Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Day 4 of dare to DRESDEN...my day

Welcome to day 4 of the Dare to Dresden blog hop. A big thank you to Christine at Quilt Monster in My Closet and to Mdm Samm at Sew We Quilt...for all their time, hard work and planning to make the blog hops sEw much fun.  

For my first project I used  Edyta Sitar's Dresden Star pattern

I  took an awesome quilting class with Edyta last year, I finished one Dresden Star block in the class.  It's not perfect.  It didn't lay flat when I sewed the blades together.  I found out that 1/4" seam allowances are important to have your plate lay flat...Edyta worked her magic and it did lay flat before I left her class.  It could have turned out to be an orphan block but I decided to use my 'not sEw perfect block' to make a bag to carry my pizza box back and forth to guild meetings...pizza boxes are perfect for storing and transporting quilting projects.  The Dresden star block is 12.5" unfinished.  I am now working on a Dresden Star quilt.  
I added small blades and buttons to the sides of the bag and I top stitched with a heavy quilting stitch.  I luv the little details I added to the project bag and my pizza box fits perfectly.  
My second Dare to Dresden project is from a free quilt-a-long called Scrappy Plates hosted by Anne Sutton from Bunny Hill Designs.  I had never made a Dresden before but had always wanted to try one.  This is my first Dresden plate.    I used Kimono silk thread to stitch the plate to the background fabric....it is wonderful to work with.  
Scrappy Dresden Plate

I fell behind in the quilt-a-long but did finish the top in June...it wasn't until the Dare to Dresden blog hop was announced....that I knew I would finish this quilt and it would not end up as a UFO....it's now quilted...by me, it's bound and I luv it...thanks Anne for the quilt-a-long. You can find Anne's great instructions to make your own Scrappy Plate quilt under 'free patterns'  and there is lots of other 'eye candy' you don't want to miss on her website and her blog.  My quilt measures 62" x 78".  
I used Denyse Schmidt fabrics for the Dresdens and the corner stones, kona white for the background and some lime fabric from my stash for the sashing.  The front is a traditional Dresden and the back has a modern look with a 12" wide strip of rectangles from the fabrics I used to make the blades.   

I did not make the scalloped border...maybe on my next Dresden quilt...yes the Dresdens are addictive.  I bound my quilt with 1 fabric matching the front of the quilt....the same fabric I used for the outer border. The binding on the back of the quilt is scrappy...luv it.  A modern look on the back and a traditional look on the front.

I hope you enjoyed your visit...
now...be prepared to be inspired as you visit all the
other talented quilters posting today!!
January 29th, 2013
A Peach in Stitches
Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”
L3 Designs
Bungalow Bay Quilts
Quilted Delights
Quilt Crossing
Lixie Makes it
A Quilting Sheep
Charlotte's Creations
Quilt-n-Queen....thanks for stopping by for a visit
Domesticity and Other Ponderous Things
A Quilt and a Prayer
Amanda Murphy Design
Little Mushroom Cap
Kathy's Quilts
Sandra Kaye Design

Visit Mdm Samm at SEW WE QUILT and 
see the top 3 for the day
and be sure to visit her Pinterest board for 'Dare to Dresden'.
There is a different board for each of the blog hops.

Thanks again to Mdm Samm and Christine for all their hard work,

and to Windham fabrics for sponsoring this blog hop.
...and now for a giveaway...
one lucky winner will receive

Edyta Sitar's Daily Journal for 2013
and a spool of Kimono silk thread

A few simple rules to follow...
- leave me a short sweet comment

- follow my blog

- make sure I have your email to contact you

I will draw the winner sometime on February 3 


hugs and happy stitching

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It's time for the Dare to Dresden Blog Hop to begin...

