Monday, April 29, 2013

So Much....

Ok April has sped by so fast. I swear I've started to post layouts 2 or 3 times, but then get distracted...squirrel. Yes I'm easily diverted. But today I'm going to show you layouts I've made using Trixie Scraps Designs kits. And she has had some great ones this month. First up is April Templatetopia and Heart of a Friend Bundle. Templatetopia is always a good deal, so you want to hurry and pick it up before it goes away.

Second up is Prima Ballerina a beautiful kit that is perfect for all your dance photos.  It is a wonderful combination of pinks and grays that really looks sophisticated.

Now for my favorite kit and probably my most favorite layout in a long time. The kit is It's Her Birthday and it is so bright and cheery.  I also used April Templatetopia.

And my last layout uses It's Her Birthday as well.  And features the same birthday girl, just one year later.  I love the mix of colors in this kit, they really go with so many things.

Now make sure you head over to Trixie Scraps Designs' store as soon as possible and pick up all of these wonderful kits!!!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mug Rug Blog Hop

Happy Thursday all, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!!! I'm sure you are stopping by to see my contribution to the the Mug Rug Blog Hop.  Today is the last day and I can say there have been some super cute rugs shown.  This is my first quilting blog hop, I've done several with digital scrapbooking, but this one really made me nervous.  I shouldn't have been nervous because our wonder leader Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and our cheerleader Erin at Sew At Home Mummy have really made this easy.  But what makes me nervous is all the wonderful rugs I've seen on the previous days.  

I started quilting in 2007, but stopped when I got laid off and just recently started again.  I thought a mug rug would be a great way to get a project finished.  But then I had to decide on what I wanted to do.  And let me tell you that took a lot of time. Here in Texas April means flowers, March rains bring the April flowers. The spring season is very short. So I wanted to do a flower but all I was finding for patterns were applique and I don't really like that method.  I finally found a tulip that was cute and the only applique was the stem.  So then picking colors, piecing and the real test would be quilting it.  It pieced together very quickly, but I don't really quilt on my machine.  I've rented a long arm quilter and am saving for one, so I do more piecing than quilting.

I finally made myself sit down and quilt it.  Nothing fancy, just straight lines, but it was so much fun.  I love piecing, but there is just something wonderful about the quilting process.  I soothes my soul.  After quilting it I had to bind it.  Another process I don't love, but it was small so it went pretty fast.

So are you ready to see my rug.

It is not anything fancy, but it works for me.  I'm glad I completed it.  It also was fun to do something different.  I've not done many half square triangles, but I think there will be many more in my future.  I drink my coffee out of an ugly silver coffee cup that is great for keeping it warm, but not so pretty for photos.  So I decided to show off my Tucker mug. Tucker is my fur baby and my sister gave me a mug with his photo on it several years ago.  And of course I had to add a little snack and who can resist chocolate even if it is Easter leftovers.

I have to say this was such fun that I'm sure I will be joining more hops in the future. I hope you enjoyed seeing my mug rug and make sure you check out all the others from today and the last week and a half.  There have been some really awesome ones!!!!   Here is the list of my fellow hoppers for today.

I'm always glad to hear from my fellow blogger, so feel free to leave a comment.  If you want to follow me with BlogLovin' feel free to do so. And I hope each of you has a wonderful day!!!!!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

We have a Winner

Well it looks like the traveling stash box has found a new home.  I used to pick
and the lucky winner was Charlotte. She has never had one of the boxes come her way, but she will now!!! I hope she finds lots of goodies that she can't resist in the box.  I will be mailing it to her on Monday, so you should be able to see it on her blog soon.