Ice Cream Social Day

***And the winner is…. (drumroll please) …. Ruthie and Giggles!*** Since you ladies were the only ones to play, you will both win. Could you please send me a mailing address, and tell me if you can get Blue Bunny ice cream where you live? Thanks for playing!

Today’s the day! Today is the day to submit a picture of your Ice Cream Challenge Quilt. You can either e-mail me a picture at mghollis 38 at msn dot com or you can leave a link to your quilt in the comments. I’m so excited to see what everyone came up with! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs,
Melinda

P.S. Special thank you to Ruthie who reminded me that it was today and not NEXT Monday. Her’s is the first one submitted.

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My first UFO quilt

This is a story worth telling. You may or may not know that I lived with my parents for the 2001-2002 school year. I was finishing my college degree while Dale was in basic training and AIT for the Army.

While I was there, my momma introduced me to this wonderful new hobby she had started getting interested in. Quilting. She was part of a “message board,” and she watched this show ALL the time called “Simply Quilts.” Knowing that I was going to be moving halfway across the country, I joined the message board in order to keep in touch with her.

Oh, and then I asked her to teach me how to do this “quilting thing.” She gave me a magazine of some fairly easy quilt patterns, and told me to pick one. The one I picked is a variation of a buzz saw pattern, but still fairly simple. I decided to do it. I was going to use all sorts of star fabrics, and I was going to make it larger than queen size but smaller than king size.

To understand the rest of this story, you have to understand the basics of what is considered a “block” in this pattern. You sew three “strips” together, which is a unit. Then sew four units together to get your block. Depending on the colors you use and the placement of the colors, you will get your “saw” or in my case, “star.” In 2001, I sewed together 5 units, which made one block and one leftover unit.

And then it sat. And sat and sat and sat and sat. I still collected star fabrics for it. I still pulled it out and thought about it. I moved it from Arkansas to an apartment in Georgia to base housing in Georgia to Louisiana to a basement in Missouri, and then an apartment. And then I knew…. It was time to finish. While we were in our apartment, I pulled it back out, and I finished putting the top together.

I had to make some decisions though. I obviously didn’t want to complete a queen size quilt, so I didn’t. I obviously didn’t want to spend more time cutting fabrics that I probably wasn’t going to use, so I didn’t. I obviously didn’t want to put together any more blocks than I needed to, so … I didn’t. The lesson in this is to be happy with what you have done instead of trying to do more.

The result is that now, in my new house, after 7 different locations, I am now finished with the very first quilt I ever started. My first UFO (unfinished object for my non quilting friends).

First picture: I wanted to show some of the quilting off. Fairly simple and straightfoward. Lines and stars. Picture with the flash off. I can’t decide which shows the quilting better.

Remember I said that I was collecting star fabrics? I pieced them together, and used that as the back! ๐Ÿ˜€

And remember how I said I had leftover pieces to make into blocks? I pieced those together and used them as the binding! ๐Ÿ˜€ This picture also shows the strips, units, and one whole block. Interestingly, a block doesn’t have a “star” in it. It’s only when you put two blocks together that you get a “star.”


And TA-DA! The finished product! A nice, lap size quilt, perfect for snuggling under. And it’s DONE!

Momma would be so proud of me for finishing!

Hugs, Melinda

Ice Cream Flavors!

This is shaping up to look like a really fun and yummy challenge. I’m so excited to see what everyone comes up with.

However, there are a few people I can’t find contact information for. I’m going to post your flavors here so that maybe you will come back and find it. The links will take you to the page where your flavor is pictured.

Nancy W., you got Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Sandie Mackintosh, you have Lime Daiquiri Ice.

Becky, how about World Class Chocolate? Make sure you look at yours, because it’s not just brown. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anonymous, if you will tell me your name, I will tell you Pistachio Almond.

And Honeybee, my youngest picked Red, White, and True Chocolate for you. I can’t find the picture online, so how about Very Berry Strawberry, instead?

I can’t wait to see everyone’s creations! Remember to come back here on June 8th to either leave a link to your picture/post, or to e-mail me with a picture. I’ll try to have a winner by the evening of June 9th.

Have fun everyone!
Hugs,
Melinda

Ice Cream Social

**UPDATE** It is still NOT too late to enter. Just leave a comment and let me know you want to play. Also, be sure you leave some way to contact you so I can let you know your “flavor.”

**Update #2** If you haven’t heard from me about your ice cream flavor yet, then you should check this post. Chances are, I couldn’t let you know because I couldn’t find a way to contact you.

“I Scream, You Scream. We all Scream for Ice Cream.”

As you may or may not know, I’m the vice president for my quilting guild. The board has decided to have a quilt challenge, and guess who is in charge of it? ๐Ÿ˜€

So, here’s an idea: I’m going to have the same challenge here, only it will be online. If you are interested in this challenge, please leave a comment, and I will have Sweet Pea draw a flavor for you. You can either post your quilt on your own blog, or email me at mghollis 38 at msn dot com, and I’ll post it for you. Otherwise, the rules are as follows.

Executive Board Mid Year Challenge

Ice Cream Quilt Challenge Rules

We will draw for โ€œflavorsโ€ starting on March 9th.

You may use the colors of your โ€œflavorโ€ plus an additional 2 colors of your choice. (This can include shades.)

The quilt may be any shape, but must be no more than 100โ€ in circumference.

Only finished projects will be accepted.

Your ice cream quilt should include at least 2 โ€œtoppingsโ€ (i.e., embellishments.)

For the purpose of this contest, embellishments can be an altered fabric.

Please post your ice cream quilt by June 8th for judging. There will be a post on June 8th for you to leave a link to your photo.

Your quilt does not have to be ice-cream themed, but it will score brownie points with the judge if it is. (I like Ice Cream.) ๐Ÿ˜›

Relax, enjoy, and donโ€™t stress over this. Itโ€™s supposed to be fun! Remember, stressed spelled backwards is desserts. ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh yeah. Since this is my online challenge and not the guild’s, I’m going to offer a small prize for the first place winner, say something like a gift certificate to an online quilt store? ๐Ÿ˜€ Have fun, and I’ll see you in June.

Hugs,

Melinda

Kitchen Sewing

I wanted to show you the project I made today. This is for one of Little Bit’s friends. Little Bit is going to her birthday party tomorrow. (I also made one for Little Bit for Christmas.)

Somewhere during the Christmas holidays, I came across this tutorial for a kitchen playmat. I just knew I had to make at least one.

The little girl’s favorite colors are pink and purple (little girl… who would have guessed that?).

Doesn’t this look cute all rolled up?
When you unroll it, you get a kitchen. Complete with stove burners, sink, faucet, and water drops.

The stove knobs always looked funny to me, so I added the words “on” and “off” to kind of give it more definition.

Close up shot of the water drops.

Be careful. These burners are “HOT!”

I added the little girl’s favorite princess on the back. (Thank you to whoever invented fabric panels.)

And yet a different view of it.

I also added a one egg omlet pan, a plastic 1 cup measuring cup, a corelle bowl, and a pink rubber spatula. I hope the little girl gets as much fun out of it as Little Bit has.
Hugs,
Melinda