Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two GO Giveaways and Quilt Show Pictures

There are two more lucky people that AccuQuilt have smiled upon and given GO cutters to.  These two bloggers are now having giveaways themselves for GO cutters!  Not that I want any competition mind you, but you can hop over to Paulette at Sweet P Quilting and Creations or over to Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works to enter--or you can visit if you are not familiar with these two bloggers.  I know you wouldn't be sorry; they are great bloggers with lots of interesting information and beautiful quilts to view!

On the other note, here are the other photographs I took while at the New England Quilt Show.  They are just as fabulous!  My three favorites were the jar from yesterday the cows and the rooster quilts! 

Until tomorrow, happy quilting!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Hampshire to Keepsake Quilting and New England Quilt Show

To take a trip to a quilt show and a quilt shop with a friend is awesome and one great way to bring summer to a close, one week before I have to go back to work--(tears now softly falling down my face).  Yes, summer is closing for me and another year of school will soon be opening for my son and myself.  It is simple pleasures of taking the entire day; yes that means getting up at 4:30 a.m. and getting home at 9:15 p.m.; and so very very worth it!  My wonderful husband said, "Go, but please don't bankrupt us!"  With that said, we were off!  We drove to Manchester, New Hampshire to the New England Quilt Show with a few highlights here: 

No commentary with the pictures tonight, just all truly amazing and gorgeous!  This is about half of the ones I photographed--tomorrow the remainder.  No pictures from Keepsake Quilting, but beautiful scenery and a great quilt shop!  Until tomorrow!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A New Bag!

Today was spent making a new bag.  Now I am not the greatest purse maker at all....I usually take too long making one and still have a couple that have become UFO's just waiting for a little more to go.  I have friends who can whip out gorgeous bags in no time at all--and they always look so perfect, like they were purchased at the latest shop! Well, today I started and finished a bag all in one day--whoo hoo!  That definitely is a first for me!  It was a very easy bag to make, probably the easiest I have ever done; or I am finally learning about bag construction!  Whatever the reason, it is totally complete!  Here are a couple photos of my new bag:

I think that I love this design so much because of the cute handles--and I didn't have to make them!  The design did not call for pockets inside, but I put those in too!  Lastly, I love the fabric!  This is fabric that I had won and I loved it and wanted to use it in something special--I finally found the perfect project for the gorgeous fabric!  I will be stylin' tomorrow with my new purse!  Tomorrow I really need to work on a few projects to finish--although time will be short for sewing with too many places that I need to be during the day and evening!

Until tomorrow, happy quilting!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday happenings!

Just a few updates on a quieter Sunday.  My son is home from Boy Scout summer camp and really glad to be home, relaxed today mostly--being gone for 3 weeks this summer was quite a change for him.  He did have a great time though!  He was mostly shocked at the pictures of the bobcat and wished he had seen him.

As for the bobcat, he was never caught--so he is out there somewhere, hopefully healing!

I have had a normal Sunday--doing laundry (lots of boy scout laundry) etc. and some sewing!  Worked to finish the 4-patch blocks for Patches for Lissa on Jane's Fabrics and Quilts--check it out if you are able and willing to help out.  Will get them in the mail now!

Entered for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO cutter at the following site:  Sew Many Ways...

I would really love to win a GO cutter so have been trying hard--but no luck yet; hopefully this is the right time and right blog!  I could really do so much with one!  I will save all my writing about the GO for posts and posts if I do win one!

That is about all for now.  Until tomorrow, happy quilting!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Lunch and a Bobcat!

I was enjoying a late lunch today with my friends Laurie and Brenda, when Brenda said, "Barb, be very quiet and look at what is coming out of your woods."  I looked around the table out window and there he was, a very good size bobcat.  He walked ever so slowly around my house to the front yard and crossed over the driveway, then we lost site of him.  He was walking very strangely, almost as if he had been hit or clipped by a car.  We did call the police animal control, because the bobcat was injured, and the officer was shocked at his size in the picture.  He even wanted his supervisor to see it!  It never amazes me the wildlife I have around here:  black bear, bobcat, deer, fox, at times coyote and turkeys.  We have even had a flock of turkey vultures on our house.....that creeped me out!  (You can double-click on any of the pictures to enlarge them)

Anyway, he is pretty good size!  I have been weeding in my garden, I am going to have to keep an eye out a little better than I do...
Now that I had the black bear I had to make a quilt, will I have to do a bobcat now?
I just have to show the pictures of the turkey vultures...we never could figure out why they came; nothing was dead in the area that we knew about.....anyway:

Don't you just think they are the creepiest bird to look at--and we came home to them on our roof and in our trees; there were five of them!
Well, I really need to get some sewing done, have had too many other things going on today!  Until later or tomorrow, happy quilting!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

UFO and a Basket Block

It is so good to bring out something to work on and to see progress being made on the project.  Yesterday I pulled out an UFO that I have loved but put aside to work on other things and made some real strides in the piecing of the top.  It was not even completely cut out, but now it is all cut out and it went from just pieces to six blocks finished.  This pattern is called Take Five on Point and I love the batiks.  I know that I will continue to play with the arrangement of the blocks once they are all finished.  They are not shown on point here, but that was the easiest way for me to photograph my progress!

I also had the opportunity to finish the basket block that goes in a basket quilt.  So I have been busy!  It is batiks also--which I do truly love!

Hopefully tomorrow I will make more progress here and then pull out a Halloween tablerunner to finish!  Until tomorrow, happy quilting!