Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OMG It's Finished: July Linkup!

A bit delayed, but here we go!
Only SIX days left to reach July goals!

I am motivated by the fresh gift-making ideas and all the tutorials shared throughout the month after following the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Sarah's hop was so much fun and I have quite a few tutorials bookmarked as a result.
One is for a caddy I have have my eyes on:
Picture ripped from Carole at From My Carolina Home. Link here to the tutorial!
I found Carole's daily dose of Christmas cheer to be so inspiring! Each day new surprises were found, and yesterday's surprise had me doing the happy dance: I won my first box of Aurifil!

Woot-hootin news, thanks to Carole at From My Carolina Home!
Thank you Carole!

Ready or not, It is Link-up time!
Hopefully, I will have a quilted Christmas mini to share here soon. How about you, will you be able to finish up before August is upon us?  Thank you for linking up and Good Luck!


Bagmaker Supply August Hardware Challenge:
Bagmaker Supply has launched a fun and easy challenge for anyone on Facebook! Make anything your imagination desires with their 1.5" slide; large or small!

From the FB page: "Get some gorgeous purse hardware for free, even if you're not the winner. Make a bag from this striking piece of hardware. Take a picture of it and post it here. The entries with the most votes in each of two categories will win $50.00 of beautiful hardware from our Etsy shop. How do I get free hardware without enough votes? If you purchase the challenge item from 7/18/16 - 8/18/16 and follow a few easy rules (including actually entering the contest!) we'll refund the purchase price!"


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Watermelon Scraps!

Two new Kite Tail blocks have been added to the collection.
Blocks 13 & 14.
I decided to keep them all going in the same direction, staggering to the right. I will still have a couple layout options at the end of the year, and they will join together a little easier too.

I even finished the leftover chains, and a Courthouse Baby block.
Piecing is the "sweet spot" of quilting for me. I really enjoy most everything about sewing, but nothing compares to the instant gratification of putting things together. That moment when you finger-press the last seam, flip it over, and reveal the assembled block is a simple pleasure I am addicted to.

Playing with the RSC16 watermelon theme for July was relaxing, and satisfying, and now I think I am ready to work on some Free Motion Quilting today.
After I link up with...
RSC16
Enjoy the weekend!
On Tuesday, I plan to share, and catch up with progress at Cynthia's too!
Quilting is more fun than Housework

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pixies, Pincushions, & A Challenge for You!

I finally used my mini Hex n' More!
And now that I've added buttons, I can officially call this pincushion a finish!

I like this photo though, so you will just have to take my word for it about those buttons, lol.
This fabric jumped at me (take me! take me!) for the bottom-side:
I used Jaybird's mini Hex n' More template. It finished 6" across, a little bigger than I thought it might but still within the guidelines for our guild swap.
My heart belongs to Seattle.
The biggest distraction I succumbed to this week is the Pixie Summer Home QAL (Intrepid Thread).
I've really fallen off the wagon with this one I'm afraid, but having tons of fun of course!

The QAL is co-hosted by three bloggers: Julie, Brooke, and Sally.
I joined late and started with block #2, catching the linkup with Brooke, at Silly Mama Quilts:
At that point, I thought I would be using lots of summery-bright colors. When I returned to the project however, I stuck with blue and green/ gray and white.
Two more Block Two houses, and two of the Block One houses. I began to think of Seattle, my hometown, and somehow, some of my houses turned into houseboats!
Here is my favorite so far:

A dreamy little sewing shop on the water. Surely there's a Starbuck's around the corner.

Now that I'm considering a setting, I think I'll need a stadium. Maybe a needle and mountain too, we'll see. Those Block One houses will need their background fabric changed as well, I think they belong in front of the lake.

This morning I finished my first trees from Block Three:
The one on the left went smoothly. So did the one on the right, considering this quilt accepts casual wonkiness. I did not want to Paper Piece and just 'winged' it instead!

Do you like crafty challenges? 
Bagmaker Supply has launched a fun and easy challenge for anyone on Facebook! Make anything your imagination desires with their 1.5" slide; large or small!
Get some gorgeous purse hardware for free, even if you're not the winner. Make a bag from this striking piece of hardware. Take a picture of it and post it here. The entries with the most votes in each of two categories will win $50.00 of beautiful hardware from our Etsy shop. How do I get free hardware without enough votes? If you purchase the challenge item from 7/18/16 - 8/18/16 and follow a few easy rules (including actually entering the contest!) we'll refund the purchase price! 


Looks like fun, right? This is a great shop to work with, I hope you will check it out!

Thank you for reading today! 
I am looking forward to catching posts at the following linkups, I hope to see you there!




 
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
 
 
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