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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A small update and off we go with 2 grandkids!! OH and another GIVEAWAY!!

Still not a lot of sewing going on in my house.  We had the grandkids this weekend (I still haven't gotten a chance to have the newest little one, since he's only 4 months and his parents will not release their hot little hands to let him stay with Nana and his cousins... I'm still hoping)...vbg,  His mother is going back to work for just one month and my son is being Mr Mom for a month so I'm hoping he'll drop Eli off so he can go bike riding or anything!!

I did finish the Primitive Gatherings freebie called A Penny Gathering.  I added birds and some more leaves on the outside border.  I think it could still use more.  Any suggestions?  My big question is what to do about the quilting??  My birds could probably use some feet but my embroidery is so poor, I'm not sure I could do it very well.



What's the giveaway??
I'm never going to make this pattern again.  It consists of 12 little 5" blocks; the center block; the instructions for the little (TINY!!) half square triangles and the outer border.  Anyone interested??  I'm looking for someone to pass this pattern on to... please leave me your email address.  I'll draw a winner in a week or so.
Why a week?

Read on!!

I did get caught up on the Triangle Gatherings little project!  Such fun blocks... and they go together so quickly.  Remember I'm using the bright and lively fabrics from the Farm Girl Vintage collection/quilt.  Plus some others!  Definitely loving the cherries!!  And polka dots!!











Spring has sprung here in California (definitely NOT in Oregon where our snow has just melted!) and the lilacs started blooming!  I had lilac bushes when I was growing up in NY and still just love them.  It's so sad that they are in bloom for about 1 week a year, though.

Our two oldest grandkids had a good time helping to pick them and put them in vases.

Maybe I'm overly partial but who can resist Miss Emma's smile??  Both of them have their own gardening gloves, which Emma still hasn't figured out how to put on (two fingers in one space?  no problem).


Ryan's two front teeth are just starting to poke through his gums!  Note my fitbit on his right hand?? He loves to put it on when he visits on the weekend!

Why must you wait a week to get my Primitive Gatherings pattern?  Well, we are taking Emma and Ryan with us to Hawaii for a week, tomorrow!! Are we ever lucky!!!!  I still can't believe our daughter agreed!  We are so excited.

So there will be no sewing this next week, although I might take a quick trip to the fabulous quilt store in Lihue, Kapaa Stitchery...

Oh, who's the winner of the paper pieced flying geese pattern?  Not a whole lot of people were interested which is fine!

Let me post this and I'll announce the winner later!!

21 comments:

  1. Fun stuff. Put me in the running for your pattern giveaway. I love lilacs! Emma & Ryanare very lucky to go to Hawaii with you. Enjoy!!!

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  2. I'd love a chance at the pattern too - wool applique is my favorite applique, hands down! Many happy memories of the liliac hedge lining our yard in Nebraska growing up. And they usually bloomed around Mother's Day there. A quickly picked bouquet saved my bacon many a time!! The new hybrids that were outside my mom's Sr living window were so potent that a few times we had to shut the fragrance out!! Have fun in Hawaii!!

    doni @ Oregon coast

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  3. Darling PG mini, I love her designs. Hawaii and grandkids, wow, you should have a marvelous time.

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  4. What a darling wall hanging. Lisa does like tiny things! Hope you have a lovely time in Hawaii. Thanks for passing things on. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  5. love the quilt I wonder why don`t you embroider the feet foe the birds, sorry cannot suggest how to quilt it quilting is such a struggle for me.No buds even on my lilac yet but at least it lasts longer than a week when it flowers. Have a lovely time in Hawaii with the grandchildren wonder if you have got them stitching yet

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  6. Of course, I'd be interested in the pattern! : )
    For the border I think I might try smaller circles in some of the curves of the vine (not on the vine) and more leaves. Just a thought.
    Your Triangle blocks are so fresh and happy looking--kind of like the smiles on the faces of your grandchildren. I'd be smiling like that too, if my lilacs were in bloom (all 14 bushes), AND I was headed to Hawaii! LOL. Enjoy creating memories with those grands!

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  7. I love, love, love lilacs ... have a few across the front of our property but because they are recently planted it will be a few years before they bloom well. The smell is just so heady!! A favorite of mine! Enjoy Hawaii and those GRANDS!! Please share pictures ... they are adorable ;-) Linda

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  8. I would definitely like to be in the running for the pattern, but not for me as I don't do wool much or tiny! BUT, one of my quilting sisters is consumed with both! Enjoy your vacation with your Grands, they are adorable & will make a fun time for you. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers, but unfortunately, I have not had any luck growing my own. I have to cut mine from the wild!

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  9. Oh how exciting for you! and for Emma and Ryan! Your Penny Gathering is just beautiful! I love how it turned out. And your Triangle Gatherings are perky and sweet too. Seems like you are on a "Gathering" roll! Have a ball in HI with the cutie pies!

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  10. I always love a PG pattern--I think what you added is a great finish! I have a small collection of cherry fabrics--I don't know what it is about them--so darn cute! I can almost smell those lilacs--it will be a long time before mine start blooming. Do you have a secret to getting them to last longer indoors? Mine are drooping almost as soon as I bring them in. Have a wonderful trip with those sweet grand-kids!

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  11. Love the lilacs. I've had a lilac plant in my garden for at least ten years and this is the first time it's given me flowers. So far I have two very purple/lilac blooms. Here's hoping for more. Love PG patterns and yours turned out awesome.

    Terry in So. Calif.

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  12. I think I would stitch close to all the wool shapes and then echo quilt out within the block another time or two depending on how much space there is the the edge or corner of the block. And echo quilt on the border too.
    I love lilacs. There was a big lilac bush outside one of my bedroom windows growing up. I loved when it bloomed. Lilacs will not grow here in Florida.

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  13. The kids are so cute with their lilac blooms! We are still months away from lilacs! Love your HST blocks. Have fun in Hawaii.

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  14. Oh You lucky girl! To have an entire week with the grandkids in Hawaii! Wow! Bliss! Enjoy!
    I love all the fabric from Farm Girl. Well, all those shown here anyway. Your blocks are beautiful and summer-y.
    For border of the mini. Would consider adding another border of the HSTS? In my mind, if you add that you will see that the vine border has enough already. Crosshatch the vine border and some echo quilting for the blocks. But that's just me thinking out loud. Good luck with the decision. ;^)

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  15. I'd love the PG pattern. Wool applique is my favorite! Enjoy your grandkids and a week in Hawaii. What a treat!

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  16. I would love to win the pattern and challenge myself! Thanks

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  17. Wow - I can't believe how big the kids are getting - where does time go?! What fun you'll have with them in Hawaii. Love the pattern - great finish!

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  18. Love Prim Gatherings and wool applique. Just came back from seeing my youngest grandson. Lucky you to be traveling with your grandchildren to Hawaii. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I would love to try wool applique, you could add a few more leaves or flower buds to your border. We bought a lovely white standard lilac for our first house and nearly 42 years later and a few house moves I would love another.

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  20. I absolutely love lilacs!! We had them in the back yard where I grew up in Illinois. Now, in Oregon, there is a bush that we walk past on our walk (my quilting neighbor & I) and when they are in bloom, we stop to sniff the lilacs. I'm not interested in the give away. Have a great trip!

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  21. Wow, I would love to have your PG pattern; I have been watching your progress on it over the last few months! Enjoy your time in Hawaii and this special time with the grandkids!

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