Quilter's Blog Hop Winner!

16 December 2012

 Blog Hop Party 

 It's time to announce the winner of the Blog Hop Winner!  
And Mr. Random Number Generator chose ....


Just Quilt It who said ......




I have sent an email to you, so be on the lookout!

Quilter's Blog Hop Giveaway!

09 December 2012


 
Before I announce what the giveaway is, I wanted to let you all know about the Low Volume Charm Swap that I am hosting.  Sign-ups just started yesterday and we need 28 swappers.
For those of you who are new to charm swaps, here's how I am going to work this one.  You must buy THREE DIFFERENT yards of fabric. You will then cut each different yard into 5" charms, sort them and ship to me. 

You must be on Flickr (you don't have to be super active, just have an account) and agree to participate in the swap group, which you can find here. The flickr group will be where you post pictures of what you are purchasing in order to avoid duplicates. Please purchase quilt shop quality fabric only. You will send me 3 sets of 56 charms and receive an assortment of different charms back.
UPDATE: The swap is full!!


Okay, now on to the giveaway!


This giveaway is sponsored by Aurifil!
We will be giving away a thread pack and a wool thread color card. If you haven't used Aurifil thread, you are missing out!  I highly suggest it!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition.  Normally, I try and respond to comments but since there will be so many, I might not be able to respond to everyone.  I really appreciate you all stopping by today and I would love if you come back and visit!   
 This giveaway is open to everyone.  This giveaway will close on December 15th at 9pm CST.  And a winner will be announced on December 16th.  Make sure you go check out all of the other giveaway's here.

Low Volume Charm Swap Sign-ups Begin Today!

08 December 2012

For those of you who are new to charm swaps, here's kind of how I am going to work this one.  You must buy THREE DIFFERENT yards of fabric. You will then cut each different yard into 5" charms, sort them and ship to me. 

You must be on Flickr (you don't have to be super active, just have an account) and agree to participate in the swap group, which you can find here. The flickr group will be where you post pictures of what you are purchasing in order to avoid duplicates. Please purchase quilt shop quality fabric only. You will send me 3 sets of 56 charms and receive an assortment of different charms back.

Check out this amazingness!  Who doesn't love a perfect low volume project?!

Low Volume Loveliness
 

Since this is the first time I have organized a charm swap it will only be open to US residents. Hopefully the next swap I will be brave enough to open up to other countries. Sorry if that disappoints anyone.

I will be accepting the first 28 swappers, if there are more interested they will go on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, I will extend it to 56 swappers.


I really swoon over low volume prints!
You can find even more information and the sign-up form here!  And if you want to sign up for more than one slot you can (I sure plan on it)!  Charm squares will need to be cut and shipped by Jan. 21st.  So spread the word, the more the merrier!

Low Volume Charm Swap

06 December 2012


I missed out on Laura's Low Volume Charm Swap so I contacted her and she gave me the go ahead to run one of my own!  Her idea was absolutely fantastic, and as a result, there were lots of people who didn't get in, so here's another chance.  

For those of you who are new to charm swaps, here's kind of how I am going to work this one.
You must buy THREE DIFFERENT yards of fabric. You will then cut each different yard into 5" charms, sort them and ship to me. 

You must be on Flickr (you don't have to be super active, just have an account) and agree to participate in the swap group, which you can find here. The flickr group will be where you post pictures of what you are purchasing in order to avoid duplicates. Please purchase quilt shop quality fabric only. You will send me 3 sets of 56 charms and receive an assortment of different charms back.

Since this is the first time I have organized a charm swap it will only be open to US residents. Hopefully the next swap I will be brave enough to open up to other countries. Sorry if that disappoints anyone.

I will be accepting the first 28 swappers, if there are more interested they will go on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, I will extend it to 56 swappers.

Sign ups will begin December 8th! Charm squares will need to be cut and shipped by Jan. 21st.

Spread the word so others can join in the fun too! The more the merrier!
 


 

I've been featured on Moda Bakeshop!

03 December 2012

First off, let me say, that I felt so bad when I promised a tree skirt tutorial over the summer and couldn't deliver.  I couldn't deliver because two days after I had promised the tutorial, it had been accepted on Moda Bakeshop!  One of my goals for this year was to be published and although it's not a paper publication I think it counts, right? :)  

You can check out the recipe here!  


