Friday, May 22, 2015

Frivols #4 x 3

Don't you just love that word . . . Frivols!!  So fun :)  For market, I was asked by my fantastic friends at Moda to make 3 samples of one of their new Frivols Quilts.  If you haven't heard about Frivols, it is a new collectors tin program that Moda is doing and there will be 12 tins total in the series. You can see all about them in the Schoolhouse Video that Fat Quarter Shop did :)

Anyhow, this is Frivols #4 using Brenda Riddle's gorgeous new line Windermere and it will be out in November.  And I hear the tin comes with all sorts of extra goodies!!  Ya, I am totally going to be frivolously collecting these ;)

Brenda Riddle designed this fun flying geese quilt.  It is made with 4 blocks and a whole flock of geese.  And there are lots and lots of pretty points to line up.  Yippee!!!

The pattern uses the no-waste flying geese technique, which is my favorite.  The geese went together fast and then it was just building the blocks, which didn't go so fast (more on that later).  All 3 are the same, sans the color placement and the backing fabrics.   I have to say, it was kind of fun to assembly line piece these and turn around to find I had 3 finished quilts!

When it came time to quilt them, I decided to do an all over mixture of echoed paisleys, swirls, and curly cues.  I used 401 So Fine Superior Threads and it perfectly blended away to give the quilts a beautiful texture.  I really love my So Fine Threads!!!  (which incidentally, I have a big So Fine Thread giveaway going on right now . . . trust me, you are going to want to win these threads!!)  

It was so fun to "find" these 3 Frivols all over Moda Land at market.   I found the first one hanging in the Brenda Riddle center section of the booth.

And the second one draped over the table at Brenda's booth in Designer Row.

And the third one took me a little longer to find until I thought to check in the United Notions booth.  It is the one hanging on the ladder with the cute Frivols tin on top of it!!  They are just so cute!!!

And those are my 3 Frivols quilts!!!  But, I had to share this little story about making them that I referred to above.  This is in the true spirit of "Keeping it Real".  Of course, I was making these on a "fast approaching deadline"  I had all of the geese made and stitched into rows.  All I had to do was stitch the rows together.   In an effort to speed things up, Barbara came up and pressed as I stitched.  We were rocking it out until we came to the very last row.  As I laid out the blocks to put them all together, I noticed something looked off.  These didn't look like the blocks in the pattern.  Oh ya, that's because the blocks in the pattern have the geese pointing outward, not inward . . . like I had stitched every row of all 12 blocks for all 3 quilts!!!   My seam ripper was my best friend for the next several hours.    Oh ya, Keeping It Real :) 

But it all worked out . . .and all three quilts turned out so pretty and on-time ;)  And in the end, I did laugh at myself, after a few frustrated tears while ripping ;)

Thanks for popping in today ;)  I have 1 more Market finish to share tomorrow and then next week it is on to the Schoolhouse and Book Signings ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up these 3 finishes to Sarah's and Amanda's ;)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

True North

Today I am so excited to share with you one of the quilts that I made for market.   I am also sharing it as part of Blogger's Quilt Festival!!!  (yup, just squeaking it in there in time)   I call it True North and I have to say, I love it!!!

When the gals at Riley Blake Designs asked me to design something for their Postcards for Santa Christmas Line, I knew right away I wanted to do a play on a Star design.   I really played with this design a lot getting the look and the piecing just right and I just love how the off balance layout makes those beautiful stars pop!!

And of my goodness, can I just say I love the Gold Shimmer in this line!!!  It was so incredible to get to work with.  The quilt finishes at 92" x 92" making it perfect for your queen size bed.   

When it came time to quilt this beauty, I decided to do some custom ruler work in the Stars, and Pebbling to give it the look of snow all piled up.  So fun and so much yummy texture!!

On the border I quilted echoed paisley's (video tutorial found here)  I used my all time favorite 402 So Fine Superior Thread for all the quilting.  I love how it blended perfectly in the background as well as the Star prints!!   And funny story on this one, with about a 1/2 a row left, I completely ran out of 402.  Like, no extra cone lying around, completely out.   And of course, I was trying to get this in the mail to ship for Market, so I didn't really have time to get a new one.  Lucky for me, it happens to be another local Long-Armers favorite thread as well, and she let me borrow a cone to finish the job.  Thank heavens for good friends to get you out of a pickle.   And yes, I stopped at the Superior Threads Warehouse on our way to market and picked up 5 Cones of 402.  Good to Go!!!

And here is True North hanging in the Riley Blake Designs booth at Market!!!  I had to stop and stare each time I walked by, so fun!!!  And let me tell you, I wanted to take that little dress off the mannequin and bring it home for my little one for Christmas.  Adorable!!!

