Saturday, April 25, 2015

RSC for April - Purple - Where Did the Month Go??

I have had these done for awhile.. but life gets in the way.. and so you know how it goes.....
The color for the month of April.. in case you haven't heard.. is Purple.  LOVE PURPLE!!!  So you would think I would have more to show.. alas.. no.  
It has been a really busy couple of weeks.. and it will continue a few more, so I don't really have a lot to show. 
But here are my purple hexies.....
But since we are talking about purple.. here are some of the fabrics I bought at Pennington Quilt Works when I went there for my birthday.  Did I mention they have a great sale room too?
Now.. what is this for??
They went into the washer (with a couple color catchers) ... which I never do.. unless....

I am making a baby quilt..

No, not for me silly..LOL...  but stay tuned.

Linking up at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) at so So Scrappy.  Check out all the amazing purple projects this month!

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Very Special Day!

I have been having some computer problems posting to my blog, so this is a little late.  Sunday was a very special day because it was my birthday!  Yay!
This is what I woke up to on Sunday morning.  My dear husband decorated our family room with balloons and a banner.
Lucy was more interested in the balloons than the cards and gifts...
And of course the wrapping paper. :-)
On Saturday night we went to one of my favorite restaurants, a local Thai and Indonisian restaurant.
Yum!  I always order the Lombak Tilapia.  It is marinated with coriander and fennel, then grilled and served with tomato/basil/chili sweet soy chutney and accompanied with ginger yam puree.  Delicious!
On Sunday afternoon my husband took me to one of my favorite quilting stores, Pennington Quilt Works.  Sorry, I forgot to take pictures inside... but take my word for it , it's a phenomenal store.  Plus I had a 20% off birthday discount! 
This shop was featured in this recent issue of Quilt Sampler.
Later in the day I spent some time sewing something FUN.  Aren't these stripey fish the cutest things?  I have been wanting to make these for awhile.. so I treated myself to some fun sewing time. (Hmmm isn't all sewing fun?)  More on these later! :-)
The birthday cards were the best!  Do you see a common cat theme here??  You'd think Lucy picked out some of these cards! LOL
Happy Stitching,

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pizza Anyone?

This is guaranteed to be non-caloric pizza - so eveyone can enjoy it!!  You might even enjoy this if you don't like pizza!
I made this mini quilt (approx. 14" x14") for my girlfriend Kathy.  She and her husband Tom just opened a brick oven pizza business, to go with their handcrafted bread business.  The name of the business, if you hadn't guessed, is Joshua's Pie.
I worked on this little quilt on National Quilting Day.  You know now why I couldn't tell you what I worked on... (Kathy reads the blog!).  So I started constructing my pie on my work table, building my design with batiks.  When I was pleased with the final 'pie', I glued the pieces down with basting glue.
I then decided on a pieced background....
and squared up my pie section before glue basting it down to the background.  Next I added a simple border and I was off to the sewing machine.
A little free motion quilting and my pie was really coming to life!  This was so much fun.. and really made me hungry for pizza!
I hand quilted the words on my mini quilt and then used a Pigma pen to fill in the letters.  My quilt was done and I was so excited to pack it up and send it to Kathy for her birthday!
Do you think I got it right?  Here are two pies that came from their wood fired oven.

Kathy and Tom with their new mobile wood fired oven
So if you are in Las Cruces, NM stop by the Farmer's and Crafts Market any Saturday and try a Joshua Pie or bread and bagels from The Bakehouse!!
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Stars in a Time Warp - Update: Weeks 11, 12, & 13

I really like Wednesdays!  Not just because it typically is the day I work from home.. but I know that I will have a new block from the Stars In A Time Warp quiltalong to work on!  I have not posted an  update in a few weeks so I have some to share.
Again, it is hard for me to just limit myself to one block each week. :-)
Week 11 was Purple - one of my favorite colors.  I had been waiting for this!
I tried to use all my repro purple fabrics in these blocks.
The fabrics changed in week 12 from color to style.  Foulards were introduced as the style that week.
Think traditional men's ties.  Foulard-style prints have an offset or half drop repeat pattern.
 I tried to use a foulard-style print in all parts of my stars - the center, points and background.

The pattern this week is Printed Plaids. Now, did Barbara Brackman pick plaids, also called tartans, because it is Tartan Week in New York City? :-)
Apparently our family tartan is a Bruce tartan in red, green and white.
I know this because at one time I was trying to make a kilt for my brother....
It's very complicated and I finally persuaded him that he needed a professional kilt maker. :-)  I needed to stick to quilting!
Happy Stitching!


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