Saturday, February 28, 2015

New Dolls!

I haven't been doing much sewing or quilting lately, hence it's been quiet around here so nothing much to blog about.

I did, however, make a trip to Orlando last Saturday and besides a new Gold iPhone 6 Plus, HAD to stop in the new American Girl Place store at the Florida Mall.  Of course, I didn't leave empty-handed.  I bought the new Grace Girl of the Year doll and a green-eyed, redhead, aka Girl of Today #61.  I also had both their ears pierced, which is a first for me.  My previous AG dolls don't have their ears pierced.  I don't even think it was an option when I purchased them at the time.

So yesterday, I made a new dress and Grace is here to model it for you...

I also made matching earrings.  My first time making earrings; so there was a lot of trial and error going on because the holes for the AG dolls are quite large.  I watched some YouTube videos and it seems the trick is to use the stud earrings that you can get at AG and make the earrings to hang off those studs.  I had to practice a bit to get my wires to curl uniformly to fit around the studs, but I think they look pretty good now.  I just used the plain AG silver ball studs with these dangly earrings.

I just love the facial features on Grace.  Her pouty lips and those freckles are to die for.  I also like that she has bright blue eyes with dark hair. 

I'm sure I'll be making more outfits, so likely the next one will be modeled by the redhead.  I don't have a name for her yet, but I'll be thinking on it.

'Til later,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Lake Yale Quilt Retreat

I arrived home a little before 5pm last night from our four day, three night quilt retreat at Lake Yale.  What fun was had by all 62 of us!  Yes...62!  The retreat center is located in Eustis/Leesburg, FL at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.  They own acres and acres of beautiful wooded land around a central lake, aptly named Lake Yale.  It was very beautiful and serene.  Other than the fact that the mattresses were a bit hard and the lack of suitable lighting because the room was so large and the ceilings so high (we were all told to bring our ott lights and such to help remedy the situation), it was a wonderful time.  Click here for a link to the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center website if you want to browse.  Just click on the video strip embedded in the picture at the top of the home page.

What was even more enjoyable was there were two additional/separate quilt groups meeting in different buildings/conference rooms during the same timeframe as our group, so we got to go visit more lovely quilters and ooh and ahh over the projects they were working on.  Many new friendships were formed.  :o)

It was quite nice to not have to worry about everyday things, like walking my dog and cooking.  Our meals were served cafeteria-style in an adjacent building.  Breakfasts were served at 7:30-8:30am, lunches at 12:00-1:00pm and dinners at 5:30-6:30pm.  I swore I gained 10 pounds, but got on the scale this morning and only gained 2.5 pounds.  Whew...

I made quite a bit of progress on three of my UFOs:

Waste Not, Want Not

The first I worked on was my Waste Not, Want Not project made from 1-1/2" scraps from Keepsake Quilting dating back to when they gave Gold members a pinked scrap of each of their available fabrics for the year -- probably very early 2000.  I had decided I didn't want to "waste" them and sorted some of them by color family and decided to make blocks.  I only had the center of about 4 done and sitting in an untouched bin, but was able to get all 9 sewn and sashed at the retreat, and now have to decide how I want to set them into a quilt.

Batik BOM

The second project is a BOM from probably 2007 when I still lived in NJ.  It's a batik paper-piecing project and I got three of the 12 blocks pieced.  More to go, but further than I was, considering I had absolutely nothing done on that project before the retreat...  *grin*

Ribbon Swirls

The third is my Ribbon Swirls quilt I designed several years ago.  I had the pieces all cut and ready to assemble, so was able to put together 6 blocks.  I need to make 36 more for a 6x7 layout.

We had a snack table (OMG!) and raffles all retreat long.  My name was the third or fourth pulled for a "thanks for coming" prize raffle, so I was able to pick a really nice prize.  I decided on a Hemming House layer cake by Moda.  Yeah, like I need more fabric.  LOL.  They also had a 50/50 raffle and a major-prize raffle. 

Here I'll share with you some pictures of all the fun in progress.  It was inspiring to see all the different projects everyone was working on and at the end of the retreat we had a show and tell of everyone's accomplishments.

Hope you had a prolific few days also,

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's Baaacckkk!

I got my Scrappy Mountains Majesties quilt back today and it looks F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!  I'm so happy with the quilt motif and thread that I chose.  Guess I will spend some time in front of the TV tacking the binding to the back.

I sure hope Mona and I get a lot of sign-ups for our class. 

Grinning from ear to ear,

Another Doll Outfit...

Yesterday I made a cute pair of doll pajamas.  I added a bit of decorative stitching to the top and I think it gives it a little extra oomph.  Just lovin' these pj's.

