Friday, September 28, 2012

Frugal Friday

Hello everyone!  Before we jump into Frugal Friday I want to tell you all about a giveaway we are sponsoring over at Plum and June.  The giveaway is open until tomorrow at 8PM EDT, so go check it out before you miss out.  We're giving away a Lazy Angle Ruler {product review of the Lazy Angle Ruler} and a Jaybird Quilts pattern that uses the ruler.  

There's also a fantastic post that gives great tips for better blog photos!  I know that's something I need to work on.  I should really take a photos for dummies class. 

And now on to Frugal Friday...Here's how it works.  I'll post pictures and details of what's available.  If you see something you like just leave a comment.  I'll need email addresses for invoicing purposes ~ so if you're a no reply blogger you might miss out.  There's only one available item for each picture so first person to comment gets it.  Each item is numbered so you can reference that in the comments.  That should eliminate any confusion on which item you would like.   


Shipping...this is a little tricky.  I will not ever charge you all more than actual shipping.  It's hard for me to give actual costs here without knowing if you will purchase more than one tidbit.  Therefore here are some basic guidelines (US customers only):
  1. In order to ship First Class the order has to weigh less than 13 ounces {that's about 2 yards of fabric}
  2. First Class Shipping is based on location but usually costs less than $3.50
  3. A Flat Rate Priority Envelope is $4.95 and I can fit up to 7 yards, mix & match, in there.
  4. If you should pay more than the actual shipping I will refund the difference.    
If you have any questions you can email me anytime at QuiltingLodge@gmail.com.

Please note...international shipping charges are much higher.  Please email me if you are outside the US and you would like a shipping quote.


Let's take a look at today's goodies...
(1) $2.75 Moda Sunkissed 2/3 yd  SOLD
(2) $5.25 Moda Sunkissed 1 1/8 yd  SOLD
(3) $4.75 Timeless Treasures Poppy 1 yd  SOLD
(4) $5.00 Windham Feedsack 1 1/8 yds  SOLD
(5) $5.00 Moda Amelia 1 yd  SOLD
(6) $3.00 Blank Quilting Metallic Swirls 2/3 yd  SOLD
(7) $5.50 Moda Tranquility 1 1/3 yds  SOLD
(8) $2.00 Fabrics That Care Aqua/Blue Batik 1/2 yd  SOLD

The discounted charms of the week...Marmalade!
Marmalade Charms $7.00 (2 available)

I hope you all have a great weekend.  I have a ton of sewing to do since I've been sick all week.  I hope I feel like getting back to work.  Sitting and doing nothing is getting very old!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I'm Alive!

I'm alive...at least I think I'm alive.  I'm still fighting this horrible cold.  If I didn't know any better I would think my youngest was trying to kill me with his germs.  I have to say this is the worst cold I've had in a long time.  I'm still coughing and sneezing and I've had a headache for 3 days....thanks to all the coughing.  

I was going to share some pictures of a quilt I finished over the summer but I just don't have the energy or focus to edit pictures.  So, this will be yet again a short post just to let you all know I'm still alive and I hope to get back to sewing today {fingers crossed} or tomorrow.  

I was working on a project in EQ yesterday that has to be finished by Oct 12th.  I'm designing my first ever paper pieced block.  I'm not so sure about this.  My 10" block had 4 pages of foundation paper templates.  Yikes!  So I did some tweaking and now I have 2 pages of templates.  I like what I came up with but now I need to see if I can actually make it.  Wish me luck!

On a final note, it's been a pretty great week around here for my kiddos.  Hannah found out she qualified for NHS {National Honor Society}.  I'm so proud!
She's so cute!  This was her performance make up for marching band last week.
 
And Jake came home yesterday and told me he was voted into the school council.  I didn't even know they did that in 3rd grade!  So proud of him too!

Now I leave you with a picture that ALWAYS makes me laugh. I know I could use a laugh right about now!  You will definitely appreciate this picture if you remember the pudding face commercials that were on TV a couple years ago.  

One day Gene {my awesome step dad} decided he needed a pudding face...

Need I say more?  

Monday, September 24, 2012

Down and Out for the Count

It seems as though my dearest Jake has shared some less than desirable school cooties with me.  I've been down and out for 2 days now not having the energy to do anything.  Boo.  Hopefully, I'll be feeling better tomorrow so I can get back to sewing.  I have lots to do.  
I've decided to write a tutorial to show you all how I made my charm quilt.
I just have to find the energy to write it.  Maybe tomorrow.  Or at least sometime this week.  

I think that's it for now...I feel a nap coming on.    

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tips for Removing Grease from Quilts

You're probably thinking "Who would get grease on a quilt?"  Me.  That's who.  Nothing can bring a person to tears faster than mucking up a project.  Especially when I  put hours and hours into the design and construction of this particular top.

How did I get grease on a perfectly WHITE quilt top?  I had it laying over my long arm frame so it didn't wrinkle and when I moved Roscoe he rolled over the top on one side.  Apparently his wheels are greasy.  Nice.  Makes me so happy.  Not.  He left a 3" streak of the blackest grease on the white fabric.  Double nice.   

