Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winner of SewMamaSew Giveaway

Wow! I can't believe how many entries I had for the SewMamaSew giveaway! Thank you all so much for stopping by! It's been so fun reading each and every one of your comments about your holiday plans, traditions, etc.  

Our Christmas will be quiet, just me and my dude.  But hopefully our son will be able to come home for at least a day or two.  Crossing my fingers!  

I chose the winner the old-fashioned way.  I wrote down every single name (except duplicate entries) and put all the names in a bag, and my dude picked BRENDA as the winner of the $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth

Brenda said "Am looking forward to my traditional home made prime rib with all of the trimmings for Christmas dinner with friends.  BTW, just discovered WCC a few weeks ago. Good shop."  

Congratulations, Brenda!  I'll be contacting you shortly with a coupon code to enter when placing your order with Winter Creek Cloth.  

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the big year-end online blowout sale at Winter Creek Cloth from December 22nd to December 31st! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

SewMamaSew Giveaway 2014

***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED***
WINNER TO BE CHOSEN 12/14/14

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog for the SewMamaSew Giveaway 2014!  Have you checked out some of the awesome giveaways??? Oh my goodness! I will definitely be entering to win some of the great prizes!  

I'll be giving away a $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth  If you haven't visited their website, please do! Amazing prices & selection!  The owners, Dana & Lynn, are friends of mine, and they are sweet sisters from Alabama :)  Dana and I belong to the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  
$20 Gift Certificate

I'm not going to make you jump through hoops to win this gift certificate.  I want it to be fun, and that's it.  So....all I want you to do is comment anything, absolutely anything, about the upcoming holiday season - if you're traveling to spend time with family, if you have any family traditions, if you like to make holiday items for your home, if you like to bake for your neighbors - you get the picture.  Just share something about your holidays.  

Giveaway will remain open until Friday, December 12th at 5:00 PM EST, and winner will be contacted no later than December 14th.  

Thanks again for stopping by, and good luck!  

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Sewing Party


Are you going to The Sewing Party?  It's tomorrow....bright and early for those of us on the West Coast. I'll admit I was a little bummed when my quilting peeps starting posting about Sewtopia in Salt Lake City, but I love that this online sewing retreat is happening.  For only $40, those of us who registered will have access to 30+ classes for 90 days! You can't beat that!  I'll still be in my jammies when it all starts, and I'll have my coffee in hand.  Heck! I'll probably just haul my Keurig upstairs and settle in for the day!  

And when I'm all done with my retreat for the day, I'm sure I'll have my sewing mojo back that I seem to have lost over the last few weeks, and I'll be ready to make my pre-QuiltCon items....you know....a new wardrobe, a new bag or two, and, of course, I have a few quilts that I've started and haven't finished.  Winter Creek Cloth just happens to have a few things I need for those projects, and they're also having  a festive giveaway (see bottom of this post for details).  Here are some of my faves!  No, I won't be making my new wardrobe out of cupcake fabric.  Hmmmm......

This would be perfect for holiday gift giving!
Fabrica
Perfect for all kinds of projects!

OK, about that giveaway I mentioned earlier...Winter Creek Cloth is giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of 25th & Pine by Basic Grey for Moda.  How fun would it be to get started on a Christmas quilt to have ready in time for the holidays?  If you already get their newsletter, then you know how to enter to win.  If you're not yet signed up, go to their website - www.wintercreekcloth.com and send them an email with I WANT TO WIN in the subject line, then be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you get your monthly reminder about their awesome giveaways! 
25th and Pine bundle

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

A big thanks to Caroline Press at Trillium Design for inviting me to join the Around the World blog hop!  Caroline is the secretary for the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  I get to hang out with her one Saturday each month sewing at our monthly sew day and one Friday night each month at our meetings. Her quilts are absolutely stunning, and she also knits....and works....and has two kids at home.  And if you like paper piecing, she has some really awesome patterns!  Just go to her blog for the links, or go to her Craftsy website.  

OK, let's get on with the questions!   

