Monday, November 30, 2009

November Schnibbles

This is the pattern the Year of Schnibbles participants made during November. For some reason I just could not get enthused about this pattern. Maybe it was the coming holiday. I certainly can't blame the weather as it remains quite summery here. I did finally decide on using a vintage yellow-with-cherries fabric I bought from eBay a few years ago for one of the baskets. After that was decided, all the other fabrics just fell into place.

This is the first time I have used a pattern where you had to trim the units to a smaller size. All I can say is t-e-d-i-o-u-s.

This is the vintage fabric I mentioned earlier. I love it! Oh, and then to compound my lack of motivation, I did not notice that I pressed one seam wrong in making each basket so when I sewed the blocks together, one seam did not abut properly.

All in all, I'm pleased with the way it turned out, but then again, it has all of my favorite colors. Be sure to check out the Parade of Schnibbles tomorrow at Sherri's and Sinta's blogs. I know I will!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Giveaway Day

Hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving spent with Family and Friends. I am feeling withdrawal pains as my daughter left this morning for her flight back to St. Louis and college life. Just a quick post to let you know about Giveaway Day sponsored at Sew Mama, Sew. I had a lot of fun blog hopping during last year's event even though I didn't win a darn thing.

I thought I'd participate in the Giveaway this year so be sure to visit here beginning December 2.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie

A friend sent me this quote which I think epitomizes the essence of the holiday so I thought I'd share it with you. I hope you, your family and friends have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Part Two

Sorry for the delay in posting these. A few hours after I got home Sunday evening I started to feel like I was coming down with something, but happy to report I feel great today! I did do a bunch of shopping, stopping at a quilt shop on the way, shopping at the vendors, shopping in West Palm Beach, and finally stopping at one of the few quilt shops open on Sunday on the way back. That feels like a run-on sentence but I am going to let it go as I've got loads of stuff to do today. Pictures of my loot next time! My one complaint about the show was lighting. Good gosh, it had those sodium-vapor way high up on the ceiling lights that really didn't illuminate very well. When I used my flash, the colors would get washed out, but just looking at the quilts was a chore for my eyes. Thankfully a large number of vendors planned ahead and brought incandescent spotlights for their booths ~ did you know that incandescent light bulbs will be banned in 2014? I'm not too happy about that as what replaces them gives out less light and comes with additional problems. Anyway, on with the show, don't forget you can click on the pictures...

This was very striking and unusual! Raw edge applique for the pins.

The cucumber slice was the size of a salad plate and was three dimensional. The quilt was part of a challenge to interpret hot or cool in a quilt.

This quilt was huge and so colorful! It won Best Use of Color.

This also won a ribbon.

The red line is one of those red velvet ropes to keep you from getting too close, this was so striking in person, the colors so very brilliant, my daughter was a little annoyed when I told her a guy won Best of Show, LOL.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lots of Inspiration

Today was the first day of the World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Florida. I started with the vendors before they got crowded. Some vendors seemed to bring their whole shop with them! So many Batiks, flannel Batiks, reproductions, patterns, and kits. I tried all the longarm machines, loved the Gammill and the new Handi Quilter Fusion.

This booth had the most beautiful Batiks, that's one panel. Now, on to the show, remember you can click on the pictures to get them larger.

Hope you enjoyed these, more next time including the Best of Show. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quilts for Kids

I was just poking around Jane's blog a few weeks ago when I saw a post about The Downy Quilt. It's a charity that collects quilts for kids and they will send you a kit to make one. Of course, having absolutely no constraints on my time, Ha!, I requested one.

Oh look, the instructions say I have 4 to 6 weeks before I have to send back the completed quilt. But wait what's this...

Aw, geeze, do you see that, Remember A Child Is Waiting For This. That line did me in. So...

Binding all sewn all and pinned. If anyone else would like to get a kit or more info, go here.
I have not started my November Schnibbles in the Year of Schnibbles that I am doing. No inspiration there! I am leaving tomorrow for the World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, maybe inspiration will strike.
Talk to you later!