Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sewing Space and House Update

Every once in a while, a quilt blogger will show us her sewing space.  Some of you ladies out there are born decorators!  I really enjoy those "insider" views.  My fellow quilt blogger Melva over at Melva Loves Scraps is hosting a linky party for anybody who would like to share their sewing space with us.

My space is VERY temporary!  I have kind of hijacked one of the offices in my mother-in-law's house with whom we are living with on a temporary basis.   Fortunately, she doesn't really use this one anymore, so I think she's ok with it.  We are living with them while our home is being remodeled so this is very make-do!

Here is the view when you walk into the office.  I didn't even straighten up to impress you.   :)

So now pretend that you sat down in that office chair and then swing around the opposite direction.  Here is what you would see:

All of my stash and sewing stuff is packed away.  I never dreamed we would be living here as long as we have (a year and a half!).  So the fabric you see piled on that book case is everything I've purchased in the last year.

On the bright side, my husband told me we are probably going to be moving into our house in about 2-3 weeks!  I AM SO EXCITED!!!

The window ledge is a convenient holder for a few house blocks and miscellaneous things that haven't been sewed into a quilt yet . . .

I tried to disguise this giant obsolete printer with some other miscellaneous blocks that I'm no longer interested in. . .

Here's a small collection of stitcheries that I may hang on the walls of my REAL sewing room later (except the wash day one) but for now they are just leaning against the wall.  Like several of you I love vintage things and I'm going to be on the lookout for things to decorate my new sewing room now that it seems it's actually going to happen!

Most of you saw my post about our house and how it has been transformed from a tiny little thing to a livable home.  Wanna peak at the inside?   This is what it looked like two days ago . . .

This is my daughter's window seat in her bedroom

And this is a view of one wall of my new sewing room!  Loving all that storage!  This is down in the basement under the house that once used to be a dirt cellar.  We finished it off and put in closets and electricity and heat and a really nice window that lets in lots of light.  I forgot to take a picture of that.  I'm going to go ahead and publish this post and I'll add that later.  So there's not a ton of natural light but enough to keep me happy and at least I have a designated room for sewing, right?

So that's my sewing space, present and future.  Join in the fun over at Melva Loves Scraps and let us see your sewing space!

Don't forget to check back on Monday to visit all the blogs in the Shadow Block Mini Quiltalong!

And in the meantime . . . Happy Quilting!

Linking to:
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shadow Block Mini Quiltalong Update

Quicky post to all those wanting to participate in the Mini Blog Hop we are doing!

So far we have fourteen ladies signed up to participate in the Shadow Block Mini Quiltalong and Blog Hop with several others still debating about whether to join.  I'm so excited to see what you're going to make!  I'm already working on my 2nd one.  These  mini quilts measure about 18" x 24" (rough guess) and can be made and quilted in an afternoon.  The part that takes the longest is choosing what to use.

COME ON!  Join the fun!  You can do this and we would love to have you!   As I've told several ladies, even if you can't make one by "Reveal Day" you can always make one later and share with us at #shadowblockmini on Instagram.

Participation information is here!

Look to the right on my blog.  There is now a Button you can grab along with appropriate HTML code to add to your sidebar if you wish.  I would have liked to make it a little bit more creative but this was a rush job.

My apologies to my family and friends who are non-quilters.  This post is probably all Greek to you!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Shadow Block Mini Quilt Along!

I have a quick story to tell you!    During this past few months, while participating in the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, I met some wonderful new friends!   Kate at Smiles from Kate was one of the first to welcome me to the blogging world and she's been a great encourager ever since!

Another fellow quilter I met was Jen Rosin of A Dream and a Stitch.  It seemed like almost every single time we talked with each other, we would find one more thing we had in common.  It was kind of spooky!  (in a good way)  This last time we had a conversation, we were both kind of in the same place, in that neither of us had ever made a mini quilt and we both wanted to do so.  As we were talking, we decided we should make one together and blog about it.   So Jen sent me a picture of one she had been thinking about doing and NO WAY!  It was the exact same one I had looked at just a few hours before.  How fun is that!  So it was settled.

We are going to make this mini quilt.

Update:  The Reveal Day for this Quiltalong is found here
And the gallery is found here

It is called Shadow Block Mini Quilt and was designed by Debora of StudioDragonfly.

Now here is the fun part.  We want to invite as many others as would like to participate to jump in and make your own version of this mini quilt.  We are going to turn this into a mini blog hop and have an official Reveal Day.   You can easily make one of these in an afternoon and even quilt it but we are going to give you two whole weeks to get this done.  If you want to participate, here's how!  

1.  Contact either me or Jen no later than August 31 and let us know you want to participate by leaving a comment on this blog or by e-mailing one of us:

Include your name, blog, Instagram address, or wherever you would like to share your quilt.  If you want to share on instagram, use this hashtag:  #shadowminiquilt     Just be sure to wait until September 5th!  And really, you don't even HAVE to have a blog.  Just join us in the fun part.  The making!

