2008! One last quilt and a wrap up.

Last night I finished up the breast cancer charity quilt.  Shannon contacted me a while back about making a quilt to donate to help them raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I jumped at the chance.  She even sent me pink ribbon fabric which I was thrilled to include in the quilt. Otherwise I pulled from my stash (other than a bit of solid brown & the batting). It’s a lap quilt and I hope that people like it so that it raises them a bit of money!

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt detail

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt back

I still need to toss it in the washer and dryer so I’m excited to see this back all crinkly!

Breast Cancer Quilt back detail

2008 and has been an amazing year for me.  This was my year in a nutshell:

Quilting? Quilting! I love quilting!  Quilting, quilting, quilting.  Yikes, I could use a paycheck.  Quilting, quilting, Obama!, quilting.

When I think about the role that quilting has come to play in my life I can’t believe that it’s only been one year that I’ve been at it.  And this blog?  I just started it in August and I never imagined that it would be as wonderful as it has been.  Becoming a part of this crafty bloggy community, getting to know some of you, knowing that there are so many more of you to get to know, and the excitement of that all being in the year ahead has brought me, and will continue to bring me, so much happiness. You are all so nice and generous and fun and it’s a thrill to be involved!!  Thank you to each and every one of you who has been so warm and welcoming.

I made 19 quilts this year.

My 2008 Quilts

I have all but the binding on a 20th.  Does that count as this year?  Nah.  I’ll make it quilt number 1 of 2009!

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2009 be a great one for you.

A finished mini quilt!

I wanted to get those two quilts finished before 2009, but binding is a drag for me. Instead I had some fun!! I made the mini quilt that Katie won in my giveaway! Here it is:

Mini Quilt

Mini Quilt Close Up

And the back:

Mini Quilt Back

I hope you like it Katie! I’ll be putting it in the mail to you in the next couple of days.

And as for those other two quilts, I’m mere stitches on the binding away from at least one being complete!

Close Up on Charity Quilt

A couple of Christmas gifts

Made these pillows for my sister – I’m thinking there are going to be loads of pillows in my future…

Red Pillow

Pillow

And the table runner & place mats for my mother in law. They were incredibly tough for me to get through as the fabrics aren’t my taste, but if you saw her dark green &  red chicken themed kitchen you’d understand. It’s as though the fabric designer had been in her kitchen before coming up with this line.

Table Runner & Place mats

Anyhow – now I’m driven to finish the charity quilt and this baby quilt before the new year so that my numbers for 2008 quilts will be two higher!

And then… who knows?!? My quilting future for 2009 is wide open! How exciting!

Happy happy holidays!

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and yours!! Hope that you all have a wonderful time and enjoy all that this season means.  Family, friends, food, and good times!

I’ve been sewing like crazy and will show you some gifts after tomorrow, but for the time being, just a some Christmas Birdies that I found very tough to photograph as I have no tree this year to hang them on… They are already hanging on my sister’s tree!

Christmas Birdies

From this pattern, adjusted slightly so that I could add the ribbon to make them ornaments.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!

Gasp!

I’ve already ordered mine so I’m thought I’d let you know that you can find some of the discontinued Katie Jump Rope for freakin’ FIFTY PERCENT off at EQuilter right now.

I’m not one for plugs, but that’s a deal I’m so pleased with that I thought I’d share it for those of you who didn’t see it in other places!  KJR is THE line I’ve been trying to stock up on before it’s all gone, so to see it somewhere for $4.47 a yard made my day.

Land & Sea Quilt pattern

Amanda Jean made a version of the Land & Sea Quilt I made and also was nice enough to post the pattern!

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And let me know if you make it!  I’d love to see the results!

Grrraaarrg.

Clearly I haven’t been able to motivate on making my mother in law’s table runner and place mats. Cute girly monsters for some friends’ daughters instead!

Grrrarrrr!

Gifts complete!

It’s HARD to make presents for people with different tastes from your own. At least I think it is! Two table runners (for my grandmother-in-law and stepmother-in-law) down:

Table Runner

Table Runner 2

And one more (for my mother-in-law), with a matching set of place mats, to go. I had to interrupt and make a couple of blocks that are more “me” before I dive back in…

Beginnings of mini quilt

Thank Yous All Around

My mailbox has been making me oh so happy this week. It’s like Christmas has come a bit early here at my place!  I have recently won a couple of giveaways and just generally experienced the generosity of this crafting bloggy world.  You are all so nice and so giving!!

I’ll start with a beautiful bit of fabric that I won over at Bee Square Fabric.  I love how lively this wonderful Garden Pop is! Thank you Diane!!

Pop Garden

The other day, I had a bit of an email back and forth with Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! about our absolute adoration of Erin Michaels, new line Lush (have you SEEN it?!? If not – seriously, check it out), which led to my mentioning that I also love her first line, Uptown.  Elizabeth then offered to send me some scraps of the line.  Yes, please!! Thank you Elizabeth! Oh my goodness just take a peek:

Uptown

Some if this is pretty certain to end up in the aqua & red mini quilt I’m going to make for Katie!

Next up, something I’ve been wanting for a while! I won a Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Sample Card from True Up.   I’m certain to reference it endlessly and I’m so happy to now be able to order solids online.  I often need to SEE solids to match them to various patterned fabrics, so it’s a thrill to have this. Thank you Kim!

Kona Card

And last, but certainly ANYTHING BUT least, I won a giveaway from Dallas over at For The Journey.  Would you please feast your eyes on this amazingly generous quantity of vintage sheets?!?

Vintage Sheets

Thank you Dallas!! I am in love with so many of them and I just can’t wait to tackle making them into a beautiful quilt. I’m going to love the challenge of mixing and matching all of these in with new fabrics as well. What fun!! Here’s a few of my favorites:

Vintage Sheets Detail

Now I need to really get cracking on a number of Christmas gifts… I just finished up on a freelance job so I’m beyond excited to now have lots of time to sew sew sew and tend to this here little blog.

Hope that you are all starting to feel the holiday spirit. I certainly am! With a community as generous as all of you, how could I not?!?

A winner!

Thank you all so so much for all of your fun and kind comments for the give away. I got a total of 102 entries (yay!) and it was so nice to have a lot of people delurk (or would it be unlurk??) and say hello!

Anyhow, getting down to business! The random number generator came up with:

GIve away winner

So congratulations to Katie from See Katie Sew!! She said “oh, a chance to win a quilt made by you!??! count me in! right now I’m loving aqua and red, although everything you make is beautiful ;)

So an aqua & red mini quilt it will be!

On another note, I’m one weekend and two days away from completing the job I’m currently on, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time that I’ll be back to full time sewing. There’s Christmas gifts to be made! And fast!

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