Sunday, October 12, 2014

1 Year Blogiversary & GIVEAWAY!

Hello all,

This past Thursday (October 9th) marked the 1 year anniversary of my blog!  In celebration of my "blogiversary" I would like to do a special giveaway for all of my friends out there in blogland.  Not too long ago, I was the lucky winner of this amazing book.  Since I am a librarian and have WAY to many books (which seems to grow on a daily basis), I would like to pass this book along to someone that can add it to their growing library.  It is a wonderful book filled with tons of beautiful quilts and patterns.

  All you have to do to enter is answer this one question:  
Do you have a favorite book or favorite author?  

Leave one comment answering this question, and if you are a follower of my blog leave another comment telling me.  It is not required that you follow me to enter the contest, but everyone loves to make new friends!  **If you are a no-reply blogger, make sure that I have your e-mail!**
Be sure to enter your comments by midnight on Friday, October 17th to be entered!

I look forward to reading your comments and later being able to share some the projects that I am currently working on for Christmas, birthdays, baby showers, etc.  :)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Today is the day!  
It is my turn on the Around the World Blog Hop!

I was tagged by the wonderful Marjorie of Marjorie's Busy Corner to participate in this very fun blog hop that will not stop with me.  After you read my responses to the posed questions, I will direct you to some other blogs that you may have never been to before.  I hope that you enjoy reading my answers to the questions, and I hope that you make some new friends along the way!

1.) What am I working on?
I think that the better questions would be what am I not working on.  I have started several quilts over the last few months, but I have been so busy that I have not had time to really finish any of them.  I am currently trying to finish my ABC quilt and the Fox and Raccoon Quilt that I started for the Triangle Quilt Along.   Recently I have been thinking alot about finishing the Mario quilt that I started a while back.  I have been avoiding it because it is so massive in size and will take me forever to quilt, but I know that when I finish it I will be so proud of it because it took so long to make.

2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I am still quite a newbie in the quilting world, so I guess my work differs from others because I am still learning and teaching myself new things daily.  I do not really go by patterns, I just eyeball things and try my best to sketch it out so that I can understand what I am supposed to do.

3.) Why do I create what I do?
I started out wanting to learn how to quilt after my mother and I went to a local quilt show.  I was walking around looking at all of the beautiful quilts and I thought to myself that I could quilt if I really tried.  I like to challenge myself just to see if I can do things, and this is why I create what I do.  I see something, then I re-create it in my own way.  I like being creative and since I am really the only person in my family that can sew, it is always fun to make things for family members.  :)

4.) How does my creating process work?
I love scrolling through blogs because you all are my main inspiration!  There are so many talented people out there that can teach me so many things just by posting a simple tutorial on a blog.  Once I see something I like, my creative wheels start turning and it just seems to go from there.  I am not much of a designer, but I do enjoy trying new things that are out of the ordinary and new to me.  Aside from quilting I also love to craft, you can find my other crafty creations on my "Crafty Stuff" tab.  I am also really into photography!  I rarely ever leave my house without a camera.  You can see my photographs on the "PQ Photography" tab.

Now it is time to pass the torch onto not three or four, but FIVE lovely ladies that have so graciously agreed to continue the Around the World Blog Hop.

Michele of Island Life Quilts
Michele is a stay-at-home mom and an avid quilt maker.  She continues to inspire me with her creations every time I look at her blog!  She creates beautiful quilts with a modern flare.  I love to follow along with her new creations.  She is currently working on an ABC letter quilt and it is turning out gorgeous.  She knows just which fabrics to choose to make it really pop! 

Cindy is an extremely talented quilter that hosts a Block of the Month Club (BOM for short).  I have personally never participated in this, but I always love to watch and see what other bloggers create.  Check it out and well as her other amazing quilts.

Shauna of Lovinquiltin
Inspired by her grandmother, Shauna is a very talented quilter, crafter and (possibly unknown to her) a great photographer.  She always posts that best pictures of her work and her adventures on vacations.  I love to follow along with her on any adventure that she takes.  She recently took on the Double-Wedding Ring quilt, and it looks beautiful so far.  Be sure to stop in an see her lovely creations.

Malini of Malini's Quilting Adventure:
Known by the names "Hema" or "Malini", I met this talented lady through a traveling stash box.  :)  She started quilting in October 2011, but she has always been rather crafty.  She loves making anything for babies and enjoys quilting on a daily basis.  She also has a pretty cool Etsy shop, so you should go check her out!

Ailsa lives in the United Kingdom and is an avid crafter of all things fun!  She makes quilts, stocking, brooches, crochet, cross-stitch designs, and so much more...she is simply one very talented lady. Oh, and did I mention that she is an amazing knitter!  Check out her many talents on her blog!

Happy Hopping!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

ABC Quilt: Letters M-P

A few more letters done that I will add to my ABC quilt for the baby!

 This has to be my favorite fabric ever!  I love the vintage airplanes!

