Sunday, June 26, 2011

100th post and a give away!!

Can you believe this is my 100th post?  Amazes me.  That and I have 75 followers - wow!! So I'm having a give away.  I have an adorable layer cake - summer vacation, there are 2 squares of each.  Are the kids on those blocks not the cutest?  I just love the little girl.   If you would like to win this layer cake just leave a comment and you'll be in the running.    I'll pick a random number on Friday and announce the win.  I do appreciate all your support and comments.  It certainly has made me a better quilter!


And speaking of quilting.  I FINALLY started quilting the Baltimore Album quilt.  I was suppose to have it completed by the end of June for Myra's PhD (projects half done) Challenge, but this one just won't make it.  I was so terrified to get those first stitches going.  I have been practicing my feathers for six months specifically to get this particular one quilted.  I got it sandwiched and it stayed that way for 2 weeks.  I just didn't know what I was going to do.  I knew I wanted feathers, but now that it was sandwiched I looked and said "yikes, how do I put feathers on that????" and I knew I wanted some McTavishing, that was the easy part.  I even put a whole quilt together, quilted, binding done and cut another one before I made myself start sewing.  Once I got the first few stitches in, all was good in my quilting world again.    It was just those first few stitches.  I'm doing twirly feathers around the outside and McTavishing any where a feather won't fit!  I'm pretty pleased with it so far.  I have 8 blocks done; 4 blocks, the borders and sashing to go.   It won't be done by the end of June deadline, but hopefully not to long after that.  Here's what I have so far.  My feathers didn't look anything like that 6 months ago.  Really all it takes is a little practice and you can put a feather just about anywhere!

One more project started (my list on in progress projects was just way to small;) I start the Kaleidoscope QAL  I've never done one of these before, so I'm pretty excited.  We got the templates and cutting instructions this week.  I'm using the Moda Bliss fabrics.    A little undesided about the totally scrappy look, I may need to pair up some colors for a little more control.  I"m trying to deal with the control issues, but I think I did that with the suebobsquarepants quilt which you can see here

Linking up with 
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations and Patchwork Times
and WIPs on Wednesdays and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

46 comments:

  1. Oh, Sue, this is spectacular - very show worthy! I am amazed how some people take to the FMQ'ing - I still just don't trust myself, and practice.

    Congratulations on your 100th post and your growing number of followers. That is an adorable layer cake.

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  2. Your BA quilt is gorgeous - both the applique and the quilting. Congrats on the 100th post.

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  3. What a gorgeous quilt! I completely get why you were reluctant to start the quilting. After all the applique work, you just want it perfect. It looks wonderful.

    Congratulations on your 100th post! I look forward to more. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  4. Beautiful feathers, the compliment the quilt perfectly, especially combined with McTavishing.

    Congratulations on your 100th post.

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  5. Congrats on 100 posts? Isn't blogging fun? Love the layer cake.Thanks for the chance to win.

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  6. Congratulations on your 100th post. Love the layer cake. Your BAQ is stunning!

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  7. What a spectacular undertaking.. I can't imagine making something so wonderful as that.. although I would LOVE to do so!

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  8. Happy 100th post. I love those colors!

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  9. Congrats on 100 posts. Your quilting is gorgeous! Do you do that on a domestic machine?

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  10. Happy 100th post! Your BA quilt is beautiful! I started the Kaleidoscope QAL also.

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  11. The Baltimore Album quilt is stunning. You've done a marvelous job with it! Congrats on post 100! :)

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  12. Your quilting looks amazing! Great job!

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  13. Fabulous quilting and I am so jealous of your beautiful applique work. I really like the kalidoscope block, so intricate.

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  14. Oh, your feather quilting is really lovely! It is hard to bite the bullet and take those first few stitches, isn't it? I have the same problem sometimes. Your kaleidoscope block is really darling.

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  15. Congrats on 100 blog posts! I'm humbled by your Baltimore Album quilt!

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  16. Love your Baltimore Album Quilt, I sashed mine the same way, your feathers are wonderful.I assume they are machine quilted because of your profile. I am like you in that it is hard to take the plunge in getting started in the beginning, but once you get started, it is an obsession until it is done. It doesn't look like that will be long. Good luck. Hope you will show it to us here on Judys blog.

