Monday, January 14, 2019

Threadology Quilt Along Stars Today!!!

The Fat Quarter Shop's  annual Charity Quilt along, stars today and this year has us making awesome patchwork blocks in two sizes for the Threadology Quilt !!!   I am so super excited.   This year the Quilt Along will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation .   I just love this quilt along and how great it is to be quilting for such an amazing cause!!!     And each year when I finish my Charity Quilt along quilt, I donate it to the Festival of Trees fundraiser in honor of my sweet little nephew David .  So it just doubles the great causes, and makes it all the more awesome!!!   

Today the fabric requirements are being released.   If you want yours to look like the original above, you can order a  Threadology Quilt Along Kits which comes with half yards in Bonnie and Camille's adorable new Little Snippets line as well as some bonuses like Aurifil thread, the full pattern (so you can work ahead if you like) and keepsake box with a magnetic closure .   I totally love Bonnie and Camille fabrics, but figured I best use some of my stash, since I have quite a few bundles stacking up ;)   So my plan is to use some Handmade, Hello Darling,  Little Ruby, and a bit of Daysail.  It's going to be so fun picking out which fabrics to use each month!!! 

And of course, you know I always have to change things up a bit :)   Since I will be donating this quilt when it is done, I wanted to make it a little more universal, rather than specifically for a quilter.  So I am not going to do the spool layout (even though it is so totally adorable!!!).  Instead, I plan to make 3 Large Blocks and 6 Small Blocks each month and than turn it into this fun patchwork layout that will finish at 72" square.   So if you wonder each time I post blocks why there are so many, this is why ;) 

 So what do you say??  Wan't to quilt along for a great cause???   If so, be sure to pop on over and get the Fabric Requirements and then grab a Kits or gather from your stash, and be ready.  The first block pattern release will be on Feb 1.  It's going to be so much fun!!!   And you can always pop on over to the Threadology Quilt Along page for all the details on this awesome Quilt Along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop :)  

Happy Quilting!!!!

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Star Surround Finish . . . Finally!!!!

Well, today is an exciting day because today I get to share my oldest Work in Progress all finished!!!  I can't think of a better way to start the year out then with a finish that has been waiting since Sept. 2013 to be completed!!!     So without further ado . . . Here is my Star Surround Quilt all quilted and bound and ready to be loved!!!! 

So, if you can't remember (because ya know, 5 years) Star Surround was my Annual Quilt Along that I hosted back in 2013.  We had nearly 100 folks quilt along and some amazing finishes, in fact, you can still see the Parade of Finishes over here!!!  And, if you want to make your own, just like all my Quilt Along's all the posts are still available.   Here is a quick link to each of the tutorials for making this quilt ;) 

And so why so long to finish this quilt.   Truth, I'm not really sure.  It just kind of happened.   I finished my quilt top right along with everyone else's back in 2013 but then I had a deadline project so I didn't quilt it right away.   So I hung it in a closet since it was all pressed and ready (which I don't do anymore!!!) and sort of forgot about it in there.    Then two years ago, I was participating in some online prompt of pictures and it asked for your oldest WIP and I remembered this in the closet.   So I pulled it out, and put it on the "to be quilted ironing board" by the long arm.   But I was thinking it needed some major custom quilting, and I knew that would take a little bit, so other quilt tops kept being put on top of it, that would be faster.    And needless to say, it got buried for a while again. Until I finally decided, it was how I was going to start the new year, and it didn't matter how I finished it, just as long as I finished it!!! 

And I am so happy to have it done, because I just love it!!!  I always loved this design!!!  You all know how much I like to make star quilts, and I just loved the surround and the secondary designs it created.   And I made mine in the 96" x 96" big queen size, so now it can be used and loved ;)

So the quilting, like I said, I just wanted to finish it!!!  So I did an all over loose feather design, which is so fast and so fun to quilt!!  The whole time I was quilting it, I just kept thinking to myself, why did you wait so long for something that took 3 hours to do!!!   And I even had the binding all ready to go.  Yes, it has been sitting on a shelf for 5 years!!!  So it went right on after this came off the frames. 

And it just looks so awesome!!!  This pic cuts off three of the Stars, (it really is a big quilt!!!) but it is the best to show the actual design.   I love these big blocks, and it is just going to be a stunner on a bed :)   Know to just decide whose bed to put it on, tee hee hee.  

