Friday, September 12, 2014

Winter Creek Cloth Giveaway

Have you seen the Art Gallery Oval Elements?  These are gorgeous!  And you could win a fat quarter bundle from Winter Creek Cloth!  
If you already receive the Winter Creek Cloth newsletter, you know the routine!  If not, then go to www.wintercreekcloth.com to sign up for the newsletter, then shoot them an email with "I WANT TO WIN!" in the subject line to be entered to win this month's giveaway.  It's that easy!  Just do it! Drawing will be held on September 15th. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Winner of 50th Birthday Giveaway

Thank you all for entering my 50th birthday giveaway! It was so much fun reading everyone's birthday ideas, traditions, etc.  As you may or may not know, I usually celebrate my birthday the whole month. Since I turned 50 this year, I decided that I should celebrate the whole year! I usually just spoil myself throughout the month, going to Starbucks whenever I want, shopping a little more often, including some online shopping. I don't always have a cake on my birthday because, if I'm going to have a cake, I want to make it myself....and I don't always feel like baking on my birthday.  

So....I wrote down everyone's name on a piece of paper, put them all in a wooden box, & shook it up (real high-tech, eh?) and here's whose name I chose:


sewingwithsqueak (Instagram)
aka Angela Bullard

Her birthday comment was:
"We don't really celebrate birthdays around here any more (grown ups that is...now for the kids we go all out ;)"

Angela blogs at Sewing with Squeak and makes some pretty cute stuff! I've already contacted Angela to let her know that she won a FQ bundle of Gleeful by SewCaroline and also a $20 gift certificate from Winter Creek Cloth. She was pretty excited :) 

Congratulations, Angela!
And thanks again to all of you!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

50th Birthday Giveaway

For those of you who have been following me since the beginning of my blog in 2012 (thank you!), you all know that I've done a birthday giveaway each year, and this year I turned the big 5-0, so a giveaway is definitely happening! 

I know I've been a little absent from my blog lately, and I'll just blame that on Instagram.  If you haven't checked out all the quilty fun on Instagram, you might just have to give it a whirl. You can blame me if you get addicted because I blame Caroline (http://trilliumdesign.blogspot.com/) since she introduced me to it last year.  If you're not sure about Instagram, just check it out.   It's free.  It's easy.  And you can just look around without joining.  You just won't be able to participate in any of the fun unless you join.  


Here's a little of what I've been working on. If you've already seen these pics on IG, then you can skip down to the part about the giveaway.  If not, then you need to look at all my pics first!  ha ha! 


This is my Aviatrix Medallion quilt.  Pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  I still have two more borders to go, and it will be 80x80 when it's all done! This is such a fun quilt to make!!

I've been practicing my free-motion quilting daily.  OK, not daily....I've missed a few days.  I really, really, really want to quilt with something other than straight lines.  I love the straight lines, but....



Here's another reason to get on Instagram - When you practice your daily FMQ, post it, and use the hashtag #dailyFMQ, there are prizes to be won! Now get on your phone and sign up for an IG account! 

OK.....now for what you've all been waiting for!  I'm giving away a FQ bundle of Gleeful by SewCaroline AND a $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth


There will be ONE winner who will receive both items. The rules are pretty simple.  Just leave a comment about birthdays.  That's it.  You can tell me what you like to do on your birthday, what you do for others on their birthdays, what you want for your birthday, what you received on your birthday.  You get the idea. You'll have TWO chances to win -- by leaving a comment here and by leaving a comment on my Instagram post. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7 PM PST.  Giveaway is open to everyone! 

*******THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED*****

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birthday Quilt for My Dude

I've made quite a few quilts since I started quilting about 6 years ago. I've made quilts for some pretty special people, but I hadn't made one for the most special person in my life - my husband, aka my dude. What's up with that? He has actually mentioned on more than one occasion that he might be interested in designing a quilt for himself, so I guess I was waiting for that to happen. I finally decided to just start one myself.  I started it in time to give to him for Valentine's Day this year. But I started way too late, just like I always do. Then I messed up horribly on my quilting and had to set it aside for awhile while I decided what to do next.  I spent the next few months, off and on, unpicking row after row after row of stitching, all while trying to keep this a secret.  I thought I might finish it in time for Father's Day, but had another quilt that I needed to finish. Then I thought I might finish it for our 31st anniversary on July 2nd. Geez! Couldn't make that deadline either! I didn't think I'd ever finish it!!  Well, his birthday was on July 10th, and I finished it just in time ...... at 10 PM the night before his birthday.  I not only missed all these special occasions this year, but for the last several years.  My husband is my rock.  He should've received my very first quilt, and most definitely should've received a quilt before now. 

