Saturday, July 31, 2010

Disney Love

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This post has nothing to do with quilting but I feel like I'd be cheating ya'll if I didn't share what we've been up to the past few days...

We did some flying on the greatest airline in the world. {I suppose I'm a bit partial since Steve works there but it really is true!}

 We met some characters... and got some autographs

 We did some more flying...

 And some spinning...

 We were led by a cute and tiny but bossy tour guide...

 We met the ever elusive Tinkerbell...

 We were silly...

Deliriously tired after 16+ hours in Disneyland...

 And we were very, very happy... Happily ever after!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Boldly Going...

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Red is a new color for me.  I have never made a "red" quilt even though I like the color a lot.  So here I go!

I ordered a mix of Tufted Tweets and Castle Peeps and mixed in some Amy Butler, Ta-Dot, and Kona solids too.  I'm still working on the design because I want the pattern to have large enough pieces to feature some of these larger scale fabrics. 

We will be traveling the next few days and I'll be taking my Moleskine journal to sketch the design as well as my hexies to keep me busy on the plane.  My hubby is an excellent trip planner and I'm super excited about where we are going.  All our daughter knows is that we are going on a plane.  We have been giving her little hints, especially these past few days that she's been so sick, but she's yet to guess... ;)

I'll give ya'll a few hints... this place is cooler than Texas... we will be doing a lot of walking... our daughter will get to meet some of her favorite celebrities...

Give up??

We're going to Disneyland!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pssst... I'm over here!

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I'm being featured over on Quiltstory today!

P.S. Thanks for all the kind words and prayers for my daughter.  It's been a long weekend but I think she's finally on the mend.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

One of Those Days...

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I wish quilts made everything better...

They might help but they don't cure everything...

She's a trooper for sure.  Feel better, sweetie!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday {The Culprit}

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Not a Quilt & The Winners!

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I wish I had a finished quilt to show but I don't.  My machine is giving me fits.  The bobbin case is mis-behaving and hubby insisted that I take it in for service.  I know it's bad when he can't fix it.  So I'm machine-less and without a backup because I loaned that machine out some time ago.  I've done really well not to shed some tears because I was loving how the quilting {my interpretation of wood grain} was turning out on the Bohemian Forest quilt and I had just found my rhythm right before my machine broke down.  Bummer.

But enough of that!  My machine should be fixed in the next several days and in the meantime, I have some winners to announce...

The winner of 100 designer fabric charm squares is Laura!

The winner of 100 1" paper hexagons is Lee!
The winner of 100 designer fabric scraps is Leigh Ann!

And last but definitely not least...  The winner of 100 vintage sheet charm squares is Mandy Noble!

Thank you to everyone for entering!  I am having a lot of fun visiting your blogs that are new to me... :)

I have been so blessed by the response to this giveaway and all of the sweet comments.  Quilting bloggers are one-of-a-kind and I'm thrilled to count myself a part of this community.  I wish I could give everyone who entered something but I'm thinking my hubby would take away the computer if I did something like that LOL!

Thank you all and here's to another 100 posts... and a repaired sewing machine!

*Winners, I'll be contacting you via email for your mailing address*

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

100th Post & A Huge Giveaway!

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I can't believe this is my 100th post.  Apparently I have a lot to say about fabric, quilting, family, etc... :)

It seems I have some quilting to do so while I'm busy doing that, let's celebrate this milestone with a giveaway!

Here's what is up for grabs...

100 5" designer fabric charm squares

100 1" paper hexagons for making those addicting little hexies

A scrap bag filled with 100 nice sized designer scraps

 and... a special bonus for my new and current followers, 100 6" vintage sheet charm squares

Here's the easy part... leave a comment! 

If you want to be entered in the bonus follower giveaway {and get an extra entry into all the giveaways}, be a follower and make sure you leave an additional comment

Thanks for being my blogging friends and good luck!!

I'll close this giveaway Sunday, July 18th @ midnight CST and I'll be back on Monday to announce the winners and hopefully share a finished quilt... or two.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Hop, Skip, Jump

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Blame it on the bad summer TV line up, the hot weather, or the lack of air conditioning in my office the past few days... whatever it is, I can't seem to stop making quilt tops.  I have never been in this situation; I normally make one and then quilt it. 

But right now it seems that I have an overload of inspiration and all the right fabrics.  This quilt is obviously inspired by Denyse Schmidt's Hop, Skip, Jump quilt and while I have her pattern, I winged it instead because of my strong dislike of templates.

I started piecing the top this past weekend and here it is!  And let me add, I'm rather proud of myself because I managed to use my hubby's fancy camera to take a half-decent picture without his help... I'm just not going to mention my confusion over the "subject too dark" notation on the screen that mysteriously disappeared when I removed the lens cap.

You can stop laughing now... ;)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Bohemian Forest Quilt Top!

