Friday, August 15, 2014

Back to Basics News!!

Last week I got some super exciting news!!  Back to Basics was accepted to be part of the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at International Quilt Market and Festival this fall!!  Super Happy dance :)  I love this design and quilt and am so very excited that it has this wonderful honor to be showcased.

And the timing could not be more perfect as the quilts are returned in December and I am teaching this as a class the first week in January at the Quilt St. George retreat :)    I am so looking forward to that class.  I added size options to the pattern so it will be so fun to see what fabrics and sizes my students choose ;)

I best go add a quilt sleeve to this so I can get it in the mail ;)  EEEkkk!!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend ;)

P.S.  The kids all had a great first day of school, mom sighs with relief :)
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

My Stars Quilters and Winner!!

A few weeks back I shared the super fun cover of the new My Stars book, Optical Illusions.  Today, I have more goodies for you about the book!   For the next few weeks, each Wednesday, there will be a post introducing you to one of the books quilters ;)  They have some fun questions lined up to keep it entertaining ;)   So be sure to follow My Stars Blog to catch all of the fun.   You can also like My Stars on Facebook.  They are even having a like drive . . . 7,500 likes equals great prizes!!

And speaking of fun books . . . I owe you a winner of Angela Pingel's A Quilter's Mixology ;)   The lucky Happy Quilting reader that will be getting their Drunkard Path piecing on is . . .


Congrats Andi!!!!  I will be sending you an email ;)

Today is the first day of school  (Shouts gleefully and pumps her fist in the air) so I best be off ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Quick Curves are Coming :)

There's something coming and I am super excited about it!!!  The first ever, Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop!!!!!  Yippee :)


Sew Kind of Wonderful are the creative geniuses behind the Quick Curve Ruler.   You might remember me posting about how I got to take a class from the ladies of Sew Kind of Wonderful in Midway earlier this year.  Well let's just say it was love at first slice ;)  I am such a huge fan of this awesome ruler and the stunning designs you can create with it ;)

I worked on the Metro Hoops pattern during class and even managed to get a block done.   But since then, I have been doing a little more work and will be sharing my Metro Hoops finish as part of the blog hop!!!!  EEEkk, I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and can't wait to share it ;)

So first up, the Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop that will be starting next Monday :)   At the end of the blog hop will be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog where you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the blog hop :)  Here are all of the blog hop stops ;)  What a line up, you can be there is going to be some amazing curvy inspiration going on ;)

Monday 18 August
Tuesday 19 August
Wednesday 20 August
Thursday 21 August
Friday 22 August
Monday 25 August
Tuesday 26 August
Wednesday 27 August
Thursday 28 August AND
Friday 29 August

And the hop is just to start things off ;)   Once you have all of that wonderful curvy inspiration, you will be all set to join in the 'Curve it up' Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog!!!  It will be starting in September, so exciting!!! So join in the blog hop, get inspired and then get ready to Curve It Up!


You can find more specific details about the Curve it Up Ruler, Patterns, and Book at the Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog and Shop. You can also join the Sew Kind of Wonderful mailing list to get news of any new patterns or promotions.

I am looking forward to Curving It Up with ya all ;)
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Monday, August 11, 2014

A Quilter's Mixology & Giveaway!!!

This morning I am so excited to review A Quilter's Mixology by Angela Pingel.   I got to know Angela when I first stepped onto the internet quilting scene through the VIBees.  Angela quickly became a fast friend and a wonderful inspiration and mentor for me so of course, I am thrilled to get to share this wonderful book written by my wonderful friend ;)

Angela blogs at Cut To Pieces   But even if you haven't visited her blog before (which you totally should because she is amazing!!!) you have probably seen some of her gorgeous works.   Remember this Dream a Little Dream mini from that Doll Quilt Swap on Flickr . . . yup, that is Angela's gorgeous work!!

