Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Mail - Happy Drawing from Ed Emberley

Ok, I received the most wonderful package in the mail today that I must share...

First though, are you all familiar with this book?  Mine is an older copy but the link goes to the new edition sold on Amazon.

 This book was a favorite of my sister and I growing up, the characters were so fun to draw and the author made it easy for young fingers to create masterpieces!  My son has gone through most of these books now too and has been a devoted Emberley fan.

So imagine my delight when I saw that Cloud 9 Fabrics came out with Happy Drawing...I refrained myself from ordering the whole line but pre-ordered several of my favorite prints from Hawthorne Threads...

The selvedge is so fun!  It shows the shapes used to "build" the animals, just like you'd find in the book.

I am crushing on this fabric!  Not sure what I'm going to make yet but I am just enjoying looking at it :).


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Craftsy BOM May

The Craftsy Free Block of the Month May blocks were very easy, improvisational piecing and thankfully used up a good portion of the scraps I had been accumulating from doing this BOM...

the first is called Modern Log Cabin
 and this second is Wonky 5-sided Log Cabin
You can find these patterns along with the ones from earlier this year here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May Sun Block







This is my version of the May block for the Hello Sun BOM QAL by April at Making Ends Meet.  I didn't let any moss grow under this pattern, lol...just came out yesterday.  If you haven't started this one, it goes fast and we are only 5 in so you could easily catch up if you wanted to join us. 

She has a Flickr group here where we all share our versions, there has been a lot of creativity even though most are following the pattern pretty closely. 

Now I need to get going on all those other projects I have unfinished! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wiksten Tank and a Win


Ok, I look like a dork posing and seriously need to work on a tan but the point to this post is I have made (almost) a piece of clothing I can wear...yay!!






This is a Wiksten pdf download pattern that I found courtesy of a link from Kerry's site verykerryberry.  Now, of course, she was doing the more difficult (for me) Tova which has *gasp* sleeves but when I saw there was a simple tank pattern there, as well, I immediately thought that would be a way for me to try to make myself a piece of clothing.   Many weeks after downloading...my wonderful mom-in-law Jean took me in hand and helped me get a start.  So good to get a kick in the pants for motivation sometimes ;).  Just need to put the neck and armhole binding on it now.  I had read that this was a pattern that ran big so I went with the small...I think I may try another in a medium next as this one fits but there is no "wiggle" room and since I was in a hurry to begin I failed to prewash...bad, bad, Kris  :).

My other BIG news is this...I won a custom quilting from the very talented Marcia of Marcia's Crafty Sewing & Quilting blog.  Here is what she says I've won...

Kris wins free quilting, free batting and free thread on a little quilt. Free quilting can be over all quilting or detailed free style quilting or thread painting/quilting -- Winner's choice!
Kris can choose to have a small wall hanging quilted, a place mat, a small table runner, or table topper, 4 mug rugs or any little quilt -- no larger than 20" by 20".  Winner provides quilt top and quilt backing and shipping back and forth.

I had so much fun doing Madam Samm's Table Topper Blog Hop and this win just is icing on the cake!
I'm very excited and have an idea of what I want to ask for, more details to come!  Thanks so much Marcia!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Table Topper Hop Giveaway Winner

Thank you again for all the great comments and support on my first Blog Hop with the wonderful Madame Samm...I had a great time and was so inspired by everyone's posts and projects.

Now, I have some housekeeping.  I have a California Girl Charm pack to be given away to one of the comment makers...



So I used Mr. Random at Random.org to come up with the giveaway winner....and....congratulations Laura!

Cute projects. I especially love the first one.


 I have emailed you, and will mail the charm square pack to you as soon as you send me your address.

Thanks again to everyone who played along!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bee Blocks and my April Craftsy BOM block done


 It has been really windy here the last few days so bear with me that the picture isn't great of these but below are my blocks for April for Lisa for the Sew.Bee.Create Bee.  She asked for Union Stars and was kind enough to provide the material pre-cut.  This actually worked a bit against me in that I've grown rusty at sewing triangles together and have worked more with sewing them as squares to be cut apart and then trimmed up.  Hopefully they are acceptable to her...I wish all the points had matched up better!

And, this is my April Craftsy BOM hexie block...I know, I know...we are supposed to make two but I wasn't all that impressed with the looks of these so I think I may add another block of my own design later.  I used the machine to top-stitch these down.  The technique was easy, I just think I would prefer hexies all stitched together on their own rather than appliqued onto a background.  It would be a good portable project if I wasn't already doing embroidery projects as my portable go-to right now. 
So, I'll trim her up once I decide for sure she'll be included!

Be sure to visit these wonderful ladies, only two more days for our Table Topper Blog Hop hosted by Madame Samm...

Tuesday  April 24th

Syd 

Wednesday April 25th 


Shanna joining us this day..
Betsy

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Walking on Air

So I have been working on my Silhouette Challenge entry for Edyta Sitar's Laundry Basket Quilts blog (here's a big surprise...it's a table topper!!!  more details to come...)  and I had to stop and write this post because you all are so awesome...

You have spoiled  me so with your kind and generous comments on my Table Topper blog hop post.  Thank you so much for your encouragement!  I had chosen the suggestion for a comment on which topper you preferred mainly because they were so different from one another and I was curious as to which style appealed to my readers.  I surely hadn't counted on everyone making such wonderful compliments...blush...

The one that has received the most votes so far seems to be the red and neutral nine-patch with the Live Laugh Love embroidery a close second.  I was gratified to see that they all received some votes though, lol!



 And, I must say that I really appreciate that so many of you joined as followers.  I will try to make sure I continue forward with posts that you will enjoy...thank you for joining me and taking the time to read.  It is so good to quilt with friends!

If you have not entered my giveaway, there is still time...you can comment on that post until the hop is over on April 25 for an entry. One entry per person though please.

Don't forget  to visit all the other great ladies today and the rest of the hop!  I have really been enjoying all the unique and beautiful toppers these ladies have put together so far and we still have a week to go! 
Oh, and be sure to stop by Madame Samm's blog and say thanks for making this hop a fun experience for us all!

Table Topper Blog HOP Schedule

Monday April 16th

Piece Peace * please visit her on Wed April 18th

Tuesday April 17th


Wednesday April 18th


Thursday April 19th


Friday April 20th 



Monday April 23rd

Patty D


Tuesday  April 24th
Syd 

Wednesday April 25th