Thursday, December 27, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

"The time has come," DragonDrop said, "to talk of other things." (Wink) We not only specialize in obscure movie references, but literary ones, as well!

It's time to announce our winners! Two lucky Lilypadquilters will be receiving scrumptious bundles of fat quarters --- sixteen of 'em! From the Fruitful Hands line, by Jacquelynne Steves, one of the bundles will also include a panel to inspire all kinds of creative projects!

Let's see what Mr. Random says . . . 

Our first winner is #105 --- LynCC! Congratulations! 

Here's our second winner, #92! Congratulations to you, too, Mrs. Pickles!

By the way, Jacquelynne showed all of us a wonderful way to turn fabric scraps into cute tree ornaments, package trim, etc, at this link. They're adorable! Check it out and have fun creating!!

I hope everyone has had a lovely and peaceful Christmas, and that 2013 will be an even better year for all of us . . . we will be continuing our bloggie break until after all of the New Year festivities, and hope to see you again then!!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas to all . . .

We (Snoodles, Padsworth, and DragonDrop) are going to be taking a break from blogging for a few days . . . we are going to celebrate Christ's birth, and enjoy some family time.

We'll be back to announce our giveaway winner soon.  We would like to wish all of you a very, very blessed Christmas, full of family, fun, love, and the "peace that passes all understanding."

May you truly have a merry Christmas, and we'll see you later!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Let's have a giveaway! No, two giveaways!

(This giveaway is closed now.....thank you for your interest!)

Oh, how exciting!  I do love me a good giveaway, don't you? And I think you'll LOVE this one! Actually it's two giveaways in one!

Our extra-special sponsor, fabric designer Jacquelynne Steves, is providing TWO fat quarter bundles for you lucky Lilypadquilting peeps!

This fabric line has really captured my heart. I love the colors and the fruit and veggie motifs. Jacquelynne has featured a potholder tutorial on her blog using the fabrics, so you might want to hop over there and see. 

Each bundle will contain sixteen fat quarters from her "Fruitful Hands" collection --- the same yummy fabrics that I've been working with, on my secret project.  Feast your eyes on these:

Prints in stunning colors . . . 

More lovelies . . .

And one bundle will have the panel included --- just take a peek here:

So, there you have it. One bundle of sixteen fat quarters and the panel, for first prize, and another bundle of sixteen fat quarters for second prize! (I bet that you are excited now!)

Hmmmmm. What tidbit of information shall I extract from you, to be entered into the drawing . . . How about if you fill in the blank in this sentence: "I've tried and tried to make Grandma's (or Mom's) Christmas______________, but I can't. I swear she hasn't told me all of the ingredients in the recipe." (Grin)  Is there one specialty that you've not been able to duplicate? The exact flavor has eluded you? Haven't you wondered if they really told you everything that went into it? 
That will be your entry into the drawing!

You don't have to be a follower to enter, but we sure do love our followers, so if you are a Lilypadquilting follower, you can have a second entry!

We'll leave this giveaway open for a week -- then Mr. Random will pick a winner, and we'll announce it!

Good luck, everyone!  (Whispering) Oh, and I hope you will understand.....with the Christmas activities and such, I may not be able to respond to all of the comments, but I will read them and I love you all!



Monday, December 17, 2012

Banishing the Bah! Humbug!

I received an email this weekend that I thought I would share with all of you. Do you remember last year, when Lilypadquilting was honored with the opportunity to host the Destash for Malawi?

We asked, and you answered! You sent bundles of fabric and thread so that a mission in Malawi could transform them into shorts and dresses for the orphan children who attend school there. We were humbled and overwhelmed and happy to be a part.

This past week, the clothing and food was distributed. Hundreds waited patiently for the desperately needed food stuffs:

The following pictures will show you some more of the happy faces this Christmas...the kids who received the clothing that you made possible.

If that doesn't chase the "Bah, humbug" away, I don't know what will!

Our thoughts and prayers are with these good folks as they labor in Africa, and also with the families trying to heal in Connecticut. Those of us who are blessed with warmth, food, and the bear hugs of our kids should be so grateful.

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Interrupted sewing . . .

I was working on my project using the Fruitful Hands line of fabrics by Jacquelynne Steves (you will want to stay tuned for the giveaway happening soon!) and I was interrupted.

Life gets in the way sometimes, doesn't it? (Grin)

I thought I would give you a peek at what I'm doing, and I hope to show you more soon.

DragonDrop helped me spread these out. He's a great admirer of Jacquelynne Steves!

There is a lovely panel that I cut some parts from:

And then I narrowed down my fabrics for the project:

Here is a block almost completed -- our old friend, the Churn Dash block:

Now, you'll have to bear with me . . . I'll be back soon. Got to get darling daughter moved. (Sniff)

I'm linking up today with Katherine's Thursday Favorite Things hop!

Love to all of you,

Monday, December 10, 2012

Quilters Christmas Party - better late than never!

