Thursday, August 30, 2012

August FMQ Challenge

Boy this month slipped away from me......
I only had the chance to do a little practicing with this months challenge and I promise to do more. It is a fun little hat to stitch and with the middle little flame shape it lends itself to more quilting options.
Thanks Wendy for a fun tutorial on a fun little hat that we all can play with .
I can see it a a basic fill on a few of the little quilts that I like to make and give as gifts. A good place to practice and build a skill.

jester hats
jester hats with middle flame

I am linking up with SewCalGal with the Free Motion Quilting Challenge for August
.It's never to late to try out a few of the lessons posted. Some are posted for a limited time and others are still there, They also  have extra bonus lessons as well sew pop on over to check it out.
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and the winner is....

luck of the draw

Renate from Germany
 I'll be sending  her the table top needle threader. I have been in touch with her this morning and she is looking forward to this little helper. I know I love using it.
I will have to research how to use the number generators to help with give away draws.
my happy helpers
I wrote out each name and email to put into my draw pail. I had sheets and sheets of them write out and cut apart.
modern technology

One of my quilting friends was here last night sew I had her do the draw. She thought this was a great idea and was sorry she did not get in on the draw herself. Her daughter caught married last weekend sew she had been busy that last little while.

Today the post man delivered a package of goodies from McCall's Quilting.  A couple packages of batting in crib and queen size  from Warm and Natural and American Spirit, a nice collection of threads from Coats & Clark, a cute sewing tin
and a lovely quilting book. Thank you to McCall's for the lovely goodies I know I will be putting them to good use shortly.

Sew now that I have my news posted I best get back to thinking up my next design.
Take care
In stitches

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Challenge 3 Finalistst Announced

Big smile on my face today :)  !!
Today was the day that McCall's Quilting  annoucned the finalists from the second challenge. Sew with all the voting done over the last few weeks I am happy to say that I am one of the quitlters that get to design one more quilt for this challenge. Check out McCall's Quilting to see who all made it on to the next round of designing. I feel that I am in good company as there were a lot of great quilts designed in the last challenge.
Sew I would like to once again say thank you to all who took the time to be part of the voting and encouragement along the way.
Over the next month I will design and complete another quilt and send it in to McCall's for a photo shoot.Voting will be  starting on October 2.
I am sure that I will keep you all posted and send a few sneak peaks to keep you interested.
Thanks again.
Flutterybys in My Garden
Challenge 2

Guide me Safely Home
Challenge 1

Off of a walk and put the thinking cap on.
Jewels of the Night
Entry Quilt Design
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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Challenge 2 voting ends

It's down to the last couple of hours of voting, then the waiting begins. Tuesday at the end of the business day we can check the McCall's Quilting web page to see who the lucky ones are that will continue to design.There have been a lot of great quilts designed once again this round I hope you have checked them all out and in both categories.
It has been interesting finding out a few who have been voting and that they have gotten others on board to vote as well. It kind of snowballs. Sew I would like to thank you one and all who have taken the time to vote.
I can hardly wait to see who will get to go on.... sew it's fingers crossed while I wait. I'll be  keeping  myself busy while I wait to help the time go a little quicker. I think I'll be spending some time at the sewing machine. I have to get at my Free Motion Quilting Challenge and have it posted by the end of the month. I also have a couple small projects to get finished as well as getting my draw ready from my Bowls with Borders.
If you have not gotten in on the draw , check out the post and leave a comment and I will get you in.
I'll post as soon as I find out.
Have a good evening everyone
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bowls with Borders & W I P Wednesdays

Sorry I'm late I tried to set the time and date for midnight last night :(
not sure why it did not work
I hope you enjoy my post

Well it's my turn to share with you what I have been up to for  the Bowls with Borders Blog Hop. This is the first time I have participated in a blog hop,I was a little nervous doing this not sure if I would have the time to do it up proper. Once I got started I had a lot of fun playing with the bowls, may have to make a few more later this fall.
There are sew many great ideas and combinations of ways to use the bowls out there on the other blogs,be sure to check them all out.
 I would like to thank all the ladies who have organized it as well as providing the pattern and any extra help we have needed along the way .
Thank you to Madame Samm , Carol and Regina. I know it takes a lot of team work to get this going, and we sew appreciate all that you have done.
Sew here goes.......
First I tried out the pattern and my paper piecing skills on this single bowl.
and then I tried again ....learning that my iron will pick up some of the ink and put it on the front side making it look dirty  :(     I also learned that I want to find a lighter paper to print on for paper piecing
unfinished bowl much ink
transferred when pressing....
This one makes a nice little place mat.
I quilted in the steam
then I thought I would try stacking them, this one is almost done ... it will be a mat to line a serving tray.
my w i p for this week...
I like how it looks in the tray
below is a close up of the bowls

and I also thought I would enlarge it a far bit and make it a pocket on an apron
I made the apron as a gift for one of my nieces ... hope she likes it.
step one..... enlarge the pattern
make up the pocket for the apron
add a few words
and then some stitches

 soup's on Apron is ready for use
There have been sew many great projects made with the bowls, and sew many more ideas shared over the last week or sew and I know that there will be a few more over the next few as well.Sew glad that I am a part of this hop.
I would like to show it by having a little give away
Clover's Table Top Needle Threader
works sew slick
I just love it and sew do my eyes
this has been very handy for me and I thought I would send one out to one of you out there
It is a Table Top  Needle Threader by Clover. It is sew easy to use and saves the eyes ( both yours and the needles)
I had received one from McCall's in the quilter's goodies from the first round of the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2012. I have enjoyed using it sew much I went out and bought one to use for this blog hop.
Leave a comment and I will make a draw  on August 29.
Make sure you are not a no reply blogger, sew that I can get in touch with you if you are the winner.
be sure to follow along to see what the others have done with their bowls with border today here are the links for today
                                                                        August 22nd
                                                                Anolisl's Kreative Seite  
                                                                  In Stitches and Seams
                                                                     Morgaine's 77 Blog  
                                                                      On The Go Quilting  
                                                                      Aus dem Fuchsbau
I also link up with The Needle and Thread Network with wips , since I have bowls in the works I thought it would be my work in progress for this week. You can see what the other ladies have been up to with the link that I have provided.
If you noticed the Voting link on my side bar I am in McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star Challenge This is the 2nd round of quilt designs. Your daily votes will help me to go on to the finial round. For each round they give us a challenge to complete in about 4 weeks.  Sew please, stop on by and check out the quilts and cast a vote ... there is room for comments on the voting page as well. I would love to hear from you. Voting will go until this Sunday night. ( this is the first time that I have done any thing like this, it has been fun and a learning experience )
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what all I have been up to this summer.

In stitches

Monday, August 20, 2012

where did last week go??

Boy did last week fly by.
For me it was filled with work and then a few appointments , the weekend at the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame  for the inductions of this years nominees. My high light of the week would be meeting Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World.

We have been chatting back and forth almost from the beginning of my blogging ... it was like meeting an  old friend . We met up at Periwinkle  quilt shop in Saskatoon home of Michelle from Periwinkle Quilting  and Beyond blog . Michelle greeted us as we all arrived Monika from My Sweet  Prairie, Flo from Butterfly Quilting and Brenda who had done a postcard exchange with Sheila . We took over the back half of the shop for a while and then went over to Jerry's  for ice cream. It was great to meet the ladies I have been chatting with over the last couple of years. Thank you Michelle for opening your shop to us and the coffee and cookies too.And thank you to Monika for getting the other gals together for Sheila and I to meet.

I did manage to have a few extra minutes with Sheila as we drove her to her son's house. It was such a great pleasure to met Sheila, we will get together on her next visit out and who knows maybe I will get out to Nova Scotia to see her at home.  When we got together we had little gifts for each other we both had made a tote bag to give the other ( with out knowing it). She also made me the cutest little pincushion that she stitched ...beautiful work Sheila.

I just love  it Sheila It is the perfect size I used it this past weekend to hold some quilting for the road trip and a few other goodies as well.
 I did get some work done for the Bowls with Borders blog hop. My turn is this week on the 22, stop on by and enter in the give away that I will be having.

We are on the last week of voting for the McCall's Quilt Design Star 2012 2nd if you are sew inclined stop on by and vote , leave a comment to I would love to know what you think of the quilt I designed. I have a link on the top side bar on this page to help you find your way.
Have a great day
In stitches

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

the hop goes on

Be sure to check out day 2 of the
 Bowls with Borders
Blog Hop

August 14th
Somewhat Fanciful
Jane's Quilting
Everyone has different ideas on how to put them together and a few
have give aways
Now I am off to work on mine for next week
take care
in stitches

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Bowls with Borders hop begings

  The hop is here .... well almost it starts in the morning .
I have copied the links for the  BOWLS WITH BORDERS    BLOG HOP
Pop on over to see what has been created with the paper piecing pattern that was provided to the participants of the hop. Leave comments and be inspired.
Bowls With Border Blog Hop!
(The schedule is below)

August 13th
I Have A Notion

August 18th
Cool Crafty Mom

August 25th
Hope you enjoy the hop ...... my post will be on the 22 of August ...... see you there
In stitches

Friday, August 10, 2012

catching up

in progress

The last couple of days I have been trying to catch up on few projects that I have committed myself to
One is the bowls with borders blog hop and the other is a runner for the College to use in a fund raiser.
I have been playing with the size of the bowls and have come up with a life size one to Paper Piece.
I have plans for the extra large bowl ( I have a small serving bowl in the photo) My turn will be August 22, but the hopping starts next week.

Next I thought better get at the runner as I think they wanted it sometime this month. I thought I would use the free pattern on McCalls' Quilting web site that I had seen in the latest issue of McCall's Quilting.
Monster Munchies: FREE Halloween Table Runner Quilt Patterngo to and check out bonuses

  It is called Monster Munchies  I used other fall fabrics, it went together quickly and is now ready to quilt and bind. I had pre cut my fabrics in the morning and then sewed in the evening.
My Fall version of Monster Munchies

In stitches

remember to stop by an vote on your favorite quilt design
 use the link on my side bar to get you there

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

W I P Wednesday & Voting

           Flutterbys in My Garden my McCall's Quilting Quilt Design Star Challenge 2 Design.

Well it's been busy here with quilting this summer I have my McCall's Quilt Design Star quilt top done and submitted. it is now on line for voting  .... link on my side bar to make it easy for you. You can vote once a day until the 26th of August if you are sew inclined. Thanks for the support I get from you all with your comments and good wishes.

Now for the next item on my ironing board. I am participating in the Bowls with Borders blog hop found on Sew We Quilt / Stash manicure. We all were given the paper piecing pattern for the bowls and now it is up to each of use to come up with a few finished blocks for show and tell. I will  be featured on the 22 of August sew a have a few day in which I hope to get my blocks finished and made into something worthy of the hop
sneak peak at my bowls in progress

trimming away the extra fabric

I am linking up with Monika @ The Needle and Thread Network , pop on over to see what the other gals have been up to this week.

Next week I will get the chance to meet up with Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World as she will be in the neighbourhood visiting family. I am looking sew forward to meeting her , as we have been chatting almost from the beginning of my blogging.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

QDS Submitted :)

Well I have my quilt design made and submitted to the McCall.s Quilt Design Star for the challenge 2 round ( late last night)
Voting will start on Tuesday and go until the 26. Here are a couple more sneak peeks at the design.

love my little dragonflies

the little flowers with buttons are made with
copper and glass buttons
my daughter
picked up in B.C. at an
Atrisians Fair
I tried to keep my design simple to show how you can use a larger print. I have cut it apart to use in other area  ie my dragon fly's and butterflies as well as a few 3-d flowers.
Hope you will pop by and vote , and leave me a comment to let me know how you like my design.
Have a great week end everyone

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Just a short note to let you know that I am the featured quilter on the McCall's Quilting site today.
 They have been letting you all know a little about each of the participants in the Quilt Design Star 2012 .
Pop over and check us out.
In stitches