I started two charm swaps on Swap-Bot using Christmas fabric. I think it will be great to see what kind of prints we can get from other people. You can use some novelty prints. If anyone is interested follow this link. You have to be a registered swap-bot user to join. Don’t let that shy you away. There are great swaps on Swap-Bot. Occasionally you get a flaker. However I do Angel my swaps. So if your partner doesn’t send to you I will.
Swap 1 & Swap 2
For those of you who don’t know what charms are, they are a 5 inch square of 100% cotton material. Used in various sewing projects.
Here is how Moda sells them.
Here are a few things I have made with charms.
Today I am hopping from blog to blog trying to catch up. I came across these two adorable items. A perfect box pouch and a cupcake container.
Here is the link for the pouch.
And go here for the tutorial for the cupcake container.
These would make great Christmas presents for our sewing friends.
I entered this quilt in the Nature’s Best Quilt Contest on Quilting Gallery. I made this quilt, which is now named Frogman’s Adventures, a few years ago for my cousin Jeffrey. He was only two at the time. His dad is in the Navy. I came across the frog fabric and knew it would be perfect for his quilt. I made the pattern for the sail boats. The are fused on using Wonder Under. I zig-zagged the edges with rainbow variegated thread. The waves are blue ric-rac.
You can vote on the quilts from September 26th through October 4th. So vote for me. You can only vote once.
Here is my mini quilt for the Summertime Mini Quilt Swap. My friend Laura showed me a pattern on how to do a stained glass quilt. So I made up my own design. It turned out ok. So imagine you are looking out a stained glass window. This is what you see. LOL.
This is with a flash. The blue batik is a little darker.
No flash here. Here are some close ups of the free motion quilting.And please remember I am new to free motion so be kind.
I tried to make it look like abstract waves. I used black and blue thread.
Don’t forget to leave me a comment for the 400th give away HERE.
It is hard to believe I have made 400 posts on FabricMom already. Where has the time gone? In honor of this achievement I am having a giveaway. Up for grabs is a mini quilt made by me using the depression block. It is about 12 1/2 inches square. A pincushion made by me and 15 four inch 100% cotton fabric charms in pastel colors.
To enter leave me a comment on this post. You can also blog about my giveaway on your site for an extra entry. Make sure you leave a separate post for this. And one more way is to tweet about my giveaway. So you can have 3 entries. Happy sewing and good luck.
I will draw a name on September 2nd. That is two weeks from today.
Sunday for our evening service we went down to McFarland park and worshiped. It was so much fun. The wind was blowing. It wasn’t too hot. Tim and Jan had their boat so that we could take turns going on a ride down the Tennessee River. It was beautiful. We talked, played, worshiped, and ate tons of watermelon. What a great way to praise the Lord. During the last prayer the wind picked up and it felt as if God was hugging us. It gave me goose bumps. I figured out that Andrew is allergic to grass. He fell in it 3 or 4 times. Not long after he broke out in a rash all over. I wish we could do this more than once a year.
My next post will be number 400. Be watching for the give away.
I’m not sure if I have ever blogged on Fabricmom about the kaleidoscope quilt that I made a few years back for my great grandmother. Tim got me the kaleidoscope ruler for Christmas one year. Can’t remember which year. The ruler is great. It made cutting the material so easy. At the time my sewing skills weren’t quite up to par. If you look closely at the bottom right hand corner of the quilt you can see where the blocks don’t match up. It is a queen sized quilt. I was too tired to take it apart to try to fix it and didn’t really know how back then. I was sure gramma would still be happy with it. Needless to say I haven’t used the ruler again sense. I think I will have to get it out and make a mini quilt with it. Here is a picture of the lap quilt that I made for her with the left over material.
I’m getting closer to 400. I guess I am going to have to have a give away. Oh me what ever will I do??? LOL.
Sara @ Sara Rules Quilts made a beautiful mini quilt for the Quilting Gallery Spring Mini Quilt Swap. She had so much interest in the quilt that she posted a tutorial for fellow quilters.
Here it is: 3D Pinwheel Tutorial
Mary, Laura, and I became friends 22 years ago in the 7th grade. We have been through 3 marriages, 2 divorces, 1 remarriage, and 7 births. I don’t know what I would do with out them. They are my best friends, along with hubby. Can’t leave him out. Last night Laura and I were working on various quilting projects. I told her that if someone would of told us 22 years ago that we would be sitting there doing that we would of laughed and told them they were nuts. Times sure haved changed. Love you guys.
Mary, Holly, and Laura.
Mary, Emily, Laura, Andrew, Joshua, and Tyler.