Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!    Let's have some fun!!!

But  before we get to today's giveaways . . . First,  we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!   The winner of Weekend Quilting Book from Happy Quilting is . . . Number #139. . . Congrats patricia ludwiczak!!!!! I have emailed you :)    


So on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics has so many fantastic Kits and Projects and I absolutely love their Laser Cut Kits!!! Shabby Fabrics  also has an amazing  Clearance Section, you are sure to find some amazing deals here :)

And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner a Fat Quarter Set as well as 2 Yards of your choice of Sweet Dreams by Maude Ashbury for Blend Fabrics.      How adorable is that, whether you pink the pink or the blue set, you will be all set to put together a super cute baby quilt !!!

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 something fun to do with kids in the summer.  (School finishes tomorrow and I need to start making a game plan ;)   

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Shabby Fabrics love. You can follow them on FacebookTwitterYou TubePinterest, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for the Shabby Fabrics Newsletter (top right hand corner) or Follow their Blog,  or you can Visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Shabby Fabric Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, May 30th 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, May 22, 2017

Bee Block Done - Time to Trim

We still have a whole week left of the month and I am putting my Bee block in the mail!!!   Trish  (who I met at the first Sewing Summit and is the nicest person you will ever meet!!!) asked us each to make one of these adorable Going to Grandma's Quilt Blocks by Pretty Little Quilts for her this month.   And yes, I am sure it is no surprise that I have added a Going to Grandma's Quilt to my make list.   I mean how can I not ;)     That suitcase is just so stinking adorable!!!  

And now, with that in the mail, (which I have to admit, it was hard to put in the mail because I so wanted to keep it :)  I can get back to my newest project.   On the cutting mat today is 128 Half Square Triangles waiting to be trimmed ;)  But if you have to trim, it sure is nice to look at these gorgeous Curiosities prints by Amanda Herring.  I just love these colors ;)   And of course, I always listen to a good book while trimming, it is so nice to still get to enjoy books, even if I don't make time to actually sit down and read them :)

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting (and maybe some trimming too) day!!!
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Stack for Seniors

I have the wonderful opportunity to serve with the 16-18 year old young women in my church.    I am  so blessed to get to know each of them as we learn and grow together I and truly come to love them through this service.   So when May comes around it is always bitter sweet.  I am so excited to see the older girls graduate from High School and move on to their next big adventures in life, but of course, it is always hard to say goodbye.  So last year I started a new tradition of giving each of my Senior Girls a quilt that they can take with them into their new big step in life.

This year I have 6 young women graduating and I had such a lovely time this morning going through my stacks of quilts to pick out the perfect quilts for each of them.  I just love that as I think of each girl and their special personality, that the right quilt just jumps out at me.  Each one really fits the recipients and represents the special uniqueness that is them.

They are all tied up in pretty ribbons just waiting to be delivered now.  Well, I have to write the cards as well, but that part always makes me cry so I am saving that for later ;)  I know I have said it before, but I am so grateful to have this wonderful way to wrap someone special in a quilty hug and show how much they mean to me!!!

Congrats to Emily, Kassie, Macey, McKenna, Melissa, and Rebecca!!!!  I am so excited for you and can't wait to see what the future holds for each of you :)  
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

April Aurifil Designer BOM

So I know, April has come and gone, but with all of the secret sewing I was doing last month, the Aurifil BOM kind of slipped through the cracks.  But I am happy to say I am now all caught up!!!     April was all about Red-Purple and  Sue Marsh designed this super fun block called A New Direction block.    Isn't it just so fun with all of it's triangle goodness!!

This block was a lot of fun to put together.  I don't often work with equilateral triangles in piecing, and I forgot how fun they are to sew together.  I just love all of those super happy points!!!  And when they are tiny like these, that just makes it all the more fun.  I think I need to make an entire quilt of equilateral triangles one of these days, add it to the list ;)

And the block went together super quick once I finally picked the fabrics from my scrap stash.  Even though purple is my favorite color, it is the color I have the least amount of scraps of and finding the right Red-Purple shade was a little tricky.  But using my  Aurifil 4020 Fuchsia as a guide made it easier to find just the right shade.  And don't you just love that polka-dot background!!!   I just love me some polka dots ;)

So that is my Aurifil April Block, better late than never!!!  You can find  Sue's pattern complete with templates for this block right over here and then be sure to pop over here to read Sue's interview.    

Now I am all set for June!!!  Can't wait ;)    

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May Aurifil Designer BOM

The May Aurifil Designer Block of the Month was released a few days ago and I had so much fun sewing it up yesterday!!!   May is all about Red and  Mathew Boudreaux created the coolest block called Faux Weave block and I might be crazy, but I totally want to make this again and again.   Isn't it just so fantastic!!

I mean, how can you not love the weave look.   And those little sashings along the sides of the weave finish at 1/4", so ya, we are talking some tiny piecing. It was a huge help to starch my fabrics before staring and then to press everything open, because some of those seams are going to overlap on the back ;)  

Even though it is a ton of tiny piecing, the block went together pretty fast with some great strip piecing to start.  And using my Aurifil 2250 Red as a guide made it super easy to pick out beautiful reds.  Of course,after the fact, I am wishing I would have choose a slightly different red for the sashing so it would stand out a bit more, but I was really trying to stay in the true red family.   Ah well,   I guess that is probably why I feel like making another one ;)  And that is always fun!!!

So that is my Aurifil May Block!!!  You can find  Mathew's fantastic pattern for this block right over here and then be sure to pop over here to read Mathew's  interview.     And if you make your own Faux Weave Block, be sure and enter a picture of it at Pat's blog ;)  Every entry  is eligible to win a Large Aurifil Thread Kit!!!!!  

And I will be back tomorrow with April's block that kind of got missed due to some deadlines.  But I am so catching up today ;)    

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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