Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wiggle Time Pattern Winners

A big thanks to everyone who entered to win my newest pattern.  
Your wonderful comments really made my weekend!  And just who won you ask?
 
The random number generator picked....

I really like this pattern that you've designed! I like things that look good scrappy! I follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook!


What a great pattern! you picked a fantastic one to be your first. Even if I don't win it, I will be purchasing one. thanks for the opportunity. I "follow" you by checking your blog a couple times a week


Emails have been sent with the patterns to the winners!  Congratulations!!




And if you didn't win but still want to try my pattern, it can be purchased  here in Craftsy or through my Etsy shop.
 
Thanks again for all the wonderful support!

 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Wiggle Time Pattern plus Giveaway








I am so pleased to announce I have finally gotten around to releasing my very first pattern!  This one I call Wiggle Time and it is available in a .pdf download from both my Etsy and my Craftsy store.


The pattern is fat quarter friendly and perfect for the beginner quilter or the advanced quilter who needs a smaller quilt done quickly.

The finished quilt is 48 x 54".












The pattern is quite versatile.  You can make a version using just 5 fat quarters and some background fabric...












Or the instructions also include how to use your scraps to make the quilt.


I have even included a coloring page so you can create your own version along with a link to my Wiggle Time Pinterest board for inspiration..






And here is one made using scraps and a print for the background.  It is definitely my go-to pattern when I need a small quilt fast.


One of the great things about it is I always seems to have the fabric I need right in my stash!








And to celebrate its release, I am giving away a .pdf copy of the pattern to two lucky readers.  The giveaway will run until noon PST Sunday October 19th 2014.  So if you want to try and win a copy, let me know how you follow along and be sure I have your email to send you the pattern should you win.  That's it - one entry per reader with no additional hoops.  (And because it is a .pdf download, my international readers can enter too.)

***Sorry, this giveaway is now closed!  Best of luck to all that entered!***   

And if you want to get the pattern on your wishlist (just in case you don't win so you can purchase it later), you can do so here in Craftsy or through Etsy.  Thanks for celebrating with me and good luck!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scrap-A-Palooza! Quilt #10 Part Two

Sorry to take so long to get part two of this month's Scrap-A-Palooza post finished but I haven't been able to get into my sewing room much this month and I sure picked a bunch of small scraps for this project!  Let's just say I have been chain sewing up a storm!
 
 
 
I started out last week with this pile of pre-cut 3.5" wide pieces.



 
 
 








I just randomly began sewing them into strips.  As I started pinning the strips up on my design wall, I kind of liked the look of the irregular lengths.





I soon had 10 strips sewn and laid them out like this.  When I am sewing a quilt top that I have no firm plan for, I love to just let it evolve right in front of my eyes.


 Once I had the pieced strips how I liked them, it was time to start sewing in the background.  Because my pieced strips are all 3.5" wide, I cut the same width from my background fabric.



Then I just rough cut lengths long enough to fill in the irregular space at the top of each strip.  I simply used the top of my design wall as a guide.


I used the same process for cutting background fabric pieces for the bottom.  Once I had the strip sewn, I did trim them all to a consistent 74" long.  I also cut some 2" pieces to sew between the strips.  These I also trimmed to a 74" length.



Next it was time to sew in the strips.  I did pin these strips all together as I sewed the long seams and I pressed toward the sashing.  This helped to keep the quilt top nice and square.




 Finally I added a 6" border to both sides.  I love how the strips of color float in the top.




The colors in these scraps look fantastic together.  I still have quite a few scraps left so I might have to make a second top with a little different layout.  I think this is a perfect quilt for fall! 


Here's an overview of the important stuff to do before the next step!

  • Create your pieced strips
  • Layout all your strips on your design wall
  • Cut and sew background fabrics to top and bottom of strips
  • Add long sashing strips and borders.
  • And quilt as desired...Easy Peasy!



So that's all there is to this simple lap quilt.  I will be back before the end of the month to share my finished quilt.  Hope I have inspired you to pull some scraps of your own and join in the fun.
And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
Now go sew up those scraps!
 
