Saturday, March 12, 2011

Winner of Spring Sponsor Giveaway!

YOOOHOOO Miguelacosa
Not sure who you are but your email says miguelacosa
Please connect with me, I sent you an email.
You were # 181, warmest congratulations.
White fabric with bows for girls, dinosaurs for boy.. I like this blog much,
makes me feel connected with many wonderful people. thanks for everything they do and their sponsors are the best.
pssst...we will be doing another SUMMER giveaway sometime in June...sew stay tuned for that one...
Thank you for all of your wonderful answers...many delightful  new designers want -to -be's in our midst...
(randomly chosen through  "Count me in",software
 matching avatars with addresses and all subscribers were give numbers
and -were included too (those who commented)


YOOOHOOO Miguelacosa

Not sure who you are but your email says miguelacosa
Please connect with me, I sent you an email.
You were # 181, warmest congratulations.
White fabric with bows for girls, dinosaurs for boy.. I like this blog much,
makes me feel connected with many wonderful people. thanks for everything they do and their sponsors are the best.
pssst...we will be doing another SUMMER giveaway sometime in June...sew stay tuned for that one...
Thank you for all of your wonderful answers...many delightful  new designers want -to -be's in our midst...
(randomly chosen through  "Count me in",software
 matching avatars with addresses and all subscribers were give numbers
and -were included too (those who commented)

Tonight at 11:30 pm. E.T. Zone the winner will be announced for this Sponsor Giveaway, will it be YOU?

also Presencia, Green Fairy Quilts, Chitter Chatter Designs,
Jane's Fabrics Swartch Buddies, Aurifil,  Riley Blake. 

Our sponsors and we have many of them...would love
to celebrate SPRING with you, ( ok in North America)
Fall for our Aussies and NZ.

How about celebrating a new SEASON...
with all these giveaways, layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls,
fat quarter bundles, patterns, silk fabric, silk floss, embroidery
packages complete with pattern and floss, background fabric...books...
( oh and this is just some of the sampling...I have just been informed
there is more coming...a lot more)

All of their links are on the right side of our blog, under SPONSORS.
Thanks go out to Presensia, Henry Glass and Co,  Robert Kaufman, Lecien,
 Micheal Miller, Pastimes Online ( Val) ,Carrie Nelson, Jilllily Studios ( Jill) Moda, Martingale that Patchwork Place and Co. Janes Fabrics, Quilt Taffy, Shabby Fabrics, Amy Bradley, Chitter Chatter ( Cori)
Eat Cake Graphics, Aurifil, Swatch Buddies and Riley BLAKE........

Support our sponsors as they support you...
We are very fortunate to have such great companies
who consistently bring us the BEST!

"If you could create and design your own material.
what would it look like, what color would it be?"
(mine would be buttercream background with words in black
that would say, just a minute, one more stitch, I hear you, 
one more seam...)

Saturday 11:30 PM  .....willl be our DRAW day! good luck everyone!
( and there is much more to add then in this photo)
just saying...

I will be sending links to your wonderful colorful answers
to some keen FABRIC companies..yes I am ....
they are that good...
If nothing comes from it, at least they will know
what some of you really LIKE!...

Our readers are also included...you are all entered as well!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Stitching and Quilting!

Welcome to my first post as a Guest Blogger. 
My name is Debbie and my blog is Busy as can be  
I am so excited to share with you today but when I sat down to do this post I couldn't decide where to begin ...should I share quilting, stitching or cooking....hummm....I think I will show you my favorite thing to make.... drum roll...
Dish Towels!!
The reason I love to make these is because they are quick and easy for gifts.
There are so many ways to give them.
Example :
1- Dish towel, wooden spoon tied with a bow and a recipe.
2-Dish towel, wooden spoon tied with a bow and a recipe and a fun baking dish or cookie sheet.
3-Dish towel, pie server, pie pan and recipe.
4- Dish towel tied with pretty ribbon to  Box mix with recipe.
I could go on....I can make a dish towel for any occasion.
And when ever I give these  everyone always love to get them and thinks of them as little works of art! LOL I love it because they are so easy.  So lets get started.....

I like to iron the dish towel before I begin and fold in half and press the edge to find middle. And I use Mary Ellen's spray starch ...it smells so good.
Then gather your supplies....
dish towel (I love flour sacks)
Fusible interfacing
floss and needle

Cut the interfacing the size of the pattern.

Take and lay the bumpy side to the wrong side of the dish towel in the middle and iron down.

Next use a light box or a window in the daytime to trace the pattern,
I lay the pattern facing up and then the dish towel. You will be tracing on the right side (top) of the dish towel.

Put in a hoop, thread your needle and stitch.

Now to make this even more fun if you come over to my blog for a free pattern.
Please leave me a comment here and then visit me at my blog
sew I can share with you my pattern...

                                                         My Blog has the pattern!
This Pattern is called "Easy Cooking" And it is so easy to stitch. So stop by and find out how to get a free pattern.

Here are a few more of my dish towels.

This one I gave away in a water can.

I like to mix things up by doing applique and stitching.

This one was so easy I ironed it on with Heat N Bond and stitched the edges.

