Alpine Wonder's Crystals

November 30, 2010

I received some emails regarding questions on the crystals I used on "Alpine Wonder."
(I have such a hard time capturing the beauty of the crystals in my photos.  The crystals throw off so much sparkle and fire.  The light just dances off of them.)  I used Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals for this project.  They are heat set to the quilt after all the quilting is complete and the quilt is bound.  It should be the very last step.  I think there are several different brands of crystals available, but I wanted to use the same ones Mary Lou used.  I used about half the number of crystals Mary Lou used in hers.  She told me she thought she used around 12 packages, but there was a little note included in the pattern that said to use 17 packages and gave the colors.  Either way, at around 36 crystals per package, that's a lot of crystals and $$$$.  I worked so hard on the quilting that I was afraid to put too many crystals on it.  I didn't want the crystals to draw attention away from the quilting.

These are the things you need...
This is the special heating wand to set the crystals.  You can use an iron, but I think it would be a little awkward with such small pieces.  I wouldn't want to accidentally burn my project!  How awful would that be??!!
There is a special tip that encompasses the crystals to really heat them up and keep them from shifting around your project.  It's very precise too.  You can put the crystals exactly where you want them.  They might move around if you use an iron.
The crystals already have glue on the back of them.  Once the heat activates the glue, the crystals set permanently.

And ta-da, it's stuck forever!  Working with the crystals was super easy.  I am now always looking for the perfect project to embellish!

Plan C Bliss!

November 29, 2010

After all the chaos with Sarge and his friend the skunk, hosting Thanksgiving, putting out Christmas decor and working a lot last weekend (not at the quilt shop), I was able to finish piecing "Plan C".  I was soooooo doing the happy dance last weekend!
I am very happy with the results!  I will definitely use a piano keys border again.  I do thinks it adds a lot to the overall look of the top.  This quilt will go to my daughter Alyssa.  I will be making a second quilt out of Bliss for Elaina.  The girls decided Alyssa should get the first quilt this time because when I made the girls'  quilts before, Elaina was the recipient of the first one.  Very diplomatic of them!  I received a lot of inquires on the tips I received regarding the piano keys border.  Candace left me a wonderful tip in my comments section.  She said, "A hint on piano borders...sew each row of your strips from the opposite side and they won't come out wonky!"  So that's what I did...
I would sew on a strip like normal.  The next strip I would attach and sew down the opposite side by flipping my strip set over and sewing it on...

It worked like magic!!  That method kept my strip sets straight and not wonky or start to curve on the ends!  Mary from Quilt Hollow also left me a wonderful tip for the borders, which I still have to do.  She said, "Remember to stay stitch those outside edges about 1/8th inch in. Helpful hint here. :-)"  Thanks ladies for all the tips!  Blogging friends are the best!  I hope those tips will help everyone!

I had lots of "helpers" last weekend too...
Kristin decided to take a break from studying, which is ALL she does anymore to come join me in my sewing room.  She curled up with a pillow on the floor, followed by Sarge and soon followed by Scooter!

 Like I said I had lots of "help".  LOL!

My apple pie I was making when Sarge decided to interrupt.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

P.U. !!!!!!! The Sequel...It Was A Skunk Disguised As A Turkey

November 25, 2010

Yes, clearly Sarge thought The Thanksgiving Day Turkey was arriving a day early, but upon proper inspection it turned out to be The Notorious Neighborhood Skunk... yet again!  Yes, it happened again!  Almost two weeks to the day after he got skunked the first time.  Just as I was making an apple pie for Thanksgiving, my sister and daughters both said they could smell skunk.  My heart sank as I called for Sarge to see if he was in the house...yep, he was outside!  We have Invisible Fence, so the skunk is coming into our yard to visit Sarge!  There must be some sort of attraction...obviously unfortunately!
So Sarge got a special de-skunk spa treatment...again!  It actually works quite well.  The house doesn't smell at all.  It's 500% better then it was the first time when we didn't know what to do and used tomato juice.  Sarge is still a little skunky, though.  I am hosting Thanksgiving, so I called everyone to make sure they liked a side of skunk with their turkey!!

I would like to wish everyone a safe and
Happy Thanksgiving!

2 Down 2 to Go

November 24, 2010

Well after basically wringing my hands most of the day about the piano keys border, I finally decided to just go for it and  I got two sides on last night!  I might have been able to get the other two on, but our girls had parent/teacher conferences last night.  I am pleasantly surprised at how straight the borders turned out.  A little birdie named Candace gave me some very good hints and advice on how to keep them from getting wonky.  I hope to get the other two sides on today between baking, cooking and preparing for tomorrow.  Plus, I want to get this top done and off the floor before Scooter comes home.  Otherwise, I'll be looking at quilt salad tomorrow morning!


The piano key border really makes this quilt stand out.  I love it.  I don't know what I was so nervous about!

