Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Sorbet...a Giveaway!

Comments are now closed and a winner has been chosen.

The lovely Julie, at The Intrepid Thread, has the best selection of fabrics with wonderful, friendly service and great prices. She also has a coming soon page where you can sign up for email notices to be notified when new fabric lines arrive. I am currently awaiting Collage...I think it is fantastic.
I am currently working on my Fat Quarter Retreat Sample Swap items and will have a post up shortly, but to keep you all interested I thought I would tease you with this lovely eye candy from Julie's shop.
I would name this bundle "Summer Sorbet". The colors are just so yummy and Art Gallery fabrics are incredibly soft and scrumptious.

Art Gallery Oval Elements

I am not going to tease you any further. Julie has offered to allow me to giveaway this bundle of 12 fat quarters to one of my lucky readers. Just leave me a comment, maybe tell me something you are working on right now.
For a second entry take a look at Julie's shop and tell me what you are itching to buy.

I will draw a winner by the random number generator on Wednesday, June 5, at 9 am Pacific Time. The giveaway is open to international readers, too.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Seeing Double

In February, when I gave our granddaughter The Flower Girl quilt for her birthday, my daughter-in-law asked if I would make a matching one. Now that our granddaughters share a room it will be fun for them to have matching quilts on their beds.
I quickly got online and ordered all the fabric needed to make another.

Usually I don't like making the same thing twice, especially out of the same fabrics, but this pattern is so easy to chain piece.
It went together really fast once I got everything cut out.

I had long arm Susie quilt it the same as the other one.
It's an all-over pattern called 
Country Flowers.

The only thing I did differently was when I bound this quilt I followed this great tutorial I saw on BariJ's blog.

I have to say it is a lot more work but makes the hand sewing so much easier. 
No pins or binding clips are needed.
Who knew the Elmer's glue we used as kids could be used to help with binding?

This will be delivered next week when we visit our son and his family.

Here they are side by side, sort of...
I purposely did not look at the fabric combinations when piecing the second quilt, just to make them a bit different, but of course, still matching.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Flower Girl Quilt
Fabric: Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda
Backing: Marmalade
Binding: Red/White strip from Marmalade
Batting: Warm and Natural
Quilted by:Susie Peterson with a pale pink Superior thread
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Measures: 71.5" x 89"

This is my 8th quilt finish for the year and part of my second quarter Finish-A-Long

she can quilt

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Playing I Spy in the Garden

This last weekend was one of the best "Staycations" we have had in a very long time. Mr. Romance and I really relaxed on this holiday weekend, while also getting a few things done around the house. 

We swam everyday, enjoyed a barbecue at our son's home and puttered in the garden.

Butterball is quite the celebrity in our son's neighborhood

I took the camera with me as I walked through the garden playing I spy...

I spy an Anaheim Pepper

I spy Serrano Chilies

I spy Bell Peppers

I spy potatoes flowering

and Butternut Squash

There's Romanesco ({Zucchini} Squash

and a teeny, tiny eggplant

The first of the tomatoes, of the Carmelo variety

There will be lots more tomatoes

I spy one itty, bitty green bean

Lots of chives for flavoring our favorite dishes

I'm not going to get too excited, but there are a few Galia melons, which is new for us this year.

There's promise of another good harvest of Satsuma Tangerines

and Grapefruit.

 There was also what remains of a half-eaten tomato.
That means the rats are back in town.
I'll need to start wrapping the tomatoes in tin foil before they start to ripen.
That's my trick and it has worked for several years now.

There was also a lot of sewing going on. 
But that's scheduled for another day.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'd Love Your Votes

Blogger's Quilt Festival is in the voting stages now.
I am so excited to be nominated in the Blogger's Choice category and would love your vote.
Go to this link  and check out all the great quilts. I am in good company. I hope you'll vote for my quilt.

This quilt is also entered in the Bee Quilt category.

I also have entered a quilt in the Photography category.

I'd love your vote in these categories. Now I am off to vote in all the other categories.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Refashioned for Oklahoma

I made this quilt for our son and his then wife in 2008.
It is a signature quilt from their wedding.
The marriage did not last and our son gave the quilt back to me.
Divorce is not easy and we, as a family, grieved with Evan.
But it is true, time heals all wounds, and not only has Evan learned and grown from this experience, but he has found new love and I am hoping a wedding will be happening in the next year or so.