Christine of Quilt Monster In My Closet is our hostess for this hop! 
 A HUGE thank you to Mme Samm and Christine for all their hard work
in organizing another fabulous blog hop!!
January 24th, 2013
Apple Avenue Quilts
Sew Mollie Sue, Quilt Much
January 25th, 2013
Gingersnap Quilts
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Mo Broker My Creative Side
Just Keep Swimming
Quilt Monster in my Closet

January 28th, 2013
Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
Bumbleberry Stitches
Butjenter Quilter
Quilting Lodge
The Tilted Quilt
Pretty Bobbins
Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”
Bungalow Bay Quilts
Sandra Kaye Design
January 30th, 2013
Charlotte H @ “that Other Blog”
Merry Gay in Stitches
Water Penny
Under the Presser Foot
January 31th, 2013
Shepody Mountain Crafter
Madame Samm

happy stitching

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Quilting night tomorrow....

I have had this posting in draft form since Sept 20th, 2012
and with a few minor word changes...I'm ready to publish...
To tell you the truth...I forgot about it and I also forgot
about the meeting tomorrow...I'll be winging it tomorrow...
wish me luck!!
2 postings in one day....must be 2 moons in the sky tonight
Tomorrow is a quilt meeting day, we meet the 2nd Thursday of every month.
In September we decide what charities we will make quilts for.

Last year we made quilts for ALS, First Step and for VA Hospital.
I made 4 quilts for the local Veteran's Hospital.
The Great Granny Square one will be gifted on the next delivery.
It's my sample for the workshop tomorrow.
I found the block on Lori Holt's blog Bee In My Bonnet.

Patriotic Hung

Thanks to Mama Spark ...
she dropped the 16 quilts, 7 knitted blankets and 2 pillow cases
off at the Veterans Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan.
She drives by the hospital every day on her way to work.

Pumpkinville quilt kit...and In your words..Day 3

Bunny Hill's Pumpkinville pattern by Anne Sutton
 will soon be available at Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop as a quilt kit.
Cori had Anne's Merry Merry Christmas kits and she sold out quickly.
If you are interested in the Pumpkinville kit
you can email Cori at quiltgirl@wowway.com 
There will be only 11 kits available, when they are gone...they are gone.
The cost is $190.00
That includes the pattern, fabrics for the front and binding as shown,
embroidery floss, and embellishing kit.
Free shipping is also included for USA orders.

The pattern only is priced at $36.95

I am working on assembling the kits and 
hope to have them available later this week or early next week.
Leave some sweet words in a comment to the ladies scheduled today...

Wednesday, January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Sew Incredibly Crazy (Amy)
Quilt Doodle Doodles (Cindy S.)
Doodling in My Mind (Darla R.)
I Like to Quiltblog (Bente)
Michelle's Romantic Tangle (Michelle M.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)
(Betty V.)  at “that other blog”
The Fuzzy Hat Quilter (Laura Ann)

be prepared to be inspired!!
The whole schedule can be found HERE.
Visit Mdm Samm at SEW WE QUILT and 
see the top 3 for the day
and be sure to visit the Pinterest board for 'In your Words'.
There is a different board for each of the blog hops.

Thanks to Mdm Samm and Linda for all their hard work,
and to Timeless Treasures for sponsoring this blog hop.


Thanks for visiting and happy stitching

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Get a Clue with Nancy Drew and In Your Words...day 2

Cori is the owner of Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop 
and she has a Super Sale going on
til January 14, 2013.

Cori has also received her back order
of Get a Clue with Nancy Drew fabrics.
She has added layer cakes and fat quarter bundles to her shop.
She also has charm packs and some yardage.

