Dec 04

This Weekend in Quilting

It has been a very quilty kind of weekend.

Friday was the church auction. The wholecloth quilt was this year’s quilt and sold for a very good price. Here’s the official portrait of the front.

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It isn’t the best ever picture. I regret the wrinkles, but you get the idea. The back is blackish, darker than the picture below. I never got a picture of the whole back, but my friend Ellen did and shared it with me.img_5148

It was also Christmas decorating weekend in the upstairs. (Our daughter decorated her part of the house last weekend – way more decorating than I ever do). I wanted to use the Christmas table runner I finished back in April on my coffee table but there was a problem. My coffee table has a raised edge and the table runner covered that. I could picture lots of spills as we set drinks down unevenly. So I decided to do some editing and make it a little wider. It would have been faster if I’d just cut an inch or so off of it all the way around, but I really liked the binding so first I removed the binding. It felt like it took forever.

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Here is the before picture:

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And here is the after picture as it sits on the coffee table:

fullsizeoutput_1e66The other quilty decoration is my tree skirt. The very first church quilt I ever worked on was a Cathedral Window quilt. When there were too many blocks made for the size quilt we were working on, we made a tree skirt. Guess who got it at that year’s auction! (We also had enough parts left to make another tree skirt the following year.) Here’s my tree skirt, hanging off the table on which we put our downsized Christmas tree.

img_5143The other quilty thing I got done this weekend is that I got Scrap in a Box basted. I didn’t get a good picture, but I did want to show you where I need to do this now. (I used to use the JoAnn’s cutting table, but I don’t have that anymore.)

img_5149Yep, that is a tile floor. My knees are not happy with me. I don’t want to do this too often. I need to figure out something else.

How was your weekend?

Quilt on!

Dec 03

12 Days of Craftsy

I’m sorry that I have already missed the first two days of the 12 Days of Craftsy sale! As I type this on Saturday, December 3, the daily deal is buy one class, get one free. (Guess what I’ll be doing right after I post this!)

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Some previews of upcoming days:

  • 12/3: Email Offer (Note: I used the link above and got to the BOGO class offer so if you don’t/didn’t get Craftsy emails about this, the link might do it for you!)
  • 12/4: Email Offer
  • 12/5: Select baking classes for $12.25.
  • 12/6: Email Offer
  • 12/7: Top 20 Kits Sale!
  • 12/8: Discounts on Supply Favorites!
  • 12/9 – 12/12
    • Last chance for Christmas Delivery! Supplies sale – more details coming soon.
    • Our Top 100 classes all for $20 – more details to come!

I’ll be posting exact links for some of these in the days to come! Come on back to get the links – affiliate links as usual!

Quilt on!

Nov 29

Winner! And a Question

Just a brief post here to congratulate Aimee Marie on winning the 100 Blocks magazines! I have emailed her to congratulate her and the contest is now officially over. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Also thank you to everyone who reads this blog! I appreciate all of you.

On to the question: If you shopped the Craftsy sale, what did you buy? If you bought classes, how do you like them?

Quilt on!

Nov 28

Books on Monday – The Quilter’s Paper-Piecing Workbook

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elcome to the fourth Friday in November edition of Books on Monday. Today we are looking at Elizabeth Dackson’s book, The Quilter’s Paper-Piecing Workbook: Paper Piece with Confidence to Create 18 Gorgeous Quilted Projects.  The first link below is for the paperback version. The second link is the Kindle version. And, of course, both are Amazon Affiliate link.

Every paper-piecing beginner needs this book. And the Craftsy class is also very helpful if you want to see this in action. They are very closely related in content, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

This is a gorgeous book with lots of illustrations, step-by-step instructions, gorgeous blocks and a CD-ROM. The directions are very clear, and, if I’d had this book when I first started paper-piecing, it would have all gone more smoothly. Yes, there are some things that I do a bit differently after experiencing a Judy Niemeyer pattern, but I learned quite a bit of very useful information here.

Yes, I could continue to rave, but before I move on to the Table of Contents let me just say that if you only buy one paper-piecing book in your entire life – this is the one!

Table of contents:

  • Introduction: A Tawdry Tale of a Girl and Some Paper (Don’t you love the introduction’s title?????)
  • Tools and Techniques
  • 1. The Lowdown on Paper Piecing
  • 2. Getting Started with Paper Piecing
  • 3. Ready for a Paper-Piecing Challenge?
  • 4. Taking Risks with Paper Piecing
  • List of Templates on the CD
  • Resources

Yes, this is an awesome book. Yes, it belongs in my collection. It’s definitely a keeper.

Quilt on!

