Thursday, December 29, 2011

Table Runner Pattern - EASY

Okay Christmas is over. I just have not had time to sit and look through different posts of quilting/sewing ideas. I came across two videos of easy to do Christmas table runners. Something you could make now with all your Christmas fabric still out and put away for a gift or decoration for next Christmas season.

Go to: Easy, easy, easy to do. Can be done with layer cakes or Christmas scrap fabric.

Here is another one:

Both easy to do. Both beautiful.

Keep on Quilting!

One spectacular post - FREE Quilt Patterns

Want a good resource to find quilt patterns. Through, I found a blog site that has taken the time to list out a lot of sites you can find free patterns at. Then to top it off, she broke down the sites into categories. It is a great place to visit to see what is out there.

Check it out at It is worth looking through it.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BHQ's wishes for a New Year

The holidays are over. Soon it will be time to clean up the Christmas tree and all the trimmings. I hate to see them go since we got them up so late.

Sunday is New Year's day. What a wonderful time to look back and see what was accomplished this past year and plan for our upcoming year. How exciting that we get one day every year to sort of clean the slate and go forward.

My goal is to go through all those kits, panels and fabric I have purchased and actually set down a plan for what I will work on next. I have so much. I could stay busy for an awful long time and still have more to do. One of my goals should be to stay away from quilt stores and quilt shows. I just cannot resist purchasing when I am there.

One UFO that must be worked on is my Wildflower Rhapsody BOM quilt. I love it and really want to make sure it is finished before 2012 is gone.

We would love to hear what your goals for 2012 are. But more than anything:

Keep on Quilting!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wildflower Rhapsody BOM for December

Apologies are at hand. I went to the post office yesterday to retrieve my mail. In my PO Box was a note to pick up excessive mail. Upon getting to the clerk, which took 20 minutes, they handed me a box with all the envelopes with the BOM block in it that was mailed out last Saturday. Sheesh!

My mailer posted too little postage on each and every envelope. It was totally my fault. I purchased new envelopes. They were a smidgeon over the limit for the price that charged for it. So this morning, I added more postage to them all. They will go back to the post office today to be mailed out.

My total apologies to each of you for being so late.

Keep on Quilting!
and your block will be there soon

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Chocolate and Cotton Quilt Store in Thousand Oaks CA

We just returned from southern California. It was our grandson's 13th birthday. What a fun day we had.

Now he went to school that morning, so I had to find myself something to do during the day because Gil went golfing with our sons. The quilt shop in Simi Valley, where we were staying, closed earlier this year. Boo Hoo. I grieve for any store that does not make it. We all try so hard to keep it going, but quilting is something people can give up to save money. It really effects the local quilt store (LQS). I have stated before here, go see your LQS every month and purchase at least $10 of product or take a class every month. Help them keep open!

Now back to my story. I googled quilt stores near Simi Valley and up came several. The closest was Chocolate and Cotton Quilt Store. Of course I had to go there since chocolate was part of its name. Two of my favorite things to do.....

They had all their Christmas fabric on sale for 40% off. I found a stack of cut fabrics that were adorable and flannel to boot. I had to get that for my daughter, Elisa. She was taking care of our dog, Mochi. I also found some beautiful fabric and charm packs that I had to have. Plus I found a cool tool that I purchased for my Secret Pal with Rivercity Guild in Sacramento. What a joy it was to be there. Of course I spent way too much. It will go to a good cause - me quilting and staying sane.

You can find out more about this quilt shop at

Here is some of the stuff I purchase:

This is a charm pack of Moda's American Banner Rose. I only purchased two charm packs because I so loved the design. I wanted to remember the name so I can purchase more later and come up with a quilt later. I love Charm Packs, as they are so easy to work with and start an easy quilt. No pattern necessary if you just want to sash and sew together. Easy peasy.

The second 2 Charm Packs that I purchased is from Moda's Panier de Fleurs by French General. This is stunning, also. With these two packs, I purchase one yard of the design below and a half yard of the red. I might need to find the line else where, but at least I have a start. If you ever plan on purchasing like I do, remember to start the quilt right away. If it becomes part of your stash and you get back to it two years later, you might have trouble finding coordinating fabrics.

Purchased 1 yard of this fabric. It is sooo beautiful. The picture is nice, but the fabric is a lot more stunning.

This is the red fabric I purchase only a half of a yard of. I know I am going to be sorry I did not spend the little extra to purchase at least a full yard.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December block for Wildflower Rhapsody BOM

Those who are receiving the blocks for the Wildflower Rhapsody did not receive a picture of the completed block this month. Sorry about that. Sometimes life gets too busy to sew and that is what happened last month. Here is December's beautiful block:

There are only three more blocks to be mailed out. You will receive one in January, February and March and then it is up to you to finish the quilt up. I hope you are enjoying doing this fantastic quilt.

Send me a picture of your completed block before January 1, 2012 and you can be entered into the drawing for a wall quilt hanger.

Keep on Quilting!