Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Paper Piecing with Island Batik

Paper pieced hot air balloon using Island Batik fabrics which by the way is awesome fabric. I used the pattern from the book 'Easy Paper Pieced Baby Quilts' by Carol Doak. I used some of my sewing machines fancy stitches on the balloon its self with a varigated blue thread. I echoed the other lines and did a lousy job of gageing the distance. Note to self, next time mark first. 
Makes me think of lazy summer days. I remember one time we were traveling and came upon a huge field of hot air balloons. Some were in the air and some were on the ground and it was the most awesome sight to see all those colorful balloons. Miles and miles of balloons.

I just had to add this picture of one of my granddaughters. She was being such a little ham last Sunday. We had a nice little photo shoot. They are so much fun at that age, I just love having them come and visit. 

Friday, April 29, 2016


 These lovely 2 1/2 inch strips from the Caribbean Splash line are absolutely wonderful to work with. I took those strips and sewed them together and then cut them back apart in various size strips.

 This is the finished quilt. It reminds me of water with a little sun. Kind of like all the rain we have been having with a few days of sunshine mixed in. The colors are so pretty together and it was so easy to do. It just took me forever to get it done. It hasn't helped any that I have been putting long hours in at work and I just have been a lazy bum when I get home. It always feels good to get a project done. Mostly done, it still needs the binding but I at least got the quilting done today.
I have chosen a winner and it is Donna W from Minnesota. She is the lucky winner of the book 'Fat Quarter Quilts'. Sorry I took so long I kept thinking I would post my April Showers quilt for Island Batik and announce the winner. Didn't think it would take me this long to get it done. But I am doing the dance!!!!!
I love the tilled black fields. The winter turns them into a bland gray looking plot of land and then the farmer comes along and tills the field and makes it into a majestic black field and then----it will turn green when the sprouts start coming up. The beauty of nature.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Spring Giveaway

 If you're a collector of fat quarters, you know they're colorful, inspiring-and often too tempting to pass up. But what can you do with those fun little fabrics once they're yours? We've got your answer! Choose from eight wonderful quilt plans that show you how to successfully use those addicting 18"" x 22"" pieces of fabric. With just six coordinating fat quarters and a background fabric, you can stitch up a fabulous quilt top easy enough for any quiltmaker. Includes: Quick-to-stitch quilt patterns, including Broken Bricks, Houndstooth, Roman Stripes, and Woven Ribbons-plus an exciting mystery quilt. Step-by-step instructions for rotary-cutting fat quarters easily and efficiently. Ideas for enlarging your quilts with additional fat quarters.

 I have this great book by M'Liss Rae Hawley and will give it away to one luck winner that leaves me a comment about what they like about this time of the year. If you post about my giveaway you get a second chance and if you become a follower or are currently a follower you get another chance. Just let me know in your comment.

It has quit raining and the flowers are amazing. Spring is such a beautiful time of the year. I love the weather and the smell of grass and blooming lilacs and cherry blossoms. Here are a few flowers from my yard. Enjoy today and spend time with those you love.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring has Sprung

The weather has turned exceptional warm here in Washington.

Sewing has dropped by the way side. The weather is so nice that we have started to work on our old house with a vengeance, in hopes that we might be able to get it on the market soon. Here are pictures with the new roof going on and new paint. In the last picture you can see the unfinished parts the best. Progress. The last two weekends have been spent over in Moses Lake.
I also had 2 trips to Seattle for work and will have one to Olympia this next week. I haven't started taking sewing with me but I may have to in order to get something done.
I took a ferry to Bainbridge Island and here are a couple of pictures from the ferry, one is leaving and the other is coming back.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Still sewing blocks

I haven't posted in a while, but I have still been sewing farm girl blocks. In the last few weeks, these are the ones I have sewn:

I just noticed that I forgot to embroider the baby chicks legs and eyes on. Funny the things you don't notice until you take a picture.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Island Batik Mini Madness

I have had this half hexie ruler from Missouri Star Quilt Company and have wanted to give it a try but didn't want to commit to a big quilt in case I didn't enjoy the piecing. I have to say it was the easy way to go doing hexies. I loved it and think I may venture onto something larger latter. I just designed the pattern on graph paper, but cut the hexies and then arranged them a couple of different ways and settled on a traditional design in the end.

 I just stitched in the ditch for the quilting but it would lend itself to something a little more creative.

I had scheduled this to post Monday but I am guessing I didn't do it right.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Giveway winner

The winners of my giveaway are Linda and Shauna. I sent them an email to let me know their address. My rafflecopter (aka Barb of Bejeweled picked two numbers for me one for each post) So Congrats to the winner. Also they need to let me know which colorway they would like. There is the blue one (which looks green but is really a blue, the red one and the yellow/green/brown one). Plus I am adding an Island Batik mini roll. Don't they look yummy.

I did do a little quilting on NQDay but the day was so nice I actually spent time out side getting the garden spot cleaned and ready to go so that we would be able to get an early start this year. Last year with the move and all it was a pretty pathetic lousy excuse for a garden.  Hope everyone had a wonderful day and enjoyed what ever they did. I love gardening almost as much as quilting. ;)

Thank you for entering the giveaway and stop often, I will be having more giveaways this year than last and lots of batik fun with Island Batiks.