Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Are you up for a FREE sampler BOW?

Well, I found a new Block of the Week at Cora's Quilts and thought it looked like fun. I'm probably not going to add this to my list of UFO's right now but thought it would be a good one to print out and save for later (and did I say it was FREE)? There are also tutorials.
You can make the 13 block quilt on point or make a 9 block quilt.

Here's Cora's first block:
AND, there are prizes from Connecting Threads! You can find all of the blocks, tutorials and measurements HERE. Just thought you might want to have a project for hot summer weather when you want to stay in and sew. Finishing is scheduled for June 30th so, if you make it, you will have a nice Christmas present for someone (or yourself)! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Big Gossip Blocks

Good morning on Tuesday! I finished the two big hexie blocks that are in Gossip in the Garden:
But.....before you congratulate me, it was only a matter of cutting the right size from this awesome Riley Blake hexie cheater! It's all the colors I'm using in Gossip and I thought...why not? Just call me lazy. Won't hurt my feelings at all. I wish I had the money to order some of this for the store. Spring has finally arrived here and it makes me happy. I'm behind in my pesky "real job" and I can't figure out how that happened. I'm at this computer all day! I really think I should be retired but I don't see that ever happening. So off to work! Happy Tuesday! XO and cheery wave from Bev, the lazy quilter!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pam Kitty blue fabric and a red daisy...

Another week begins! Hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend. I have torn myself away from the Gossip in the Garden quilt blocks because I was spending WAY too much time on them. I was straightening my fabrics and was organizing my pitifully small stash of Pam Kitty Morning fabric, and I found this blue rose Pam Kitty fabric and a pattern that we used to sell in the shop called Red Daisy. The pattern is by Black Mountain Quilts.
The blocks are all blue with red daisies in the middle and a red half-square triangle border. I've always wanted to make it and just made up this one block to see how it looks and how easy the block is. It's an easy block and I would love to do it all in Pam Kitty blues but I can't buy fabric right now because of Mr. Charlie's very expensive medicine. It will be a quilt for the future. Charlie seems to be holding his own. As long as he acts like he feels good, I will keep up his expensive medical treatments. He is such a sweet dog...really the sweetest dog I've ever had. Lola is sweet too but Charlie is a "velcro" dog who just wants me. Hope everyone has a great week! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gossiping Still...It's Just Addictive

I'm still stuck on the Gossip in the Garden quilt. It's a fun project. Here's part of Block D:


It looks crooked but it isn't - I just can't get a good pic and I don't know why. It says:

and the weeds grew wildly in the old tea pot

Once it's quilted, there will be tiny yellow buttons at the top of the flowers. So what's up with you guys this weekend? This weekend many people are celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know I am! Love you all! XOXO and Cheery Wave! Bev

Friday, April 18, 2014

A different tea cup for every day of the week....

Still working on Gossip in the Garden. This is Block E. I didn't get a chance to smooth it out because Charlie immediately ran over to "take possession". This block is 30 inches long! All the blocks are big...I hope they fit together!
For all who have asked, no, this is not my pattern...it was done by Anni Downs, the talented Australian designer. And you can buy it in the USA at In Between Stitches HERE. This one says:

A different tea cup for every day of the week...

Hope your Friday is good! XO and Cheery Wave from Bev

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Still Gossiping in the Garden

Well, it's warm again! The snow is gone and it's supposed to be 70 degrees today! We had a record low of 27 degrees at night! Crazy! Here's Block B of Gossip:
It's a big puppy! I had to take the photo outside and had to hurry because it's so windy today. I'll put buttons in the middle of the round flowers and do lots of embellishment but not until after it's quilted. It says:

"their friendship revolved around cups of tea and gossip in the garden..."

I use tons of spray starch (always) and to get the embroidery to lay flat, I iron it over a rolled up wash rag. Well, there was a starch build-up on the iron:
Doesn't look like enough to leave a mark on the embroidery, does it? Well, it did! I hope it washes out! I cleaned the iron with the magical Mr. Clean white scrubber magic eraser pad. I LOVE those things!

Just a few rubs with the white eraser thingie and just like new. You can see the line caused by the starch on the iron right in the middle of the embroidery. It's so frustrating to do all that work.... At any rate, I love this quirky, very British quilt! Well, I'm off to work. I'm writing about gift cards again today. Hope your Wednesday is a happy one! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Monday, April 14, 2014

Watching it SNOW....

Yesterday I got my little basket quilt top pinned and ready to quilt on the machine. I'm itching to do some machine quilting...it has been forever.
I thought it would be fun to do this little quilt because it's so springy and bright...and, after all, it's spring, right? Well, this morning, as I get ready to work on my computer, I'm watching it SNOW! In April, in Oklahoma! I tried but can't get a picture of the snow. The flakes are big so I don't know why they don't show up on the camera.. How crazy is this weather??? We have flowers and the trees have their new leaves and my lawn guy was supposed to come today to mow for the 3rd time this year! Crazy! Hope your weather is better wherever you are! Have a great Monday! XO and cheery wave from the frozen South!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Stuff

The ladies at In Between Stitches sent me the pattern for Gossip in the Garden (in case you're looking for it in the USA) and this is Block A. It's not finished because there is more hand work on the birds and there will be quilted steam coming from the teapot.
I couldn't get a good picture of it because it is so windy here. I had to put it on the seat of a lawn chair. I tried putting it on the floor and Charlie wouldn't stay off of it. The embroidery sayings on the quilt are in primitive writing and that's good because my embroidery skills leave a lot to be desired. It says:

              The birds sang their morning song as the kettle started to boil....

 I struggled with whether to use my fabrics that are bright but decided to go ahead when I realized that I don't have that many pale, faded fabrics in my stash. I think that, when it is together, it will be okay. This is one of the smallest blocks in the quilt so it will take forever but it is so fun.
Today is my son Jason's birthday! He's spending it with Dylan and they sent me this photo of both of them in rocking chairs. I have no idea where they are but Happy Birthday Jason! Hope you are all having a great weekend! XO and Cheery wave from Bev

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Amazing Megan! Cancer Sucks!

Please join me in praying and sending positive wishes to Megan, a remarkable girl! Enjoy her video!

XO and cheery wave to my dear Blogger friends! XOXO

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Free Spring Pattern

Happy Sunday! I thought you might like a darling free pattern  from P&B Textiles. It is a pattern by Little Miss Shabby for her fabric line for them. It's called Flower Drops and it's a beautiful line of fabrics with rich colors. I'm going to do it up in my favorite light colors some day.


Here's the PDF for the pattern and you can also see the fabrics. It looks like spring! Good job Little Miss Shabby! Good job!

Hope your Sunday is a happy one! XO and cheery wave from Bev