Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Days For Girls

I'm pausing from writing about my March "doings" to write about a sew-in I attended Monday. Okay...we really need to talk about this!! It was for a charity organization called Days for Girls. This organization makes sustainable feminine hygiene kits for girls in impoverished countries. Have you heard of them? I hadn't!

OMGosh...I've never thought about how females in other countries handled their feminine cycle days.   Something we take for granted because of using disposable items AND having the money to buy them. In my own little world I've not considered what females do in impoverished areas....one thing they don't do is go to school on those days...that's a lot of education missed in one year. How can these young women ever feel empowered if they are lacking in education?

The below picture from the Days for Girls website is much better then the picture I took today and explains the kit better than I ever could.


Today we made the shields and the pads. The Shields are made using our quilter's cotton and the pads  are made using a soft flannel. 

There were seven of us today and we were able to make 18 complete kits. I think we did an awesome job for our first meeting! Alas, it does help when you have an organized facilitator...



...and most items are cut out waiting for needle and thread.

The seven of us decided to form a team and meet once a month to sew for this worthwhile cause. Now the difficult part...we need to think of a name for our team. We were informed of a team that calls themselves "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pads"....Hmmm, we need to beat that! Any suggestions?

Check out the Days for Girls website. It's all very interesting and enlightening. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Living! Happy Quilting!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop

A continuation on my "doings" for the month of March. 

It was an eventful month and participating in the Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop took up about a week of that time.  The Hop this year was from March 15 thru March 22...eight consecutive days this year instead of the customary four. The extended time contributed to less stress, spending more time in the shops and consequently spending more money! My sweet mother arrived from Louisiana to join in the fun, my daughter attended one day and another local quilty friend was with us for two days. Our little group had loads of fun and welcomed all the inspiration. My mother and I were motivated to settle in behind our sewing machines, going forth, sewing into the night.

I generally feed my stash from the clearance sections of each shop, buying one or two yards of fabric or a pattern I feel I can't live without (or thread or a new ruler or something I've been eyeing on the gadget wall). We're really lucky here in the Atlanta area to have an abundance of quilt shops to choose from.

Here are some of the sights that inspired us:

It seems Chevrons are showing up everywhere these days.


 I find I'm drawn frequently to "different" quilt block designs. Not truly modernized or traditional designs but a nice combination of the two...a hybrid I'll call it.


 A technique I'm wanting to conquer this year is paper piecing. I find the designs are extraordinarily remarkable. I believe this is Feathered Star by Judy Niemeyer


This photo does a poor job of showing the vivid colors of this shop hop quilt designed by one of the quilt stores.


The shops were fabulous as always and with the extended days we were able to take our time and enjoy what the shops had to offer. 

This is from Intown Quilters


 Patricks, which is actually a feed and seed store that sells, of course, feed and seed, plants, and old fashion candy...and yes...fabric.



 Cottontail Quilts has only been around two years, but they sure knew how to throw a shop hop party.


 Red Hen Fabrics was a fun place with a nice assortment of fabric and everything else quilty.


There were many more quilt shops participating and we had fun at each one.


Oh yeah, here are the items that will now be living in my home...fabric, patterns, a book, and a few notions.



Have you been to a Shop Hop lately?  I would love to hear about your experiences and what you bought!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Living! Happy Quilting!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Sewing and Quilt Expo, Atlanta Shop Hop, A Memorial Quilt, An Indoor Hydroponic Garden and Other Happenings

It's been a busy month for me in "doing" as in doing a lot of stuff.  I attended the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo, participated in The Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop (with my mom), made a Memorial T-shirt/picture quilt (with my mom) and started an indoor hydroponic garden in my sunroom now dubbed the "garden room".  More to come on my "doings" in future posts.

Firstly, I attended the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Atlanta March 12th - 15th. I was only able to attend one day, but it was a fun filled one day. It was an excellent test for my new knees and they passed with flying colors....no pain and I was able to enjoy walking the convention center concentrating on what the vendors offered and not on the pain in my knees...Yay for me!

The Spring Expo generally concentrates on Sewing and not quilting as much and then it's reversed in the Fall, but this Spring the Expo seemed to be heavily weighted with quilting and machine embroidery which suited me just fine.

Of course there was lots of fabric...both for quilting and dressmaking. It was a fat quarter Wonderland. Not to mention bolts and bolts and bolts of all fabric types!

There were sewing machine and long arm dealers encouraging all to come and play....which of course I did.  They also had a vendor that sold Featherweights (luckily located in Atlanta if I ever wanted another one). Extremely reasonably priced and the machines were in awesome condition.

And of course Vendors offering everything you can imagine...rulers, embroidery, technique demos, patterns, patterns, and more patterns! 
Jenny Haskins had a fantastic display combining quilting and machine embroidery.



And this vendor had the cutest seasonal quilted flags.

The quilts on display were awesome. Here is a small sample...

 Wow...look at all those Hexies!

Awesome!





I'm always amazed at the Art Quilts....



That's it for now!

