Thursday, June 28, 2012

Think Christmas Blog Hop Schedule

Think Christmas Blog Hop Schedule

Here is the schedule for Think Christmas, the 5-day now 7-day blog hop from July 30 - August 3 5. created by Madame Samm that promises 5 7 days of blog hopping good fun, inspiration, and creativity! If you are a participant, please make sure you see the instructions below the schedule.  Madame Samm promises prizes to be won by hoppers and participants, plus I know there will be some giveaways!

Update July 10: Madame Samm has created That Other Blog which will be the perfect place for posting the blocks from our participants who don't have their own blogs. On their scheduled days, I will post their pictures and information on That Other Blog.   Let the fun begin...

Update July 19:  We have new registrants, thanks to a 1-day extension for registration and the addition of two days to the Blog Hop.  New dates for the Think Christmas will be July 30-August 5. Check here on July 20 to see the new schedule for August 4 and 5.
July 30

July 31 
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts
Fiesta Girl
Scrapbox Quilts
From This to That 
Buzzing and Bumbling
No Loose Threads
Deborah B 
Judith Handmade Treasures
Gran-Knot-Y Embroidery Lady
Mrs. Pickles
Susie's World

August 1
Sheila's Quilt World
A Passion for Applique
Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio
Jane's Quilting
Sew Me Something Good
A Stitch in Time
Quilt Times
Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting
Patchouli Moon Studio
Quilting by the River

August 2
Grandmama's Stories
Sandra Kaye Designs
North Hills Quilter
Quilty Doodads
Quilting in South Carolina
The Raspberry Rabbits
Charise Creates
Traveling Quilter
Nancy B 
Selina Quilts

August 3
Crazy 'Bout Quilts
Dexter Days
Cherry's Prairie Primitives
Somewhat Fanciful
Craftluver Marianna
Madame Samm 

If you are a participant, please check that your blog link works and leave me a comment to confirm.

On your day, post clear pictures of your Think Christmas block(s), a tutorial and/or a giveaway if you wish, and please include links to your fellow participants on your day.  Schedule will be linked from my sidebar. If you haven't already, please post the Think Christmas button on your sidebar.  Instructions for posting are on Madame Samm's blog right here.

If you don't have a blog, please email me your picture(s) and information about your block(s) by July 23. Your information will be posted on That Other Blog on your scheduled day. 

The countdown is on....ladies, start your engines sewing machines...and Think Christmas! 

How is this for inspiration?  A few fat quarters I picked up earlier this week.  Aren't they just screaming for attention?

It's a great day for quilting!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Having a Full House

Family visiting starts this week so that mean's summer is officially here and the house will be full in a few days!  I am so excited!  Thought this would be the perfect time to show you my finished "Full House" quilt, a Schnibbles pattern by Carrie Nelson.

I used a couple of charm packs of Grand Finale by Sandy Gervais and some coordinating fabrics for the border, binding, and backing.

I love my little house!  My little treasure was machine quilted by Lynda from her shop Fiddlestitches located in Mabou, a scenic 40-minute drive up the road along the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  She custom quilted this and stitched a few perfectly spaced flowers to make my quilt even more fun! Thank you, Lynda, it's perfect! Can you folks see the little flower?

It was a wonderful day at the post office yesterday. Just look what I very first quilted postcard sent to me by my friend and fellow blogger Sheila from Sheila's Quilt World. Sheila lives a little more than an hour away and we've met on a couple of occasions in "real life".  

It is a fabulous piece of art and I feel soooo special to be on the receiving end.  Thank you, Sheila, it is precious.  It intrigues me that  our post offices will mail these little babies.  Have a even has a stamp on it!

Registration for Think Christmas blog hop from July 30-August 3 is now closed. We've received over 50 registrations so everyone around the globe is already in Christmas spirit!  

I'll be putting together the schedule and will send it out in a few days. Do you have your thinking, I mean, Santa cap on? 

And our creator of super blog hops Madame Samm continues to come up with ideas!  Just this morning she posted a new blog hop...Bowls With Borders.  How cute is this button? Have a peek at her bowl cool! 

