Week One Creative Clips

My creative accomplishments, week one, 2009:

This is a block for Kim, the first month of Sew Connected 2, my virtual quilting bee. I call it “Blue Hawaii” because that’s what I see in it. Must be the palm like batik and the one tropical floral batik… I almost did not have enough fabric for her 12.5″ block, and that dictated the choice of an improvisation style rather than a traditional block design, but I really like it!

I hope Kim likes it too! I also finished the Winter Wonderland Table Runner, first blogged about on 12/31/08
Terrible photos, but it is winter in Iowa, what can I say…

I love the striped binding, it makes the design. This is a runner of my own design, like the Jolly Holly Table Runners I made for Christmas. I finished this at my friend Michelle’s house the other night. I’m used to Maggy (my cat) immediately curling up on any fabric item I set down for more than 3 seconds. But, Michelle doesn’t have a cat. When I finshed the binding, I set it on the floor next to me to retirieve my camera. When I returned, not four minutes later, people, and I found this…

Not to worry, if you are the winner of the table runner, it has already been washed, post doggy bed use.

How are your creative exploits for 2009 coming along?


***WE HAVE A WINNER!!! For the details, check out today’s post, here…

Happy 2009!!!!

I am starting the year off by, #1, having a STASH BUSTING SALE on my etsy site, here…I went on a mad cleaning and organizing kick, and decided to sell off about one third of my stash! Good stuff, I tell you, at ROCK BOTTOM prices! UPDATE: I have the majority of it now posted, including some retired Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross and Amy Butler fabrics!

And, #2, having a giveaway in conjunction with Debi’s Whirl Into Winter giveaway! I will be giving away this lovely blue & white “Winter Wonderland” table runner, made in the style of my Jolly Holly Table Runner, on January 15, 2009! It measures 14″ x 47″.
It can be yours if you leave a comment on this post bewteen 12:01 a.m. January 1, and 11:59 p.m. January 14, 2009. Please include in your post, an EMAIL address, your name, where you live, and a 2009 New Year’s Resolution that you actually intend to KEEP. I know, of course, you plan to keep everyone you make, right?!
Thanks again for stopping by, and thanks to Debi for organizing this giveaway!

Jolly Holidays…and a free gift!

I made grand plans to make LOTS of handmade gifts this year. So far, I have finished at least eight handmade gifts, and I have about seven more gifts and four stockings left to make. After all, Christmas is about the giving, not the buying, the shopping, and the getting! So, I’m giving of myself as much as I can this year! I started a batik Christmas table runner Saturday afternoon, and I actually finished binding it on Sunday evening! It is so rare for me to start and finish something within a short span of time, I even surprised myself! So here it is, made up sans pattern…I just started cutting and piecing…and voila!I love these Hoffman batiks, all Christmas patterns, poinsettias, holly leaves, berries, and such yummy deep colors! Would you like a runner like this for yourself? Or like to make one for a gift? Well, today is your lucky day!
No, I’m not giving this one away, it’s already earmarked as a gift for someone on my list, but…I wrote up a pattern for this runner and I am giving IT away as my holiday thank you to all the wonderful crafters I have met in the blogosphere who inspire me and motivate me every time I log in!
So, without further adieu, I will send anyone who asks in the comments, or emails me for the pattern, a PDF pattern to make my Jolly Holly Table Runner. **Please be sure you leave me an email to reach you!

Enjoy!………and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

P.S. I’d love it if you posted about my free gift pattern on your blog and directed more quilters my way, the more I can give away, the merrier!!!!!