Needled Mom!

Debi is hosting a FAB-U-LOUS giveaway carnival, visit her site Fall Into Fall Quilters Blog, here—BUT LEAVE A COMMENT before you go to be considered for MY GIVEAWAY!

I will be drawing for a winner on October 15, the winner will receive the sweet GREEN Flowered GRAB BAG in these photos, stuffed with a mystery surprise:
It’s made from the Quilts n’ More Grab Bag pattern, with Moda Mary Engelbreit Friends and Flowers fabric.
Here’s what you need to do:

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about quilting/crafting is…1 entry
Post a link to my giveaway on your blog*…2 entries
Post a link on your blog to Debi’s carnival blog*…3 entries!

*No Blog necessary to be a winner!

Good luck, cyber-friends!



And the winner is…

My quilty friend , Toni , and I decided to try some quilt contests this year, and actually finish and enter them. I made the quilt for the Piece, Love and Quilts contest on my own. Together we decided to buy fabric and enter the quarterly contests through American Patchwork and Quilting and

The first was the Twist and Turn Pillow:

Toni loves red and I love green, we wanted to change the pattern up a bit…’cause y’know…I don’t follow rules (or at least patterns) well. We were in the top ten, but not the winner. It was fun making them together, so winning doesn’t really matter. Right?!?

The next one was the pincushions…a crazy small (?!) pic, again, Toni’s is the red one, mine is the green one. We added wool roving as stuffing to act as a pin and needle sharpener. These also made it into the top ten, but didn’t win.

There was some pretty cute competition…so I can see why.

This week we completed the Grab Bags for the 3rd Quarter, complete with red-and-green-and-white-rick-rack-goodness!

Here’s a close up of the embellishments:

I’m sorta jealous, ’cause this time I really like the red one better! Maybe we can work out a trade?!?

To vote for us, or your favorite (even if it is not us) go here, and follow the orange arrow… Perhaps this time…we will be the winner…

Not an official winner…but…

It’s a winner to me! I made it to the finalist round of the Benartex Piece, Love and Quilts Conest, but I didn’t get selected as a winner. The good part is, my quilt will be returning from New York sooner, so I will get to enjoy it hanging in my home!

This is the full shot of the completed quilt and some bonus shots:

That adorable little “handmade” stamp came from Sweet Papery…she has some great stuff in her etsy shop!

I made it through the first round!

My contest quilt is finally complete, I submitted it via FedEx at 6:20 p.m. on the day od the deadline, and found out less than I week later that I made it through the first round of judging! This is for the Benartex Piece, Love and Quilts contest, and it is made out of the blue colorway of Kitty Yoshida’s “City Girl” fabric line.

Naturally, I had a little help making the quilt. This is my “quilt warmer,” Maggy, taking care of things while I took a short break from hand quilting…

A detail of one of the flowers on the left side of the quilt…

Some of the bias hand applique…

The mitered borders, and hand applique…

My “flowers” at the top of the quilt…

More hexagons and flowers…

And last but not least….my quilt label on the back, complete with my new cool stamp from the Etsy shop, “Sweet Papery”…

You’re getting verrry sleeeepppy….

The quilt was entered into the contest late in the day on Saturday, the final day for submissions. After a short four-hour night of sleep…and a full Saturday of stitching… Here is a detail shot of the top left corner of the quilt.

I really need to budget my time better next time I have a deadline. Just trying to stay awake at my desk this morning.

Rick Rack Crazy

I spent last evening at my quilty friend, Toni’s house. We’re working on a project for the second quarterly contest through APQ, like the friendship pillows we made last month. I can’t show a finished project yet, but this is some of the yummy fabric and embellishments we’re playing with!
These are made primarily with Mary Engelbreit’s “Friends and Flowers” fabric line from Moda. By the way, we LOVE rick rack…can you tell? We had a lot of fun appliqueing, cutting, making strip sets, laughing, sharing our laments, and catching up…just what quilty friends are for, right?!
I love this little applique…can’t wait to post the finished products!