pattern in pink and white in my mind, even gathered the fabrics & got one block done, but somehow it didn't seem right, so I've been waiting for inspiration, I knew it would come along eventually.

This is not at all what I was thinking I would make for her, but you have to go where the muse takes you, right? When I saw these fabrics in the Charisma line by Moda, it just clicked that this was the right thing for Ryla's quilt. This is just the blocks up on the design wall, so I have a long way to go yet. These blocks will be the center of the quilt, I haven't figured out the rest of it yet. I guess the quilting design isn't going to matter much on this one, as you won't even be able to see it. Fortunately I have a lot of time to figure this one out, she's not growing THAT fast!

Monday, March 02, 2009


We have a little sunshine! It's still really cold, but a bit of sun helps a lot. We were lucky, the big storms went south and east of us this time. I really wouldn't want to live somewhere without winter, but this time of year is tough, I get pretty depressed when I go too long without sunshine. It would be great to be able to visit our boys in California every spring, or my folks in Florida, (or just go to Hawaii!!) but unfortunately the budget isn't covering that. When spring finally gets here it's all worth it, all the beautiful flowers start blooming and the air smells so good and I forget about how nasty the end of winter was.

I was able to get a couple of pictures of the latest top I completed. I don't have anywhere that I can hang a quilt to show the whole thing off well, but at least this shows most of it. This was last years $5 block of the month from a LQS. I'm not that into sampler quilts, but it gives me a chance to do something different from what I would usually choose to do. This is the store's suggestion for how to put the blocks together, they had a kit to buy for making the blocks wonky. The only thing I did different are the little pinwheels in the corners, I thought they would go well with the bright blocks.

This will be going on the pile of things to quilt eventually, I don't think I'll be getting to this one for a while. I'm making good progress on the blue & white quilt. I've got one side of the border done, so it shouldn't be too long!

Lastly, I want to show you a little red wagon that I found at Walgreens yesterday. I'll need to put something in it & take another pic to show the size (too small for children to sit in), it's so darn cute. It was only $5, so it was hard to resist. I think my little grand-daughter will have fun pulling her dollies around in it when she gets a little older. It will also come in handy at Christmas for decorating. Actually, at that price it would be cute to drill some holes in one and make a garden display in the spring.