Saturday, February 8, 2014

In the Pink! Rainbow Scraps

This month at soscrappy the color is Pink! Like Pink Panther. Pinker than Pepto Bismol. Tasty pink like cotton candy. Sweet pink like strawberry ice cream. Christmas pink like Sweetie at Christmas.

Yikes! I thought...I don't have much pink fabric. What am I to do? (Wringing hands). I'd better go look at the dismal amount of pink I have.

My pinks drawer...and that's not counting my pink fat quarters!

Whoa doggie! That's a lot of pink. Bright pink! Dark pink! Flowery pink! Pastel pink! Let's not go overboard, I think you know what I mean...This month is brights and darks. Save the pastels for later, she (the creative mind behind Rainbow Scrap Challenge) said.

There I am, in pink heaven, picking out the brights and darks. Omigosh! The stack is growing and growing and growing... 21 chosen. Eek! All in one month????? Am I crrrr-aaaa-zzzy, or what? (Do NOT answer)

Thank goodness I chose an easy block, the Snowball. Here's the pinks I've picked.

Dark pinks top, bright pinks middle, just because I want pinks bottom

In the drawer picture, you can see some pinks tied together with a fabric strip. Those are the ones for pastel pink!

I'm counting the pinks I've chosen. One, two, three...six...ten...thirteen! Shut the door! Isn't that an unlucky number? Truth be told, that is my husband's favorite number. This coming from a guy whose favorite color is black. You can see why I married this guy...he's interesting! the little voice in my head said.

Hopefully you can see the sparkly little diamonds!

More math! Wahoo! 14 fabrics divided by 3 weeks left in February equals 4.666666666. I need to make roughly 4 and a half blocks per week to get all the colors in. Can do! Another reason I chose snowballs.

See you next week! Have a pinkety pinkest pinky week!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Merry Christmas 41 Days Late!

To Get You in the Mood for a Story About Christmas
Wowser! Is it really 41 days since Christmas?? And is it already February? How is it that time up close goes slowly but time in chunks goes quickly? I guess it's a question for the universe...

Leading up to Christmas I had two quilting Christmas gifts that I couldn't post because I hadn't given them yet. Finally, I got to give Sweetie her present on Christmas Day. I was there! Hundred times of wonderful! You can see a picture of the zebra pillows and my granddaughter here and general Christmas fun with Nancy Drew's family here.

More Christmas ambience

My second quilty Christmas present was for Noel Heart. Unfortunately she and her husband were very sick with a virus over Christmas. They didn't see anyone. They didn't get to travel over here to see us. I felt so sorry for them. We finally got together after the New Year when they were back on their feet. I finally got to give Noel Heart her "Christmas Present".

It really wasn't her Christmas was supposed to be given to her before Christmas, but they never made it over. Very disappointing. A few years ago, Noel Heart has said how much she wanted a Christmas tree skirt. I started keeping my eye out for a good pattern. I just couldn't find one... Last year in October, my friend and I went to Pacific International Quilt Festival. We stopped at one of the vendor's booths and I swear I could hear triumphal trumpets majestically playing in the background! There was a Christmas Skirt pattern! I started doing the Happy Dance right there. Many people smiled. Some laughed and pointed. Other quilters nodded, knowing what a good quilt discovery feels like. Then some of them were just disgruntled because I was blocking the aisle.

The Tree Skirt was everything I had hoped for. It was beautiful. It was big. It was EASY. Gotta love EASY! It had a special ruler, and it was a good affordable price. My quest was over. Now I had to make the skirt.

This is an Advent Calendar my Mom
made for TGS
Fast forward. This was supposed to be her Thanksgiving gift.*

*(I didn't want to make you look very far for the asterik!) My Mom started a tradition of giving me a Christmas decoration on Thanksgiving. Once I was married, she started doing this so I would have Christmas things for my house. It was lovely. I decided to carry on the tradition and once each of my children has started in their own home, I've given them Christmas decorations.

And now, in January, Noel Heart was getting hers. She was overwhelmed. She was so happy to get one and she thought it was beautiful. What more can a Mom and quilter want?

I forgot to take pictures, but Noel Heart did it for me. I wish we had a tree to show it off. Just a little too late for that photo op! Hope you like it!

It's a whooping 54" diameter!

I decided stitch-in-the-ditch was perfect for this.

Hooking up with Patchwork Times, Show and Tell Tuesday, Fabric Story, Linky Tuesday, WiP Wednesday, We Did It Wednesday, Needle and Thread Thursday, I Quilt, Finish it Up Friday
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