Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Finish - Welcome to the Jungle

I finished up this quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest. Carin had graciously participated in our Blogger BOM and was the guinea pig for the first month. She put out a call for these "Fun In The Middle" blocks and had enough to make 10 quilt tops. She decided to complete the quilts for orphans in Guatamala. She needed volunteers to make 10 quilts more and I offered to do one. These blocks come together super fast and are a great way to show off fussy cuts of novelty fabrics. Carin's tutorial for the block can be found here

I have been torn for the name of this quilt. Animal Crackers, Welcome to the Jungle, At the Zoo. I can't decide and it has been brought to my attention that not all these blocks feature animals (No robots in the zoo).

 A close up of some of the blocks.....

Stripey binding from "Traveling Stash" box and super soft flannel backing that makes me think of a soft yellow ducky.

Very happy with how the quilt turned out. It is my third finish of the year on the way to 13 in 2013.

Also the winner of the Blogger BOM prize pack this month is Amy of Amy's Crafty Shenanigans is the winner. She will be getting a fat quarter of each fabric below and the pattern.

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday....back from vacation....

I was lucky enough to spend the last week in New Orleans having a great time and enjoying the warm weather (75+). Today it was back to work and back to reality. Well below freezing in Wisconsin. Here is my current work in progress via Margaret's Hope Chest. It's a block called fun in the middle that Carin created for the blogger BOM. This one is coming together pretty quick. I was able to use some of my favorite kids prints in this top.

For this top I have been "etch-a-sketching" the quilting. It is all staight line quilting but when I get tired of going one way to switch direction. For the backing I was lucky enough to find this awesome flannel which much like myself is cute, cheap and cuddly. I think after all was said and done I paid less than $3 a yard.

I am linking this up to Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, March 15, 2013

March Blogger BOM - "O Hi Star"

Today is the March  installment of Blogger BOM.  The presenter today is Nicole of Patchwork Duck Designs. The block she created is called "O, Hi Star!". This is a modern take on the classic Ohio star. Nicole created a great tutorial here on her blog. I love it but then again I am a sucker for stars.

Nicole is also giving away a great charm pack of Wordplay .These would work great with my growing low volume collection. Sadly my low volume prints are a low volume of my stash but I am working to fix that!

I too have a fun give away . To participate make sure you are a follower and leave a comment. The winner will receive a fat quarter of these two low volume prints (Domestic Diva by Riley Blake and Bungle Jungle Crosswords in Grey by Moda) as well as a pattern for a cute triangle quilt using the Moda Bungle Jungle prints. 

Giveaway open until 3/22/13

As a final note of business I also have the winner for the Traveling Stash Box #1. Wendy is the winner and the box is making it's way to her in Alabama. 

Here is a list of all the participants of the BOM
Sept 15th 2012
Carin & Carol
Oct 15th 2012
Nov 15th 2012
Jennifer M
Dec 15th 2012
Jan 15th 2013
Feb 1st 2013
Jennifer I
Feb 15th 2013
Mar 15th 2013
Nicole K
April 1st 2013
Apr 15th 2013
May 15th 2013
June 15th 2013
July 15th 2013
Nicole N
Aug 15th 2013

Here is a button you can grab and put on your blog to make sure you don't miss a single post.

Peach Patch Quilts

I have also started a Flickr group to show off all the pretties you make.
Blogger Block Of The Month Flickr Group

If you would like to donate any blocks you make during this blog hop please mail them to the address below.
Donated blocks will be sewn into quilts for Margaret's Hope Chest.

Peach Patch Quilts
P.O. Box 0012
Sullivan, WI 53178

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tug on my heart strings

I think I finished up the string blocks for my charity quilt for My very own blanket. I decided to add a heart to the quilt. I have plans of making another quilt with several hearts and a low volume background. I'll add it to my list of things to do.

I also finished the blocks for my fun in the middle blocks for margaret's hope chest. I believe they are looking for more volunteers to make quilts. Check out the post here. Carin was the first poster for the Blogger BOM and created this block and tutorial for us. Now all the blocks created are going to make quilts for orphans in Guatemala. If you have some time consider making one of these quilts for the project. They come together very quick. Here is a terrible picture of mine.....all the blocks are made and sewn into rows of 5. I hope to finish the top before we leave on vacation next week.

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced......

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Traveling Stash Box #1

Karyn over at The Stylish Home picked me as the winner of the traveling stash #1 box.  I got to pick this up yesterday from the post office. Here are all the goodies in the box.  

Books And Patterns


Notions and Finished Goodies

This is what is staying with me

This is what I added 

If you would like a chance to have this box visit you.....

