IMG_8831 The Portland Modern Quilt Guild (PMQG) started a block of the month challenge and this is February’s: “X and +”   It’s a great way to learn different blocks. The idea is to keep one for yourself and donate one for a charity quilt. I’m donating the one below. 

IMG_8832IMG_8830This block is for a Bee I’m in. The instructions were to make any star and for the background to be grays (the fabric was provided. I used this 5 Point Star tutorial. The center proved challenging (as you can see) but overall not bad.

There are several house projects in progress—more on those later.

Google reader is going away so I’m trying to decide where to move my feed. I signed up with Bloglivin: Follow my blog with Bloglovin

but I can’t say I’m loving the organization. So I’ve been playing with Feedly. It’s connected with Google+ and I already have an account established. So far I’m really liking it. It’s crisp and imports everything from Google Reader as I had it set up.

What remains to be seen is whether the community of bloggers that Bloglovin encourages will be enough to debunk Feedly… for now Feedly it is.

Any thoughts?

 

Everyone a lot of bloggers reserve a post on Wednesdays to share their WIPs, works in progress. Figured I’d start doing the same:

WIP 3/12Pieced and ready to start machine quilting—that is after I select the backing fabric.

Last December my friend Amber and I got a booth at a craft fair—our first. Here we are:

IMG_9369Modern baby and child dry goods.: quilts, onesies, blankets, crinkle toys, cards, postcards, snack bags, ribbon lampshades—oh my! The show wasn’t our demographic so we went home with leftovers and have since started up the our own Etsy shops.

Here’s a sample of what I have featured:

onsies-1Flower onesies! Seriously cute. Do you have a little one you’re shopping for?

Amber, Life In Color

Julie, The Ribbon Jar (This is Amber’s mom. I have one of her lampshades and they are oh so pretty.)

My “Hannah” quilt won a prize at QuiltCon! Check out the awesome handmade ribbon:

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Here’s the announcement on the Modern Quilt Guild’s website. It got high marks for Design, Workmanship, Quilting and Binding. Here’s the comment I received from the judge:

Very subtle quilt even with so much going on. Feels ‘alive!’ Purple on back does not contribute to the quilt, nor does purple binding, but green really works.

I of course disagree very strongly with the purple comment, A. it’s for a 6 year old and B. it’s my trademark to shake it up with the binging. Maybe I’m too modern for the Modern Quilt Guild. Ha! 🙂

Mom, thanks for doing such a fantastic job on the quilting! And thank you Hannah for letting me borrow the quilt for the show.

set-up

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Kourtany, Katherine and Tuesday enjoying the hanging chair—can we fit in another?

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Yes! But brother (Brody) isn’t a fan.

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Crawling Brody.

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Crawling Bennet.

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Frosted Cookies!
Cookie decorating was a success as always. Click on image above for the sugar cookie recipe.

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Kathy and Cody seeking down time.

Thanks to everyone who was able to come and we missed those of you who couldn’t. Next year can we please take a group shot?!

For a special treat I made this punch—yum, yum, yum:

http://blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com/2011/12/29/valentine-party-punch-giveaway/