Thursday, November 28
Wednesday, November 20
Mama J sent me these progress pics on her donations. She is making baby bereavement blankets. It is a very sad thing to think about, but a very sweet gesture.
One in pink:
Saturday, November 9
Hello everyone! I have a challenge for you coming soon...
With the holidays fast approaching, and after finding out that I will receive a very generous and amazing prize of a sewing machine, I decided I want to give back. I originally wanted to make some small quilts for the local hospital's NICU, but I think I will donate them to their Children's Hospital and let them give the quilts to those who need them most.
I dug through my stash and came up with a several fabrics that are just itching to be used in baby quilts or kids' quilts. Here are a few (Please excuse the dim lighting, it's getting dark in here!)
Starting in December, I am going to quilt my little heart out. I invite you to think about a local hospital in your area, or somewhere else that you think would love and need your handmade quilts. If I can figure out Blogger (I'm new to this thing) I would love to let people link up. Suggestions are always appreciated!
I know this is an incredibly busy time for everyone so I'm not expecting a huge turnout, but I'm going to do it anyways. If you want to join the fun, but also want to start NOW, please do! If you don't want to join, I still encourage everyone to do something kind for someone else this holiday season.
Thank you for considering the challenge!
Friday, November 8
I am completely beside myself right now.. I actually won the BQF Baby Lock Melody sewing machine! I'm pretty sure I should be fined for the amount of exclamation marks I have used in the past couple of hours.. !!!
If you still haven't gone to view all of the amazing quilts at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, please do. There are so many beautiful creations and everyone has been so nice. Thank you to everyone who visited, left your kind words, and voted for my quilt. This was my first entry in any kind of quilting contest/festival and I was a tad nervous about it, but sometimes it's good to push our boundaries. I will definitely be participating in the next one!
I don't have any new quilting pics to share right now, so I will leave you with this for now: two of my favorite girls. They thank you too :)
Tuesday, November 5
Have you gone to the Bloggers' Quilt Festival yet? It's so great! I have lost count of how much time I've spent looking through the different categories and going to everyone's blogs. My entry is #85 in the baby quilt category, and I'm already plotting for the next festival!
There are some awesome prizes too, including a Baby Lock Melody sewing machine! What would I do with a new sewing machine? Well, I could certainly use it to finish these babies:
The Butterfly Quilt- They have been waiting patiently for antennas, batting, and some loving.
DWR- Still needs to be quilted. The top has been completely done for months now, I've just been avoiding it.. It will be done by the end of November, I promise!
And my Wish List? That is full of scrappy endeavors, a Valentine Quilt, and some ideas that have been rolling around in my mind for awhile including a quilt for my grandma. Here are some of my fabrics for it. Ignore the green, I've ruled it out. I'm adding neutrals and a slight hint of purple instead. It will probably end up being a birthday gift, I don't foresee finishing it by Christmas!
I currently have a Baby Lock Design Pro, not as many functions as the Melody but it has been great to work with. Mama J found it on sale after the local middle school was upgrading their machines. It was quite the step up from my cheap, plastic, mini machine I used for the Auburn Quilt!
Let's see.. What else would I do with a new sewing machine? Attempt more free-motion quilting, turn some of my sketches into quilts, and maybe someday make another DWR... Maybe.