Thursday, May 29, 2008
an iron-on labels book... (well, that didn't fit in the bag... HE HE), an embroidery scissors, a little larger than a FQ of that red butterflies fabric (for your own project), two charm bundles of Red, White, & Bold by Moda (a summer project maybe), and a needle case (that silver looking thing in the front right... I forgot what's the fancy name for it).
I'm heading out with Sweetie Pie on Friday afternoon for a weekend camping trip with her girl scout troop. We'll be back by Sunday afternoon. I will pick a winner either on Tuesday or Wednesday after I've catch up with non-quilty things. And if this body of mine isn't frozen up from sleeping on the ground for two nights!*LOL* So there's still time to enter in this drawing... just leave a comment on this post.
On the mystery front, I have finally completed all 30 blocks of step 4 for my Orange Crush. Finishing up Step 5 will have to wait till next week. :(
Remember my two color challenge quilt? I have found the background fabrics that I'd like to use! It's Never Enough Romance by Alex Anderson (white with red prints). I've placed an order with Fabric Shack, and it should arrived next week. While I was there, I also ordered some more Batiks for my Dear Jane blocks. Yep, I have my summer projects all line up! How about you?
Have a wonderful weekend!! :D
UPDATED: I discovered another giveaway -- go to Embroidery Treasures for an opportunity to win some pretty FQs.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
A week ago, our good friends had invited us to come over for a BBQ and swimming after the flag placement event, but that was when we had summer weather, not spring weather! Our friends decided that it was better to wait for warmer weather to have their BBQ gathering. So instead, we opted for a movie and dinner out. We all went to see the new Indiana Jones movie. Who doesn't love Indy?! I thought the movie was good.
I also got 16 of 30 blocks of Step 4 done.... Spinning Star.
Here's what 16 blocks look like together.
This morning, with my cup of coffee in hand, I thought perhaps I'll catch up with some blog reading, but I didn't get to a whole lot of blogs at all except for the first one. That was Bonnie's blog; she has posted the next step of OC Mystery! Finally, we are going to get to use that orange fabrics, and I could not wait! Immediately, I headed to my sewing corner and started cutting up some squares. I was able to put together 3 Album blocks.
At first, I wasn't quite sure if I like the orange that I had picked out. So I got some of Step 4 and Step 5 up on the flannel board to look at. And you know what? I love it! I'm beginning to think that this mystery is even better than the last one!
Remember my Pink Lemonade? I made 8 Spinning Star blocks. This quilt is all scrappy except for the background; it is a white tone-on-tone. I don't have any yardage in my 30's collection, so I used the same yellow and green in each star but different yellow and green for each block. Click on the photo to see it larger... maybe that will make more sense. I think I might set the Pink Lemonade in straight setting.... hmmm? Do you see the star forming in the straight setting and the X forming with those lights of those 4-patches? I love it! I can't wait to make up some of the Album blocks in 30's fabrics to see what they will look like together!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This block of Dear Jane, B-2 Sweet Tater Pie, was forgotten. I finished handpiecing this little cutie before Mother's Day weekend but forgot all about it due to the river trip.
So here it is... but there's one problem... I goofed! This little block took a bit longer for me to piece because it was my first time handpiecing with curves... so it will remains as is!
This post is also marked as my 98th of this blog! Just two posts away from that 100th mark! I recently visited a few blogs that are having giveaways so thought I might give it try. I don't know what I'm giving away yet, but for sure, it will be quilty related and fabrics. I will try to come up with something by my 100th post.
So all you have to do to get a chance to win something from me is to leave a comment on this post.... be sure to leave me an addy if you are set to "no reply". An extra bonus -- if you can tell me in the comment of what is the goofed of this block, I will add your name to the pot for an extra chance of winning.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I've been sewing up a storm over the weekend! I worked on the Orange Crush Mystery quilt and finished with step 3. Yeah, I cheated and went ahead with the next step before finishing with step 2. Is it just me or is step 2 seems to take forever to get done?
My favorite unit of step 3 is the unplanned one of a cat face peeking out!
At the beginning of the mystery quilt, I also pulled fabrics from my 30's collection to make a baby quilt called Pink Lemonade. I started sewing on this project too. This one should be quicker to complete each step ... smaller quilt = less blocks to do. Since it's still a mystery, I'm guessing as to how many blocks to do. One of the gal from QuiltvilleChat group suggested to cut the numbers to a quarter, so I'm going with that. When Bonnie reveals the mystery, I will adjust it accordingly. For now, Step 1=40 4-patches.
Celebrating Mother's Day!
Since we spent half of the day in the RV driving back from the Colorado River last Sunday, John and the kiddos took me out to the Melting Pot for a belated Mother's Day dinner. It was yummy!
We started out with two different kinds of cheese fondue: Spinach Artichoke Cheese and Fiesta Cheese that the waiter mixed the ingredients and melted them in pots right at the table along with chips, veggies, bread, and apples to dip. These appertizers did not last long with my voracious group! *lol* Then I had a California salad with Walnut Rasberries dressing. It was delicious!
Of course, the entrees were delectable. We had two kinds of broth to cook the meats. seafood, and more veggies in. Yummm!!For dessert: Flaming Turtle, Yin and Yang Chocolates! What is better than ending the meal with CHOCOLATES with fresh fruits and cakes for dipping! :-D
Friday, May 16, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
This set I am doing everthing by hand; on the other hand (no pun intended), the Batiks DJ will be machine pieced as much as possible. I will try to keep up with the group with this collection.
This block is B-12 Starflower - reversed appliqued.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
What a gal to do when there's no machine to sew on or not handpiecing? Catch up with blog readings!
Nicole at Sister's Choice Quilts is having a two color quilt challenge. I love two color quilts! and had wanted to do one for quite awhile... so why not join in on the fun, right?!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Let's start with Friday...
The good news is I finished binding my Summer Breeze quilt; it was washed, dried, and photographed. The bad news... this quilt was intended to be a gift for someone on John's side of the family, but upon close inspection, I noticed a seam about 2 inches long came undone in the middle of the quilt. It's easy enough to fix the problem with some hand sewing, but now I don't want to give the quilt away if other seams might come undone in another washing. Good news is I have another quilt top, Summer Breeze II, that's waiting to be quilt. Bad news is don't have the backing for it and will need to go shopping. Well... shopping should be more of a good thing than bad, but I'm at my limit on spending for quilty things this month (yikes, and it's only the beginning of May).
Now this is REALLY the bad news... I found out that my baby is sick! I got up early and planned to work on Step 2 of Orange Crush Mystery. But when I turned on my machine and stepped on the pedal, it made a weird sound and nothing happened.
Here's my baby at the beginning of deconstruction. The good thing is we did found out what was wrong. Imagine a rope or string wraps around a propeller of an airplane or the blades of ceiling fan. The rope or string eventually would tightens around the motor and stops the motion. That's what happened with my Pfaff. A piece of thread wrapped around the shaft of the main motor causing it to stop. The bad news is John still has to put it back together (EEKK) and everything must be in working order!
Lastly, to top it off for Sunday... my internet connection was down for the whole day! Good news is ... obviously, it's back up today for me to make this post.