Saturday, November 22, 2014

Back To Pincushions

Well, I got through the blog hop.  What fun that was!  Thanks to everyone who participated and commented on my blog.  I'm still in awe over all the nice comments I got on my block.  Wow! I got back to making more pincushions to take to the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar.  This time, I'm using 4 oz. canning jars and putting the pincushions on the lids.  That way, the jar can be used for sewing supplies like buttons, ribbons, or whatever.  Scrunching the filling into the fabric while trying to hold on to the jar lid makes me think a third hand might be a big help.....haha.

I printed off a bunch of pictures of buttons and am cutting them to fit the jars.  I'm hoping it will display them a little better.

This is some cute "quilter" fabric that I thought would be fun for the pincushions.

I'm hoping to finish up all the jars tomorrow and then on to more projects!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blog Tour Time - I have a block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10

Welcome to my blog!  I'm part of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks - Volume 10 Blog Tour because a block I designed is in that issue of their magazine.  It's called "Diamonds In My Eyes" and you can find it on page 38.  It's Block #940.
There will be lots of giveaways as part of the blog tour.  You can get more information about that on Quiltmaker's blog called Quilty Pleasures.

                          Win a free copy of Volume 10                                 
You can get a free copy of the Volume 10 issue of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks magazine! Just leave a comment on my blog saying what is your favorite season of the year,   
I will randomly draw one name tomorrow and notify that person via email.  The winner's name will then be submitted to Quiltmaker Magazine and the free copy will be sent from them.

If your email address is blocked on your sign-in, be sure to include it in your comment so I will have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.

This is a  picture of the block I designed - Diamonds In My Eyes.  It uses paper-piecing and regular piecing techniques.  I hope you try it!

Here is an example of what a quilt would look like using the block and turning every other one.

This is an example of what a quilt would look like keeping all blocks turned the same direction.

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Volume 10 has been officially approved by Douglas LeRoy! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Building Display Racks

Today Hubby built a couple of rotating display racks (with my help, of course!) so I will have a more attractive display for my patterns.  It was colder than a.........well, you know, but we bundled up and got them done enough for painting.  After painting, the top and bottom pieces will be attached, then the lazy-susan base pieces.  These will be a much nicer way to display my patterns at shows.

These are the end, top, and lazy-susan base pieces.

This is one of the displays.  Each display will hold 4 patterns per side which is 16 per display.

Of course Douglas had to be there to ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Working On My Projects - Getting Ready for the Town & Country Christmas Bazaar

I'm sewing like crazy trying to get everything done for my vendor booth at the 2014 Town and Country Christmas Bazaar the first weekend in December.  As usual, I'm waaay behind!  I don't seem to be able to work any other way - I love it!

My latest project is aprons.  I've gotten six done and six more to go.

This is one I finished today.  I'll have them for sale at the Christmas bazaar and in my shop:   Carter Creek Quilts - Shop

Of course, my little buddy was on hand to help if needed.....that is if I woke him up ;) 

Every once in a while I just sat and enjoyed the view out of my windows.  It was such a nice, sunny day outside.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guild Challenge Quilt

I spent time this morning again working on my challenge quilt for the Santiam Scrappers  Quilt Guild challenge this year.  I'm just about finished with the final border, then it's on to layering, quilting, and binding.  I'm hoping to get to that point next week.

The final border includes some Star blocks:

And some blocks with Hearts (4 hearts make up each flower):

And Curved Piecing blocks:

I also added a couple more Appliqued Ladybugs:

I will post pictures of the finished quilt once it's all done!  It will be quite colorful!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Pin Cushions

I've been making some basic pin cushions to sell at quilt and craft shows this Fall.  They are fairly simple ones, but are fun to do.

This is one that can be tied to most sewing machines.  It's small, but handy for quickly grabbing pins while sewing.

These are two of the larger ones.   They're 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" and have a button sewn in the middle. 

This is one of the smaller ones.  They look like little pillows and are 3" x 3".

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Trip to The Purple Frog Quilt Shop

I stopped by The Purple Frog Quilt Shop in Jefferson today.  This is one of my favorite quilt shops locally and is run by a couple of great people - Kim and Mary.

I saw a quilt top they had done from one of my patterns - Little Broomtails.  They used a western print fabric in place of the beige and added a border in the same fabric.  Wow - it really popped!  I loved it.  What do you think?

They had also made a quilt from my Bunny Tracks pattern and used batiks in shades of green instead of the blue and black I used.  Another winner!

Of course, I couldn't get out of there without buying fabrics for a new pattern I'm working on.  It's going to be paper-pieced.  I'll post pictures once it's finished.  I'm thinking of calling it Windblown Seeds.