June 28, 2013

Aurifil Winners and Other Random Stuff

It's Friday - woohoo! I'm traveling next week with the kiddos to visit my parents, so I probably won't have a blog post to share. But before I head out of town, I wanted to announce the winners of the awesome Aurifil goodies!  The Random Generator has spoken and the three winners are:

(1) One Designer Pack - Esprit Folk Art by Marianne Byrne-Goarin.  There are 10 spools of 12wt wool thread - best for embellishing.


#14 - Heather B.

(2) One Designer Pack - Simply Color by V and Co. - This has 10 spools of 100% cotton thread in 28wt - perfect for embroidery and hand blanket stitching.


#152 - Erica

(3) One sample pack of 5 different Aurifil threads in a variety of weights and colors.


#205 - Ohio Lori

I will contact you each by email to get a mailing address so I can send your goodies out to you.

I am so humbled and grateful for all of you who participated in this blog hop and giveaway.  Thank you for making this blog such a fun experience for me.  There will be lots more fun to come in the next weeks and months :)


In other fun news, I have two little features to share.  I recently tested a bag for Sara at Sew Sweetness. She's releasing the pattern today and you can see all of the pattern testers' creations on her blog.

It was the first time I've ever tested a bag and I  had lots of fun with it.  The pattern is called Camp Stitchalot. This bag is perfect for taking to a class or sewing retreat. It is full of vinyl pockets and storage.  I would say it's an Intermediate level pattern - I am more of a novice bag-maker. Her instructions are clear, with lots of pictures and detail.  It is now available for purchase in her shop if you are interested. Here's my version of her bag - I went for a bold Sandy Gervais print from the Sassy line (loved those colors!) that I had in my leftover in my stash and I think it came out really cute!  This bag will definitely get some use if you need something for your sewing supplies on the go.





Also, I got a really nice email from Kim at Windsor and Main.  She's a Swoon fanatic like me (and so many others) and she wanted to feature my Swoon blocks on her blog today.  Thanks Kim for the shout out - you should check out Kim's blog, she has lots of great finds to share with you today.

Finally, I wanted to let you know about a non-quilty blog that a friend of mine just started. Yes, people, there are non-quilt blogs out there too!!! 


Erin just started a blog called Fig+Cotton to complement her independent stationary business.  Erin makes the most gorgeous custom invitations - she done a moving card for us a while back as well as some party printables for me and I just loved the end product. She's very affordable and quick!  


Anyway, this blog takes hostessing to the next level.  She has menu ideas, printables and hostessing tips to make us all look like expert party planners!  She has some fun 4th of July printables up this week just in time for next week.
source: Fig+Cotton 
In honor of the 4th of July,  I will leave you with a picture of one of my favorite wall hangings - a flag quilt I made a few years ago. It is a free pattern from Susan Cleveland's website using her prairie point tool.  You could definitely do it without the tool, but I really love how easy she makes it!


(I really need some better pictures of this - this was pre-blog and before I knew about using good lighting etc.)

God Bless America Quilt - 2011





Have a wonderful week and a happy Fourth of July!!

June 26, 2013

Swoon 2013

FairyFace Designs


Sarah at Fairy Face Designs is doing a Swoon-A-Long over the next couple of months.  It seemed like the perfect motivation to finish up my Swoon, which was started at a quilting retreat in March.  I really love it so far - but now I have a little dose of accountability to get it done.  There is a Flickr group started as well as an Instagram hashtag (#Swoon2013) if you want to join.

If you don't know about Swoon yet, you should go check out this pattern. I just adore Camille Roskelley's patterns.  It's actually very simple and it uses fat quarters - each block finishes at 24" square for a finished quilt of 80"x80".

Here's what I've done so far...


Swoon 4 of 9

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  

Also, please read the post below or click here, I have a giveaway going on through Saturday - please enter for a chance to win some awesome Aurifil thread!



Have a great week!


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June 20, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop and a Giveaway

Welcome to my post in the Let's Get Acquainted New Blogger Blog Hop!!  Thank you to Plum and June for hosting this fun adventure! It's been a blast finding lots of new bloggers out there and sharing tips, tricks and hints with everyone.


Plum and June


Me

So, I started sewing/quilting later in life. My grandmother was an amazing crocheter but had a hard time teaching me (I'm a lefty, she isn't) as a child.  I owned a sewing machine but other than pillows or curtain panels, never really used it until about 5 years ago.  I'd just had my first child and a second one was in the works - I was looking for a hobby that would feed me in a creative way, but that I could do with little ones at home.  My day job is pretty dry - I am an attorney.  I loved the idea of giving gifts to others that were made by hand - the DIY culture on the Internet can be so inspiring, but overwhelming at times too.  So, my friend and I took a baby quilt class, and I guess the rest is history!  My quilting bucket list now includes teaching a class, and if all goes according to plan, I'll be doing that this summer at a local quilt shop.