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  17. Congrats on your 100th post!!
    I love your Baltimore Album quilt. It is stunning.

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  18. Gorgeous quilt! Congraulations on all your post.

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  19. Those feathers look lovely. I am soooo in the same boat about quilting a finished top I have. Just. need. to. get. it started... much easier said than done.

    Your quilting so far looks lovely, and your Kaleidoscope QAL block is also lovely.
    ~Kimberlee

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  20. Beautiful! The quilting is just gorgeous and perfectly fits the beautiful applique.

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  21. congrats on making it to 100!! Yay!! The quilt is quite stunning!

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  22. Yay for 100 blog posts! That's a nice milestone and even nicer giveaway.

    Thank goodness you got over your trepidation and started quilting--you are doing a bangup job, just beautiful. Glad you are satisfied with your feathers, they look great!

    Love the kaleidoscope block.

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  23. Yipee the Big 100!! And, many more to come!! You inspire me to try a Baltimore quilt. Beautiful quilt and great quilting! Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

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  24. Real nice blog !! and i love your Baltimore A quilt its a beauty !! and your quilting..it this moment im cheating on a quilt and use the embroidery machine on it to make feather designs on it.. ohhhh.. i would love to do feathers like yours...

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  25. Wowzer, Sue! Stunning! I'm new to your blog (found you on quilt-talk) and love your quilts!

    LaDonna
    (thanks for following our blog, though we come nowhere near your level!)

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  26. I have just found your blog, am looking forward to browsing through it more leisurely when I'm not working!

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  27. Oh, Sue! Once again, your work just blows me away! That quilting beautiful. Is that good enough to win the giveaway? Especially when I really, really mean it :-D

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  28. Congrats on you 100th post! 8-)
    Your quilt top is gorgeous Sue!!!

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  29. Wow! That is spectacular. YOur quilting is wonderful!

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  30. beautiful baltimore album quilt!

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  31. Thank you for a lovely comment on my blog!
    And on looking over here (at your blog): great quilts & Congratulations!
    I'm so amazed at the beauties you've made!
    That Baltimore looks great.
    The BettyBobSquarePants is on my list, don't know which fabrics yet.
    (Don't know when)
    Never mind, we're having fun!

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  32. what is mctavishing? your feathers look gorgeous! i'd be super nervous in your shoes, too :)

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  33. (Thanks for the chance for the layer cake)

    Your Baltimore quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!!! This is a must-do for me on next year's list.

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  34. What a beautiful quilt. And I'm glad you overcame your fear of feathers. They are such fun to do. Yours look great

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  35. I'm so glad I came to visit today, just to see your Baltimore Album--it's gorgeous and so is your quilting. I began as a hand appliquer and have always loved BA blocks and quilts. I'll come back to visit again.
    Thanks for your lovely giveaway. I've never sewn with a layer cake before, so that would be fun.
    Congratulations!

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  36. Congrats on your 100th post! Wow, I can't believe that quilt, it's amazing!!

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  37. Congrats on your 100th post! What a generous giveaway and your feathers look amazing...

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  38. Congratulations on your 100th post. Great posts too! Love your quilts.

    I hope it is ok as I added your giveaway to the page where I share insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  39. That is awesome...100 posts!!!! I am a new quilter, but I'm seeing myself becoming a blogger as well. I am learning so much from following blogs, including yours. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a beautiful layer cake :)

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  40. am in AWE at the thoughts of feather quilting!!

    and the layer cake fabrics look delicious!!

    congrats on post #100

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  41. Your Baltimore Quilt is beautiful beyond words!
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!! Congratulations on your 100th post!!!

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  42. Congratulations on your One Hundred posts and continuing on. Thanks for the chance to win the layer cake. I need a good summer vacation -- and have grandnieces who want quilts. Your quilting is wonderful. I just started my first machine quilting - it is supposed to be straight line but is wonkified (my new word). Maybe one day I will come close to your skill with feathers.

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  43. Congrats on 100 posts! I love the start of your Kaleidoscope QAL! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

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  44. Congrats on 100 posts! Great fabric choices for the Kaliedoscope quilt. It's going to be amazing! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

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  45. Congratulations on your 100th blog. The Baltimore Quilt is gorgeous.

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