Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Elephants and a Flower

Here is my recent finish in my animal blocks.  Some cute elephants.
I love the way they turned out.
I used some scrap for the background and I ran out before they were all squared up. Luckily, I ran out at a good point - two are square and two are a nice rectangle.  I'll just adjust them later when I put a quilt top together.  No worries.

And my flower for One Flower Wednesday:
I know, I know.  It looks surprisingly similar to the last one... 
Well, that's the theme of this project.
Really having fun with them though.

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's already been loved...

I thought I should share this one with blog world.
 This is a string quilt I made for my second son when he was a baby.  He is 6 years old now and it still lives on  his bed.
I made this with whatever boyish scraps I could find in my limited collection at the time.  I love the bright yellow sashes.  He actually says yellow is his favorite color. 
 It's one of the first I machine quilted.
I had a bunch of colorful thread that my mother-in-law found at a yard sale and I used every decorative stitch my machine had... and had a good time with it.
 I love how it turned out!!
I keep telling myself that I need to do another one of these quilts... someday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


It's finally starting to feel like Spring around here.  
Some blossoms are beginning to pop open and I love it. 
I've made a little blossom lately.  This is my one flower for One Flower Wednesday.
 I thought I'd wait to show off the quilt top that I'm stitching with these little yellow and black flowers until it is a bit bigger.  Then you'll really be surprised and have to say, "Wow!! Look how much she's done!!"

This the the block I made for Tiffany for the Block Swap Adventure.
She wanted something wonky and pink.  I had some fun with this string pieced block.  
I hope she likes it.


 And finally, these ones are for Coralie for the Barn Door Swap.
She wanted hers to be scrappy with a light background.  I pulled these scraps out of my pile and I liked how they went together.  Hope she thinks so too.

I dropped three enveloped in the mail the other day.  All going to different places with different swap goodies inside.  That stresses me a bit.  Mailing several at the same time.  Then I spend the next few days worrying that I've mixed up my mailings and someone will get the wrong block....
I worry too much sometimes.

Today, I  hope to get another animal block started and I hope to be outside doing some woodwork too. When it's cold out, I love to be inside sewing and creating with fabric, but when the weather gets nice, I like to be outside, creating with wood too.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Ticker Tape Parade and Hot Air Balloons

At our PQA meeting this month we revealed and exchanged our Mercy Border Blocks again.  It is always so much fun.  It's like Christmas.  We get to see the new borders that everyone has added to the blocks and we get so excited. There's always lots of ooh-ing and aahh-ing and some squealing too.  It's really pretty silly.
Anyway, this time I got Shannon's block to add to.  This is how I received it:
She started with a Ticker Tape center.  Rainbow colors on a white background.  She did a great job on it and then the borders that were already added were great too.
I added a Ticker Tape border!  Yeah, crazy!  I know!  A lot of work... but I really liked how it turned out and I think Shannon did too.
If you want to see the rest of our gorgeous growing quilts, you can go to the Parma Quilters Anonymous blog.  They are all amazing.


One of my favorite blogs to visit is Quilted Delights.  Leah is quite a fabric artist and does wonderful work.  She makes some amazing fabric postcards and I have perused through her creations more than once.  I wanted to give it a try.
This is what I came up with for a first time:
I stitched along each cloud with silver thread but the picture doesn't show it.  I really like how it turned out.  I may have to try some more.  In fact,  I thought I'd do a smaller version so it would easier to share with friends.
This is what I came up with:
Book Marks
Cute, huh!
Don't you wish you were my swap partner this month.

Well, until next time...
Always look for silver linings.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sailboats and a Give Away

I have already received my April block from the Block Swap Adventure.  And not just one, but TWO beautiful sailboats sailing on a calm sea.  
These are from Tiffany and she did a nice job on them.
Thank you Tiffany!

One of my favorite bloggers, Linda, over at Stray Stitches is having her 200th post give-away.
Go see if you can win a $25 gift certificate for the Fat Quarter Shop!