 
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Gimme a G!

I am still busy working away on my three sets of alphabet blocks with Temecula Quilt Company.  I was hoping to finish up through the letter "I" this week but I got a bit sidetracked by a new project.  

Hard to believe, huh!?!



I have been giving some thought to how I want to finish each of the sets and I started setting the blocks for the black and gray set.  I have a drawer full of odds and end solid pieces so I thought I would incorporate them somehow.




First, I surrounded a block with a 3.5" strips of a single fabric.  



 
I decided I wanted to make these blocks "wonky" so I got out my 8.5" square ruler (the cut size I want for the block) and taped a 4" piece of paper (the finished size of the letter) to the center at the angle I wanted each letter.  I can then just line up the paper to the inner letter and trim - I will have a uniform slant to each letter.  I just have to flip the ruler to get the block to angle in the other direction.  
Great little trick huh!?!



I have one block finished and hope to work on some more this week. Not sure yet how I am going to finish out the other sets yet but I will certainly share once inspiration strikes!




But that wasn't what really distracted me this week.  I finally found some inspiration for the airplane quilt I have wanted to finish up for months.  I found this great paper pieced block and made a stack of planes in red and blue.  I love it when a stalled project finally gets kicked into gear and you have a plan! I hope to have a finished quilt to share with you next week!


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Planning Ahead...

Every fall, I start thinking about the new year and the changes I want to make to my business.  Over the past year or so, as my internet presence has grown, I am finding myself working really long hours.  In most areas of my business, I generate at least some income for the time I spend on it....most areas except blogging.

I have never liked ads and over-excessive self promotion in the blogs I follow.  I like the direction my blog is going and want to continue to improve it.  But I have been thinking about simple ways I can create at least a little income to help justify all the hours I put in to it.  I am hoping my readers can help me do this.

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Right now, I am only planning on posting a button or two on my sidebar and have added an Affiliates page with links and additional information.  I really want my blog to continue to be about me sharing my love of quilting.

If I can start generating at least a little income from my blog, I can start lessening the hours I spend generating income from other areas of my business and share more here...

More tutorials, more tips, more designs!


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I really do appreciate the support I get from my readers and look forward to the next year.  In the next few months, I will be giving each of you the opportunity to help formulate my plans for next year by sharing what you want to see on my blog.  Thanks again!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Finish it up Friday!

With lots of fabric pieces left over from the Wild Side quilt I recently finished for 100 Quilts for Kids, I decided rather than put the fabrics in my stash, I would pair them with some black Kona and sew up some 16 patch blocks.  I used the same technique I shared in last month's Scrap-A-Palooza post but I cut the strips longer and went with a larger 3.5" square.




With some of the prints, I had enough fabric to make multiple blocks.  However, many I only had enough to make a block or two.  I came up two squares short so I was forced to use a black and white larger print (I think it might be cowhide?).  The print blended in a bunch with the black Kona so the definition on the blocks is a bit lost.  I tried to hide them a bit on the edges of the quilt.



The quilt finished up at 48" x 60" - A nice lap size.



For the quilting, I went with the Ebb and Flow pantograph again. It is quick and easy and mimics a tiger stripe.

 

And speaking of tiger stripe.  Look at the batik I found in my stash for the backing.  Talk about meant to be!  I am always amazed at what I can find when I dig really deep!








This quilt really went together quickly and I think it was a great use of the fabrics. 

I am just happy to have another stack of fabrics off the shelf to make room for something new!







 
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Cute Checkerboard Finish



Just thought I would quickly share a fun little baby quilt I sewed up with some leftover strip sets I had laying around.




I created a checkerboard in the center from the scrappy bits and gave it a couple of thin borders in aqua and white.  I thought these solid borders were needed to provide some good definition between the center and the outside print.




I had just enough of this Kaffe Fassett Millifiori print for the outer boarder, binding and backing.  I think it finished it beautifully!




I know it is hard to see but I quilted it with a ruffled swirl free motion design. It really went together quickly and I really like the simplicity of it.  It has no home so it will just have to go up for sale in my Etsy shop.  I hope it finds a new home soon!


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