Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Snippet - Winning Ways


My first WIN this week is well, a baby quilt I finished 
for a baby due in June.

Nighty Night Owl Panel and Coordinates

The next two WINS were giveaways that ended up on my doorstep.  

Faith, over at Fresh Lemons often has giveaways 
on her blog from many vendors.
I was so lucky to the the winner for Christa Quilts. 
 I picked out this bundle of wonderful FQ in blues.  
You really should check out her shop here





 Cherry's Prairie Primitives I won a bundle 
of Red, White and Blue Patriotic FQs 
in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!
Just in time to make something for the 4th of July!
Uncle Sam might like a nice table runner to sit upon..
right now he's on my potting bench!



And last but not least I was so pleased to see a post from my 300th GFC follower.
Elflyn over at Rosehips and Spiderwebs
Here is the post she wrote about the win on her blog.  

Speaking of blog hops ...
Say it with Flowers starts Monday and two extra days have been added.
Kwilty Pleasures day/project is June 4th
 I will have a fun project, some insights on my love of flowers
and a GIVEAWAY!

I am almost ready for my 100th post and 
nearing 500 followers between GFC, BL and Email
Who'da thunk it?  I am thrilled you think I have a blog worth following!!
So keep watching for a 
KWILTY PLEASURES CELEBRATION GIVEAWAY!

And my final WIN was from my son, 
who thought about, but forgot to call me" on Mom's Day.
Yes, it happens  : (
He knows how to dig himself out of a hole : )




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kwilty Pleasures Goes "Down Under" Bloggers Quilt Festival


Amy's Creative Side Blog is hosting the 

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival - AmysCreativeSide.com


You can vote for your favorite in each category

You will find my entry in the Baby Quilt Category
and any vote for my quilt is appreciated!
Click here to see all the baby quilts...
  
The fabric is "Down Under" line from Northcott
in a fun rectangle design measuring 52 x 56"

Front

Close up of the meandering quilting I did on my Bernina.
The meander softens all the straight lines piecing.

The "back" was fun to create using some leftover pieced blocks with a gray.


View of front and back 


Stacked view shows the dark gray binding. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Kwilty Pleasure's
Bloggers Quilt Festival Entry!





Tuesday, May 21, 2013

OZ-solutely a great time!

My friend, Kathy Guenther and I were retreating 
from everything 'cept our sewing machines, 
in the Ohio Land of OZ...Amish Country.  


We hid away from the flying moneys...
nope not gonna get us. We are sewing, sewing sewing!



I promised to show you the results..

Friday night I sewed the rows to make the top for 
a fun toddler quilt.  Pattern is "Perfect 10" by Swirly Girls.


Then I layed out the WONKY CROSSES for 
my Zen Chic "COMMA" quilt.
I found this block tutorial at SewMamaSew

I had to let this one simmer a while before I sewed it together.  
I have more fabric at home to make it a big bigger. 


While COMMA was simmering...I worked on a  "stash buster"  baby quilt. 
The pattern is  "Flip Side" and it was a quick and easy
with fast chain piecing!   


Sunday, I was charmed, working on a PLUS quilt.
This process took much more time than I anticipated.
AND LOTS OF SEWING SEAMS! (tutorial on In Color Order)
Most of the rows are sewn, but I burned out on it and pinned 
the bottom rows to the design flannel...to be finished at home. 
It is now laying on the pool table til I take decide to finish it
or a pool tournament begins.  

 Next project... WONKY SANTA log cabin blocks.  
I fussy cut the Santa's and added wonky strips at random.
THEN Jenny Janome began growling and snarling.  
She's never sewed so much in her little life!
We were both worn out...time to pack it up!!!

And I have to show you my quilting partner's work. 
Here are the two "STUNNING" tops Kathy made...
This thoroughly MODERN MILLIE is something else.  
A perfectionist at heart but so inspiring.  
I think her quilt tops were the most photographed of the weekend!
And rightfully sew!

How bout a DS "Point Me" pattern, queen size top,
in Flea Market Fancy fabrics.  


 "Up a Notch" pattern by Faith Jones, can be found at Fresh Lemons.  Just click here


And finally some shopping on the way home.  A few fun things for my stash.  I have a low volume quilt running thru my mind!  

Thanks for "Following my Yellow Brick Road" to see 
 my "OZ-LAND" Kwilty Pleasures.

I need to pop the DVD in and watch the movie again.
Who is your favorite character and why?


Friday, May 17, 2013

Follow the Yellow Brick Road...


Just call me Dorothy cause I am headed to the Land of OZ. 
In Ohio, that's Amish Country.   



Dorothy may think "there's no place like home" But I know better!
 I'm meeting up with a great group of quilting munchkins for a quilting retreat.   
A long weekend of whatever we want to do...quilt, eat, shop, eat, chat, eat...you get the picture.


