Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday - Quilter's Blog Hop Giveaway

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways
As some of you may know, I bought an antique ladder to put in my living room thinking "oh this would look great with quilts hanging on each step and oh how perfect it will be".  Needless to say when I got it home it was way too tall to fit in my living room.  We went a little crazy and moved stuff around so that we could mount it on the wall and hang the quilts from the side.  I really hated putting such big holes in the wall for the anchors but up it went.  And this is how it looks all decked out for the holidays.  It still needs something thought...maybe greenery or lights, I don't know.  Any suggestions?


I only have two quilts up on it so far.  I have to put more supports in before I put any more weight on it, but I am excited with how it turned out.  I am going to make 12" quilt blocks and frame them to hang above the ladder.  I think it will make it more interesting.


Happy Birthday to Quilting Gallery!!

Without further ado...here is my giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment about what I should add to the ladder.  Just a little bit of fun!  Can't wait to hear your ideas.  Make sure there is a way for me to get in contact with you.  Also I can only ship within the US.

To use Rafflecopter simply leave a comment on my blog, then sign in using either your email address or your Facebook information and click the "1" button.  That will enter you into the drawing.  If you have questions you can email me at anaquilting@gmail.com.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Keep in mind there are over 150 blogs participating in this blog hop so hop on over to some of the others for more chances to win.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Chris Goscha

Monday, November 26, 2012

More of my project overload...

I made my first attempt at a metal frame purse.  Now I must admit I was VERY intimidated by this project.  They are so beautiful but I had no idea how difficult or easy they would be.  I think it turned out great for a first attempt.  I used Riley Blake fabric and just love it.  The other side has a boy with a kite on it (if you haven't seen the fabric).


I am also working on another first attempt at something...hexies.  I am following imagingermonkey from Fat Quarterly's quilt along.  You can browse her pictures of the project by following the link above.  Mine is coming along slowly.  I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and have to take projects like this slow otherwise my fingers bother me.  Here is a picture of where I am at so far...which isn't very far.

And lastly for show and tell today is another purse I made using Clover & Violet's Lizzy Pattern.  I have made two of these bags and just love them.  They hold just the right amount of stuff for me without allowing me to carry the kitchen sink in my purse.  They were both made using Amy Butler fabric.  


I was one of the lucky ones that was able to snatch up one of the Tula Pink hexy kits.  I will have pillows coming soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I am on project overload...

I have so many projects going on at the same time I can hardly keep track of them.  But as ashamed as I am I love being so busy.

I am working on my Scrap Vomit quilt from imagingermonkey's blog tutorial.  It has been great fun being involved in the swap and seeing all the different fabrics people have used that are in their stash.  This project top is so close to being done.  Just one more row to sew on.


I also have two quilts at the quilters right now which I will have to bind before Christmas.  I for each of my dear daughters.  I hope they are done soon.  Quilted Memories LLC here in Overland Park, Kansas does an amazing job.  This one was so fun to make and was from a kit sold by Fat Quarter Shop pattern designed by P.S. I Quilt.

The next one I have at the quilters is a purple wave quilt that I took the design from Melanie Ham Designs.  She had made a BEAUTIFUL one in blues using the fabric I used on the above quilt.  I just used the purple fat quarter bundle from Robert Kaufman to do my wave quilt.  Thanks so much Melanie for the inspiration and direction.

Well that's probably enough pictures for now.  I have a ton more I am working on but I will save that for another post.  Please check out these wonderful blogs and patterns.  They have been amazing and fun!!

One more thing...I stink at taking pictures. HA!

Chris

 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Busy Bee

I have definitely been a busy bee lately.  First and foremost I made the "Keep Calm and Carry On" quilt from Fat Quarterly Issue 10.  This is one of my favorite quilts I have ever made.  Actually I am making two, one to go above my fireplace and one for my old roommate in college.  Here is a picture of the first top I finished (neither are completely done and quilted).


The next top will be done very soon with different fabric but, of course, still the reds.  Pictures to come.

Another project I did required me to tackle my first zipper...boy was that intimidating.  But after a lot of encouragement from one of my internet buddies (JavaDiva), I tried it and it was amazingly simple.  Well at least this one was.  The pattern is called "A Little Duffle Do It" by For the Love of Fabric.  It was such an easy pattern to follow.  Very well written and a fast project and super fun.  Not only that but here are four sizes to choose from in the pattern.  I have my basting pins in my first one and simply love it.  I purchased the downloadable PDF from here:

http://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/A_Little_Duffle_Do_It_Pattern_Download__D10068D.html




Well that's it for now, however I do have a ton more to show.  I will hopefully get all of that posted this week.

Have a great weekend!!

Chris

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Request Finally Completed

So for a really long time my oldest daughter has been asking me to make her something for her bed (quilt, anything).  Many years ago I made a quilt for her younger sister, but still have not finished hers.

One day, while at the local quilt shop, she spotted the below fabric in a scrap bag.  She said "Mom, you know it would be neat if you would make me a pillowcase with this fabric."  She finally got what she wanted.  I made the pillowcase and gave it to her without any embroidery on it.  She put it on her pillow and it was way too big.  Now I have no idea why it was so big...especially seeing as I have made tons of pillowcases. 

Yesterday, while trying to keep myself busy after Carpal Tunnel surgery, I cut the pink band off and decided to surprise her with some machine embroidery.

Not sure who the fabric designer is.  If anyone knows please advise so that I
can give credit where credit is due.

Lexi Lou Beans is what she was nicknamed when she was a baby.  Above is the front and the back is below.




I have definitely not mastered machine embroidery.  This was fun and exciting though.  It also gave me an excuse to pull out the Palette Software I bought to go with my Babylock machine.

BONUS: She loved it and immediately, and with great pride, put it on her bed.  Now she can say her Mom made her something for her bed.  Once the hand is better I guess I should probably finish the quilt, which will go beautifully with the pillowcase.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Busy Making Bags

I have found a new addiction...making purses.  The picture below was my very first attempt at a purse and I think it turned out pretty good.

Pattern by Clover & Violet "The Lizzy Bag"
Fabric by Amy Butler

This is the second purse I decided to try (please ignore my horrible picture taking skills).

Pattern by V and Co. "The Abby Bag"
So that's what I have been up to...what have you been working on?

Friday, February 17, 2012

What I have been working on

I had open carpal tunnel surgery back in November and am still not 100%.  How frustrating!!  But I have been able to complete some things since then.

I finished the Kona Castle Quilt Kit I purchase from Fat Quarter Shop.  That was a fun and incredibly fast quilt to make.  I am simply in love with the colors.  Next will be this quilt pattern made out of Kona Cotton Solids Flying People Eater for my daughter's bed.


The other quilt I finished was for my cousin's baby.  She is so beautiful.  The fabric was purchased from Burgundy Buttons as a kit.


And finally, I made several of these bags.  They were incredibly easy and lots of fun.  A great first try at a bag.  The pattern is Japanese Knot Bag from Helen Heath.