Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Girl Gang Club 2011

I joined the Girl Gang Club at Traditional Pastimes. This year there are several projects by Jan Patek and Susan Garman. I decided on Jan Patek's "Bicycles, Watermelons and Stars".

So. I busted my a** all weekend and only got ONE block done. LOL.  It was quite challenging to get the wheels to look smooth and even harder to keep the bike frame from shifting.

3 more to go...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

February Block Arrival

My mailbox had a present waiting for me today after work- my Feb block arrived from Teresa, Portugal. It is so lovely, Teresa, thank you so much. I love it.

I also finished another coffee coaster for a friend. I had a little trouble with the binding this time but I am just lovin' the Moda "Origins" fabric. 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011


This week is turning out to be quite eventful. First, I received my January swap block from Cathy (Adelaide, SA) and it is really pretty. It came with a perfect handmade card and just in time for Valentine's Day.

Second, I entered a lovely blog giveaway by Brenda at Scraps and Strings and somehow the random generator came up with my number!  It was her 3 year blogiversary and she is giving away cute needle cases. Thanks so much for a great giveaway, Brenda!

(from Brenda at Scraps and Strings)

Lastly, I received a neat little award from Cathy- thanks so much for thinking of me. I accept!

The Rules:
1) You have been tagged, do you want to accept?
If yes, then create a post on your blog and post the love blog photo.
2) Link back to the person who gave you the award and say if you accept.
3) Choose 3-5 of your favorite blogs to tag, link these in your post too and tell the lucky people they have been tagged.

The aim of this award, is to bring unknown good blogs to light, therefore, please don't tag someone with 3000 followers. 

To be honest, it was really hard to pick just 5 when so many people have such great blogs. So, I tried to stay close to or under 50. Here we go:

I also have to give an honorable mention to Cathy and Sue. A great big "thank you" goes out to everyone I follow- your blogs keep me motivated and I appreciate all the support.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

I am all caught up...

This last week was great because I officially finished two projects. I got the bindings on both my Orange Peel and Say Please quilts. Mom and Dad were super nice and let me wash them at their place. I am pretty sure they would have been obliterated in the communal washing machines at my apartment.

Jan Patek club starts this Wednesday so I am super stoked! Report to follow....

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I got a new toy.....

Other than the weather, Sunday night offered another surprise- my new sewing machine arrived! It is a Brother PQ1500S; a straight stitch quilting machine. I got it from Big Sky Quilts in Great Falls, MT. Normally, I try to shop local but when there was an $700 difference (huge), I had to go with the one that fit in my budget.

 I just hope I have it threaded correctly... I am so worried I am going to break it. 

I also made a coffee coaster for a friend at work. I followed this great (free) tutorial from Ryan Walsh at "I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts". I love the cupcake fabrics...

AND I fixed the FAIL block.

Bye for now,
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Friday, February 4, 2011

I was half productive...

I had an obvious FAIL while piecing and watching t.v. at the same time...

...I know what I am doing tonight- I will be spending some quality time with my seam ripper.

My other block went a tad better ;)

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Contests and Giveaways...

This week at Connecting Threads, if you build your own kit you can win 1 of 3 gift cards. Here is mine!

Quilting in the Rain is having a jelly roll giveaway...check it out. 

If you would like to win an AccuQuilt GO, pop over to SewCalGal for a chance to win.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Swap Sneak Peek

This month my swap buddy is Teresa from Portugal. She asked for retro or pink & brown.  It will be in the post this week...


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