Sunday, January 29, 2012

New Gadgets and a Giveaway!

 I spent the day Saturday at a quilt show in Jefferson, Texas. This was the very first show I have ever attended and the quilts were amazing! I am always in awe of the fabulous work that women can create. Each one was a work of art and very inspiring. My new grandaughter got a new sewing box, which we promptly used to make a new pillowcase!
  She was tickled about sewing her own case this weekend, but is still abit young to use my machine. I am currently searching EBay for a small one she can use.
 I picked up a few finds for myself from one of the vendors. The magic quilt wand, has a groove in the center and a perfect way to pencil your sewing lines when making half quarter triangles. I know it will help my finished project look better. I also got a tool called the Tucker Trimmer. This little item is amazing for a new quilter like myself. I was able to trim my completed blocks to a perfect 6 inches with just a few swipes of the rotary cutter. This tool comes with directions to use it when cutting out fabric to make perfect blocks. I haven't had time to try it out yet, but cant wait to use it next weekend.
  Many thanks for all of the wonderful tips and advise I have been getting from my blogger friends. I have a small giveaway this week. One charm pack of Little Apples by Moda. I am in love with all things Moda and just feel like the quality of the fabric is wonderful. All you have to do is become a follower of my blog and leave me a note telling me what you would make out of it. I will choose a winner next Saturday! Have a great week. I am heading back to the doctor tomorrow for my 3 month check up with my knee replacement. I am finally at the place where I can say that Im about 98% pain free and the flexion in my knee is so much better. I went back to work a few weeks ago and have not had very many problems. God is GOOD!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Look for a giveaway later this week!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

I've Learned Two New Things

I posted about starting a Farmer's Wife Quilt a few weeks ago and have completed a whopping 7 blocks! Through this experience I have determined 2 things. Number one, I hate working with itty bitty pieces of fabric. It makes me crazy and it's very frustrating to work with. Number two, I may not be cut out to be a Farmer's Wife. I love the patterns and I love the look of a sampler quilt. I just wish the blocks finished a bit larger! At this rate, the farm may be years in the making! In the meantime, Im going to cut out another quilt to work on today! Have a good Saturday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Grandson is Here!

Jensen Nicholas Clark McEneaney has arrived from heaven. He weighs in at 7lbs 3 oz, has blonde hair, his mothers lips and daddys nose. He is a healthy little boy and looks just like his big brother! Congratulations to my beautiful daughter who did fantastic! My wonderful son in law who was right by her side. Pauline and Paddy in Ireland, we miss you! Wish you were here for this beautiful event.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Using some Stash!

I love working with charm packs! They are such a time saver for me and I love the fact I do not have to waste fabric. I finally decided to use some of my Ruby stash on this cute little baby quilt. A friend at work found out Friday she was having a little girl and I have been dying to make a sweet little quilt! I am using a pattern I found on Moda bakeshop, it was such a simple quilt to sew together and I love that!
This is the back of the quilt. The pattern I was using showed the flower on the front of the quilt, but I thought It would look better on the back. Ruby is such a great line of fabrics and have several more ideas in mind. I also started my Farmers Wife quilt Sunday and will be using some Ruby on it as well.
I planned to have this little jewel quilted Sunday afternoon, but I was so busy with other things I ran out of time. My new grandson will be making his arrival tomorrow, so not sure how much sewing time I will get in this weekend. His big brother will need looking after. School starts Monday and with 12 hours this semester, plus a full time sewing time will be limited for a few months. Hoping to finish this and make some time for a few blocks each week to finish my Farmer quilt. I am also practicing free motion quilting on my new machine. Looks like I have a really busy year ahead!
What are you working on?


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Farmer's Wife

As you can see we have several farmers in this family! Today, I recieved my copy of the Farmer's Wife quilt. I cant wait to get started on it. I have been following several blogs who are making this quilt and very inspired by the different color ways that have been chosen. I have alot of Ruby on hand, so think I will use that and then possibly a fall color scheme as well. I know this will be a year long project and plan to take my time. I also will be signing up for the Dear Jane BOM. This is at least a 2 year project, but such a work of art to create. Currently I am working on a really cute baby quilt for a co-worker, she is expecting a baby girl soon. Was so happy to make a girl quilt for a change. I have had a rash of boys lately! Have a great Sunday and enjoy the day!


Road Trip!

I am up early this morning ! My daughter and I are taking a little trip to Quitman,Texas today to visit Stitchen Heaven! I have been looking forward to this trip all week long. I didnt want to drive that far by myself, so daughter #1 said she would go with me. Cant wait to look at all the wonderful kits and BOM programs. And Moda!!! And any other little notion I can find that I need. I know I should stay home and practice on my free motion quilting, but this might be the only chance I have to travel for a while with a new baby on the way! Have a great Saturday, I have to put on my stitching boots!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Logans New Quilt!

I am a little behind on my New Year projects! My goal was to have this finished before today.
I got up early and started the binding this morning. I just love this little quilt. I made it with Moda Hometown fabric. The backing is the barbershop dots, I thought it needed the extra bit of color.
My applique is not the best since I am still in the learning process, but very happy with the results.
Hope you have had a great New Year day!