Have a Latte? Or a Tea? Or a Giveaway?

First, let me just take a minute to thank Joan of Moosestash Quilting and Madam Samm for all the fun-ness that goes on with orchestrating a blog hop.  None of this would be happening without them and I am grateful even if I have been a TERRIBLE cheerleader this time around!  (I’d tell you about the 80 hour weeks but after a while it sounds like BLAH, BLAH, BLAH even to me!)

So, let’s talk fabric (I LOVE talking fabric!)  Dan DiPaolo came up with this lovely line and, unfortunately, I had a little trouble finding it and squeezing it out of the budget.  I did manage to get my hands on this little selection.

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The idea was to make something kitchen-related and I immediately decided on pot holders.  They’re quick, easy and everyone needs them (especially my oldest daughter who recently moved for work. Yes, Sarah, look for another envelope in the mail.)  I wanted to use the cup print but those cups are, well, kinda big for potholders.  So, I changed my approach.  I love the free-piecing letters from WordPlay and so I decided on “hot” for one of the holders (we called them “hot pads” when I was growing up.)  I did think of doing three with the letters “H”, “O” and “T” but I was worried about what people might think if you lost the “T”.  So, I made the “hot” pad and, despite it being a tad large, I liked it.  Now, I wanted to do a cup but I was still in “free-piecing mode” so I decided, “I can free piece a cup.”  And I did.  Like this

I cut a squat rectangle and sliced a wedge off each long side.

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I made a “handle” and added background beneath it.

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Then, I sewed the pieces together and bordered them.

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Then, I added a border of the red with dots (I love that one!) and layered these guys up with insulated batting and regular batting and, voila, hot pads.

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They’re a tad irregular and funky but I like them and I think Sarah will love them in her new kitchen.  I did back them with the big cups, too.  Now, there’s lots more I would have liked to try…a tea cozy, perhaps some tea towels with attitude but, alas, time eluded me.  So, it’s your turn to decide what to make.  I have three fat quarters left to give away.  They are the black with swirls, the yellow phrases and the cups.

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I’ll get Mr. Random to draw for me after the hop and, yes, I’ll ship internationally.

First, leave me a comment telling me what you think I should make next and, then, be sure to hop over to my fellow Latte-ers and see what they’ve been up to (and please forgive me if I can’t respond to every comment…12-hour days, blah, blah, blah.)

Today, I’m lucky to be sharing my day with

 

    Words & Stitches – That’s Me!

Oh, and lest you ever be tempted to think I’m getting my act together….look what happened to the first set of “hot” letters….I’m still trimming those pieces out!

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Just remember, it’s not the setbacks we remember, it’s the overcoming!

Happy quilting!

Beth

 

Happy Easter, Goal Setting and My Dog, Nick.

Happy Easter!

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I have an “accidental” flower bed in my veggie garden.  We moved some things around and some bulbs got “put here for now.”  It’s years later and the tulips, iris and hyacinth seem to be loving their crowded home.  Maybe this will be the year I finally divide them…or, maybe not!  Either way, they cheer me up with their loveliness and I hope you like them, too.

So it’s the 5th already and I realized that I haven’t set my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes so I’m going with something you’ve already seen once, Sarah’s RN quilt.

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It’s basted but nary a quilting stich has been added as I’ve pondered what color thread to use.  Looking at this photo, I’m thinking red?  What do you think? One way or another, this one is my goal to finish.  I have a project for the “Have a Latte” hop, too which is starting soon.

Also, I know I promised a post on Thursday but Thursday was a bad-news day for me.  My dear dog buddy, Nick, has a tumor growing in his leg which is not treatable other than making him comfortable.  We have probably months left, maybe close to the end of the year but you never can tell with these things.  In the meantime, I signed up for the Dog Days mini swap over at the Quilted Cat just before this so, along with being my first swap, this will be a bit of a poignent project.

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I’m linking this up over at A Lovely Year of Finishes and I’ll try to post about the other thing tomorrow.  (I worked 20 or so hours at my second job this week in addition to the regular one so today I’m trying to catch the house up and get the dinner ready between church and tonight’s family dinner….if I get lucky, I’ll slip in some sewing time, too!)

Happy Easter and Happy Quilting!

Beth

Marching in Under the Wire!

Whew! What a busy month and boy, do I ever love being part of a Lovely Year of Finishes! If I wasn’t, there is no way I’d have gotten this project done this month. Why was I so busy? Well, I was gone for 10 days, sick until about the 19th and just plain busy the rest of the time! I did manage to finish this little charity quilt, though, and I’ll post more about it on  Thursday.

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I also made a few four-patches (116 to be exact!)

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I love how the high chair tray doubles as a sewing tray!

