Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Trails

It's Done!!!  And with 24 hours to spare ;)  I am so excited to share with you Happy Trails!!!   Back in September, I asked the gals from the Bees Knees group if they could make me Outdoor inspired blocks to make a quilt for my Grandparents new Motor Home.  My Grandparents love to camp and when I saw the not so inspiring bedspread in their motor home, I knew just what needed to be done.

The group had no guidelines on size or design.  Just think outdoors and create.   I am blown away with their amazing blocks and was so excited to put them all together.   Excited and a bit nervous.  Bringing all those blocks together all improv style is a bit out of my comfort zone.  I kept wanting to sketch it out on graph paper.  But Barbara kept encouraging me and I managed to get the top put together without having to draw it out.  Yippee for trying new things!!!   I wanted all the blocks to stay obe on the actual bed, and not hanging over the sides of it, so once they were all pieced the quilt was a little long and skinny.  So I added some skinny borders on the top and bottom and some wide borders on the sides to make it queen size.

Not surprisingly, it was a little hard for my little symmetrical mind to be okay with different size borders. I always have to push myself to do things Asymmetrical.  But I kept reminding myself that I did it for a reason and it was going to be okay.   And when it came time to quilt, I decided I needed to take advantage of those extra wide background space :)  So I made some templates, traced them in my disappearing marker, and quilted my Grandparents Names into their sides of the bed ;)  And suddenly, I wasn't so stressed about the different size borders, I loved it!!!

And speaking of quilting . . . I really had some fun with this one.  I used my favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Thread by Superior Threads on the whole thing.  Isn't it awesome how it creates such a perfect compliment to the background and totally blends in with the blocks ;)  For the background, I really got into this one and had so much fun.  I think this might qualify as "quilt grafatti".  There are swirls, paisleys, leaves, pebbles, curly cues, and tendrils.

And on the blocks, I used arches in all of the squares and triangles, and then some basic meandering and outlining to highlight the character blocks.

I used ribbon candy and just simple back and forths in the blocks made of strips.   I just love the way it creates so much movement in the blocks.  

I could seriously show you every block in this quilt . . . they are all so awesome.  But I will finish with this one and not make this the longest post ever ;)   I made sure this winded up in the center of the quilt, because it just summed up my Grandparents so perfectly.  Love it!!

I can't wait to give this quilt to my Grandparents tonight :)  Thank you a million times over to all of the amazing gals in the Bees Knees group.  You gals are the best and I so appreciate your amazing creativity.  The quilt is exactly what I hoped it would be thanks to each of you ;)

Linking this finish up to Sarah's and Amanda's :)
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Almost Done

So, do you remember my Bees Knees WIP for my Grandparents . . . well, it's almost done!!!  Which is good, considering they will be receiving it at our family Christmas party that just happens to be tomorrow night :)  Sounds normal, right ;)  The beginning of the week was improv piecing, and then Tuesday I started quilting up a storm.

I am having so much fun with combining designs for backgrounds.  I don't know if this qualifies as "quilt graffiti" but it sure is fun.  I just love how it is constantly changing so I never get bored of doing the same thing over and over ;)

Now, all that is left is to bind it ;)  That's on the list for nap time and then hopefully, a full reveal tomorrow ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Snapshots Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop

I am getting so excited for the Snapshots Quilt Along in 2015!!  I can't wait to sew along with Fat Quarter Shop and today they are sharing their Introduction Video, the first video in a year long series of Snapshots Quilt Along Videos ;)

On the 15th of each month Kimberly will release a new free block pattern along with a how-to video.  These blocks are so adorable and each represent candid moments in life that makes us happy.  To benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Fat Quarter Shop is asking that you make a $5 donation each time you download a block pattern.  You can make Donations Here ;)    And at the end of the Quilt Along, Fat Quarter Shop & Moda Fabrics will each match up to $10,000.00!!!!  

Ive got my Daysail Fat Quarter Bundle all ready to go!!!  I loved working with this line when I made the Bonnie's Smooth Sailing Quilt for Market, so I am super excited to be playing with it again!!    If you want to Quilt Along using Daysail as well, Fat Quarter Shop has Quilt Kits and Baking Kits available that will ship out in February ;)  

You can see more detailed information about the Quilt Along at the Snapshots Page on Jolly Jabber or you can check out the Jolly Jabber Intro Post that went live today ;)    If you are Quilting Along, be sure to share your progress on your favorite social media using the hashtag #fqssnapshots.  And you can also follow along with some favorite bloggers that will be sharing their progress on the 15th of each month, so there will be lots of Snapshots Eye Candy along the way ;)  

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios

Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse

I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of such an amazing cause.  Won't you join us this year and with small donations and stitches of love, we can make the world to children battling against cancer.  Check out the video and come Quilt Along.  

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day . . . let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of the $30.00 Gift Certificate to Shabby Fabrics  is . . .   Number 192. . . Congrats Jeanie!!   I have emailed you :)

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Discover Fabric!!   You will find a wonderful selection of fabrics from a large variety of manufactures at Discover Fabric :)

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Discover Fabric!!!   One lucky reader is going to get a Christmas Shopping Spree!!!  

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me one of your quilting discoveries this year.  What new thing did you try :)   

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Discover Fabric love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest.  You can Sign up for the Discover Fabric Newsletter (middle of the page) ,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Discover Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 23rd when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Up and Christmas Chocolates

I wanted to update you all that the ABC . . . Read With Me quilt tutorial is now up on the Moda Bake Shop.  So if you were wanting to download the free tutorial you can find it here :)  Thanks again for all of your sweet comments on this quilt and patience with the tutorial link :)

And now . . . on to the weekend happenings.  Nope, no quilting this weekend . . .   my machine is still getting it's annual checkup so it was the perfect time to crank out some Christmas Chocolates.   I started making Christmas Chocolates with my mom 15 years ago.  Now I make them with my family.  
It is so fun when all of the kids get involved.  The little ones throw centers in the chocolate for dipping and the older ones help decorate them.  I do all of the dipping and most of the filling making. And the sweetheart is the all around helper to everyone.  So fun!!!

We make Chocolate Truffles and Mint Truffles, that my sweetheart insists on having football shaped so he can decorate them with his favorite college teams.  We also make Caramels, Almond Joys, Pecan Turtles, and English Toffee.   

It was a super productive weekend and we managed to get everything dipped and put into tins ;)  Now it is time to start making up some plates for friends and family ;)

Wish I could send chocolates through email.  But if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Cedar City Utah, stop on by and come try some ;)

Have a Happy Quilting  (or chocolate making, in my case) Day!!
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