Saturday, September 22, 2012

Scrap Vomit Square Block Swap - Really!!

I have always wanted to do a postage stamp quilt, but I never really got started.  The other day I was surfing the web and came across this blog, gnome angle.  Angie Wilson was blogging about a swap of 2.5 inch squares.  The name of the swap is Scrap Vomit Square Block.  What a name!!  Click on the above link to get the skinney on this.  She indicated that she had set up a swap of  2.5 inch squares on a site called swap bot.  That site was also new to me.  I went over for a visit and let's just say the rest is history.  The sign-up was through today so I quickly joined the swap.  There will be three partners and each will receive a package of 49 - 2.5 inch squares. 

I pulled out my scrap box and other pieces of fabric laying around and in no time I had cut out 196 2.5 inch squares.  That is three sets for swapping and one set for me to keep.  There are no duplicates in each set.  I could not believe that I had 49 different pieces of fabric!!  Wonder how many I really have???

The pictue below shows one of the sets.  I will get an email soon telling me who my swap partners are.  These blocks could come from anywhere in the world.  I am looking forward to seeing the variety of blocks that will be sent to me.  The package has to be mailed by October 5.  I am happy that I have mine all cut out because I will be at the Cobble Court Quilt Retreat III in CT on that date. 

These 49 squares only make one block in the quilt, so I will be looking for other swap partners that have 2.5 inch blocks that they want to swap.  Wouldn't it be neat to make a quilt with 2.5 inch squares, where there are no duplicate fabric.  Do you think this is possible?

If you are interested in making this quilt, you can find a tutorial here.  Its worth clicking on the link just to see the finished quilt.

Happy quilting.............



Friday, September 21, 2012

Bento Box Top Completed

I have marked another project off of my "things to do before the retreat."

At last year's retreat we exchanged 2.5 inch stips and Debbie provided us with a Bento Box pattern to use to make a top.  We were encouraged to bring the top back this year for show and tell.

Since I am traveling by plane and have limited luggage, I will wait until I return to have it quilted.

I still have to kit up a couple of projects and pack my needed quilting supplies.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

A Mid-Summer's Night Dream

The Summer 2012 Quilt Challenge for the Standstitchers Guild was titled A Mid-Summer's Night Dream.  Cynthia headed up this project.  Each participant selected an envelop with a paint strip from the paint store and one "wild card color" in another envelope.  The rules were to use all the colors from the strip and the wild card color in recognizable amount.  Any other color could be added and at least three embellishments used.  The project had to be completed prior to our meeting tonight. 

These are the projects that were selected. The winners will have a caption under the picture.

Best Use of Color Paint Strips

Project you would use most in your home.

Most Original
Best Use of Embellishments (Lois used real cat whiskers)

There were at least four others, but for some reason the camera did not flash and the pictures did not show up clear enough to post.

What talented people we have in the group.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Outside My Window at Work

I looked up from my work today and saw the largest ship I have ever seen in the Pascagoula River. The following pictures show the remarkable work that tugboats do.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Countdown to Cobble Court Quilt Retreat III

Time is getting closer for me to catch a plane to Hartford CT and drive down to Litchfield CT for a three day quilting retreat with a few of my friends. 

I have been busy this weekend preparing several projects that I will be taking with me.  We always bring pillow cases for Kathy to donate to a local woman's shelter.  We exchange fabric in some format that we are to bring back as a finished project (yeah, right).  Our exchange this year will be five inch charm squares.  We are to bring two sets of two different Christmas fabrics.

I have finished my pillowcases. Two of those below will be donated locally through the Pascagoula Just Needles Quilt Guild.

We will also have a block lottery again this year.  The pattern is a nine inch Maple Leaf with a light blue background.  These are my blocks.  I hope I win!!

In addition to the preparations for the retreat, I joined in on the Brown and Pink Swap at the Threads of Friendship Yahoo Group.  These blocks are also nine inch blocks.  I have completed the required number and plan to get them in the mail this week so I can mark that off of my list.

Brown and Pink with Predominate Pink

Brown and Pink with Predominate Brown
Putting the blocks together, made from the strip exchange at last year's retreat, still needs to be completed.  I will post  a picture of the top when I complete it.

Quilt Retreat projects include sewing on a baby quilt, so I have to get that cut out soon.

Have a wonderful week.



Saturday, September 15, 2012

Blogger's Blog Hop - Updated 9/15/12

See underlined, red text portion for update.

Peach Patch Quilts

Blogger's Block of the Month Blog hop starts tomorrow, September 15. New blocks will come out each month on the 15th, except for February 2013, where a block will come out on the 1st and the 15th.

