Monday, August 30, 2010

Sew It Begins.....

i am back at it again with an engine full of steam. i ended up working most of Saturday so Sunday was devoted to sewing and sewing related stuff. 1st on the list was my Limes quilt - i want to take it to the Gorge with me this coming weekend for Friday nights show becuz we have lawn tickets. at 11 Sunday morning this quilt wasn't basted or anything - i decided to spray baste it becuz that was going to be the quickest - next i had to figure out where to do this at.
i had a light bulb moment!
at work we have this HUGE table that use to be used for making draperies & i knew it would be perfect for this - so off to work i went....
this quilt is roughly 57"x72" so as you can see the table is HUGE & the ceilings are so tall that i can stand up on the table. LOVE it. now i know where i will be doing my spray basting at from now on.
on to the quilting - i got it all quilted in a simple straight line pattern & i was shocked at how quickly it went. its amazing how helpful the right space & set up can be. if its wrong then you are always fighting the quilt but with this one it was a dream.
i then put the binding on & threw it in the wash.

i think its pretty snappy looking but then again i am a major green freak. so it will take its 1st of many journeys with me this Friday to the Gorge at George, WA where i will take in my 2nd DMB show for the week (1st is tomorrow night in Boise) with a great friend of mine Stephanie.

this will be our 5th year of heading to the Gorge to see DMB & i couldn't think of another person i would rather do it with. Steph is one of those people that when you meet them you feel like you have won the lottery. we have been through thick & thin & the best part is - is that she gets me & all of my quirks & still wants to be my friend.
she is ACES!!!! love ya girl!!!!

This is my pile of stuff for quilt camp.

which i will continue to add to in the coming weeks with every spare minute that i can find.

this past weekend i also go my blocks together for Karrie's Charm Pack Quilt Along. Karrie posted the final step on Sunday morning & so i have the blocks together & the 1st boarder cut. this might be added to the pile above & finished at quilt camp.

the fabrics on the bottom are the 3 boarders inside to outside - left to right.

the next thing i will be cutting up for quilt camp is this yummy pile.

Verna - i have a way cool pattern for this that involves sewing curves & thanks to Julie's video tutorial they will be a breeze with the right foot.
go watch the tutorial - its totally worth it.

tomorrow at o'dark 30 my mom & i drive to Boise. me for the DMB show with my brother & sil and my mom to babysit my niece. we will be back on the road home Wednesday morning. its roughly a 5 1/2 hr drive each way so i am taking some hand work.

i have 2 1/2 buttons on this block to finish & then its on to block 4. i know i am slow with this (i have only had it for 2 yrs) but its getting done. more will get done during the days this weekend at the Gorge.

so it begins,
6 shows, 20 days, 5,000 plus miles
then a 5 day quilt camp
what more could i ask for?????
i feel very blessed for being able to do this.

i will post when i can as well as prep for camp when i can.
enjoy your week!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What a week....

what a week i have had...............
8 days ago we had an electrical issue at work which took out a computer, our internet server as well as our main server. our computer guy was called in & he took our server to rebuild it. got that done & re-loaded the data which we tested to make sure we didn't loose anything & finally got us all back up & running today.
as some of you know when your system goes down you panic - which i did.
when i panic i have to stay busy with simple tasks that require little brain function and sewing isn't one of them. i spent a lot of time in my yard doing stuff so i thought i would share a couple pics that i took.
i am a lover of sunflowers & have a ton of them in my garden - just happened to catch a shot with a bee in the middle of this one.
a bowl full of cherry tomatos from my garden. i have 4 cherry tomato plants & the people i work with love them.

i did do some quilting (non-sewing) stuff last week.
i laid out my hexi quilt & counted up how many setting triangles i would need. i then took some pics just in case i mess up the layout when i go to sew it together.
i then bagged up each row & labeled them so they are ready for me at camp.

i also worked on my Charm Pack QA blocks.
i got them all laid out & ready to sew as well.

now that things are back to normal for me at work i might get some sewing done in the evenings & maybe this weekend.
Tuesday we head to Boise for the 1st DMB show then home for a day then onto the Gorge for 3 more shows. i will wrap the concert adventure up in Chicago on the 17th & 18th of September then its onto a 5 day quilt camp on the 22nd.
the days are getting shorter & the nights are getting cooler.
summer is coming to a close & fall will be here before we know it.
i hope everyone has had a great summer & you are looking forward to the fall as much as i am.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

And yet another.......

and yet there is another Go giveaway going on....
Heather over at a la mode fabric is giving one away
go check it out & enter to win!

Giveaway Going On.........

go check out Karrie's blog Freckled Whimsy
enter to win a Go from AccuQuilt!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Amazing GO Giveaway!!!

like i said in my previous post..... i love blogland for the great giveaways.
this one is amazing!!!
its from Canton Village Quilt Works and its a GO Cutter from AccuQuilt.
i know totally amazing!!!!

Another Giveaway Going On.....

i love blogland.......
you know why i love blogland? there are several reasons, but one of them is all of the amazing giveaways that go on.
like this one from
go check it out!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Giveaway Going On

there is a great giveaway going on over at jaybirds blog
and get this its from the Fat Quarter Shop!!!!!
its a fat quarter set of Pure from Sweetwater. i know amazing!
go check it out!

