Friday, March 15, 2013

A Happy Birthday Finish Finally Used

So a year and a half ago I finished this cute Happy Birthday banner and matching table topper and shipped it off to become part of the Sweet Celebrations book.    I haven't shared much about it since, except for some other little kids enjoying their cake on it from the promo picture here, because we haven't had any birthday's since it made it's way home.  But yesterday, my little Kamryn turned 4 and I got to finally use my finish from over a year before!!!  Yippee Skippee, I was totally thrilled!!!  I mean, It's so stinking cute!!!

And as you can see, Kamryn was so excited as well!!!  Although I think that might have to do more with the presents than the adorable Birthday Decor :)  She added to my joy by choosing to wear the patchwork dress I made for her older sister a few years back.  She said it was the perfect birthday outfit :)  And in case your wondering,  I used Amanda's wonderful tutorial for the dress and I will be linking up to Amanda's as well :)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Refracted Remake

My Refracted quilt returned home from the Quilt Con show last week.  I was excited to get it back and see what was said about it.  Then I opened the box, and like a lot of other blogger friends, got a shock, that turned into disappointment, that resulted in some tears, and finished with a crumbled up piece of paper thrown in the garbage.  That took all of about 5 minutes.

The next morning brought a new day and with it some fabulous blog posts that brought me peace and clarity.  Especially Angela's,  Thank you Angela!!  In reading through all of the supportive comments given to her, I realized something important.  This wonderful online world of quilters is a family in every sense of the word.  We support each other, we stick up for each other,  we love and encourage each other when we are down and we are each important and have a value in making up the whole.   I am so happy to be a part of this family!!

So, after some time, and some contemplating "trying to walk in someone else's shoes"  I decided, that in my mind, the MQG, including the judges are part of this family too.  They were trying to help. Maybe not the most tactful way of helping, but trying none the less.  I would never want the responsibility that they were given and so I can't really get upset about the way they did it.  And making this decision made me happier!!

So . . . to keep me on the "happier" path, I decided I would take some of the critique given and give it a go.   I really didn't remember much of the specifics from the critique (that's what happens when you read something once and throw it away), but I did remember the comment that the judges wished the quilt fabrics represented more of the inspiration behind the quilt.

The inspiration  for this quilt was the way light refracts from a prism into a rainbow.  So . . . If I am taking that representation literally, I figured I need some black and white, and a Kona charm pack . . .

Divided into a light, medium, and dark rainbow.  And I am ready to start cutting!!

I still love the original Refracted just the way it is, and will always love it regardless of how it was received because it was my idea and vision of it.  But I figure, every quilt has another way to be looked at and interpreted (Heck, that is why I love doing Quilt-A-Longs!), and if someone else see's another vision of mine, who's to say it won't come out just as lovely.  And I just happen to have a partner for the  FLQS, who is all about improv piecing and rainbows.   Could there be a more perfect opportunity to do a little Rainbow Refracted Remake ? :)  I get more and more excited about this project the more I think about it!!  And it has the added bonus of me also getting happier about the whole Quilt Con thing.   So thanks Judges, I am sure you did your very best with a task that not many of us would want, and I will take from it what will help me to improve to my very best.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Books bring on a math refresher course.

** Note - If you are looking for the ChristaQuilts Kona Solids Giveaway you will find it here :)

Yesterday afternoon I spent 3 1/2 making this little book block.  Crazy, I know.  I mean seriously, you look at this and think, 10 maybe 15 minutes right.  We'll here's the story.

When I first designed this little angled block I figured easy, just take a large square, slice it diagonal and add a piece to each side, then just add a strip to the top and bottom and square it up.  Easy, pretty, very little waste, and no need for paper piecing knowledge,  Right!!!  Wrong.  It could be right for improv. quilting, but . . .

This little guy is going in a designed quilt and needed specific measurements.  That is what I figured out in attempt 1.  Just adding to the sides and not worrying about the size of the square made for way to much of an angle and trimming it would have cut off the book.

