Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mug Rug: Sent and Received!

I finally got the go ahead from my scrap mama to send out my mug rug to my partner. This was the fourth round in the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap, but only my first time participating.  There was so much variety and inspiration to pull from! I really enjoyed the process.

I also made a little something extra for my partner.  I've been wanting to try some hoop art for a while and decided to make this:
I just used the leftover scraps from the mug rug package.  I hope my partner likes it! 

This week I also received my mug rug from my swap partner!

Shirley (a.k.a.freidasew) sent me this beautiful package.  Thank You Shirley, you are very generous! What I like most about the mug rug is the impeccable craftsmanship!  Shirley is obviously a very talented quilter!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Helping to Spread Some Happiness!

As suggested by Emily, a fellow blogger, I am spreading the word about some great things going on blog land.  In recent post, I mentioned that I will be taking part in a fundraiser for three local hospitals in the Montreal Area.  Do go and check out their blog to find out all there is to know about it. Julia, the organizer has done a fabulous job rounding up a great group of local business women and an amazing list of sponsors for the raffle.  Here is a sampling of the things I will be selling:

 I am also donating this pillow for the raffle

and I hope to have time to make something more.

Thanks Emily for setting a great example!  Now take the lead yourself and show us some bloggy goodness! I'm sure there's alot more out there! Be sure to link back to this post and to Emily's to let us know what you're up to!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A QIP, a Quilt, a Quote, and (FINALLY!) some Quiet (not necessarily in that order):

First the QIP:

The top for my Sherbet Crosses quilt is just about done. I am undecided as to whether I want to add a white border all around or let the crosses touch the sides as they are now (any thoughts?)

About the Quilt:

I had to put this project aside though in order to work on another quilt.

A customer from Etsy requested that I make a custom quilt for her family! How exciting! She liked this quilt but wanted a slightly bigger one and with a small change in fabric.

I really enjoyed working on this quilt from start to finish without stopping to work on other things as well. I can't believe I got it done so quickly (not without interruption from the kids though (you'll understand what I mean after you read the entire post). This is the largest quilt so far that I made entirely by machine. I really like the way it turned out and it has given me the confidence to go even bigger! It is now ready to be shipped to its new home.

Bon Voyage, quilt!

About some much needed QUIET:

In the last eleven days (just when things are getting real busy for me on the business end of things) my kids have had an entire THREE days of school!! I can't even remember when was the last time they had an entire week of school. Do they really need so many PED days?
Alas, they are back at school today and I am enjoying some much needed uninterrupted time in my studio. I feel like I can finally breathe and have an uninterrupted thought (eek! the phone is ringing as I type this! I'm not going to answer it).

So the first thing I did when I shut the front door behind them was to get to work on my mug rug for the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. Here's what I've done so far: (do you recognize the mice?)

My swap partner says she that likes embroidery so that is what she will get.

And that is just what I needed to calm myself down after a crazy couple of weeks.  I love sewing by hand.  I find it very relaxing and I swear it actually brings my blood pressure down. I can feel my heart slowing down as I put on my thimble.

Which brings me to the final Q:

It's a quote I read in a magazine a few years ago that I know many of you can relate to (can't remember the author, sorry!):

"I cannot count my day complete, 'till needle, thread, and thimble meet!"

Happy Sewing!