Monday, February 28, 2011

Our long arm quilting class

So I haven't gotten a chance to share yet about the long arm quilting class that I took over a week ago! So much going on (and more tomorrow! ;) ) So I wanted to sneak in this post on the long arm quilting class that 4 members of our little New Orleans Modern Quilt Guild took.


We took the class at a local sewing machine store. It's actually the place where I bought my current machine, so I've been there often enough...plus I have a good friend who is a chiropractor who works on the second floor of the building...and I went to him a LOT during my pregnancy. So I've been in the store a number of times. It is run by a 70's loving slightly shady man who annoyingly always seem to be working with another customer. I mean I spent some good money on a machine there and I still feel like I'm not important as a client because I didn't buy the MOST expensive one. But oh well...he wasn't the one teaching the class. ;)


The lady who did teach our long arm class was very sweet. She showed us some of her own quilts that she has made. She either had them sent away to be quilted (with appropriate horror stories about cost and quilting) or had done them herself. Let's just say that her style is not at all in keeping with the MODERN quilt guild. ;) That's fine....I'm all for appreciating good work. One interesting quilt she had was one that was made with original 30's fabrics. It's was so cool to see those fabrics and how close some of the reproductions are to them. I'm not sure that I've seen original fabric from the '30's before...so that was fun.

A quilt made by the instructor


A cute scottie dog fabric! Our fearless leader Kaelin has a scottie dog, so we're always on the lookout for scottie dog fabric! ;)

Original Scottie Dog 30's Fabric




The machine that they have is a tin lizzy. Which if I understand correctly is somewhere middle of the line in terms of machines. They are upgrading to one with a larger throat soon and hopefully we'll be able to use that one right away! There were all kinds of instructions that she gave which of course I've already forgotten. But thankfully she will be there if we need to help us out. And they provide the loveliest threads!


Bobbins!



We all (Kaelin, Karen, Adele and I) took turns wrapping the backing, the batting, and then the "quilt top" to the machine. Then we each got a couple of turns using the machine and practicing our free motion quilting with the machine. Good times.




Kaelin was very serious about her job, so I had to remind her that she was having fun. ;)


Kaelin very seriously rolling and smoothing the fabric



She really was having fun.

Kaelin at the longarm!



Although here she looks like is ready to take that machine down! LOL. Or she is moonlighting as Adele's body guard.

Adele and Kaelin at the machine



Karen has a quilting frame at home, so she is used to the general idea already of quilting with a frame. She learned ...um...something...? ...at the class. LOL. She was adventurous and did things that the teacher didn't tell us! Gasp! Karen's such a rebel!

Karen is calm and collected


Karen checking out her work!



I had to get myself ready for the reality of long arm quilting. So that meant rolling up my sleeves and assuming the stand. LOL.

Rolling up the sleeves and getting ready!



I am very focused as well when I do things. You might catch a glimpse into my type AAA personality as you see the pictures of me tackling a new task. Sigh....and I need to work on my posture. But I'm sure that is always true when I quilt. Good thing I have that chiropractor friend upstairs. I'll just go see him after I quilt a large quilt. ;)


My daughter makes this same face!

I'm very focused!



Now I'm very focused!



Getting a feel for the machine



But I promise, I did have some fun too. ;)

Me at the long arm!



Let's just say at the end I think that all of us felt like we had learned a little and wished that we had learned a lot more. The teacher only "taught" us free motion quilting with the machine even though the machine has pantograph capabilities. The instructor never does ANYTHING other than a basic stipple stitch. I think we were shocking her with our "different and fancy" stitches. LOL. You know, like waves or squares...


I'm going to research the machine because I think that there is a ton more that it is capable of. Hopefully I can do that soon. In all of my free time. ;)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sherbet Pips Giveaway!

*giveaway is now closed*

Well first of all I'd like to give a huge congratulations to all of you who did so amazingly well on this fabric diet! I think that you guys are fabulous for sustaining so often and so well. You put me to shame. I think that I needed the diet more than any of you. LOL. But that's okay. I think whether we bought fabric or did not, we all learned something about our purchasing habits. Some things can be improved and some are just fine.


