Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Projects, the give-away and a thank-you...

I finally finished putting away the Christmas decorations!  Yay!  I love the holidays but I have to admit I also feel relieved when it all goes back into storage and my life goes back to normal.
And by back to normal, I mean I actually have time to work on my own quilting projects. So last week, that is exactly what I did.
First, let me introduce you to my new best friend, "The Cheater Quilt."  I frequently purchase large patterned fabric and then it sits in my stash because I don't want to chop up beautiful print.  This is a wonderful way to utilize those large prints.
My friend, Kathy, introduced me to this concept right before the holidays, but I didn't have a chance to try it out before now.  Here is her version.

You can quilt them any way you desire but it gives great texture if you quilt around the print as Kathy did here.

Here are my versions. 

Cheater quilts are fast and easy to put together.  I cut and pieced these in two hours. 
You will need a one yard piece of 44"-45" fabric for the center.  A half yard for the inner border of which you will cut four, 2" strips. You will need need to cut five, 5" strips for the outer border.  Piece these together in order to make them go completely around the perimeter.  That's it!  How simple is that?  I think these are a great idea not only to showcase large print fabrics, but for when we need a quick quilt for a baby shower or other gift.
I also started assembling these blocks.  I don't have a particular reason for putting this quilt together.  I just like to have a couple of quilt tops at the ready for unexpected baby gifts, etc.  I love the way these fabrics are going together.
I also promised, in my last entry, to show what I got at the big 40% off sale at Pine Needles:

 Lately, I seem to be stuck on the color lime and anything with daisies.  So, of course, I couldn't pass up this little beauty.

I mean, come on, 'lil birds!  Awww.
This will make a beautiful back to one of my cheater quilts.
Again, awww!  These will definitely find a home in kitchen in the near future.  What do you think, apron or hot pads??
What's a girl to do when she loved every single print in a line of fabric??  Buy the layer cake, that's what. 
And now (drum roll please) for the give away.
Remember this post?  Well, I promised to have a give away as soon as I could fix some problems with my blog.  Well, I have done everything I know how to do, to make sure that everyone who wants to can comment.  I have even allowed anonymous comments.  So, if you find that you still can't comment, you will have to check the security settings on your own computer to see if that is the problem.
Here is what I am giving away. 
The basic concept for the give-away is outlined in my previous post but here it is again in a nutshell.  I am curious to see how many people actually check out my little blog so if you are a reader but, haven't yet signed up to be a follower, sign up to follow me.  Then, leave a comment to let me know that you did and why you haven't before. I mean, are you a bit shy like me or just too busy? If you have already signed up, get someone else to sign up and leave a comment giving you credit.  You can then leave a comment saying who you got to sign up and you will both be entered. I will select a winner in a random drawing and announce the winner on January 18th.  Make sure I have some way to contact you for your mailing address.  I want to make sure the winner gets her bundle without delay.
So let the experiment begin.  Good Luck!
And last but not least...
For Christmas, my fabulous and talented friend Kathy gave me this beautiful quilt.  I was absolutely thrilled and just had to show it off.  Kathy, I know I have said it a hundred times but, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. You're the best!