Monday, August 31, 2009

I Won!

I'm so excited! I can't believe it, I've never won anything in a blog contest...until now!

This past weekend, there was a snippet blog hop over at The Greeting Farm. They were giving out one prize at each of the designers blogs to 1 lucky commenter and I won over at Jessica's blog. I won the Gingerbell set which is being released tomorrow. Jessica made a gorgeous card using this set. I can't wait to get it and ink it up!

On Friday's TGF usually posts a Farm Fresh Friday challenge and since I was in the card making groove I took the challenge. It was a sketch challenge.

Here is my entry using the Edward stamp fromTGF Wild Sprouts collection. When I made this card I was thinking of the beginning of the New Moon book when Edward leaves Bella for her own good. He must have spent many nights in the forest with his memories of her.

Paper Far East Stack
Embellishments: Velvet ribbon, square squiggly is Stampin Up.
Coloured using Faber Art pencil crayons.

My daughter made another card too using the Edward stamp. She is getting really into this. You should see some of the coloring she did this weekend. I think there are some fabulous cards to come from her in the near future.

Back to quilty stuff for the rest of the week, I have lots of UFO's which I am excited to finish.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Club Anya Contest

This summer I discovered The Greeting Farm rubber stamps and I just love them. I ordered 2 Miss Anya sets, Geisha Anya, and Edward! I also bought a small selection of Copic Markers and tried them out for the first time last night.

Last night my daughter and I finally inked them up. Want to see what we made? I've never entered a contest/challenge before but Club Anya has a contest going on right now and I couldn't resist. The contest is to case a card made by the incredibly talented Pam Varnell and then to make one similar using one of the Anya or Ian stamps.

This was the perfect opportunity to use my Geisha Anya. Folks, I am so in love with this stamp that I dream about her at night. I know, I need help! Here she is.

Front view - I decided to stamp a few extra flowers from Geisha Anya's hair and use them for the corner embellishments.

Back view - I decided to do the card with a centre split in the back to make it look like a oriental armroire or a screen.

Supplies (Other than stamp previously noted):
Bo Bunny Paper, Copic Markers, MS Glitter, Ribbon, Amy Butler for K&Co. Sentiment, Interior Stamp from Stampin' Up Oriental Blooms

My daughter is in love with the Miss Anya stamps, makes sense since she is 12 and these sets are designed with teenagers in mind. I'm so impressed with her card! It was so much fun creating alongside her.

She decided to use Rain from the Rain, Snow, Shine set. Didn't she do an awesome job?

Supplies (Other than stamp previously noted)
K&Co embellishment, sentiment unknown, paper unknown scraps, colored with Faber art pencil crayons.

Warning, if you decide to try some of these it is addicting! I'll be doing another card tonight for the Farm Fresh Friday challenge, hopefully I can win a set of the new September releases.

Nine Patch Advice - Thanks

Thanks everyone for the great advice on whether I should go for white sashing or green. I hope you aren't tired of seeing these blocks, I'm just totally obsessed by this decision right now.

Here are 3 blocks on white and 3 blocks on green.

After staring at this many times in the past few days. I have decided to go with the green.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Need Your Advice - Round 2 Nine-patch Quilt-along Progress

It's day 37 of round 2 of the 9 patch quilt-along over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

I jumped ahead a bit. I'm done all 70 blocks but I'll fall behind soon as it takes me forever to do sashing, for some reason, I dread doing sashing and I usually put it off.

I really need your help - I can't decide, should I sash this in white or in green? What would you do? Here is a picture of a few more of the blocks.

Please comment to let me know what you would do.

To visit the flckr group use the "round 2" button on my right sidebar.

Flea Market Fancy - Please Bring it Back

When it comes to my fabric stash there is one thing I regret, it is not purchasing any Flea Market Fancy. When it was out in my LQS I was tight on funds and I figured there would still be time later to buy it. I didn't anticipate how fast it would sell out and how hard it would be to get it later.

When I think about a perfect fabric line, with just about perfect colourways I think of Flea Market Fancy! Just take a look at Jacquie's stash of FMF at Tall Grass Prairie Studio.

Also, to see tons of photo's of projects using this line visit the Denyse Schmidt flckr group.

Maybe there is hope yet. Penny from Sewtakeahike has started a blog to petition Free Spirit to do another printing of Flea Market Fancy. So if you love this fabric line as much as the rest of the world seems to, head on over to Penny's blog and leave a comment; hopefully, we can bring this awesome fabric line by Denyse Schmidt back for another round!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Vicki's Wedding Card

Lately I've been checking out a lot of card making blogs and have been feeling very motivated to start making some cards again. Friday night I cleaned up and reorganized my scrapbooking area so I could make a card for my niece's wedding which took place today. It was a nice simple card to get myself back in the groove.

I made this card to include an interior pocket for a cash gift. The rose is pop dotted out for a nice 3-D effect and the rose and the sentiment are embossed. I added a bit of glitter for some bling.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral and Celebrate - Stampin Up
Other supplies: Paper, Glitter, Pop Dots, Stampadoodle Embossing Powders

The setting for the wedding was gorgeous and my niece and her groom sure deserved a beautiful day. They sure went through a lot to get to their wedding day. The wedding took place at the Homestead Golf Course in Lynden, Washington and the weather was perfect!

