Apr 21

Friday Funk

Who would have guessed that after several consecutive productive days, I would post on Monday and then immediately become worthless? Ugh! It feels like illness has dogged DH and I for months now! (Fact check: it has really only been one month.) I got the prizes mailed out and a few groceries and then became a lump of blob. I thought I just had a brand new cold. When the coughing became progressively became more violent, I finally caved and went to the doctor. Probably a sinus infection. Antibiotics and inhalers already have the coughing greatly improved, but the energy is probably far away still. Sigh.

So, currently there is not any progress on any front except the cough improvement. And my Disney Emojii Blitz score. I did get one side of the Surrounded by Scraps blocks attached, but I don’t have any pictures. Maybe later today I will feel like finishing those blocks up. Have I mentioned before that I am going to call mine Surrounded by Happy Scraps?

I hope you are all healthy!

Quilt on!

Apr 17

It’s Monday!

Just thought I’d drop by to update on my weekend progress. Nothing terribly exciting, but some progress nonetheless.

First up, since the BTN provided us with some spring football (and we all know that football is the best time for hand piecing), La Passacaglia got a little love. I completed the first of three Rosette 2s.

Then I put the Rosette 1 next to it (randomly, mind you) just to see how they fit together.  I think I’m going to like this.

Yesterday, I finished the top and bottom sections for the Surrounded by Scraps blocks. The plan for today (as soon as I post this) is to assemble those blocks. (I think I’m going to end up calling this Surrounded by Happy Scraps).

It does not help anything that I seem to be coming down with a cold again. Didn’t I just do that? And didn’t it hang around forever? Grrrrrr!

What did you do this weekend?

Quilt on!

Apr 16

Winners!

Today I get to announce the winners of the layer cakes. I have emailed the winners and will mail their prizes to them as soon as I get their addresses. Thank you to all of you who entered!

First up, the winner of the Sophia layer cake is Vicki from My Creative Corner3. Her tweet from April 7 won her the prize.

And the winner of the Beverly Park layer cake is Irene. Her tweet from April 14 won her the prize.

Congratulations to both of you!

Quilt on!

Apr 15

Saturday Stuff

First and foremost, if you are reading this before 11:59 pm EDT on Saturday, April 15, you still have time to enter the giveaway. Just click here, follow the directions and use the Rafflecopter widgets.

Now, I just thought I’d update you on a little bit.

  1. DD seems to be feeling better although certainly not well. But better is good!
  2. I’ve made a little progress on the Surrounded by Scraps. See:
  3. I opened up the layer cake that didn’t make it into the giveaway. I can’t wait to use this. 2 more weeks!
  4. I’m three for three in meeting daily goals:
    • Thursday – taxes done and submitted
    • Friday – dining room table sorted and springified
    • Saturday – filing caught up and reorganized
  5. There may be a little La Passacaglia progress since there is spring football this afternoon. Somehow football season seems to be the time I do the most hand piecing.
  6. Last post was my 800th post. I saw that and thought, “I need to have a giveaway!” Then I realized that I already had a couple layer cake giveaways going on. 😄
  7. I can’t wait to write the post announcing the giveaway winners. Tomorrow! Happy Easter!

How’s your weekend going?

Quilt on!

Apr 13

Saturday Sampler Fail

These are the blocks for March for the Getting to Know Hue Saturday Sampler.

They always look better on the design wall, but I am not totally thrilled with them. Look at how the edges of the blocks turned out:

However, that’s not what makes this a Saturday Sampler fail. What does that is the fact that I didn’t make it down to Tecumseh to pick up my blocks on time. (Saturday, Monday, or Tuesday)

Why didn’t I? These blocks were done and ready. Well, real life arrived.

We spent Friday afternoon at the ER with my eldest daughter. They sent her home. Saturday morning we were back. They kept her in the hospital. They did tests. They found nothing. Tuesday they sent her home again. Grrr! Official guess is a virus that has to work its way through her system. I’m not so sure. Neither is she, but she is feeling a little better. And she’s home.