Moda GET A CLUE WITH NANCY DREW Quilt Fabric by Simon & Schuster

If you have signed up for the Nancy Drew get a clue blog hop
now is the chance to order your Nancy Drew fabrics
and build your stash before the 
USA postal rates go up on January 27th


Tuesday, January 8
Piece Peace (Patricia G.) 
A Stitch in Time (Patty D.)
krislovesfabric (Kris T.)
Marjorie's Busy Corner (Marjorie)
Grandmamas Stories (Jane H.)
Mrs. Pickles Garden (Hayley)
Patchouli moon Studio (Daryl P.)
Till We Quilt Again (Helen E.)
The Slow Quilter (Felicia F.)
Quilting With Terry and the Cats (Terry S.)

be prepared to be inspired!!
The whole schedule can be found HERE.
Visit Mdm Samm at SEW WE QUILT and 
see the top 3 for the day
and be sure to visit the Pinterest board for 'In your Words'.
There is a different board for each of the blog hops.

Thanks to Mdm Samm and Linda for all their hard work,
and to Timeless Treasures for sponsoring this blog hop.


Thanks for visiting and happy stitching


Sunday, January 6, 2013

In Your Words....blog hop...day 1

...starts tomorrow.
I'll be cheering you ladies on,
I'm not participating in this hop, I really wanted to but
at the time of Linda's sign up
I realized I can not do them all.
I was feeling a little burned out!!!
I'm hoping to do better at finishing up some of my UFO's and WIP's.
That alone will keep me busy.
I've signed up for  the 'Dare to Dresden' and ' Nancy Drew' blog hops.

Monday, January 7
Kwilty Pleasures  (Kathy G.)
Debby Kratovil Quilts (Debby K.))
Sew Darn Quilt  (Carolyn R.)
Traveling Quilter  (Debbie A.)
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sea  (Denise)
Sew Much 2 Luv (Karen)

The whole schedule can be found HERE.
Visit Mdm Samm at SEW WE QUILT and 
see the top 3 for the day
and be sure to visit the Pinterest board for 'In your Words'.
There is a different board for each of the blog hops.

Thanks to Mdm Samm and Linda for all their hard work,
and to Timeless Treasures.

I'm looking forward to lots of creativity and inspiration.
Happy Stitching

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Super Sale and Friday Night with Friends

There is a BIG sale at Crazyquiltgirl fabric shop

Don't miss it
it's on now until 1/14/13

Select Charm Packs $5.99
Select Jelly Rolls $22.99 
Select Layer Cakes $22.99 
Select Fat Quarter Bundles 30% off 
Select Quilt Kits 30% off 
Select Fabric Yardage $2.99 per 1/2 yard 

** Please note, flannel, brushed cotton and fabric panels will be priced a bit higher.

Visit Cori at her Crazyquiltgirl Fabric Shop
tell her Quiltnqueen sent you and enjoy her
wonderful customer service and great prices.

Just a reminder...Cori has free shipping 
for USA orders over $100.00 

There is an increase in the USA postal rates starting January 27, 2013.


Last night I joined some quilting friends around the world 
participating in FRIDAY night with FRIENDS.
It was hosted by Cheryll who blogs at Gone Stitchin .
I came across the sew-in when I was visiting Michelle's blog, 
she was going to participated and I decided to sign up too.
This is the first time I have participated...something new for me for 2013. 

Michelle is a talented designer from Australia...
I luv her Rag-tag Stitchin'  designs.
I was gifted Michelle's frosty friends stitcheries from my friend Karen....
The patterns hadn't even warmed up from sitting in my chilly mailbox
and I had one of the designs traced on to a tea towel.
I just couldn't wait to start stitching a new embroidery pattern.
It was the design that says friends warm hearts 
Of course I forgot to take a picture 
but you can see the design on the sidebar at

I started stitching this pattern on New Year's day.
I'm on my 4th block.
This is the block I was working on last night.  

It is from the pattern Frog Work  by Briarwood Cottage
and is available at Crazyquiltgirl

This is my second time I am stitching this pattern.
It is sEw dang cute!!!
The first set of embroidered blocks went to a friend.

Happy stitching

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Farewell to 2012...hello

Thanks for the graphics Mdm Samm

Wishing you the happiest New Year
good health
may 2013 be your best year ever!!!!

Happy New Year