More later,

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In The Mood For Something Different...

I put all my quilting projects on hold to enjoy a little doll fun.  It's been so long since I've made some doll clothes and I'm in the mood.  So I guess I'd better strike while the iron's hot.  (No pun intended.) 

Here's a cute little outfit I finished yesterday.  It's a white peasant crop top and a mock-wrapped skirt.  I think it came out darling.  I even made the necklace.

My daughters and I went to a craft fair this past November and I was shocked no one had a booth selling 18" doll clothing.  I mean, it's so popular.  So I'm toying with the idea of sewing a couple outfits a week and renting a booth.  Can't hurt to give it a shot.  :o)

Playing dress-up with my dolls,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Scrappy Mountains Majesties

Took a break from the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt and finished up the top for my Scrappy Mountains Majesties.  I called my longarmer this morning and she can fit me in before my next Guild Meeting at the end of January -- which works out great as I need at least the top (if not the finished quilt by then) so people can see our examples as they sign up for the class Mona and I are teaching.

I think it turned out great and I'm loving the scrappy borders which helped use up the majority of the leftover fabric used in the center.

Thanks, Dad, for holding up the quilt so I could take a picture.  :o)

A weight has been lifted off my shoulder,

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 6 aka The Big Reveal - Sneaky, Sneaky!

Ah, yes.  Bonnie keeps us on our toes.  She released the final clue and the BIG REVEAL at midnight on New Year's Eve.  Sneaky, sneaky! 

I love it!  I knew it would be spectacular.  There is a lot of motion going on, so I have to admit I am happy that I didn't go scrappy.  I think it would have detracted from the pattern too much.  Of course, I had to put one block together with sashing, just to see how it looks.  I'm loving it!  I'll be working on it on and off probably with other projects mixed in.  I'm not in a rush to have it done...and who knows -- as it evolves I may even change a few things.  Maybe, maybe not.  I do want to get it done sooner rather than later, as I certainly don't want or need another UFO in my closet.  Here's my block with the sashing.  If you want to see Bonnie's final quilt, click here.

Speaking of UFOs, I'm thinking I need to tackle a few more this year.  Luckily I have a 4-day retreat scheduled at the end of January at Lake Yale with a bunch of crazy quilters; a couple of them my friends and others who are just friends I haven't met yet.  :o)  I predict it will be a blast!  I'm thinking I should schlep some of my UFOs with me and see what I can accomplish, rather than starting new projects.  The great thing about this retreat is you can work on whatever you want!  Woohoo! 

Have a Happy, Quilty New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Dancing!!!

I opened my e-mail this morning and what to my wondering eyes should appear but an e-mail from the Fat Quarter Shop notifying me that I was one of the three winners of a $100 Gift Certificate for my Butterfly Bliss Quilt for the Somerset Mini-Charms Contest.  What!?!?!  Holy freeholy!  Knock me over with a feather!  Needless to say, I'm...

Happy Dancing!!!

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 5 - Fast and Fun Four-Patches

The mystery is moving along quickly now.  We're at Clue 5, with Clue 6 coming on Friday.  I wouldn't be surprised if the upcoming clue was the final clue, along with the BIG REVEAL.  I'm so excited to see how all the puzzle pieces will come together.  Bonnie's mysteries never disappoint, so I'm sure it will be a stunner!

So here was this week's clue.  Fast and fun 4-patches.  Quick and easy.  I'm glad for it as I am itching to get moving on other projects.

Speaking of other projects, here's one that I pulled out this morning and arranged into rows before I hopped into the shower.  One of my girlfriends and I are teaching Bonnie's Scrappy Mountains Majesties in a class in March and I need to get this done.  We are both doing different versions to show the quilters a couple different variations that you can achieve by rotating the blocks.  This is mine using Civil War fabrics.  It will possibly get a border.  I'll know more once I sew the rows together and it speaks to me.  Hers is done with reds and whites with all the "logs" going in the same direction.  They are very different, but will be equally beautiful.

Oh -- and I'll have an exciting announcement in a separate post later today.  *Squee!*

Quilt on!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Clue 4 - Time To Do More Dishes...

I usually hate doing dishes -- but when it comes to quilting it's a different story.  :o)

Clue 4 is more Broken Dishes blocks -- only in a slightly different colorway from Clue 1.  This Clue has two versions with different orientations.  I'm just about done with one version (ironing the seams now), and the other is patiently awaiting final assembly.  Shouldn't be long before I'm all caught up again.  My sewing room is a disaster area, but I couldn't be happier.  *grin*

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!