Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Scrappy mess and Baby quilt

I made a complete mess of my room this weekend.  I was so scattered with my quilting projects and wanted to work on some scrappy stuff.
These days, my goal has been us sort through and use up some of my ever-accumulating fabric.  I have stuff that has been in my stash for years and I don't know how or why I every bought it.  Many yards of "undesirable" fabric has been chopped into 5" squares to be made into a scrap quilt one of these days.  A "car quilt" as my aunt calls them.  They are never meant to be on display, but are meant to be used on picnics, and for looking at the stars with your honey.  ;)  Pretty it will not be, but useful always.
I have other fabric that is of very, very poor quality.  I had no idea what I was doing when I first started.  This fabric is just not suitable for a quilt.  Some of it is pretty though, just not soft or durable.  I am taking some of these fabrics and cutting 3/4" strips and making rope/cord bowls to either sell or give as gifts.  Who cares that there are pirate skulls all over the tie-dye?  You can't even see them, all you see is the pretty teal of the bowl.

I also have a wonky scrap banner-type thing I am making for a friend that calls for lots of little blue pieces (and yellow actually).

So, as my tote of little scraps was becoming just a giant, overflowing pile in the corner, I decided to pull it out and dump it on my bed.  No photo, sorry.  :(
I have created a monster.  My dog loved his afternoon nap buried in the pile though.
My room has "projects" piled EVERYWHERE!!  It is ridiculous.  I need to just sit my butt at the machine and work on something until it is done.

I am also starting on a quilt for my niece that is due at the end of December.  It will be my youngest sister's first little one and both me and my other sister are done, so Little Miss is going to get spoiled!  :) Starting with a LeMoyne Star quilt. (Thanks Paige for helping me out with that one).  It would probably be my favorite block and there is not much thinking required for each block.  It is a fun little project.  I'll keep you updated on the progress of this one.  I'm hoping to have it done before the shower in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I am Published!!

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day for me.
My very first magazine-published pattern came out.

International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene 2017/2018 hit newstands yesterday.  My quilt Broken Path is one of the featured patterns!  It was a whirlwind of excitement from the moment I received the email from the magazine saying they would like to add my quilt to this publication. 

It was all so crazy, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.  And I WILL do it again.  I don't have my copy yet, but I can't wait to see it in print.  Let me know if you have your copy!
If you don't, you can order it here:

I am so glad that friends supported me in my designing ventures enough to submit one of my patterns.  It is something I might not have done had I not been pushed by fellow quilters.  :)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Christmas Carol Row-a-Long: Up on a Housetop

The weather is cooler and people are starting to think about the holidays. They start shopping for gifts and thinking about decorating their houses.  But for us quilters, the holiday season can be a time to let our craft shine.  Especially during Christmas, our craft allows us to make so many unique and special gifts.  Tree skirts, wall hangings, table runners, and of course quilts.

This year, I was invited to participate in a Christmas Caroling Row Along put together by Marian at Seams to be Sew.  I had never designed a "row" before and thought it would be fun to bring my flavor into this group of talented quilters.  And boy are they talented!  There are some amazing rows that have already been shared.  If you haven't been following along, you can find the list of the blog hop HERE.

There are also some incredible giveaways every day.  So make sure you check out the other bloggers today.  And hop over to Seams to be Sew to participate.

For my Christmas Carol I chose Up on a Rooftop (or Housetop depending on your source)For this row, I decided to keep it simple.  It can easily be made with four fat quarters and a couple of scraps.  For my version, I used new fabrics from Northcott.  There are some pretty sweet new holiday lines and it was hard to limit myself to the fabric for this row.  :)  But here are the fabrics I used in my block:

Bricks - Up on a Rooftop 9020-26
Snow - Up on a Rooftop 21704-10
Mortar - Hurry Up Santa 21712-11
Sky - Hurry Up Santa 21711-92

Here is the row made with the Northcott fabrics.  I haven't decided yet if I will quilt it as is and hang it on my wall or if I want to add some borders or other rows to make a larger piece.  What are you going to do with your row?
It is a very simple straight forward row and I sure hope you enjoy the pattern which can be found on my Craftsy page.  Click that link or the button on the sidebar.  

I would love to see your version of this row.  Tag me on IG!  @adreamandastitch

Now for the amazing giveaways by the sponsors of the day!  
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And also thanks to Northcott and Calibre Arts for their amazing prizes during this entire hop!


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Reminder:  You can head over to Seams to be Sew to enter giveaways.

And again here is the link to download (Free for a limited time) Up on Housetop

Have fun with all of the rows!