Friday, December 4, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Hop

Who's ready for cookies and Christmas? Tis the season for both!


The Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas hop, in its sixth year, is hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. I just love participating the hops that both she and Carla of Creatin In the Sticks host - they are always fun, with lots to see!

I think this is my first time participating in the cookie exchange, mainly because I don't make many cookies anymore. But, I do have a favorite Sugar Cookie recipe from my MIL, which is always a favorite with hubby. 

Though a bit deadly in the ingredients list, these cookies melt in your mouth - it's hard to stop at just one. Believe me - I know. Hubby can't stop snacking on them!

Sugar Cookies


We'll be leaving these out for Santa, so I'm sure he's also going to expect a well decorated house. I'm choosing four of my Christmas patterns, all of which will be within Santa's viewing range from the fireplace.

My new adorable gnome decked out in red, next to his chubby little house.
Love the wonky trees in his yard!

red gnome next to his house


A fun applique project featuring snow on curvy Christmas themed trees.

snow covered trees in christmas prints

Check out the blue and white version, Winter Forest, an all-snow tree table topper.

If Santa hasn't filled his sweet tooth enough with the cookies, he might enjoy the Peppermint Candy table runner. This one is calorie free!

red and white stripes with green pinwheels


Santa may also be impressed that I have portraits of his crew on the wall in Reindeer Wreath, cause they're just as important as the big man himself!

black and white check reindeer portraits on red


I think Santa would be very satisfied by my decorations. If you're just joining in on the hop, be sure to visit the others for cookies and more Christmas inspiration.

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2

MooseStashQuilting

Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts

Beaquilter

December 3

Quiltscapes

Websterquilt

DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Scrapdash


Ho-ho-ho! Happy Holidays!




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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome to Midweek Makers! Let's do some sharing!


I've finally got a quilt in the works from the book of the month selection, the Quilter's 10" Square Precut Companion. (affiliate link) This group of fabrics has been hanging out in a shoe box for over 9 months. Time to turn them into a quilt!

school themed fabric

There's only 2 10" squares, so I'll be cutting the rest, and adding a red sashing. It will definitely make a fun quilt for a child.

And more projects with lots of color in them showed up last week - check these out. From Sew Preeti Quilts, her picket star blocks,


from Karen's Quilting, this beauty full of color,


from Making a Lather, a simple, colorful baby quilt,


and from 2 Dogs Studio, a yellow brick road quilt.



Now it's your turn - come share your project!

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  • link a quilt related item
  • visit the other guests
Have fun!




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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Star Splash - Quilt Block Mania

Another month, another group of free blocks from the Quilt Block Mania group! 

numerous blue, purple, pink star quilt blocks

We had a rather unusual, but pretty, Design Seeds palette of colors this month for Stars, full of blue, purples, and a red - a group that I would not associate with stars. 

design seeds color palette featuring stars

I have to say, it made designing a bit of a challenge, making this month's free block simple, yet playful. 

purple star with teal teardrops on a navy blue background

If one was feeling creative, the center could be another color. But when put as is with all the others, as a group they'll make a great star-themed quilt.

Check out the other coordinating star blocks from all of these great designers!

Stargazing Sue
Starburst at Slice of Pi Quilts
Massachusetts Star with blockofthmo.com
Nova Star at Always Expect Moore
Nativity Star
Star Bright - Cotton Street Commons
Five Pointed Star at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
New Year Star at Stash Bandit
Poinsettia Star
Wish Upon a Satar by Heidi Pridemore
Falling Star at Pretty Piney Quilts
Star Splash at QuiltFabrication
Seward Star at Blue Bear Quilts
Moon Star at Perkins Dry Goods
Starburst at Patti's Patchwork
Cherokee Star
Christmas Tree Star
Christmas Star by Oh Kaye Quilting
Starfish by Appliques Quilts and More
Snowy Star by Seams To Be Sew
Combination Star by Devoted Quilter
Ablaze by True Blue Quilts


purple star outline on a dark blue background


The 12" x 12" (finished) Star Splash block is free now until Jan 4. There are two ways to access the download link through the newsletter:

For those already subscribed - The free pattern link will be included in the December 15th QFab Monthly newsletter. There is no need to sign up again - just be sure to open the newsletter for the download link. 

