I had hoped to get this post up yesterday…but one thing led to another…and it just wasn’t going to happen! Actually yesterday was a very productive day for me, and I’m starting to feel a little caught up. This morning I finished two “Essential Wristlet” zippered pouches (pattern by Dog Under my Desk). Each wristlet has two zippers and also has an interior pocket just the right size for an iPhone.
I’ve made one before and highly recommend the pattern. I absolutely love the strap technique Erin uses and am thinking about trying some of her other patterns as well. I’m keeping one of these for myself, and the other is a long-overdue thank you gift for a friend.
My first block arrived for FatQuarterShop’s 2013 Mystery Designer Block of the Month. This is the only block of the month I’m doing right now, and I know it’s going to be a gorgeous quilt! I had lots of scraps left over from making my block and am trying to think of a second project I can work on each month using the left overs…that way I’ll have two quilts at the end of the year!
I also wanted to share a quilt from my book, A Quilting Life: Creating a Handmade Home. My friend Gail just made this version of Grandma’s Garden using an Avalon jelly roll!
I love her version! The pops of navy really are wonderful in her quilt!
Just a couple of other things. I had a comment asking about giveaway winners the other day…the comment was from a “no reply” blogger, so I couldn’t answer back. Lately I’ve been updating giveaway posts with winner information to keep from adding too many posts to your feed. I hope that isn’t too confusing…it sure makes it easier on me. Sinta and I are now alternating writing the winners posts for the Schnibbles parades…so if you don’t see the winners listed on one blog, please check the other. My Rustic Rooster giveaway from Monday is still open until tomorrow night, though.
Also…next week will mark my 5 year anniversary for this blog. I can hardly believe it–it’s been an amazing journey. I still remember going over to my next door neighbor’s house one afternoon so she could show me how to get the blog going–I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to find a way that worked for me to document my quilting. Since I’ve kept it up these five years, I believe it was a great choice to keep track of everything! Because of the blogiversary (and because July is my birthday month) I’ve been collecting a few things for a giveaway–stay tuned!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate all of your comments and suggestions. Have a great day!
Missy Shay says
I love that Grandma's Garden quilt! I also like your basket block!
Helen L says
I just made the "essential wristlet" too! She does such a good job with her instructions. I made it as a gift also for my sweet sister: it had safety pin fabric and ruler fabric and my sister loved it: I've been scouring my fabrics because I want to make one for myself now! Congrats on your 5 years!!! You've done a wonderful job!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg
My friend is also doing that mystery quilt. It looks really cute. And happy birthday!
Nancy Angelo says
Thanks for introducing me to Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop. I love the Avalon fabric you are making your BOM in and she had the charm squares in Avalon that I've been looking for, plus I got a 20% discount that I really appreciate….Nancy
crazy quilter says
Lovely wristlets, makes me want to do one or two… also. Your grandma's garden patterm is very cute and made from the Avalon really does it justice. Happy Blog anniversary and happy birthday in July !
Mary on Lake Pulaski says
Adorable wristlets Sherri! It will certainly make someone's day when they receive it!
LOVE your blog. Happy b'day and Happy Anniversary! Quick question. Your piecing is so GOOD. I'm noticing the outside 1/4" on your FQS shop BOM. I am currently doing blocks like that, but geez, I NEVER get a consistent 1/4" on the outside edges of HST's. Any hints you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Maybe a tutorial? Thanks.
Melissa Corry says
Love those little wristlets!! And it's my blogiversary as well next week, only 3 years. So fun!!
Love the wristlet bags – off to check out the pattern
Sherri, I hope you share your ideas for the scraps from the Mystery BOM! I was wondering about those scraps.
Carrie P. says
those wristlets are so cute.
Paty Z says
Hi Sherri!! Great tip for the scraps of the block of the month.
I made one of the quilts of your book, where can I share a photo?
Have a lovely day!
Wow, I really love your basket block! And the one from the Avalon jelly roll is too cute!
Love the BOM block; I'm not doing it this year so I'll be watching with interest.
Your little wristlet pouches are adorable and I love your quilt from your book!
Sandy D says
I have my Designer Mystery cut out. With the extra I made a second block and I though maybe I would put a few on the back.
Super cute wristlets!!!
Melissa at My Fabric Relish says
Love Dog Under my Desk patterns. I did her hipster one and did quilt as you go… So fun! http://myfabricrelish.blogspot.com/2013/02/quilted-messenger-bag.html?m=1
The Faerie Factory says
Five years, well done that's amazing. The quilt is beautiful and the wrist strap bags so clever ~ Sarah x
Peggy Aront says
I just got my kit for the BOM 2 days ago…can't wait to cut into mine! I finished last year's project and it's already at the quilters….
I'm going to use my leftover fabric for possibly a pinwheel quilt. I was thinking I'd just make lots of hst's with them and then make a little girl a pretty little quilt 🙂
Peggy in NJ