28 July 2017

Wow!


I did a 100 day project!  And I finished it!  One hundred days of Psalm verse 1.  That means, day one was Ps 1:1, day two Ps 2:1, day three Ps 3:1 and so on.  Please let me know if you'd like to see them all here?  You can look up #100daysofpsalmv1 to see them all on Instagram.

Also... I have begun to finish the rest of the Psalms... so it's turning into a 150 day project.  The difference this time is I'm doing them one every day or two or three, instead of one every day.


I have had the amazing opportunity to put my art in our church bookstore.  What a privilege!  So, the above pic is an 11x14" panel canvas, it's either still sitting in the shop, or it's already on someone's wall, encouraging, reminding.  "You are mine."  There are a few things in my online shop Room to Flourish, and I'm still doing crochet earrings.  I'm currently working on a couple of custom commissions.  How awesome is that?  Praise the Lord.  


I was having a bit of fun with this cheeky kid, playing on the floor.  I snapped a few blurry photos and this one was my favorite.  He is almost 16 months old, and sprouted four molars while we were on holiday.  Yay, for being able to chew food properly.  Not really yay for getting them all while on vacation!


Day one of our holiday, I finished the 100 day project.  Hello, beautiful Tennessee!


We travelled a lot, motel to motel, a lot of driving.  There were two or three nights we didn't have a port-a-cot (pack n play/baby bed) and it was quite, almost, torture.  We bought one for the final three nights.  Seriously, if you plan on travelling with a crib-sleeper, do your sanity a favor and buy a port-a-cot.  Motels 'might' provide you with one... sometimes.  It was awesome when baby was in the provided port-a-cot, we all slept, he didn't take forever to fall asleep, we weren't worried he would roll off the bed, it was lovely.


Carrying on that 150 day project in the passenger seat. I loved the randomness of these, they turned out a little messy from being in a moving vehicle.


Apparently front-loader washing machines are so interesting.  My husband brought the boys out to where I was at the motel laundry and the first thing this kid does is put his head in the door-dent.  I couldn't help but giggle.


Finally, we got home and were welcomed with beautiful, beautiful rain.  It was magical.

Watching the weather in Arizona, all the way from Tennessee, we knew we were missing out on a whole lot of monsoon storms.  So, we were very pleased to catch some of that refreshing goodness.


I took our last two packets of Nescafe Singles (Vanilla Latte if anyone is interested) with us on vacation, but I didn't use them until we got home.  So yummy.


Who knew that a week and a half away from the craft store meant that I couldn't help but go and buy some new yarn?  Dish cloths.  Very pretty dish cloths.


I liked this pic, on our dining table.  I also always wonder if people notice the syringe that is often in my painting pics?  It looks so bad, doesn't it?  I use it for dropping small amounts of water into my paint tray as I go.  It's a great painting tool, I promise!  It was bought as a medicine measuring syringe for baby's Tylenol (Pamol), but we have a few of those so I claimed it.


I was in the art store the other day and saw a piece of birch ply.  Needless to say, it is now in four pieces and will hopefully become loved bookmarks.  They will be finished with scripture and a coat of clear acrylic.

If you made it this far, I want to tell you that I am tired.  School starts up next week, I have a 1st grader (Year 2 in NZ) and he's pretty excited.  I am also pretty sure that the little one is not going to be excited about his favorite person in the whole world not being at home for him to torment.

I hope you are well!  Tell me, would you like to see my 100 day project pics here?  And, what do you do when you have cabin fever?  As in, can't go outside because it's way too hot, not way too cold or raining.

Holly
xx







29 May 2017

Mug Rug Winner



In the last post, I had a little giveaway which, to get a couple of extra entries, I asked a couple of questions.  Here they are with the answers I was looking for:

Q1. What is the distinct difference in block 21 when compared to all the others?
A1. It is quilted with yellow matching thread.  The rest of the quilt is quilted with only coral thread.

Q2. Which four blocks were in the photo in the last post, showing the reverse side of the quilt?
A2. Blocks 4, 5, 9, 10.

My son picked a name out of the pile of entries

The winner of the giveaway was Jess, who has already been contacted.  Congratulations!  Her prize is a hand-made mug rug in her chosen color.  I'll share photos of her mug rug after she has received it.  I'm excited! If you're confused, I searched 'Mug Rug' in Pinterest for you.  Aren't they cute?

I think I might add some to my shop... there were some really pretty batik fat quarters in the store that I couldn't leave on the shelf.

Thank you so much, everyone, for staying with me as I showed off my quilt.  It shows that you can have fun and learn a lot when you're a beginner and you jump right in with a big project.  No matter how wobbly at the start, you'll get better.

Take care and have a lovely day.

Holly
xx



26 May 2017

Block 21/25 My Queen Size Quilt

Ta daaa! My final quilted block and my favorite.


If you know me well (well enough), you'll know I like to draw or paint flowers and wreaths.  So, it was only fitting that I quilted one, too.

I drew a basic circle in there somewhere, with chalk, then I free-hand machine quilted with flowers and foliage. There is at least one feather in there, maybe more.

I have a dream to make a whole-cloth quilt one day, or maybe many of them.  A whole-cloth quilt is basically one whole piece of solid fabric for the top and one for the bottom.  It includes no piecing, and is quilted in a thread that matches the fabric color.  I don't know about you, but I think they are absolutely beautiful!

I want to thank everyone who has hung around and watched my quilt reveal over the last several weeks!  My biggest hope is that you are left inspired, that one day you will try your hand at free hand machine quilting, however large or small the project might be.

Thank you!


