Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Relay For Life Quilt - 2012

Relay For Life has come and gone again.  This year marks a major milestone - On August 14th, I will celebrate 5 years of being cancer-free!  Woot! Last year, I made a quilt for the silent auction, and this year I made one to raffle.  The raffle is definitely the way to go to bring in the $$$! I made a Jelly Roll Race Quilt with a Spin Jelly Roll by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics.  This jelly roll is absolutely beautiful!! I even have an extra one to make something for myself :) I used Daisy Sprinkles by Michael Miller for the back, and Tree Huggers Tonal Dotty Yellow by Studio e for the binding.  I struggled with which color thread to use, and finally decided to use a rainbow colored thread - PERFECT!!

I absolutely LOVE how crinkly it turned out once I washed and dried it! 

When it was time to draw the name of the winner of the quilt on Saturday morning, we decided it would be best if someone outside of our group picked the winning raffle ticket.  It just so happened that the social worker that counseled me and Eric after my cancer diagnosis was set up in the tent next to us (she's now the director of the local cancer resource center), so we had her pick the winning ticket. And guess what!!!  The winner was one of my friends in my "Girls Night Out" group! I was so excited that someone I knew was going to receive this quilt. So happy for her!

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Name is Lisa

....and I'm addicted to fabric. There. I said it. I feel so much better now. :) But seriously, when I buy fabric, I usually only buy little bits at a time. Really. I actually love fat quarters and remnants, and I feel like it doesn't add up to much if I buy it in small amounts. Don't you agree?  :)

An interesting "fabric" thing happened on my way home from work today. I stopped to pick up my glasses at the optometrist's office downtown, and it just happens to be a few doors down from the quilt shop, and there just happened to be a parking spot right in front of the quilt shop!!! Oh no!! I thought, "You can do this, Lisa!" I got out of my car and kept right on walking. I picked up my glasses then headed back to the car and, just as I got to my car, I couldn't help but look at the quilts and fabric hanging in the window. I seriously had to tell myself "You don't need any fabric, just get in the car!" And I did it! So proud of myself! I knew that I wouldn't be able to go in there without buying something!

And then.....I pulled into the neighborhood, stopped at the mailbox, and there was a key in my box to open up the "big package" box! It was my package from The Quilted B.  I knew that I was meant to get fabric somehow today ;) I think I mentioned in a previous post that Barb at The Quilted B is closing down her shop. So sad :(  So, I made yet another purchase. I just had to buy more of the Hideaway fabric by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda. Those fabrics are going to make one gorgeous quilt one of these days!!! And...there were several other fabrics that I just had to have----who could pass up such savings??? 

OK, I think I'm done buying fabric for awhile. I just need to start using what I have in my stash.  I can do this. 

Have a look at my beautiful fabric that arrived in the mail today. It's quite bright in this pic. I think I must've used some kind of special effect, but then couldn't figure out how to fix it. :)

Quilt Along Block One

I finally finished the Relay For Life quilt that I've been working on for so long but that will get its very own post...very soon :) 

I was so tired after work yesterday, but I came home, made myself a cup of coffee, and sat down with my Fons & Porter Love of Quilting magazine that had just arrived in the mail. 
That motivated me enough to at least make the first Beginner's Quilt Along block. Woo hoo! I did it! And I love how it turned out. 

Here are the fat quarters that I chose. I just picked some random ones in my stash. 

And here's the first finished block! I'll be using that lovely red in all of my blocks. It's not too late to hook up with the Quilting Gallery for this quilt along - Check it out! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Beginner's Quilt Along

I'm a self-taught quilter, and there's SO much I don't know. Soooo.....I think I'm going to join the Beginner's Quilt Along which is being hosted by Quilting Gallery & Pat Sloan!! Pretty excited to learn some tips and tricks! It starts this week so I'd better finish this big project I'm working on. Here's a sneak peek :)

Oh...and if you end up seeing multiple posts from me today, it's because I'm experimenting with my BlogPress app, trying to add a hyperlink to the quilt along, but having a little trouble. Hoping not to mess up too much and annoy all of you. :)

UPDATE: I had to go back into my blog from the Mac and add the link. The BlogPress app is good for basic posts and adding pics, but I know absolutely nothing about HTML so it might be awhile before I can add links from my iPad. :(

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad.....and Mac Mini