Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is what Has Been Keeping Me Busy . . .

for the past few months.

It was supposed to be for a baby blessing but something came up and the blessing was given a week early and I did not know it was going to happen.  I told Ashley she can save it for her next baby blessing!!

Since they were not going to be able to use it for AT LEAST nine more months (LOL!!) I found this beautiful archival box to store it in while it waits for the next baby!!

Ashley cried when she saw it!!  It really did turn out beautifully!!  And very soft!!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Winners of Pollie's Giveaway!!

The Winners are:
Michele T.
Ashley W.
Becky M.

Thank you to everyone that played along and email me with your snail mail address and the $25.00 in goodies you would like from my Etsy shop, Lavender Quilts!!  I have added lots of new Kaffe Fassett and Moda fabrics!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Peonies ~

I have always loved Peonies in the garden and seed catalogs but I don't think in all my years I have ever seen a real one in bloom ~

until yesterday!!  I went to visit a friend and she had this gorgeous bush in her front yard full of blooms!!  I asked her if I might have a bloom and she said take all you want!!  So I took three!!  Aren't they fabulous?

LuAnn told me cool thing about Peonies - she said watch out for the ants because Peonies are healthier when ants are around.  So, I went to and read the following:

  Do not try to get rid of the ants on your peonies. This is a natural and temporary activity. It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help in opening the dense double flower buds found in many peonies. The ants may be found covering certain varieties and avoiding others, this is totally normal. 
      Once the buds have opened the ants will disappear - also normal. 
      Some people think ants are REQUIRED to open the flowers, but this does not to appear to be true. 
      It seems a debatable question whether ants are beneficial or harmful. I think they are neutral. 
      Should you spray a pesticide to get rid of the ants? That is a definite no. Since the ants are not harmful and some pesticide residues are harmful, why endanger yourself, the plants or thepeony's pollinator (good insects) with poisonous sprays? 
Just don't spray. 
       Instead just enjoy the unique interaction of ants and peonies; an evolutionary effect thousands of years in the making and posing no problems in the long run.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Graduation Time!!

The cute young gal, Maren, that I made this quilt for last year ~

graduated from high school this week and so I decided to make her a Journal using fabric from her quilt ~

I used the same fabric that we backed the quilt in.

Then I added this darling little "Hand Made" sticker that I purchased from a darling girl up in Canada!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

My Pollie Dog is a Fashion Model and GIVEAWAY!!

I said I would I would NEVER get on Facebook but I recently did, so I could add a business page for my Etsy shop, Lavender Quilts and Other Fineries.  Well, I am so glad I did because one of the gals, Alisann, in a Treasury group I am in on Etsy, had a contest for her to draw a picture of our dog.  You can see her fun work HERE.  Well, Pollie did not win the contest but she got an honorable mention and is going to be in a coloring book!!

Here is the picture of Pollie that Alisann drew her picture from ~

Is that so fun or what!!  The coloring book comes out in June and Pollie is getting a copy!!  So, Pollie thought that since she just won a fun prize, she would Pay It Forward and have a GIVEAWAY of her own!!

Here's how to play:

1.  Visit my Etsy shop here:  Lavender Quilts and "Like" my shop in the upper right corner.

2.  "Favorite" the shop and three items that you would love to own.

3.  Tell me in your comment that you have done 1 and 2 and tell me what you would buy if you had a $25.00 Gift Certificate to my shop.

I will be giving away THREE $25.00 prizes on June 6th!!

BONUS POINTS - if you would like to make a purchase, go to the shop and send me a convo (email) telling me what you would like to purchase.  I will set up a Special Order for you with reduced shipping and handling and a Coupon Code with a 20% discount at checkout.  For each $10.00 (before the discount) spent, you will get one additional chance to win one of the three $25.00 Gift Certificates!!

Hope you have fun with Pollie's giveaway!!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A Fun Suprise Birthday Gift!!

Each summer I invite 3-4 middle school aged girls to come down to my studio and learn to sew and to make a small quilt.  We usually do a vanishing 9-patch, making 4 blocks, creating a perfect size wall hanging.  We start with the basics of fabric selection, cutting, sewing and actually quilting their own quilts on my Tierra quilting machine and then learning how to properly put on a binding and a label.

Well, two summers ago, Marissa was one of the young women who came to learn to quilt.  Once the classes were over, she never got back to finishing her quilt.  So, her Mom and a dear neighbor took Marissa's 4 blocks, added more and finished a large lap quilt for her.

This week I have been quilting it and putting the binding on.  Marissa's birthday is June 1 and she will be sweet sixteen!!  She has NO idea she is getting this quilt!!  How fun is that!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!!

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May we always remember America is the 
Home of the Free Because of the Brave!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Top for My Guild Row-A-Long Quilt . . .

is complete!!

A Kaffe Kollaborative

In the style of Kaffe Fassett, I would typically never put borders between the colorful rows of blocks but because this was a collaborative effort by seven different quilters, I wanted to separate each work so each stood alone and could be appreciated as an individual piece of art.  I chose a speckled batik so the weight of the border would not overwhelm the finer touch of the Kaffe.

I am not sure how I am going to quilt it but I have something in mind and I hope it works out as planned!!

Tomorrow night is the grand finale at guild and we are all supposed to have our Row-A-Long quilts complete.  I am lucky I got the top completed!!  I'll take pictures and share!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday's Smile!!

Thanks to my friend, Carol - Pinterest

Saturday, May 2, 2015