I hope I am not too late for the party -- if I am, hopefully you will enjoy the post anyway!  I expect that if you head over to SewCalGal's party that you can still help with Operation Homefront, and I know that they will appreciate it!

This year will be a very different Christmas than any we've ever experienced . . . it will be the first one where we "ole folks" are the only ones hanging up our stockings!

Some of my fondest Christmas memories involve a fire crackling in the fireplace, hot cocoa in big mugs, and all the kids nestled around us to hear the Christmas story read from the gospel of Luke.

Good times!
Yep, we will now officially join the ranks of empty-nesters, and it will be a bittersweet time, I'm sure. We parents are always so proud of our kiddos as they accomplish things and move forward in their lives, but it may take some getting used to, for the last one to have spread her wings and flown away!

 I'll be hanging up stockings like these -- I love to piece fabric together and then use my "made fabric" for a project. 

 Made some more of these pot holders, too!

And this is my pride and joy -- my own design, called the Roanoke Star.
If you would like to make one, just click on the link to hop over to the tutorial!

Please join me in helping Operation Homefront in their efforts to support the families of our servicemen and women -- and here's hoping that you all have a blessed Christmas!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giveaway day winner!

It's time to announce the winner of our giveaway!

Many thanks to SewMamaSew for organizing this and hosting the linky party! I'm sure that everyone had a blast . . . I know that I got quite a few chuckles from the comments using the word "elf"!! That was fun!

We had 517 comments! Whew! Y'all were seriously excited about these charm packs, weren't you? (Grin)

Mr. Random chose #114!!

And that is KD-Quilts! Here's what she said:

So, KD-Quilts, I hope you enjoy your four charm packs! I'll be contacting you by email to set up the shipping! Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by, and those who commented, and especially those who are new followers!

We love all of you!!
(Padsworth and DragonDrop are blowing kisses!)


Friday, December 7, 2012

As promised!

Imagine my surprise when I came back to my sewing area and found Padsworth tucking DragonDrop in for a nap . . .

(Grin) That's my finished runner --- as promised, I'll show it to you now!

Oh, and in the interest of true transparency and accountability (and just letting you know that is is perfectly OK to make mistakes . . . oh, you knew that already?) here is what happened yesterday. 

This is what we would like to see, no? 

Remember the "need for speed" that I mentioned? Well, this is what happens when you are focusing more on the Nutcracker Suite music that is playing, than on the tension of your thread. 

Sigh. Hie thee hither, my trusty seam ripper. Dost thou see the job thee must do?

After that, we ended up with this:

And this:

So, as they say, all's well that ends well. 

I wanted to show you the whole thing, but the wind started up when I got outside (kind of a gray day, too) but I think you can see most of it:

Now, it's off to create with some scrumptious Jacquelynne Steves fabrics . . . her Fruitful Hands line! I'm seriously in love with these gorgeous fabrics.  Click on those linkies to see a sampling!

See you soon!



Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sewing, sewing, sewing . . .

Imagine that title sung to the tune of the Rawhide television show song; you know, "Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep those doggies rolling...."
You don't remember? Aww, take a peek, and leave it playing while you read!  (Whispering) Those of you that are checking blogs at work can either turn it way down low or leave it up --- you might get the beady eyes of your manager fixed upon you, or you might start an office sing-along . . . then you'll be known as the person that they simply MUST invite to all the parties, because you are so much fun......maybe you'd better play it at your own risk. I assume no liability here. (Wink)

Well, after a short delay to have some blog-hopping fun, I'm ready to show you my table runner -- almost finished!

But first, let me show you how I made it!

This is what I showed you before . . . lovely strips of fabric. For those of you who are going to ask, I'll beat you to the punch and tell you that I cut them 1.5 inches wide!

This is what I did with those:

Then I chopped 'em up!

And then I sewed 'em back together!  That's what we quilters do, right? Take perfectly good fabric, cut it up and then sew it back together! (Grin)
Here's an example of what I had then:

Aren't they cute? Now, what is in my devious little mind? How am I going to arrange these?

Hmmm . . .

Sorry about the wonky edge, there. Pay no attention . . . just like the wonderful wizard behind the curtain, pay no attention and everything will turn out OK in the end. (Don'tcha love obscure movie references?)

Something is amiss here, though. In addition to the wonkiness.
I'm going for "Scrappy."
I think instead I'm getting "Busy."
What to do?
Put in some blocks of solids, so the eye has a place to stop and rest and enjoy the pretty fabric.

Now we're getting somewhere!
Houston, we now have "Controlled Scrappy."

Then I placed some bars of fabric in between the scrappy sections, and got this:

The Force is with me, now. I'm liking how this looks!

It's my very own design. My own. My preciousssssss!

Here's the whole runner, sandwiched and ready to quilt:

I feel the need - the need for speed! I'm ready to quilt this puppy!

Next time we meet, I'll show you the finish!