Saturday, February 26, 2011

Picnic Quilt is Quilted

 Finally, I've finished quilting my Picnic Quilt!
 I added a white border which I think makes the blocks look like they're floating.
 When I first picked out fabrics from my stash I thought that the red and white polka dot fabric would steal too much attention. Now that everything is together I think it works well with the other fabrics.
Sometimes when I see fabric on sale I will buy it no matter what.... Even an ugly fabric like this backing that I've had around for 7 years. At first I thought I would never end up using it but it's found a place in this quilt.
I quilted the first sampler quilt for Janet who has a cute British accent that I adore.

 This quilt with needle turn embroidery came from Judy. The colors in this quilt make me think of Spring. It's already warmed up a bit in Texas which makes me even more anxious for spring. 

 The quilting shows up very well on the white backing.
Happy Quilting,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Postage Stamp Quilt again

 My Postage Quilt is squared up and the binding is on. I am busy hand sewing the binding down.
I love sitting next to the window with a cup of  tea or coffee and working on bindings.
 I got this pretty tea cozy from Madame Samm. It is so beautiful and keeps my tea or coffee warm for a couple of hours. Thanks MS.
I quilted this Postage Stamp Quilt for Cathy. She made the top a few years ago and used her scraps. Isn't it a lovely scrappy quilt?

 Last week I had the opportunity to quilt this old top pieced in the 1930's. This quilt has the real 1930's fabrics and  the fabrics are in such a good condition.  Even the bubble gum pink fabric is so bright and did not fade over all these years.
 All the fabrics in this beauty is old, except for the new muslin backing and batting.
 Happy Quilting until next time,

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog Tour Day 5 Winner

This giveaway is now closed.
Thank you so much for all the kind comments.
 One of these 10 Scrap-Basket Sensations book is going to Elaine at Muddling Through.
 Congrats Elaine! I will email you and send your address to Kim.
Hope you will have time to stop by at Karen's today for another chance to win a signed copy of Kim's new book. Thanks again Kim for giving away 10 signed copies of your new book!

Welcome to the 5th day of the Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog Tour. 
 If you like making scrappy quilts and working with 2.5" strips you will love Kim at Magnolia Bay Quilts new book Scrap-Basket Sensations. Her book is available at Martingale & Company and Amazon or you can look at your local quilt shop.
Here are a 3 of the 18 scrappy quilts you can make from her book using 2.5" strips.

 "Flowers for Nana Girl"
 "Over and Under"
 My 2.5" bin of strips are by far bigger than all the other bins. I love to make quilts from my stash and I cut my stash up in 2.5" strips. It was hard to pick the first pattern to make from Kim's new book, but I decided to go with the pattern called "Picnic". It's also on the cover of her book.  
 I pulled out a few scraps from my stash. To cut multiple strips at once, I like using the Shape Cut ruler for an easier and faster cut. 
 Here's the first few blocks I've made, but of course they won't all be purple in the end. Even though, I think it could make a pretty two colored quilt. Kim's instructions are very clear and easy to follow. She has step by step pressing instructions which really makes the sewing simpler. Since she's done nearly all the technical thinking already, it leaves more time for me to play around with colors.  
Thank you so much Kim for another great book so we can turn those 2.5" strips into beautiful quilts. If you like to cut your stash up in 2.5' strips you will love her book.
If you want to win a signed copy of Kim's Scrap-Basket Sensations book, please leave a comment on this post.  The give away will close on Thursday, the 17th when I will pick the winner. 
 Good luck to all of you!
Please visit Sinta at Pink Pincushion tomorrow for the 6th day of the Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog tour for another chance to win a copy of her book.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog Tour

I am sure you have seen Kim Bracket's new Scrap-Basket Sensations book. She is having a blog tour. There will be 10 opportunities to win a signed copy of her new book.  Isn't that great? 

Here is a list of all the blogs on the tour.

Sherri at A Quilting Life - February 10
Mary at Quilt Hollow - February 11
Stephanie at Loft Creations - February 12
Nicole at Sister's Choice Quilts - February 13
Millie at Millie's Quilting - February 14 (I am over here)
Sinta at Pink Pincushion - February 15
Darlene at Quilting Daze - February 16
Karen at Nana Girl Quilts - February 17
Sue at Quilt Times - February 18
Carol at Brown Quilts - February 19
 This is a great book to make more quilts from 2.5" strips.
The quilt on the cover is so beautiful. I pulled a few fabrics from my stash to make my own quilt.
 I love to work with 2.5" strips.  I quilted my Postage Stamp quilt. 
Hope we will see you at Sherri's! She is the first stop on the Scrap-Basket Sensations Blog tour.
 Happy Quilting,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Postage Stamp Quilt Again

 I am done piecing all the Postage Stamp blocks together, but I think the quilt needs a border or two. Maybe it should have a thin, white border and this blue and teal fabric I found for an outer border.
 I have something new in my quilting room. 
 It was supposed to be a jewelry holder, but I think it is perfect for my scissors and rotary cutter.
 It is on the wall above my sewing and cutting table. 
It looks like the whole country is having record cold temperatures.  Even in Texas it is so cold that the kids have a day off tomorrow. I  sure do enjoy having my fireplace on for a few days during the year. 
I am almost done with the binding on the Square in a Square quilt. I enjoy hand sewing my binding in front of our fireplace.  
 Happy Quilting until next time,