Crafting On — Getting Close

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Crafting On blog hop!!I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog lately, but no worries, I’ve been keeping my hands busy behind the screen:)I’ve mostly been working away at the John Deere baby blanket AND….Yep…

Friday Night Sew In

Linking up with Wendy at Sugarlane Designs and FNSI.I’m a bit late this time (again) as Friday nights tend to be hard to find time to sew. I planned well this time and started on Thursday, but then I melted a zipper to the fabric (OOPS!!) and needed to…

Craft On — John Deere Green

Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams and her Craft On blog hop.It took me a couple weeks, but I did finally make a decision on the colors for the ‘John Deere’ baby blanket that I’m making for a friend of my husband. I have to say I’m not a fan as …

Yarn Along — Making Hats

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. I stayed calm and tried not think of all the things I want to cast on!!! I…

I Need More Needles!!!

Like I need another hole in my head!! My resolve to finish up projects and only start new ones as I get others done has flown out the window, so to speak. I wanted something different to show off this week that was small and quick because I have been w…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to… …

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up to… What …

Scrap Quilt Secrets Giveaway and Blog Tour!

Have you ever tried to make a scrap quilt and ended up with something that sort of looked like mush? Not every piece of fabric in your stash {or even your scrap bin} belongs together in the same quilt. Diane of Butterfly Threads Quilting just published a great new book explaining her system of making scraps play together very nicely.

Want to win a copy of this book?

Her acronym of S.C.R.A.P.S. is so simple you can almost miss the brilliance of what she’s trying to say. Every successful scrap quilt requires some guidelines to, as she writes, ‘make quilts that truly represent your personality’. Ahh.. I so wish I could have had this book when starting out with my first quilting efforts! It totally reflects how genuine Diane is about helping other quilters connect with their own quilts as they learn to ‘follow their hearts’.

So much to think about!

So I flipped through the book and found a simple pattern that looked impossible to mess up. I wanted to put the scrappy tips to the test! I’m usually terrible at following pattern directions, but this time things made perfect sense. No re-writing in my own quilty language involved! And simple pattern or no, this quilt had a sweet charm that sort of intimidated me at first. Sometimes a quilt really needs to be made in the specific colorway the designer chose or it isn’t going to look quite so.., well, sweet. Good challenge, right? I paid close attention to the details of {most} of Diane’s scrappy tips: Style, Contrast, Repetition, Accent, Palette and Selvages {didn’t have any of those to work with} and started making my version of Citrus Squeeze, below.

Diane’s Citrus Squeeze

Once I made the important decisions concerning fabric and color, the quilt went together very quickly. I love how she continually urges the reader to consider changing things up—personalize the outcome. She totally gets that the more of ourselves we invest, the more we’re gonna appreciate the results. Even with her pattern as the foundation of my quilt, this quilt was almost instantly recognizable as a ‘me’ quilt.

And just for the record, I completely followed Citrus Squeeze pattern directions until the very end. Then and only then, I gave into temptation and added one measly little, outer border and the teensy tiny, bit of flower applique. Because you know the quilt was just asking for it….

So happy with my version of Citrus Squeeze
{Leaves still need some stitching}

What an honor to be included in this particular blog hop! I had such a great time playing along with Diane’s ideas and still ending up with a ‘me’ quilt. Honestly, that doesn’t always happen. If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book {e-version for international winners}, just leave a comment below. Tell me what your definition of ‘scrap’ quilt is. Does it have to include a hundred different fabrics or are you a purist and want it made completely from the leftover bits and pieces, no matter how many fabrics are involved? Don’t forget to check out all the other links for extra chances to win this book!

3/21    C&T Blog
with Diane (that’s me)
3/22    Bonnie Hunter
3/26    Pat Sloan
3/27    Valerie
3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe
4/1       Julie
4/2       Barb
Please leave an email with your comment if you are a no-reply commentor or I will not be able to include you in the drawing! This drawing is open through April 2nd!

Stitcher’s Meet and Greet Blog Hop

Thank you once again to Madam Samm from Sew We Stitch for hosting another fun blog hop. This time I didn’t even have to finish stitching or sewing anything to play along. I have lots and lots of past projects to show off… 
See? I came by learning to cross stitch during my freshman year in high school. I took sewing class and as one of our projects we had to learn some kind of hand stitching. Cross stitch was the most popular in my class so I did it, and really have been ever since.
Of course over the years I’ve learned lots more about cross stitch than what I learned in school, and over the years the craft has changed a bit as well, growing in popularity and there-for giving lots more options for creativity. There are so many sizes and colors of fabric and floss to choose from now, which is lots of fun!! As you can see from above I do tend to stick with tan/brown/neutral colors most of the time and the smaller the weave the better!! I am mostly partial to 36-40 count linen or evenweave, but I will stitch on practically any count.  
I tend to have lots of projects going at any time and for a few years I participated in challenges that had you starting a new project every day for the first 15 days of the year. That was a lot of fun, but got a bit overwhelming to me. I also tend to do the stitching, but then don’t do anything with the end product:) I just enjoy the process, but I’m trying to get better at doing the finishes. Here is a pic of one of the only projects that ever got framed…
As a birthday present my sister-in-law got this framed for me. This is Autumn Snapperland from Bent Creek. Eventually I will get the other seasons done in this series.
Speaking of my sister-in-law, she is a cross stitch designer!! Marianne Meyer of Midnight Stitching is my sister-in-law, which makes for fun get-togethers, really fun shopping trips and lots of fun stitching for each other at Christmas:)
I do a lot of stitching as gifts or exchanges and some for myself as well, but I have also done some stitching for a charity called LoveQuiltsUSA (they have chapters in a few other countries as well). This organization collects stitched panels and makes them into themed quilts for children with various illnesses and disabilities. Here are a couple I have done for them…
The top one was for a little boy who wanted anything with blue in it. Of course the bottom one isn’t hard to figure out:) Also for a boy who loved anything fast!! These are a lot of fun to stitch and it’s so nice to see the final finished quilt with your well loved project going to a child who needs a little extra love. 

Hopefully I have given some inspiration into what is my favorite craft (followed closely by knitting and crocheting:). Please visit all of the bloggers participating in this blog hop:

Tree Bird Hop

Madam Samm from Sew We Quilt is hosting the Tree Bird Blog Hop along with Lana at It Seems to Be Sew cheering us along!! Thank you so much ladies for such a fun blog hop!!!It took me a little while to decide what to do for this hop. Ther…

GYB Give-Away Update!!!

I want to thank Vicki of 2 Bags Full once more for hosting the Grow Your Blog Hop each year!! It is a lot of fun to meet new bloggers from all over:) Vicki will keep the Grow Your Blog post up all year, so it’s not too late to visit a whole lot of new …

Give Away Project: Done!!

A few weeks ago I posted my the Grow Your Blog Hop post and mentioned a give away at the end of it, but I didn’t have the give away projects done yet!! 🙁 Now they are all done and are ready to be sent out to the lucky winner!! 🙂 This o…

Grow Your Blog Party!!!

 WELCOME to this year’s Grow Your Blog Party!! Hosted by Vicki of 2 Bags Full, this is THE blogging party of the year!! Or at least mine:)  I have participated for the past 2 years, and it’s always been a great way to grow my blog. I’m Shanno…