Friday, February 12, 2016

WANNA DO!


Lately it seems like time is just flying by and every once in a while I get some time to myself

and this is what I do.  (oh come on...I know you do it too)

Between the piles of to do's on my ironing board, table, and yes, even piled on my longarm table.....
I try to sneak in some time to work on this quilt.

It is not a must do, it is just a wanna do.




Got out my Island Batik scraps and had at it.

A few weeks ago a friend posted a quilt similar to this one on my facebook page.  It kept needling at me, all the while I could see those awesome Island Batik fabrics made up into this quilt.

So.... in between sewing for Heaven Sent, family health issues, and other distractions I started this.

Yes, I know....don't need to start another project but well....the needling has stopped and I just love to sit for a few and do a few squares and now rows.  I think it is the fun colors that soothes my soul and makes me happy.

Enjoy your week-end!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Island Batik Blog Hope

I hope you all join us for this awesome blog hop.  There will be fun giveaways, ideas, and tons of quilty inspiration.

Here is the line up:

bruary 15 – Caribbean Splash
Bejeweled Quilts
Pamela Quilts
Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting
Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter
Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River
Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
The Patchwork Pearl
KISSed Quilts
Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs
Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets
Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Bea Lee
Lemon Tree Snippets
Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers
Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting
Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts
Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HEAVEN SENT INFORMATION

Some of you have asked for more information on Heaven Sent, you can just click on the name and you will be transported to the web page.  After you read you are welcome to contact me if you want more information (fivesons4barb@hotmail.com)

I had such plans for today, got up and started working on my little quilt sets.




Then my son comes over with Baby Gene and leaves him with me so he can get some work done.  Which I definitely didn't mind but he left him with me all day.  I did not get one thing done.

Once again that is ok but I had such plans.

So I only have 17 tops quilted, they need binding and then the blankets to go with it.

We are looking for Blanketear quilters, people who might want to do a chapter in their area.  Tracy will find the funerals for you.

If you just want to do the embroidery middle, well...I have the formats that I can send to you.  If you want to just do the little quilts, I can send you the centers.  It will take a few weeks to get the centers to you but we will get them to you.  Right now I am using all  70 centers I have to supply the area around here and maybe even in Huston.

Once again, thank you so much for wanting to help.  I will email you personally, if you email me.  There were several of you interested and this is the easiest way I can give you the information.

Thanks so much.







Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HEAVEN SENT BLANKET/QUILT SET PATTERN



Some of you know that my cousin and I have started a non profit.  

This is our mission

Heaven Sent, Corp's mission is to assist grief recovery by providing Pitter Patter swaddling and keepsake blankets through our Pitter Patter Funeral Home Partnering Program, to bereft mothers who have suffered natural pre-term or infant loss under the age of one year, promoting grief healing and recovery by creating a bond for the surviving mother to her lost child, offering tangible proof that the baby was real and existed, delivering comfort and security that the baby was a precious addition and significant loss to the surviving family, and solidifying the birth space the baby occupies within the family structure, guaranteeing that the baby will never be forgotten.


My friend Karen Ross embroidered and sent 70 of these centers to me, what is life without good friends?  She has now offered to make more....she certainly is our little embroidery angel.

Here is the newer version of the little quilt which makes up faster than the original version on the Pitter Patter site.


If you would like to join us in our efforts to bring comfort to mothers across the country, please contact me.  These are simple to make and fun. 

If you would love to but can not help, that is okay, we certainly could use fabric, threads, or batting.  I will have to say for now my batting scraps are excellent for making these

We really could use someone in the Texarkanna area or Huston area to oversee and build their own chapter.  You will not have to worry about finding funeral homes, that is what Tracy is for, all you need to do is keep up with the needs of the funeral home.

Thanks for coming by!






Monday, February 1, 2016

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF


Once again I find myself doing something other than what I am suppose to be doing...

Got all these lovely Island Batik fabrics out.  Mostly scraps!

!


Sewing strip together....


Now I am appliqueing....no picture for that.

But trust me, it will be fun fun fun and BRIGHT!!!!  So start tapping your fingers....it will be a few days.


The winner of the Island Batik fat quarter is

Carol- Beads and BirdsJanuary 22, 2016 at 7:40 AM
Love the Babe!!
Are you going to Hawaii? Love those colors!!

I do have to say that she is really really on the mark but so are a lot of  you.  It is not as if I am not hard to read???  But next week  I will show you what I have come up with for the Island Batik Blog Hop...see you then.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

LIFE'S JOY! ISLAND BATIK FAT QUARTER GIVEAWAY!! Samoan Jelly roll giveaway

Since this little buggar has been born my life has been turned upside down but in a good way.
He spends a lot of time here at my house to help his parents out because as I have probably mentioned before, he is a very time consuming baby.



I was afraid that I would not want to tend him much because of my quilting and projects but for some reason everything goes to the side and we make up the time lost later.

That is one joy, the next is Island Batik Fabrics.

February 15th there will be another blog hop, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.


What a fun hop.  I have to tell you that these fabrics are so amazing when you want to create a landscape and shading.  So do come by.

I want to give one person a fat quarter of my coveted Island Batik fabric.  All you have to do is tell me where you think I will be going for February's blog hop?  That is it.  Maybe I will give you a sneak peak?

Then...for two weeks I have done nothing but cut, iron, and square up 416 of these half squares.  


I can't show you the finished results but trust me it is one wonderful quilt even if I say so myself.

Now on to other projects.  I am so excited to have this one project done above and pattern on the way to being completed.  I have a few things I have to get done for others and then it will be my time to play for myself.

Life is good...

HERE IS A PSS:


Jelly roll giveaway at Inchworm Fabrics


Friday, January 8, 2016

WARM AND NATURAL - THE WARM COMPANY

During the month of December "The Warm Company" had a 12 days of Christmas giveaway.

I was a lucky winner on two days.

I won this Insul-Bright and I am so excited to use this.




Then I won this Warm and Natural Batting, to be honest, I only like to use this batting, warm and white as well.  I brought a whole roll of it on sale at Hancock's so I am set for the year.

For me this batting makes it so much easier to FMQ on your domestic machine than polyester batting.  I do have a few rolls of polyester batting only because it was given to me.



So what is your favorite batting to use?