(While you are there, check out the upcoming FREE BOM called Save the Bees!)
We have participated in her wonderful Block of the Month parties in the past.... like Maggie's First Dance:
And also this one, called Cozy Afternoon, that I just loved:
Jacquelynne has a special friend, like many of us, who shares her quilting studio:
Isn't he a cutie? Takes his work very seriously, too!
In August, one of our lucky winners will be able to win two patterns! A total value of over $40! Jacquelynne is providing one "Maggie's First Dance" pattern and one "Sew Sweet Simplicity" pattern to one of our random winners!
August will be here soon! Hope you are getting your photos of Pets on Quilts ready!!
We love our Pet Show sponsors! Hope you all are taking pictures of your pets on quilts, because the show is coming up soon, in August!!
A long-time sponsor of this blog, and of our show, too, is Green Fairy Quilts!
You may know about Green Fairy for a number of reasons....
Lots of yummy pre-cuts for quilting. What's your pleasure, jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs, honey buns? (Grin)
They have all of those, and lots of fabulous collections to browse among!
Do you like to start with bundles of coordinating fabrics? Judi has put together some great five-yard bundles for us to choose from!
Want some inspiration from a master long arm quilter? Check out Judi's blog for lovely examples of her work!
I hope that you will head over to their site and spend a while, shopping their awesome selections. While you are there, sign up for their newsletter -- you will receive weekly notes detailing some super sales that they offer! Green Fairy quilts is known for their annual charity, too, when they deliver supplies and purchase IDs for the orphaned children in Romania, where Clint served some years ago. Without IDs, the government doesn't know they exist, and they can't get jobs when they are older, either.
Clint and Judi are providing a prize for this year's show, too!
A gorgeous jelly-roll of "Enchanted" by Gingiber, for Moda. Beautiful!
Thanks ever so much, Green Fairy Quilts! You are going to make one lucky winner very happy in August!
Watch ALL the classes you want to! Free for a week!
There are SO MANY classes to choose from! Teachers like Carol Doak, Angela Walters, and Marti Mitchell......SO MANY techniques to watch and try along with the videos: piecing tips, paper piecing, free motion quilting, and (my current fav) quilting large projects on a standard machine!
Even if you don't think you want to subscribe, you might want to check it out for a week. You can cancel if you like -- but I have a feeling you are going to love it!! Just sayin!
Well, it's been a long, difficult road! I don't do "sitting still" very well, as my family and friends know! I'm back on my feet now, and walking a little more each day!
I sat down at my beloved vintage machine, Nora, and finished up these dish towels that I showed off recently.
You may recall that the designs are from Mary Engelbreit....
I tried to use some colors that had a vintage feel....
And then I stitched some "rick-rack" on the edges, to give them that vintage, fifties-kitchen vibe!
I love how they turned out! I think I will start some more, for those times that I know are coming.... those times when I begin to hear from my foot that I've been up and around a little too much! (Grin)
More merriment and mayhem coming, folks, as we continue to let you know about sponsors for our August Pets Show, and I start some new projects, too!
The staff here at the Lilypad is hard at work, preparing for the August Pets on Quilts Show! We are lining up sponsors and making plans!
Well, that is, when we are not playing with fabrics and buttons and the like! (Grin)
The first sponsor to sign on is our fab friends at Hoffman Fabrics! Love, love, the beautiful fabrics that they create..... didya know that they design and produce over 800 screenprints and hand-dyed batiks every year! They truly have a passion for these products, and their made-in-Bali lovelies are just stunning, year after year, since 1924!
From one named after my favorite tea....
To a wide variety of colors and designs:
I hope you will take a peek at their process -- it's really interesting to see how these fabrics are created!
Hoffman Fabrics Bali Batik Production - YouTube
This year, Hoffman California Fabrics is marking their 90th year! And they are sponsoring an awesome prize for our show in August!
Hoffman will send two of our winners their very own fat-quarter bundles! Thirty three fabrics from the "All A-Twitter" line, by Kari Carr!!
So much fabric yumminess! Check out the feature print! I'm warning you, you will fall in love....just gorgeous!
And just to get those inspirational juices flowing, here are some patterns that Kari designed for her fabrics:
Our winners may want to purchase these patterns to use with their prizes!
The talented team at Hoffman also took some of their most popular fabrics and made them 108 inches wide! Then they packaged these beauties into three yard cuts for us to grab for quilt backs and more!
How cool is that!
I hope that you are as excited as we are, here at the Lilypad, about our first sponsor-sign-up! Take a look at what Hoffman California Fabrics has to offer....
......you just might be our random winner in August!!
Journey over to their FB page and leave 'em some love, won't you? Let them know we appreciate their sponsorship! Hope you are snapping pictures of your pets on some quilts! It won't be long until the show!!
This will be yet another Memorial Day in which I am unable to give my dad-in-law a bear hug, and tell him that I love him and appreciate his service. He passed away nine years ago, and was laid to rest with military honors.
He was one of the unsung heroes who put down what he was working on in 1942 and sailed across the sea on the Queen Mary, the ship that was stripped of her finery in order to put as many fighting men as possible on their way to England. He lived almost three years in Polebrook, England, as part of the Mighty Eighth Air Corps.
He did a little bit of everything, from serving as navigator in a huge B-17 Flying Fortress, to timing the take-offs of the 351st Bomber Group, from a tiny shack at the end of the runway. Filling in as a mechanic, picking up airmen off the runway when a bomber crashed, riding a bicycle in to town for a welcome respite, and writing, writing, writing love letters to his bride of less than two years, and their little son.....
What a life. What a sacrifice. And I know that his story is only one of so very many. He was blessed to make it home safely and continue building a family, a business, and a life. Not all come home safely, though.
So, on Memorial Day, I'd like to say that I'm truly grateful to live in this, the greatest country of all, and that I'm grateful so many were willing to give that last measure of devotion. The freedoms I enjoy were purchased by them. And to those who serve today -- thank you, too. From the bottom of my heart.
Today, in the midst of festivities and feasts, find a veteran or someone who is serving today. Tell them thanks. Don't be ashamed to wave the flag.
I wanted to show you the third dish towel finish . . .
And I realized I have been remiss in not telling you where I got my embroidery motifs! Wow! Can't believe I did that.
Y'all know that I love all things ME, right? (Mary Engelbreit) I recently snagged a copy of one of her books (+ patterns) on Etsy:
This has so many (fifty-three) cute projects!
They can all be done in several ways -- what's your pleasure? Want to create them in applique? Cool. Instructions included! Want to embellish with markers? That's in here, too! Just want to create some simple, vintage-look embroideries? Easy peasy with the full size patterns folded in the pocket of the book!
So, with that in mind, here is my latest creation:
I am enjoying the process on these..... using Presencia perle cotton size 8 for the embroideries. It's keeping me from feeling like I need to jump up and do something, and my foot is responding - the swelling is going down.