Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Deck the Halls for a Holiday Wishes Event!!!

It's Christmas in July and I am super excited to be helping Fat Quarter Shop to kick off a month long event celebrating Holiday Wishes, a fantastic new book by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company for It's Sew Emma :)   I just love Christmas Quilts, and getting to make them in the summer, All the better!!!!

There are so many adorable and amazing quilts in Holiday Wishes.  I really was having a hard time deciding which quilt I should make for this super fun event as I was just loving each quilt on each page I turned.   And then I turned the page once more and instantly and absolutely fell in love with the Deck the Halls Mini Quilt . . . .only I didn't make it mini ;) 

Eeeekk, here is my new cuddle up Christmas Quilt!!!!!   I can't wait to Deck the Halls (or the back of my couch) with this quilty goodness come December!!!  If you have been around here for a time, you know that I love stars,  and aren't these patchwork stars just so fantastic!!!!

I used 16 of the colored prints from a Cookie Exchange Fat Quarter Bundle by Sweetwater for Moda ;)   The fabrics just fit the pattern so perfectly, There was a perfect number of colors, the perfect amount of each print in each color, and I just love the prints, so fun ;)   

The quilt really went together fast with wonderful directions from Sherri ;)   I assembly line pieced the 16 blocks in just a few days and then the rest came together in no time ;)  And I love the layout of the alternating color rows, it really gives the quilt great flow.  

Seriously, every time I see these stars I just sigh a little :)  There is something so incredibly classic and timeless about patchwork stars!!!! I can't get enough of them!!!   Love, Love Love!!!!

When it came time to quilt it, I decided that this classic star needed some classic swirls, so I opted to quilt it with a simple all over swirl and curl.  I just love the added motion it gives the quilt, and it is one of my all time favorites to quilt.  Just so relaxing as you swirl away :)  

And look at all of that yummy quilting textures ;)   I used a different batting this time as well that has a little larger loft and I just love how wonderfully puffy it makes the quilt come out ;)   So perfect for cuddling up in front of the tree with the lights lite and watch the snow fall outside!!

So ya,  It might be a little hard to wait all the way to December to pull this out as I daydream about snow and Christmas lights ;)   Maybe it will make a little earlier appearance, who says you have to wait past Thanksgiving to Deck the Halls for Christmas ;)

I want to say Thank You to Fat Quarter Shop and Sherri Falls for having me as part of the kick off of this fun filled event!!!  You can see all of the beautiful quilts from Holiday Wishes in this super adorable You Tube video that Fat Quarter Shop put together ;) They are all just so great, Sherri did such an amazing job on this wonderful quilty Christmas book!!!

And be sure to pop on over to the Fat Quarter Shop and check out all of the other awesome projects other wonderful bloggers like Pam Kitty, Kim Lapacek, Wynn, and Connie Campbell are sharing today as part of the Holiday Wishes Event!!!!  Such Christmas Quilting Goodness and in July, so fun!!!

Happy (and maybe some Holiday) Quilting!!!!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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 the fabulous set of Frixion pens from  Ollie and Evie is . . .   Number #40 . . . Congrats Claire Sutherland !!!   I have emailed you :)    

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Along with sponsoring the giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts has a great Thread Sale going on!!!  All Aurifil Thread Kits are 40% off and Superior Thread Cones are just $13.86!!!!     And have you checked out their Daily Deal, always a great buy!!!    And Green Fairy Quilts ships free in the US and discounted to international.

And today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a stunning Wild Orchid Layer Cake by Blackbird Designs for Moda!! I just love those beautiful classic colors in this line :)  So pretty!!!
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 your favorite flower :)  My Grandmother's are Orchids ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can follow them on BloglovinTwitterPinterestFacebook, or Instagram.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit the Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Green Fairy Quilt Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, July 12th 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 4, 2016

Cotton Crates :)

While I was teaching at the Panguitch Quilt Walk last month (which reminds me, I think I missed posting about that, I will have to catch up soon)  I had the the wonderful opportunity to meet a new friend in one of my classes!!  Her name was Sharon and her daughter, Janelle,  just happens to be the creator of Cotton Crates, a Fat Quarter Subscription Box that drops fabric goodness at your doorstep each month!!  Janelle and I got to chatting back and forth and quickly became fast friends as well  and are excited to be working on a little collaboration fun. (more on that later ;)

Janelle was kind enough to send me a June Cotton Crate box and look what was inside!!!   A beautiful assortment of 12 Fat Quarters from Anna Maria Horner's Mod Corsage line!!!   Just gorgeous!!!

I mean, who doesn't love some Fat Quarter Goodness!!  I can't wait to start playing with these beauties :)

And this is the super cool part about Cotton Crates . . . They give you ideas on what to do with your Fat Quarter Goodness each month!!!!   Every Friday, Cotton Crates posts on their blog a fun idea or project you could make up with the contents of your Cotton Crate ;)  Last week they shared this fun Hipster Bag ;)  So cute!!!

