Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oops, I did it again

Yes, that's right, I signed up for yet another swap. This is one I could not resist because it is being hosted by some of my best bloggy friends, Hadley, Susan and Cindy. Keeping right along with their witty personalities, it is called  Mouthy Stitches and it is a simple zippered pouch and FQ's worth of scraps swap. There are so many lovely blog friends in this swap and I will surely make a few more. Everyone is already very active in the Flickr group. Here's my inspiration mosaic.

Mouthy Stitches swap inspiration
I've also made my first block in Jeni InColorOrder HST Block of the Month. I'm using this stack of fabrics. I like the color combination of the oranges, browns and aqua fabrics.
 The block is so pretty. I think I am really going to like this fun BOM quilt-along.
I have three blocks made for the Swoon-along that Katy I'mAGingerMonkey has put together on Flickr. I made these blocks last summer but I am so happy to be joining along with the other 300+ people who are Swooning along with Katy. This was just the push I needed to get this quilt finish. I just love the Heirloom fabrics. It is a super easy block to piece but takes some careful cutting. I have two more blocks cut and ready to sew.


Last month my son asked me if I would make him some drapery panels for his loft. It's not fun and exciting sewing but I am discovering all the bells and whistles on my new machine. Who knew there was a blind stitch foot that helps make hemming these huge panels so easy! Yesterday I completed about half of one panel. These things are huge and the fabric is a very heavy linen and wool blend. Very manly loft style.


And last but certainly not least I have been meaning to share a sweet story with you. In a previous post I asked what your favorite Christmas treat was. Well, so many of my comments came from the UK and they all said they don't have Christmas cookies, but Christmas Cake. I didn't really know what that was. Many people described it was a rich cake full of dried and candied fruits and then covered in Marzipan and a thick layer of frosting. Ew, you mean it's fruitcake?  Katy TheLittlestThistle said her mom makes the best Christmas cake and she even offered to send me a piece. I was a little scared because I didn't want to be rude, but I remember my husband's grandmother's fruitcake and it was nasty! So last week this arrived in the mail. I knew exactly what was inside. With much anticipation I opened it to find a carefully wrapped piece of Katy's mom's Christmas cake.
 It had a sweet note written by Katy's mom inside.
 Well, I can tell you it did not last long and this is not Paul's grandmother's fruitcake. It was moist and rich and full flavored and lasted exactly 3.4 seconds. It was delicious!
I just found our today that Katy will be attending Sewing Summit in October, so I will get to really give her a big hug and thank her in person!
I'm linking up with Lee Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Thanks for stopping by,

"di"

18 comments:

Hannah Dolan said...

Lovely blocks! I have joined Pouch swap too! I can't wait!

Hannah Dolan said...

Lovely blocks! I have joined Pouch swap too! I can't wait!

Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild said...

Oh so fun that Katy is coming to SS! Yay! And, I think I am going to have to join the Mouthy Stitches swap too. Sounds like too much fun swapping with all of our pals.
Love your blocks Di and the curtains look great.

Kelli said...

I love your swoon blocks, and those pouches look yummy!

Patchwork and Play said...

I LOVE your Swoon blocks! I gave into the Mouthy Stitches too! I think I'll need to send you some Turkish Delight!

Cindy said...

Love all the blocks you've made. Can't wait to hear how the panels look in your son's place. The pouch swap looks like fun!

Geri Centonze said...

Blog buddies are the best! How nice to get to try authentic Christmas cake

Dianne Neale said...

Christmas cake is good, but Christmas pudding is even better!
I'm doing the mouthy swap too, when I get around to doing the mosaic!

susan said...

I think the fact that Katy sent you a piece of cake is hysterical. So glad you liked it. Did she explain that the best Christmas cakes are made in advance to age and carefully 'fed' with alcohol to aid this process? Email be if you want a recipe, Di!

And sooooo glad you are in the swap!

Ruth said...

I'm joining you in the Mouthy Stitches and the Swoon Along! I am waiting for a fabric delivery for the Swoon, and can't wait for partner assignments for the Mouthy Stitches! Bring it on!

Lee said...

Love your BOM block! It's so pretty! And I'm seriously tempted by the Swoon-along, but considering my slow start to the year I'm not sure I can manage it. Wish I could though! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Leanne said...

You too seem to have joined in a few times. But you have progress too, good for you.

Flying Blind... said...

So glad you are one of the Mouthy Stitchers!
I finished our Christmas cake this evening - yum!!!!!!!!!!!

LuLu said...

Diane your Swoon blocks are soooo pretty. I love the delicate palette you've chosen. And I hate sewing drapes, like a lot! You're a good woman ;-)

Katy Cameron said...

Love those blocks :o) I'm going to be investigating the blind hem stitch for a dress for my mum in the next couple of weeks, so now you've reassured me it'll be easy, I'll be less nervous!

So glad you loved the cake, and as Susan says, it gets fed loads of booze to help its moistness :oD I got the last piece here last night as I'm at mum and dad's for dad's 60th, only another year to wait... *sigh* ;o)

kelly said...

katy is so sweet! she's one of the most encouraging bloggy friends i've got.

Carla said...

your swoon blocks look great. I just finished a quilt and I love it!

mammafairy said...

love the brown fabric in the middle of your block! After all the 'hate mail' for browns in the mouthy folk too!
It is a seriously pretty block. I can see why you put it up for Sunni's lnky