So, I want to do a little celebration. From the fabulous Fat Quarter Shop we have not one but TWO jelly rolls of Sherbet Pips! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop! So that means that we will potentially have two winners. Why potentially? Well, one person could win both. And some of you will have a lot of opportunities. ;)






So what do you need to do? Well, everyone who wants to can enter...just leave me a comment about what you would love to see in a future giveaway.


Now comes the fun for those of you who played along with the fabric diet. If you were playing along and checked in with us on a regular basis then you get one bonus entry. Simply leave a comment saying "bonus entry #1". Then (and I promise I'm not trying to punish you guys by making you do work! lol), for every successful week you had in addition to playing, you get another bonus entry. So that means that some of you will have up to eight bonus entries and nine entries total. Simply label each entry as "bonus entry #_". So some of you definitely have a fair chance of winning more than once.


And maybe I'll be throwing in a few other giveaways in there as well. ;) You'll just have to wait and see. I want to give everyone time to check in, so we'll keep this open until Wednesday March 2nd. Then, it's you snooze, you lose!


Good luck everyone!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabric Diet Check In - Week 8!!!

Alleluia! The fabric diet is over! Take a deep breath and a sigh of relief!


It's time to tally up all the weeks that you've been naughty or nice and see what Santa will bring you. Oh wait, that's Christmas. Well, it's still time to tally up those weeks. ;)


I know that this was either a huge success for some or a laughable attempt at controlling the monster that is a love for fabric. I fell somewhere in between. I think that doing this really helped me evaluate what fabrics I have and what fabrics I want. I'm learning how to spend my dollars more wisely...which is always a good thing. And I'm determining the amounts of fabric that I would like of particular prints. I'm kind of surprising myself with the fabrics that I adore and the ones that I can ignore.


I find it helpful to find the fabric, know that I could buy it, and then make a rational..non impulsive decision about the fabric. I've figured out that sometimes it's worth pursuing the hard to find fabrics and other times you just need to ride the train of gorgeous new fabrics. Because just when I think that i have every print I want, I somehow see a new line in a different way. And then I must have it.


I've also learned that it's okay to love just a few of the prints from a particular line...and I don't need to have all of them. It's really just my compulsive nature that makes me want to collect entire lines. But honestly, it's a pretty silly thing to do because I so rarely make something from just one line. I take great delight in throwing together fabrics from all over the place!


And I'm still organizing fabric! It's crazy! But the good news is that I will be doing some destashing soon in my Etsy shop and I hope that you will enjoy what I'm letting go of. Plus you know you all get a discount code. ;)


So spill everyone...this is the last check in. You must check in to be eligible for any special prizes... tease tease.


And make sure you come back tomorrow because we are having a fabulous giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop! (hint: girls, trees, puppy dogs, scooters, scarves and more!)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

To do... to do... to do...

Oh do I have a to do list! I'm getting to the point where I need to write it down so that I can prioritize what I am working on.

Let's see...there's the zig zag quilt mock up to make and then start on an actual quilt.

There's the doll quilt that MUST be worked on.

There's the something special that I really want to make to send with the doll quilt.

There's the Mythology inspired blocks for Bee Modern Too for February...near the end of the month and still working on bee blocks!

There's the March window block to make for Busy Bees.

There's the March Star Block to make for VIBees.

There's the gathering of scraps and picking of colors for Rachel's (very slow and low pressure because I can't handle more than that) Quilt Along.

There's the organization of my fabric and sewing room.

There's the arrangement of my fabric and some destashing to do on Etsy.

There's the quilting of the Neapolitan Dreams quilt on the long arm.



Is that enough yet...? I could add more to that list, but those are the things that make the top of the list. Yep...that's just the top. Sigh. Okay Mike, you are not allowed to freak out over this post. I've made a to do list and even made it public! Everyone can affirm you and tell me how insane I am. lol.


So...I need to tackle some of that. Most likely in the order that everything was listed. But something always seems to get bumped down or up...