The Tin man, Scarecrow and Lion may show up...
  in fabric form or perhaps in personalities of the fun quilters.


Auntie Em will just have to wait, cause my red ruby slippers 
are getting kicked off and I'm kickin back!  



The Great OZ, is Connie, the organizer of this retreat.  She can't hide behind any curtain cause we will find her and thank her endlessly for such a great time.  She does a wonderful job and makes a gift for everyone, provides discount coupons for the quilt shop, assigns us to our own 8 ft table to work on, organizes the food.



Toto is out of the basket and its filled with all these fun projects to work on.  Starting with this...
Wonky Cross Quilt Top with Comma Fabrics by Zen Chick for Moda


Up next is a toddler quilt right off my design wall.  The Swirly Girl Designs Pattern "Perfect 10" 
(uses 10 FQs) in Lecein Woodland Collection by Natalie Lymer



Next up, summertime FQs, pulled from my stash, to make my first Modern PLUS quilt, using Jeni Baker's pattern from her In Color Order blog.  Click here to for the pattern.




"Flip Side" is a fun pattern that looks like half a log cabin block.  
Using up lots of scraps in soft greens, blue and gray for a baby quilt.  


This stack of 2 1/2" strips is leftover fabric from a quilt I made a couple years ago. 
It's Michael Miller Metro Green.


And if the Christmas Spirit hits me I have "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Andover for a wonky log cabin. The pattern is in Sunday Morning Quilts book.    


If the wicked witch of the west thinks she can show up and try to ruin our fun... 
there's a house waiting to make a landing!  



 I will do a post to show you what Kwilty Pleasures ACTUALLY get done...in the Land of OZ!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Mom to Remember...

I was lucky to have Mom for many years.
Alzheimer's took her from me before she left this world
so I really lost her twice.  
Cora Clayton lived to be 92 and today I want to share
a few photos and a few ways I got through my loss.

Here we are at her 92nd birthday, Oct 10, 2006.
Looks like I was annoying her, as usual!



And here I am fixing her hair at her 90th Birthday Open House
Over 100 people stopped by to wish her a Happy Birthday.
I'm probably annoying her again!  




And here she is a bit younger.  





Mom was a quilter who hand pieced, scrappy quilts by sewing strips together. 
She was scrappy before scrappy was so popular.
She made quilts for all her grandchildren.  

I just about lost my mind after loosing her, so I had to find a way to heal.  
I did it with fabric, the fabric from her clothes. 

The first quilt I made was an applique quilt (and I knew very little about applique).  
I used her aprons that she wore EVERY Sunday when she made her family Sunday Dinner.  
She made the BEST fried chicken. YEP - Fried Chicken!

I made this lap quilt - replica's of those aprons.  

Although you can't see it...I machine quilted her name
in the top border.  

"Sunday Dinner At Mom's" by Kathy Gordon, 2007
The next quilt I made I used all her house dresses and
just did a scrappy block design.
My BFF Shirley, who grew up with me and Mom
hand quilted this one.  The quilt won 1st place, hand quilting
in the 2010 Common Threads Guild Quilt Show.

"House Dressings"  by Kathy Gordon, 2010

Mom would be so proud that I am a quilter and I made these quilts.
BUT she'd be made as hell that I cut up her clothes to make them. 

Here I am with my son Eric, last Mother's Day, at the beach.
He puts the Mom in my little world.  


Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day ! ! !

Saturday, May 11, 2013

When Winning makes me MOODY!

 
 Just passed 300 GFC followers during the Sew Mama Sew Blog Hop!  

My #300 GFC is
Jen Collins who lives in Australia!
I didn't announce this surprise but I will be sending
Jen a little "thank you" gift.


Soon, I will have a giveaway for ALL Followers. 

And now to announce The Kwilty Pleasures giveaway 
for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Blog Hop
The giveaway was...1 yard and 2 charm square packs


Out of 264 comment the random generator selected...



And Janarama is the lucky girl who said...

Coming soon I'll be "Saying it with Flowers"  
in a blog hop sponsored by Sew We Quilt. 
Perhaps another giveaway...you'll have to come and see!

Because of you....I'm in a Kwilty Pleasures HAPPY MOOD!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

TWEETTLE-DE-DE

  Hey, it's my day on "It's for the Birds" blog hop.
I love watching the birds so this is a hop I couldn't resist.
Each season brings lots of birdies to my feeders.  

Yellow Finches

Hairy Woodpecker

Cardinal


Hummingbird

So I "bagged" some cute birds" for my project!  

It's a quilt as you go styled bag!
I used wonky sized strips for a modern feel.
Love the double button closure!



Lots of birds hanging out back!

Look closely...lots of fun birds on this focus fabric!


A pocket inside with even more birds on the lining!


Make sure to fly over and see the tweet projects made
by the other bloggers today (and each day)!  

Tuesday May 7th




Hey, before you fly to coop....what is your favorite bird!