Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Schnibble Done!!

(Go HERE for previous post’s givaway!)

I really enjoyed making the Schnibble for this month.

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I’ve not pieced sashing before so it was a new experience!

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A really fun one!  Woo hoo!

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I made it from the “School Days” collection from American Jane.

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So, it fits right in with my September school d├ęcor!

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Yogi loves it, too!!

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There’s not a quilt anywhere he doesn’t want to get up on!!

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I like to take the photos out on the deck in natural light, and he loves to snooze out there!!

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Do you like the black rickrack and star buttons I added?

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I wanted some new school themed throw pillows for my couch and two chairs in the family room…

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so, I took some teacher tote bags I had for years and ripped them apart,

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backed them with some fun teacher prints from my stash and made 4 pillows!!

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Yogi wants to know what you’ve been up to lately???

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Celebrate Back to School Days - Quilter's Blog Hop Party

Michele Foster, over at the Quilting Gallery, is hosting a
“Back to School Days
      Blog Hop Party”
from August 26th-September 3rd!
There are tons of blogs registered to participate in the hop and all are having giveaways, including me!

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So, what am I giving away??

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Nope!  NOT my Yogi!! 
But, how about this wonderful quilt book…

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and this fun Autumn fabric panel??

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To enter my giveaway, first you must be a follower of my blog, then leave a comment and tell me you are a follower and share your favorite Back to School memory- and I will ship internationally!! 
Winner will be randomly chosen on September 3rd at 9 pm!
Click on the Blog Hop Party button above on my side bar to visit the list of participating bloggers!! 
Let’s hop!!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Great Granny’s Marmalade

I finished my Great Granny Quilt-a-long quilt top last month…
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but just quilted it yesterday and finished the binding today at bee!!
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I am so glad I decided to use my Marmalade jelly roll for this online quilt-a-long.
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I think it has such a nice vintage feel to the prints that goes so well with the look of the granny blocks!!
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And instead of the white background that is everywhere these days, I used an ecru Kona, which also looks more vintagey, don’t you think?
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And this afternoon, while photographing it out on the deck, Yogi wanted to get into the act, too!!
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He soooo needs to be groomed!!
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I don’t like it when I can’t see his big brown eyes clearly!!
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But he soooo H. A. T. E. S. getting groomed, that I wait as long between appointments!!
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I’ve got all the sashing pieced and trimmed for this month’s Schnibble, Dime Store, so will be working on that tomorrow!!  Really REALLY liking this new design from Carrie!! 
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I hope the backing fabric I ordered online for it, comes in really soon!!
Whatcha working on this week??
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back to School!!

I’m talking about my new quilt named “Back to School”, not that I’m going back to school! 

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This will be my first fall in 34 years that I’m NOT going back to school!!  YESSSSSS!!

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Love,  LOVE,  L. O. V. E.  being retired!!  Soooo wonderful!!

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But, do want some new school themed quilts to put out every September with all my collected teacher memorabilia.

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This pattern was one of those free flyer patterns given to me  with an online fabric order.

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It was supposed to be made with an autumn themed panel, but I just loved the apples, so I just used a cute vintage school print from Susan Branch for the centers of the blocks where the fall panels were to go.

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Well, The Queen Mother (aka my Handiquilter Sweet 16 Sit Down machine) is not in my little sewing room- it is across the hall in our home office.

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I took Yogi’s bed off my sewing table and brought it in that room… but he does not like it in there on the floor.

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He would rather just lay on the floor in the hall at the top of the stairs.

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I  used some red stash fat quarters to make the apples.

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And some of the many school themed prints for the rest!  And I still have plenty left for a few more quilts!!

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I’m thinking of using my Accuquilt GO! and the tumbler die to make a quilt with the smaller school fabric scraps!

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Isn’t that backing fabric cute??

I’ve got my granny square quilt all pin-basted and ready to quilt…

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but I’m half way done piecing Dime Store - the August Schnibble pattern… so will probably finish the top and then quilt the granny square quilt while I’m waiting for the backing fabric to come in the mail!!

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What sewing are you doing this weekend??  Something fun???

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Busy on the Beach!

Of course, you are thinking this means I am on vaca at some beach, right?  Soooo  W R O N G !!!

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I have been busy working on a beach quilt!!  “Sunset Beach”!

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I saw an awesome beach photo online and decided it was just the view I wanted for a wall quilt for my son and his girlfriend’s apartment.

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My oldest son, A.J., just turned 30!!!  Man, am I getting so very OLD!!!

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So, I made him this quilt for the bedroom as their comforter and shams are black!

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I also made 2 reversible batik throw pillows. One side black and bright batik nine patches and

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the other side a really pretty black and orange print batik… so they can use both sides!!

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And I made them a little orange batik fish pillow with fat black rickrack!!

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I think they both liked it all!!  Now, it’s on to making a Back to School apple quilt to put out next month!!

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What are you working  on?

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Yogi’s working on his tan!!  LOL!!

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