Monday, January 14, 2013

Darlene's Mystery and Grandmother's Choice

My sewing machine needs a little rest today, so I thought I'd spend some time with YOU! 

The last few days have been full of sewing, stitching, and playing catch-up.  I sewed together the snowball centre of Darlene's Mystery Quilt that I told you about HERE. 



The monthly quiltalong is just perfect for me. I will admit, though, I am pretty anxious to see the next step.  Darlene has set up a Flickr page HERE , so make sure you have a look and maybe join us? The next part of the mystery comes out on February 1. 

I also caught up with my Grandmother's Choice Blocks by Barbara Brackman. Blocks 18 and 20 were a piece of cake, but block 19 was a little challenging for someone who sometimes sews too fast and has to dig out her seam ripper many times...just saying! 

Block 18.  Cheyenne:


Block 19. Old Maid's Ramble


Block 20.  Memory Wreath 

So now I have 20 blocks done of the 49.  I took a quick picture of the blocks...the colours are not quite accutrate, but it gives me a bit of an idea of how the quilt is shaping up so far...



I think I'm liking these blocks. Barbara gives us the yardage needed for the setting and the borders HERE, but I think I'll wait 'till my blocks are finished before I choose the fabrics.

The Country Charmer Quiltalong is getting a lot of attention. Several of you have contacted me or quilt designer Lynn at Sew'n Wild Oaks to let us know you will be joining us to make this gorgeous quilt. This is a very easy going QAL...the goal is to have the pattern purchased and fabrics cut by the end of January and monthly units to be pieced after that. If you missed the info, check it out HERE

The other day a package arrived for me from Green Fairy Quilts containing fabric that I had purchased during one of their recent sales, and they have a lot of sales. I purchased a fat eighth bundle  of Barbara Brackman's Metropolitan Fair. (It's still on sale as of the writing of this post). This is what it looked like online...
but of course I had to open the package ...



I decided I am going to use this fabulous fabric to make my Country Charmer quilt blocks.  In fact, I may have to change the name of my quilt to Civil War Charmer, and I think Lynn may also be using CW fabrics. That is the beauty of Lynn's pattern- there are so many options. I've also decided that I'm going to make a few more blocks so that this quilt will fit a queen sized bed.

I want to thank a few folks for some wonderful giveaways. Jen, who hails all the way from New Zealand and blogs at Jen's Crafts and Quilts Scrapbook sent me this gorgeous bundle of black and whites...

I was one of the random winners of  Michelle's Quilting Gallery's Christmas show and won a $25 gift certificate to Fabric.com.  I added just a little of my own money and this arrived last week. You know I love chocolate, so I just had to get some Double Chocolate-two charm packs and some yardage so I have lots of options! 




I was also the proud winner of a giveaway from Rita at Red Pepper Quilts.  The giveaway sponsor, Susan, of Moona Fabrics, sent me this awesome collection of ten fat quarters of Art Gallery's Rock 'n Romance by Pat Bravo. The fabric is so soft...I see a very modern quilt on the way!


Plus, I just heard from Kathy Schmitz yesterday that I was one of the winners of a mini-precut of her yet to be released fabric line, Round Robin.  You may remember that I received a charm pack of this line from Kathy recently, so now I have enough to make a beautiful mini! You can see the video on how she created her designs right here.

Oh my, it's a great day for quilting!

20 comments:

  1. Grandmother's Choice blocks are lookin' good! I'm sorry to say I've fallen behind by about a month. I spy some fabric in your Cheyenne block that is also in my GMC stash!

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  2. I love your Grandmother's Choice blocks. I really love the blue and I'm not usually fond of blue. Very lovely!

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  3. Lovely blocks and nice fabric wins. You will have fun with all of those beautiful fabrics.

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  4. Haven't you been the lucky one! Good for you! Your blocks are lovely!

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  5. I love how you have laid out your Grandmother's blocks, I need to do that to make sure I am getting a nice flow of color. My County Charmer pattern arrived today, so need to pull fabrics tomorrow. Lucky duckling with all your wins - enjoy!

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  6. You might need to go buy a lottery ticket the way your luck is running. Enjoy your winnings.

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  7. You need to come visit me in LV and point out which slot machine to play--you are one lucky lady! I love the snowball quilt and can't wait to see where it goes. Your other quilt is really a treasure. :O)

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  8. I like the variety of the fabrics you are using for the GC blocks! I used the Metropolitan Fair fabric for a mini quilt and love it... how fun to have a fat eighths bundle! It's gorgeous fabric and it will be perfect for the Country Charmer project! You will be busy using all the fabrics you have won for projects! Lucky you!

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  9. You have not only been busy but have been very busy! I love your blocks!

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  10. You are one lucky girl, I tell ya! You win a whole lotta stuff! hahaha...you must sew with one hand and compute with the other! Wonderful makes, Lesley.

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  11. Love it when all these lovely goodies arrive in the mail. What a great collection you has chosen. You do a great job of keeping up with all those blocks.
    And why does your sewing machine need a rest? Have you been cracking the whip a little too hard and the poor thing just couldn't keep up with you!! :)

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  12. Wow that is a lot of great winnings. Congratulations. I'm going to check out that Round Robin line and see if it is something that I just have to have.

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  13. The mystery quilt looks intriguing as I love snowball quilts, but have never made one. I decided to check out Darlene's blog and when I went there I thought I was looking at my own blog post from today! Check out her's from yesterday and mine from today and you will see why. I really like your grandmother's choice blocks and don't ever remember seeing the old maid block before. You are making a great start for the new year!

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  14. I think your blocks are great and very well done. I will have my first mystery block done today. I still need that pattern, I bought some fabric instead. I will catch up next month. I love your blog Lesley.

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  15. Your snowballs look great , this is going to be an interesting quilt along . Wow you have been extra lucky these days and have some great fabrics to choose from for future projects !!Lots of eye candy today , great blocks all around :-)

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  16. Wow! What great prizes you have won. Lucky you! Your sampler blocks are coming along just great. It will be an awesome quilt. The County Charmer quiltalong keeps tempting me. Maybe... Your Barbara B. fabrics would be a wonderful choice for this quilt.

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  17. I think you should buy a lottery ticket because you've been very lucky lately. Good for you! I think you're going to have to expand your sewing corner with all the LOOT that's finding it's way there!

    I just love the fat eight bundle of BB's fabrics. The colors just do it for me.

    I haven't seen one mystery quilt center that I didn't like. I think everyone is doing a wonderful job with fabric choices. I'm anxiously awaiting the next step as well.

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  18. Great quilt and blocks Lesley and congrats on all the additions to your stash!

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  19. Pretty pretties! I was lucky during giveaway season too and have yet to post about it, isn't it fun to get new fabrics to play with?

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