Sunday, February 28, 2010

Snowbound BOM - February 2010

Here's my little guy for February.

Inexplicably, he has a Bob Hope head - go figure. Just needs a pom pom for his hat.

I didn't appreciate when I started last year's Tisket-Tasket just how fiddly and time consuming these blocks would be. Now I do and make allowances.

It might explain why I dropped the ball on Tisket Tasket.


Here's a little something I have been working on for a friend.

I got to play with the Clover yo-yo and flower makers that were a gift from APQ Merritt some time ago. Thanks Merritt, I had a lot of fun with them.

Now it's time to make some blocks for the swap.

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend with a little stitching amongst the chores.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

APQ Blog Buddies Block Swap


Registration for the Block Swap Closes
Saturday 27 February 2010

Okay, here we go!

We have had enough positive responses to our idea for a block swap that it's time to get down to details.

We have chosen a simple block which will suit a variety of fabrics from reproduction to modern and everything in between. Use light toned fabrics for the other half of the block.

You can make your blocks from scraps or yardage. Our block will be 8 1/2 inches (includes quarter inch seams).

Each month one or two names will be drawn at random to receive that month's blocks. Details will be published on the APQ Blogging Buddies Swap blog.

The number of blocks to be made each month will depend on how many people join the swap and the aim is for each member to receive enough blocks to make a lap quilt. You can make extra blocks for yourself if you would like your quilt to be larger.

You are free to finish the quilt in any way you choose. You may want to embellish your blocks as well.

Important: Please don't join in unless you can make all the blocks required

Some Rules: (necessary I'm afraid)

1. You must have an active blog and put the swap button on your blog (right click and save)

2. You must post your blocks each month on your blog

3. You will be expected to upload images of your blocks and quilt to our Flickr image group.

4. You must have a postal address that you are willing to share with other members of the swap.

5. You must post your blocks to the monthly winner by the due date.

6. You must acknowledge the blocks you receive in a post on your block.

Here is a picture of a quilt made using this block and 1930s prints.

How do you join? Simply leave a comment here on the APQ Blogging Buddies Swap blog. If enough people join, then the swap will run.

I will then ask you to email your details. Please make sure that you are not set to noreplyblogger for emails. Let me know if you aren't sure how to change this setting on your blog.

If you don't want to use your regular email, just setup a new email account on Yahoo or similar.

All further posts about the block swap will appear on APQ Blogging Buddies Swap.

Instructions for making the block will also be posted on the new blog.

Let's get Stitching!

Ann, Marsha and Katie

Friday, February 19, 2010

Judging a Book by its Cover

They say you shouldn't but I was smitten when I saw this one online.

I ordered it from Fabric Patch along with some fabric goodies - a Rural Jardin layer cake and Martinique jelly roll using the Christmas money I received from family.

I was eager to open the parcel when it arrived and held my breath as I opened the cover. Oh has some beautiful projects inside. I could - and probably will - make them all!

I was also fortunate to receive some gifts from blogging friends Nora and Christine and it's not even my birthday. I have been spoiled! Thank you both for your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Nora made a beautiful heart to hang in my sewing room, lots of delicious chocolates, a terrific magazine I haven't seen before, a nifty notepad and some amazing fat quarters.

Christine's local quilt shop had a Superbowl Sale and she posted about her great fabric buys. Little did I know that some of the fabric she bought was meant for me!

Check out that cool snowman card!

I am so fortunate to have made such wonderful friends through blogging and it is a real treat to share our love of quilting and craft.

Thanks a bunch.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

February Christmas Project

I won the pattern for this pillow from Lola over at ...and Sew On in a giveaway she hosted last year. It was one of three and I had wanted to make it for last Christmas.

Well, it's done now and counts as my February Christmas 2010 project.

The quilting is all done on Farmyard Stack and I just have the binding to sew down. Hope to have a picture for you next weekend along with my February Snowman from Bunnyhill.

After that, it will be time to layout my Simple Abundance quilt with a layer cake from Busy Thimbles. There are some fabulous new products on offer and there is an in-store clearance sale from 11-13 February. I can't wait!

Vintage Sandy is hosting a delightful giveaway with a heart theme which will be drawn on Valentine's Day.

Happy Stitching