Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A finish and a review

Hope you are all safely arrived where you are headed for tomorrow's holiday.
I finished the batik quilt for my friend. This is the quilt by A Quilter's Dream that uses only one layer cake for the complete quilt top. It measures 46 X 59
I quilted a basketweave design on it using a Rainbows thread from Superior Threads. Hope he likes it! Sabra helped with the photo shoot :-)

And for some reason I keep wanting to tell people about this moisturizing bar that I purchased at PIQF....so I'm doing it here :-) There is no website contact but they respond through the email: ronspread@gmail.com
I bought it because I thought it smelled so good! (They also have other scents and an unscented version.) But the next day, I was kind of amazed because my hands felt so much better. Being a nurse...I wash my hands or cleanse them with this drying alcohol disinfectant way too frequently...so my hands can get pretty dried out. This stuff seems to have brought the life back to them. I have used it for the past month and still love it. So there you have it. No affiliation to the company but I'm definitely ordering more. No greasy feel and you can get right to your quilting after putting it on.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Find what is in your heart to thank God for. My list begins like this...I'm thankful I can have dogs and cats who bring me a lot of joy. I'm thankful that I'm almost retired (wahoo!) and I'm thankful for my God who keeps me in His Word and redeems my life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

treats and a new to me designer

Sew...still more about PIQF.
Straight into the vendor isles, my sister and I found one of our favorites at Sew Cherished and a table of half yard homespuns. As conservative as I could be, I came home with these. Perfect for some scrappy plaid quilts.
Then way at the other corner of the show with the other spectrum of beautiful fabrics, I found these
and a new to me designer.
Let me share A Quilter's Dream with you. This picture doesn't really showcase this fabric well....but the quilt I'm going to make will!
I was drawn into the booth because I was looking for a batik collection to use to make another quilt for a co-worker and well, the lime green in this collection in one of the quilts displayed called my name! My sister liked the cats and I liked the sunflowers.
We ended up purchasing these two patterns.
The first uses just a Jelly Roll to make a 55" X 55" quilt. The directions were clear and had some extra good tips of keeping this quilt well shaped.
This second pattern, called Half Baked, kind of amazed me. It uses only one layer cake. The designer, Stephanie Prescott at A Quilter's Dream uses all but a few scraps from the 40  10"squares to make a 46" X 59" lap quilt. I really appreciated the efficiency of being able to make a quick but interesting quilt using the handy pre-cut with such good use of the fabric...especially handy for gift quilts. I can pick up a pre-cut and know I won't be overbuying fabric for the quilt...even though yes, scraps are always loved.
I have one of each of these patterns sewn up using River Rock from Hoffman....but no pictures of mine yet as they are in line to be quilted. I haven't actually haven't sewn up the lime green and brown one yet but will be using fat quarters that I purchased there to sew up the larger version of Half Baked (61x71). Both versions were included in the pattern.

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

a few more quilts from the show and a happy meeting

These were some I liked








I had the fun of meeting a fellow blogger, Joy of Joyful Quilter. I enjoyed walking around the quilt show with her and her friend, Stephanie. Hello to both of you...me, waving :-)   I will hope to see them again next year! 

a little more about the quilt show

I found a small trend at the show, both in the displayed quilts and in some of the vendor booths....
New York Beauty blocks.  So here's a few that I snapped pictures of....although I don't ever anticipate making one of these myself.






back later with treasures I found to buy at the show!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Some favorites

winning is one :-)
Recent giveaways on a couple of my favorite blogs that I read, found me winning some treats! The cute Snowman Garland table topper came to me from Mary at Quilt Hollow. The snowman buttons are a very fun added touch to this Red Button pattern.  And the beautiful fat quarters of homespun were gifted by Norma at Timeless Traditions.  A big Thank You to both of these quilters!
another favorite is the PIQF quilt show...which was yes, way back a month ago!
I'm a bit behind here. But the show was busy and fun as ever. I did not find as many animal quilts as I have in the past but I still have one to show that was of course, my favorite in the show.
Nancy Brown is involved in an applique group known as The Bulbs. They sewed up this quilt with "photos" of residents from the San Francisco Zoo taking a sight seeing trip in the The City.
(sorry my own photos aren't the best...I was using my phone and well...it was Me taking the photo ;-)


 
The giraffe and the elephants were my favorite blocks.   However, Blogger, for some reason, isn't allowing me to add any more to this post grrr....so I will be back with more about the quilt show in another post!








Wednesday, October 8, 2014

change of plans

I wasn't moving very fast after piecing the stars for my snowman quilt. I think I'm still a bit to busy to think about an applique quilt right now. So I put it away for later and pulled out some flannel and plaids that I had "kitted" together...yikes, a few years ago! It's a pattern from McCall's Quilting April 1999 and is called Plaid Basketweave. I think I just needed to have some piecing to do.


More time for quilting here soon and next week is PIQF in Santa Clara!
Pictures to follow =^.^=

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I'm reading a really good book!

«A stunning debut, with lyrical prose and superbly developed characters, this novel is an emotional roller coaster that effectively conveys a family’s visceral tragedy.” —School Library Journal, Starred

 

«Ehrlich’s novel beautifully captures the fragile bond shared by Chirp and Joey and their growing trust for each other in a world filled with disappointments and misunderstandings.”Publishers Weekly, Starred

 

«A poignant, insightful story of family crisis and the healing power of friendship.”Kirkus Reviews, Starred

 

Ehrlich writes beautifully, constructing scenes with grace and layers of telling detail and insight.”The Horn Book

NEST by Esther Ehrlich


 

Debut author Esther Ehrlich delivers a poignant and genuine middle-grade novel NEST (Wendy Lamb Books / On sale September 9, 2014 / $16.99 US / Ages 8–12), a memorable story about a girl, a tragic change, and the healing power of love and friendship.

 

It is 1972. Home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein; her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Esther Ehrlich’s lyrical writing is honest, humorous, and deeply affecting. Chirp and Joey will steal your heart. Long after you finish NEST, the spirit of Chirp and her loving family will stay with you.
 
This review was from the publisher's office. It's really a great read!
Check your book stores or Amazon, etc.
More later...