I discovered the quilt blogging world about a year ago, and started this blog to document my projects and connect with others like me out there.  I hope you look around my blog and check out what I've been up to.  

Not only do I love meeting quilters online, I will also put in a plug for you to check out your local guild (modern or otherwise).  I joined my local guild here in Austin about 2 years ago and have made some wonderful friends.  Although I'm typically younger than many of the ladies in the guild, so many of them have taken me in and shared their knowledge and skills with me.  Quilters in general are so generous and having a local support system has been amazing. I've become active with their board and have really enjoyed the experience. 




Recent Finishes

To give you a sense of what I've been working on - here are a few recent finishes.  You can also check out my Flickr photostream to see everything I've got going on.  

(1) Cartwheels - this is my latest finish, so I took it for a spin at the Texas Capitol (right next to my work!).  This is a pattern by Freshly Pieced that I have made a couple of times now.  For the blocks, I used my friend's daughters baby outfits. For the background, I used Apple Jacks in grey.  The back is a cozy flannel.


This is a GREAT pattern if you are new to paper piecing. The blocks come together very quickly and it is so versatile.



I quilted in straight lines out of necessity but I really like the clean overall finish.  Free motion quilting didn't really work because the top was really stretchy - even though I stabilized almost every piece of the baby outfits - it still had quite a bit of stretch happening.

The quilt finished around 40 x 54 - perfect as a throw or for the girls to play on.



(2) Hexagon Log Cabin - blogged here and here.


Hexagon Log Cabin tutorial from The Sewing Chick
Blocks made from children's artwork uploaded to Spoonflower and fabrics from my stash.

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(3) Oh, The Places You'll Go!  baby quilt - blogged here

Pinwheel blocks from The Pinwheel Sampler from p.s. I quilt Oh, the Places You'll Go Pinwheel Baby Quilt

WIPs


Like any quilter who's even remotely honest with him or herself, I can't even begin to tell you how many actual WIP's I have stashed away in my sewing room, but here are three on the front burners - meaning I really am planning on working on these in the next couple of months. 

(1) Swoon - seriously one of my all-time favorite patterns so far - I'm 4 blocks in on this one.  If you are not familiar with this pattern, these are 24" blocks - and this will finish at a whopping 80" x 80". This will eventually go on my guest room bed. 





(2) Marcelle Medallion - I blogged recently about this - here is my finished center star block, this is going to be an EPIC (as my kindergartener would say) stash buster.



Marcelle Medallion center star block - take two!


(3) Moda Bake Shop


I just recently had my first Moda Bake Shop feature and I am currently working on my second that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of months - I am SO excited about this - it's featuring S'more Love by Eric and Julie Comstock. Here are a couple of my favorite swatches of this line - it is just adorable - think cozy campfires, marshmallows and nature!







Giveaway!!!
(This giveaway is now over)

And now, for a little giveaway fun!!  I am a huge fan of Aurifil Thread.  When I first started sewing, I didn't know that it actually mattered what kind of thread you used, so I cheaped out.  After a while,  I figured out when you use quality thread, your stitches lay flatter, you have less lint flying around in your machine and I also realized that I preferred using 100% cotton. 

I started buying Aurifil, and never looked back!   I haven't found anything else that works as well for me. So, I asked the nice folks at Aurifil to share some of the love with my blog readers so that you can try it out too.  This post is celebrating three occasions -  this fun blog hop for new bloggers, my 100th blog post and just reaching the 200 followers mark  this week. I will be giving away three (3) prizes from Aurifil to lucky winners.  


(1) One Designer Pack - Esprit Folk Art by Marianne Byrne-Goarin.  There are 10 spools of 12wt wool thread - best for embellishing.


(2) One Designer Pack - Simply Color by V and Co. - This has 10 spools of 100% cotton thread in 28wt - perfect for embroidery and hand blanket stitching.




(3) One sample pack of 5 different Aurifil threads in a variety of weights and colors.


Winners will be chosen via the random generator on Friday, June 28th. To enter, leave a comment telling me what project you are working on today.   My lovely blog followers will get a bonus entry, so if you are please tell me so in a separate comment. 


You do not need to be a follower to enter - but I sure hope you like what you saw today and want to stick around.  Since Google Reader is nearing its end, please  click this link if you want to hear more from me in the future.


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Don't forget to check out the other bloggers in this fun get-to-know-you hop!!


Friday, June 7th
Nancy @ Owen's Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Casey @ The Studiolo 
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That

Friday, June 14th
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday, June 21st
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt <== that's me!
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday, June 28th
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5th
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Kristy & Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs

Friday, July 12th
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts

Friday, July 19th
Alison @ Making Happyness
Kelsy and Amanda @ Everyday Fray
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Friday, July 26th
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boondocks
Emily @ Sew E.T.

June 13, 2013

Kate Spain Blog Hop Link Up

I've been following this fun blog hop over at Blossom Heart Quilts dedicated to all things Kate Spain! What a great idea, I wish I had thought of it myself. I adore Kate Spain... especially Flurry, Terrain and Honey Honey, just to name a few. I've made quilts using all three, which I am linking up today.


Kate Spain blog hop

First, my Flurry star - I made this last year after hoarding a jelly roll and some yardage for almost a year (isn't it funny how we do that?).  I saw this quilt on the cover of McCall's Quilting and knew I wanted to give it a try.  I embroidered a fun little saying in the top left corner as well - the cool aqua along with the traditional green and red were genius combinations by Kate Spain, in my opinion :)


Flurry Christmas Star


Flurry Star Embroidery



I wish I had a better close up of this next one - it uses lots of the orange and pink colorways from Terrain, another amazing line!  This was made for my friend Amy's daughter to go on her "big girl bed" and I just love orange/hot pink for little girls. So modern, but also feminine as well. I'm still hoarding a few pieces left in this line - waiting for the perfect project!

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And finally, probably my FAVORITE line (I say that every time a new line comes out, by the way) by Kate Spain is Honey, Honey.  Something about the little bees and also back to my fun orange/pink obsession. I made this lattice quilt with charm squares cut from this line.  The tutorial for that quilt can be found here.  



Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me - go check out the other links in the Kate Spain linky party and see what other quilters are making with Kate's gorgeous fabric.

June 10, 2013

Modern Mini Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts

I never knew how much I loved making mini quilts until this year - and its been quite a year - from pillows, to wall hangings to mug rugs, I think I've done it all.  Here's a little sampling of what I've been working on...

In April, I made a "grown up" mug rug to hold a little vino.  This was for the April Showers blog hop - and I took a little license with my theme.  I added one of my favorite techniques to make a quilt pop, a piped border. 



PicMonkey Collage


This is unfinished, but I love it just the same - it's a New York Beauty Circle of Flying Geese mini that I originally saw at QuiltCon and just had to make it.  I used a Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets charm pack for my geese and points.  This one needs the perfect quilting, and then she'll be done!



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This was a quilt little mini I whipped up for my mother-in-law who loves hearts.  I did a tutorial for this hexie heart block, which you can check out here.



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And, of course, there was this little cutie - my lattice pillow which was my first Moda Bake Shop feature - this easy block can be made into a mini, a pillow or even a baby quilt.



And only last week, I finished this little summery mini with the  Ellison Lane  Summer Sampler Sew Along - 9 tasty blocks.


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But, my favorite is still the mini quilt I made for the Dare to Dresden blog hop. I'd never made a dresden before, but I was inspired by the antique scissors in this fabric.  I wanted to make a wall hanging for my sewing room,  so, this is what I came up with...


Dare to Dresden



My Dresden in the Dare to Dresden blog hop (www.thetiltedquilt.blogspot.com)

It just makes me happy every time I look at it.  It is not perfect, but it is perfectly me!

This is the quilt I will enter into the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts which is already in full swing.  

Have you made a mini recently? Don't be shy - show it off and link up to the other participants.  Last year, there were over 200 entries.  And, of course, there will be prizes as well!  



June 6, 2013

End of School Party and Other Blog News

I cannot believe how fast this year has flown - at the end of the day, I will have one son headed for 1st grade and one headed for Pre-K in the elementary school with big brother! I cannot believe how big they are. Here is Will's first day of school/last day of school pics. 


And, for those of you wondering, today is the day I give the quilt to Will's kindergarten teacher, I'm so excited!!

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Plum and June

In other bloggy news, I'll be participating in this fun blog hop for new bloggers starting tomorrow.  I still consider myself a new blogger, I just passed my one year blog-iversary a couple months ago and I still have so much to learn. I'm excited to tell you more about me and my crazy life!

I hope you will make it a goal to visit every blog on the hop and meet some new bloggers who share our passion about quilting!! Come back on my day, June 21st,  there might be a giveaway {hint, hint} :)

Here is the full list of participants: 



Friday, June 7th
Nancy @ Owen's Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Casey @ The Studiolo 
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That

Friday, June 14th
Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday, June 21st
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt  <==== THAT'S ME
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday, June 28th
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5th
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher
Kristy & Shayla @ Sassafras Lane Designs

Friday, July 12th
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts

Friday, July 19th
Alison @ Making Happyness
Kelsy and Amanda @ Everyday Fray
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya

Friday, July 26th
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boondocks
Emily @ Sew E.T.

June 2, 2013

Marcelle Medallion - Take Two

Thank you all for your comments on my Marcelle Medallion center star block.  I really appreciated each of you giving me feedback. The consensus is - it doesn't really matter what you guys think, if I don't love it - I never will.  So... I decided to try another version and I have to tell you, I am so much happier.  So much for heading outside my comfort zone.   This version looks cleaner and more striking to me.


Marcelle Medallion center star block - take two!



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So, now I have my center block - and I can start on the borders. You can follow lots of great quilters attempting the Marcelle Medallion on Instagram (#marcellemedallion).

Have a great week!
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