For new subscribers only, sign up to receive your free pattern plus monthly quilt inspiration.

Once you submit your email address, look for a welcome email from me, QuiltFabrication, containing the link to download the 'Star Splash' block pattern. Then check you inbox toward the middle of each month for the QFab monthly, full of highlights, quilting tips, links to free patterns, and other fun quilty goodness.

In downloading the pattern, you agree not to share the file with others, but direct them to the QuiltFabrication.com/Star Splash Quilt Block Mania post. Feel free to tell others about QuiltFabrication and become a follower yourself through any or all of the following: direct delivery of posts to your inbox, or by following on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Fun Gifts for Quilters + Giveaways

Shopped enough for yourself, and now looking for something special for your quilt friends? Sure, a fabric gift is always welcome, but let's go a little further and think outside the box. Take a look at these fun quilt themed gifts - two are even giveaways!

gifts for quilters

(Note: Amazon affiliate links are provided for further information on the items listed. I do receive a small commission, which does not affect the price, if the item is purchased through the link).

First up is this 1000 piece Thimble Blossoms puzzle. A perfect gift for the puzzle lover or quilter during these shelter-in-place times. And I know just who I'm gifting this one to!

puzzle featuring quilt items


Next, a book full of quilt themed word puzzles. Crosswords, word searches, word scrambles, etc fill this book. It's perfect for those wanting a quilt themed brain-teaser book.

quilt themed puzzle book

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway to win this book! Open to continental US residents only, now until midnight December 6, 2020.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Here's a fun gift: a quilt themed license plate frame. Show the whole world how much you love quilting!

id rather be quilting license frame

My son got me a personalized frame last year, with QuiltFabrication.com on it, 

QuiltFabrication.com license frame

and we could have gone with a personalized plate too, but decided this was enough.


For a fun, colorful item, check out these Peels thread spool holders - aren't they cute?

colorful thread spool holders

I could definitely use some of these, as I've got a few spools with no way to hold the thread end. 


For those who love mysteries with a quilt theme, Carol Dean Jones puts it all together in book 11, Beneath Missouri Stars. There's even instructions for creating the cover quilt given at the back of the book - bonus!

beneath missouri stars book by carol dean jones
 

Enter a second Rafflecopter giveaway to win this book! Open to continental US residents only, now until midnight December 6, 2020.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winners will be announced at next week's Midweek Makers.

And one last gift idea, which I'll be gifting to myself. It's an inexpensive lightbox for tracing applique. It's about time I upgraded from the window!

lightbox for tracing


That's all there is for now and good luck on the giveaways!
Happy Quilting




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Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Friday Quilting Sales

Who wants some fabric to freshen up the stash? We all do, right? Or how about other necessary quilt related items - books, thread, batting, needles, pins? Really, the list is endless!

woman pushing a cart of fabric bolts

Now through Monday is a great opportunity to stock up on anything quilt related cause there are a ton of sales going on right now. Check out the my curated list below:

Connecting Threads

This page heads to books on sale, and I see there are a few of my favorites that I highly recommend adding to your bookshelf. Remember these: 180 Doodle Quilting DesignsPrecut Primer? Strip Your StashFreemotion Quilting Idea Book?

AccuQuilt

For those wanting an Accu-Quilt cutting machine, check out their Black Friday deals. There's lots of items and value packs to choose from.

Fabric.com

That AccuQuilt needs some fabric to cut and Fabric.com has got it! Check out their extensive collection of fabric - you're sure to find something!

Sew It Is

A nice little fabric shop, with blenders, panels, precuts, etc. I was impressed with their extensive collection of Grunge fabrics. I need to add some of that to my stash.

Odds and Ends

Another fun little shop, this one carries an extensive range of quilt fabrics - blenders, seasonal, kids, novelty, reproductions, 30's, etc, etc. Certainly lots to shop for here.

Nikki's Quilt Shop

Though a small shop, Nicki's has a nice selection of some name brands - Kimberbell, Henry Glass, Bonnie and Camille, Fig Tree, Timeless Treasures, etc, etc. And precuts too!

And for those residing in Canada, check out Dinkydoo Fabrics. Though the shop is closed to foot traffic, there's up to 80% off sitewide now thru November 30, 2020.

Quite the list for shopping heaven! Hope you find some goodies!

