Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap ~ hosted by Made with Moxie

I just joined a Charm Swap that is opened up to 55 people (plus the host)…and it’s using fabric from one of my favorite designers, Denyse Schmidt! 🙂

A few Denyse Schmidt fabrics that I added to my stash not too long ago.

1. We are swapping 5″ charm squares. You will purchase 1 yard of fabric and cut it into 5″ charm squares. 1 yard = 56 charms. (I recommend buying 1.25 yards- never hurts to have a little extra in case you make a cutting mistake.)

2. Choose a fabric that has a small print suitable for an 5″ charms. Scale of the print is very important as smaller works better in this case.

3. Fabric must be Denyse Schmidt designer label, 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabric. Older DS patterns are acceptable too!

4. Fabric must be new and unwashed and must come from a smoke free environment.

5. Before sending your fabric to me, cut your fabric into 5″ x 5″ charm squares. Press your fabric before cutting. You may want to purchase a slight overage in case you make mistakes cutting your charms.

6. Put your fabric in a ziplock bag and include a 3×5 index card with your name and email address.

7. In your envelope please include:
* the charms in ziplock
* the index card
* a PREPAID SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE for me to mail your charms back to you! This is very important! If you do not send a SASE with your charms, I won’t be able to mail them back to you. To figure the postage cost, have the postmaster weigh your SASE along with the charms and purchase enough postage to cover the cost. Then put that postage on the SASE and place it inside your package along with your charms.

8. Finally, upload a picture of your chosen fabric ASAP to the Made with Moxie: Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap Round TWO Flickr group. This is really important so we don’t have any duplicates! Also, include all pertinent info about your fabric (designer, name, color, shop) so everyone can have access to order more if they want.
If you want to you may sign up for two spots in the swap, but remember you must sent two different yards of DS fabric.

Deadline to mail the charms to our host is 15 June 2012.

Cabin Fever Quilt Show 2012, Portola, Ca ~ Part II

More quilts, wall hangings and a very cute pillow. I’ll post more later…this one is picture heavy.

This is my friend, April, and myself in the near future…underneath our stash, giving the thumbs up, and kitties wondering who’s going to feed them now.

20th Annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show ~ Stars Over the Cabin

Today we drove up to Portola, CA so I could go to the Cabin Fever Quilters’ Quilt Show. After dropping my husband off at the river east of town so he could walk to the park where we eat lunch, I drove to the Fr. Burns Social Hall.

This year they moved the show over to the south side of the river on 100 South Pine St. Sunday’s show is from 10-4. $6 to get in at the door. These ladies are awesome quilters…I never go away disappointed.

I took lots of pics, so will break these up into a few different posts. 🙂

First off…here is my one FQ that I bought. I picked out a wild batik to add to my Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt.

LOVE THIS QUILT! Love the quilts on the houses.

Is this not the cutest quilt?! Absolutely love it! Kitty ballerinas!

Fabric Friday ~ 30 March 2012

I’m not sure if there really is a “Fabric Friday”…but there is now! I’m not waiting for “Stash Sunday”!

Lookie what just came in the mail!

My Fat Quarter bundle of Flea Market Fancy (the Legacy reprint) by Denyse Schmidt!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Denyse’s fabrics. All of them. Flea Market Fancy, Hope Valley, Katie Jump Rope, Country Fair, Greenfield Hill.

A big hug to my beautiful friend, April, for giving me a gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads! That FQ bundle only cost me $5.95! 🙂

I have to go pet my fabric now…you all have a great weekend.

Thursday’s Rambles ~ 1 March 2012

Some fabrics I pulled out of my stash for a 60×60 quilt someone wants me to make them. Just has to be blue and grey with the state of Nevada somewhere on it. I have a design in mind. 🙂 After seeing them in the picture, I’m not sure about the two in the middle of the pack. I’ll have to go pick up a few FQ’s from Windy Moon.

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A small project I’m working on using Lauren & Jessi Jung’s Flora fabric…using English paper piecing hexies.

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Saw this on the way to work…looks like someone was drunk and didn’t realize that you can’t barrel through two work buildings and go down the hill to the road.

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Tuesday’s sunrise with a big ole fog bank….

Today is windy with more snow on the way…just like yesterday.
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Last Saturday after driving up to Pyramid Lake we came back home via Wadsworth to 80…just before Reno is Lockwood where we spied a new park. They’ve re-dug the riverbed in that area, un-doing the damage by the Corp of Engineers so many years ago…now the Truckee River flows through lots of meanders. The fishies are a lot happier too.

