Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hop, Skip & Jump!



I have joined my first Block-of-the-Month Quilt Along! It is a 12-month quilt program sponsored by Sew Lux Fabric.  I will receive one 12-inch block pattern per month. The series will run from June 2013 through May 2014.

The Hop, Skip & Jump BOM Quilt block kits will feature prints from the Happy-Go-Lucky collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I love the colors and prints of this fabric line!
I think they are so happy and fun!

 

The twelve blocks in the series are supposed to be beginner-friendly and will be variations of the Churn Dash and Snowball blocks. Sew Lux will provide all the step-by-step instructions as well as photos, illustrations, and cutting diagrams with each month’s block pattern.

I am excited to get started.  I received a "bonus block" today via email and it's a fun Churn Dash Block in dark blue, red, white and gray.

The fabric and first block are scheduled to arrive around June 1st.
Can't wait to receive my supplies and get started!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I'm a Bag Lady!

My three awesome blogger buddies, Karen, Amy and Regena and I often pick a project and swap with each other. It's fun, we can get creative and we each get 3 completed items!

Regena was the organizer of our recent Friendship Swap and decided that we all needed to make the Reusable Grocery Bag! It's an awesome pattern from Michelle Patterns.

It's a very quick and easy bag to make.  They are designed like the plastic bags that every store in America is using. 
You can choose your own fabric and you are being "green" and fashionable at the same time!

These are the bags that I created:

 Cherries and gingham for Karen

 Doxie for Amy - who has the cutest two dachsund fur babies ever!

 and happy chickens for Regena!

These are the awesome bags I received!


They are fun, sturdy, hold a lot and make spending so much money at the grocery store
somewhat enjoyable! You don't have to use them just at the grocery store either!
I also take mine to our weekly Farmer's Market at work.
They will tote anything!

The black and white bicycle one Regena made specifically for my husband. She thought he needed a more "manly" bag of his own. Chris and I do most of the grocery shopping together and he does the majority of the cooking at our house. 
And he's an avid cyclist so the fabric is perfect.

If you would like to become a bag lady and have your very own resuable bag but don't want to make one, just hop on over to Karen's etsy store. She has them for sale and let me tell you - they are awesome, extremely well made and come in a ton of fabric choices!

Being a Bag Lady is so fun! Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's For the Birds Blog Hop!

Welcome to my blog and my day of the Birdie Blog Hop! Thank you for hosting another awesome hop Madame Samm and Mary

This is my second blog hop and I'm sure it's going to be as much fun as the April Showers Hop!

I LOVE birds!  We have a fountain in our backyard and it so enjoyable to watch the little sparrows and finch and hummingbirds come to play and splash around.  They are all very "chatty" and it's so relaxing to listen to them "talk" to each other.  Sometimes there are as many as six playing around at once. The little birdies are so sweet and innocent and I'm glad they visit!

 Here is Mr. Robin. Isn't he beautiful!

 Splish Splash!

Sorry for the blurry photos.  I took them with a zoom from my back door so I didn't scare them away!
We also have an African Gray Parrot that lives with us, however he is in NO WAY innocent!
name is Rascal and you can read about him here.

Last September we took a trip to Oregon and visited the little town of Sisters and the Stitchin' Post Quilt Shop. Every July they host the largest annual outdoor quilt show in the country.

I purchased an appliqué pattern with little Chickadees. I really didn't think I would ever actually use the pattern.  I had never done appliqué and didn't really want to learn - I just thought the little birds were cute! But when the Birdie Hop was announced I knew I was in and it was the perfect opportunity to learn something new.

I LOVE the way this little quilt turned out! It's cute and sweet - just like my backyard friends!
I have to admit that it was a bit challenging. Lots of little pieces to cut and stitch. I made a few mistakes, but actually enjoyed the process of watching the little Chickadees come to life. It was fun and I'm really happy with my little mini quilt!

Close up of the little Chickadees!
The original pattern did not have the leaves. I added them because
I thought the tree needed a touch of Spring.     I took the following pictures outside in my backyard. You can see the difference in the colors with the sun shining on the quiltie.  



I used mostly scraps that I had I my stash, but did purchase the fabric for the borders. I also created corner pockets on the back for easy hanging if I choose. I used this tutorial from Patchwork Pottery.


Thank you for visiting today! I hope you choose to follow me or come back and visit anytime!

Take a minute to check out the other awesome projects today! You won't be sorry.


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HAPPY QUILTING, HAPPY SEWING,
HAPPY HOPPING, HAPPY SPRING!