But fun for you all....only 1!! day left on the fabric diet. I'll admit..it's been done for a couple of weeks for me now. 8 weeks was too long. LOL. I'm sure that many of you will agree. We'll talk about it more tomorrow...but start tallying up your "good" weeks and your "bad" weeks. ;)


We've got a couple of fabulous giveaways coming up as well. And you know my fabric diet friends will get an extra entry for the sacrifice that most...er...some...of you have made. LOL. And we'll definitely need to have celebrations for the end of the fabric diet!



Phew! So are you worn out yet? I am. I can't do a post without some kind of picture...so I'll share a current pic of my girlie. She's sitting on the fabric that I had to purchase for the backing of my Neapolitan Dreams Quilt. She was like the cat. She went straight for it and sat down on it. She thinks that it is for her!


Caitlyn convinced that the fabric is hers!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Sewing

Happy Sewing.  That was our instructions and inspirations for February's Blocks for Kathy.  She sent us a gorgeous collection of fabrics (which I was hoping she would because she owns the lovely Pink Chalk Fabrics Store).


February fabric from Kathy for Busy Bees



So it didn't take me too long to decide what I should do for my block. When I think Happy Sewing, I think about all the friends that I have made through the online world...finally finding fellow women and men who love the designers that I do. People who think quilting can be amazingly beautiful and not just for their grandmother. People who are all over the world!! And if it weren't for the occasional language oddities that we all have from our culture, I would't even know that the person couldn't live around the corner. In some ways, these friends understand me in a way that no one else can even begin to.



So I wanted to make a block that reflected those feelings. And I loved the idea of doing a block designed by one of my fellow quilters and one that had an international aspect to it. And so I ended up using a pattern from Lynne and creating a union jack block. I've always loved the blocks that other people make and wanted to give this one a try.



Unfortunately I cannot show you the entire block because part of the pattern is top secret... but don't worry. There will be a time when I can show it all to you and more. ;) But I did end up using almost every fabric that Kathy sent, you just won't see it in the block. The whole block is pretty cool, but even just the center is awesome.


Union Jack


Yet again, I did a block with many small pieces and was fairly labor intensive. But the finished product is definitely worth it. I feel more and more confident with my paper piecing skills and hope to branch out and design some blocks that are not geometric that need to be paper pieced. I love the crispness that paper piecing brings to quilting. But it is a bit more work usually.






I'm also working on a quilt design for the quilt along. I think that you'll like it. I'm doing a zig zag variation...you know...because I can't do anything that's already written. ;) But it will be fun to see another version of a zig zag quilt and I want to make it as user friendly as possible. So I have some construction issues to work out. It's perfect for a rainbow quilt, but like any zig zag would also look great with any other color scheme. So get your thinking caps on and start thinking about what fabrics you may want to use. And let me know if any of you would find it helpful to have a bundle put together for you for the quilt. I could do color combos or shades of a color that you don't have much in or put together the whole quilt. I have some harder to find fabrics in my stash that I can include, so that might make it a fun purchase. ;)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I didn't forget....

I remember that we had a giveaway last week.  Nope I didn't forget.  I just had to clear some things up first and get a little sewing done with my NOLA peeps Kaelin and Karen!  We spent the day together sewing away.  Of course I had the girlie to take care of, so that's my excuse for the fact that they were entirely too productive.  While I, yet again, was working on a bee block that has a ridiculous number of pieces and requires a great deal of work.  I was hoping to have it finished for you all, but I wasn't able to finish it.  It looks pretty fun so far though! ;)  Hopefully I can share that tomorrow.


But I know...you want to know who won.  So, without further ado...  It was lucky #101! Jessica, all the way from Australia!



Jessica said...101

I have joined your flickr group. I am seriously addicted to flickr!




Thanks for playing along everyone!  And don't worry...you know that I have more fun in store for you. ;)  That's not the last you've seen of those scrap packs...

Jessica, please contact me and let me know all your details so that I can send that on to Hawthorne Threads.

Thanks!

