Monday, February 13, 2017

And, that's a wrap of the Splendid Sampler Quilt Along part 1

Just finished making all 100 blocks yesterday!  WhoooHooo!  Can't believe it!  So excited!  Let's do a little wrap up of things Splendid.

Block 97, First Purse.  What a cute little block pattern.  They've saved the best for last.


Block 98, Fleur de Lei.  Oh!  What an exquisite block pattern.  I love this!


Block 99, Four Corner Pinwheel.  And, then there's this darling of a block by the talented Kimberly Einmo.  Oh my.  I did change my mind on the grey I used here, but, forgot to photograph it.  Shame on me.  It's much better with my new fabric pieces.  Maybe you can see it in my top.  Look for it.  It's coming up in the bottom of this post.



Drum roll please.........Block 100!!!!  Centered!!!  Oh how fun this block was to make.  Why, I could use anything I wanted to because I didn't need to save anything more.  Well, not technically, but, you never know when I might want to make something else out of it.  Anyway, here it is...


And, me and Starlight showing off our prized block 100 to the hubster.  Lookie!  I did it!


And, now, for the moment I have been waiting and waiting to show you.  My prized Butterfly Splendid Sampler!  


This is me trying to hold it all out for hubby to photo.


And, here she is trying to fly away!


And, here she is clipped on and hubby trying to hold her down!  Now, I would like to take a moment and tell you how this butterfly version came about.  Last year when we started this journey I really didn't know what I was doing or where I was going.  It was a mystery, so, we didn't know what these 100 blocks were going to look like at all!  So, for the four or five blocks I was just using whatever fabric I wanted from my Cotton & Steel fat quarter bundle that I felt like using.  But, putting them up against each other, I didn't really like them.  And, then, I remember one of the ladies from the Splendid Sampler Facebook group said she was going to do hers in a block color way fashion.  And, I thought, I think I might like that.  So, I tried making a block using just one color as the main color and, bam!  It hit me.  I wonder if I could make mine into the shape of a butterfly.  So, I got out my trusty paper and pencil and colored pencils, and blocked out 100 blocks.  And, started coloring in what colors of fabrics I had and trying to make a butterfly shape.  This is what I came up with.  This is my original plan from the beginning.  After that, I had to try to stay in the color way for the blocks I was making.  And, I'm super excited that it all mashes together beautifully and it's all made in America.  I get to say that because I used all Cotton & Steel fabrics, except for one Mermaid piece, but, she has been such a fabulous helper, I had to include her!  And, she gets center stage (block).  As per requested by Pat Sloan, the lovely lady who helped design this Splendid Sampler, along with her comrade, Jane Davidson, the DownUnder Quilter, as I like to call her.


Look for updates on the Butterfly Splendid Sampler.  I have more pictures to take.  More borders to add.  We ain't done yet!  Come on Mermaid, let's have a cup of coffee and cake and talk about it...




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We're on Countdown on the last blocks of the Splendid Sampler

Here we are on the last of the blocks.  Unbelievable!  A year later....a whole year!  Two blocks a week.  And, almost 100 blocks complete, not counting bonus blocks and redo blocks.  I'm torn between being elated I am completing all my blocks and sad, I am completing all my blocks at the same time.  Bittersweet!

Block 91, Gran's Button Jar.  Love this block pattern.  So sweet.  Please go see all the link before they are deleted!  They will be deleted by March of this year.  Every block I make I am amazed at.


Block 92, Double Bees.  Who showcases brand new fabric in the last row???  MOI!  I love this new fabric.  fun fun fun...


Block 93, Tiny Miracles.  Oh yes.  Little tiny miracles...a 100+ tiny miracles...I can't wait for y'all to see what I have done with all mine...wink!


Block 94, Skyscrapers.  Proudly displaying my Cotton & Steel Skyscraper.


Block 95, Sunshine.  By Kim Niedzwiecki.  I've had so much fun with her.  Lots of terrific designers. But, running into her before the Splendid Sampler and making some stuff from her fb page has been a big thrill.  I can always go visit her page and found something fun to make whenever the mood strikes.  Look, Mermaid has her hair straight up!


Block 96, In the Sunshine.  Okay, not sure what happened to me here....but, I cheated on this one.  oh my my.  Guess I was really wanting to display my pretty, pretty fabric on this one.  I may have to have a redo on this one later.  We'll see.  I like it!



And, now, tomorrow, we get block 97.  We finish in two weeks!!!!!!!!  Well, it won't be the end of this journey.  It will continue....Who knows...I might be jumping on this wagon again.




