Label Cloud

1 a week challenge 1930's 2011 48 Weeks 9-11 Accuquilt allergies Angie Tedder apron arrow cabinets asthma aunt baby quilt backing backup baking basting batiks bday becca reads the bible Best Friends Bible binding block lotto blogging blue BOM Bonnie Hunter borders brownies Bubba Bubby Build a Better Backside buttons camp car seat challenge Christmas Christmas Quilt-A-Long church church group clean color challenge comfort computer contest cookies cooking corvettes for kids Cowboy Rodeo cutting dad daily giggle denim and co. design design wall dessert Dillon dillon's critters DM donation dreams DWM easy election day EQ7 ergonomic eye candy fabric purchase Fabric Shack fashion mate 237 FB fear Fedex finish first post flu FNSI friday night sew-in Friday night sew-out friends Frisch's giveaway go cutter goals gold coins google gospel graduation gym health help hem hobby lobby house HRB Husky i spy ink jaybird quilts Jennifer Jesus Jill joann's John Carr judy Judy L kitchen label label cloud Linda LQS LRC machine magazine mail matey memories moda bake shop mom movies music nap Natalie New Year's no-sew fleece blankets NQD organization oven pain panel paper crafts pclassic BOM PIF pillowcases pincushion pioneer woman plan plants prayer request printer purse q4k QAYG qfirstKY quilt group Rachel's Sunshine rag quilt rant recipe report resolutions retreat roommate safety pins sandy's SBS school serger Sew Mama Sew sewing desk sewing for others shipshewana shopping sick Star Struck Start-to-Finish Stash Stash Pot Pie stash report sunbonnet sue surprise survey swap swaps Tammy Tadd techniques Thangles thanks towel townhouse traffic trominoes ufo UFO challenge 2011 vbs vidoe Virtual Quilt Day vote walmart wasps waun-a-finish waun-a-quilt waun-a-start winner WIPs WOBQ work wv YBR yellow you can quilt this out

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

stash reporting question

Does anyone know if you only count cotton or if you have to include fleece and/or trims? I found some great clearance @ Hancock's this week and stocked up to make fleece blankets. But I'd rather not have to count it, if you know what I mean.



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quilt Camp

Is anyone interested in going to a quilt camp in April? Let me know and I'll send you the info!


Internet Purchases

Here are the pics I promised earlier.

From The Village Mercantile

My purse pattern

Sunbonnet Sue print

Safari print & coordinates

From Canton Village Quilt Works

My blue batiks that I ordered - half a yard of the medium & darks, 4 yards of the light one in the upper right hand corner

See how nicely they play with my other blue batiks?

The service was great from both of these stores and shipping was fast :-). I ordered one (purse kit/safari/sunbonnet sue) on Thursday around 5 and the other around 9 on Friday morning. I received both on Monday by 10!


It's a Quilt (Well, almost :-))

Here's the comfort quilt I've been working on. I need to finish hand sewing the backing where I joined it since I did a quilt as you go method. It's made using 49 Yellow Brick Road Blocks (well, almost, I messed up cutting a few of the strips, so I had to improvise on 3 or 4 blocks :-). The binding will be the green I showed in this post. My goal for tomorrow @ bedtime is to be hand stitching the binding down :-).


Monday, January 24, 2011

Quick Shout Out

I just wanted to post a real quick shout out to The Village Mercantile and Canton Village Quilt Works. I ordered last week (late Thursday for one, early Friday for the other) and both packages arrived this morning :-). I ordered a purse kit, a Sunbonnet Sue print, and 4 prints from a Safari line from The Village Mercantile. Canton Village Quilt Works was having a great sale on batiks last week, so I got some blues. The fabrics look great and I can't wait to use them. I'll take photos this evening!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 4 Stash Report


yellows: 4.25
green & pinks: .5 + 2.5 = 3
total: 7.25

monochromatic yellows & whites: 2 3/8 yd (block strips)
comfort quilt pink & green: 1 3/8 yd (binding, last part of backing, sashing for backing)
total: 3 3/4 yds

week 2:
Used this Week: 1.25 yards
Used year to Date: 1.25 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 1.25 yards

Used this Week: 3.75 yards
Used year to Date: 5 yards
Added this Week: 7.25
Added Year to Date: 7.25
Net Used for 2011: -2.25 yards


Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's a Flimsy and I'm counting it as a Finish!

In all it's glory, introducing "Gold Coins":

I'm going to stitch in the ditch between the columns and practice FMQ in the yellow. Backing will be white or mostly white w/ a little yellow, depending on what I have in my stash. Binding will be scrappy yellow.


Exhausting Day

Today's been a long day. I stayed up way to late last night working on the Gold Coins quilt. Then I had to leave the house about 9 this morning, so I had my alarms set for between 6 & 7 (yes, I have trouble hearing them, so I set extra!). I managed to wake up about 6:30. I used the extra time to finish piecing the Gold Coins blocks. I made my chicken salad sandwiches for the luncheon, dressed, and was out the door a few minutes after 9.

