Monday, April 14, 2014

Zero Calorie Birthday Treats!

I celebrated my birthday this past Saturday.  And while it is not something I usually jump up and down about... this was a very nice birthday. 
My DH told me he would take me anywhere I wanted to go.... (that could be big trouble!) - within a reasonable driving distance.  After much debate (a whole week's worth actually! LOL) I decided we should take a drive to one of my favorite quilt shops - Pennington Quilt Works.  LOVE this shop and don't get down there very often.  After a beautiful drive on a wonderful Spring day, we arrived and my DH went about occupying himself (he's such a great guy!) while I shopped and shopped.  Ahhh..... such beautiful fabrics in an amazing store. 
Here are some of the birthday treats that I picked up while there.  Can you believe that most of these fabrics were in the sale room??  Who would have guessed??  

$2 fat quarters!
 And.... they also offer a birthday discount.  I was in heaven! 
We also went to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner and my husband surprised me with a delicious chocolate cake.  Did he bake it himself, you ask?  No, but he was sweet enough to hang up this Happy Birthday sign ... and made sure there were not too candles on the cake! LOL
You could say I was spoiled!
Have a good week.. I am going to fondle fabric...
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I'm Late... I'm Late...

I'm Late.. I'm Late...   But unlike White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland, I don't think I am too late!
Sometimes it takes me awhile to catch on.. LOL.  (no comments please!)  But this week I decided to join the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 at Angela's So Scrappy blog.  I like the idea of working on a project for an entire year.  Like the Sweet Hearts I did in 2013.  This challenge is a bit different in that you make a block, or whatever you choose, in the color of that month.  Colors are chosen by Angela at the beginning of each month!  Now the only problem with this challenge... is that I don't have a lot of scraps.  Shhhh... I know that is against the Quilters Code of Conduct! LOL.  So I have decided to change it a bit and make mine the Rainbow Stash Challenge 2014.  All the fabrics for this quilt will come only from my stash.. no purchasing fabric (at least for this project!).
So I started earlier this week.  I chose an offset Log Cabin block and will make the same block in different colors through the year.  January's color was dark blue.  

February's color was pink.  I am trying to use my more modern/contemporary fabrics for these blocks.  I think they lend themselves very well to update this pattern.
Finally, I finished these blocks yesterday with March's color: Teal.  I love the fresh look of these blocks!
April's color is Purple.  Which happens to be one of my favorite colors!  Oh this is going to be fun!! 
Each week we can link up at the RSC2014 linky party to show our blocks.  I look forward to joining the party!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Birthday Postcard!

My girlfriend Kathy, who lives in New Mexico, had a birthday last week.  We don't get to see each other nearly enough with that much country between New Jersey and New Mexico!
 I wanted to show you the fabric postcard I made for her.  Doesn't it looks delicious? It is definitley a no calorie treat! 
I couldn't post this earlier, since she reads my blog. These fabric postcards are really a lot of fun to make! ... and really fun to recieve! 
Happy Birthday, Kath!
Miss Suzi (our black and white kitty) had a birthday yesterday.  While it's not proper to tell a lady's age... shhhhh... she's 13!
Happy Stitching!
Linking up at Let's Be Social

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Done and Re-Done!

I finished a block this week, re-did one, and started another!  

I will start with the "Done".  I finished the Ostrich Pair block from the Bountiful Life Quilt.  This block was fun and the only changes made were to the ostrich beaks, and those bird feet!  I learned that ostiches only have three toes on each foot.  That made my life easier! LOL
I had the perfect fabric for the eyes!
Now for the "Re-Done".  First I want to thank everyone that commented on what I should do about that one wrinkled grape leaf in this block.  Most comments said to take it off because it would always bother me, and, of course, you were right!  Easier to re-do it now, rather than later.

You can see the leaf looks much better now!  So happy I listened to my wise quilting friends!
Now this next block is going to be a challenge!  Bird of Paradise.  The block after which the original quilt top was named.  Look at that tail - whew!
 I already know I need to make some changes here.  I have no idea what those two pieces are on the right side of the bird... wings? tail feathers?
Here is the assortment of fabrics I have pulled together for this block.  We'll see how it goes!  I think I will be spending part of my rainy Sunday making tail feathers!

Happy Stitching!


Linking up at Kathy Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.
Also linking up mid-week at WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.


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