Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Easter!

I know, I know, right?

I'm a week early with my good wishes!

I wanted to make certain that I told all of you wonderful blogland friends that I wish you a peaceful, blessed Easter holiday. For those of you that don't celebrate, I hope you have a lovely week of springtime weather and blossoms . . . for those of you that celebrate, I wish for you a time of reverence remembering our Savior, and a time of happiness if you are gathering with family and friends.

In today's world, we all need to take a few moments and draw a deep breath -- relax -- and look around us to count our blessings.

And then go out and hunt for eggs! (Grin)

I hope that you will excuse how quiet it has been here at the Lilypad lately . . . those of you who are still in the I'm-working-so-I-can-buy-fabric group will understand. One of these days I will join the I-can-sew-anytime-I-want-to-cos-I'm-retired-now group, and things will be humming around here!

We'll have more merriment and mayhem soon!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mug Shots project #2

Hi y'all!!

Spring has sprung, here, and I couldn't be happier about that -- this winter seemed to go on and on! (What? You mean one of these didn't pop up near you, like it did in my pasture?)

Recently I showed you a mug rug that was one of a trio of projects using some lovely Kona Bay fabrics from my stash.

Today I'll show you the second project -- the very biggest one is still under construction! (Grin)

This one is a table topper; I went outside of my usual comfort zone and thought "circle" instead of rectangular! 
Anyone ready for a tutorial? Grab your cuppa and settle in!

So here's what I started with . . .  lots of pretty cups and mugs in all of these lovely Kona Bay fabrics:

Each of these were prepared by tracing a mirror image of the cup or mug onto some Steam a Seam, and then peeling one paper off and applying that to the wrong side of the fabric. Be very careful when you use this method to apply it to the wrong side of your fabric . . . don't ask me how I know so very well . . . just nod and smile and peek discreetly at my pile of "this didn't work out right" scraps. (Grin)

Then the cuppa was cut out, and ready to apply to the foundation -- a cream tone-on-tone fabric that was also in my stash. (I know, I know, right? If you were here you would pat me on the head and congratulate me for being such a good kid and using fabrics from my stash!)

Next you grab a nearby lampshade (no, I'm not joking) and trace a nice 14 inch circle around the base of the shade, onto your foundation fabric!

Choose some of the cups and mugs and play with the placement, noting color and contrast, until you are pleased with how it looks.

Next (if you're me) you drag out all of your batting scraps and work out the jigsaw puzzle to make the inside of your quilt "sandwich."

Then I whipped out my trusty HeatPressBattingTogether product and made a single piece of batting to use! Love that stuff!

Here are Padsworth and DragonDrop, choosing the thread for the next step -- blanketstitching around each cup or mug in a coordinating color. I didn't try to match each time, just get into the same color family. I kinda like it to be more interesting than matching perfectly.

DragonDrop is convinced that this is the right color for the dark blue mug!

Padsworth decided that the bobbin thread should be this green, since the backing fabric was this scrap of Jenny Calo's green print from the Shimmering Frost line. . .

Looks like he was right! I like how this looks on the back of the table topper! 
I always love using my Aurifil threads! These are from the set "Simply Color" and you can find one for your very own right here! I'm always amazed at how smoothly these sew -- they make it even more fun! Thanks, Aurifil!

Here is DragonDrop's blue mug:

If you like, you can stitch a single line along the rim of the cup or mug:

Then put a narrow binding on the topper. I used bias binding, since it makes it around the curves like a mouse eluding Moses the Studio Cat!

I think the binding finished at a quarter of an inch. Yep, that really IS narrow. (Grin)

And here's Moses, proving that he can model for a blog post just as well as the boys . . .

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. If you would like to make one of these toppers, the patterns for the cup and mug are here in my Google docs folder for you to use.

Let me know if you make one!

Linking up with Katherine, Pam, and Nina at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop! Click on those links and join the fun!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Art of Home "E-Magazine"

One of our wonderful sponsors is Jacquelynne Steves, the brains and talent behind the site "The Art of Home" and some gorgeous fabric lines that we've been honored to design projects for.

Great news!

Jacquelynne's spring e-magazine is coming out this week!  If you are not yet signed up for it, please go here and quickly sign up -- you will love the magazine. It is chock-full of wonderful ideas to make your home (and you) cheerful and ready for spring! (And after THIS winter, who isn't ready for some spring time stuff!!!)

This issue contains projects, recipes and patterns, and an interview with an artisan that you will find inspiring. You'll also receive a free gift for signing up -- a copy of Simple Pleasures, another of Jacquelynne's digital magazines. You'll get only a few emails, not a deluge, and these will let you know about coupons and sales, and special happenings in her shop!

Check it out! Hop over to her blog, and you'll be glad you did!

See you again soon . . . I have another project and tutorial on the way!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Rescue Me Giveaway winner!!

First we need to send a great big "THANK YOU!" to our fabulous sponsor, Green Fairy Quilts! Clint and Judi made this fun party possible.

