Thursday, November 29, 2012

Blog Hop cancelled

I have officially decided to cancel the Mom Advice Blog Hop.

As of this morning, 28 people have read the post and only 1 person had officially singed on. A blog hop with only 2 participants isn't much of a blog hop. I thought it was a good idea. I guess almost everyone else didn't.

Oh well. I suppose that not all of my grand ideas can turn out to be stellar ones.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blog Hop Announcement!

Update: This blog hop has been cancelled.

Who doesn't feel totally exhausted and worn out the day after Christmas? I know I sure do. The holidays are a ton of work. The last thing I want to have to worry about is a deadline to have a project completed.

During one of my recent thinking moments, this time while doing laundry instead of while in the shower, I came up with a new idea for something to look forward to those days between the big celebration and New Year's Day which will hopefully help make all of our lives a little easier in the coming new year. Now who wouldn't want a bit of that? So.....

I happily announce the 1st Annual Mom Advice Blog Hop!

Yup! A blog hop all about sharing advice with each other, in an effort to help with any struggles you may face and others may have ideas for.

This blog hop will be unlike many others. There will be nothing to make. No supplies to buy. No fancy artistic photos to take, unless you want to of course and you have a great visual to share. You can even write your bit up way in advance, schedule it to post on your day, and then can sit back and relax.

So what will be the focus of this blog hop? Advice, Words of Wisdom, plain and simple, from you Moms (and any Dads that might want to participate too if so I will revise the button). Perhaps you face a unique challenge with your kid (s) and other parents out there would benefit from your experience. Maybe you have found an interesting way to deal with a specific problem. You could have found a wonderful shop to get hard to find items that many others would love to know about.

That is what I would love for you to share with all of the blogging world.

To give you a better understanding of where I am heading with this, on my day I will be talking about my struggles with clothing kids very small for their age. I know that I can't be the only ones with tiny kidlets.  Sometimes it is very difficult to find clothes for them that fit well and I have found a few tried and true things that work for us.

The blog hop will run the 6 days between Christmas and New Year's Day, specifically December 26th - 31st. There will be a maximum of 10 people per day and no more than 3 people total writing about the same topic during the entire blog hop. So there will be 60 bloggers total and possibly more than 20 different topics discussed.

Do you have some wonderful advice that you'd like to share? Email me (address is on my side bar) and sign up now. Be sure to list your full name, your blog address and the topic you'd like to write about. What? You don't have a blog? No problemo! I'm working on adding a place for you to join in the fun too.

Sign ups will remain open until all the slots have been filled. As with any blog event, there are rules (which I am stealing copying borrowing from a dear friend who has already perfected them, I so hope she doesn't mind)

1) All those participating must add the button to their blog once they are accepted until the blog is over (the code is on my sidebar).
2) Your post must be up by Midnight EST on your appointed day.
3) You must turn off your Word Verfication (if you are able) just for your day.
4) You must add the list of your fellow advice gurus to your blog post so everyone can find them easily and we can spread all the great info to everyone.

Who's game?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Not looking!

I'm not looking at any more huge fabric sales for the rest of this weekend!

My wallet took a big hit yesterday. There are so many great deals all over the online quilt shops but I spent enough that now I feel a tad guilty. But just a tad. The poor mailman is going to have his work cut out for him when he delivers those packages. There is a lot of fabric coming into this house this coming week.

I did buy with very specific plans in mind. Not once did I buy something just because I liked it. I purchased backings for 7 quilts and with the awesome sales, I averaged $4.83 per yard. Prices like that are definitely hard impossible to resist.

I am soooo excited too! My current obsession fabric is also coming my way.

I took the plunge and ordered my Bella by Amanda Murphy. This will become a quilt for my bed and since it is king size, I had to buy a ton of fabric for what I have planned. I can't wait to finally see it in person. It isn't often that I like every single fabric in a particular line, but this one I do.

To tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, I didn't actually spend my money on the Bella fabric. No I didn't steal it and no Julie at The Intrepid Thread is not giving it to me out of the kindness of her heart. I wish. A couple of months back both my mom and my mother-in-law asked me to let them know what I would like for my birthday. Well I decided the Bella fabric is what I want so I used birthday money to bring it home to me. They both chuckled when I told them what I was doing. They weren't surprised at all that I'd want to spend the cash on more fabric!

