Friday, September 28, 2012

Cathedral WIndow Blog Hop!!!!!

Y'all know I LOVE me some Cathedral Windows!!!!!! They are STUNNINGLY beautiful and so much EASIER than you would think!!!! I am a day (or two) behind posting this wonderful quilt along but I sincerely hope that you will join in on the fun, make some beautiful blocks, pat your self on the back, share with us all on flickr and then get ready for some AWESOME prizes!!!!!!

This FABULOUS Blog Hop was organized by and being hosted by Bree at My Crafty Crap and I TOTALLY copied and pasted  the following from her blog!!!!!

Cathedral Window Sampler Quilt Along Blog Hop

Well, that's quite a mouthful, isn't it?!  I'm so excited to finally be able to announce the big event that's kicking off next week!  Yes, next week is already October, I can hardly believe it!

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I am so excited to be teaming up with Pellon and FreeQuiltPatterns.info, along with 8 other amazing designers, to bring you a fun 9-block Cathedral Window mini sampler.  Each week in October, there will be two block tutorials featuring each designer's take on the traditional Cathedral Window.  

Oct 1 :: Sara @ Sew Sweetness
Oct 4 :: Bree @ My Crafty Crap
Oct 8 :: Jill @ Made with Moxie
Oct 11 :: Emily @ Mommy's Nap Time
Oct 15 :: Rachael @ Imagine Gnats
Oct 18 :: Jessica @ Sew Crafted
Oct 22 :: Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy
Oct 25 :: Kim @ My Go-Go Life
Oct 29 :: Heather @ Olive & Ollie

And of course, what would a quilt along be without prizes?!  We have some truly amazing prizes for you from some amazing sponsors.

Pellon


Aurifil


I'll share the full prize run down later this week, but there will be prizes for completing each individual block and for completing the full 9-block sampler top (does not need to be fully completed with back & binding).  You will have until November 15 to complete all the blocks, so you should have plenty of time, even if you're lucky enough to be attending Sewing Summit or Fall Quilt Market.  

Here's a quick peek at my block I'll be sharing next week.

Cathedral Window Weave Block

Stay tuned for more info this week, and get ready to kick things off next week!

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Quilters Take Manhattan {and a giveaway}


ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!!!! The Quilters Take Manhattan event in NY was a whole lot of everything that one could LOVE about quilting,sewing, and the arts!!!!  When they come to your neck of the woods...GO!!!



The day event was filled with an amazing interview with Denyse Schmidt and Meg Cox that had everyone on the edge of their seats not knowing what to expect next.  There were tales of tutus and Andy Worhol...Denyse is a VERY INTERESTING lady! The quilt behind the lovely ladies was hand quilted by Denyse and was just incredible!


The next speaker was Jennifer Chiaverini, the author of the Elm Creek Quilts series.  This wife and mother also has TWENTY books to her credit. I must bow down to her greatness since I can barely get my thoughts together on a daily basis much less write books!

Her book Sylvia's Bridal Sampler is where I found the Courthouse Steps I used for my scrappy quilt!


Sadly, Mark Lipinski could not attend but the organizers made a special area to write love notes to Mark...complete with Hello Kitty stickers!!!! Hope you are better soon Mark!!!!!



I was so fortunate that I was able to attend with one of my dearest friends, I have known her since I was  16...so that makes it THIRTY YEARS...anyway, she is a phenomenal artist ( she does set design) and has her site up and running (YAAY Shari!).


It brought me so much joy to be able to share with Shari the beauty and artistry of the quilts.






Then there were fabulous giveaways ( I didn't win any but just being there was SUCH a treat)

We took a short break, had a late lunch and went for the wardrobe change for the evening...first I had to get a glimpse of one of my MOST favorite secret gardens in NYC! Isn't it GORGEOUS!!!!!!


Then it was off to Quilters Take Manhattan...AFTER DARK!

The hostess with the mostest was Victoria Findlay Wolfe, a talented quilter, author and super model ( I have not verified this but she HAS to be...she is a stunner) with a lovely family and ROCKIN studio!!!!!! She was very kind to have all of us crazy quilters up in her space although I did notice that since there was alcohol being served there were NO rotary blades to be found,LOL!!!!!!



The party was HOPPIN when we walked in after being graciously welcomed by Victoria's wonderful husband. Some of the shots are blurry since I need a new lens for my camera (sorry).

On the left is the OMG talent LUKE Haynes...if you do not know him...go to his site and check out his  quilts...GAH!!!!!! I really have no words to describe is awesomeness!!!! I love this guy!!!!! In the middle is the lovely Paula Natlestern And of course we ALL know Denyse Schmidt!!!!!! She apparently knows how to do a jig too!!!!! Beautiful, intelligent, talented and fun :o)


In the studio there were precut ( Accuquilt) pieces for us to make a block to put up on the design wall.SO FUN!!!!! The quilt will be put together by Victoria and auctioned off to raise money for the Quilt Alliance.



 This is Shari's FIRST ever quilt block...I will get her hooked ;o) MUWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The art work in the loft was so much fun and we had to get a shot of the Motley Crue,LOL!!!!


