This can be a hectic time for those that celebrate Thanksgiving, but I want to wish all of you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. I also hope you can find time to enjoy and create….as well as find time to laugh!
For all my Pet loving friends, let’s not overlook the annual Home for the Pawlidayz program. Zappos has partnered with many animal shelters to cover the adoption fee. But even if our local shelter is not covered, please remember that every pet deserves a loving home for the Pawlidayz. Maybe your home, or you may know of someone who would provide a loving home. This is a great time of year to visit your local pet shelters and see if you can provide a furr-ever home.
Lastly, every year I research to find Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals for quilters. I’ve just released my research list at Fingertip Shopping. Pretty large list this year of some amazing deals, which you can shop at home in your pajamas – no need to get dressed and fight crowds in the shopping malls.
Yeap, this blogger is taking the day off, which means the #WinterBliss virtual #StitchAlong won’t be posted today. Of course, you can use this time to stitch out your blogs. And, the giveaway for a CD collection by Marjorie Busby, of your choice, will remain open until the #WinterBliss Stitch Along is completed. Click here for more info on this giveaway.
I enjoy sewing virtually with you, I also want to heighten awareness that this month the free-motion quilting challenge which showcases Lori Kennedy of the Inbox Jaunt. This is a fun challenge with several options to learn/improve your FMQ skills, including the option of using a new tutorial by Lori to create a gorgeous pumpkin motif FMQ sampler. While there is still time to FMQ one, or all of the options, it is still fun to click thru to see all the inspirational entries that have been shared to-date.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and find time to enjoy and create. Don’t forget to share what you create in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Party. Of course, it is also fun to click thru and see what everyone is sharing. All forms of creativity are welcome.
Today, I’m honored to be a stop in the Halloween Haunts Blog Hop, hosted byMarian Pena of Seams to Be Sew. If you are visiting for the first time, welcome. If you are a follower and now learning about this blog hop I want to encourage you to take time to visit all of the blogs in this hop. Everyone is sharing Spooktacular projects, full of inspiration and #CreativeGoodness. You’ll also find a variety of giveaways at each stop, including an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop, thanks to the FQS for sponsoring every blog in this hop for a unique giveaway!
I searched for spooky quilty words and clipart, but didn’t find anything to catch my attention. I created ten different clipart/word art and I’d love to hear your favorite, or what quote you might like to see for Spooktacular Quilty Clipart/WordArt, in the future.
For me,it sure seems like Gremlins have been causing havoc and prohibiting me from being creative lately. I couldn’t find the right threads in my stash and needed to wait for deliveries to come via broomstick mail.. Then my my sewing machine was taken over by auto thread cutting Gremlins, before it even began the first stitch. I could go on and on, but I’ll simply share that several planned projects are not finished in time to share for this post. But stay tuned, as I hope to share before Halloween.
In the meantime…..I hope to inspire you to get in the mood for a Spooktacular Halloween by being creative:
Consider stitching a project with Superior Threads – Nite Glowing Threads. I have bought a few different colors and have been delighted with the results. I’m now inspired to want to purchase the entire collection.
I love scrappy quilts, particularly for Halloween. This quilt was made using the >AccuQuilt Tumbler die and the Cat and Bat die.
For the border, I used techniques from the book “Just Around The Corner“, by Kari Carr. Her techniques are easy to learn and really apply an interesting border.
I hope you have a Spooktacular Halloween.
Did I mention a blog hop? Marian Pena is hosting a super fun blog hop with plenty of inspiration and giveaways along the way. I hope you will click thru and enjoy this hop. Here is the line up:
Thank you to Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew for arranging for this giveaway and to the Fat Quarter Shop for being the sponsor and donating a $25 gift certificate. To enter, simply follow the steps in this Rafflecopter widget: a Rafflecopter giveaway
I hope you have had a great week and are finding time to enjoy and create. Of course, I also hope you will #StitchAlong with me – anytime you can. Virtual sewing together can be great fun.
WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG
THIS WEEK…. I’m working on a couple of projects using the Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection, by Marjorie Busby. But, I do want to clarify, that if you don’t have an embroidery machine, this is also a great design to apply raw edge applique techniques. While some may want to make a wallhanging, I’m making a fabric book for a child, using Eco Fi Premium Felt from the Kunin Group and the machine embroidery applique (MEA) blocks stitched using the Winter Bliss Design collection.
I’m also be using this design collection to make gift bags, all with a 12 days of Christmas theme, but I’ll show you the easy way to assemble these gift bags next week as today I want to focus how to easily create pages for the fabric book using these MEA blocks.
You can join this #StitchAlong with or without an embroidery machine using AccuQuilt dies, or manually cutting the shapes. But the dies will certainly make your cuts much more accurate and faster. For those that use Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection, templates are included and easy to follow.
