Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I looked at all the quilts last year and dreamt of posting one of my quilts...this year I have a blog and I'm joining in the fun.  :)  Welcome if you are a first time visitor to Meadowbrook!

I made this quilt a couple of years ago.  It is a Thimbleberries pattern (if you can believe that) made with 30's reproduction fabrics.  The blocks were hand appliqued down.  I then crosshatch quilted it every 1/2 inch with my home sewing machine.  This quilt is big enough for a twin sized bed and hangs to the floor. 

The crosshatching shows up better on this block (more sunlight). 

Looking at this now, it makes me realize what you can do with a pattern by just changing the fabrics.

I'm so exciting to be participating this year in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There are HUNDREDS of quilts to see (I think I'm about 387)...go check them out.  It is just like going to a quilt show, but being in the comfort of your own home.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I need to get to work now on something for the next quilt festival! :)

Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mystery Solved

I finished the This and That Mystery Mondays first mystery, and I have to say I enjoyed it. 

They really are fun projects to put together and they don't require a lot of time.  I can hardly wait to see what the next mystery will be.

Now that I posted this I realized something about this.  If you participated in Mystery Mondays and your quilt looks different, it should.  I used the green in one spot rather than the beige.  :)  I still like it, mine is just a bit different than everyone else's.  Wow, it's been a long week!

I did finish flowers 73 through 76 this weekend.  I'm over halfway now, which feels good, but there is still a long way to go.  Making a quilt is a journey though, and I think I'm actually realizing that more and more lately.  I have definitely learned a lot in the past year, and you'd think after having quilted for as many years as I have that there wouldn't be much more to learn.  I guess this means I will never be bored or tired of it...good thing, because I have a lot of fabric to use.  :) 

I'm linking today with Fabric Tuesday.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday Night Finish

I love Friday Night Sew In's is so fun to know that so many other people are stitching right along with me...and they are all over the world.  :)

I worked on flowers last night.  It is so nice to be able to just pick colors and start working.  I also worked on a couple of felt projects, but I will save those for another day to show.  They need a bit more work on them.  :)

My family has a bonfire going in the backyard and a beautiful fall night to enjoy of the great things about living in Minnesota.  In a couple of months we will probably be up to our necks in snow and longing for the fall evenings outside. 

Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, October 21, 2011

686 hexies

Okay, its been a while...and wow have I been busy.  I have found some time to work on a few things though. ;)

I started thinking the other day that I might actually get some hexagon flowers finished if I had some basted.  SO, last Friday I started basting and basting and basting.  When I reached 686 hexies I realized that would equal 98 more flowers and that is more than I need.  So, I'll either make the quilt a bit larger, or I'll make a pillow or two.  Tonight is the FNSI so maybe, just maybe there will be some finished flowers tomorrow! :)

Then I thought I should get my blocks done for the Christmas Stitchalong.  I finished the bear yesterday and got up early this morning and finished the Christmas tree.  I guess you could actually say I'm ahead of the game (I should mark this on the calendar because it is about the first time in my life that I am able to say that). 

And last, but not least I finished the Mystery Mondays clue for this week.  I have no idea if this is how this will end up, but it is definitely fun to work on.

I am going to link with Whoop! Whoop! Fridays this week, and tonight the Friday Night Sew In.  Now, what to work on. :)  Thanks so much for stopping by...Happy Stitching!  --Kristen

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Thank you to everyone who voted for my quilt last week. It was one of those things where you have to try it once, learn from it, and move on.  :)  My quilt is hanging on my wall again, and we are enjoying it.  Fall is definitely in the air today, it is raining a little, and you need a sweater or sweatshirt when outside.  I LOVE fall!

I'm on week three of the Christmas Stitchalong.  Remember, if you would like to get this pattern, it is available until Friday.  However, I did change it a bit.  :)

Yesterday I remembered that This and That has Mystery Mondays.  This is a slow paced mystery quilt that is not overwhelming.  She gives a clue each Monday and you do the sewing for the next week. They are on week four, BUT, I did everything this morning in about an hour, cutting and piecing. 

There aren't huge fabric requirements either.  I just picked my fabrics out of my stash, and it isn't too late to start.

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm linking today with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Friday, October 7, 2011

Can I ask for your help? :)

I am for the most part a very shy person.  I hate to ask people for things, and I have a terrible time promoting myself.  That being said, I'm being forced to ask for votes.  I entered my Jack-O-Lantern quilt at Quilting Gallery this week, and I have to ask for votes.

If you would like to vote you can go to Fall Splendor Quilts.  My quilt is about in the middle and you need to scroll to the bottom and click in the box for Jack-O-Lanterns.  You can only vote once per computer, and to be fair, you can vote for up to four quilts.  And I sure hope you aren't offended at me asking for your vote! :)  Voting closes Sunday, October 9.

I did also finish my Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM block last night.  I just love these fabrics, and I know I keep saying that, but I do!  I think it has something to do with the fact that I have loved strawberries since I was little.  My mom had this wonderful strawberry garden when I was little, and if she couldn't find me she would go there and I'd be sitting and eating strawberries.  I loved her garden, but I'm pretty sure I was only one who got any strawberries.

I always like to see progress on my BOMs.  I can't believe we are already a quarter of the way through.  I think the best part with these blocks is that you only do one a month and you are looking forward to the next month. 

I'm linking with Can I get a Whoop! Whoop!  Thank you so much for stopping by and for your vote (that is if you decide to vote).  :)  Happy Stitching!  --Kristen

Monday, October 3, 2011

Some progress...

I did accomplish a few things this weekend along with celebrating my wedding anniversary with my husband.  We've been married 17 years this year which sounds like such a long time, but feels like it has just flown.  Oh yes, and I should mention, we married young. :)

First off, I finished my second block for the Christmas Stitchalong.  These blocks are so much fun!  If you want to join along, the Santa pattern is still posted and available until Friday.  The Love and Kisses block is available until Friday too, so you still have time to start.  I'm anxiously awaiting the next pattern.

My 49 pieces are cut for the Fat Quarter Shop Designer BOM for this month.  I still love these fabrics, and I'm still enjoying piecing these blocks...which is a good thing because we still have a ways to go!

Here are flowers numbered 67 and 68 of 140 for the Vignette hexagon quilt.  Progress has slowed, and if I would just cut some fabric and baste those hexies, I'd be off and running again.  Never ever do I have a shortage of things to work on.

I'm linking today with Judy for Design Wall Monday, Made By You Monday, and BOMS Away.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Stitching!  --Kristen