Monday, September 30, 2013

Winner Winner!

Thanks to everyone who commented!  Mr. Random picked the winner and the winner is.....

True Random Number Generator  14Powered by RANDOM.ORGJudy who said:
Congratulations on 100 followers!! I do not watch much television, my work schedule has me working odd hours. Mostly audio books.

Congrats Judy!!  I'll be sending you an email! 

Thanks everyone!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Yay for 100!

My dear friends!!  I have reached 100 followers on Bloglovin!  I am so excited and thrilled and grateful!
Thank you all for sharing in my creations!  ♥♥♥  I love the internet bond us quilters and sewers have.

Let's have a giveaway in celebration, shall we?!?!

Now, I have some knit fabric I bought in hopes to do some of those cute adorable retro headbands.  Well, knit fabric hates me more than minky.  Altho, minky and I are starting to bridge our friendship.


So, for the giveaway, I have two knit fabrics - brand new.  I am sure you talented people out there can do something amazing with this knit fabric.  Me, not so much...never.. again. 

The black chevron print is about 32 x 64-ish.
The polka-dot tan one is about 1/4 of a yard.
And TWO mini charms of Happy Go Lucky!
There might be some other little surprises in there too. ;)

I will use Mr. Random to help pick the lucky winner.  If you'd like to join in, please leave me a comment of what your favorite TV series is, that you cannot possibly miss an episode of.  Also, to enter you must be a bloglovin follower of my blog.  If you aren't one yet, why not join?  :)

I was lucky enough to meet Heather from Quilt Story a while back.  We've hung out and sewed a few times and she is SO much fun!  She is a creative genius folks.  I've loved hanging out with her...I call her my 'sew-lebrity' friend.  I was giddy like a school girl when I got to first meet first blog I ever followed was Quilt Story, so in my book, her and her sister Megan are famous.   Anyway,  she got me hooked on Breaking Bad.   I've never watched it.  :( I know...I am weird right?  I watch TV like a little old lady - I love TCM and I LOVE black and white movies.  So, if you come to my sewing room, the TV is always set on TCM.  Oh, and my guilty pleasure is the Real Housewives.  UGH...please don't tell anyone. ;)  

Oh and BTW, a shameless plug for moi....Check out Quilt Story today!  My Ginorma-Churn was featured! Yay!  And if you aren't following Quilt Story, you should.  Lots of inspiration, gorgeous quilts and other projects...and they often feature bloggers, like you!  Plus, Fabric Tuesday is always a great linky party.

***Giveaway is open through Friday, Sept 27th**

Good luck friends!!  Thanks for following!  Muwah - air kisses for all!  ♥

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On the Farm

On the Farm
 On the farm there are horses....


Moo Cows....



And lambs.

Isn't this fabric so adorable?  I love it.  Even Robot Husband said it was cute. ;)

I finished up this cute baby farm animal quilt.  It's fresh out of the dryer...nice and soft and crinkly.

The back might be my favorite part.  Well, that and the piggies.  We like piggies over here.

Something about that little lamb in the trailer, the tractors and the little apple on the stump.  SO cute.

The blog got an update. You may have noticed.  I spent the majority of Friday working on centering the header.  Blogger is NOT my friend. Ever.  I cursed the computer several times.  Oh well.  It's going to have to be this way. I give up. ;)

I'm almost to 100 friends on Bloglovin!!   4 more and I'll be there, and we'll do a giveaway!  

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Support your local quilt shows!

This weekend one of our neighboring cities had a Quilt show at one of their town celebration days.  I found the flyer at my LQS and decided to attend.  The flyer said to bring any quilts you'd like to enter, and see what everyone else is making.  What a great way to get involved and check out my new area right?  Yes.

