Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!



Wishing you the best Christmas gifts of all -

the love of family, the warmth of home, and memories so good that you just can't stop smiling.

Merry Christmas to All!

Hugs,

Elain

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Remember Those Spool Blocks?

At the Jo Morton retreat in September we also learned how to stamp and piece spool blocks using Cindy Blackberg's stamps www.cindyblackberg.com
Remember this? It was my first block.
And here are my spool blocks now... finished block size will be 2 3/4 inches! I'm really enjoying making these small blocks!
They are so much fun! I still need to make more as I'm thinking about making them into a table topper. My "work box" for my spool blocks...lots more cut and ready to hand piece.
And so portable...ready to go at a moments notice. Did you notice that the Dovo scissors have blunt tips? I'm even airplane ready!

I'm loving hand piecing!

Hugs,

Elaine

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Stamp Basket Exchange Progress

I've been working on my Stamp Basket blocks for the Jo Morton exchange. They are all hand pieced using CIndy Blackberg's stamp set www.cindyblackberg.com I committed to doing four sets of four blocks. I also have made one extra of each set for myself. To date, I have one set completely done and the bottoms of the other three sets. Here is a photo of my "work box"...
I have also pinned the applique handle onto the top portion of the stamp basket block. Now I just have to applique them on and sew the final seam to finish off the blocks. The stamp basket block will finish at 3 inches ... I love these small blocks!
I made my bias applique handle using Karen Kay Buckley's Perfect Stems www.karenkaybuckley.com They were easy to sew on the machine and have been so easy to applique. I learned about using this type of applique stem from Jo Morton's retreat in September!

I am really enjoying hand piecing...very relaxing after a day at work!

Hugs,

Elaine

Friday, December 3, 2010

Birthday Give-A-Way Winner Announced!

It's my birthday today and time to announce the winner of my Civil War Birthday
Give-A-Way!

And the winner is.... Quiltmom aka Anna!!
Congratulations! 

Thank you to all who participated in my Birthday Give-A-Way and for all the lovely birthday wishes...it was greatly appreciated!

Hugs,

Elaine, The Birthday Girl