Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Flimsy done! (As promised!)

Last time we talked fabrics (yes, I know it's been too long, y'all have my heartfelt apologies....but my customers have a good bit of my attention) I showed you some luscious fabrics and the blocks I was making.

Remember?



Well, some more blocks and some sashing and corner blocks later, and there's a flimsy ready to be sandwiched! (Grin)

Of course, it had to rain when I wanted to show you, so these photos are not too good, but I think you can get the general idea.



I used a few of the "bonus" HSTs in a partial border.....



Why? Didn't want to use 'em all up.



Why? Cos I have several projects for them. (Oh, this is so exciting!!!)



I'm going to make a valance for the windows where this quilt will make its home, and then pillow shams, too!! Squeeee!

Hang in there.....more quilty goodness coming soon! (And a visit from Padsworth and DragonDrop.....just sayin)


Love,


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Countdown to Christmas is coming!

Our awesome sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop, is gearing up for their Countdown to Christmas!

Do you like their Flash Sales?

You'll LOVE this countdown event!!


They are working feverishly behind the scenes to get ready, so while we wait, check out these cool ideas at their site:


Shop for the quilter or crafter in your life! (Or for yourself, just sayin'.)


Get organized and whip out finished projects this year!


Love a good mystery? Check out this one -- fun all year long!

I'll be back with more news soon..... jingle, jingle!!

Love,



Monday, November 27, 2017

Stella Lighting Sale -- you don't want to miss it!

Oh, my.

It's been way too long!


Sorry for my absence; working for a living has a way of keeping us busy, no?

But I simply MUST tell you about this sale at Stella!


Remember my bestie, Emmy? My fav light that is so awesome!!

You can get one today!! The Cyber Monday sale is going on, and if you hop over there from this blog, you'll find a bestie just for you!!

Here's what you do......click on this link to be whisked away through cyberspace to the Stella site. Then shop and choose your own Stella..... enter this code at the check out: betterlightbetterlife

You will receive a $50 instant coupon, plus free shipping!!!

Hurry!

Only a few more hours left!!

Love,




PS. I finished a flimsy in my "free" time! I'll show you soon!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Working on a UFO.....



I was stunned to see the date on the post where I first showed you lovely peeps this bundle of fabric!!

FIVE years ago! (I didn't even realize I'd been a resident of blogland for that long!)


I was the lucky winner of a giveaway, and received that gorgeous pile of fat quarters, plus a pattern! The fabric line is called Butterscotch and Rose, and is from the talented designer, Joanne Figueroa!

I actually dug in and started this project, as you can see in this post: click here.



And I love, love the fact that I got bonus triangles from the blocks, too: click here.

I dug this out of my stash a week or so ago, and said "howdy" again.....I'd forgotten all about it. 

I'd made almost all of the blocks, just four more to go. They go together so fast!

Check these out!







I can't think of another word to describe these beautiful fabrics adequately, except for sumptuous....they are really lovely.

Now I'm putting together the lattice strips and joining up the large blocks....then to put on my thinking cap for a cool border. Maybe I'll use some of those bonus triangles!

I'll show you more progress next time!

Love,




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Under my needle.....

Ahhh, life.....it has a tendency to move too quickly, no?

Especially when one must work full time. But at least then we can purchase more fabric!

Am I right?

I wanted to show you what I had been working on in my spare moments!  The fourth corner isn't in the frame cos I appliqued the little one's name there....


Here is a shot showing the backing of the quilt:


Not sure why it looks so wonky! (Grin) It's a square!

Pre-binding....




I took these shots while binding....I do love me a narrow binding and sweetly turned corner!



I free motion quilted it with random stippling and every so often a little heart. You can see several hearts here; this was right beside her name.


I reached into the dim recesses of my cabinet and got out a UFO to work on....more on that next time!

Love,


Monday, September 25, 2017

Scrap busting time!


The interwebs has an awesome community of quilting peeps!  

Great ideas abound, and wonderful, inspiring projects are everywhere you look.... in fact, when I combine the ideas in my own sketchbook with the projects I've pinned on Pinterest, I have enough fun stuff to last me for the next ninety-three years!! (I guess I'd better stock up on multi-vitamins, right?)