Well, the kids and I are sitting here listening to Oregon pour down rain (it’s been a variety pack of weather today) and I caught one moment of calm to post this and link it up to A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Hop on over and see what everyone else got done!  Oh, and I’ll post my four patches over on Prairie Moon for the 350 block  project.

Now that I’m feeling better and this project is done…it’s time to think about goal setting for April!

Happy Quilting,

Beth

Happy Quilting Day

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May I introduce “Grumpy Penguin?”  We’re on the road for Spring Break but I wanted to wish everyone happy quilting day!  I hope you had some quality sewing time and that your penguins were all happy!
Beth

“The Bracelet” Evokes Gothic Romance

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Celia Browning has it all. She’s a wealthy, beautiful Savannah-ite with a handsome beau and lovely prospects and a family secret that may threaten to cost her everything…including her life. A series of threatening letters begin to arrive and a scandal-hunting newspaperman threatens to divulge details that will derail Celia’s happiness and possible destroy her family.

I’m going to be quite frank here. I enjoyed this book but wasn’t that impressed by it. There’s a lot of melodrama and a few cases where you just had to wonder how much research was done into the customs of the times. Personally, I thought the writing was well-done and would be interested to read something by this author in another genre. While part of the story was inspired by actual events in Savannah, the fictionalized account requires quite a few leaps of intellectual faith. However, if you want a light read with a nice mystery and a light romance, you could definitely do worse. So, while it doesn’t make my “must read” book, it’s not bad and pretty enjoyable.

This book was provided to me by the publisher. The opinions, however, are my own!

Looking to Spice Up Your Paleo Diet? Look No Further than “The Paleo Chef.”

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I’ll admit it, I was wondering how good a cookbook could be if the only thing on the cover was a very handsome chef. After all, I wondered, what exactly are they selling here? Well, it turns out that Chef Pete Evans is not just easy on the eyes but his fresh, flavorful approach to Paleo cooking may be just what your doctor ordered! “The Paleo Chef” is packed with fun, fresh and flavorful recipes that will delight almost any eater. There are more than 100 recipes accompanied by gorgeous photos. From Kale Hummus to Mum’s Burgers (which have a clever paleo trick for a bun!) to Japanese Crispy Chicken with Miso Mayonnaise this book is packed with “must try” recipes.

I particularly like the Brussel sprouts with bacon and garlic and the roasted winter veggies. If you’re exploring the Paleo diet or your thinking about it, pick up a copy of “The Paleo Chef.” You’ll find a wonderful array of recipes and, let’s face it; the cover art is pretty nice, too!

This book was provided to me for this review by the publisher. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!

March Goal Setting (and a near miss)

It’s March!  Yesterday, the first, was what we call “rabbit, rabbit” day.  There’s an old, British superstition that saying “rabbit, rabbit” first thing on the first day of the new month is supposed to bring good luck.  I think it’s a fun game and it always makes me smile thinking of the lovely lady who taught me about it.

So, new month, new goals.  My goal for this month is to quilt this lovely.  I’ve had a request for some charity quilts and the Heartstring Project was kind enough to share some blocks.  My cousin put them together and my youngest daughter and I will be quilting and binding them.  (I’m going to do a whole post about this later this week…stay tuned.)

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There’s another project that needs doing that is to do something with this lovely pile of inspiration I picked up at guild.

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I made a start this evening by pressing and cutting into 2″ and 3.5″ strips.  I’m envisioning another Sawtooth variation but in a 3×3 set to go as a lap robe.  (I did the same thing as a baby quilt earlier this year.)
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Today, I had an unexpected block of time to my “own self” and after going to get a routine blood draw which led to being in a lock-down situation (everyone was ok…it was a “better safe than sorry” thing), I took a side trip to my favorite thrift store where I found these lovely pillow cases in a Moda print.  I apologize in advance if the maker ever reads this but I removed the stitching and wound up with about 2.5 yards of fabric for $3.  I do love a pretty fabric bargain!
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The near miss today wasn’t the lock down, it was my batting!  I used a lovely gift from one of my daycare families to help buy a new roll of batting.  I finally got around to using it only to find that it is the wrong kind!  I almost always use Hobb’s Heirloom (no advertising here, just my preference) and this was Hobb’s Polydown.  Luckily, the ladies at Fabric Depot have no problem exchanging it even though I bought it months ago.  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to pick the roll up until Wednesday morning so my basting plans for today were a bust.  I was, however, so thankful that I was busy admiring the clean, lovely look of the sealed roll that I noticed the label before I tore the roll open!

Today was the first day I felt well enough to work out despite a little lingering cough.  This is the time of year when Winnie (the cat) and I both struggle with our allergies so it’s hard to decide if it’s the allergies or the cold.  This is also the time of year when Winnie gets her long-acting steroid shot for her asthma.  Thank goodness the shots work for her because the next step is an inhaler…and this is the shy cat we can’t even pick up.  Can you imagine trying to mask her and get an inhaler in her twice a day? Me neither.

Well, tomorrow is a baby day although my sweet little friend is now a busy toddler, she’ll always be a baby to us.  That means a 5 am wake up so I’m linking this up to A Lovely Year of Finishes and then going to bed!

Happy quilting!

Beth99

February Blocks, Flimsy and Winner

So my month wasn’t nearly as productive as I’d have liked but I’m not going to bore you with tales of illness and 80-hour work weeks.  I am,  however,  going to celebrate what I did get done!
In part because of my fun star blocks,  I had a block total of 43 for February.

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I also finished this little guy this morning…isn’t he cute?

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He’s from the block of the month over at Quiet Play.
My finish goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes only made it to the flimsy stage but I’m taking that as a win after all those nights up coughing. This is Sarah’s graduation quilt. 

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The top row contains her initials,  the next two are qualifications “RN” for registered nurse and “BSN” for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the final row is her graduation date 12-13-14…isn’t that a great date? I believe it’s the last sequential date of the decade and so easy to remember!    I did get to do a little shopping this week. Here are the fat quarters for Dorian, who won my giveaway.  

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I also picked up some pieces from the “Have a Latte” line for the next blog hop project.

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I’m really looking forward to playing with these!
So,  tonight I’m off to work but this afternoon I’m playing with fabric and enjoying the company of my sewing buddies.

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I hope your Saturday is just as wonderful! I’m linking this up to a Lovely Year of Finishes and Quiet Play.

“We Support You” Blog Hop and a Giveaway!

I love, love, love the heart of Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt!  She created a lovely applique pattern to help show our support for members of our community who may be facing one of life’s biggest challenges.  Now, personally, I had an aunt who faced not one but two bouts of breast cancer in the late 60’s and  early 70’s.  Later, the cancer went on a wander around and turned up on her spinal column.  Through it all, she was the most kind and lovely person you would ever want to meet!  So, this quilt is dedicated to my Aunt June, a many decades survivor of breast cancer and a generally wonder example of grace under pressure as well as to a couple of dear friends who are survivors.

Now, before I show it to you, a word about the pattern.  Madam Samm’s pattern is available for purchase for $ 12.00 by emailing Madame Samm directly at:
madamesamm@me.com (and it’s much more elegant than my project!)

However, sometimes a pattern is not so much a pattern as an inspiration and I hope she’s not too disappointed with where I went with her inspiration.  You see, every time I looked at the pattern, my mind kept superimposing piecing for embroidery and applique.  So, here’s my “homage” to Madam Samm’s pattern with all free-hand piecing (except for the border and paper-pieced ribbon.)

Who knew my car made a good quilt rack?  Kudos to my youngest for the photo!

Who knew my car made a good quilt rack? Kudos to my youngest for the photo!

Honestly, free piecing the bra was pretty fun and I’m excited with how it turned out.  I have no idea where this one will end up.  I was thinking of offering it to the mammography clinic in my women’s health group.  One of the OB docs is a quilter and has filled the clinic and lobby with quilts which gives it a wonderfully warm feel but the mammography area could use a little cheer.  So, there’s my entry…I’ve wandered a bit far afield but I’ve enjoyed the journey and hope you like the outcome!  My heartfelt thanks to Madam Samm and  to Pat at Life in the Scrap Patch for putting this all together and for their wonderful, caring hearts!

To see what the pattern really looks like, please hop on over to these talented quilters

Feb  4th 

Kris Loves Fabric

Words & Stitches You’re Here!

Jane’s Quilting

Tea Time Creations

Now, I like to do a little giveaway with my blog hops, just to give a little something back and so I’m giving away a trio of fat quarters…but there’s a catch.  You’ll have to tell me what color you’d like if you win, because I haven’t even shopped for them yet!  So, tell me in the comments what color you’d like and, yes, I will ship internationally!  I’ll have Mr. Random draw a comment number when the hop is done.

Happy quilting and, for those of you in the fight right now, stay strong…all playing aside, we really do support you!

Beth

February Goal Setting

I couldn’t really be more excited about my January progress… it’s been a long time since I had four finishes!  Now, with a new month ahead I have one firm goal and two “wanna do” quilts.  The first is finishing Sarah’s graduation quilt.  Here’s a peek at it now, just a partial top.

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Next on my list is a charity quilt for our donor program.  Sue sent us some heart string blocks to help us get started and I’m excited to start putting these beauties together!

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Of course, there’s also my “We support you” project which I hope won’t get me banned from blog hops… lol! 
Ok, so that’s three and the Superbowl is nearly over so let the quilting games begin!
Happy quilting,
Beth
I’m linking this up to a Lovely Year of Finishes.