Quilt Block Mania starts today and is the idea of Carolina Moore. She belongs to a design group I’m in on Facebook and thought it would be fun to create a theme each month and then release that block free to our quilting friends.
The theme for July is Summer Fun. All blocks are 12-inches, and they fit in a certain color scheme. I tried, but I know me and I still went into deeper colors versus light colors.
The above are the colors we had to try and keep our blocks to. While mine aren’t exactly there, I think they match up nicely. This month I’ve made for you one of my favorite things to have during the summer and that’s a Continue reading
Hi Everyone, it’s been a really interesting year thus far in 2020. Things happening that I never imagined in my lifetime are happening and it brings not only great sadness but depression to many people affected by what is happening in the world today. It makes it hard to get things done but the one thing we all have in common is sewing and quilting. So, let’s pick ourselves up and start a new project. Smile even when you don’t feel like doing so, say hi, and pray for peace in the world again. June was a very busy month for me, I know many of you made masks earlier this year, some of you are still making them, I recently made a few more for my sister as she needed more to go back to work with. June turned into a rush month to get my patterns and classes downloaded from Blueprint. I didn’t want to lose them. I’m finally done and then a family emergency last week kept us away for 4 days and for my first time ever I was very late writing a post for a blog hop I was participating in. I’m still upset over that one. At the same time, on Friday night, I was visiting all of the bloggers who visited in that hop to see their wonderful projects. I was in awe of many of them, who knew so many cool things could be done with yellow. It was truly an inspiration.
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First, let me apologize for being very late this morning. I’ve only just gotten home last night from a family emergency, and am just now getting this post written.
A HUGE thank you to Carla at Creatin’ In The Sticks for creating this fun blog hoop featuring the color yellow.
As a child my favorite color was yellow, when my parents moved into a new house when I was 12 or so, I got to pick my bedroom color and I chose a bright yellow. In fabric, finding good yellow in prints is very difficult imho. It’s always been one of those colors that just seem to be really hard to get, yet when you find a good one you want to stock up on the yardage so you can use it over and over. Finding yellow in batiks, totally different story, there are plenty of them and you get a nice range of the value also which is awesome. Because batiks are so popular, I own many yellow fabrics now that I just dearly love and I don’t hesitate to buy new ones either. Yellow is my favorite bright color.. not my favorite color, but when it comes to bright fabrics, it’s yellow. 🙂
This post is short today as I need to get it posted and I have had very little sleep since getting home so plan to sleep the day away after I catch up on email this morning.
Last month when I did the It’s Cool To Be Square Continue reading
It’s a busy day here in the Pena household… I’ve been planning to release Sue/Sam in New Jersey for several days, but so many things kept getting in my way. Then today, I was writing an email to someone when I had to give her my blog address and I realized today is my 7th year blog anniversary. I’ve owned this domain for 18 years, but as I’ve noted before in various posts that the first 11 years of this domain were related to being a web developer. The last 7 now as a blog.
Its been a really great experience being a blogger, I can still remember the day where I thought blogging was silly back when I was developing websites for others, but I saw how much fun my customers were having and when I decided to get back into quilting it was an easy choice to open a blog and see where it went. I never thought I’d enjoy the experience as much as I have, nor that I’d make such wonderful friends along the way. I know this blog is the reason I’ve made such wonderful friends.
Today I have for you a new Quilt Along and I promise you this isn’t an event you will want to miss, I also have for you, Sue and Sam In New Jersey being released… Continue reading
I didn’t need to do too much to clean my sewing room. While I’m not a sloppy person I don’t let little things bother me either… I also am not someone who just throws things around, when I’m done working with a project everything gets put back into place when I am working on something it’s stored in a little bin by my machines or cutting areas. I’m currently working on two blocks of the month projects, so those parts are hanging about my sewing and cutting areas.
A few years ago I did a blog post about my sewing room and at the time I loved the design of it, but over time I grew to dislike it intensely. I love sewing in front of my window. I do not know why I just do. Perhaps it’s because it’s contact with the outside world since I am home so much of the time I don’t get a lot of contact outside of this house. Last year we were trying to move over the summer months, we had a home all picked out, and ready were all packed and ready to move and then I found out that our realtor/property manager was pretty much a crook. They took all our money but gave us no keys to move into the new home. We lost not only our money but had to scramble to try and renew the lease where we still currently lived. It was not a fun experience and I hope I am never so gullible again. The only nice thing to come out of it is when I unpacked my sewing room I gave it a new look something I really like much better and feel comfortable working in.
So below is my sewing room.
The Old… Continue reading
Today is the last day of the Shop At Home Blog Hop and it has been a wonderful experience to do something like this. I can honestly say I’d do it again in a heartbeat… It’s been wonderful to see all the new visitors to my blog and the kind comments you’ve made about the gnomes. I love them and am glad you’re enjoying them also.
Today, we have the last of the ten shops on the list, I will also list the other 30 below today’s list in case you’re just getting started with the hop. There are some wonderful designers in this hop with some awesome sales and great sites.
I’d like to thank Linda at Colourwerx. She organized this hop with less than a weeks notice and that to me is a pretty amazing thing to do.
Today I have the rest of the gnomes for Easter, and a free pattern for you, so be sure to check inside and have a look at those also.
I hope you have a wonderful week!!!
With today’s post, you’ve hopefully visited all of the previous shops, but for those of you just getting started, I will post those links below today’s list for your convenience. For me, this has been a wonderful chance to meet many new designers that I never realized were out there and get to know them thru there blogs or patterns.
I know many of you are creating masks for the various medical facilities and helping where you can, I hope some of you are also creating a fun project also. Appreciate the time off you may be enjoying and don’t think of it as being quarantined… I like to think of it as an at-home vacation. I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.