10/19/2017

Halloween Enter If You Dare Blog Hop

"It's not safe to venture out 
as goblins and witches are all about 
on Hallowe'en." (unknown)

 Although Halloween is still 13 days away,
I invite you to 
"Enter If You Dare" 
and see what treat I have in store 
for your quilting pleasure today. 

Marian from Seams To Be Sew had invited quilters to join her in a blog hop where we would share 
with you information about Halloween quilty item(s) we made. There are 19 bloggers participating in this blog hop.

Halloween is one of Marian's favorite holidays
so she is providing a free pattern each day on her blog.
The patterns she provides are free for only 24 hours!

Plus two wonderful sponsors have offered giveaways. 
Timeless Treasures has 5 lovely bundles of Fat Quarters (one for each day)
 and 
The Fat Quarter Shop has an amazing $75.00 gift certificate to give away during this event.

I also have a giveaway I am providing to one entrant
It is PDFs patterns for 3 of my own patterns. 

All the giveaway details are found at the end of my post. 


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MY  HALLOWEEN SHARE
is a scrappy table runner.

The backing is some fabric from my stash.
I had just enough for the back. 

AND THE FRONT

I wanted the Jack-O-Lantern faces to appear as if they are floating 
on the table runner in a ghostly manner. 

HOW I DID IT:

This project came about after I cut all my orange scraps 
into various quilt pieces using my Accuquilt dies. 
I sewed the leftover pieces together this way and that way,
forming 4 (somewhat) square blocks of "new" fabric.
I trimmed these "new" fabric blocks to 12" squares and sewed them together.
The table runner is 12" x 48". 
I fused Steam-A-Seam Lite to the back of black fabric
and cut out shapes for Jack-O-Lantern eyes, noses, and mouths.
They were fused to the scrappy orange background. 
I layered the backing, batting and top and quilted a pumpkin shape 
around each of the Jack-O-Lantern faces, adding a stem as I came to the tops. 
I stippled the space around all the Jack-O-Lanterns. 
I added some ridges, like pumpkins have, to the inside of the Jack-O-Lantern outlines. 
The binding is black fabric.

I like using all the scraps of fabric I accumulate from quilting. 
This project has given me ideas for using 
those tiny leftovers from Accuquilt die cutting for 
green table runners with flowers flowing along it,
blue with stars, or sea shells and starfish, 
red with black polka dots,
and I am sure more will come to mind! 

Now for the giveaways! 
There are Giveaway Rules to read at the bottom of this post for all who enter.
Timeless Treasures October 19 a Rafflecopter giveaway

I have a giveaway of my own.
PDFs of 3 of my own pattern designs.
(Please remember to leave an email so I can
contact you if you are chosen to win the giveaway!) 


Click the Rafflecopter below,
Please leave a comment, telling me what color scraps you would sew together and what you would fuse onto that "new" fabric. Then click the button that says "I commented." 
I will announce the Rafflecopter winner at the end of the 
ENTER IF YOU DARE blog hop.

Please visit the others participating in this blog hop.

Here Is The Schedule
Blog Giveaway Guidelines
  • Please take the time to read it.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  • You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.
  • All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.
  • You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • 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.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • 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.

10/12/2017

Seattle Quilt Shop Visit

While in Seattle, Washington, last week, 
my daughter took me to Drygoods Design -- a quilt shop in Pioneer Square.


It was a nice, well lit shop,

with a friendly, but busy clerk. 

They carry yarn and threads,

some books and cards as well as fabrics.

This is the classroom, located on the other side of the black curtain in the shop.
And it looked like a very interesting class.

I bought an Alice in Wonderland print fabric for a tote bag.




10/10/2017

Christmas Caroling Show and Tell and Giveaways


I hope you had as much fun as I did visiting all the Christmas Caroling Row Along posts during the past few weeks. I collected all the patterns. How about you?

I have a giveaway listed at the end of my post for visiting my blog. 

There is also a giveaway for a Calibre Cutting Mat listed there as well. 

I was lucky and got a giveaway for a discount on a Calibre Cutting Mat, as long as I paid shipping costs. It is the 3rd Calibre cutting mat I own. I will tell you these cutting mats are amazing. I truly believe they do not wear my rotary cutting blades down as quickly as other mats. They are thicker mats, too; and they don't have a smell!  If you ever have an opportunity to get one of these mats, get one! The company works wonderfully with Marian at Seams To Be Sew in supplying these gift certificates. Thank you, Calibre Arts.

