Thursday, January 31, 2013

String Beans

It's been a while since I purchased this "String Beans" pattern from Loft Creations and even longer since I'd coveted the pattern.  I LOVE churn dash blocks and although this isn't your traditional churnie, it caught my eye and I've wanted to make it.  I did a quilt over the  summer in the blue/green colorway so I knew I didn't want to go that route again but tonight my "Noteworthy by Sweetwater" fabric bundle caught my eye and I decided that would be the perfect fabric for the pattern.    I will most likely use kona white with them and I think all I'll need to get started is the sashing fabric.  I'm thinking one of the reds!                                                   

My Week in Review

It's been a nice and semi productive week here in NJ....The weather was cooperative and stayed COLD for a few days so I was forced to stay in the house and sew, so I got the backings done for 2 quilts that were going to the quilter on Tuesday (more on that further down).  Then I took my December Designer Mystery BOM block apart and remade it.  I don't know what I was thinking back in December but I'd forgotten the "red star" part of the block which made for a boring block.  So, that got fixed and the January block assembled.
THEN, I cleaned up my room which was just cluttered with all the fabric from all the BOM's, projects etc...
Monday after work and dinner I had to load my car up for a trip to Delaware to spend some time with my BFF Michelle and her Guild ladies at their monthly "Sit N Sew".  I don't belong to their guild but over the summer I attended a couple of times and they were very gracious and welcoming.  The theme this month was assembling the "Iron Caddy's".  Coincidentally, I'd gotten a kit from Michelle for a caddy as a Christmas present back in December so I was all set...just had to drive and get a sewin
Here's a picture of mine all by itself and then the 2nd picture is all of them.  1 girl left early and another wasn't done yet, and we had a small group this time.  Aren't they cute?  Michelle's is the black/red with little button fabric right between mine and the purple one.

After sewing we left the center and drove up Route 1 to a quilt shop for Michelle to find a couple of pieces of fabric to finish a few projects....  I think I spent more than her even though I went in not needing anything in particular  :)

I got 2 pincushion kits, one is the star and the other is the half moon santa, a pattern for a cute winter runner, 4 black fat quarters for my upcoming Orca Bay project, some gorgeous red fabric and 3  1 yard pieces of baby girl type fabrics for an upcoming project.  I just loved the focus fabric and knew I needed at least 2 accents to go with it.  The green fabric is for a "retreat project" for May.
The shop was soooo cute and had a lot of projects made up with full baskets of kits !  I love a shop that does that!!!
Last night was spent resetting my machine up and dinner out with 5 friends from other schools in our district. 

Our next Sit N Sew project is the "PLUS" quilt so last night I did a little cutting for that and that will continue tonight too.  I also had some girls mention the old donut pincushions so I pulled my pattern out and am making some of those up while I watch tv at night.....

How was your week?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pic Stitch

Have you heard of Pic Stitch yet?  My daughter that's getting married in April sent me a picture from it with her dress, shoes and earrings so I HAD to ask how she did it and lemme tell was soooo easy!
I was thinking I could create a blog header somehow using some of my pictures so I created a little to figure out how to do a blog header  :)


Monday, January 21, 2013

Designer Mystery

It feels like it's been ages since I posted one of my "2012 Designer Mystery Block of the Month" blocks.

This month is block # 8 and it was designed by Bonnie and Camille from Cotton Way and Thimble Blossoms.  Coincidentally, we're using their fabric line for this mystery, and I have to say, I love the fabric!  I've never been big on "sampler" style quilts but they added some geese for separators and strips so I like how it looks so far.

This block is called "Lime Sherbet". 
I'm doing this thru Fat Quarter Shop monthly, and have signed up already for the 2013 BOM as well.  I think the 2013 will be done in Fig Tree fabrics...yum!

How's everyone else doing with their blocks?  Is everyone keeping up?


