Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Great Week in Blog Land!

What a great week for me in blog land! This week I finally had the courage to launch my blog and then I joined the Bloggers Block of the Month Quilt Along,  a really neat concept organized by Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works.  I returned from a weekend conference on Sunday and by that night I had completed my first block and even learned how to post it on the Flickr BBOM site!  The club is growing every day so you'll have to check it out! Thanks Jackie for getting the ball rolling!

The September block was designed by Sherri at A Quilting Life.  She was so very creative with the fabrics from the Kasse Fasset Collection and put together a fantastic block and tutorial.  She also continues to amaze me with her ongoing projects and tutorials.  Not having any of those Kasse fabrics on hand, I went to my stash of  some really neat fabrics I picked up this summer when visiting Bar Harbor.  Have a peek:

Yes, the fabrics are a little outside of my comfort zone, so I toned it down with a neutral  background.  I'll incorporate some of the greens and even those fancy polka dots down the road!

Here is my finished block.  (Sure hope it's the camera that is making it look crooked!)


I also joined Lesley's Sew Happy Christmas Sewalong .  For 8 weeks, she will share a Christmas themed embroidery project...by Christmas it will be finished...unless a person procrastinates!  My first "Ho! Ho! Ho!" should be finished in time for the next installment on Friday.  Thanks so much, Lesley, for coming up with this idea!

I love the sharing that goes on in this blog world!  Everyone is so generous!  Now, if I could only figure out how to put buttons on my blog so you could quickly connect to these neat places!  Thanks to Lesley's help, I'm trying to figure it out.  Stay tuned!

Cheers!

Lesley



Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm Hooked on Quilt Blogs!

I discovered quilt blogs a few months ago and I am hooked!  I've always been a magazine flipper, so I've now crossed over to blog flipping!  And I love it!  I've learned so much and feel I am becoming a member of a community that has so many things to offer!   What I have learned is that the beauty of a blog is in the inspiration and passion of the quilter/creator, the pictures that are posted of fabric, quilts, binding,finished quilts, UFOs, and even NUFO's, (New UFO's, a term lovingly coined by Julie at http://juliekquilts.blogspot.com ).The tutorials are amazing...makes me wish the days were longer and the nights were shorter!

So, this is my first blog.  I can't guarantee how regular I will post ( I do have a day job), but I really hope you visit me once in awhile to see what I'm up to!

In the blog world, I discovered Schnibble Quilts, small quilts using a couple of charm packs or bits of fabric from your stash.  After reading so many blogs and seeing so many gorgeous pictures, I was ready to enter the Schnibbles World of small quilts. I ordered "Schnibbles Times Two" by creator Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company and anxiously awaited the delivery.  I was not disappointed!  The book has 12 gorgeous quilts.  Each quilt is presented in two versions: one version using layer cakes and one using charm packs.  After one flip through the book, I  was hooked again!  I plan to make each of the charm pack Schnibble Quilts this year.

Off I went to the fabric store, purchased a couple of Moda's "Countdown to Christmas" charm packs, and put my sewing machine in overdrive.  In no time at all, my project was completed.  Here is the picture of the top, which I hope will be hand quilted by Christmas.  I'll post another pic of it again once it's quilted and bound.  I love it!   Hope you like it too!