Friday, September 24, 2010
Now I don't usually like to make you jump through hoops to enter/win a giveaway, but I promise this is for a really good cause. As many of you know, my husband has been fighting lymphoma for the past three years. Last year we participated in the Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. It was a wet, cold night, but it was such a wonderful experience. Our team raised over $6,000 to benefit the society. It is a cause very dear to our hearts and without organizations like this, I'm not sure where we would be with John's treatment. So, I made this cross quilt and I am hoping to raise money for our walk this year.
Quilt Details: Measures approximately 41"x40" and is made with 100% cotton designer fabrics from Denyse Schmidt, Joel Dewberry, and Amy Butler. The white background fabric is Kona Solids in Snow. The batting is 100% cotton and the quilt is backed with a tangerine polka dot print by Amy Butler. It is lightly quilted with diagonal lines. This quilt is the perfect size for a baby quilt, a lap quilt, or for a picnic.
To enter to win is very simple. For every $5 donation to our team, you'll receive 1 entry. For instance, if you donate $15, you will receive 3 entries, donate $25 and receive 5 entries, etc. Please follow the link below to make your donation and then leave a comment with contact info here letting me know your donation is completed.You will not have to say your donated amount as I will see it on my fundraising page. Because I want to raise as much as possible, any of you that either post about this on your blog or on twitter will receive an extra entry. Just come back here and leave a comment telling me did so. I know money is tight for a lot of us now, so any donation is really appreciated. Thanks so much and good luck!!
Friday, September 17, 2010
It seems that the only thing I complete on a monthly basis are quilting bee blocks. It probably has something to do with the fact that I they are for someone else. If they were for me, I'd be slacking. The first block is for Jessica. She asked for wonky stars, which I've never made before, but were fun and easy.
Kelly sent fabric from the Sweetwater Pure line. She asked for triangles, straight lines, pinwheels. You can see her inspiration here. I came up with this block are looking at many different blocks. I'm sure there's a pattern somewhere, but I just made a bunch of half-square triangles and then put this together. As I've mentioned before, I really dislike triangles, but I think this actually came out pretty nicely.
Hopefully I'll be back here on Monday to give you more info on an auction/sale I'm working on to benefit our Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Our team raised over $6,000 last year and John is hoping to raise $10,000 this year. We have a long way to go, but I suppose anything's possible! Have a great weekend!
Friday, September 10, 2010
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but this is the first finished quilt I've made with the 3 virtual quilting bees that I've been in. Two of those bees, I've done two round with, so really I have 5 quilts to finish. Five. I can hardly believe it myself. I am so thrilled to have something finished. I had actually intended it as a beach quilt but I couldn't get it done in time for our trip to the beach. My next thought was to maybe sell or auction it off to raise money for the Light the Night walk, but it has a few "mistakes." (John told me that I always am too critical of myself, but there's puckers, and they bother me!) So it will probably stay here with us or maybe be a nice Christmas present for someone.
These blocks were from my Pieced Together Bee. Almost everyone made me more than one block, so I'll have plenty of blocks to make at least two more quilts. The blocks are made with vintage sheets and some more modern fabrics. I had asked them to make blocks like Elizabeth's of Oh, Fransson! Mod Sampler. The white sashing is actually a thrifted sheet, as is the back and binding. For the "batting" I used a flannel sheet I also thrifted and I think it might be the most ingenious idea ever, which I didn't come up with by the way, I read it somewhere. It gives a nice weight to the quilt but it's still light.
Have a great weekend! Now that Isaiah started pre-K I have a new appreciate for weekends. So happy that it's here!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. My sister and I took a quick trip up to my hometown in NY for my cousin's bridal shower & bachelorette party. It was a great time and I really didn't want to leave. The weather was perfect and fall was just beginning to set in. Thankfully the wedding is in a month and I'll be able to visit again soon.
Anyway, I'm participating in the Urban Home Goods Swap again on flickr. This was such a fun swap the first time around, that I didn't want to miss out on the second round, even though we're been crazy busy. I don't want to say too much about what my partner had asked for because I don't want to spoil the surprise, but obviously these items are kitchen themed. It was also my first time using insul-bright, which I used for the trivets and potholder. It was pretty easy to work with, just like batting, I even quilted right through it. I'm in love with the potholder I made and I think it'll probably be the first of many. If I can get my act together, I might even put up a free pattern. We'll see.