Sunday, August 30, 2009

And the winner is...

The winner of the mini-quilt is: Emma of Sampaguita Quilts in Austrailia.
Our three checkbook cover winners are:
  1. Annie of Blue Gables
  2. Arlette
  3. Michelle 

Checkbook Covers

Congratulations! Thanks everyone for stopping by and participating :) I will be contacting the winners for postal addresses today.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mini Quilt Giveaway

After almost three years in the blogverse and just short of 100 posts, I have decided to have a giveaway. My stomach is such a flutter :)

Okay, so, I was making some doll quilts in an effort to find one that fit my Doll Quilt Swap 7 partner. I ended up making three. One I think fits her. And another one is perfect for another obligation I have. So that leaves me with number three, this improvisational quilt, called "Sunrise".

I whipped this little baby up one afternoon while I was tinkering with circle piecing. I really enjoyed going through the discovery process of making a scrappy-artsy quilt. I love it so much, I want to offer it up as the giveaway prize :)

Some lucky commenter will win this 16 X 22 mini-quilt. Three runners-up will each receive one of the checkbook covers pictured below.
Checkbook Covers

Okay, here are the rules:

1) Leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite way to use your scraps from your stash by midnight (EST) Saturday, Aug. 28th, 2009.

2) I will give commenters an extra 3 entries for posting about my giveaway on their blog. Please leave the link to your blog in your comment so I can find ya :)

I will draw a winner on Sun. August 30th, 2009. Good luck everyone!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Finished Doll Quilt Swap 7 Quilt

I finally finished my DQS7 quilt. I decided to sent the Tumblers quilt to my partner and the purple log-cabinish quilt to my Pay It Forward partner. The improvisational abstract quilt will soon be posted here in a giveaway, so check back in the next week for the post.

In the meantime, here are the pictures :)

Finished DQS7 Front and Back

Finished Doll Quilt Swap 7: Front

"Tumblers" is finished! Yeah! All nice and crinkley from the washing. I really like the triangles on this one. I repeated the triangle shapes in the quilting as well. The binding is from what was left of the fat quarters after cutting out the triangles. The binding is hand finished. I never was good at keeping binding straight enough to machine sew it completely on a quilt, so I machine sew it to the top and then pull it to the back and hand stitch it.

Finished Doll Quilt Swap 7 Quilt: Back

Pay It Forward Mini Quilt

Finished Pay It Forward Quilt: Front

You will have to look at the picture of the back to see the quilting design, but it crinkled very nicely. This lovely is going all the way to Utah :) I will hopefully get it shipped on Monday. Look out for it Anita (Annie Of Blue Gables).

Finished Pay It Forward Quilt: Back

I made all these random squares across the quilt. You really cannot tell from the front. The prints are really strong and the quilting gets pulled to the background visually.

Abstract Mini-Quilt Quilting Close-Up

Quilting Close Up of Abstract Mini Quilt

I am finishing the binding on this one, but I wanted to give you a peek at the quilting close up. I ran some of the purple thread out onto the black border. At the top there is also some yellow thread on the border that mimics the rectangles on the yellow fabric. Overall I like how it turned out. Maybe it will get really puffy when it is washed :)

Iraqi Bundles of Love (IBOL)

Iraq Bundles of Love

I spied the Iraqi Bundles of Love donation campaign from Jacquie's blog, who spied it on Kristen's blog. Kristen's huband, a.k.a, Mr. Incredible, a.k.a, Mr. IBOL will be collecting packages of supplies to leave behind for the people he has served over in Iraq. According to Mr. IBOL, they re-use everything.  So I packed up some of my stash, needles, thread, and yarns to ship to him by September 7, 2009.

Here is where you can find more information. Mr. IBOL suggests using his ABO address and using the $11.95 flat rate US Postal System boxes for the shipping, i.e. $11.95, no matter the weight :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Catching Up with You All

Some random photos...

Bee Addicted 2


I joined a quilting bee over on Flickr called Bee Addicted 2. I am so excited. It is my first year long bee. I can't wait to get started :) My first attempt at the group button, by the way :)

While I was working on it I found this cool avatar creator and made this:

I love her pony tails :) The skull earring and her lovely purple completion. What more could a girl ask for?

So what if she looks a little vampire-zombie-ish... the girl is styln' in a X-Men, Storm kinda way :)

Gobo in the Meatloaf Position

Gobo in a Meatloaf

Our male cat all bundled down in the "meatloaf" position. This is where Gobo usually says, "Come'on mom, just take the picture...." :)

The term meatloaf position comes from a cartoon cell by the cartoonist B. Kliban.

"Famous Meatloaves Cat -- One hell of a nice animal, frequently mistaken for a meatloaf." - B. Kliban

Kliban drew cute cartoons of striped cats. Here is a gallery of Kliban's work.



Tiffany of TiggleGiggle's sent out a consolation prize of a fat quarter to all of the people who didn't win her book give-away on her blog. What a sweetie :) Thanks Tiffany!


Our office had these beautiful flowers in a planter outside it's main doors. I couldn't resist taking a picture of them all dotted with water.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tumblers Quilt

Doll Quilt Swap 7: Choice #3 - Front

MimiPark over on Flickr called these blocks "elongated tumblers", so in honor of her I have named my Doll Quilt Swap 7 (see Flickr group) quilt: "Tumblers".

Finished Dimensions: 21 3/4" X 23"
Finished Size of Two Triangles: 3 3/4" X 5 1/8"
Border: 3"

This is the first time I have tried to sew triangles (non-half square ones anyway). I used a paper template to do all the cutting for these. I placed a 1/4" line on the template to make it easier to line up with my ruler. That way I wouldn't have to get the ruler lined up with the very edge of the ruler to cut out the 24 triangles for the quilt :)

The fabrics, prints only, are from Melissa Averinos' Sugar Snap. The solids are batiks I piced up at my local fabric shop. They have these cool snaky looking lines that end in circles

Here is the pdf for the template if you want to give these tumblers a try.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Doll Quilt Swap 7

Doll Quit Swap 7 Possibility

The circle and two of the stripes are pieced in while the other three stripes are applique. Not quite sure if this should be the one I send to my partner. I have another more traditional design to try out too.

The whole quilt was improvised. I just grabbed all my orange, pink, yellow and red scraps to make up the hodge-podge half of the quilt. I really enjoyed the process. I wanted to try the curved piecing on this quilt too. Basically I used a Drunkard's Path pattern and instead of turning the circle out, I turned it in to make a completed circle.