And remember how I mentioned a little collaboration at the beginning of this post . . . Well keep an eye out because I have got something special planned for a future Cotton Crate in the way of a new tutorial and I can't wait to share it with all of you ;)  So ya, more on that Coming Soon!!!!

I hope you are having a very Happy Quilting Day and for all of my quilting peeps in the USA, I hoping you are having a very Happy 4th of July as well ;)  I have got to finish putting a binding on a quilt real quick  and then it is off for a BBQ with family and some firework fun!!!  And I so plan to sit on my new 4th At The Cabin Quilt I shared on Friday ;)  So excited!!!!

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Splendid Sampler Saturday

It's Saturday and its another two for one day for the  Splendid Sampler post :)   I can't believe we are in July!!!  That means we are almost at the half way point, so fun!!!  So, onto the blocks.

First up, Dashing by Chocolate block designed by Laura Flynn.  This one was a lot of fun to make up and wen together nice and quick ;)  Just some fun flying geese and a few half square triangles and then it is like making a 9 patch ;)  So fun!!

Second is the Vintage Flower Basket block designed by Pam Vieira McGinnis.  This is another one that I just loved!!!  How adorable is that little basket brimming with the flowers.  And the ric-rac, adorable!!!  I do wish I would have used a different color other than white to outline everything as it doesn't show up on the flowers great, but what ya gonna do :)

And Third is the Balls In The Air block designed by Aylin Ozturk.  This was another one of those paper piecing blocks that worked me a little.  I did simply the piecing just a big, but when I went to put the whole block together it didn't line up perfectly, and that is driving me a little nuts.  I need to flip through my new paper piecing book and find some hints on how to get all of the paper pieced sections to match up when you sew them all together ;)

And Finally, Flights of Friendship block designed by Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson.   I loved that story that Barbara and Mary had to go along with this block, and I just had to smile at it because those two gals are some of the sweetest, nicest, people you will ever meet ;)   I am so happy to have them as friends!!!

And with that, we are all caught up again, just to get behind again as I won't be in internet range next Saturday ;)  Ah well, it's all good and most importantly, it is oh so much fun!!!!  

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

4th At The Cabin Quilt

So excited to share this new finish that has been sitting in the "to be quilted" pile for almost a year. (wow, that is crazy long)   You might remember that I was so very fortunate to be asked to participate in a super fun 4th of July Log Cabin Swap last July along with several of my amazing friends from Moda.   And in August, we received all of our blocks back and I played with quite a few layouts, and eventually decided upon this one.   And then the quilt top sat, and sat, and sat.  Really, I can't believe it has been a year, I suppose time really does fly   . . . .but what better motivation to get it done that another 4th of July rolling around.  So, with 3 day's to spare . . . . here is 4th At The Cabin :)


I can not even begin to explain how excited I am to have this quilt for the 4th this year ;)   I just love that every time I look at it I think of all of the amazing ladies that had a hand in making the blocks.  Such a treasure!!!  

And, of course,  I love, love, love it's scrappy goodness!!!  This is totally making me want to just start sewing up all of my scrappy strings.   I just love how you can mesh together so many wonderful fabrics and have such an amazingly happy outcome ;)    And I made a scrappy red binding from all of the bits of leftover scraps from other bindings to keep the scrappy goodness going ;) 

And I am so wanting to make more log cabin blocks again now that I pulled this back out again ;)  They are just so fast and oh so much fun to make.  And they burn through a whole lot of scraps, double bonus!!!  I am thinking I need to make another one but in Christmas reds and greens.  So fun!!

And I am super excited about the quilting on this quilt because I totally tried something new.  I couldn't decide whether I wanted to quilt it in red or navy, and then I remembered Angela Walter's post here on how she used 2 threads at once and thought, why not!!!

And I absolutely loved it!!!!  I used 2 spools of So Fine Superior Threads in the top and an Omni thread in the bottom and I didn't have any problems at all with the tension.  And since it is for the 4th, I figured it very appropriate to quilt my little all over Firework design.   And I just love how the thread shows up Navy on the red fabrics and Red on the Navy fabrics.  So cool!!!

And when I took the quilt off, I got another super fun surprise.  The two threads added extra weight in the quilting that made the quilt feel super strong and super snuggly!!!!  It just feels like one of those quilts that I used to sit on for the 4th that my grandmother tied with all of its weighty goodness   It will be just perfect to snuggle up in while watching fireworks.

And that is 4th At The Cabin!!!!  I am so, so, so glad that it came out of the "to be quilted" pile and finally got finished. Totally one of those when you wonder why it took you son long to finish, but now it is done and I have a feeling it will be enjoyed each July for years to come!!!  A huge thank you to all of the wonderful friends at Moda who did this swap and helped make our new 4th At The Cabin quilt :)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

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