And I'm linking up with the 4th Quarter Finish-A-Long!
You can find the original post here.

I love a quick project!

28 November 2012

I had finally had it!  Every time I opened my cabinet in the kitchen, grocery bags would fall out!  Something had to be done.  So I quickly checked out my tutorial board on pinterest and found the perfect solution.  


I used the tutorial by Gen X Quilters.  I had the exact same fabric in my stash, and I loved her version so much I made one of my own.  It is now hanging in my pantry and grocery bags don't fall on my head anymore when I open my cabinet!  I was thinking this would make a super easy Christmas gift.  I even practiced some free motion quilting with this project.  I am branching out people!

Oh my goodness!!! My bundle made the top 10!!

27 November 2012

I don't know if you guys remember the bundle I put together for the Sew Lux Fabric Guest Curator Contest, but it looked like this.


Well I made the top ten!  And voting is going on as we speak!  So head on over and vote for your favorite.  All of the bundles look pretty awesome so it might be difficult to chose.  So, head on over and vote here.

A Special Gift

26 November 2012

I was working on a Christmas project a couple of weeks ago when all of a sudden I felt like I should be working on something else.  I had no idea what it was, then it hit me ... I was supposed to make a healing quilt for a very special friend of mine.  My friend has been experiencing some pretty serious health problems for the past year and a half.  It's hard to understand why amazing people have to go through rough times, but I know where her faith lies and we both know who is in control.  

During the entire construction of the quilt, I was continuously praying for her, praying healing over her body and strength for her faith.  I don't know what is in store for her but I do know that she is an amazing person, one who I truly admire.  
 
I hope that this quilt can bring some happiness during this time in her life, and that she knows that there are people who love her and are believing for healing with her.  
  


Just in case you are interested ... I used Faith's tutorial for this quilt!


Weekender Blog Hop Winners!

19 November 2012

Heidi and I loved the bags that were linked up with The Long Weekend Blog Hop!  All of the talent out there is so amazing and it is great to see other ladies out there that have the same passion as we do!  I love the quilting/sewing community!

So I won't make you wait any longer ... here are our winners!

Fat Quarter Shop $25 gift certificate.
And the winner is .... Leanne!




Fat Quarter Shop $50 gift certificate.
And the winner is ....Stacey!




Intrepid Thread is offering a fat quarter bundle of In My Room by Jeneane Morrison.
And the winner is ..... Kimberly!






Pink Chalk Fabrics is offering four $20 gift certificates.
 
And the winners are .....
Jennie



Lark Cottons is offering a $25 gift certificate.
And the winner is .... Lindsey!




Aurifil is offering a Simply Color thread pack.
And the winner is ..... Becca!


I will be contacting the winners by email so be on the lookout!  Thanks for joining in all of the fun with us!  Thanks again to all of our fabulous sponsors, you are truly top notch companies!  

Oh and I am in the process of putting together a low volume charm swap!  I am thinking about starting signups in the next week or so!  Be on the lookout!

Time to Link Up! The End of The Long Weekend Blog Hop!

15 November 2012



The Long Weekend Blog Hop is coming to a close and it's time to link up your Weekender Bags!  I don't know if you have visited all of the blog hop stops but there is a wealth of information between all of these ladies!


November 9: Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
November 10: Courtney @ Mon Petit Lyons
November 11: Sarah @ Bluprint Textiles
November 12: Leanne @ She Can Quilt
November 13: Lori @ Lori H. Designs
November 14: Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
November 15: Taryn @ Pixels to Patchwork

November 16-18: Project Link-up here at Lori H. Designs
November 19: Prize Drawings Announced!


These bags are absolutely addicting! Part of me wants to make another but then I come back down to Earth and realize that there are more things on my to-do list that take priority. But looking at all of these bags, sure does make it tempting!
The Long Weekend Blog Hop

And why don't we review all of the prizes that will be up for grabs! All prizes will be chosen randomly.  (Even bloggers who were our blog hop stops are able to enter!)  Heidi and I would like to say a BIG thank you to our fabulous sponsors!

Fat Quarter Shop is offering one $25 gift certificate and one $50 gift certificate.