So, after ALL of that fun I had to say good-bye to NYC, I am really looking forward to going back already!!!!!  Many thanks to ALL the Quilt Alliance Board Members for doing good work and keeping our quilting history intact!!!!! You guys ROCK!


Now for the giveaway...

The work that the Quilt Alliance does is very important! I would like to spread the word, get people involved and show some support for this organization that works to promote the quilting arts...past, present and future...

At the event they gave away goodies bags...

One winner will receive...



TWO charm packs of the new Michael Miller Cotton Couture 

One roll up ( four ten inch squares) of Denyse Schimdt's new line Chicopee

FOUR small spools of Aurifil 12wt

ONE pkg 20x2yds of Mistyfuse

ALL in this AWESOME reusable bag!!!!!


Giveaway entries are closed...

Thank you everyone that participated!!!!!!  There was a whole lot of liking going on :o) I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments!!!!!

The winner has been chosen by the random.org widget and it chose...

JLVerde...from Just Something I Made

CONGRATULATIONS and I will be sending you an email later today!!!!!!

Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

do.Good stitches

YAAY!!!! I was accepted to join do. Good Stitches, it is the one of the bees I have admired for quite some time. They are doing good work all the time and a am really very thrilled to be joining in!!!!!

I am in the Believe hive and my first blocks are modern. I have never tried this type of block before and so it was a bit scary. The construction is not difficult but choosing the fabrics...Aye Yi Yi!!!!!! I tend to OVER obsess about fabric choices for my own stuff, which is one reason I cannot get a bunch of quilts completed. It takes me forever and a day to just choose fabrics...especially for the backs!

Here are my blocks :o)


Block One

Block Two


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tula Pink Sew Along!!!!!!


The lovely and FABULOUS Sara at Sew Sweetness has organized another fun Sew Along. This one is with Tula Pink!!!  Hope you will be able to join in!!! 



Announcing the Tula Pink Sew Along! If you've been around my blog lately, you know that I'm a huge fan of Tula Pink. Besides being a gifted artist slash fabric designer, she is also a just-as-gifted quilt pattern designer. You can see many of her quilt patterns here, as well as additional patterns in her book, 'Quilts from the House of Tula Pink'. If you don't already have it (and you must!!), get your copy of the book here.

This sew along will roll out in two phases; in Phase 1, I will be introducing you to a Tula Pink quilt created by my talented group of guest bloggers! Each paper quilt pattern and book quilt pattern will be represented, so you will get to see a huge line-up of quilts! You can check my blog every weekday from September 24th through October 26th, where you will find a new guest post every day highlighting the quilts they've made and reviewing the patterns.


Here is the schedule of guest posts that will appear right here:

Sept 24 - Sara @ Sew Sweetness (Dream Weaver/book)
Sept 25 - Katie @ Katie's Korner (Beanstalks/book)
Sept 26 - Lisa @ That Crazy Quilty Girl (Cloudy Day/book)
Sept 27 - Becky @ My Fabric Obsession (Houndstooth/book)
Sept 28 - Angie @ Stitching by Starlight (Cherry Pie)

Oct 1 - Amanda @ A Crafty Fox (Alphabet)
Oct 2 - Michelle @ City House Studio (Fade to Pink)
Oct 3 - Marci @ Marci Girl Designs (Le Petite Salon)
Oct 4 - Katie @ There and Back (Field Study)
Oct 5 - Lorelei @ Mermaid Sews (Hushabye)

Oct 8 - Anorina @ Samelia's Mum (Pancakes)
Oct 9 - Jenna @ Sew Happy Geek (LOVE)
Oct 10 - Lindsey @ LR Stitched (Fairy Tale Lane/book)
Oct 11 - DeeDee @ mybricole (Any Which Way/book)
              Beth @ Plum and June (Cartwheels)
Oct 12 - Katy @ The Littlest Thistle (Crown Jewels)

Oct 15 - Caitlin at I Don't Do Dishes (Spiked Punch)
              Colleen @ The Busy Bean (Shattered Glass/book)
Oct 16 - Kristen @ KD-Quilts (Stacks/book)
Oct 17 - Roseann @ Rosebud's Cottage (Shattered Glass/book)
Oct 18 - Emily @ Mommy's Naptime (Lollipops/book)
Oct 19 - Jeannette @ Gone Aussie Quilting (Honey Honey)

Oct 22 - Brenda @ Pink Castle Fabrics (Windswept)
Oct 23 - Bianca @ Sweet Diesel Designs (Stacks/book)
Oct 24 - Jessica @ Sew Crafty Jess (Snow Globes)
Oct 25 - Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy (Space Dust)
Oct 26 - Kim @ My Go-Go Life (Kiss Kiss)
              Kim Munoz (Grand Salon/book)


During Phase 2, I turn the creating over to you! You have until Monday, November 12, 2012 to make something and be eligible for some outstanding prizes!! Here are the rules to be eligible for entry into the contest:

1. Join the Tula Pink Sew Along Flickr Group.

2. To be counted for entry into the contest, get sewing!! Sewn item must be made from a Tula Pink pattern (or from her book) *OR* made from at least 50% Tula Pink fabric (such as a bag, dress, etc.). If you are sewing from a Tula Pink pattern, the fabric does not need to be Tula Pink fabric.

