Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WIP Wednesday

this past week i worked on a few different projects.
1st - i sewed up 2 blocks for the Fat Quarter Shop's BOM. one of these blocks had 40 plus pcs and the other had 50 plus pcs.

i finished the binding on 2 quilts & sewed the binding on a 3rd. i still need to hand stitch that one down so you might see it next week.

i have also been working on my postage stamp quilt that i am doing with Rachel over at p.s. i quilt.
i got all of my strip sets sewed together & cut apart.
i did not use jelly rolls - i used fabric from my stash.

now i am to the part of sewing the blocks together.
i have also cut into my Make Life stash (gasp).
i am making up packages of it & sending it out to my Let's Bee Together sewing buddies. February is my month.
when you come back next Wednesday i hope to have the postage stamp quilt top together & who know what else i will be working on.
hope you all have a great week.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

today is a special day

today is a special day
its my dad's birthday.
Happy Birthday Dad
when i first saw this commercial i thought "that is stupid"
then as i saw it a few more times i thought "that's my dad"
let me clarify
ever since i can remember my dad loved to make firewood. in fact when i was younger we use to heat our house with a wood heat furnace. all summer long we would go camping & make firewood. even today when there is little to no need for firewood he never passes up the opportunity to make firewood.
so in his honor today on his birthday i share this with you. it really is my dad from the canvas coat, to the 4-wheeler, to the guy in the commercial.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Freaking out......

i am freaking out because of this
2011 is our 20th anniversary as a band and we want to celebrate by playing music together. While we are still taking the year off from touring, we have decided to plan four multi-day, multi-artist music events that will take place this summer. We will be sending out save the date emails and announcing more information soon but we wanted to share the news with our fans first.
after seeing this band for numerous years i thought this was going to be a year without that. i was wrong.............. i hate to be wrong but in this situation i am okay with that. i am on cloud 9 & will be for awhile. a year without them was going to be a challenge for me - a very passionate fan - but we don't have to go there & you don't have to listen to me complain about it.
i have no idea where or when they will be playing but you can bet i will be there for at least a couple of the shows.
they never cease to amaze me.... forever dancing...
ps ~ Karrie over at Freckled Whimsy is celebrating with a giveaway!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WIP Wednesday

i have been thinking for sometime now about doing a weekly post to keep me motivated in my quilting life.
1st i thought about a stash report on Sunday's like several bloggers do. but then i got to thinking..... do i really want to have to publish those numbers for everyone to see? do i really want to see the in-coming verses the out-going? is that something i really want to share? i came up with the same answer to all of them NO.
so, that lead me to my next option WIP Wednesday's.
for those that don't know what WIP is - it stands for Work In Process.
this will keep me motivated to sew throughout the week so i have something to share with you each Wednesday.
so without further ado.......
(drum roll)
my 1st WIP Wednesday
i have finally finished the quilting on my charm pack quilt along that i did following Karrie's instructions over at Freckled Whimsy. last night i finished sewing around the quilt & trimmed it.

now its ready for binding.

and so are these other 2 quilts which i have had done for sometime. needless to say this next week i will focus on getting these bound.
Rachel over at p.s. i quilt is hosting another quilt along. this one is a postage stamp quilt. i have always wanted to make one of these so i joined up. Rachel is teaching it using 2 jelly rolls, however me being the renegade that i am & wanting to use my stash for this quilt i went digging. and here is what i came up with.

yep, a bunch of green fabrics - well over 40 & some brown quilter's linen to use as my solid. i am very happy to report that all of this came from my stash.
now its time for me to get caught up with the quilt along which i plan to do this weekend.
come back next Wednesday & check my progress.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

kicking off 2011

i am having a slow kick-off to 2011 with regards to sewing.
buying fabric is another story.
at the end of 2010 i heard about another online sewing bee. it had openings & so i joined up with the group. its called Let's Bee Together.
this is my 1st block for the group & its Linda's block.
my month is February so i have been getting my fabric ready & block pattern picked.
i belong to another online sewing bee. its called Bee Splendid & this month is Molly's month. below are the blocks that i made for her.

now for the other story. the fabric purchases so far in 2011.
if you don't shop online for your fabric you are missing out. there were some fabulous deals to be had at various online shops at year end.

i have a thing for owls & this flannel just screamed pj pants.

i got these 2 flannels at JoAnn's on sale.

some Origins on sale as well as 2 other fabrics for some more pj pants.

i got this kit above from Fat Quarter Shop & is going to be for my new niece who is due to arrive mid March.

last but not least i got this backing for a quilt for my niece who is going to be a big sister in March.
i got all of this fabric at 40% to 50% off. i'm tellin ya checkin out the online fabric shops is totally worth it.
i went to Dallas this past week. i took some hand work with me but didn't touch it at all. when i wasn't working i was sleeping even on the planes. i am planning on life getting back to 'normal' over the next week or so. that means getting back to sewing on a regular basis.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

the winner is.....

the winner is.......

#126 was Paula - who posted

Paula said...
I posted on FB about your giveaway (Paula Lemos)ap_lemos at yahoo dot com
January 14, 2011 1:48 AM

thanks to everyone that entered!!!

