Saturday, August 29, 2009

Red White and Blue Table Topper

Hello everyone! Well, i was itchin to start something new because Cotton Blossom has been pushed to the side for a bit ... more on that later. So anyway, several months ago i saw a pattern that Kim had created called Fireworks (which you can purchase at her Etsy Shop) and i fell in love with it! I thought the center would be an awesome table-topper. I made mine without the border, but be sure to check out Kims because her border is ADORABLE! I may have to order the pattern just for the border!

So i sat down and colored out her center on some graph paper and last night i got busy cutting the blocks.

This morning i started putting it together and it was so quick and easy and i just love it! It measures 41" square without a border but I think I may put a small red border on it. Hope everyone is having a great weekend and I can't wait for September 1st to start the Schnibbles a Month!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Today is my youngest nephews birthday ... MICHAEL is 8 today!!! Here are a few pictures of him ... He was a preemie when he was born but here's a cute picture of him at Halloween ... Just hangin out on the couch while my aunt takes more pictures ...
And this is Michael and I at a family gathering at my Uncles house ... just love those cheeks!!
Just being the adorable boy that he is :O)
UH OH ... he's growing up ...
He is a HUGE sports fan!!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Awesome Monday!

Today was an awesome day! I took half a day off work and took a quilting class with my cousin. It was just a 3 hour class to learn how to do the actual quilting part. Me...i send everything to be long-armed, so now that i know a few techniques i will be practicing them so i can do some of my own stuff.

Here is some Christmas material i bought to make more stocking table runners, i just fell in love with it, it's so pretty! On another note ... the quilt shop we took the class at has a TON and i mean TON of Schnibbles patterns. I can't even tell you how many they had, but it was a boat-load! So now i know where i'll be getting my patterns from for A Year of Schnibbles Club. Here are the three patterns I purchased!

OH OH OH and here is something that just made my day!!! I WON A GIVE AWAY!!! MY VERY FIRST ONE!!!! Check out Jane's Blog ... Sew Create It! and look at the ADORABLE non-slip sewing machine mat with 3 pockets in the front that she made ... that is what i won!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH JANE!! Isn't that just the bestest gift ever! And here's where you can get the pattern to make your own.

I hope everyones Monday was as Great as mine! No sewing tonight, but hopefully tomorrow.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Year of Schnibbles

Call me CRAZY ... i just agreed to do A Year of Schnibbles! It sounds like fun! It is one Schnibbles pattern quilt a month. Check out all the details at Pink Pincushion.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cotton Blossom ... UGH! Part 2

UGH ... UGH ... UGH! Ok, so here's the update from my last post on this quilt! Dave and I layed it out to square it up and i was cutting so much off the top and bottom that it just seemed crazy to waste that much fabric ... so, against my brain screaming "NO, DON'T DO IT!" i started the fun task of taking the rows apart so that i can re-align them in hopes they are more even. Last night i took 2 rows apart and my plan for this evening is to get them sewn back together and then add the 3rd row to them (once i rip that off the rest of the quilt) to see if it aligns better.

I keep telling myself ... my next quilt is just around the corner, just a few more nights of this quilt and i can move on to something more fun!

Have a great evening everyone and if anyone is having a glass of wine tonight or a margarita, have one for me! On second thought, maybe i'll just have one before bed...toodles!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cotton Blossom ... UGH

YIKES! It's been over a week and I haven't posted anything! Well, that's because I haven't done much! I did manage to get the 7 rows for Cotton Blossom sewn together and realized the top and bottom of the quilt now goes at an angle :O) so i need to trim all 4 sides and put the borders on. I was hoping to have it done last weekend and that didn't happen, so maybe tomorrow and thursday night when hubby is working i will get this quilt finished and out of my hair! I've been wanting to REALLY scrub our bathroom, so last night was the night! The shower doors are VERY clean and i mopped the floor on my hands and knees. It just seems the floors don't get clean enough with a mop! And shower doors...oh i hate them! Give me a shower curtain any day!

Other than that, it has been extremely hot here and this week it is beginning to cool down. Call me crazy, but i think i'm ready for fall and some cooler nights to sit around the campfire.

Not sure what quilt i will work on next, but as soon as i figure it out i will definitely share...oh and when the cotton blossom is done, you will see that too for the LAST time.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cotton Candy Finished

Cotton Candy ... that is what this quilt has been named. Here is a picture of it with the border on. I love how this quilt turned out and the colors are so pretty.
When I started quilting i said i would only have one quilt started at a time and i was very good about that until i started the quilts for my nephews. So, since my Cotton Blossom quilt was put aside and after the boys quilts i did the Cotton Candy quilt, tomorrow night i will pull out old cotton blossom and try to finish it this week/upcoming weekend. I've totally lost interest in doing it, so i'm hoping once i get her back out it will go smoothly. There's not much left to do, just put the rows together and put the borders on, but it is a braided pattern, so it's going to be a matter of lining up the braids ... do you really think it matters if the braids are lined up? I've seen it both ways.

Hope your week gets off to a good start and hopefully the weather here in Ohio cools down some. It was 95 today with a heat index of 101 ... needless to say, after church i stayed inside all day. Have a great Monday :o)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Stockings Re-Done

MUCH BETTER! Tonight I spent some time ripping apart the previous stockings and putting on just a solid green background and i think they look soooo much better! I still haven't started a new quilt ... i was going to start cutting out a red, white and blue one this evening, but decided to wait so i can purchase more of the white that i have. I am four 8" blocks short!

Hope everyones weekend is off to a great start!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Christmas Stocking Blocks

I can't believe Wednesday is already over! This week has flown! I haven't done a whole lot of sewing. On Sunday I did some stocking blocks for my SIL ... they will be a table runner ... i would show pics, however, she reads this and thus will see her gift :O) She knows she's getting it, just hasn't seen it all together.

So here's a pic of some Christmas fabric i bought last year. I have a total of 7 1/2 yards of it ... I am having the hardest time figuring out what pattern to make a Christmas throw in ... I would LOVE some pattern suggestions! Here is a pic of a few more stocking blocks i did last night out of some leftover Christmas fabric that is flowery and i'm not sure i'm diggin the green floral background with the red floral stocking ... i think i need to replace it with solid green ... the stocking sorta gets lost ... what do you think? Think it's too busy? Turning over a new leaf ... I've decided from now on my house WILL be clean before i start sewing...if it ain't clean, i ain't sewing! Hopefully that will make me dust a little more ... UGH I hate dusting.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Quilts Delivered & More Fabric Purchased :O)

Hello! Well the quilts have been delivered to my nephews and I have to say, my newphews are just handsome, hilarious and down-right awesome!

This is Alexander, age 11, with his Ohio State Quilt... This is Matthew, age 10, with his Wild Thing quilt...

And this is Michael, age 7, with his Swirl quilt...
They loved them and they look terrific in their rooms!

Fabric...oh fabric...i purchased this fabric to make a purse. My sister-in-law has the pattern because she is going to make one also. I love the polka-dot fabric, but not sure i'm diggin the flowers...maybe it will grow on me!

Then tonight about 9:30 i started putting the rows together on my Swanky jelly roll quilt. It took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to put the 13 rows together. So tomorrow, I will cut the border and get it added and be done! YEAH! Then I'd like to start cutting out another quilt in some blue and white fabric I have ... can't remember what it's called, but it's pretty.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend:O)