"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Monday, June 20, 2011

Lucky Me, Simple Things and Barbie's Wardrobe

I made the Simple Things blocks for this week, and they are looking good to me, although there were problems with the flying geese being 1/2 inch too wide.  So, sharp trimming and made them fit.  Done. 

I do love the way the small 4-patch squares look in the white border. 

A while back Quiltmaker magazine held giveaways of the 100 Blocks annual issue and I won a copy at Stitched Buy http://www.stitchedbuy.com  , Sandi Blackwell's blog.  Sandi has a block in the issue.  I love this issue and am sure I will make something using the blocks.  For instance, I found a beautiful star pattern in last year's issue that I used for the Quilt of Valor Charity Challenge.  This issue is a neat resource.
Thank you Sandi and Quiltmaker.

Annie of Ruby Slipperz had a giveaway     http://www.rubyslipperz106.blogspot.com/  and I  won a great cookbook and pattern book, Quilter's Cookbook by On Pins and Needles Quilt Shop.  Love it. 
Thank you, Annie.

Barbie needed some street clothes so I made her a dress and jacket set.  Very chic.  Modeling the ensemble is my Leo Barbie, from the Zodiac series.  This Barbie makes an appearance each August, then goes back to where she came from.  However, Senior Barbie needed help modeling, so Barbie Leo appeared.

Senior Barbie looks ravishing in her evening dress,  a very tight sheath with a tulle overskirt.  Whoa, Senior Barbie!

I bought a package of Dritz brand Curved Needles for Tying Quilts at Joann's last week because notions were 50% off .  I used one for basting my Wreath Quilt sandwich and it's so much better than a straight needle.  What took me so long to try this?  And I recommend Dritz.  The needle is very smooth and glides through the fabric. 

Hope you are all well.

God Bless You.


QuiltSue said...

You had a couple of lovely wins. The book looks great.

Interesting what you said about using curved needles for basting. I'd never thought of that.

Hazel said...

How lucky are you - what great prizes!

You look like you are having a good time with the Barbie outfits - if only it was as quick to run up outfits us! I speak as a non-dress maker who is currently mourning the increasing shabbiness of a much loved and ancient dress. If I were brave (and skilled) enough I'd unpick it all and use the pieces as patterns to make another - but then again, maybe I should just go shopping!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I may have to try the curved needles. I usually use one of those long doll needles when I baste my quilts. I made Barbie clothes when I was young, but, poor Barbie, they were pretty bad. I never did learn how to sew (I wasn't interested at that time), but, I did finally learn how to quilt.