Saturday, October 13, 2018

What a week!

The past week has really been a whirlwind of craziness around here!  Lots of fun stuff happening, and I have just been so encouraged in continuing to enjoy my fascination with all things quilted.  First of all I want to express my appreciation for all of friends and family who support me.  I really don't post a lot of stuff on my personal facebook page, but when I did post to ask for their vote in the Put My Quilt On It contest I was absolutely floored at the response!  Even if I don't win the contest, that really made me feel so loved and supported.  I've received so many nice messages and comments and e-mails!  So, a big thank you to one and all!  I definitely feel loved by all of you, and it means a lot to me.  (and if you haven't done so yet, you can still vote - my quilt is number 4)

I also got a ton of positive feedback about my Honorable Mention for Solar Flare.  I was extremely happy to get a beautiful laminated plaque and certificate from the Northwest Quilting Expo this week!  My friend, Shirley, posted this comment which really resonated with me:  "You have put in the work, energy, skills, knowledge, building your style...You totally earned this! 🎖️""  I definitely have worked and put a lot of energy and time into this vocation of mine, and I very much appreciate the opportunity to share my work and be acknowledged for it.  

Much of the time it is very difficult for me to put myself in the public eye.  It feels very vain to show my work and say "Look what I did!".  But at the same time I love it so much, and do want to share, and to encourage others to see what they can do as well.  It's a tough balance, and is definitely a struggle at times, and I just want to express thanks for all the support and encouragement you all give me when you comment on my posts!

I also have a little wrap up for the My Happy Place Row Along.  Congratulations to Paula who won the Martelli Rotary cutter and blades!  And also Congratulations to  K. Johnson who won the drawing for a free full version of EQ8!  As a special bonus, Electric Quilt has given us a coupon code for 20% off all EQ products in their store.  This code is STBSRA20 and it expires on October 23, 2018.  If you've been on the fence about buying, this would save you over $40.00 for the full version and allmost $20.00 for the upgrade.  Not to mention all the other fun add-on products if you already have EQ!  Thanks to Electric Quilt for being an awesome sponsor!

Last, but not least, the pattern for my Rainbow Corona Mini Quilt is now available in my Craftsy Shop as well as in my Etsy Shop (if you are an international purchase I prefer if you would purchase through Etsy as they take care of the taxes).  Thanks to those who requested this as a pattern - I hope you enjoy it!

Now we are off to finish painting the trim on our house - wish us luck on getting it all done.  I'd rather be quilting, but it's nice to have our house looking nice again!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Put My Quilt on it Finalist

I was having a pretty good week already, but I was super excited to find out that I am a finalist on the Put My Quilt on it contest!  I was just scrolling through Instagram and randomly found the contest the other night, and thought it would be fun to join in.  I really loved the block I came up with, so am really delighted that it was chosen!

To see all four entries, you can go to the following blog post:

Vote now in the Put My Quilt on It Contest

I'd love your vote!  It would be so much fun to see my design as an actual barn quilt!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Monday Motivation

I finished up my last wedding wedding project last night, so this week should be mostly quilting. Yay!

My design wall is so full, but what I really want to get going on in the Brothers and Sisters quilt.  I am halfway done with the blocks, and am ready to get the rest finished up.

The quote I picked to motivate me this week doesn't show up well on this busy block, but it says:

"Life is something like a remarkable, exciting puzzle.  It comes piece by piece in packages marked days."  John Powell

Don't you just love that?  Let's enjoy each piece as it comes.  Some are dark, and some are light, but each one is an important piece of the puzzle of our lives.

Have a wonderful week!

Linking up:

Monday Making

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Ready for the weekend!

At least half of a weekend... I worked at the quilt shop all day yesterday.  I did get to play all day long on Friday, though, so I can't complain!  I enjoyed spending my day in a class by Cynthia Brunz of Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  It was great to meet Cynthia - we've been friends online for quite a few years and I was glad for the opportunity to meet in person.  She's a great teacher, and a very talented quilter as well!  I got a lot of great tips for dealing with my out of control stash in the class.  The class was for her  Geese Migration quilt.  When we got to the middle of the afternoon we all pooled our blocks together to get some ideas for arranging them when we are ready:

Isn't it cool how all of these blocks are made from 11 different peoples fabrics, but they all go together so wonderfully?  I've got five blocks done so far, and want to make at least 25 total, but maybe even more to make a bigger quilt. We'll see!

I've been spending a little time here and there working on my project for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge and it's starting to come together.  Just one more star to add and it will be time to figure out how in the world I want to finish this.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but I am enjoying the hand stitching - who knows, I may become a fan of EPP yet!

Don't forget, there is still time to enter to win the final giveaways for the My Happy Place blog hop - visit my post for an opportunity to win a Martelli Rotary Cutter and Blades, as well as links to the other posts with giveaways!  Thank you for all the nice comments - I've been really touched at the positive response to my row pattern - I've even spotted one in progress on Instagram!

Linking up with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday, as well as Cynthia for Oh Scrap.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Quilting is more fun than Housework
Hope you get some stitching in today, too!

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

My Happy Place - Under the Stars

Welcome to my post for the My Happy Place blog hop hosted by Marian at Seams to Be Sew!  Please make sure you stop by her blog to say Thanks for all the work she does setting this up.  I hope you have enjoyed all the beautiful creative row patterns we've seen so far as much as I have.  Let's just say I will have to do a lot of sewing to make all the patterns I've saved so far :)  Add to that the awesome prizes from all the sponsors that Marian has worked so hard to provide - that makes this Row Along a spectacular event!

On to my row now.  I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I would like to use as my theme.  So many places make me happy, it was hard to decide!  I finally decided that I would like to do a row featuring stars - I love seeing the twinkle of stars, and it always makes me smile when the weather is clear at night and I can spend a few minutes gazing into the great expanse of space and see all the lights above me.

I decided that 9 mini star blocks in a field of scrappy blue would be perfect for what I envisioned.  I managed to miss out on the opportunity to use fabrics from Northcott, (who so generously provided fabric to all who wanted it!) because of all the work we were doing this spring.  I decided to use some Island Batik fabrics for my row.
 I had plenty of lovely blues, but had to dig a bit for the yellows!

Yes, the stars are small, only 3 inches finished!  But you've got this - it's all easy piecing, just smaller pieces!  And you only need 3 of each star.  So try it!

Here is my block - isn't it fun?  I love the mix of stars and the scrappy blues for the sky!

I quilted it in a swirl pattern with deep blue thread, and bound it with a blue bandanna print.

Here it is, hanging out on my design wall.  I'm going to add a hanging sleeve on the narrow end and hang it this way!

Are you ready to make your own?  You can download my pattern here - it will be free for one week (through Oct. 11) then will be available for a fee after that.

Now for the second fun part of the Row Along!  The Giveaway:

I get to give away 1 Rotary Cutter and a 5 pack of blades!  With this you'll be able to do a whole lot of rotary cutting!

These cutters are supposed to be excellent for those with mobility issues or arthritis - you can read more about them here at Seams To Be Sew.  This cutter is a value of $24.99, and 5 blades are $24.99.  This giveawy is available world wide - but the winner will have to pay for the shipping cost.  Well worth it, I would say!
*please read disclaimer and guidelines at the end of the post

Enter here:

As an extra bonus, there is a giveaway for EQ8!  If you like designing quilts, you will love this program!  This prize is a coupon code via e-mail so no shipping needed. The value of this product is $239.00   Read more here...

Electric Quilt

Lots of opportunities for an entry here, so make sure you take some time and enter as many as you like!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to you!  Make sure you stop by and visit the other blogs featured today:

Thursday, October 4, 2018

*Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 11, 2018, and finish announcing winners on October 10, 2018.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their 

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With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

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Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

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Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
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I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

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Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

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Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Rainbow Corona - Starstruck Challenge for Island Batik

Yes, it's time for another Island Batik challenge!  One of the perks of being an Ambassador is getting to make a project each month with the wonderful fabrics they provide. I really do love the challenge of coming up with a project for the them we are challenged with.  I feel like it stretches my creativity immensely.

