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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ten twenty-two

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a footbridge in the fall
(2) pens clicking open
(3) honking geese migrating

This post is brought to you by the number 1022 - which is today's date and also happens to be my house number!

Last Friday I did one of my favorite most-looked-forward-to things - the annual shopping trip to Lancaster, PA, with the Faithful Circle Quilters!

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for our trip - sunny with just the right amount of crisp "fall is here-ness" in the air!

This year Sauder Fabrics was not on the agenda - sadly it closed in December 2015, so we substituted Burkholder's instead, a fabric shop not too far away that's housed inside a converted barn.

Although Burkholder's offered a 15% group discount, the prices were still a bit higher than I'd like to have seen, so I stuck to their sales aisle.

Since Bonnie is about to announce the colors for this year's Quiltville mystery and the only teaser she gave us is that it will have neutrals ... my goal this year was the same as last year - to beef up my neutrals and blacks.

I didn't get to see all the fabrics in Burkholder's - they have tons and tons - but I think I did a pretty good job in their sales aisle!

After Burkholder's came lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord (yum!!) with just enough time to dash down the hill to Goode's drygoods store for more fabric.

Then it was on to the Kitchen Kettle area in Lancaster for shopping at Zook's (20% store-wide sale) and The Old Country Store.  Zook's had some great fabrics on their $3.99 shelves!

In the Kitchen Kettle jam and jelly store I picked up a jar each of their pumpkin butter and strawberry preserves.

Delicious - I should have bought more than one tiny little jar!

So that was our annual trip, I'm looking forward to next October for more of the same.

And a reminder - if you're a U.S. resident and would like to own the crumb blocks that I am giving away, go HERE and leave a comment.  Tell me how you'd use crumb blocks, I need more ideas!

Sew forth and sew on til later

Friday, October 21, 2016

Stars revisited, Wee Bee quilts

Three things to be happy about:
(1) Cinnamon raisin toast
(2) the soft, cool feel of flour
(3) summer breezes in the fall

Hi everyone!

In the last post I did before taking my hiatus, I shared the little stars I was making for a community service quilt but I was undecided about the setting.  I decided to just use black and white sashing and cornerstones, to keep it simple and to get it finished - I figured the stars themselves had enough activity going on.

So here's how it turned out - I wasn't 100% satisfied, but I figured it was going to someone I didn't even know anyway, so no need to stress out over it.

Besides, this quilt just might make someone very happy!

I love sharing pictures of what my fellow bee members are up to, here are a few from last month's meeting.  Some are service quilts ...

from Shirley.

Our quilts went to female veterans; most of them had this label:  "This quilt was made out of appreciation and respect for your service to our country....Please accept this quilt with deepest gratitude."

Sandra modeled a jacket she made...

This from Sondra...

Service quilt from Lynora

Linda's cobblestone quilt

not sure whose this one is but it's pretty!

another one from Sondra using batiks...

and another one - a chevron.

Quilty eye candy is always fun to share, I love seeing what other people are working on.

Remember - if you're a U.S. resident and would like to own the crumb blocks in my giveaway, go HERE and leave a comment.  Tell me how you'd use crumb blocks, I need new ideas!

Sew forth and sew on til later...

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The prodigal returns - with a giveaway!

Hello everybody, it's been a looonnnng time since my last blog post... they say time flies when you're having fun, but 5 months??   Thanks for checking in.

It also occurred to me that my blog will be six years old next month (my 6th anniversary!) and I have a gift for one of my US visitors!  As you all know I love working with scraps and crumbs, especially when there's a large amount, and MORE especially when some were gifted!  So much quilty opportunity in a sack o' scraps.

I love taking it from this...

to this...

to this...

That's where you come in - some lucky person will receive thirty - no, FORTY - "opportunity" blocks from my scraps!

There's a lot red in there...
and words - I love words!

Ugly fabric is hiding in there too!

But you know what happens when you trim up crumb blocks?
yep - more scraps!

I gave some blocks away at my Bee's retreat in August, Linda made this cute quilt:

I made this quilt (A Star is Borne) in 2011 and it's become a favorite of mine:

So, if you live in the US and are interested in this giveaway, just leave a comment saying what you'd do with crumby opportunity blocks - that's all, no "strings" attached!  There's so much you can do with crumb blocks, I look forward to seeing your ideas.  On Monday evening (October 24), I'll draw a name and the lucky winner will be announced in Tuesday morning's blog.  

So spread the word, and leave a comment by 10 pm Monday night.  Opportunity could be knocking at your door!  

Sew forth and sew on...