Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How About a Giveaway?

   I'm a little late in offering this giveaway. I planned to do it when I reached 200 Followers. I'm 13 past that point now. Better late than never, right? Here's what you'll get: a charm pack of the new "Chateau Rouge" by Moda, one of my own "Civil War Images" charm packs, and your choice of one pattern from my new line, "Love & Valor Quilts."

 To enter, be a Follower or become one now, and since we're planning to build a new house, leave a comment giving me your favorite part of your quilt room or studio or what would be in your dream studio if you don't have one now. I'm gathering ideas to utilize in mine. It will be 20' x 30' so I'll  have room to utilize a lot of good ideas. Since my last post, we did buy our lot, so we're one step closer. I'll set the deadline for Saturday at 9 PM when I'll have Randy choose a random number for a winner. Good luck and send me your best ideas!

  Here are some quilts I've made this past month. The first two are doll quilts, each 16 1/2" x 20". They are hand-quilted and bound. The 4-patches are made of 1" squares. I've pieced a third one in another color scheme, but don't have a photo of it to share.

This unquilted top is another doll quilt made of 2" squares and 2" half-square triangles. It's 22 1/2" x 25 1/2". The fabrics were leftovers from the next quilt I'm showing below.

 This Medallion quilt top was so much fun to create. The inspiration came from the center block which was a 1880 vintage silk screen fabric square I bought from Mountain Lodge Antiques at the Des Moines Quilt Expo earlier this month. (See my last post for more goodies from that vendor.) I pulled all the repros from my stash based on the subdued colors in that "lady" block. She was a little pricey, so I thought she deserved to be center stage in her own quilt. I stopped at 58" x 60" for a throw to be used in our new house, probably for TV watching in the family room. This was definitely not my usual colors of choice and a little challenging to not throw in some zingers!

  I don't know why the beige border looks wobbly in this closeup, but it's nice and straight. I think it was the way my son was holding it for me to take the picture. 

   It's past my bedtime for a school night. Gotta go! Don't forget to enter. I'm looking forward to your studio ideas! Keep stitchin'.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rumors of my Death are Greatly Exagerated!

  No, I haven't died or dropped off the face of the earth. Once again, life has gotten very busy. Something had to give and it was posting. Sorry! I've heard complaints from those who have been checking my blog for a new post and I'll try to catch up.

  Let's see, what's new...I went to the Des Moines Quilt Show and took pictures of my favorite quilts. Here is where the action is...

  My favorite booth at the show was Mountain Lodge Antiques, owner Cindy Adams, from Littleton, Colorado. We met in Maine last year and she recognized me at the show! I'd buy her whole booth if I had the money, lol.

 Her antique quilts are to die for...

Guess who has a antique doll quilt on layaway! The Strippy, of course. It's absolutely yummidy!

  I attended a presentation by Laurie Aaron Hird, author of The Farmer's Wife Sampler book,at Inspirations in Hills, Iowa, on Oct.11th. What fun! Laurie is very entertaining.

Inspirations shop owner, Nancy Lackender, introducing Laurie, seen on the right. 

 Laurie signing her books for the attendees...
The original Farmer's Wife quilt...

  Randy and I are planning to build a new house. I've been painting and stripping wallpaper, etc. to get ours ready to sell. We've been visiting model homes trying to decide what we want...

I really liked this kitchen...

  This den was sooo cozy...
 Another nice kitchen...
  We are still shopping for a lot, so we won't be building anytime soon. That gives me plenty of time to plan my quilt studio. Hee hee hee.

   So you can see, I've been busy burning the candles at both ends. Tonight, I actually took a break from it all and sat in front of the TV hand-quilting. Aaah, it felt good! Thanks for checking in on me. I'll try to post again soon. I have more pictures to share. Until then, keep stitchin'.