Thanks for visiting and check back soon to read and see pictures about my other "doings" with the shop hop, the memorial quilt and my new hydroponic garden. 


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Received a Very Nice Prize

Isn't this a lovely little pillow? I won the giveaway hosted by Attic Raggedys during the Grow Your Blog Hop.




Look at those faces! So cute! She did an awesome job on the stitching. Receiving a hand stitched gift is such a treasure!! I appreciate all the work that went into it and absolutely love it!



Visit Attic Raggedys...her blog site is awesome, fun and happy! She has an Ebay store and an website, atticraggedys.com, offering a ton of lovely items from patterns to fabric.



Thanks Judy. Your do beautiful work.

Hope everyone has a great day. Thanks for visiting!

Happy Living! Happy Quilting!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kings Cakes and Daffodils

I'm linking this post with the 2014 NewFo February Challenge held by Cat Patches. Scroll down to see my February NewFo and click here to see what others have created.

The signs I look for that tells me Spring is near:

King Cakes...


...and Daffodils


Click here for a great King Cake Recipe. It's from my niece, Angela, who lives in Baton Rouge, La.

The daffodils started pushing through a couple weeks ago and now they're in full bloom. Hope we don't have a freeze, but...alas...another Polar Vortex is on its way.

Quilting Happenings:

Friday my LQS hosted a workshop. It's a new club that's starting up..The ABC club (Already Been Cut). The objective of the club is to work with precuts. This month's workshop focused on the Disappearing Four Patch as demonstrated in this YouTube video by Jenny Doan of The Missouri Star Quilt Company. I've done the Disappearing Nine Patch before so the four-patch method was new to me. 

There were about 15 or so in attendance which made for a nice group. Don't you just love sewing with others...I do!



I started out with this four patch. I used fabric from my stash...YAY!!...and cut my own 5 inch squares.

Then you make cuts one inch (or two inches...your choice) from the seam on all four sides. Having one of those rotating cutting mats worked really well. 

Next exchange the two top squares with each other and the two bottom squares with each other. (Or move the narrow center pieces around too if you want...Lots of choices for YOUR quilt)

Then take the tiny center square and rotate it one way or the other.


Ta-Da...a disappearing four patch. 

I've played around with different layouts with the fourteen blocks I completed in the workshop...I'll let you know which layout I decide on once I get more blocks made. 

What did you sew this weekend?

Thanks for stopping by and I love to read your comments!

Happy Living! Happy Quilting!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Winners of My Giveaways!

AND THE WINNERS ARE:


 Of the Grow Your Blog blog hop:

#42 Emily C won the red and black fat eights and said:

Emily CJanuary 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I love your Kaleidoscope quilt. I am a new follower and would love to win the first prize.

#20 Barb won the personalized pen and said:
i really love reading your blog. i have been following you for quite a while on bloglovin. your blog is always informative, inspiring and shows your talent. i would love either prize. 

And the winner of My Birthday Giveaway:

#9 QuiltSwissy won the personalized embroidered Sewing Studio artwork and said:
I love the bright colors, reds, blues, greens. And I also love a dramatic black. But there are some days when it just needs to blend all together with grey.

Happy Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway.

glen: Kinda like the Hobbits who give presents on their birthdays rather than receive them!

   (All winners were picked using Random Number Generator.)

Congratulations to the winners and notification emails have been sent. 

Thanks to all who visited and left comments. Come again soon.
Happy Living! Happy Quilting!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

It's My Birthday Today - And I'm Having a Giveaway

Happy Birthday to ME!

I'm not telling my age but I'm in the 45 - 60 age category.

I've been very blessed by God in Heaven throughout my life of 45 to 60 years.  I've met some wonderful folks that have inspired me in everything that I love to do.

 I've been blessed:
  • with a husband that always puts me first and indulges me (and doesn't question my fabric stash or the time I spend in my sewing studio). 
  • with a daughter who has never caused us any problems and is becoming her own person in her own way.
  • to have been born into a loving family that supports each member.
  • to be healthy and
  • to be wise (sometimes)
Thanks to all who have inspired me throughout my life.

 To Celebrate my birthday I'm having a giveaway.

 

I will give to one lucky winner a personalized Embroidered Sewing Studio artwork similar to  the examples pictured above. Frame not included. The design will be embroidered on Osnaburg Muslin and will fit into a 10 x 13 inch frame...remember frame not included.  The winner will have their choice of thread color for the wording. This will look great in your sewing studio!

  1. Leave me a comment and tell me your choice of  thread color. (don't worry, the winner will be contacted and thread color will be discussed further.)
  2. If you are a no-reply commenter then I will need to be able to contact you through email, so make sure that I can.
  3. Giveaway is open to anyone who leaves a comment.
  4.  I will ship anywhere.
  5. Follow me for a second chance and let me know in a second comment.
  6. Giveaway is open until Thursday, February 13th. Winner will be drawn on Friday, February 14th.  
Good Luck and I hope you enjoy my birthday as much as I plan to!