Wednesday, September 30, 2009

IBOL Thank You

IBOL Thank You
Originally uploaded by heidielliott.
Look what I received in the mail today! A thank you card from Mr. IBOL himself. IBOL, Iraqi Bundles of Love, is the brainchild of Art. He asked the blogworld to send him packages stuffed to the gills with thead, fabric, yarn, etc. to distribute to the Iraqi people near where he is stationed. 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 and shipped them to him at the end of August 2009.

Check out his blog; they are in the delivery stage right now.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Old Red Barn Co. Sew-a-Long Round 4

Hello everyone! I just wanted you all to know about the next round in the Old Red Barn Quilt Along group over on flickr. We have had three rounds so far with the following quilts and leaders:

Round 3: Wonky Log Cabins- John, Quilt Dad
Round 2: Zig-zags - Amy, Park City Girl
Round 1: Rails - Dana Old Red Barn Co.

I have volunteered to lead round four. But we haven't decided what type of block we want to try next. So, hop over to the discussion thread and chime in if you have a preference. And join us in the fun. I promise it will be worth it. I will be having giveaways during the round so you will want to keep an eye on the discussion threads in the flickr group and my posts here :)

Here are some of the current suggestions for what block we might do:

Circles: Pieced and applique

Close Up of Finished Top

Crazy nine-patch:
Crazy 9 Patch Quilt

or disappearing nine patch.

spider or string

Just so you know we can easily incorporate the circles into one of these other blocks like I did for this quilt:
Doll Quit Swap 7 Possibility

Monday, September 28, 2009

More Blocks Received & Wonky Cabins

Wonky Cabins

So I made another set of four wonky cabin blocks (Old Red Barn Quilt Along Round 3 led by Quilt Dad). This time I used my two left over blocks and instead of appliqueing the falling off block, I pieced it in. See the upper right block. I like this set just as much as the last one. I am 50/50 on the pieced versus appliqued falling off block though.

Wonky Cabins #2

I started to piece a border around the other set of four wonky cabins. I had plenty of left over brown solids from two other quilt projects. After adding the solid brown border, I plan to add a strip pieced border of all the different fabrics I used in the center blocks.

Monday Design Wall: First border Almost Done

Silly Kitty

So my hubby was sitting with Gobo on his lap while working on his computer Sunday. Justin decided to take the cat with him momentarily to the garage to look for something. Placing the cat near his shoulders to carry him, Gobo decided he wanted to be on Justin's shoulders for his ride to and from the garage. Well, after sitting down to do some more stuff on his computer, Justin asked me to look at what Gobo was doing. This is what I saw.

Gobo looks like a leopard in a tree to me. Gobo sat that way for quite a while and then jumped down to lay on his back in the sun on the floor.

Hubby with Gobo

Goofy cat....

Charity Quilt Blocks

I received LyndaG1's blocks on Friday. Thanks, Lynda!

LyndaG's Blocks

These two blocks are from RebeccasRags. These make me want to book a flight to a tropical island somewhere ;) The one of the right has little surf boards on it.

RebeccasRags Blocks

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dana's Block for the Charity Quilt

Dana's Block
Originally uploaded by heidielliott.
I received a block from Dana (Old Red Barn Co) today for my charity quilt. I love how scrappy this looks. Thanks, Dana!

More Charity Blocks Have Arrived

New Arrivals

I received some more block donations for the charity quilt yesterday. Here is the line-up:

These lovelies are from DeeRoo G. Don't cha just love that wonky star!
DeeRoo G's Blocks

These blocks are from our funny friend over the pond, Ochil_Lynz. The dark blue squares are butterflies (a little hard to tell in this photo :) ). The quilt is going to be superb, ladies!
A Peek At Donna's World's Blocks

The camera turned the block on the left a little yellow. It is actually more tan/brown. I love the large paisley print that A Peek at Donna's World used.
Ochil_Lynz's Blocks

Wonky Log Cabin Center Medallion Take 2

Wonky Log Cabin

My second attempt at this center set of blocks. DeeRoo G was very helpful in providing some feedback about switching around the order. When I switched them around the squares didn't quite fit size wise. I realized it was because they were constructed going the same direction. So when I rotated them; they didn't fit.

I made two new ones being very careful to construct them going the right direction with the logs for each spot. Whew! Then I wanted to add a little something to the bottom right square as it still was visually skinny compared to the others. So I added an appliqued round of logs that appears to be falling off the main set.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Block from TeaGinny

Block from TeaGinny
I received this block today in the mail from Teaginny (flickr) for the BPCAF Charity Quilt. Thanks, Teaginny. I love it :)

The white square has these swirly pokie-dots.