Tuesday, January 17, 2017

And, the Splendid Sampler continues....

Here we are in the midst of January, as in the 17th (today) and, I'm trucking right along with my little quilting world, but, oh my, don't have time to post about it!   Awwwwggghhh!  So, I will document just a bit here today, and, maybe tomorrow, just a bit.  Don't want to overload you....yet!  LOL!

Where were we???  Oh yes, we just started the last row!!!!  Here is my update on the next to the last row....

Block 81, did I already tell you about 81?  Hmmmmmm......Let's see.  With Love From is the name of the block and you can just click on title to take you to the pattern, which, will be available until only a limited time after this journey is finished, sometime around the end of February.  I'll have to send out an update when all my links won't work.  Looks like I changed orientation of this block, but, didn't photograph it.  So, here it is upside down.  In your mind, just take off the top and bottom pieces and, switch them around, and, flip block upside down, and, you'll see what it will look like in the final quilt setting.  NEXT!


Block 82, Under the Apple Tree.  Ok, somehow I turned these next two blocks around.  So, placement is turned around, but, I like it.  This block mermaid is show with her hair headed west, is block 83 and 83 is block 82....big grin!  I think I did all this before Christmas and, now, even I'm confused.  When you click on block patterns, you'll see what I mean.  If you have any questions, just shoot me an email, I'll be more than happy to try to explain myself.


Block 83, Minnesota Maze


Block 84, The Early Bird.  This was such a joy to make.  Well, maybe not a complete joy.  It was a bit challenging.  You had to really be trying to pay attention to fabric placement.  But, I thoroughly enjoyed the process.  I love birds.  And, this was probably one of my first wild birds to see in the wild and hear my mother proclaim every spring, that spring is just around the corner, the Red Robin has returned.  Always an event.  Now, I rarely see them.  Only about once have I seen them where I live in the winter.  I can only document once or twice since I have lived here, but, oh, what an event to see them here!  Where's my block???  Can you see him?  Not really red, but, I have my reasons.  hehehehe...


Block 85, Flow.  I'm leaving...on a jet plane...don't know when I'll be back again...oh babe, I hate to go....LOVE the song.  sweet block.  Staying in my color zone...


Block 86, Unity Star.  This pic came out a bit on the dark side.  Blame it on me!


Block 87, Shining Star.  I feel like a shining star.  But, actually stars are black with gas and/or fire making them shine.  purty cool.


Block 88, Love is the Answer.  Yes!  LOVE is the Answer!  


Block 89, From Colorado to the Midwest.  Well, I don't know about Colorado, but, I do know about the Midwest.  Yes, I'm originally from the midwest, along the Mississippi River, northwest Illinois, and, family all along the river south to Quincy, Illinois.


Which, brings us to the closing of this blog for today.  Blogging about ten blocks has proven too many!  But, stay tuned.  I will be doing a big reveal next month upon the completion of this 100 epic block journey.

Block 90, Juggling.  While I loved the beautiful, detailed tutorial the designer took the time to post for us, this block has turned into my epic fail block.  What a bummer too.  I really love all the quilting concepts she has tried to show us, but, without a bias bar, my block has just not been up to par for me.   This is my second attempt.  Maybe, I can take the time to practice the techniques used in this block more in the future.  Until then, I am pleased with my feeble attempt.

















Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It's a New Year...It's a New Way....Happy 2017 Baby!

We here at hmmmm, blogger, are happy!  That is all!  Next blog please.....hehehehe!  OMGosh!  I'm having way too much fun ringing in the New Year!  But, why not?  Isn't that what's is all about???  Out with the old, tired yesteryear......and, on to a bigger, brighter future?  I'm loving living in the moment.  So much to do in the coming year and, so much to really look forward to.  Taking a deep breath.....

Now, I have a new gig to blog about for the next 25 weeks or so, about a new and exciting quilting endeavor called Winter Solstice.  It's a 182 day quilt challenge that began December 21, 2016, at the beginning of the Winter Solstice and ends in June 2017, at the beginning of Summer Solstice.  So, far, we have done two blocks and you're more than welcome to come along for the journey.  Just another brilliant way for me to blog.  So, here's my blocks so far.

Block 1, Winter Solstice challenge done in Tula Pink fabrics, which, I will be using throughout.  So, come along for the ride if just to check to see which Tula Pink fabrics I use.  I love all her fabrics, as so many people do.  And, what a nice way to showcase them.  These blocks are 12.5" unfinished blocks.  Don't you love it?


Block 2, Winter Solstice challenge.  This time I showcases Chipmunk Tula Pink fabric.