First of all we got lost.  The address listed on the flyer was wrong...said North instead of South.  I am NOT familiar with this area whatsoever since we moved here a few short months ago.  So, I'm driving around in an older part of town, where the address should be, and it's all houses.  Nothing looked like a recreation center. Thank goodness for Google!  I found it and thankfully they let me still enter in my quilts even tho I was late. ;)

Now, this seemed to be a quilt show of the 'older' variety.  More traditional styles.  You can always get inspiration from older, traditional quilts right?

This one was my favorite - with all the different type blocks and look at those flying geese.  They were ITTY BITTY!!  They were sooo small, they gave me anxiety just thinking about trying to make them all perfect points. But so pretty and great work, the quilting too was amazing!

Halloween quilt, with cute applique
Ahh, love me some vintage sewing machines!

Pardon the pictures - I didn't get a lot of good ones because I was the only one in there at the moment and I felt weird. ;)  I need to get over that.

So, without further delay, I entered in my Giant Vintage Star,  Let's Pretend and Ginorma-Churn.   I just grabbed my favorites and went on my way.  This section of the show, was obviously mine, dedicated to more modern styles... ;)

And guess what??  My Giant Star quilt won for 'Best use of color'!!  Woohoo!  I had no plans on winning anything, I just went to support the quilt show and see what was going on.  BONUS!  I was super excited. Not only did I win a pretty ribbon, but I won a gift certificate to my LQS!  Yay for more fabric!

Pretty ribbon

So, the moral of this post is, support your local quilt show!  You never know what might happen!

Have any of you entered anything into a small town quilt show?  If so, what awesome things did you see and/or win??

Thursday, September 12, 2013

To Grandmothers House we go...

To Grandmothers House We Go
I think I mentioned that Robot Child #1 named this quilt.  She likes to assist in the name process.  And the name for this one is very fitting!

I finally finished this one...this time I used an 80/20 batting, and although I normally don't stray from my go-to batting choice of Warm & Natural, I do like how this turned out...a little bit poofy and extra cozy.  I love it.

I ♥ those big dots!
I think fall is officially here!!  Or I'm hopeful anyway.  We've had severe weather warnings twice now and the rain has been crazy.  Robot Husband nearly lost his brand-spankin new BBQ as I watched it blow across the deck.  I've never seen him run so fast!  Luckily he caught it before it plummeted to its death down the stairs. ;)  Phewsh..Nice save husband!

Today looks to be another stormy day.  I am LOVING it!  I like summer (like is a broad statement here folks), but I love rain and the fall.  The heat this year was a killer.  I'm looking forward to snuggles under quilts, sweater weather, warm drinks and Halloween!  Yay!

Note the slight poofy-ness?  ♥  I straight line quilted it, this time I was able to use the squares as my landmarks, resulting in near perfect straight lines. ;)  Unlike the Ginorma-churn quilt mentioned earlier.  Oh well.

I'm nearly to 100 followers on Bloglovin.  I'm thinking when I hit that 100 mark, I'll do a giveaway!  Sound fun?  I think so.  Stay tuned friends!

Monday, September 9, 2013



Yesterday I decided I was going to make a Giant Churn Dash quilt, entirely out of my selvages.  I ♥ me some selvages.   When I saw  Ella's Cottage make one, I knew I had to dive right in. :)  Be sure to check hers out, she also gave tips on how to make it!

I used everything I had in my stash.  People, let me tell you that this is a first for me!  I usually have a project in mind, but have to buy stuff for it.  Yes, yes, I have tons of delicious goodies in my stash, but I like to match my goodies with projects.  And if the perfect project doesn't come along for that fabric, it's held in limbo until said perfect project arises. ;)

Instagram pic of my selvage stash
As you can see, I hoard collect selvages.  I love them. Especially the cute and unique ones.  Well, who am I kidding...if it has a selvage, I keep it.

I went out of my comfort zone and tried not to be too fussy on which selvages I chose.  I just grabbed what fit.  I used parchment paper for my template, because these blocks are biggies.  Parchment paper worked really well to sew the selvages on.

