Friday, April 30, 2010

Charming Guys & Girls Club
Year of the Schnibble

April has 30 days and this is all I have accomplished. I had three projects planned for the Charming Guys and Girls Club but I've abandoned the Minny Muu project (didn't like the initial results) and sadly I didn't get to the Schnibbles Oso project.

This was my third planned project. Using Martinique Charm Packs I completed the April Year of Schnibble project - Tagalong.

Thank you Kelly & Joan for all your hard work with the Charming Guys and Girls Club!
Thank you Sinta & Sherri for all you hard work with the Year of Schnibble monthly projects!

Make plans for the month of May :-) Hopefully I'll do much better. :-)

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me - ya'all come back!

In Friendship!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Miss Rosie's Quilts
The End

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments in part I of my Miss Rosie's Quilts parade. I believe I've responded to everyone however some are still 'no reply' so it makes it very difficult to send a personal thank you. And, Julie on the "surface of the sun" - yes Olde World Quilt Shoppe is definitely worth the drive from anywhere in the Valley.

1. Elizabeth

2. Cheap Trick
(hey who stole the borders????) LOL
3. Midwinter
this is the actual quilt on the cover of the pattern. This was the first quilt Carrie asked me to make as a sample in 2004

I made two Don't Fence Me In quilts - samples for a local quilt store a long time ago (no pictures) And, my daughter has Just Ask but it can be seen in my Webshots album.

Again, thak you so much for stopping by to visit with me - come again soon!

In Friendship!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Miss Rosie Quilts
Part I
You are all so funny - thank you for your sweet comments about whether or not to show you my Miss Rosie quilts.

1. American Pie
this one is currently hanging in my entry way and makes me smile.
2. Tag Sale

3. Misselthwaite

4. Lucille

5. Mojo
(sorry about Cooper's toys - thought they were cropped out of the picture)

6. Pretty Maids

7. Dem Bones

Still to come Cheap Trick, Elizabeth, Midwinter, Just Ask and sadly I don't have pictures of Don't Fence Me In (made 2)

Thank you so much for letting me share!

In Friendship!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Miss Rosie's Quilt Co
(Carrie Nelson)

So, are you sick of coming to my blog and reading about Carrie Nelson - Miss Rosie's Quilt Co? Year of the Schnibbles and her new book "Schnibbles Times Two" has been blog fodder on many, many blogs for months. Exciting!

Yesterday I started pulling out all my Miss Rosie patterns because I want to plan two or three to work on in the coming weeks. While going through the patterns I found quite a few that I've already made - I was smiling. :-)

Here's a question for you - would you be interested in seeing pictures of all the Miss Rosie quilts I've made? There are only twelve large quilts but I don't want to bore you if you're not interested.

Let me know - my camera is ready is waiting. LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

In Friendship

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday Road Trip

While 25 Charming Guys and Girls were busy working on tote bags yesterday I took a road trip across the Valley of the Sun to visit The Olde World Quilt Shoppe in the north valley.

We are very blessed to have quite a few fabulous quilt stores but this one is drop dead gorgeous. I don't get to visit very often (it's 60 miles from me; definitely not my neighborhood quilt store) but I try to get there a few times a year. Sisters, Dee & Whitney & Dee's daughter Jordan are very welcoming and have worked very hard to make their store just as welcoming.

This is one of my favorite spots in the store. :-) There's a comfy sofa across from the fireplace where you can sit to peruse books, patterns, etc. I didn't take a bunch of picture but trust me when I say that the walls are covered with beautiful samples. They do it ALL, large quilts, small quilts, wool, applique, etc.
I don't need an excuse to visit this beautiful store but yesterday Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co was having a book signing for her new book so I HAD to go. LOL
That's Carrie holding court with one of her many fans. :-)
I didn't spend much money because I'm on that silly budget. I did leave a Minick & Simpson kit that I wanted so badly - Big Sigh! :-)

edit: I think I've misled you - the kit I wanted oh so badly was for the pattern called "Seaside" not the quilt on the front page of the website.

If you live in the Phoenix or surrounding area you really need to visit The Olde World Quilt Shoppe - you deserve the treat. And, don't leave it for "Someday" - do it soon.

I haven't been doing much sewing lately but I came home yesterday afternoon very, very inspired. If you need me I'll be in my sewing room the rest of the day. teehee

I appreciate your visit and your comments. Thank you!

In Friendship!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Rest of the Story

Last week I shared that I had the honor of making a Big Schnibble - "Imagine" quilt for Carrie's (Miss Rosie's Quilt Co) new book "Schnibbles Times Two". You're saying to yourself "yes, we know, enough already" LOL Bear with me while I share my story (with Carrie's blessing, btw)

I was really excited to be a part of this venture and couldn't wait to complete my mission. I finished the blocks, started laying them out on my design floor and instantly struggled - it was too blendy, too muddy, too matchy-matchy. UGH! I did the best I could - finished the flimsy and called Carrie.