Happy Sewing Everyone!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stars!

Well I'm finally getting you the pattern I promised. For my bee do. Good Stitches, Rachel asked us to make wonky star blocks with reds, pinks, and white. I'll admit that I made one large wonky star block because I'm super busy. But I think I made up for it with the number of stars in my second block. LOL. One night I sewed 203 pieces of fabric together and not one of them was larger than 1.5"...and I didn't even finish the block!


But first, the two blocks!


Do. Good Stitches February Wonky Star Blocks



I think that they are pretty and I can't wait to see all the blocks that Rachel gets and how she puts them together! Hopefully she'll make these look like they belong in the same quilt. ;)



You've probably seen a similar block to my ring of stars around. And I'll be the first to admit that I was deeply inspired by Zonnah's block here. In fact, I even intended to just make her block originally. But then I realized that her design is for a 10" block and I needed to make a 12" block. Since I was going to have to change the pattern to suit my block size, I took the opportunity to do my own design based on the original concept of a ring of wonky stars.


Ring of Wonky Stars



My version, because it is slightly larger, allows you to make the eight wonky nine patches individually and then connect them together. I like this method as I mentioned before because there are soooo many little pieces and this helped my brain tackle just a portion of the block at a time without getting hopelessly confused. (mom with a one year old...what can I say? the brain just isn't all there)



Ring of Wonky Stars



This block is not for the faint of heart, but it's very satisfying to accomplish something this intricate. If you enjoy miniature sewing at all, then this block will be right up your alley. Otherwise, you might just want to add it to a gallery of inspirations in a swap with hopes that someone else will make it for you. ;) I know that Emily made a version of Zonnah's original for the Pillow Talk Swap! I have even more appreciation for that pillow now! Hat's off to Emily!



Ring of Wonky Stars - Detail



I've created the pattern and made it available as a PDF (as so many of you requested for a quilt pattern for the quilt along). You can find it permanently in my sidebar.  I don't include directions on how to make a wonky star nine patch, but I do include resources for directions on that.  I in NO way created the wonky star.  lol.  So I'm not going to write the tutorial.  ;)

So print away and start creating!  Don't forget to add your creations to my flickr group. I'd love to see anything you are making. Please see the pattern for copyright issues, but the basics are to play nice. This pattern is for personal use only. Don't make me send the flying monkeys after you! ;)



Oh and enjoy this next picture, as it was the last one taken with the stump! I'll share more on that later. LOL.


Ring of Wonky Stars

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

To Quilt along or not? That is the question...

So I've been thinking for quite a while about doing a quilt along with you all. But I'm undecided...so I need some help. So should we do one and if so what should we do?


I've been planning on doing one using Sherbet Pips, but at this point only the precuts are available. So that means that the quilt design will need to be precut friendly. Not a deal breaker, but a consideration...


I've also fallen in love with the idea of a rainbow zig zag quilt after I made the quilt block for Kelly that is a tiny version of that.


But I'm also open to doing whatever the majority would like to do...whether that is to quilt or not.


So I've put together a little survey for you all. I would love it if you could vote so I can get a better idea of what people would like. I'd do a quilt along even if just a few of us wanted to do one, so don't let the busyness that I'm sure people will have dissuade you if you have an idea.


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Friday, February 18, 2011

Fabric Diet Check In - Week 7

First of all, let me say that there is nothing better than going to bed and waking up with all the lovely compliments and good wishes that you have given me over my projects in the magazine. You are all the best and I love reading every comment!


But once again, I realized that it is Friday again and we're supposed to do a fabric diet check in. And we are done with week 7!!! Only one more week to go.


I'll admit, I think that a 6 week diet was all I needed. ;) But I think that some of you are doing better than I am. And we should celebrate that. If you are like me and have finally been lured away by the awesome sales and your desire to fill your stash with the items you have realized are missing...then share what lovelies you purchased so we can all be jealous...er...celebrate with you.