Happy Quilting




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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Midweek Makers

Welcome to Midweek Makers, and Happy Thanksgiving! 



I had such a fun time reading all the responses to the Quilter's Project Planner giveaway question of how many quilts do you plan to make. The minimum was 5, and most were in the 10-15 range - impressive! Let's congratulate Barb, of Mountain Quiltworks, who says she plans to make "as many as her body will allow!" Hopefully, this planner will help her with that!

Though I'm still sewing away, my share today is not a quilt, but a family favorite Thanksgiving recipe - my mom's cranberry relish. I loved helping her with this, feeding the hand crank food grinder to make this delicious sweet-tart side dish. Here's what's needed:

  • 2 12oz bags of cranberries, washed and sorted (remove soft and discolored)
  • 2 red delicious apples, sliced and cored (keep the peels)
  • 2 naval oranges, cut into slices (keep the peels)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
Alternately put the cranberries, apples, and oranges through the grinder or a food processor. Add 1.5 cups sugar. Place in the fridge overnight. Test the next day for sweetness and add more sugar if necessary. Then enjoy with all the Thanksgiving favorites! 


Now back to quilting. Here are a few quilts projects that caught my eye last week.

From Ulrikes Smaating, her sewing themed blocks are finished and as cute as could be!

sewing themed quilt blocks

from Mountain Quilt Works, Barb made this adorable gnome quilt (see - they're everywhere!)

red and white gnome quilt

and from Purring Cottage, this Advent quilt. I need to show my recent client this one!

green and red tree advent quilt

What's your share today? Come link up!
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  • link a recent quilt related item
  • visit with the others, and leave a comment or two
Have fun and enjoy the cranberries tomorrow!



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Monday, November 23, 2020

Gnome for the Holidays

Let's finish up this year in a festive way, adding some fun with Gnome for the Holidays!

red gnome next to a house with trees by QuiltFabrication

I don't know about you, but I've been seeing gnomes everywhere - quilt patterns, embroidery patterns, sales fliers, websites, and stores. They're so darn cute, I had to make one myself!

red gnome with beige snow covered house and a snowflake


Gnome for the Holidays is so easy with fusible applique. The plump little gnome next to his Christmas-y snow-covered house, plus the wonky, snow covered trees makes such an adorable little table decoration!
 
red gnome, beige snow covered house and three snow covered pine trees


As a table runner, Gnome for the Holidays measures 14" x 36".

red gnome, beige house, pine trees for a table runner by QuiltFabrication


Or make a small wall hanging by removing the right hand section with the extra trees - it would be just as cute!

red dressed gnome, snow covered beige house, pine tree

If your seeing a lot of gnomes and just have to have one, the Gnome for the Holidays table runner pattern is now available in my Etsy shop. As usual, with a new pattern release, special pricing is going on now through CyberMonday, November 30. 

And if your interested in a learning how to use a freemotion zigzag to stitch around those appliques, avoiding all the fabric turning, check out last week's tutorial, Freemotion Applique.

Happy Quilting!




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Friday, November 20, 2020

Freemotion Applique

Bet you're wondering what freemotion applique is. 


pine tree stitched with freemotion applique
 

It's a process of using the machine's zigzag stitch along with it's darning or freemotion foot to stitch down the edges of fused appliques.

So, how is this different than any zigzag to secure appliques? This technique doesn't involve stopping with the needle in place, and rotating the fabric. It's all stitched moving the fabric side to side or up and down, just like freemotion quilting.

Bet you're wondering why. For me, the quicker I can get applique stitching done, the better. No stopping to turn the fabric shaves off some precious time.

Now I know this technique is not for everyone, as it does take a bit of control to move the fabric to catch the zigzag. But with practice, it moves along fairly quickly. And that's a big plus in my book!

Go ahead and watch this little video, Freemotion Applique, that I have of the process. 

Note that when I'm on a more horizontal plane, the stitches zigzag at an angle, like this,
 
as seen on this tree, in both white and green thread.

applique stitching around a pine tree



And when going around curves, the angle switches direction.



Here it is on the gnome's nose.

gnome nose

Looks pretty good, right? For me, I love this technique for speeding up my applique stitching. Not sure if the quilt police would though!

As far as my gnome project, it will be here Monday - stitching, quilting, and pattern writing have taken longer than expected.

Happy Quilting!



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