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GIVEAWAY CLOSED (but details remain for a little longer):

I was so excited to finally share the last block, that I wanted to give something away!  SO, one lucky winner will receive a super mini quilt, 5x7 inches, in their favorite quilting style (choose any one of the the 25 blocks) and in their favorite color (coral, turquoise, yellow, grey, or white).

All you need to do is comment below (on the website, on this post at www.hollymayb.com ) and tell me which quilting style I have used is your favorite AND tell me which color you like best... coral, turquoise, yellow, grey or white.

For TWO entries, in the same comment, I want you to tell me the one distinct difference with this block 21, when compared to all of the rest.  Must answer correctly to have the second entry, I will reveal the answer after a winner has been selected.

For ANOTHER entry, tell me, correctly, which four blocks the pic below is the reverse side of.


***GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED***
Winner announced on the next post.

Remember to NOT comment as anonymous as I will not have any way to contact you if you are the winner, forcing me to choose another winner.

EDIT:  Some comments aren't coming through, if you haven't had a response from me within a few hours after you comment, please try again with a computer instead if a phone or comment your answers on the giveaway post on my facebook page, as I will count those as entries, too. I'm so sorry for this inconvenience!

Giveaway is open worldwide as long as you have a postal address.  Giveaway will be closed and a winner drawn on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:00 noon, MST.  Winner will be picked at random.  If the winner has not made contact with me within 48 hours (two days) of being notified, I will choose a different winner.

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For a refresher on the quilt, which blocks, which patterns, see the chart and links below.

Click on pic above for larger image.


Give me a few minutes to add the links, to all the blocks, to every post.  There are 25 of them!  Oh boy.

Thank you again, I so appreciate your comments, your feedback and your love!

Love,
Holly
xx

PS, I apologize for any spelling mistakes above, I've checked it over so many times and it's way too easy for me to miss it!

PPS, please share this link on facebook or forward the email to your friends who also might be interested in some freehand machine quilting inspiration.

PPPS, Thank you, again.  You're awesome.



25 May 2017

Block 22/25 My Queen Size Quilt


Flowers! I was so excited to begin quilting the *next* block (block 21, revealed tomorrow) that I rushed this one.  It is beautiful, but I can see a lot of room for improvement. These blocks are 17x17 inches.  I chose this size because it allowed me to cut the biggest (even) square possible from the fat quarters I used for this.

Fat quarters, in general, are 18x22 inches.  Sometimes they aren't cut straight or they might have a wide selvedge (also selvage), so 17.5 x 17.5 inches was safe, seam allowance included.

Tips for next time: slow down, make the flowers smaller, make more echo lines around the edges of the petals. I marked these out with chalk and barely stayed on track as I raced to get it done... probably during my youngest's nap time.

This would be a great pattern to use on a whole quilt, or for filling in large areas.

Tomorrow, I'll show you my most favorite block!  It was the last one I did in chronological order, too, so I think it shows exactly how far I have come.

I started with block 13, right in the center.  And I finished with block 21. I apologize if I made anyone confused by sharing the last five blocks in reverse order (see pic below).


In tomorrow's reveal, I will also tell you all the information about a giveaway that will run over the weekend.  You'll probably want to 'like' my facebook page early... Room to Flourish by Hollymayb and, if you're on instagram, follow me there, too: Room to Flourish on Instagram.

My instagram account right now is mostly about my #the100dayproject where I am doing #100daysofpsalmv1.  Basically that means, each day I am lettering, painting, drawing or sketching out Psalm 'x' verse 1.  Eg; day 1 was Psalm 1 verse 1; day 2 was Psalm 2 verse 1; day 3 was Psalm 3 verse 1, and so on.  As of today, I'm just over half way through.

Thanks for sticking around!

I'll hopefully see you tomorrow, here, on Facebook or on Instagram

I'm so excited!

Holly
xx

See more blocks here:




24 May 2017

Block 23/25 My Queen Size Quilt



"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. So now faith, hope and love abide, but the greatest is love."

This is a very shortened, paraphrased version of  1 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 1 and verse 13.  Shortened to fit on the block.

My only regret with this one is... that my camera would take better photo of it! There are still visible chalk lines (blue) but they will wash out.  Honestly, these coral blocks are so pretty while also the most un-photogenic.

But: imagine a WHOLE QUILT quilted like this?  With encouraging words, details, scriptures, poems... Endless possibilities!  So much love!

Stay tuned for the rules of the giveaway, I'll give all the details on the last post (block 21).  This week I've been sharing the last five blocks in reverse order (25, 24, 23, 22, 21) so I can show you my most favorite block last (block 21). It has been very tricky to photograph, too, but I've done my best and I hope you'll love it as much as I do.

See other blocks here:



Thank you!
Holly
xx

Pics below are extras for 'pinning'.








22 May 2017

Block 25/25 My Queen Size Quilt

Remember, I'm counting backwards now, so block 21 will be the last one to be revealed.  I apologize for any confusion.  The reason behind it all is that block 21 is my absolute favorite so I'm showing it last.


If you look in the top right corner, you can see where I wandered over from block 20 and just kept going.  I was in a hurry by this block, I just wanted it finished. If I went slower, relaxed a little, it would have turned out more smooth and uniform.  It would be totally fine on a patterned fabric.

Tomorrow's block (no. 24) is quilted with a pattern I've used before. It looks fun with the contrasting thread on the white fabric.

Links below to other blocks.



Also, if you've read this far... I'm thinking I'll do a giveaway of some sort at the final block reveal. Maybe something like a quilted mug rug? Perhaps, perhaps.

Thank you!
Holly
xx








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