Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Snow Day And Good News

Well good morning dear friends!  It's a snuggle-up kind of day here in Allie-land - record cold temps coming.  I guess I need to find my gloves!


Yesterday was a complete snow day.  I never got out of my pajamas!  We had a record 8.5 inches.  It just never stopped looking like a snow globe out there, from the time I got up to the time I went to bed.


But this morning, the sun is shining, and helping to warm up my sewing room in the bitter cold that's following the snow.


I spent the day playing with fabric yesterday, so lovely.  Especially while hubby and son were out with the snowblowers.  When they came in, they were soaked - even had snow piled up on the brim of their hats!

I'm working on January's patterns for the Applique Club, one will be a red and white quilt - don't you just love red and white?  So crisp, so cheerful.


Here's a peek at one of December's projects - 


Might be one of my all-time favorites!

And now for the good news.  Jenny has launched her new Faith In Hand club!!!!  


You know I love to stitch the word of God - fill my home with scripture - and that's what her new club is all about.  What a blessing!!  She has a wonderful special offer on the club going on right now, hurry on over and read all about it, you won't want to miss out on this!!!!  Click here:


Jenny's gorgeous designs, the word of God, what could be better!!!!  

Well, I need to bundle up and go get some groceries - for some reason my family likes to eat.  It really cuts into my quilting time, lol.....

See you soon!
Love,
Allie


Monday, November 4, 2019

Happy Little Things BOM Block 4 And Giveaway!

Welcome to block 4 of Happy Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves!  Click on her name to go to her post!



I must say, after doing block 3, this one was a breeze to put together!  I went ahead and cut my pieces ahead of time, which I prefer not to do as I like scrappy - but it worked so well.  
Also, with the half rectangle triangle units this time, I discovered a better way to cut the freezer paper - iron it to a piece of scrap fabric first, then cut it to size.  MUCH easier!  
Before trimming the freezer paper - 



After trimming the freezer paper - 




As I’ve said before, I’m really not a piecer.  Throughout making these blocks, I kept the instructions right by my side, kept the tv off, and just paid very close attention.  They’re not difficult blocks – if I, who is piecing challenged, can get them done, then don’t be afraid of them!  And for those of you who can do these with your eyes closed, my hat is off to you.  The whole reason I started designing my own patterns was because I have trouble following one, lol.  But I did it, and I’m so glad, I love the finished project – thank you Jacquelynne!!!

I've turned mine into a table runner, and I love it!

And now the moment you've been waiting for, the giveaway - 


Morse Code Quilts by Sarah J. Maxwell, and a sweet package of pins from Just Another Button Company!

This giveaway will run until Sunday November 10, at which time I'll pick a winner by random number generator and email her!  To enter, just leave me a comment with your email address - if I can't contact you, you won't be able to win!  I'll also need you to respond within 48 hours to my email if you win, otherwise I'll have to pick another winner - that has happened TWICE.

Scroll to the bottom of this post, click on "comments" and leave your comment to win!

The giveaway is open to U.S. and international residents!  One prize per person per giveaway.

You have seven other chances to win, you know - visit these other blogs and enter to win there!  Click their names to be taken to their blogs!


I wish you all the best in the giveaways - and don't forget to show your finished blocks on Jacquelynne's facebook group, SewQuiltyFriends!!!  See you soon!

Love,
Allie





Wednesday, October 16, 2019

How About A Quilt Show??

Mum and I went to a quilt show over the weekend - they only put this one on once every two years, and it's always amazing.  It's at the most beautiful church - over 250 quilts (no, I won't show you all of them) - craft vendors and a luncheon in the basement.  Just lovely.

I started attending this one for a special reason.  I re-connected with my girlfriend from high school, and found out her mum had started quilting after I knew her.  Not only started quilting, she was an absolutely stunning quilt artist!  She always had a quilt in this show, and after her death, the family donated her bible quilt to the church.  It's always on display.  It was the first thing I saw when I walked in the door - 


I think you can click to embiggen.  Here's the only close-up that turned out....


