Thursday, October 30, 2008

Playing With Fabric and Give-aways Won!

The other day I gathered some of my Christmas stash and started to play! I've been wanting to start on a Christmas wall-hanging called "A Christmas Story" by Anni Downs. You can see part of the "Christmas Story" quilt on the header of her blog. It's always fun to have a Christmas project to work on during the Christmas season (even if it won't be on the wall until the next year).
This is what I have so far--the quilt is actually in five different sections now. I won't put them together until I have finished the applique' and stitchery. I'm changing up the border from what is pictured in the pattern--I'm still kind of designing that in my head. Now I'm ready to play with the fabric again and gather all the pieces for the applique. I'm debating whether to do machine or hand applique'. I've been doing mostly machine applique' lately...but I think I'm feeling brave!

I've won a few give-aways recently as well. The one above is from Sandi who participated in the Fall into Fall Bloggers Give-Away. I knew about the basket of felted wool...but I had no idea there would be so many other goodies in the package. There were yummy treats, Moda fabrics, fat quarters, notebooks, photo books, patterns, and an adorable pumpkin votive with candle. I'm especially looking forward to doing the pattern Sandi designed!

I also won this lovely pillow from IvorySpring. IvorySpring is a quilter extraordinaire who designs quilts and patterns for Benartex and "The Quilter" magazine. Her handiwork is precise, and she has some amazing examples of her quilting on her blog! I also love her tableware (gorgeous china and other decor) posts and the history she weaves in and out of her writings. Another fun fall give-away I won was from the Drucilla's Stitches blog! She sent the cutest stuffed pumpkin (the photo doesn't do it justice), a candle, some fabric, and some fall gift bags and darling fall cards! I also won a fun pattern, "All the Year Through" from Australian designer Amanda Brooke. I've been wanting to play with hexagons, so this pattern will be perfect, and there are the cutest partridge and pear patterns included as well!
Well, I'm off to play with fabric again...I've got more to-do's on the list!

12 comments:

quilterpolly said...

It looks like christmas time at your house. congratulations...it is so nice to be a winner:)

Stina said...

Oh my gosh...you have had a lucky strike recently... :o)
And good luck with the wallhanging...that wallhanging have benn on my to do list since it came out...but havent started yet...and probably not this year either... :o)

ferne said...

You lucky girl! I love Ivory Springs work on her blog, I have been a reader of hers for quite a while now and am hoping to master the feather stitch half as good as her one day. I am loving the Christmas quilt. Now I can give myself permission to start something for Christmas that may not be finished until after...I kept thinking I was too late, but actually it would be nice to work on a project through the holidays for next year!

Dawn said...

Your Christmas quilt looks great! You are one lucky girl.

Sandra :) said...

WOW you really hit the jackpot in the Fall into Fall giveaways - congratulations - fun stuff!

Your Christmas project looks like it's going to be a lot of fun to work on - I'm looking forward to seeing photo's of it's progression :)

Carrie P. said...

Such nice things you got. It is always fun to win a giveaway. Congratulations!

Jamie and Sherrie said...

Wow you are so lucky!!! How fun to get packages in the mail. You amaze me with all of your projects. Your finished projects are so beautiful. Its a treat to read your blog!!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So I'm not the only one that is spoiled!! Look at you and your wins. Congrats. The Christmas quilt will be fun. I love Christmas fabric.

Terriaw said...

Wow, you really scored with TWO wins! You had a pretty lucky streak. I love your Christmas stash too. Keep showing us your progress on the neat wall hanging.

everythingquilts said...

Your fabrics are gorgeous. I am a red, green and plaid lover. You got all my favorites together. I also noticed you wanted to sign up for the Pay it forward on Patti's blog. I still have an opening on my blog if you think you would want to still join.

ivoryspring said...

That's going to be such a fun project! I can't wait to see more progress pictures.

And, aren't you just the luckiest gal in blogland!? I need to have you enter for me -- I have yet to win a giveaway... *sniff, sniff* Hahaha...

Have a great weekend.

Sandi said...

Glad you liked all the goodies I stuffed in the box. It was fun!! You deserve the title "Tablerunner Queen" for all the lovely runners you are making - even the one you didn't like! You impress me because you finish things!! I love to start projects and I eventually do finish them, but sometimes it's a long time between start and finish!! :-)