I'm planning some special prizes for the end of this...and I think you all deserve a blog button that says you survived this diet. Whether you purchased something every week or resisted the whole 8 weeks in the end...I know that you have all been thinking about those purchases and making the right decisions for you. I for one am happy to have had plenty of time to start organizing my stash. And yes, I say start because I am STILL NOT DONE! Oh well...in time.


So share with us all...and remember...just one week left!

Coming soon...to a magazine near you!

So.... I'm super excited because I've been sitting on some fun news for a while.  I have the honor of having 3 projects in the upcoming Stitch magazine.  I checked with them to make sure that I could share and all was well... so I can finally tell you about it.  Just no tutorials here. ;)



First of all, you may have noticed that my tutorial for the quilty chair recover has been missing from the blog.  About two days after I posted it (read here: took a long time to write it up!), I got the news that they had accepted it for the magazine.  (Sometimes there is a really long time between submissions and hearing back from publishers).  Frankly, I just figured that they were not interested in it.  But lucky for me they were!


chair recover


chair recover


And since I obviously did not ship the chair to them, they are using one of my own pictures (not one of these shots) that I took just for them. I'm a little nervous to see how my picture stands up to the professional shot ones! So treat it kindly when you see it in the magazine.




I was also very excited that they took my hanging wall organizer. I first made this for Melissa for the now called Make Mine Modern Swap. I enjoyed the one that I made for her and it seemed like a popular item, so I did a little redesigning of this one and am more proud of it than ever. I only have a quick snapshot of this because this one came down to the wire. Remember when I was singing Kaelin's praises for dropping everything and coming to help me finish up a super secret project? Well this was it. And she did the binding for me, which I did not know until she was half way through that is her least favorite part of sewing. What a sweetie! Not only did she bind it for me, she then took it to three! different UPS stores to get it to ship the next day. Now that's a friend you can count on!


Here's the super quick shot I got of it before it was whisked away by Kaelin!

Hanging Wall Organizer for Stitch




And then finally, they took my color book, a soft fabric book perfect for little ones. I was inspired to make this for my daughter but then couldn't even let her touch it because it had yet to be photographed. But I'll let her play with it when I get it back. Maybe... ;)


The Color Book


Each page is made up a patchwork of different colors perfect for using up scraps!


Red



Orange and Yellow


green and aqua



blue and purple



pink


Pardon my inundation of pictures...I've had these hidden in my flickr account for a long time. LOL. It's fun to share them.


Do you like how I used the baby toys as a backdrop? Oh and my famous stump (by the way...that stump is going to be ground up on Saturday!).


bike and book and legos




So, be on the lookout for the magazine. Well, let's be honest. I'm sure that I'll be telling you the moment that I see it. ;) And now you'll all have a few of my patterns and then you can add pictures to that group of mine I "suggested" you all join. Tricky aren't I?


And stay tuned for the next post because I'll be sharing another pattern with you. It's a star block, but not the spinning one...but it's equally cool. ;)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A little Hawthorne Threads Giveaway!

*the giveaway is now closed*

Hey all,
I do believe that I mentioned that there would be more giveaways in your future...and there are still more! But today we have a little something from the lovely Charlie and Lindsay over at Hawthorne Threads. Now if you have heard of Hawthorn Threads, then the title of this post has already got you excited. But if you haven't heard of them, then I invite you to come out of your cave and join the rest of us in our love for an online fabric store that always has the latest things to offer!





They have generously offered up one of their fabulous scrap packs to a lucky winner.  Don't know about their scrap packs?!  Well, let me enlighten you.  This was one of my very favorite things to buy from them when they were still over on Etsy under another name.  It is such a great way to do a little stash building and they have cleverly sorted their scrap packs into three categories: Cool, Warm, and Fresh.  

In their words, "What a great way to get a sampling of designer fabrics!  You will receive 2 yards worth of fabric by weight which is about 12 ounces. Your pack will include an assortment of fabrics from those designers seen in our shop."

I have ordered many of these over the past few years and I have never been disappointed in the fabrics I receive.  They are very generous with the fabrics that they give away.  And somehow, because the fabrics are "scraps" (although the tend to be at least an 1/8 of a yard), they are always easier for me to cut into and actually use.  LOL.  Ahhh the mystery of scraps.  


