Monday, November 22, 2010

We'll I did get One thing done

Okay, so I know most of the quilting world really gets busy on the weekends.  I always have plans to get so many projects completed over the weekend but it never seems to play out that way.

First, I sleep in (with 4 little ones climbing all over my husband and I).  And then there are normally errands to run.  If it is a week with a Kids Build we have to head over to Lowes, seriously, the kids really don't like to miss that.  And then there is always lots of games in the afternoon while the littlest take naps.  And before you know it, it is dinner and bed, and then I am normally so pooped I follow the kids to bed.

So ya, I don't end up with a lot of quilting time on weekends, but honestly, that's okay.  I am really trying hard to keep this whole quilting love balanced with family.  I know I don't always do the best (especially when I am close to finishing a project, It is just like a book, I can't stop until it is done) but I really am trying.  It's all about keeping things in perspective, right :)

Okay, so I think I am getting sidetracked, I really just meant to lead into the one thing I did this weekend.  So here it is :)

 I actually put this top together a few weeks ago.  It was my "guinea pig" for figuring out my pattern for Nature's Pathways.  I learned a lot :)  So what I did this weekend was find this adorable snuggle fleece for the back and attach it.  (ya, so like 15 minutes of sewing :)

I am so excited about it!  It is just a little mini quilt, I call it a car-seat-snuggie.   It is just the perfect size for tucking those little ones into their car seat.   I made it to go with my Snuggle Squares quilt (and with the scraps from that quilt) and both will be sent off to my amazing twin sister who just found out that her first little wee one will be a girl!!  I am so excited for her!!  Love you Jen!!
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Nature's Pathways

We'll it never was beautifully sunny, but good enough to get a decent picture.  Introducing Nature's Pathways

I just love the way the sashings  pop out and I just can't get enough of scrappy bindings, Love them!!

Another view of my leafy vine quilting

The back.  I did mitered corners on the borders for the first time.  I really liked doing them:)

Ready to be snuggled and loved :)
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

I Need the Sun

I finished quilting up and binding my "Jo-Anne quilt contest" quilt this morning (and some of this afternoon).  You know, the earthy tones one that I will probably call A Nature Walk or Natures Pathways or something along those lines.  (by the way, thank you for all of the great suggestions, I really am having a hard time picking a favorite, but that is a good thing :)

Well anyhow, now that it is done I just want to get outside and take some wonderful pictures of the beautiful earth tones and Argghh, it is all muggy, wet, and nasty.  No sun at all, just total cloud cover and threating to rain again.

What ya gonna do??  I will try to get outside tomorrow and take some pictures because I really don't want to reveal the finished quilt with pictures taken inside that just don't do the colors justice.  So, I will leave you with a little sneak peak and show you the new quilting design I tried out .

I figured since it was all "nature-ish" I would try to create a "nature-ish" all over design.  I played around for a bit on paper and ended up coming up with this.  I'm going to call it leafy vine.  I did it rather small scale so yes, it took quite a while to quilt up but I am so super happy with the outcome.  Until tomorrow, Happy Quilting

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Moda Bake Shop Booth

Okay, so I didn't get to go to Quilt Festival in Houston. Never fear though,  it is on my list of things to do in the hopefully near future.  I did however, happen to have a quilt at Festival.  I was so excited when the Moda Bake Shop asked if they could use my quilt to display at their booth.  I still get a little peppy whenever I think about it. We'll just imagine the peppy little dance I did when I saw these pictures over at the Moda Bake Shop.

 Yup, total Perma-Grin for me for the next few days!!  Take a minute and click on over to see their amazing booth.  It is so pretty and there are so many projects to really get you going :)
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Quilt Show 2010

SewCalGal has just started her annual Christmas Quilt Show.  This is my first year to jump in on the action and I am so excited!!  I finished this Christmas Sampler Quilt at the end of August as part of the Simple Sampler Quilt-A-Long with Amy at Amy's Creative Side.  I was so fun to work on 2 different blocks each week for 2 months.  Talk about putting you in the Christmas Spirit all year long!!  I was so happy with the final outcome and it made for a wonderful gift for some very special friends :)  Merry Christmas!!  No click back to the Christmas Quilt Show for some major "merry" surfing.

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