Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Book Giveaway over at Jill's blog

Go check out Jill's blog. She is giving away a new book by Sandra Dallas. I love Sandra Dallas. She writes great books. If you haven't read The Persian Pickle Club or The Quilt That Walked to Golden, you need to put these on your summer reading schedule. Stories about women and quilting, a great combination. She has other books that I've read but I can't remember all the titles but she is a wonderful author and definitely worth reading. I just found Jill's blog and I will be catching up on reading it. Go check her out and post a comment. Today and tomorrow are the last days, so hurry...click here to go to her blog.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Two blocks for my sewing group and the Mesquite Quilt Show

Friday night I made two blocks for my ASG group. I made this month's block and the block for next month. I used the pattern from Freda's Hive for this month. She is one of the guest designers for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along that I'm participating in. I liked her block so much that I decided to share it with my group. Her directions were easy to follow and my group could use these to make their blocks. I made next month's block to show the girls and I used Quilter's Cache website for this block. Both of these blocks were easy and quick to make. I'll have two quilts when I'm through with this project. I like that, two for one! I'll decide what to do with these quilts once they are together. I'll show you when they are together...

This is a block I made using the directions from Freda's Hive website:

Winged Four Patch from Quilter's Cache website

Saturday was the Mequite Quilt show. It was a good little show. I enjoyed walking around and looking at all the pretty quilts. I bought a few kits and some other little items I just couldn't pass up. I'll use the kits to make Christmas gifts so I do not feel guilty about buying those! They are already cut up kits so they should be quick to sew. There were alot of traditional quilts anda few not so traditional. I took a few pics of some of my favorite quilts so I hope you enjoy them....til next time.

The first 6 quilts are Mini quilts for our silent auction. These were some of my favorites.

Best of Show in the Mini Quilts...made by two of my friends. Sharon made it, (this is her first applique block) and Sharron B hand quilted it. Good job girls!

These are blocks for next year's raffle quilt.

This is Delilah's block. She is also in my tatting group, See the little tatted butterfly? Too cute...

The right block was hand drawn by Mae...Hand drawn girls...You should see some of her other drawings. She is an amazing artist.

This is called Remembering Wisteria. Lovely fabric and the 9 Patch Pizazz book-a lethal combination.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Green Fairy is having a great giveaway!

There is an AWESOME giveaway happening over at Green Fairy Quilts. Go check her out but you have to hurry, the drawing closes tomorrow....

See, I do have some plants too...

Here's some pics of my beautiful flowers. I'm not very good with flowers but I try.

A beautiful Yellow Day Lilly. I planted this last year and it came back. This is the second bloom. It has about 5 more blooms on it.

I have two pots of these, one at each end of my house.

This plant is an Althea Bush that I planted 3 years ago. I love this one cause my Mother had these in our yard when I was a kid and I remember how much she liked these.

Ok, I know this doesn't look like much. I just planted this one in the spring and it was a twig...A twig. It has grown and bushed out very nicely and I'm surprised it has bloomed this year. It is also an Althea Bush but these also have another name and I don't remember what it is...I like these alot.

Terry told me the name! Thanks, Terry...I was going crazy trying to remember it. Another name is Rose of Sharon. Don't you love that?

The Rose of Sharon Quilt Pattern:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

VBS with my grandson

This week is Vacation Bible School and I'm helping with the babies. Well, they really aren't babies anymore...My grandson is now 18 mos and Sam is 17 months and I had a little girl too named Kaitlin. She is only 13 months old and just starting to walk but with help... Trent and Sam liked to rock together. Aren't they cute?
Our church does not have VBS for kids this young. These are the worker's children I'm watching. This is alot of fun but three hours is a long time for babies to be in a room...Thank God for animal crackers! It's a long time for me too!

Trent and Sam (Trent is the one on the left smiling)

Miss Eva and Kaitlin



Trent (my grandson)

Sam and Trent having a snack

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Friday night sewing , finishing up my exchange and my iron bit the dust.

I came home yesterday and started setting out my blocks from my exchange. We finished our exchange Thursday night and I now have all of my blocks to do this quilt. I couldn't wait to get home and start this quilt. I put them all out on my design wall and started arranging/rearranging until I got them like I wanted. I sewed up the middle section and then started on the top section.

I sewed those two sections up and then stopped. I came downstairs and watched TV and tatted on my flag. I decided I would get up early and try to finish this top up...It was going together very well but it was more time consuming than I thought it would be. It was set on point for the top and bottom sections and that always throws me a little. I decided I wasn't going to rush this.