I'm going to stay away from the computer for the rest of the day. I have plenty to distract me and help control my spending. The paint for the current playroom/future library was acquired yesterday so I'll be busy with that all day, finally turning the plain white walls into something a lot more pleasing. Hopefully I can also sneak in a bit of sewing while the coats of paint dry. There is plenty of laundry to get put away too. And I need to move some furniture around in the dining room. You see, we also purchased a china cabinet and a buffet off of Craigslist yesterday that will get delivered at the end of the week.

All my poor wallet can say today is Ouch!

Friday, November 23, 2012

A new finish - Dots in the Wind

Last you saw of these blocks and this future quilt was during the Dots on Dots Blog Hop. I had completed 6 blocks and had another 6 started. Well life and work, specifically our fiscal year end and all the work that comes along with getting everything ready for the tax return prep done, kept me from getting back to this project. This is where I left off, the remaining 1/2 square triangles sewn together.

A little free time to sew finally came and they remaining 6 blocks were quickly pieced together.

My original plan was to sash them with the various dot fabrics from the blocks themselves, but as soon as I put them all up on my design wall, that plan flew right out the window. These blocks had enough going on and I knew immediately that if I added busy sashing, that the beauty of the blocks would get lost in all the visual chaos.

So what did I go with instead? Well plain white sashing of course. I kept trying to figure out which block is my favorite fabric combinations.

But I'm still torn and hence I declare that they all are my favorite.

The finished quilt top? Oh you want to see it? Why pray tell? It is just a bunch of fabric after all.
Oh Ok. If you insist!

I proudly present Dots in the Wind.
(sorry about the inside shot, it is all I had time for)

I elected to do a brick border in the various fabrics instead and I definitely like the way this turned out a lot better than my original plan. It is 48" x 62". This quilt is so bright and fun and full of color and I just love it. The best part is that I didn't buy one single fabric to make this quilt. Every last bit was from my scraps and stash, including the pieced backing. Yippee skippee for getting an entire additional quilt from leftovers. It will be hard to give it away. Tuesday it will be off to my quilter to work her magic.

Once it comes back and gets the binding completed, I'll be able to get the gorgeous outside photos and the true colors will be more apparent. And if you want to make your own version of this quick to complete quilt, the block tutorial is over at In Color Order, along with all her other tutorials for her HST blocks of the month. I see another one over there that will eventually become another quilt. Like I really need another project to add to my list! 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you get to enjoy as much of your favorite holiday pie as I will be, with loads of whipped cream on top of course.

Monday, November 19, 2012

My Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin Quilt

Now it is my turn for my Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin quilt reveal.

I don't remember what I was doing at the time or just how the idea came into my brain, but 8 1/2 months ago, I created the 1st Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin. When I wrote my the post announcing it I was hoping to get at least a group or maybe even 2 of 8 participants. I was pleasantly surprised that the idea caught on with so many and we ended up with 30 ladies signed on to share in the fun (with 2 ladies doing doubles to round out the numbers).

Once I put the groups together and sent out the lists, it was time I made my own center block. Coming up with this Round Robin idea was the easy part. Deciding what sort of block to do was much tougher.

I pondered for days and days....what colors to use, what block pattern or design to use, go wonky or many choices and so little time to decide. In the end, I decided to create a block that really spoke to who I am and this is what I came up with.
A rainbow of color, my favorite and just a bit off kilter, so like me. It really summed up my personality....when you first glance at me quickly I seem straight and normal  (the accountant part of me) but when you stop and look a little closer, you see that I'm typically just slightly askew. It is such a better way to live....a tad bit unpredictable.

This little block traveled literally around the world! It stopped at 5 destinations in the US including Georgia, Illinois, Utah, Montana, and North Carolina plus it flew across the pond to France and down under to Australia.

It is no lie that when the package arrived back home, I was extremely nervous about opening it. Seeing the return address, I knew exactly what was to be found inside the padded envelope. Being the master list keeper of all the destinations, I knew where each block was on its journey each month but not once did I ever attempt to suggest or influence what my group mates added to my own little quilt. So I had absolutely no clue as to what this would look like. When I finally lifted the flap and unfolded the contents, this is what I found:

Very cool. Very lively. Full of color and lots of visual interest. I don't know which part I like the most. I had originally planned on actually having this quilted and bound for this reveal but as you can see, it currently is still not finished. The hold up? Well I honestly can't decide exactly how I want to finish it. I did decide that I didn't want to finish it just for the sake of finishing it because if I rushed it and then wasn't happy with it, I would be more upset than if I wait to figure out just what it needs in the first place. I've auditioned a number of quilting designs but none are just right. And picking out a thread color isn't an easy task either. So many colors to take into consideration.

