Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Give Away--Jinny Beyer's Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns

a gift for Christmas! and a give away for you.
It seems that the order was doubled and Amazon told us not to return it so I am going to have a giveaway. It will involve a drawing and I would like to ask that you describe your favorite charity and then make a donation to it for the new year. It does not have to be money. It could be a meal to a less fortunate neighbor or a scarf knitted for the red scarf project, or a quilt donated to a shelter or the Quilts of Valor. Or you could even donate blood. It does not need to be a human charity-it could be for a nature preserve or an animal shelter.
And it will be on the honor system. I do not expect you to report back. I believe you will do the right thing. After all, are we not quilters?
My daughter will pick the winner. It may or may not be a random drawing but I think it may have to be in order to be fair. I will do the drawing on January One. Drawing will be from the comments here and my other blog. (see side bar)

making piles

I have been lazily making piles of three inch diamond shapes from the Inklingo collection. I do not really have a direction or a color scheme although mostly it has been blues and violets piling up. I have raided my hand dyed stash and my plan is to cut up as much as I can in the next couple of days off.
I am most recently inspired by the Quilters Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer,which I was given for Christmas!! And not only did I have one delivered but by the grace of Amazon, I received two! And so I have been told I can do what I want with the second. Amazon is donating it because the error was made by them!
so loyal readers......what shall I do?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Inklingo Giveaway!!

Be sure and visit Linda and Tilde to see the details. I guarantee you will be inspired!
Let me know if you can resist!

finished in time

Long term work in progress (wip) finished in time to be a gift. Unfortunately the recipient will not be here for Christmas day as she will be working. But at the least it is finished for her and she knows it is here.
It has been ready to have a binding applied since it was quilted by Sue Baddley a long while ago, but I guess I just did not get around to it.I even had the binding cut, left over from another quilt. How many tops do you have that need to be made into quilts. I can think of a few I have tucked away...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What I do on my day off

basically I am a big kid. One of my fondest childhood memories is looking over the deck of a ship waiting for mermaids to appear. I may still be waiting. I bought myself a new box of water soluble crayons in the city last week and they have been calling me all week. I should have spent the morning on baking and gift wrapping but this is what I did instead.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I made these...

Pattern By PurlSoho
Very Cute and what a fun way to use your felted scraps. I did a corrugated k1p1 cuff and 54 stitches to get a right sized cuff. I guess it will be different depending on what yarn you use. Good walking the rabbit mittens.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Jane Austen top

The center is done and I await the fabric ( crimson tone on tone) for the planned two inch inner border. I am not sure yet what to do for the outer border since
I am .not. no. way. going to sew together two thousand tiny diamonds. Nope.
No way. Not happening. Well, maybe just some of them..
*edited to add* This top was entirely done using Linda Franz revolutionary quilting system called Inklingo. I would never have had the patience or precision, using traditional methods, to make this top. I did use templates for some of the shapes, rather than printing, because I was using 5 inch squares from 'nickel' swaps in addition to fabric that I could use in my printer. But that just goes to show you that you can combine traditional template tracing with Inklingo with ease. Linda has many shape collections on her website! Maybe you want to let Santa know-just saying. My only affiliation is as a thrilled customer and freind.
pps. I will send the quilt our for machine quilting as soon as I save enough shekels to do so. That may take a while.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Gee's Bend Quilt Kits from Purl Soho

I love this web site. All sorts of really nice stuff, inspiration, patterns materials and tutorials.
I think I may do my own version of this. I could probably pull these colors from my stash. I absolutely love this. Did I say that twice? O well.