This quilt has been in the "quilt closet" for 3 years and I have not allowed anyone to use it out of respect to our son. But, shoot, I made this quilt and I surely did not want to throw it out.

Last week Amanda asked me if I would share about the effort to collect quilts for the people who have been affected by the horrible tornado in Oklahoma. They were asking for quilts, both new and gently used. I have one ready to quilt but I knew I could get this one refashioned and sent out right away.

I removed the photo and covered each signature with a green square. I raw-edge appliqued each of the squares to the quilt. I think it turned out so good and I am  pleased to turn this lemon into lemonade for a worthy cause.

This quilt will be sent to the Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild and be distributed to a needy family.
I will do my best to complete the other quilt and get it sent out by the deadline of June 30th.

This quilt was made back in the days when I did not pay attention to what fabric line I was using. I can tell you it measures 62" x 74"...a nice lap sized quilt.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Mail

I have received my gift from the Post Sew South Swap.
Ann A Girl in Paradise was very generous in sending me not one, but two mug rugs.

She also included some really cute fabrics, Schmetz needles ( I am forever breaking needles) and 3 zippers.
Thank you, Ann, for participating in this fun swap.
I think by next week, everyone will have received their gifts and this swap will be complete. There is already talk of another round.

I also received a package from Angela Cut To Pieces. Last week I won a giveaway on her blog of the pin cushion tray she made using the new Edges fabric by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller. It's 2 charm packs with just the 6 squares missing from the one she used to make the pin cushion. I really like the saturated colors in this line, especially the blues and greens. The low volume neutrals are really great too.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Queen Rhonda

I am in the Modern Stitching Bee with some lovely and talented women.
This month it is our fearless leader's turn to be queen.
Rhonda asked for 2 different blocks, both from the Modern Blocks Book.

The first is Checkers. 
She asked us to personalize the center with whatever we wanted 
instead of making a siggie block.
I found this cute little paper pieced sewing machine on Pinterest.
Then I stamped my blog name.

The other block is the Diamond Ripples block.
Just bright, happy fabrics in a variety of colors.
HST are so darn versatile.

And since it is Really Random Thursday I thought I would share this fact with you.
A study shows that pear shaped  women live

  9 years longer than the average women.
So it looks like you are stuck with me for at least another 28 years.

Live A Colorful Life

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Warm Hugs for Oklahoma

The recent tornadoes in Oklahoma have everyone wanting to know how they can help. There will be lots of relief efforts out there and the number one thing they need is money. You can donate $10 by texting the words RED CROSS to 90999. It's as simple as that.

But, we as quilters want to send warm hugs and that means sending a quilt. The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild has put together a quilt drive. They are asking for quilts of any size, gently used or new. The quilts are due by June 30th. I am going to try my best to finish a quilt I have waiting to be quilted.

If I don't finish it I will send a gently used one.

The guild will also be making two quilts for a raffle to raise more money.

You can check out all the details on their blog post here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Chevron Picnic Quilt {Blogger's Quilt Festival}

When Amy of Amy's Creative Side decided we could enter two quilts {I also entered in the bee quilt category} in the Blogger's Quilt Festival I couldn't decide what category to enter until I saw the Quilt Photographer category. I remembered when I originally blogged about the Chevron Picnic Quilt I had made for my son and his family, I wrote about the photo shoot in the park and around town.

All it needs is a picnic basket and a family.

 It looked over the lake...

Served as a horse blanket...

Stopped at the farm stand...

Since this is a two sided quilt, it also serves as a tablecloth...

But my favorite photos are of my granddaughter "modeling" with the quilt.

I am entering this quilt in the Quilt Photographer category.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern-Patchwork Chevron by Jeni In Color Order
fabrics-Reunion by Moda, Kona Ash, Robert Kaufman green gingham
batting-Warm and White
thread- pieced with Aurifil 50 wt. and quilted by me with Gutermann cotton thread 50 wt.
measurement after washing 76"x76"

Past entries:
Spring 2011 Storm at Sea
Fall 2011 Hexagon Park 
Spring 2012 Rockin' Robin
Fall 2012 Retro Flowers