3. If you will be adding an item to the pool to be counted as an entry, it must be sewn and photographed from August 24th through November 12th, 2012. Any items completed before August 24th are not eligible.

4. You may add up to 2 photographs per item.

5. You may add as many items as you want, as long as you made them each within the time frame. If you are making a quilt, the quilt top is adequate to be entered. Anything smaller (mug rug, mini quilt, bag, dress) should be completely finished.

Tula Pink Sew Along
Now how about some discounts?!?

Tula Pink has generously offered a 25% discount on all PDF quilt patterns when you use coupon codetulatroop in her pattern shop. This code is good now through October 31, 2012.


My lovely sponsor, Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics, has generously extended a 15% discount on all Tula Pink fabrics in the shop using coupon code TULA15. This code will be good now through September 30th.

If you don't already have the book, Tula Pink's publisher is offering a discount code so you can pick up your own copy! Use code TULA2012 when you purchase the book from the Martha Pullen store. Support publishers and authors by buying direct!

Prizes

Prizes will be announced soon, but here's a little sneak peak at the sponsors that have offered up their amazing products as prizes!

                  


So let's get ready to sew!!! Head on over to the Flickr Group and get ready for some amazing Tula Pink eye candy! I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Let's RALLY!!!!!

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of meeting Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie at the Quilters Take Manhattan event in NYC ( I will be posting more about that later).  If you don't know, I am here to share some really cool news and ask for your support...don't worry...it is SUPER easy!!!!!

( photo courtesy of Heather Jones)


Martha Stewart has a contest going on at the moment that will last until Sept 24th called AMERICAN MADE AWARDS!!!!!  You can read Heather's original post on the contest here. It would be so very cool for Heather to win!!!!! You can vote once a day EVERYDAY through the  24th to show your support for Heather and for the art of quilting!!!!  I cannot think of a better way to introduce people to the beauty of quilting than on MARTHA!!!!!

So let's all rally and show our support for a very deserving quilter and sister in the arts!!!!! To vote for Heather click here



Thank you so much in advance for your support!!!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

VERY easy Vogue might be a bit of a stretch

I will admit it once again...I DO NOT sew garments...I do not speak the language...I am from the land of paper piecing and half square triangles...of bindings and backings all all the good things that come with quilting ( although I do not consider myself a real quilter).

I did see a pattern for a wrap dress, I LOVE wrap dresses!!!! Flattering on every figure, comfortable and can go to any event. It may be the one HAVE to HAVE that will always be in my closet.

Here is the pattern...

At the top it says..."VERY EASY VOGUE"...I was questioning that on my Facebook Wall and two of my sweet friends Teresa from Crinkle Dreams and Jen at BettyCrockerAss pitched up and said "Let's DO THIS!"  Having people on your team when undertaking an unfamiliar project is a good thing!


I chose to work with a heavy knit with a gathered pattern, it is pretty cool but weighs about one ton, Teresa says it can be my cardio when I wear it,LOL!!!!



The problems started when I broke not one...

but TWO marking tools...I ended up using the kid's sidewalk chalk...desperate measures...


When I finally figured out what the H*** the pattern was saying, I was able to sew together the bodice, lining and all!!!! For the lining I bought some Pellon Ek 130 Easy Knit...in BLACK!!!!!  As with all the Pellon products I have used...LOVE!!!!!


So, here I am, four days later, with the bodice done and 50 more pounds of skirt to attach...it is bigger than me so I am a bit afraid of it!!!!! If you do not hear from me by next Monday, could you please send out a rescue team to look under a HUGE pile o black knit!!!!!!!


Happily linked to


Quilters Take Manhattan!!!!!

Guess who is going to New York City!!!!!!!! I was so very lucky to receive two tickets to the Quilt Alliance's event Quilters Take Manhattan! I am really so very excited!!!!!!  This is an amazing organization that seeks to educate people about the importance and history of quilts and quilt making, make quilting information available to the general public and  preserving that rich history for the future.




The Speakers will include the Iconic Denyse Schmidt ( a am swooning a bit here), Jennifer Chiaverini ( Elm Creek Quilts series) and the FABULOUS Mark Lipinski !!!!!!



There are still tickets available if happen to find some free time and are in the area :o) If you are not in the area they are offering online tickets as well so no one needs to miss out on the FUN!


**Can't make it to New York this year? Enjoy the event from your home by purchasing a "Home Ticket." For $25 you'll receive first access to event video footage online, a packed event goody bag with samples and treats from all of our sponsors, a chance to win select door prizes and the chance to buy a signed copy of Denyse Schmidt's new book and have it shipped to your home. And you'll be playing an important role in supporting the work of the Alliance.

http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/support/QTM.php

Hope to see you there!!!!!!
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