Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On this Wednesday...

I'm a bit late getting this on for One Flower Wednesday, but here is the progress of my flower garden:
I'm loving it!  Stay tuned to see it grow...

These are the Barn Door blocks that I was surprised with in the mail yesterday:
They are from Coralie and just beautiful!
I love how she framed a bit of art in the center.
Thank you Coralie!

Have a Happy Day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

And By the Way...

Here's what I've been working on lately...
Another animal block to add to my new collection.  This one is a Blue Jay.  I think it's kinda sweet.  It's been waiting a week or so because I didn't have any gray floss to stitch the legs... but now they're done.

These are the Barn Door blocks that I made and sent to my partner Linda.

For the Block Swap Adventure, I made this Four Patch Star for my partner, Laurrie.  She wanted spring colors and I really like how it turned out.  I had a bit of separation anxiety with it and kept it an extra day or two just to look at it...  :)  I hope she likes it as much as I did.
This is the block Laurrie sent me.  I asked for sailboats and she delivered. 
 Isn't is great!!  I love it too!

And, finally, this is our new puppy, Ru.  She is a goldendoodle and wow, I was not prepared for what she brought.  It's like having another toddler...
She is so cute and fluffy (she almost blends into the carpet).  We're really liking her.

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Girly Dress

The other day I found a cute pink t-shirt on the clearance rack.
I loosely followed this tutorial and a pattern I already have and came up with this dress for my girly girl.
It was so quick and easy.  She wanted a little heart on the shirt so we did an iron-on applique.
She loves it!  And so do I! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Come Join This Swap

I stumbled across this swap while browsing in blogland.  It looks like they need some more members so come join with me.  It'll be fun!!
I have wanted to collect I Spy fabric for years but I didn't want to go out and buy all the different prints -- that's a lot of time and money for a square of each print.  Swapping is a great way to do it the easy way - trading them around.
Hurry!!  Join with me!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

More Flower Wednesday

I have started adding white hexagons to connects the black eyed susans.  It looks pretty neat huh!
These are the flowers I've made to add to my own collection...
These three I made to add to someone else's collection.
These are for my swap partner, Shannon, from the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap.
She wanted red, orange, or yellow - I did one of each because she's a special lady and my neighbor.  How fun that I got to swap with my neighbor!!  I took them over to her with a plate of cookies.
This is the welcome hexie I received from Jane along with the sample pack from Joanne.  What a nice surprise!!
And last but certainly not least... I got this in the mail from my swap partner, Linda.  It's perfect!  And the card is so cute too.
I'm having way too much fun with these hexagon flowers -- Can you tell!

Monday, March 14, 2011

PQA Mercy Border Block - March

At our previous PQA meeting, I came home with this amazing block.  My mission: to add another border to it and then trade it at the next meeting.
  I think it's pretty stunning already.
Here's what I did with it:
I wasn't able to go to the meeting because I was home with the flu but I hear they had a grand time.  I love how the block turned out.  I hope Nicole is liking it too.

My own block is ever growing and changing too.  Here's the latest:
(Photos courtesy of Parma Quilters Anonymous)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wherein I learned a valuable lesson in value.

We are all trying to save a buck these days right? When have you gone too far in being frugal?  I learned a thing -- or two -- about this lately.
Here's my story:
I started sewing some quilt squares using some old white fabric that came from my grandmother's stash after she passed.  I don't know how old it is, where is came from or what it was meant for.  I decided to use it because I had it and it didn't cost me a dime so... why not.  Well, after I sewed about half the strips together, I thought I'd iron them.  (I don't know why I stopped sewing and started ironing in the middle but it turned out to be a good idea.)
After ironing, I noticed something weird... The white strip had shrunk!!  I had lost 1/4 inch in length on that side!!  Holy Crap!
Good thing I only had to rip apart half of those darn buggers.  I'll get back to that project later...  Have to let the frustration settle some.
Next lesson:
I thought I use some cheap thread to baste hexagons because... why not.  I had it and the basting is on the back and doesn't matter how it's done right, so why not save some pennies on thread.
Well... When I pressed those little hexies... my iron melted that cheap thread and now I have a perfect black hexagon shape tattooed on my iron.  I did some scrubbing to get most of it off.  (I need a new iron anyway.) The good thing, I guess, is that the melted thread sort of glued the hexagon down so I didn't have to re-baste it.  It survived ok.
I guess we all get to learn our lessons ourselves, huh.
Do you have an experience like this too?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hexagons Again! Yay!

These are the hexagons I've been working on lately.
My Sweetie enjoys a good movie or tv show in the evenings and I enjoy cuddling up next to him on the couch. This is my hexagon stitching time. I've been able to make some good progress - don't you think!This is actually two weeks worth since I missed One Flower Wed. last week.

This little beauty came to me all the way from Sandy in Australia via the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap. Do you sense a bit of a theme??  I've decided to collect yellow and black hexi-flowers and put them together as a black eyed susan quilt.  So be warned, you'll see lots like this in the future.
Happy Gardening!

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