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Project Quilting Bonus Challenge

February 4th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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Kim from Persimmon Dreams is going to take over my blog today and tell you more about an extra challenge and a chance to win so you can participate.

Hello everyone! This is Kim from Persimon Dreams, www.PersimonDreams.com, and I’m so happy to be here sharing some exciting Project QUILTING news with you. We are currently in the midst of Season 4. The first two challenges inspired over 100 quilts to be created – so amazing! The third challenge went up on Sunday, February 3rd and I can’t wait to see what comes from it (still time for you to join in!) (more…)

Brennan’s Room

February 3rd, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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For more than a week, Brennan had a beautiful quilt…in a room that looked like a tornado had gone through it! So we had to do something about that this weekend. His room is now fit for his new quilt and so much more!

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A Quilt for Brennan

January 31st, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
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I finally finished a big one!!! I started this last summer, so it was not a quick project, and I’m very proud to have finally finished Brennan’s “big boy” quilt. Not that he hasn’t been in a regular bed for a while, but this is the first bed-size quilt I’ve made for him since he has. It matches new curtains I made for his room last summer. (I know, don’t you usually make the curtains after the quilt?!) (more…)

Sneak peek

January 29th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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I worked on my “Madrona Road Challenge” for the Modern Quilt Guild last night. I doubt that I’ll finish anything by the Jan 31 national deadline, but our local guild gave us until March, so I’m going to keep at it.

Anyway, I just have to show you what I did last night…it made me squeal!

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Shamrock Medallion

January 27th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Quilting | Uncategorized - (2 Comments)
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Project Quilting Challenge Entry 4:2, the theme: “My Favorite Color,” the challenge: to use only one color and white in your project.

I fell in love with this embroidery pattern on Sunday morning and couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather spend the week working on. So I literally worked on it all week…when I was picking the boys up from school, while watching tv in the evenings and even a little in my lunch breaks. It took a bit longer than I thought it would, but I still really love the design and how it turned out! (more…)

Bubblegum Square Dance

January 13th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Design | Quilting - (1 Comments)
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My entry to Project Quilting Season Four, Challenge 1: Square in a Square…

My inspiration was the two striped fabrics with pink and brown that I had in my stash. I love how making an hourglass block with a stripe forms squares in squares in squares, so that was my only plan! (more…)

Christmas Gift Round-up

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in Crafts | Inspiration | Quilting | Uncategorized - (1 Comments)
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Hi Friends! Did you miss me? It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, so I hope I haven’t lost you, my dear readers, but I just didn’t feel like blogging and didn’t see the point of making myself blog. Now I’m starting to feel like it again, so I’m going to see how long that lasts. Project Quilting just started up again and I was just sewing with my small group and we had big plans for challenges for the year to come, so hopefully I’ll find plenty to write about!

But really, I never have a lack of sewing projects to write about!! I mean come on!

I’d like to start getting back into things by telling you about the awesome Christmas I just had; full of homemade/handsewn gifts. I found lots of inspiring projects in books and magazines and online tutorials that I’d like to share with you! (more…)

Project Quilting Season 4!!

January 6th, 2013 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (0 Comments)
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Just 10 minutes to the first challenge of Project Quilting Season Four! I’m giddy!

http://www.persimondreams.com/project-quilting/what-is-project-quilting

Get ready and join us!

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I may just be a little nuts, but I just found another thing in my home that needed a quilt…my George Foreman Grill! I have been eating grilled sandwiches almost every day for lunch and trying to wedge it back into a high corner of my cupboard after every meal…usually causing a crash down of a few spices in the process. So I decided to keep the thing on my counter. But its just not pretty enough for that. (more…)

Zakka Style

August 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Emma in All | Quilting - (2 Comments)
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One of my favorite parts of getting together with my small group of quilting friends is our show-and-tell! I love the inspiration from seeing their projects, in progress and finished works of art…but we also enjoy sharing our shopping finds. Someone usually brings their newest fabric purchases for us to oooh and aaah over and we pass around books and point out projects we’d like to make.

This was one of those Tricia brought, where everyone was saying “Emma that looks like something you should make”…they were so right! I had to buy the book for myself shortly after that meeting and started making things shortly after it arrived at my house! (more…)