Friday, May 30, 2014

A Teacher Gift and Happy Mail

Today was Cheetah's last day of school.  So I needed to make a gift for Mrs. Rose.  Knowing that I used fox fabric for Mrs. Fox, it shouldn't be surprising that I used rose fabric for Mrs. Rose.  I love coincidences like that. 

I made two hot pads with roses on one side and green on the other.  It was my first time using Insul-Bright batting.  I was surprised by the crinkly sound it makes.  I also layered it with a 100% cotton batting scrap.  It was also my first time using a double batting.  I like how puffy it is after quilting. 

After I finished these hot pads, my new continuous curve rulers from Accents in Design came in the mail.  Happy Day!  I won these rulers in the May giveaway at Amy's Free Motion Quilting Adventures.  I had to take a picture of them on the black minky so you can see the lines etched into the rulers and the velcro strip to help grip quilts. 

I couldn't wait to try them out, so I decided to make a 9 by 13 inch hot pad Mrs. Rose could use under cake pans or casserole dishes. 

I used the 12.5 inch curved ruler to try cross-hatching.  So. Much. Fun.  I love my new rulers!!  I can't wait to try them on a larger project. 

I see lots more fun experimenting with these rulers in my future.  I need to make some hot pads for me...

What was so amazing to my boys and I, was that the rulers were not the only thing to come in my mail yesterday.  I received the sweetest package in the mail from my friend Jennifer who blogs at Glinda Quilts.  A Totally Happy Day!  I absolutely love my perfectly purple pants bag. 

But I especially appreciate her thoughtfulness and friendship.  She knows that purple is my favorite color, Jane Austen is my favorite author, and I love Persuasion.  One of my favorite things about the bag is the awesome label she sewed to the lining. 

Thank you so much, Jennifer.  I will treasure these. 

May has been a wonderful month for me.  It is my wedding anniversary, Mother's Day, and birthday month.  My dear husband gave me my Tiara early, my boys gave me a 20.5 inch square ruler, and I received these fun packages in the mail.  Plus, my friend Val from Val's Quilting Studio sent me a pattern for a pinwheel quilt. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful month as well.  I am looking forward to summer, but wonder how much quilting I will be able to do with all three of my boys home. 


P.S.  I am linking this up with Free Motion Mondays for Amy's latest ruler work adventure


  1. Too funny, the rose and the fox fabric :) Your new rulers look very fun, congrats on the win! Isn't it such a wonderful warm, fuzzy feeling to get quilty gifts from quilty friends?! I must have missed your birthday, so happy late birthday! Thanks for being a great friend also!

  2. Yes I saw you one those rulers, congrats!! How awesome since you said you needed more rulers :-)

  3. Packages in the mail are the BEST! Though maybe the Tiara has most parcels beat. Glad I could have a part in your getting the rulers. That was fast!

    Great job with them too!

  4. YAY congrats on the rulers!! So much fun :) Happy Birthday, anniversary and end of school! The hot pad and pot holders are beautiful, lucky teacher :)

  5. I have the straight rulers and have played with them a little. So far I love them. Your first piece using the curved ruler turned out very nicely.

  6. Happy Birthday, Anniversary and Mother's Day. You've received some thoughtful and wonderful gifts. I've been hearing about the quilting rulers and it's nice to now, see what they look like. The pot holders are adorable. The teacher will love them.

  7. love the look of the curved cross hatching, it would look awesome on a large quilt!!! Happy Birthday +, looks like you had a great month!!

  8. And she does it again! Love your quilting on those pot holders ... you try new things and they work out brilliantly ... good for you! And it was my pleasure to make a Pants Bag for you x

  9. Perfect teacher gift and fabulous mail! Between quilting and the boys, I expect the boys will win your attentions this summer! Enjoy them!


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