I straight line quilted, rather organically.  Didn't want it to be too fussy.  As you can see, my lines aren't straight in most spots, so ahem, we call this 'organic' line quilting. ;)

I used some backing fabric I had for another project that didn't turn out.  Ooops...oh well, at least this backing didn't go to waste.

 And, my all time favorite - the black and white stripe-y binding.  ♥!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day Weekend accomplishments

This weekend I holed myself up in my sewing room and accomplished QUITE a lot.  We have been so busy this summer, it was really nice to not go anywhere and not see anyone. Hahaha!  Feeling a little anti-social, I went upstairs, turned on my black & white movies and didn't really come out for much.  The family for SOME reason, expected dinner tho, so I did manage to do that. ;)  We all just did our own things.  It was a nice relaxing weekend I must say.  Ever feel like you need to just be inside, know your family is there, and not do anything besides what YOU want to do for a change?  I'm feeling very relaxed and accomplished after our Labor Day weekend. 


I've had my churn blocks sitting on my sewing table, begging to be finished...which is mostly what took me the ENTIRE weekend.  I love the Baby Jane fabric and I think these turned out lovely with it.  Some of my points don't match (as usual) but I still love it...and it will be well loved in our collection.  The binding just needs to be finished on this one. :)

To Grandmothers House we go...
Robot Child #1 came up with the name for this little red quilt. :)  She likes to help me name the quilts.
I love this line, I think I've mentioned that.  This is my 2nd (or 3rd?) quilt made using this fabric.  It's SO presh. ;)

Gray Matters big polka dots for the back.  I am LOVING this print too!  I need to stock up on it.  I am also loving straight line quilting these days.  Something about the drape it gives the quilts makes me swoon in delight.  Also, it's relatively fast to do!  Another bonus.

Do you like my new tags??  I'm loving them.  If you are on the lookout for new tags, check out Mommie Made It on Etsy.  You won't be disappointed.  She's fast and her tags are lovely.

Lets Play
Oh, you know me and my affection for Sarah Jane.  ♥   I wanted to do a log cabin giant block using the Children At Play panel.  I love it.  I incorporated some fabrics from the same line, but threw in some others too...just for fun.  Wow, log cabins are fun aren't they?   Giant sized are even better. ;)

Just Stay Little for the backing

Oh that elephant gets me every time.  She's so adorable.  I tried to outline the balloons in the quilting, and then made it loopy like balloon strings.  The binding just needs to be finished on this one too.  I can't wait to sit and veg out and bind them.  

I have an immense dislike for Minky.  However, my good friend is having a baby and she loves her some minky.  So, I had to put aside my disdain to make her a baby minky blanket.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram, got a delightful peek inside my sewing machine. Haha.  I will spare you all of that picture here. ;)  Your welcome.  

I was sewing along, only to realize I was having a struggle with the feed dogs...they simply were not 'feeding'. I tried to push the slide button to get them to move and it wouldn't budge.  So, I dissembled my machine only to find that there my feed dogs were literally bogged down with fluff and gunk!  It was so packed in there, they couldn't move!  Poor dogs.  So, I cleaned it.  And now, my hatred for minky has disappeared!  It's awesome what a little cleaning of your machine can do for you. ;)  Haha.

Anyway, so with that being said, I made two mustache minky blankets.  O.M.G.  I ♥ them so hard!  AND they were SO easy!  The bonus is, even Robot Husband liked them...which is saying a lot!  I usually get the standard answer...'Cute'.  Then back to the TV.  However on these, well, the first thing he said was 'Wow, that's a lot of mustaches'.  Then after I made him pet the minky, he said he really liked them. Score!

Black & White Staches

Multi-colored Staches

Look at that soft minky goodness!!  ♥

Wow....that was a lot.  I don't know if I was productive or just down-right crazy!!  Well, probably both.

What are you working on?

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Lily's Quilts