This months challenge was to create any size quilt with a star on it.  I love stars, so it wasn't too hard to come up with an idea, but it was a little difficult to squeeze in the time to work on my project.  But I did manage to set aside last weekend and come up with a nice quilt.

I broke out the Paisley dot stack, and paired it with a half yard of my current favorite color - Blueberry!
I went with the top one for my background and the bottom one for the binding.
I picked out pairs of fabric and a bit of yellow for my stars.  Can you tell how small these pieces are?  I decided to make this project a mini quilt.  I decided to give the Aurifil 80 wt thread a try for machine piecing, it worked great for quilting my last mini, so I thought it might be a winner for the piecing as well.

Each of these little units only measures 1 1/2 inches after trimming the dog ears.  So cute!

I had originally planned to add a dark border, but when I tried this fabric, I loved the way the colors echo the stars!  I think this is TieDye in the Paisley Dot line.  I managed to get enough out of a 10 inch square for the borders, and have a bit left over.

One of the best things about mini quilts doesn't take much time to quilt them!  I did a little stitch in the ditch in the stars, loops in the background, then swirls in the border.  I used both 80 wt and 50 wt threads from Aurifil for the quilting, and a scrap of Hobbs wool for the batting. 

Close up of the back.  Aurifil 80 wt worked perfectly in the bobbin. 

I love it with this cute bowl I found in a shop at the mall earlier this month.
I really am happy with that pop of yellow, and I'm glad I only used it for the inner part of the blocks. 

Rainbow Corona measures 11 inches square.  Now to put a hanging sleeve on it and figure out where I want to hang it! 

Have you ever made a mini?  I really enjoy making and collecting them. Right now I am putting sleeves on all of my mini quilts so I can hang them properly instead of sticking pins in the corners.  I'll have to post a picture when I get that project finished. 

Have a terrific Saturday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Final Block for the Christmas All Year Block of the Month

Can you believe that three months from today is Christmas?  I sure can't, but I'm excited to have 9 blocks finished for a Christmas quilt that I will actually be able to finish before Christmas!  Yahoo!

Today's block - ready or not:  Corn and Beans

This block features lots of half square triangles, and the piecing order is a little unusual due to those large half square triangles in the center and corners.  The easiest way to make this block is to make it in quarters, two with red triangles and two with background triangles, then sew them together to finish the block.

First of all you'll need to download the pattern so you'll have measurements for all the cutting:

Next, get all your triangles cut out.  They filled up my design board!
I found it easier to make one quarter at a time so the triangles wouldn't get mixed up.  First sew three dark green and background triangles together.  Make sure to trim up those dog ears that hang off the sides as you go!  As far as pressing the seams, you may want to press them open.  I decided to press them toward the darker side on the first ones, then toward the added triangles as I went.

Sew a light green triangle to two of the dark green triangles.  Then sew a red triangle to the background triangles so that one unit has both and each of the others has just one.
Sew the three triangle sections together to make a long diamond shaped piece with green on one side and red on the other.  

Then sew the light green and red large triangles to each side to complete one quarter of your block.

Make one more quarter like this, and one quarter using your large background triangles instead of red.  Each quarter should measure 6 1/2 inches.  Make sure you trim off those dog ears for a nice clean block.
Sew the four quarters together to get your finished block.  Take care to match up the points and it will look great!

Now, for a caution!  Don't get mixed up like I did - I added the light green and red triangles to the wrong side of three of my quarters.  I spent a good amount of time ripping out all of my work to make it right!  Make sure you pay attention as you go!

Hope you enjoy making this last block.  Next month I'll show you how to set the blocks in sashing and add a border to make a nice quilt top - and then we can work on getting them quilted! 

Thanks for sewing along with me!