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

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? For the next week, Let It Snow is available as a free PDF download at Payhip. Just click on the full title below to be taken to the download page.

                    Let It Snow Row by QuiltFabrication 2017

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



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. 


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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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Quilt Entry 1

Get ready to be overloaded with a ton of eye-candy! The Bloggers Quilt Festival, Fall Edition 2017, hosted by Amy's Creative Side is back!

                                                    Bloggers Quilt Festival - Fall 2017 hosted by Amy Ellis at

In just a few hours yesterday, the Festival had 22 entries, and it looks to be another great feast for the eyes!

The entries are open to everyone - just pick two quilts, write a blog post that links to them, and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaways. Of course, check out all of the other entries for inspiration!

I have several quilts to choose from since this event last year, as seen in the Quilt Gallery 2017 and Quilt Gallery 2016. It is definitely a tough choice!

So, today I'll share my first entry, which is Joy

Joy quilt

She's been on my blog a lot recently, featured in the following posts: 

Making Connections Blog Hop and Giveaway  


Making Connections Winner and a Video   

and I feel she is a well deserved Festival entry for these reasons: 
  •  an original design 
  •  the quilting suites her perfectly
  •  overall, she's a pretty little quilt!

So I'm submitting her little entry thumbnail to link up with Amy's Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival Fall 2017, and will enter quilt 2 on Friday. This is going to be such a busy week, as Thursday is the reveal day of my row for the Christmas Carol Row Along 2017 - the wait is almost over!

Now it's your turn! Pick two of your favorite quilts, write those posts, link up, and leave Amy a comment to enter the giveaways - there's no voting this year, so everyone has a chance to win! Festival ends September 25!

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Making Connections Winner and Video!

The Making Connections Blog Hop is officially over, and I have a winner for a copy of Dorie Hruska's book, Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook

Drum roll please - 
The winner, as chosen from all of the Rafflecopter entries, is...

Vicki in MN!

Congratulations Vicki - I know you'll love this free motion quilting book! 

Not a winner here? You could still win from one of the other hop participants - look for an email or the announcement on their blogs.

I really have enjoyed both the book, the hop, and especially the quilting. From the straight line quilting on the prints, to the quilting in the negative space,

Joy quilting from Making Connections book

to the motif in the squares - everything a perfect fit.

Joy square quilting motif

Want to see that motif in the square stitched out? Then check out this free motion quilting video from my Youtube channel, with close up stitching of the design, including the curl and leaf. 

Easy, effective, and a perfect design choice to compliment the rest of the quilting.

And in case you're wondering about those blue lines - they are there for reference only, and spritzed with water immediately after quilting.

Inspired with design possibilities? There's certainly a lot that can be done with a simple shape!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 15, 2017


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The wait is over - I've teased you enough - introducing Joy

Joy quilt by QuiltFabrication

my creation for the Making Connections Blog Hop.

Composed of quick and easy half square triangles, the design is perfect to showcase the quilting from the Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook by Dorie Hruska.

Making Connections - A Free Motion Quilting Workbook

With so many designs to choose from, I decided to keep it light and airy for this quilt - and the effect has paid off! Ready to see more? Then here we go!

Joy quilt center
                                                The center

Joy quilt negative space design
                                 Designs in the negative space

Joy quilt center and negative space
                                Another closeup of the center 

Joy quilt side view
                                      The center to the corner

Joy quilt backside
                                                  The back

Joy quilt square motif
                                            And a motif in a square

Just looking at these pictures makes me ohh and ahh - and I own the quilt! Really - anything is possible with the designs in this book.

Now how about a chance to win a copy of Making Connections? Today is the last day to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on my Making Connections Blog Hop post, and to visit the other quilters who are also giving away a copy! Hard copies will be sent to US winners and electronic copies to International winners. Here's the list again, so you can increase your chances of winning!

Friday Sept 1st:C&T -

Monday Sept 4th:
Holly Anne Knight -  IG: stringandstory
Susan Arnold -  -  that's me!  IG: quiltfabrication

Tuesday Sept 5th:
Becca Fenstermaker -  IG: prettypiney
Teri Lucas Blog - IG: genqmag 

Wednesday Sept 6th:
Sherry Shish -  IG: poweredbyquilting
Pam Morgan -  IG: sweetlittlestitches

Thursday Sept 7th:
Laura Piland  IG: sliceofpiquilts
Katy S -   IG: katyquilts

Friday Sept 8th:
Suzy Webster -  IG: websterquilt
Bernie Kringel -  IG: needleandfoot

Monday Sept 11th:
Jamie Mueller -  IG: sunflower_quilt
Nancy Scott -   IG: masterpiecequilting

Tuesday Sept 12th:
Sherri Noel -  IG: rebeccamaedesigns
Anorina Morris -  IG: sameliasmum

Wednesday Sept 13th:
Yvonne Fuchs -  IG: quiltingjetgir
Barbie Mills -  IG: thequiltingmill

Thursday Sept 14th:
Afton Warrick -  IG: quiltingmod
Kathy Bruckman -  IG: kathyskwiltsandmore

Friday Sept 15th:
Susan Arnold -  -  that's me again!  IG: quiltfabrication
Dorie Hruska -  IG: foreverquilting

Or maybe you would like to purchase a copy - visit Dorie's site, Forever Quilting, for a signed copy (and free shipping on a featured bundle), or go to everyone's favorite place, Amazon (affiliate link).

On Monday, I'll announce the winner and have another quilting video, this time of the square motif. Maybe I'll have some sneak peeks of Joy's little sister, on the frame now. I'm definitely on a roll with these quilting designs!

Don't forget to hop over to the Rafflecopter giveaway, at the very bottom of the post, to enter! Good luck!

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