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One of the resident Red-Tail hawks at Rancho San Rafael Park.

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We rented a great movie the other night. The Way, an Emilio Estevez movie staring his dad, Martin Sheen. Highly recommend it.

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Finished my Sparkle Punch Quilt Along ~ Oh, Fransson!

I joined in on Elizabeth’s (of Oh, Fransson!) quilt along and FINALLY finished a baby sized quilt. It was going to be bigger, but a few other quilts got in the way, and one of them is a paying customer! YEA!

I used reproduction 1930’s fabrics. The longest part was making the wonky part of the stars…the top pieced right fast! Will give it another try later with different fabrics. 🙂

Grandma’s Flower Garden Update…and other quilting

I’ve been working on a few quilting projects off and on, two are hand-pieced quilts ~ Grandma’s Flower Garden and the Farmer’s Wife.

Thought I’d show the progression of the Grandma’s Flower Garden that I’m doing using the English Paper Piecing method…making 1″ hexagons.

When I first started ~

Back in November~

All the flowers I made when I was held hostage at a craft fair ~

From yesterday when I got home from work (I’ve added two more flowers since then) ~

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I was PRAYING that we’d get more snow than the 5″ that dropped last night…as I wanted to start sewing on the Bricks and Sticks quilt! I have Kate Spain’s Terrain all cut out…but no, am here at work, enjoying watching the crazy drivers sliding all over the place.

Friday’s Rambles ~ 10 February 2012

* Yea! It’s Friday! 🙂 Payday too. Now if only the IRS will hurry up and direct deposit my tax return.

* My tripod I bought off of Amazon FINALLY arrived. After ordering it on 1/31 it left Allentown, PA on 2/2, then it went to Martinsburg, WV for a few days, then to Sacramento, CA for a few more days until heading over the Sierra to Reno where it sat somewhere for 2 days before being delivered yesterday. Sheesh. I now have an AgfaPhoto 72″ Pro Tripod (only $18.99)…looks nice and it’s nice and smooth.

* I’ve finished hand-piecing SIX of the 111 6.5″ blocks of the Farmer’s Wife Quilt. Using Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabric.

* I think I’ve found the pattern I’ll use for my Kate Spain’s Terrain ~ Sticks & Bricks (designer Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios)…I found it in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s simple and will show off the beautiful designs of Terrain.

* This morning’s moon.

* Book Reviews on Barnes & Noble ~ RANT! Why do they allow idiots to review books? Tell me! What does the following have to do with the book The Snow Child, a novel by Eowyn Ivey?!

2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) MUSTAR Just dont let it happen again. * she stalks home *
2/7/12 Anonymous (1 star) WARRIORS Ok….*leaves* Skystar
2/8/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG… Hey, yeah it is Snowstar. Do you remember me? I was your mate and leader, I don’t know if I can trust you or not.
2/7/12 Anonymous (5 stars) ICEFANG TO ICEFLAME Thank you… and Fuzzyclaw says thank you for killing the badger.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) JAYHEART May i join? Im a muscular jet black tom w\ice blue eyes.
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) TO TOM Its tawnypelt and my real name is victoria but call me tori
2/5/12 Anonymous (5 stars) RIVERSONG To tawnypelt: I was here first!! To tom: my name is river song
2/10/12 Anonymous (5 stars) To SNOWSTAR ICEFANG DIED IN BATTLE WITH A DARK CAT. Im so sorry. It was deathstar

And then they should never allow “anonymous” to write a review, if you can’t own up to your own words then don’t say them at all. Also they shouldn’t allow someone to leave a star rating WITHOUT writing a few words down about the book. If you read the bloody book and rated it, then leave something behind.

* Gotta get to work now. 🙂 Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt ~ one more block finished

After the paper-piecing fiasco with block 1, Attic Windows, I decided to hand-piece the rest of the 111 blocks.

(fabrics ~ Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley)

So fare I’ve pieced #2, Autumn Tints.

And #54, Kitchen Woodbox.

#26 Cut Glass Dish and #24 Country Path are all cut out ready for me to piece.

Feeling Groovy ~ Jiffy Ric-Rac Quilt

Quilted.
Bound.
Freshly laundered.
Scrumptiously wrinkled and ready to be wrapped around.

I used Camille Roskelley’s (Thimble Blossoms) pattern ~ Jiffy Ric-Rac and Riley Blake’s fabric, Feeling Groovy. The backing is a Kona solid in Lime. I quilted the top with an echo around the ric-racs.