Monday, August 23, 2021

Dear Germany

Well, this morning was all of the emotions :)  Today our son left to serve a 2 year Mission in Frankfurt Germany for the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  We are so proud of him.  This is something he has planned on pretty much his whole life and I can't believe it is here.   

And I'm not gonna lie, it was hard to let go.    Like one of the hardest things I have done.    I know everyone warned me, but for real, kids grow up to fast.   Truly, this morning just felt like all of the  happy, exciting, hard, amazing, nerve racking, humbling, and joyful experiences of his life all came together.   

So Dear Germany, please take care of my son.     He is so excited to come and serve in your beautiful country.  I know that while he is there with you, the experiences he will have will change him from a boy to a man.     

And we are so excited as a family, to get to chat with him each week and to hear of all his amazing experiences and watch that transformation take place via zoom.  Yup, all the emotions.    We love you Spencer!!!


And Thanks for sticking with me through a more personal post today.  No quilts, but I just had to share this huge milestone for our son and our family ;)    And now I am off to go sew and sew and sew.   Does anyone else use quilting as therapy on emotional days?? 

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

Mystery Christmas Quilt Along!!!!

 So did you see the announcement??  Fat Quarter Shop  is hosting a new Mystery Quilt Along, but this time, it is Christmas!!!   I just love sewing Christmas Quilts, so I was all in for this All the Trimmings Quilt Along.    This will be similar to the Bats and Boos Quilt Along that is just finishing, but ya, it is all in Reds and Greens and Christmas Goodness!!! 

The All the Trimmings quilt uses a Layer Cake and some background fabric and finishes at 33 1/2" x 38 1/2".    You can find the Fabric Requirements right here.     I plan to make my quilt in the same Christmas Morning Fabric as the mystery quilt and will use a Grunge Black background (you all know I just love Grunge!!)   

And of course, I always have to change things up a bit, so I plan to take that baby size quilt and times it by 4 to make a large lap size quilt :)   Super fun!!!   And of course, that means 4x the fabric, so I am using a Christmas Morning Fat Quarter Bundle instead of a Layer Cake ;)   Yippee for lots of Christmas Fabric Goodness!!!

So what do you say . . . want to Mystery Quilt Along???   The first block will be released on September 7th, and we will be finishing by October, so you will have a brand new Christmas Quilt to enjoy this season!!!   

I hope you are all having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

July Sew Sampler Box!!

Playing a little catch up today ;)   My July Sew Sampler Box arrived a little bit ago, and I was just so busy with summer ending and school starting that I am just now getting to enjoy all of the quilty goodness inside!!!!    So, without further ado, here is my July,  Sew Sampler Box and the theme is Wild and Free and it is just incredible!!! 

As soon as I saw the exclusive Petunias Quilt Pattern, I knew I wanted to make it just like it is on the cover!!!  Isn't that navy background just gorgeous with the reds, whites, and greys!!!   And I love that those Reds, Grey's and Whites, are actually from Christmas Morning by Lella Boutique!!  Yup, it is Christmas Fabric but it is so gorgeous, it totally works in an all floral quilt :)   This one has already been set aside with Navy from my stash to get cutting into next!!  I just love it!!!  

And the notions this month are so great!!!!  Everything is all about cutting, so fun ;)  First off, I am always in need of new Rotary Blades and I just love the Olfa Endurance Blade ;)   There is nothing quite like a brand new sharp blade in your rotary cutter!!    And then when you go to cut with that brand new sharp blade, you can ensure your rulers don't slip with the  Betty Bits.  These little dots adhere to the back of your rulers and keep it from slipping, so great!!!   And when you are done your chain stitching, you need a little thread trimming, and the Stringblade's are perfect for just that!!! 

And a new month means a new block ;)   Here is  Block 4 of the Bright Side Quilt along!!   I changed around the fabric placement just a bit, but I like the way it makes a patchwork X through the center of the block ;)   And I am starting to think I want to make a second block of each month in all basic grunge in neutral tones.  I think that could give is a really cool look.  What do you think??

