Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Midweek Makers #247

Welcome to Midweek Makers - I'm happy you've joined us! 

midweek makers with a pumpkin

First, a congratulations to Kathy, the winner of the National Sewing Month Book Bundle 1! Today is the last day to celebrate but there's still time to enter the second giveaway. The winner will be announced at next week's Midweek Makers.

Now let's do some sharing, shall we? My share is a visit to the pumpkin patch, with an adorable photo of Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo.

pumpkin and black cat wall hanging set in a pumpkin patch by QuiltFabrication

We had to wait a week or so for pumpkins to arrive around here, and this patch sure has quite the variety of pumpkins to choose from. My kitty looks so at home! I would have brought Pumpkat Patch too, but he was taking a nap. Typical cat.

With tomorrow the first of October, I'm looking for anything with fall colors! A few guests have happily obliged. 

Vicki of Vicki's Crafts and Quilting made this adorable black and white checked pumpkin pillow,

black and white check pumpkin pillow

LeeAnna and Milo of Not Afraid of Color are sharing this fall wall hanging,

autumn wall hanging

Viridian is sharing this quilt full of fall color.

scrap quilt of fall colors

What's your share this week? Are you working with fall colors?

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Monday, September 28, 2020

National Sewing Month - Giveaway 2

Welcome back for another giveaway day to celebrate National Sewing Month!

sewing tools for nat'l sewing month

Having enjoyed some sort of hand work most of my life, I'm once again honoring the sewing tradition by giving away the following books, courtesy of C&T Publishing. (Affiliate links provided for viewing book contents.)

three sewing books

One lucky winner will receive: 

Color, Thread, and Free Motion Quilting by Teri Lucas. This is a wonderful book, full of color theory for painting with thread, plus plenty of inspiration.

free motion quilting design

Crazy Quilting by Kathy Seaman Shaw. What a beautiful book full of stitches and flowers to create for a crazy quilt or any embroidered project. There's also the bonus of how to add beads and buttons to all that stitching.

crazy quilting hand stitches

Zakka Wool Applique by Minki Kim. This book is full of adorable wool applique designs and numerous projects - it's hard to choose!

strawberry wool appliques on a canister

To win these three fabulous handcraft and sewing books, enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest is open to continental US residents only, today thru midnight Wednesday, September 30. 

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Good luck and Happy Stitching!

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Friday, September 25, 2020

National Sewing Month - Giveaway 1

Since 1982, September is recognized as National Sewing Month, in honor of the importance of home sewing to our nation. To celebrate, I have two days of giveaways scheduled, today, September 25, and Monday, September 28 - be sure to enter both! 

sewing tools

Like most who quilt, I started sewing Barbie clothes at the age of ten, on my mother's cast iron White sewing machine. I can't imagine how I did those little sleeves and legs, though I'm sure my mom's leftover stretchy polyester scraps helped! 

The sewing bug stopped for awhile as I took up crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery, plus a lot of cake decorating, but was renewed when a new home required some decoration. Then the babies came, and they, too, required cute clothes made by mom. 

Ultimately, the program Simply Quilts attracted me to quilting because of the amazing work done with fabric and I've been creating and quilting ever since.

So, to honor the sewing tradition, I'm giving away the following books, courtesy of C&T Publishing. (Affiliate links provided for viewing book contents.)

three sewing books

The winner of this bundle of three books will receive:

Sewing Machine Reference Tool by Bernie Tobisch. This book covers maintenance, and trouble-shooting, so you can love your machine. And when the machine is happy, the seamstress/quilter is happy.

sewing machine reference book contents


Playing with Patchwork and Sewing by Nicole Calver. This book has projects for the beginner to the advanced sewing enthusiast, such as quilts, pillows, placemats, coasters, pouches, bags, sleep mask, pencil case, and notebook cover. There's something here for everyone!

playing with patchwork book contents

Serger 101 by Katrina Walker. For all those looking to get more out of their serger, this book is for you! Not only does it have maintenance and troubleshooting tips, but several projects, from placemats to bags to clothing, which include handling difficult fabrics. Quite the book!

serger 101 book contents

To win these three fabulous sewing books, enter via Rafflecopter below. Contest is open to continental US residents only, today thru midnight Sunday, September 27. 

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Good luck, Happy Sewing and I'll see you Monday for another giveaway!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Midweek Makers #246

 Welcome to another Midweek Makers party - so glad you're here! 

midweek makers on a sign with pumpkins

It's time to announce the winner of the Quilter's Project Planner book from the book tour last week. Congratulations to Chris Lewinski! We're hoping to see several of your quilts here on Midweek Makers next year - have fun planning!

My share this week are these two client quilts I just finished. The first one has a combo of two pantographs, a leaf and a rose. The client wanted the roses to land in the open spaces between the stars, which required major redrawing of the rose pantograph. 

rose and leaf quilting

I don't have a computer on my machine, so this requires paper and pencil, plus a copy machine. And as you can see, they landed just right!

