Thursday, April 3, 2014

March projects

I found my way to the sewing room again this month and tackled a couple of projects.  One of my favorites is this BOM A Tisket a Tasket from Bunny Hill Designs from, ahem... 2010.  I have just about finished up the hand appliqued blocks and am itching to put them all together into a quilt top to save for when I get the chance to longarm quilt it.  





Just look at this darling wall hanging from the adorable Kim at Kimberbell Stitches.  This pattern is posted in the Spring 2014 issue of Quilts & More and Kim has agreed to create a new wall hanging for each season.  Kim came to a quilt retreat we had here in town (my first ever) and presented her adorable trunk show.  What a talented lady!



The Quiltmaker magazine came today and I can't wait to get started on the next installment of the BOM project. I did finish the last two blocks from the last magazine.  It's called Love Blooms Here.




Last month I went to a Quilt Guild meeting, I've only been to one other guild meeting so it was fun to try something new.  They started doing a Round Robin and the instructions were to make a center block and this is what I came up with.  This last month we were to add a border using half square triangles to measure 3-6 inches after a stop border, I think the zigzag border works well.  I'm really excited to see how project turns out.  




There are so many projects and such little time!!!

What a pleasure to hook up with other passionate people at  Cat Patches for 2014 New FO Challenge and at Vrooman Quilts for Let's book it.  Go on over and check out what new and creative things are in the works.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lets Book It

It's been a while since I blogged.  I'm so sad to have been away for so long.  We are busy living life here at my house these days.  I have been doing very little sewing and quilting but have spent some time in the Quilt Cottage doing some much needed organizing.  My fabric was so jumbled that I couldn't even see most of it so I started searching blogs, Pinterest, anywhere that would give me some ideas for fabric organization ...

So far I am up to about 400 yards of fabric in my stash but that doesn't count the fat quarters or pieces that are in the bins.  I had no idea that I had so much fabric but on the other hand I do remember some pretty good sales when I got the fabric for 75% off at least a couple of times.  Doesn't it look Beautiful?!

VroomansQuilts

Today I'm hooking up with Sharon at Vrooman Quilts for  "Let's Book It".  I was so glad to have some motivation sent my way when I saw the tab on Sharon's blog.  The goal is to find one of those magazines or books full of projects you have wanted to make and actually make something.  I chose the new Quiltmaker Block of the Month to start with.


These are the blocks for January thru April and I can't wait for the next Magazine to come out!  While I'm at it I may as well hook up with Cat Patches for New FO 2014.  

2014 NewFO Challenge

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Long Lost Blogger here...

Wow it's been a long time since I blogged.  It sure seems that when one thing goes wrong then another thing happens then another and another and so on and eventually it has to all catch up to you.  Well that's pretty much what happened.  I have really missed my blogging friends and can't wait to catch up.

I wanted to show the quilts I made for the grand kids for Christmas this past year.  I started in August 2013 with the Hexigon blog hop when I made the huge decision to mass produce quilts.  These are the two I made for the blog hop.

Presley age 2
Oliver age 3

Then came the rest....

Fiona age 11 
Everyone got a label for their quilt similar to this one.

Harlee age 6

Lexi age 7

Devri age 11


Amy (just because) age 18 I think

Kamryn age 7

Sasha age 7



TADA!!!

I had them all done and quilted by the first week in November.  I will try to be a better blogger and get out to the sewing room more often.  I do feel a sense of accomplishment in completing these 9 quilts in such a short time.  Come back again soon.  Vickie

Thursday, October 31, 2013

OOPS!

Well it looks like my domain name expired...A few months ago my check card was hacked out of google wallet and I forgot to change to the new card.  I did get a reminder about a month ago but couldn't find out how to renew it and then got busy and forgot about it.  I guess they meant business because I cannot sign back up.  I am beyond frustrated with the whole thing.  I don't want to lose the content of my blog but can't seem to fix this problem.  So if any of my regular readers are getting this then please accept my apologies for the confusion.  For now this is my blog at www.acreativenotion.blogspot.com  That being said...


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!






Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October Happenings

It's time to link up to the NewFO Challenge over at Cat Patches.  It's fun to do Show and Tell and it motivates me to get into the sewing room and get busy.  If you'd like to join us just link up.



September finishes and beginnings starting with Doll Quilt Swaps.  These two have been received by my two partners and they said that they liked them so I guess it's safe to share with you.  Fall is my favorite season when the air cools off and I can feel comfortable in my skin.  Isn't menopause fun and will it ever end????



I didn't measure the quilts  but the Maple leaves are 5 inch squares.

I've been working on my goal to make 8 quilts for the grand kids for Christmas and these two are almost finished.  I have the border fabric and need to get it on then quilting later this month.


I just couldn't put a white background with these beautiful fabrics because although these girls are cute they are still little messes.


I also participated in a "Pretty Pouch Swap" with Anthea in Australia.  I sent it to her a few weeks ago and she doesn't have it yet and I haven't received mine either but we are both looking forward to see each other's creations.  I sure hope she likes it.


 I've been wanting to make this pouch for some time.  I embroidered the flowers on the outside before I quilted it with straight line quilting.


Inside I added some clear vinyl pockets to hold goodies


I made a tissue holder and needle case and a scissor keeper which isn't shown,  to match along with lots of fun goodies.

Dolly Babies...


 Presley's daddy asked if I would make a little dolly and a purse for her because her big sisters wouldn't share.  So I found the cutest little rag doll pattern and added some yarn for hair, added a dress a little blankie and presented it to her and another little girl who also needed a dolly and blankie.


Presley is 2.  I hope she learns how to wear clothes before she starts school!
Sorry about the naked baby picture but she will not keep clothes on.  I love the adoring look on her face.  She calls her  Dolly Baby.


And lastly Miss Lilly is hiding, she is invisible..uh huh

Thanks for stopping by come back again really soon.

Monday, September 2, 2013

August NewFo



August has been the busiest month ever!  The garden has been producing so fast we can barely keep up with it.  And with the Hexie Blog Hop I had to get busy and make a few projects which also gave me a head start on Christmas gifts.  So today for the 2013 NewFo Challenge I have lots of photo's to share. 




I am almost finished with this Schnibbles Quilt called Canasta.  I made it out of 30's reproduction fabrics and the baskets blocks are 5 1/2 inches.  It took me a lot longer than I thought it would.  I love it though.


My Grand daughter Fiona has been working on this teddy bear for several weeks.  She picked out the fabric and made it mostly herself.  I am so proud of her and hope she continues to have the desire to sew and create.  Fiona is 11 and the oldest of my 8 grand kids.  


Garden Produce

Bottled Banana Squash for Pies, went into the freezer.



This quilt is for Amy my niece.  She lives in Idaho.  My mom and I went to visit them early August and she picked out the fabric and pattern.

More Canning...Mustard Relish and Pepper Relish, Pickles, Apple Pie Filling, Pasta Sauce, BBQ Sauce, you get the picture.

Christmas present for Miss Presley, I spy quilt made with 10 inch hexie's

Hexie I-Spy Quilt for Oliver for Christmas 5 inch hexie's


Finally got this one quilted...

I made a couple of Hexie Pincushions...

And
This one was a winner and I won a fabric bundle from Madame Sam  YAY!!!!

I wish every month was this productive.  Thanks for stopping by.  Vickie