Saturday, March 21, 2015

Well I'm pretty excited!

I haven't posted much about my quilting, but something happened today that made me feel so good! I belong to a quilting group on Facebook. It's a great place to see the work of very talented ladies, get tips and ideas. I don't post much on it, I'm more of a browser. Well today I posted a photo of a quilt I made for my grandson. It's a sail boat quilt pattern I found from Fig Tree and Company.......this is it: is my grandson enjoying his quilt at the beach!

So anyway........

I posted the photo to the quilt group. A gal with Riley Blake Designs commented on my post and asked if she could "share" the photo to the Riley Blake Designs page. I had used the Riley Blake Designs Fabric collection of Fly Aweigh.  I was tickled pink and very flattered!! She and I conversed a bit on the post and she said "Cheryl you just made our week :-)" which was a very sweet thing to say and once again made me feel very flattered.

So....about the quilt:

I used the fabric collection of Fly Aweigh by Riley Blake Designs and the Kona solids of white and aqua. 

The pattern is Sail Away from Fig Tree and Company.

I did alter the pattern a bit.

The pattern calls for the "waves" to be above the sail boats with the points pointing downward. After putting those blocks together I decided to flip them so they would be at the bottom of the boats with the points pointing upward (as in a wave). It just didn't look right to me the other way........or rather didn't make sense that "waves" would be above a boat and not under it.  I also decided to use just a solid border around it instead of another series of points (or rather flying geese blocks). I just felt by doing so it would make the eye travel to the main area of the quilt and highlight the boats better. In any case, I was very happy with the outcome.

For the top quilting, I used my "S" stitch set on the highest width and length so it would resemble waves on the white background fabric and border aqua fabric. I then stitched around the border of each boat and stitched in the ditch on the interior sections (along each seam) of the boats.

This is a pic of the blocks in progress. The pic is somewhat dark as it was taken at night under horrible light! 

Just a note about the pattern if you happen to decide to purchase it and make this quilt. The fabric for the HSTs in the boat sails are cut and sewn on the diagonal, which leaves NO ROOM for error or squaring up. I would suggest making the HSTs the "normal" way and then squaring them up to the needed size. Also, there are many cuts at the 1/8" mark so be very careful with your measuring and cutting.....a mere movement of your ruler making the cut slightly more or less will make the boats wonky and your seams will not line up correctly. I had to redo one boat sail completely because I was off a mere 1/32nd of an inch........ugh - seam ripping and having to re-cut fabric is no fun! Also, this is not a "quick" quilt to make so allow yourself time and patience.

I have other quilts I have made that I have not posted. I'm a bit shy because there are so many talented women making beautiful quilts........but after today and getting such a wonderful compliment from someone at a major fabric design company ..........well.....I won't be shy anymore!! I'm going to grab my camera and click click click.........because after all......I am very proud of my quilts!

Here is one I made for my granddaughter.....she is snuggled up under it on a cold day back in the winter. Again....the pic is I apologize.

...and yes.......the quilt is reversible.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It's Vibrant!

Lonetta of Creative Victorian has a new release today. I love this kit! The colors will definitely get you in the mood for spring! The collection is called Vibrant Joy and it's a great kit to work with. The Collection is also on sale, so be sure to check it out over at The Digichick and grab it at a great price!

I created two CT pages because I just can't get enough of it! Take a look.

The first page is my granddaughter Lilly......she is certainly "bright" as the word-art says. This little gal has the highest marks in her class - 100% in math and science with high 90's in her other subjects!! Not to mention she is reading at just under 5th grade level and she is in 2nd grade. She loves to read read read! She has also blew her scores out of the water on her standard tests.....she is in the top one percent! I am so very proud of her. 

My second page is my niece Nikki. She is a real go-getter! Since she was a little girl she has always been "girlie" - loving fashion, make-up, hair styles, all the things women love to feel beautiful. Well, I'll give her a little promotion here because she just started selling Mary Kay and wow - what can I just a little over a month she has become a Director and is making great strides. She loves it and you can tell from her photo here that her skin is simply gorgeous! photoshopping going on in this photo!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Little Tenderness

I promised a quick page and here it is. I used Lonetta's kit Tenderness which I had highlighted a few posts back. The kit is one of my favorites thus far. I really like the soft feminine feel it has. Please note that not all of the elements in my layout (quick page) are from the kit. The wordart is from a Weeds and Wildflowers Kit and the pink blended filler is from the kit Sweeping Heart (Lonetta Avelar). I also created this page for the Art Journal challenge at The Digichick.

Lonetta's new kit will be released in a couple of days. Wait until you see! The colors are wonderful for spring season pages! Mel also has a new kit that will be released April 1st and it is adorable!

As usual, personal use only! and leave me some's nice to get comments ;-)

Pick up the quick page ------------Here

Spring is Arriving!

I can not be happier that spring is finally here. Migration is in full swing and the birds are singing their little hearts out. The snow is gone, the trees are budding out, tender new growth of wildflowers are popping through fallen leaves, and the ice has nearly melted off  the lake........the earth is coming alive again and I cherish every second of it.