To sign up for Bowls with Borders,visit Carol at Just Let Me Quilt.

So that's it for today. Off to sit in my quilting chair, sip my coffee, and watch a chick flick.  Life is good, and it's a great day for quilting!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Winter Blossoms

Linking up with Connie at Linky Party Tuesday right here.
"Good morning, good morning, good morning to you"...a chirpy little greeting to start your day.  Can you tell I'm a morning person! I was going to post this earlier today, but just had to visit a Farmer's Market first in the next town. I inhaled a chocolate-filled croissant and purchased many edible treasures, and yes, I did get a few nutritious ones! 

I have a quilt finish to show you. (This post is for a quilting friend  who looked for me yesterday and there was no new know who you are!)  I call the quilt "Winter Blossoms"...

I started this little quilt quite a while ago with the purchase of some fat quarters and some stash fabric. The pattern is officially called Sweet Little Blossoms, a Pattern Basket design by Margot Languedoc Designs, and designed for use with fat quarters. Once it was pieced, the quilt top sat in a closet for a few months, and recently I unearthed it, shook off the cobwebs (not know how careful we are with our treasures) and sent it to Mary at Quilt Hollow for quilting.  

It just arrived back recently, with some stunning quilting by Mary to complete it, or "frost" it, as she says! Here is a picture she provided to me to show the quilting a little better. She is sure a talented lady with that machine. Thank you, Mary, perfect! 

I added a striped binding, which I think compliments the border. Both fabrics and most of the fat quarters are from the Wrapped in Paisley line by Moda.

My backing I found in a discount bin and I fell in love with it. The little houses and trees are just adorable, and of course, I wish I had bought more. The color of the backing is a little darker and less pink than it looks in this picture, but according to Thelma at Cupcakes and Daisies, today is National Pink Day, so I guess I'm right on track! 

Finally, on went a little label, and now it's a finish! Doesn't it look so soft and cuddly in my cuddle, I mean, quilting chair?

Just a reminder that there are only 7 days left before Madame Samm's Celebrate Red, White, and Blue blog hop starts.  

My day is July 1, so make sure you visit me and all the others.  Did I mention there are prizes!  You can find the schedule and more info at Jane's Fabrics and Quilts blog right here

And of course the deadline for the Think Christmas Blog Hop from July 30-August 3 is fast approaching. Let me know by Tuesday, June 26 if you are interested.  Find out the details here and here and Think Christmas! 

It's a great day for quilting and thinking Christmas! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another Day, Another Chance to Register for Think Christmas

The excitement continues to build around Madame Samm's Think Christmas, the Christmas-themed blog hop scheduled for July 30-August 3. I am so proud Madame Samm chose me to be the inbox was busy with happy quilters all day yesterday and into the night!   If you missed Madame Samm's big reveal about the hop,you can read all about it here and here. How can you not be excited when you see this little guy that Madame Samm provided for inspiration?

If you haven't registered yet, here is the simplified version of what to do!

Think Christmas Blog Hop July 30-August 3

1) Email me to register at Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 26.

2) Make a quilt block(s), unfinished in 6.5, 10.5, or 12.5 inches.

3) Use Christmas colors of red, green, white. Accent colors allowed, for those who asked!

4) Use a Christmas theme (ie. Santa, snowmen, trees, ornaments). 

5) On your scheduled day of the blog hop (schedules will be sent out after registration closes), you will post on your blog the complete schedule of the blog hop, pictures of your block(s), and some lovely commentary to tell the rest of us all about it!  

6) You may do a tutorial if you choose.

7) You may have a giveaway, if you choose.

8) Post this glorious button on your sidebar to spread the word.  Instructions are here

There...that's it...easy if you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?  My inbox is waiting!

Now, in between checking emails what have I been doing?  I've been checking the mail, and this is what arrived in the last few days, just in time to put me in the Christmas spirit!

This Christmas in Paris quilt kit arrived from the Quilt Kit Market.  The good news is that the price was wonderful, but the bad news is that the Market is going out of business. I had admired this kit from afar, so when the sale was announced, my fingers did the walking!

