Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another Finish...

Yayyyy!!! I have another finish for March's OPAM. I finished a pincushion for our pincushion swap on Block Central yesterday, and mailed it out today. It's my first "fancy" pincushion and gave me fits several times, but I think it turned out great for only my second pincushion ever. It's supposed to be a hibiscus flower. I'm not sure how true-to-life it is, but it looks like the picture, so I'm hoping ------ likes it. This is the top view
and this is the side view. It looks a little tipsy in the picture, but I think I straightened it out.

I also finally finished my burgundy fall purse that has been cut out for months. I'm using it now and it matches perfectly a jacket my friend, Barb, gave me. I cheated and used pre-quilted fabric, but I love the colors, so had to have it. This is the outside, this is the lining, and this is it all done and stuffed full of my junk! But it has lots of pockets for my "stuff", plus an outside pocket for my phone.

Today was Quilt Club at Joan's and Jane had her version of Burning the Midnight Oil's Fall Fancy all done! She is so fast--and it is gorgeous! She also finished a coffee-themed table topper and mini wallhanging.
But she was busy chatting, so Donna had to show them off for her, lol. Bonnie worked on her crazy chicken block, and Donna showed us her latest two house blocks. That quilt is going to be fabulous when it's all done--she is so meticulous. Ann brought a quilt she long-armed for a lady-Carolina Lily-very pretty. So many pretty things to look at. And today we exchanged secret pal gifts for Easter. I received a pair of Easter Bunny socks (to add to my holiday sock collection) and a darling Debbie Mumm Easter chick towel. I hung the towel right up when I got home and will wear my new socks for Easter Sunday. Plus the Easter card I received had a kitty with bunny ears on that looked like Katie. Too cute! What a fun day it was.

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon and Katie

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Another Little Quilt Swap 4

Just got an email from Kate, who is going to have another round of her ALQS. This is round 4 and open to traditional and art quilts. I participated in ALQS2 and received a lovely log cabin quilt from Lisa in Australia. I love it--it's so bright and cheery. Brightens up those gloomy Upstate New York winter days. I sent my quilt to Margaret in Australia-whose seasons are the opposite of ours. Of course, Katie had to help with the making of our little quilt-she's the official thread-checker, lol. I can't wait to join in this round. If you're interested, stop over at Kate's blog for all the particulars. And check out the pictures from the first 3 swaps--some gorgeous stuff there! Click on her logo in my side bar-it will take you directly there.

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon and Katie

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's Update Time!

Out with old and in with the new...I've deleted a lot of the older BOM's and links from my side bar and added lots of new ones for you to explore. There are so many talented designers out there that freely donate their wonderful work to us, that I can spend hours exploring the web looking at and saving their fabulous creations. If you visit one of their websites and decide to keep and use any of their freebies, please make sure you leave a comment thanking them for their generosity.

I was invited to join a great group of gals for their weekly quilting club last month. Boy, do they do spectacular work. I'm going to show you some of their work from now on and you can enjoy it and be inspired by them like I am. Several of them did our LQS's BOM last year and here are their quilts. This is Ann's

and Gail's

and Joan's

Aren't they beautiful? And all just a little different and unique.

Here's some of Donna's work

Jane, who does my longarm quilting, just finished a baby quilt and made a whole bunch of St Patrick's Day table runners and toppers.
They are all so talented and they sure know how to have a good time; we laugh all day long at quilt club.

Have you been "Inspire-d" lately? The latest issue is packed full of Easter projects, plus lots of decorating articles. The previous 2 year's editions are still available online to read and download, also.

Katie says it's time for bed, so until next time....

Happy quilting from Sharon and Katie

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Have you seen the new DIY DISH network?

I watched their first video episode last week and saved the pattern for a darling cake pincushion. These 2 girls look just like Marie Osmond's twin sisters--but they swear they're not related, lol. Every week is a new video episode and they have a blog that has more info about each episode. I think they have a hit if they keep up the standard they set with their first offering. Stop over and check out their blog, their home website, and watch their videos. Episode 2 is now up to view.

Just picked up 3 quilts that Jane quilted for me. They turned out great! She has such different patterns for her new quilting machine. I'll post pictures after I get them bound. You might want to stop by her site-it's still under construction-but she does beautiful work!

Been going to Quilt Club every Wednesday at Joan's and been working on lots of blocks for swaps. These are for Block Central and a beginning to a new quilt for me. The next blocks are for a baby quilt on the Quilt and Needle Forum-part of the Quilty Aunties program. What fun it is being an "honorary auntie" for all the new babies of forum members.

Finished my St. Paddy's Day wallhanging finally but never got it on the door.
But I'll be really decorated for next year with wallhangings and tablerunners and candle mats thanks to Jane and her quilting machine. Just need to add the bindings and I'm all done.

Now I have to finish my pincushion for Block Central's swap and get my Easter Egg blocks done for the swap there, also. This has been a busy two weeks, so I haven't gotten much accomplished. Have to buckle down and get busy. Katie's been disgusted with my gallivanting, so she's taken to her bed with her "Baby".

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon and Katie