Friday, September 29, 2017

Block 9 of the Growing Up QAL

Getting this block done just in a nick of time!


Growing Up QAL September quilt block

This is the September block for the Growing Up QAL, hosted by Alida at Alida Tweloq Designs.

The block skill this month uses bias tape applique, and before jumping in, I played with color arrangement in EQ7 so that I could maintain the red/white/blue theme.

After sewing the background pieces together, a 1" cream WOF strip was made into tape for applique. I did not make bias tape because I was not going to form the tape around any curves. A straight WOF cut is fine here.

Using Clover's handy-dandy tape maker tool, 


bias tape maker

the 1" strip made a generous 1/2" tape. 


half inch bias tape maker

Next time though, I think I'll use a bit wider strip, 1 1/8" or 1 1/4" because the folded edges are a bit narrow, and they don't touch in the center. For pressing and sewing purposes, a bit wider strip would have been nice.

Now, if I were making curves and using bias tape, I probably would have put the narrow fusible tape on the backside, as was done on the St Patrick's wall hanging.


St Patricks Day wall hanging with bias tape

But no need here, as it was short, straight lines.


half inch tape applique

So were am I in this QAL? Here's all of my blocks so far, one for every month except for two in February.


Growing Up QAL blocks 1-9

Quite the great array of blocks! Let me know if you're making these to - it's fun to share!

Happy Quilting!



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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Midweek Makers #91

Welcome to another addition of Midweek Makers!



No pictures to show right now, as my next projects are in my head, trying to come out in EQ. Lots of computer work, which I hope will be successful.


I have to admit, I was incredibly happy to see the Postage Stamp quilt by Karen at Quilts Etc appear not only here on Midweek Makers,

                                     Postage Stamp Quilt

but also at the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Karen has been sharing it's progress over the last few months, and it been so great to watch it come together. And now it's finished! Well done Karen - grab the 'Featured' button for a wonderful quilt!


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Now it's time to share your projects, with a few guidelines to follow for linking up - they make the party that much better for all of us.
  • 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 to receive comments!
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  • Link back to www.QuiltFabrication.com somewhere on your post. A link back makes us all happy - don't be left out of the party!

Have fun!



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Monday, September 25, 2017

Jess

Presenting Jess,


Jess, another quilt for Making Connections

Joy's little sister from the Making Connections Blog Hop, earlier this month.

Ready for a ton of eye candy? 

Here's the center square,


Jess quilt, center square

and also a side view.


Jess, side view of quilted center square

Next up, a few closeups of the negative space around the pinwheels.


Sparkle Crosshatching in negative space around pinwheels on Jess quilt

To add a bit of sparkle to those pinwheels, there's a little extra stitching in the crosshatching.


Sparkle Crosshatch quilting closeup

A bit closer shot.


Sparkle Crosshatching quilting closeup

And closer still!


Sparkle Crosshatch quilting

Sparkle Crosshatching closeup 2

Interested in how these negative spaces were quilted with the Sparkle Crosshatching? Then take a look at the video, which follows the creation of the seeds, the crosshatch, and the sparkles, all in one continuous stitching sequence. Who can resist sparkles?




For more detail pictures, and two more videos on line quilting as a fill, check out Jess - Quilting Continued
Happy Quilting!




Linking up with:
Monday Making
Linky Tuesday
Oh Scrap!
Needle and Thread Thursday
TGIFF
Whoop Whoop!
Finished or Not Friday
Crazy Mom Quilts


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Friday, September 22, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Quilt Entry 2

Enjoying all of the quilts entered on the Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2017? I sure am!

                                                 Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 hosted by Amy Ellis at AmysCreativeSide.com

Today, I'm entering quilt #2, Fireworks.


Fireworks quilted wall hanging

This quilt just makes me so happy! Always a fan of red, white, and blue, and exploding fireworks - what more could I ask for?

And just like Joy, my first entry, this one deserves the nod because
  • it's an original design
  • the quilting is a perfect fit
  • the fireworks are ready to burst off the quilt!

I also have some great news about this quilt. Not only is the pattern available at Craftsy, Etsy, and now Payhip, but there's also a kit


Fireworks Quilt Kit by QuiltFabrication


The kit includes all the fabric needed for the wall hanging plus the pattern, and is available at Etsy only. All you'll need to supply is the fusible web and the time to create the quilt - and you too can have fireworks in your home!

There's still some time to enter into the Festival - just pick your two favorite quilts, write the post, link up, and comment to enter the giveaways. There's no voting this year, so everyone has a chance to win! Festival ends Sept 25.