And for funny Friday....

The Flea Market man has struck again, 
this time he created a "blender lamp".....good grief!

Thank goodness it's Friday!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ABC Quilt: Letters J, K & L

Trucking right along through the alphabet.  I managed to get letters J, K & L done in a short period of time.  My "J" looks a little wonky, but when it all if said and done you won't be able to tell.  :)

 Brown and purple polka dots...and a little wonky!

 Fabric I was gifted from a sweet blogging friend

Loving the leopard and pink "L"

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ABC Quilt: Letters G-I

A few more letters to add to the ABC quilt for sweet baby Charleigh.  I hope to get quite a bit more letters done tonight.  I can't wait to get a picture in the daylight!

I am going to attach all of the letters together row by row, but I need to think of a good color to put in between the letters.  I am thinking brown, black or some neon color...  Any suggestions?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 15, 2014

ABC Quilt: Letters A-F

Hello my blogging friends,

I decided to get started working on my ABC quilt.  So far, I only have letters A-F done, but I imagine that I can get a few more done throughout the work week.  The colors look really good together (I will try to get a photo outside soon).  This is a great stash-busting quilt.  :)

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Joined, You Should Too!

This is my favorite time of the year, 
gift giving season!!!  

I joined the Christmas Blog Hop "T'was the Night" hosted by Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt with Marlene of Stitchin By the Lake as our cheerleader!
Now I just have to prepare some things to show and a gift....time to put on the thinking cap.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Baby & Crafting Update

Hi everyone,

Time is just flying by.  Where did August go?  I have spent my days working, crafting and going to yard sales looking for baby clothes and other cool stuff.  

My husband and I found out that we are expecting a baby GIRL!!!  

So, of course, I had to do something crafty to celebrate.

Name for wall above crib painted 
in glittery teal with silver ribbon!

I am working on making my own pattern for an alphabet quilt, which I hope to start 
soon while I am still able to move around somewhat freely.

Baby update:
23 weeks and 4 days
Baby Charleigh is the size of a grapefruit!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Long Time No Post

Hello all of my blogging friends,

These past few months have been quite a busy time for me.  Between working, crafting and going to baby-doctor appointments, I have had very little time to blog.  But I hope to keep up with my blogging in the coming months to keep you all up to date with what I am creating (especially for my nursery)!

I participated in the Quilt for Kate Send-Along hosted by Lori Landenburger of SewPsyched Blog.  It was so much fun to get the quilt for a few days and be able to sign it before I had to pass it along.  It started in Alabama, made it to my mailbox in Arkansas, and then went on through the rest of the US...onto Canada...then to Australia.  This is one special quilt to travel to so many places and get lots of love from so many wonderful people!  It was a great privilege to be able to not only see this lovely quilt, but also to leave my mark on it.  I can't wait to see what the final "signature" side looks like!

 Beautiful Quilt Top

 Quilt Back with Signatures.  
I am sure that it has ALOT more signatures by now!

 Cute nautical fabric sent to me by Corey from Alabama!

 The quilt packaged and ready to go to Michelle Curtis of Chelle's Quilts Blog in California.

Working on my first crochet blanket for baby.  
It is bright purple and not bad for my first attempt.

Book Art: "Remy the Rat from Ratatouille"
(4) Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia hot glued together (any book will work).
1 printed picture, cut into strips, glued to book with Elmer's Glue.
Picture covered with Mod Podge to give it a glossy appeal.
Silver bow tied around it to hold it all together.

To keep you laughing:
Another funny lamp I found at the local Flea Market.  
I call it the Gum Ball Machine Lamp.

19 Weeks and 2 Days
My baby is now the size of a mango.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Funny Friday

Sorry for the long absence.... Happy Friday!

Pictures of my latest adventures coming soon!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2nd Birthday Quilt for Ezra

I finished the birthday quilt for little Ezra.  He turned 2 years old last weekend.  I work with his mother, and she was so excited to receive the quilt.

Fabric #1

Fabric #2

Fabric #3

Almost finished top

Finished top

Finished back

Also, on my Sunday trip to the local Flea Market with my husband I found that the lamp-maker was at it again.  A man that has a booth in the flea market seems to turn everything he can get his hands on into a lamp.  Here are his latest lamps. Ha!

 Camera Lamp #1 

 Camera Lamp #2

Camera Lamp #3

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Baby Quilt Done & Wreath

In the past few days, I finished one baby quilt and made one mesh wreath.

Baby Ziggy (Front) finally done!

Baby Ziggy (Back) finally done!

Wreath for my grandpa's (Pappy) grave.  

Since it is nearing Decoration Day, I chose a bright blue mesh with red rose accents.

More finished quilts coming soon!  
I am almost done with two other baby quilts, then I will finish my Triangle Quilt "Feelin' Foxy" soon.

Baby Update:
I am 6 weeks, 1 day and feeling fine!
My baby is the size of a green pea.  :)
Have a wonderful day!