I also received the fabrics and bag that I won through a giveaway from Carolyn Forster at Quilting-on-the-Go. I see a modern cuddle quilt in my future!

My quilt friend, Barb, and I were talking the other day about traditional blocks.  She loves the 9-patch...

"My very favourite block in 6, 9, & 12inches is the Traditional 9-Patch. I like to call it The Nova Scotia 9-Patch.  It  was the quilt early settlers in NS  made of heavy cottons and wool- to help them weather the cold NS winters. Today we put the pattern in various positions to make a beautiful quilt."  

Thanks, Barb, from Cape Breton!  Here is just one of the items Barb and 13 others ( me included)  have for sale in The Quilt Shop, a seasonal quilt shop that is set up in the Museum at the Causeway, the entrance to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  

Our little group sets up shop for the summer months, each one of us volunteers to work one day every two weeks. 

A few glimpses of what you'll see when you walk in...

And of course, a Christmas section! 

So what are you waiting for?  Come to Cape Breton...and Think Christmas! 

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Think Christmas Blog Hop

Update:  Registration has been extended for one day, July 17, until midnight.  Blog hop will run for an extra two days! Thanks for all the interest from the Christmas elves in Blogland.  The revised schedule will be posted later this week.   

I am so excited!  I told you that today would be the day of the big reveal by Madame Samm of the upcoming Think Christmas blog hop. Perfect timing, don't you think?  A wonderful way to follow the Red, White and Blue blog hop that is ready to roll out on July 1. For more information on that hop and to see the schedule of participants, check out all the details with hostess Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Gifts

So, getting back to Think Christmas...the July celebration blocks are ready to go, and of course Miss Clever One Madame Samm knew that our sewing machines might just start to gather dust in the interim.  Wanting to help us out, she created Think Christmas, a blog hop that makes my heart spin...'cause you know I love Christmas! 

This is a blog hop that will celebrate all things Christmas from July 30 - August 3. In Madame Samm's own words, " Think  Santas, snowman, Christmas balls, trees, anything red, green, and white".  Madame Samm never stops thinking...her little brain is on overdrive and she keeps those wheels a-turning so that we can all have "sew" much more fun! 

Think Christmas is the perfect opportunity to play with some of those Christmas fabrics stored in your sewing corners or available in your favorite quilt shops. The goal is to to make red, green, and white blocks.  You can choose 6.5, 10.5, or 12.5 inches...a size for everyone!  I took a quick peek in my totes and I'm sure I have enough Christmas fabrics to make some blocks...what do you think?  

Mr. Santa Plant continues to look over my shoulder and he thinks I have lots of fabric in my stash to make a block or two! 

For more details, and to see some of the wonderful prizes, check it out at Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt.  To register for the blog hop, send an email to my address at and tell me that you want to participate. And send it quick! The deadline is Tuesday, June 26, but space is limited. The last blog hop filled up in a couple of days and we don't want you to miss out on the fun!

You can probably tell that I am over-the-top excited that little ole me gets to be the host for this 5-day Think Christmas blog hop. Thank you, Madame Samm, I hope I will make you proud! 

In addition to the excitement of hosting, I am on top of the world because Madame Samm created a Santa signature just for me! So I'm signing off now with what I think is the most gorgeous Santa in the world.  Madame Samm tells me I should be able to applique this cutie Santa on a quilt...I'm off to buy some paper-backed fusible web, but I may need some help for this project. I am a pattern person...can't do a thing without a pattern, but Madame Samm thinks I can do it!

It's a great day for quilting, especially today!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Lilacs, Stars and the Red, White and Blue

I have been away from Blogland for a few days.  I was out of province celebrating family, visiting, playing golf, attending a family wedding, and a tiny little bit of shopping on the side.  It was such a wonderful long weekend from start to finish! 

While I was away, my lilac bush finally decided to bloom.  Lilacs and me just don't get along...I adore lilacs so much, but for some reason, they don't seem to grow well in our yard.  But this year, finally, I had several blossoms.  So as soon as I unpacked tonight, I ran out to cut a few blooms, put them in my new little pitcher, and took a shot of the lilacs sitting atop my 12 Days of Christmas tablerunner, a free design by Temecula Quilt Company that I made a few months ago using Lilac Hill fabric by Moda....pretty as a picture, don't you think? And the house smells so beautiful!

