Monday, October 31, 2011

One more week!

There is only one more week of voting left!  Where has the time gone??  I mean 6 months ago I had entered Spirit of Hope for the first round of voting.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have made that first round.  Now, here I am in the final challenge and I still cannot believe I am even partaking in something this big!  The prize package is totally out of this world!!  Check it out for yourself...scroll down the page to   McCall's Quilting Contest

Blue Suede by Shirley Jobson
The last Canadian in the challenge and I'm having the time of my life!  How else can you top that?  Winning the second round (See .. I won!!) was a huge win against the caliber of designers I was up against, and again NEVER would I have ever dreamed of winning it!  Honestly... I even said to my hubby (my Martha) that I knew I wouldn't be voted in to stay in the final challenge and I was okay with that.  Boy was I wrong - I won it!

I have never been an Elvis fan, but did you know that the song Blue Suede Shoes was actually written by Carl Perkins and notably covered by Elvis Presley?   You really have to read up on this song... it really is quite amazing actually.  Blue Suede Shoes

Is it all a dream?  Yes, this really feels like a dream and one I don't want to wake up from - I'm having too much fun!! LOL  But either way, next Tuesday is the last day of voting. If this gets your feet taping, singing the song or just makes you happy... please vote for it... Vote for me if Blue Suede makes you happy!
I'm happy to say that I have made some really great friends during this challenge and I do wish everyone of the contestants all the very best come next Tuesday!


Elvis Presley Blue Suede Shoes Lyrics

(Words and music by Carl Perkins)
Well, it's one for the money,
Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

But don't you step on my blue suede shoes.

You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well, you can knock me down,

Step in my face,
Slander my name
All over the place.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

You can burn my house,

Steal my car,
Drink my liquor
From an old fruitjar.

Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,

Honey, lay off of my shoes
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.

Well, it's one for the money,

Two for the show,
Three to get ready,
Now go, cat, go.

But don't you step on my blue suede shoes.

You can do anything but lay off of my blue suede shoes.


Keeping you in stitches and thanks for voting,
Choux

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You can do anything, but lay off my ... HEH..be sure to vote!

It's time for Challenge 3 voting, the final round of McCalls Quilt Design Star!

I've said it many times, I know, but I cannot believe all this and that I'm even partaking in the final round!!  Thank you to all who have voted in the past and to those who voted me into first place in the second challenge.  I do hope you think this last creation is worthy of your votes again. 

As soon as I read what our challenge involved...this song came to mind!  And wouldn't you know it?  It's a song I don't care for ... at all!!  So here we go with a double challenge again - inspiration from lyrics to a well known song and working with a song I don't really like!  Oh boy!

But before I made it home from work (something told me to check my emails before I left work) I already had the start of the challenge in my brain.  I hurried into the house and I put the ideas down on paper.  Then someone said something about working on a project from the "outside in".  Start working from the borders then design towards the middle?  Hmmm  interesting concept.  Yes, I decided to add that to the challenge.  And I have loads of fun with it!  Whatever I do has to be easy, simple and fun!

Can you believe that this all fell into place as each part/section was thought of?  It just flowed so easy, which surprised me with working on a song I don't really like!  One thing I did know was that there had to be shoes in the middle  - some how.   I also knew I would use the pinwheel block as it is a "basic" block and something beginners would know how to do.  See, when I work on something like this (sometimes I design something just for fun and it never goes anywhere), I make it so that a beginner quilter would be able to do it, but an advance quilter would enjoy making it and add their own touches to it to make it their own.  So many of my creations end up very simple.  My KISS method is - Keep It Sewn Simply!  ;-)

Don't step on my Blue Suede Shoes!

Piano keys and records!

Blue Suede

There are many techniques used in this piece. And I was having so much fun thinking this all out and putting it together.  While I was sewing this piece up the fun was dwindling slowly as I was fretting on how I was going to quilt this piece and so much so that I wasn't having fun anymore.

I was so afraid that I would mess this piece up with the quilting, but there was only me so I had to work myself up to completing it.   Then came time to quilt ....oh no!!!  What am I going to do?  So I started stitching in the ditch, trying ever so hard to be "perfect".  As I worked on this, ideas on what next to quilt started to form.  Try this... rip it out; try this... rip it out....finally after ripping something out the third time at trying to get it perfect I had a light bulb moment!!  I don't have a big fancy machine to quilt with, and I am definitely "not" perfect, so why am I trying so hard to be perfect now?  Once I gave myself the permission to "fail" I then started to have fun!  The machine quilting was then done as I know how on my domestic sewing machine and I even hand quilted all the notes so that they looked how I wanted them to.  Oh my gosh the fun had returned!! YES!!  This is how it is supposed to feel when you do something you love!

Thank you to all, family, friends and those I have never met, who have voted for me to get me  into the third and final Challenge of McCall's Quilt Design Star 2011.  Thank you to all who will vote for me in this round as well.  Huge thank you's to The Quilting Barn and staff for supplying me with everything I needed to make this beautiful piece and for all their encouragement! And last but not least, thank you Martha aka Chester!!  Thank you my dear hubby for being my biggest supporter during all the challenges, you are a keeper! ♥

It has been such a ride, one I will not forget for a very long, long time and I have all off you voters to thank for that, as well as McCall's Quilting and all the sponsors..... THANK YOU!


So head to McCall's Quilting and check out all the great entries and don't forget to vote, even if it isn't for me!
Please vote!!

Forever in stitches,
Shirley in Canada!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Butterflies and Pillows

OH my goodness! What a ride I have been on the past 3 weeks!  Actually since April!!

I don't show excitement ... but boy if you could be in my body you would know just how excited I have been!!  I have butterflies having pillow fights in my stomach and my mind, small as it is, is racing a mile a second!!  I still cannot believe that it is me living this dream ...yes to me it is still a dream!   Soon the dream will end and I will awake with such wonderful memories ☺

Camp - from the shore line

I was at sewing camp a week ago and oh how I relaxed!  But the best part....was Saturday nite.  Where everyone (approx 50 people) wished me the best of luck with my "dream".  And I even got some sewing done too!
Of course I took way too many things to work on but you never know when the sewing fairies will come along to help you out so you best be ready! LOL

Peaceful... isn't it?
I have had this cut for some time and decided that I would get it sewn together this camp, and that was that!
It will be a tablecloth when I'm done quilting it, so here it is draped on my table.  What do you think?   Good choice?

Cannot concentrate very well tonite so I will sign off and be back in a week or so.... the butterflies are pillow fighting again! ;-)

Wishing you all perfect stitches,

Choux