Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's All About Me.

Thanks to Madame Samm and Marlene for this blog hop. Also a big thank you to Amy Bradley for the cute design. I jumped at the chance to do this hop.

I thought about it for weeks and could not make up my mind what I wanted to do. I am not a little bit biased, so I needed to say something else. But What? 

This past 2 years I have become a Scrap-o-holic! I have made so may things without even going into my stash. Just what is in the scrap bins. Yet this was not speaking to me either. 

Then along came my daughter. She has been helping me with baby gifts for her sister. She does all the ironing and cutting and I do all the sewing. Good trade off. What she said clinched it for me. " What about Louie looking over your shoulder"! What? What? Well there it was!  Just the right thing. The true statement that made me fly through this creation.

I only started sewing this on the 15th. That is how blocked I was.

Louie is my 3 year old grandson.  He has been hanging out in my sewing room since he was 1 1/2 years old. Every day I hear him running across the house saying he is going to play with Grandma. His fascination with what I created is second to none.One of Louie's favorite things is to watch me clean the machine. If he could insert himself into my skin for a better look, he would. He is also a scrap-o-holic. His favorite thing to do with scraps is bury his cars in a "Fabric Cave". I have given him his own table in my 10 x 10 foot room and still he is quite often literally under my armpit watching me sew.

For me and Louie, quilting is Play Time!

**Today Louie decided that he would imitate art by putting a red car and his nose on the sewing table ! **
We laughed so hard!


Just a little GIVEAWAY for stopping by. 

Please leave a comment to enter the giveaway.

This is a fabric bundle by Ellen Edith. Enough fabric to make a kids quilt. Very bright and cheery!

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Quilting!


See what the other creative people are up to!

Thursday, February 21

Sunday, February 10, 2013

AAQI 2013 Sprint To The Finish

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative will stop collecting quilts August 1, 2013. They are hoping to reach their $1 million dollar goal by the end of 2013. They are hoping for awesome sales at Houston in 2013. They need quilts to achieve this. WE CAN DO IT!!!!

SO LADIES if you have been thinking of doing a AAQI quilt,   PLEASE do it now! Lets help AAQI go out with a bang! This is a worthy cause. We all may be affected by this disease. Show your support. Send in a mini today. 

Here is my January quilt. I made it with leftover blocks from a mini quilt I made in 2010.   I just dressed it up with some felty flowers and cute buttons. 

Aileen Kline

Here is the link to my personal page at AAQI . Give it a try. You don't have to be an expert quilter, just a person that wants to help.

Sprint To The Finish with us!!! Here is the message from Ami Simms. Lets give her a hand in getting this goal done!!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Log Cabin Block

I was asked to review a new e-Book by Fons and Porter called
"Build Your Best Log Cabin". I have been a big fan of Fons and Porter for years, having taped many VHS tapes of their shows, when I was just learning to quilt. Their e-book is very easy to download and the directions are very straight forward.

Log Cabins are wonderful and versatile blocks. This block became very popular in 1860's. So many different layouts are possible with this block.  It continues to be one of the best blocks to teach beginning quilters and still can be challenging for intermediate quilters as well.

The e-book presents examples of Traditional, Courthouse Steps and Chervon blocks as well as many possible layout. The Traditional Block Cutting Chart is a wonderful resource. It gives you 5 different blocks sizes, as well as the width and length of the strips needed to achieve your desired size.

The pages include pictures of Antique and Contemporary quilts with a touch of history thrown in the mix. There are featured quilts by well know quilt artists such as Ricky Tims,Marti Michell, Shon McMain, and
Lori Christianson, from easy to challenging.

Also included are cutting charts, suggested quilting designs and tips on organizing your strips. There is even a tutorial for "Liz's Lumpless Binding" and "Binding with Piping" to really make your creations sing!

Best of all this is a FREE download .