Next up was a Laura Heine collage featherweight wall size quilt. 

Laura Heine collage featherweight quilt

Crosshatching in the cream background, outline stitching around the flowers, and some straight line fill on the table area. Just giving some quilting ideas if you ever make one of these.

quilting closeup of the Laura Heine collage featherweight quilt

Yesterday was the First Day of Fall, which was perfect timing for the launch of my new wall hanging, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo. I'm seeing lots of fall colors, and last week's Midweek Makers was no exception. 

How about these cute jack-o-lanterns from Patchouli Moon Studio?

This hexi stars quilt from Canadian Needle Mama?

Or this crumb quilt over at Marsha's Spot?

And now it's your turn - come share what you're working on!
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo!

 Look who's playing peek-a-boo in the pumpkin patch!

pumpkins and a black cat wall hanging in a pumpkin patch by QuiltFabrication

Yes, a little black kitty, possibly the brother or sister of the Pumpkat Patch kitty. 

black cat hiding behind six pumpkins for a table runner pattern by QuiltFabrication

Or maybe it's the same kitty - who knows? Sure looks like the pumpkin patch is a great place to be, especially for the Hello Fall Blog Hop hosted by Carla of Creatin' In The Sticks. If your a new visitor - Welcome!

hello fall sign in a pumpkin patch

A little more about Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo. The idea for this cute kitty and pumpkin wall hanging has been hiding out in EQ for about 2 years, with many, many versions. Finally, this year after a few more changes, I have found that kitty playing peek-a-boo in the pumpkin patch!

black cat tail curls around a yellow orange pumpkin

Isn't he so cute, peeking out from between the pumpkins? And I just love how his tail curls around and hugs the pumpkin - oh so cat-like!

With my love of kitties and fall colors, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo combines the best of both. I am so happy Pumpkat Patch has a friend to hangout with, as this was designed as a companion piece to the table runner. 

Will they get along? I should think so, as the overall design of maple leaves and pumpkins set on a cream background provide the pumpkin patch setting. Plus the quilting is identical on both, with triple crosshatching in the background, and brown veins in the leaves and pumpkins. In the border, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo has a few more quilted maple leaves to chase and play with.

orange yellow green and red maple leaves at the top of Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo wall hanging by QuiltFabrication

Measuring approximately 34" x 40", the fat-quarter friendly Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo wall hanging pattern is available in my QuiltFabrication Etsy shop at a special price during the four days of the hop. With detailed diagrams and instructions, Pumpkin Peek-a-Boo is suitable for the confident beginner quilter and above. 

black kitty peeking from behind two pumpkins in a wall hanging pattern by QuiltFabrication

Need more fall projects? Be sure to visit the other quilters to see what they've created to celebrate fall. 

Monday, September 21st

It's quite the fabulous line up of fall projects, now thru Thursday, with the full list at Creatin' In The Sticks. I hope you enjoy them all!

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 18, 2020

More FREE Jelly Roll Patterns

National Jelly Roll Day is tomorrow, September 19, and I've got more FREE jelly roll patterns to add to last years popular list.

stack of jelly rolls for more free jelly roll patterns

Grab a jelly roll or two, pick a pattern, and sew along to celebrate this fun quilters-only holiday!

Confetti Stars table runner from Missouri Star,

confetti stars quilt pattern

 Cutting Corners quilt, also from Missouri Star,

cutting corners quilt pattern

Etchings quilt from Moda Bake Shop,

etchings quilt pattern

Sunny Skies quilt from Missouri Star,

sunny skies quilt pattern

Tropical Punch from Moda Bake Shop,

tropical punch quilt pattern

Ribbon Candy, also from Moda Bake Shop,

ribbon candy quit pattern

Falling Leaves, one more from Moda Bake Shop,

falling leaves quilt pattern

Super Zig, from The Happy Zombie,

ridiculously easy jelly roll pattern
Granny Squares quilt from QuiltyLove,

granny squares quilt pattern

and the To the Point quilt from Stitchery Dickory Dock.

to the point quilt pattern

Need more? Check out last year's FREE Jelly Roll patterns list, and visit the Fat Quarter Shop's catalog of free jelly roll patterns.

If that's not enough, I recommend these four books (affiliate links) from my shelf, all full of Jelly Roll patterns.

2 jelly roll quilt books on display

Love Jelly Roll Quilts - a dozen jelly roll projects from various designers

Jelly Roll Quilts - seventeen quilts with plenty of helpful information too!

2 jelly roll quilt books

25 Ways to Sew Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Charm Packs - multiple quilts in more modern settings

Scrap Quilting Strip by Strip - use Jelly Rolls or cut your own for 12 quilts

These patterns and books should keep us all busy not just for National Jelly Roll Day, but for months to come!

Happy Quilting!

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