She used all kinds of fabrics, and it is stunning.  Brought a tear to my eye, because I would have loved to have known her while she was quilting.

And now - on to the show - get your coffee or tea and enjoy!!

Blurry, but it was just darling.
Tiny paper pieced birds!!
Incredibly tiny!!!!!
Mum loved those penguins behind her!
Absolutely glorious bee!!!

Now these two above I just loved so much - one on each side of the altar, I believe they were paper-pieced, just gorgeous and I'd love to make something similar!!  You know I love God's word in fabric!  They reminded me of vintage quilts that are similar, with the words all running together.
Lots of vintage quilts!
The one above won best in show
The show was featuring a prolific local art quilter - I'm not posting names, as some ladies didn't want them known, but this gal was incredible.  Here is some more of her work.

So there ya go - did you enjoy it?  I know I did!  The church is Dearborn First United Methodist in Dearborn, MI, and the facebook page is Festival of Quilts.  They have lots more pictures there, and most of them turned out better than mine, lol.  Not the easiest venue for photography, but fantastic for going in person.  

And now I think I'll go get my jammies on, and relax....my aunt had snow at her house overnight [she's 30 minutes north of me, yikes] so cuddle-up weather is here!  Enjoy your week, my friends!

Love,
Allie






Monday, October 7, 2019

Happy Little Things Block 3 Plus Giveaway!

Yay, it's time for block 3 in the Happy Little Things BOM by Jacquelynne Steves!  Click on her name to go to her post!



For this block, I changed up how I did things.  I actually cut all my pieces beforehand.  Only took two tries to get them right.  Did I mention I’m a terrible piecer?  LOL!

 I’m really going for a scrappy look, but decided to use the same fabrics for the pieces – only using two different reds.  I can incorporate more fabrics into the borders.


You know, these are really basic blocks for your quilting library  - something I’ve never done.  It’s great practice.  I’ve always done either embroidered or appliqu├ęd quilts, with no real piecing involved, and this has stretched my skill limit. 


I did use Jacquelynne’s tutorial for the half rectangle triangles, link is in the pattern.


Aren't they pretty all lined up?

The most difficult thing for me was trying to make that freezer paper template – it has a tendency to slide around under your ruler.  And I have sandpaper grippies on my ruler!


 When I was sewing the HRT’s together, I have to confess I never thought of the points – I was concerned about keeping them oriented the right way.  But I think they turned out pretty good in spite of myself, thanks to Jacquelynne’s great instructions!



And the finished block, ready for quilting - 


The colors are difficult to photograph - they're much more muted in real life, and blend together beautifully.  I'm hand quilting, with a big stitch, and it's turning out so well!

Now - to the giveaway - open to all - from Martingale!


a print copy of the book to U.S. residents, and a digital copy to overseas!  One prize per person per giveaway.  To enter, you must leave a comment on this post, with your email.  If you win and I can't contact you, I'll pick another winner.  Scroll down to the bottom of my post to the comment section.  Click on comments.  Yep, it's that easy!

The giveaway will run until Sunday, October 13th, I will pick my winner Sunday evening and email you immediately.  But that's not all - you have seven other chances to win!  Just go visit these blogs and enter on their posts as well! Click on the name to go to their blogs!


And don't forget to show off your blocks at Jacquelynne's facebook group - 

And now back to business for me - I've been working hard on November's Applique Club patterns, here's one of them ready to be quilted and bound....


I've used the same fabrics as for Jacquelynne's BOM, love them so much!  I'm almost done with the second pattern, glad to get so far ahead as I'm on call for jury duty this week.  I haven't dared to make any plans at all for this week!

Have a lovely day, dear friends, and I wish you all the best in the giveaways!
Love,
Allie

EDIT:  I'm sorry, I've had to go to comment moderation, the spam-bots have found me - you may not see your comment published right away, thanks for understanding!!!!


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