Darlene "Oh Carrie, the Big Schnibble is ugly! You're going to hate it, Martingale is going to hate it so I think we need to rethink this and move to plan B. It's blendy, muddy, etc."

Carrie "Oh no, Darlene. Surely it can't be that bad?"

Darlene "I'll send you a picture and then we can decide whether or not you want me to quilt it"

After picture was sent via e-mail

Carrie "I see what you mean but I like it. It has a soft vintage look. I think it will be just fine. Quilt it, I bet it'll look great"

Darlene "OK but I don't think you're going to like it"

I quilted it, sent it to Carrie, she liked it and Martingale liked it, too because it's in the book. And, me - I still don't like it. LOL

Thank you for letting me share the story about my Big Schnibble "Imagine" quilt.

I appreciate your visit - come again soon!

In Friendship!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Moda Jelly Roll or Moda Layer Cake????

I have a $50 gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket and can't decide what to purchase. I'm on a very tight fabric buying budget so I need to shop carefully. :)

What's your preference? And, why?

LAYER CAKE (40 - 10" squares)

Moda Jelly Roll (40 - 2 1/2" strips)

I'll be waiting to hear from you!!!

I appreciate your help :-)

In Friendship!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Just Stitching!

April Snowbound blocks for Kelly & Terry are stitched, in envelopes and in the mailbox. WooHoo!!! I'm really enjoying stitching these cuties for them every month. :-)

Look at the first three blocks in their special setting - this is Kelly's own design. It's incredible, isn't it???? I love it. I haven't been stitching these blocks for me but I'm tempted because I love Kelly's. LOL

Speaking of KA-UTE!!!!! I was a bit late getting started but I'm caught up and wait patiently every month for a new design (only 2 to go). These freebie designs appear on the 20th of every month on Paula Stoddard's blog - Pacific Patchwork Paula, thank you very much for sharing.

Now that baseball season has started (Go D'backs) I'll be stitching, stitching, stitching even more.
As a my bloggie BFF always says to me when she signs off her e-mails - "if you need me, you know where to find me" (my sewing room) LOL
Thanks for stopping by - ya'all come back, ya hear!
I was suppose to do a post on the new Stash Manicure blog this past Tuesday but blogger won't let me join the blog. GRRRRR! Then we thought we could fix it and I'd post tomorrow but it's just not meant to be. Thank you, Rae Ann for asking and for trying so hard to get the invitation to work.
In Friendship!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Charming Guys & Girls
Quilt Club
April Goals

I'm finally here to post my April goals for the Charming Guys and Girls Quilt Club. Keeping things simple this month. :-)

Last month I received a sweet surprise from Kelly to thank me for making the Snowbound blocks for her every month. I was excited to receive patterns and charm packs to make Schnibbles Oso & Tag Along :-) Ironically, Tagalong is the Year of Schnibbles for April. Oso will be 'just because'. teehee Kelly, thank you so much for your thoughtful gift surprises.

A sweet friend sent two Lecien Minni Muu Sushi Rolls - an adorable pattern in the Jelly Rolls Quilt book caught my eye.

I failed to include the kit in the picture but I will also finish a couple of quilts for Quilts for Kids.

And, the Snowbound blocks for Kelly & Terry are almost finished and will be in the mail this week. WooHoo!

It's already April 7th and my machine has been idle since last Friday when I finished another 'secret project'. This one won't remain a secret for long - pattern should be available very, very soon. You're going to love it - I do and want to make it again. :-)

I hope you're having a wonderful day enjoying your needle and thread or whatever puts a smile on your face and heart. :-)

I appreciate your visits and comments - thank you so much!!!

In Friendship!

Monday, April 05, 2010

It's Coming!

Before I post my April goals for the Charming Guys & Girls Club I need to share a little tidbit.

According to Martingale (aka That Patchwork Place) a long awaited book will be released on April 13. Which book??? "SCHNIBBLES times two" (aka the BIG Schnibble book) by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. Take a minute or two to visit her blog to read about the book and some of the quilts featured. She got by with a little help from her friends! And, I helped (did you get an image of the little girl in the Shake & Bake commercial from oh so many years ago - yes I'm old - LOL)

She invited me to "play" - my BIG Schnibble assignment was "Imagine". Sometime I'll have to share my story about this quilt. :-)
I think it's going to be a hit so you want to make sure you own one.

Thank you for letting me share! I'll be back later to post my April goals - what to do, what to do? LOL

In Friendship!

Saturday, April 03, 2010


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