Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015 & GIVEAWAY!


My name is Brittany and I am a somewhat newbie quilter learning the ropes.  I began quilting in October 2013 after attending a local Quiltfest, and I have fallen head over heels in LOVE with it ever since.  I have always loved to blog and I thought that it would be a great way to showcase my creative side and also to connect with other crafty people around the world.  To give a little background information on me, I am a Young Adult Librarian in a public library in Arkansas.  I absolutely LOVE my job, but in my spare time I enjoy sewing and teaching myself new quilting techniques.  I enjoy spending my days off roaming around the local fabric stores in search of amazing new fabrics (and other awesome stuff).  If you want to see the quilts I have created thus far, please visit the "Finished Quilts" tab at the top of the page or follow the link (this link contains both finished quilts as well as works-in-progress quilts).  If you are interested in other crafts stuff, you can visit my "Crafty Stuff" tab to see other random creations that I have made over the years.  I also LOVE photography, so if you are interested in seeing my photographs, click on "PQ Photography" and check out my random pictures.

As a special thanks to you all for visiting my blog.....
I am hosting a GIVEAWAY!

(1) person will win (5) *randomly sized* pieces 
of fabric in fun and colorful prints!

Now for the rules: 
You do not have to follow my blog to be able to enter this giveaway.
(I appreciate all of my followers, so if you choose to follow me....THANK YOU!)  
You do not need to have a blog to enter the giveaway.
You can live anywhere in the world to enter.  I will ship items anywhere.

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing for this wonderful prize is leave me a comment on this post telling me the one song that you can hear on the radio that really makes you stop and think, or reminds you of something from the past.  Along with your comment (in the same post), please leave your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger or do not have a blog.

To answer my own giveaway question: Every time I hear "I Go Back" by Kenny Chesney it reminds me of the good times that I had in high school with friends and how times flies, life overall changes, and friends come and go.  
You can listen to it by clicking on the video above, if you want to.  :)

The winner of the giveaway will be announced on Sunday, February 15th.
***Winner will also be notified via e-mail, so be sure that I have it!***

2 Bags Full

I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Vicki over at the 2 Bags Full blog for hosting such an amazing blog party!
She put in so much time to create such a wonderful event for all of us!

I hope that you have enjoyed visiting my blog.

Please e-mail (or leave a comment below) with quilting/crafting suggestions, comments, or a simple hello.

Y'all come back now, ya-hear!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Picklesquilting Instagram!

You can now follow me on Instagram!
To follow: Click on the Instagram icon on the right side bar or click the logo below.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sewing Complete for 2014

As per the title of this post, I am completely done sewing for the 2014 year!  I can't believe that the year has flown by so quickly and that Christmas is in just a few days...not to mention the new year!  Wow!  My last goals for the year were to finish up some more nursing pads and make my dad a fleece blanket for Christmas.  Below you will find pictures of my last two sewing ventures for the year as well as a few extra Christmas presents (wreaths) that my mother and I made for family members.

Fleece blanket for my dad for Christmas (burgundy & tan)

Pink Polka-Dot Nursing Pads

 Mesh teal, burgundy and chevron wreath for my aunt

Mesh burgundy, brown and leopard wreath for my grandmother

Happy end of the year creating!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Quilt Goals for 2015

Last year I made a HUGE list of all of the quilts that I wanted to get done in 2014.  You can find that post HERE if you want to look back at it.  Let's just say that hardly anything on that list actually got done.  Who knew that just a few short months after that post I would find out that I was expecting.  Between work, pregnancy and all of the other things that come with life....I just haven't had the time to do everything I wanted to do on that list.

So here are my *hopefully* more do-able quilting goals for 2015.  
I imagine that I will look back in one year at this post and laugh at my optimism, but here we go!

1.) Christmas Quilt for Mom (Fall Leaves Quilt)
2.) Christmas Quilt for Dad (Indian motorcycle pixel quilt)
3.) Christmas Quilt for Husband (Razorbacks quilt)
4.) Christmas Quilt for Baby
5.) Finally get around to quilting the Mario quilt
6.) Finish/Quilt the "Foxy Triangles" quilt
7.) Finish my ABC quilt
8.) Start a Snoopy pixel quilt
9.) Make a NASCAR quilt for the racing season!