Ready, Padsworth? Ready, Dragondrop? Ready, Lilypadquilters? Hands up, pucker up, and blow a big kiss all the way to the Green Fairy store!!

Seriously, we do appreciate the Green Fairy folks, and we're dying to know who is the winner of the gorgeous jelly roll:

Ducks in a Row is such a cute line! Green Fairy has lots of cute precuts for you to choose from -- I hope that you will shop there, and tell 'em we sent you over!

Let's scoot over and make room for Mr. Random Number Generator, and let him work his magic. 

Abracadabra! Poof!

Our winner is . . . 

Wait for it . . . 

Haha! I'm so mean to keep you in suspense! 
 It's Kerry, over at Pennydog Patchwork! Yay! Congratulations, Kerry!  We'll be sending you an email and linking you up with the wonderful folks at Green Fairy quilts!

Thanks again for partying with us, in this warm -up for the August Pets on Quilts Show. Personally, I can't wait to see all the entries . . .ya know we had over nine thousand page views for our last show? Wow!

I'll be back soon with more merriment and mayhem!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Rescue Me! Sponsored giveaway and linky party-hop!

Please note, this giveaway is now closed.....thank you for your interest!
Anybody want to party?

Yep, I know you are nodding your heads . . .

Haha! Anybody want to win some fabric?

Did you know that when you nod your head vigorously, I can hear it over on this side? (Wink)
Some of you are even crossing your fingers for luck!

I promised a fun party and a giveaway -- and here we go! Our fabulous sponsor is Green Fairy Quilts! Judi and Clint have a wonderful online store that is jam-packed with goodies you'll want to check out. All of the newest collections from your favorite designers are there, and some new ones you might not know about! Beware! Your fabric diet is over! (Grin)

This is our Lilypadquilting klaxon horn . . . ya know what those are? They go "Ooooo-gah!" And Padsworth is in charge of knowing when to sound the alarm for "drool alerts" here, when we are showing fabrics!

OK, Padsworth, you and DragonDrop sound the alarm, cos we are showing off some lovelies found at Green Fairy!

Anybody for some gorgeous Bella solids? Check out this bundle!

Be. Still. My. Heart.
How about some Kate Spain "Sunnyside" Honeycombs?

Feast your eyes on the goodies in the clearance section, too!

Moda Wool bundles!

All sorts of gorgeous precuts!

(I did the right thing, by warning you, didn't I?!)

Judi is a talented quilter and now she's an author! Check it out:

(Let me tell you, what SHE does with wide open spaces is plum-amazin'!)

This is the Rescue Me linky party, and if y'all have fun, we'll do it every year . . . this will be our warm up for the August Pets on Quilts show. You can see our previous shows by clicking on those tabs at the top of this page. Take a moment or two and check out the cute pets and talented quilters, won't you?

The Rescue Me show is for all of you that have pups and kitties (and other pets, too) that you'd like to show off. You don't have to have gone to the shelter to pick out your furbaby, although that is an awesome thing to do!
You can take in someone's pet when they were downsizing or moving or just couldn't care for them anymore. You can take in a stray that chose your house as their forever home!

All of these and more, are ways that we rescue our best buds, and keep furry friends out of the shelters, and you can join in the show!
Aw, shoot, let's just open it up to everyone that wants to blog post about their furbabies, or post a Flickr shot!
Sound good? OK!!

Ahem. Excuse me for a moment. Someone purple is nudging me. Don't worry. This kind of thing happens here at the Lilypad . . . 
 (What is it, cutie-pie?)
Oh, DragonDrop wants me to show you the prize you might win! All righty!

Green Fairy Quilts is going to send one lucky winner a fabulous jelly roll!

No, not like that.

Like this: 

It's the adorable "Ducks in a Row" collection from American Jane for Moda!

Guess I should have sounded the alarm again, huh? Well, wipe up those keyboards and enter to win!
Here is what you need to do:

1.  Post on your blog or your Flickr page about your furbaby, and then link here at the party! You can tell your pet's story, or show what fun they've had lately! Also leave a comment to tell us that you have joined the fun. Please put a link so that folks can come right back here for more fun, OK?
2.  Check out the "Coming in April" area of the Green Fairy store, and tell us what you like best!
3.  Sign up for the GF newsletter, and tell us in a comment.
4.  You don't have to follow here at the Lilypad, but if you do, leave another comment entry.
5.  Lastly, this is a linky party, and it's also a blog hop -- hop around and check out all of the cute entries, and leave a comment to say that you did. That's another chance to win! (And please, leave comment LOVE. No mean comments, like, my-dog-is-cuter-than-yours-nyah-nyah-nyah.) Of course, if you comment on the second day that you've visited everyone, DragonDrop will know that you're foolin' us!

Even if you don't have a pet to show us, go ahead and do entries two through five! You just might win!

Our linky party-hop will be open until the 27th, and we'll ask Mr. Random to choose our lucky winner. We'll announce the winner as soon as we can after that!

Good luck to everyone! Let the partying begin!