This is more for the quilter in me no stitching....but YoYo's ...I love YoYo's!

This one I used Heat N Bond for the pickles and top, stitched the jar and did the lettering with iron on paper (reversed). This Pattern is one from my friend Lori Holt's Family Reunion Quilt. I always find patterns from quilt patterns.

This pattern is one of mine and the red work pattern is in my "Quilter's Cookbook" and the bottom is wide rick rack I sewed down and crocheted the bottom edge.
A lot of my dish towels I just crochet the bottom edge.

I always have a few made up and on hand for quick gifts. If you live by a Ti-pan I love to go in and get their mixing bowls with the handles, they are about 4 or 5 dollars and just add a dish towel and a wooden spoon and tie it all up in cellophane.  Great Fast gift!  

Thank you for having me, I really enjoyed my visit
Now who would ever thought that drying dishes could be so tastefully done?

Stitching with 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baggage Claim Quilts

Good day to Madame Samm and all….I am Frances, the Quiet Quilter from One More Quilt .  I am a slow quilter.  Partially by choice and partially by…..being slow.  I have been hand quilting since 2005 and haven’t made very many quilts or quilty things like a lot of ya’ll. I plan to show you most of them here.  It really won't take long.  I enjoy every quilt I make and as it nears completion, I seem to speed up. I think life is like that, too.

Here is a quick version of my life before quilting:  Grew up, married, had 3 children (older DS, DS, and DD), saw them grown and gone, both DH and I retired from jobs, and learned cross stitch (just me). 

Boy, that was a fast 60+ years!

Now to show you my Baggage Claim of Quilts  (they’re not in a Trunk yet). 

2005 - beginnings

My first quilt was not one I quilted, but one I cross stitched.  My DSIL and I collaborated on this quilt for our DHs (DBIL ended up with it)…

It is a series of call signs from a group of Hams, or amateur radio operators (not to be confused with cb radios!) who, in their younger days (1950s/60s) would drive on weekends and search for a transmitter hidden by 1 or 2 of their group, using their ham sets and radios.(big story here…some of the places they hid them! side of a cliff, for one) Several of this group continued to stay in touch and came to a reunion in 2005.

Next, I pieced a Turning Twenty quilt (tied again) for my older son. Recently took a picture....

Bought FQs, washed FQs, cut heavy wads of loose fabric threads off FQs….one lesson noted and learned.

Simple small quilts came next:

These were mainly practice quilts. (Huge!! binding on first quilt)
End of 2005 and into 2008 – Whole Quilt Saga  

 As I put a timeline together for this post, I realized that, without a doubt, having grandchildren helped this whole idea of quilting along.  I had 5 grandchildren at this point (younger DS’s 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004,,, DD’s 2003).

I decided to make them one quilt each.. and I was going to handquilt them…..Yeah!   I am tempted to add an extra year to my quilting life here… they seemed forever finishing! I  learned so much on what NOT to do with these quilts. 

No picture for my first, it was a story quilt (Mother Goose rhymes) for my DGD (2004) to hang on her wall.

Next came all these for the boys…..I decided to try to perfect my quilting skills on these…  practically killed me! The boys almost grew up before I finished them:

1) double bed-sized quilt:   I got muscles by turning the fabric round and round as I quilted around every planet.

2) And again:  trucks and rocks, double bed-sized quilt - quilted around every truck and rock!

# 3 quilt –  yep…same size quilt, same technique…wouldn’t I ever learn!  I did start “appliqueing”
 however. Lucked out on finding border fabric that matched so well..

#4 quilt– Big panels! Little 2” squares, cut 1 at a time, sewn one at a time.. I had so much to learn!  I drew 3" interlocking circles over that entire quilt! And sewed them one circle at a time, knotting and cutting thread with each circle! What was I thinking!!!  Oh, how much I have learned since then!

So in this three year period or so, I made only 5 quilts…. It was not quite as dramatic as I lead people on to believe, but it did slow down my learning of the fundamentals of quilting.  But my grandchildren would not trade any of that time for their quilts!

2008-2010 – New Sewing Machine, Discovering Piecing!

I decided by now that quilting was here to stay and I could justify retiring my $100+ Singer from WM (it’s still here as a backup…an okay machine, but I needed an upgrade).  So I got a basic Janome.  As much as I admire embrodery that one can do on machines nowadays, I had enough to learn without adding that to the mix.

 I started looking around the internet.  I could say from here on I taught myself, but that would not be true.  You lovely quilters were/are my teachers.

Did you know there is a technique called …..piecing?  and strip mining er, sewing.  Honest! Revolutionary! I have now entered a new phase…

I had almost caught up with the grandchildren,….and here they come again!!  (DDs 2008, DSs 2009 and older DSs 2010).  Total, 5 boys, 3 girls.  More quilts needed. 

 Spur of the minute Halloween quilt – made it in less than a month.  

This was the first quilt I made for a baby who was actually still a baby when I finished it….My neighbor made the clowns for me on her machine….

I was feeling confident now, so I made a signature quilt for a friend who led us in light-weight water aerobics (for the older generation).  My first 9 patch!

