Thursday, May 31, 2012

FMQ Challenge May

Ok this one wasn't my favorite, but I got it done.  I'm not much on stippling and a double stipple was a bit better, well here it is.  I did the regular double stipple on the pin wheels and the railroad stipple on the outside.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Please Vote Bloggers' Quilt Festival

 Thanks much for all the wonderful feedback on Baby Smiles Owl quilt which was entered in the  Blogger's Quilt Festival. It's up against 5 other quilts for "Favorite Baby Quilt" (the first category) - if you think it deserves the award, please go and vote HERE! I would very much appreciate it! :)  Just get on over there an vote for all your favorites.   And then if you haven't all ready, get the Festival and look through that collection of over 600 quilts - what fun and inspiration!!

Baby Smiles loving his quilt

Monday, May 28, 2012

H2H final Link Up

I have nothing more on the design wall. The weather has been nice and we've had birthdays and graduations, lots of parties this season and not much sewing.

I did learn how to make a mosaic which was fun.  I used which was super easy.

Here's all my quilts for H2H - 4 in total, 2 for each charity.

And I just found out that the quilt in my header was nominated for best baby quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  Go take a look and cast your vote for all your favorites :)  If you want to see the details of the baby owl quilt, take a look at this post:  There are so many awesom quilts in the festival this Spring, over 600.    I feel pretty honored that baby Smiles quilt was nominated :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

And the Winner is.....


Thanks to all who commented on the giveaway.  The lucky winner is:

#13 - Gari - Quilting in the South  She's  got some amazing things going on over there.  Maybe you'll be able to see the dragon if he's not resting, he's really incredible.

Congrats Gari, I'll send you a private email to get all the specifics.  

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Thanks to all the vets who served so that we can have the freedom we do, so greatly appreciated.

Whooping it up on Friday

All my H2H quilts are washed and ready to be shipped out on Saturday!  So I've just been playing now that I got those done.  I made a four more NYBs for Center of my universe (the EQ7 file and a picture can be found here).  Here's the center (blocks not sewn together yet)

This really is the center of Center of My Universe

And I was pretty excited when I saw that.  I had to see how the stars were going to look, and I liked those to!!  Made me want to get busy and start whipping up a gazillion NYBs :)  Well I'll get them done sooner or later, I only have 84 more to go :) Yep, long term project.  But it's fun to play.
Here's one of the stars from Center of My Universe
And will ya look at what I found in my sewing room when I got home from work, what a sweetheart my husband is :)  He thinks I'm in love with jelly rolls because of the incredible binge I went on earlier this year, what a sweetheart.  He even knows to check the bargin basket and picked up a couple of fat quarters out of there.   So now I have the day off today and I'm just gonna play in the sewing room before the kids get here for the weekend.   Do I make some more of those NYBs or do I play that yummy jelly roll, it's good to have choices :)

Bday goodies
And there's a giveaway party going on over at SewMamaSew and here's what I'm giving away, somehow I ended up with two, so one's for you :)  Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts. There's a CD with the templates as well.  It's a great book.  Just leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win.  The winner will be randomly drawn on 5/25 7 PM CS. You can find it  here

Linking up with Show off Friday , Sarah's to see what everyone else is whooping about, and Sew Many Ways, there's always some great inspiration there at all these places. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It's time to vote!!

Ok, so today is my birthday and you know what I want for my birthday? I want your vote :)  Well as  long as it's not reserved for another of those gorgeous baby quilts at the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  There were over 600 entries this spring - some incredibly wonderful works of art on display at Amy's Creative Side.  Just go here to see them all 

And you'll want to check out the nomination form cuz this year, there's voting in a number of categories.  One of the catigories is "favorite baby quilt" and yep guess which category mine falls in....I submitted baby Smiles quilt this time around, that cute Owl quilt in my header.  You can read all about it  here  and there's detailed pictures of all those adorable blocks :)   It's entry number 25 in the Bloggers Quilt Festival - Spring 2012.

Ok so here's the nomination form, go take a look and then vote for all your favorites.  You need to know the entry number for voting so make sure you have that handy for all your favorites.

Have a great day, I know I will :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DWM and Giveaway

What a weekend!!  Daughter number 2 graduated with a Master's degree this weekend,  Little Baby Smiles is just so super proud of his Mama :)

FNSI was Friday which also coincided with Cyperquilters Twister weekend. So guess what I did, yep I twisted the night away :)  Daughter #4 needed a baby girl quilt for a shower coming up, here's what she's getting.  I did free had half swirly feathers in each leg of the pinwheel.  I love free hand quilting. So fun.

Baby Girl Twister

Baby Girl Twister detail

Cozy Fleece on the back 
I also got a little work done on Center of My Universe. 8 blocks done, only a gazillion more to go.