I got up this morning and made my coffee, looked around at some blogs and went upstairs. I moved my portable design wall closer to me and I was able to just turn around and pick up the blocks and sew them in the order they needed to be. It was much easier. I sewed a few and pressed and I was going along pretty good...My dog, Brandi wanted to go out so I thought this was a good time to take a potty break too. I went downstairs and let her out and piddled around in the kitchen putting dishes in the dishwasher. I guess I was downstairs for maybe 15 minutes before I went back at it. I went back upstairs and started sewing again but I started smelling something really funky....Not a good smell, either. I got up and walked over to the ironing board and smoke was coming off of my iron. I thought hmmm, smells like something rubbed up against it like plastic. I grabbed it and ran it along the end of the ironing board and it immediately scorched the ironing board cover. It was so hot! I unplugged it immediately and that's the end of that one! I'm so glad I was up there when this happened. It was so hot, I think it was close to bursting into flames. I'm also glad I didn't put it on my fabric. Boy, I would have been highly upset about that! Anyway, I was very fortunate today and have learned a good lesson from this. Don't go out of the room and leave your iron on (or any appliance, for that matter.) Turn them off just to be safe.

My Rowenta is the one that got so hot...I loved this iron, it was a great one...

I put all the blocks together and put my final borders on. I pulled out another iron and did my final press with this old thing. I picked this up at my small group. I got it for a small donation. One of our members brought it up to sell in our garage sale cause the steam part didn't work. I don't use steam so I bought it. It's nice and heavy and gets pretty hot. I will definitely watch it though now.

I'll be using this nice, heavy Sunbeam for a while...

My quilt top is together and no fires, so I'm a happy camper! Here's my top, I did this from the last issue of The Quilt Sampler magazine. There's a new issue out now but this one's still available somewhere.

Finally, a finished top. I think it turned out ok. If I had it to do over, I would make sure the pinwheels were darker so the album blocks and basket blocks would show up better. Other than that, I'm very pleased. The top went together very good and all the blocks were pretty accurate.

Here's the magazine that this pattern came out of.

Here's the picture in the magazine so you can see what the top looked like there...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sew What's and some quilts to admire that are on display at the City of Mesquite, Tx.

I went to my small group meeting last night and we worked on making heart pillows. We make these pillows and give to various hospitals in our area for breast cancer patients and heart patients. (Presbyterian Hospital has received these in the past but I just took 9 bags -120 pillows in all- to them a few weeks ago and they can't get anymore right now. They don't have anymore room for them!) We got alot done but I didn't count them all. We had a great time chatting and visiting too while stuffing and sewing up the pillows. Several cut out, one sewed, one ironed, and many stuffed. It was a great assembly line and a great way to get things done in a hurry for charity. We've done this before when we made baby quilts for the area hospitals.

We only had a few people bring show and tell, but, guess what, my camera was dead. So, no pictures from our meeting. They are going to tell me about this one, I'm sure...

I left work a little early this afternoon and went over to the City of Mesquite. I have three quilts on display there along with about 36 other quilts and I took picturs of all of them. The city asked us to display our quilts to advertise for our upcoming show next weekend. We have a quilt show every year the weekend after Father's Day. So, here are the quilts that were on display. Most of these are ribbon winners from year's past and some are not, but all are beautiful quilts. I hope you enjoy them and if you get a chance and are in the neighborhood, please come to the Quilt show.

The show is at Rutherford Recreation Center
900 Rutherford Dr.
Mesquite, Tx. 75149
June 25 and 26, 2010.
The doors open at 10am and close at 5pm. We have vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and a Mini quilt auction.
Here's a sample of the workmanship you will see at our little show. We have some very talented women in our group and they love to show their talents off....Enjoy the samples...

Blue Willow by Sandy

I Speak for Myself by Sharon

Dear Jane by Betty

There's a Dog on My Quilt by Sandy

Sandy's Garden by Sandy

Seven Sisters by Nancy

Cosmos by Nancy

Echoes by Mae

Radiant Swirls by Grace

Embroidered Baskets by Mae

Wild Thing by Ethel

My Pink Sampler by Naomi

Martha Washington's Flower Garden by Ethel

More Half Square Triangles by Naomi

Grandmother's Flower Garden Basket by Sharron

Apple Core by Betty

Grandpa's Flower Garden by Shirley

Sixtet Splendor by Shirley

The Bear Family Album by Linda

Hip to be Square by Evelyn

PicNic by Sharron

Delectable Mountain by Shelia

Grandmother's Fan by Mae

Tulips by Ethel

Grandmother's Fan by Nancy

My Delectable Mountain Star by Linda

Cats More Cats by Shelia

Patriot Blooms by Linda

My Reward by Nancy

Made in the USA by Beverly

Paw Paw's Neckties by Ethel

Pink and Gray and Red All Over by Shelia

Tripping Around by Sharron

Prisms by Betty

Carson City Honey Bee by Mae

Heart's Desire by Nancy

Josh's Diamonds by Mae

1930's Reproduction Dresden Plate by Nancy

This one is on permanent display at the City of Mesquite. It was made by a friend of mine and has all the firefighters on it. My friend, Nancy made this for the Fire Dept. a few years back. Her husband was a fireman for Mesquite and is now retired. This is an amazing quilt and she did a wonderful job on this quilt.

Civil War BOW

Civil War BOW
Barbara Brackmen does it again! A weekly Block of the week. Comes out every Saturday!

May for Me!


