A dear friend of mine Tina, has started a new online quilting group. It is called My Quilting Buddies. If you like to swap or chat with other quilters around the world you might want to check it out. I am hosting a few swaps.
There are 3 different blocks of the month to choose from. There is also a barter board where you can post items you no longer want and list what you want for it. Very cool. I have traded blocks that I made but never made into a quilt and fabric I no longer wanted. We all have that moment when going through out stuff and think, “Why did I buy this?” Usually for me it was because it was on sale. LOL.There is also a list of great free patterns and tutorials.
I am hosting the scrappy strip swap, 4 1/2inch charm swap, and the 6 1/2 inch nine patch swap.
So please come by and say Hi and maybe join a swap. Hope to see you there.
Yeah I am now down to 37 UFO’s. That is great news. This is the first quilty item that I have tried free motion quilting on. I have been so nervous. I read a few blogs today about other people biting the bullet so I decided to also. It turned out pretty good for my first time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. It was only a table runner though. LOL. It took a little getting used to. There are a few sharp spots and one loop. Oops. The back turned out good too. The tension was pretty good. Yeah. I am so excited. Maybe I will try a baby quilt next.
In order to try to generate more traffic on my site I have decided to have Fat Quarter Friday. Well what is that you ask. Everyone who posts a comment between now and Thursday evening 11:59pm will be entered into a drawing to win the fat quarter pictured. I thought it would be neat to show the fat quarter. Now I have quite a stash going. So I am going to do this for the next 4 weeks. If I get a good response then I will continue with the drawing on a weekly basis. If not then maybe we will do it every two weeks. So if you want to enter to win leave me a comment.
He is this weeks fat quarter.
Oh and all my fabric is washed. I like to have it all washed that way when I need to use it I don’t have to wash it.
I made this table runner as a Christmas gift for a friend. The pattern is from Quilter’s Cache. It is called Patience Corners. It uses 4 1/2 inches squares and 2 1/2 inch strips. This block is great for stash busting. It was so easy to make. The block size is 12 1/2 unfinished. I quilted it in the ditch with my machine. I think a scrappy quilt would look awesome using this block. I have tons of 2 1/2 inch strips from swaps and left overs. I am definitely making a quilt with this pattern.
Can you believe Christmas is right around the corner? This year has just flown by. Where did it go. It seems like sense we bought our house life has gone by in a blur. We didn’t even do any Christmas shopping until last Saturday. Usually by now I have been done. I normally start buying gifts in September and start putting them up. I think we got most of what we are going to buy. There are a few odds and ends to get and stocking stuffers.
For the last two days I have been sewing like a crazy woman. A friend of mine and her husband make drift wood lamps. They made me a beautiful one out of cedar. I told them I would make them a quilt in trade for it. I had my lamp with in a month of the deal. I have been so busy and haven’t had time to start sewing their quilt together. I have all the pieces cut. Thank goodness they know how busy I have been and can understand why I haven’t gotten it started. So I figured that I would go ahead and get it going. I am using the Goose Creek pattern from Quilter’s Cache. I am using civil war reproduction material for it. It is very scrappy. I will post pictures later. They have a queen sized bed. So once I did the figuring I came up with needing 128 scrappy 6 1/2 inch 9 patch blocks and 128 of the other block. So for the last two days I have been sewing 9 patches. My shoulder is bothering me. I have to sew the strips together for the last 37 of the blocks and then I will have all 128 9 patches. So I will be half way there. Not too bad for two days of work.