Sunday, September 22, 2013

I'm a winner!

A few weeks ago, I commented on Carrie Nelson's blog, La Vie en Rosie when she was offering a giveaway.   Well, lo and behold, I was a winner!

Check out this cute label.  

I never even knew you could buy polka dot tape.  Now I'm on a mission to find some!

The giveaway was a set of "Fit to be Quarter" rulers.   Carrie uses them, so therefore, that means all my quilts are going to look like hers if I use these rulers, right?   Hmmm!

I got extra excited when I saw that she had included two little polka dot scissor covers.   They are already protecting my scissors.  

Thank you so much Carrie!   You are such a generous designer!

Now, on to another challenge that Sandy and I did.   The pattern is by Red Button Company and we saw the sample at Market in May.  

This one is mine.

This is Sandy's.  Click on the picture to see how cute the running stitch is that she used for the vine.  Wish I had thought of that.  

We also finished our "By the Hand" little Buttermilk Basin mats.    This is the September one of Sandy's.  Hmm, now why did it rotate on me?   Geesh!   Just turn your computer upside down to see it.  :)

I have mine set out with my fall decorating which I'll share with you soon.

Tomorrow I'm heading out with 7 other quilters for a week long retreat at the Oregon Coast.   I'm taking my computer, and if we have a WiFi connection, I'll be sure and share pictures of the creativity going on.  

Have a good week!

Hugs, Anne

Monday, September 9, 2013

Aunt Maggie and some mats

Way back when, like in the Spring, when I was blogging, I was showing you pictures of blocks that Sandy No Blog and I were doing as a challenge.  The pattern is Aunt Maggie's Patchwork Quilt by Lori Smith of "From my Heart to your Hands".  

When I plugged my sewing machine in after the long hiatus, Sandy and I decided to power sew and get 'er finished.   We both used fabrics that were in our stash.  It sure feels good to do that.

Here is Sandy's.

This one is mine.   

We started our next challenge around the same time as when we were putting the quilt together.   We are making the "By thy Hand" little quilts by Buttermilk Basin.  

Sandy changed the design of the wool section to add wheat.   

I chose to do mine just like the pattern.   

This is the August mat and I have mine sitting on my library table with a little candle on it.  

I never heard back from Peggy about her win last week, and she was a "no reply" commenter, so I have no way to contact her.  Therefore, I've chosen another winner.    This time it's Hannah F who posted on Sept 7 at 11:24 am.     Hannah, email me your address and I'll send you your goodies.  

Wow, this was a short post for me!  

Have a great week and I'll talk to ya soon.

Hugs, Anne

Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Friday

Last evening I went to another one of our local stores, Quiltworks, for their First Friday exhibit.   This month they revisited a number of the previously featured quilters who each brought 2 or 3 of their newest quilts.  

Sandy, no blog, was featured this year, so I went to support her.   She never fails to disappoint with her creations.  

Here she is next to her Merry Christmas quilt by "Heart to Hand".

And this one is a Schnibbles pattern by "Miss Rosie's Quilt Co" that Sandy changed up a bit.  She designed and added the wool center.  

Another previously featured quilter was Sally Rogers who loves Civil War quilts.   She made this one from the book, "The Blue and the Gray".   It is stunning and I see this one in my future.  

Sally also loves the traditional log cabin block set in the barn raising pattern.  

This is a little mini quilt.   I should have put something next to it for size reference.  

By the time I got to the other quilts, the room was filling up with people and it was hard to see the signs showing who made them.   I'll just let you enjoy.

As you can see, there's something for everyone, ranging from the traditional quilts to the modern and art quilts.

Thanks Marilyn and Dave, (owners of the shop) for another wonderful exhibit.   If you're in the area be sure and visit the gallery.  It will be up for the entire month of September.

Okay...that's 3 posts this week.   I'm on a roll here.  AND......I've been sewing too!   I think I can officially say that my mojo is back!  

Hugs, Anne

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Embroidery and a winner!

I was just texting with my friend Patty in Calif, and I asked her to pick a number between 1 and 70.  Not knowing why, she picked #25 which is PEGGY who left a comment on Sept 2 at 5:16 and loves Notre Dame football.  

Peggy, email me your address and I'll get your goodies in the mail.   (you are a "no reply", so I can't email you).

Thanks Patty.  

Yesterday I went to the Wednesday embroidery group at Sew Many Quilts.   It's been awhile since the group has met because of all the summer activities that go on in the quilt shop.    (I think they met a couple of weeks ago, but I hadn't gotten my mojo back yet).    Anyway, here are some of the projects the ladies were working on.   It was definitely a full house.    (Warning...picture heavy).

Then...when we were all stitching away, guess who came into the shop?   Why it's Bonnie Sullivan of "All Through the Night" patterns.    I showed you her booth at quilt market back in June.    She was vacationing in the area and decided to drop in the shop. I had her stand in front of the rack with all her patterns.  She was so excited to get her picture taken.  NOT!    LOL    But, she was extremely gracious about it.   It was so fun to see her in our neck of the woods.

A bit of trivia:  Did you know that Bonnie's sister is Kathy Schmitz?    A lot of the ladies in the group were working on Kathy's designs. Perfect time for Bonnie to show up!

The shop had her trunk show during the Sisters Quilt Show week but had shipped them back to her already.    These next two quilts were made with Bonnie's patterns.

And now a trip around the shop. 

Christmas is gonna be here before you know it.   Yikes.

Lots of wool!

Check out all the new bolts of flannels that just arrived in the shop. 

My favorite part of the shop.   Civil War and Kansas Troubles fabrics.   Yummy!

So, that was my day yesterday.   Hope you're having a good week.

Hugs, Anne