And just a note,  Sew Sampler boxes currently have No Waiting List!!!  So you can sign up right away and get a box on your door step next month!!! So fun :)  

And that is July  Sew Sampler Box and because I was catching up with this one, I don't even have to wait that long for August's box to arrive.  Happy Mail Day Soon ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

   It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!! Let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .   Number #168 . . . Congrats calund47!  I have messaged you :)  


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And did you know they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!   And not only do they have a daily deal, they have a Fabric Basic, Pattern, and Notion of the Month!!!!     Kona Cottons are on sale and that means it is time to stock up!!!  Also, all Aurifil Threads are on sale for the Notion (EEEkkk!!!) , and V and Co Patterns are on sale for the Pattern.   Save 20-30% off of all of them for the whole month of August!!  So Amazing ;) 

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away this brand new American Gathering Jelly Roll by Primitive Gatherings for Moda!!!!    Isn't that just so pretty, it would make an awesome July 4th quilt or a Quilts of Valor!!!! 

You have two entry chances here on the blog, 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 what is making you Happy today??   (It's the first day of school here, and this mom is super happy to get back into a daily routine ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  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 Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, August 24th,  when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

You can also pop over to my Instagram and/or Facebook to enter there as well :)  

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Roadside Harvest Quilt!!

 Since I have already shared 1 secret Fall Quilt this week, I thought it would be fun to finish up the week with a second secret Fall Quilt :)   This was another sample quilt for my wonderful friends at Moda Fabrics that I made in April and I am so excited to share it ;)   So here it is, Roadside Harvest  by Corey Yoder!!!  Isn't that just so precious, love it!!!!

And you know how I say every quilt is fast and fun . . . well, this quilt still totally fit that for me, as I was making it fast for a sample, and it was oh so much fun to piece all of those blocks!!!   But when you make yours, I would recommend giving yourself a little more than a week and a half as this quilt has over 1700 pieces in it ;)   And those pumpkins aren't patchwork, they use a buffalo check print.   All of the pieces are in the leaves and and trucks, but they are oh so cute, and totally worth the amount of pieces that make them up ;)   This is a fall quilt that will be a treasure for sure!!!  

The fabrics are Corey Yoder's Cozy Up Line and the Roadside Harvest pattern is Fat Eighth friendly with some yardage of the Buffalo Checks for the pumpkins, and prints for the Truck Grass and Border.   I just love these beautiful soft fall tones in this line, and the prints are just stunning with flowers, little acorns, and text of tree names.   And of course, the buffalo check is just awesome!!! 

And when it came time to quilt it, I tried something new!!!  I wanted to add to the "fall feel" of the quilt, so I took my good ol Curly Q all over design and modified it.   I added a little "bud" at the end of the curly Q and randomly stitched in leaves.   I think it turned out so super cute.   I know it is a bit hard to see, but it really stands out on the black pumpkin ;)   I am going to have to remember this design for future fall quilts because I just love it, and while it did take a little more time, I got faster as the muscles memory of repetition started to kick in ;) 

And now, my Roadside Harvest quilt is off to visit quilt shops so they can get pics and share all about this awesome quilt!!!       And if you want to make your own Roadside Harvest Quilt, Fat Quarter Shop has a Kit already listed for it.    The fabric should be shipping this month, but there is still a bit of Covid delay, but you can be notified when it is stock so you can jump on it as soon as it arrives.   These will sell out super fast :)    

And that is the Roadside Harvest quilt!!!!  I am just thrilled with it and can't wait to add it to my collection of Fall quilts when it comes back ;)   It finishes at 72" x 80" so it is going to be just wonderful to snuggle in with a cup of hot cocoa in front of the fire just as the season starts to get a little crisp :)   Can't wait!!!  

Thanks for popping in and sharing this new quilt finish with me ;)
I hope you are all having a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!  
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