Thursday, September 27, 2012

Phoebe's Quilt

Some quilts take longer than others to finish.  This was one of those quilts for me.  It wasn't difficult or uninspired, quite the opposite.  This one sat around while I tried to figure out how to quilt it and what to back it with.
Phoebe's Quilt

Pink, purple or even black fabric kept catching my eye, but nothing seemed to fit. Then I found this crazy flannel.  The price was right and an impulse purchase followed.  (You know how it is).  The drive home was filled with doubts and second guessing myself.
Phoebe's Quilt

When I got home and put it up to the other fabrics, I remembered to always go with your gut.  I couldn't be happier :)
Phoebe's Quilt

A little swirly quilting with pink thread (I was feeling brave after my success with the crazy backing) and I was finally finished with the Moose on the Porch Layer Cake Quilt Along, which I just noticed was way back in 2010.  Oh well, here's to finishing project!
Phoebe's Quilt

What are you working on today?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Springtime In the Rockies Winner

The random number generator chose, lucky number 8 - Joyce!  Congratulations! I've sent you an email asking for your mailing address.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Springtime in the Rockies

Here we are with another blog tour and another book give away!  This one is really exciting for me because two of my patterns are in this book.  Awhile back, Konda asked if I would be interested in a collaboration with a few of our quilting friends.  Of course I said yes! 

I went with two wall hanging quilts.  The first one is Josefina and her dress of many colors.  
 She's a little folksy, a little retro and I just love her.
The second pattern is The Hills are Alive (and yes, I sang the whole time).  I love the "moment" that this quilt captures.
But enough about me, there are a ton of other fun patterns by some wonderful designers. Be sure to check them out during the tour. 

Each day during the blog tour, you have two chances to win a copy of Springtime in the Rockies. Leave a comment here for a chance to win (winner will be chosen on Monday), then head on over to Maggie's blog for another chance to win a copy. The book is also available for purchase here. 

Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:
Sept 19 - Kansas City Star http://www.pickledish.com/
Sept 20 - Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
                        Sherri McConnell http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Sept 21 -  April Mazzoleni http://aprilmaedesigns.com/
                        Maggie Barber http://shortcookie.blogspot.com
Sept 22 - Becky Morganson http://stitchesandsewforth.blogspot.com/
                        Marion McClellan http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/
                        Kathy Miller  http://makingitfun.blogspot.com/
Sept 24 - Karlene Riggs http://karleneskreation.blogspot.com/
                        JoyLyn Rigby http://broadbentquiltshop.blogspot.com/
                        Shannon White http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/
                        Kim Walus http://bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com/
Sept 27 - Konda Luckau http://moosequilts.blogspot.com
                        Jenifer Dick http://www.42quilts.com/


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Mustache you...

if you are loving mustache's as much as I am these days.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/aprilmdesigns

Monday, September 17, 2012

Server Down

I just found out that the server that I had aprilmaedesigns.com and clothmamapads.com on crashed and wiped out my websites!   I made a few phone calls and all of the king's horses and all of the king's men haven't been able to put it back together again.
pattern available at   http://www.etsy.com/shop/OrencoQuilts  

That means that all of the Hello Sun block of the month patterns are not currently available. Hang in there and we'll get it all up and running again, even if I have to spend some time recreating everything.

updated 9/21/2012: aprilmaedesigns.com is back up and running. It's not too late to join the Hello Sun Quilt Along.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Geared for Guys Remix

I'm so excited to share my Geared for Guys remix quilt with you all!

My Remix Quilt is a very special one with a special story.  Have you ever had one of those quilts that just spoke to you?  You know the ones that are just begging to be made.  That is how I felt the first time that I held Emily's book Geared for Guys in my hot little hands.  I just knew I needed to make the odd ball quilt. (If you've been around here for any length of time, you've surely figured out that our family is full of oddballs.) 
I found myself with a bundle of Emily's Shore Thing fabric and got this crazy idea.  What if I made the odd ball quilt, but instead of all of the balls being the same except for one, all of the balls were different except for one. That of course doesn't make any sense, but if I could make all of the balls in the various Shore Thing fabrics and the odd ball could be something else.  


Something like a flamingo.

A big, pink, minky flamingo.
The whole time I was making this quilt, I kept thinking of another Emily.  The teenage daughter of an old friend, Lisa.  Lisa and I used to scrapbook together and have play dates with our kids back when they were little enough to have play dates.  We moved away and our kids have grown, but Lisa and I recently got back in touch over Face Book.  

Within this past year, Lisa's daughter Emily was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. They had a benefit concert in Southern CA and I couldn't be there.  That's when I knew that this "Shore Thing" quilt made from fabric designed by one brave Emily that battled cancer belonged to another brave Emily that is fighting a battle of her own.
We're quilters, it's what we do. When times get tough and we don't know what else to do, we make a quilt.  I hope she likes it. If you would like to donate to the fundraiser to help with medical bills, you can reach Lisa at rally4emy@gmail.com.

Be sure to stop by Crazy Old Ladies for the rest of the remix tour.  You can pick up a copy of Geared for Guys at your local quilt shop or grab an electronic copy from Emily's shop.


Sept 4: Erika from http://pinksuedeshoe.com/- High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa from http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/- Helix
Sept 6: April M. from http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/ - OddBall
Sept 7: Vickie from http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/- Caution
Sept 8: Sinta from http://pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/- Ivy League
Sept 9: Marion from http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/- Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri from http://www.aquiltinglife.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. from http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/ - Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia from http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/- Caution
Sept 13: Shannon from http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari from http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/- Ivy League
Sept 15: My day to show off Helix.
Sept 16: back to Emily for the giveaway! http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Block

It's that time again!  As I logged on this morning to post the September block, I was amazed to see that it has been over a month since I have posted.  I knew it had been a while, but month is much too long!

That last month of summer break just flew by.  We had company for a couple of weeks, then there was the school clothes shopping and school registration. The good news is that I have finished sewing all of the Hello Sun Blocks, so we should be right on time here.

Yay September! I love the last few weeks of summer when the nights start getting a little crisp.  Speaking of crisp, I can't wait for the Honeycrisp Apples. I'll never forget the first time I tried one from a farmer near Gardener Village.  He twisted the apple, breaking it in half in his hands, then handed us samples.  I've never tasted it's equal - unless you count the bag of apples that I bought from him :)

Enjoy the September Block and be sure to come back by in a couple of days.  I'm participating in the Geared for Guys Remix Blog Tour over at Crazy Old Ladies. I can't wait to show you my quilt!