Another block comes out tomorrow, January 4th, 2017.  Every Wednesday.  See you next week!




Monday, December 5, 2016

It's a new blog baby....Block 74 thru Block 80 Splendid Sampler

And, here I am writing wayyyyy later than I wanted too, but, that's how I roll....where ever the winds blows.  And, boy is it blowing!  It's been raining here for three days now, today is day four!  Sooo, Who'll Stop the Rain comes to my mind.  In the meantime, let me show what has been going on over here on my marvelous Splendid Sampler 100 Epic blocks!

Block 74, Button Basket.  What an amazing block and I learned a new skill.  Always fun.  And, look at Mermaid's wild hair!  Took me a couple of days to figure out how to get that handle to settle down and get sewed on here.  But, with the help my new friends, I got it!  Thanks to my new Splendid Sampler friend!


My new friends from the Splendid Sampler I got to meet in person at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas last month.  We all had a block, but, Tammie had brought all her blocks from some far off distant land.  And, I looked at every single one of them.  There were all so precious!  And, all pink....my favorite color!



Block 75, Stitch Crazy.  Now, this is where I got a little mixed up with my placement.  This block is now in a different location on my quilt.  Can't be helped.  Don't know what I was thinking when I made this block, but, it is what it is because it caused a chain reaction, and, all's well that ends well.

HAVE TO ADD PIC LATER, GUESS I DIDN'T GET A PIC...WHAT?!?

Here it is.  Already added in quilt, but, came out lovely.  Worked on this for a week or more.  And, loved every minute of it.  Now, I'm hand piecing in the evenings on an old, old project while I wait for another embroidery block.  Do you think we'll get one?



Block 76, Little Things.  Such a fun little block.  And, I just adore teacups!  I have lots of them!  And, my absolute favorite tea lately is Cinnamon Apple Spice.  Hubby says I'm running low again!  Oh my!  Put that on the list please for groceries.  Note, again, placement of this block will not be in it's assigned position.


Block 77, Prism.  What another fun block and I got to showcase more butterfly fabric.  Always a win, win for me...hehe.  Note, placement is again rearranged for this block also.  Practically, the whole row has been shifted around.


Block 78, Jersey.  I don't even know what to say about this block, but, it has been moved also.  Had to go look at my quilt to see where i put it.  Looks good.


Block 79, Spool of Inspirational Threads.  And, that's exactly what I did!  Used my fabric to tell the Inspirational story.  And, I love it!  And, I so cheated on this block, I'm almost embarrassed.  But, it turned out so good!  Can't complain about that.  Looks like I already put it in the quilt before I took the pic.  Sorry about that.  But, I love it.  Still one of my favorite blocks.


Block 80, Heartstring Star.  Look who got to make an appearance on my quilt!  Yeah!  I so love stars...and horses!


That's it for now y'all.  I'm currently working on a million things with the holidays here and everything.  So, my blogs will be whenever I can squeeze two minutes together.  My goal here is to document all 100 blocks, and, I'm doing that.  With just 20 more blocks to go, Looks like I will make it!  And, then, I can throw my hat up in the air like Mary Tyler Moore!

Happy Christmas to all....








Saturday, October 29, 2016

Splendid Samper Block 68 thru Block 73

Update...update!  Read all about it!

Let's do an update, so, I can get to Festival!  As, in International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas!  That'd be the one!  I love going!  I've been going since 2001 or 2002 when I first began quilting officially.  I'm so excited this year!  Let's get some work done before I go....

Block 68, Wild Rose.  What a great place to start.  Mermaid has been such a big help to me.



Block 69, Full Circle.  Love how Mermaid is peeking out from her safe spot....always encouraging me.


Block 70,  Bows.  Such a challenging little block, but, oh so worth it!


That completes another row.  Now, on to the next row.  Block 71, First Stitch.  Loved this block so much, I made two versions.



Block 72, Full Circle Star.  One of my favorites.  Too bad I had to mess it up some!  So precious anyway.  I'm keeping it!


And, last, but, not least for now, Block 73, +Love.  Pretty in pink, I call it.


That's it for now, my dear quilting peeps.  Going to go pack for Quilt Fest!!!





Thursday, October 27, 2016

My Butterfly Secret Garden goes to Japanese Tea Garden

What a hot day in San Antonio!  But, what a wonderful time!  It was 97 degrees without humidity, so, probably over 100 degrees.  My sister went with me and they were having a festival, of course!  But, we still managed to capture some great photos.  Hope you enjoy.

First, you have to see the beautiful Japanese koi fish that greeted us.  I love them!




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