Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Winner, Baby Quilt, Schnibbles, and Leaders and Enders (In Short, Misc.)

 Whew, I'm finding this new way of doing pictures on blogger very challenging, but I think I've got them in the right order now.
I saw a really neat giveaway on Heidi's blog "Handmade by Heidi" and you've probably guessed by now, that I was fortunate enough to win it!  I've followed and enjoyed her blog for quite a while now, and if you haven't visited her she has a new tutorial on a curling iron holder that she has just added.  Here is the information on my new block tool  http://handmadebyheidi.blogspot.com/2010/03/time-for-giveaway.html
I'm really excited to have won it and since I just received it I haven't had time to really look it over, but it looks like it is just as awesome as I had hoped.  Thank you so much, Heidi.


I'm ashamed to admit that this is my first actual quilt finish for the year.  I have finished other things, but not a real quilt.  This is my new Great Grandbaby Mackenzie's quilt, she just turned 3 months old, that's pretty good for me, lol.  The top is sock monkeys, and the back is assorted baby flannels and nice and soft and cozy. 
It's sitting on the back of my nephew Robert's quilt, I hope to have it finished by Monday, as he and his dad and my other brother are coming to visit and I'd like to give it to him then.  I just finished pressing the top and back with my new spray that I got the recipe for on one of the yahoo groups.  I like it a lot, it smells good and does the job.  I'll put the recipe at the end of the post if anyone is interested.
The picture above is of my new leaders and enders project, I haven't finished the old one yet, but this one came to mind.  It is the little leftover half square trianges from the Iowa (Carolina) Christmas.  I am going to make doll quilts with the little 3 inch pinwheels alternating with plain blocks.  I'm thinking either more of the neutrals with the prints, so the pinwheels float, or the gold below.  What do you think?
I've been seeing the Schnibbles quilts on different blogs and decided I want to play, too.  I was hoping to have this one done this month, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards, as I need to do other things first.  I have several of the Moda charm packs, Hollywood and Vine by 3 Sisters, as I got them about five years ago thinking my granddaughters might be interested.  Alas, only one showed interest, and hers seems to have waned.  I think they will be perfect for a Schnibbles though.

Here's the recipe:

SPRAY STARCH

2 cups distilled water
2 ounces vodka
6-10 ounces essential oil
1/3 cup liquid starch

5 comments:

Linda said...

Being a "winner" is always fun. I love your quilts! One goal I have is to learn about "Leaders and Enders"-I know Amy uses them frequently.

Maggey and Jim said...

Love the baby quilt.. soooooooo cute.. I know what you mean about finishing quilts.. I have one now, blocks all done and need to put together..
I like the neutrals with the pinwheels.. I love making doll quilts too.
Maggey

sewkalico said...

Cute monkey quilt. Snap! As they say ;-)))

Quilter Kathy said...

What a good idea to use the extra HST's as a leader-ender project! I have thousands of those things!

Cathie said...

What a precious quilt. I think we've visited eachother before - a few years back. So nice to find you again. And that quilt tool - that is pretty awesome.