Monday, March 9, 2009

I Heart Quilting

Lately I've been thinking a lot about how much quilting enriches my life. I just have to start out by saying how grateful I am for my Mom and for my Grandmothers who sewed and quilted and who always encouraged me to sew as well. Quilting enriches my life in so many ways...and I need to say thank you as well to all of my quilty, creative friends and the quilt, stitching and craft bloggers out there who inspire me every day!

Just last Friday I found out that I won a giveaway from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Their blog is a must-see; they have a terrific web-store that has great specials, a great blog, and even tutorials! Iwas so surprised to receive my gifts in Monday's mail...the April 2009 edition of American Patchwork and Quilting along with a Jelly Roll and a Layer Cake of April Cornell's Nature's Chorus by Moda! Of course you know I love all things Moda...and this fabric is no exception...it's gorgeous...and I have a quilt already in mind for it!


This weekend was another basketball tournament weekend for our family...but luckily I had a lot of handwork prepped and ready to take with me. I finished Block three of "A Christmas Wish" from Gail Pan's great block of the month which posted just an hour before I left town!

I also had some dresses from Nanette's pattern "All Dressed Up" ready to work on.

With each dress block that I make, I save the triangles that I cut from the four corners of the block. I've been sewing them all together, and now I have quite a collection of pinwheel blocks that will easily make another quilt! I have to say that I've been trying to save and use every scrap of fabric the past few months...and it's been fun to see what can be made out of scraps.



And...here's a giveaway you might want to check out if you love selvedges like I do...have you seen the giveaway at ModaLissa's? Two lucky winners will receive a gift bag with Moda selvedges. I'm entering for sure...but you don't have to if you don't want to...really!
I have some more fun things to share this week...more of my stitching from the basketball weekend, fun fabrics...and a Jelly Roll tutorial (but the way this week is going...the tutorial might have to wait for next Monday)!
Oh, and my tea swap package is on it's way far, far away. Speaking of the "Time for Tea" swap, did you see what Stephanie made for her lucky partner? You can see it here!
Happy sewing!

27 comments:

rachel griffith said...

yayyy for your prizes!!!
that's awesome.

your little nanette dresses are SUPER cute.
:D

Linda said...

Gorgeous fabrics, so pretty. Thanks for the link to the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Loving your little pinwheel blocks, won't be long and you'll have a quilt top there, and those dress's are so adorable. Now for Stephanies gifties, oh my gosh I think she's going to put us all to shame. Thanks for the link to the other blog as well.

sarahmurray said...

How cool to win a giveaway! And I LOVE your dresses from Nanette's pattern. I need to order that. I'm so glad you like my tea swap goodies! Stephanie sure has spoiled me. x

Joy said...

Just love your Nature's Chorus fabrics ... so pretty!! Love your dress blocks too, and good for you putting your scraps to good use, the little pinwheels are fabulous :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Lorraine said...

well done...always nice to win a giveaway...great fabrics!! I will check out the link tonight!! I just bought the All Dressed Up pattern from Nanette...can't wait to get started on making some of those!! Great idea to put the off-cuts to good use - they make cute blocks...will have to remember that!! I saw the post on Sarah's blog with all the goodness that Stephanie sent...lucky Sarah!! My parcel is winging it's way somewhere at the moment..I sure hope my swap partner is as pleased as Sarah!! I have downloaded Gail's next block but haven't stitched it yet.....I just finished the second one.....!!

alda said...

you must be really very happy to win this lovely give away! Your stitchery part is so pretty!

Stina said...

Ohhh..lucky you!!! And some Moda fabric...happy dancing???? :o)
Love your dresses and the pinwheels...great work Sherri!!!
And I love the little cut-offs...

Eileen said...

I love how your Nanette Dress quilt is coming.. and the little pinwheels is just a really nice little extra. So much FUN! I agree with you.. that was a wonderful mail day. It's always nice when the American Patchwork comes!

Kaaren said...

Great, newsy post. I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Super gifts, super mag and super links!

Nedra said...

Bonnie Miles would be so proud of you for making a free quilt out of left over pieces. Have you ever taken her class on free quilts? I bought ribbon yesterday for Nanette's dresses. They keep calling me to start, but they will have to wait until I finish a few more things.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the link to a new blog. I love finding great new places to visit. Great win! Clever to make 2 quilts at the same time...dresses and pinwheels. Love your fabrics.

Sheri Howard said...

Oh, those dresses are so sweet, you should use those scraps in with the dress blocks. DON'T YOU JUST LOVE APRIL CORNELL"S new fabric? Thanks for their web site. COOL FOR YOU! p.s. did you sign up for my swap?

Carol said...

Cute dresses...love your pinwheels...can't wait to see what you have in mind for your jelly/cake.

QuiltedSimple said...

I love the dresses - and what a bonus that you'll have a pinwheels quilt too!
Kris

Vicki said...

Ooohhh Betty! You are one lucky lady. I LOVE Nature's Chorus. I think it's beautiful. The red fabric on your Christmas block is gorgeous, very bright and bold. I am still working on mine. Thanks for the new link.

ElizabethandJeff said...

I can't wait to see the jelly roll tutorial! I have some that need to be used.

another amy said...

I love the pinwheels as much as I love your dresses! And congrats on the wonderful prizes!! Lucky you. :)

Dawn said...

Congrats on another blog win!! Glad you saved your corner cuts too!

Carrie P. said...

Congrats on winning! Your dress blocks are so cute. I just finished my Joy block today. It is going to be a cute quilt when we get all the blocks done.

Darlene said...

I had discussion just this morning with a group of women about how much quilting enriches my life. It's a definite passion!

I love your prizes - I'm off to check out the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Your projects are delightful

Sew Many Ways... said...

Your post is filled with such beautiful things. I love everything...your stitching, the dresses and the pinwheels are all so cute. Congrats on the win too!
~Karen~

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Love that you won your favorite fabric, what a great idea to save the fabric from the dresses and make pin wheels, if you love quilting, stop by and take a peek at my new rainbow swap, you might want to join!

ivoryspring said...

Sherri, it's always so fun to see the projects you are working on. Love the dressed up blocks!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

You! Why didn't I think of that? What a fabulous idea. Pinwheels from the triangles. I guess I was so focused on the goal I missed the byway. I'm very proud of you for NOT missing that opportunity. You are right. Quilting is such a huge part of creative enjoyment I would be really another person without it. I guess that is why I dedicated my blog to my mom. I would be nothing without her. I know she sees me and is proud. That is very important to me. Now you are getting me tearing up! Moms and grandmothers are so important and our relationship with them goes on. Thank heavens we know that.

Good for you - you winner! I love that. Ok now I have 2 places to go visit after reading your blog. I want to see what is on those sites.

thanks Sherri! Love to see your dresses.

Lori Holt said...

Sherri-
The quilt you are making from Nanettes pattern is SO cute- I love it. You are a girl after my own heart, I use my leftovers to make extra quilts alot and your pinwheels are darling:)

maria said...

I love the little dresses, I've been enjoying seeing how you are going with them. It's fantastic to see the pinwheels you've made from the scraps. It would have been such a waste to have thrown them away. I pulled a long two inch piece of fabric from my friends rubbish bin the other day and I've used a piece of it already!

Susan said...

Thanks for visiting today. I have been inspired already and what a great idea to use the cut off pieces. My All Dressed Up is still in its beginning.

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