Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Midweek Makers #141

Welcome to Midweek Makers! October is fast approaching, which means pumpkins, leaves, and the scary stuff of Halloween! 

I'm almost finished with my pumpkin harvest quilt,


pumpkin harvest blocks by QuiltFabrication

though the pieces are still on the design wall. Leaving it in the block stage allows me to double check everything while writing the pattern. 
It's important it all works out!

And I'm not the only one thinking about orange, black, and green. 
Check out these projects from last week:

from Podunk Pretties,

                                           

from Made by Marney,

                                             

and this from JBigg's Scrap Pieces.

                                                   

Feeling the love of those colors yet? Even if you're not, come link up what you're working on!
  • 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 www.QuiltFabrication.com on your post.

Thank you for sharing and enjoy the party!



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In the Swimming Pool - My Happy Place Row

My day has arrived for the My Happy Place Rowalong, hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew! And here is my current happy place - In the Swimming Pool!


In the Swimming Pool, Stanford Masters, Stanford University









The Back Story

Yes, hard to imagine that anything involving exercise could be a happy place, but after 25 years of swimming with the Stanford Masters program, I'm happy that I'm still there.

You see, 30 years ago, I was treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma, and upon approaching the five year mark, I decided I needed to commit to a life of exercise. Having grown up on a lake, swimming was a natural fit, especially since it could be done year round in CA.

Fast forward to two years ago. After so many years of swimming, I started having neck/shoulder issues, and sought physical therapy. Turns out, I wasn't using the right muscles to swim, causing pain and numbness. 

Now I'm on a mission to change my stroke, and build up the proper muscles in my back. It hasn't been easy, but I'm getting there, and I find that I really enjoy swimming again. Of course, with a Master's workout, I can also let the diet go a bit - I just work harder to burn off any extra calorie intake!

So, yes, in the swimming pool is my happy place.
In the Swimming Pool Row by QuiltFabrication

Fabrics/Construction

This row is really simple to construct, thanks to the wonderful water/wave fabric from Northcott. The company was kind enough to contribute fabric for the rowalong, and this Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer, Blue Lagoon (20425M-45) is perfect! Below is their picture,


Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Blue Lagoon

and this is what it really looks like.


Northcott Artisan Spirit Shimmer Blue Lagoon

Using Kona Cotton Solids to add a few lane lines and an applique swimmer, and this row is complete!

In the Swimming Pool row

The In the Swimming Pool row pattern is free at Craftsy thru September 24, 2018 - get it while you can! Notice I haven't quilted my row - plans may involve it becoming part of a larger swimming themed quilt - we shall see.


The Hop Schedule

We are now two weeks into the hop with plenty still to see! Be sure to visit all of these creatives who have rows to share (free for 1 week) and giveaways to enter:


Tuesday September 4, 2018

Thursday September 6, 2018

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Thursday September 13, 2018

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Thursday September 20, 2018

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Thursday September 27, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day


And a big thank you to Marian of Seams to be Sew for orgainizing this yearly rowalong!

The Giveaways!

Another big thank you to the wonderful sponsors who have donated these fabulous prizes! 

Enter via Rafflecopter to win a package of Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool - Throw size, approximate value $16, with worldwide shipping via Hobbs. Giveaway ends Sept 25, 2018.



Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool batting




But we're not finished yet - enter to win Electric Quilt version 8 quilting software, a $239.95 value! 

EQ8 quilt software

I have used EQ since version 6, and find it extremely helpful in designing quilts - and you will too! Prize will be delivered via email as a coupon code to use at purchase. 

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form below:



For the complete rules of the rowalong, including a full list of designers, sponsors, plus giveaway entry rules, please visit Seams to be Sew, our wonderful hostess.  


Previous Years Rows

And just for fun, here's the row from last year:

Let It Snow
Let It Snow by QuiltFabrication

which is now a full wall hanging pattern,

and the year prior:

Silicon Valley Road Home


Silicon Valley Road Home by QuiltFabrication

still available as a free download on Craftsy.

Enjoy the hop and good luck on the giveaways!

Monday, September 17, 2018

It's All About the Birds

On Friday, I unveiled my newest wall hanging pattern, Welcome to My Birdhouse.


Welcome to My Birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

And many of you commented how you love birds, watching them outside your window, or participating in bird sightings.

In case you didn't already know, I, too, love birds! Outside my studio window, I have two hummingbird feeders, the dish kind from Droll Yankee (affiliate link), for a total of four around the house. 


hummingbird on a Droll Yankee feeder


Usually, there's only one hummer there at a time - the others get chased off. But you can't beat this style of feeder - they're so easy to clean!

In the backyard, we have a terrific squirrel proof feeder for the finches and such.


Squirrel buster feeder

Years ago, my in-laws had bought me a traditional feeder for my birthday, and I tried everything to keep the squirrels out.

Frustrated, we found the Squirrel Buster Plus Bird Feeder (affiliate link) online, 


Squirrel Buster Feeder


which closes up the feeder holes if there's too much weight on the perch. And no more squirrels raiding the feeder! They're confined to cleaning up what drops on the ground, leaving more seed for the birds.

Now back to quilts. Not only do I have the bird houses above, but I also have a quilt featuring those more traditional bird feeders, though I don't think you'll find any squirrels here.


Winterfeed by QuiltFabrication

Winter Feed is my favorite wintertime wall hanging - it can be on display for at least two months. And who can resist seeing pretty red birds during the those long winter months? BTW, this also comes in a kit, if you're interested.

And when I was a more beginner quilter, I made this adorable White Birches quilt, 


White Birches quilt

another winter favorite.

So yes, I like birds. And as I told Wendy, someday I'd love to have a falcon on my hand -they're such awesome birds - maybe I'll take up falconry as my next hobby!

Happy Quilting, and may your feeder always be full!



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Friday, September 14, 2018

Welcome to My Birdhouse

Come join me today, while I participate in the Welcome to My House Blog Hop, hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt -


Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging by QuiltFabrication



and Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging pattern!

The idea for this new modern wall hanging came to me after receiving one of those 'home for sale' postcards in the mail. It was for a newly remodeled Eichler home in the neighborhood, and even though the price was flabbergasting, it was an attractive, modern style home. 

Around here, one either loves Eichler's or hates them - they're not your typical style or constructed house. But, they have a modern, open vibe even if built 60 years ago, and those that are remodeled can be quite stunning.

Thus the modern house idea, which was simplified and evolved into these modern birdhouses,  

Kona Terra Cotta/Tarragon modern birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

that are creatively stacked on the pole.

creative modern birdhouse display by QuiltFabrication

Keeping with the simple, modern lines, the quilting adds to the modern feel without overpowering the quilt.

And if you look closely, each door is a different style, 

One birdhouse from Welcome to My Birdhouse by QuiltFabrication

to add to the interest.

Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

I bet these birds are really happy to live here!

To make your own Welcome to My Birdhouse wall hanging, the pattern is available at both Craftsy and Etsy. With detailed instructions, the birdhouses are suitable for the confident beginner quilter or above.

And even though today is the last day of the Welcome to My House Hop


be sure to check out the other quilters participating:

                                                        September 10


September 11


                                                                     Sew Many Yarns

                                                                               September 13


 September 14


Again, Welcome to My Birdhouse, and thank you for visiting!





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