Friday, October 9, 2015

Two Times the Charm

Yippee, I got my two quilt tops finished!!!  Remember yesterday how I said I had to put these on the back burner for a while to finish a secret project . . .well they came off the burner and the quilt tops are done!!!  And I am so very excited with just how fun they are!!

 I mentioned this backstory a bit ago, but in case you missed it, I decided to make my Charm Bracelet Pattern (from my book, Irish Chain Quilts) for a good friend who just had a sweet baby boy.  I went to my fabric stash and instantly grabbed my Reel Time Layer Cake by Zen Chic for Moda.   I  quickly realized that I had the perfect amount of fabric for two quilts and that the fabrics seemed to divide pretty perfectly into "low volume" and "high volume" prints.  So ya, like bunnies, my baby boy quilt turned into two baby boy quilts ;)

Don't you love how the "High Volume" quilt (for lack of a better term) just pops!!  All of those fun colors just dance across the quilt top ;)  And it is pretty perfect for the Season, don't you think ;)

And the Low Volume quilt is equally fun but in the exact opposite way.  I love how subtle it is, just makes you want to curl a little one up in it for a nap.   So fun!!!

Now I just have to quilt them up and then the hard part . . . deciding which one to give away.  I love them both and so it is going to be super hard to choose.   Which one do you like best??

I hope you have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up these finished quilt tops to Amanda's and Sarah's ;)
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A sneak peek of some Free Motion Quilting ;)

Tuesday and Wednesday's "sewing time" was spent at the Long Arm working on one of those "secret projects" which means,  I can't really show much.  But I was able to crop out this section of background that won't give away anything I can't show yet ;)  Luckily, this is a quilt for Fall Quilt Market, so I don't have to keep it secret much longer!!   Which is so good, because I can't wait to share it!!!

I always love quilting swirls and paisleys, they are just so relaxing and oh so much fun.  My pebble border can use some more practice, it is much easier to quilt them randomly rather than trying to make them an even and consistent border.  Practice, Practice Practice :)

 I also finished my book on CD while finishing this project.  Now I need another good book . . .any suggestions???  I tend to like Young Adult Fiction Series.

And that's about it for today ;)  I need to get some serious chain stitching done as a certain little baby boy's quilt from here got put on the back burner to finish up this secret project and it is time to get it done ;)  I have the blocks all trimmed and ready, I just need to sew them into the 2 quilt tops now ;)  Then the hard part will be picking which of the two to use and which to tuck away.  I love them both!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fabric Pumpkins

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to teach some of the Young Women in my church how to make stuffed fabric pumpkins.  We mostly followed this tutorial from Craft Buds, with some slight modifications.  The girls got right into it and I was so excited that after the first, almost everyone wanted to make a second.  These little guys are super addictive and you can't have just a lone pumpkin right ;)  Here are some of the girls finishes.  So cute!!!

I love that they each made their pumpkin their own.  Hot glue for the spines of the leaves, so cute!!!

And this young women even finished a trio of pumpkins, in an hour!!!  Fast and oh so fun!!!  And isn't that little baby one just so adorable!!

And this young women braved the sewing machine for her stem and it turned out just so cute!!  And I love how perfectly round she got her pumpkin, that is some great stuffing!!

Loving the beautiful leaves on this one!!  So pretty!!

And pinching the leaves at the end to give them a 3-D effect, brilliant!!

And I love the ribbon to add that fun pop on the stem!!

They all did such a great job and really put their own individual creativity into their pumpkins.  I am so proud of them and it was so much fun to watch them get so excited about their finishes!!!

These little pumpkins really are so very fast to make and have the added benefit of using up some of those batting scraps I know we all have lying around ;)  Like I said, we mostly used this tutorial, but you can google Stuffed Fabric Pumpkins to get lots and lots of ideas on how to vary them slightly.  They make such a cute table center when you are done and are a great project to do with your children or grandchildren ;)

I know I will be gathering my leftover supplies from last night and making some more stuffed pumpkins with my children this weekend . . . Are you going to join me???

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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 3 awesome Simply Colorful II Junior Jelly Rolls  from Fat Quarter Shop is . . . . . .   Number #68 . . . Congrats Emily Kim!!   I have emailed you :)     


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts always has an amazing selection at amazing prices!!  And they are currently having a Huge Clearance on All Notions!!!  So if you are needing pins, scissors, rulers, ect. . .  Be sure and pop on over to check this awesome sale!!!   And Green Fairy Quilts ships free in the US and discounted to international.  Sweet!!!

And today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Green Fairy Quilts!!!!! One lucky winner is going to have a fun shopping spree with that!!!!  

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 has the number 50 in it, anything will do as long as you throw in a 50 :)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can follow them on BloglovinTwitterPinterestFacebook, or Instagram.  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 Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, October 13th  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Adding 3 More to the Mix :)

So remember on Monday when I posted about the 3 new projects I was starting . . . Well I might have already added 3 more to the mix ;)  What can I say, its just a stitching up a storm kind of start to the month, and I am so loving it!!!

First off, I got a reminder email from the lovely ladies at the Cedar Quilt Retreat that they would love to need the quilts I am teaching in January to hang at the annual Heritage Days Festival.  It just might have slipped my mind that the original The Village Square is currently on a cross country Irish Chain Quilts trunk show.   So ya, I need to make another one and it just bumped to the top of the list.   After much debate (so many amazing fabrics make it hard to choose) I decided to go with Sweetwater's Feed Company line for Moda.  I think it will give it an awesome Americana feel.  Time to get cutting on this one ;)

And second, I quick little project using some Heather Bailey True Colors.  I love how soft these prints are.  I have a vision of what it will look like in my head, and I am just hoping it turns out as cute and adorable as I see it in my mind.  I know, I am being a little cryptic, I will share more soon ;)

And finally, I was excited to get these two amazing Jelly Rolls of Modern Backgrounds Ink and Paper by Zen Chic for Moda in the mail.   Fat Quarter Shop has a new pattern coming soon and I am super happy to get to make one for the big release!!   And that Red is a Brushed Bella Solid Red.   I have never used a Brushed Moda Fabric before and I have to say, I am in love!!  It is so incredibly soft!!!   I can't wait to start stitching with it ;)

And those are the three new projects ;)  Okay, and I might also have one or two secret projects that I can't show, but that is it, I promise ;)  I know, I am a little bit crazy, but I just love it!!!  Looking forward to a super cutting, stitching, pressing, all kinds of fabric goodness kind of weekend!!!   So much fun!!!  

Have a Super Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!
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