And that is my Star Surround Quilt Along Quilt!!!   And I am so, so, so happy with the finish!!!   And I want to say thank you to everyone that quilted along with me back then,  as well as to those that have participated in other Quilt Along's with me throughout the year.  It really is so much fun to sew with you all.   And I promise, I won't ever let one of these hang out this long again!!!  In fact, with this done, I only have 2 quilt tops waiting in the "to be quilted" pile, and that just makes me smile!!!

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

Linking this finish to Myra's, and Sarah's ;)
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dessert Sampler - Blocks 6 and 7

I pulled out some of my Dessert Sampler blocks earlier this week as it has been a little while.  I just love having these blocks to work on between projects.  No hurry, no rush, just piecing whenever.    This is Block 6 of my Dessert Sampler . I just love how the low volume mix into this block, so fun!!!

And, then I was having fun, and so I continued on with Block 7.   Block 7 calls for a special ruler tha I had accidentally missed over, so I just made a plastic template instead and it worked great.  I had to fudge a few seams where I hadn't cut quite as perfectly, but all in all, I think it came out super cute.    And I just love the teal in the center of a sea of lime and mint greens:) 

And now, I am excited to go through my figgy goodness and decide which prints to use for Block 8.   Picking fabrics is one of my favorite parts of making a sampler quilt :)  It is just so fun planning out each and every single block!!!! 

So how about you . . . have you started a new long term project for the new year???

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day, so let's have some fun!!!

First,  lets announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the $50.00 Gift Certificate from   Maker Valley is . . .  Number #53 . . .   Congrats Vicki in MN!!!   I have emailed you :) 

And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Green Fairy Quilts.  Green Fairy Quilts is your home for pre-cut goodness and they always have amazing sales going on every weekend on a selected pre-cut or notion!!!  And did you know that Green Fairy Quilts has a Deal of The Day!!!   Be sure to check those out for some major quilting savings!!!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway, Green Fairy Quilts will be giving one lucky reader a Regency Ballycastle Jelly Roll by Christoper Wilson Tate for Moda!! How pretty are these prints, and in such beautiful blues and cremes.  It will make a stunning quilt for sure :)
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 go-to fast dinner?? (tonight has all the kids going here and there, and I need something other than pizza :)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Green Fairy Quilts love.   You can Sign up for their Newsletter which I highly recommend as it will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales!!  You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook,  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, January 15th 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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Friday, January 4, 2019

A Little Bit of This and That

I was hoping to have a finish to share today, but sadly, I managed to catch a cold on New Years Eve and it is just lingering.  So I have been wandering around, trying to do a little of this and a little of that, so I feel like I am at least getting a little something done.

And I have to say, it felt awesome to package up these bee blocks and get them in the mail.  Thank heavens for online postal service, so I didn't even have to go out of the house (which I haven't left since said cold came on, so I am looking a little disheveled :)    These blocks are for Charlene, and I just love the happy little log cabins!!  So fun!!!

And then, on Tuesday I got up a little energy and took one of my Christmas presents out of the box and set it up ;)  How cool is this Literacy Stand for my patterns!!!  It will make it so much easier when I go to teach, I have so many patterns now, they don't all fit on the table ;)   And I just love how neat and tidy this will make things going forward!!!

I have been sewing Selvage Strings on and off this last week when I feel up to it.   I am just about ready to work on the tutorial, I think.    I am really loving making these blocks, and they have been a happy point in the last week.  It's amazing how just sitting down to sew for a few minutes can even chase the blues of a cold away, for a little bit anyway ;)

And finally today, my brain was a little less foggy, so I started to work on writting my new pattern!!! No worries, I didn't work on the math part, just making the images, as I can do that with half a brain ;)  My least favorite part of making a new quilt for a pattern, is obviously, the actual writting of it.   Way more fun to cut it, piece it, and quilt it!!!   And I had a great time quilting this new quilt after Christmas and wen't all out custom work on it!!!  I have to say, I am pretty proud of the quilting :)  More on this new pattern to come, and hopefully very soon!!!  I can't wait ;)

So ya, a little of this, and a little of that ;)  Like I said, I am so grateful that even when I feel pretty lousy, I can snatch little sewing sessions that lift my spirits and make me smile ;)    And a few Clorox wipes to disinfect the sewing space each time, and I'm good to go :)  

So how is your New Year going???  Are you doing a little of this and that as well, or going all out on something for the New Year???
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