Thursday, March 23, 2017

T-shirts and Winners

I swear, I am still here.  :)
I just haven't had anything to share recently and don't even have any photos to share.  I think that is probably the main reason for the lack of posts.  I love a post with pretty photos and to be honest with you, I just haven't been in the mood.

The project I have been working on lately is a fun T-shirt quilt for a friend, but I don't know if I will share the full image because it has her name on some jerseys and other personal items.  I tell you what though....making one of these memory T-shirt quilts is really, really hard.  Not because of the sewing portion, but because of the cutting.  Some of these shirts were years old and she had stored them and carried them with her since childhood.  They were IMPORTANT memories and I went and cut them all up.  She wanted something useful made out of them.  She asked me to cut them up.  But, boy was it scary and it took me months to make that first cut.

I am happy to say that it turned out wonderfully and I can't wait to give it to her next week.

Onto the winner for my "Quilter's Laundry Day" Jen & Jan's Mini Blog Hop post!  I had 99 comments on that post and I was almost wanting to wait another day to see if I could get 1 more comment to round out the number, but I promised to do the drawing and I was anxious to pick someone.

I always like these little goodie bags to be a surprise.  The winner was comment number 44.  That comment was made by Bernie of Needle and Foot Once I receive confirmation that it has been received, I will add a photo.  Congratulations Bernie!  I hope you enjoy your little prize.  :)

I promise to start taking some photos and posting more often.  The sun shining more often will help on that front a lot.  I have some fun projects coming up and they will be a lot of fun to share.
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

QAL Wrap up and Winners

Holy Smokes you guys!  The Jen and Jan Mini QAL & Blog Hop was a huge success!  I know I haven't had a chance to respond to each of your comments but they were all so nice and I thank you for stopping by and commenting.

There was such a creative group of quilters involved in this QAL!  If you haven't visited all of the bloggers on the hop, you can check them out HERE.

Janice and I decided to give away 2 prizes to the blog hop participants.  One for US only and one for International only.  We drew the names today and your winners are:

Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs ($25 Fat Quarter Shop gift card)
Leanne @ Lizzie the Quilter (Craftsy Class certificate)


You still have some time to enter the giveaway from my blog by commenting on THIS post before March 23rd.

So, tell me... What would like to see for our next Mini QAL?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jen & Jan's Mini QAL & Blog Hop

It's Blog Hop Day!!
*Can you see me doing my happy dance?*
I have been so anxious for this day to finally come.  I have been getting little sneak peeks of everyone's mini quilts, but no more than peeks and the wait has been killing me!

A few weeks ago, Janice from Color, Creating, and Quilting and I threw out the invitation to join us in making a pattern I wrote with the help of Janice and Kate from Smiles From Kate.  We had an overwhelming response.  So many people wanted to join the blog hop that we had to separate it into two days!  WOW!!! Seriously folks, I cannot express how much this thrilled me.
If you want to make this mini and missed out on joining the hop, you can still download the pattern for free in my Craftsy shop. Or view the tutorial.

In addition to the testing, I made a completed block to share as well.  This mini has so many opportunities for personalization beyond the fabric choices.  I chose to practice a little planned quilting.  (Is there an actual term for this? ) I usually do an all over stitch of one kind or another and I decided this quilt was the one where I started to change that.

The quilting can be seen much better on the back of the quilt.  I love the polka dots.  

You can't see it here, but I attempted pebbles on the road.  It's a good thing you can't see them.  They were HARD to do!

We had two fabulous sponsors for this hop.  Fat Quarter Shop and Craftsy.  Both were generous enough to supply gift certificates to a couple of our blog hop participants!  We will be drawing the winners from the hop participants later this week.


In addition to those two prizes, I will be sending a ***surprise goodie bag*** to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment below and I will randomly draw a winner.  The last day for entry would be Thursday, March 23rd.

Now.....Finally.... What you all have been waiting for...
The list of blog participants for both days.  Make sure you stop by a few (if not all of them) and show them your love.  From the sneak peeks I have seen, you will not be disappointed in the creativity and talent of these bloggers!

March 10 

Jen Rosin A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11

Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Sola at Alice Samuels Quilt Co
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tami at Sew Much for Free Time
Suzy Webster at Adventurous Applique & Quilting
Tish Stemple at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps
Mary Macotte at Fleur de Lis Quilts

I think I can speak for Janice as well and say that this has been such an awesome experience for the both of us and we can't wait to do it again!