No,  this next one was not a scrappy quilt.  You have to buy fabric first before it becomes scrappy.  I still have some left…anyone want any? …at least I cut out all the pieces before sewing them together this time.  This is the only one of my quilts that I tried to machine quilt.  I used a walking foot with my newly acquired Janome...  the back leaves a little to be desired, but it hasn't come apart yet. Also, another step toward appliqué…hand sewn....

And I started naming my quilts....

Christmas Wrapping

My younger sister became a grandma and I sent these to my niece.

Animal Crackers 

Don't Fence Me In

 Now I am broadening my horizons and starting to include other things besides baby quilts.   I am also getting a little faster and trying more designs.

I discovered schlep bags and made a few.

Please note:  For my first flannel quilt, I chose the basic block design... love 'em ..so simple.  I loved the colors.. had some left so watch for them again later on down the line.

Home Spun

  My first rail fence quilt .
Purple Playground

Back to younger quilts

Hungry Catepillar Quilt 

About this time my oldest DS got engaged and married...

So a quilt for the couple 


Baby shower gift for my newest grandchild (oldest DS 2010)

Quiet Slumber

I decided to start over with my quilts for my grandchildren.  Am continuing to work on this, but have finished one for my oldest GS (he's 12 now).. another rail fence.....honest.

3D Math

We are coming to the home stretch now....

my DH's crazy clothes quilt – you know about this one


Blue/White Sawtooth quilt – and this one

And finally this one..


And that brings us up to the present.  And a lot of quilts yet to make! 

In the works:   

Tool Quilt (being quilted)

Mystery Quilt (no name yet)

and my 2 quilt-along quilts....

See how far I have come!

 Thank ya'll for looking, and thank you Madame Samm!

PS:  Looks like another baby quilt will be in the works soon! Yep! #6 for DS in June!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hi, I'm Kelly Jackson and I'm in over my head!

What on GGE (God's Green Earth) have I gotten myself into now? I'm such a "yes" person that when I was asked to be a guest blogger here on Stash Manicure I said, "sure, why not."

Now I hopped over and read the other recent guest blogger posts and I want to crawl into a hole and hide. I certainly hope you are not disappointed to learn I'm not a quilt designer. I'm a notions gal....I review sewing and quilting notions and write about my experiences on my blog, IHaveANotion dot blogspot dot com and I have a on-line shop, IHaveA-Notion.com

I wish I had some fancy schmancy wild newfangled jaw droppin' smack your butt technique or design to share with you....but I'd have to steal one and lie about it being mine. Way too many people know me and I can hear my phone ringing off the hook now....so I will just tell ya the truth; dang....there goes the good story.

Oh but wait, I did have ONE moment of genius once....it was the night before I left for Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and I needed a camera strap. 

Ta Da....my moment of genius!!  Without using a pattern I made this camera strap using the Double Diamond Ruler and  RocLon Multi-Purpose Cloth.  Yep...proud as peas I am....no pattern....no advise....just used what I had and even managed to select the fabrics. 

I bet those of you who don't know me wonder how I started reviewing notions, books, patterns etc.   Or not....but for those of you who do....I'll just tell ya:

Two years ago this April, I opened I Have A Notion and in May I went to Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh.  I walked in the doors there and I felt electrified.  See for yourself.....

....yes sir-e-bob I was "charged" by all the creative energy in the place.  I wanted to know everything about everything and I spent 3 days doing my best to learn about anything people were willing to share with me.  I was in "the zone" and happy ....actually joyous better describes it. 

By nature I'm a little skeptical and I don't trust "advertising" per se' so it has been an important part of my journey to try things for myself and share with others what I've learned.  I've never had a hard time telling it as I see it....just ask my husband....and the IHAN (acronym for I Have A Notion) blog followers.  I'm always open to learning about other people's experiences and enjoy the connectedness I have encountered through blogging.  Feel free to visit anytime and leave me a comment letting me know you dropped by.  I have may product reviews listed on the sidebar of my blog and you can search my blog posts too for more information.

I'm posting on my blog today as well....feel free to stop by and read my post about "Passing The Sacred Orb."  I guess that is enough info about me....I'll close by attaching some photos of projects I've had the pleasure of making.

Sampler Quilt "Many Hands"
Coil Bowls

"Circles Quilt"
Hawaiian Applique wall hanging
"Crayons" quilt for my son.
Table Topper for my Mother In Law.
This is a Green Fairy Quilt Pattern by Judi Madsen...it went to a child in Romania as part of the Green Fairy Quilt Charity.
Oops...this photo is a pre-finish shot....oh well... you can imagine it finished right?  I did finish it...this photo was the wrong one. 
Table topper made in a class I took from Linda Poole.  By the way....she's a great teacher.
Sizziling Circles pattern by Lacey Hill, Golden Thyme Designs.
Ok, now these are my most favorite socks ....polar fleece socks and I actually custom fit them to fit my feet....I love, love, love them :)

Madelene, from Workiung Wall blog, finishes her posts by saying:...if your still reading....thanks for the company!  (I'm gently borrowing her close....I wanted to steal it...and lie....next time :)