Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Little Bites Parade: Sample aka ode to Carrie

First of all, I have to let you know that Sherri will not be able to
post her half of the parade today. So you will be getting a 
little parade here today and something to look forward to tomorrow!

I am going to go rogue here and tell you the next project I am choosing for us...

This is Anchor Point!
It's a pattern by Primitive Gatherings.
Fat Quarter Shop has the pattern... and both sources also the kit if 
you would like to make it out of the Lakeside fabrics shown.
I think this could be a lot of fun
 made up in all sorts of fabric groups! 

.Anchor Point Mini Quilt.

And if you are so inclined... there is a larger version of the pattern
available as well! The lap size is 60" and the mini is 24".
 (I'm just saying)

Okay... now,
let's start the parade!

Little Bites Quilt Pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. This is a sampler quilt that uses mini charm packs

A Sampler is one thing... but a mini Sampler??
Isn't that a little above and beyond for
an average quilter like me?
That's what I told myself when I first saw this pattern...
I have to confess....

I loved making every single block of this Little Bites
I was so happy to be reading one of Carrie's patterns again...
she always writes her directions as though she is sitting right there
with you... 
it was much like having an old friend over to sew a project together.

I thought I was going to make the alternate version... but once I got started...
I had to try them all!
Like a box of chocolates!

We have a nice assortment of Sample so I hope you enjoy the
rest of the parade!

Patty at A Stitch in Time blog made this gorgeous version of Sample.
Once again she did her spiral quilting... that looks fabulous!
Patty has a little tutorial on her blog on how to do the quilting...
I recommend having a look at it. I know I feel brave enough to 
try it out now!

I fell in love with this version of Sample by Cathy R. when I saw it!
The border is so, SO cute!
The cornerstones bring it all together perfectly!
Cathy had just returned to blogging and has a new blog you might
enjoy.... Sew Pieceful

This one if from Dorothy at Paws for Stitching blog.
I love the pink and grey!
She is going to leave her mini Sampler as an 
octagon shape as pictured here.
It fits perfectly on her table... a nice bonus!

Here we have a little Sample with a pop of pink made by Lynn
in New Zealand! It's just as cute as can be.

Lynn had so much fun with this pattern that she
made another...

One is just as adorable as the other one!
Lynn is a new blogger... so be sure to stop by her blog and give her 
some love!

This wonderfully sweet little Sample was made by Mary,
at Needled Mom blog. 
It is adorable, don't you think?

Here Nancy made her Little Bites Sample bold!
It is so dramatic with the straight set and the sharp contrast in colors!

Polly from Aunt Polly's Porch made a spicy version of Sample!
She always gives her project a little punch of pizazz!

This Sample was created by Susan! It is so peaceful
to look at... I wonder,
 is it the colors she used or a reflection of the 
quilter herself?

Be sure to visit tomorrow at A Quilting Life for 
more of Sample!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Happy Days Ahead

Well, this is the end... of last week.
But where do I start?

Last Monday... just before bed... a normal day turned into something
quite different.

If you know me at all, you know I am quite versed in all things medical,
 at least as relating to my DH.
All of a sudden my poor man was in agonizing pain and it wasn't but a heartbeat
after I saw that his leg was completely white that I called 911.
They came, and scooped him up and took him to ER.
One of my son's  joined me for the trip and we arrived at the hospital
shortly after. 
DH had a blood clot that was blocking his artery to his leg.

I never imagined what that meant.

NEVER would I have thought I would hear:
 "if plan A doesn't work, we will have to amputate your leg".

Are you kidding me?
Instead of a rock and a hard place it was a clot and a hard place.

I am so very happy to share that plan A worked.
(even though a return to plan B was in effect until X hours after the surgery)

So the week went by... and by the weekend I was bringing that brave man home!
The photo above was of some much needed retail therapy...
I am thinking of it as my shot in the arm.

I'm sure you would understand.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quilting Group Porjects

Did you celebrate National Quilting Day?
I did find time to play in the sewing room on Saturday... and
a little bit on Sunday too!
The project above is a pattern by Carrie Nelson that we
are working on this month in the AYOS group.

I am super excited to get this quilt put together. 
My focus this weekend was to work on my Bees Knees
quilts. I have 3 unfinished quilts as a result of being
The one above is my current project.
I still have blocks coming back to me, so this quilt will 
grow more! 
I love the look of it so far though! 

This was a result of my first year in the Bees Knees.
Everyone made the wheel blocks for me.
But from there I was suppose to make them into octagon shape...
and then into squares. I know! It's scary just to think about it!
So I have put it off for quite a long time!
Nerve wraking! 
But... since it was National Quilting Day... I got braved and
attempted it!
I think it's working too!!! 
I think I will be playing with this one throughout this week.
I will share my progress!
(this quilt is one I saw first at Hyacinth Blog)

This is another one that I did along with my Bees Knees group.
I only had the blocks half way sewn together. I kept thinking I was going to make
it larger. But after looking at it I figured it was just fine the size it
is. So, I sewed the rest of the blocks together. 
It was a pattern from Moda Bake Shop. I think it's called
Starry-eyed. I love the Countdown Til Christmas fabric that
the original was made in but since I embarked on this journey
long after that fabric was available my fabric choice was this
group by Aneela Hoey.