Closeup of Teaginny Block

Working on Unfinished Projects

Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund / Elves Charity Quilt Progress

After posting about this charity quilt last week here and on the Old Red Barn Quilt Along Flickr group, I have had lots of lovely quilters sign up to send me a block or two.

In the case of Annie of Blue Gables, she sent me four! They are so lovely. Here they are in all their blue calico glory.

Anita's Blocks for the Charity Quilt

I will try to keep posting the donated blocks as they come in. I plan on providing a map of who/where the squares came from on the label of the quilt, so the new owner will know all about how wonderfully generous you quilters are.

Old Red Barn Round 1 Top Finished

I finally finished the Old Red Barn Quilt Along Round 1 top. YEAH! I will be piecing the back tonight and hopefully quilting it tomorrow. I am entering this in a local quilt show. It will be the first time I have ever entered one. I am excited and nervous all at the same time.

Finished Round 1 Top

These are shots of the finished quilt top from the back. I love how it looks like stain glass.

Backside of ORB Round 1 Quilt

Round 1 Top: Back View


I used the ends from the strip sets to make the band in the middle. The pink fabric is actually half white background on one side and half pink background on the other side. They are the negatives of one another. It sorta matches the trellis prints from Flights of Fancy. It is Kisii Window by Maggie Maye for Micheal Miller.

Back of Round 1 Old Red Barn Quilt Along

Backside of Backing ORB Round 1

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Wonky Log Cabins ORB Round 3

Here is my stab at wonky log cabins for Round 3 of the Old Red Barn Quilt Along Round 3 led by Quilt Dad. I am really liking these. I plan to make a medallion like quilt out of this by continuing to add borders around this central block.

Roses & Books for Me


I was picked up from work on Thursday by my husband. And these lovelies were what greeted me in the car. He is such a sweetie. They are sitting on my computer desk in my sewing room.

Roses smell so good. I also love all the different colors they come in. Their petals are so soft and silky. I love getting flowers. They always make me smile. Not just roses, any kind of flower :)

Informal Book Club
Informal Book Club

So a friend of mine sent me a letter in the mail requesting me to participate in an informal book club. I usually do not participate in these kinds of things, but I didn't want my friend not to get her books. So I sent out my letters to my 6 friends with her mailing address enclosed. Then I dutifully sent off a book to a lady in DuBois, PA :)

I was totally not expecting to get any books from the club. But over the past couple of days I have received two packages. These are the books sent to me from relatives of my friend Susan in Alabama. She must have asked them to participate ;)

The 50 acres and a Poodle has a history. It has been passed around Susan's family for reading. I feel honored that they would include me in that tradition. Aunt Kathy said that I was like family :) Too Sweet! The history with Susan and myself is that my husband and I introduced Alabama Susan to her husband, Tim, back in college. Tim was a high school classmate of my husband. Susan was a friend of ours in college.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

DQS7 Quilt Received

DQS7 Quilt Received
Originally uploaded by heidielliott.
My DQS7 quilt from sweetteamom. I love it!

I came home from work on Thursday to a package at my front door. It is even more stunning in person. Pictures really never do quilts any justice.

And get this, I am participating in an online quilting bee ran by Sweet Tea Mom. She's so sneeky. I had no idea that she was my partner.

Now I need to find a spot for it my sewing room, hmmmm. Oh, and the chocolate was perfect. It made my after work blahs disappear. The cat paw ribbon and the kitten note pad are spot on. I love my furry friends.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Charity Quilt

As I have mentioned before, I am a member of the local Junior Woman's Club (JWC) that is a service organization. The club raises money for local charities.

For the next two years it is the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Bob Perks was a State College, PA native and a founding member of Coaches vs. Cancer here at Penn State. After Mr. Perks died of skin cancer in 2005, his wife, Doreen, established the fund to help individuals and families dealing with cancer. The fund provides money for those families basic necessities.

Every year the JWC's biggest fundraiser is around the beginning of December. They provide a place for children to purchase gifts for their family at reasonable prices (all under $5.00). It is called the Elves' Gift Shop.

Last year I made a quilt and donated it to the Silent Auction that is a part of the Elves event. I would like to do the same this year. I was wondering if any of my wonderful readers would like to donate a square to the quilt.

