January 30, 2013

Giveaway Winner and a Finish

Two quick things tonight.  First, I am happy to announce the winner of the EZ Dresden Template. And the winner is Marjorie! I've contacted her by e-mail to let her know I'll be sending her this fabulous little tool.

I wanted to THANK everyone who commented on my blog and who was inspired by my Dresden project.   I have tried to respond to everyone but I haven't quite had a chance yet.  You should be hearing from me soon.  This blog hop was so much fun ~ and please stay tuned, I'll be back in February with Hugs & Kisses - another fun Mdm Samm blog hop.

And on another festive note, I'm thrilled to show finished pictures of my Christmas quilt - "A Very Hexie Christmas."  I don't view this as a late finish for 2012, I choose to believe I am WAY ahead of the game for 2013 :)

I just got it back from the long armer yesterday and I couldn't WAIT to bind it and show it to you.  I previously blogged about it here and here so I won't beat a dead horse, but I am so relieved it's done.  This was my first experience with a digitized long arm machine where I picked an all-over snowflake pantograph and voila - back to me in about one week's time.  And very affordable, too!!  I ran outside in the crazy wind with my hubby to snap a few quick photos of it.

hexie xmas2.jpg

hexie xmas1.jpg

Quilt Stats:

Size:                 62"x62"
Pattern:             Cat Tails from Hexa Go-Go by Tacha Bruecher
Fabrics:             1 1/2 " hexies from the Christmas in July Charm Swap I participated in last year.  The
                          string blocks were made from a variety of Christmas prints this year mainly from 
                          Blitzen by Basic Grey for Moda.
Techniques:       EPP Hexagons, Foundation Pieced String Blocks

My kids could care less that it's Christmas fabrics - I think this one will stay on the couch for a while so we can enjoy it a little before I put it away for the holidays!

January 27, 2013

Dare to Dresden and a Giveaway!

Did I Dare to Dresden? Why, yes, I did!!

I am SEW excited today to be participating in my first blog hop.  I would like to thank Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for coming up with such a fun idea and Christine at Quilt Monster in My Closet for being such a great cheerleader for this monster hop with 100+ bloggers.  In fact, it's so big that Christine decided to make a map showing you just how many bloggers out there are crazy about Dresdens!  See... there I am in Austin, Texas waving to you in purple!

I have always had an interest in trying Dresdens but never really knew how I wanted to use them.  Also, appliqué is not my strong suit, so I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew for a quick project.  So, for my first attempt I decided to do a fun little mini quilt to hang up in my sewing room to commemorate my first blog hop.  I won a fat quarter stack of this great vintage-y looking sewing-themed fabric last year (it's the Pinelope line by Anna Griffin) and didn't really know how I wanted to use them.  I just loved the antique scissors and a Dresden plate seemed like a great way to highlight them since I knew I wanted to fussy cut those little guys.

So, full disclosure, I actually made THREE of these before I made one I was happy with.  The first two, I cut with a traditional template that would have needed hand appliqué.  I cut and started to appliqué but I just wasn't happy with the precision I was getting on my points (plus I was moving slower than molasses and mama had a deadline!).

So, as with all sewing problems, I started searching around the blogosphere to see what was out there.  I was really thrilled when I discovered a handy little tool that allowed me to create a great Dresden without having to appliqué the edges.  It's called the Easy Dresden Quilt Tool and let me tell you, it saved me.  I've noticed many of my wiser and more seasoned hoppers with this blog are already aware of this magic little guy, but if you've never Dresden'd before, you should definitely check him out.

This little tool worked wonders for delivering perfect points WITHOUT having to appliqué.

 I hope you've enjoyed my project and will stay a while and check out my other projects I've got going now - I'll be back next month in the Hugs & Kisses Blog Hop - clearly I'm a hoppin' fool these days :)

In honor of my first blog hop, I'll be giving away one of the Easy Dresden Quilt templates for my first ever giveaway.  Here are the very simple rules:  

(1) For your first entry, please leave me a comment about this post.
 (2) For a second entry, please follow my blog and add another comment below telling me you've done so.  If you are already a follower, just let me know that.
(3) I'll accept entries until January 30th and draw a winner randomly.  

The lucky winner will get their very own Easy Dresden Tool so that you can start making your own easy Dresdens.

Thank you SO much for stopping by to check out my stop on the hop.  Please make sure you stop by the other bloggers today who are sharing their Dresdens - there are some amazingly talented folks out there, so support their efforts and stop by their blogs as well:

Rosemary B @ “that Other Blog”
The Tilted Quilt (that's me!)

January 26, 2013

A Friday {Night} Finish

I finally finished my Twister quilt last night and I am really loving the way this one came out.  These colors are a little outside of my normal wheelhouse, but they came together so great in this pattern.  I blogged about the Twister tool here and here - it's a pretty handy little template that takes a layer cake and makes it into this!  Super easy, but looks really difficult.


