Any of you readers out there owners of EQ6? Well, they're having a Rose of Sharon quilt block contest ending November 15. Here are the specifics.
Now, you know I'm entering, right?!?! LOL! In fact, yesterday I sent in three design entries. Sincerely doubt I'll win with all the talent out there, but it sure was fun playing in my EQ6 program again. :o)
Hey you all out there in blogland! No, it's no my bloggie anniversary -- it's my 30th wedding anniversary! Yep! Hubby and I have been married for 30 years today, and given his health, I am thankful for every single one of them. So I want to share a little happiness with you all, too! I'm having a giveaway!!!
Since I love this Gwen Marston book so much (that I accidently bought 2 of them, ugh), I decided I would give away my other copy. It's brand new, never used, and I've included some yummy fabric, as well! There's a full yard of the berry print, an 8" x 36" piece of the dark cranberry, a FQ of the medium pink tone-on-tone, and a FQ of the dusty rose circular fabric.
All you have to do is comment on this post before 11:59pm EST on Saturday to be included in the drawing. A winner will be randomly picked and posted on Sunday, October 11. Just make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. If I don't hear from the winner within 24 hours of my winner's post, I will have to draw another winner.
Well, since I don't have a design wall to show my current project, I guess the carpet will have to suffice. LOL! This is going to be my Trip to Bali quilt. Lots of purples, pinks, golds, blues and lime greens in these fabrics. The sketch shows how it will look once done, although when I colored it in EQ6, I just used a couple different colors to get a general idea. I didn't want to spend all my time tediously coloring each one differently. Not counting the black borders, I will be able to complete this whole top using only 2-1/2" strips and 5" charms. Finished size will be 93" x 110" -- a really good sized bed quilt. So far I have the 80 (yikes!) blocks-in-blocks completed for the center. Next up are sewing the 2-1/2" strips together and cutting them into 2-1/2" squares for the center inner border. Easy but time-consuming. I'll get there eventually and I love working on it because the batiks are all so colorful and different. It's like eye candy. :o)
Another one bites the dust! UFO that is. :o) I think at the end of the year I will do a collage of all the projects I finished during the year and count how many were completed UFOs and how many were new projects. I think it will make me feel good to see how much I accomplished in 2009.
Anyway, here is Cottage Charm. It's a beautiful kit done by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill. She called the kit Taffy Treats, but I named the quilt Cottage Charm. I totally love the fabrics in it -- Poetry Collection by April Cornell for Moda. In fact, I love the fabrics so much that I tracked down and bought a FQ bundle of all the FQs in the entire collection and they are being shipped to me as we speak. Yeah, I know, like I need more fabric. :oP
The scalloped border was a new one for me. I'd never done one before. It's presentable, but I'm not 100% happy with it. I know I'm a perfectionist, and maybe it's just me or maybe there's a trick out there that I don't know about to get the inside scallops (concave curve?) to not wrinkle a bit. If you know of any tips or tricks on how to achieve that, I'd love to hear from you. I cut the strips on the bias like it called for, but maybe I stretched them too much sewing the binding to the quilt, or maybe I didn't stretch the binding enough. Who knows? Hopefully with practice, I'll become better at it.
I am a retired 57-year old widow with two lovely, grown daughters. I am also blessed with a wonderful teenaged grandson, and two beautiful teenaged step-granddaughters, or granddaughters-in-love, as I choose to view it. *Grin* Happily, we all reside in Florida within 30 minutes of one another.
I also have an energetic Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frise mix, Tasha. I don't know what I would do without her. She brings me constant joy.