Nov 28

Weekend Update

Yes, I got some more sewing in. I had to finish up some projects for the church auction which is this Friday evening. Unfortunately, what I finished up tonight just got packed into a hot cocoa themed basket before I got any pictures. You can kind of see the snack mats standing up in the back of the basket, but the little coasters are packed into the basket.

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I had a hot chocolate themed panel which provided the snack mats and coasters. I still have some coasters left that I could make. And spoon rests. But I think I’ll skip that.

I am also donating this bowl cozy and potato cooker pair.

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And the ugly placemats

fullsizeoutput_1e5bNext up in the sewing room will be putting the borders on the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM. And then quilting Scrap-in-a-Box. As I do every year, I’m considering joining the Bonnie Hunter Mystery, but we will see if I get at all close to doing that.

What have you been doing?

Oh, yes, don’t forget the giveaway that you can find here.

Quilt on!

Nov 26

Sewing This Weekend So Far

This is a nice long holiday weekend here in the States, but I haven’t done as much sewing as I might have liked. Thursday was Thanksgiving, a quiet one here, but somehow I managed not to sew much. I did blog, in case you hadn’t notice. (And I did start that giveaway. Go here to enter.)

Friday was Black Friday and included a #bfsi (Black Friday Sew-in), but that was our big family day. We all gathered to binge watch the new Netflix Gilmore Girls episodes. It was a Gilmore Girls themed day. We had given our eldest daughter a book called Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of the Gilmore Girls for her October birthday so she made food and beverages from there. I can tell you that the apple tarts are worth the price of the book! The other recipes were pretty good too!

Four 1.5 hour episodes, discussion of said episodes and two meals pretty much ate up the day, so there was no sewing there, either.

But today (Saturday) was football watching day, which usually includes hand piecing. I spent some of the morning cutting fabric for the hand piecing session. Because this rosette is getting so large, It took me slightly longer than the length of the game (I stop stitching to look up at the plays, so I am really watching) to complete the round, but here is the rosette at this point:

fullsizeoutput_1e61All that is left to complete this Rosette 2 is a partial wreath of the purple stars with different centers. I may get to work on that some tomorrow, although I do have some sewing left to do for the church auction which is next Friday night, December 2. I guess it will depend on whether I am driving my husband to church and waiting for him there or staying home.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Quilt on!

Nov 26

Two Things

First of all, there is a giveaway going on. Click here for the details.

Also, just so you know, I missed Black Friday for sewing so I will be working on some Football Saturday sewing – hand piecing while I watch the games.

What are you up to today?

Quilt on!

Nov 24

Craftsy Sale Got Me

Remember this quilt kit that I blogged about a while ago but never bought? (Yes, the image is from a previous sale.)

28Well, I caved today and purchased it for half price. Yup. Really. Like I need more fabric around here.

I also purchased two classes. I’ve done my shopping for today. Back to cooking and eating. And lots of Gilmores.

You can do your own damage at the Craftsy sale right here. (Yes, that is a Craftsy affiliate link.)

Quilt on!

Nov 24

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving one and all! Of course, I know if you are not in the US, this is not your Thanksgiving and tomorrow is most likely not anything called Black Friday. I hope that you will be able to participate in the #BFSI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter tomorrow. I don’t picture myself getting to do much quilty sewing during that time as a family Gilmore Girls (the new batch on Netflix) marathon is planned here.

After much consideration, since I still have all these magazines to find new homes for, I think I will do a giveaway here. If you can read this, the giveaway has already started. It ends at 12:00 AM on November 29, 2016. You can enter multiple times if you like.

The prize is 9 of the first 10 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazines. I mistakenly said I had all but #2. I have all but #4. They are all in great condition and include the pattern sheets still attached.

fullsizeoutput_1e5fYou can enter once per day, at least you can tweet once per day for an entry. Rafflecopter has changed some things around so I’m not sure exactly what it will look like. I guess we will find out together. Good luck!

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Quilt on!

Nov 24

Craftsy Black Friday Sale

It’s that time of year! Thanksgiving! Black Friday! And Craftsy is starting the Black Friday celebration on Thanksgiving (November 24) at 12:01 AM Mountain Time and ending it Monday, November 28 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

1200x627_quilt_classLook at the awesome class sale!

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And the supplies!

Here are the details:

  • Up to 70% off Quilting and Sewing project kits & supplies
  • Up to 60% off Knitting and Crochet project kits & supplies
  • Up to 50% off Cake Decorating supplies
  • $17.99 USD or less on all Craftsy classes

Tempted? Shop the sale here! (Yes, that is my Craftsy Affiliate link to help support this blog.)

And, as always, quilt on!

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