And Angela was the brains behind the ever popular Super Mario Brothers Quilt-A-Long ;)

And she also Won the Sliced Competition hosted by Moda.   I still totally want to make that adorable backpack!!!

So ya, Angela.  We all know her from her amazing projects and this book is no exception!!!  A Quilter's Mixology is an amazing compilation of projects that all add a contemporary twist on the traditional Drunkard's Path Block. I was fortunate enough to attend the Quilter's Mixology School House at Market in spring and see all of the beautiful projects in this book up close :) 

There are so many great projects in the book, but I wanted to share some of my personal favorites.  The first is the Nini Patch Curves Quilt.  I love that Angela took a simple 9 patch block and transformed them into beautiful flowers.  And of course, I love the bright happy colors she set against the low volume background, it is just so happy.  

The second quilt is the Butterflies quilt.   Now this one is simply adorable!!!  What a creative way to showcase the drunkard path block!!!   When my daughter saw this picture she instantly wanted a bedspread just like it ;)  Another one to add to the list ;)

And finally, the Flower Power quilt.  I think this was my favorite quilt in the book.  I love the bold and yet simple design.  And how fun to really highlight some favorite fabrics in such a big way!!!

Now, I know what your thinking, those are all curved quilts!!!  But no worries ;)  Angela has included in her book step by step instructions on Fearless Curved Piecing!!!  It really does go through all the ins ad outs to make you feel confident in piecing curves.  And, she even made this video recently for all of those people that like to see it in real time ;)

Drunkard's Path block here I come ;)   There  are so many amazing projects in the book and each one is such an original and creative way of using the drunkards path block.  Angela really did design something for everyone!!!  Be sure to follow Angela over at  Cut To Pieces because she has the official A Quilter's Mixology blog tour heading for you soon and you will get to see lots more of all her amazing projects in this book!!!

By Angela Pingel 
Interweave / F+W; $27.99

And now I know you all want to know about the GIVEAWAY!!!!  Interweave has been incredibly generous and is giving away a copy of A Quilter's Mixology to one of my lucky readers!!!

To enter for a chance to win a copy of this book simply leave a comment telling me your experience with Drunkard Path blocks . . . Love em, never tried em, inspired to try them now . . .  Anything will do :)  

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until Thursday evening and I will announce a winner ;)  All entries welcome :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Drift Away

This morning I am so excited to get to share a secret finish!!    I made this quilt back in April and I loved it then and fell in love all over again when it came back from the publishers this week. I love the mixture of the  bold interweaving geometric design and the subdued nature of the  fabrics.   So, without further ado . . . here is Drift Away!!

Drift Away is in the September / October issues of Quilt-It . . . today :)   This issue is out now and it has so many great projects in it!!  I love that Fall to Pieces quilt on the cover!!

I always get excited to see how a magazine photographer decides to picture my quilt.  I totally think they hit the mark on this one.   Doesn't that just make you want to lay down under a tree with a good book and drift off to sleep ;)  The quilt measures 59" x 59" so it is just perfect for a little snooze in the park ;)

Drift Away is made using Angela Walters stunning collection Drift for Art Gallery Fabrics.  These fabrics are incredible!!  The beautiful tones and gorgeous prints really did make me want to Drift Away while making it, there just so soft and soothing.

 When it came time to quilt this I decided on some free motion all over swirls.  I love swirls!!!  They are so incredibly fun to quilt and I love the overall effect the add to the quilt.  I used So Fine #50 in Putty by Superior Threads to quilt this.  I loved how well it blended with all of the different colors!!

And, with the bonus of using a solid back, you really get to see all the yummy quilting texture.  Isn't that so fun!!!  Ah, I just love me some swirls ;)

I hope you like the quilt as much as I do ;)  If you make it someday I would love to see it.  You can add it to my Flickr group here ;)    And now, I might need to go take that nap under the tree . . . all I need to do is pick out a good book :)

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!

Linking this finish up to Amanda's and Sarah's :)
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