Monday, February 27, 2012

My First Schnibble!

I've had no time to quilt!  So what do I do?  Start a new project, of course!  Maybe that's how I deal with stress, ha!  (It's been good stress though, don't worry)

Remember when I mentioned that I won a giveaway from Kris from Lavender Quilts? Well, she challenged the winner to complete the top by the end of this month to enter the Another Year of Schnibbles Parade.  So I got the pattern in the mail last week and got busy!
I used two older charm packs I won from Be Encouraged a looooong time ago.  They've been properly aged while sitting on my shelf.  "Fresh Cottons" by Fig Tree & Co. with a bit of leftover yardage from "Patisserie" by Fig Tree & Co.

I'm guessing the quilt to be approx 3 ft by 3 ft. Once I assemble the star blocks, I decided I didn't like my fabric choices.  I picked apart 3 stars and re-made them.  That took a few hours, but I'm so happy I did!  I love each of these stars now.

I changed the border a bit.  Since I made this from charm squares instead strips, I didn't have time or sanity to piece a checkerboard border.  I just made a short piano key border instead.  The keys were longer, but I didn't enough fabric to go around the entire quilt. No worries, I just cut it half!

I mitered the corners.  It looks like a drunk 4th grader mitered them, but I don't care!  It will quilt out : p

While I was on a roll, I pieced the back too.  I love it!

This is also going to count for my February NewFO with Barb at Cat Patches. Barb will have the linky party up in 2 days.  I think I see more Schnibbles in my future!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Michele from Quilts From My Crayon Box  honored me with a Liebster Award.  Thanks Michele!

This award is given by bloggers to their favorite blogs with under 200 followers. The Liebster Rules are:

 Post about your win on your blog.
 Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
 Copy and paste the award to your blog.
 Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have less than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
 Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
Awesome! I love these awards because you get to know some really great bloggers.  So here’s my list:
1.       Julie from My Quilt Diary  Julie is such a sweetheart.  If you are friends with Julie already, check out the article  Japan Times newspaper wrote about her. 
2.       AJ from I Knit N Quilt Too  AJ is awesome! She does a quilting podcast.  I love listening to her late at night; she has such a dreamy voice. Check out her podcast on iTunes, The Quilting Pot.
3.       Michelle from Michelle’s Quilts & Stuff  I love Michelle’s style.  She makes the quilts I would love to make if I had more time.  Plus, she just got a new longarm and I love watching her experiment.
4.       Lynn from Alamosa Quilter  She always has a great project going on.  And she actually finishes them!
5.       Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm  Kathleen (Kat) posts yummy recipes, beautiful quilts, and awesome “behind the scenes” at her farm.
Check out these bloggers and show a little love J

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Display

Last weekend I found some time to visit Sew Katie Jean in Lincoln, CA.
Sew Katie Jean is a darling quilt shop off the main street in historic Lincoln.  If you get the chance to drop in, I highly recommend it! Katie was so welcoming and you could tell she has a real eye for colors.  Check out these darling chairs:

And look what else was there.  That’s my quilt! 
Katie is displaying some quilts made by quilters in the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild.  I lent her my Bliss Quilt.  If you get the chance, come check out the other beautiful quilts on display.  Betcha can't leave with just one Fat Quarter either!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Double UFO Finish!

Happy Friday! Today is certainly happy for us.  We just received the news that our home loan was finally approved.  We will be signing documents soon and then the house will be all ours! It’s a fixer-upper and will need lots of work, but we will finally have a Quilty Home of our own J

Today is UFO Busters Day!  Our host, Susan, is recouping today, so go over to send her some love. 

Do you see the word "Love" quilted in the middle?

I had a Double FINISH last weekend!  I finished quilting and binding a charity quilt for the local guild.  I turned it in on Tuesday.  Forgot to take pictures.  I’m such a bad blogger J  If you want to see it, check out this video.  It was a simple case of following the lines printed on the panel and free-motion quilting down the sashing.  I made a total mess of the machine-sewn binding.  I’m glad it’s done.  It took me a lot longer to quilt than I thought it would.  That is my second UFO finish for 2012.  Yay!

I also pulled out last year’s Valentine’s projects.  These weren’t on my UFO list, but they qualify!  I finished this table runner that was 90% done. I did this binding by hand and was quite impressed with myself.  I finally figured out how to join the two ends of my binding so it looks like one beautiful seam.  Instead of like a mangled mess of fabric. 

I will be taking this table runner to our new house this weekend.  It will be the perfect piece of decoration while we are prepping the interior for some major paint.  I hope you have a Quilty Weekend!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Awesome Mail Day!

I came home to an awesome mail day yesterday!  I got these fun scrapbooking supplies from Sunny at Quilting Dreams.  She was cleaning out her stash and offered them up on her blog.  I snagged them for my mom.  She will be so tickled by these. Thanks Sunny!  I'll have to buy my mom some cool paper to go with these.
 I also recieved my Rainbow Fat Quarters from a swap hosted by April at Koolbeenz.  Aren't these darling! I love them! Thanks for hosting April!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Talk to Me Tuesday #3

Happy Tuesday! I have some stuff to share with you, but no time!  Aack!  Seems like there is time to blog or time to sew, but never time for both :)

Check out my video for Talk to Me Tuesday.  These videos are so fun to make and I love showing my projects and seeing what other people are making.  Come play with us! I didn't need any fancy equipment, just my digital camera and my regular computer. I also use a tripod, but that's not required.  I would love to see more quilting videos *sly grin*

I went to Pioneer Quilters Guild last night and went crazy! I signed up for the Block of the Month and a class on paper piecing in March.  I had fun!  And I shared my Christmas Sampler quilt and got all kinds of great compliments.  I also turned in my Charity Project, which I show in this video.  I'm so glad that's done!  I'll share more details on Friday when I write my UFO update. 

Hope you are having a quilty week!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thanks Leona!

Leona from Leona's Quilting Adventure sent me a sweet Birthday present!

That's a tissue holder with the Eiffel Tower on it, a mini journal decorated with vintage lady heads, a small spool of Aurifil thread, and some chocolates.  Thanks Leona, I love my gift!

Leona sent me a Birthday gift last year too.  You can see that here