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?








9/21/2017

Christmas Carol Row Along

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!


When Marian (seamstobesew.com) put out the announcement that she was going to host a Row Along in the Fall, focusing on Christmas Carols, I immediately thought of the Christmas carol, DECK THE HALLS and signed up. This is my 3rd year as a designer in one of Marian's Row Alongs.

Fun!
If you are new to a Row Along, you're going to have fun! On a certain day, each designer posts about the row pattern they created. The patterns for the rows are free (for one week from the designer's post date) during the Row Along. We really want to have each visitor download their own pattern; so please, don't share the patterns, but tell your friends to go to each site and download the patterns. Further down in this post, I have links to the designers.

Giveaways!
Marian has spent a great deal of time gathering giveaway sponsors' for the Row Along. (The rules for giveaways are listed at the end of my blog.) Enter for a chance to win one of the great giveaways.

Northcott is a prime sponsor of Marian's Row Alongs. They have kindly supplied the designers with some fabrics to use in their rows and they have provided some fabric packs for giveaways, too. We thank them for their support. 

Giveaway on my blog!
You will find the Rafflecopter entry further down on my blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop.
There are other great sponsors, as well. You can find out about all of them at Marian's website.  

Traditions!
In researching the song and the tradition of decorating with holly, I found out that
"the ever-popular “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” has been sung since the Renaissance. In old England, more than the halls were decked with holly boughs. In some towns, so were the streets. A half-century before Columbus brought news of a New World across the sea, Englishmen were erecting upright timbers called standards in the streets and adorning them with “whatsoever the season of the yeere aforded to be greene.” But for most Englishmen, and most who immigrated to the colonies, Christmas decorations meant indoor greenery."                 (from http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/autumn08/holly.cfm)

More information can be found at the site above, including the origins of decorating with greenery in the winter months and how it came to be incorporated in the Christian celebration of Christmas. 

There are 300 species of holly and 15 are native to North America. Holly plants are male or female, only the female plant has the red berries (which are not really berries, but drupes). Woodworkers use holly wood as inlay in furniture. I am not sure what species of holly my row depicts, but it does have berries made of buttons, so it must be feminine.

Deck the Hall Row!
I enjoy piecing my quilt tops and projects. Applique is not my prefered technique; but, I will use raw edge applique when necessary. I knew ribbons had to be used in my row, and worked in a little raw edge applique with some red buttons. I chose to use prints from Northcott's 'Tis the Season line of fabrics and a solid red from their Colorworks line.


21738M-12 HERE
21740M-24 HERE

21740M-76 HERE

#9000-24 HERE


























My row finishes 30 inches wide and 10 inches tall. 


Download the Pattern HERE.
I use Payhip for my pattern downloads. You will have to fill in your email address,
then you can download the pattern. 
Payhip will send you an email link as well. 
Sometimes Payhip does not download well to cell phones and tablets, 
so you will have to use a computer.

For the Giveaway
use Rafflecopter.

Other patterns!
Visit the other designers today and in the last few days of the Row Along!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Designers participating will be announced prior to October 10.
And,
Marian wants everyone to know the

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.
  1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  3. 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.
  4. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017 with the exception of the Calibre Art giveaway, those will be available after each featured day, starting September 06, 2017.
  5. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.
  6. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  7. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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…
  11. 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.
  12. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  13. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  14. 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.
  15. All winners are chosen at random.
  16. 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.
  17. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  18. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  19. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  20. 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.
Thank You!
I am so happy you visited my blog. I hope you enjoy making my row and use the pattern in many other ways such as birthday or special occasion quilts or wall hangings. Send me a photo if you do make my pattern, I'd love to see it.

(I reply to comments via email) if I can. If not, I reply here on the blog.



9/16/2017

Quilt Exhibit

In town there is a new venture. It is called Studio 37 Arts & Cultural Center. It is a studio space for working artists, display space for working artists, and classroom space for artists interested in instructing. Various classes are offered including guitar. 

They have a quilt exhibit running from September 15-21, in conjunction with The Fabric Frenzy Shop Hop (The New Ewe Yarn and Quilt Shoppe is located next door). I was honored to be asked to display some of my quilts along with many other wonderful quilts by friends and acquaintances. 

In a quick look, here are the quilts I have on exhibit.

Some of my smaller projects, 4 of them are from Four-in-Art Projects. 

I hang this one vertically at home, so this gives it a different perspective.

Photo isn't great--it is hanging near the top of a 12 foot ceiling.
Have you had quilts in an exhibit? What were your reactions?

Paducah Winners I know:

One of our guild members won a blue ribbon in the Paducah AQS Show this last week with her quilt titled MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSES (in the Large Quilts: Pictorial sponsored by Superior Threads.) I found the AQS award ceremony video HERE and Phyllis got her award at video time stamp 46:34.

When I took the class in Grand Rapids from Kathy McNeil, we saw her entry for the Paducah show. We were not suppose to give it away before the show this past week. She won Janome America Best of Show (here).Up close and personal, this quilt was outstanding and deserved this award (IMO)!



Are you following the Christmas Caroling Row Along? 
Here is the line up for the rest of the designers:

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
                                                     (site will open late next week)
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse




9/05/2017

Christmas Carol Row Along Begins

For the designers, the anticipation has been building for months. 
And, it is now here for all to experience! 

The Christmas Caroling Row Along 
Hosted and organized by Marian of Seams To Be Sew.
We have so many sponsors who have supplied giveaways. We thank them all.
Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway as you visit each designer's post
for a chance to win a giveaway.

Calibre Art
Northcott FabricsBarbara Dieges
The Broken Needle
Moda Fabrics
Anita Goodesign
Aurifil
June Tailor
The Fat Quarter Shop
Hoffman Fabrics
Just Another Button Company
Amy Bradley Designs
Electric Quilt
Michael Miller
Hobbs Batting
C & T Publishing
Purple Daisies LLC
Martelli Notions
Inspired LED
Ackfeld Manufacturing

Below is the schedule for the days of the Row Along.
Each of the designers has created a free row pattern
for those who visit the blogs (listed below) during the event.
We ask that everyone who would like a free pattern,
visits the designers' blogs during the days of the
Row Along to get there own pattern.

Some of the designers (including me) have made quilts
combining some of the Row Along patterns
and there will be a show and tell day in October to reveal these quilts.

Have fun and let the Row Along begin! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
                                                     (site will open late next week)
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)

Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

9/01/2017

Quilts for Charity and Blog Hop



I finished quilting 3 charity quilts during the sewing time with the ladies this week. I used Marilyn's longarm machine. I have bindings and labels left to sew. These were quilts the group at church sewed together.


These photos were taken this morning on our deck. A breeze was blowing and the sun was lovely, but distorted the colors a bit.


I am excited to be attending the Quilt Exp in Madison, Wisconsin this upcoming week. I am going with my friend, Sally, who I've known since 9th grade! This will be our first time at this show and the literature about the show promises nothing but wonderment for me! Are any of you going? It would be great to meet in person.


Also, on September 5, just a few days away, the Christmas Caroling Row Along begins. I am so excited to be able to download, for FREE, so many beautiful patterns. Think outside of the box with these patterns, tablerunners, banners, use a portion of a pattern for a gift bag, and so much more. There are outstanding products in Rafflecopter giveaways from sponsors that will amaze you! Click the link for the Row Along in the first line of this paragraph to read about all the products in the giveaways. My day to post is September 21, and my row is ready to show!

Make it a good day in whatever you do.