Thursday, July 16, 2015

Streamers Quilt - Quilted Living Blog Hop

Today is my stop on the  Quilted Living Blog Hop that Fat Quarter Shop is hosting and I am so excited to share my newest quilt finish for it!!!  So, let's get right to it.   This is my new Streamers Quilt!!!!

Quilted Living is written by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs.  Quilted Living is filled with 10 amazing designs for summer time.  They are absolutely fabulous and just make you want to visit a beach, or light some fireworks :)   The directions are super easy to follow and the diagrams are wonderful.  And the pictures in the book are gorgeous.   Just an all around winner!!!

Seriously, the hardest part of this blog hop was deciding which project from the Quilted Living Book to make.  They are all just so great!!! But in the end, I decided on the Streamers Quilt :)  It is just so fun and I love all the movement. Also, the biggest thing that drew me to this quilt . . .

When you look at it from an angle, it has a chain design!!!!  And we all know how much I love (Irish) Chain designs!!!!!   So fun!!!!  

I was also super excited to use my Pie Making Day Bundle that I got at Sample Spree.   This is Brenda Ratliff's first collection with RJR Fabrics and I loved it the second I saw it and have been so excited to cut into it.  And it was absolutely perfect for this Streamers design.  I love that every print is tone on tone so it really makes the design stand out!!!   And I just love, love, love all of those yummy, rich colors!!!

When it came time to quilt, I figured a Streamers quilt with a summer blog hop called for some fireworks quilting.  I did my little bursts in a smaller scale than usual and had so much fun with it.   And, of course, I used my favorite 402 So Fine thread for that perfect blend.  (in fact, it blends so well it is kind of hard to see, sorry about that.)

But I absolutely love all of that beautiful texture!!!   So fun, huh ;)  This quilt was so much fun to make and it went together super easy and super quick.  A great go-to summer throw!!!   I love my new Streamers Quilt and I can't wait to go curl up with it under a tree out back with a good book ;)

Thank you so much to Gerri and Fat Quarter Shop for having me a part of this wonderful Blog Hop.   Be sure to pop on over to the Fat Quarter Shops Welcome Post as there might just be a fabulous giveaway to go along with the hop!!!!  You can also find the hop schedule in that post so you can be sure and catch all of the Quilted Living goodness!!!

Thanks for stopping in today and have a Happy Quilting Day!!!!

Linking up my Streamers Quilt Finish to Sarah's and Amanda's :)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Snapshots QAL - Up, Up, and Away

Well, it's the 15th which means it's a Snapshots QAL  day!!!  I was so excited for this month's block!!   July's block is called Up, Up, and Away and it is simply adorable!!!

So I have often wondered what it would be like to ride in a hot air balloon.  I cab't decide if I would be afraid of the height factor, or if I would love the feeling of floating along the skyline.   It is one of those bucket list things for sure.  Have any of you ridden in a hot air balloon??  Did you love it or would you pass the next time around?? 

If you sewing along or want to join in on the fun,  you can download the block pattern right here and then don't forget to donate the $5.00 for the pattern to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ;)  I just love thinking about how many families are helped each month with these little blocks ;)

This block was a lot of fun to make with lots of flying geese.  I haven't made them the way the pattern shows in a while, always fun to go back and try new things.   And if you are worried about trying new things, never fear, Kimberly made putting this block together super easy with this fabulous You Tube video that walks you through it step by step!!!  

Be sure to  share all of your Snapshots progress on social media with #fqssnapshots and check out these fabulous bloggers for some Up, Up, and Away inspiration :)  

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs
Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse

Thanks for popping in today ;)  Have a Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, July 14, 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 Airmail Layer Cake from  The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is . . .   Number #8 . . . Congrats Cynthia Brunz Designs!!!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Along with hosting the giveaway, Shabby Fabrics  is having a huge Summer Clearance Sale, you are sure to find some amazing deals here :)

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is in luck, because Shabby Fabrics is sponsoring not 1 but 2 prezes.   One lucky winner will win a $20.00 Gift Certificate to Shabby Fabrics as well as a Paradiso Fat Quarter Set in Lagoon Blue!!!   Someone is going to be having some fabric fun!!!  

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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 how your Summer is going so far.   (ie. . . Mine has been crazy busy, but oh so much fun :)  

 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, July 21st 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, July 13, 2015

Modern Quilt Guild Challenge - A Start

Well, I have know about the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge now for several months, and since the deadline is July 31st, I figured it was time to make a start on this beautiful pile of The Cottage Garden Prints by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Designs.  

So this morning, I started pressing all of my Fat Eighths hoping for inspiration to strike on what I wanted to make with them.  And as I was pressing, I turned around and noticed my pile of Irish Chain Quilts, and how it is half as high as it once was as 8 quilts are out on a shop hop.   And bam perfect project!!!  Make some more quilts from Irish Chain Quilts!!!!   I decided right off, that this fabric and challenge was perfect for Unraveled.  I can't wait to start cutting!!

Oh, and I noticed this morning, that Amazon has marked Irish Chain Quilts down lower than I have ever seen it before.  So if you happened to put it on your wishlist, now might be a good time to get it while it is on sale ;)  

I hope you have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Friday, July 10, 2015

Argyle Socks Quilt

I am so excited to get to share with you another one of those "secret finises".   I actually finished this quilt back in September of 2014, so it is so fun to finally get to share it.   So . . .here is Argyle Socks!!

Argyle Socks is featured in the Summer 2015 edition of Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts.   And it really does go together super easy using strip piecing and some quick bordered blocks.  

And I bet you can guess what inspired the design.  Yup, my husband's Argyle Socks.  I love the wonderful motion this design creates and the mixture of the white and brown background playing off the bright colors from Denyse Schmidt's Hadley line, really makes it pop!!!

When it came time for quilting, I decided to do some swirls in the colored squares.  I think I can safely say, swirls are my go-to filler design ;)

Then in the background squares, I did some back and forth lines in opposite directions to really make it pop and then some ribbon candy in the borders.   I really had so much fun quilting this one up.

Argyle Socks finises at 56 1/2" x 68" making it the perfect size to cuddle up in with a good book.  And now that it is back, I think I need to find a new book ;)

And that is Argyle Socks :)   If you make your own using the magazine pattern, I would love to see it!!  You can email me a picture at or add it to my flickr group here ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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