Sunday, June 2, 2013

More Hands2Help Charity Quilts!

I have some really super friends in my small quilt group the Wild Threads.  When I first found out about the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge at Confessions of a Fabric Addict I emailed the ladies to see if anyone wanted to participate.  Well, I received 5 beautiful quilts from 5 wonderful ladies.  Together with mine I was able to mail off 3 quilts to Quilts Beyond Borders -Ethiopia and 3 quilts to Happy Chemo.

 I had a photo shoot in the yard! 
  The backs.

Clockwise: Debbie LaMar, Diane Graham, Lisa Mathis (aka 9patchnurse), Annette Renard, Chris McNeil, and Kathleen Weber

Till next time!

Hands2Help Charity Quilt

 This is the afternoon students with the quilt.
 Here are the morning and full day students. 
 Front of quilt.
 Back of quilt.
Close up of hands and background quilting.

The children were so excited with the finished quilt.  What a blessing it was when two of the students, both 5 years old were inspired to donate blankets to the cause.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Hands2Help Update

I decided to ask my director at the school where I work if I could get the children involved with my charity quilt.  She said YES!  The children are so excited! We talked about the organization that we were going to make the quilt for - Happy Chemo.  
I started with a huge tree on a light blue background and made "grass" with a couple of frogs hiding throughout.
I brought a bunch of different red, yellow, and orange fabrics to school with wunder-under already ironed on the back. The children chose their color and then they traced their hand on the paper side.
Once all the hands were traced I took them home and cut all those little fingers out.  Then I brought them back to school and each child wrote their name of the front of the 'leaf' with permanent marker.
After the children wrote their names they were able to place their 'leaf' where ever they wanted on the quilt. I still have a few more children's 'leaves' to go on before I can start the quilting.  More updates to follow!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge

I am excited about a new charity quilt giveaway I heard about yesterday through a facebook group I am a part of called I don't have a problem, I have a well-rounded fabric stash!.  It is called Hands2Help.

H2H 2013 logo

The two charities are:             Quilty Hugs For Happy Chemo

and Quilts Beyond Borders

I am really excited about making my very first charity quilt. Won't you join me? Everything you need to know is on the Confessions of a Fabric Addict's blog.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Mantel

 Lucky I'm in love with my best friend, compliments of Landee See, Landee Do 
Subway art from Funky Polkadot Giraffe.  I made a few lines orange.  
I was inspired by this display at Landee See, Landee Do. I was already to grab wood scraps from the garage and start painting when I remembered that I quilt... So I grabbed my fabric and made myself a rainbow! I used a piece of foam core board, pinned the rainbow to it and then pushed it into the back of the frame. That frame was just sitting up in the attic waiting for a new coat of white paint. I am going to hand embroider over the arching stitches when I take it down since the lines are hard to see. I bought the white Hydrangeas flowers at JoAnns for my 'clouds'.  I looked everywhere for a pot I could fill with chocolate coins and I want a cute Leprechaun that will sit on the mantel but I had  no luck finding either. I will continue the search for next year's mantel! Oh, and I made a pretty garland with two different shades of green, white, and green and white polkadots.   

Top of the Morning to ya!

Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Goodie Bags

Happy St. Patrick's Day - a little early!  My grandparent's came over to America from the Emerald Isle back in the late 1920's.  My grandfather had some awesome greetings.  He would often say "What bothers on ya?" and "Top of the morning to ya!". It makes me smile just thinking about it.  I wonder if I could pull off saying those to people I greet today. :) 
John & Jenny Meade 

In honor of Saint Patrick I made these little goodie bags for my co-workers.  You can download the pdf here.  Chocolate coins and Mike & Ikes!


Monday, March 11, 2013

My New Button!

Cute right?!  Back in January I joined the biannual Blogathon. You can read about it here.  Well, I won a prize! A won a pre-made item from Kreated by Kelsey.  You can find her blog designs  here on her Etsy site or here on her blog!

I had actually won a blog make over last year and was happy with the look of it but hated my button. Kelsey was great about agreeing for make me a new button as my prize.  I LOVE it! If you are in the market for a new design for your blog please check Kelsey's work out.  I have never had such good and quick service before.  


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Scrappy Trip Around the World

My quilt group the Wild Threads decided to make a quilt and donate it to the church where we have our sew-in's. They are having a fundraiser pony show in July so we thought a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt would be a great group project and a way of saying thanks for allowing us the use of their great space.  Here is a link to a flickr group with lots of Trip Around the World blocks.  We each brought eight 2 1/2" by WOF (that means Width of Fabric!) strips to our last meeting, threw them all in a big pile on the floor and then everyone just chose enough for 2 blocks.  Lisa brought the red fabric for all of us so that each block would have red running through it.   These blocks were super easy to make.  Here is a tutorial on how to make them.

My friends are all going on retreat this coming weekend and are going to put them all together. I can't wait to see how it looks! 

In other news I am sick again - I guess it comes with working with little children. Have you been hearing any of the hulabaloo about how keeping an onion in your room sucks up the germs? Yeah, my bedroom smells like onions but I am still sick... 
Wishing you good health, love, and laughter!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rowing Along - Row 2

I finished this row a while back and apparently forgot to blog about it. I am participating in a row-a-long with my quilting group the Wild Threads. The blocks are 8 1/2" squares. Each row has 6 blocks.  
They are all the same block but I switched the solid colors around on each one and I turned some on their sides when I sewed them together so it wouldn't be so matchy-matchy!
Here is both row 1 and row 2 together.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I am a follower of Little Birdie Secrets. 

She had a giveaway recently for Flirt earrings on Etsy and I won!
How fun is that!

Here is what I chose:
 The Melody in Yellow
 The Bobby in Turquoise
The Mandy in Coral 
(I know these are yellow - couldn't find the Coral on her site)
Her prices are very reasonable - I was going to order the yellow ones for a certain person I know in Pittsburgh.  I am glad I waited!!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Conversation Hearts

This was a quick and easy craft. I saw it here at A Fish Who Likes Flowers. As soon as I saw them I decided to make them for my co-workers. I bought my cardboard hearts at JoAnn's for $1.00 a box. They only had 6 of the smaller sizes left and there are 6 teachers so that was perfect! The two larger hearts will go to the director and the administrator. I mixed up some different shades of acrylic paint and used my Cricut to cut out the letters with pink paper. I used Modge Podge to adhere the letters to the box and when they were dry I sealed the top with more Modge Podge. After a quick trip to Target for chocolates they are ready to be delivered tomorrow!

Blessings and Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Love Mantel

I have always admired my sister-in-laws knack for decorating.  I recently started gathering items for my own decorating and started with my mantel.  Here is February's.
I took the chalkboard from my sewing room and wrote famous quotes on it. "You complete me", "As you wish", "Ditto", and a few from the notebook.  I made a heart garland with red, white, pink, and gray felt.  
I found the pink moon printable here. I changed it a bit and added 'Always & Forever' at the bottom because that is the song my hubby and I danced to at our wedding.  I found the oval frame at a local consignment shop, spray painted it red, and put the I Love you art that I posted about here in it.  I removed the labels from a wine bottle, printed Elizabeth Barrett Brownings "How Do I Love Thee" sonnet, rolled it up, tied it with a red ribbon and put it in the wine bottle for a message in a bottle.
I bought an X and an O at JoAnn's.  Another Valentines subway art found here.  I found the frame and the cute candle stick at the consignment shop.

Best part was I actually had it all done for the first of the month.  Funniest thing was my husband came to me to ask me if I wasn't feeling loved and that was why I was doing 'all this love stuff'.  I made sure he knew I was fine and that I know he loves me! :)