Monday, April 9, 2012

Hopping Towards Some Giveaways

OK, I admit the title of this post is a little lame, but there are so many quilts and projects I want to share with you, along with some current and upcoming giveaways, so let's hop right to it...chuckle!

First of all, I hope you are enjoying, or did enjoy, a wonderful weekend with family, friends, and fabric. We had a gloomy weekend outside, but the sun was shining inside with a visit by our soon-to-be-teacher son. Lots of good company, good laughs, and of course, good chocolate. I did manage some play-dates in my sewing corner and finished my Fat Quarters Stars quilt from the quiltalong sponsored by Moose on the Porch.  I used your wonderful suggestions to add 4-patch cornerstones and love the result. Thank you all!

Now what do I do?  I found out during the process of putting together this quilt that I really am The Cuddle Quilter.  I love small and even smaller quilts! Although this quilt is not huge, it is a lot larger than I usually make. It is about 60"x80". With my hand quilting, this would take a long time to quilt and would really limit my time to do everything else I want to do that's on my 'to-do' list.  Also, with my new retired income (no, not one of those Freedom 55 commercials), I can't justify paying someone to machine quilt it when I'm still learning how to budget. So I think I will just put it on the back burner for now.  

When I was making the quilt, I googled "how to add sashing to a quilt" and discovered a great tutorial by Val right here. This was a method I hadn't used and it broke up the process into smaller manageable steps. I cut all the sashing strips adding them first to the right of the 12 blocks, then joined the sashing and cornerstone and added these strips to the top of all the blocks except Row 1.

For the next step, I sewed all the rows together except Row 1.

For the rest of the instructions, please visit Val's tutorial. Excuse my wonky picture above, but I took the picture 'backwards' and still wanted to show you the blocks from left to right.  

I am thrilled to be one of the contributors this month to The Learning Centre, an online site hosted by Pat Sloan where quilters share their knowledge and expertise. 

This page is part of the larger  site, Michele's The Quilting Gallery, " the place for quilters to have fun". Doesn't that sound like the perfect place for me to hang out? To visit the Gallery and The Learning Centre, click on the button on the sidebar.

Why am I there? Awhile back, I shared the quilting tool I discovered recently called The Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. I also shared it with Pat and Michelle at The Learning Centre and they decided to feature my suggestion with the others. Visit their site here to read all about it and enter the Giveaway they are having.  

In recognition of Easter, I've been working on a fun pattern I purchased from The Raspberry Rabbits. Michelle and the Bunnies are wonderful to deal with. When I receive my purchases, they are always wrapped up like a little gift and there are always surprises included! My last bundle arrived with some yummy candy and some little bunny gift cards. How wonderful is that? 

The pattern calls for fabric hearts to be appliqued on black felted wool, but since I have some wool scraps on hand, I decided to do the hearts in wool instead. You see that I have a few left to do:

I completed the stitchery awhile back so the project should come together in no time when the hearts are finished.

A special thank you and hug to Marcia of Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting. I was the winner of a Giveaway she sponsored recently and won these lovely note cards.

For those who know me, you know that I have a passion for note cards, especially quilt-themed cards, and Marcia's are perfect for me to have on hand for the next special note to send a quilter friend. The cards are photos of a gorgeous quilt that she made using a 'thread painting' technique.  I had never heard of thread painting before I read about Marcia's quilt that she photographed for the cards.  It is amazing!  

Another amazing thing is today's coincidence.  While I was writing this post, I checked Marcia's blog to make sure I had the correct link, and she is having a Giveaway right now right here  . The prize? Her wonderful notecards! You just have to get over there right now to visit and enter the draw. Deadline is April 9, today, at midnight. And if you feel like it, let her know Lesley sent you!

What's next for me? ISTH ( I'm So Totally Happy!) Read on...

Saturday, April 14, I am a first-time host for Quilt Sue's Christmas Quiltalong. Am I excited? Am I prepared? Am I immersing myself in Christmas music and baking to get in the Christmas quilting spirit? Or am I obsessing about these fabrics, hoping to use them this weekend? 

Find out and join me on Saturday at The Cuddle Quilter for Part 3 of the Festive Mystery Quilt. Or just find some Christmas fabrics in your stash to sew along with us. Don't have any Christmas fabrics on hand?  Maybe if you drop by and visit me on Saturday you'll be able to enter a Giveaway to win some Christmas fabric. Just saying! To find out more, click on the Christmas Sewalong button on the sidebar.

On Monday, February 16, I will be one of the quilters featured on Day One of Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt Table Topper "Spring is in the Air" Blog Hop!  I am so excited! The good news is that I don't have to write a tutorial, all I have to do is show my table topper(ssss) and tell you a little about them. 

I can't wait and I'm still thinking of making another before Monday. I love the small size! The Blog Hop runs from April 16-25 (excluding weekends) and Madame Samm tells us there will be many, many Giveaways! Lucky you!  

That's it for now. Sorry so lengthy today, but there is so much to share.  And I know how we all read blogs...we can scroll pretty fast through the stuff we don't want to read...chuckle!

The sun is up and I still haven't found time to get to my quilting chair.  It is calling me and it sure looks like a great day for quilting!


  1. Whew! I'm out of breath just reading your post, Lesley. Great to see that you are taking FULL advantage of your retirement with all the fantastic projects and commitments you have going on.

    Love that star quilt!

  2. You have a very busy week ahead of you ,congrats on your upcoming hostings , how exciting. Your quilt is gorgeous , I love star quilts ! Hugs Sheila

  3. So many wonderful things are filling your days! I look forward to all the 'hops' and special guest appearances. And certainly to see that beautiful fabric this weekend during the Christmas Quilt Along - I will be there.

  4. WOW - you are one busy lady! So much for just sitting around during retirement ;) Your work on the quilt paid off - it looks terrific!

  5. Love your quilt! You really do have a lot going on! I am going to miss Saturday~ I'll be at a retreat! Hopefully I can catch up when I get home. Have a wonderful week!!

  6. Your Moose turned out wonderful. I still haven't gotten past the block stage, but hope to work on that maybe next week. As usual, I bite off more than I can chew. Most of my flimsys are unquilted as well. Not enough time and I would like to do them myself someday....I'm afraid there are enough days left....giggle.

  7. You are a busy girl! Love all of your projects -- and so glad to share next Monday with you! LOL I'll be posting on that day, too!
    Your stars quilt is stunning!

  8. Wowwee, you have been a busy person. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you are doing with those fabrics on Saturday.

  9. Wow!! LOVE the moose quilt! Send it to me, I'll quilt it for you. I need the practice and it's too pretty of quilt to not be used. Just gorgeous!

  10. I really like your fat quarter stars quilt. I wish I joined in that quilt along. I found you through Connie's tuesday linky party and really like your blog.

  11. Wow...lots of fun things on your blog...especially love your quilt..

  12. Oh my gosh Lesley have you been busy!! I really love how your quilt turned out and your tip with the seam guide was wonderful and everyone will love it! Thanks for sharing!
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  13. What a busy bee you have been! I enjoyed my first visit here to your blog. You do beautiful work! I agree that those four patch cornerstones were the perfect finish to your quilt. It looks fantastic. Those Christmas fabrics sure do look fun to play with! :-)

  14. It's all happening at your house! Good thing you retired because there is no room for you to go to work any more. And that's the best part about retirement! I love seeing all the projects you are working on and am looking forward to all the fun to come!

  15. You have been SEW busy! I'm looking forward to all!!


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