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Friday, September 28, 2012

What Happened To September?

I looked at the calendar this morning and thought to myself that September is almost over and then it occurred to me that I didn't have my September blocks made for the Scrappy Star Sew Along yet!  I dropped everything and ran for the sewing machine!  Whew...I now have two scrappy stars finished for September!  Maybe I should leave the mess and get October's blocks made up a couple of days early!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lucky For Me

Last month Needled Mom held a giveaway as part of the Blog Hop Party with Giveaways.  Of course I put my name in for the draw, but another winner was chosen.  Lucky for me, the winner never claimed her prize* and Mary drew my name as the alternate winner!  The book, Jelly Roll Quilts, arrived in the mail yesterday. It is full of wonderful quilt patterns that all use 2 1/2" strips!  Another good reason to start cutting my scraps a la Bonnie Hunter.

*If you enter blog giveaways and don't ever seem to win, you may want to make sure that you are not a "no reply" blogger.  Find out how to change your Blogger email settings HERE.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Fleece Time!

Fall has definitely arrived in my part of the country, so that means it's time to break out the projects that are too big and warm to work with during the summer months, such as this cozy fleece throw that I am making for a friend...it's the perfect project for a chilly evening!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Just In Case...

I like to have handmade gifts on hand for baby showers and such that I may not get a lot of advance notice for, so here's another "just in case I need a quick baby gift" all finished!

I used the free pattern Quick Baby Hat & Socks from Double Ewe Yarn Shop.  My pattern for the crocheted edging on the fleece blanket can be found HERE.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pink Reminders

I have a friend who loves pink, so for her birthday I made her a little pink quilt, just like this one, and then promised to make another to donate to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative in her honor.
Pink Reminders is made of 30 1" assorted pink scraps all of which are reminders of other pink quilts that I have made in the past and together they remind me of my friend who loves the color pink so much!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Old Dog...New Tricks!

Who says that you can't teach and old dog new tricks?  I've tried several different ways of needle turn applique in the past without a whole lot of success.  After a few sorry attempts I decided that needle turn was not for me, but last Friday I decided to give it another try with a very good teacher standing over my shoulder.  Using the techniques found in the book The New Applique Sampler by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins and a lot of coaching from my teacher, I was able to complete this appliqued heart without uttering a single swear word!  I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks, either that or I learned this trick just in time before I officially become an old dog in a few short weeks!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cool Zebra!

Dear Miss One, our oldest granddaughter who is turning 12 next week, asked for a snugly blanket for her birthday.  Preferably, a zebra print blanket!  I knew I could come up with a nice warm blanket without any trouble, but zebra print?  I wasn't so sure.  Much to my surprise, it wasn't nearly as difficult to find as I thought it would be.  The local Joann Fabrics had no less than four bolts of plain zebra fleece in addition to this funky zebra/peace sign print! I used the softest fuzziest black yarn I could find for the crocheted edge, so this fleece blanket is super cozy.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Have You Forgotten?

11 years and it still seems like yesterday...I will never forget!  May God bless America and the men and women who so bravely serve to protect us all!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Packwood House

Last week I finally made the trip to Lewisburg to the Packwood House Museum to see their exhibit of antique quilts from Pennsylvania.  Photos were not permitted in the gallery, but I'll be honest and tell you that a photo could not possibly do the beauty of these quilts justice.  There were 34 quilts on display, some dating as far back as the 1840's, and each and every one was simply breathtaking!  The quilts will be on display until October 13, so if you are anywhere near Lewisburg, PA between now and then, it is worth the time to stop in for a tour!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Opening Night!

The above video shows a slideshow of all the entries in the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's 2010 Exhibit. I wonder what the 2012 Exhibit is going to look like? Come to the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center tonight to find out for yourself!

Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's 2012 Exhibit
Opening Reception Friday, September 7, 2012
Exhibit open September 8-30, 2012
Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center
134 Main Street
Wellsboro, PA

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Quilty Love

This is how the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center looked at the start of the day yesterday.  There was so much quilty love in the room that even the lights were getting in on the act!  It was great fun hanging all the quilts and seeing the Mountain Laurel 2012 Quilt Exhibit come alive right before our eyes.  Now to sit back and wait for opening night!

The Opening Reception is Friday, September 7, at 7:00 and then the exhibit is open daily (2:00 -5:00) through September 30 at the Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Polka Dots & Plaid For Progress

Today several of us are working feverishly to hang quilts for the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's 2012 Exhibit.  My part in this exhibit has been to organize the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Competition.  Guild members were challenged to make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt using at least one polka dot fabric and one plaid fabric.  The quilts will be on display during the exhibit with a prize given to the maker of the quilt with the most viewer's choice votes.  At the close of the exhibit all of the quilts will be donated to the AAQI.

The quilt in the photo is my entry, Ripple Effect.

One quilter made a quilt and donated it to raise money for Alzheimer's research.  She told another quilter about the quilt that she made.  That quilter made a quilt...
Six years later, over 2000 quilters have donated over 11,000 quilts and raised over $700,000.00 for Alzheimer's research!

This quilt is dedicated to all those who support the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative!  

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