At church, I helped set up for our ladies luncheon, which started at 11. It ended 1:30 or so, but I didn't get out until almost 3 because I stayed to help clean up. Then I ran to work to check the printer & headed to the gym. I had a 4 PM group session to kick off the Biggest Loser challenge they are doing. The personal trainer showed us 8 exercises and then we spent a minute (or so he claimed, I think it was longer) doing each exercise to learn the form and ask any questions. It was about 5:45 by the time I made it home.

So the question is, do I sleep now (and wake up about midnight and set myself up for a vicious cycle tomorrow) or force myself awake and sew? I think it's going to be sew, at least until I make too many mistakes, lol.


All Blocks Made for Gold Coins :-)

I finished making the blocks for Gold Coins. They still need to be pressed and trimmed and made into columns, but I should be able to knock that off this evening. Have a great Saturday y'all!


Calling it a night on FNSI

Here's what I got done:

10 of my stacked coins blocks for my Gold Coins quilt! The other 10 sets are trimmed and ready to piece. The 5 to the left are seamed together, but I thought I better wait before making any more columns to make sure the fabrics are somewhat evenly/randomly distributed across the top.

I also made chicken salad to use to for a sandwich tray tomorrow. I'll make the sandwiches in the morning. We have our ladies meeting to reveal our 2010 secret sisters and get our 2011 secret sisters. Throughout the year we pray for each other, and if able, give little gifts (at the least, notes) every now and then to let the lady know we're praying for her. Remember this quilt that my aunt quilted for me? Well, it's going to my secret sister :-). I had to attach a label, so I sewed that on tonight too.

Have a great weekend everyone! I'll try to be back on Saturday night after I've been able to log more time sewing. My goal for the weekend is to get Gold Coins to the flimsy stage and finish M's comfort quilt. Gold coins just needs 10 blocks assembled (the yellow & white rectangles are sewn, so just 4 seams/block) and then 15 blocks assembled into 3 columns of 5 and then the 4 columns seamed together. There's no border for this baby, so it will be ready for quilting then!

For M, I need to hand sew together the backing for quarters 3 & 4 and then seam both halves together (I quilted it in 4 parts to attempt a QAYG method.) Then it just needs binding and a label!


Friday, January 21, 2011


Don't forget - tonight's the night! It's the first Friday Night Sew-In for 2011. Come join the fun. All you need to do is get some sewing done tonight and then show 'n' tell everyone by Saturday :-).
For more info, follow the button to Heidi's blog:


1 thing, 1 Week Challenge

Amy's Creative Side

I'm signing up for a one thing, one week challenge where I set a goal to complete this week. My goal is to finish and have ready for giving the comfort quilt!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Other Monochromatic Quilts

I was checking out the comments on Judy's page and came across these eye-candy yellow quilts.

First up: Jamie from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee. Isn't it great? I love all the yellow's in it.

Jeanne's Table runner - too cute and just enough to brighten up a table.

Carol's fun quilt-a-long yellow quilt - she started it for a quilt-a-long, but isn't it purty? From a distance it looks yellow & white :-)

Tamera's yellow quilt. Nice and cheery.

Connie's Placemat's & centerpiece. She did a great job!

Looks like everyone's having fun working on the monochromatic color challenge. I'm looking forward to cutting mine this weekend!

~QB29 :-)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gold Coins or Blue Coins

Today I was playing in EQ7 to design a monochromatic yellow quilt for Judy's monochromatic challenge. This quilt uses the stacked coins block that we did for Block Lotto this month. I thought, that since my yellows tend to the golden end of the spectrum, that I could call this quilt Gold Coins.

While making an image of the screenshot in Paint, I accidentally hit the "invert color" option. I think this is really cool and may be another quilt down the road.


I'm a Winner :-)

Guess I'm celebrating a passing score by winning!

I won a Judy's Chasing the Blues giveaway and I won a FB giveaway on Martingale & Company/That Patchwork Place's FB page.

Let's keep the celebration up (hint, hint, any other giveaways I've entered :-))

Thanks Judy and Martingale & Company!


Jumping for Joy - it's time to celebrate!

My advisor emailed me my scores from my comprehensive exam on the 8th. I passed! I have now completed all the requirements for my Masters of Science in Applied Computing!!!!!!!!! Can I just shout some? I'm so excited :-)


Monday, January 17, 2011

Green or White?

Binding, that is :-). Here is a sneak peak of the comfort quilt I'm working on.

It's going to finish at about 63" square. I made it out of a YBR pattern, but used 49 blocks w/out a border. I separated it into 4 quarters so that I wouldn't have to wrestle the whole quilt under my machine at one time. I've got the quilting about 3/4 finished and just basted the last 1/4 tonight. Here's 2 quarters put together, along with some binding choices. The green has white polka dots and is used in the quilt. The white is part of the backing (QAYG allowed me to piece the backing easily).

So which is better, green

or white?

I hope to have it delivered by this weekend at the latest.


