Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Flurry of Activity

Not so much here, but certainly in Blogland. There is so much quilting and sewing and blogging going on it's hard to keep up.

Liri has joined us as well as seventhsister26 and I've caught up with Jenn from Purpleheart Orijennals. Have I missed anybody? Please let me know.

Love asked me about a button for the APQ Bloggers. Well, here is my offering. To put this image on your blog, right click on the image and Save Image As . Then add a Picture Gadget via your Layout. The image is 15Kb (very small) and 220 pix wide. Just right for Blogger.

I've been back to work which I must say is seriously cramping my style. Nearly finished the quilting on Farmyard Stack. It s been fun! Free motion - stippling, loopy string, pebbles and stars. Just the last border to go but it's been too hot to sew.

Donations of cool weather will be gratefully accepted.

Those pebbles were quite difficult and used up so much thread!

I can't believe it's almost the end of January - where did the time go? I need to make a decision about my next Christmas project and there will be another Snowman block coming.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Say Hello to Raggedy Quilter

Raggedy Quilter is joining us from APQ. Hi Raggedy Quilter!

Pop on over and say hello at

In the meantime, the February issue of APQ has arrived here and I'd really like to make the tote bag featured. Add it to the list.

Love to Quilt Project Tote - American Patchwork & Quitling February 2009

The cover quilt could be a candidate to use up all my blue fat quarters. I became rather excited about it until I read that you need 36 of them. Pity I don't have 36 in the stash in the same colour scheme.

Red Hots - American Patchwork & Quitling February 2009

Guess I could make a smaller version. Or buy more fat quarters....

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Welcome APQ Bloggers

Let's start this post with a big hearty welcome to those lovely folks from APQ who are dipping their toes in the water here for the first time. APQ are deleting all their existing blogs and we have to find new homes. Some have settled on Blogger, others are looking at their options.

One door closes and another opens so we must make the best of it. I have made some wonderful friends through APQ and I hope they will keep in touch with me here.

A parcel arrived in the post this week from my blogging friend Kelli. She has stitched an adorable snowman wall hanging just for me and there is the Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charms book by Pam and Nicky Lintott. Whoo-hoo! I was going to buy that book with a gift certificate I received for Christmas. Now I can spend it on fabric.

Thanks Kelli! I really liked the little cupcake pincushion kit, calendar (just the right size for the sewing room) and charm pack too.

It's been too hot to quilt the baby quilt so I did a little hand sewing yesterday. The first block in Anne Sutton's Bunnyhill Designs free BOM for 2010.

I've gone out on a limb with the scheme. I found the background fabric and it made me think of a night sky with snowflakes. Go on...use your imagination!

I chickened out this time and went for blanket stitch applique. At least there's a chance I'll finish this BOM.

I won't be making a quilt with these blocks. Instead, I will split them up into threes or fours and make other things - maybe a wall hanging, table runner, Christmas tote. Haven't decided yet but you'll be the first to know!

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Little Snowman Love

This is Anne"s block, not mine

She's done it again.

Anne Sutton from Bunnyhill Designs is spoiling us with another free BOM. This one is called Snowbound and Anne is using one of my new favourite fabric lines - Rural Jardin by French General.

I know...I haven't finished last year's BOM from Bunnyhill but this is snowmen!

Anne must have known I was sweet on them this year. I've already started with this little guy.

There are so many other good things out in Blogland. Here are just a couple...

The Painted Quilt is hosting First Friday Freebie with a free pattern on the first Friday of the month and Quilting Granny is hosting a giveaway.

Late Breaking News: Homestead Quilting is hosting a very generous giveaway - a jelly roll, honey buns and charm packs. Don't waste any more time here. Go now! Quickly!

Happy Stitching, Ann.