Saturday, March 17, 2018

What does Love look like??

This is the 8th year Sarah at "Confessions of a Fabric Addict" is hosting the "Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge....and my 3rd Fourth year (lost track and just realized I've done 4 years!).....
well, is a great cause......Sarah has several charities to choose from so if you would like to help on the link below or the one on my side bar...........

This year I made a Transformers Quilt which I will be donating to Little Lambs Foundation for can read about this wonderful non profit Organization at Sarah's blog.....

You can see I had a lot of help from my kitty Cali....
I used some Transformers fabric I found at a second hand store to make some hourglass blocks then added sashing which actually made the blocks look more like box kites.........then I added some autobot and decepticon badges with my embroidery machine and then did FMQ with some variegated quilting thread throughout.   

 I used colored bobbin thread so that the back of the quilt would show the badges too.   Over all I was pretty pleased with how the quilt turned out.  It is about 52 x 52..........and the blue is really more vibrant than the photos show.......I hope it will make some child happy as well as keep him warm.........
Cali liked the finish too!





Monday, February 26, 2018

Granddaughters are so much fun....Part II

I just had to show you how the quilts I sent my baby girls hit it off.................
The "I believe in Fairytales" quilt I made for the baby made it just in time for her 1 Month photo!  Would you believe the dress she is wearing is actually a matching dress for the Raggedy Ann I made for her??  Yes, I am in love......

...and big sister loved the doll quilts and matching PJ's I sent she is with the set she picked out............the PJ's fit "Dolly" perfectly!

Did I say I'm in love????

Monday, February 19, 2018

Granddaughters are so much fun!

I was blessed with a new granddaughter last month and promised I would get her quilt from Nana finished in time for her first month baby photo..........Nana managed to have her Raggedy Ann done in time for the birth and was waiting on some fabric to finish the is Raggedy............we don't know what her name will actually be.....her "big" sister named the Raggedy Nana gave her "Dolly" maybe this will be "Polly" or "Molly"?? Or maybe "Annie".....who

I had been saving some "Fairy Tale Friends" fabric from American Jane for quite awhile to make a special quilt....Fairy Tale Friends has long been out of print but I had a charm pack, a layer cake, a honeybun, and a panel.  The panel only had 15 squares so I made an extra 5 fairy tale scenes using my embroidery machine so I would have 20 blocks........I used the Attic Window pattern and added some more embroidery and here it is!

I used the panel for the front. For the back I used some of the charms, honey bun strips and the cake layers , together with some of the red fabric I had used for the window panes and some more embroidery.....I used a variegated thread to do some free motion meandering all over and was quite pleased with the results. 

  My new little Kitty was a great help too.......

My Sis found a vintage quilt top that someone had hand embroidered with the baby animals and gave to me. I cut it in half and made two doll quilts for the Raggedies....I used flannel for the backing and made a set of matching pajamas for each.... I'll send these along with Ella's quilt......

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Perfectly Pleasing Winners!

Yay!  Here is the list of winners for this year's Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade!  All of our winners have already  been notified by email. Congratulations to all!
 And, of course, there would be no winners without out great sponsors so I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors! 

First of all.......everybody was a winner because our friends at Embroidery Library gifted everyone a $10 gift certificate to be redeemed on their website! 


The Winner of the $25 gift certificate to spend at Hawthorne Threads is Sheryl from "Sewing after Seven."

The Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Shabby Fabrics is Janet from "Caribou Crossings and other Fun Stuff"

The Winners of the Martingale 2018 Quilt Calendars are
Barbara from the "Flashing Scissors" and Charmayne from "Country Fragrance"

The Winner of the $15 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts is Sara Wheeler from "One Piece at a Time"
The Winner of  the Island Batik Charm pack and 2 patterns from Bejeweled Quilts by Barb is Shez from "I am"

The Winner of 2 patterns from Kelli at Seriously I think it needs Stitches is Turid from "Den Syende Himmel"
The Winner of Irene's Cookbook, "Mom How do you Boil Water" is Mary from "Needled Mom"

The Winner of the Starbucks Card is Mary Ann from "Magpie's Mumblings"

The Winners of the Dots FQ packs are Sunny from "Quilting Dreams and Bea from "Bea Quilter"
The Winners of the Chevron FQ packs are Jenny from Bird on the Border and Mary from Mary on Lake Pulaski
The winners of the Christmas FQ Packs are Maria from "Life on the Block", Lynette from "and the Little Sister Follows", and Lisa Marie
Thanks everybody!  See you next year!



Monday, September 4, 2017

My entry for the PPPP!

