Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tumbler Quilt in Progress

Happy Thursday!  It's finally going to feel like late Spring early summer here in NY with a high expected of 88 degrees. NY'ers are saying "well it's about time" especially after having a cold and wet Memorial Day weekend.  Last night I finished sewing the 10" tumblers I am making into a quilt for one of my great nephews.  I just love the fabric!  I purchased a Layer Cake which had 25, 10" blocks.  The fabric name is Peak hour by Kellie Wulfsohn for Riley Blake.  I just love the colors and the tumbler quilts are one of my favorites to make because they go together sew quickly and easily and they look great.  This is however, the first time I am making 10" tumblers.  The 10" tumbler ruler is great because there is very minimal waste of fabric and the precuts in the Layer Cake sure does make things go even faster!  I now have to go in search of matching fabric for the borders and backing. Hmmm what color border should I add?  Oh gee I am forced to go buy fabric. :)  I just wanted to share what I was working on.  One of my favorite things about quilting is all the eye candy there is to see and the best part is it is all fat free and sugar free!! Just seems like a win win situation, wouldn't you all agree? 

What is your favorite pattern??  I would love to hear from you all and of course see pics of your favorite pattern or quilt you have made.  In the meantime I am working on posting for my next gift giveaway for Father's Day sew stay tuned!  Happy quilting!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day Weekend but most of all I hope everyone remembered our fallen heroes.  I know I did.  As I mentioned in my previous post when visiting Washington DC, I was humbled as I had the opportunity to visit Arlington Cemetary, the Vietnam Wall and the World War II Memorial, tears still come to my eyes as I think about it.  I am proud to be an American and I am proud of our military.  Freedom has a great price and many have paid the ultimate price by giving their lives so I am eternally grateful!  On a lighter note, I am ready to get back into the saddle and continue on some UFO's as well as start new projects.  I became a great aunt on May 18th and the other May baby I was commisioned to make the onsie quilt for was also born right before Memorial Day so I finished both onsie quilts and they looked precious!  I just started a large tumbler quilt (10 inches) for my other great nephew so that he doesn't feel left out when baby Noah receives his.  I have to say making baby quilts is definitely one of my favorites!  What about you, what is your favorite thing to quilt??  I would love to see some comments and get this blog interacting.  I will post pics tonight.  I just came back from a weekend of camping and so I am still in slow motion.  Had a cold and wet Memorial Day in New York but this week we are expecting a heat wave!  Sew please share your project favorites as inquiring minds want to know.  Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

And the Winner Is.........

Good morning everyone!  It is finally feeling like Spring in New York!  Woo hoo.  I am a tad bit late in announcing the big winner of my Mother's Day Mystery Gift Giveaway but I finally have one.  The goodies are being mailed to Quilt Angel (love the name by the way)!  After drawing 2 names from a hat and no response I took the first person to comment and send me an email.  Sew Quilt Angel you are the lucky winner! Congratulations!!!  Thank you to all who followed me and got to enter the drawing. Keep checking in.  I had sew much fun with this Giveaway I have another in the works.  Details to follow and pics of the goodies going to Quilt Angel will also be posted!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Hell Everyone!  The Mother's Day Mystery Gift is still up for grabs.  Time ran out for dardunn to claim the gift and now time is running out for Eileen. She has until 2:30 pm, Eastern Time today to claim the gift.  I have to be honest although I would love to keep the goodies I am giving away I want sew much to give it to a well deserved quilter/sewer.  Sew this is what I am going to do.  If Eileen does not contact me by 2:30 (ET) today I will give it to the first person who post a comment after 2:30 pm on my blog about what project(s) they are currently working on and maybe if they can share a pic that would be great to!!  I love eye candy don't you??  After all it is sugar and calorie free.  I can dig that! 

Maybe someone can let Eileen know her clock is ticking....

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I'm so sorry dardunn but you have run out of time.  Since you never claimed your prize I had to pick another name out of my hat so here we go again....drum rolls please.....and the new winner is....

Congratulations Eileen!!

There is only one catch, first leave a comment on my blog acknowledging you are the winner and then shoot me an email at within 48 hours otherwise I will sadly have to withdraw your name and pick another name for the prize giveaway. So you have until 2:30pm - 5/17/13. Now hurry the clock is ticking.
 Can't wait to hear from you!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oh dardunn the clock is ticking.  You have until 2:30 pm 5/15/13 to claim your Mother's Day Mystery Gift Giveaway.  Hope to hear from you soon.  I would hate for you to miss out on the goodies I have for you. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ok......I know you have all been waiting in anticipation for the announcement of the winner of my 1st Annual Mother's Day Mystery Gift Giveaway so here it goes.
Drum rolls please....... And the winner is......

Congratulations dardunn & Happy Mother's Day!!!
I am so excited for you! 

 There is only one catch, first leave a comment on my blog acknowledging you are the winner and then shoot me an email at within 48 hours otherwise I will sadly have to withdraw your name and pick another name for the prize giveaway. So you have until 2:30pm - 5/15/13. Now hurry the clock is ticking.
 Can't wait to hear from you!
Happy Monday and Happy Belated Mother's Day to All! My apologies for being a day late but I was on a trip with my daughter and her Girl Scout Troop in Washington DC and returned later than I had anticipated yesterday night.  We had a blast in Washington DC and the weather was perfect, except for the down pours in the evening but that was ok because by then we were heading home from a whole day of walking.  We saw so many things and learned a lot in the process too!  We visited the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, State Capitol, Crime and Punishement Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Air & Space Museum, Vietnam Wall, Arlington Cemetary and of course the White House. Below are just a few pics from my trip, enjoy!

