Friday, December 31, 2010

Last day of 2010...

Just a few things I have been plugging away at over the holidays:

Jan Patek's Favorite Things BOM 

JP's Favorite things- BOM 

Orange Peel- Brooklyn Heights

My Aussie Block Swap buddy Beth has received her December block in the mail so now I can officially post the whole picture. I can't wait for my first block to arrive!

And there is a wonderful "New Years Give Away" at Stray Stitches

Warmest wishes and Best of Luck in 2011,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Quest for a new sewing machine...

 I am thinking of buying a new sewing machine in January and I am having a hard time deciding on the type. Budget wise, I am leaning toward a Janome (MC6300-6600), Brother (PQ 1500s) or Baby Lock (Quest Plus). I hear Bernina is the Cadi of sewing machines but it is out of my price range. I am curious as to which brand/type you prefer or hate and why?


Monday, December 13, 2010


Don't cha just hate Mondays??? Unless you are at home quilting then your Monday is amazing. Me- already counting down til Friday! 

Here are a couple things from the weekend:

Scrappy Placemats- Attempt #2 was much better. "Hmmm, good ironing is important!"

Block 3 of Spring Fling- Bird & House


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All ready for Christmas

Ready....set....Christmas! I made this for ________ for Christmas and I am so glad I got it done in time. I really hope she likes it.

 I am still having a hard time squaring up a quilt but this one is a definite improvement over the first. What is the best way to square it up when there is piecing in the border?

Nine-Patch In Border

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Bye for now,

Monday, December 6, 2010

Block Swap

I joined my very first block swap. It is called the "Quilting Block Swaps Australia". The block swap is organized by a nice lady named Sue (in Australia!) who partners you every month with a quilting buddy. Once you know your quilting buddy's preferences, you make them a 12.5" unfinished block and send it to them.

After finally conquering the stomach flu last week, I got back to quilting this weekend. My December quilting buddy is Beth and she requested a "shabby chic" block (which I had to Google lol). I will be putting it in the post this afternoon; I really hope she likes the block and the fabric. Here is a teaser...

Yesterday in the midst of finishing the above block, I totally got distracted and started making a place mat out of 1.5" squares that I have been saving. I was in a hurry to iron it, and as you can tell, they are not very straight. 

Bye for now,