Odds & Ends

i finished up the last block for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along that i have been doing.

here are all of the blocks. i have the finishing instructions but it might not get put together till camp.

i also made the 3rd block in the Fat Quarter Shops Designer Mystery BOM.

as well as another block for the Star Sampler Quilt Along that I am doing. i think this block #9.

i cut some backs for quilts that need to be quilted as well as did some hand work. i started prepping projects for quilt camp.... i think this is gonna take awhile.
i hope you all have a good weekend & a even better week!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bee Blocks for Mary

i am in a online bee called Bee Splendid.
at the beginning of each month i get fabric from one of our members & this month i got Verna from Mary. i LOVE Verna so i have been looking forward to making these blocks. i finally got to them this afternoon,
Mary requested Drunk Love blocks which i have never made before. needless to say i am in LOVE with these blocks now. my mind is spinning with ideas......
so i went from this pile above to these 2 wonderful blocks below.

Mary also asked us to make her a siggy block for the back
so here is mine

check back for more sewing pics & updates that i am working on this weekend.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One down.....

i have finished the blocks for Amy's Simple Sampler Quilt Along.
here are the last two

and, here is a pic of all 16 blocks.
i haven't gotten the finishing instructions yet but i am sure that i won't get to put this top together until quilt camp.

the blocks will be sashed with an orange fabric from the Hope Valley line with purple cornerstones again from the Hope Valley line.
one quilt along down & one to go.....

Monday, August 9, 2010


this post is full of randomness..... sort of how my life was this past weekend

but, 1st & foremost this adorable little girl (my niece) is gonna be a big sister in March..... WHOOOOO HOOOOOOO so that means i'm gonna be an aunt again. we are all super excited & already planning a baby shower along with all of the quilty items i can make for the upcoming addition.

yesterday, Sunday, i spent here at the Dahmen Barn in Uniontown, WA helping with a fundraiser. this barn had been in my family for years until my great aunt & uncle donated it to the town of Uniontown 4 or 5 years ago. it is now home to several artists that have studio space there to work & sell their items. there is also a consignment shop in the barn where i sell my bags that i make. it was a lot of work yesterday but well worth it. the money raised will go to improvements on the barn.

i did get some sewing done on Saturday. i got the next 2 blocks made for Amy's Simple Sampler Quilt Along.

this past week my friend Denise (a fellow Renegade) dropped this fabric off to me. its Christmas outfits to go with the paperdoll quilts that the 4 of us made last fall for the little girls in our families. Denise had seen this Christmas paperdoll fabric on vacation & was kind enough to get some for all of us as an i love you present.

thanks Denise - LOVE YA!

i found the fabric below at the Dahmen Barn on Saturday when we were setting up for the fundraiser. being green i had to have it. the best part was the price. 2 1/2 yds for $3 - amazing i know. people are always donating random items to the barn & this was one of them. lucky me!

mr mailman was kind to me this past week & brought me my siggy blocks. i totally LOVE everyone of them. i even took them to work & showed them off. i have been thinking about the layout for these & more then likely won't get to put these together till quilt camp next month.

a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Julie for all of her hard work in organzing, sorting & remailing the blocks back to all of us. YOU ROCK!!!

mr mailman was my friend a 2nd time last week when he brought me this big box of yumminess. Natalia of Piece N Quilt was selling her scraps & i was the lucky person who hit purchase 1st. this box is loaded with AWESOME stuff from fabric lines i have wanted to completed blocks. i have sorted it out some & i think i have 6 projects planned for her "scraps".

i also got this block sewed up for my local block swap. i know its simple but that's what i wanted so i could get it done quickly if need be.

last, but not least i have been trimming HST for Karrie's Charm Pack QA. there are 150 of them & i think i am half way through trimming. then it will be on to step 2. i hope to get that done before Sunday when she posts step 3.

so a bunch of randomness this past week.

i hope to spend sometime in my sewing cave this week & knock out the final few blocks for a couple quilt alongs as well as start some quilting on another quilt. i need to make a list of quilt camp projects & start prepping those as well. i can't believe camp will be here in about 5 weeks.

in about 2 weeks i will be heading to Boise to kick off my adventure of 6 DMB shows in 20 days. my younger brother & sil will be going to the Boise show with me & i am pretty sure that they will either disown me or have me committed after attending the show with me. all i ask is for him to wait 20 days to commit me.......

i hope you all have a great week whatever you may be doing!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Another Great Giveaway.....

there is another great giveaway going on in blogland. its over at Sewlmate Sister's blog. go check it out & show her some love.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Making Progress

i finished sewing up block #2 for Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Designer BOM. i LOVE how this one turned out - super cute!

i have finally started on the Charm Pack Quilt Along that Karrie is hosting over at Freckled Whimsy. yesterday while the AC repairman was at my house i got the 1st set of 5" squares cut and the lines on the back. so i am making some progress on this.....

i hope to get these HST sewin tonight so i can move onto step #2.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Block Mania..........

this past weekend i sewed blocks, blocks, & some more blocks for various quilts along that i am doing....

the 1st set of blocks are for the Jelly Roll Quilt Along that i am doing

i made an error is the block above - but i didn't fix it i just rolled with it.

the 2nd set of blocks are for the Star Sampler Quilt Along that i am doing.

the last set of blocks are for the Simple Sampler Quilt Along that i am doing.

whew, lots of blocks huh??? i am currently in the middle of sewing up the block below which is the 2nd block in Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery BOM.

i hope to get this block sewed up so i can work on Kerrie's Charm Pack Quilt Along that i am doing.... since i haven't even started on this quilt along i am a little behind....

Great Giveaway!

Go check out jaybirds blog. Julie has got a great give away going on over there from Above All Fabric.