Friday, September 23, 2011

A new Christmas sew-along for us....

The SewHappy Christmas SewAlong will begin on Friday, September 23rd. It will continue for 8 weeks. Each week, for the first seven weeks, Lesley, at Sew Happy Me, will publish the pattern and instructions for one stitchery block. In the final (8th) week, she will publish the instructions to put all the blocks together to make the Christmas bunting.   The first block is available today on her blog.  Each pattern will only be on the blog for one week (two weeks for first pattern only). So remember to check in each Friday and download your pattern. If you miss a pattern, you'll have to purchase it from her Esty store.  Look on my sidebar for her link to take you right there. 

If you remember, Lesley also did a Quilt-along from February to this Septemeber that I posted the link for on my sidebar.  All the posts are still on her blog for that one, so if you hurry, you can still download them for free. 
 Don't forget to stop and leave a comment to thank her for generously giving us these lovely projects.

Until next time...
Happy Quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Sunday Sew-a-Thon

My Wednesday quilting group got together with my Thursday stitching group for a 1600 Jelly Roll Challenge on Sunday.  We met at a local fire hall and had 16 sewers all ready for a day of fun and laughter.  Diane S thought it would be fun to have a challenge following the Heirloom Creations Jelly Roll Race.  You can read about it on their blog and watch their video, too.

We had to have our 40 strips all pre-sewn end-to-end before we came that day, then we were going to race to the finish, to see who could get their quilt top done first.  I donated prizes to be given out for first, second, and bringing-up-the-rear, lol.  Well, some of the girls had already done several tops before Sunday, so they were working on several more already and came with theirs in various stages.  They decided to heck with the race, let's just have fun and give out the door prizes during the day. 

Jane set up themed door prizes.  We each had to cut and bring 3 strips X WOF in 5 themes.  Baby, Fall, bright Christmas, Winter, and Patriotic.    Each themes' strips would go into the theme box and someone would win all the strips in the box for that theme. 

Bonnie S was in a cutting frenzy before she came and cut 40 strips each of several of the themes to give away several prizes herself.  She said she needed to trim down her stash, so she kept on cutting, lol.  I won her 40 Christmas strips, Gail won her 40 Fall strips, and Jill won the Patriotic ones.  Someone else won her 40 Winter strips, and we still had the sets we each brought left.  Needless to say, there were a lot of very happy, strip-winning gals Sunday. 

Everyone finished at least one quilt top, while others were working on a second one before we called it a day.  Here are the tops we pieced, in no particular order, all ready for their borders and appliques.

Aren't they all neat?  And wait til they're all done.  I hope I can get pictures of them all completed to show you how different they will all be then.  Until next time...

Happy quilting,
from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Do you like angels?

If you do, make sure to go over to Vikki's blog, Sew Useful Designs, and download the first 2 blocks in her newest free stitchery BOM, Angels Playing Happily.  It consists of two sweet angel stitchery blocks, three verse blocks, and instructions to create an angelic wall-hanging – complete with wings!  Plus, you can still dowload another free angel stitchery she has on her site.   Great for upcoming holiday gifts.

The girls from Quilt Club have been stitching up a storm since we got back from our GTG quilting retreat in July.  One of the ladies there demo'd the 1600 Jelly Roll Strip Quilt, and since then, our group has been cutting strips and sewing jelly roll quilts like crazy.

Here are some of their newest quilts:

Bonnie's 1600 Chicken quilt
Diane's 1600 Pumpkin quilt

Donna's 1600 Butterfly quilt

Bonnie has been really busy this summer.  She's made several other quilts and this darling tablerunner.

Her sister, Donna W, has been just as busy, too, making quilts for her family.  She finished this beautiful, appliqued, woodland quilt for her grandson, plus another BOM from last year, and the tops of 4 tablerunners.

Our other Donna, Donna G, finished a darling pumpkin wallhanging for Fall.  Isn't it cute?

I have done a few things this year beyond all the block swaps I do.  My friend Carol L, who is a wonderful, compassionate, nurse at one of our local hospitals, has a new baby grandson this year.  The nursery theme was elephants in blue, tan, white, and green from one of those expensive baby shops.  I found a darling elephant pattern at Sindi's Fat Cat Patterns and used that to make baby Ethan his own elephant quilt.  I had so much fun putting this one together.  And Sindi's designs are so cute, they make wonderful quilts.  Here is a picture of it finally all done.

Over at the Quilt 'N Needle Group, we did a Summer Mug Mat Swap. Our theme was to suggest what summer means. Of course I chose ice cream--was there any question in your mind? I found some really cute ice cream fabric and made this for Tricia.

At my Happyandscrappy Group we're still doing Happy Blocks and My Favorite Blocks, plus we did a Red/White/Blue Swap for the 4th of July.  Right now we're in the middle of a Kona Solids Swap.  Sorry if you've seen some of these before, but I don't remember posting them.

June HB's

August HB's

Sept HB's

My Fav Block - August

R/W/B July 4th Swap

Kona Solids Swap

I guess that's it for now. Until next time...
Happy quilting from Sharon, Katie, and Patsy Cline