Friday, March 16, 2018

Worldwide Quilting Day Tomorrow!

Heads up everyone! Tomorrow, March 17, 2018, is Worldwide Quilting Day - yeah!! 

This advance notice gives you plenty of time to plan how you will spend the day! But first, a little history. According to Days of the Year

"In 1991, the National Quilting Association decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to take up this charming and addictive craft. Quilting Day was born, and has been celebrated ever since by quilt and patchwork lovers every spring."

So awesome that the creative work we do has it's own special day of recognition, along with March being National Quilting Month!

Quilt shops may have special celebrations on Saturday. To check if your local shop is participating, type your city into the Participating Shop Finder. Then go join the fun!

Online stores are participating too - here's a couple I found:
Martingale (no affiliation) with a warehouse sale, March 12-19. Books as low as $6 - worth a look!
Connecting Threads (no affiliation) with 20% off your entire order thru March 17, 2018. I took advantage of this one!
Missouri Star Quilting Co (no affiliation) has a month's long celebration of projects.
And Keepsake Quilting (affiliated) has this: National Quilting Day! 30% Off All Kits with Code QUILT30 at Keepsake Quilting! Valid 3/17 through 3/18

Don't need to add to the stash? There are other ways to celebrate, such as:
Teach someone to quilt
Host a quilting party
Finish an older project
Start a new project
Learn a new technique
Watch quilting videos
Get together with quilting friends
Make a quick quilt to donate
Snuggle under your favorite quilt

Have a great day quilting, however you spend it!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Midweek Makers #115

Ready for another Midweek Makers? Write a new project post and come share it here today!

Midweek Makers

I have a bit of quilting to share from my latest spring project:

quilting in progress on new spring project

more lines! Seems I'm trending that these days, but really, I think it's just me. I remember what Angela Walters said in a class, "there are two kinds of quilters - curvy or straight line.  You're either one or the other." That was years ago, and the more I quilt, the more I fall into the straight line category. Her theory really is a pretty good assessment of quilting styles - which one do you fall into?

This week I'm featuring stars, being a bit liberal in that interpretation! Let's have a look, shall we?

Pink Doxies
Making a Lather

                                                                Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

sawtooth star block tutorial
Katie Mae Quilts

Princess Bubbles Creates


Quilting and Learning
Now it's your turn!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to on your post. 
Have a great time!

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Giveaway Winner and More Blog Hops

I hope everyone enjoyed the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop last week! I was super impressed with the number of quilters who love to sew really tiny pieces - made my Serendipity Mini project, at 24" x 24", look like a giant!

Serendipity Mini quilt

That's okay though, cause it's wonderful to see everyone's idea of small!

And thanks to everyone who visited and entered to win your choice of one of my patterns, which is a pdf file sent via email. Without further delay, Mr Rafflecopter has selected - - -

                                           Bonnie Larson

Congrats Bonnie! I've sent you an email notifying you of your win!

I had so much fun with this blog hop, I signed on for two more:

Wish Upon a Star, May 21-25, hosted by Just Let Me Quilt


Where Flowers Grow, June 11-15, hosted by Creatin' in the Sticks


If you want to join in, contact the hostesses, as space is limited. I'll be making brand new creations for these - I'd better get started!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Book of the Month Update

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I wish I had awesome pictures to share today of a new quilt project based on the color theory presented in The Quilter's Practical Guide to Color. The most I've done is read the first 20 pages, and so far, I like this book.

The author, Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake Designs, has a wonderful conversational tone in this book. Lots of pages have a 'Practical Advice' section, in which she discusses her color choices in a quilt, or provides suggestions on how to expand your own choices. I love this, because it provides a window into the thought process behind the choices made in a quilt.

This book has the standard color wheel information, with tips on choosing color schemes. But Becky goes beyond that, with discussions on value, contrast, texture, scale, clarity, and other considerations.

One tidbit of information found in the first few pages is about contrast, the definition of which she quotes from

contrast: opposition or juxtaposition of different forms, lines, or colors
 in work of art to intensify each element's properties and produce a 
 more dynamic expressiveness

Wow! How many quilters think just about color contrast, neglecting form and line? Food for thought, right?

In addition, Becky also provides guidance on expanding your color skills, with ideas on how to go beyond the expected.

It's these bits of information and gentle prompts that really make this book stand out for me, explaining chapter by chapter, that there's so much more than just color that goes into a quilt. And that we shouldn't be afraid to explore - are you?

Happy Quilting!

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