So, I start trying to remember my geometry and angles, (I am sure there are easier ways of doing this but my mind was set and I was going to figure it out!!)  Attempt 2 found me closer to the right angle so I was getting excited but then I realized a new thing to worry about.  My book corners needed to be 1/4" away from the edges or I would be having a floating book.  Grrr!!  I start trying to figure out how to make this work, try and remember more math, and set to it again.  (Honestly, I am sure I could have walked away and come back with a better plan, but sometimes you just get that tunnel vision ;)

Once again, I tweak a bit here and a bit there, and get pretty excited because Attempt 3 is oh so close, I mean seriously, it was off by like 1/2".  I start to wonder why I ever doubted.  (Although 2 1/2 hours have been lost with nothing to show. )  Once last trial run and attempt 4 gets all trimmed up and I smile and resist the urge to start pumping my fist and shouting "I am smarter than a 5th grader!"

Time to try it out on the real thing!!    Yup, perfectly trimmed to my designated size and each corner floating a perfect 1/4" away from the edge.  Yippee Skippee!!

Add it into it's block and you have an adorable little book shelf.

Oh, and I think the biggest motivation to get this figured out was that this will be part of a tutorial!!  I am so excited to share the rest of what I have envisioned. (Especially now that the math class is over.)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Welcome ChristaQuilts and a Giveaway

 A huge welcome to ChristaQuilts, my newest sponsor!!  ChristaQuilts specializes in an eclectic mix of fresh, modern and fun fabrics. Christa started off making traditional quilts, but over the last year has had her focus on modern quilting. 

Her Charming Chevrons quilt, a fabulous example of her modern quilting love, was recently seen hanging at QuiltCon.  Christa has even developed a Charming Chevron's Quilt-A-Long tutorial on her blog so you can make one too!!  Christa is always hosting amazing Quilt-A-Longs at her blog with fantastic instructions that even explain her stunning quilting!! Charming Chevron's is made completely from Kona Cotton Solids which is one of her shops specialties. Right now she stocks around 100 of the Kona Solids and has big plans to carry them all.  In fact, she loves them so much she is giving some of them away.  (More on that at the end of the post :)  

ChristaQuilts is a wonderful shop that has excellent customer service.  They offer Free Shipping on all orders in the US, and she gives a 20% discount off current USPS shipping rates for international orders.  With the rising cost of postal rates that is a huge saver!!  And who wouldn't want to save on a little of this??  Can I just say how much I love Pearl Bracelets!!

And if she didn't have you at the shipping, she is bound to get you excited about her daily deals, weekly specials bargain bin,  and free "Christa Candy", with every order of $25.00 or more.  I love me a little  bargain on fabrics like these.

And as part of ChristaQuilts intoduction, she is offering another discount to all Happy Quilting blog readers.  By using the coupon code B13HQM you will receive an additional 5% off your next order.  And it has another bonus.  Once you have used the code, you will automatically continue to receive that discount on all of your future orders!!  Yippee Skippee!!  So pop on over to her store and check out what you would like to save an extra 5% on. 

Now, remember that Giveaway I mentioned.  I am sure you do.  One lucky blog reader will win a bundle of 8 Kona fat quarters of their choice.  Can you imagine how fun it would be to pick 8 favorites, I know I wish I could!!

You have two chances to win, please leave a separate comment for each.  

1 - Visit ChristaQuilts and leave a comment of your favorite Kona color she stocks, or if you don't see your favorite color, leave a comment of the color you wish she had.

2 - Subscribe to ChristaQuilts blog and leave a comment that you did so.  Trust me, you are going to love visiting her blog daily.  She is always posting amazing projects and tutorials!

And that's it :) The giveaway will close on Saturday Mar 16th and I will announce a winner shortly after.     Have a Happy Quilting Day!!! 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013


It's time to pick some winners!!

The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is . . .


The winner's of 3 copies of my patterns are . . . 

Congrats Ladies!!  I will be contacting you soon :)  (Kay, can you email me, I don't have yours :)

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