Monday, March 29, 2010

The Horry Story

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments and well wishes! You all are too kind.

So the horror story...don't worry, it's not too graphic. Just retelling the story makes me a little week in the knees.

I was cutting the very last square for my trip to Saint George - not the heavy denim blocks, but one 5x5 square from regular old fabric. All week I had a strange foreboding that something bad was going to happen. I had been so careful while cutting because it ran through my mind a couple of times that cutting myself would be awful.

Then it happened. When I went to run the rotary cutter along the edge of the ruler, I must have nicked the ruler instead of getting it onto the fabric. It ran along the top of the ruler and across my finger even though my finger was a good inch out of harms way. I grabbed my finger and ran around a little alternating between "I knew it was going to happen!" and "Lord please help me!" I managed to make it to the freezer to grab an ice pack and a wrap a dish cloth around my finger. Then called my husband sobbing because I was afraid I was going to pass out. I don't do well with injuries - especially my own. He drove home and took me to the doctor. The lady at the front counter and the nurse did a good job of getting my mind off of my finger by asking about the sewing retreat. The shots burned of course, but the worst part was the feeling of my numb finger moving around while the doctor stitched it. Once I realized that I was laying on the table with my husband on one side and the doctor on the other and it didn't matter if I passed out, the panicked feeling subsided. I relaxed, saw stars and concentrated on not vomiting. Thankfully he was able to use some sterie strips and I only had to have two stitches.

So off I went on my trip the next day where I met some awesome ladies and sewed for three days with my finger in a splint - to keep the stitches from tearing - insert gag sound here. I did have a few flash back moments where I caught myself making a face, especially when another lady at the retreat cut her finger - but they were able to fix her up with a little super glue.

I'll be back here in the next few days to share the projects that we made and the fun that we had. But for now, I've got to go sew a few, typing without your left index finger is a little tricky ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Quiet Book Pattern Winner and a Sewjourn

And the winner is.............lucky number 13 - Becky! Becky I've sent you an email so be watching for it :)In somewhat unrelated news....
I'm sew excited to be going on a sewjourn down to St. George! My friend Sue and I have been planning our trip for sometime now. We're on pins and needles...time to release a little tension... serge ahead! OK, I think the cheese is out of my system now - not really, we've been follow this thread for weeks.

We're going to be attending the Dave's Bernina Spring Retreat. St. George really is one of my favorite places.
Even though we won't have time to visit Zion National Park, we are going to have a blast together, finish a bunch of fun projects, eat out and best of all....I've checked the weather report. While it will only be 55 degrees here, it will be a lovely 70 degrees there. :)Anyone else going or going to be in the area? If you are, make sure you pop in to say hi!

Jellyroll Quilt Along Block 2 - Thank you!

I have to mention how overwhelmed with emotion that I am while browsing through the quilt blocks that y'all have made. You are some very talented ladies. When Konda asked me to design a block, I spent all of my time focusing on color choices, measurements and...well, myself. I never imagined that the softer side, the personal side of seeing the results would be so overwhelming. It's amazing to see that block that was rattling around in my mind a few weeks ago has taken so many beautiful shapes. 1. jellyblock2bIMG_0039, 2. Block Two, 3. Block 2, 4. Jelly Roll Block #2, 5. JR "Botique" by Chez Moi Block 2, 6. 100_1706, 7. Jelly Roll Sampler Block 2, 8. jell_roll_2, 9. Block 2 - Jelly Roll Quilt Along, 10. Block 2, 11. Quilt Along Block 2, 12. block 2

Monday, March 15, 2010

Free Quilt Block Pattern and Free Quiet Book Pattern

A little while ago, I was asked to design a quilt block for Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along 2010. What made the invitation even more special was that it came from my good friend Konda over at Moose On The Porch Quilts.

The tricky part about it - I've never used Jelly Roll strips before. We've all seen them at quilt shops, but for those of you, like me, that have never taken one home, I'll share what exactly a Jelly Roll contains. It's basically 40 - 2 1/2 inch strips the length of the fabric from one designer or line of fabric. Usually they are 40 different fabrics, occasionally you will get a repeat of one or two of the fabrics.

So the idea was to design a 12" finished block, which means a 12 1/2" block, containing the Jelly Roll strips with some background fabric. I got right to work procrastinating, because after all, that is the first step of any project. Then when it was getting down to the wire I drew a few sketches and came up with a picture frame type of block. After messing around with some fabric, I scraped the block and started over - the second (or is that third) step of any project. Finally I ditched the paper and pencil and cut some fabric into 2 1/2" strips. Inspiration hit and I came up with what I thought was the perfect quilt block.
Pictures were taken, instructions documented and I was able to bask in my glory once I clicked the send email button. The following day Amber stopped by for a visit and I was beaming when I showed her the block. After the oohing and ahhing that friends do for eachother. She pointed out that the block looked pretty big. Our conversation went something like this:
Amber: Wow, that's a big block.
Me: I know! 12 inches is pretty big.
Amber: Are you sure it's 12 inches?
Me: Well, let me measure it.

Had I measured it the night before? Of course not - I was too afraid that the block would come out 1/4" or so off. Then I wouldn't have been able to sleep at night.

So I measured it. It was 16". Back to the drawing board.

Luckily I was able to do a little tucking and pinning and the end result was still true to my original design, but most importantly it came out to 12 1/2" which is 12" finished. :) Oh, and the center is one solid block, not the pieced white and floral block below.
So hop on over to Moose on the Porch Quilts to join the fun and get free instructions for my 12" quilt block. Oh, and speaking of free, I'll be giving out a free PDF copy of The Fairy Tale Quiet Book pattern too. You'll have two chances to win, one over at Moose on the Porch Quilts and one by leaving a comment on this post. I'll choose a winner at the end of the week.

Say "hey" to Konda for me :)

♥♥♥Comments closed - congratulations to our winner Becky!♥♥♥

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Turning 70

Nagymama (grandma in Hungarian) came for a visit. She brought some beautiful embroidered items that I'll share with you later. She just turned 70 - so exciting! Over the years we've given her all of the regular gifts, necklaces, sweaters, movie passes, scrapbooks, I was a little stumped for this birthday. What do you get for someone that is turning 70? A quilt of course!

So I pulled out a bunch of fabric that I had been saving just for the right occasion and got to work on a disappearing 9 patch. I love this tutorial! I used large blocks so the quilt would go together faster - cut sew, cut then sew back together again. It came out just as I had imagined...then in typical April fashion, I couldn't part with it. Just something about it reminded me of my grandma. I'm not sure if it was the style of the quilt, the fabrics, colors or what, but it felt like grandma's yard on a spring day. Laundry hanging, the smell of grass, the crispness of the air... you know what I mean?This is my Grandma long before she was my grandma:) 1934 with 4 of her 12 children.

While I love the quilt and can't part with it, it also wasn't the right one of my MIL. It's like at Ollivander's you don't choose the wand, the wand chooses you -my Harry Potter roots are showing again- I feel the same way about quilts. They choose who they belong to. Luckily, and also in true quilter's fashion, I had an unfinished quilt top laying around waiting for the right inspiration to hit. Funny how inspiration and desperation are so closely related sometimes;)

So to make a long story short, the new quilt was finished just in time. And well received...
The half square triangles were from a charm pack and the placement of the blocks were inspired by Konda's book. By the way, have you seen her jelly roll quilt along. I'm designing the next block in the series, so go check it out!