"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly. "One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."

-Hans Christian Andersen

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bespoke Blooms BOM

I know I'm not alone when I say "I have sooooo many projects" but yet, there's always room for one more, that's what I keep telling myself.  When I saw a picture of Robyn Pandolph's Bespoke Blooms quilt at the fat quarter shop I couldn't resist joining this block-of-the-month club.  I wouldn't feel so alone in this had I joined back in October when the BOM started. Then I would have been taking this on along with everyone else who fell in love with this design.  I joined mid-January, which means I received every block from October to the current February block, oh my!  There's another reason why I feel so alone in this, I cannot seem to find anyone or any group of people working on this quilt...I know they're out there but they're probably current with their blocks and are working on other projects by now.  So here's my approach to try to keep from being so overwhelmed.  I decided to work on February's block, complete it, and start working on January's block until March's block arrives.  Essentially, I'll work on one of the previous four blocks only after I've completed the current block.  The blocks are mailed out on the 3rd of each month and I'm only half-way done with block #5 and February is quickly winding down; looks like it'll be a while before I get to January's block.  Here's what February's block should look like when completed--

If all goes well, I should be able to show a picture of my finished block very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and may all your projects be up-to-date :-)


Monday, February 22, 2010

A Quilt Top Finish

This one is ready to be taken to the long-arm quilter...

I've attempted to re-adjust my current projects in order to try and fit in the time to do the quilting on this one myself, but I cannot seem to work it out.  So, off we go to the long-arm quilter so that she can work her magic on my little spring-time throw.  I love the "cheeryness" of this little quilt top.  The pattern is Bunny Hill Designs "Simply Cottage".  I decided not to include the prairie points on the quilt but I think I will put them on the pillow cases, that is if I ever get around to making them.  My projects seem to multiplying all on their own.  I think it's because at the begining of the year I re-organized my sewing area.  Needless-to-say, in that effort, I came accross charts and patterns that I'd completely forgotten about but all of a sudden I had to have.  As a result, new projects were born.  I'll be busy stitching for a long while but that's a good thing, right?

What's new in my new shop?  Well, I'm still adding tea cozies.  I love making them and I use them all the time.  I bring them out with the change of seasons.  The latest one is a blue and white cozy...

I love blue and white linens; the colour combination transitions nicely from spring into summer.  The cozy I'm working on now is a bit of a departure from my usual style, it's a whimsical cozy that's bright, colourful, and has an interesting seam treatment.  I still think it fits nicely into the cottage style though.

Thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate your visit.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog, I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit and I hope that you will return often to see what I'm up to.  I will be uploading some of my latest projects over the next couple of days so please bookmark me and please leave comments when you visit so that I can visit your blog and see some of the wonderful things you're creating.
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