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...
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 below...it will be like a virtual block party! Who is bringing the lemonade?
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 Christmas...so 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!