Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New technique

Quiltmaker Scrap Squad has done it again.  Go over to their blog and see the really neat technique  they have used on "Old Glory", it's so cool.  I love it!!  And if course most of you know how much I love Halloween so this quilt is right up my alley.

Friday, July 27, 2012


Have you ever noticed that quilting and chocolate go hand in hand?  When you walk into a quilt shop is there chocolate sitting there just calling your name?  Or when you go to retreats, everywhere you look there are bowls of chocolate?  And I'm good with it, what a better combination, right?   
I have my very own stash in my sewing studio.  I keep in hidden actually, so my kids don't find them.  Is that awful or what.  I'm totally hooked on these! 
They're my favorite melt-in-your-mouth-creamy-wonderful-chocolate candies.  If you haven't tried these you should.  They come in different flavors too.  My fav is the milk chocolates, I'll warn you now they are addicting and you will get hooked, just like me. 
So now it's back to work, after of course I have another.....  Happy sewing

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A little bit of Christmas

OK, so July is almost over and I've done nothing for Christmas.....until today.
 I decided to get busy on some of my Christmas gifts. It's never to early to start, right?? 
Here's what I did.
I started cutting 1 1/2" strips of all different reds, greens and whites.
But I didn't stop there.  I ended up cutting a whole bunch of fabric.

There are more than 50  - 10" squares ,
close to 75, 2 1/2" strips, 
 Plus 100  - 4 1/2" squares

Here's what I'm doing with some of the 1 1/2" strips.  The plan is to make table runners/toppers, mug rugs and candle mats for family gifts.  This is just the beginning.   More show and tell later. 
Until then happy sewing! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Aurifil Threads

I just found this contest that you don't want to miss.  
You can win this awesome collection of thread.  I love these colors!

Alex is having a contest and one lucky winner will receive the new collection of
50wt Aurifil thread Quilting Heart by Pat Bravo.
To enter, visit Alex's pinterest board http://pinterest.com/alexveronelli/pat-bravo-quilting-heart/
and repin each photo. You have 14 chances to win this fantastic collection! The contest ends July 24 12pm est and the winner will be chosen randomly.

Wait maybe I shouldn't tell you... I want to win. smile!!  Good luck to us all. 
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Whooo Whooo

Whoo's this little guy?? 
Find out by flying over to Quiltmakers blog  to see the latest version of Old Glory.
Bonnie has done a great job in creating a whole new look.  Boy, I tell you I'm going to get busy and create my own new version of Old Glory and see what I come up with.  I think I will do a Halloween version since I like Halloween so much.  Happy Sewing.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer projects

With the summer half over, and my list of summer projects still huge, I may have to re-think what  can get done this year.  Let's suspend reality for just a second,  how cool would it be to be at least 4 people, one to clean house, one to cook, one to run all the errands and one (that's me) to sew and craft and do all the fun stuff with my family.  Wouldn't that be great!  Think about how about much could be done and how many projects wouldn't end up in the donation box. 
Now back to reality.  Since that's not going to happen, I'll re-visit my list and pick out the ones I want to do most, and leave the rest for later (much later).  Anyone having the same problem, so many projects so little time?  Let me know so I don't feel like to only one.  Please share!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Leaves are falling all around

Yes, leaves!  Quiltmaker Scrap Squad is at it again with another great version of "Old Glory". 
This time they have used rich fall colors to make me wish for cooler weather.
Cathy Buel, appliques leaves instead of stars and then adds a pumpkin too. 
Love the idea.  Hop on over to see the finished quilt.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Drum roll please.......

And the random winner of the 25 yard roll of Steam-A-Seam is..
Here's what she wrote:
#1- I was a poster child for the American Heart Fund when I was a child.
#2-I recently returned from Paris as part of a swap I participated in.
#3-I love aprons and can't get enough of them, though I dislike cooking!

Thanks to all who participated.  I had a great time reading all your comments!!!  What fun and creative quilters ya'll are.
Now just so you know.  My two truths are:
2. I won MVP in a basketball tournament
3. I love chocolate caramel brownies

and my lie:
1. My favorite sport is bungee jumping
( I think I would have a heart attack first, I hate heights)

Quiltingranny - please email me your address so we can get your roll of
 Steam-A-Seam in the mail.

P.S.  I have some more fun give aways in the near future, so stay tuned, and keep sewing.

Only a few hours left

Last day of the Steam-A-Seam give away. 
If you haven't already, post your comments and be a follower. 
 Remember write two truths and one lie, be fun and creative.
The contest closes  5pm MST.  
I will announce the winner later this evening, I need time to read all the comments. 
The winner will be chosen at random.  Thanks!! Good luck to all.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Strawberry jam

One of the best things about summer is making Strawberry freezer jam.  Yummy!!!  Unfortunately we eat it as fast as I can make it.  Great stuff.  Chocolate zuccinhi cake is next. 

Steam-A-Seam give away only has 2 days left..... Contest ends Wednesday night.   Go now and enter the contest so you can win.. don't forget.  Happy sewing!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Under the Sea with the Scrap Squad

What's up next for the Quiltmaker Scrap Squad??? 
Go take a peek at the newest version of
 "Old Glory"
here at the Quiltmaker Blog
Fun idea with sea life and dividing the quilt in two colors.
I can't wait to see what comes next.
Great job Donna!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.  Enjoy spending time with family and friends remembering the freedoms that are so gratefully ours!!

Monday, July 2, 2012


With being so busy I decided to take a break make something quick and easy just because. 
Here's my pincushion. 

Do you like it??  I'm happy with it.  The watermelon is made of wool felt.  I love this stuff, so easy to work with.  There are so many cute pincushions out there, I think I need to make a few more.  Does anyone have a collection?  I have a new pattern I haven't made yet, maybe that will be next. 
But for now, back to work.

Enter to win a 25 yard roll of  Steam-A-Seam.  Go to the June 27 post and see how, don't forget