As with every #StitchAlong, you can adapt the designs to make whatever you wish. Possibly you want to make wallhangings, quilts, placemats, or other project ideas.
FABRIC BOOK SUPPLIES:
1 yard – Kunin Eco-Fi Plus Premium Felt, 72″ color of your choice for the pages (I’m using a light grey)
1 – yard Kunin Eco-Fi Plus Premium Felt, 72″ color of your choice from the frames (I’m using white)
note: Eco Fi Plus Premium Felt is an 8 oz felt, made by using recycled post consumer plastic bottles that is safe from mold, mildew and odor resistant and is available in 18 colors. It is also available in many premium quilt shops, as well as craft and sewing stors at a very economical price. And, it is Made in the USA. While you could use other felt, or other materials, for this project, this is my absolute favorite material for making a fabric book, as well as many other projects. Give it a try – as I think you’ll fall in love with it too!
12 – 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ blocks using the Winter Bliss design by Marjorie Busby. While this is a machine embroidery design collection, you can also use her designs for raw edge applique. Supplies for these blocks were provided in previous #StitchAlong posts (links are at the bottom of this post).
Instructions for making the “framed” pages for your fabric book:
cut your pages to measure 12″ x 14″ (cut 14) out of Eco Fi Plus felt, by Kunin. I used a soft grey.
cut your frames to measure 10″ x 10″ and cut the inside square 8″x8″, creating a 1″ wide frame (cut 12). I used a white Eco Fi Plus felt by Kunin.
Trim your MEA OR raw edge applique blocks to 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, leaving the stabilizer on.
Place one trimmed MEA block aligned to the right side of your page, leaving a 1-1/2″ gap on the top, right and bottom of your block.
Place your frame centered on your MEA block and pin to secure.
Stitch to secure using your walking foot, about 1/8″ or 1/4″ from the inside and outside edge of the frame, or use any fancy stitch on your machine that you may desire to secure.
Repeat stitching the MEA blocks and frames, to make all 12 pages.
NEXT WEEK we’ll assemble and finish our fabric books, as well as make our gift bags.This is a great time to continue stitching your blocks using the #WinterBliss designs, if you have not yet finished all the blocks you need for one or more of these projects. Or maybe you have decided to make other projects with these designs, as the possibilities are endless.
Come join me in this #WinterBliss #StitchAlong. There are no deadlines, no pressure, just fun creativity while we work on this project that you can adapt to create anything you wish (e.g. placemats, table runners, etc.). And, during October I’ll be here to help answer any questions you may have for this project this month, or pull in an expert to help!
You can also purchase her designs, as well as the dies, at AccuQuilt. I am an affiliate, so if you click thru from my site, your price remains the same, but I receive a small fee back. Those funds I use to supplement expenses for shipping giveaway and contest prizes WW.
You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish. I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.). You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Partiesthat I host every Friday.
I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects. You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong. Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Partieswhich I host every Friday. What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.
Did I Mention A Giveaway?
As no one entered to win this prize last week, I’m keeping this opportunity open during the window for the #WinterBliss Stitch Along. One lucky winner will receive a CD machine embroidery collection, of their choice, of the following designs by Marjorie Busby
GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes
To enter to win, your favorite CD, you have plenty of options and the more you claim the more entries you’ll get:
Join this Winter Bliss #StitchAlong and share your progress in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, that are released every Friday.
For those that have previously stitched out any machine embroidery designs, by Marjorie Busby, share what you created in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.
Use any social media tool (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to share your progress for your Winter Bliss project, or any machine embroidery design you have stitched out using any design by Marjorie Busby.
If no one enters to win this prize, during the #WinterBliss StitchAlong, they will be used in a different giveaway after this event. But I’m hopeful you may want to join me, or want to share other projects that you’ve created using any of Majorie’s designs in a #CreativeGoodness Linky Party, to help inspire others.
note: This is also open to those that do not have embroidery machines and are using the designs by Marjorie Busby to stitch out using more traditional raw edge machine applique techniques.
BTW, these CD collections are available for wholesale orders. You may want to let your local quilt shop or sewing center know you’d like them to make them available for customers in their store. They can place wholesale orders directly with Marjorie.
I will randomly select a winner, from all the entries and announce in the #StitchAlong post next week. And I will send an email to the lucky winner. But due to my limited funds for shipping prizes, this giveaway will be open to US only participants.
Lastly, based on feedback, starting next week, I’ll try to shorten these posts and only share insights on one #StitchAlong at a time, with separate posts for sharing insights on upcoming #StitchAlong projects. But I will share, there are some small sewing projects that make great gifts coming up next, followed by more quilting and free-motion quilting.
Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:
note: Today is a two post day. Later today, If you are looking for the SEPTEMBER Free-Motion Quilting Challenge it should be released later today. For now, I want to share insights with you about a super fun blog hop that starts today and encourage you to click thru to check it out.
Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew is hosting EQ7 Seasons Row-A-Long, where each stop in this fun blog hop will share a ROW quilt pattern that they designed in EQ7 and you can download a FREE PDF pattern. Along the way you will have plenty of chances to win amazing prizes, see inspirational and beautiful quilts and learn about EQ software too!
Not familiar with a ROW Quilt? Row quilts typically have a blocks designed for a particular theme in the row, yet each row compliments the overall quilt. Of course, blocks may look great individually in a pillow or wallhanging, as well as a ROW could be turned into a wallhanging, but in this hop you can also pick ROWS to make your own unique quilt with one or all seasons. And, all the patterns are free! You just need to follow along this blog hop, that starts today.
While PDF patterns will be provided, these designs were created using Electric Quilt Software (e.g. EQ7, EQ6, EQ5) and some bloggers will be providing their EQ design files
And, for those on Facebook, there is also a public group you can join to chat and share with others participating in this event, as well as sharing what everyone creates with these free patterns. The Facebook group is called “EQ Seasons ROW-Along”
Here are some sneak peeks on a few of the great prizes, where different giveaways will be hosted at each stop in this blog hop for fabric and more:
How about some prizes? Electric Quilt – an EQ7 to one lucky winner! Northcott Fabrics – each featured blog will give away a bundle of 6-8 yards of fabric Fat Quarter Shop – 25.00 gift certificate to each blogger to give away KLIC-N-KUT– Zing Air basic package Craftsy – 3 winners will recieve a class of their choice Sulky – 2 6-packs of their newest 30 wt cotton threads Hobbs Batting – 5 bats DreamWorthy Quilts – a pattern of the winner’s choice Cherry Blossoms Patterns – a 25.00 gift certificate Aurifil – several designer packs of cotton thread Connecting Threads – 2 $25.00 gift certificates Nancy’s Notions – 2 $10.00 gift certificates Therm O Web – the following to one lucky recipient: 7 colors of iCraft® Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets, 1 can of iCraft® Deco Foil™ Fusible Spray Adhesive, 1 bottle of iCraft® Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive, 1 pack of iCraft® Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets, 1 pack of HeatnBond® Ultra 1 yard pack, 1 pack of HeatnBond® Lite 1 yard pack, and 1 pack of StitchnSew™ Interfacing 1 yard pack
For those of us that have pets (or borrow pets), you know that they can do all sorts of cute things, just not always when you have a camera handy. Actually, taking a picture of a pet on a quilt can sometimes be dog gone challenging.
But it can also be great enjoyment and help capture memories of our beloved pets and borrowed pet friends. A friend has an absolutely huge St. Bernard that I borrowed to use as a model, but he was so large I couldn’t get a picture of him and my quilt. But I did get some really sweet kisses and decided I needed to stick with some smaller models on my quilts in the future. Either way, I l do so love all animals, but as I’m “borrowing” I’m not officially entering the Pets on Quilts Show, just sharing to inspire others.
Today is the last day to enter a photo of a pet on your quilts, or an animal themed quilt in the annual Pets on Quilts Show, hosted by Jacque of Lilypad Quilting. Tomorrow starts the voting process where you can help select the winners. While the more people that share such photos, makes this event more fun, it really is fun to click thru and visit all the blogs and non-bloggers who shared. So many sweet pets and many have amazing stories of how they came to live in their loving home.
There are some wonderful pets that have been adopted from shelters. Of course, I love hearing these stories. This summer I found a sweet read on Amazon that I wanted to increase awareness of:
Don’t forget to get your entry in today for the annual Pets on Quilts Show, as well as click through to enjoy all the entries, as well as visit tomorrow (27th) to vote for your favorite.
There are also a couple of other fun events going on in blogland right now. You can visit My Creative Blog List for more insights and opportunities to win prizes for the Summer In The Country Blog Hop that is currently going on and hosted by Island Batik
and the EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long hosted by Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew kicks off on September lst with a great group of bloggers that have designed ROWS of quilt blocks, where you’ll get a free downloadable pattern at each stop in the hop, as well as opportunities to win amazing prizes.