I knew I had to make the XO quilt using the Canoe Ridge Creations tutorial because Eric and I have been signing our texts and emails with an XO for years.  But the XO quilt is pretty small, and Eric is 6'2" and needs more than just a width-of-fabric quilt (42-44" for all you nonquilters reading this). So I used the XO quilt pattern and just added to it. 



And I also wanted to add a heart, and found this really cute one here


I didn't think I would ever be done with it.  I'll never ever quilt like this again. Just look at all that stitching - about 1/2" apart.  I must be insane. 



I remembered a post that I had seen about matched binding and just knew it would be perfect for this! If you haven't seen this, check it out at A Quilter's Table

I used Modern Solids by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics.  I purchased these at www.wintercreekcloth.com, and even earned some reward points while shopping ;) 

I used Dogma Red Ikat Plaid for the back, which by the way hides all kinds of mistakes, just FYI :)  You're welcome. I got this at Winter Creek Cloth, too - even more reward points! Woo hoo! 


I finished it off with a label.  I used Amanda Jean's label tutorial.  Eric and I have this plan to grow old together, something we've always planned to do but this really impacted us when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.  It was our "plan A" and there wasn't a plan B.  


And of course it has to be tested by Giacomo, as always.  Check out that tongue! I think he approves. 



Eric absolutely loved his quilt.  It's the perfect size.  When he's in his recliner, it actually hangs down to the floor.  I just realized as I'm posting this at 10:15 PM that I don't have a pic of him with his quilt, so I'll do a follow-up post because he's sleeping right now and I don't think he'd be very happy if I woke him up for a pic. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Winter Creek Cloth's Blowout Sale Starts Today!

Remember when I recently reminded you to stay tuned for info on Winter Creek Cloth's big sale?  Well, here it is!  It starts Monday, May 26th, and goes through Friday!  Check out all the great deals! 

Winter Creek Cloth

THIS WEEK ONLY

$5.00/YARD SALE SECTION

Great prices on lots of new markdowns including a $5.00/yard in the SALE section
BlowOut Sale!
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MONDAY & TUESDAY

FREE SHIPPING

on all U.S. orders and $5 off all international orders
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WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY

25% OFF LOTS OF BUNDLES

including charm packs, layer cakes, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, half yard bundles, yard bundles and quilt kits!
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FRIDAY

10% OFF EVERYTHING!

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*****And don't forget to use the coupon code MAYSALE for an additional 10% off your order all week

Friday, May 23, 2014

I made a dress!

I actually made a flippin' dress!  Yes, you read that right.  Not a quilt.....but a dress!  If you're on Instagram, you may have seen #thestapledress by April Rhodes all over the place.  I'll admit, when I first saw it, I thought it was a bit loose for my style.  But the more versions that were posted, the more I liked it.  Some had posted that it ran a bit big, so they went down a size.  I hesitated doing that because I didn't want to mess up my beautiful fabric that I had purchased.  I started this dress almost 2 months ago!! Check out this fabric!  Awesome? Yes! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it!  It's Bijoux Divine Gypsy Ivory by Bari J that I got from Winter Creek Cloth.  Serious love here, people! 
So, to be on the safe side, I started with an ugly dress with some fabric that I've had sitting around for almost 20 years. My husband may or may not have had some hang-around-the-house pants made out of this. Possibly my son, too.
It was too big through the neck.  I knew I could definitely go down a size on the bottom, but I wasn't so sure about the top.  So then I made another ugly one, but just the top this time. No one had pants out of this fabric. It's just super thin, and would probably fall apart after the first wash, so it was in my ugly pile. 
Perfect!  Now it was time to get out the pretty fabric!  
This dress even has French seams in the shoulders! Crazy! Way easier than they sound! 
I finally finished it on Mother's Day while my husband and son spoiled me rotten with a brunch of French toast, bacon, fresh fruit, and Mimosas! I asked my husband to take pics of me and the boy (Mother's Day tradition).....and then just me all by myself.....in my pretty dress :)  


I used the elastic shirring in the waist on the ugly dress, but decided not to on the 2nd one, mostly because I just wanted to be done. And the belt works just fine without the elastic.  I put pockets on this one, but I think I might leave them off with the next one.  The neck is still a bit big on me, but I'll just wear a cami or tank top.  I didn't realize I was that narrow, but I guess I am.  I would definitely make this again!
Oh, and this just happens to match the cute little bag that I got from Dana (Winter Creek Cloth) in a brown bag swap at the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  Is this cute or what?  
Stay tuned for the big sale that Winter Creek Cloth is having starting on May 26th. You don't want to miss it!  You could probably still find some of this awesome fabric....if I don't get to it first :)