Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Block of the Month!

Remember this sneaky peek that we showed you recently? Well, a new Block of the Month is coming, and boy, is it going to be fun!

See that button on the right hand side bar? We are one of the team! Ribbit! We are going to have sample blocks to show you as each month goes by!

I hope that you will check out this post over at Jacquelynne's blog and join us, OK? Sign up to get her emails and you will be in the know when we get started!

And if you are going to join us, place that badge on your blog so we'll know!

Jacquelynne has posted fabric requirements and everything, so that you can be ready to start!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bunny mug rug!

The lovely Rhonda over at  Ravelly1 blog has giveaways for her cute mug rugs that she creates. You really should pop over and see what she's up to, for there are some wonderful Block-of-the-months, designs and tutorials for you to look at!

Here is the bunny mug rug that she created and put up for adoption:

And the bunny came home to stay with me! Woot! An adorable spot for my cuppa joe to rest in the early mornings at my desk!

Thanks, Rhonda!
You are just one of the reasons this virtual quilting community is SEW wonderful!


Friday, September 12, 2014

A big finish! (Couldn't have done it without my Aurifil!)

I'm channeling my inner Painter Smurf today . . .

Remember the Smurfs? No, no, I mean the very first Smurfs. The ones on TV on Saturday mornings! Painter Smurf would step back from his canvas each and every time that he finished a painting, and proclaim it his "masterpiece" -- the best one ever! (Of course, the next finish would also be proclaimed a masterpiece, too!)

I guess that is the way I feel every time I finish a quilting project. I know, right? You do that too?

I thought I would show all of you my latest finish. It only took two years. (Quit snickering at me.) It is going to hang on the wall of a loft apartment, so it was made with silk batting to make it very light. Aurifil thread was used throughout, since I hope this will be a treasured quilt for a long, long time!

I have not attained Quilt Photographer status yet, so you will have to forgive the amateur pictures at my photo shoot!

Here is a shot of the binding being applied -- I love, love the pop of the blue against that green border!

Speaking of the border, here is a closeup to show you the fabric...the lighting makes it look more gray here, but the shot above shows the true color.

The entire quilt was pieced with Aurifil thread, and I hand-quilted almost all of it using a lovely gray. Then I loaded up my machine with the Aurifil and made loops and wonky stars in the will see why, later!

You can see the gray quilting better on the back side. See the star?

Now here is why I put in the stars:

Here is a photo showing both sides:

Here is the quilting from the reverse side (You can see why Aurifil is my fav thread for piecing AND for hand-quilting!):

I wanted some interest on the back, so I pieced a strip from my scraps to go all the way across:

This is the top edge, with a "D-shaped" hanging sleeve:

Oooooh, that's a nice shot!

So now you have seen my masterpiece! Two years in the making, and now it is hanging in a loft with twelve foot ceilings! And me? I'm happy dancing!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Takin a lil break!

Padsworth, DragonDrop, Moses the Studio Cat, and I (Snoodles) would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made the Pets on Quilts Show for 2014 such a wonderful success!

We are tuckered out and we are going to take a little break for just a few days, and we will be back soon with more merriment here at the Lilypad!

Love to all,

Monday, August 25, 2014

Random drawing winners! (I wish I had . . .

. . . enough prizes to award every single one of you who played along with us a goodie!) I truly do! Everyone was so great this year -- lots of precious pets and gorgeous quilted projects!
Sometimes it is difficult to concentrate around here, but we got the boyz and Mr. Random Number Generator fired up and ready, and we have awarded more prizes from our fab sponsors!
Jennifer at the awesome CatBall site sponsored three prizes for some lucky kitties!
Each of these has won two catnip toys for their furry friends: Sandra Walker, Kat, and Nellie Duclos! Congratulations!

Abbi May's online fabric store sponsored a gift certificate for shopping, and Lisa is the lucky winner! Woot!

Martingale Books offered one lucky winner a gift certificate to spend on idea-inspiring books and e-books! Mr. Random chose Tink's mom to receive this prize! Congrats!
Marcia at Crafty Sewing and Quilting sponsored three winners! These lucky pet show peeps will receive a pattern from her shop! Tami C, Debby, and Cath, you are the winners! Yay!!
Cindy at QuiltDoodleDoodles was a super sponsor, too, providing two prizes! Loris and LaraB are each winners of an adorable Wilson pattern!  Congratulations!
Our sweet friends Michelle, Hannah, and Harrington over at Raspberry Rabbits sponsored a prize -- cute bunny scissors and a lovely book (I bet you can get it autographed, too!) for one winner! Mr. Random thought for a while and then awarded the prize to Valerie R! (Valerie, you need to get back to me with your email address....)