2 sewing finishes

I've finished my Block Lotto Blocks:

and the towels for my FB PIF project:


Stash Report - Week 3

I sewed this week!

block lotto blocks: about 1 yard worth of 2.5 strips
PIF FB applique: 10 4/12" hearts + 10 3 1/2" hearts about 1/4 yard

Used this Week: 1.25 yards
Used year to Date: 1.25 yards
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 1.25 yards

You can check other stash reports via Judy's blog!


giveaway time!

Not by me though. Head over to Jaybird's and check out the sponsored giveaway she's hosting!


Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Day of Doing Little :-)

I came home from church with a migraine, so there went my plans to tackle my too-long to-do list. I was in bed by noon and slept until about 3:30. Thankfully, the migraine was gone when I woke up. I was barely up in time to make these:

They're Orange Brownies and I saw the recipe on Pleasant Home's site. No, there is no chocolate in them, but they have a brownie like texture, hence the name. I made them for evening church tonight. Our church's founder, Bro. Louis Arnold, turns 97 tomorrow. Even though he longer pastors our church (he left the church at some point years ago to travel & preach), he's still a much-welcomed friend to our congregation. Since his 90th birthday, he's preached the evening service closest to the big day and then we celebrate as a church family afterward. Everyone was asked to bring a cake or pie and the church supplied pizza, chicken, and potatoes tonight. Our pastor teases that we've got him scheduled through his 100th birthday, but we'll need to renegotiate the contract then, lol.

Bro. Arnold founded our church about 46 years ago. He also planted 3 other churches in our city (including one just a few miles down the road), 4 others in the state, and 2 more in Cincinnati, OH, plus some others that I'm not aware of. He used to fly a plane around the city and preach from the plane and preached on the radio for years. You can learn more about Bro. Arnold here at his website.

My SS class has our biweekly meeting tomorrow at our teacher's house and I'm baking another batch for them. We're having tacos for the main dish.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Joining Block Lotto

I am joining Block Lotto this month. Here is my first block. I've got fabric cut to make 8 more and hope to finish them tonight, but for now, my bed is calling my name :-).


Pay It Forward on Facebook

I'm doing a PIF on FB. I have to make 5 items and deliver them sometime in 2011. I'm aiming for sooner rather than later :-). Tonight I made up one of these:

It's currently taking a test trip through the laundry before I do the rest. I do have all of the hearts cut out and fused together. I'm using fusible web on each heart and then top-stitching near the edge of each heart for a raw-edge applique look. Half will be the white towel with the pink and red hearts and the other half will be red towels with pink and white hearts - white being the background heart. I'm giving each person 1 of each towel and making a "mix in a jar" cookie mix. I can't decide between sugar cookies w/ Valentine decorations & a heart cookie cutter or doing a good layering mix - chocolate chip or some type of oatmeal. Any thoughts or favorite "mix in a jar" recipes? I hope to get these all finished this weekend and get them out in the mail (for those that need to be mailed) on Tuesday.


Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday Sewing Plans

I'm leaving work soon and heading to the gym to walk. After that, it's a sewing night! I stopped by Joann's during lunch to pick up some fusible web for my FB PIF project. I hope to get those made tonight as well as make good progress toward finishing M's comfort quilt this weekend. Hopefully I'll get some pics posted!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Goals

Guess I probably ought to put these on here if I hope to finish them.

1. M's comfort quilt - bright pink/green/white, 63" square, using YBR pattern & QAYG for easier quilting - just need to do last bit of quilting, assemble, and bind
2. Judy's monochromatic color challenge - yellow - I think I will make placemats for the spring. I need to pull out my yellow, but may need to shop for some this week. Baby quilt flimsy finished 1/22/2011. Don't know when it will get quilted, but I'm calling it a finish for the purposes of exploring a monochromatic color scheme :-)
3. Judy's UFO challenge - #6 - finish binding Zoo Parade quilt
4. FB PIF - I'm participating in the 2011 PIF on FB. I'd like to get my gifts out by the end of the month. sewing part finished 1/17/2011. Still need to make the mixes & print out the directions.
5. Block Lotto BOM - this month's block is stacked coins and looks super easy. This will be my first month participating. finished 1/17/2011

~QB29. Here's hoping in 2 weeks I'll be able to post finished pics!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

stash report

No change this week. Comprehensive exam was yesterday, so any and all free time this past week was spent studying. Then I treated my nephew to a big-boy visit last night and today. We baked chocolate chip cookies and took them to go visit the fire truck at the fire station. Now I'm back home and looking forward to a stress-free week since I'm done with school :-)

Used this Week: 0
Used year to Date: 0
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 0

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Stash Report

I'm going to do the stash report. If you're not familiar, it's a weekly report that Judy does to report how much stash was used and how much stash was added each week. It's normally done on Sundays, but it's close enough and I'm not doing any "new" sewing tonight. So here goes:

Used this Week: 0
Used year to Date: 0
Added this Week: 0
Added Year to Date: 0
Net Used for 2011: 0