And there's a giveaway party going on over at SewMamaSew and here's what I'm giving away, somehow I ended up with two, so one's for you :)  Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts. There's a CD with the templates as well.  It's a great book.  Just leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win.  The winner will be randomly drawn on 5/25 7 PM CST.
Don't forget to stop by and see all the other great giveaways

Linking up with

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

FNSI and Twisting the night away

Before the twister magic 
What happens when it's FNSI, cyberquilters  (yahoo group - it's free to join, check it out, lots of fun) have a twisting weekend and daughter number 4 needs a baby quilt in less than 2 weeks for a baby shower?? Well this happens of course.  I found some cute girly fat quarters, cut them into 6.75 in squares with a 4 in border.  Sewed it all together. Then cut up the pinwheel blocks which are 5 in.  I used the scraps from cutting in the first border.  One more border to add and the top will be done.  Hmmm but what about the quilting?  I'm thinking a cute little whimsical curlieque in each of the pinwheel arms.  Any other thoughts?

Stop by Heidi's to see what everyone else worked on last night.
After the twister magic

Handmade by Heidi

Friday, May 18, 2012

Whooping it up on Friday

well I have no sewing at all this week.  But I do have something to whoop about, look what Kat from Scrapbox Quilts gifted to me.  Oh my goodness!!  Isn't it gorgeous?????  I can not wait to get this on the frame and quilt it.  It just fits so perfectly with the decor at my house.  And that's not all she sent enough fabric that I can make matching placemats.  Thanks Kat!!

Stop by Sarah's to see what everyone else is whooping about. 

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Spring 2012

Amy's Creative Side
It's that time again.  Amy's Creative side is hosting the Spring Bloggers Quilt festival. Amy has created this virtual quilt show to coincide with Quilt Market in the spring and fall of each year.  For those of us unable to go to Quilt Market, it gives us a wonderful opportunity to share and be inspired by other's quilts.  I encourage you to hop over to Amy's site and submit a quilt of your own, and then make sure you take a look all all the incredible quilts that are linked!

My entry for the Spring Quilt Festival is a quilt I made for my newest grandson (Mr. Smiles).  Yep it's the one in my header.  My daughter worked on this project with me and it's really all her idea.  Last Mother's day we went to Quiltology in Chicago and she feel in love with some owl fabric.  Well guess what the theme was for the nursery.  Yep, Owls.  I had no idea what to do with owls.   But hey we had months to figure it out :) She found an artist on line, Lee Arthaus, who had fabulous prints of Owls.  We used those as the basis for baby Smiles quilt.  The blocks are fused machine applique.  I used a satin stitch and blanket stitch around all the applique.  My daughter traced, fused and cut.  I sewed and sewed.   And here I have all the blocks in one post.  I don't think I've done that yet.  I hope you like the quilt that my daughter and I made, I think baby Smiles does.

Eskimo Owl

Engineer Owl

Flying Owl

Sheriff Owl 

Rocker Owl

Space Owl 
Skater Owl 

Scuba Owl 
Pirate Owl
Sweet Littel Smiles, likes his quilt 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

DWM and H2H Check in

Anna's Rainbow Quilt
Two finishes for the week Rainbow quilt is done with a scrappy border.
Garden Party - H2H quilt #4

Garden Party back

Garden Party is done.  I used a new panto for this one Fanfare Grande by Patricia E. Ritter.  It was  a bit harder for me, those swirls were a challenge, but I'm getting better.  I like how it turned out.  I think you can see the quilting on the back a bit better.  This is the last of my H2H quilts.

And it's check in time for H2H so I'm showing all the quilts together here - I'm all done, all washed and just need to get them in the mail.  So I just finished Garden Party above, I think this one will go to Happy Chemo. The other Happy Chemo quilt will be Venetian Dream .  The two that will go to Nola are the Half Moon Modern Log Cabin and the other solid squares quilt with no name:)  Then since I was able to get 2 for each charity. I made one for Sarah's quilt Ministry, Kitty Korner.   I used the block that I designed from the block challenge she had a while ago.  I wanted to make the squares and donate to her ministry, but I just kept going and finished it off.  These were finished in previous weeks, just the first time they are all in one place.
Venetian Dream - H2H #1

the other solid squares quilt with no name: - H2H #2

Half Moon Modern Log Cabin - H2H #3
Kitty Korner 

And Baby Smiles needs some hooded towels so we made three.  So easy to make, I use a regular bath towel and a hand towel.  One hand towel can actually make two hooded towels. I cut a square 12-14 inches, then cut that in half on the diagonal.   Add something cute to the triangle.  I used fusible and a blanket stitch.  Just round the corners of the towel and the hand towel triangle,  cut off the ends of the bath towel if they are bigger than 1/4 inch.  I sew the triangle to the bath towel with 1/8 generous seams.  Then just add some binding and you've got an adorable hooded towels.

Lots of inspiration go check out these linkey parties: 
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