Monday, January 31, 2011

First Applique Finish

Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie - not perfect but who's complaining? 
~Robert Brault

Whew!  We made it through the family meeting without bloodshed.  There weren't even any tears shed or bad words thrown.  All of the needed topics were cussed and discussed.  It was most certainly something that had to be taken care of and something that will always be around.  But at least the basics were covered and put to bed.  After the 5 hour meeting we were still all able to go out to dinner for some scrumptious Basque food.  I love family but they are not a quiet bunch.  My ears were ringing and my head was aching but I lived to tell about it!



The game of MONOPLY

Have you ever wondered about the story behind the game of Monopoly?  It was 1934, the height of the Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers. Can you believe it, they rejected the game due to "52 design errors"! But Mr. Darrow wasn't daunted. Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time, and the game's exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce the game on his own. With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the MONOPOLY game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved the game! But as demand for the game grew, he couldn't keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers again. The rest, as they say, is history! In its first year, 1935, the MONOPOLY game was the best-selling game in America. And over its 65-year history, an estimated 500 million people have played the game of MONOPOLY!  Today, MONOPOLY is the best-selling board game in the world, sold in 103 countries and produced in 37 languages including Croatian.

Friday I finished my first applique block - quilted it, put the binding on, and hung it.....
I learned a lot from this little 12" block.  Thanks to the help of many of my readers I now know....
1.  Fusible web DOES have a shelf life - looks like I'll be out buying some new soon
2.  Cut out the center of larger pieces of fusible web before applying them to the fabric leaving just a small width around the edges

And then I learned on my own.....
1.    I started out with a fairly wide blanket stitch and as I worked my way through the block narrowed it down.  It is much easier to work with the stitch that way, especially on smaller pieces.
2.  I'm not really happy with the thread I used - a 100% polyester machine embroidery thread - it's too shiny.  Next time I will use a regular thread.
3.  Make sure points are fused well - I had to do some hand stitching at the base of the red heart as it pulled and then frayed away from the background fabric.
4.  Use plain fabric for the backing (not print) if you are going to put it somewhere where the light comes in from the back.  The print shadows through to the front (on the white) making it look dirty.

I just realized looking at the picture that I haven't put on the two little button eyes on the birds.  I'm still waiting for them to come in the mail and will remedy that situation upon their arrival.  It's a beginning - a learning experience.  Next year, when it comes time to pull it out for February I will probably look at it and go "YUCK".  But then I will have an excuse to make a brand new one!



In Saturday's mail I received an envelope that contained some great fabric that I won from a giveaway held by Karen of ..........oh no!  I can't remember the name of her blog!  I'm so sorry Karen! 

Aren't these fabrics great!  They are a great addition to my stash.  Thank you, Karen!!



Saturday I also received this beautiful block from Lana, of It Seams To Be Sew.  This is an original design by Lana that she calls "Ruffled Wonky".  I hope you can enlarge the picture to see all of the little squares that were used to create this block.  Thank you, Lana!



At 12:14 PM PST, Jane informed me that she now has the 5 new members she was looking for.  Thank you to those who joined.  I'm sorry to those of you who were hoping to join - maybe there will be more vacancies at a later date.

The Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap is looking for 5 new members.  They would start participating in March.  This is a fun group and is a great way to grow your hexie gardens and share your love of hexagons with quilters from all parts of the world.  If you are interested just email Jane at



Today I will be making a swap blog for my February partner in the Quilting Block Swaps Australia.  She has no block preference or color preference so it's all up to me!



Sew Cal Gal is having a giveaway!  You could win a GO! Cutter or one of three GO! Cutter dies.  There are several ways to enter but you must enter before February 14th.

Canton Village Works is having a great giveaway.  You could win either a package of Pure Elements or a package of Paradise- both lines by Pat Bravo.  This giveaway ends midnight on February 2nd.

Hawthorne Threads is having the weekly giveaway.  This week you could win 1/2 yard bundle of Lace Element prints by Pat Bravo.  A winner will be selected Wednesday, February 2nd.

A La Mode is having a super giveaway.  You could win one of two fat quarter packs from the fabric line From Little Things by Lecien.  You must enter by January 31st at 9:00 PM PST.

Vivian over at Quilts and a Mug is getting ready to celebrate her second blogging anniversary.  You have the opportunity to win one of two packages full of all sorts of wonderful things.  Vivian will draw the winners on Sunday, Feb. 6, at noon CST.

There's another CSN giveaway over at Southern Style and at Nanbon's Corner.  Nonbon is giving away $35 gift card to this great online store on both of the above blogs!  These contests will end on Valentine's Day, February 14th.


It's the last day of the month.  No more January for another 11 months.  Was January 2011 good for  you?  Mine started well, bogged in the middle, and reached full peak performance in its last week.  I'm ready for a new month.  February!  With its double 3 day weekend holidays (well, for some people), and that special day for all those love birds out there, there's is a little something for everyone.  February usually brings signs of spring for us and the return of birds that had left for the winter.  I look forward to the new month as we bid good-bye to January. 

“It is the memory that enables a person to gather roses in January”

~author unknown

Marvelous Monday is here - I hope yours involves material!!


Cheryl said...

Morning Linda. Glad your family meeting didn't go south! And your applique block looks great. All new things have a learning curve with them.

Fiesta said...

Your February blocks looks great to me. I hope to start cutting out my blocks today. I finally gave in and bought the hanger display.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I love your applique block! It's adorable!

Mamacessories said...

I follow many blogs, but yours is by far my favorite to read. Each post is like a mini newspaper! I learn something, I get inspirational posts and links to giveaways. It is wonderful! Love the block - it is adorable!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love your Feb mini. What wonderful learning steps that will improve the next project. I just adore the wire holder - where did you get that - would love to pick up one for me and one for my Mom. Your blocks coming back have all been spectacular - this is going to be a stunner. Everyone has made excellent use of your fabrics. And thank you for the Quilts & Mugs give away (don't do a lot of them) 2 great packages there. Enjoy your day.

Lynda said...

Your description of your family meeting was very entertaining. I think your applique block is really cute. Always enjoy your blog.

Needled Mom said...

I'm glad that the family meeting went okay. That is always worrisome.

LOVED the Monopoly story. I hate playing it, but it is such a great game.

I think your stitchery looks great. You did a great job for a first attempt.

Scrappy quilter said...

I love your applique block too. I remember my first sure didn't look like yours. It was a mess. Enjoy your blog.

Shannon said...

I loved your February applique block. It is so cool. Your Ruffled Wonky block is very interesting. I cant wait to see the finished quilt. Thank you for the info about the hexie swap. I emailed her. I hope that I can join in, I love hexies.

Seams to Sew and Quilt said...

Linda, your applique heart block turned out really good, I think you did good on it...

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