This is one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time. Barbara over at Cat Patches is organizing an
Occupy Your Sewing Room
From Dec 3-10 pick a day, any day and sew, sew, sew.
Doesn't that sound so decadently wonderful? Especially before we all get crazy with the holidays.
So make your signs and demand the time just for you. There will be a link up party on Dec.11th to show off what you got done. Anyone can join in, not just bloggers, you can use Flickr, Shutterfly or any photo sharing site that allows you to generate a URL.
Today is the start of the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. If you're not familiar with the festival think lots of eye candy and tons of inspiration.
Here's my contribution:
I call it my Never Ending quilt, because that's how it felt, like it would never be finished. Looking through a quilt magazine I saw a beautiful quilt and the description was all about using those bright big prints that I can't seem to resist. I should just say I collect them since I buy them and rarely use them.
One problem, after making a bunch of the squares and starting on the wide pieced sashing it was horrible. The colors were discordant and the whole thing looked a little muddy.
It ended up in a UFO bag and forgotten. Six months later looking for something else I found some beautiful blocks and some ugly ones. I made a few more and took some apart and completely scrapped the wide sashing. I hand dyed the yellow fabric to make the simple sashing.
I thought I was finally done but when I went to sandwich it, I realized it really needed a border to pull it all together, so back to the stash. I found the perfect orange and yellow to use.
I love the way it came out and I changed the name to Never Ending Sunshine since it's so bright and cheerful.
You can link up to the festival until Nov. 4th and you can enjoy the show at any time. Amy still has links up for past shows so you can really immerse yourself in quilts. Enjoy the show.
I'm sure we are going to see more wonderful creations. Leave comments since each day a grand prize winner will be chosen by Madame Samm. All the prizes have been wonderful.
I am writing this early, because I am testing the schedule feature on blogger. My day for the hop in Tuesday Nov. 2 and I'm going to write my post nice and early and schedule it because we may be having company.
Hopefully, I'll be right here enjoying the hop.
Update, she looped around and ran back where she came from. Thanks Rina.
Make sure you leave comments everywhere because at the end of the day each blogger will pick a name and send it to the fabulous Madame Samm and she will pick two winners today to win 4 yards of the Ghastlie fabric.
Poor Madame Samm found herself with a strange addiction to this Ghastlie fabric, what to do with it? How to work with it? Of course being the amazing Madame, she had plenty of ideas and along the way found quite a few friends who had the same addiction. WE ALL LOVE THE GHASTLIES!!!
So today starts the first annual Ghastlie Blog Hop hosted by the wonderful Madame Samm.
Here's the line-up, you don't want to miss a day because there are some horribly wonderful prizes. Plus some of the Ghastlie sisters are planning their own giveaways.
We are into our 5th day of rain, not just rain but high winds, lightening, and the possibility of tornadoes. They just closed our schools because there are 42 bridges in the Keys and it's dangerous for the buses driving in wind. That's our version of snow days. The real problem is that we aren't used to this. Unless it's a hurricane (I don't like using the H word) it doesn't rain here for very long. We are all sun lovers so after about 3 days the crankies kick in and everyone is acting just a little crazy. Right now my house is shaking from the thunder, I have a worried dog trying to climb into my lap, the satellite is in and out (just enough I can hear the warning chimes going off, but can't read what they are warning us about), the internet is sputtering and I have my own case of the crazies. This is all because some little no name, want to be H word, who doesn't have the force to grow big is passing by. Vent over.
Stormy Days is because that is the best time to quilt although this is too much. Anyway, after all of the charity quilting I looked around with that "what's next" frame of mind and saw this:
That's my strings bag and it is overflowing. I usually use small blocks for my strings 6" or 8", but it seemed like a good idea to use 12 1/2" blocks this time, faster, bigger, perfect. After 2 blocks I knew that wasn't for me. I had to pin and iron as I went, which I don't want to do. So I made 4 and made this:
Then I went back to 6" blocks and made this:
More pretty. Now I can't make another string block without screaming and the sad thing is that I took that picture of my string bag after I made these.
