Monday, July 6, 2015

A Book Review and Give Away!!!



I was sent this adorable children's book about a little girl making her first quilt. The publisher asked if I would be willing to review it and host a give away on my blog. The story is sweet and would be good for both reading to a child or for beginning readers.


This short summary explains that Maya wants to help welcome her new brother and decides to make him a quilt. Grandma to the rescue! Grandma spends time teaching Maya how to quilt and the story parallels the activities of the birds outside Maya's window and the preparation of their nest for their family.


The illustrations are darling. They are collage, with layers of fabric, paint and drawing. Any fiber artist will appreciate the attention to detail.


There's even a wonderful section in the back on how to make a simple quilt and the supplies needed. I especially love that Maya made some very creative choices in her quilt!


The nice folks at Tilbury House Publishers would like to give away a copy to a reader. So if you would like to win a copy of this book, simply leave the name of the child you would like to share this book with if you win. I already know which grandma I'm giving my copy to so that she can share it with her granddaughter!

Thanks for playing along. I'll announce the winner on Friday!
Diane

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dreaming of the beach...



I'm not at the beach this weekend and it doesn't look like I'm going to get there any time soon. But if you're dreaming of the beach like I am, go check out my post on Craftsy today. It's all about the beach! (The quilter's version anyway.)


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tumblers!


The queen has spoken and she has commanded that this is the year of the tumbler for 'leaders and enders'. I'm speaking of Bonnie Hunter of course. She really is the queen of quilting when it comes to scrap quilts, online quilting, quiltcam, online mysteries....just to name a few. I've never kept it much of a secret how much I admire her. I may have gushed about her a time or two (see HERE and HERE) and had the pleasure of attending  a workshop with her. That woman is amazing in so many ways. She makes the rest of us look like slugs. LOL


The good news is that this year her 'leaders and enders' are going to be tumblers. I also have not kept my love of tumblers a secret either. I actually have a 2" tumbler for sale HERE and a 5" version for sale HERE.

 If you want to order both, I'll include a free pattern for you through the end of July. Leave a comment telling me which pattern is your favorite and I'll pop it in the package with your templates...my treat!


As a matter of fact, my very first blog banner was tumblers. How funny is that? I still use it on my shop and a few other places. I've been loving these little tumblers for a long time now. I may or may not be working on a king size version of the 2" tumblers. But that would just be nuts...


When you order the 5" tumbler, it comes with the instructions for five different size quilts. It gives the number of tumblers needed, and half tumblers needed. The number of charm packs used if you are interested, and the finished dimensions of the quilts. All the math is done for you, so you can just start cutting and sewing!

Enjoy every tumbler!
Diane




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello July!

Wait a minute! It's already July...how did that happen? I feel like life has been in fast forward lately. This summer is flying by and I want it to slow down so I can just relax and enjoy it. I'm not having enough fun. Actually, I'm not entirely sure what I have been doing. Let's see...



I finished this book today. It was a wild and crazy book filled with some serious drama and suspense. The main character was a 'hot mess' but more stubborn than any character I've read in quite a while. I did enjoy it. I read it in 3 days...because I wanted to find out how it turned out. I would recommend it if you like a good read with lots of suspense.


I harvested the first of the cucumbers and the largest was 14'' long!


I cleaned up the mess Boomer made after he decided his bed needed to be shredded.


I ate the most amazing s'mores dip with graham crackers that these kids made after a late night swim. I love my kids' friends almost as much as I love my kids! They were being a little goofy here...


I'm still eating this yummy slab of chocolate that my hubby brought home from Hawaii. I wanted to go with him so badly on this trip but he was afraid there wouldn't be an available seat for me on the way home and I might get stranded in Kauai. I failed to see the problem with that.


These two have kept me busy as well. They are best friends and serious tag team terrors. Boomer stole the pizza off the counter, and then Bailey finished eating it under the table while I scolded her brother. Sneaky and cute!


Luna still doesn't understand why all these dogs live here. She still claims every basket as her own and ignores all those crazy canines that keep trying to play with her.


Boomer was here...I have spent a lot of my time cleaning up these messes. Sigh.
Are you sensing a trend? Puppyhood is such a 'busy' stage.


Now that all three teens have their license and all three take turns driving their shared car and mine...I now have this on the side of my car. No one claims to know anything about it. Really? 


This guy and his brother loved their first flying lesson given to them by their dad. That will be happening again soon I'm sure! 


This girl loves this horse more than any other creature on the planet (sadly that even includes me I'm afraid.) They make a good team and they've won more than a few ribbons this summer. It's fun to watch them work and play together.



Bill and I celebrated 22 years of marriage in June. There's real sense of pride that goes along with surviving celebrating that many years of laughter and tears, triumphs and struggles. I'm just glad we still love each other. It hasn't always been easy, but it's always been worth it!

So maybe I have had a little fun so far this summer...not to mention the trip to Carowinds, the ER visit for Kelly's foot, the kayaking, the movies, the shopping, the yard work that resulted in poison ivy for three of us, the daily running for the boys and the daily trips to the barn for Kelly. 

July promises to be almost as exciting. Our cousins will visit from Arizona. Kelly will go to horse camp with her cousin in Tucson, the boys will go to running camp in North Carolina, Bill will still be flying a lot, and I will do a trunk show and continue working from home on all my quilting adventures. That is, when I'm not wrangling three crazy dogs, or dealing with a very sassy cat. 

I promise to be back soon with more updates on the 1718 coverlet quilt along, the AMB mini challenge, a super cute book with a give away, and some updates on the work I've been doing with Craftsy. There might be few other things too, you never know!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beware of the Scrap Vortex...

(How cute is that zebra?)


So I started playing with my scraps after being inspired by Crazy Mom Quilts. She gave a wonderful tutorial on this method. I also incorporated some of Bonnie Hunter's 'crumb theory' and then I just started playing. I fussy cut some cute little surprises, and I made some log cabin blocks, and some half log cabin blocks. Once I got going, it was hard to stop.


My fancy set up includes opening a drawer to use as a shelf for my scrap basket. I can dig through it without getting up from my sewing machine. Also, it's mostly Boomer proof. (Nothing is completely Boomer proof!)


Then I started playing with the blocks and units on the design wall.


Do you see a pattern emerging here? Any suggestions on which solid color I should use as the sashing. I have a few to choose from in my stash, but I'm happy to consider suggestions. If you are considering trying this...Please be aware... it's incredibly addictive....you've been warned!


Diane



Monday, June 29, 2015

Sewing selvages ...


I started making these selvage blocks in the last week or so. It's been an easy mindless sewing project. Honestly, with the sad news from Charleston, I just needed to stitch and grieve. While I am tender hearted, and tragic news always hurts, this one just felt like a punch in the gut. That's probably why I was unable to articulate anything about that event here. In my mind, carrying on with what gives me joy, and living a life of kindness, is the very best (and possibly only) way to truly honor those beautiful people who died so needlessly. I'm crying as I type and this post was supposed to be about stitching for comfort! 


Anyway, I sewed and sewed and sewed. I was not able to comfort myself completely but I did get some  a LOT of selvage blocks made. Not enough for a whole quilt, but don't worry, I have plenty selvages left in the basket....


I'll just keep sewing. I hope you are doing something that brings you comfort and joy today! 
Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Friday, June 26, 2015

We have a winner!


OhioLori is the winner of the AP&Q calendar!!!
I've sent you an email Lori.
Thanks for everyone who played along. I'll have another give away for a cute book soon so stay tuned...

Diane
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