So for today's giveaway, what do you need to do?  Well I would love it if you all went and joined my little group on flickr I set up for us to share anything that you make by following one of my tutorials or patterns...or just were inspired to make because of something I've made.  It's so lovely to see that people are actually using and enjoying your patterns. For the few of you that have already joined, just let me know that you have. lol

Oh and tomorrow I'll tell you about a few things that you might be able to add to that group in the near future. ;)  


PS.  If you are not part of the flickr community, then first of all, consider joining us crazy folk over there.  There really is something for everyone.  Otherwise, leave me a note saying which item of mine you would be most like to see a pattern for.  In fact, everyone can do that...so you flickr folks have two chances for an entry!


Good luck! We'll keep this open until Sunday night again...it's just easier for me to remember that the giveaways end at the same time.  lol


You can find my little flickr group here - 


✁ Creating with Twee ✁



Oh!  One more thing.  You can get an extra entry if you actually have something to add already to that group! How fun would that be?!  Well fun for me at least.  :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My favorite quilt for Lynne and my newest quilt for you all!

Over on Lynne's Blog, Lily's Quilts, she's doing a fun feature on everyone's favorite quilt that they have made. Well I've made a number in my day, and I have many feelings about all of them. It's hard to be ambivalent about anything that you put so much of yourself into. And it's just as hard to say that any single one is your favorite. And so, just for today, I'll say what I'm currently loving from previous work.


Finished String quilt

Today, this is my favorite quilt. I made this quilt for my mother in law after she dropped everything, traveled a 1000 miles, and stayed with us for a month after Caitlyn was born and I needed the help. She was invaluable and bashfully mentioned to my husband on her way to the airport at the end of the month that she would like one of my quilts maybe in 3 years or so...well I got it to her in about 3 months. :) It's so fun to go back there and see it and know that it will be well loved for many years.




And onto my latest quilt. I told you all that I put the border on. Such a seemingly simple task and yet it's one of the very last times that you can ensure that your quilt is all squared up nicely. Plus there was a bit of extra pressure with this quilt because there are so many bias edges along the edge of the quilt...they were just begging to be stretched out. But I held them back. I'm also proud to say that after auditioning many different fabrics for a border from my stash that I was finally able to pick one that I was happy with. And once again, it has been in my stash for a few years, so it felt great to use it here.

Want to know what color I put around this pink and cream quilt? I'll give you a hint... This quilt is now named "Neapolitan Dreams"! So start thinking chocolate...


Neapolitan Dreams Quilt Top



Neapolitan Dreams Quilt Top


With the border on, this quilt is a healthy twin size. I'm saving to quilt it on a long arm after our guild takes a long arm quilting class this weekend! So this may be the very first quilt that I long arm quilt on!



Neapolitan Dreams Quilt Top



Neapolitan Dreams Quilt Top

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

First of all, I will end the suspense and let you know that we have a winner for the sweetwater giveaway!  It was one of the very last people to enter this time!



Stephanie *SP Diva* said...188






I am now a new follower of your blog! Love it! Thanks for a chance to win!




Welcome to the blog Stephanie.  You've lucked out with your very first visit.  Please contact me so that I can send your information onto the folks at Sweetwater.



And for the rest of you, don't worry...there's more fun ahead. ;)  What's one of our favorite shops that begins with an "H"? Hmmm....


I put the border on my pink quilt today, and as always, a simple process takes a good bit of time.  But I like to do it right.  Any guesses on the color of the border for the very pink quilt?  It's not much of a hint but it influenced my name for the quilt.  But I'll share all of that tomorrow.


If you'd like to read a post by me today, please hop on over to Kat's blog where she is doing a series on Blogging Etiquette.  I've offered my humble opinion to the topic.  Check it out HERE.

Good etiquette for the modern blogger week

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lynne's Quilt Pattern on Moda Bakeshop!