As this one didn't have an intended recipient, it's going over to my ETSY shop to see if it can pay for my next fabric purchase - fingers crossed!

I'm happy to report that this was one of the projects in Q1 of the 2013 Finish Along - woo hoo! I have bunches left to do this quarter, but it's nice to put one up there on the board.

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Happy Saturday to you all - make sure to visit here Monday for my stop on the Dare to Dresden blog hop - there will be a GIVEAWAY :)

January 23, 2013

WIP Wednesday - Busy Little Bee!

Well, my quilty dance card has been very full over the last week.  I logged some serious sewing time over the long weekend and due to an unfortunate case of strep for my 6 yr old, I ended up with a 4 day weekend.  So, I made lots and lots of progress on outstanding projects. Here's a rundown:

(1) Twister Quilt - finally finished quilting after sitting unattended for several months, just need to add binding and then it's going up in my Etsy shop, which has also been unattended for a while.  Check back for a big reveal, maybe this weekend!!

(2) Made iPad case for my mom's birthday using the Fresh Lemons tutorial and  mailed it today!  That makes three of these made in about 2 weeks. It's such a great gift and it takes no time whatsoever to crank one out.

(3) cut out 300+ squares for my Get Your Hex On! bee and mailed it out to my 11 hive mates today. Here were the leftovers - don't you just love the LOVE colors!!

(4) finished my project for the Dare to Dresden blog hop starting later this week - blogged it and scheduled the post - don't forget to check back on Jan. 28th - there will be a giveaway!

(5) basted the hexagons for my Salt Air baby quilt - this one is going to be a surprise even for me. I don't know what I'm going to do with the hexagons yet.  I'm waiting for inspiration, but how can you not be inspired by this great palette?

(6) I don't think I've shared my Lucky Stars BOM for January yet - I joined party over with Don't Call Me Betsy and I just love the fabrics I decided to use - Heirloom by Joel Dewberry.  I've been stalking Etsy for good deals on it to make sure I have enough fabric to make it through the year.

(7) straightened up my sewing room - big accomplishment.  I'm thinking about posting a picture of the super awesome cutting/ironing table the hubby made for me, but it still needs a little more organization before I'm ready to share :)

Linking up to Freshly Pieced today for WIP Wednesday - getting in just under the wire!!  Go visit all the creative folks out there and get a little inspiration of your own for the rest of the week!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

January 21, 2013

Tips & Tricks Tuesday Link Up - Hexagons, of course!

Since I'm all ga-ga for hexagons these days, I thought today I would share two instructional videos from Piece O' Cake designs in case anyone is looking for new ways to make hexagons.  I regularly follow Becky Goldsmith's blog and website - she's begun posting instructional videos which are FANTASTIC.  I was lucky enough to take a two-day course from her last year on appliqué and I really learned so much.  I've referred back to these videos often when I felt like I needed a refresher on some of my techniques.

The first video is a basic instruction for EPP but the second one is a new method for basting using a glue pen.  Who knew?  She claims it's fast and easy and if Becky says it, I believe it! It looks so easy that I think I might have to try it with my Get Your Hex On! bee.

I'm linking up this post today with Rachel who is guest hosting Tips & Tricks for Erin (hint, I'll be hosting in February!).  Rachel has a super organized way of keeping all of her sewing patterns and ideas in one place, so go check her out here!!

Sew at Home Mummy

Another First For Me - A Friendship Bag Swap

I'm trying to get a little outside of the quilty box in 2013, so I've been looking around for something fun to do that I've never tried before.  I found this fun Friendship Bag Swap on Flickr that I've joined.  Here's how it works:  each participant is assigned a secret partner to create and fill a friendship bag for.  The tutorial for this adorable little bag was created by Rachel Griffith of p.s. i quilt - and it can be found here.  Your job as a good partner is to secretly find out (stalk) your partner's likes/dislikes from their Photostream and/or blog.  Some of the folks have created a mosaic of their favorite things.   Here's mine - it was hard to choose just a few, but this picture just makes me happy!!


1. Swoon, 2. My Redbird Bee blocks!, 3. Granny Square Quilt #finishit2013, 4. A Light in the Dark - mini, 5. Summer Sampler quilt, 6. Modern Mirage, 7. Dresden Fan quilt, 8. Soul Blossoms Dresden, 9. Flea Market Fancy Pillow, 10. Hexa-Go-Go, 11. Summer Sampler Series Quilt Front12. Aurifil Thread Collection

I can't wait to get started on this fun project.  I'll report back with the bag my partner will be receiving from me and of course, when I receive my bag.

Since I'm also always hoping to find new quilty friends, today I am going to link up with Heidi from Fabric Mutt who is guest hosting the Let's Get Acquainted Monday Link Up for Plum & June.  Happy Monday everyone!!