Photo below is my daughter (left) and one of my other nieces (right).

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nine Patch Quilt Along & Twilight

I didn't get much sewing done this weekend but I got a lot of this done.

My daughter has been reading the Twilight Series and usually I only read the first in a series that my child is reading, but I just haven't been able to put these down. I actually have read the first book during the last week and the second and third this weekend.

Usually, when my kids read books that are controversial for kids to read, I try to read at least the first book of the series so I can be informed and have a good discussion with my kids on the content. When my son wanted to read Harry Potter at the age of 8 I read the first one and decided to go ahead and let him read the series so we could have some good discussion on fantasy vs. reality. My daughter who is 12 also just finished the Harry Potter series and has moved on and finished the Twilight series and we've also had lots of good discussion.

I did manage to get a bit of sewing done today. I worked on my nine patch blocks for Round 2 of the Crazy Mom Quilts quilt along. I was a bit behind but have caught up and am a little ahead now.

With this quilt along we are supposed to do 1 nine patch block a day for 70 days so we can make a quilt similar to this one by Angela from My Three Sons. Today we should be on block number 28 but I have finished 41!

I have to tell you, I was not feeling the love while I was sewing these, I was a little unsure on whether I should have done a more traditional nine patch rather than using a green patch in the center of each block, but I am committed to busting my scrap stash on this one and I'm planning to sash this differently, so I have been carrying on.

I had a pleasant surprise when I laid these out to take a few pictures for the blog and I am actually loving the green patch at the center of each block.

Only 29 more blocks, sashing, and borders to go!

Awesome Giveaway - Hurry on Over

Hurry on over to p.s. i quilt for the details on a great giveaway. Rachel and the Quilt Shoppe are partnering to give away a $50 gift certificate to the Quilt Shoppe. Quilt Shoppe is also having a great sale! Now is a great time to buy some great Christmas fabrics.

I just recently purchased a Moda Kit for a pattern designed by Rachel for Moda Bakeshop from the Quilt Shoppe and when it came it was so beautifully packaged and the service was fantastic. I posted a picture of it here.

Rachel just recently designed another gorgeous quilt that the Quilt Shoppe is selling quilts for. Check it out here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WIP Update - Finished 3 Quilt Tops

3 More Quilt Tops Waiting for Quilting

It's been a while since I posted. I've been really busy sewing. I finished 3 quilt tops in the past week. Now I have a lot of quilting work ahead of me on the longarm! I m hoping to complete a lot of my own quilts this summer but have been totally obsessed with piecing. It's been great to work on my own quilts in July and August. I think I've rediscovered my passion for quilting!

Whirligig Quilt Top
"Wild Thing" designed by Camille Roskelley
A large throw sized 62 x 78

Two favorite blocks

Second Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along from Round 1
I used Paula Prass/ Flights of Fancy and Sandi Henderson/ Farmer's Market
A fairly large quilt measuring 72 x 84

Zig Zag Quilt From Round 2 of Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along using stash fabrics that have been in my stash for many years. This one is a twin size quilt measuring 70 x 90. I just love how crisp and clean this one looks.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Whirligig - Wild Thing

A while back I started this quilt. It's Wild Thing by Camille Roskelley of Simplify.

I had to square down each and every block. For some reason seeing this pile of trimmings makes me feel like I've accomplished something!

I had picked out 4 charm square packets from the clearance bin for $2 each and I was itching to try it as I had bought the pattern quite some time ago.

Above are my blocks yesterday, below are my blocks today.

Since I'm working on projects I've been wanting to do for a while, I thought now was as good a time as any. I ended up with 52 blocks, I only need 42 so I guess I'll be putting some on the back or making a smaller baby blanket.

Hopefully I can get all these projects wrapped up by the end of August.
Wish me luck and lots of devoted quilting time.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

WIP Zig Zag Quilt Progress

I've been working on my zig zag quilt a lot this week. I thought I'd like to show you a sneak peak of my progress. I'm really pleased with how it's looking.

I'm jumping ahead and joining rows as I make them. I prefer this to joining all 18 rows at the end. I have all 126 half square triangle squares sewn together on both sides of the marking line. I just need to cut them in half to make 252 HST blocks, iron them, and sew them into rows. Whew, better go, I've got lots to do!

Christmas Table Topper

Justify Full
Look what came in the mail today.

I want to try and do at least 1 Christmas project a year. When I saw this topper on p.s. i quilt that Rachel designed for Moda Bakeshop I just knew I would make it. Then a few posts later on Rachel's blog she let everyone know that kits were available to purchase from Quilt Shoppe.

I couldn't resist. I ordered 2 kits (1 for me, 1 for my sister) plus backing for both in Glace. I wish I could start right away, but sadly I can't start until September; I just have too much on the go right now.

You all should head over to p.s. i quilt, she is hosting a fabulous Fat Quarter Shop giveaway. Just click on the button below to go to the giveaway blog post.

Edit: The winner has been announced, so if you are Rose you better head on over to claim your prize.