Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Grand Design

This is the second book in the ‘Quilts of Love’ series that I would like to review and GIVE AWAY!!  It’s called “A Grand Design”… I still have a couple of chapters to go until I am finished but so far, it’s been an interesting read.

You can read all about the series ‘Quilts of Love’ HERE!

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Here’s what ‘Quilts of Love’ has to say about ‘A Grand Design’…

When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many long time residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.

As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?

Just leave me a comment and Mr. Random Generator will choose a lucky reader on Sunday morning…

Until then…have a super Saturday and Happy Stitching!~P

Friday, September 19, 2014

Progress on the Posies…

These sweet blocks, part of Summer Blossoms (by Primitive Gatherings) have been my hand stitching project for the past month or two…Slow and steady wins the race as I am please to say, the stitching has been completed!  Now come the special effects…or the stitching that will hopefully kick these blocks up a notch or two!

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More than half of the blocks need embellishments like French knots and fancy stitching to add a little bit of pizzazz!  Yes, these blocks are about to become even cuter!  Can you stand it?

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Looks like that’s what my evenings will consist of…lots more stitching…oh the excitement of it all!!  :o))

Have a FUN FRIDAY and happy stitching!~P

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Workshop…Disappearing Hourglass…

Recently Joanne, from Heritage Quilting, had a mini workshop where she showed members a VERY neat trick…she changed two 10” blocks into an hourglass block and then took the hourglass block and change it into a magnificent block…licky-split!  Presto-chango!

OK…I confess…I arrived a wee bit late…here’s what happened…Joanne took two 10” squares (a light and a dark), sandwiched them together, right sides facing each other and stitched 1/4” around the whole thing.  Then sliced them corner to corner. She then ironed the blocks, seams to the dark side and arranged them to form an hourglass…see the picture…She then stitch together. (this is where the pictures start :)IMG_1996

Then she sliced and turn 2 1/8” from the center, sliced and turned, sliced and turned, sliced and turned…being careful to keep all the pieces together and lined up.

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Here she is slicing the last side…IMG_1998

Change a few blocks around…

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…and changed some more…

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Until she formed this block…easy peasy, like magic…and what a wonderful block!

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And before you know it…you have THIS!!!  Wouldn’t this make a sweet table topper!

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Low and behold when I got home and Googled Disappearing Hourglass I discovered that  Missouri Star has a VIDEO on how to make this easy and fast block!! (Don’t you LOVE the internet!!)  You can find it HERE!!  Don’t you love Jenny…she makes everything fun and easy! And so does Joanne!

SEW…thank you Joanne…and Jenny!!  I will be trying this quilt block for sure!  Fast, Fun and Easy…my middle name!

Have a thrilling Thursday and happy stitching!~P