Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hope everyone has a great day today!

Swap Till You Drop October Received from upstatelisa

This wonderful spooky quilt was made for me by the amazingly talented upstatelisa last year in a swap. I'm so glad we got matched up, she has become a good friend.

Don't eat too much...

S.T.U.D Sweet, Sour or Savory

Friday, October 23, 2009

DQS7 Received!

I bet you were all wondering if I received a doll quilt in the Flickr Doll Quilt Swap.

I did!

My Doll Quilt Arrived!!!

It had a long voyage to make, but it arrived to its new loving home last week.

My Doll Quilt Arrived!!!

This beautiful quilt was made by Ralitza (Domoshar) completely by hand!

My Doll Quilt Arrived!!!

All hand stitched, hand quilted, embroidered!

My Doll Quilt Arrived!!!

Check out the story about it here.

My Doll Quilt Arrived!!!

Yippeee! I love my new pink and orange quilt!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I Won!

I can't believe I won a prize in the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I'm still in shock! Thank you to Lisa for sending me an email this morning notifying me of this wonderful event!

I won a blog makeover from Amy! She's the lady behind the lovely blog button for the festival! How cool is that!

Here's what I won:

To celebrate the launch of PatchworkFolio I am offering a complete blog makeover to include a custom header, 5 sidebar title buttons, custom background, fonts, colors, favicon and post divider, coordinating post title font and custom 'email me' button. I will work with your current platform (i.e. Blogger, Typepad, Wordpress or other) and restrictions may apply depending upon your plan level and options available with your service. If you don't have a blog but wish to enter the drawing I will get you set up on Blogger's free platform and include all of the above (a $150 value).

Which means my blog will be all prettied up! yippee! Thank you to everyone involved in the festival!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival - "My Minny Muu" February 2009

This is my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

I made this quilt for me in February of this year but had yet to take photos of it. I was hoping to take some lovely photos outside this week, but it's been raining. So the giant table in the laundry room of our apartment building, will have to do. I thought of standing on the table to get a better angle, but they have surveillance cameras and I'm clumsy. So just a bad idea.

My Minny Muu - Feb 09

This quilt was an adventure that began on Flickr. While strolling around, I came across this and this and this photo of amazingly cute Minny Muu fabric by Lecien. I told everyone who would listen (and some who were just pretending to),about the cutest fabrics that I found, with little strawberries, random french words, mice and cheese, little teddy bears holding their own little bears...I could go on and on(and I'm sure I did). Just imagine all the blank stares from non-quilters.

My Minny Muu - Feb 09

So one Friday evening around 12am (I guess it was Saturday morning), I made it my mission to find this fabric online and purchase some. Immediately -if not sooner.

There were a few online stores that carried yardage, but I really wanted a little bit of each of the fabrics. I needed every print, in every colour. How could you leave one out!

So I created a table in Excel that had each store along the side and the prints along the top. I made check marks in the boxes to keep track. This was my plan to buy as many of the prints as possible, while spending the least on shipping. My Mom is still laughing at me about the Excel sheet.

Then around 2:30am, I came across Honeysuckle Cottage and low and behold they had layer cakes of the fabric (they still do!). One 10 inch square of each of the prints in the collection. I struck gold!! The only real issue is that I'm in Canada, and this shop is in Australia. But hey, they had the fabric. So I placed an order. I think it came to $60 Canadian. I didn't care.

My Minny Muu - Feb 09

While waiting the super long time for this stuff to make the trek from the Land Down Under to the Great White North, I noticed that the Fat Quarter Shop (in Texas) was also selling sushi rolls of Minny Muu, but there were no pictures of them unrolled, so I had no idea what was in them. I didn't care. I ordered one red, and one blue and some very cute dots to hopefully match. Oh and some sprinkle fabric (not pink like the link but the same print in white), 'cause who knows, maybe I'll change my mind about the dots. I'm sure you see how a fabric stash can develop with this purchasing strategy. While browsing Fat Quarter Shop's site, I fell in love with a pattern in Little Charmers 6 for a very cute table runner by Anka's Treasures.

Once all my goodies arrived, I decided to use the table runner pattern to make the quilt. I made the table runner top 4 times, and used them as 4 giant blocks, and then devised a layout to incorporate the giant blocks.

Most of the top of this quilt was made while on a Girls Crafting/Quilting getaway with friends. It was very fun! And being one who has a hard time focusing in group situations, I spend a lot of time taking these things apart, and re-sewing them together.

My Minny Muu - Feb 09

Full-on photos to come. When the sun arrives.

Check out the rest of the wonderful quilts in the festival here: