Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Little Tutorial Help

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.   Guess what came in the mail the other day . . .   My market badge.  Yippee!!!  I am so excited.  I can't believe Barbara and I will be on a plane in 2 weeks and on our way.  So fun!!!

I have been working on some market projects for wonderful friends and just about have them wrapped up so it is time to turn to a little market project for myself.  Remember how my sweetheart got me a DSLR camera for Christmas??  Well, I think it needs a little strap makeover before I take it to market, cause lets face it, the black one is boring!!  And it scratches my neck as well and that is no good.

So I am wondering . . . Have any of you ever made a strap cover??  Did you maybe use a  tutorial that is super and you might want to share the link, you know save a friend a little surfing time??

 Thanks in advance and have a Happy Quilting Day :)
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Not Quite Morning

I said I was going to pick a winner for The Quilter's Applique Workshop Book Giveaway on Tuesday morning.  Well, Morning has pretty much come and gone around here.  Sorry, I was actually cleaning my house and time got away from me.   But you all don't mind a little later announcement, right :)

So, let's not wait any longer . . . The winner of The Quilter's Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab is 


Who just happens to be . . . . Kristy

Congrats Kristy!!!  I will be emailing you soon!!

And if you didn't win today, stay tuned.  I have a some special plans for Mother's Days and there will be lots of giveaways.  More on that on Thursday :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Making a Flock Over the Weekend

Remember that lovely stack of beautiful yellow fabrics I showed last week . . .  Well I spent the weekend using my favorite No-Waste Flying Geese technique to turn that stack into quite the flock of Mellow Yellow Geese.   Aren't they just so great! I love flying geese, and flying geese in stacks, fantastic!!

Now I just have to turn the flock into a quilt top.  This is going to be fun!!!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Back to ABC's :)

Yesterday I finally pulled back out my ABC Blocks after setting them aside for a little market sewing.  I love making these blocks.  They are so fun and easy and provide instant gratification.  I was able to sew up E and F, two awfully easy letters to make as there are no angles ;)

I actually finished them up so fast I decided to work on a little off shoot project I had been thinking about.  Ever since I made this block, I have been thinking how fun it would be to make a Crazy Patch letter.   So I grabbed some green scarps and started slashing and sewing.  Before long,  I had an adorable Crazy Patch A.   Yippee Skippee!!!  I plan to quilt this up and make it a cute mini for a special friend.  Any suggestions on the quilting??

Oh, and another quick question, would any of you like a tutorial on how I do this crazy patching??  It is a little bit of a anything goes kind of method of piecing, but I can share some of the ways I go at it.  Would that be helpful??

Linking up these fun finished letters to Sarah's, Amanda's, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Quilter's Applique Workshop & Giveaway

I was super excited the other day when I received a copy of The Quilter's Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab from Interweave.  It is no secret that I love applique and use it a lot of my projects.  It was so nice to be able to take this on our little family vacation and have some time to go through it.

And can I just say, I am loving it!!!  Kevin Kosbab does such an amazing job with the technical writting, explaining each and every little detail with fabulous illustrations.  There is no way you can get lost and  I learned so much!! The book is broken down into an applique basics section followed by sections on raw-edge, prepared-edge, and needle-turn applique.  I spent a lot of time reading in prepared-edge and needle-turn as I tend to stick mostly to raw-edge applique.

And of course, I couldn't get through the book without adding a few more "to do's" to the list.   First off, these fantastic All Seasons Pillows from the needle-turn section.  They are so stinking cute and of course, some hand sewing practice would be vastly helpful to me, you know, the non-hand binding gal.

And then from the prepared-edge section this stunning counterbalance quilt.  I think this is calling to be a new master bedspread.  And I am so excited to try out some prepared-edge applique, I have never done that but Kevin's instructions seem to make it seem like a piece of cake.  Here is hoping ;)

To see more fabulous reviews of this book, check out the official Book Tour.  You can find all of the links at Kevin's blog here ;)  

Not only was I happy to be able to review this fabulous book but Interweave has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of The Quilters Applique Workshop to one of my readers.  Want to win this fabulous book??  Of course you do.   

To enter for a chance to win simply leave a comment of your take on applique.   It can be as simple as "love it", "never tried it", "excited to learn", or you can share some of your applique experiences.  Whatever you like as long as it is about applique ;)  

The giveaway will be open until Monday the 28th and I will announce a winner on Tuesday morning.  Good Luck and have a Happy Quilting Day ;)  

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