Last, but certainly not least, our fabulous friends at Hoffman Fabrics sponsored SIX prizes! One of these Bali Pops has been awarded already, but the five that were left (oh, so droolworthy!) are going to these lucky winners:
Parrot colorway - DanaG
Lorikeet colorway - JLVerde
Hummingbird colorway - Sandra
Sandpiper colorway - Teresa in Music City
Cockatiel colorway - SusieQ
Whew! That was a huge number of prizes to give away! I hope that all of you will consider posting on your Flikr or your blog when you prize arrives . . . our sponsors are so generous, and they deserve lots of good PR for their sponsorships!

We will be introducing all of you to your sponsors via emails, so check your inboxes in the next day or so, OK?

I hope that everyone is happy with their prizes! I sure wish I could send something to every single one of you!
Thank you so much for participating in our little show. It's great fun each year, and Padsworth, DragonDrop and I sure hope we will see you again next year!




Saturday, August 23, 2014

Viewers' choice winners!

Announcing the winners of the 2014 Pets on Quilts Show!

After much counting and recounting for accuracy, we have determined the winners of the Viewers' Choice Awards for the show! Let me tell you, we had some close races for a couple of these categories!

I know you are on the edges of your seats, awaiting the results, but I really must thank everyone who played a part in this marvelous show -- we have so much fun every year!
We can't do it without our fabulous sponsors:

(Waving) Thank you so much, sponsors! We love you to pieces!
And of course, we love all of you, too -- the folks who entered and hopped around and gave us all such a wonderful party to attend! It's great fun each year to see your pets and your projects!
Now, here we go!
The winner of the hotly-contested "Dog on Quilt" category is #56, PugMom!!
The PugPack can be proud, since their charming faces won Mom the Fat Quarter Shop gift certificate! I bet she will be shopping soon! Congratulations!
Next, the "Cat on Quilt" category was a really tight race, between the lovely Gracie at Three Cats Ranch, and handsome Moe, at Vrooman's Quilts . . . and Moe was the winner by a whisker!
Sharon does lots of pedal to the metal piecing, so I bet she will love what Mr. Random Number Generator chose for her prize -- the Reliable iron from Kelly at IHAN!! Congrats!
We've never had a tie before, but this year we are awarding two prizes in the "Other Pet and Quilt" category!  Number 73 and number 79 are both horses and they got the same number of votes!!
Murphy and Speedy were both quite handsome, and Mr. Random chose prizes for their humans:
Murphy's mom wins the Green Fairy gift certificate, and Speedy's mom wins one of the gorgeous Hoffman Bali Pops batik collections, the Sparrow colorway! Congratulations! 
For the category of Dog Themed Quilt project, our winner is #71 Sweet-labs (Sorry, sweetie, blogger won't let me put that extra "b" on the name!), who blogs over at Piece Happiness Together.
Isn't that adorable? Congratulations on a great job, and also on winning the great package from Jacquelynne Steves' the Art of Home!
Now we come to the Cat Themed Quilt category; our winner is #54, Missy! Congratulations, girl, you rocked that wall-hanging, and the voters loved it!
Mr. Random Number Generator says that Missy's prize is the Clever Tools Grip and Stitch set!
Last, but not least, we come to the Other Pet Themed Quilt. This category was a hard-fought one, with several contenders. We had some fabulous entries, don't you think? We are announcing a victory for #45, Belinda at the Seam Rippers!
Congratulations, Belinda! Mr. Random chose jelly rolls from Penny Cottons for your prize! Woot!
Once again, we salute our incredible sponsors and the wonderful community of quilters and animal lovers around the globe that participate each year in our show. We are grateful -- we couldn't do it without you!
We have more prizes to give away, and we are putting Mr. Random to work, to award the rest of the winnings in random drawings . . . all of you who participated, voted, encouraged with comments, and gave us assistance with PR . . . all of you are eligible!
Give us a little time, and we'll announce those exciting results!