October 21, 2011

Happy Friday!

Just popping in to wish you all a lovely weekend.  The weather has been beautiful here lately -- a nice change from the heat.  I'm not quite ready for winter, but so glad the heat and humidity are gone.

Not much quilty stuff taking place lately, but I've been adding to my stash a little here and there.  Here are some of ny new favorites.

Butterscotch & Roses by Fig Tree & Co.  Isn't it sweet?  I love all the colors in this bundle.

A few new dots.  I blame credit Stephanie -- she got me started and now I can't stop. :-)

And how fun is this?  Lonely Hearts Ads by Timeless Treasures.  I have no idea what
I'll do with this fabric, but I knew it had to come home with me.  Too cute.

I hope all of you have a super weekend!


October 9, 2011

Playing in My Room

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, and I'm sure I'll regret not spending some time outdoors.  For now, though, I'm thankful to have found time to get some things accomplished in my play room. 

This makes me happy.

 And it makes me want to sew.  It's Summer House by Lily Ashbury.

This will have to wait until I get a little further along on this.

The Northwest Florida Paralegal Association is holding an auction to benefit Children's Services Center.  I agonized over what I might donate for the auction, then decided a Courthouse Steps quilt would be appropriate for an auction involving the local legal community. Duh.  Can you believe I didn't think of that immediately? 

And before I get much further into this, I need to finish machine quilting this. 

I should probably think about having my eyes checked.  It seems I can't sew a straight line. :-)


October 5, 2011

My Project and Winner of Sew the Perfect Gift

When I told you about this book last weekend,

I forgot to tell you which project I made.

Tiny Table Topper is my quick and easy gift project.

Photography by Brent Kane

I also forgot to tell you that you can order the E-Book
from Martingale and Company if you want it now.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you that Brent Kane
photographed all of these beautiful projects.

And now (before I forget that, too),
the winner of Sew the Perfect Gift . . .

. . . is Carol!  If you'll send me your mailing address,
you can get started making all those gifts!


October 1, 2011

Sew the Perfect Gift

A long time ago (or so it seems), Mary Green, the Editor-in-Chief of Martingale & Company, e-mailed me about an exciting new book in the works, and asked if I'd like to contribute a project.  Being a huge fan of Martingale & Company, I naturally said yes.  Who wouldn't, right?  They're so good at what they do, and they're absolutely great to work with. 

This week, a package arrived at my door.  When I opened it, I gasped when I saw this: 
Sew the Perfect Gift.  Inside this book are 25 delightful projects that you can make for gifts.  25!  How many times have you thought of making a gift for a friend, teacher, sister, or neighbor, but thought you wouldn't have time?  Or thought they wouldn't like it?  This book is full of really nice (and quick) projects from some of your favorite designers to make for everyone on your list -- pillows, quilts, reuseable lunch bags, a bracelet, journal, purse, scarf, and many, many more beautiful and useful gift ideas.    

I really like the "It's Easy to be Green" section where you'll find ideas for upcycling materials and making eco-friendly gifts.  The projects throughout the book include very detailed instructions and illustrations, so if you've been thinking of trying a new technique like using wool, fusible materials, sewing a zipper, or embroidery, just choose a project and try it out.  While you're making an extraordinary gift, you can learn a new skill.

And to get you started on your gift-making (just in time for the holidays!), the lovely folks at Martingale & Company sent a copy of Sew the Perfect Gift for me to share with you.  If you'd like to get busy making your super-special gifts, just leave a comment here, and tell me what kind of gift you'd like to make.  I'll choose a winner from the random number thingy on Wednesday.  If you can't wait until Wednesday, it's available in quilt shops and online. 

Have a good weekend.  I'll see you Wednesday!