Friday, December 15, 2017

Modern Quilts!!!!

The Modern Quilt Guild is releasing  Modern Quilts this month and I am so very excited!!!!  This book is  jam packed with large, color photographs of the best modern quilting has to offer.  Over 200 quilts grace the pages of this collective hardcover beauty.      It truly is a celebration of Modern Quilts that honors the genre's past, present and future.

And this book also gives right back to the Modern Quilt Guild, as 100% f the royalties eared from this book go right back into the Modern Quilt Guild, a non-profit 501 (c)3.  

With over 200 Modern Quilters gracing the pages of Modern Quilts I am truly honored to have one of my quilts featured in this amazing collection.  Flipping to page 56 finds my Off Kilter Quilt!!!   I can't tell you how excited I was when I was told this wonderful news ;)

Off Kilter has been a favorite quilt design of mine that really plays with color graduation in a simple yet stunning way.   And I just love the modern solids and how they really make this design pop!!!

When it came time to quilt it, I opted for simple organic lines about 1/4" apart.  It took a while to quilt and I got a lot of exercise going back and forth on the long arm, but it was so worth it ;)  I just love the movement it gives the quilt!!

And I am super excited to say, that there is a free Step by Step tutorial for Off Kilter right over here ;)   How fun is that!!!  It has two size options, lap size or twin size, and is so much fun to make!!!  So now, you can make your own Off Kilter quilt too ;)  Just grab a stack of solids, and you are good to go ;) 

And as I mentioned, there are so many incredible modern quilters represented in this book!!  Be sure to follow along with the  Modern Quilts Blog Tour to see more of the amazing quilts in this incredible book that I am so honored to be a part of!!!   

Amber Corcoran12/13/2017Amber Corcoran
Heidi Parkes12/14/2017Heidi Parkes
Melissa Cory12/15/2017Melissa Cory
Penny Gold12/16/2017Penny Gold
Shruti Dandekar12/18/2017Shruti Dandekar
Amy Friend12/19/2017Amy Friend
Paige Alexander12/20/2017Paige Alexander
Angela Bowman12/21/2017Angela Bowman
Lysa Flower12/22/2017Lysa Flower
Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill12/27/2017Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill
Jacquie Gering12/28/2017Jacquie Gering
Christa Watson12/29/2017Christa Watson
Heather Black12/30/2017Heather Black
Kristin Shields1/2/2018Kristin Shields
Krista Hennebury1/3/2018Krista Hennebury
Cinzia Allocca1/4/2018Cinzia Allocca
Suzanne Paquette1/5/2018Suzanne Paquette
Yvonne Fuchs1/6/2018Yvonne Fuchs
Ben Darby1/9/2018Ben Darby
Nicole Daksiewicz1/10/2018Nicole Daksiewicz
Kristi Schroeder1/11/2018Kristi Schroeder
Kathy York1/12/2018Kathy York
Marla Varner1/13/2018Marla Varner
Brigette Heitland1/15/2018Brigette Heitland
Stacey Sharman1/16/2018Stacey Sharman
Stacey O'Malley1/17/2018Stacey O'Malley
Kim Soper1/18/2018Kim Soper
Steph Skardal1/19/2018Steph Skardal
Cheryl Brickey1/20/2018Cheryl Brickey
Shea Henderson1/22/2018Shea Henderson
Katie Larson1/23/2018Katie Larson
Katie Pedersen1/24/2018Katie Pedersen

Thanks again to the Modern Quilt Guild for this tremendous honor and be sure and get your copy of  Modern Quilts pre-ordered today!!!  It releases on December 29th, which just so happens to be my Anniversary as well ;)  Super excited day!!!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Roundabout Quilt Along - Parade and Grand Prizes!!!

