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Friday, June 24, 2016

Josephine and Peach Roses

It seems that as the more sunshine and warm breezes we have... the more difficult it is for me to sit... so there has been little stitching going here... I did manage to finish the Josephine quilt! :-) It's been finished and pics have been taken for awhile now... just needed to sit and start typing up a post!

So... here's the scoop:


The pattern was in the Spring 2014 Easy Quilts magazine.


Designed by Kimberly Jolly of The Fat Quarter Shop.


Kit of fabrics purchased from Fat Quarter Shop.


Finished size 50" x 61"


I used Dream Wool batting (one layer). I haven't ever used this batting before, so I have yet to find out how it washes. I can say that it is a light and fluffy batting that has a soft drape. Washing may happen this weekend, so I'll update that in a future post.


The quilting was mostly done "in the ditch". All straight lines with the walking foot. 50wt Aurifil is the thread. I have not ever free motion quilted... so, until I get to practice that on some scraps... the next couple of quilts will also be quilted with a walking foot.

After completing this quilt, I've decided it's going to be my "experimental/practice" quilt. I may go back and hand quilt some test designs in the center of the stars... I may free motion different designs in each block (for practice)... and I may even use this quilt to test some of those marking pens & pencils (especially in the white areas)... better to find out which ones really disappear.... before using it on one of those future (complicated and heirloom) quilts! ;-) Yes... this quilt will definitely be used!

One final update for today... remember the rose that turned into a snack for a deer one autumn afternoon?


Well... it has returned to bloom again this year!


Please excuse the weeds... I haven't really done much to the garden this season (yet)... maybe this weekend. :-)

That's about it for now! I hope to be posting more often (and soon)... July is my Birthday month... so I'll be sharing the shopping, foods and festivities here... yes... I've already started celebrating even though it's still June! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tulip Crush Pattern Giveaway!!!

How would you like to celebrate the first day of Summer with winning a pdf pattern of this beautiful Tulip Crush quilt?


Well... then head on over to Karen's blog Laugh Yourself Into Stitches and leave a comment on THIS post! Need more reasons to try and win?!?!?!

Well... how about the pattern not only being written just for a 54" x 72" quilt... but, it also includes a pattern for a 16" pillow!


Karen's post also has a link to some helpful finishing tips and tricks!

OK... another picture of those beautiful tulips!!!


This would be a great project to use up some of those scraps you already have in stash! Or, you could crack open that fresh stack of fat quarters and stitch up a primitive colored quilt... or perhaps even brights or pastels... any colorway would work... AND, after reading through the instructions on how to stitch up a tulip... I'm thinking that once you get started... you'll be sprouting up a whole garden full of tulips no time!!!

You've got until midnight, June 20th to grab a chance at being one of FIVE lucky winners... so... don't be shy... head on over to Karen's blog right now!!! Let her know if you like Spring or Summer best... and best of luck to you!!! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

 




Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kim Diehl-A-Palooza!

Every fan of Kim Diehl knows about her Simple Whatnots collections. And, I am sure that most of you have wanted to sign up for the club, but did not want ALL of the quilts that ship of a particular collection. Well... here's your chance to pick just the one or two that you may be interested in...

I've collected a few kits of the Simple Whatnots Collection 1 (Vintage Farmhouse fabric) and Collection 4 (Sunday Best fabric)... I've stitched the ones I liked the most... and now I have listed on eBay, the ones I'm no longer interested in... but, maybe some of you are?

Click HERE to check them out... and see if any of them might make a quick (and beautiful) Summertime project for any of the quilters out there... thanks for taking the time to look...



I've completed the quilting on Josephine... binding is being sewn on this evening and I hope to have pictures and all the details posted here by Monday! :-)

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!

~Sharon

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