EZ Dresden Challenge - coming tomorrow!

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild is hosting a challenge using the EZ Dresden ruler and it kicks off tomorrow! First there will be 2 weeks of posts to give you some ideas about how to use the ruler. Then during the summer you will have a chance to work on your own project using the ruler. And then in September you'll be able to link up your creation and have a chance to win some awesome prizes from some pretty awesome sponsors! There is even a sewing machine in there!

Here is the schedule for the blog hop - notice I'm on June 5th - this coming Tuesday. I'm excited about what I've been working on and hope you come back to see it! Also - don't forget to check out all the other great bloggers who've got posts coming up. Go over to the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild site tomorrow and check out all the details!
June 1
Salt Lake MQG: Kick Off www.slmqg.com/
June 10
Elizabeth: www.dontcallmebetsy.com/
Colleen: www.thebusybean.com/
June 14
Jessica: sewcraftyjess.blogspot.com/
June 15
Salt Lake MQG: Wrap-up www.slmqg.com/


teacher quilts

It seems like forever that I have posted, or sewn for that matter. I've been trying to makeover my dining room and I'm almost done with it. And then in between that I've been sick. And this week I got called for jury duty. And then the kids are out of school - and all my time is gone!

But a few days ago I realized that if I wanted to make quilts for my kids' teachers - I'd better get to it! My 3 kids in school all had wonderful teachers this year (I haven't been able to say that every year.) And so I wanted to make them something special.

This first quilt is for a teacher who loves green. I think she likes owls too, but who wouldn't love that cute little guy. I just improv pieced the center part from scraps and then added borders. I wish I would have made the improv piece just a little bit bigger, but I do like how it turned out. I did a large scallop for the quilting on my home machine. It's something I've wanted to try for a while and it worked well. I'll definitely be using it again.

This next quilt is for a teacher who is fairly patriotic. I figured I'd be safe with red, white and blue. I used Jeni's giant vintage star quilt tutorial which was easy to follow and came together really quickly. I did change the center blocks to squares, but that was the only thing I changed. I used my stash for this one, except I didn't have quite enough for the background, so I did go buy that. I just did straight, vertical lines for the quilting to get it done quickly.

Is it horrible that I didn't make the 3rd teacher a gift? She told my son her favorite colors are pink, brown, and purple. Those are the colors I have the least of in my stash. And I just wasn't quite sure of her style. I'd hate to make her an entire quilt that she didn't end up liking. I think I'll be making her a Jane Market Bag and fill it with summer stuff. If any of you have another great idea - I'd love to hear it :)


Sale and giveaway

Hi all -

Some of you know I have an etsy shop that has nothing to do with fabric. I make jewelry, mostly earrings, and they are for sale over here in my etsy shop.

I thought it would be a great time to have a sale, since Mother's Day is just around the corner. So from now until Mother's Day everything in my shop is 20% off! Just use the code MOM20.

Amy is hosting a giveaway over at her blog - Diary of a Quilter, so if you want a chance to win a pair of earrings - head on over!

p.s. I got a new header and button for my etsy shop! Made by my lovely sister Katie! Thanks Katie :)