Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Charming Stars Sew-Along

Many of you have asked about a new sew-along since Irene is finished. I'm happy to tell you I've decided to do another one and I've decided on a pattern. We'll be making a Charming Stars can find the tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop here

I made two table runners using this pattern a long time ago, and gave them both away as gifts. Ever since then I've wanted to make a quilt for myself using this pattern, and I think now is as good a time as any. This is a nice lap size...the pattern makes it 68-inches square. As with all of my sew-alongs, feel free to make it any size you want. I think we'll aim for two blocks a month, but if you choose to do more than that, that's fine too. I hope to get to the fabric store soon to get some background fabric to go with the charm squares I plan to use, so once I do that I'll announce when this will start...maybe September 1 but that's not far off! LOL

If you're interested in joining in, leave me a comment and let me know. I'll add a button to my sidebar that you can grab for you blog too if you'd like to. And by all means, do an online search for charming star quilts if you need a little inspiration...there are lots of beautiful versions out there! :0)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bedroom redo

I'm happy to say the bedroom redecoration project is nearly finished. Here you can see what the room looked like actually had a self-stick border of dump trucks and bulldozers on the middle of the wall the whole time Brian used the room. Once I took that off, I was left with white on the top and green sponge painting on the bottom.

And here it is with the new paint on the walls. The green is actually very pretty and really brightens up the room. As you can see my Wiggly Whimsy is on the wall in there now. It's nice to finally have a place to show it off. And the bright colors really go well in there too.

This is a panel mom had gotten for me. It's another quilt I'm happy to finally have hanging up instead of being folded up in a drawer.

I used the one wall to hang up three canvases...I made the top two and Emily made the bottom one.

And this is the afghan mom gave me after she saw the curtain fabric I had bought. It's perfect in this room and I just love it! The yellow in it made me decide to add yellow to the quilt I'm making.

And speaking of that, here are the first two blocks on the design wall. I have a third nine-patch made now, all ready to be cut up and resewn. Hopefully I can get to some more sewing here before the day's over.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And the winners are...

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and well wishes on my blogiversary. It truly warms my heart to know that so many of you enjoy visiting my blog and seeing what I'm up to. Without further ado, the winner of the little table topper is Michelle. And the second place winner of some surprise goodies is Rebecca.

I finally got around to cutting into the fabric for my new quilt the other night. Here's the first still needs sewn together. I'm going to make a few more of these and then decide if it's the pattern I want to use for the quilt or not.

And just because I love sharing pictures from my garden, here are a few. The first plant is called a torch flower. I planted a whole row and only one came up. I think it may have something to do with the fact that the wild bunnies were taking dirt baths in the garden right after I planted. LOL

I also planted a few rows of miniature sunflowers...they come in different colors and are so pretty. They're just starting to bloom now, so there will be lots more.

And I just happened to see this ladybug on the step by the garden. I like how you can see its shadow. :0)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Six years ago...

Six years ago I started my blog. I had no idea just how much it would change my life...but it sure did. So to celebrate six wonderful years of blogging, I want to have a giveaway for my regular readers. I'm giving away this little table topper, along with some other goodies. And I'll pick a second winner to get a few surprise goodies as well. Just leave a comment below if you want to be in the draw. And if you're a Google+ user you'll need to leave your email address in your comment, or I'll have no way to reach you. This giveaway is open to anyone, in or out of the US. I'll pick a winner on my actual blogiversary date...August 12. Good luck to you all...and thanks for visiting! :0)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quilt fabric

My original plan was to buy a bunch of fat quarters for the new quilt I'm making. However, I only found one I liked, so I bought yardage instead. Then the question was what pattern to use, and how much more fabric would I need to buy.

I decided on a disappearing nine patch, but this one comes out looking like you pieced it with sashing and cornerstones. You can see the finished quilt and tutorial HERE. My blocks will alternate green and blue, and the cornerstones will be yellow. Now I just need to find a fabric for the sashing parts. I'm hoping to find a white fabric with all three of these colors in it. So one of these days I'll be heading off to Amish country to see what I can find.
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