Wednesday, February 24, 2010

February Quilting Bee Blocks...and more

Another month almost over...maybe it seemed to zip by because it's a short one??!

Kinda fun to measure a month with quilting bee blocks are the ones I made for February:

In Sew Connected 2, Doris is making a neighborhood quilt and asked for simple houses and, if we wanted, we could add embroidered details.

Ruth is making a similar quilt, "About Town", in Bee Obsessed.

It's my month :) in Stash Busting Bee International and I've asked for blocks for an I-Spy quilt for the grandbabies! Some really cute blocks are being created.....I can't wait to show them to you when they arrive and I've had a chance to lay them out!

Doll Quilt Swap 8 is wrapping up soon and I'm getting close to being is sneak peek #2. I'm ready to stack, quilt and bind it and it will be on it's way:)

The second meeting of the newly formed KC Modern Quilt Guild is tonight and I'm very excited--it's such a great group quilters! I think they are expecting twice as many as the first FUN!


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Craft Day!

Yesterday was craft day at Karla's with Shawn, Bethany, Beth and Mary...a wonderful way to forget about a cold, dreary day! At craft day, it's our own little world!

We eat lunch at Karla's perpetually beautiful table...

...and the food is always delicious at craft day; we each bring something to share and it turns into an instant feast!

We talk and giggle while we work on whatever projects we brought with us. Yesterday I decided it would be my gluebook...I don't have to think too hard on it or bring a lot of supplies.

(Although.....Shawn, Bethany and I usually ride together and we can pretty quickly load up with lots of crafting our food and other things.)

Sometimes, at craft day, I work on pages for our very casual round robin books, but yesterday I only delivered a page for Mary's that I had done at home...



We also talked a lot about Karla's Alice Tag Book Swap...

...and Karla and Beth even started working on their tags (here and here). I think it's going to be a great swap and I'm feeling inspired too--thanks, craft day! (and thanks, Karla!)


Monday, February 15, 2010

Doll Quilt Sneak Peek

I wanted to give you some peeks at my work in progress for Doll Quilt Swap 8....

1.25" strips lined up on the ironing board ready for piecing:

And a few completed blocks with strips of linen mixed in:

There are 161 quilters playing this round and I've seen some amazing little doll quilts so far. The deadlines for mailing are March 1 for international packages and March 8 for shipping nationally. With that in mind, I'd say that in about a month I should know who is making a quilt for me! Exciting!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Smitten? Yep, that's exactly how I feel about this tag book! It's the collaboration of the "Be Smitten" Sweet Tag Swap hosted by Mary Ann McKeating! Twenty-plus pages of Valentine love.....and you can see them all too in a slideshow on Mary Ann's blog.

This is a picture of the tags I made for the swap right before I packaged them up and sent them out...

It was a fun swap---thanks, Mary Ann!!

Rick and I celebrated the day of love with a movie and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is delightful--all of the tables have painted tops, each of them different. This was ours... cool!!

Wishing you much love in your life,


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Hoop Up! Stitching

The dreary days and cold nights we're experiencing have at least been good for stitching! Once it warms up (notice I didn't say IF), I won't find myself huddled under a blanket so much and my embroidery will probably slow down.

For now though, Hoop Up! Stitch & Send has been the perfect swap to work on!

I finished this one just today for
Aneela...her theme is Little Girls Playing.

Aneela has a tutorial for a fill-in backstitch that I tried and really liked!

For June's theme, Baby Girl Loves, she sent out white fabric to some members in our group and pink fabric to the others to embroider on. I was excited to receive a pink piece--it was really fun!

June is going to use the stitched pieces to make a quilt for her 3 year old daughter...won't that be cute?

I think I showed this one in it's beginning stages, but now it's finished's for Marianne. Her theme is Found in an Oriental Garden.

She is also going to make a quilt, to use as a wallhanging, with her stitched blocks...this is a photo of her own embroidered block and the fabric she's using--lovely!

Thanks for letting me share my stitching with you. In my next post, I hope to share some photos of work-in-progress for Doll Quilt Swap 8. I have my fabric and I have a plan so it's time to start cutting and sewing!