Saturday, February 28, 2009

The memory quilt is hanging in my parents house.

I thought you would like to see that the memory quilt I made for my parents hanging up. I blogged about it here. The quilt was a Christmas present to my parents and it makes me feel so great that they would hang it in their house.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

I'm really missing my sewing machine!

Last week my daughter looked at me and said, "Mom, you always, always, always, always have to make a quilt." I smiled and told her that she was right, I am always making a quilt. So, making a last minute decision we came down here to Indio, California. Not bad huh? The resort is beautiful. At first I was going to bring my sewing machine, but my husband said "no way, you are going to relax."
So, here I am relaxing with the kids, trying to not think about my next quilt design and missing my sewing machine. It's not too hard. I love the time we have had with the kids. Well, gotta go and play some more with the kids. I will announce the bag and kit winner on Saturday.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Giveaway! I love my quilted bags, do you want one?

So, to show you how versatile my "Quilted Bag" pattern is, I have put together these five bags. I am going to be giving away one of them.

I really love this red, black and check. The picture does not do it justice. It is so cute.

Who doesn't like black and white? I told you I had a quilted bag for every pair of shoes.

Brown and pink floral. The fabric is of course Moda from the Posh by Chez Moi line. I will be giving this one away because it is my personal favorite.

My pink and white bag is a fun one too and it is my daughters favorite.
I have been holding and hoarding these bags, I love them and I want to keep them all to myself. But to save me from my greedy self I am going to part with one.

Giveaway guidelines!

So, do you want the Posh Quilted Bag? Leave a comment, tell me your favorite bag and who sent you then leave your email if you don't have a blog for 1 entry into my giveaway.

Want 2 entries? Blog about this post on your blog.

5 entries? Snag my button from the right and put it somewhere lovely, make sure to tell me you did it. (Just copy the code and paste it in your blog).

I am giving away my Posh bag to one of you lucky persons through a random drawing. And...

I have one more bonus! To the person that gives me the most referrals through their blog I am going to give them a quilt bag kit to make the bag of their choice. (When you tell your friends, make sure to tell them, to tell me, you sent them). Included in the kit is my "Quilted Bag" pattern, the fabric for the bag including the lining so you can quilt it yourself.

Good luck! You have until midnight Friday, February 27th.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A few things....

I just finished machine quilting this quilt for a lady late last night. I did the border a little different because I wanted it to look like a frame around the quilt. I hope I got that effect.

Align Center
The stippling just makes the hearts pop. I love it.

I am working on this cute fabric, looks like a bag maybe? It could have something to do with a giveaway. I know, I am really hyping my next giveaway up.

This is my sewing view. The cutest little boy to look at while I work on a project.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

You know you're a quilter when...............

...your kid takes your quilt to school for show and tell. (What a nerd)

...your kids' dinner place mat is your rotary cutting mat.

...your shower drain is clogged with thread, not hair. (Ewww!)
...your one year old's first word (only word) is "bobbin." have a different quilted bag for every pair of shoes. have made your own bra with fabric scraps.

...your little girl is learning how to read from your quilting magazines. have piles of fabric on top of the laundry. (that will never be folded) wake up with a needle in your hand. ...your vacuum stops working because the brush is full of thread. consider making a diaper out of scrap fabric. (That's a stretch) wake up at 2:00 AM with a great quilt idea. wake up your husband to tell him.
So how many of these are true for any of you? I know they're all true for me (well, most of them). My husband loves the last two. He's always the one that has to listen to my ideas, and pretend to understand what I'm talking about when I describe my next project to him.

I am currently preparing for my next great giveaway, I would show pictures, but it's a surprise. Stayed tuned and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Flight of a Fairy

I have here my newest pattern design called "Flight of a Fairy." I blogged about it here. This new design depicts a fairy flying throughout the quilt. I chose green and pink as the main colors because I love that color combination, I do a lot of pink and green quilts, but this quilt would be beautiful in any color combination. This pattern is so much fun and would be great for all you fairy fans out there. You can get the pattern here.

Oh, you have to check out this blog: Cristie the winner of my quilted bag giveaway has a picture with her and my bag. I love it, so check it out and you can see how cute she is with the bag hanging on her shoulder.

I am currently working on something fantastic, but will not be able to show you for a couple days. Keep watching because I may just have another great giveaway!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thank you to Barb for giving me the Lemonade Award. I love blogging because I get to know more people and realize how great the quilting community is. I love it.

Check out this fabric. I cut out these 4 1/2 inch strips about five years ago intending to do a quilt, but it became part of the scrap pile and has been through three moves. I am wanting to use it now to do some kind of flower quilt for the HMQS quilt show in Salt Lake City coming up in May. I have a had a great time at that show, last year I got first place in the Edge to Edge machine quilting competition on my "Judi's Album" quilt and I would like to enter again. You can see the close up of the quilting here. The theme of the competition is "Pump up the Color" and I thought these colors would work. Now I just have to decide what to do with these scraps, any suggestions?

Monday, February 9, 2009

A quilter's confession...

Here's a little window into my quilting life. I confess, I am not neat. Fabric, thread, pins and scissors are pretty much everywhere. My dinning table is my sewing table and my kids are lucky if they don't get thread in their food.
If there is a flat space, my "stuff" is there. My ironing board needs help! Luckily the ironing board (a gift from my husband) is pretty big so I still have room to iron my quilt pieces.
I love my quilts and usually have them folded at least, but my kids like to play----jump on them so they end up like this. Notice my photos are not color? That's because it doesn't look as messy. Right?
I confess the laundry is done, but not folded. It probably won't be folded. Why fold? There is too much quilting to do. Take care!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I'm working on something.........

You know when you are quilting something and you just aren't sure what it is going to look like and you are not sure you will like it? Well, that was the case with this quilt, but when I pulled it off the machine I loved it.
I have to say that quilting is one of my favorite things to do. It is so great. I would show the whole quilt, but it is my newest design and you can't see the whole thing until my pattern is finished, so stayed tuned. I'll give you a hint on the theme of the quilt, it has to do with my company name. Any guesses?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Some things I love...

I love little hands.

I love little feet.

I love a whole drawer full of quilting thread!

I love green fabric!
I love graph paper. I use graph paper to start a new quilt design and in this case I used it to figure out how many numbers to use in my random drawing for my giveaway.
As you can see, or not if it is too small; the columns on the left represent the comment number and the numbers to the right represent the numbers assigned to the comment. I had 131 comments (looks like more, but there were more than one comments from a few of you) and twenty-eight of you qualified for 5 entries. That made a total of 243 entries. Comment 102, number 196 won the random drawing.

Congratulations to Cristie from Arlington, Washington.

I would like to thank you all for commenting and entering the drawing, my first giveaway I am happy to say was a success. Please check back often for my quilting tips, new designs and great giveaways. Take Care----------- Judi

Oh, in case you are wondering, I use Superior Thread, So Fine! for my quilting.
And I have fabric on my website here. Check it out!