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stash Attack

I was in my local quilt shop, "Quilting Possibilities" over New Years and was talking to the owner and she was showing me a new program she was doing called "Stash Attack".  The idea is to deplete the stash!You purchase 2 yards of a background fabric and she gives you the pattern for free, and you strictly use your stash.  Once you complete the top you bring it into the shop and she gives you a 25% coupon off the backing fabric.  Since I needed a baby quilt for a co-worker's first grandchild, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do it.  It didn't take long to pick out some kiddie fabrics and get the hst's cut, sewn and assembled.  I think I started on Tuesday or Wednesday this week and I finished it in about 4 days. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Stash Stack Club

Does anyone else belong to the Stash Stack Club with Pink Castle Fabrics? Every month I look forward to getting my fabric! This month is "purple month".
There's only one fabric, the 3rd from the right in the front row, that to me doesn't even appear to be purple but it's ok....I'll find something to use it for :) Notice the red cutting board? A birthday present from my husband for my birthday back in December. It just came last week so I wasn't able to show it before now. I like it a lot since my cutting table and sewing machine cabinet are both looks awesome! PS: I have Brown, Blue, Lime Green, Orange, Turquoise and now Purple... I need to make some single color quilts with them! I'm anxiously awaiting "RED" month. I know for sure I want to make a red and white snowball quilt with them! Peggy

Friday, January 18, 2013

"test" explanation

So, my cute red and white blog background is gone, as are the snowflakes and snowman and anything else that happened to appear on my blog.  My BFF Michelle, center in the previous picture tried to help me straighten my blog out last night and did a great job but if you can believe it, I saw one thing when I logged in and other people saw another background/header etc.   It was just too much work and I'd had enough.
So, i'm back to a plain blog with just a house picture.  NOW...if I could just get pictures from my computer to be used on the blog ......that's making me crazy but I have bigger fish to fry tonight  :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

No Reply Blogger

I appreciate everyone that visits my blog and comments...I love it actually!  I do however, have no way of responding to questions or comments if you are a "no reply blogger" or don't even have a blog to look at and comment there.  That said, if you've commented and would like a response you really need to help me out here...... email? blog?


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Blogging on Sunday

I'm just jumping on here trying to get the hang of how "Blogger" now has things set up.

I'm used to uploading pictures from my computer to posts but apparently now I can't, I have to upload them to Google+ or something....I WILL figure it all out but in the meantime I will have to only post pictures when I can spend the time doing the figuring out  :)

I'm here though...doing our wedding planning, sewing, working and cooking...  Here's a recent picture so you don't forget about me  :)


WHAT?  You like that wall hanging behind me?  Isn't it the cutest?  I got that for my birthday last month from my BFF Michelle....  I LOVE it too!!!   And I'm thinking hubby thought it was great because within minutes of opening her package he was at HD getting me a nice rod to hang it....Thanks Michelle, and thanks Al  :)   I'll keep  ya!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

So, 2013 started off for me with the last clue of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery "Easy Street".  It was the first one I ever did and I can tell you it won't be my last.  The directions were clear and short of not knowing how to count sometimes, I had everything I needed and enjoyed the process especially because so many girlfiriends did it this time too.

I did a lot of the block assembly last week and then this week I finished up and started assembling the rows.  I got the the point on Thursday night that I had the quilt in 2 units and it just needed connecting.....Well, it was almost 11PM and I knew that when that alarm clock went off at 5:15 I'd be one sad gal so I shut down and figured I'd finish Friday after work.  Well, that didn't quite happen...I came in, was tired, took my shoes off, figured I'd take a cat nap but unfortunately that turned into over 2 hours.....  I did get it done after dinner and I'm just THRILLED with it!!!
     I washed and dried the backing for 2 or 3 backs yesterday so I'm prepping them tonight.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all my friends and family out there in Blogger Land....

I can clearly remember last New Year's Day so I think this was a fast year! 

We had a lot go on in our family and thankfully, for the most part, it was all good. 

I'm looking forward to all that 2013 has to bring, especially April 27th when my daughter Jennifer marries Tim....