Sunday, June 19, 2011

The One

Happy Father's Day! Celebrate with your dad today. It is a day to remember the one who inspires you.

The one who holds you, feeds you, burps you and cuddles you.

The one who guides you and sets you off on your journey.

The one who holds you when you need care while you're sick.

The one who plays with you and has fun with you.

Happy Father's Day! 

xo, L

p.s. remember, today is the last day for the Strip-Smart Quilts Blog Tour. Check out details at Kathy's site

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

School's Almost Out!

Thanks for the awesome comments yesterday! I wish that I could give a book and ruler to each and every one of you but Kathy is going to select the winner. Check back soon for that. Today it's Elizabeth's day. Go and check out what she's written for you. Remember to visit all of the other blogs. You can find the links here.

Meanwhile, we're wrapping up the school year. Everything is happening at a frenetic pace but it has been a great year. 

We finished with Chinese school with the teacher appreciation banquet. I think that my husband was having too much merlot. Lovely hat don't you think?

We'll miss school, the egg drop contest off of the school roof [we did it this year!] and the Invention Convention project.

We look forward to more days like the one that we had the other day. We had some outside fun with the boys.

Come back and visit soon! Momma's writing a book this summer so there will be lots of sewing!

xo, L

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Make And Strip

Not me silly. Welcome to my day to host the blog tour for Kathy Brown and her terrific book, "Strip-Smart Quilts". I am sure that you've had an awesome time visiting each blog. There's more to come. You can check out all of the blogs here.

I have been making a lot of gifts for teachers and friends and there have been many work things and personal things happening behind the scenes. I made these bags for some friends at Chinese school. [Pattern by Jen Giddens]

A teepee was in order for the second grade play.

Next, we have the teachers' gifts. I started a quilt for the little one's teacher but Big A has a lot of teachers. I didn't think about it until I received Kathy's book. This is the first quilt that caught my eye. So pretty!

I have a confession. I had never used Jelly Rolls until yesterday. I was given a roll of Plume but I never used it because applique is my usual thing. I also make a lot of small items but I don't piece a lot of quilts. When I opened Kathy's book, I thought that it was to perfect time to dig out that Jelly Roll. It was fun and I felt as though I was sitting right beside her laughing and piecing a quilt or two.

Here's my version of Merry-Go-Round.

The book is well-written and her directions are very clear. I love that her charm shines through and the little stories and tips that she shares makes the book very enjoyable. The projects are doable for beginners and are fun enough for intermediate and higher if you want to make some fast and fun
projects. Did I tell you that the book is centered around the use of this wonderful ruler? I think that I am in love with the book and ruler. I'm not giving them up any time soon.

Easy. Didn't I tell you? It was so easy that I made a second block.

Here's my version of Pedal Pushers using my fabric, Hugs and Kisses.

That settles everything. I am going to make some more blocks and put them together to make a tote or lap quilt or two. Remember the labels that I put up here for you back in December? I think that I will print up a few and I'm set.

[You can download these labels on the right column.]

Remember to leave a comment her on my blog. There are prizes involved! You will be eligible to win a copy of the book and a ruler. Then there's some big grand prize but I'm not spilling the beans. I'll leave that up to Kathy!

Good luck!

xo, L

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Blog Tour: Strip-Smart Quilts

Something's brewing! A new blog tour tomorrow. Won't you join us? C'mon. It'll be fun! Kathy Brown of The Teacher's Pet has a new book out with Martingale & Co. and it looks wonderful. She invited me to be part of this blog tour a while back and it's going to start tomorrow! She's invited some stellar bloggers and designers to participate in this event. Here's the line-up:

Friday, June 10 PamKittyMorning!
Saturday, June 11 Laurie Simpson
Sunday, June 12 Tara Darr
Monday, June 13 Joan Ford
Tuesday, June 14 ME!
Wednesday, June 15 Elizabeth Scott
Thursday, June 16 Lissa Alexander
Friday, June 17 Vickie Eapen
Saturday, June 18 Camille Roskelley
Sunday, June 19 Debbie Field

See? I didn't lie to you. Awesome group of ladies. Check in tomorrow!

xo, L

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

It's June Already?

Oh, I can't believe that it's June and that school's almost out. It seems that the time between Quilt Market and now vanished into thin air. Lots of things happening. We've been busy with end of the year stuff. Little A is a camper and we made this tent for his play [not quite finished in the photo]. Hubby made a flag pole too. Look who's apparently invented a cure for allergies or so that's what he told his teacher. [There was nothing wrong with him, btw.]

I have started writing a new book and will be working on re-vamping my website. Ooooh, I can't wait to share!

Meanwhile, do run over and check out Aurifil's Designer of the Month. She's Annie Smith and there's another great interview by Ms. Sloan!

Remember to make a project and enter to win some fabulous thread on the Flickr site set up for this event!!

Starting Friday there will be a book blog tour for Kathy Brown's new book for Martingale! Join us, won't you?

xo, L