The first blogger is Carin at Margaret's Hope Chest. When you visit this site, read about how this group of ladies started their charity endeavors.

The schedule for this hop can be found at Dhia is sponsoring this Blog Hop. If you would like a pdf copy of this block, email me or leave a comment with your email address and I will send it to you.

My turn will be in February, but I will list the link to each month's block here and provide links to the site.

Quilty Hugs,


Friday, September 14, 2012

Blogger's Block of the Month Blog Hop Starts September 15

Peach Patch Quilts

Blogger's Block of the Month Blog hop starts tomorrow, September 15.  New blocks will come out each month on the 15th, except for February 2013, where a block will come out on the 1st and the 15th.

The first blogger is Carin at Margaret's Hope Chest.  When you visit this site, read about how this group of ladies started their charity endeavors.

The schedule for this hop can be found at  Dhia is sponsoring this Blog Hop.

My turn will be in February, but I will list the link to each month's block here and provide links to the site. 

Quilty Hugs,


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Just Needles Quilt Guild Road Trip

The Pascagoula Just Needles Quilt Guild took their fall "Road Trip" to Mandeville LA on Saturday.  A fun time was had by all. 

We first visited "Bright Hopes" Quilt Shop in Mandeville.  The fabric in the next two pictures just jumped into my basket and stayed there until I paid for it.

Fabric by Free Spirit
Fabric for a Saints Fan Quilt

 The black and gold fabric will be joined with this and made into a quilt for one of my sons.

After shopping there for an hour or so we went to lunch at the Camellia Grill in Abita Springs LA.
It was decorated with lots of painted sea creatures, had a mural of a corner in New Orleans painted on one wall, sea creatures painted on the tables, and bar stools with metal sea creatures on the back of them.  The food was delicious and the decor was outstanding.

After lunch we visited "Sew This" Quilt store in Abita Springs.  The owner gave us a tour of her behind the scenes part of her shop.  A Statler long arm was busy quilting a top for someone to send to Iraq for a quilt show.  Everyone was very nice and friendly.  Several things also came home with me from this shop.  Not shown is a cut of fruits and veggies fabric as well as a piece of fabric depicting sewing notions.

We had a lovely day .... and made it home before the rain came.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Final Block - BQA

The final block, Collect Seashells, of the Beginner's Quilt Along has been completed.  Pinwheels are not my favorite.  Not a perfect job, but it is a keeper for me.

Next week we learn to put the blocks together.

Collect Seashells aka Flutter Wheel



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mind the Gap Finished Top and many more.......

I have completed the quilt top patterned after Moda's Mind the Gap.  I probably will name it something else when it is quilted, but for now I am just happy the top is finished.  It needs a good pressing, but I will wait until it is ready to quilt.

Without the borders

Finished Top with Borders
This top joins seven others that need to be quilted.  Maybe I will get these quilted when the weather turns cooler.  
Christmas Jelly Roll 1, Cars, Moda's

Owen and Paige's Tops
Christmas Jelly Roll 2, Round Peg in a Square Hole, Accuquilt Sample Quilt Top
I don't even want to know how many sets of blocks I have that need to be sewn together. We will talk about that another day.

Hope everyone is having a great week.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Blogger Block of the Month Blog Hop

Peach Patch Quilts

I have agreed to be part of a Blogger Block of the Month Blog Hop sponsored by Dhia of  Peach Patch Quilts.  The schedule can be found at the link above.  My block will not appear until February 15th, but you can join in this hop by visiting Margaret's Hope Chest beginning September 15.  Dhia will be giving away prizes every month.

Each blogger will provide a tutorial for a 9.5 inch block.  We will then donate our block to Margaret's Hope Chest to be used for charity quilts.  There will be a total of 14 blocks in this Blog Hop.  I hope you can join in.  Be sure to join me at Sharp Quilts on February 15th.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Goodby Isaac and Hello New Project

Isaac has finally left the area.  It was such a relief to see all the water recede and to not have to be tense about whether or not it would reach my car.

Thanks to MS Power we had electricity most of the time. This allowed me to start a new project.

This is what I have been working on for the past two days.  There was a lot of cutting, which took most of my time for two nights.  Yesterday and today I started sewing the pieces together.  I have the four panels sewn together, but have not connected the four panels together. 

This is a picture of one of the panels:

I hope to sew the sets together tomorrow and put the borders on it.  This is the first "Modern" quilt that I have attempted.  The colors are some of the new Bella Solids that have just arrived in quilt stores.  I chose a pale gray for the background, just to make it a little more interesting.

Until later............