I tried to remain calm but it quickly turned into complete panic.   I couldn't get to google fast enough.  I texted mom and my mother-in-law.  I started formulating a contingency plan if I couldn't find a stain remover.  Another tear trickled down my cheek. This was actually the perfect ending to my already craptastic week.  

I went to the local grocery store and came home with a multitude of stain removers and various products.  
Stain Removers for grease marks on Quilt
I had a lot of faith in the Oxy products.  And I picked up a bottle of dawn which was recommended by a family friend and google.

Oxi Clean was first up.  I sprayed and let it sit.  I gently rubbed with my fingers.  Nothing.  Sprayed again.  Rubbed.  Nothing.  Time out to wipe my eyes because I couldn't see through the tears.  

Regroup.  I mixed some dawn with warm water.  I soaked the spot down with the mixture.  Started rubbing and saw that it was removing some of the grease.  I kept adding more dawn and gently rubbing.  It took me about 15 minutes but I was able to remove most the stain.  

There's still a small trace but I'm praying it comes out after the quilt is washed.  I didn't want to continue rubbing and scrubbing because the white fabric started fraying.  I think I can cover up most of the remaining spot with the binding.  
Quilting Lodge Cozco Quilt Grease Stain
I wish I had a picture of the quilt with the grease mark.  You all wouldn't believe how much grease was on the quilt.  I just wasn't thinking about sharing the catastrophe as it was happening.  I was thinking about jumping off a bridge as it was happening.  {I'm not suicidal just frustrated at the time}

Life Lessons:
  • Do not drive Roscoe over a quilt top
  • Dawn is an awesome grease remover
I want to take a minute and say how grateful I am.  There were several ladies out there that listened to me this week when I was having a difficult time.  I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart.  Sometimes a girl just needs to vent about life without judgment.  I'm looking forward to starting a new week with a better attitude.  No more sour puss attitude.  Time to put the big girl panties on and move forward.  

I hope you all have a super weekend.        

Friday, September 21, 2012

Welcome Back Frugal Friday

Hello everyone!  I hope you all are having a great week.  Mine's been a little rough but I won't bore you with the details or my whining.  Instead let's have some fun shopping.  It's time for Frugal Friday!  

Here's how it works.  I'll post pictures and details of what's available.  If you see something you like just leave a comment.  I'll need email addresses for invoicing purposes ~ so if you're a no reply blogger you might miss out.  There's only one available item for each picture so first person to comment gets it.  Each item is numbered so you can reference that in the comments.  That should eliminate any confusion on which item you would like.   

Shipping...this is a little tricky.  I will not ever charge you all more than actual shipping.  It's hard for me to give actual costs here without knowing if you will purchase more than one tidbit.  Therefore here are some basic guidelines (US customers only):

  1. In order to ship First Class the order has to weigh less than 13 ounces {that's about 2 yards of fabric}
  2. First Class Shipping is based on location but usually costs less than $3.50
  3. A Flat Rate Priority Envelope is $4.95 and I can fit up to 7 yards, mix & match, in there.
  4. If you should pay more than the actual shipping I will refund the difference.    
If you have any questions you can email me anytime at QuiltingLodge@gmail.com.

Please note...international shipping charges are much higher.  Please email me if you are outside the US and you would like a shipping quote.

Let's take a look at today's goodies...

(1) $2.50 Moda Amelia 1/2 yd  SOLD
(2) $2.50 Free Spirit California Dreamin 1/2 yd  SOLD
(3) $5.50 Moda Fandango 1 1/4 yds SOLD
(4) $5.75 Moda Fandango 1 1/3 yds SOLD
(5) $3.00 Timeless Treasures 3/4 yd SOLD
(6) $3.00 Timeless Treasures 3/4 yd SOLD
(7) $4.00 Alexander Henry Ghastlie Clover 32"
(8) $3.00 Timeless Treasures 3/4 yd  SOLD
(9) $8.00 Shannon Fabrics Turquoise 
Minky 1 yd  SOLD
(10) $8.00 Shannon Fabrics
 Turquoise Minky with Zebra texture 1 yd  SOLD

**The minky is approximately 60" wide.  Items 1-8 are 100% cotton and are 44/45" wide.

The discounted charm packs were a hit last week so how about one more time with some new charms.  This week we are featuring the new Juggling Summer charm pack by Zen Chic.  The price is a little higher because they are brand new.  This fabric doesn't release until October.  
$7.00 per charm pack (3 available)

I hope every one has a super productive weekend.  I'm going to try but no promises.    Tomorrow I'll be putting on my soccer mom hat and watching my little man play his second soccer game of the season.  I love this time of year!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stash Bee Block Finished!

I'm trying to knock out all my September projects and today I finished my Stash Bee block.  What a relief!  I really like the block our leader picked for this month.  It's called Converging Corners by Film in the Fridge
Stash Bee Converging Corners Block
I hope she likes it.  I'm not sure my fabrics are bright enough.  I used some Cuzco scraps and I think I should have picked brighter colors.  

