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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Giveaway & Blog Tour

Happy Friday!

Today's my day on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog tour celebrating the 10th edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. If you've never been here before, hello and welcome! Nice to *meet* you. :) I hope you'll come back and visit anytime! If you're one of the faithful that have stuck around, thanks for being my blog friend all this time! (esp. Sunny, my very first blog follower ever!)

This is my block (#972) called "and so on" located on page 54:

I had no idea it even made it into the issue for the longest time b/c it turns out my email was malfunctioning and I wasn't getting their notices.  I was so excited to finally find out that it was being included, and then to eventually see it on the cover!  I still need to be pinched to believe it!!

I made it with a scrap of a Kaffe/Brandon Mably fabric called Dancing Paisley. 

I love how happy that fabric is. It's a really easy block to make, and I used my favorite Triangles on a Roll HST papers to make the HSTs b/c they're my fave. They don't even pay me to say that! :) They really are!

I am honored to be included in Quiltmaker's 10th issue of 100 blocks, and to be part of the 100 that push them up to 1000 blocks. To celebrate, there are all kinds of giveaways going on throughout the blog tour. My silly blurb even made it into their short promotional video.  I was channeling my inner Bruno from Dancing with the Stars, and why did no one tell me I looked so ridiculous?! ha!

So for my celebration here, I've created a 20% off coupon code for my Etsy shop (QM100 is the code) which will be good between now and Thanksgiving, and also an easy rafflecopter giveaway below.

You don't have to have a blog to enter, just enter your email address or sign in with FB (that way I'll be able to contact you if you win) and click away.  There are THREE prizes up for grabs between now and the day after Thanksgiving, when THREE winners will be chosen at random. You can do one or all of the entries for up to eight chances to win one of the following:

Prize #1: A copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10 from Quiltmaker.

Prize #2: A copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10 + a $25 gift certificate from Winter Creek Cloth.

Prize #3: A copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks vol. 10 + a $30 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork.

When you're done entering here, head over to the Quiltmaker blog for more chances to win even bigger prizes and visit many more blogs along the tour.  Thanks for stopping in!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Touring and Happy Weekend!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pine Valley Quilt

I can finally show you the quilt that I worked on using braids that I instagrammed a few vague photos of when I was sewing it up several months ago.  It's a quilt called Pine Valley. 

Did you guess what it was? :) Remember this vague Instagram photo?

I used various FQs of greens/blues, solids and prints. And it's on page 84 of the Nov/Dec issue of GenQ Magazine! Eep! 

Earlier in the year, I was so excited to get an email from Scott Hansen from GenQ Magazine inviting me to submit something.  It was one of those moments where I died, fell in the floor, got back up, read it again, and passed out again.  I couldn't believe it!

I had been toying with this idea using braids, b/c I had never tried them before, and wanted to make a tree quilt. 

Because trees are the only thing I see when I look at braids.  (Is it just me? Am I weird?)  

So I drew it up using blues and greens, colors that I hardly ever use, b/c they just looked bright and fun.  And he emailed me back and said that they had it tentatively scheduled for the Nov/Dec issue.  WHAT??!! But that I couldn't talk about it until the issue came out.

And now it's out! And I can't believe it!  All of the instructions to make it are inside. Except when I did my braids, I used Triangles on a Roll braid/flying geese paper, the 6 inch roll, I think.  Which made the braids super easy to do, and kept them from stretching and going all wonky.  (And the same roll also doubles as flying geese paper.)  Bonus. :) 

There was a mishap along the way though.  After I had gotten it back from Pat all quilted, I was sewing the binding on one day and discovered a black greasy appearing stain on the backing that had bled a little onto the white front. I kind of freaked out a little.. Hazards of having a little boy and big dog in the house maybe?  I can't figure out how it got there but went into full blown panic mode trying to get it out.  This pic is when it was nice and crisp, fresh from the quilter.

But when I used a stain wipe and some water to try to get the stain out, the greens and blues started bleeding all over the white. Triple panic mode ensued.  BUT.. with some good detergent and many many color catchers, it all came out in the wash. I was so relieved.  So that's why it has that crinkly freshly laundered look in this photo. :)

I like how the greens and blues make it look more lake-house-ish than log cabin-ish.  But I think it'd be fun made in darker colors. Or in reds/oranges/yellows for fall.

Thanks GenQ for including my quilt!! xx

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Friday, November 7, 2014


I've been working on some quilts the last couple of months but hadn't had much of a chance to blog about them with everything going on. 

But I've been trying to get back into the swing of things, though, so now I can share with you the scooter quilt that I made. :) I had so much fun figuring it out!!

You have probably noticed by now that I like to make whole quilt-y kinds of things, rather than lots of repeating blocks.  It's like putting together a big puzzle. I love watching it slowly come together! 

I wanted it to be girly so I used this fabric line called Primrose Gardens by Carina Gardner. I love the florals and the paisleys. But I think it would be cute made in more masculine colors too.

Pat quilted it for me, I couldn't do anything but straight lines on a quilt this big if I did it myself.  I love it!

The wheels have spokes!

And she quilted the word "EXPIRED" in the parking meter window. :)

And I just finished the pattern for it. It's in my Craftsy shop.

It's nice to blog about something quilty again.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by/commented, emailed, etc. about the passing of my MIL. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know! 

Happy Friday. xx

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