Monday, July 18, 2011

Apron Giveaway and my on-going quilting adventures!

Happy Monday! I was so overwhelmed and excited to see that there are 200 followers for my little blog! You guys are awesome and it's always such a fun part of my day to read your sweet comments :) Thank you all so much!!!

This week I am teaming up with Mindie over at Bacon Time to offer this Spicy Apron Giveaway. Her blog is full of all kinds of fun ideas and giveaways! To enter just click on  this link to Bacon Time to sign up. You will have several chances to win and the winner will be chosen from Mindie's blog on Wednesday July 27th :) You can also grab a coupon code good for 15% off any ready to ship item from my etsy shop that is good this week only.

 I have definitely been bitten by the quilting bug! I just can't seem to get enough! I bought this great charm pack "Le Petite Ecole" by Moda a while back. It doesn't really go with my house but I just loved the fabrics. I decided to make a table topper from this great free pattern that I found on I'll admit I was a little nervous when I had to cut the 5" squares into tiny strips 1" by 2 1/2". But once I started to assemble the blocks, it was really fun to sew!

This is the almost finished table topper. I machine quilted it by stitching 1/4" from each side of the squares. After all the hand quilting I've been doing on Evie's quilt I'm not really sure I like the way the machine quilting looks. I haven't done the binding yet because I"m not sure if I want to take out the stitching and hand quilt this little guy. There is such a charm and beauty to hand quilting that this feels cold to me somehow.
I used up some of the tiny pieces of leftover fabric to make a strip for the back. I'm planning to list this in my shop once it's finished. So what do you guys think: leave the machine stitching and bind it as it is or hand quilt it and bind it?


  1. it is not cold!! the machine quilting looks fine and on a utility type item, very washable.
    I already have more than one of your aprons, so entering seems unfair to all the other people that don't have a Karen original. LOL But I will probably enter anyway cuz I never win your giveaways!!
    And just where was that 15% last week when I bought something? :-) Oh well, better on time, right?

  2. great table topper and I say the machine quilting looks great! Love it!

  3. Congrats on 200, just reached same over at my blog too:) And, there's quite a few *you know what* that got sewed over the weekend, what a fun little project, got the Kleenex today, thx for the tutorial:)

  4. The apron is great! Congrats on 200 followers! The table topper looks great!

  5. Congrats on the 200 followers! I absolutely love your blog!!! It's one of my favorites! I need to start one real soon. :)

    I think the table topper looks great as is! If you feel like doing some hand quilting just add some... maybe around the edges of the inner squares... maybe some "x"s on the corners where the blocks meet. Might add some more interest.

  6. I just stumbled across your blog and have to say I love it! I'm a fellow quilter so I'll be following you from now on! Your little quilt is awesome, and I'm a big fan of machine quilting. It's just more uniform looking. However if hand quilting is your thang...then by all means go that way. I personally don't have the patience to hand quilt...been there, done that, bought the t-shirt (that I later quilted! HA!)

    I'm your newest follower! Get your quilt on sister!

    Amber @ Quilted Euphoria

  7. Just GORGEOUS...and LOVE that apron!!

  8. You are so creative! love the table runner and apron!

  9. Oh I love the colors on that.

    BTW I'm hosting a Fabric Giveaway over at my site and giving away 12 FAT quarters. Swing by if you get a chance: