Sunday, December 25, 2016

Jingle Jangle

Merry Christmas! It's such a joy to have a long vacation and to be home with family for the holiday! There's a good base of snow on the ground and it's been cold enough to keep it around so we'll have a white Christmas this year. :)

Christmas at home includes baking cookies & our traditional cherry holiday cake; cooking our traditional Christmas Eve dinner of Polish city chicken with all the sides; lots of laughs and hugs and fun! The family tree glows at night and is loaded with ornaments- each one has a story from our travels, events, adventures through the years.  

Wishing you a Christmas season that's merry & bright!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Butterfly Dance

Allow me to show off my latest finish readers - Butterfly Dance! 

This quilt is intended for my best friend's new baby girl and I can't wait to send it their way. 

I reorganized the Butterflies quilt design from Angela Pingel's book A Quilters Mixology so that it was more baby sized. Originally I wanted to use a blue background so it would look like the sky, but while at Hancock's Momm & I found this perfect purple Moda Grunge that picked up all the colors I intended to use for the butterflies!

The pink, orange, purple & yellow prints chosen for the butterflies came from my stash and have a mix of favorites. Piecing the curves is fairly quick and not too tricky - for me, it's cutting around the templates that is the most tedious part of curved piecing.

I used a variegated thread for maybe the first time: Aurifil 3840: to outline the butterflies and then free motion quilt the windy swirls, as well as my signature bee! You can also see the variegated thread in this super close up shot.

The small butterflies are left unquilted on the insides and for the medium & large ones I used coordinating Aurifil colors to stitch wing lines.

Backing fabric is Feather Scallops in Berry by Sandra Rhodes for Free Spirit. Binding is the same as the background fabric and I machine finished it to the front. Quilt measures: 35.5" x 47.5"
Backing detail
It's ready to ship out and I hope baby M loves it forever!
This is another finish from my Quarter4 list for the 2016FAL and linking up at SloStudio for the finale of the 2016FAL.  Also linking to CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it Up Friday. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Giveaway Day with SewMamaSew

Update 12/13:: Giveaway winner is Tamie & has been notified! Thanks to everyone who visited & entered.

Hi friends - welcome to Buzzing Around!  Here you'll find updates about my quilting projects & adventurings!  My quilting style is full of bright colors, I love to try new techniques & quilting is also my day job - where I get to teach people of all ages about quilt making.

It's Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew - everyone's favorite day(week) this time of year! 

Today I'll be offering what's pictured below:

- Grand Canal mini charm
- Poppy Mae mini charm
- 3 pack of Moda Merit Badges

How to Enter:: 
Leave a comment telling me what project(s) you are currently working on!

Details:: You don't need to be a follower to enter - but feel free to join if you'd like to see more! Winner will be chosen by random and notified by December 14, 2016. Giveaway is open through Sunday, December 11, 5pm PST.

Have fun entering all the wonderful giveaways!