Friday, April 24, 2015

What a week and some quilting choices!

(fabrics waiting to be played with!)

It's been busy but wonderful around here. Between travelling to and from the regional track meet on Tuesday and Thursday to watch my boy run, I planted the summer veggie garden on Wednesday. I also hosted book club this week and managed to visit a friend and get some errands run and chores done. Basically, that means very little sewing happened. I plan to change that this weekend!

My list of quilting options looks like this:

1. Make a doll quilt for Lori's mini swap.

2. Design my entry for the AMB challenge which looks like lots of fun!

3. Begin making stars for the Stars in a Time Warp after being inspired by Barb.

4. Remake a few of the 1718 blocks that Boomer ate while I was planting the garden.

5. Finish my Gardenvale blocks and come up with a setting for them!

6. It really is time for me to re-visit my Nearly Insane blocks, or maybe not. LOL

7. Get started on my Ohio Sampler quilt like this one...

8. Finish the black and white version of Lime Twist.



9. Start the string quilt that I've been wanting to make for ages.

10. Cut the strips for a courthouse steps quilt that I want to make for my bed.


Actually, I may need more than just a weekend. :)
Have a wonderful weekend whatever you choose to do!
Diane

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gardenvale Play



 When this fabric collection was released at market I thought I would never be able to wait until it hit stores. I was so anxious to get a hold of this gorgeous fabric that I was on the constant look for it online. As luck would have it, I found someone who had picked it up at market and was selling it. I don't think I've ever made an online purchase so quickly! I was thrilled. It arrived quickly and I just had to admire it for a bit.


 Anything this gorgeous needs to be appreciated, and drooled over for an appropriate length of time.


When I finally unfolded it, I found some of the pieces looked like this. Four for the price of one! Woohoo! I was so stinking excited!


 I made a few sample blocks. And I made a lovely step-by-step tutorial on how to chain piece these blocks. Then I flipped through the Quilt Lovely book by Jen Kingwell herself, (link to book below post) and found these exact same blocks in a different size. I would like to think it was a case of 'great minds think alike' but it was probably a subconsious channeling of the queen herself. LOL Since the blocks are in her book, I will refrain from sharing all of those tutorial photos I had taken, but trust me when I say they are good! Heck, anything from this fabric is good!


I then started grouping the fabrics and making more sets of chain pieced blocks...


 I found that I just couldn't stop...


Yep, I'm still at it! I have no idea if these are going to get pieced sashing or alternate blocks, or even put on point. Right now I'm just having so much fun making them, I don't want to stop!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Quilt Jewelry!



Have you met my friend Julie over at Me and My Stitches? She is not only an amazing quilter but she makes the most intricate (TINY) pieced jewelry! I have several of her pieces and get compliments every time I wear them. They are so well made and intricately detailed. The prices are affordable enough that you can give them as gifts, but you're gonna want one for yourself too, I promise!


Isn't this heart sweet?


You can even add bling! Each piece is individually made, so each piece can be customized.


This is the pendant I wear most often and ALWAYS get asked, "Where did you get that?" And then I get to tell them about my cool friend Julie. Besides, Julie has two dogs named Boomer and Bailey, just like me, how cool is that?!


These earrings are going to have to be my next purchase! They are irresistable aren't they?

Now go visit Julie at her blog or her online store and tell her Diane says HI! Even better, forward her website to the people who will be doing your Mother's Day shopping...thinking ahead pays off!

Enjoy shopping!
Diane



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Go take a peek....




over at the Craftsy blog today. I have a post featuring some springtime inspiration. I don't know about you, but I sure could use some sunshine right about now.

Enjoy!
Diane

Thursday, April 16, 2015

1718 Coverlet continues...



(I made all four of these blocks.)

I prepped some 1718 blocks before I left for the beach. I over estimated how much stitching time I would get because I actually prepped 25 blocks. I know crazy! But I thought if we had a rainy day, I might need them. They are small to pack and travel with so it was no trouble. I did get about half of them stitched. 

(I made both of these blocks.)





(The partner to my other pigeon toed pheasant. At least they match.)

 Rest assured that the background pieces are correctly made quarter square triangles. The corners are accurate, my photography...not so much!

I have not stitched a single block this week because I've been working on a quilt for a friend. She pieced the quilt, now I'm quilting it, and another one for donation. I love quilting for others. I hope my stitches bring a smile to someone's face.

Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quilting at the Beach...

(Sewing strips with a view of the ocean...my idea of heaven!)

In addition to some simple strips for strip piecing, I brought some 1718 blocks to the beach last week. I thought that if we had a rainy day I might get some stitching done.

(Sunset from the roof deck!)

We did not have any rainy days, the weather was perfect all week! However, I did do some stitching here and there and managed to finish a few blocks.

(Maybe it will look better after I press it?)

I even tried stitching in the car, but since my husband thinks he's Mario Andretti, that's not always easy. LOL


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Quilting By the Bay

(Quilting by the Bay, Panama City Florida)

I will admit that I have wanted to visit this shop for years! My friend Darlene, shops there every year when she spends her month at the beach (I would have to hate her for that fact alone if she wasn't so incredibly sweet!) I've also seen their ads in magazines and visited their website.


I had high expectations and the shop did NOT disappoint. It was so cute and clean. The fabrics were so well organized by color and theme. The wall of notions almost made me swoon. I picked up a few fat quarters that reminded me of the beach and a few that were just really cute.

The customer service was friendly and another shopper was a blog reader of mine! How fun is that? When I told the kids later, one of the boys (not mine) said...Wow, your mom is famous. LOL

If you are ever in the panhandle of Florida, make a trip to visit this shop, you won't be disappointed, I promise!

Diane
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