Today is Show and Tell Day for the designers who chose to make a quilted project using some of the free patterns from this Christmas Caroling Row Along. I was running short on time, so I decided to make a wall hanging.

I included my own row along with two other patterns. I did not sew the buttons on the holly yet.

Under my ribbon row on the top, I wanted vertical rows. I liked Mary Mack's Carol of the Bells. I rearranged the layout of the bells and the pieced pinwheels. I liked the musical notes included in the pattern.

I like balance. Ask anyone who quilts with me. Knowing I didn't have time for much applique, I chose to use just the trees from the Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Fun Threads Designs for my wall hanging. And you can see only one tree is really trying to rock! I am going to add some of my Christmas buttons as ornaments on the tree.

I wanted to tie the blue pinwheels into the rest of the quilt, so I made some 6" x 9" blocks to sew to the top of the tree panels. I drew the blocks in EQ7 and was able to print foundation paper piecing patterns to get the correct angles since these are not square blocks.

I think the red binding brings the entire piece together. And once the buttons are sewn on, it will help even more.

I liked so many of the row patterns.  I know in the future I will make a large quilt using many of the patterns. As a designer, I invite others to use what they wish from my pattern designs to fit their style, need, or time crunch. Just remember to always give credit to those who's designs help in your quilt making. That is how we grow as quilt makers.

Entry for the giveaways through Rafflecopters below. These giveaways are for October 10 and end October 10 at 11:59 PM.
Now for the giveaway information:

Ackfeld Manufacturing has donated a Desk Stand. Click HERE to see the type of stand this is. Marian has a description HERE if you'd like more information.

This will ship anywhere but Shipping Cost must be paid by winner. Cost To Ship In USA $7.43
Value 27.50
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you would like to enter for a Calibre 14" x 14" rotating Cutting Mat:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please read the Rules and Guidelines Marian has for all who enter:

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their
winners.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

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.

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.

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...

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.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

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.

All winners are chosen at random.

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.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Happy Quilting!


9/29/2017

Row Along Winner

Thank you to all who visited my blog for the Christmas Caroling Row Along last week. I had over 600 visitors and over 450 pattern downloads. The Show and Tell of the designers' quilted projects, using the rows, will be done on October 11. At the end of that day's post, my pattern, DECK THE HALLS, will become available for sale. 

The Rafflecopter Drawing on my blog was for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop and the winner was 

Bonnie T

Congratulations, Bonnie! Have fun searching for your choices.

And, thank you, Fat Quarter Shop for this lovely giveaway. 

Have a wonderful weekend in whatever you do or make.

9/24/2017

Just a Little Stitching

After my blog post for the Christmas Caroling Row Along went live, I gave a little sigh of relief. I thank all of you who visited my blog (and the other designers' blogs) for this fun event. Marian really does great row alongs and blog hops. 
The pattern for my row, Deck the Halls, will be free through October 10 when the show and tell is posted. If you haven't seen my blog post HERE IT IS.

I had time to get back to some projects that I put on hold. 
One project I finished is for the upcoming ENTER IF YOU DARE Blog Hop
I can't show it to you. 
I can tell you I used scraps, it is orange and black, and it was fun to do! 
So, do stop by between October 18 and October 30, 2017, to see what everyone has to share. 


As to the other items I have worked on, 
I have some hotpads completed. 

I worked on more of my project for the QuiltCon 2017 Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. Again, another project I cannot show except for the fabrics (fat 1/8ths) that are to be used.

And lastly, I tidied my sewing area and got some things together that I'm taking to a quilting retreat in October. I found a fall leaf print fabric that's been hiding for a while. 
I chose Rising Star on the cover of Mod Block magazine 
(Vol. 2 Issue 1 by Missouri Star Quilt Co.) 
to make with this fabric. It was designed by Ron Doan. 
The leaf print is the background and 2.5 inch strips of autumn fabrics for the stars.
The magazine is not listed on the Missouri Star Quilt Co. website, 
so I assume it is no longer available.

Thank you for visiting. 
What have you been quilting lately?