1)  What am I working on?
The answer to that would actually be another question.....what am I NOT working on? I have some issues with finishing projects.  I just get too excited about a project so I start it without finishing the one I'm working on. Sometimes I work on both of them....or all five of them at the same time.  Sometimes something comes up....like a birthday, and I need to stop what I'm doing and make a birthday quilt.  Or someone has a baby, so I have to stop and make a baby quilt.  You get the picture.  I'm trying to stay current, and focused, so I've recently been working on Halloween/autumn projects.  I finished this cute little pillow over the weekend.  The pattern is by Nicole at Modern Handcraft.  
and here's a little table runner for my entry table, something I found in a pile in my sewing room.....I started it last year.  Ha ha! 
and I'm also still working on my Aviatrix Medallion, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!  I think I just have two borders left and then I'll be done with the top.  I wonder if it'll ever get quilted. It's huge - 80x80.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think this is a very interesting question because I don't think I really have a "style." Well, at least I don't think I do.  However, when I showed the CMQG a pattern that I bought recently, Caroline said "That looks like something you'd make."  Not sure what that means, but I'll take it because it was a really cute pattern - Breeze Blossoms Quilt by Violet Craft. I just see something I want to make and I make it....or at least start to make it ...or dream about making it :) 

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
I have always been a maker of some sort - crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, and now quilting. I just love to create something with my two hands. I started quilting after seeing all of the quilts displayed at the cancer center where I was having my radiation treatments in 2007. I had always thought that I'd like to quilt some day, so I just decided to start.  I've never been much of a writer, but I was inspired by all the other quilting bloggers and I wanted to start keeping track of my quilting journey. When I mentioned this to my dude, who happens to be a very experienced writer, he encouraged me to just do it, and that was almost three years ago! 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Process?  Ummm.....am I supposed to have a process? Maybe that's why I can't seem to finish anything! 

Well, that's it for my turn in the Around the World blog hop. This blog hop has been going on for months, so I'm just going to add some links of some of my online friends whose blogs I'm sure you'll enjoy.  
Kevin the Quilter
Kelli at Seriously..I think it needs stitches
Jamie at Busy Bee Quilts
Cath at Wombat Quilts
Nicole at Mama Love Quilts
Allison Sews
The list could go on and on and on, but I'm going to stop there.  Take a few minutes out of your day and check out these very inspiring bloggers! 



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Creek Cloth Monthly Giveaway

Have you checked out Winter Creek Cloth lately?  They have some pretty cool new lines in!  Horizon by Kate Spain, Elementary by Sweetwater, and Paint by Carrie Bloomston.  

And speaking of Paint, you can actually win a cute Paint Tote Kit this month, just by sending an email to Winter Creek Cloth.  If you're already signed up for their newsletter, you know that you just need to reply to their newsletter email with QUILTS in the subject line.  If you're not signed up yet, just click here to go to their website, send them an email by using the "contact us" link with I WANT TO WIN in the subject line.  Simple, right? Who wouldn't want the chance to win this kit? And you even get to choose your color!


Giveaway ends October 15th! 
Winter Creek Cloth is also participating in the FabShop Hop again. Click on the link in their side bar and search for the hidden bunny to be eligible to win some fun prizes! 


Paint Tote by Carrie Bloomston

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Modern Maples

Autumn.....I love it.....but, I love summer more.  It's always sad (for me) when the warmth of summer fades away and the days get shorter.  

I've been wanting to make a Modern Maples quilt for awhile (late to the modern maples online quilt-alongs).  I had recently purchased some Bohemia by Julie Paschkis (by In the Beginning) from Winter Creek Cloth because I just loved all of the prints, except for the cat prints.  I'm not a fan of cats, but I'll agree that they are beautiful creatures. But the cat print also had owls in it, and owls are just so dang cute.  I was actually going to try to fussy cut the owls and throw away the cats, but that would've chopped up and wasted so much fabric. So I eventually decided to use the cat print, too, and I'm so glad I did!  They're so dang cute! 

At about the time I was preparing to make this quilt, a fundraiser was being planned for our friend Peter, who was going through another recurrence of cancer.  You can read more about Peter in my previous post in October 2012, when I made a quilt for his first fundraiser, and also this post, which was also in October 2012, when I made a quilt for Peter to keep. This quilt was made with some of the prints from the first quilt. Well, Peter didn't make it to his last fundraiser.  He passed away on September 25th, just a week before his fundraiser. The fundraiser was still held, and also became his Celebration of Life. Peter was one of my dude's best friends since high school.  My dude sang at the celebration and also gave a very touching speech. I still don't know how he managed to do that. 

