Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Give Away, and a couple new quilts!

Good morning!
     It's been a while, so I thought I would start off with a fun Give Away!  I know that some of you live where the weather is nice right now, but a bunch of us are experiencing a really cold and snowy Winter! So to look forward to Spring, I am offering a fun little Spring Rabbit penny rug for the give away! To be in the drawing, be a follower, make a comment, and visit my cousin Jill's new blog about quilting and crafting! Her blog is.....http://TaDaQuilting.blogspot.com! She started to long arm quilt a few years ago, and is going like gang busters with it! I'm sending her a couple quilts soon! Jill has been quilting for a long time, longer than me! I'm not sure how much longer, but I've been quilting for about 20 years! I remember when she started, she was a maniac, making tons of quilts really fast! I didn't know how she got them all done, because she also had a full time job and two energetic Boys! Ha-ha! Anyhoo..... Jill is my cousin, our Mothers are sisters! When we were young, our Grandmother used to have all the grand-daughters come one week to Pittsburgh and stay, and the Grand-sons come the next week. She would take us all over the place having a great fun vacation! Jill lived in PA and we lived in WV, so it was always so fun to get to spend time with her that week! We always went to Grandma's for Thanksgiving also, so then we would get to see her whole family! Talk about FUN! What a fun family!! Jill's mother Judy is also a quilter, as is the other sister, Aunt Martha! They got us cousin's all quilting when they inherited their Grandmother's quilt tops and learned to hand quilt them! The quilting bug started! My mother, AKA "ASK MOM" Mary, couldn't very well let her sisters get away with quilting without her, so she learned, and passed it on to me and my Sisters! I wish we could have known our Great-Grandmother the quilter! I don't think my Grandma quilted, but she sewed, crocheted and did lots of other crafts. I remember her making beaded jewelry also! What a neat lady! She lost her husband when my mother was 14, and raised her three girls herself while working to support them. She was very independent and just so much fun to be with! We lost her a number of years ago, but I always imagine the wonderful reunion it must have been in Heaven when she met her husband who had been gone for 50 years! Wow!  Back to the quilters.... Aunt Martha, Aunt Judy, Jill, and several other friends of theirs, along with Grandma, in the beginning of the quilting days, would gather together for evenings of show and tell, and quilting! We called them the Pittsburgh quilt guild, and we were the WV branch of the Pittsburgh quilt guild!  We would travel up occasionally and join them! It was much fun!! So here is the picture of the little penny rug! Good luck if you try to win!
 
This little penny rug is made from an army blanket and wools that I hand-dyed!
 

Okay, on to the new projects! I have a couple of smaller quilts to share with you. The first one is called Winter Blooms, and was made for my "Small Quilts Club" in January! I'm getting ready to make a scalloped border for it! Well, actually, I'm procrastinating making a scalloped border for it! Ha ha! I did see a nice tutorial for doing it, though, so maybe today I'll give it a whirl! 
I used "Cross Weaves" by Moda for most of the quilt, and a few other prints by Marcus Fabrics. And of course, my wools! It's heavily quilted, which is why the edges are kind of wonky, but when I make the scallop, that will fix that problem! Well, unless my scallop is wonky! If you want a kit, visit our website, www.woolenwillow.com!
 
The next quilt was for my February "Small Quilts Club" and is also available in a kit. I decided to make a giant Churn dash and put applique in the middle! I was going to do wool, but was low on the colors I needed, and wanted to be able to make kits, so I kept it all cotton!
 


 


And this is Chester, who thinks it is too cold out and is very bored with me being on the computer!
 

He loves the comfy couch! What a lucky dog!

Well, thank you for visiting! I will draw the winner of the penny rug on Friday! I'm working at home today, so I'll keep you posted on what I'm working on! I have a class on Saturday teaching the Pineapple block, so I plan on getting several blocks done on my quilt today!
    Have a great day!
         Jeni
 

47 comments:

  1. What great memories you have with your cousins and family! I love all of the projects you are working on - the scalloped border will be perfect!

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    1. Thank you very much, and yes, we are so very blessed with a wonderful family!

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  2. Thanks for telling us about Jill's new blog - cool wool quilt with the hexies that she's making! Your bunny penny rug is adorable and perfect to welcome spring - don't you LOVE using old army blankets for projects? I'm a follower, of course!

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    1. You're welcome, Gayle! And thank you for your comments! I absolutely LOVE old army blankets! I wish I had kept mine when I left the service, but I didn't know any better then! Ha ha! Jill is a hoot, you will love her blog!

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    2. Thanks for telling us about your cousin's blog! It looks very informative and I need to go back and read more. It also reminded me that I have a hexie project waiting for me...
      Please enter me in your oh so generous giveaway! Such a beautiful penny rug! I am a faithful follower.
      Blessings, Patti

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    3. You're welcome, Patty! And thank you for being a follower!! Jeni

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  3. Cute stuff! Good way to use the army blankets. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    1. thanks Julee, and you're welcome! I plan do do more of them this year!

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  4. I was very impressed with Cousin Jill's blog!!
    Now why can't I find army blankets like that?! Gorgeous runner..and love the basket quilt that you are working on!
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    1. Paulette, thank you! I really need to stop procrastinating and get that scalloped border started!!
      It's hard to find really good blankets, I agree! That was a great find a long time ago, when not as many people were looking for them! Ha ha! Good luck!

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  5. Love the rabbit penny rug and the Winter Blooms quilt! I've just started getting into wool, so I'm really excited for all the ideas. Thanks for the giveaway

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    1. You're welcome Angela! And thank you also!

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  6. Your rabbit penny rug is so sweet. What a good use for an army blanket. Checked out your cousin's blog and will be following her progress with the hexies. I'm planning on doing one and need all the advice I can get.

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    1. Thank you! I do love Army blankets! I used to buy them on eBay for not much, but it's hard to find them now for less than $20! Still worth it though! I hope you dive right in on a hexie quilt, it's addicting! Jeni

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  7. What a darling penny rug-thanks for the giveaway :)
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing family memories. What a wonderful connection you all have with your shared quilting passion. I enjoyed checking out your cousin Jill's blog. Love those hexies. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the draw

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    1. You're welcome Barbara, and thank you for the nice comments! We do feel very blessed to have so many women in our family that share the love of all things quilting!!!

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  9. Love that little penny rug! And all your quilts! Thank you for your blog and your giveaway. monique (at) rtinet (dot) com

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  10. Hi Jen! I'm one of Jill's friends and feel like I know you because she talks about you so often! Your bunny penny-rug is charming and I would be honored to win it. I am smiling at your "P is for Prim" tag cause I know that "P is for Pauline"! (And I'm not prim) Thanks for the give-away.

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    1. Jeni has been to Camp Pioneer...in the past. Not sure if you and Cheryl were there...she was there with Aunt Mary too!!!

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    2. Thanks so much Pauline, for the nice comments, and for coming to my blog for a visit!

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  11. I'm also a friend of Jill's. I've also met some of the family at Turtle Rock. What a cute bunny penny rug! I haven't worked with wool yet but it's on my bucket list.

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    1. I hope you give it a try and love it!! One of these times, I'm coming to Turtle Rock! Would love to meet you!

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  12. Love this blog, I love primitives and have been following for a few months now. I just went over and checked out Jill's blog, what great things she is up too also. Thanks for all the inspiration you give me. I am so excited to start working with wool. I love your story too!

    Blessings,
    Jodi

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    1. Thank you, Jody, for your sweet comments! I really appreciate it, and hope you enjoy getting started working with wool! Feel free to ask if you have any questions! Jeni

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