Wednesday, February 08, 2012

WIP Wednesday

Two post in one day! I just wanted to pop in and show what I am working is a Christmas quilt using a layer cake from Moda called "Fruitcake". I hope to have it put together and ready to quilt by the weekend. I need to add the last two rows and then sew together and put the borders on. Hopefully I can do that tonight or early tomorrow morning.
 Until next time,

2nd Valentine Swap

As promised today I will be showing you my wonderful ornaments in my Valentine Ornament swap that Laurie hosted. I love all three of these ornaments and each one is special. Thank you to the lovely ladies who made them and sent them out. There was no cards with names with them so I don't know who to thank at the moment. I will find out soon and post back here with the details of who made each ornament. First are the three ornaments I sent and the card. (a side note: there was supposed to be four ornaments and a card, but for some reason I kept thinking three. I was not the only one and Laurie made sure that we all was able to swap. How sweet of her to do so.) I really felt awful that I had not read the directions clearly. I don't know where I got the idea we were to only do three. Anyhow, below is a recap of what I sent in to be swapped.

 And what I received back: front
 the Valentine:
 the box:
 the first glimpse
 the ornament
 one last shot
 I am so in love with this little shoe ornament! All of them are beautiful, but this little shoe just captured my heart. I would love to know how she made these. Last but not least was some vintage buttons that Laurie had tucked in as a thank you for swapping with her! 
I love vintage buttons and these will be used either in a crazy quilt or a fabric book in the future. Thank you Laurie for hosting such a great swap. And thank each lady that made these fabulous ornaments and card. Oh, there was some candy also, but that was gone in minutes of opening the package.

Until next time,


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Valentine Swap

I was in several Valentine swaps and have received two of the three that I was in. I will be posting about them today and tomorrow. Up first was the Initial Heart swap that Cheryl hosted. My partner Danette sent me the most lovely heart pin cushion made out of the most beautiful wool with my initial embroidered amongst flowers. I absolutely love it. I should have made a pic of the back as the color is so yummy a nice mottled heathery purple. Thank you so much Danette for the lovely heart as well as the chocolate. Of course the chocolate did not make it into the pic, but was yummy! She also sent some beautiful purple and lavender fabric along with the heart.

 Below is what I sent out to my partner Sena. It was delivered on today so I can post about it here. I made it double sided so that Sena could hand it either way. And of course I sent along chocolate as well.

 Tomorrow I will be posting about my Valentine swap with the ornaments that I made and posted about in a previous post. Laurie hosted this swap and it was so much fun. I can't wait to show you the ornaments that I received back in this swap.

Until next time,

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Fools Gold RR Blocks

Back in October of 2010 Gerry K posted about a "Faux Gold or Fools Gold" RR. She threw the idea out there hoping for a response from people who like her would love to do a RR. The response was good enough to actually have two groups for this RR. I was one of those who responded to her blog post. One of the requirements was to be a member of Crazy Quilting International of which I have been for about seven yrs. now. A great group of ladies in this group which I love doing rr's with. This RR is a DYB or Do Your Own Block in which each person makes six 6x6 inch blocks. Then each person in the group will finish one block and you get to finish the sixth block when it arrives back home. For this rr I chose a color pallet far away from my normal saturated colors. I chose a neutral pallet so that the "faux gold work" would shine forth. 
Using these color choices is a big stretch for me. Way out of my comfort zone! Anyone who knows me or has been in a rr with me will tell you that I love color and use lots of it. I am trying to stretch myself this year outside of my normal comfort zone with my stitching pallet. I chose creams, white, beige and gold for my colors. I felt these would showcase the gold work  really well. I must say I am surprisingly pleased with the way the blocks turned out. It has been rather rainy and cloudy here so the pics are not the best to show the true colors. Below are pics of the blocks that I am using in this rr.

Next pic is of trims and bling that Gerry sent out to all the participants in this rr. Thank you Gerry for being so generous with each of us. Below is what she sent to each of us in the "Faux Gold" goodie bag.....

And these are just a few of the trims and beads that I have since picked up myself for this rr. I have some lace on order as well and will post a pic of that when it comes in.

I am so excited about this rr and cannot wait to see what each person comes up with for my blocks. I did choose a theme for mine. I am calling it "Golden Peacock" and I can hardly wait to see how each lady interprets this on the blocks.
Until next time,


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