2.  Go print out this tutorial and create the quilt.   

3.  Prepare a blog post about it to be revealed on September 5.    That gives you three whole weekends (and everything in between) to get this done.   Please make sure to include a reference to our blogs

Color Creating and Quilting (
A Dream and A Stitch (

as the brains behind the idea!  We hope this idea will generate new traffic for us and for you!

4.  We will be sending a list of all participants to each one who will be making a quilt and blogging about it and would ask that you post this list with a link to each participant's blog just like a blog hop.   It will be so fun to see everybody's interpretation of this fun little quilt.  It is an easy project with some instant gratification. 

Debora Exum of StudioDragonFly, the designer, is also going to participate and announce this mini blog hop on her blog as well.  We are so excited to see everybody's interpretations of this mini quilt.  By the way, you don't have to limit yourself to just one.  Make as many as you like!  Maybe you can get some of your Christmas gifts out of the way?  

Jen and I thought this event up on the fly and really didn't think about any prizes but I'll bet we could come up with SOMETHING if enough of you want that to be part of this little event.  

I hope we get a lot of participation.  The more the merrier!!

So happy quilting my friends

Linking to:
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication

Finished or Not Friday

Sunday, August 14, 2016

County Fair Quilts!

Happy Sunday Afternoon!

I just love small town living.  Yesterday was the last day of our County Fair and Rodeo.   I'm not as excited about the rodeo as I was when I was a girl, but I still love looking at the arts and crafts and photography.  Our fair is very, very small so it doesn't take long to look at everything but I was delighted to see in the quilt section a bunch of quilts that were labeled "Rescued Quilt".  Either the tops had never been finished (and now were), or they were just old quilts that had been repaired,  Here are my four favorites.  Sorry about the quality of the pictures, it was dark in that building and I only had my iPhone.


 And last but certainly, not least this gorgeous hexi quilt!

Here are a few of my favorites among the newly made quilts:

In keeping with the western theme, I pulled out one of my works in progress that was needing some attention.  I had finished enough blocks to make a baby quilt but it needed some sashing and I found some fabric that goes perfectly!  Isn't that chocolaty colored swirly just perfect??  I love it!

That's all for today!  I have a new project to share very soon!  It's my first mini quilt.  I didn't want to cut into of my yardage for the back so I used my scraps for the back.  Here's a bright scrappy back for you!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  What have you been working on?

Linking up with:
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Sharing Sunday's at The Creative Side

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

One Lovely Blog Award

I have fallen down on the job and neglected my blog!  In the meantime, one of my favorite quilt blogging buddies Kate @ Smiles From Kate has gone and nominated me for the "One Lovely Blog Award."   I am honored!  Thanks, Kate!   I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support and constant encouragement.  You're the best!

The Rules:
*Thank the person who nominated you, and give a link to his/her blog.
*List the rules.
*Display the image of the award on your post.
*List seven facts about yourself.
*Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award, and notify them to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven facts about me:

1.  I am 5' 1 1/2" tall, gotta count that 1/2" inch, ya know!

2.  I play the flute and the piano and love to sing harmony whenever possible.

3.  I'm pretty good at ping pong!  

4.  I've got a little nerd in me.  I like Star Trek and Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

5.  I wanted to be an artist when I was little.

6.  American Pickers and Fixer Upper are two of my favorite shows.

7.  I want to meet more bloggers who are blogging for the fun of it!  

 I would like to nominate the following people for the One Lovely Blog Award:

1.  Jen Rosin at A Dream and a Stitch
2.  Rebecca at Cheeky Cognoscenti
3.  Louise at Quilt Odyssey
4.  Melva at Melva Loves Scraps

Another new adventure I'm going to be participating in is the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

 Each participant is sent  the same 5 fat quarters of fabric.  Aren't these pretty?

We are each to design a 12 inch block using at least three or more of these fabrics and no additional fabrics.  Then on September 12, 13, and 14 we are to publish our block design and a tutorial about how to make it along with the list of everybody else in the blog hop.  We'll all send our blocks to one person to be sewn into a quilt for charity.  I think they ought to auction or raffle the quilt off and give us all participants a chance to win it and then send the MONEY to charity!   There are over 60 of us participating so there should be enough blocks for several nice size quilts.

I can't wait to see what everybody comes up with!

I tell you what, I have a whole new respect for pattern writers.  I designed my block and sewed a practice block, but writing up the instructions took forever!  I'm excited to show you!  

I apologize for this pretty boring post.  I did sew this week, but it was on this block and I can't show you yet!  

Oh!   I almost forgot.  I'm also participating in a quilty read along kind of thingy.  There are six of us participating.  Bernie at Needle and Foot started us off with a book she had read called Vinegar Girl and sent it to the next person on the list with some fabric that reminded her of something in the book.  Tami was next and now she has sent it to me.  Tami sent me this!  A cute doodle she and her daughter drew and a lovely note explaining why she chose the fabrics she did.  I loved the note, Tami!
So I am in the middle of reading the book called Vinegar Girl.  If anybody is interested in participating in the next round of reading, you can learn about it here:

 Summer Read

Again, sorry for the lack of color and creating of any kind.  I'll do better next time!!

I love when you stop by, so please come again!

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