July 28, 2011

Three More

Three more sets completed for my Moda U Selvages quilt.  Only 6 more sets to finish and then on to the pieced setting!

It feels really good to finish such an old UFO!

July 24, 2011

Time Machine

Here is another block of the month project from 2008.   This one was the Moda U Selvages project.   My shop did 2 versions of this quilt - a more somber coloration using Blackbird Designs fabrics, and this brighter version using American Jane fabrics.

In keeping with my BOM track record, I made the first two months' blocks and then put the rest in a box.  I've spent the last week making all the alternate setting blocks - 48 teeny 9-patches, which are shown here with the 2 sets of blocks I'd already completed.   I'm making good progress on this one!

July 17, 2011

And then along comes Mary

I don't have such a good track record with Blocks of the Month.  I'm sure it stems from me being a "start to finish" quilter.   I like to finish a project before I start on the next one.  So making a block and then waiting an entire month before the next one arrives (at which point I'm already immersed in another project) pretty much resigns the rests of the blocks to a project box.

I was going through my fabric closet last weekend and discovered some BOM treasures.  Most of them are complete KITS by now!

I signed up for this Mary Engelbreit BOM from In Between Stitches when I visited Nicole in April 2008.  When I found the box, I discovered that I had already completed 7 of the blocks!

This week I finished the last 5.  And then I made 2 additional because I didn't like 2 of the blocks from the kit, but I got it done, it's cute and I still love the fabrics.

Next up - the Moda U Selvages BOM - also started in 2008.

July 9, 2011

#99 - Come on Down!

I used the random number generator, which picked #99 out of 127 comments left.   So my winner is the commenter who wrote:

Placemats? You mean you would let people spill food on these placemats? No way!! I'm going to pull fabric from my stash right now! How cute to hang as a mini quilt from Memorial Day through Labor Day or even ALL year! Thanks for the pattern AND the recipe! Yummy and light!!

Posted by: Elaine Morgan | July 06, 2011 at 08:07 AM


Elaine - please send your mailing address to me at 07fireball@clearwire.net and I'll get your prize out to you.

Thanks to everybody for all the nice comments and for stopping by to say hello.   And a special thank you to Monique Dillard for providing the free pattern and the ruler for me to give away.

July 7, 2011

4th of July Fireworks Blog Hop, Day 4

I apologize - I sort of spaced and missed posting yesterday (it's Thursday already???)  I hope you had a chance to stop by Lisa's blog to see her cute potholders!

Today, be sure you visit these 2 blogs.
Quilter's Window - Denise, http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/
A Quilting Life - Sherri, http://www.aquiltinglife.com

I took pictures of my quarter square triangles while I was making my flag quilt, but forgot to post them.   I see that Sherri from A Quilting Life has posted some great pictures, and is much more thorough with her explanation.

There is one thing I wanted to address.  I had a commenter ask me how the Fit to be Quarter ruler compares to a tool she already has, the Precision Trimmer 6.  I also own the PT6 and the PT3.  The difference is - MORE OPTIONS!

The Precision Trimmer 6 allows you to trim quarter square triangle blocks for finished measurements in 1-inch increments from 1" to 6".

The Fit to be Quarter ruler allows you to trim units in 1/4-inch increments for finished units up to 9".   Need to make a 6-3/4 inch quarter square triangle?  This is the tool for you!

Also, check out Monique's blog today for a demonstration of how to make combination units that I see all the time in sampler blocks.  Now Monique has given me a very cool and accurate option for making them, too.

July 4, 2011

4th of July Fireworks Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome back - I hope you are enjoying the blog hop so far.  Monique offered to design a little pattern that utilizes her super cool Fit to be Quarter ruler, a pattern that I could make and also give away on my blog.   If you would like Monique's pattern, click this link Download 4thofjulyflag.

I think I may have squealed when I saw how cute this flag is.  I dove right into my Prairie Paisley stash to make this flag.  Although it's too late for Independence Day, wouldn't it be perfect to show your patriotic pride year round?  Or as my friend Julie suggested, they would make cute placemats.

Monique has given me one Fit to be Quarter ruler to give away during this blog hop.   I'm going to go one step further and give my winner a kit to make this flag quilt.   The same fabrics I used to make mine - backing and binding included.  Everything you need except the batting and thread.  Please comment before midnight on Friday, July 8 and I will draw a winner on Saturday morning, July 9.

I'd also like to share an easy and delicious summer recipe with you.

Lemony Icebox Pie

  • Combine the cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla in a large bowl.

  • Mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Pour into pie crust. Refrigerate overnight.

Also, be sure to stop by Sherri's blog today, Little Bits of This and That to see what she has to share with you.

July 3, 2011

4th of July Fireworks Blog Hop!

Monique at Open Gate Quilts asked me to participate in a 4th of July blog hop.  Please stop by the featured blogs each day this week to see what everyone has to share with you.  Monique is the featured blogger today and please come back to see what I have to share with you tomorrow.

Monday, July 4
Open Gate - Monique, http://opengatequilts.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 5
Stashmaster -  Lisa - http://stashmaster.typepad.com/
This & That - Sherri, http://thisandthatpatterns.typepad.com/

Wednesday, July 6
Sweetwater - Lisa, http://www.sweetwater.typepad.com/

Thursday, July 7
Quilter's Window - Denise, http://www.quilterswindow.com/blog/
A Quilting Life - Sherri, http://www.aquiltinglife.com/

Friday, July 8
Cupcakes 'n Daisies - Thelma - http://www.cupcakesndaisies.blogspot.com/