Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Funny

No children on husbands in the room for this one.

I would like to thank CE for sharing this story with me. This story didnt happen to CE but still a great story for a holiday weekend.

I had a flat tire on I-90 yesterday so I pulled over, got out of the car
and opened my trunk. I took out my cardboard men, unfolded them and stood them at the
rear of my car facing oncoming traffic.
They look so lifelike you wouldn't believe it!
Just as I had hoped, cars started slowing down looking at the men which
made it much safer for me to work on the side of the road.
People honked and waved, and it wasn't long before a police car pulled up
behind me.
He wanted to know what the heck I was doing so I calmly explained that I was changing
my flat. He told me he could see that, but demanded to know what the heck my cardboard
men were doing standing at the rear of my car.
I couldn't believe he didn't know! So I told him ...
Well, I explained to the angry Policeman

They're my Emergency Flashers!!!!

Hope you all got a good laugh like I did.
 Who is going to see the movie Magic Mike?


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Quilt Roll 3

You know how much I love Hexagons and I am a massive strip piecer.
Combine the two and that tells you about my quilt show n tell for today. I made this quilt from a pattern from Sandy Klop of American Jane. Here is the info from Sandy's website describing the pattern.

Merry-Go-Round Pattern #(AJP205)
Round and round they go, but no curves or Y seams. Jumbo hexagons are like flowers in Gramma’s garden.  Finished size 67” x 72”
It is no secret that I am also a dotaholic so this binding was done using a variety of mini pindots.

I try and stick with a theme for my quilt backs for an entire year. I thought this would make it easy to date the quilt. So this quilt was made during the year of the dot. One problem, I forgot to log what year that was. I will do a bit of research once I have all my quilts documented so I can clarify the following:
The year of the dot ( this may actually be two years)
The year of the plaid
The year of the DOG (remember the fabric that wouldnt sell?)
The year(S) of the pieced backs, etc.

Sandy's quilt used two jelly rolls from the same collection.
started with one jelly roll,
 didn't get the quilt finished,
ran out of the fabric (yes this even happens to me)
decided to complete the quilt using the next American Jane collection.
I think this made me one block short so I improvised by making one block that has all different sections. It is my favorite block in the quilt as shown above.

I jumped on Sandy's website to reference the Merry Go Round pattern number and look what I found!!! More stripped pieced hexagon projects to add to my list!
Geez Louise, Does she ever sleep?
photo courtesy of American Jane
Assorted Flavors (AJP286)
Life savers and fruit flavors found in mother's purse are the best ever when you have to wait. This quilt is eye candy wherever it goes.
Finished size 72” x 69”
This quilt was made using American Jane Pin Dots by Moda.

photo courtesy of American Jane
Flying Circles (AJP294)

Cart wheels, spinning tops, ferris wheels and polka dots all spell fun!
Finished size 72” x 90”
This quilt was made using American Jane Pin Dot, Fairy Tale Friends, Pezzy Print, plus Moda Bella Solids, and Essential Dots.
photo courtesy of American Jane
Y-Knot (AJP245)
I love the name of this pattern.
This is a block I have been waiting to do. You need 3 groups of fabrics, light (plaid), medium (florals), and darks (pin dots). Making this quilt is way more fun than a camp lanyard, so why not make a Y-Knot.
Finished size 47” x 60”

Which one is your favorite?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Funny- money bags


Calendar for July 2012 (United States)

This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens once every 823 years. this is called
money bags. 
This was one of those emails that I recieved that says if I share it with my friends I will recieve money in 4 days. I am sharing it with all my blog friends, but I don't believe I will be recieving money. I got the original email on April 20th- more than 4 days ago!!
  This is supposedly based on Chinese Feng Shui.
I will go buy a lottery ticket tonight and if I win that also I will share.

have a great weekend

Monday, June 18, 2012

and the winners are.....

And the winners of book reviews are....

Anita said...
I would love to win a copy of Modern Patchwork...thanks for the chance!
June 15, 2012 3:07 AM

Kathie said...
simply charming might help with the jump start I need to get working in the modern lighter brighter using solids fabric mode I have been dreaming about!
thanks! I am enjoying seeing all these new books , one never has enough books
June 15, 2012 12:40 PM

Anonymous said...(margaret quilts)
Academy - I'm are interested in wining this book.
June 14, 2012 9:33 PM

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Funny

Happy Friday to all.

I wanted to share a joke that my husband sent me. It kind of reminds me of what my mom would have said.

So here go......

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his beautiful, blond, female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox.

She opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into her house.

A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came again. She marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, "Is something wrong?"

To which she replied, "There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps telling me I've got mail!"

I hope everyone has a good weekend and a fantastic Father's Day.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

another BRAG

Did the title catch you?
Did you guess what BRAG stands for?

 I am not showing precious pictures of my kids and dogs.
 I am not publishing any report cards. Do they give report cards in college?
I am not telling about how I cleaned my sewing room closet.