The strangest thing happened to me Monday after I worked at the quilt shop.  Lynn from Sew 'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog said this would happen.  She told me the problem with working at a quilt shop was that fabric and was always following her home and sure enough it happened to me on Monday!  It's quite the phenomenon!  Look what followed me home...
It's a project to make the cutest make-up/travel bags EVER!  Nicole from Sister's Choice Quilts has been making them and inspired me to get the project to do with my daughters.  These bags make the nicest gifts.  Nicole posted a great tutorial on how to attach the zippers.  Thank goodness too because I've never sewn zipper in before!

Now on to some Turkey Day Giveaway prizes!  Yes, I said prizes... plural.  I was feeling so happy and thankful last night after parent/teacher conferences that I decided I needed to give two giveaways!  I went to a random number generator last night to select the winners. 
The first prize of Paganini and 2 charm packs of Wild Rose went to...
Lucky number 10... Lori of Humble Quilts!  Lori's comment... "Really, I have os many htings to be thankful for. Right now though I'm thnakful for my hubby's love and support in all I do."  The funny thing is Lori sent me an email talking about how she really does know how to spell and she's posted about it on her blog.  LOL!  Congratulations Lori!

The second prize I am giving is a pattern that I just love.  It is on my dream to-do list of quilts. 
It's a design by Edyta Sitar.  I saw this quilt in person at Lolly's quilt shop of Shipshewanna IN and it's stunning!  Took my breath away.  I know someone will love it just as I do.  By the way, Lolly's is an amazing quilt shop!!  If you are ever in the area, it's a must stop and check it out kind of place!  The winner is...
Lucky number 44...Deb (no blog)!  Deb's comment... "I'm thankful for the opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend, and the fact that we have our first granddaughter to spend time with this year. It's amazing!"  Congratulations Deb!  Lori and Deb please email me your addresses so I can send you your Turkey Day Giveaway prize!

I want to wish everyone a very safe and
Happy Thanksgiving!



Daisy Chain Boutique

November 23, 2010

I am so excited because my little sis, Kristin and her kitty, Scooter are coming home for the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow!  My sister is in grad school at Western Michigan University in their Physician Assistant Program.  We don't get to see as much of her because she is SO busy with school this year.  Kristin is my only sibling.  I'm thirteen years older.  Even though there is a large age difference, we are very close.  I keep telling her that I'm getting younger and she's the one getting older!  HA! The neat thing is Kristin is exactly thirteen years older then my daughters and the three of them also have a very special relationship!  They worship her.  Kristin graduated with her undergrad from Western Michigan last May and I planned on giving her a quilt for graduation.  Well sometimes as quilters, we miss deadlines.  Don't know if any of you know anything about that??  I decided to start her quilt over the summer thinking I had more time.  Nope, I sure didn't, but I started it...about half is pieced.
It is a variation of an Irish Chain pattern made with jelly rolls.  I used jelly rolls from the fabric collection Boutique by Chez Moi.  I love the traditional look of the pattern with the more contemporary fabrics.  I was a little on the fence with the fabric at first, but thought Kristin would love them.  I love them too now!  The pattern is called "Daisy Chain" from the book Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott.  I love this book.  I made a few quilts from it when I was on my jelly roll kick.
I am changing the pattern a bit to include some applique in the borders.  Not sure what I'll design yet.  Kristin really admires quilts with applique and she loves jelly rolls...fabric and other wise!

Scooter stays with us from time to time when Kristin is away from home.  Sarge just loves it not so much when Scooter comes to visit.  If you noticed that my blocks look a little wrinkled, yeah that's because Scooter just loves to "help" me quilt!
After a night of getting a little "kitty krazy."  Anyone who has cats knows what I am talking about.  This is what I refer to as "quilt salad," it's Scooter's specialty!  So I put the project away until Scooter went home.
Now I tell Kristin maybe she'll get a quilt for graduation from grad school!

There's still time to get in on my giveaway!  The polls don't close until 9 PM tonight!

A Blissful Weekend

November 22, 2010

I had a very nice weekend working on "Plan C" made with the Bliss fabric collection.  I am still really loving these fabrics.  I was able to get a lot done on the quilt top, but I would have liked to get it all done!  I pieced all my blocks into rows.  I was able to sew my rows  together and get the inner border attached!  All I have left to do is make the piano keys border.

 Yes, that's Sarge aka Mr. Smelly trying to find a place to take a nap!  I waited until this morning to take pictures because I thought the lighting would be better, well it's just as dark because it's pouring rain here this morning!  I just love this quilt!  I can't believe how well it went together.  I didn't cut off one single point on my flying geese!  AND all my points matched up.  First time EVER!
Hats off to the designer, Carrie Nelson for writing such a precise pattern!  I think I am finally over my geese phobia!  Now for the piano keys border.  I have not made one yet, so I hope it goes together as well as the rest of the quilt!

By the way, there is still time to enter my giveaway!  The polls haven't closed yet!  All you have to do is leave a comment on Thursday, Nov. 18th's post saying what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.  To all my blogging friends overseas, please leave a comment too.  I know you don't celebrate Thanksgiving the way we do, but just leave a comment about what you are thankful for this year.

