Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day today and show your mom’s some love!
Here’s a picture of my mom and I from a few years ago. My mom has been an incredible force in my life. She has raised me to be honest, hard working, and loving. She brought stability to my crazy mind and showed me how important responsibility is. I would not be the woman I am without her.
Here is a newspaper picture my Aunt Betty gave me when I got married to Jared. It’s me on my mom’s shoulders when I was five picking apples. I was destined to marry an apple man I guess…
As I raise my three beautiful girls I try to take the best things she taught me and instill them into my children. Of course – I had to share some pictures of the three beautiful girls who made me special on this day.
Jared snapped this picture of me and my three beautiful girls on Pip’s second birthday a few weeks ago. I will cherish this picture forever!Me and my baby!My middle child Capri is going to be a rock star.
Pip realized the other day that Capri forgot her coat for school so she had to bring it out to her as they waited for the bus.
Here’s Papa (aka Jared) and Pip. I have to also give him a HUGE thank you today. Without him I wouldn’t be a mother. Without him I wouldn’t have these three beautiful girls. And without all the support and love he gives me, I wouldn’t be the mom I am to these beauties. Thank you Jared for all you do for our family.
Cedi fell asleep yesterday with her face still painted for Apple Blossom Days.
I snapped this the other morning. It pretty much perfectly depicts the three girls. Cedi’s happy when she’s in charge. Capri’s mad because she wanted to be the only one in the picture, and PIp’s just like, “What? You’re taking a picture? I want to be in it.”
And my Mother’s Day Haiku is how I spent the first hour of mother’s day.
The house is quiet
Tip-toeing to the basement
Stitch. Snip. Press. heaven.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone!
I’m sure at this point you are all frantically trying to piece your top for the ‘My Favorite Block Quilt Along’ Quilt and you may want some easy peasy 6.5” filler blocks that still look cool. Well – what’s cooler than the Classic Four Patch? Especially when you know the easiest-peasiest way to put it together!
Cutting Instructions (this will result in two four patch blocks)
Fabric 1 – 7.0” square
Fabric 2 – 7.0” square
Place your fabrics right sides together.
Sew a quarter inch seam on opposite sides of the fabric.
Cut the fabric at 3.5”
So you are left with two 6.5” x 7” pieces. Iron towards the darker of the two fabrics.
Place the two squares right sides together. Have fabric 1 facing fabric 2 in their respective halves.
Sew along the two opposite edges with a quarter-inch seam.
Cut the fabric again at 3.5” and iron open at the seams. You’re left with two easy-peasy four patches!
If you want to do a four patch in the 12.5” size just cut your initial squares at 13” and follow the same instructions.
It’s time to announce the winner of the ‘Between Heaven and Texas’ Book Giveaway!
147 comments where left answering my question – How/when do you fit in quilting when the weather gets nice?
Most folks just do! My biggest problem is my kids LOVE being outside. My youngest puts on her shoes and coat as soon as she’s out of bed. I think I’m going to just have to be outside a lot this summer and stay up late nights to fit quilting in or during her nap time. I’m sure I’ll get in a rhythm with the change of weather!
Anyway – I put 147 into random.org and it gave me my winner… #66…
Debbie H / May 2, 2013 (Edit)
I make time on my days off from work. Thanks!
Congrats Debbie H! You should be seeing an email from me soon to find out how to claim your prize!
I’ve been meaning to post closer looks at the six fabulous quilts created for the Off Season Project QUILTING challenge: What’s Your Sign? for a few days now. Well – better late than never!
Let’s see what everyone came up with!
I made this quilt based on the Pyranha Kayak logo. Being a Pisces I love the water and feel that freedom whenever in my little red boat. I go with the flow for the most part, but have been know to fight the current when I need to.
I printed the logo onto a light blue batik using my printer. Then framed the print with bright batiks. I quilted it by stitching in the ditch. I even hand stitched the binding on (gasp!).
I made my little Pyranha Quilt in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. It measures 14″ x 14″.
Aslan of Narnia, My Favorite Leo
What’s My Sign? Leo! This wall hanging has been through quite a bit before finishing up right here. You can read about it on my blog if you like: isabellaswhimsy.wordpress.com/blog/
I thought I would attach the pieces of the mane together by overlapping the edges and sewing with decorative machine stitching…not the best idea for durability, but a learning experience. I used some hand quilting on the face, then machine quilted around each section of the mane and once around the head. I attached fast triangles on the back for hanging.
If I make Aslan again, and I will, I will use different techniques.
Even though I tore out many stitches, I am glad I went through the process and learned all kinds of surprises on the way. )
Size: about 21″ square
Location: College Station, TX
Read more on her BLOG HERE.
Quilter: Cotton N Lace
size 10 1/2″x20 1/2″
Made in South Africa
By Amanda Reid
Altho Virgo is an earthy maiden I saw some ‘Virgo Mermaids’ and I am an ‘earthy’ person but also a ‘water baby’!..So I like the idea to be a bit ‘whimsical’..hence the ‘Mer-Maiden’!
Alot of experimenting went on here…thread painting….body and hair…metallic threads(hair) and invisible thread(sky and tail..sea)…paper piecing on the tail and inkjet printing for body…alto was a bit dull so coloured in with marker pens…the sky is some material I experimented with marble technique..she also has a ‘tattoo’ of the Virgo sign stitched on her arm….a lot of left over fabric from the other projects were used here.
This was a fun quilt to try certain techniques…especially since I am quite nervous for upcoming IQCAfrica Challenge I have entered!!
Project Quilting – What is your sign?
Off season challenge for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams.
My sign: Cancer
Size: 16 x 16 approx
I chose a celestial interpretation of the sign by doing the constellation in a prism quilt.
Made in Nebraska
The pattern is a variation of Anna Maria Horner’s Patchwork Prism only mini!
I created a quilted bag for the Project QUILTING Off Season Challenge – What’s Your Sign?
I just learned how to make these fabulous pleated bags (super easy btw) and love how they look.
For this challenge I Took a bold spring print – since aries is a spring sign and we tend to be straigt forward and to the point – just like this big floral print from Laura Gunn. Then I mixed in a fun Zebra print for the middle. I love how the two prints mixed!
Next, I played with some Kirigami folding like I did for the ‘My Favorite Color’ Challenge I fold papers in three ways – snowflake, star, and spider and then drew the sign of the Aries onto the paper before I cut them out. I traced the pattern onto fuxible and put the tree flowers onto the zebra print. When I cut out the pattern I left one petal full to symbolize the portion of the zodiac that aries is. Then – I fused them onto the bag.
The insides of the flowers were hearts so I also fused a few of these to the lower portion of the bag just to add a bit extra.
The bag is very lightly quilted – just two lines to keep the thin batting in place. I didn’t want to take away from the natural shape the pleat adds by doing too much quilting.
The bag is lined with an original spoonflower fabric that I made from a picture of a outerspace quilt.
Finally I embellished both sides of the bag with two fun circular-esque black and white striped beads.
Very happy with how this turned out!
There is an off season challenge for may already up – Pantone! I hope you enjoy these little challenges of mine!
made by Kim Lapacek