I plan on writting True North up as a pattern but just haven't gotten time yet ;)   And of course, it will have size options.  This is such a fun Christmas quilt, but the design would really look great in any combination of prints.  Stars are just so versatile :)

Oh, and I just got some wonderful news on True North this morning.  The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon that is held in July has requested that True North be part of the show!!!   So it has another pit stop to make before it makes it's way home ;)  So excited!!!  And that means I will have to get the pattern written up sooner rather than later ;)  You know I always work best under deadlines ;)

And that is True North!!!   Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!  If you are stopping by for the first time from Blogger's Quilt Festival Welcome!!!  I would love it if you came back and visited often, I am always excited to share my daily quilting adventures ;)

And be sure to pop back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all of the amazing quilts!!!!  There are so many, talk about your super Quilting Eye Candy!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Market Part 1 - Collecting

So market was amazing and I have been sitting here going through loads and loads and loads of pictures and trying to put them into a cohesive post and coming to the conclusion that it would be the worlds longest post that would be jumping all over the place because there was just so much that happened at Market this year!!!    Which left me with option of breaking things up a bit and spreading the Market love out over the next little bit.

You can be expecting to see some of the projects I made for Market that I have been keeping super secret, and then I will move onto my Irish Chain Quilts schoolhouse and book signings, and then finish with some of the new collections.  (See, I told you, way to much for one post ;)

So for today, I thought I would just share a few of the fun "collections" that I gathered while at market.  The first were pins!!!   I was so excited to trade pins because each time I traded I got to meet someone new or chat with a wonderful friend that I only get to see every 6 months.   And my, oh my, did I do a lot of trading and chatting!!!

If you wonder if 3 lanyards worth of pins hanging around your neck is heavy, the answer is yes.  But oh so fun, so I decided totally worth it!!!

The next thing I collected at Market was signatures.   I decided to turn my Irish Chain Quilts Advanced Copy into a sort of "yearbook".  I can't tell you the funny looks I got when I asked friends to sign my book, they kept telling me I had it a little backwards ;)   But oh my goodness, this will be such a treasure for me.   It is an amazing collection of everyone who helped me get to where I am today in this wonderful industry.  So special!!!

And finally, you can't go to Market without collecting a little fabric ;)   I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself as I left the credit card at the hotel and only took my allotted amount of cash.  And I came home with some wonderful treasures.  Can't wait to get cutting into these!!!

And that wraps up with my collections.  Before I sign off, I have to write a quick bit about Irish Chain Quilts, because I just can't wait for later in the week to  share.   I just want to say Thank You so much for the wonderful reception Irish Chain Quilts has received!!!  Thank you for your sweet emails of how much you love it, thank you to everyone at Market who pulled me aside and told me how much they loved it, Thank you for all of your fabulous comments on it.  I truly honored and so very appreciative.   This is such an amazing industry to be a part of!!!!

And one last note on Irish Chain Quilts . . . Martingale had me do a super fun guest post at their blog Stitch This!  so if you want to read lots more about Irish Chain Quilts you can pop over here to check it out ;)

Alright, that's it for today ;)   Be back tomorrow with some Secret Market Sewing ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Tuesday, May 19, 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 Pick A Bundle Goodness from Fat Quarter Shop is . . .   Number #107 . . . Congrats Niechelle Wade!!   I have emailed you :) 

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Superior Threads!!   And Right now Superior Threads So Fine Thread is 25% off!!  This is hands down my Favorite thread!!! It is lint free, super smooth, and strong yet fine, always giving me the perfect blend!!!   If you haven't given it a try yet, this is excellent time to try an excellent thread!!  You can read more about So Fine Thread in Superior Threads Newsletter here ;)  

And Superior Threads and I worked together to create something special for this Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!!   I curated a 12 pack Thread Bundle for this giveaway of my favorite Neutral "Work Horse" colors!!!  This is that pack that no matter what quilt you want to work on, there will be a perfect match!!  And how do I know this, because these are all of the colors that I used when quilting the quilts in my New Book, so fun!!!   And with 550 yards per spool, that comes out to 6600 yards of amazing thread goodness and over a $70.00 value.   So I know you want to enter this awesome So Fine Giveaway, here's how . . . 

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 what is So Fine about your day today ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Superior Threads love. You can follow them on  FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter, or their Blog. You can Sign up for the Superior Threads Newsletter or you can visit their Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Superior Threads Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next May 26th 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, May 18, 2015

Home Again

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness.   What a whirlwind of fun it has been the last few days!!!  It was so amazing to get to share Irish Chain Quilts and  I can't wait to share more with you . . .but I have spent the day trying to unpack and get back on top of all the emails that were awaiting me when I got home  (some day I really am going to have to upgrade to a smart phone ;)   I promise I will be back with a Market Recap on Wednesday, and I have a super fun TTGD planned for tomorrow . . . so until then, I will leave you with a picture of the fabric goodness I brought home with me ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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