Splendid Sampler Mania

Have you heard about The Splendid Sampler?  This online project began in February with twice weekly releases of free block patterns from wonderful well-known designers.  Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson seem to be the originators but there is a whole slew of contributing designers listed on their web site.

I hadn’t heard about it until our bee retreat a few weeks ago.  Sue H. had a bunch of cute little 6″ blocks up on the design wall and I couldn’t resist.

wall-47Then Nikki M. was telling me about it at Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild meeting last Friday.  So I had to join the Facebook group, subscribed to the blog and by last Wednesday I couldn’t resist any longer.  Following Nikki’s suggestion I printed all the block patterns, inserted each in a page protector and keep them in a notebook.  Since there will be 100 blocks (oh my!), I may need more protectors and a bigger notebook!

So last Wednesday I made blocks 17, 18, and 19.  I actually started with block 19, since it had just been released and all the pictures on Facebook were just too cute.  This block is called Measure Twice, Cute Once:

Block-19---Measure-twice,-cThat was easy so I made block 18 – Lina’s Gift:

Block-18---Lina's-GiftI posted the pictures on the Splendid Sampler Facebook page and the feedback was overwhelming.  I’m a sucker for positive feedback, so I made block 17 – Family Stars:

Block-17---Family-StarsA little bit more challenging.  Remember, this is a 6″ block.  The next block was coming out on Thursday, so I went to bed Wednesday night ready to whip out the Thursday block and catch up on a few older ones.  Well, block 20 was a doozy!  Called Nature’s Walk and so incredible cute, it was well worth the three days it took me to finish!

Block-20---Nature's-WalkI really need another project like a hole in the head, but this one is simply irresistible! I’m off to work on block 21!

JSS Spring Retreat

Last week was our JSS Bee Retreat at Compass Centre.  It was absolutely fabulous!  We had the best time, with lots of stitching, laughing, eating and fun!

We had a brand new fresh batch of newbies and a newbie coordinator (Cindy) who took the experience up to a whole new level!

Newbie-1Newbie fun and games!

newbie-2 newbie-3 newbie-4I took a bajillion pictures of quilts on the design walls!  Every once in a while I would get up with my camera and take a “walk about” the room to photograph all the amazing work.  Now, sometimes a quilt would show up on the wall and I had no idea who did it and before I knew it, it would be gone.  So in order to show you as much as possible without spending the next two months writing witty verbiage about each picture, I’m just going to dump them all right here for you to see.  You can make up your own interpretations. 🙂

wall-1wall-2wall-3wall-5wall-4wall-6wall-7wall-8wall-10wall-12wall-13wall-14wall-15wall-16wall-17wall-18wall-42 wall-43 wall-44 wall-45 wall-46  wall-20 wall-21 wall-23 wall-24wall-41 wall-40 wall-39 wall-38 wall-37 wall-36I know I said I wasn’t going to comment, but the fun 3 pictures below was a sale – all the fabric you could stuff in a quart bag for $5 or gallon bag for $10.  It was a crazy scrabble for the best and a major effort to zip up the bags!wall-25 wall-26 wall-27wall-28 wall-29 wall-31 wall-32 wall-33 wall-34wall-47Quilt retreat is like summer camp.  So much fun, so little sleep, so many wonderful memories!  When’s the next one???

JSS “Trash to Treasure” Bee Day

March bee day is this week!  Woohoo!  But I still haven’t posted pictures from the absolutely fabulous February bee day.  We had so much fun!  I laughed so much my jaws hurt – really!

The February bee day was at Judy’s beautiful home – thank you so much Judy, for being such a wonderful hostess!  Your and your home are truly a treasure.

And treasure was a theme of this bee day.  Judy had on display some sewing and quilting memorabilia from her mother.

Judy-treasure-1Judy-treasure-2We all enjoyed looking at these treasures.  As well as the treasures found in the kitchen:

everybody-in-the-kitchenHave you ever noticed that everyone loves to crowd into the kitchen during a party?

Eventually we all settled down to play “Trash to Treasure.”  If you wanted to participate you found lovely (and maybe not so lovely) items in your stash and packaged them up in a cute (or maybe not so cute) box.

treasuresThrough some method (Sally?) it was determined who went first, etc.  And just like a Chinese Auction at Christmas, you may get to keep what you open or it may be stolen down the line.  The third person to have the treasure got to keep it.  So first up was Linda J.  Funny thing is, Linda had almost everything stolen from her!  (Actually I ended up with this awesome box!)

treasure-Linda-JNow… I don’t have pictures of everybody opening their treasure.  I’m sorry, but I was laughing too hard!  But here are some:

Mona… I don’t remember what this was of if it was stolen….

treasure-MonaLynda H – I think she stole this box of yummy fabric and looks like she’d bite anyone who tried to steal it from her!  She seems to be saying “go on, make my day…”

treasure-Linda-HSuz – this looks like something of a mess (although that thread holder could be handy).

treasure-suzLinda J – again.  Really, this gal is the funniest ever!  And I believe this “treasure” contained a very large quantity of purple Crown Royal bags – and they came from Sally!!!!

treasure-linda-j-againAnd speaking of Sally – here she is on the prowl to steal someone’s treasure:

treasure-Sally-stealingAnd I think she got it!