Well ya'll know that Irene and I always disqualify ourselves from being prizewinners on the Parade but we always post our today I'm linking up to the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2017!
I posted this pincushion a couple of years ago but I think I forgot to show it on any of the parades.......I made it from a little alarm clock my Dad gave me way back when I was 18 years old and in the hospital....I proceeded to knock it off my night stand the very next day and it never worked again.....I loved it so much that I kept it all these years and then a couple of years ago I covered it and made a pincushion that I could look at every day.......


Here are some pincushions I made in the hoop after I upgraded my machine from a little 4x4 hoop to a HUGE 5x7 hoop.....(after using the 4x4, believe me the 5x7 is huge!) Lol...                                                             The  The star pattern makes a smaller pincushion so I decided to enlarge the pattern a bit and I rather like how the sunflower pincushion turned out.
Awhile back I got into a "half doll" pincushion craze.....I found these two dolls on ebay for a very good price because someone had painted over the porcelain....The one on the left is (I think) a German Bathing Beauty doll....the other a Japanese Flapper.......
After scraping all that ugly paint off I was able to transform the ladies into this.....


I also wanted to show you my birthday presents from my Sis..........

Irene knows how much I love boxes and she found this gorgeous wooden box and recovered the top with a beautiful embroidery design she made......the round one is made from a tin can "cut and curl" design she found at an estate sale and then made a pin cushion to fit right into it!  I love these gifts but not as much as I love my Sis! 
and now for my "ugly pincushion" know how earlier I said I had enlarged the in the hoop sun pattern to make the sunflower pincushion???  And, Wow, it was so easy and turned out so why couldn't I just do the same for this pattern from the same designer but in a flower design........?
That should be easy-peasy....right????  ........NOT!
This poor flower looks like it got stomped on by a whole herd of buffalo!......back to the drawing board........

I hope you are all checking out all the linkups on the PPPP link-up page......and better yet I hope you will join the party!

Click HERE to go there!


Friday, September 1, 2017

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2017 Link-up Page!

This is it!  You are on the link-up page for the 3rd Annual Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade!

Yes, the dates read Sept 4-15 but we have decided to give you an extra day to get your entries in........If you post by 11:55 PM on September 16th you will still be able to participate! You may link up as many pages as you like so that you can use older posts if you wish but only one link per person will be counted towards prize eligibility.  However you can get an extra chance by blogging about the party and another extra chance by posting the button to your blog.   Please leave a comment on this post and let me know you have done so.  For your convenience I have posted a "grab my button" on my right side bar............

This year just for added fun we are also giving a consolation prize to the winner of the "ugliest pincushion" you have a pincushion you made that didn't quite turn out the way it was supposed to....or maybe a well-worn favorite that has seen better days? I know I do! Include a separate photo and tell us it is your "Ugly Pincushion Entry" for a chance to win a nice prize.

Do you remember all our fabulous prizes??......Well I do! We have so many nice sponsors this year and since our last Parade post we heard from yet another.........Shabby is donating a $25 gift certificate to some lucky winner!  Shabby has a wonderful website full of yummy fabrics, precuts, patterns, Block of the month clubs....gosh just click on the link and go see for yourself! 

We have included links on this post for all our sponsors.  Please thank them for their support by visiting their websites to see all they have to offer then head down to the bottom of this page and link-up your pretties!

The first 35 individuals to link-up will get a $10 gift certificate from Embroidery Library!   

One lucky winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate from Hawthorne Threads from the Parade
Clint and Judi at  Green Fairy Quilts are donating a $15 Gift Certificate!

 Barb at Bejeweledquilts by Barb is giving a lucky winner his or her choice of 2  of her fabulous patterns and a Charm Pack from Island Batik.   Barb's patterns can be seen on Craftsy and also at her Etsy Shop and Barb is one of Island Batik's Ambassadors.

Another of our fabulous blogging friends, Kelli from Seriously I think it needs Stitches is donating your choice of 2 of her patterns if you are the lucky winner........Kelli has had her patterns featured in Quiltmaker's 100 blocks series and has also been a featured designer in the Triangles on a Roll quilt market and festival booth in Houston.........
Martingale  has a copy of their 2018 Quilt Calendar to give away to 2 winners!

Irene from Hilachas is donating a copy of her cookbook entitled, "Mom How do you boil water?"  It is a cookbook that reaches out to Novice cooks who literally have never cooked before.........All of Irene's children, nieces, nephews have a copy of this wonderful book and have learned how to do much more than boil water!

We are giving away a $10 Starbucks gift card and some assorted fat quarter packs.............

 So now all you have to do is link your page below!
 Don't forget to include a separate photo of your "Ugly Pincushion Entry"
 Good Luck Everyone!