I got a lovely box from Riley Blake today.  I ordered some solids from them for the first time.  I have to say I'm pretty impressed.  I really like them.  They are very soft and feel wonderful!  I also ordered a couple of the large chevron prints.  I really like them too!
Riley Blake Fabrics
And I have a couple pieces from their Willow collection.  These are softer colors but they sure are pretty.  Who doesn't love pink & grey?
Riley Blake Willow

I also managed to finish my Glorious Autumn Block Party block!  I did all the applique work.  Now I need to write up the directions.  Then it will be 100% finished.  Woohoo!

I guess I'm making a little progress...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lots of Sewing...Not Much Sharing

I've been a busy little bee all weekend.  I didn't even take time to stop and do a little blogging.  For that I apologize.  However....I can't really share what I've been doing.  At least not yet.  But, I do have some sneak peeks because I know you all love it when I do that to you. 

Before I share a few pictures I wanted to let you all know our first Frugal Friday was a huge success.  I've created a cute little button and added it to our side bar.  Feel free to grab one if you'd like.  I can't decide if we should do it at the same time every Friday or switch it up each week.  I can see advantages to both.  What do you all think?    

First up is the block I've been working on for the Glorious Autumn  Block Party.  You should check the Block Party out if you haven't.  There are lots of great blocks! 

After much contemplation I finally decided on a design.  I was shocked to discover that I only have autumn colored batiks.  But that works for me because I have a secret love of batiks.  These are the colors I've chosen...
Glorious Autumn Block Fabrics

And here's a tiny look at the block.  
Glorious Autumn Block
I still have to do all the applique work but I'm close to having it finished.  Then it will be time to write up the directions.  Hopefully that won't be too hard.

The other project I've been sweating over is my Cuzco quilt.  I finally have the top completely put together and ready to quilt.  Unfortunately, I have a quilt loaded that's patiently waiting on me to quilt it.  I guess I better get that done so I can get this one finished.  I'm dying to show pictures of the finished quilt!  
Cuzco Quilt Project
Are you all sick of the little tiny peeks yet?  I hope not.  I'm pretty proud of this one.  I had a vision and I was able to translate it into fabric.  Can't wait to finish it and share!

I think that's about it for tonight because I stupidly signed up to participate in a community garage sale this Saturday which means I should be sorting through "stuff" right now.  Grrr...what was I thinking?  I hate prepping for garage sales.  I told Jake {8} to go through his toys and make a pile of what he would like to sell.  Big mistake.  His pile consisted of 5 cars.  Oh boy.  I guess I'll be doing the weeding out in his room.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Introducing Frugal Fridays @ Quilting Lodge

After much thought I've decided to move forward with sharing deals on bit & pieces {sometimes bigger cuts} with you all.  Today will be our first ever Frugal Friday!  Please know this is still a work in progress and it will hopefully evolve into a well oiled machine over time.

Here's how it will work.  I'll post pictures and details of what's available.  If you see something you like just leave a comment.  I'll need email addresses for invoicing purposes ~ so if you're a no reply blogger you might miss out.  There's only one available item for each picture so first person to comment gets it.  Each item is numbered so you can reference that in the comments.  That should eliminate any confusion on which item you would like.   

Shipping...this is a little tricky.  I will not ever charge you all more than actual shipping.  It's hard for me to give actual costs here without knowing if you will purchase more than one tidbit.  Therefore here are some basic guidelines (US customers only):
  1. In order to ship First Class the order has to weigh less than 13 ounces {that's about 2 yards of fabric}
  2. First Class Shipping is based on location but usually costs less than $3.50
  3. A Flat Rate Priority Envelope is $4.95 and I can fit up to 7 yards, mix & match, in there.
  4. If you should pay more than the actual shipping I will refund the difference.    
If you have any questions you can email me anytime at QuiltingLodge@gmail.com.

Please note...international shipping charges are much higher.  Please email me if you are outside the US and you would like a shipping quote.

Let's take a look at today's goodies...
(1) $5.25 South Seas Boo 1 3/4 yards SOLD
(2) $2.25 South Seas Skulls 3/4 yard SOLD
(3) $3.00 Red Rooster Silk Road 3/4 yard  SOLD
(4) $1.50 Moda Tranquility 16" SOLD

(5) $ 5.00 Red Rooster Hopscotch 1 1/3 yards  SOLD
(6) $2.00 Red Rooster Hopscotch 1/2 yard SOLD
(7) $4.00 Moda Blush 32"  SOLD
(8) $1.50 Red Rooster Garden Fantasy 16" SOLD
The items listed in inches are the stated size by the width of fabric.  For example, an item listed as 16" would be a 16" by width of fabric strip.  All fabrics are 44/45" wide. 

I would also like to tell you about 2 super deals I have going on in the store.  First, I have the Salt Air Charm packs on sale for $4.50!  
SOLD OUT

Second, there is a 1930's print on sale for $2.75 a yard.  
I bought this bolt of fabric some time ago and for what ever reason it just hasn't sold.  Maybe it's a contender for a fugly fabric contest.  I'm not sure.  I just know I'd like to get rid of it.

That's all I have for today's first ever Frugal Friday.  Hopefully you all can use some or all of these fabrics.  I know it's time for them to move on to new homes!  Don't forget...email me or leave a comment of you have any questions.   
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