Plum and June

January 12, 2013

iPad Case - Done!

Just a quick post to show this gift for a friend's birthday.  Finished just under the wire as we are headed out with them for dinner tonight!!

I used the tutorial from Fresh Lemons Quilts - and it was great. There are step-by-step instructions, which I really needed because purses/bags/totes are just so confusing to me in general since you construct them inside out.   My brain always hurts when I try to think about it, so I'm glad I didn't have to  - Faith did all of the work for me :)
iPad case from Fresh Lemons tutorial - not bad for a first attempt!
iPad case from Fresh Lemons tutorial - not bad for a first attempt!

This is a great go-to present that can be made in under 2 hours, from cutting to construction.  I will be making another one for my mom's birthday next week!

January 9, 2013

A New Bee - Hexagons!

Get Your Hex On


Well - hello there fellow hexie-lovers!  I am starting up a new virtual bee dedicated to those little hexies we are all addicted to.  Wouldn't it be great to have 11 of your closest online pals helping you finish up your hexie project?

Here's the skinny on my plan:

Name =>     Get Your Hex On!
Members => 12
Duration => 12 months
Details =>    Each member will host one month.  She will provide fabric and a block pattern to her fellow bee-mates to complete. I am OK with asking members to dive into their stash if someone wants a really scrappy look, but you should provide the majority of the fabric. The pattern/block will center around hexagons.  Be creative and daring!  As much as we all love hexagons, they can be a little time consuming, so please only join if you have the time to commit to one hexie block a month.
**UPDATE** For additional details, check in on the Flick discussion I've started about the bee.**

I found some fun blocks on Flickr to show you my inspiration for the bee - would love to see some of your projects too!
By Angela @ Cut to Pieces

brioni hexed in
Briono Hexed in by Hanies, on Flickr
And of course, my Hexa Go-Go Quilt that started my own addiction!

If you are interested, please fill out the form below and I will get a Flickr group going so we can work out all of the details.  Depending on how quickly we fill up, the first month of the bee will be February 2013.  Thank you and I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you in the coming months!

January 6, 2013

2013 Finish-A-Long

she can quilt

OK, I'm all for a little dose of accountability for the beginning of 2013, so I'm going to join up with the 2013 Finish-A-Long for the first quarter.  Here's my list:

(1) Cartwheels - currently pieced and sandwiched - needs to be quilted


(2) Twister - currently pieced sandwiched and about 1/4 quilted

(3) A Very Hexie Christmas - pieced front and back, going to long-armer this week, then I will bind

A Very Hexie Christmas

(4) iPad case for E's birthday - have pattern and fabric, starting this week

(5) Russian Rubix in Red (lap size) - awaiting fabric delivery - no progress, target completion for Valentine's Day!

(6) Baby Quilt for S - haven't started yet!

OK - that's my list for the next three months. Ready...set....quilt!

January 2, 2013

W.I.P Wednesday - 2013 Project List

It's sort of silly to try to even concoct a project list for the whole year, when I know that fun new things (and fabric purchases) will pop up along the way that will sidetrack me from my goals.  But, as I sit here on January 1st, I do feel the need to try to create a roadmap for 2013, if for nothing else than to have a post to look back on at the end of 2013 and see how far off the rails I went ;)

Finish A Very Hexie Christmas - possibly taking to long arm shop?

Finish Quilting Twister (blogged here)

Cartwheels - this has been my Christmas break project.  I snagged a free download of Freshly Pieced's Cartwheel block a while back (the full pattern is available at Threadbias here) and I've been waiting for inspiration to strike.  Since I had about 10 days off for the holidays, I got busy paper piecing and I've made a pretty good dent in it.  Because I didn't have the full pattern, I had to guesstimate fabric amounts.  Luckily, I had the fabric from a quilt kit I bought on super sale from Fons and Porter's website that I decided not to make, and it was the perfect solution!  Here are some pics of that project. I don't often use such a bold color for the background, but I really like the way it's turning out.  The pictures aren't quite true to color, the background is a coral.

Dare to Dresden - I've got a sweet Dresden Pillow in the works - I"ll be hosting a spot on this blog hop later this month or in February!
Russian Rubix - I bought this pattern last year and I'm just dying to make it for a special someone.

Baby Quilt for S - gender still unknown
Baby Quilt for J - gender still unknown

    1. Color Bee Shocked - 12 month online bee, currently in month 3. I'm hosting in June - YAY! 

Lucky Stars BOM - paper piecing BOM hosted by Don't Call Me Betsy.  I got the practice block on December 26th and the first month's block today.  I will be tackling that later this week.


Linking up to Freshly Pieced for the First WIP Wednesday of the year - woohoo!!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced