Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AYOS Parade of Whit

First ...
Happy birthday to Carrie aka Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
we adore you! And happy birthday to anyone else who shares this
day... (like me) and like Polly of Minick and Simpson!!!
I think of it as the official start of the holiday season!
Which includes pie!
That is my version of a birthday cake... PIE!
(just so you know)!

First again...
I know I was ready for the parade first thing this morning!
Well, I was ready to see it... and I am sure you were also...
the only problem was that I needed to create the post.
That took a little bit of time but here it is!

Here is a gorgeous assortment of Whit from
a wonderful group of bloggers!!!
Are you ready?
There is a lot to see!



I will start with my Whit! 
Isn't she cute with red polka dots?
I really enjoyed making this pattern... 
but 16 blocks was just enough for me! Wink!



This version of Whit was made by Patty using Elementary fabric by Sweetwater.




Linda from the Quilted Pineapple made this little beauty!




This is from Michelle... so pretty and dramatic with the black background!



Nancy (no blog) made her sweet two color version using Kansas Troubles fabric.




Nicole made a beautiful Whit just like the cover version so she could have one of her own.




Peg at Stitchin' Between the Lines blog created this beautiful blue version of
Whit! I do have to say, I favor this setting!







Sue made a beautiful Whit using gorgeous colors and two shades of grey background.
That was clever!



Here is a cutie little Whit made by Susan! (no blog)
So sweet! 


I love the drama here! Peg made this stunning neutral version!
(someone else had the same idea-- you can see it over on Sherri's parade)



Sue has a sweet little take on her Whit project. There is more about it on 
Wendy's post.



Her is Wendy's version of Whit. I love Sue's and Wendy's both!



Here we have an adorable version made by Mindy!
The wreath gives you a good clue as to size comparison doesn't it?


This beautiful version was created by Patti (no blog).
I love the colors!




Here is an extra sweet version of Whit made by Polly of Aunt Polly's Porch.
She is the queen of cute!


What's next?!?

Harvey by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Harvey! Who can resist this one?
Well, I know some of you have an answer to that right now... but
really, there's time! I know you want to make it!!!

Okay, hop over to see the rest of the parade at Sheri's A Quilting Life, if you haven't already been there!
And also, stop back by tomorrow to see any of the quilts of Whit that were not shown today (because as much as I try... there is always someone who gets left out) but aside from that... there is
prize winner's tomorrow too!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Did You Know?



It's National Pancake Day?

These lovely photos were swiped from Williams and Sonoma
they have several pancake recipes they are featuring today.
My favorite is the oven baked (German pancake). I have two iron skillets just
to make these and these alone!
The sweet potato pancake with pecans looks like a good one to try this weekend!

In other news...

I have a book review for you!


Some spectacular quilts!

(photos by Brandon Kane)
Are you loving this?

And a little pillow too!



These fabulous quilts are from the Quilted Crow girls and can be found
in their newest book published by Martingale:


This book is jam packed full of fun projects... and include 
very doable applique in wool felt and cotton backgrounds.


  • Experience the sumptuous pleasures of working with wool—including reverse appliqué—to create distinctive designs
  • Select from 12 appealing patterns in a variety of sizes for all skill levels
  • Make charming lap quilts, table runners, a pillow, framed applique, wall hanging, and more


  • Country Elegance is by best buddies
     Leonie Bateman and
    Deirdre Bond-Abel

    available through Martingale and Amazon.

    Aren't these two adorable?
    You can check out their blog here.


    They have great instructions in the book for applique and reverse
    applique too.

    This one...


     goes to the top of my list!

    Because I just scratched this one off my list!


    Isn't that a good way to start the weekend?!?

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Whit Arrived and Some Happy Mail Too


    Well, I haven't seen very much of my sewing room.
    I was away since Friday in Southern California visiting and helping
    with my mom. 
    But now I am back and my Whit by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. went from this...
    that I showed the other day...

    To this~
    the final project.
    I added the last row, 
    skipped the white outer border 
    and just added
    a polka dot border... it's a little larger than called for.
    Because, the more polka dots the better!!!


