Monday, February 23, 2009

Go sign up!

Kerri over at Lovely Little Handmades is giving away a charm pack of adorable Japanese fabrics. Go check it out - quick!

Thanks Kerri!

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Good mail day!

Long distance friendship can be hard. Me and Nines met when our girls were just 5 months old. We lived about 15 minutes apart and thanks to my 4-wheel drive, even snowy weather couldn't keep us apart for long! We lived close to each other for four years. Then my husband accepted a job way down south - and now we live about 12 hours apart. Yeah - we talk on the phone and email each other - but it's not the same as eating Chinese food face to face!

Yesterday I received a box of goodies in the mail from my sweet friend. Isn't it nice when someone knows your tastes and knows what will make you smile? Of course it makes me miss her even more. Thanks you, Nines! I love all of it! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A productive and fun Wednesday

This morning my new quilting friend, Linda, came over and we quilted her quilt top made from Cindy's stash. (Remember I made that orange and blue pineapple quilt out of Cindy's stash fabric ?) Linda was amazed at how quickly we got a lap sized quilt done. We just did a big meander so it took longer to advance the quilt than it did to quilt it! We got done just in time to go to our guild's birthday group's monthly lunch. It was right around the corner from me but we still managed to be late! After a lovely lunch, I came back and took a short nap before the kids got home.

Then this afternoon while doing all the spelling homework, I got the blocks for the star baby quilt sewn together. Those little squares in the diagonal lines are ONE inch big. I am still debating on what kind of border it needs.

So what have you been up to today?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

One more choice!

It seems like most people liked the uniqueness of choice #1 - but Jacquie wondered how things might look with the little squares in random colors. So here you go!

So - last decision - one color or all the colors? One color is choice #1 in the post below.

Thanks for your input!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle, Bigger Stars !

At some point this week, I came to my senses and decided that I did not want to make 48 of those tiny little 4 inch stars. Sure - it would have been a stunning quilt, but I may have ended up crossed-eyed in the end! So I decided to go bigger! Much quicker! These larger stars will finish off at 8 inches.

Now comes the decision of the alternate blocks.

CHOICE #1 : This first example is like it is shown in the magazine - diagonal lines in one direction only.

CHOICE #2: Diagonal lines in both directions - in one color.

CHOICE #3 : Diagonal lines in both directions - in two different colors.

So what do you think? Which alternate blocks should I use?

Monday, February 02, 2009

Why you should read the directions carefully!

Isn't this a lovely quilt? It is from the latest edition of American Quilting and Patchwork. I fell in love with it and thought it would make a cute baby quilt if I adjusted the size down a little bit. Yesterday I decided to start working on it and got out the magazine so I could start cutting the pieces. Only then did I finally read that the blocks are 4 INCHES ! It IS a baby quilt already. It is still cute - so I decided to give it a go.

That is one of my featherweight bobbins to give you a sense of size. Those little yellow squares are 1.5 inches and are used to make the flying geese pieces of the stars. Only about 40 more little stars to go!