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!