Anyway, I saw a great scrap-buster idea over at SuperMomNoCape, and I wanted to show y'all!

Here is a photo of her project that I snagged from her blog:


Now, she gives a great tutorial for making these, with good, clear photos and instructions. For visual peeps like me, that makes it a walk in the park. (Grin) It's a really cool way to use up some of your scraps, and you'll end up with useful things for yourself, or for people on your gift list. (You know, that time of the year is coming soon!)

Hop over and check it out, and let her know that Snoodles sent you!

Love,


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Electrifying!


Oh, the things we take for granted! (Grin)

Ever had the power go off in a storm, and still walk into a room and flip the switch? 

I'm happy to say our power is back on!


We are up and running again (and sawing up a tree that fell) and we'll be back soon with more quilting fun!

Thank you for all your positive thoughts and prayers -- y'all are amazing and I wish I could hug you all. Please join me in praying for the folks who lost more than power in this huge storm.... here's hoping that we all come through OK!

Love,


Monday, September 11, 2017

Hurricanes and high winds



If you are seeing this post, it is because Hurricane Irma did a number on the power grid in my area. I'm preparing for the coming storm, and I fully expect that where we live, there will be trees downed and lines on the ground for a while.

Hurricanes are a tremendous force, and our trees here are in "full canopy" with gorgeous racks of leaves that make their branches quite heavy. Those heavy tops can make the trees topple when the ground is saturated with rain, and the wind is howling.


I'm scheduling this, but I hope you won't see it! Hopefully, I will be able to post as usual. But if I'm not here, please join me in prayer for our first responders and our power grid teams, as they struggle to restore power and sustain life in hurricane-torn areas.

Pray for the restoration of Texas, and then for the folks impacted by this newest devastation in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. As I'm writing, it looks like the storm will track straight through here.

Blessings to all, and prayers for safety.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Woofing and meowing for help -- UPDATED

I'm sure that all of us have seen the photos and videos of the situation in Texas, after Hurricane Harvey went through.
And now it looks as if another major storm is barreling toward Florida....



So many pets have been displaced.



So many shelters bursting at the seams and trying to help.



Trying to save lives, and trying to reunite furbabies and humans.

If you have some scraps and a little time, you can help!



Please join the TQPM effort to provide softer kennels and cages for these lonesome pups and kitties.

Here is a list of shelters that could use your completed kennel quilts:


New Shelter
Their address is:
Austin Pets Alive!
7711 Burnet Rd. Suite 7723
Austin, TX 78757

Previous Shelters
Their address is:

The San Antonio Humane Society
4804 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX 78229
Their address is:

Jan Reese-Jones Animal Care Center
2400 Lone Star Dr
Dallas, TX 75212
Their address is:
Zeus' Rescues
4601 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
Their address is:
Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadow Lake Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70816


Their address is:
Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina
Chicago, IL 60660
There are instructions there at the site that I gave you a link for.....


Please take a moment to include a form with your little kennel quilt, and if you are on Facebook, post a photo there -- you're not bragging -- you are encouraging others to participate!



You know you need to reduce your stash and your scraps, right?? (Grin)



Let's help these furry friends!



Love,




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Amazing sponsors! Twenty-four prizes!


It's been a lovely show! Lots of fun! We couldn't do it without all of you wonderful people and pets!

And our sponsors....wow! Twenty-four different prizes! (As much as possible, we will include links to not only our great sponsors, but also to the Flickr pages, blogs, and etc of our winners, so that you can have fun re-visiting them.)

Let's get started by announcing our viewers' choice awards, OK?

Envelope, please!

For the category of Dog on Quilt, number 15 just strolled away from the rest of the pack: Sami the Wonder Dog! Congratulations!


For the CATegory of Cat on Quilt, we had a hotly contested race -- Olive and Wilma tag-teamed the competition, and Kozmo utilized all of her super-cute-kitten skills, but the winner was: Molly! Huzzah!

For the category of Other Animal on Quilt, we had some awesome entries, from chickens to turtles (I think that is a first, this year!) but one entry just blew everyone else away: Resident Pet! Yay!!!


Then, for the category of Pet Themed Quilt, I think we had the most entries we've ever had in this category! The clear winner was: Michiko, for her beautifully rendered pawtrait of Hana!