The White House

Washington Monument

State Capitol

Lincoln Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Join the Row by Row hop for 2013!  The hop will run from July 1 - Sept. 2, 2013.  This year 62 shops have joined the list of participating quilt shops compared to last years 20 shops!  So if you are traveling across NY State make sure to stop by the participating quilt shops!  This is a fun time to travel, shop, meet people, collect different patterns and get inspired along the way!  All you have to do is visit any of the participating quilt shops throughout the summer and collect the free patterns which will make one row in a Summertime Row Quilt.  You can mix and match your rows to create your own unique quilt. Be the first person to bring a finished (quilted, bound, labeled) quilt using at least 8 different rows into your local shop, including their row in your quilt and receive a bundle of 25 beautiful fat quarters. 

Limit one prize per quilter or quilt.
Expires December 31, 2013
This is a whole lot of fun so don't miss out!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happy Monday Everyone!  Can't believe I am back at work already!  The weekends are much too short does everyone agree??  Well we had another gorgeous weekend in New York and it finally feels like Spring.  Yeah!!! Hope everyone got to enjoy the outdoors and hopefully got some sewing done in between - I know I did :).  Sew I worked on several things this weekend and actually finished two of the projects I set out to finish! Yes, mission accomplished!  My weekend task list was as follows: 1) Teach two 10 year old girls how to sew, my daughter and her friend Emma.  The girls are making a tote bag. (that was fun can't wait for our next lesson!) 2) Finish my first twister quilt top (I held my breath everytime I cut into those beautiful charms that looked sew darling all sewed up together but I did it and I love the way it turned out) 3) Finish a baby quilt top for a little someone special who is due very very soon, sometime this month to be exact! 4) Finish all the decorative stitching on my Rooster block which is slowly but surely almost complete, all I have to do now is the binding and 5) I found a UFO in my archives sew I decided to make this the last thing I worked on for the weekend.  This UFO was stored away and I had forgotten about it (can anyone relate????). It was a class I took at my LQS a few years ago but all the fabric was cut I just never sewed the pieces together.  I lost the pattern but I can figure it out.  I sewed all the rows (5 of them) together sew all I need to do next is sew the rows with the cornerstones and then the borders and I will have myself a beautiful quilt because I am keeping this one for myself :)  Below are pics of this weekend accomplishments, hope you all enjoy!

Emma & Sam sewing their tote bags!

Emma was fully concentrated as she tried to keep her 1/4 inch seam nice and straight.


Decided to give my Lil Twister Ruler a shot!

36 charms (5" squares) sewn and ready to get twisted!

Here goes nothing!  I placed my little twister ruler, took a deep breath, held it and went for the cut.

After holding my breath for the entire first two rows, I began to breath easy as I saw it take its form.
 Not too shabby. 

Viola! Twister quilt top is finished.  Although I like the way it turned out I now know using fabric that is too busy doesn't allow for the twist to show up as clearly as if the fabric was less busy.  This will be a wall hanging or table topper.  I also have the large twister ruler which I will be making a twin quilt from, sew now off to the fun part - picking fabric for that project!


When I found this onsie pattern I thought to myself it's perfect!
 I set out to find some colorful fabric and since I am making this quilt for a baby boy
 I thought the dinosaur fabric would be super cute!

This is a gift for a little special someone coming in May.

Close up of the Onsie Blocks.  Aren't they just adorable!

Another onsie quilt.  This one I was commisioned for.  Love the way it turned out.  I will be sandwiching, binding and quilting this one this weekend.


I finished all my decorative stitching now all I have left to do is the binding and hang it on my kitchen wall.


Ever started a project and put it away only to have forgotten about it?? Well this is what I discovered in a box when looking through my fabrics for another project.  It was cut fabric for a class I took years ago when I was a newbie at quilting. :)  I don't have the pattern but I remember what the quilt is supposed to look like sew I can figure it out from there. I sewed all 5 rows.  Now I need to sew on sashing with cornerstones and add the borders.  I will then have to take a trip to my local quilt shop to buy the perfect backing fabric.  This one will be all for me!

3 of the 5 rows to my UFO. 

Sew as you can see I was very busy this weekend.  Oh and did I mention the Mother's Day Mystery Gift is all set to be won!  Drawing this Sunday - May 12th so tell all your friends about it sew they too can have a chance to win.  My daughter Samantha will be picking one lucky name out of a bag sew stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, May 3, 2013


Click on the link below for more details.  I will be participating in this Giveaway too. 
Sounds like a lot of fun sew don't miss out!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

10 more days before I pick the lucky winner for the Mother's Day Mystery Gift Giveaway!  The package will be ready this weekend.  Hint:  It will have something sweet and something floral.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I am so excited to receive my Glamping Layer Cake (Pre-cut 10" Blocks) and the super large tumbler ruler made especially for these precuts so fabric waste is minimal.  I am making "MYSELF" a quilt for my camper.  YES this one is for ME - ALL MINE! lol  The fabric is sew super cute!  We bought a Travel Trailer just last year so we are brand new Glampers (Luxury Campers).  I am making everyone a quilt to keep in the camper so when I saw this fabric it was yelling my name!  My husband has a Dr. Seus quilt I recently finished for him so I have to make my son and daughter one next.  Casear (Boston Terrier) our latest edition to the family, will also have one too.  This is going to be sew much fun!!