Now, this is a photo depicting my lunch hour today.
It made for a nice break in the day.

I think this is how I will spend my lunch time everyday this week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Cleaning... on the blog

I made a new discovery yesterday!

I figured out why,
 as in
why in the heck
I have not been able to post comments on 
your blogs. For the past several months this has been 
an issue for me. So much so, that I have given up trying...
sometimes I will just Email my comment instead.
But it is so frustrating!

I heard that the same problem exists for 
some of you who wanted to leave comments.
Hopefully you will give it another try now.

Now... since I have been in the inner workings of my blog...
I thought I would attempt to do something with my 
banner. It is awfully plain isn't it?
To say the least.

I had thought of  making a photo banner.
I am still looking for a method of doing that.
But I did find a couple of 
ideas I thought I might try out in lieu of
a photo banner.

This one might be cute.

Or this one.

I thought I would just post them here to see how they will go with my background.

Anyway... I will keep playing with this for a couple of days.

Do you have any good resources for banners? 
I would really like to  try a photo one also.

And, what about blog buttons? 
Does anybody still use them?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lots of Loving Going on Here

A whole week has flown by! 

Let me give you a picture tour of what I have been up to!
First of all, I went to the beach with a couple of 
girlfriends! My first time to this part of the Central Coast of
California... Cambria!
I have a new beach and little town to love.
And... just so you know, they have a great yarn shop there too.

And did a bunch of this while we were there!
I love walking on the beach... and just planting myself
in a chair to enjoy the view also! 

Back at home... I also spent time with my stepson
and little Noah who is a month old now!
Isn't he such a happy daddy? 
I love this little sweetie pie.

Did I tell you that my sweet son Tauren got engaged to Heather here
while they were traveling. 
I love this girl! Well, and him too  of course!

So now there is a lot of dress shopping and other 
going on!!!
Gotta love wedding planning!

And of course there was also time to whip up a few
blocks for the AYOS group: Little Bites Sampler.
There are just addicting!
I love this pattern.

While I was going through fabrics to use in the 
blocks in the  above... I uncovered this 
little project! I found that I have 6 blocks made and
just three more to go! 
I have been laying low on any big undertakings but 
I think I can handle this one! The pattern is Betsy's Closet In Stitches

Betsy's Closet - In Stitches

It's just too cute... I have to get this one finished!
It's adorable, right?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring Forward and A Colorful Twist (book review)

I can't tell you how happy I am to
 have daylight savings time back! 
We had a gorgeous weekend here... 
so I was busy with 
yard work. The bulbs are already
 sprouting up around the property!
We moved to this new house last summer... 
so, I had to get busy and plant bulbs
here last fall. I just hope 
I remembered to plant gladiolas.
They are one of  my
favorite bulbs to see pop up around 
the perimeter of the lawn area. 

I also moved my sewing room (over the last couple of weekends) to
the sun room. I have glass on 2 1/2 sides. Which has it's benefits...
but I had to keep in mind where I would be keeping my fabrics...
trying to avoid sun damage. 
I think I will like the new "creative space"!
I'm not quite ready to share pictures yet... but I will
soon... very soon!

Have you seen the new book A New Twist: 
Create Quilts With A Modern Spin
 out at your LQS?
I am excited aobut Natalie's book because I have made a couple of quilts from her
patterns... that were great!

Martingale - A Modern Twist (Print version + eBook bundle)

 (all photos by Brent Kane)

It is loaded with inspiring projects... fresh, modern, and colorful!
This is a book that you will also want to actually read as much as you
will want to make the projects from it.

This one just looks like fun!
 I think I want to use my low volume fabric stash for this one.

Well, all of the quilts and projects look fun... perfect for Spring time sewing!

I think the quilting on these quilts, by Angela Walters, who writes a section in the book, 
 will inspire you to make sure they
get finished! 

Aside from the wonderfully well written instructions...
you will also get a fun lesson in color theory... painless... I promise you!
Natalie will take you on a journey of  learning the three C's: Color Contrast and
Composition. But the best part is that it's not just learning "how"... but also learning "why".

I felt like I really got to know Natalie... her personality
really comes through! 

So there is a blog hop going on right now... so you might want to check it out
and try to win a copy of the book!
Or you can get a copy right now from Martingale Publishers here.

Here is one of the stops on the blog hop.
Fingers crossed for you to win!

I hope enjoy the book as much as I do.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Trunk Show Recap

I thought I would show you a few of the photos taken 
last night at my trunk show for the 
Quilter's Paradise Retreat at Bass Lake. 

I am sure there were some better photos taken... 
but I just wanted to show you the few I had.
It was a fun event. There were about 70 women there.
I know a handful of them... so that made it easier!