First off,  I would like to say Thank You to all of you who quilted-a-long with me.  This has been such a fun Quilt-A-Long and that is because of each of you.  I realize now that this was a tough time of year to do a quilt along, but you all stretched yourselves and came through with beautiful quilt tops!!!  Just awesome!!!  I loved seeing each of you really push yourselves and some of you doing curves for the very first time, which just makes me smile as that is the whole point of a quilt along :)  And now you all have a stunning quilt top to show for it, way to go!!! 

And speaking of finishes . . . Did you see them???  They are all just so pretty and I had so much fun quilting along with each of you!!!  To see all the finishes just pop on over here and check out the links at the bottom of the post.  They are absolutely amazing!!!     And if you want to see everyone's progress along the way, you can check out the  Happy Quilt-A-Long Flickr Group or visit the #roundaboutquiltalong.  It was so much fun to watch each of your quilt tops come together as we took this journey together :)

One more thing before we get to the parade, if you are just popping over and finding the Roundabout Quilt Along for the first time, or just want an easy reference for the future, you can find all of the Tutorial Posts for the Roundabout Quilt Along at any time under the Quilt-A-Long tab at the top of my blog.  You can also reference the following links here :)

Alright, Let's get to the Parade!!!! So Fun!!!  Like I said, this was a hard time of year to get finished and  I am so excited for you that got it all done!!!    A huge round of applause for these amazing finishes!!!  So here they are. . .   You can click on the name to go to that persons individual link site and see and read more about their beautiful finishes :) 

and Melissa Corry, 
Yes,  I actually managed to finish mine as well!!  (which I haven't done for the last few quilt alongs so I am pretty excited!!)    I'll share more on this quilt later this week on the blog :)

Way to go ladies, they are just beautiful and I hope you enjoy your Roundabout Quilt finishes and thank you so much for sharing them with all of us!!    And for the rest of the Roundabout Quilters,  good luck finishing up your quilts!!!  And please still share them once they are finished in the Flickr Group or with #roundaboutquiltalong.  I would just love to see them all done!!!  

We have one item of business left . . . we need to pick some winners!!!  

A huge Thank You goes out to  Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring our Grand Prize Giveaway's!!!  All of those that have linked up their quilt top are eligible for the grand prize!!  There will be three grand prize winners who will each receive a $75.00 Gift Certificates to Fat Quarter Shop!!!     So fun!!!!!



So, lets get to it!!   Good Luck Everyone!!!  Drumroll Please . . .

***The First Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .
. . .  Beth

***The Second Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . .

. . .    Danette

***The Third Grand Prize Winner who will receive a
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop. . . 

. . . Maria

Congrats Ladies!!!   I will be emailing you :)  Enjoy!!

Let me sign off with one last thank you to all of you who participated in the Roundabout Quilt Along!!  I am so excited to have so many wonderful friends to quilt along with me and I so appreciate all of your sweet comments on the quilt along, they mean a lot!!  I had such a great time hosting and I hope you had a fantastic time quilting-along!!!

Now to start thinking up a new Quilt-A-Long :)  We'll try for a less busy time of year in 2018 :)    Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!!!
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

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

But first, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Girl Friends Doll Panel from Four Peaches Fabric is . . .   Number #61 . . Congrats OhioLori!!!   I have emailed you :)        


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is having a Special Christmas Celebration with the Countdown to Christmas!!!!  These 12 days of Christmas Flash Sales are sure to help you find some amazing deals, but they only last 24 hours so be sure to pop on over  ;)

Fat Quarter Shop Countdown to Christmas Quilting Sale

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away super cute Hometown Christmas Edition Layer Cake by Sweetwater for Moda to one lucky winner!!!  I just love this line, it's what I used to make this runner, and it is so perfect with Christmas just around the corner.  So fun!!! 

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 your Hometown :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, December 19th, 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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Friday, December 8, 2017

Charming Totes from Charming Young Women

I am so excited to share these finishes today and you'll see why in a minute ;)    I am so very blessed to get to work with the Young Women in our church. They are incredible girls and oh so much fun to hang out with.    One night a month, for a good portion of this year, I have been teaching them how to make Charming Totes.  I let each girl pick out a charm pack from my stash and it was super fun to see which fabrics each girl gravitated towards.   Then came the cutting, stitching, and quilting!!   This was a huge project for a lot of them who weren't really familiar with sewing machines, but they jumped in with both feet and even tried out the long arm for their quilting!!!

I wish I would have recorded some of the nights so you could all see the "organized chaos" that was each night at the quilt house.  Think 10 machines running, 15 or so girls sewing/laughing, "a bit" of unpicking and a whole lot of fun :)  So ya, there is a whole lot to smile about in these awesome finishes ;)  And I want to give each girl her moment in the spotlight, so here they are!!!!

Cooper used Ava Rose by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs

Nicole used Shimmer by  Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman

Bailee used You and Me for Adorn It

Jessica (that's my daughter :) used Eden by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics

Atlanta used Cotton + Steel Basics for Cotton + Steel

Emily used Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

Katelyn used Spot on for Robert Kaufman

Ellyce used Ashton Road by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman

Hannah E. used Desert Bloom by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

Hannah B. used Offshore by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs 

Natalie used Sundrops by Corey Yoder for Moda

Lindsey also used Desert Bloom by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

Chole used a line that I just can't remember.  I think it might be a Sandy Gervais??  Anyone??

Serenity used Varsity by Sweetwater for Moda

Zoe F. used Simply Colorful II by Vanessa Christenson for Moda

Breanna also used Ava Rose by Deanna Rutter for Riley Blake Designs

and Zoe A. used Curiosities by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake Designs

And aren't they all just great!!!  I am so very proud of each one of them, and am so glad they they just love their finished totes!!!!  I see them using them and it just makes me smile :)    Way to go girls!!!

And just FYI,  if you want to make your own Charming Tote, I have a free Step by Step tutorial right over here ;)  You just need a Charm Pack and 2/3 yard of fabric to start!!  They are so much fun to make and are wonderful Christmas presents.  But I am warning you, you can't stop at making just 1 :)  

Thanks for popping in today and sharing these amazing finishes from these amazing Young Women!!!   I can't even begin to express how much I loved working on these totes with them ;)  What a wonderful experience that I will treasure!!!

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up these finishes to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

3 Kings

So yesterday,  as I was going through and tidying up my quilt room a bit, I looked over at my stack of "to be quilted tops" and realized that I have 3 King Quilt tops that are waiting to be quilted.  Yes, 3 Kings!!!!  That is a whole lot of quilting :)  But two have been waiting around for a while and one needs to be done like pronto, so I made the goal (probably crazy but I am going to give it my best shot) to finish quilting all three of these 3 Kings by the end of the year!!! 

Of course, there is my Roundabout Quilt Along Quilt that the parade is for next Wednesday.  I really want to try and get this done for the Parade,  I am so excited about how the quilt top came together and know it is going to be so fun to quilt!!!  And then I can't wait to give it to my Twin Sister for her bed, so fun!!!

And then after that, I really want to get this King Size Hunter Star done.  I don't think I have ever shown any pictures of this (my bad) but my bee friends made the blocks for me last year and I finally sewed them together.  It uses my Hunter Star pattern from the I Love Stars Book and will be a new bed spread for our master bedroom.   I am hoping to try and get this one done before Christmas as a special present for my sweetheart.  He is loving the idea of the  Deer from Joel Dewberry's Birch Farm line gracing the new quilt ;) 

And finally, I am sad to say, I still haven't quilted my Splendid Sampler quilt.  Crazy right!!!  I spent all of 2016 making the blocks, had it all pieced together in May, and still have not managed to get this big boy quilted!!!   But, I really want to finish it this year, so it is part of the 3 Kings goal ;)

I have a plan for all 3 quilts and they all include some custom quilting, so I best get quilting ;)

Wish me Luck :) 

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