Enjoy all of the eye candy!



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Let It Snow Row For CCRA

Welcome to my day of the Christmas Carol Row-along 2017, hosted by Marian at Seams to be Sew. Introducing Let It Snow, one of my favorite Christmas carols.


Let It Snow Row

Having spent my formative years in New England, I have fond memories of watching the snow fall, and seeing it piled up on tree limbs. And building my share of snowmen!


Let It Snow snowman


Mr Snowman certainly likes seeing the snow too,


Let It Snow row bottom half

and like most of us, holds out his hand to catch the falling flake.

Fortunately, he has several chances to catch one, as the snowflakes just keep falling, each one different from the other.


Let It Snow snowflakes

The offset wave quilting adds to the feeling of falling snowflakes, with a few little flakes tumbling along with the bigger, appliqued ones.


Ready to add this row to your Christmas Carol Row Along collection? Sorry if you missed out on the free version. But there's updated Let It Snow pattern, which has instructions for a border to make a wonderful wall hanging. Or just use it as the row - your choice! Available at Craftsy, Etsy, and also Payhip

For more rows and giveaways today, check out Martina Latimer, Patchwork Breeze, Patti's Patchwork, and Miss Loreen's Schoolhouse. You'll find my giveaway entries further down on this post.

But in case you're just now hearing about the row along, here's the list of all the fabulous designers!


Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
                                                        (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante
                                            (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Thursday, October 5, 2017


And they all have giveaways!

Now about those giveaways. To avoid any misunderstandings, I do need to post all of the rules, regulations, and information from Seams to be Sew regarding the giveaways, so here goes:

1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

3. You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

4. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

5. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017.

6. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.

7. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

8. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

9. You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

10. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

11. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...

12. Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

13. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

14. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

15. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

16. All winners are chosen at random.

17. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

18. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

19. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

20. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

21. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

22. Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

23. I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

24. If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping. All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

25. An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.

26. Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

27. Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.

28. Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

And now for the exciting giveaways!  

First up, enter here to win 1 (one) Hobbs Tuscany Silk Queen Size Batting, value of $50, and shipping to anywhere. This giveaway starts Sept 21, 2017 and ends Sept 28, 2017, with more product info at Seams to be Sew.
Hobbs batting company

Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Next up, enter here or at Seams to be Sew, to win 1 (one) Fat Quarter Bundle (2 yards total) from Northcott Fabrics.


This bundle is valued at $20, with shipping to anywhere.
Choice will be from one of the following lines:

Best Tree


        
Hurry Up Santa



Up on the Rooftop
Up on the Rooftop
                                                 

       Magic of Christmas
Magic of Christmas


Silent Night
Silent Night

         
        Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Santa Clause is Coming to Town
        



Tis the Season
Tis the Season

                                                             
          Toscana
Toscana

ColorWorks
ColorWorks









The Northcott giveaway starts today, Sept 21, 2017, and ends Sept 28, 2017.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



The last giveaway is for a discount coupon (5%-50% off) an 18" x 24" Calibre Art cutting mat. 

                                      Calibre-Arts

This mat is valued at $59.99, with shipping via Amazon to the USA only. More product info can be found here.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter here or at Seams to be Sew. This giveaway is good for 24 hours only - starts Sept 21, 2017 and ends Sept 22, 2017. With up to 10 winners each week, the winners have 7 days in which to purchase a mat using the discount code. 

And FYI - shipping for any of the prizes ranges from $3 to $15, and is the responsibility of the winner.

Enjoy the hop - download the rows and enter to win! 
Good Luck!



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Midweek Makers #90

Wow! Midweek Makers is closing in on 100 - how time flies! Of course, this party wouldn't be possible without all of the wonderful quilters who share their projects each week - thank you!



My progress report is that I've finally gotten a start on Joy's little sister, Jess.

Jess quilt using designs from Making Connections book

Slow going, with lots of stops and starts, and about half-way done, but I'm getting there!


This week, I'm the mood for snow (though I really don't want to shovel it!), and love this cute little snowman,

                                       

made by Karen, better known as Tu-Na, at Tu-Na Quilts.
Karen, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button for this dapper little fellow! 
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What are you working on? Come link up to share your project!
  • 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 to receive comments!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. Feel free to use the sharing buttons at the bottom of the page.
  • Link back to www.QuiltFabrication.com somewhere on your post. A link back makes us all happy - don't be left out of the party!
Have fun!


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