Do you have a heart sister? As I was drawn into the title of a new book and publisher’s description, I eagerly signed up to review an e:copy of this book in exchange for sharing my honest opinion:
Heart Sisters is for women who want to both be and have better friends and want a helpful guide to take them through the process. Author Natalie Chambers Snapp uses her own and others’ stories of successes and failures to illustrate what she has learned about girlfriend relationships. Healthy boundaries, honesty, tact, sharing, and agape love all play a part in being and maintaining a circle of close confidants. She also deals with the inevitable challenges that face many relationships including how to handle conflict; life changes like a new baby, move or divorce; and when it is right to “break-up” with your friend.Discussion questions, space to journal, photos, and quick interviews of healthy female friendships are included within each chapter.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie Chambers Snapp is first and foremost a follower of Jesus, then wife to Jason, and mom to one spunky daughter and two spirited sons with a crazy amount of energy. Choosing to follow Jesus at 27, Natalie is passionate about sharing the grace, mercy, and truth of God’s love. She lives in the Midwest with her crew and tries to keep it simple by writing about the faith found in the everyday mundane. The outpourings of her heart can be found at www.nataliesnapp.com in the fleeting moments between being a wife and mother.
First, I would have liked the publisher to have provided a better description of the book. The current description for this book is quite generic and lacks clarification that this book is a devotional book which emphasizes the author’s religious viewpoints and personal perspectives on friendships with girlfriends. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that approach, but some could easily pick up this book thinking the content will be completely different and not enjoying the read. Maybe categorizing this book as a religious self help book for friendships, may have been more appropriate.
There are many quotes to the bible in this book, combined with the author’s perspective on these quotes, along with her insights on friendships. At the end of each chapter she lists several questions that would be helpful to a book club to create a group discussion, but these questions are intended to help the reader delve deeper into the material that has been shared.
While I can’t recommend this book to all women, it could be a good read for any woman that is active in their church group, looking for religious devotionals and tips for creating friendships with other women in their group. If you are interested in reading such devotional books, I hope you get a chance to check out this book. You may also want to let your Church Librarian know about this book.
I’m sure I share this sentiment with this author…… I wish you many Heart Sisters, whom you may create with those in your church, quilt group, or any woman you want to form a great friendship with. I feel a true Heart Sister is a wonderful friendship.
I’m welcoming the arrival of Spring with a thorough cleaning of my sewing room. Ever wonder what the oldest item in your sewing room might be?
I came across a copy of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Issue #183, from June 1986. I know this isn’t the oldest thing I have in my sewing room, but I did have fun re-reading it and thinking about “what is the oldest item in my sewing room?”. And I knew I wanted to share this magazine with you today.
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine started in 1969 by Bonnie and George Leman in Denver, Colorado. Bonnie was listed in this issue as the Founder and Editor in Chief. George was listed as the Publisher.
Try to vision a world without the internet, without email. Quilter’s lived in a small world, but subscribers to Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine were truly given insights into the “world of quilting”, with every issue. We could learn about award winning quilters, get inspired by beautiful quilts, receive new patterns that were free to subscribers, see a calendar of quilting events all over the world, swap with quilts from all over the world, and join forums (not online) with quilters from all over the world whom we could contact directly via snail mail! And, much, much, much more!
While there are always inspirational and educational articles in each issue of QNM, in this issue, Barbara Brackman shared excellent tips and techniques for quilting and finishing old tops. This article alone is worth the cost of this magazine!
There is also a heartwarming article about quilts given to every child arriving at the Georgia Home for Children. One child in particular had experienced more than a lifetime of hardships, knew that the quilt had been made by someone who cared enough to make such a beautiful handmade gift. And that little girl found comfort through that quilt. I don’t have permission to share the complete story published in this issue, but it is truly heartwarming. And for those of us who enjoy making charity quilts, a type of story that drives us to continue to want to make more of such quilts.
The internet has changed our world of quilting, but I still find inspiration, tips, free patterns and more in current issues of QNM. It was just fun to walk thru memory lane, when I came across this old issue in my sewing room.
If you like old magazines, live in the US, and want this old issue of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, leave a comment letting me know you’d like to read this issue. I’d prefer to share this issue with anyone who wants to read it vs toss it in a trashcan. And, as I need to go to the post office this week, to mail some giveaway prizes (and surprise prizes for participants in the #CreativeGoodness Weekly Linky Parties) I will gladly mail this issue to someone that is interested. But as this isn’t a giveaway, the first person to leave a comment and let me know they’d like to receive this magazine will be the one that I will send it to.
If you have old items in your sewing room, maybe you’ll want to share such insights. Would be fun to see what old items are lurking in our sewing rooms.
I will confess, I thought about creating Quilty clipart that showed the upcoming magazine cover modified to show a number of pins and needles in the backside of a certain character. But I couldn’t find the artwork for this pending issue. darn, thought we could share to show support by WW Quilters for Je suis Charlie.
This is what I came up with and if you wish to use it, you have my permission. Although I know I need to figure out my settings, to allow you to easily take a copy. In the meantime, email me and I’ll gladly share a copy.