Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Progress is still progress, right? - Building Blocks Tuesday


Holiday Placemats WIP

I've made a little progress on my holiday placemats.  Not much, I admit, but progress is progress, right?  I now need to work on what I am going to do to make them rectangular, by adding a flatware section.  Fingers crossed I can get these done and mostly quilted by the end of the week.  I doubt I will have much time once the kiddos get out of school.

In other news, our re-pipe passed inspection yesterday.  We still have holes everywhere, but patching those will start tomorrow, as will our bathroom remodel.  I keep telling myself that it is really not a big deal having all this work go on through the holiday, but it is distracting.  Ah well, it will be nice when it is finished!  I'm off to Lowe's, again...

What blocks have you working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading!

Jen



Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Mail Day - IG Mini Quilt Swap

At the end of last week, I received the most delightful package from my partner, Shonna, in the the IG mini quilt swap hosted by Sandy at Curly Boy.

IG Mini Quilt Swap 2014

Isn't her quilt just stunning??  I must admit that once people started posting about having received their quilts, I started stalking the hashtag for the group wondering what unclaimed quilt might be mine.  There were so many truly wonderful quilts, but I secretly hoped Shonna's quilt was headed my way.   I can't describe the excitement I felt when I opened up her package and saw it.

Speaking of packaging.  Even Shonna's packing looked gorgeous.  I've definitely learned a bit about presentation from her for future swaps.  I am usually just hoping that my stuff will get to where it is going, and stay dry.

IG Mini Quilt Swap 2014

Oh, and the goodies!  Extras are usually optional in most swaps, and I always try to add some fabric and/or another handmade item to my packages, but when receiving a package, I never really expect much.  I am usually blown away by the generosity of my partners.  In my survey, I mentioned that I would love a few charm squares from my partner's stash in colors I need for my next hexy project.  Well, not only did Shonna give me 3 cuts of fabric in those colors so I can cut several charms from them, but she also included some Tula Pink's Foxfield and Moonshine charm packs.

IG Mini Quilt Swap loot

There were also some sweet treats included.  The Rolo's disappeared into the belly of at least one child before I could taste them, but those Milk Duds were mine all mine.

The quilt now has a place of honor on my wall of minis.

Just some of my mini's on the wall.


This is just a temporary layout as I have discovered some more mini's that I can hang.  That one on the right that says "Jennifer" was from my first swap a few years ago - the Name Game Swap. Ah, the memories! As you can see, there is also room for more.....

I've signed up for 2 more mini swaps in the next few months. I'm still picking out my patterns for the  mini's I plan to make, and I'm already contemplating what extra's I can include to live up to Shonna's excellent example.

Thanks again Shonna!

And thanks for reading everyone,

Jen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winner of Rainbow of Charms - Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day


Color Wheel of Charm Squares

Congratulations to Anita from Quilt in a not-Shell; she was the lucky winner of my 50 charms squares in a rainbow of colors.  She has a lovely blog, if you would like to click on the link above to check it out.  I particularly like her little Quilty Stitches that she is working on.

Anita, I will be mailing them out sometime this week, though I expect with the holiday rush the package will take a while to get to Norway.

Thank you to everyone who entered.  I enjoyed reading about your favorite tutorials and have bookmarked several for the future.


Thanks for reading,


Jen