Many, many thanks to all who participated; our numbers may have been down this year, but we had such great pets and quilts! I heard from many of you that you look forward to this show each year, and that does make me happy!

Now, it's time to announce the winners of our prizes!

Ready?

In no particular order.....



Green Fairy Quilts is sponsoring a fabric bundle! A lovely group of fat-eighths from the 30's Playtime collection from Moda! Our lucky winner is....

                                                       Peggy!

We hope to see, soon, what she creates with those fabrics! Beautiful!


The Quilt Pattern Magazine sponsored a year long subscription to their e-mag and the vibrant community and resources that go along with it; our winner is.....
                                                     
                                                       Maria

Maria joined us all the way from Spain! We know that's going to be a year's worth of fun and quilting inspiration! (I'm green with envy!)



Generous Michele at Aiming for Accuracy sponsors a prize from her online button store, I Love Buttons, Etc!   FIVE packs of buttons; the winner's choice! And our winner is.....
 
                                                         Barbara

We're looking forward to seeing the projects created with the great buttons from I Love Buttons, Etc.

The crew at The Intrepid Thread sponsored a prize of five spools of Aurifil thread! The lucky winner is....

                                                           Michele 

That chipmunk was cute! Julie and her staff are great to work with, and we thank them for sponsoring.

The Fat Quarter Shop sponsored two fifty dollar shopping sprees!  Our winners are....

                                                             Michiko

                                                               (and)

                                                             Lynette

The folks at Fat Quarter Shop are at the ready to help with fabric selections, notions, books, and much more for our winners!


Our friends at Heat Press Batting Together sponsored two big prize packages of assorted Heat Press product! Our winners are.....

                                                           Vrooman's Quilts

                                                                        (and)

                                                           Val's Quilting Studio

Then, because they love our show and love our followers, too, they said they would send a roll of Heat Press Batting Together to TWELVE more winners!!

Here are our twelve bonus winners:

                                                           Heide
                                                           Kathy S
                                                           Karen Stewart (send me your email address)
                                                           Cathy
                                                           Susie Q
                                                           Magpie Mumblings
                                                           Agnes Bullock
                                                           Janarama
                                                           Dana Gaff
                                                           Quilting Babcia
                                                           Tierney Hogan (send me your email addy)
                                                           Karen in Breezy Point

I know that all of you will love their product, just as much as I do! Awesome to use!



Eagles' Wings Quilts sponsored a complete package for a "Castor and Pollux" paper piecing quilt: pattern with instructions, papers, and templates! Our winner is....

                                                       Monica

Looking forward to seeing this completed - it's a complex quilt, but Cathy makes it simple!



Barb from Bejeweled Quilts sponsored a prize package of a charm pack of gorgeous batik fabrics, and two patterns (winner's choice) from her store! Our winner....

                                                            Gene Black

Barb has ingenious patterns in her store, and she's an Island Batik ambassador, so check out her blog for quilting inspiration!


Amanda Murphy Designs sponsored a lovely package of patterns, Amanda's Folk Art Fantasy collection! Our winner.....

                                                            Abbie

Amanda's fabrics and patterns are all gorgeous -- sign up for her newsletter and you'll be inspired!


Stella Lighting generously sponsored a Stella Two light for a lucky winner! I love my Stella light, and I know our winner will, too! The winner is....

                                                       Sally

Thank you, Stella Lighting! Best lighting options ever! I checked out Sally's blog, and I hope you will, too. Looks like her new place could use this Stella light!
(And don't forget, if you'd like to buy a Stella of your own, just type in this promo code and get 15% off, and FREE shipping: petsonquilts!


Whew! That's a lot of prizes, and a lot of winners!

Thank you to all of our sponsors -- your generosity makes this portion of our show so very much fun!
I would love to award a prize to everyone who participated, but hopefully y'all all enjoyed the pets and the quilts, and will join us again next year!! Heads nodding? Yay!!

Would y'all do me a favor? When you have a chance, go to the sponsors' sites or Facebook pages, and tell them you appreciate their sponsorship!
And when you shop, check out our sponsors first! They are all awesome!

I think we're going to take a nap after we email all of our winners so they can receive their prizes!!  Bear with me, and you'll get an email introducing you to your sponsor, so they can work out all the details!!

Love,