31 March 2011

Hand Applique

I'm very new to hand applique and while going through my stash and preparing for another Winter blast (grrrrr) I found an older book I had purchased a few years ago.  "Floral Quilts from Grandma's Cupboard".  The patterns look fairly easy and the author, Michelle Blackhurst makes everything look so fresh and it's like going back in time looking at the pictures.

I especially like her color and fabric choices but I'm going to make one of the quilts in scraps.  Some blocks will have bold flowers and others will have a more subdued look using Thimbleberries fabrics.  I haven't decided on the sashing yet and will wait until I get the quilt top completed.  I'm working on preparing pieces for the quilt found on page 20 called "Emmy's Favorite".  The background square colors I've chosen are yellows and peaches.  There are nine blocks in the quilt, I've prepared my pieces for two and only have the stems and leaves to prepare in a third then I can sit and practice stitching by our woodburning stove and watch the snow come down and daydream about Summer coming....someday.


I've noticed, while bloghopping, that 1choice4quilting is having a super-duper fabric giveaway!  Being the fabricholic and going through my stash I realized I NEED more fabric.  Not for lack of stash but the "Sweet Tooth" fabrics are lucious, summer colors, all nice and bright.  They're giving away fourteen half-yard cuts totaling seven yards.

SEVEN YARDS of beautiful fabric!  I never win anything (except I did win my hubby's love, devotion and respect and that should be enough but he isn't fabric) so I really hope I win this fabric.

If anyone's interesting in entering this contest here's the url:

21 March 2011

"Blogoversary Giveaway!"

Someone special is having a Blogoversary Giveaway!  Susan's blog is totally awesome and I would encourage everyone to check it out.  The giveaway ends very, very soon!  Good luck to everyone who enters!

13 March 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I've been really busy making some Party With Patrick "Luck o' The Irish" banners for two different fire departments and adding the company names at the top and locations at the bottom.  Both departments really like their banners so the projects were a success.  I'm also watching the St. Patrick's Day Parade from New Haven on the television so I can see the guys march and drive their apparatus.

I've just joined yet another online project from "soscrappy" ( and I'm looking forward to taking part in the challenge my hubby gave me to shop from my stash and this looks like an awesome way of doing it; each month will be a different color to use.  Now the tricky part; what quilt blocks to make?  I'm considering Dresdan Plates.  This month's color is green which is fitting considering the holiday.

Also in progress are more hexies and some simple stitcheries, the monthly Party with Patrick club and "In Flight" BOM which are butterflies at my LQS "The Yankee Quilter".  I haven't worked on one butterfly yet so I'm three months behind but I'll catch up.

I need to get my backings in order and layer one of the quilt tops I finished in January/February and I will handquilt which will be a huge project in itself considering I have two lap dogs (each weighing in at over 69 lbs each) and an older cat all vying for my lap.

Until next time, sew on!