Have you ever just needed to finish something for your sanity? Like the projects just keep piling up but nothing seems to get finished? This is the state I found myself in when starting the March Island Batik Ambassador project. The theme, like last year in March, was Mini Madness. It had to be smaller than 24" x 24", and had to be foundation pieced or english paper pieced.Read More
Today is my day to showcase the Island Batik Blushing Blooms collection for the New Beginnings Blog Hop. Now when we were told the theme, I sighed so hard my mom heard me on the other side of the city. New Year's Resolutions, and New Year New Beginnings, and anything along those lines, that happens around the beginning of the year doesn't jive for me.Read More
Welcome to the third day of the SewPro Stars Blog Hop. Today I’m up and very excited to share about SewPro and show you my project. Go ahead and grab a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) and I hope you enjoy.Read More
Now, I know it is not July, but I’m going to pretend it is, because where in the world did this year go? Has it gone by fast for anyone else? Either way, I had originally hoped to get my Ambassador Christmas in July project quilted before the end of July, but oh well. This is why I start my Christmas projects in July. That way I may actually get them done in time to use for Christmas. What time of year do you work on your holiday projects?Read More
Happy Halloween! I'm cutting this Island Batik Ambassador event pretty close (it is still October where I am). I guess it is appropriate that my project theme is Midnight at the Pumpkin Patch! We were asked to create something with pumpkins in it, or using the colors of the pumpkin patch.Read More
Lately I have been suffering from a severe case of writer’s block when it comes to blogging. I sit down and stare at the screen, and stare, and stare, and stare. I want to be more active on the blog so I’m going to show a couple of small things I worked on, current news, and eventually put up posts about the mini swaps I’ve been participating in.Read More
Today I have the honor of participating in the Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Suzy Webster's new book. Her Folk Art Quilted Traditions book is applique designs based off of Hungarian embroidery. Today is the 3rd day of the hop so if you've missed the first 2 days the links are located at the bottom or the post along with a giveaway from Suzy.Read More
Introducing my new design, Frequency! It was inspired by the oscillation of electrical currents so I thought a picture near power lines would be fun. My husband was a great sport and let me drag him around to hold this quilt. Thankfully it was overcast which is great for pictures!Read More
Congratulations Alice Ronne!!!
You are the winner of the 18 - 2 1/2" Spring Zing strips and the Watercolor Seahorse pattern by Elaine of Summercrafter. An email has been sent to you. Please check your spam and junk folder so you don't miss it!Read More
Welcome! Today for the Seaside Summer Blog Hop we are going to get up off the beach and head under the water. Grab your snorkel or scuba gear and follow me. I will be taking you on an adventure to find one of my favorite sea creatures, the seahorse.Read More
This month the Island Batik Ambassador theme is Christmas in July. Rich foods, warm snuggly quilts, hot beverages, fires in the fire pit. Those are all things that the Christmas season brings to mind, so it is not at all surprising that, with temperatures of 110°+ I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to make something Christmas related.Read More
Oh, hi there! It has been a while since I’ve posted. Much longer than I had hoped. So let’s talk about that for a second. For a little over a year I’ve been struggling with back issues. I took a tumble down the stairs and that highlighted an injury in my back from my time in the Marine Corps. Healing has been slow because of my natural affinity to find, and trip over, just about anything.Read More
This post has been a while in the making, but I really wanted to do this as a tutorial using the Creative Grids 45/90 Triangle Ruler. Making Half Square Triangles (HST) the traditional way is on my list of loathed activities, this ruler makes them super quick and easy. As an added bonus you can cut your strips 1/2" larger than the finished size of your block (as opposed to 7/8"). This makes it very useful for precuts, and means you can use a slotted strip ruler for faster strip cutting.Read More
We often hear that April Showers bring May flowers, but I live in the desert, so when we were told to do something that was rain related, or spring themed, I had to google what rain is. Apparently, in some places, water falls from the sky and makes things wet, and helps flowers and plants grow. I'm envious because I would love to see it myself.Read More
There lived a commander and his 3 furry minions. Their evil overlord was plotting great quilting feats to unleash on the world. Always pressing to the dark side, they were relentlessly pursued.
Ok, so it wasn't A LONG time ago, but wow how this year has flown. Today is the one year anniversary of Desert Bloom Quilting! I had no idea when I wrote my first blog post where I would be today, or that the year would pass by so quickly.Read More
Yay! I'm finally getting to blog about a few things on my list that have been pending for a while.
November of last year I finally made it to my first Phoenix MQG Meeting after not making it for almost a year. At that meeting I decided to join for 2016. With a new year starting there were activities to participate in.Read More
March has been an exciting month. First, I received my first box of fabric from Island Batik, to make things out of, for the Ambassador program. Everything inside is beautiful, and I was excited to get started. Also, this year's Mystery Quilt Along started, and I worked on a couple things I just can't share yet.Read More
Calm, yeah, right, sure. I laughed as I typed the headline, but really with the 2016 Mystery starting this Friday, and me being prepared, you would think life would be relatively calm. It isn't, and that is perfectly ok, but what it means is I've been far to neglectful of the blog since it has been the lowest priority on the list.
This is going to just be a quick post to get caught up on current events.Read More
After making the Mr. Fox mug rug, and deciding I couldn't part with him, I couldn't go without making another mug rug for my friend. After much thought, and scouring Craftsy for free paper pieced patterns, I ran across the Mug o' Love by Jennifer Ofenstein of Sewhooked. It was perfect, and I think I need to make one for my son's teacher for Valentines Day as well.Read More