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After getting a good laugh at the label, I couldn't wait to tear into it. What did I find?
Some of the most de-lish fabric (trust me) , and this:
One of her Tuffets pincushions perfectly (expertly) sewn out of Simple Abundance.
Ask the fam, I actually squealed when I saw it. YUM.
Thank you Carrie!!! I heart my little pincushion and happy little pins!
I told you, I'm lucky. Now lets just hope this luck can rub off onto other things going on right now. Particularly, these pattern instructions I'm working on right now. I forget, have I mentioned how much I love writing patterns? I haven't? Hmm... that's weird.
Alright, back to work and a(n almost empty) bag of Twizzlers bites... right after I get back from swimming with my two little men, that is. Speaking of which, we are running late. Better go! Hope you have a happy Wednesday! I will, I mean, how could I not, with this sweet little thing?
I think I speak for both Carrie and myself when I say WOW. Wow! I thought maybe 15-20 people would join in, but I was blown away! I actually lost count, somewhere along the way. You guys are awesome!
I tried to make it around to all the posts to say hello, but at one point I realized that if I didn't hurry a little faster, this post was never going to make it by Monday. I'll keep working on it. I just have to say though, you girls have some SERIOUS talent! Loved seeing all of your first quilts, and where you are now. Amazing. (If you missed my 'My first quilt' post, you can see it here).
Please double check your links are there and that they work, and if you come across a dead link or something that is wrong, or missing let me know in the comments section. This took one heck of a lot longer than I thought it would. Again, WOW. I added a random photo here and there to break of some of the monotony of the list. The link below the photo is the source. It should also help you find where you left off a little easier, if you can't read them all in one sitting. I'm adding a button to my sidebar to this post so you can find it whenever you need it. If you would like a button, feel free and swipe it!
Oh, I almost forgot! The winners! Carrie is drawing two and I am drawing two. If you are one of them, please email me at camille(at)thimbleblossoms(dot)com and I'll get your surprise right out. Think fabric cuts....and patterns. Congrats to:
I never thought I'd see the day. In fact, I may have seen a few of these outside my window just now:
My very own mother has finally started a blog. Wohoo! She's not quite sure what she's gotten herself into, so do me a favor and head over and say hello. She's not too scary, for the most part. Just don't break curfew or leave your shoes by the back door and you should be good to go. Oh, and heaven forbid nobody answers the phone when it rings. She is known to use some choice words in those kinds of situations. ;-) (Okay, it's the one time in my life I've ever heard her swear, and I've teased her about it ever since!)
So anyway, head on over, bookmark/google reader it, whatever it is, do your thing. And while you are at it, check out her 'My first quilt' post. Thats some crazy hair going on over there... Happy Blogging Mom! Love ya!
A few other things to mention:
*Amy over at The Quilt Shoppe in my hometown is having a giveaway for a fantastic Amy Butler/Quilt Soup kit. I hesitate to tell you, because I really really want it. I love Amy Butler, and I love Quilt Soup even more. So go over and enter (if you must) and tell her I sent ya.
*Judi at Green Fairy Quilts is also doing a giveaway, and raising money/quilts for a great cause. Head on over and spread the word. Try not to be too jealous of her amazing long-arm quilting while you are at it. You've been warned.
*I've been meaning to mention this, but Facebook... Here's the thing. My blog is my quilting/design/creative space, my twitter is.... I don't even know what to call it, my... space (?), and my facebook is my basically my extended family (of which there are many)/high school friends. Just family and old friends, nothing quilty/creative. For now, the spaces are separate. We'll see what the future brings. Trust me, you aren't missing out on anything. Please don't hate me. :-)
*Quilt parade is on Monday, see ya then! (I've heard that Moda Lissa may be throwing candy. I'm just sayin...)
WOW! A big thank you to everybody who has participated so far in the Parade of Quilts! If you haven't posted yours yet, you still have until Sunday to do it. Plenty of time. (Ahem, Joanna...) I'm a little hesitant to post mine after seeing all of yours... seriously. I can't even believe some of the quilts you attempted for your first. One thing is for sure, there is some crazy talent out there.
Not a lot matches up on this quilt (this was one of the better nine patches), the corners are pretty rough. Good thing it has that awesome hunter green/black gingham sashing and my black all over crazy stippling to highlight the piecing.
I got the fabric at the 'fabric tear' at my first Quilt Market (without being stabbed with scissors!). I was 14, and it was in St. Louis that year. Guess that would have been 199..7? or would it have been 1998? Can't remember.
Yes, it's a little scary. But still, I love it.
The last quilt I finished-finished was this one, my Wild Thing quilt out of Simple Abundance. I've started and ALMOST finished several other quilts since then, but they are still under wraps, (bleh!) so its a good thing they aren't quite done. Don't worry, I'll be sure to show you the second that I can!
So there you have it! My first quilt and my most recent finish. I think I've come a ways since the beginning. At least I hope so. I've definitely learned a lot. What have I learned? I don't even know where to start.... hmm.... well, the 1/4" seam is pretty crucial, never stipple over safety pins, and measure 5 times, cut once. Learned all those the hard way, of course. I also learned how much I adore fabric, and how much I absolutely love to quilt. (Especially when it's not on a deadline!)
Now I'm off to work on my NEXT quilt. And quite honestly, thanks to all of you, I can't wait to dive in....
See you Monday with the whole quilt parade in tow. WOHOO!! See ya there!