Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Fabrics

Hi everyone,
I am begging your forgiveness. I ordered a ton of Kona for the April block and it has yet to arrive.
I have been pestering the on-line shop where I purchased it from quite some time ago and finally received confirmation that it shipped TODAY! Sounds a little like someone messed up. But, anyway, the fabric is on its way to me and as soon as it arrives I will get it to you. The envelopes are addressed and waiting to be filled. I hope everyone is OK with this. Don't worry about getting them back to me by the end of the month.

Thanks for understanding.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mailed today

Jennifer, I put your blocks in the post today. Pictures are on our flickr page if you want to see them.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

April Challenge

Ok ladies.
Who's up for a challenge?

Do you think you can create a block that captures the essence of this artwork? Spend some time on the website. There are certain menu options that have pictures and others that just have the sayings so you'll have to surf around a bit. The best place to go is to "prints" and just keep hitting the orange "next" at the top of the page.

I love this art and have several pieces of it. I want to create a quilt top with this same feel and redo the room where this art is over the summer.

Now, if you are intimidated by this, please let me know and I can choose another block and fabric to send. I'll go with majority rule here.

I will only be asking for one block anywhere from 10" to 15". I will send out lots of colorful Kona solids to everyone. I'm think anything goes here; applique, machine stitching, straight lines, curves, embroidery even embellishments.

My plan was to have a sample and a few tutorial pics to post, however a nice weekend and life in general got in the way.

Can't wait to hear what you think about this.

Thanks, Tracy

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Extra March fabric

Hi ladies! I guess I forgot to include in my letter that if you want to keep the extra fabric to add to your stash, feel free to. If you already mailed it back to me and want it for your stash, let me know. I intentionally overbought fabric because I planned to use it for a baby quilt or something later so I still have more than enough.
Thanks for the beautiful blocks! I love seeing what all of you are coming up with. Very creative! My machine is back from the shop so I am hoping to get some sewing in this weekend.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jennifer's Blocks - March

This was the sweetest fabric and idea for a quilt! I just know Jennifer's grandmother is going to be thrilled and will treasure this quilt forever. Here are my 2 blocks. (I sure wish I was a better photographer...) I'm mailing them from Bowling Green, KY tomorrow, Jennifer.

I can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

a quick update


At long last I'm coming aboard and catching up.

My name is Anita Maher-Lewis. I live in Ames, IA. Some of you know that as you've mailed me blocks and are patiently waiting for me to send them back! I'm working on them, I promise. :)

I apologize for being absent for so long. I could tell you that I've been buried under 3 feet of snow that is just now starting to melt...which would be the truth. However it just has been a hard three months. My father died suddenly late last year and then my mom got really sick. Probably as a result of being so sick, she had a couple of small strokes (TIAs). She is doing better now. But unfortunately they both live(d) in Phoenix (with separate partners) so dealing with all of this has been very strenuous and stressful as you can imagine. I'm coming up for air now and so grateful that spring is around the corner.

Thank you for your patience and I'm excited to be here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

That was so fun!

Thanks, Jennifer, for letting us be part of your family project. I had great fun this afternoon creating something with the photos and your wonderful fabrics. I hope you (and your step grandma) are pleased with the results!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Butterfly or no?

What a fantastic idea!  I couldn't wait to get started on Jennifer's blocks with the photos.  Unlike me, once I saw the photos and the fabrics I knew exactly where I wanted to go.  Two blocks done.  Just like that.

As I started to pack up the scraps to send back, the butterflies on one of the fabrics caught my eye.   What do you think?    Butterfly or no?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Jennifer's Blocks

I am sending back Jennifer's blocks. I loved working with this soft, light fabric. It made me think of spring as the snow melts outside my window. (We still have piles as much as 5 feet tall from where they cleared the parking lot.)

Anyway... here is Lorraine' and Grandpa's House block

And Gigi and her son, Cody's block.

Thank you for letting us catch a glimpse of your family, Jennifer!

Peace, Katie

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fabric's Here!

I got Jennifer's fabric today. Have printed out a few of the links you sent....will play with it when I have my next day off:)


Jennifer's Fabric

Jennifer's fabric arrived and I am so excited to get started. What a wonderful idea to use photos to make a photo quilt. I love it!

I have to think a bit about what I am going to do, but so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March fabric coming your way!

I hit the post office at lunch time today (and apparently so did everyone else, without their packages ready to go - ugh!) and mailed off the packages with the fabric for March.

In the packets, I promised to post links to a couple different tutorials for inspiration and I might add a few more. I have to track down the different things I've seen - some are in my ideas folder at work, my ideas folder at home and some I just saw and though "that's cool" and didn't save anywhere.

(It turned out to be a good month for me to not sew much - mom & dad come to town Sunday for a Spring Training game, the hubs and I head to LA next Friday for my friend Asma's wedding, and my 80's-themed 30th birthday party is on the 27th. Whew, I'm kind of tired just thinking about it! I am annoyed though, my machine decided to take a break from working last night and is headed to the doctor today for repairs. I was working on my Quilts for Kids quilt and all the sudden the feed dogs just stopped working. But I have my stats final tonight and then do not start my next class for a week and a half so I was going to work on some UFO's, two quilts for the Quilts for Kids project and P.S. I Quilt's Pinwheel Sampler. *sigh)