BRAG is short for BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY. Yes there is one more post. I could go one and on and still not cover all the great stuff happening in the quilting/publishing  world.

Simply Charming Modern

Modern was certainly the buzz word at Market, so I thought it fitting to show you a few books with Modern in the title.
First of all, we have Simply Charming, Modern from Moose on the Porch. This is a continuing series of books from Konda Luckau. Each of the books  feature quilts made using charm squares. Some of the other titles are Simply Charming- Kids,  Simply Charming - Seasons, Simply Charming- Circles and Simply Charming- Fun. 
Leave a commentand include the words Simply Charming if you want a chance to win.
Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman
published by Stash Books
Elizabeth has made and machine quited  each of the 12 quilts featured in this book. The big bold shapes, graphic use of  scale and additional color options for each project makes it a feast for the eyes. There are a few quilts I have my eye on to try. I think I will start with the escape artist quilt. I cant show you which quilt it is. You will have to check it out for yourself..... if you win this book. Yes I have a book for a giveaway. Leave a comment including Modern Patchwork and i will draw a a name on Sunday night and annoucne it on Monday morning.

Modern is not in the title of this book, but if a book on English Paper Piecing can
 be categorized as modern, this one certainly is.

Hexa-Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher
published by Stash Books
I am truly a hex-aholic so this review may be a bit jaded. There is something just perfect about the shape of a hexagon that I love. Tacha has created a US flag full of hexagons. How cool and dramatic. I wanted to stand up and sing the national anthem when I turned to the page. She must also have a love for the Union Jack because she has  created a hexy Union Jack quilt as well.
SIDE NOTE: Did you know moda introduced a new cut at market that is perfect for paper piecing hexagons? Moda Candy- 2 1/2" squares will be in stores this fall. Grab some Moda Candy and Tacha's book to get started on your Hexa go-go project.

Moving from Modern to CLASSIC books
Harriet Hardgrave and her daughter, Carrie's newest book is Quilter's Academy, Vol. 4- Senior Year

Quilter's Academy Vol. 4

published by C& T publishing
Harriet and Carrie truly have developed an entire encyclopedia of information, techniques and designs throughout their four books. Volume 4 covers creating designs, drafting patterns, working with angles or complex designs. Completing any of the projects in this book will assure you  a diploma in quilting.
Leave a comment and include Academy if you are interested in wining this book.

One more book that I could only describe as Classically Elegant.
Applique and Embroidery Fundamentals by Jan Vaine

Applique & Embroidery Fundamentals By Janice Vaine

I have such an appreciation for Jan's work because I do not see how the heck she does it. I think she wrote this book just for me. It is written for a first time stitcher with step by step illustrations to master a variety of applique and embroidery techniques. There is plenty of things in this book for the experienced stitcher as well.  I had the chance to see some of the projects up-close at quilt market.

Amazing!! Look at some of the things she has created using the new ombre fabric from Vanessa Christenson's new line, Simply Color.

You know the drill,  a couple of these books I have as a giveaway. Leave a comment to let me know which book you would like to win. I will draw the winners Sunday night and post them Monday morning. I must be able to contact you via email or the book will go to the next person's name I draw. Be sure and folow me so you wont miss out on any future news and giveaways.

and the winners are

Congrats! Hope you enjoy your new book.

Modern Minimal
 goes to
Laura said...
I would love to learn more about Modern Minimal quilting. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
June 11, 2012 11:34 PM

Scrappy Fireworks
goes to
I would love to win the Scrappy Fireworks Quilts by Edyta Sitar. She's one of my favorite quilters.
Linda on 6/13/12

Applique with an Attitude
goes to girlfriends gap
Setting a summer goal to try and increase my appliqué skills so appliqué with attitude would be a great help. Thanks for a chance to win. All these books look fabulous.janita on more book reviews and more giveaways

and the winner of Free Motion Quilting is
Wendy said...
Some great books! I'd love FMQ with Angela. Thanks!
June 10, 2012 1:49 PM

Sunday, June 10, 2012

more book reviews and more giveaways

Enjoy a few more of the newest books available on book shelves now.

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts has got  to be one of the most talented, hardest working women in our industry. She is so creative and gracious at sharing her techniques
 and talent with us all.
Her quilts and projects always take my breath away. The combination of batiks and prints is amazing. I had a big lone star scrappy quilt started, then I saw her book and calendar. It stopped me dead in my tracks trying to decide if I should do borders like hers. Love it!!
I have one of her books for a Giveaway. Use Scrappy Fireworks in your comments if you want to be entered in the drawing for a book.

 She also has a  calendar to match

Applique with Attitude is the latest creation from Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins.
Again, two very talented ladies. I love the title because neither of these two ladies have an attitude at all. What they do have is a creative way with fabrics, color and combination of the two.
I have an Applique with Attitude book for a giveaway. List the title in your comments in you want it/NEED it.

