Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Block 5 in progress, and some knitting

Did you think I had gone to sleep? (Grin)

I've been working behind the scenes and thought I should show you what I've been up to . . .

Here is a portion of my next swoon block laid out:

If I don't lay it out like this I get all confoozled and end up spending some time frogging . . . rip-it, rip-it!

And I have other skills (gasp).  I enjoy knitting and crocheting projects as well as my favorite, quilting. I've been working on a portable project to go with my dress winter coat when the weather gets cold again. (I wish it wouldn't do that, but it seems that I have very little to say about it.)

Doesn't this look cozy? It's a yarn called PompADoodle, and I had not seen it before, but then I don't get out much. (wink)  There were straight sections of yarn, and every so often a pom-pom.

What have you been up to lately? Do you keep portable projects handy? 


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Giveaway Day Winner!

Hasn't this week been a lot of fun?

Hopping around and finding new blogs and bloggie friends?

Many thanks to the folks at SewMamaSew, who organized this event -- it's always a highlight of the year, and we have a winner to announce!

Someone will win this prize package -- FOUR charm packs!

Whew! We were overwhelmed! 508 comments!

Mr Random chose
. . . and that was Happy Cottage Quilter!

Congratulations to Happy Cottage Quilter, and thank you to everyone who entered!
We are thrilled to have some new followers who have joined us, too, and we hope you will visit often. We always try to have  something fun happening here at the Lilypad!



Friday, May 10, 2013

Quilters Favorites

I'm excited to be participating in the Quilter's Favorites linky party! (We'll be announcing our winner for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day soon -- bear with me as I get that post ready.)

We are all going to be learning from each other as we answer some thoughtful questions provided by our talented hostess, Geta Grama! You can check out her blog by clicking here.

First, she asked us:

List three of your favorite quilting notions --

Well, that was easy. First, my fav Aurifil threads! Next, my Clover "thread buryer" tool! (It's actually a tiny, tiny crochet hook that can pierce the fabric and pull the threads under the surface without leaving a mark!) And third, my Omnigrid 4.5 inch square . . . can't live without it for squaring up my half square triangles!

Next Geta asked:
Any advice for a successful color scheme for a quilt?

I guess what I do sometimes is to look at ones that I truly love; I look at the ones that sing to me, and notice how color is used. Many times that inspires me to use a similar color scheme, and since I liked the first one, I can be certain I will like the colors in mine, as well! 

Could you share some tips for easy piecing?

Whoo hoooo! I am ever so happy I got my quarter inch foot for my machine . . . boy, has it made piecing much easier! (Grin) I would definitely recommend to any beginning quilter that they get one, so they can have accurate seams, and the blocks they make will turn out the correct size!

Geta had some great questions on her list, and I had planned on answering a whole slew of them (that's a very precise term for many, many of something) but life has been getting in the way, so I will try to update this post later with some more answers!

Some thoughts about thread and needles, batting, fabrics ?
I've found that it's important to change out your needle pretty often, especially when working on a free motion quilting project. Don't ask me how I know, OK? It brings back memories that are better left buried, of rats nests, broken threads, and lots of seam ripper time! (Wink)

Do you have free tutorials on your blog? Share the link.
Yep, just click here and you can check it out!

What about modern quilting tools? Quilt software, die cutting systems, other tools? Why do you like them ?
First of all, I love to use the OleFrogEyes site. Here is a linkie to a tutorial that will tell you how it works. I enjoy sharing the progress that I make on my quilts, in a way that is easy for my buddies to access.
Secondly, I enjoy using my Accuquilt Go! Baby, since I can easily turn scraps into a great new project in less time . . . and I'm all for instant gratification!

For now, thank you, Geta for hosting such a nice party!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Giveaway Day 2013!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed....thank you for your interest, and we'll announce our winner soon!


It's time for another SewMamaSew Giveaway Day! We are so ready!!

Welcome, to all of you who are visiting the Lilypad -- we are thrilled to have you here and we hope that you will look around while you are here. We have lots of fun here at Lilypadquilting, so we'd love to have you along for the ride!

Our giveaway is open to everyone -- we have FOUR charm packs up for grabs!

I'm issuing a warning here -- drool alert!!

Here is what our lucky winner will receive:

Aren't they gorgeous?

Three packs of Judy Rothermel goodness, plus a coordinating pack of Bella Solids!

Our prize can be shipped anywhere, so everyone is welcome to comment! Just tell us what your favorite quilt block is, for an entry to win.

And we are crazy about our special followers, so if you follow Lilypadquilting, you can comment again to let us know! (Please don't get upset if we are unable to respond to your comment....this is a big event every year, and we might not get around to everyone, but we appreciate all who join in on the fun!)

Be sure to check out all of the giveaways listed over at the SewMamaSew blog, and have fun hopping around! The linky party should start at about 9am Eastern time....It's a great way to find new blogs and new friends!

We will close this giveaway on May 10, and announce our winner shortly after that!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Giveaway Day is Coming! And three Aurifil winners!

Padsworth, here, announcing that there is great fun ahead, starting on Monday!!

It's the SewMamaSew Giveaway Day!

I can't show you the prize yet, but take my word for it, it's a good one!

So bookmark the SewMamaSew blog and start hopping around on Monday -- and don't forget to stop in here at the Lilypad, OK?

Our winners for the Aurifil thread giveaway were Agnes Bullock, Gene Black, and Mary Mack! Congratulations to all! I'll be sending an email to ask for your shipping info! (Yeah, I know, I usually show you the random number generator thingie and all that....but life happens when you are trying to write a blog post, and I lost the images!)
Thank you to everyone who entered!