SallyWe all had a great time with “Trash to Treasure!”  While we were having a ball with the treasures, Mark (Barb’s hubby) was sharpening our scissors!  Wow!  My old scissors are now so sharp – they are scary!  Thanks Mark!

Mark-sharpens-scissorsAfter lunch we commenced with show and tell.  First up was Lynn with her feed sack bag, how cute is that?  If I remember correctly (and it has been a month) the handles and lining came from a Salvation Army bag that was the same size.

Show-and-tell-Lynn-Feed-SacLynn also brought this super cute quilt:

show-and-tell-Lynn-quiltMona brought a thread art quilt that I think she made in a workshop (again, it has been a month).  Beautiful work, Mona!

Show-and-tell-Mona-thread-aI brought my elephant quilt (called Ele-funky).

show-and-tell-me-elephantsAnd a bowl made from a pattern by Aunties Two Patterns called Camden Bowls.  Judy and I looked over the details:

show-and-tell-Judy-and-I-loAnd then Suz, Sally, Annelle and Patt looked over the bowl (I think Lynda was still playing with her fabric).

show-and-tell-fabric-bowlJules showed us this work in progress last month. I loved how it has turned out!

show-and-tell-julesLinda J brought this pretty Christmas quilt.  It looks like she threw it down on the floor for all to see…

show-and-tell-Linda-JLinda also brought this Christmas table runner.  I love the curvy border – from what I understand there was real math involved!

show-and-tell-LInda-J-tableDede’s show and tell is this pretty quilt.  Is this a Chinese lantern pattern?  I don’t remember?

show-and-tell-dedeBarb quilted this churn dash herself.  Can you find the block that’s not quite right?show-and-tell-barbBarb also quilted this Christmas quilt up at Pam’s during a visit in January!  We miss you, Pam!!!

show-and-tell-barb-christmaSo much fun with Trash to Treasure and Show and Tell – what wonderful friends we all are.  Here are a few more pictures to share of these beautiful ladies.

Queen Davene

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Happy to see the smiles on Sue H, Dede and Madelyn:

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Lynda H and Sally – love these gals!

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A whole couch full of some of the best friends in the world!

friends And our lovely hostess Judy taking a picture of me taking a picture of her! Judy-taking-picture-of-me-tSee y’all later this week!

 

Aloha

Just about one year ago I posted about our awesome trip to Hawaii (Hawaii – Flora, Fauna & Fabric).  During that trip I purchased this pattern:

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Well, I’ve been busy busting my batik fabric stash and here is my pineapple quilt:

AlohaI have decided to call it “Aloha.”  Aloha means meany things in Hawaiian, including hello, goodbye and love.  Let’s just say I love this quilt!

Aloha, y’all!

Fairy Gardens

OK, now it’s time for something completely different… no quilts in this blog!  One of my dearest friends had a birthday recently and I decided to make her a Fairy Garden.  I had won a little Christmas Fairy Garden at the Cactus Society Christmas party (yes, y’all, I am a card carrying member of the Fort Worth Cactus and Succulent Society – who would have guessed?!).  Anyways, it was so cute, I had to make one for my friend.

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The Christmas Fairy Garden was in a plastic container and had a Santa Claus along with stars and ornaments.  I found some adorable fairies, bridges and other cute fairy garden decorations (including the rocks and mosses) at Hobby Lobby.  I get a catalog from Plow and Hearth and it is full of fairy garden supplies as well.  Apparently this is a big thing right now!

The tub also came from Hobby Lobby.  I watched a few YouTube videos on Fairy Gardens and found that you could fill the bottom half of a deep container with kitty litter.  Cheap, light weight and will absorb excess moisture.  On top of the kitty litter you add a good layer of potting soil, then start planting and decorating.

Most of these plants are cacti and succulents, although I do have one teeny tiny iris.  These won’t require much water.  Keep in mind that you can use other plants as well.  If you want to keep your fairy garden out on the patio, some annuals like marigolds would be super cute.

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The blue rocks for the creek were salvaged from the Christmas Fairy Garden but you can find these rocks at most aquarium stores (also saw some at Hobby Lobby).

I love the fairy, the chickens, mushrooms and other decorations.  Once I started I could have filled up a container twice this size!

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I would say the most difficult part was trying to wrap this gift without messing it up!

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These are so cute and fun to make – wouldn’t a fairy garden with bunnies and tiny eggs be a cute Easter decoration?  Uh oh! Somebody stop me!  I need to get back to quilting!!!

Have a great week, y’all!

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