Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Winner, Winner

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for entering!  I was so flattered that so many people came by my teeny, tiny blog and left me such sweet and thoughtful comments.  If I could I would send everyone of you a charm pack, but there can only be one, here goes:

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I couldn't figure out how to get the pretty little blue box posted in my blog post, so here's a good old copy and paste!

Congrats to #91 Marieke,

Marieke said...
Congrats on winning the Go Baby! It'll be cool to see what you make with it!

I sent you an email earlier this morning.  Congrats!  I hope you really enjoy the new fabric!  The colors used in Terrain are so vibrant and beautiful!  Perfect for fall!

Again, thank you so much to everyone for entering!  It was a blast!  I was so pleased to see I picked a few new followers during this little venture!While it wasn't my goal it is always so flattering!  I will try to not bore all of you to death!

Please keep checking back in as I think I will be reaching a few milestones soon that might require another celebratory giveaway...

Now I'm off to care for my sick little boy (double ear infections!)  Poor baby!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Stash Report


Despite the two natural disaters in my neck of the woods this week (earthquake and hurricane...yikes) I've managed to get quite a bit of sewing done.  I basted and started quilting my Kaleidoscope.  I'm hoping to finish up the quilting this afternoon and attach the binding.  I think I might have a finish to show off really soon...

I also found some time to start working on my 100 Quilts for Kids project this week.  I'm using this awesome tutorial from Amanda Jean.  So far, So good!

I just love these fabrics!  I might even have enough left over to make one more quilt.  Maybe for the local NICU?

The best news is, all this sewing, and no shopping!!  Not that I need anymore fabric, but that's never stopped me before...

All in all, this has been a great week!  My family and property survived all nature threw at us with no problem.  We are so very lucky and thankful!

Used this week: 5.5 yards
Used YTD: 28.5 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added YTD: 112 yards
Net Used/Added YTD: -83.5 yards.

I still have a long way to go, but at least it is going in the right direction!

To see how everyone else did this week, head on over to Judy's.

**FYI-If anyone is interested, I am hosting my first ever giveaway.  It's a pretty good one, so see this post if you're feeling lucky!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Hello Everyone!

The past couple of days have been beautiful (and shaky!) here in our nation's capital, so I haven't had a great deal of time to sew.  We've been too busy going on nature walks and playing at the park to be at home!  Never fear, I have accomplished a little for my Kaleidoscope.

Here are the top and bottom sitting patiently waiting for me to baste them.  Living in such a small space, I have to move furniture and roll up rugs to baste, so I'm waiting until all the men in my life go to bed tonight to move on to the next step!  Then this will move into the to be quilted pile.  I like to do my quilting on the weekends when I can have a large chunk of time to sit and quilt.  My husband has promised me some mommy time on Saturday, so hopefully I can use that time to sew, sew, sew!  I find during the week doesn't work for me.  My sons just aren't supportive of my crafty endeavors!

In the meantime, I think I will start cutting out these fabrics for 100 Quilts for Kids.  I'm still trying to decide which pattern to use:  zig zag or coin quilt?  I'll have to decide soon...

Thanks for stopping by!  To see what all the other fabulous quilters are working on head over to Lee's.

**FYI-  I am hosting my first giveaway!  If you are interested see this post.**

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Go, Baby, Go and a Giveaway!

Guess what was waiting for me on my porch today?

We really need to paint our porch...yikes!
 That's right!  While I was on vacation I got an email from the incredible Kate Spain accouncing that I had won the giveaway on her blog!  How exciting?!?  I never win anything!

I hope my husband will be understanding about our dirty house and take-out meals this week!  I can't wait to start playing with it!

I hope I can figure it out!

I am a big believer in paying it forward/karma, so in celebration of my good fortune I am hosting my first ever giveaway!

The funny thing is while I was shopping last week, I bought some of Kate's new line Terrain, and then I went back to the cottage and she had sent the email.  I feel like it was meant to be!

Anyway, if you are interested in winning 2 charm packs of Terrain, please leave a comment below.  No jumping through hoops, just leave a comment.  You could tell me about what you are doing to wrap up the summer or what fabric lines you are most looking forward to this fall.  International visitors are welcome to enter the giveaway.  I will close the giveaway at midnight next Tuesday, August 30th, and I will randomly pick the winner next Wednesday morning.

Thank you to Accuquilt and Kate Spain!

Now if you will excuse me, I'm going to go play with my new baby!

**Giveaway now closed**

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

Happy Stash Report Sunday!  My family and I just got back from a lovely vacation in beautiful Northern Michigan.  Unfortunately, I couldn't take my sewing machine with me, so I haven't been able to sew at all since my last update.  However, I was able to visit a number of quilt shops while there.  (See this post for details and pics of my goodies).

Here it is in all its glory.

I really hated being away from my machine, but it was nice to explore the area's quilt stores and meet other quilters.  It was just the inspiration I needed to get back into sewing.  I have re-commited to my pledge of giving myself 15 minutes a day of sewing time.  Since the baby arrived in January, I have been sewing here and there whenever I had the chance.  Now that he's a little older I really want to try to fit this very important time back into my schedule.