Leave a comment below......You can get a second entry if you follow my blog or become a follower. Just leave a message that you follow.
The give away will be open until 3/10/13

Here are the rules to qualify.....

  1. Be an active blogger. Post about receiving and the giveaway on your blog in a timely manner.
  1. There is a note in the box that logs where the box has been. Please add your info and place the note back in the box.
  1. There is a list of Rules and Guidelines in the box. Please read and follow these and return the list to the box.
  1. You may take anything you like from the box. Just replace every item with comparable quilt shop quality items equal to the amount taken. See guidelines below.
  1. Ship the box to the next person in a reasonable amount of time.
  1. Due to the amount of postage shipping is only within the USA.
The definition of a stash is a secret store of valuables. For quilters it's a collection of usable quality products. The stash should contain mostly fabric with a few patterns and/or books and other items.
  • FABRIC:     Should be quilt shop quality in new condition. Scraps should only be included if they are cut for adding to a collection and packaged accordingly (i.e. I-Spy squares, postage stamp squares, etc.). There should not be anything under a Fat Quarter unless packaged like this.
  • PATTERNS/BOOKS:     Should be in new or gently used condition. They should be kept to a minimum (books are bulky and add weight).
  • OTHER ITEMS:     Should be in new or gently used condition. Tools, notions, etc. These items should be packaged if necessary.
  • If you receive a box with anything that is of "poor" condition you should not feel guilty in tossing it out.
  • Only put items in the box that you would be proud to own. The box is NOT a dumping place for all your outdated unwanted items.
  • Items should be free of smoke and pet hairs.
  • You must replace items you take with the same quantity of like-kind items. Replacing more than you take is always welcome.  :)  There is a guide to Pre-Cut amounts below for your reference.
  • Jelly Roll strips are 2-1/2 inches so every 10 strips is 2/3 yard (plus an inch). 30 strips is 2 yards plus 3 inches. 40 strips is 2-3/4 yards. 50 strips is 3-1/2 yards.
  • Honey Buns are 1-1/2 inches so 10 strips is just slightly under 1/3 yard. 40 strips are 1-2/3 yards.
  • Desert Rolls are 10 (5 x 45) strips or just slightly over 1-1/3 yard.
  • Turnovers are 80 (6 inch) triangles and is equal to slightly over 1 yard.
  • Charms are 5 inch squares. 40 charms is equal to 2/3 of a yard.
  • Layer Cakes are 10 inch squares. 40 layer cake squares are equal to 2-3/4 yards.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY & TIME WHEN MAILING A STASH BOX:  Yes you can do all of these!
Here's how . . .
1.  Go to
3.  Click on Print a Label with Postage.
4.  Log on or create a new account.
5.  Enter the mailing information for your package. Enter the package details. We use Flat Rate boxes to mail the Traveling Stash so check "I am shipping Flat Rate". Then choose your ship date and click "Next: Choose a Service".
6.  Scroll down the shipping options. Click on "Large Flat Rate Box". (Note:  Some of the stashes are in medium boxes so if the stash you have is in the medium box you will choose that option.) Scroll down to "Add extra services". The "Delivery Confirmation" box is already checked. You get it for FREE when you purchase flat rate postage online! How cool is that?!!!  :)
7.  Click on "Next:  Review your Cart".
8.  Verifty the mailing address then click on "Next: Billing Information".
9.  Follow the instructions to pay for the postage.
10.  Print the mailing label out. Trim it and tape it to the box.
11.  Your package is now ready for mailing. Either drop it off at the post office (you can simply put it in the package drop box inside) or schedule a pick up online.
SAVINGS:   Did you notice that you only paid $14.65 online for postage (large flat rate box), instead of the $15.45 you pay at the post office? You save $ .80! You also receive FREE Delivery Confirmation. That is a value of $ .75. For a total savings of $1.55! Plus you can track the delivery of the package!  :)
This may seem like a lot of steps but it's really not. I just tied to spell it out carefully so I didn't confuse anyone. If you have any questions you can contact the post office or me (Cherise) and I'll be happy to help you! It really is an easy process and one that save you time and money! I know everyone likes that!  :) 



2.  Click on Ship a Package.

Find out about the Origins of the Traveling Stashes Boxes here.

Find all the Traveling Stash posts here.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Buzzy bee quilt

I made this quilt for a friend of mine in Columbus, she had taken a foster baby in. I think it turned out pretty well on this side.
This side got a little mixed up when I was putting it together. 
I wasn't able to deliver it myself so I left it with a coworker of mine who was very impressed with it and asked if I could make one for her daughter. She asked for one a bit bigger. I finished it up and was able to get it to her. She's expecting baby two so I better get sewing!
Sorry for the lousy pictures but both of these have been gifted. I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.