Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Finish & More

cross stitch sample of house and flowers with verse
Quilted Cottage pin which is a sewing mach8ine with three charms attached to a bar beneath the machine
I finished a Little House Needleworks x stitch a few days ago. This pattern was a Spring RAK (Random Act of Kindness) sent from Andrea in the UK. I love the Little House patterns.

Connie and I joined another club at our LQS. This one is called "Carry All Chicks" and will meet the first Saturday of the month. The cost was only $5.00 for the whole year and that included a charm. Each month we are given a free pattern and the option to buy the pattern for the month. They consist of either purse or tote patterns. Our shop has its own pin and charms are added for the different clubs or retreats, etc. in which you participate. The little purse is for the Carry All Chicks, the cottage is for the shop and the apron is our Clothesline Club charm. Aren't they adorable? There's a bit of a contest going on between some of the patrons and employees to see who can collect the most charms.

Jo Morton fabrics
Yesterday was Bee day but instead of sewing we took a road trip. There's a quilt shop in South Lyon that was featured in the latest Quilt Sampler magazine called Lake St. Mercantile. They carry lots and lots of Jo Morton fabrics and also the Minick and Simpson fabric lines from Moda. You get a 25% discount on your birthday, including a week before or after. I qualified as mine was last Wednesday. The new Jo's Classics made up most of my purchase. We had a fun time perusing the shop and I made good use of my discount. Laurie Simpson was in the shop and was busy cutting kits for the gorgeous Lone Star quilt she designed that is featured on page 73 in the October issue of AP&Q Magazine.

Double Friendship block made with batik fabrics
I hauled out a few batiks from my stash today and made this star block called Double Friendship Star. The pattern is from Marcia Hohn's Quilter's Cache website. Batiks were never going to be part of my stash, but little by little they crept into my sewing room. How do they do that? The stack isn't very large, but there's enough variety for a great scrap quilt.

Trying to keep up with the give-aways. Here's the latest:

Joanna has a double celebration for her first year blogiversary and 100 posts.

Melly & Me has two wonderful prizes offered on their blog.

And last, but certainly not least, Cheryl at Polka Dots and Rick Rack is celebrating her one year blogiversary with a terrific give-away.

I really appreciate all of the border advice given to me. No decision yet on my choice, but I didn't go back to get the nine patch polyester quilt at Goodwill.

18 comments:

mereth said...

That little pin is gorgeous! And what fun to collect the charms, as well as participate in all the activities.
About the border choices, I think the first one is the only one with enough impact to compete with the design of the blocks, but I daresay you'll make your own decision when you're ready. Good on you for not letting it sit in the UFO pile.

Mary said...

The cross stitch is really cute. I used to do some years ago but never was able to get back into it once I stopped.

Sunny said...

The cross stitch is gorgeous. Congrats on your finish. Yummy fabrics too. I had a polyester quilt top like the one you got a Goodwill. I never did finish it as it turned out before I put a backing on it to be too heavy and warm for Florida.

Gina said...

Love the charms.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Catherine said...

The little charm pin is fabulous.
Happy belated birthday!

mamaspark said...

Oh...I see how it is. You come to within a few minutes of me and don't invite me to join you at LSM??? LOL. Looks like you gals had a good time!

Karol-Ann said...

What a gorgeous pin! And a great x stitch too. The batik star block is lovely and I felt the same about batiks, never wanted any, but they do manage to sneak into the stash and now I like them...

Tracey in CT said...

The cross stitch piece is beautiful!

Linda said...

Your cross stitch is soooo cute, love it. What a great idea for charms, that's too cute! I haven't been into batiks either but mine have multiplied too. I'm doing a scrap quilt out of mine soon. Hugs, Linda

julieQ said...

I sure like your stitchery, so pretty! Your pin and block are so cute...

Guðrún said...

The club sounds interesting, it is great to have the opportunity to join.

Rhonda said...

Happy belated birthday, Jeanne!!
The cross stitch sample is darling. I used to do a lot of cross stitch too. :-)

Kathy A. said...

What a cool little sewing machine and attached pins. I love that idea. You RAK is lovely. and your quilt - beautiful. I love those batiks

Marcie said...

Love that little X stitch project. Sweet verse, and I love little houses too! Your sewing machine pin is sooo cute! And wow--about the wood carving! Awesome! Such talent!

Beth said...

Beautiful cross stitch!

eileen said...

What a cute pin! I would love to wear one of those.
And your cross stitch really turned out beautiful.

Christine said...

I really like your Little House cross-stitch. Very sweet.
Christine

Bizarre Quilter said...

OMG!!! I just looooove this little pin? So you buy the sewing machine and "earn" or purchase the other bits too?

You are in sooo many clubs and swaps! I look forward to exploring your blog some more.

Thanks for your comment on my recent finish.

Loz in Oz