One of my very favorite people in all of blogland has her first pattern debuting on Moda Bakeshop today!  That person if you haven't heard already is the sweet Lynne of Lily's Quilts.

She has a gorgeous quilt that uses a layer cake of everyone's soon to be favorite fabric line, Sherbet Pips!  And there are hexagons!  But easy to do hexagons!  You must go check it out and tell her how fabulous she is.  Because really she is.

And I just love her name for the quilt!  Hexagon Park  It just captures everything that this quilt is about.


Hexagon Park for Moda Bake Shop




Congrats Lynne!  I can't wait to see all the people who make this quilt.  I'm very tempted to make it myself, but you know I have some other plans for my layer cake. ;)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fabric Diet Check In - Week 6

Week 6!!!  We're almost there!

It's that time again!  Fabric Diet Check in time...tell us your struggles or your triumphs.

And if you haven't done so, don't forget to sign up for the giveaway started yesterday.


Oh and if you want to read a post by me today, you can find me as a guest blogger over at 13 Woodhouse Road talking about my system for scrap storage.  It might be helpful for those you of you who are organizing your stash while you're dieting...or just like to be organized!  Oh and you can sign up for a fat quarter giveaway while you are there!  Fabric giveaways everywhere!

Guest Post Here

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I'm in the mood...for a giveaway!

*giveaway is now closed*

I could use a giveaway...how about you guys? Today just seems like a great day to get excited about winning something. And I'm excited about this one.


Do you ever have a day where you read one blog, and then click on a link that takes you to another blog...and then click on another link...and before you know it, you have found a new favorite site and wonder how you possibly could have missed it before?


Well that happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I stumbled onto the blog for Sweetwater. I knew that they designed fabric because I actually was extremely lucky one time and won a whole fat quarter set of one of their lines out of like 1000 entries! (Which I still haven't even pulled apart because it looks so pretty all bundled together!) But I didn't realize that they did other things like custom labels, logos, stationary. you name it. And I just feel in love more with their aesthetic. It's clean and simple yet whimsical. That's something that I always strive for in my own designs.



They have this awesome idea for a label club which I immediately decided that I needed to be a part of. It's about $7 a month I think including shipping...something like that. Whatever...it's pretty cheap and the product is darling.




So that took me to their Etsy shop where they have their labels and some fabulous quilt patterns for sale!  And they were sweet enough to offer a giveaway to one of you all!  So here's what you do.

1.  Hop on over to their shop HERE, and come back and leave a post saying what you would most like to win from their shop...you may very well receive it! (ETA:  I thought that I had checked to make sure that they didn't have anything obviously more expensive than the other items...so I'm not sure if the fat 1/8 bundle would be available.  I know we would all love to have that.  Don't worry if you put that down as what you want...if you win and it's not available I'll find out what you would pick next.)

2.  A special entry can be made by all new followers to my blog.

3.  A special separate entry can be made by anyone who has commented in any of my last 4 posts.  Just one entry per person even if you are a totally sweet and dedicated person who always comments.  You just get extra brownie points for that. (Hmmm...now I really want my husband's brownies...He makes the BEST brownies...and I know he'll read this later, so maybe he'll make me some!)




So what are you waiting for?!  Go check it out!  Just know that I'm totally jealous of whomever wins!  Is it wrong to enter your own giveaways?  Probably.... Darn.

We'll let this giveaway run until Sunday night again...my time..lol.  So twiddle those thumbs until Monday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Quilt Story Block Party!

Sounds like fun to me! You can enter blocks that you have made in three separate categories: traditional, modern and creative. I think I've made enough blocks to find something for each of those. ;)


Fresh Poppy Design




For traditional I chose this block I recently made for Sylvia with one of my favorite fabric lines, Modern Meadow!

Spinning star block



For Modern, I chose this block that I recently made for Tacha. All those curves and the fabrics definitely are modern to me!

September Block for Busy Bees for Tacha



And for creative I chose this block that I recently made for Lynne! Another favorite block that I've made and given away! lol

November Hexagon Block for Lynne


It's really quite fun to see what other people are submitting to these categories as well!

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