    I had a sweet little gift card for the Fat Quarter Shop...

    which let to this!

    Here is a better view! 
    Who could resist???

    And then I saw a Blogger's Choice group that is coming out soon...



    This is a Blogger's Choice pick from Trish at Notes of Sincerity!
    I've got this on my radar now... and look at all the polka dots here!!!

    I don't have any idea of what I would like to make with the group I got...
    any suggestions?

    Oh, and one more thing... Trish has a new project, an Autumn Table Topper over

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Everything In It's Place... or not


    I know it must seem like I have been doing nothing.
    But while I haven't been blogging I have actually been a little bit busy...
    with this little sweetie pie here...
    (isn't she getting so big)

    and...



    I made a store sample for a class I am going to teach.
    A Christmas version of Suburbs.

    And another sample here...
    This one is going to be a class I will teach at my retreat.
    I still need to get the borders on it. I have been rummaging through
    my stash and I was able to find a good inner border but 
    not an outside border yet.

    I have been working on this little guy also!
    I have one more row to go!
    Then Whit will be ready for the parade!

    So you might have guessed that I am in the mode of working on several projects
    all at the same time.
    I have no idea what I am going to tackle as I walk into my sewing room...
    because there is just so much to do and get ready for.

    Fortunately I already had Nantucket made and that is another class 
    that I will get to teach at my LQS.


    I have piles and piles of things stacked in my sewing room...
    and I only hope that as it clears it will
    mean that I have gotten everything accomplished
    and not that I have just 
    misplaced something!



    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Well Hello Weekend!


    Got Schnibbles?

    okay, technically it's Little Bites... 

    This is what I will be finishing up on tomorrow and
    then it's on to Harvey!

    What are your weekend plans?

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Breaking News...

    Are you familiar with Quiltmania?


    Big news!

    I have a quilt that I made for It's So Emma patterns in this issue

    Bea sent me a picture of it yesterday... she lives in France 
    and 
    the September/October issue is already available there.


    Isn't she sweet?
    Merlot!

    The publisher has the quilt... I had forgotten what it looked like!
    I am going to have to see if I have a photo of my own on my camera.

    I read that this issue will be available Monday here in the states. 
    I would place money on it that I can get it at Fat Quarter Shop!

    I will share more news and pictures as it becomes available! 




    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Getting Focused

    It seems like I haven't seen my sewing room for weeks.
    The holiday weekend I was out of town and
    this weekend we had our grand daughter Evie for a sleep over!
    Did you know it was Grandparents Day?
    Well, that works for me just fine!

    I was able to get escape into my sewing room yesterday afternoon...



    And I had a great time in there!
    I made up a couple dish towels that will be samples
    for something I am teaching next month.


    I also made this mug rug that I had seen on Pinterest.
    The tree is 3-D so you can slip in a couple of cookies or a 
    recipe card maybe.
    This is another mini project that I will be teaching next month.

    In fact, all of my attention is focused on the retreat I host in
    October at Bass Lake (California).

    My theme and decorations this year is
    "Vintage Homemade"
    and that's why
    I had to include
    those sweet little bottle aprons...
    Lori Holt has a great tutorial for making these and I decided that 
    everyone will get one, along with the other goodies...



    A friend gave me vintage binding to finish off the
    little aprons... did I mention there is 50 of them to 
    whip up???

    (photo borrowed from Lori Holt you can click here for the tutorial)


    One of the other items I am putting together is also a Lori Holt
    inspired gift idea. 
    Apron kit in a mason jar. 

    (borrowed from Lori Holt)

    Bee in my Bonnet blogged about these apron kits exactly 3 years ago and
    how they were perfect gifts for a retreat... I have kept that in mind ever since.

    Time is drawing near... so although I have a good start on
    my projects, there is still a lot of decorations to make etc.
    It's like putting on a wedding every year!

    It's always worth the work you put into it!


     My other little weekend project...

    I made a couple blocks for my Bees Knees sewing bee group.
    Fun novelty fabric and a simple nine patch and friendship star...
    and wha-la!