Tuesday, January 31, 2017

First Quilt Along Parade 2017

Be My Valentine!!

I am so thrilled to be back doing the QAL for 2017.  I trust everyone has settled into 2017 and excited to be back to normal after the holidays.  I know I sure am!!!   I have to tell you as soon as I finished my quilt I decided my craft room wasn't working for me.  Ever get that way you feel creatively blocked because of your surroundings?  I just could not "feel it"  so grabbed up the family and we headed to Home Depot.  There my hubby bought me a shelving unit and put it together and I have been cleaning out...rearranging and filling new bins to feel more organized.  I am almost done and just can't wait to pull it all together.  One thing I can tell you, I have WAAYYYYY to much stuff!!! In fact I believe if I sewed everyday for the rest of my life I will still have a bunch left over! LOL  anyone else with me on this?  Or is it just me? 

Okay , Okay I will stop chattering and get to the fun stuff!  The Quilt Along.........

This month we did the "Be My Valentine" out of Kathleen Tracy's Small and Scrappy Book and it was a very cute and pretty easy quilt!  I really enjoyed doing mine.  I have to say the entries this month are all darling....they all turned out cute.  So without further adu I will present the quilts then at the end will announce next months quilt!

Okay first up we have Robin!  Robin is probably the FASTEST quilter I know! LOL  She quilts at record speed and let me tell you, EVERYTHING LOOKS FABULOUS!!!!   and what a cute display.  I really like the colors, just so lovely.


Next up we have Mandy from the UK she is back!!  I like how she used different boarders!  Very creative and the plum colors are really pretty, super job and love the color choices.
Next up we have Laurie, she named hers Strawberry Lemonade and I can see why!  The soft colors are so pretty and make me want to have spring....Right.  Now!!  However we are buried in snow, I believe there is still 3 feet out on my yard!  But I will dream of spring with Lauries quilt!  Great job.

And lastly is mine...I really enjoyed making this quilt and how easy it went together. We will enjoy it for the month of February! 

And now for next month,  I thought we would do one out of the other book "Sew Charming"  from Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene


....so no more waiting turn to page 72 

Soaring Triangles

I just love this pattern, hope you will too!!!  Color choice is all yours!! If your new to the group join in anytime.  Email me a photo of your completed quilt or quilt top by the end of  February in time for the March 1st Parade!  Just email it to me!  Hope you enjoyed the parade! 





Thursday, January 5, 2017

Well Hello again!  I bet your anxiously awaiting the first challenge!!! Well I started to look ahead at the next holiday and wanted to grace my table with something festive.  One of the things I have decided for this year is decorate our eat in kitchen table with a festive season appropriate quilt and centerpiece.  For some seasons I have flimsy tops that need finished and for some I don't have any made yet so we will be seeing that working for me during this challenge.

Sooooooo, since it is the first week in January, that seems so odd to say, I am thinking hearts for my February table and if you have had a chance to browse through the book you may have seen the adorable " Be My Little Valentine" on page 14 of Kathleen Tracy's book, "Small & Scrappy"

 Now for a few rules for the newbies.  You can choose your colors, add to make it bigger, or make it smaller if you wish.  When the top is finished, it can with be a top or totally completed and quilted, take a picture and send it to my gmail
Tildahawthorne @gmail. Dot com

Send a clear photo by the end of the month, if you can make it by the 28th that gives me time to put it together but definitely by the last day! and I will post it on this blog in parade fashion the first of the next month, where you see a beautiful selection of variations interpreted by each individual participating. I also encourage you to leave some love, it's nice to feel your spreading some kindness❤️



Monday, January 2, 2017

Welcome 2017

Happy New Year!!  I am so excited to start this new year fresh.  It has been a Loooooonnnng few months.  Summer brought 4 major surgeries rolled into one for me and the recovery was rough to say the least but I am feeling pretty good right now to start back up with our Quilt of the Month challenge!!!  I also had an absolutely WONDERFUL visit by my Oldest brother and his wife who came out to Idaho to visit from my mother country (hehe) New York. They were here a little over a week and we just had a blast!    Yep I that is where I am from, Brooklyn!  First Generation American.  We had the best time and it was a welcome break from all this resting!!! 

  I am hoping to many of you didn't jump ship on me and will join in whenever time allows and by all means feel free to tell your friends or post it on your boards or as your status.

Okay so I have two books that are just absolutely SUPER!!!!  I bought them both for myself as a Christmas gift to me and if you joined in my last Quilt of the month challenge then you'll like what I am thinking! hehe.  so here are the two titles



They are both OUTSTANDING!!!  And I purchased both of them on Amazon.  Easy peasy and they shipped very fast!  So if you want to join in please do!!!  I was thinking we would work from both books.  Please leave me a note and let me know what you think, if you would be ready to take the challenges!!  I am also thinking there may be a month of two where I throw out two challenges.  Leave me some love in the comments and I consider all suggestions. 

I do hope your 2017 is off to a good start and your enjoying the afterglow of Christmas.  I will meet you back here soon to post the first challenge....hint:  it will be out of the book Small & Scrappy by Kathleen Tracy.  Glad we're back and hoping for a great year ahead!!

Happy New Year!!!