Requirements I have are:

  1. Any color of blue fabric will do. I will be adding a chocolate brown border, so if your blue is mixed with brown even better. Mixing in solids of neutral blocks is fine as well. Or even blues and neutral combo prints is fine. If the fabric has a blue color in it and/or a neutral, you are good to go :)
  2. The finished block is squared to 12.5" x 12.5".
  3. The block can be:
a four-patch
(4, 6.5" x 6.5" squares before sewing)

or a nine-patch
(9, 4.5" x 4.5" squares before sewing)

I would like to have the square to me by October 19th. I have that week off and would want to focus on making the quilt.

Feel free to fold up the square and mail it to me in a standard envelope. No sense in trying to keep it flat while getting it to me. The postal rate will be a lot cheaper too :)

Let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment below with your address. If you don't feel comfortable with leaving your email address, send me a message at

Do not feel like you have to participate at all. But any assistance is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Twinings Tins

My husband is a big loose tea drinker in the morning at his work. Recently he brought home his stash of empty one. I looked at these things and though, hmmm..., I should be able to do something with these. It seems a shame to set them out in the recycling.

So Saturday nigh I experimented with putting fabric sleeves on them. I figured we could use them as pencil holders or something. We can sell them at the JWC Elves event this December. Since the tins are basically "free" and the fabric is from my scraps. The cost is very minimal (as I will be donating them ;)

The fabric has about a 7mm (1/4") fold on the top and bottom to make a nice edge. The length is 30 cm before it is sewn together to make the sleeve; 7mm seam on that too.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Operation Organize Sewing Room

Originally uploaded by heidielliott.
I am trying to turn these piles into a nicely ironed, folded, and organized by color fabric stash. Wish me luck :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Online Quilting Bee and Recent Sewing Finds

Bee Addicted 2 Online Quilting Bee

I joined an online quilting bee recently. Our quilting bee has twelve participants that committed to a year long exchange of quilting blocks. Each member will send out fabric and instructions for block construction one month out of the year. The member that sends out the fabric/instructions then receives 11+ completed blocks back (one or more from each of the other members). During the other 11 months of the year, you get fabric from the other participants to make blocks for them :)

Linzi_4444 signed up for September. She wanted wonky log cabin blocks sashed in white muslin. She also allowed us to contribute to the blocks with coordinating fabric from our stash. I contributed a bit of Wildwood and a batik that I had left over from some other projects.

I was able to get two blocks completed for her. This first one has the sashing fabric already applied and cropped to the 12.5 X 12.5 final size. The second one doesn't have the sashing fabric. Linzi said she would take care of it when she gets the block back.

Bee Addicted 2 Block for Linzi_4444

Bee Addicted 2 Block for Linzi_4444

Sewing Supplies & Books

A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Hershey, PA area on a little weekend road trip. We stopped at this rummage sale and I found these beauties. Aren't those teddy bears from the 70's adorable and kinda creepy at the same time (orange, blue and red bears in picture). As best as I can tell the two quilting patterns at the bottom are from the 30's.

Rummage Sale Finds

We have this great surplus store about a 45-minute drive from our house in Altoona, PA. We were on our way to Johnstown, PA last weekend and just "happened" to be driving by Surplus City. Alright... alright, I made my husband drive by the place. Sheesh!

Trim, Zippers and Thread... Oh, My!

Zippers werre 25 cents each the spool of trim was only 2.99. The Gutterman thread is from Joann's; not cheap :) The fabric was all around 3.75 a yard. I swear I just cannot help myself. OH, and they had interfacing for only a 1.00 a yard, all weights!

Fabric Finds from Surplus City

I had some books on my Amazon wish list based on recommendations from the participants of the Old Red Barn Quilt Along and Doll Quilt Swap. Digital Textile Design, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired quilts and Collaborative Quilting are new books, but I was lucky enough to find Curves in Motion, Trapunto and Log Cabin Curves book at the same place I picked up all those patterns above.

Recent Book Purchases

Junior Woman's Club Elves

Bracelets for JWC Elves

I am a member of the local Junior Woman's Club (JWC) that is a service organization. The club raises money for local charities. For the next two years it is the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Bob Perks was a State College native and a founding member of Coaches vs. Cancer. After Mr. Perks died of skin cancer in 2005, his wife, Doreen, established the fund to help individuals and families dealing with cancer. The fund provides money for their basic necessities.

Every year the JWC's biggest fundraiser is around the beginning of December. They provide a place for children to purchase gifts for their family at reasonable prices (all under $5.00). It is called the Elves' Gift Shop.

I have been assigned to help with the Mother's table again. I have been making some bracelets with my bead stash. I am also going to try and make some checkbook covers too. I found a clearance sale micro suede fabric at 54" with butterflies stitched on it. I have until the beginning of November to get them done :) I might even donate another one of my quilts again this year for a silent auction that they hold during the Elves Gift Shop event.