I'm off to wander around my house, cuddle my dogs and pull my hair out. Hope you're weather is better.
Over at Cat Patches the Foto Finish theme is Orange. I've missed a few weeks either to a lack of time or ideas, but I can do orange.
This is a Hibiscus that grows in my back yard. The plant is huge, much taller than I am. This plant started life at a neighbors house with about 5 other hibiscus in her yard and they were all big and beautiful. She was an older woman and loved her plants. When she reached a place in life where she could no longer live alone, her daughter took her in and they sold her house. Before she left, she gave me a bunch of her potted plants, since her daughter had no room for them.
The people who bought her house ripped all of the hibiscus out of the ground and piled them by the road for trash pick up. My girlfriend and I ran a raid and dragged them all to my house, much to my husbands horror.
To plant anything in the ground here you literally need a jack hammer and lots of dirt, since we live on an island made of rock (old coral) and lots of my plants grow in pots. These hibiscus were way to big and needed to be in the ground. It took us days to get them all planted and they have thanked us many times by producing these beautiful flowers. The iguanas like to visit them too, since hibiscus is a favorite food. I really like the iguanas too, which is a very unpopular view here in the Keys.
I hope you're all getting your holiday projects started, or at least thinking about them, because one of my favorite Quilt Shows is coming. SewCalGal's annual Christmas Quilt Show will be from Nov. 28th through Dec. 2nd. This is always such a great way to kick off the holidays.
Any Christmas or Winter quilt project is accepted, even ideas you've come up with in EQ6 or EQ7.
So get ready for that warm and fuzzy feeling, you'll see lots of quilts and gifts and read some wonderful stories. You don't need a blog to enter, there will be a Flickr Gallery, so no excuses. I hope to see you there.
Today is the link up party for 100 Quilts for Kids. I've already shown you the girl's quilt I made for the sew along.
And here's the boy's quilt finished.
That pattern was fast and easy, so I made another quilt for a boy and a girl.
I'm delivering them to the Women's Abuse Shelter tomorrow. I've delivered gifts to them at Christmas before and I know that the women and children have often had to walk away from everything to get to safety, but I wasn't sure about the quilts. When I contacted them to see if they were interested their reaction was so wonderful that I dug into my quilts and found 5 more to take. So tomorrow I will be delivering 9 quilts in all. Feels good.
I've been really lame about blogging lately. I have to admit I started my blog so I could play along with some of the hops and sew alongs and they have been keeping me really busy. I've been sewing like crazy and I'll have pictures soon.
Debbie from Stitchintherapy has dragged me out of the sweatshop. She nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award. I have to say I'm really honored that she thought of me. Debbie is one of my idols in this blogging world. She makes the most amazing quilts and actually teaches as she goes. Her step by step tutorials are so easy to follow, with lots of pictures for those of us who need to see what those directions really need. You may remember my Black Heart water color quilt that I blogged about.
I did that quilt as a trial run and although I wasn't thrilled with the fabrics I used, I now am pretty confident that when I've collected the right fabrics I will be able to make the water color quilt of my dreams. All thanks to Debbie. She just recently walked us through how to make a Bargello, with her usual easy style. I've been too busy to follow along, but I will be going back.
I never miss any of her postings and her blog is a real treat in the eye candy department. When you visit, look at the top and click on some of menu items running along there. Lots of WOW.
So Thank You Debbie, I'm really thrilled you thought of me.
Now, the award says I'm supposed to list 15 blogs for nominations and before I do any of that, I want to know if any of you are interested. I would be happy to list your blog. Remember the requirements are you nominate 15 blogs, plus you make a list of 7 facts about you, that's the fun but hard part. If you're interested in picking up some award bling for your blog, let me know.