Monday, November 16, 2015

Quiltmaker Blog Tour and Giveaway: 100 Blocks Vol. 12


Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 12 blog tour and giveaway!

If this is your first time here, I hope you'll have a look around and come back to visit sometime. :) If you've been here before, welcome back!

This is my block called "You've Got Mail", after one of my favorite romantic comedies. :) It's in the pieced category. I used my trusty Triangles on a Roll 1" finished HST paper to make the tiny HSTs. They are the only way I get close to perfect points on pieces that small. I am a perfect point challenged person. :) 

I have had a crush on punctuation for years now and once made an entire quilt out of various punctuation marks for my nephew. It was a trial and error process for that quilt, and since then, I've been enjoying refining and shrinking some of those blocks down to 12" blocks.

This was a previous entry I did for Quiltmaker 100 blocks Vol. 10.

I thought it would be fun to put the ampersand block and the "@" block (does that thing have a name?) both into a quilt together. 

I also think it'd make a great pillow with a modern feel.  I love the text print background for these blocks, but I also love anything in polka dots. :)
I hope if you try it you'll send me a photo, I'd love to see!

Now onto the giveaway!  There are three prizes up for grabs.  

A $30 gift certificate from Winter Creek Cloth, a great online fabric shop based in Oregon:

A $30 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork, a great online AND brick and mortar shop based in Ontario, Canada:

A copy of Quiltmaker 100 Blocks, sent to you from Quiltmaker Magazine in Golden, Colorado:

To enter, just leave me a comment letting me know where you're from. :) For extra entries, leave separate comments letting me know if you're a blog/IG/twitter etc. follower. One comment for each extra entry. Extra entries are totally optional and unnecessary, but I would love for you to follow along if you'd like.  I love to make new blog friends. :) (I have met two of my very best quilty friends through blog hops like this.) :)

Thanks for stopping in to visit, and thanks to Quiltmaker for sponsoring this tour, and including me. Happy hopping! Good luck in all of the drawings, and don't forget to visit all of the other stops on the tour this week! :)

P.S. If you happen to not win a copy of the magazine, but would like to get your hands on one and can't find it locally, they are available (digital and hard copy) by clicking on the Quilt and Sew Shop tab in the left sidebar or by clicking here.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Sunday Finish; Awesome Blossom

I have a finish to share, from quite a while ago, that I never got to blog about. It's called Awesome Blossom, because the blossoms are HUGE! :) The finished size of the quilt is 75 x 75".

I made it with a new fabric line by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake called Chatsworth.  I have to confess, it was a little bit out of my comfort zone as I'm not generally drawn to soft, girly florals. I usually go for more bright colors, but I love how vintage-y this turned out. It grew on me more and more with each flower and by the end I was in love. It feels very old fashioned, but at the same time fresh. I want to curl up under it and take a nap. :)

I had a hard time getting pics of the quilt that showed the colors.  They say overcast is the best lighting for taking quilt photos, but we hardly ever get that in CA. 

(Although I think El Nino has arrived..we've had rain for the last 3 Sundays in a row, (yay!) and the ski resorts in the Sierra are opening EARLY! Bring on the rain!!)

It hung in the Riley Blake booth at Quilt Market, so I wasn't able to share about it beforehand. It was super fun to make though.

Thanks for stopping by!  I have a few more finishes to blog about soon, but first, be sure to stop by tomorrow for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol. 12 Blog Tour.  There will be lots of prizes up for grabs all week long along the Tour. So come by to see my block, "You've Got Mail", enter to win one of two $30 gift certificates or a complimentary copy of the mag, then visit all of the other blogs for that day, hopping and entering.  It's always lots of fun to see everyone's blocks.

Happy Sunday!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

KaleidoScrap Quilt

I have another finish to share today.  It's another design I did for Triangles on a Roll called KaleidoScrap.  Because it looks like a kaleidoscope to me, and I made it all out of Riley Blake Scraps from the Super Scraptastic Scrap Eater quilt, with the exception of a couple of other scraps.

The bright, colorful basics are so happy!  

I tacked it to the fence in our backyard on an overcast day, and I wish it was overcast every time I needed to take a picture of a quilt! It made the colors really stand out!

Looking back now, I'm not sure I ever blogged about Super Scraptastic Scrap Eater.  I made it to go to spring market with Riley Blake, out of all of their basic lines.. dots, quatrefoile, solids, shades, gingham, holidays, etc.  

It was a lot of fun to make. The white triangles look like teeth to me.  

Both patterns are in my Craftsy shop and both have sizes ranging up to king.

Here's a preview of another quilt I'll have to share soon.  It's called Homestead Betty.  It's an epic red and white sampler. :) All of these quilts will be at Quilt Market and Festival in the Triangles on a Roll booth. Leaving next Wednesday. Exciting but scary!

Gonna try to line up some giveaways for when I'm gone.

Happy Tuesday!! Thanks for popping in!


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wife of Pi Quilt

Knock, knock! Is anyone still out there?  It's been sooo long since I've logged into my blog that I had to knock all kind of cobwebs down and retrieve my password and set a new one b/c I couldn't remember it and it had logged me out! :) It's been so long since I've posted anything, I feel weird and self conscious, like a stranger here, kind of. ;)

What a busy year it's been! We visited my parents in the midwest for a couple of weeks this summer, we had to get our house painted, our A/C broke, ... it's been the summer of house projects. I've also been sewing like crazy all summer long, and especially the last few weeks.  I'll have lots of new stuff to share very soon.

But today, I thought I'd log on and post about my Wife of Pi quilt.

My hub has already called dibs on it and is asking when he can use it. :)

No one was here to help me take a pic of this quilt, so I got the ladder out and some pant hangers and kept my fingers crossed that I wouldn't fall getting it up there!

I'm so happy with the bright colors and how it turned out! My friend Beth said "Oh, it's very mathy!" That, along with walking past my hub's copy of the book The Life of Pi, I sort of just started calling it the Wife of Pi, and it stuck. :) That's how it got its name. I found some very mathy backing fabric for it too. :)

It's going to be in the Triangles on a Roll booth in Houston in a few weeks.  Is anyone going to the Quilt Festival?  Come and find us! I'm so excited to go, I've never been, and have only been to a couple of local quilt festivals.

This is my favorite of the pictures.. it has the vintage patio chair that used to belong to my hub's grandparents all shined up. *swoon* 

It's also bound with some fabric that I found in my late grandmother's fabric bin. *double swoon* Her favorite color was purple. When I pressed it, the heat brought out the smell of her house. :) Crazy how that happens. Made me miss her but feel close to her at the same time.

The swirls seemed to echo the quilting, too. Like it was meant to be. I had a hard time deciding what to bind it with.. someone on FB suggested I face it.  I had never heard of that. So I was googling, etc trying to figure out what to do. Right about that time I found this fabric.  I like to think that it found me. :) 

Pat Roche quilted.  She is so good!

It's in my Craftsy shop if anyone wants to give it a try.  Please come say hi at Quilt Festival!! I'll be the shy, socially awkward one in the corner of the Triangles on a Roll booth. haha :) Really, though. ;)