If the boys cooperate, while they nap this afternoon I want to finish up my Kaleidoscope quilt back.  That will be my goal for today, then hopefully this week I can get it quilted and bound.  Wish me luck!

The numbers:

Used this week: 0 yards
Used YTD: 23 yards
Added this week: 10 yards
Added YTD: 112 yards
Net used/Added: -89 yards.

Now off to sew a little before everyone wakes up.  To see what others are up this week, head over to Judy's.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Went fabric shopping of course!

What else could a girl separated from her sewing machine for ten days do?  I was very lucky to be visiting beautiful Interlochen, MI during the local shop hop.  Two afternoons while the boys were taking their naps Mommy did some shop hopping and it was fab!

My first stop was at the delightful Interquilten which is less than a mile from the family cottage, how lucky is that?

While it is a small shop, the employees were so friendly and I was able to find some fabric that I "needed".

I found a cool Red, White and Blue stripe that I think will work as a binding for a Quilt of Valor I'd like to make soon.  After all the Christmas presents are made...

I also found a Dr. Seuss panel that I am going to use with the leftovers from this quilt to make a quilt for a friend who is expecting her first child in January.

The next day I made the trip to Cedar, MI to the lovely Liberty Bell Quilts.  This was another little shop, but they really had a lot of beautiful fabrics!

I have been eyeing those pink and red apples on blogs for ages, but I couldn't resist them once I saw them on the bolt.  I fell in love with Henna Garden much later than everyone else, so I'm slowly building my collection.  I snatched up the yellow as soon as I saw it!  I also fed my French General addiction and picked up two fat quarters of this blue print from Rural Jardin.

My final stop was Quilt N Bee in Traverse City.  Oh Mama, what an awesome shop!  I enjoyed all of the stops, but this one was just my type!  I ooohed and ahhhed over every bolt, and display...

I will start with the fat quarters.  More Henna Garden, more French General, and some from the new Children at Play line.  I'm not sure what I will do with any of these, but they sure are pretty.

Another impulse fat quarter buy.  I just couldn't resist this red, white and blue cute!

Then there was the Pips.  I already have a fat quarter bundle of this line that I'm dying to cut into, so I went ahead and got enough for backing and binding for a future project.  This line is so adorable!  I can't wait for Little Apples next month!

I had a great time fabric shopping on my vacation, but I promise we did lots of fun, family stuff:

Sitting on the dock by the lake (I miss this view already)

splashing in Lake Michigan

and going for canoe rides

Vacation 2011 was fantastic!  I can't wait to see what we get into next year!  Now back to the laundry and unpacking...sigh.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

Well, it is nice to be visiting my blog!  I have been on a bit of an unplanned blog break.  This summer has been so crazy busy!  Lots of out-of-town guests and fun activities with the boys, not to mention the ridiculous heat and humidity!  Needless to say, sewing hasn't been a top priority!!  I'm hoping to be back in the swing of things soon!

I was able to finally finish the top to my Kaleidoscope quilt!  I must admit I am so excited to have made some significant progress on this quilt!  Tonight after the boys are in bed I want to finish up the backing and maybe, just maybe, get it basted!  I really want to have this one finished by the end of the month, so that I can send it off to the fabulous Army Baby Quilts organization! 

While I have been doing some sewing, as usual, I have also done some shopping.  I know I don't need new fabric, but it's so pretty...

The top to the Kaleidoscope is completely pieced from stash, which feels great, but I did need to buy backing and binding fabric:

On the right is a print from Clermont Farms for the backing and the left is a navy blue shirting (it has little cream keys printed on it) that I will use for the binding.

My other stash additions were purchased solely because they are pretty.  I don't have any concrete plans for them...yet!

While at my favorite quilt store I finally caved and bought some Aviary 2.  I held out as long as I could!  Isn't it beautiful?

Like I said, I don't have any immeidate plans for it, but I know whatever I make, I'm keeping it!

I took advantage of a really good sale and got a Strawberry Fields jelly roll:

Not sure what I will do with this, but it is so pretty and the price was right, so I didn't want to pass it up!

My numbers for the past couple of weeks:

Used this week: 4.5 yards
Used YTD:  23 yards
Added this week:  8 yards
Added YTD:  102 yards
Net Used/Added:  -79 yards.

My numbers still don't look great, but I am starting to sew from my stash, so that's something.

I hope everyone else is enjoying their summers as much as I am.  I can't wait to head over to Judy's to see what everyone else is up to.  Thanks for stopping by!

Kaleidoscope QAL update

I finally finished the top to my Kaleidoscope quilt!  My quilting ADHD has been fierce this summer!  I just cannot stay focused on one project!  I am very pleased to have at least completed part of this one.  I think it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself!

Please forgive the not so great pictures, but we have been getting some much needed rain showers today, so this was taken in between storms!

It's nice to finally have something to show on this poor neglected blog!  I'm hoping to be more productive this fall!  There is something about the crisp, cool air that makes me want to quilt!