Intrepid Thread is offering a fat quarter bundle of In My Room by Jeneane Morrison.



Pink Chalk Fabrics is offering four $20 gift certificates.


Lark Cottons is offering a $25 gift certificate.



Auriful has sent some amazing things! There are 10 small variety packs of thread that will go to 10 different winners. 
They have also sent some thread color cards!
And last but not least, they have sent a Simply Color thread pack, I have never seen thread that looks so gorgeous!

So link up ya'll!  Heidi and I can't wait to see what you all have come up with!


I Have Conquered The Weekender Bag!

13 November 2012

First off, let me say that I loved this project!  It was difficult and challenging but I loved every minute of it.  Even if you don't link up with the blog hop, I suggest that everyone make this bag at some point in their sewing journey.  Once you finish it, you feel a huge sense of accomplishment.   



If you have been following along with the blog hop, then you have seen some amazing examples of the Weekender Bag!  Just in case you missed them, here is the schedule.  Go check them out!

November 9: Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
November 10: Courtney @ Mon Petit Lyons
November 11: Sarah @ Bluprint Textiles
November 12: Leanne @ She Can Quilt
November 13: Lori @ Lori H. Designs
November 14: Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
November 15: Taryn @ Pixels to Patchwork

November 16-18: Project Link-up here at Lori H. Designs
November 19: Prize Drawings Announced!

I finished my bag a while back and have been impatiently waiting to show it to all of you!  Like many others, I fell in love with Elizabeth Hartman's, quilt as you go version, of the Weekender Bag.  So I chose my fabrics and decided that I wanted to use a foundation paper piecing pattern that I used perviously for my Modern She Made Swap item.  So let's start off with my fabric choices.



I wanted something so colorful that I couldn't help but smile when I looked at it! And the best part is that all of these prints came from my stash!! The only fabric that I purchased was the black text print from the Madrona Road collection!  

Once I pieced my blocks together I cut out my bag panels.  And quilted them with a layer of batting and a layer of cotton duck.  I cut all three layers a bit larger than needed to begin with.  After I finished quilting them, I cut them down to the correct size.



Then the construction began. Everything went together pretty easily up to this point. I added the piping with my mega piping foot. This was my first time ever using piping in a project, it probably could have been done better but for my first time, I was pleased. And instead of making my handles, I used 1.5" cotton webbing. I am so glad I opted for the cotton webbing. I know the handles are going to wear so much better!



If I could offer any advice it would be to take a break at this point. You are going to need all of the patience and calm energy that you body can produce for the next stage of the project! This is the point where I stopped for the night and picked things back up the next day.

I don't know why I didn't take any pictures of actually putting the bag together but I didn't. I used Clover Wonder Clips to hold my bag together. The Wonder Clips worked pretty well, I'm not really sure anything would hold the layers together perfectly. 

I can't say this enough .... use a denim needle and go SLOW!!!! I am happy to say that keeping those two things in mind, I didn't break a single needle!

I also made it a point to stay very calm, I really did want this to be a fun experience.

And here she is ....




She's not perfect but for my first bag I am so happy with her.

One addition that I made was the masonite bottom. I saw how Jill added the masonite bottom to her bag and I had to give it a try. This was by far the scariest part of my project! I added the masonite bottom after the whole bag was completed so I had to cut through the lining and the quilted outer shell. I was so worried that I would cut the holes too big or that the lining would shift and it wouldn't be centered. It was rough!



I also added an open pocket in the lining of the outer pockets, one on each side.


And two zipper pockets to the inside of the bag.


If I were to make another Weekender, I would figure out an easier way to do the lining. I don't like how loose it is on the inside. I will probably end up going back and tacking in the seams in more places. I think next time I would add the lining to the quilt sandwich that I made to begin with. And then maybe bind the raw edges when the bag was put together. I wouldn't be able to have pockets but I think it would be worth it. 

I have been trying to decide how I am going to use my Weekender. I had thought about using it as a teaching bag but I'm thinking it will be more of a bag to tote my ongoing projects around in.


I am wanting to learn how to crochet so maybe it will be my crochet bag. Or maybe I will use it as my Quilting Class bag. There are endless options for this beauty!




 
 
And I'm linking up with the 4th Quarter Finish-A-Long!
You can find the original post here. 
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