Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Birthday Pretties





































































































































































































































































Yesterday was my birthday.  Another year older and hopefully wiser!  I treated myself to some Maileg toys and books from a new favorite children's author.  My husband is traveling and sent the most beautiful flowers.  I can dream of spring when I look at them, though with snow gently falling outside spring is not in the foreseeable future.  I finished up the most adorable doll for a sweet little girl who loves Pinnochio.  The pattern is from the book, "Tilda's Fairytale Wonderland" by Tone Finnanger.  I love making her toys, they each have so much personality.  From the looks of Pinnochio, I think he may have something to get off his chest! I hope you are having a creative and fun day!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fat Quarter Shop Top Ten Videos of 2015 Celebration ~ Bloom and Bliss Receiving Blanket












































































Today we continue celebrating the Fat Quarter Shop Top 10 videos of 2015 with the Bloom and Bliss Receiving blanket.  I thought it would be fun to make a blanket with a winter theme as we are in the throes of winter here in Michigan.  I chose this adorable fabric called "Let It Snow" by Laura Berringer for Marcus Fabrics.  The photo doesn't capture the subtle sparkle the fabric has.  Just like the glistening snow outside my window today.







































This blanket was quick sew, perfect when you need a cute gift fast.  The pattern is layer cake friendly but I cut 10" squares from yardage.  I really enjoyed making curved corners and will be doing it more often on my quilts.  Templates for making curved corners can be found here.







































Pair the blanket with a book that ties into the fabric and you have the perfect gift for a sweet child.To read more about the quilts and see the videos, head over to the Jolly Jabber blog.  Don't forget, if you make the receiving blanket show it on Instagram with the hashtag #fqsreceivingblanket and #FQSTop10 for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 gift card.  The contest ends February 1st.

Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in todays celebration:

Kiera of Simply Vanella

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Fat Quarter Shop Top 10 Videos of 2015 Celebration ~ Single Wedding Ring Quilt







































The Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their Top 10 videos of 2015.  Yesterday began two weeks of showcasing each of the quilts.  You can read more about the quilts and see the videos on the Jolly Jabber blog.  To join in on the party, a bunch of great bloggers have stitched up the quilts and I am happy to be included with this awesome group.







































I made the Single Wedding Ring quilt pattern using Flower Sugar fabric from Lecien.  This quilt is so happy and fun.  It was not difficult to put together.  The key for this quilt is squaring up your half square triangles before sewing the block and then squaring up the block.  This makes everything come together wonderfully!







































The combination of this pattern with the fabric line makes such a happy quilt!  It's a New Year Party all by itself!







































During the blog hop, if you make one of the quilts and tag it to Instagram with the hashtag #FQSTop10 and #singleweddingringquilt you will be entered in a contest for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 gift card.  The contest will end February 1st.







































Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for all their hard work in making the videos and providing these free patterns to us!  Be sure to check out the other blogs participating today ~

Sinta   Pink Pincushion
Anorina   Samelia's Mum
Angie   Gnome Angel

Saturday, January 2, 2016

In The New Year







































Let's walk into this new year together with thankful hearts.  Let's praise the Lord for all the blessings He has given us.  Let's not take for granted the life we've been given, the people we love and the opportunities ahead.  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Great Granny Twist Blog Hop
















Today is my turn on the Great Granny Twist Blog hop hosted by the Fatquarter Shop and Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.  Check out the Fatquarter shop video here to see how they made the quilt above.







































We were asked to take a project from Lori's book Great Granny Squared and put a new twist on it.  I love a good challenge!












































































I was humming Christmas carols when I began playing around with my design.  I ended up combining two elements from the book.  I made four blocks from the Great Granny quilt pattern on page four and topped them with a bow from the Great Granny Quilt Label on page ten.  It was a lot of fun!  The fabrics used in the wallhanging are from RJR Fabrics "White Christmas".







































I have made many of Lori's patterns and have participated in her fun quilt alongs.  The quilt above was from a quilt along Lori hosted a while back.  The bow on the basket is the bow on the presents. This quilt is not only about crochet, but I use it at Easter time for decoration as well.  The yarn balls remind me of eggs!







































I used part of the Great Granny block, the baby block, to make this sweet little quilt.  It was one of the first ones I ever hand quilted.

Thank you to the Fatquarter Shop and Lori for such a fun Blog Hop.  Be sure to check out the rest of the quilters for today.  They are three of the sweetest ladies I know!