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I purchased Sierra's Forest pattern from Kate Conklin this past week and I'm already done with the top!

I read Kate's blog regularly and every time I do, I see her quilt, and I want to make it.  I'm not much of a pattern girl but this is a pattern well worth buying and using because it still allows you to put in your own touches. :)

I now have two quilt tops to quilt but I'm thinking that this one is going to get to go first because I like it so much...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday {Because I'm Speechless!}

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I actually did a U-turn to take a picture of this...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Quilting Without Obligation {The Final Edition}

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What I did on the airplane this past weekend...

I wrote my original Quilting Without Obligation post as a virtual reminder to myself; to quilt more and compare myself less.  After I wrote that post I wrote another and another... and then an idea was born and that idea was to share my scraps and in that process, free myself of those last lingering obligations. 

I have enjoyed writing here and making friends who share my same passion for quilting whether they are beginners or have been quilting for years.  I have learned a lot about myself and my own process but I have also learned a great deal from other quilters and how they create.  I confess that I'm a bit strange because I worry about quilting, both design and colors.  But just when I think that all the gorgeous quilts have been made, another unique quilt surfaces and I think that might be the best part of quilting... the inspiration and the process of that individual.

I received an email last week that perfectly sums up why I wanted to write this series...

Hi Jennifer,

I just read all through your Quilting Without Obligation series and I just had to email you and say THANK YOU!  You have addressed so many burgeoning worries I had!

I am a beginner quilter (have made two quilts) and I am very much a blog reader so I have got into quilt blogs, but after having made my first two quilts ( third one starts soon, finishing university had to take priority).  To be honest, I've found reading lots of the blogs quite discouraging - I can't afford all these new fabrics all the time, I don't have a stash, I don't like the MoMo designs, and I don't own a ruler or indeed a rotary cutter(though I do want them!).  I have often felt quite "uncool" with regards to what I like and how I like my quilts because I've never done HSTs or flying geese or any of this stuff, and I've never had whole yards of whole lines of fabric to play with - or organise into piles.  And obviously being a beginner, there's no way I can crack out a "perfect" quilt in two days flat.

Reading your series has given me so much confidence back in what I like doing and how I like doing it.  I was feeling a bit silly for having made two quilts without any knowledge of patterns so they're just what I came up with with the fabric I'd bought because I loved it, and now I'm back to being delighted with myself for having two quilts that are entirely MINE, made with a mishmash of fabric lines, pieced exactly how I wanted and with almost no matching corners.

So this is a really a very waffly and stupid [no it's not!] email to say thank you for reassuring me that not all quilting is about having a quilt to compare with everyone else's.  I have just ordered myself a big ol' mess of loads of different fat quarters from different lines and I'm looking forward to getting cutting.

Thank you!


Last week I hosted a giveaway here and not just any giveaway. These winners have been hand picked and no, I'm not playing favorites but yes, I am picking entries that in some way moved me. There are plenty of random giveaways in blogland {there will be one here soon too} but in my strides to be something different to quilting, I wanted these scraps to mean something more and I hope that is exactly what they will do.

So here are the winners!

Alliekatmom wins the Heather Ross scraps

She said:  If you want to dump your scraps on me I would gladly accept them. I have a few ideas for scrap quilt I would love to make. More traditional quilts with tiny pieces but with modern fabric. Also if the scraps are big enough I would love to have them to make some charity quilts with. Quilts for kids would be loving the quilts I make :) I have two done already that I need to drop off. 

Alliekatmom was also nominated by her friend, Kelly, who had the sweetest things to say about her!!

Marianna wins the Denyse Schmidt scraps

She said:  Both the quilts I've made so far have been made during periods of my grandfather being extremely ill - he is currently very unwell again, and when I get home from (my last ever term at, sob) university next week I will be helping my mama with hospital visits and all the other madness that comes with illness. I want to start another quilt to keep me distracted in the evenings, so your scraps would be used for that! I like being able to look at both of my quilts and see something beautiful (in my opinion) that came out of a really hard time...the next quilt will be continuing that tradition. And I want to try doing some decorative hand quilting...oh, this must be the longest comment ever. Sorry!

Heidi wins the Wonky Nine patch scraps

She said: What a great idea ! I'd love the boyish scraps and would use them for a charity quilt for a foster child ( I'm not quite sure if this is the right expression, I'm talking about kids, whose parents aren't able to care for them and who then live with other families ).

Winners, please email me your contact information!!

For everyone who entered, thank you!  This will definitely not be the last scrap giveaway so look for one each time I finish a quilt.  I am also putting together a scrap exchange/donation group on Flickr so we are all able to share in the fun of Quilting Without Obligation!

And for those who have read and commented on this series of posts, thank you!  I grew a lot as I wrote here and I hope we have all been able to learn something from each other. :)
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