Friday, July 26, 2013

Book winner and Cuddle

The book giveaway winners were Vicki T. and Kelly O.  I emailed you! 

Cuddle Fabrics Kit

I’m guest posting over at the Shannon Fabrics Blog:  My Cuddle Corner about this cuddle fabric quilt I made this week.  Check it out here.

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Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Giveaway–Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

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Today is my stop on a book tour for Martingale’s: Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe.  I’ve posted about this book a couple of times before…but here are a few more of my favorite projects:

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I posted about my quilt project here…and I had to share this great version that Trish made (and hand quilted!):

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Giveaway Closed…thanks!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Antique Dresdens

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These dresden plates were sitting in a box at a local antique store just waiting to be finished.  Someone spent a long time hand piecing and basting the edges, and after appliqueing them onto onto white background squares, they make a beautiful quilt.

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There are some really great fabrics hidden here…like these funky little pixel people:

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I got some great suggestions for how to quilt it on my facebook and instagram pages…and after chickening out…I’m sending it to my great long arm quilter.  :)

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If you want to see Where I Sew…head over to Kathy’s Blog today and enter to win one of 50 gift cards to her shop!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SoCal

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Last week we visited Southern California for my sister’s wedding….and I’ve got a mountain of laundry to prove it.

We did a ton of this:

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A little of this:

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And waaaayyyyy too much of this:

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I came home to some fun mail…fabric ordered from Stash Modern Fabric.   I’m in love with the goldfish + blue ikat print together!

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So instead of doing my mountain of laundry, we are wearing PJ’s and I snuck in some sewing:

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I love going on vacations but I really love being home in my own space and in my own sheets (eww) even more!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Wallflowers Design contest winner

Today was the day to choose a winner over at the Threadbias, for the Wallflowers Quilt Design Contest.  The entries were so beautiful…luckily I only had 5 to choose from and help with votes, or else I would have been trying to decide all day. 

The winner is Small Town Girl by sewberrysweet

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I love the block design and the clean look!  She will win all of the Wallflowers fabric to make this quilt,  a signed copy of my book from Stash Books, and a $25 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics

All of the entries are amazing…go here to and scroll down to see them all.

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The 4 runners-up will each receive an E-book of Growing Up Modern, and a $15 gift certificate to Pink Castle Fabrics.

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The runner up quilts are: KaleidoStorm by nat_olly, Don't Step on a Crack! by crasle, Summer Picnic by anne-rust, and Vertical Garden by Swissms,

Thanks to everyone who participated!  Wallflowers will be available September 1st.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Lone Star Love

Lone Star Block and tutorial links

I’ve had a Lone Star quilt on my mental to-do list since I started quilting…and seeing a block Elizabeth posted last week in Instagram gave me a push to do it. 

Lone Star Block, untrimmed

(The block before squaring it up)

I thought this would be a bomb (not the bomb…aaaa bomb)…but it actually went together pretty easy. 

The diamond strips are 1.5" cut and the red border strips are 1" cut.  I realized while making this, that my seams matched up better when I didn’t pin at every seam.  It might have something to do with the angled seams, being able to ease the fabric in as I go, or being able to feel where the seams intersect as I sew. 

Or maybe it’s all in my head and I just hate to pin.

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After I tucked my kids in bed I spent over an hour trying to figure out the math to make this block…and after I’d wasted an hour of my "Mom" time…I did a search online and found some great tutorials!

I used this tutorial for making the center portion….I made mine a bit scrappier.

I used this tutorial for adding the borders and finishing the block.  She also has a handy chart to figure out different sizes and how bit to make your background blocks. 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Robot Road Trip

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I made this quilt top a year ago and with some quick quilting and binding it’s ready for use!  It’s the third or fourth quilt I’ve made with my Road Trip Tutorial

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The robot fabrics are by my friend Ariel.  I love keeping little quilts like this for donating or gifting.

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Whales on the back don’t really go with robots on the front….but no little boy on the planet will care.

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I got the urge to make a lonestar quilt after seeing them on instagram.   But after making one block…this might be a mini-quilt instead.  :)

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After the kids go to bed I bring Pebbles in to get cool while I sew.  She’s good (quiet) company after a busy, noisy day!

If you haven’t found a RSS Reader yet to replace Google Reader…I signed up for The Old Reader and I love it…the interface is almost exactly like the Google Reader…except I don’t think it’s available for mobile devices yet. I tried them all, and it was my fav…and I read blogs on my computer so it works for me!

And…I’m blogging my first quilt over at AnneMarie’s blog today!

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