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! 
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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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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Midweek Makers #114

Welcome to Midweek Makers and to all the new followers! Feel free to join in by sharing your project, or spend some time visiting the other link ups. Most of all - have fun! So let's roll right into the sharing, cause there's a lot to see.

My share is a sneak peek at a new project - mom would have loved this! 
progress on a new quilt project
Sorry, I'm not giving you any more clues - you'll just have to wait! 

Did you get a chance to visit the other party-goers from last week? There are some really great things to see! I'm choosing all the fun animal shares as the features this week:

Bird Brain from Karen at Quilt's Etc 


Mr Squeak from Jayne at Twiggy and Opal


Fancy Forest from Lynette at What a Hoot


Year of the Dog from Dione at The Clever Chameleon

                            Year of the dog mini quilt

Grab the 'Featured' button for these virtual pets!

grab button for Quiltfabrication
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What do you have to share this week? Come link up!
  • 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. 

Don't forget to check out all the quilters participating in the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop and enter my giveaway! Click on the pink to find the whole list and entry details. 

Happy Quilting!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Serendipity Mini and A Giveaway

I'm proud to introduce my latest project, Serendipity Mini!

Serendipity quilt

Measuring in at 24" x 24", this is a perfect size to participate in the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop, sponsored by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt

First, a little background on this quilt. I started 2017 with good intentions of following along with RSC17. I got as far as red in March, then too many other projects demanded my attention, and RSC17 fell by the wayside.

Looking back at the 2017 Quilt Gallery, I see there's at least nine RSC17 quilts that I did make during those three months, which is pretty productive. This purple scrap quilt got started, then sidelined because of a fabric shortage. Though I put out a fabric search, none came, and the top languished for almost a year.

So when I saw the Small, Smaller, Smallest hop, I knew Serendipity Mini would be perfect, and I finally had a reason to finish it as it was. 

Before I jump to closeups, I want to talk a bit about the quilting design. Using a vinyl overlay, I started to draw,

quilting design testing

Notice in the picture the three different line directions inside the stars - each one follows a different side of the triangle. The top left was the first, and is a natural starting choice. The top right was next, and was ok. But the center bottom was the one that made me say Oh! I like that! - what a difference the direction makes. So when you have a directional choice to make in your quilting, try all angles and see what makes you say Oh!

Now on to Serendipity Mini closeups!
First, a corner, full of 1/4" 45 degree lines.

one fourth inch 45 degree lines in the quilt corner

Next, the stippling in the center.

stippling in the quilt center

A closeup of one of the stars, with their directional centers, and seed arcs on the purple triangles.

star centers

Put them all together...

Serendipity quilt center closeup

and that's one pretty wall hanging!

Serendipity Mini quilt

And not to be left out, the back, complete with hanging sleeve!

Serendipity Mini quilt backside

Not only did the scraps, colors, and quilting come together for this quilt, but the opportunity to finish it. Truly a happy chance, or serendipity!

Now that I've had the chance to show off my small project, be sure to visit all the other quilters participating in the hop - here's the list for a week of viewing pleasure!

                                                March 5
And if you've read this far - yeah! You have a chance to enter the giveaway for your choice of one of my pdf patterns!
Just follow the Rafflecopter prompts for several chances to win. Contest is open through midnight, Saturday March 10, 2018. To view my available patterns, check out my Etsy shop - winner will be announced March 12, 2018.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And check out this deal from Craftsy - unlimited 14 day trial for $1! Awesome!

                                            2 for $1 - Try Craftsy Unlimited 2 Weeks For Just $1 at from 3/5-3/7/18.

Happy Quilting!

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MOP Monday
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Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Linky Tuesday
Oh Scrap!
Needle and Thread Thursday
Whoop Whoop
Finished or Not Friday
Friday Foto Fun
Crazy Mom Quilts

Friday, March 2, 2018

Raspberry Cheesecake

Who doesn't like cheesecake??? How about a piece with raspberry ribbons running through it?

Raspberry Cheesecake improv quilt

Yes, Raspberry Cheesecake - this quilt was sooo easy to name!!

These older fuchsia prints just sing next to the Kona Banana - such a beautiful color combo! A special thanks goes out to the 3 in 1 Color Tool for helping out in that department. (See, I'm exploring color relationships!)

3 in 1 Color Tool

How about some closeups? I already let on at Midweek Makers #113 that there was straight line quilting in this one,

Raspberry Cheesecake quilt closeup 1

which I had originally meant to be 1/4" all the way through. 

But, I started with a 1/2" mistake, then quilted 10" worth of 1/4" spaced lines, and thought, ugh, I have to do this all the way? Oh-so-time consuming, and possibly with a stiff result, so maybe not such a great idea.

That one 1/2" mistake then turned into a design element! I quilted a few inches of 1/2" lines, then a  few of 1/4", and so on. In the end, it was a great choice, because it certainly adds a ton of quilting interest to this quilt.

Raspberry Cheesecake quilt closeup 2

Simple loops are in the raspberry ribbons, because I wanted something curvy, and not dense. The curves and low density contrast nicely with all those close lines.

Raspberry Cheesecake quilt closeup 3

This quilt will be going to it's forever home next month, as a coworker is decorating their baby's room in pink and yellow, and this is perfect, especially with a flannel backing.

Raspberry Cheesecake quilt closeup and backing

Hubby is sad to see it go. For me, I'm ok with it, cause I know I have enough fabric to make another!

For more on how this quilt was made, check out these posts:
Improv Project #4
Improv Freehand Cut Striped Fabric

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Quilting!

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Monday Making
Linky Tuesday
Oh Scrap!