Monday, April 29, 2019

Happy 3rd Birthday Sew Sampler!!!

Oh my goodness, I can not believe the Sew Sampler Box is 3 Years old :)   Happy Birthday Sew Sampler!!!!    I can't believed I have had 36 aqua boxes arrive on my doorstep, and I have loved each and every one!!!   And of course,  I am so super excited for this new year of Aqua Quilting Goodie Boxes arriving each month!!!    And April's Sew Sampler Box starts off year 4 celebrating with Spinkles and Confetti!!!!

And the party starts with a sprinkling of Tula Goodness, which you know has me all the heart eyes!!!!   I was thrilled to find Pinkerville, Tula's new line of gorgeous fantasy prints mixed with stunning cool colors!!!  The Petite Pinkerville Design Roll paired with the Confetti Star pattern is already on the to make list!!!  All that is left is to just pick up the Finishing Kit ;)     It is just so fantastic!!! 

And Fat Quarter Shop didn't stop the Tula love there :)  They even had a Sprinkling of Tula in the notions.   How awesome is this 4 1/2" Fussy Cut Ruler!!  Can you see the unicorn etched in it :)  It just makes me smile, such a creative way to add a little pizzazz to a quilting ruler!!!  And the 4" Mini Duckbill Scissors from the Tula Hardware collection will be so perfect for trimming and applique.  I tried them out this morning for a little applique, and I love them already!!!  And the Quilter's Tips are such a great little idea for quilting on your home machine and for binding.  I think those will be going to Barbara, since I owe her big for doing so many of my bindings :)

And last but not least . . . And I am so very excited for this . . .   With a new year of  the Sew Sampler Box, comes a new sampler and this year it is the Goodness Grows quilt designed by Corey Yoder.   Corey was actually in the first online quilting bee I participated and we have been good friends ever since!!!   I absolutely love her fabrics  (made quilts with them here, here, here, and here)  And I am thrilled that I happened to get a bundle of her just announced (not released until Sept.)  Sugarcreek Line from my good friends at Moda!!!!   As soon as I saw the first pattern, I knew I just had to break open this bundle for this new years blocks :)

And here is the first block, Be Fruitful!!!  Isn't is just so great!!!  That is 1" finished patchwork in the center of the block and I can't get over how totally cute it is ;)    I am hoping we will see more of that adorable patchwork in future blocks, but only time will tell.   But I can tell already, I am so going to love this quilt!!!

Which makes me all the more excited to see what will come next month, both in fabric and notions as well as the next Goodness Grows block :)

And sad to say, if you are wanting to get in on the new year of Sew Sampler boxes you have to get in line.  There is currently a waiting list as the box subscription is full.   But hopefully the wait isn't to long.  (I have been told new spots open up each week!!!)     And if you just want to make the new Goddness Grows patterns along with everyone else, they will be available each month, as well as a Goodness Grows Quilt Kit, that includes over 14 yards of fabric in Corey's current line Strawberry Jam, which is oh so great as well!!! 

And if you are waiting to get in on the Sew Sampler Box fun, I have a special Birthday Surprise coming later this week . . .think some of this month's quilting goodies . . .be sure and check back :)

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Quilt Top Finish = Bonus Project Decision

This week I have a lot going on in the sewing room, but not a lot I can show yet ;)  Good ol Market is fast approaching and that means secret sewing, but not secret for super long, so that is good!!!   I can share this sneak peek of a quilt top I finished up last week. It features Lollipop Garden Fabric by Lella Boutique for Moda.  Don't you just love those happy spring colors!!!  You know I especially love the purples :)    And on a side note, this is my first time trying the whole "quilt swirl" picture, and I have to say, they are a lot harder to swirl then they look.  Being honest, this picture was take number 5, tee hee hee :)

And now with the quilt top finished, I have an extra decision to make.  The quilt top used stitch and flip corners, so now I have a wonderful array of Bonus Half Square Triangles that I thought would make a cute little pillow to go with the quilt :) The only question is, what layout to do???    I played with a Giant Diamond, Straight Rows, Chevron, and Little Diamonds.    And of course, the possibilities go on and on :)

Do you have a favorite HST layout???  Help a girl decide :)

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

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Quilt Auction for Sew Much Hope!!!

I am super excited to let you all know that the Sew Much Hope Charity Quilt Auction is underway!!  The Quilt Auction Stars Here and will run through Saturday May 4th.   At 11 am that morning the quilts will be taken to the UQSM Quilt Show to the live Auction where they will finish on stage with a live auctioneer   (but no worries, you can call in your bid if you can't be there in person :)  Isn't that just so fun!!!   You can read all about the Sew Much Hope Charity here .  It warms my heart to be able to using my love for quilting to help such an amazing cause!!! 

You wanna see the quilts that are being auctioned???  Oh, they are oh so fun :)  Each "celebrity" quilt was made with the same fabric that is being used for the Challenge Quilt at the Show.   It is Looking Forward by Jen Kingwell and I love how happy and bright it is.   

I made my Back to Basics Quilt for the auction.  (Pattern in my etsy shop)  I love how the black background just makes those happy bright prints just pop!!!  The quilt measures 68" x 82" so it is a great size to wrap up in or use on a twin bed :)

And there are three other amazing quilts you can bid on as well.   Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company made this gorgeous Disappearing Pinwheel Church Dash Quilt that measures 55" x 66".  I love the Lollies border on it!!! 

Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt  made this super adorable Made With Love Quilt that measures 58" x 60".   And that straight line quilting just sets off this modern quilt!!

And Kaitlyn Howell from Knot and Thread   made this awesome Mod Diamonds Variation Quilt   that measures 66" x 71".  And I just love the movement in this one. 

So that is the Sew Much Hope Quilt Auction, and I am tickled to see that the bidding has already started!!!    Quilters are just amazing in their love and generosity!!!   And how incredible is it that this charity is all about providing refugees with sewing machines to help foster self reliance, it just brings it around full circle!!!     

I am so happy to be a quilter and among so many amazing quilters like you all :) 

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

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day so let's have some fun :)

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway :)

The winner of the $25.00 Gift Certificate from Lou Lou's Fabric Shop is . . .  Number #172 . . .   Congrats Lisa Marie!!!   I have emailed you :)     


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Shabby Fabrics!!   Shabby Fabrics always has an incredible stock of fabrics at amazing prices!!!!   And Shabby Fabrics is always coming up with incredible new Kits and Projects!!! There new Wooly Mug Mat Projects and Kits are a perfect example!!!    And they even made a You Tube video that walks you through how to make it :)  

And for the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway  Shabby Fabrics is giving one lucky winner the new May Wooly Mug Mat Kit!!!  How fun in that!!!!   Seriously, I am so wanting to learn to work with wool, and what better size to learn on than a Mat Kit :)  Someone is going to be so very lucky this week!!! 

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 or an anonymous comment ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment that tells me  if you have ever worked with wool.   (Like I said, I haven't but it is totally on my list to do!!!)  

 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, April 30th 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, April 22, 2019

Spring Break aka Why I haven't Sewn for a Week ;)

Yup, it has been a little quiet around here the last few days . . . and that is because last week was Spring Break!!!  An entire week with the kids out of school just itching for something fun to do.  And we sure had fun and got a lot done as well, double bonus!!!  We started the week off in Salt Lake visiting Grandma and Grandpa (my parents :)   My kids love the beach, and since there are no beaches in Salt Lake, we went to the next closest thing, the Aquarium ;)    The kids loved it!!!  But seriously, try to take a picture of 5 kids, standing still in a dark building when there are a million things to see . . . this is the best I got :)

The next day we did a little window shopping :)  Gardner Village was one of my favorite places to go growing up because I just loved how every little house (shop) was like a whole new world when you stepped inside.  Each place is unique and full of character and oh so much fun to find lots of hidden treasures inside. The girls loved that they were just starting to put out all the fairy homes for the woodland fairy festival!!!    But ya, my big kids favorite find . . . an elevator with furniture in it.   I think they could have ridden that elevator all day and been happy.   Well, that and feeding the ducks would have been a close second ;)

And then it was time to come home to Cedar City, and we just happened to bring Grandma (my mom pictured above) with us.   And when Grandma comes to visit, it always means big projects!!!  She is so amazing in that way.  Things that I have been procrastinating forever, she helps me whip out in a few days.   And this time, it was painting!!!  Kamryn and Jocelyn had gone through a paint peeling phase a while back (read mom gets really frustrated) and their walls were still showing the effects of that phase.   So it was time for a fresh coat.   And Kamryn picked (read with some persuasion from mom :)  this beautiful soft pink for her walls.  The color is called Rosy Outlook by Sherwin Williams, just fyi. 

And we leaned towards this soft pink, because I started working on a new quilt at a retreat (yes, I actually got to take a class!!!)  for Kamryn's bed called Sweet Blend and I am using the beautiful bold colors of Amy Ellis's Wanderlust fabric for it.  I think that soft pink would be the perfect compliment to it ;)   And as much as we loved the Sunkissed by Spring quilt that has been on her bed for some time, it has been well loved, and is ready to be changed out for something a little more young lady than young girl ;)  I think this is going to work perfectly!!!

And after finishing up Kamryn's room, we moved into Jocelyn's room.   And she loves purple!!! Wonder where she gets it from ;)    So we choose two beautiful shades called Teaberry and Rosebay and went to work.   And remember how I said my mom is amazing at doing things I have procrastinated . . . Ya, it has driven me nuts that their beds were ivory and their moldings were white, but I wasn't about to tackle painting two bed frames.   Mom to the rescue, not only did we paint two rooms we also painted two bed frames.   And they are so pretty and perfect!!!!

And even though Jocelyn Sister's Choice  quilt still matches these walls, I think it is only fair she gets a new quilt as well.   And I am thinking these gorgeous prints from Bungalow by Kate Spain.   Won't that just make the softest quilt to go with these more bold colors on the wall.   And then a new curtain in one of those floral prints . . . It's gonna be so good. 

Now I just need to decide what quilt pattern to make for Jocelyn's bed . . . so many choices ;)   Anyone have a favorite Fat Eighth pattern that would be perfect for a 8 into tween years ???

So ya . . . all in all, an amazing spring break with lots of fun and oh so much productivity in the home, which of course, makes me so very happy.   But today, it's time to get back to some sewing, I have missed my machine and it is calling my name ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!1
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