Look at their great you tube video they are sharing from their book.

Alissa Haight Carlton's book is Modern Minimal. Alissa creates quilt with a great use of negative space that makes each piece a work of art. With great photography and room settings you can easily put any of these quilts on your bed or see them hanging on a wall in a gallery. Do you want this one? Leave a comment including Modern Minimal.

Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters features step by step designs for machine quilting. Designs such as pulleys, Wonky Diamonds, Sun rays and Figure 8's are just a few of the quilting designs that are showcased throwout.
 I also have one of these books for a giveaway.
Use FREE MOTION in your comment.

Shape Workshop for Quilters published by Lark Crafts
I have finally gotten my hands on this book and I love it as much as I knew I would. The book is a collaboration from the talented crew of the e-magazine Fat Quarterly. Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher and John Q. Adams  have brought together 60 different blocks designs along with several quilt layouts using these blocks.

Gwen Marston  has a wonderful way of encouraging traditional quilters to  feel liberated by braking some of the rules in traditional quilting methods. Enjoy the variety of quilts and quilt makers that she showcases in Liberated Medallion Quilts. These quilts could nave been made by our ancestors or possibly by the current modern movement of quilt makers.

I have 4 of the above books for giveaways. I will announce the winners on Thursday morning, so leave your comment before then. Also make sure I have an email address to let you know that you were a winner.

and the winners are...

The winners of the books are:

Kansas City Star book 7
hueisei said...

I would love to win a copy of this My Stars! Thanks for the chance :)

June 7, 2012 8:06 PM

Listen to your quilt
DebrafromMD said...

I would love to have a copy of Listen to Your Quilts. Foe me, choosing the quilting design is the hardest part of the quilt making process.

June 7, 2012 8:44 PM

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Funny

In last Friday's post I told you how old I am so I am not keeping any secrets. I am not going to ask your age because that is not how I roll. You'd probably fib anyway-but the Hershey Man will know!
This is delightfully tasty especially if you are a chocolate lover like I am.
It takes less than a minute .

Work this out as you read .

Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

This is not one of those waste of time things, it's bewildering and amazing.

1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10)
2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold)

3. Add 5

4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1762 ..

If you haven't, add 1761..

6... Now subtract the four digit year that you were born.

You should have a three digit number

The first digit of this was your original number

(i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week).

The next two numbers are

YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!)

THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2012) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SHARE THIS POST WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. Then enjoy as much Chocolate as you want. Feel free to leave a comment with either your age or how many pieces of chocolate you get to consume. No one will judge or try and figure which number is which. Trust Me.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

book review and a giveaway

Sorry my book review has been a bit delayed due to being a bit under the weather.
It was nice having a bedside table full of books to thumb through.
 I just couldn't get to the computer to post much about them.

Graphic Mixx by Atkinson Designs
Terry Atkinson has out done herself once again. She re-taught me how to do zippers in all of her bag patterns and now she has several more projects added to my to do list. Terry's directions are always clear, easy to  understand  and a pleasure to sew. Follow along on Terry's blog for tons of great stuff.

My Stars VII from Kansas City Star
This book is number 7 in the series. I own all of them!  These books are truly a collectors series  with hand drawn illustrations of original blocks along with redrafted patterns from the historical collection of the Kansas City Star. I have an extra copy of this book so if you want to own it leave a comment and include My Stars in the comment. Stop by their site today. they are also having a book giveaway.

Simple Charm by Kim Diehl
What can I say about Kim's quilts? I love all of them. The traditional richness, the warm room settings, the great use of  color are just a few of the things that draws me in. Sorry to be stingy, I only have one of these books and it has my name written really big inside it.

Listen to your Quilt by Barbara Persing
Machine Quilting really brings a flat quilt top to life. Barbara asks the following
questions before she begins any project.

What is the intended use of this quilt?

What quilting is needed to enhance this quilt?

What thread color should I use?

Then she walks you through different options for different styles of quilts.
This book is published by C and T and I have one for a giveaway. If you are interested comment with Listen to Your Quilt.
That is it for now. I will have part two of my book reviews posted on Sunday. I guess thiese aren't official reviews, just teases with a giveaway or two thrown in for fun.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Funny

I don't know how funny this really is.
My post today is being renamed
Amazing Friday?

Johanna Quaas of Germany recently competed in the International Senior Gala. At the ripe age of 86 she competed in four different apparatus. Johanna began her gymnast career at the age of 50. I am 50.!!!!! This is where the amazing part comes in. I have 36 years before the 2048 International Senior Gala. This would make me the exact age of Johanna.
I could barely pass gymnastic class in elementary school. It was like watching a giraffe try and stay balanced on the uneven bars.
My hats off to you, Johanna. I can't wait to see what you do when you are 90.

Have a great weekend. My book show n tell starts next week. There may be a few giveaways sprinkled in.


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