This is the time of year  I love to walk through the woods. On each visit I see something new, be it the arrival of another bird species ready to start nesting, a wildflower that didn't bloom yesterday, or critters coming out of hibernation. Each walk is the same, but oh so different at the same time.  I love my walks.........the solitude, the time to think, reflect, and notice the little things, in life and on earth, that are often taken for granted.

and........I think allot these days. Spring always does that to me. Makes me think - wonder - ponder - about the past, present and future.......about people, places......things done and things to do, and things yet to come along. Maybe it's because spring seems to be a fresh start.......when all is new and alive again, after the long quiet dormancy of winter.  Whatever the case may be, if I find myself thinking too much (which I can often do) I quickly snap myself out of it.............then continue down the trail with binoculars in hand, searching for the wood thrush or warbler I just heard.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun with the Digichick Challenges

As I mentioned in a few prior posts I joined some of the challenges over at the Digichick. Lonetta has been gracious and allowed me to get some of her older kits to play with. I've been a scrapping machine over the last week! It's nice to see those chick points add up for free products! woo hoo!

This is what I have finished thus far.

First off is another layout using the Tenderness Collection .

For the Font Challenge I used Lonetta's kit Excite - I love this kit with the bright sunny colors! The challenge is to use a  font that is grungy, scratched up, or distressed.....easy peasy since there are soooooooo many places you can find fonts to use. I got on a font binge and installed 30 new fonts! lol

For the Product Challenge I used Lonetta's collection Draught of Life.  It is her newest kit, the one released last week.

This challenge is to use pre-made clusters on your page. This was a real challenge for me because I love making my own clusters and never use the pre-made ones, however this is what I came up with. The pic is my mother, sister and me taken in a photo booth, when we were downtown shopping. Days gone by.......that is me on the right with the "big eye" expression! lol

So after putting together a page with a vintage photo, I was browsing through old photos I have on my computer and found one of my Grandmother. The photo was taken way back in the day.......maybe the 40's or early 50's, I'm not sure.

My mother was raised in the mountains of Kentucky.......the oldest of 8 children and they had a hard life like many folks back then. But however hard life was, I'm proud of the fact I have a southern heritage. I love listening to my mother and aunts tell stories of when they were growing up.....from the hard work they had to do to the fun they had running around the mountains. Some of the stories are down right hilarious! I used Lonetta's kit Conservatory to highlight my Grandmother and the poem (written over 100 years ago) highlights Kentucky perfectly.

I'm working on a new quick page for you! :-) check back!

Friday, March 6, 2015

It's Friday! New Release

Lonetta has a new release today over at The Digichick and it is so pretty! The collection is called The Daught of Life and it is filled with soft feminine elements. The collection is on sale right now and you can pick it up for nearly 50% off the regular price. For such a large collection it's a great deal! Take a look.........

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Free Template with Challenge

I completed another challenge over at the Digichick. This one is a template challenge and they supply the template for free.

The only time I use templates is for something like this challenge. As a CT member, I feel like I'm "cheating" if I use one. But with that said, templates can be a great jumping off point to create something totally unique.

I used another older collection by Creative Victorian - Lonetta Avelar for this challenge. The kit is called Tenderness and it is soooooo pretty. It is also on sale right now for 25% off! Please note that the yellow paper in my layout is not from the Tenderness kit. I grabbed it from the Extrovert kit as I wanted to highlight and sorta duplicate the setting sun in the photo.

The photo is of my step-daughter on her wedding day. They got married on the beach in Hawaii.

This is the template you can find over at The Digichick. I've provided a link to the forum thread for the challenge and from there you can pick up the template link.

Pick it up HERE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Earn Points for Free Products

Want FREE products - who doesn't!

You can earn "chick points" by completing challenges, purchasing products, posting layouts....there are all sorts of ways to build up points toward digi collections! See my page Here to find out all the details.

So how do you get involved.....well it's easy. Sign up over at the DigiChick and start creating! There are lots of challenges to choose one or all of them! I've done two so far (I like free stuff too!) and plan to do a few more.  Here are my pages:

The Give Me Space Challenge:

This challenge has a template  you download for free and then tweak to follow the challenge of leaving lots of white space on your page. I used the Extrovert Collection from Creative Victorian by Lonetta Avelar.  The kit is one of her older releases, and I love how bright and sunny it is!

The Use It All Challenge:

This challenge provides you with a free mini kit to use and you must include all items in the kit to complete the challenge. You can tweak your page and add some additional elements if you choose. I didn't add additional elements....I created the page from just the items included in the mini kit.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 1st.......New Challenges & a Chance to Win!

It's March 1st! Do you know what that means? A new set of challenges for your creative delight! Join us over at the DigiChick for freebies, inspiration, and a chance to win $25 to Persnickety Prints!

You can find the challenges HERE

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Creative Victorian Freebie

As I mentioned in my last post, here is the quick page I created for you, using the kit Stray Ships from Creative Victorian.

I'm using a different service (Box) to store the files and this is my first upload there. It is so much nicer than guessing which button to use!  If you have a problem retrieving the file, please leave me a comment so I can check the link.

Personal use only!!
Enjoy the quick page! you can grab it Here

#cyfisher #cherylfisher #freebie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Release!

Netta - Creative Victorian has a new release this week over at Digichick........check it out!

The kit is Sweeping Heart. It's full of versatile elements to create stunning pages. The kit is perfect for romantic and feminine pages! The color combination along with the soft colors and floral elements gives the kit a nostalgic. Sweeping Heart is a kit that was inspired by how easy it is to let your heart get swept away on a tide of emotion.

Check back tomorrow as I'll have the the quick page from her last kit Stray Ships posted!
Have a happy Thursday!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Stray Ships.........

My first "official" post as a CT member for Creative Victorian over at the DigiChick!

This layout is from Stray Ships - the most recent kit by Lonetta Avelar. The deep purple and blues are so pretty! Now that I've worked with a few of her kits (a new release will be out soon) I like them more and more. I'm considering making this layout into a quick page, so check back in a few days and I should have it ready for you.

Check out the kit and then stop over at DigiChick to see what else she'll love them!