Tell It To The Stars

Tell It To The Stars

Judy's Scrap Challenge 2014

To Recall The Fight For Women's Rights

Civil War Quilts by Barbara Brackman

Slow Sunday Stitching

Slow Sunday Stitching
Relax and stitch

Getting It Done Challenge

Getting It Done Challenge
2013 is the year I want to get it done! How about you? Are you up for a challenge?

Small Quilt Talk

Stash Manicure

Rainbow Scrap 2014


Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2013

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2012
Angela's Doing It Again This Year!

Friday Night Sew In

Handmade by Heidi


Disappearing 9 Patch QAL

Christmas with Lesley

April Get It Done Challenge List

  • Make 30 floating four patch blocks
  • Bind the scrappy half square triangle quilt-Done.
  • Quilt and Bind the Purple/Gold tablerunner
  • Put the Civil War blocks together-Top is Done!

Free Motion Quilting Challenge for 2012

A Few Scraps Quilt Along

Christmas Through the Year

Thimbleberries Sew Day!


Bingo during May For Me

Getting It Done Challenge List

  • March Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt-done 03-05-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt - done- 03-11-13
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the 2nd D4P Quilt
  • .
  • February Challenge List
  • Bind my Thimbleberries Garden Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Brown Bow Tie Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red Scrap Quilt
  • Quilt & Bind the Red & White Christmas tablerunner-done

Autumn Block Party by the Quilting Gallery

Glorious Autumn Block Party and Super Deals for Quilters

Christmas QAL


Year of the Pig Wednesdays

Pat Sloan

Patchwork & Quilting Radio - Hosted by Pat Sloan.

Breast Cancer Site

Breast Cancer Site
Click here to give someone a free mammogram

Sew Cal Gal's AccuQuilt GO! Ahead and Show Some Love Blog Hop

Christmas Quilt Show by SewCalGal

Verse of the Day

Moose on the Porch Star QAL

Little feet calendar


Scrappy Challenge-Scrappy Saturdays

Positive Thoughts to Brighten our Journey

Little Miss Shabby blog

Free Motion Quilting Project-2011

Free Motion Quilting Project

Mystery Monday Button


Free BOMs over at Ellies Quilt Place

Amy's BOM Website

2010 BOM from Amy

UFO Challenge 2011

2011 UFO Challenge List

  • 1. 30's Sampler..I'm still working on this one!
  • 2. English Paper Piecing Baby Quilt-A Little of This A Little of That-flimsy completed 02-04-11, ready for quilting!
  • 3. Scrappy BOM - Flimsy completed 01-28-11, ready for quilting!
  • 4. Purple Stack and Whack- flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 5. Blue 9 Patches - flimsy is together, ready for quilting
  • 6. The Moose Quilt-still in pieces.
  • 7. Row By Row Quilt, quilted-binding is on but needs to be sewn down.
  • 8. Hexagon Magic- flimsy completed 02-01-11, ready for quilting!
  • 9. Santa Claus Quilt-ready for quilting.
  • 10. Hand Pieced Stars

2010 Finishes!!!

  • Nov 21-Oh, My Stars!
  • Oct 18- Boo Quilt
  • Oct 10 - Christmas Tree Quilt
  • Oct 10 -Turning Twenty (30's Repro) Quilt
  • Sept 25- Baked Alaska-quilt top for LQS
  • Sept 25 -Table Manners
  • Sept 20 - Dear Blanche
  • Sept 15 -Funny Flowers
  • Sept 7- Pink Toile Nursery Rhyme Quilt top for Carolyn
  • August 16- Plaid Teddy Bear
  • August 16-Red Heart Tablerunner
  • August 9 - Mother Goose
  • July 27-Autumn Braid Tablerunner
  • February 27- I Love to Fly-donation quilt
  • Feb 20 - Warm Fuzzies-Donation Quilt
  • Feb 7 - My Sewing Friends Quilt
  • Feb 1 - Nostalgic Garden Quilt
  • January 25 - Love Pillowcase for Alayna
  • January 12 - Pillowcases for Thomas Quilt

Quilting Bloggers

Whoop-Whoop Friday

Moda Bake Shop

Moda Bake Shop

Lynette Anderson's BOM

Photobucket-Dallas Quilt Show 2011

Free Quilt Patterns

I'm a slow poke too!

The Dear Jane Quilt

Great site for Crazy Quilt Patchwork


First Friday Freebie

Quilts For Kids Website


Linda-Quiltville block

Linda-Quiltville block

Fat Cat Patterns


Great tips of all kinds!

The Kind Hearted Pledge

Bargello Bowl

A Quiltville Mystery Quilt

Carolina Crossroads

Orange Crush

Double Delight - I want to make this one too...soon.

Carolina Christmas-I want to make one soon

A Tisket A Tasket BOM 2009

2009 Christmas Quilt for Patchalot Patterns

Christmas Sparkler 2008

Christmas Sparkler 2008
Free Pattern from Patchalot More.blogspot.com

My Word Cloud

Wordle: Untitled

My Rainbow

Your rainbow is intensely shaded green, white, and blue.


What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Charity Quilter

Charity Quilter

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Giveaway

Jennifer Chiaverini Book Giveaway
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