Paula i will be contacting you to get your snail mail address so i can get the jelly roll out to you.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A French General Giveaway

originally i was going to do this giveaway back when i hit my 100th post, but that didn't happen.

so then i thought i would wait until my 1 year blog anniversary which is coming up at the end of this month, but as you can tell that isn't happening either.

i am doing it now because i found what i wanted to do for a giveaway & i have time to do the post.

so here it is.......

the lucky winner will receive a jelly roll of Rouenneries by French General

i LOVE this fabric line & i have made two quilts out of it already so i am passing on the love to another person.

so who wants to win this jelly roll?


here is what you need to do


leave a comment for each entry.

if you leave one comment telling me you did all 3 then you only have one shot!

leave me a comment on this post.

follow my blog or if you already do tell me that.

blog, tweet, or Facebook about this giveaway & come back & tell me you did. if you tweet make sure to include @renegadequilter in your tweet.

you have until midnight PST on Friday the 14th to enter.
see who won here
i am traveling next week so that gives you plenty of time to enter & spread the word about my giveaway.

Winner will be selected by True Random Number Generator
ps - i just learned that my friend Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is having a giveaway as well - go check it out

a few Christmas gifts

i got a few Christmas gifts that i wanted to share with you all.
if you have been reading my blog for awhile then you know that i have a group of friends & we call ourselves the Renegade Quilters. it all started a couple of years ago on a trip to Sister's & it has evolved from there. there are just 4 of us & we are always together at the various quilt camps, quilt shows & whatever else may strike our fancy.
this year for Christmas Lynette made us all these AWESOME notebook covers.
she personalized them with our initial of our 1st name. i totally love the embroidery on the A. below is some additional initials that have meaning to the 4 of us which she embroidered the full words on the back of the cover. next our year we were established & then on mine she put 'founder' because i named our group.
here is a shot of the inside of mine. Lynette personalized them for each of us based on our favorite colors as well as the additional initials that are specific to each of us.
we all acted like little girls on Christmas morning when we opened these.
thanks Lynette - great idea!
the next gift i want to share with you came from my friend Debbie. Debbie told me that when she saw this she thought of me right away.

it is going to be hung in the quilting cave.
last but not least comes the gift i got from Steph. i knew that she was making aprons this year for Christmas presents but i had no idea what mine would look like.
here it is....

sorry about the pic - hard to take one when you have no model.
i LOVE the fabric. all retro & fun.

my favorite is the girl reading in the chair which must have been Steph's as well because that is what she used for the pocket on the apron.

now for the funny part.
i called Steph to thank her for it & to tell her how much i LOVE the fabric & that i want to get some of it. Steph says to me, "you should love it because you picked it out." i was confused, no big surprise there. Steph explained that when we were in Sister's this year i found said fabric & Steph told me that she would make my apron out of it for me. i still don't remember that convo but i believe her & i am so happy because i really do LOVE this fabric & she even has some left over to share with me.
my apron arrived in this simple brown bag with the following tag on it.
its the same bag that i gave Steph her gift in last year. if you look close enough you can see where she whited out the 'to' & 'from' & swapped the names. so i guess we have a new tradition going on now. i will have to make sure that her gift next Christmas fits in this bag & get out my white out.
check back tomorrow because i am FINALLY posting the giveaway - it involves 'jelly' and a 'roll'. & yes i know i am a total dork.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A little bit more of 2010

i can finally show you the last projects that i did for 2010. i got this pattern from Fat Quarterly's holiday issue. its the lined boxed zipper bag however i made them larger. the finished size of mine are 11"x7 1/2"x3". i made a total of 4 of these green ones with the 'crafty' themed fabric for my Renegades for Christmas.

then, i made this one for Steph because we watched Project Runway together this past season & once i found this fabric i knew i needed to make something out of it for her.

another little hobby of mine is collecting quotes especially inspirational quotes. i have a whole sketch book full of them that i have cut out of magazines & i also have a file on my computer full of the ones i have found online. i wanted to do something with them this year for Christmas gifts for a few people. so.......

this is what i came up with. i made little books using thick foam, fabric, mod podge, card stock & some rings to hold it all together.

i put 40 quotes in each book & each book contains the same quotes just in different order. i made 9 of these books & it was surprisingly easy.
i love the different colors of card stock - bright & cheery.

and, of course the book would not have been complete without a quote from Dave.


i also wanted to share with you a pattern i won on-line from Holly Hill Quilt Designs. i got to pick which one i wanted & so i picked this holiday themed one. not sure when i will get to it but i think it will be a fun one to make.

i also finished up the last block for my block swap box group. i am thinking that we will be doing it again however i don't think we will start until March or so.

i have a long week ahead of me at work so who knows how much sewing i will get done. but, i will give it one heck of a try.

also, with all of the great sales going on online i will have some fabric purchases to share with you soon as well.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A year of projects

2010 has been a year full of projects
these are just some of them.
i don't keep a tally on numbers, i just know that in 2010 i made a little bit of everything & hope to do the same in 2011.
wishing each of you an AMAZING NEW YEAR!!!