Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bees Knees 9-Patch Blocks

 Once upon a time
there was a lovely lady named
Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs
who sent each of her fellow 
Bees Knees members
a packet of fabric.
That would have been 
last June of 2014
Unfortunately my package was sent to an old address
and never heard from again.
Lots of e-mails back and forth
and we still had no idea where the package ended up.
Now, there is a happy ending to this sad story:
Just this week I 
finally  (!)
located the long lost package  !!
Inside were some 
wonderful Riley Blake Halloween fabrics
with the instructions to make
a simple 9-Patch
 Mission accomplished
 before All Hallows Eve
 Shari also requested that we make a second 
9 1/2 inch unfinished
Half Square Triangle Star Block
 Mission accomplished
 Little snag: 
there was not enough fabric to finish one corner of the block.
Shari said not to worry,
just send as is, and she will finish the rest.
I am happy to report that
these blocks are now on their way to Shari's house
in Layton, Utah
and our Long Lost Saga
has now come to an end :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cocktail Shakers Quilt Finish

 One of the nice things about making
Mini Quilts
is that they work up fast.
Cocktail Shakers
21" X 24"
 I love how these
Kaffe Fasset solid Shot Cottons
work together with this pattern.
 I really enjoyed making this delightful little quilt
designed by Amy Lobsiger
in her new book with Sarah Fielke
Little Quilts
  I even braved it and did my own machine quilting
using variegated 
by Superior Threads
a high sheen Trilobal polyester
with a one inch color change interval.
 The binding:
a Kaffe Fasset print
 Cocktail Shakers is now ready to be mailed off to 
one of my co-hosts on this 6 week 
Little Quilts Blog Tour
 The lucky recipient is 
Krista Hennebury, Vancouver, BC
As a reminder,
you have until Saturday at midnight
to leave your name on my blog post 
for a chance to win a copy of
Little Quilts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cocktail Shakers Mini-Quilt Start

 Being part of the
Little Quilts Blog Tour
making new friends :)
Designers Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger
asked each of us to make
one of the mini-quilts
for another member of the blog tour.
I would love to make them all,
but knew I had to select one special one
as a gift.
I chose 
Cocktail Shakers
 I already had a big selection of
Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons
in my stash
which were perfect to work with
for this project.
 And the paper piecing was easy breezy.
Amy was the designer of this mini quilt
and gives great instructions in the book.
 Even the trimmings are pretty
 I see Cocktail Shakers starting to emerge,
although to me they also look like volcano's.
Check back tomorrow and I will reveal my finish.
I am hosting a 
Give Away  !
Little Quilts
Make sure to go over to yesterdays post
and leave a comment for a chance to win.
The drawing will be announced on Sunday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Little Quilts Blog Tour

 I have been honored to help launch the
Little Quilts
Blog Tour
Oh, how I love this book !
And you have a chance to win a copy too !
Leave a comment here on this post
by midnight Saturday September 20th
and there will be a drawing.
I will announce the winner on Sunday.
Little Quilts
by Sarah Fielke and Amy Lobsiger
"15 step-by-step projects
for adorably small quilts"

Mini quilts are perfect for sewing room walls
and to decorate our homes.
I want to make them all !
Each design in this book offers different techniques
Which one is your favorite?
Here are a few examples:
 Polka Dot Baskets
raw-edge stitching
 Cocktail Shakers
paper piecing
Combines hand piecing and embroidery
 What A Star
inset piecing
Grandma's House
improvisational piecing
Sarah Fielke (That Last Piece)
from Australia ,is a well known author 
of the Material Obsession quilt books
*picture by Jona Giammalva
Amy Lobsinger (Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts)
and I have been friends for years through blog land
Amy has been a quilter for over 20 years
loves to design and teaches at her
local quilt store near Detroit Michigan

Here is a list of the other designers
as part of the Little Quilts Blog Tour
make sure to visit them also  !

September 1: Amy and Sarah - IG @alobsiger and @sfielke
September 8: Pam Vieira-McGinnis - IG @pamkittymorning
September 15: Nedra Sorenson
September 22: Lynne Goldsworthy and Krista Hennebury - IG @lilysquilts and @poppyprint
September 29: John Adams - IG @j_q_adams
October 6: Katy Jones - IG @imagingermonkey

Sunday, September 14, 2014