Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Welcome to all of the readers here from the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  The quilt I have chosen for this go-round is my Hexing Around quilt:

A Bright Corner: Hexing Around Quilt

I’m in an online quilting bee called Imagine at do. Good Stitches.  My month was April and I chose a block tutorial by Lee who blogs at Freshly Pieced

This quilt is one of my all-time favorites, but what I love best about this quilt is the idea that a group of women from around the country can each contribute a few fabric scraps and a little of their time and the result is a lovely quilt that will make its way to someone who needs it!  (the charity our particular group sews for is Threading Hope.)

hexing around quilt

Each member of our bee chose one color and then made two blocks using scraps from that one color group.  It was such fun to open my mailbox that month and see what prettiness each member had sent me. 

For the quilting I chose to do some free-form wavy lines horizontally across the quilt.  That was my first time trying out the waves and I quickly became a fan.  I’ll be using those waves again!

hexing around quilt
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats

Finished quilt measures: 48” x 60”
Quilted by: me
Best category: group/bee quilt, ROYGBIV quilt, scrap quilt



Thanks for stopping by to see my entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  Take a minute and check out all of the quilts that have been entered.  There are some uber-talented quilters out there!

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Happy Halloween

pumpkins

Well Happy Halloween to you all!  These are our pumpkins from our garden this year – not bad eh?  We’ve never attempted to grow pumpkins in our garden before but I think we will from now on!

I spent a little time yesterday afternoon finishing up my bee blocks for October:

bee block october

These are flying geese blocks made using this tutorial.  The inspiration quilt for this month’s project is here.  It’s a great quilt, isn’t it?

I’ve tried several techniques when making a flying geese block but I’d have to say that this way is BY FAR my favorite.  It was quick, easy and out of all of those triangles I only had one issue with one of the triangle points and it wasn’t even a big deal- I’m just extra picky. 


Yesterday I also drew the giveaway winner from last week -
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Mindy – who said: “I happen to love Fall also, especially decorating and doing crafts with my kiddos.”  Congrats Mindy!  I’ll be sending you an email to get your mailing address. 

Thank you to everyone who entered.  I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.  My thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by hurricane Sandy.  The images and stories of events back east are just unimaginable. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

Gumballs for Halloween


gumballs quilt 1

Waaaay back in August I created this quilt to hang in The Fabric Mill as part of their Halloween display.

It’s a traditional “snowball” block, but once I got the quilt completed I decided that I’d call it “Gumballs” instead.  Back in August I couldn’t imagine having the words “snow” and “Halloween” in the same sentence.  Ha! The jokes on me, right?   What was I just saying about a part of me dying when the snow falls?  Yah, we got snow today. 
Anyway…

gumball quilt 2

This quilt measures 55” x 65” and I had a lot more fun making it than I thought I would.  I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween fabrics.  It helps that the greens and purples have been added into the mix with the blacks and oranges.  I really love the finished quilt.  I think that maybe I don’t love any of the Halloween fabrics on their own, but when combined with others then I like them?  Maybe?  I dunno.

gumball quilt 3


gumball quilt 4

For now the quilt is still hanging at the shop, but it will be nice to have next year to add to my still-growing collection of Halloween decorations.  So far this year I have this wall hanging (I wrote the tutorial for it here):

boo wall hanging 1

And this monster wreath which I found through Pinterest:

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Now I have to stop worrying about decorations and start working on costumes.  As of tonight we have one kid decided on being Hawkeye and one not-so-decided on being skeleton/Buzz Lightyear/Mickey Mouse/zombie/nothing at all. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn Blooms + a giveaway

One of my most recent finishes is this Autumn Blooms quilt.  I have a tutorial for this quilt over on Riley Blake’s Cutting Corners College today!  See the tutorial here OR download and print the pattern here.
Autumn Blooms - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner


The colors along our river trail are so pretty right now – we had to take a little walk yesterday to enjoy them.  I’ll be so sad when all of the leaves have fallen from the trees.  A little piece of me dies when the snow starts to fall! 

Autumn Blooms - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

The quilt finished at about 59” x 67”.  In my opinion, it’s the perfect reading-a-good-book-in-winter size quilt.  I’m a little sad that I’m not keeping this one.  It’s going to soon be heading to the home of one of my favorite people. 

Autumn Blooms - a free quilt pattern from A Bright Corner

For the quilting I did one of my favorites – small loops scattered throughout a loose all-over meandering.  It flows so nicely as I’m doing the quilting and the finished look is nice and soft.

autumn blooms quilting

I’m really such a fan of this Marguerite line.  It’s so feminine and pretty!  I’m not normally big on yellow, but I’m really in love with this red/yellow combination. 

Wanna make an Autumn Blooms quilt for yourself?  How ‘bout a giveaway to get you started? 

I have a stack of 9 fat quarters all from the Marguerite line ready to mail to one of you lucky readers!

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ready for the details?

It’s simple – there’s one way to enter- become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite season is.  That’s it!  The winner will be drawn next Tuesday (October 30th)

Giveaway is closed - thank you!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day(s) of Quilting



Sorry about the silence – we’ve had a few busy weeks around here.  My mom and sisters were all in town for awhile to surprise my youngest sister for her 30th birthday – it’s a thing we do.  One of the (many) fun things we did that weekend was to go to Afternoon Tea at the Grand America Hotel in SLC.  De-Lish-Us!
 
tea party 1

scones

The Sweet Berries herbal tea and the Coconut Almond Hot Chocolate were the big favorites with our group.  And everything from the dessert selection was amazing.  My personal favorite was the little lemon raspberry tart (bottom plate, center).  Even though everything was bite-sized, we still walked out of there stuffed!

tea party 2

Then this week I’ve been finishing up two custom order I-Spy quilts (I can’t wait to show them to you!) and writing a tutorial for the Riley Blake Cutting Corners College.  This last Wednesday, this is what my afternoon consisted of:  quilting, quilting and more quilting.  When I’m quilting I have to have my Pandora and a cup full of pebbled ice.  Time flies when I’m quilting to the Broadway show tunes playlist on Pandora!

day of quilting
I'll be back Monday with a link to the Cutting Corners College tutorial!



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