Oh wait, this was going to be a happy post about a Modern Maples quilt, right?  I finished it the night before we left for California. I'm not sure why I can't finish things before the last minute.  Unfortunately, I didn't get all the pics that I normally would have, but still got a few good ones.  

I always love taking a shot of the pin basting...

And my dude always likes to take a pic of me binding the quilt because there's at least one dog who will be on the quilt while this is happening. Don't worry...it always gets washed once or twice before I give it away, and my dogs are hypoallergenic and groomed regularly. Seriously.  I suppose I couldn't do this if I were actually selling my quilts, huh? 
And the final pic.....I can't believe this is the only shot I got.  Makes me a little sad.  I used that orange fabric (2nd row leaf) for the backing.  It was beautiful!
We arrived in California late in the evening, then my dude drove the quilt to the Loomis Eggplant Festival (Come for the eggplant...stay for the fun!), where they sold tickets all day. Tickets were also sold at the Celebration of Life. The quilt was won by someone that I didn't know, which was weird because I'm pretty sure that every quilt I've ever put in a fundraiser has gone to someone I know. Hopefully, it will be enjoyed for many years!  Of course, I forgot to label it. Why can't I remember to do this??  Do you label your quilts? If so, what's your method and how much info do you include? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Craftsy

Have you been wanting to take a class but there just aren't enough hours in the day? Quilting, sewing, baking, knitting, crocheting? Well, have you checked out Craftsy?  You can watch the classes whenever you want....with no expiration date! I've purchased quite a few classes and patterns on Craftsy and would highly recommend them.  There are also many free patterns & classes available. I even have some good friends who have patterns on Craftsy! Check out some of my friends :)  NOTE:  As a Craftsy Affiliate, I will be compensated for any classes purchased through my referral links.  However, I only endorse products that I would purchase myself.  

There's Caroline Press. She's a friend who's in my quilt guild (Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild) and is on Craftsy as Trillium Design  Most of her paper-pieced patterns are free, including her Doctor Who blocks, and here's a cute Halloween pattern! 
Quilting: Witchy Toes
And Kelli Fannin is another friend who has some patterns on Craftsy. She blogs over at Seriously I think it needs stitches.  Check out her cute patterns on Craftsy at Kelli Fannin

If you've been thinking about learning how to quilt but didn't know where to start, check out this FREE class Piece, Patch, Quilt by Olfa.  

There are SO many classes & patterns to choose from on Craftsy! I'm sure you'll find something!  

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 :)  

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bright Sky Birthday Quilt

I started something and can't seem to stop.  I made a birthday quilt for my friend Alana when she turned 50.  I decided at that point that I would make a quilt for each of my friends and sisters as they reached this very cool age! Some of my friends and other family members have already passed 50, so they missed out. One of my sisters turned 50 last year, so of course I made her a birthday quilt, too. 

About two weeks ago, another very good friend turned 50.  As usual (and I wouldn't want to disappoint!), I was late getting her gift to her.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of my in-progress posts.  I absolutely love how quickly this quilt went together!  It's Bright Sky by Blossom Heart Quilts.  I used Flower Power by Studio e which I got from Winter Creek Cloth
I love using my Kwik Klip to pin baste my quilts! Saves my nails and my fingertips!  
I always struggle with how to quilt my quilts.  Because I haven't spent enough time practicing free motion quilting, I end up doing straight lines.  I asked my husband and son for their ideas on quilting.  They were both on the same page, and then my son drew it out for me (because I need that). I didn't follow his drawing exactly (by accident), but I love how it turned out!  
Love me some binding!  
 Wonder clips for binding!  Huge timesaver!  



I'm pretty sure that she loved the quilt....I mean, who wouldn't!  I would totally make this again! 

Oh, and if you already get Winter Creek Cloth's newsletter, you already know about this month's giveaway, and it's a good one!!  See below!  If you aren't signed up for their newsletter, just go to their website, sign up, and use "NEWSLETTER QUILTS" in the subject line rather than just QUILTS.  

Fun, Free, Quilting Accessory! Sign up to WIN

Dreamin vintage quilt
We are giving away a Golden Afternoon Quilt Kitfeaturing Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics!
Reply to this email with QUILTS in the Subject Line to enter your name for the drawing by May 15.
Congratulations to Anne Jackson, the winner of last month's drawing for a Sylvia Fat Quarter Bundle by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics!