Saturday, November 30, 2013

400 Posts -- We Have a Winner

Happy Small Business Saturday! Today, I'll be visiting the newest small quilt shop in Colorado, Cotton Candy Sewing Shop in Loveland.

But first, who won that pile of Tula Pink's "Sweetwater?"

The Random Number Generator chose number 5:

Joyce, who said:

A brand new nephew for her birthday -- what a great gift! Congratulations, Joyce!

I got a good start on my Bonnie Hunter Mystery yesterday, come back tomorrow for Scrappy Sunday to see!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Have you entered my 400 posts giveaway yet? Go here to enter.

The thing about having no children at home is: you don't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner!

I remember the first time I cooked dinner for lots of people. It was when we lived on Andrews AFB in Maryland. I invited a bunch of my co-workers from the Air Force Frequency Management Center, plus assorted away-from-home airmen from my husband's office. Carolyn Thomas introduced my DH to "real" mashed potatoes (until then, he had been content with instant!). The next week, a neighbor commented that I must "really like to cook."  Umm, no, why do you say that? "Oh, because you invited so many people for Thanksgiving dinner!"

The next time I made a "big" Thanksgiving dinner, I cooked for three days after work and early in the morning before work.  It took my nephews less than 10 minutes to empty the table.

This year, we're eating out for Thanksgiving! I will miss the five kinds of dressing I usually make, but not the mess and expense.

Which means today I have time to work on the next Jelly Roll Party sample. The pattern is from Eleanor Burns, "Swirling Stars." It comes with its own little acrylic template, and can be made with strips, fat quarters or yardage.

I'm using Moda's "Vin du Jour" jelly roll.  OK, two of them. I'll tell that story when I post the finished quilt.

I threw the blocks up on the design wall to arrange the colors. I see that I will need to do a little more aranging. The finished quilt has sashing and cornerstones. Here are the fabrics I'll use for the sashing, cornerstones, and borders:

I really love this collection. Good thing, since I have about 30 leftover strips.

The sky has finally cleared so I can look out at the snow on Pikes Peak while I sew. Isn't it gorgeous?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Have a lovely day tomorrow, whether it be Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or just another Thursday! 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

What's on the Design Wall Monday

Enter my giveaway here.

Yes! I have a new project on the design wall -- but first, I forgot one of the birthday prezzies sent to me from Nurse Jessi!

While I was taking photos of my  UgLy Bag from itsnursejessi, I forgot about the coffee mug coaster she also sent me. Because it was on my desk, under my coffee mug, where I use it every day!

Can you see that it's a bumble bee? and yes, that's one of the Australian Starbucks mugs sent by My Little Sailor while he was in Brisbane this summer. Jessi, every time I put down my coffee mug, I think of you!

Now, onto the design wall.  I have all the blocks made for the March Jelly Roll Party at Ruth's Stitchery. The pattern is "Main Street," by Sassafras Lane Designs. The jelly roll is Xanadu Batiks by Moda. I must confess, the piecing on this one is not as precise as I normally like to do. I was in a hurry, so some (OK, many) of my flying geese have a bit of their "wings" nipped off. I'm hoping when it is quilted and washed, the cotton batting will crinkle up enough to hide that!

I should be able to sew the rows together and add the borders today. Then it will go off to Wolf Creek Quilting for quilting.

Edited to add linking up to Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.


And also Show and Tell Tuesday at i have to say.

Have you commented on yesterday's post to win some Tula Pink "Saltwater" fat quarters and her book? 

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Stash Giveaway

I realized this morning I haven't shared my birthday prezzies from last month. Quite a haul, I assure you!

First, a lovely surprise from one of my blog followers, Nurse Jessi. I was so surprised and thrilled when I opened a package from an unknown address.  Look what was inside:

An original "i make UgLy Bags" by itsnursejessi. Notice the wine bottle on this side? Does she know me, or what?

I immediately loaded it up with my current Hats for Sailors project, and it's been by my side ever since!

Inside was this charming collection of shot cottons.  I have been having so much fun stacking and re-stacking them, I may never use them!  Jessi, you are the best!

Two of my Colorado buddies gave me an etsy gift card. I taped it above my computer and within two weeks I had purchased:


Then Craftsy had a big sale and I couldn't resist this:

Those green fabrics on the left-hand side are from Tula Pink's "Saltwater" collection. Since this is my 400th post, as well as my birthday, I think I should give those away.

There are nine fat quarters:

And also a copy of Tula's book, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.

Quilts From the House of Tula Pink - Autographed by Tula Pink 

Comment on this post, and tell me your favorite birthday gift you ever received. Next Saturday, I'll let the random number generator choose a winner to receive the fat quarters and the book.  
  • Giveaway ends at midnight MDT on Friday, November 29.
  • International entries welcome!
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Linking up to "Sunday Stash" at Finding Fifth.

Thank you to all 52 Quilts followers!

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