Monday, April 23, 2018

All Quilted Up!

After going to a quilt shop
in March, I decided to do 
things a bit different.
Standing in line, I spoke to 
two fellow quilters.
One had stated that she had 70 
quilt tops that were competed,
but not quilted.
Yikes, 70!
I felt the few that I had
in my room were getting out of hand
Like this one, 

that had been sitting in 
my sewing room, since September of 2014.
I absolutely love the quilt, 
but why was a waiting to get it quilted?
I didn't want to end up with 70 quilt tops
laying in my sewing room.
(I have about 10, which is way more than enough)

Granted, I love quilting, but 
the thought of having all those pieces 
to be unfinished got me thinking about
it isn't really a quilt until it is all done.

I also had my Nutty Christmas quilt
in this pile of the unfinished.

Which dated back to last year
Another one, that I just love!!

I really didn't like the thought of
all of the labor that I did and would 
love to share on my walls, beds, 
or as gifts, but instead it was in a box, 
or stuffed in a cupboard
and counted as one of the countless
unfinished quilts.
Aren't quilts supposed to be used 
and loved?

After this little dilemma,
I decided that I was not 
going to add anymore to my pile.

My favorite part of the whole 
quilting process is designing 
and piecing.
I am a ok quilter, but 
I wanted to send these both off
to a professional.
finished my Koi Quilt, so I let her 
have a hand at both of these and
I knew that she could do a 
much better job than I 
could do.
Let's just say, 
I love them to pieces.




Every detail was just perfect. 
I absolutely can't wait to have it 
gracing my living room wall 
next to our Christmas tree this year.

Then, there was my sewing room quilt.


 She put so many adorable little details
in the quilting.




I absolutely love it as well. 


So, no more having all 
these pretty unfinished quilts laying 
folded, and in the unfinished pile.
I would hate the thought of these
quilts that gave me joy in the creating, 
not being used and enjoyed.
What a waste that would be!

I am sorry if I have hit a cord 
with any of you that have those 70 
quilt tops sitting around.
Why did you create them, 
just so that they could gather dust, 
fade, and not be loved?
So go and get those
lovelies all quilted up.
There is someone out there who
would just love one of the 70.
That someone just might be you!! 


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Baby in a Corner in Carla's Koi Pond and Giveaway


Yes, I realize that the title is
a little more than odd.
I would be wondering what
it meant myself, but today is
day 3 of

30 Quilt Blocks in 30 Days
and you will find out the
meaning soon enough.
So, Welcome!





This hop is 
hosted by Carla of

I let Carla pick my block
and she chose for me,
Baby in a Corner.




Well, if I would have been 
smart, I would have 
had some genius way of putting
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey
on my quilt or maybe a watermelon.
(Sorry for the Dirty Dancing reference)
But, I went in a totally different direction.

The Baby in a Corner is simple
block that can make fun results.



I have had a thought in my head for 
quite some time and after playing with the blocks, 
they fit perfectly into the design.


After placing them in various different directions, 
they reminded me of seaweed
and with a little applique of fish.
It turned into, 
"Carla's Koi Pond"

It just sounded completely appropriate
and had a nice ring to it.
(And I don't even know if she likes fish)

It is completed using
Thermoweb's 
for the applique 
and Aurifil thread for piecing 
and stitching down the fish.
The fabrics are completely from 
my stash and is a variety of prints
and designers.


My sewing machine was busted
and would let me Free Motion quilt, 
so with a little hesitation I sent this off
to a longarm quilter in Utah.



She did an absolutely beautiful job 
and I could not have been happier.



I love all the details that she
added to it.
Bubbles,
Scales,
and all!!
So, a big thank you to Jeanette Parker.


If you are interested in the
pattern,
you can find it HERE,
in my Craftsy Shop.





GIVEAWAY
And for one lucky reader who
leaves me a comment, they will
get their own free pattern.
Extra entries if you follow me,
just leave me a comment
on how via
Facebook
Instagram
or
another way.
Winner will be drawn on April 9th.
(make sure you are not a no reply blogger)






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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Block #3 of It's a "Wild" Life Block of the Month

Here we are at our 3rd block for the 


What would the "Wild" Life 
be without a few trees?
This set of blocks was created
by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.


You can find the block
over at
Just Let Me Quilt.
It will be free for the month
of April, after that time there will 
be a small fee.
She also has a pieced version 
for those who prefer it
over applique.


Here are our previous blocks.

March's Block 



Deer Meadow
The pattern can be found HERE.

February's Blocks




 Maple Leaves.
The block pattern can be found HERE.


All of my blocks are created using beautiful fabrics,
by one of our BOM sponsors





It is a mix of my stash and
Lori Holt's Bee Basics,
Lori Holt's Bee Backgrounds,
and Outdoors Wood Grain in Cream.
I am also using a variety 
of different Aurifil Threads. 





To find the whole schedule for
the 2018 BOM, click HERE!
There are no sign ups,
just follow my blog to
to get access to the block when
they are released.



Here are the designers that will
be participating this year.
Their blocks for April
are all up and looking gorgeous!
and of course myself.  


Feel free to join us on
Facebook as well,
HERE is our group.



Be sure to
Add your blocks to the link party below
for a chance to win
a fabric surprise from this
month's sponsor.






The winner of March's
prize is Lavone Miller !
Check out this cutie she created.


Congratulations!!
She will be receive a surprise bundle
of fabric from our March sponsor












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