To be honest, this will only cost me $5. Not a big deal. But I do still feel sort of like a failure.

And if you haven’t entered the layer cake giveaway and it’s before 11:59 EDT on April 15, check it out here.

Quilt on!

 

Apr 13

Easter Weekend Craftsy Supplies Sale

This month’s Craftsy Supplies sale is now live for Easter weekend. It starts Thursday, April 13 at 12:01 am MDT and ends Sunday, April 16 at 11:59 pm MDT.

What’s on sale?

  • Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 70% off
  • Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
  • Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off

Click here to check it out and help support this blog!

Quilt on!

Apr 12

The Layer Cake That Didn’t Make It into the Giveaway

There were actually two layer cakes that didn’t make it into the giveaway, but I’m only going to talk about one of them here. But before I do that, if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, please click here and do so. Remember, you are not entered by just leaving a comment. You need to tell the Rafflecopter widgets that you’ve done so. Also, if you don’t want to deal with the Rafflecopter widget, but you’ve left a comment and want to be entered, please email me at gretchen@120blocks.com and let me know that is you want to be entered.

Back to the story.

I originally pulled four possible layer cakes to give away. One was a princess themed layer cake that I decided to keep just in case a granddaughter ever materializes. The other was the layer cake above. It is Palindromes by Paula Nadelstern. At first, looking at just the top fabric, I felt like it was too wild with lots of browns, but as time wore on and I looked again and again at the Twitter quilt we’ll be making starting May 1, I realized that this was the perfect layer cake for that quilt, so it’s staying with me!

Sorry!

Quilt on!

Apr 11

3 Days Left

The giveaway ends on Saturday, April 15. Click here to enter.

Apr 10

Books on Monday – Lucky Charm Quilts

Today we are looking at Moda All-Stars – Lucky Charm Quilts: 17 Delightful Patterns for Precut 5″ Squares compiled by Lisa Alexander. This book is available as a paperback book

and in the Kindle format.

I originally ordered this because I had seen pictures of all the quilts and wanted to make many of them with the myriads of charm packs I have. Like the previous Mode All-Stars book I reviewed, each designer answered the same questions about themselves and their process and preferences. They aren’t the same questions as the previous book so it is not boring, but it does let you get to know a little bit about the designers.

This book is basically a projects book. It begins with an Introduction and then proceeds directly to the projects. One of the things I really like is that the projects are divided into One Charm Pack, Two Charm Packs, and Three Charm Packs sections. This could be very convenient if one is looking at one’s collection of charm packs and trying to decide which pattern to make.

The directions, as far as I can tell without having made any of the quilts yet, seem to be pretty easy to follow. There are many different kinds of quilts here and some different techniques for making the units that make up the blocks, like flying geese and HSTs. There are also appliqué quilts, including  some wool appliqué. There are wall hangings and table runners and quilts of various other sizes.

The designers included in this book are: Lissa Alexander, Lisa Bongean, Janet Clare, Jenny Down, Karla Eisenach, Sandy Gervais, Barbara Groves & Mary Jacobson (AKA Me and My Sister Designs), Lynne Hagmeier, Jen Kingwell, Sandy Klop, Sherri McConnell, Carrie Nelson, Bonnie Olaveson, Kathy Schmitz, Laurie Simposon, Pat Sloan, Deb Strain, and Anne Sutton. It’s quite a diverse group.

So check this out and

Quilt on!

Apr 07

April Craftsy Top Classes Sale

The Spring SALE has sprung at Craftsy! All of their top classes will be under $20 this weekend. Skip the spring cleaning. Enjoy some spring crafting – starting today (Friday, April 7th)! This sale runs through Sunday, April 9 at 11:59 pm MST.

Click here to check it out and help support the blog!

Quilt on!

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