Saturday, January 12, 2019

A Crochet Blanket....

I quilt, my mom knits and my sister crochets.
I got this blanket as a surprise in the mail today!!!
Our deal was she'd crochet me a blanket and I'm going to make her a quilt.
She's wayyyy ahead of me....but I love it! And it's sooooo warm! Lucky me....and Jackson.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Annnnd the winner is....

The early bird sure got the prize this time around! Random Number Generator chose number three...
GENERATE the winner of Diane's Strip Quilt Secrets.
Comment number three is from Mary R. who blogs at Urban Quilter.
Mary watch for an email from me and know I'm your newest follower!
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And thank you to everyone who stopped by my little blog spot and entered the give-away. It was interesting to read everyone's comments and learn about the variety of things we do to entertain ourselves while we quilt. Many of us prefer the peace and quiet with only the hum of our sewing machine to keep us company while others enjoy a good podcast or movie. Either way, sewing certainly provides a healthy creative outlet for us doesn't it. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Strip Quilt Secrets Blog Hop & Give-Away!

Diane who blogs at Butterfly Threads Quilting makes the most wonderful scrappy quilts! I'm always inspired by her combination of bright colors and fabric patterns to design such a variety of patterns. When she published her first book: Scrap Book Secrets, I devoured it, reading it cover to cover and taking note, especially as I read her chapter of Quilt Making Basics. And now she's done it again!!


I quickly volunteered to be part of her book release blog hop as I've had this tote of 30's repro fabric strips that I had cut into two inch strips about five years ago to to stitch English Paper Pieced Hexagons. When my book arrived, I literally dumped the whole tote out, mixed up the large variety of colors and patterns....

...and started just grabbing and sewing the strips together.

After a few email exchanges with Diane and then referring to the index of the quilts by strip size ranging from 1 1/2"-3 1/2" found at the back of her book, I decided to make her Vortex pattern as most of my strips were already two inches wide...exactly what the Vortex pattern called for.

So I got busy sewing strips...which as you can imagine provided some easy chain piecing.

I chose black as my block centers and cornerstones. I found the block assembly quick with Diana's easy to follow, step by step directions and am learning to perfect my partial seam. BTW, Diane also offers four alternative quilt sizes (crib, twin full/queen and king) and a coloring sheet for each of the fifteen patterns included in the book.  I love that! So much bang for your buck!

So even though I still have a bunch of strips to sew together:
Here's a peek at what they are looking like as they come together as a finished 9 1/2" block:


This give-away is closed. The winner was announced here.

For the chance to win a copy of Strip Quilt Secrets by Diane D. Knot, comment on this blog sharing with us your favorite "sewing" time entertainment. For example, I often find myself just enjoying the quiet, but will every now and then find a good NCIS marathon or something on Netflix. (Anything that does not require a lot of my attention.) I will draw a winner on Friday, January 11, 2019 and announce the winner here on the blog as I also share my progress being made. NOTE: If you are a no-reply (Right now I have had 26 no-reply comments) so please leave your email so I can contact your for your mailing address. Due to shipping costs, this give-away if only available to US residents. Good luck! 

Also if you missed Diane's blog series highlighting the five main strip techniques highlighted in her book, click HERE to get a closer look at those and learn how much her book has to offer.


I hope you have fun visiting everyone else on the hop and you'll also increase your chance of winning your own copy of Strip Quilt Secrets! Our blog hop runs all week. 
Here are links to all the quilters who are participating: 
Friday January 4 - C&T 
Saturday January 5 - Tanya
Sunday January 6 - Val (You are here!)
Monday January 7 - Lori
Tuesday January 8 - Heather
Wednesday January 9 - Audrey
Thursday January 10 - Susan

Friday, January 4, 2019

First Jan. OMG: Cow Quilt Finished!

I think this is the funniest quit I've created and quilted in quite awhile!
I love everything about it and am especially glad it will find a home with our youngest grand guy.
 This quilt got me back to doing the kind of freestyle, custom quilting I like to do. The puffy clouds as seen in the clouds above and the tulips and grass as seen below at the bottom of the quilt were fun.

 Celebrating our little guy being one with another quilty hug and...

...continuously cracking up as he keeps "dancing" on his quilt! 

Happy happy first birthday (again) little guy.
Love you bunches.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My New Year OMG & BOM!

Happy Happy New Year!!
 Lucky me, I'm on winter break for the rest of the week yet, still get up early and have breakfast with hubby before he leaves for work. Then I sit right here at our breakfast table and catch up with all of you in the blogging world until daybreak. (Which in our neck of the woods doesn't happen till about 8:00 am.) With that said, I decided to jump in and join two challenges this year in hopes to make a dent in my Quilty Inventory List.

First up: I'm joining many of you at Patty's OMG:
My January goals are to:
1. FINISH my Anni Downs quilt and have it sewn together into a flimsy
2. Get our grand-guys cow quilt quilted and gifted!

Next, I'm joining Deana who blogs at Dreamworthy Quilts for her Create Your Own BOM,
Mine will be by Lori Holt Picture Quilt:
There are twenty blocks in all and I plan on completing four blocks a month.
January I will make the bird, butterfly, cake and camera.
Thanks for the motivation Patty and Deana.

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