Bee Blocks & Garden Goodness

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I've just finished my Quilter Bee blocks for Meagan. Though only required to make one, I made two~I think it's fun to be able to incorporate blocks into the quilt back~the two quilts in one theory. I added the ice blue and chartreuse solids from my stash. Some of the others are posting their blocks too, here's the link if you'd like to take a look. . .Do you remember when I posted about the garden I put in. . .6 weeks after what's considered normal planting time. . .well, hah! I only say that because I took a lot of good natured teasing from friends and family that I was slowing down in my old age. . .yea, right, whatever! So, yes, better late than never~fruits of our garden. Peppers, tomatoes, cucumber~the corn will be ready soon and the pumpkins are going to be perfect size come Halloween. This, while everyone else's gardens are starting to wind down. . .hmmm. . .tease me will you. All in good fun!

Happy Sunday everyone!

A String Quilt

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

FINALLY! Geez, I was beginning to wonder if I'd ever finish this project. It was a labor of love, however~my daughter Hayley's graduation/18th birthday quilt. The quilt is made of 64 blocks finishing at 8" squares. There's really no rhyme or reason to the fabrics except they're all Amy Butler Daisy Chain and Midwest Modern prints (exceptions being the solid fabrics).
The back is a Kona solid with some leftover scraps added for interest.

Oh, happy day!

Friendship Bag & Quilter Bee Love

Monday, August 17, 2009

My friend Terri, from Terri's Notebook sent to me this cute friendship bag. It is absolutely adorable and my big purse is now officially jealous. I carry it everywhere. It holds my keys, cell phone, ATM card and my never-leave-home-without-it Blistex lip gloss! This little cutie came full of goodies. Some sweet craft ribbon, a small sewing kit and a very pretty aqua rick rack. If you love this little bag as much as I, be sure to watch her blog for the launch of her Etsy store~coming late August '09! Little does she know I already have goodies to send to her. . .to help get her through those late night art classes.
I recently became a participant in a Quilting Bee. There are 12 of us who will make one block each month from fabric the "spotlight" quilter sends to us with instructions as to block construction. Meagan, is September's spotlight quilter. She has requested a 12.5" square using the above solids~she did add, that I could use solids from my stash as well
. . .hmmm. . .this should be fun!

Happy Monday All!

Back In Action

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Took a little break from blogging last week as well as from sewing. School began for the kids, well at least the younger 4~Hayley starts college next week, locally, but her job at a local flower shop has kept her busy. Me too, of course, with all of the start-of-school festivities~ shopping, meeting teachers, and driving all over town like a crazy taxi.
I have managed to play catch up with my 9-patch blocks. There's 30 now, quite a stack and approaching the half-way point.
I picked these fabrics up. I love pink and brown.
I thought these April Shower Girls would make cute centers for Maverick log cabin blocks.
My FQ bundle of Mezzanine arrived this past week too. It's so pretty!

Tomorrow I have a very fun post! My good friend Terri sent me something very cute that I just can't put down. . .it's adorable.
Because I'm feeling my Irish roots today, I'll leave you with this bit from an Irish Friendship Limerick. . .
May you always find blue skies
above your head,
Shamrocks beneath your feet,
Laughter and joy a plenty,
Kindness from all you meet,
Good friends and kin to miss you
If ever you choose to roam,
And a path that's been cleared by angels
Themselves bringing you safely home.

Shhhh. . .Don't Tell!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

I've finally started my Zig Zag Quilt Along project. . .I cheated just a little though. The project calls for a 4" finished unit and I just wasn't feeling much like cutting and marking. . . then I thought about ALL of the triangle paper I have. . . maybe there's some 4" finished sheets and THERE WAS! I suddenly had renewed interest. So I have 9 of the 14 rows ready to sew together. There's no misshapen blocks, everything is square and I'm happy with the progress. There's even some scraps left over to use in this project. . .

It's Day 18 of the 9-Patch Quilt Along and I've made 20 blocks. . .all from scraps. I've decided to throw a bit of aqua in to the orange-pink-yellow mix.

I'm also nearly finished with this quilt and have a plan formulating for these. . .

I've also joined a Quilting Bee, so I'll post Meagan's block as soon as it's finished. Hopefully, we'll have a flickr group to post progress to, as well. I'm excited about this endeavor, I always love to see quilts made from a dozen different people, they are always so unique!
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