Today is my second day at the shop!  I can't wait!

Turkey Day Giveaway!

November 19, 2010



I accidentally posted my giveaway blog entry last night instead of this morning!  I was just so happy and excited about hosting a giveaway that I hit the wrong button and it went "live" last night!  LOL!  Oh, the lessons in blogging!  So please read the post below to take part in the giveaway!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Turkey Day Giveaway!

November 18, 2010

 
        

I have many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.  Family, friends, new job, blog, new blogging friends...the list could go on forever.  I have had so much fun with my blog that I should have joined Blogland a l-o-n-g time ago!  I've "met" such wonderful people.  I can't tell you how wonderful the comments and emails I have received have made me feel.  I always tell my girls "to the Moon and back" when I want to explain when something means a lot.  Like when I tell them "I missed them to the Moon and back" when they've gone to Grandma's house for the weekend, so they understand the magnitude of how much I missed them.  Your comments and emails have meant so much to me...to the Moon and back!!!  So as my thank you to all of you, I am doing my very first GIVEAWAY! 


 I am giving away "Paganini" Schnibbles pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. because that was the first project in Le Petite.  Joining Le Petite was the one last "push" I needed to get my blog up and running.  AND I am including 2 Charm Squares of  Wild Rose by Blackbird Designs to make Paganini!  I, of course chose this fabric because it represents my first day at the quilt shop!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment about what YOU are thankful for this Thanksgiving on this post by 9:00 PM Tuesday Nov. 23.  I will post the winner the Wednesday (Nov. 24) before Thanksgiving at 9:00 AM. 

Good Luck! 

Giveaway Now Closed!  Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

Oops! I Did It Again!

I have gone and started a new project!  What's wrong with me?  I have so many in progress, but I just couldn't help myself!  I have been wanting to make The Buggy Barn "Tree Skirt" since last Christmas when I saw a picture on Lisa Bongean's Blog.  I believe she uses it around her own tree.  I have never before made a "Crazy" Buggy Barn pattern.  I can say with quite certainty if I had not taken a little mini-class on how-to, I would've struggled.  Still not really sure I grasp the concept of all the "craziness," but I think I can complete this project. 


  


Again I was having trouble with lighting.  The green looks a little yellow in the pictures.  I am a terrible photographer.  I have half the panels pieced and cut to shape.  There are a total of 8 panels.  The tree skirt is a little small for my tree, so I'll have to get a nice twiggy prim tree for it to go around!  I picked reproduction Civil War fabric for this project.  Plus, the shop where I work specializes in reproductions.  So a few may have followed me home!  I was going for an "olde time Christmas" look, so I didn't want typical red/green fabrics.  I love it so far!  It is exactly what I wanted.  Here are the rest of the fabrics...
Once I get all the panels pieced and cut, I'll figure out color placement.  The pattern is from the book  Stir Crazy by The Buggy Barn.
This is the photo on the back of the book.

I have a whole new appreciation for when I see a completed Buggy Barn quilt at a quilt show!  Stacking, cutting, shuffling and piecing The Buggy Barn way is a completely different concept, BUT it's awesome.  I love how they look!  It's definitely worth trying a pattern.  I am so glad I did.  We'll see if I get it done for this Christmas...




My Wooly Wednesday

November 17, 2010

I consider Wednesdays to be "my wooly Wednesdays."  My daughters take dance class on Wednesdays.  While they are at dance, I go to the library and work on my latest wool project.  It's the best deal!  I have about 3 hours every week that I can just sit quietly and do my hand wool applique.

My latest project that I have been working on since January is a BOM from Primitive Gatherings.  It is based on the pattern "From My Garden Album Quilt" from the book Hop To It! by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts.  Edyta's version is done in batiks.  In the BOM version from Primitive Gatherings, all the applique is wool with a brushed cotton homespun for the background.  January block done in wool...

The quilt is featured on the cover of the book.

The first three months' blocks...
I really like the original version, but I love the primitive wool version!  YES, I do!  I can't wait until I have it done!  Of course, I am behind on my blocks.  I have found that to be the case with any BOM I start.  I always fall behind, but that's a topic for another post.  I am currently working on September's block.  I'll reveal more as I progress.  I have to have them all complete before February because I am going on a quilt retreat with two other girlfriends that did the same project.  We are going to work on it together during the retreat.  Fun!  I can't wait!

My first day at the quilt shop was fabulous!  It was the best day E-V-E-R!  I got to check in brand new fabric for the shop, Wild Rose from Blackbird Designs.  It's gorgeous and I even got to cut fatquarters out of it!!  Someone even came into the shop specifically to see my Alpine Wonder and to talk to little ol' me about how I quilted it.  I almost fell over!  My quilts proudly hanging at the shop...
I am very humbled by the idea that someone would come to a shop to admire my quilts.  Usually it's me that's admiring others' work.