So this is going to remain on my design wall for a while where I can admire it. I know from experience that if I let things simmer long enough the right answer will come to me. They always do.

Thank you to each and every lovely lady that participated in this Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. I enjoyed being your hostess and I truly hope you'll all join in on the next mystery mini round robin.

Lisa's Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin quilt

Hi! I'm Lisa Cox. I live outside a very small town in rural North Central Missouri.
I'm rather new to quilting. In fact, last month I finished my second quilt. I'm a total
newbie to round robins. This was my first.

I started out with a block called the Amish Twist. It was supposed to be a paper pieced
block, but I hate dealing with paper, so I put it on thin white fabric. I think someone told
me once that is called foundation piecing? This is a picture of my center block after the
borders have been put on. It never occurred to me to take a picture of it before I sent it
off. LOL

When I received my little block back, tears came to my eyes. You guys ROCK!!! It is so
beautiful! And so many different borders. I was trying to figure out how I was going to
turn it into a wall hanging when my husband saw it. He immediately said how cool it was and
how he thought that it would be great as the center of a quilt for our bed! It is the right colors.
Now, my husband is not into quilts at all. He can't visualize what anything will look like just
by looking at colors or patterns. He has to see the finished product. So for him to say that it
was cool! And that he wanted it for a quilt is amazing.
So, I'll say again. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!

This is a picture of my block with all the neat borders. Sorry for the horrid pictures, but I didn't
have time to iron it after I got off work. I wanted to make sure Michele got this in plenty of time.


Renae's Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin quilt

Hi everyone, I’m Renae. I am a self taught quilter and I LOVE bright colors! I found the tutorial for this Spider Web center block at  A La Mode Fabric and thought it was perfect. Here is my version.

I really love how this quilt turned out.
It is so neat how each addition to the quilt changed it. I really like the addition of the bright green, it really makes the quilt! I haven’t yet decided how I will finish it, I have debated between keeping it a mini quilt or adding large pieces of solids around making it into a larger quilt. I can’t wait to join the fun again when it opens up next year.


Edy's Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin quilt

My simple little block left me months ago ~ so very long to wait ~ and LOOK what came back to me!

I love each border that was added by my partners in this fun Swap. Rachel, Diane, Lisa, Elisa, Samantha, and Celine ~ each one added a beautiful border and so much personality to this quilt. BTW ~ this was my first Round Robin. Many thanks and lots of hugs to each of you.  I love it just as it is BUT I do plan to finish it ~ probably after January when things get back to normal.

I would also like to send a huge hug to our Swap Mama, Michele, for guiding us along, keeping us all in line ... that was not an easy task!
Thank you so much for a truly fun experience! You are terrific!

See you all at the next one...


Charlotte's Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin Quilt reveal

My name is Charlotte and I live in South Florida.  I'm a member of the
South Florida Modern Quilt Guild (and a few other guilds and bees also :-)

I joined the round robin for fun and I love to make mini quilts.

Getting these unfinished mini quilts in the mail each month was an enjoyable experience.
It was interesting to try to figure out what border should come next.
I really tried to do something modern and interesting.
I got inspiration from googling and looking at modern quilts in Flickr and Pinterest.

I'm looking forward to finishing my mini quilt after the holidays.

Following are pictures I took of my center block before I sent it out and the finished quilt.

I also took the following pictures of the quilts I received and then took a picture of my changes before I sent it out to the next person.















Thanks Michele for organizing this round robin!

Cheers! Charlotte

Jane's Modern Mini Mystery Round Robin Quilt reveal

Several months ago I joined a Mystery Round Robin hosted by
Michele of Quilts From My Crayon Box.

The rules were very simple.
You made your starter block...
Here was mine

It was then sent to another member and they added a border. This went on for several months until I received this beauty back in the mail!

I love this so much! The girls certainly captured my style and colors.At this point I just look at it and pet it and admire it! I believe this will be a wall-hanging to remind me of all the wonderful ladies who added their special touches to this quilt.

A huge thank you to Michele for coming up with this idea and for being our hostess.

If you missed this round, no worries, I hear there will be another in the future.

Again thank you to all the wonderful ladies who helped create this darling mini quilt! You are the best!

P.S. Thank you to Michele for hosting my post as we are on vacation this week

No problem Jane, glad to do it.