And this is not going to really be a "goal" of mine this coming year, but I would LOVE to start looking at the dreaded Double Wedding Ring quilt.  Even as I type the name it still intimidates me. (haha)
My favorite quilts that I have FINISHED this year:

Quilt for my grandparents.  Finished in February 2014

Beary Pink Bear Quilt for Merritt's 2nd Birthday.
Finished in February 2014.

Look out 2015!  My goals are set and I am ready to go...just as soon as I have this baby.  ;)

Friday, December 5, 2014

More Homemade Christmas Presents

I have been very busy trying to get everything prepared for Christmas and trying to get everything ready for my sweet baby due to arrive VERY soon.  Here are the last three framed fabrics that I made for some of my family members for Christmas.  Also, I am still working on the fleece blanket for my dad. It is coming along nicely and I should (hopefully) have it done in a week or so.

Dachshund Fabric Cut-Out Framed for Aunt Charlene

 "H" Family Monogram for my grandparents
(Possibly the coolest fabric ever since it has old war planes on it!)

"H" Family Monogram for my Aunt & Uncle

Red & Tan Fleece Blanket for my Dad
(Only 4 rows in.  It will look better when it is finished and the fringe is all cut!)

Baby Update:
I am 35 weeks and 4 days along and my baby is the size of a coconut.

Happy Thursday!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving & Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Want to try out a new recipe today?  
Try my Pumpkin Bread!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

MY DAY! T'was the Night Blog Hop

Today is finally the day!  It is my turn to show off all of my Christmas-y creations in the T'was the Night Blog Hop!  Please join me and the other lovely ladies also posting for the hop today in bringing in the holiday season!

  First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Mdm. Samm of Sew We Quilt and her head-elf (the amazing cheerleader) Marlene of Stitchin By the Lake for organizing such a wonderful hop.  So much hard work went into planning and organizing this hop.  This hop has been such a fun adventure already, and it is not over yet!

Check out the AMAZING gifts that I received from 
Vickie of More Stars in Comanche.

All of my wonderful gifts and sweet Christmas card (first one of the season)!

I'm calling it my fuzzy pumpkin pin cushion!

And it is so fancy with the personalized tag!

A goody bag filled with patterns, pins and a seam ripper!

And when I added all of my pins to turned into my fuzzy, bumpy pumpkin pin cushion.  I just love it!  A big THANK YOU to Vickie for all of my sweet gifts!

And now for all of the gifts that I have made so far.  As I have stated in previous posts, since I have been pregnant it is difficult to get any quilting done because I piece everything on the floor.  Being almost 8 1/2 months pregnant, the floor piecing just doesn't sound appealing right now.  ;)  So, I have resorted to making other things for Christmas presents this year.

They started out like this...fabric cut outs glued to 
burlap (with shiny gold flakes in it) spread out all
over my living room floor!

And then they turned into this...

 "B" family monogrammed fabric letter

"H" family monogrammed fabric letter

 "H" family monogrammed fabric letter

"C" monogrammed fabric letter for my mother-in-law

Labrador fabric cut out for my parents

***I still have (2) "H" fabric letters and the dachshund to frame (these can be seen in the top picture awaiting framing...still on my living room floor) you will see more show up on my blog soon! ***

Also, this is sort of a Christmas-y present to myself and my other friend that is pregnant.  I made my own nursing pads (pictured below) out of fleece and flannel.  I posed a tutorial a few days ago HERE.  If you are interested, check it out!  I know that doesn't seem like a very "normal" Christmas gift, but all of the pregnant ladies I know have loved the idea!

I know that you will most likely see this pictured on Cate's Linens blog.  But this is the gift that I made for her.  I managed to sneak in a little picture of it before I mailed it off a few short weeks ago.  I love making wreaths, especially ones that I get to wrap in any type of yarn or any type of rope.  I enjoy hot gluing things, even though the majority of the time I end up burning my finger tips off.  :)

Poinsettia wreath for Cate

Now it is time for you to visit the other talented ladies that have posted their quick gift ideas.  Please visit them and leave sweet comments!

Cate’s Linens

Just so you leave my blog smiling and laughing, please listen to one of my favorite "Christmas" songs.  It reminds me of my crazy family when it comes to the hectic holiday season.  It will definitely make you bend double laughing (like it always does to me)!  I hope that you love it!

Enjoy the rest of this wonderful hop!