Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Train of Thought....thinking Graduation!!:)

My second entry for Amy's Texting While Sewing contest over at During Quiet Time is my favorite. I mean come on, a train, text fabrics, buttons, a pocket and some wee royal bendy dolls...you'd have to be hard-hearted not to like that!;)
 Book fabric caboose, typo fabric, Book titles, and Golden book train cars and of course the Little Engine That Could....I think I can, I think I can...I think I did!  Isn't it neat how the swirly design in the background fabric looks like smoke coming out of the smokestack?  Happy happenstance!

Finished a couple of other little quilts.
  The purple one is scraps from work the other is a baby quilt for the girl to give to one of her expecting friends.
 Did some wacky straight line machine quilting and gold perle cotton hand quilting on this one. I tried to curve the edges a bit but didn't do it enough.  It looks like I just can't trim straight!
 Had fun playing with all kinds of little kid novelties on this one and since it's going to the UK thought the backing fabric with park benches and bicycles would be perfect.

On the graduation front the girl is officially done!:) She graduated last month from Oxford Brookes University with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing!!
(Rose, the graduate, Rob and Jen)
This was the girl's stand in family since we couldn't be there.  Jen was mom, Rob was dad and Rose was the boy! Ha!!:)  Thanks so much for being there to hug her for us kiddos!  xoxo

Now...the girl is living her dream....
 ....she's working at The Story Museum....we don't think she is ever coming home!

A Pencil, A Saber, and Three Helmets!

My talented pal Amy over at During Quiet Time is hosting this amazing contest (with equally amazing prizes) called....wait for it....Texting While Sewing!!!  Hahaha!  Isn't that wonderful?  Yep, she challenged us to come up with fun 12" blocks using fabrics with text in creative ways. Well....I'm up for a challenge!:)
 A little bit of Golden Book fabric, a smig of Sunkissed, a minute amount of quilting text (can't remember what it's called) and a bigger piece of scribble words fabric I found at Spoonflower and voila....a backward marble notebook! Hahahhaha!!  Ah...the trials and tribulations of paper piecing but I still like it!;)

In the world of the Bitty Block Bee it was Kandra's turn this month.  Her theme is Star Wars!!  Yeah...I can totally geek I mean get into that!
 How about a Royal Guard....he's about 4" tall, red and packing....saber power!:)  I don't think you can tell but I using some clear vinyl and a red Sharpie to make that helmet.
 For the second block I used some glow-in-the-dark Fairy Frost and embroidered  stormtrooper, Boba Fett and Mr. Vader helmets.  The lettering spells "Kandra" in Aurebesh!  Go Google that!!:)  Both blocks are 5.5x3.5.  You should head over to the flickr group and see the other Star Wars blocks!!!
Next month's theme is Sunflowers....I already have an idea!;)

Now...just for the fun of it...
I'm still stepping on these things and my youngest is 23!

Monday, August 13, 2012

My online buds ROCK!:)

These past few weeks my mailbox has been happy,  happy, happy and not because I have been busy on Amazon or ebay!!;) No...my mailbox has been happy because of the wonderful and generous people I have met online!  

First package in the box contained these fantastic fat quarters and a copy of a UK magazine 
Molly Makes which has an article in it about the Fat Quarterly Retreat...yes...the same one I was lucky enough to attend.  
The marvelous Marguerite was sweet enough to get me a copy (without me asking) and send it to me with those extra treats! Thanks pal!!

Next package came from the wonderful Pam of Uberstitch...she asked me if I was interested in some Christmas fabric scraps. Well yes Pam...I love scraps!
Ummm....I think this is more than just scraps!  Not only were there Christmas fabrics there were quilt blocks, a huge baggie of 5"squares of solids, tiny 1" nine patches and this....
... NINE fat quarters of Kate Spain's Central Park!!! Oh Pam...you spoil me so!:) Thanks bud!!

Then last week, when I arrived home from work, hubby said I had a package from Portugal!
Portugal?  I know I'm expecting labels from France but nothing from Portugal.
 What?!!!! How about this!!  A little mini in grey and reds and a sweet as can be notebook and document holder!!  This looty is from Sandra....she won a giveaway I did AGES ago of fabric scraps and said she always wanted to thank me for my generosity! Who me....I mean this is so, so sweet...giving away scraps is one thing...making a wee bit of art is off the charts!;) Thanks so much!

So yes....my buds ROCK!  Ladies...consider yourselves hugged big time!!!