Back to my weekend...which was amazing. Between all the family fun, I also ran around to a few shops looking at sewing machines and buying a few items.  I have sewing machine fever after seeing a few machines at Quilt Canada, so my long-term goal is to save up for a new one. There is a PFAFF  Expression 150 and a Husqvarna Tribute 140 that both sound great. Any comments or suggestions about these?

My shopping treasures include a little bit of everything...sewing machine needles, embroidery needles, patterns, an assortment of balls of perle cotton in glorious summer shades, some new fabric markers, a little Santa wool project, some thread, and  just a teeny tiny bit of fabric, from  reproduction to downright dotty!

You may remember my Wonky House quilt I put together with exchange blocks from across the globe?  The exchange was coordinated by Jane at Jane's Fabrics and Gifts.  Jane is simply amazing at the way she coordinates all these exchanges and brings quilters together from across the world almost seamlessly to participate in these events. What a gal!

I haven't quilted my Wonkies yet, but in the meantime I decided to take part in another wonky exchange hosted by Jane. This one is called the Wonky Block Swap Round Three which includes stars and 4-patches. More info can be found at Jane's Flickr page here. Jane tells me my blocks have arrived safely at her place ready to be swapped. Here's a peek at what I put together.  My wonky stars...

and my wonky 4-patches...

I'm really looking forward to seeing what arrives in my mail box. I think a little cuddle quilt will come together quickly!

July 1 is almost here. Really. And you know what that means?  The Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop rolls out! Thanks to mastermind Madame Samm for the blog hop's creation and work behind the scenes, and to hostess with the mostest Jane for hosting and coordinating this fabulous event, we are going to have a whirlwind of red, white and blue blocks for 16 days with over 90 contributors! 

The complete schedule is posted on the sidebar of Jane's blog here and if you look closely, you'll see that yours truly will be rolling out some of my own blocks on the very first day, July 1.  I will be sharing day one of the hop with these great gals listed will be like a virtual block party!  Who is bringing the lemonade?

July 1st

I'm finishing up a few blocks for the big day, but here are a few little sneak previews.  Make sure you come back on July 1 for the big reveal.  There may be a giveaway...just saying... 

One more thing before I go. Madame Samm tells us that on Tuesday she is going to tell us about the next blog hop from July 30-August 3 called "Think Christmas". 

You know I love see you on Tuesday for the reveal of the next chapter! Now it's time to unpack the suitcases and after a good night's sleep, I'll try to catch up on my blog reading.   

It's a great day for quilting!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Sewing Contest

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts has a great campaign on the go right now!  She's hosting a Summer Sewing Contest where quilters and sewers can enter their summer project in four categories: quilts, home decor, bags and accessories, and clothing.  

Since our summer seems to be a little delayed in coming to Cape Breton on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, I decided to bring summer into my sewing corner and make a summer bag! 

I used Ruby fabrics plus a few from my stash, found this great pattern by Jodi at the Moda Bake Shop and now have what I call my Watermelon Tote! 

am also making the June Schnibbles quilt to match it and you can read all about it and the tote at a previous post here.  Some of you have already seen my tote, but that was before I decided to enter it in Jennifer's Summer Sewing Contest...sorry for the repetition! Can't you just see the tote filled with summer goodies or travelling to the beach with my favorite book?

All the projects that are entered into the Summer Sewing Contest can be seen at Jennifer's blog right here. It is like a parade of summer, so make sure you drop by, check it out, and enter your summer treasures!  My tote is entry # 53. Entries will be accepted until June 17, finalists will be chosen on the 18th, and  voting will be held from June 18-23.

And of course don't forget to visit Connie's Linky Party Tuesday.  I've found some wonderful eye candy there and some great "to do"  projects by visiting the links. Linking up with Connie is a wonderful way to meet new bloggers and get some great inspiration. 

It's a great day for quilting!