Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Two fer

Two sewing days this week and it's only Wednesday - now that is a good week!  Monday's sewing day started off as a birthday lunch for Sue.  Of course when you get more than one quilt maker together, it turns into a day of fabric and sewing.  We ate at a lovely little bistro that Emily blogged about here.  (Don't you love it when someone else does the footwork/blogging for you :)

On Saturday I had to come up with a quick birthday gift and remembered my Cathedral Window Tutorial. It was fresh in my mind because Sue just taught the class at our local quilt guild. So a trip to my local quilt shop was in order, naturally.
A few days earlier she mentioned that she wanted to make a quilt that was just blue and white.  After trying various blues together, I just wasn't feeling it.  Then it occurred to me that rather than try to coordinate a bunch of blues, why not try just one fabric.
 This table runner was made with 12 blocks - 2x6. It took just under a yard of the background fabric and about 1/4 of the blue fabric. I added the buttons for a little sparkle, and it didn't hurt that it covered up some of those not so perfect edges.  It finished up by the end of the day.
Yesterday, at the second sewing day, I was finishing up another one.  This just might be the gift of the year for me. A couple of friends have already given me a color preference :) While at this sewing day, I met this fun lady. I loved her right away, and it wasn't just because she just happened to be participating in the Hello Sun Quilt Along.  She was sweet and bubbly and talk about inspiring...she has only been quilting since January and has already sewn something like 12 quilts. In fact, she finished this one by the end of the day!  She also quilts them all herself.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Time Flies...

...whether you are having fun or not - Mary Engelbreit. So you might as well have fun, right?

This month has just flown by in a flurry of sewing, visiting and appointments.  Over the course of  five days, I was at the DMV three times - yes, three!  The first time was on a Friday.  We went to get Josh's license and Aaron's permit.  Apparently we looked at the date wrong and Josh couldn't get his license until the following Monday.  Aaron did get his permit, but barely passed the eye exam.  We squeezed in another visit on Monday, after school and before a dentist appointment.  While we were standing in line, Josh was looking at my license and realized that it was expired.  Since I don't carry my birth certificate around with me, I had to go back again the next day - Oy!

This week it's the dentist (again), the eye doctor and an orthodontist appointment.  It is a pain, but we have actually had a lot of fun visiting during the wait time.  It's one of those moments that you have them entirely to yourself. Plus they are a little nervous so they are chatty :).

More fun ahead - stay tuned for Spring Break 2012 - Wisdom Teeth Removal.  Good times!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with my go to baby gift.

Quick Receiving Blanket

One yard each of two different flannels.  Lay them wrong sides together, trim to 36" square, bind. No need to quilt, the flannel stays together.

These are great to whip up and take with you to bind while waiting at appointments.  Keep a couple on hand for those moments when your husband comes home and says his co-worker's wife just had a baby.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Holy Snow Day Batman!

That's what a friend said when I called her this morning, and boy is she right!  Last night we had a huge down pouring of snow.

Speaking of weather, did you know there is 100% chance of seeing a rainbow today.
I don't know about you, but I can't think of a better way of starting a snowy day than with a little bit of sunshine and a rainbow. The March Block Block for the Hello Sun Quilt Along.

Everyone is doing such a great job getting their blocks done!  This month's give away is sponsored by Clothworks Fabric.  They have donated not one, but two fat quarter bundles of their Everyday Organic Solids. Perfect for adding to our blocks each month.  In fact, our finished quilt just might be designed with solids in mind :)

Since we have two prizes, I went to the Random Number Generator and ran it twice.  The winners of these lovely fat quarter bundles are....flolesage and swrobison!  Congratulations! Send an email with your mailing address to me and I'll ship those off asap.

Remember, there is always time to catch up with your blocks.  Any pictures posted to flickr between today and the end of next month will be entered into the drawing.  Only one picture of each block will be entered.

Have fun spending the day picking out the colors of your rainbow:)