Sunday, February 28, 2010

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS....


I would just like to say how proud I am of ALL the Canadian athletes! You did us proud!


GO CANADA GO!!

All I have to say is...


GO TEAM CANADA...GO TEAM CANADA...
Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter Mini Completed!

TA-DA!!!
Here it is...
All finished! *sigh*

The back turned out magnificently!! I think!


Named after my eldest daughter, as it was her artwork, and the artwork of her 3rd grade class that inspired me.
They were working on artwork that was inspired by Canadian Artist Ted Harrison.
She was also my 'consultant' during the whole 'building' process.
It'll be off to it's new owner on Monday, as I've been home with the stomach flu the last couple of days!
I LOVE this quilt...and I'm going to have to make myself one!
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

PURPLE CHARM QUILT! and the Mailbox!

When I went to the mailbox a couple of days ago...I received all this (plus a couple of bills)... SCORE!!!! (expect for the bills)!!!

The big package was 20 fat quarters that I purchased from Sew Sisters for $25 (plus shipping) so it worked out to be a bit less than $2/FQ!!! .... SCORE! ... I didn't get to choose which FQs so it's one big surprise!
This is from Pam in Orlando...part of a FQ swap...all Amy Butler...the actual FQ is from the LOVE collection...which I love!
The funky colored package is from Japan...part of a Charm swap...
And the forth package contained a yard of retro fabric...with an intended future as potholders for a special someone in my life!!!!
I also received yesterday an envelope with my Purple Charm Chain Letter! which contained 2 x 6" sqaures of purple fabric. I'm very excited about this! How it works is...I send 2 x 6" squares of purple, 100%, high quality cotton, to the 1st person on the list...cross off her name...add my name to the bottom of the list...and send the letter along with 2 x 6" squares of purple fabric to 4 other people...and then they repeat the process!!! If it works you'll receive 72 squares in total! It will be interesting to see what and where they come from!
I NEED 2 MORE PEOPLE TO JOIN! If you are interested please email me at preciousposies@gmail.com ... I will need your home mailing address (which will be shared with the chain!)
CHEERS!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

GO TEAM CANADA GO!

As you can see, I've change the look of my blog...for the duration of the Olympics!
Eh Oh Go Canada Go!

During Family Day (a STAT holiday in Ontario)...my 4 kids and I, including the 21 month old, made 'Maple Leaf' sugar cookies...

They turned out great! We dusted them with some icing sugar...and had some with a big glass of milk! We also played Monopoly City all together...I came close to winning, but was beat out when I had to pay $13,000,000 for rent to my husband!!! Highway robbery I tell ya!

What have you done to show your "Olympic Spirit"!?!?!?!?!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ASSISTANCE PLEASE!

Sooo...this is my fall mini...again!

I'm wanting to satin stitch a 'stick tree' to it...this tree will go through all layers...

However, I can't decide where to put, or to 'put it' at all?!?!?
Post a comment with your vote (including the number corresponding to the picture)...
so far there are 2 votes for #1!
#1 (tree to the right)

#2 (tree to the left)


#3 (tree slightly off-center)


#4 (no tree)
CHEERS!

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

HAPPY VALENTINE`S DAY!


Hug, kiss, snuggle, caress, squeeze, smooch the one(s) you love today!



Saturday, February 13, 2010

Up next...

A sneak peek of what I'm working on next/also?!?!?!?!?
A lap blanket for someone special!
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Mini in evolution...Part Deux

This is it! So far....
I've appliqued it to a piece of cotton muslin...

Close-ups of my rough-edge applique! (I apologize for the poor picture quality)

I started to appliqueing (I'm sure that's not spelt right!!) process by cutting the webbing smaller than the fabric and then ironing it to the muslin...however...the fabric started to bubble where the webbing was smaller than where I had stitched!! So I returned to making the webbing the exact same size as the fabric...so it's not quite as "rough" as I wanted!

Thanks to everyone who replied to my pleas for help regarding appliqueing material! I went with Seam-2-Seam Lite! Worked great!

On to the next step...

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fusible Webbing v.s. Quilter's Spray?!?!?

I've got a question!!

I need to take apart and 'stick' my applique pieces of my winter quilt (the one pictured in the previous post) to a piece of muslin...the whole thought of taking it apart and reconstructing it make my stomach a little queasy!

Question #1 ~ Do I use fusible webbing...which is what I would normally use...or Quilter's spray? My thoughts being that if I use webbing...the quilt will become very rigid...and tough to quilt with the many layers of fabric & webbing (each piece is cut to only over-lap a little...not the entire piece). And if I use webbing...Do I applique as I go...or wait until I have all pieces in place > iron > applique? (that's Question #2) Normally I would applique as I go...my concern is if I do that and get almost all the way done and realize something isn't lined up, or matched up, or who know's what!?!?!

The argument for the Quilter's spray is that the pieces are repositionable...it's very lightweight so it won't make the quilt too rigid or bulky...but is it enough?!?!

Oh Dear...perhaps it's too early in the morning for such drama...and I've thought about it last night, yesterday, dreamt about it...LOL...this quilt has my creative energy on overdrive!

Let me know what you think!

CHEERS!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My mini in evolution...

Here it is! After many false starts...and a lot of second-guessing...
This is the background of my winter-inspired mini-quilt. Please ignore the rough edges...it`s sticking to my improv design board (cotton batting draped over a card table on it`s side!)
Inspired by Canadian artist Ted Harrison (an Englishman originally).
I have to take it apart...EEK! To sew it to some muslin, or something...and then continue...I've decided to do rough edge applique (at least that's what I think it's called).
I'll be adding a sun...some trees (I have a thing for trees)...and perhaps some falling snow?!?!?!
Stay tuned!
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Quilting for Haiti

I stumbled upon this blog via the Quilting Gallery blog! I think it's a wonderful idea...and I'm planning on making at least one quilt to send. If you have an extra quilt or would like to make one to send to Haiti...click here!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I hope I win...

Bradie Sparrow over at A Quilty Kind of Girl is hosting a Quilty Kind of Giveaway.



It's a quilt kit giveaway ~ check it out!!!




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I am young mother of 4 darling children. I'm also a full-time Labor & Delivery RN. I love to quilt, sew, knit, crochet, do just about anything crafty, in my spare time.
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