Friday, April 17, 2009

A Little Bit of This and That

I've been working on a variety of things this week. First I finished Heather's block for the Mystery Designer Block of the Month from Fat Quarter Shop...I got several extra blocks this month from the scraps. And this is block eleven...one more to go--it's going to be one gorgeous quilt!

I've been making some of these little bags with my Wonderland scraps...and I've been reading this issue of Australian Homespun...I think I'm hooked on this magazine...does anyone know the cheapest way to get a subscription here in the U.S.?

I also decided to finish something that's been on my list for a long time...years. I'm not sure why I haven't completed this project before--probably because I've been hesitant about applique' in the past. I've posted about these blocks before; they were made by my great-great grandmother, Emma Acelia Wakefield Fitzgarrald, sometime before she passed away in 1936. I was drawn to work on these this week after seeing Stephanie's post and Lori's post. My grandmother called yesterday, and I excitedly told her I was finally finishing these blocks into a wallhanging. My grandmother proceeded to tell me the most wonderful story about these fabrics...I wrote it down on several Post-It notes, scribbling every detail I could. I'll share the story with you when I finish this wallhanging (hopefully early next week)!

I have some bindings to do...and a fun quilt day in St. George planned for tomorrow...more on that later too!
Oh, and the giveaway...you're probably wondering about that! I was very overwhelmed with the comments...I didn't expect so many; I truly enjoyed reading every comment about quilting goals and visiting the blogs that were new to me! After figuring in extra chances the 210 comments turned into 348--and that didn't include choosing the two posts to give additional chances to the readers who commented on those posts! I used the Random Number Generator from 1 to 50 and post 39 was chosen (November 17, 2008); then I used it for posts 51 to 100 and post 57 came up (December 3rd, 2008). This gave 40 more comments 5 chances each-- 200 more (I'll probably re-think this next time)! I drew from the 200 first...and the random generator was a low number--3--and Stephanie won that drawing! Then I drew from the 348 and #118, Julie won! So Stephanie...if you'll let me know which prize you'd like, then the other will go to Julie...and of course I'll e-mail you both as well!
Have a wonderful weekend...and I hope you get lots of sewing accomplished!

20 comments:

Linda said...

http://store.stonehouse-publications.com/
Is probably the cheapest way of doing a subscription. They are based in Canada and I've used them for subscriptions to my favorite Aussie mags in the past.

Stephanie said...

Yippee for me and Julie! Thank you so much Sherri.

Your little wonderland pouch is so darn cute.

Oh how I love the dresden plates. How special to learn the history of them and be related to the maker. It'll certainly be a very special treasure once you're finished.

Quiltldy said...

Rats, I didn't win :) You have a picture of a quilt that is a sampler with Courthouse Steps... is there a picture of the whole quilt and where did you get the pattern? Love it!

CJ said...

I love that little bag too. Are they difficult to make?

Simone de Klerk said...

Congratulations for the wonderful winners! Sherri, your Mystery Block looks wonderful and the pouches look very cute. Just like Stephanie's black and white Dresden Plate, yours looks gorgeous too! I think I must try to make one too one day!
Have a lovely weekend!

Candace said...

Sherri - you really are busy! I'm two months behind on my designer mystery blocks - its nice to get peek at this one!
Congratulations to Stephanie and Julie!
Cheers!

Tara said...

I can't wait to see that wall hanging! I just bought some more 30s repro fabric to add to my quilt for my guest room--but to have the real stuff!!

Carol said...

Love those little bags...your BOM looks great...wasn't that a fun block to do. Have fun tomorrow.

Karen said...

Really nice blocks!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I can't wait to see your project finished and hear the story!

Congratulations to the winners!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh you are so lucky to have your Grandma to tell you such stories, I cannot wait to hear all about it. and thanks for asking about the Magazines, I would to get them too! Also, Congrats to the winners!!

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats to your winners...and love knowing there is a story to be shared......sweet memories.

w&v said...

V.here...
Thanks for the clue...I have never heard of Homespun Magazine. I will be sure to try to get a peek at it. I am so excited to hear about your great great grandmothers STORY. how wonderful to have a real family stoy from the past. V.

Terriaw said...

Congrats to the winners! You sure have been busy again lately. Those dresden plate blocks are so beautiful - What a treasure!

I have a subscription to a magazine from London that I ordered online, but I'm not sure about from Australia.

ivoryspring said...

Sherri,

Lovely projects in progress. I always always enjoy seeing pictures of your work!

Darlene said...

WooHoo - congrats to the winner!

Love all your eye candy! Delightful post!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh dear I am a little behind in those blocks...must do catch up...your blogs look fantastic...bags look great and that is one of our best mags..

Stina said...

Congratulations to the winners!!!
Ahh...and I love the wonderful dresdens!!!

Chocolate Cat said...

Homespun is my absolutely favorite magazine. Glad you like it!

Carrie P. said...

Love the dresden plates. Look forward to the story behind and congrats to the winners. Yay!!