Wow – Thank You!

Wow!  I’m feeling sort of overwhelmed right now!  I went out of town this weekend for the wedding of a couple good friends and came back this morning to find that 441 people viewed my humble little blog over the weekend!  That’s almost a 1/3 of the total views I’ve have had since I started sharing my quilting journey.

Having never really blogged before, I’m still getting used to the fact that people from around the world can find me in my little corner of the internet and take an interest in what I’m doing.  I’m feeling really special this morning that so many people took time out of their lives this weekend to check out what I’ve been working on.

Thank you to those of you who follow my progress and all of the kind people who left my comments on my first finished quilt top!  And thank you as well to all of the 441 people who stopped by over the weekend!  I hope you enjoyed my story and I’m happy to be able to share with so many people.

Two Quilt Tops

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately.  Life has been really busy and I haven’t had much time to spare to sit at my sewing machine and work on my projects.  I feel like I’ve been “go, go, go” between out-of-town weddings (we’re going to another one this weekend too!), work, tennis, and starting to think about Christmas shopping.

But I have put in enough time to have some progress to share on two of my projects.  First off – I have 100% completed my first quilt top!  Last night, I sewed the last seam on the baby quilt top made of 180 HSTs for my cousin’s baby.

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Now I’m ready to try my hand at basting, quilting and binding!

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I’ve also finished the main, center section of the Modern Trees Quilt Along over at Christa Quilts.  I still have borders to add before quilting this project (including my applique string of lights that I haven’t gotten a chance to start yet) but I’m at least starting to see how it is all going to go together and I love how it is looking so far.

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I’m glad that the prints that I chose really do look basically like solids when viewed from a distance.

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I’ve also decided that my back deck works really well for quilt pictures.  I wish the trees had better fall colors though!

Now I need to get a walking foot for my machine so I can start my straight line quilting on the HSTs baby quilt!  Wish me luck!

October Must Be My Lucky Month!

I’ve been very lucky this month!

A few weeks ago, I shared that I had won a I won a Leaves Galore Template from Sue Pelland Designs through Moda’s Measure Twice, Cut Once series for National Sewing Month.

Well since then, I’ve won not 1, not 2, but 3 more giveaways!  I could hardly believe it but I’m so excited about the fun new fabrics I won.  Now I actually have the beginnings of a stash (aka I have fabrics that I own but don’t have a specific project for yet)!

The first giveaway was for a collection of scraps from Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts.

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I have very little in the way of scraps so far since I am so new to quilting so these will really come in handy.  I recognize a little bit of Alison Glass’ “Feathers”.  And the orange and black squiggles as well as the polka dots right next to them are from Boo Crew.  The red and white circles are from Robert Kaufman’s “Metro Living”.  Does anyone recognize anything else?

The next giveaway was from Ashley at Film in the Fridge.  One of her sponsors, Jones & Vandermeer, had offered up a fat quarter pack of some fun neon fabrics.  Check out how bright this yellow and pink are!

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The neon is on a natural linen background which is something I haven’t worked with before but it will be fun to find a great project for them.

And the last giveaway was from Debby at Debby Kratovil Quilts.  She had a fat quarter bundle of six of the prints from Knitty Kitty by Kanvas for Benartex Fabrics.

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I love the bright colors in these fabrics (especially the pink/red heart print)!  I’m sure these will look great in a future quilt project.

Thank you so much Brooke, Ashley and Debby!  I look forward to putting your generous giveaways to good use!

What is your favorite out of the new fabrics in my collection?