Friday, August 31, 2012

My first Winner!

This is SEW much fun! I truly enjoyed the Bowls with Borders blog hop. I tried my hand at paper piecing and I am hooked. This is the first time I've tried a giveaway. It took a while to pick a winner since we were having internet problems, then I had to figure out the Random Number Generator and how to make my comments be numbered.  The RNG was easy enough to install once my sister told me where to find it on the internet. The numbering of the comments, not so easy. My DH did help me and it appeared to be working in "design blog" mode. So I generated a number and found the winner. Then my DH shut down the computer for the night before it saved the numbering system. Uggh. Well, at least I had written down the winners name...... Maybe I can get DH to help me again for the future giveaways and SAVE it this time.
Well, without further ado...the winner is:  Terry @ a quilting blog.
Congrats to Terry. I have sent you an email requesting your address.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Today's My Day!

    I hope you have all been keeping up with this amazing blog hop, Bowls with Borders.  There are 160+ quilters participating and there has been some beautiful and creative bowls.
    I've never tried paper piecing before, to be honest it scared me. All those tiny pieces were intimidating, HOWEVER the Bowls with Borders were too darn cute to pass by.  When the blog hop was announced I decided this was the time to get over my fear.  I signed up and before you know it I was hooked on paper piecing.  Before I show you my creations, I want to give a big shout out to Carol from Just let me Quilt and Madame Samm for all the hard work organizing and cheering us on!


For my first set of bowls, I followed the pattern as it was...which was pretty small. I ended up with a mug rug.  I loved the colors and decided I wanted placemats for the kitchen that matched the mug rug.  I enlarged the pattern and made 2 placemats. (Only one is in the photo as I haven't finished the binding on the 2nd).

I really wanted to make a pretty set of bowls for my red and gold dining room, so I ended up with a table topper (unfortunately it is also unfinished, so it is pinned to the frame). I was happy when we were told they didn't have to be finished projects because I knew all of mine would be finished in time.

Then I had some fabric in blues and browns and thought that would make a nice table runner, or table topper, or..... Well, I went to work on the bowls and they were looking a bit formal, so I went to Regina Grewe's website. (Regina generously let us use her Pilin' Up pattern for our Bowl with Borders blog hop and she has lots of great paper piecing patterns). She had some fun chickens and a link where I found some eggs. So I tried my hand at combining those two patterns to make a "Rhode Island Red" chicken sitting on eggs, just for some whimsy. (again, not finished, so pinned up for the photo shoot. Anyone have a suggestion for a border for this one???).

Thanks for hopping by and be sure to visit the others scheduled for today. Just click on their name and it will take you to their website. I do have a giveaway for anyone that is a follower that leaves a comment. Please be sure I have your email if you are a no reply blogger. I will choose a winner at the end of the blog hop.

August 17th

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bowls with Borders Blog Hop Starts Today !!

Today is the beginning of the Bowls with Borders blog hop.  165 people have decided to join the hop and create these adorable bowls.  The paper pieced pattern is from Regina Grewe. She has some awesome patterns on her site: Come back Friday to see my Bowls! I've made a few as they were addicting.

Bowls With Border Blog Hop!
(The schedule is below)

August 13th
I Have A Notion

August 18th
August 25th
August 27th
Mice In The Mix

August 28th