Friday, May 8, 2015

Little Miss Merry Mermaid on her way to Quilt Market with Riley Blake, and her pattern is finally done! 

I had a hard time with figuring out how to write and organize this one.  Which is weird b/c she looks easy enough, but WOW.  I was banging my head for a while.  But it finally came together and is now a neat and tidy, easy to follow little pattern.

I dreamed her up a few months ago, when I doodled a little mermaid, and then when I saw Cinderberry Stitches new line coming out, Saltwater, I knew I HAD to make her with that fabric!!

She's really quick to sew up.. it only took a long afternoon. I love that she's a mermaid, and there are mermaids in the fabric.

This is her final pattern cover.

I love this mermaid fabric, too. How cute would it be in this quilt!  It's by Ann Kelle.

I do like a "theme-y" quilt if you hadn't noticed yet. :)

You could customize the skin tone and hair for the recipient, whether fair or olive or dark, or you could just go wild and colorful.  

Happy Friday, have a great weekend!!

P.S. The Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Blog Hop giveaway is going on until Sunday, if you haven't entered yet! :) Thanks for popping in to visit!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Kick Off Giveaway

Welcome! Today kicks off the Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11. It runs May 4-8, and there will be lots of blogs to visit and prizes to win! So let's party!

My block, called Beat It, is #1046 on page 34.  It's mostly pieced, but is in the mixed technique category due to the trim.

I had so much fun making it, I made four more, all out of scraps.

Even the white background came from scraps. But this time, instead of sewing the beaters' ric-rac down, I left it loose and intertwined it. On some, I used skinny ribbon instead of ric-rac.

Then I added a white border and some scrappy borders around them and sewed them together... make a wall hanging size, about 34" square. When I accidentally stitched the handle pieces backwards on one of them, I just decided to go with it and make one of them facing the other direction. :)  

I hope you have fun blog surfing and seeing all of the blocks and entering the giveaways!  For the giveaway here, these are the prizes up for grabs, thanks to some really generous sponsors!


Quiltmaker will be giving a copy of the magazine to one lucky winner..


Wintercreek Cloth has generously offered to give another winner a Modern Solids Strip Set A Rainbow by In the Beginning Fabrics.


...and yet another winner, a $25 gift certificate to their online shop, which I will include a copy of the magazine with.


Mad About Patchwork has contributed a $30 gift certificate to their shop, which I will also include a copy of the magazine with.


And last, but not least, Fat Quarter Shop has donated a FQ bundle of Kona Cotton Solids, the Red Pepper Quilts Designer Palette Bundle.

That's five winners! For entries, I went the easy way again and put together a rafflecopter.  That way, I'll be sure to have an email address to contact the winners, and it's easy for you to click whichever entries you'd like. Blog followers get extra entries. Thanks for stopping in and happy hopping! :) And thanks Quiltmaker for including my block! Don't forget to head over there when you're done here to enter all of the other giveaways!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will be open until next Sunday and I will also be linking up to Sew Mama Sew's biannual giveaway day. What a fun way to start off a week. :)

Happy Monday!

Linking up: Sew Mama Sew Giveaway DayCraftastic Monday, Create Link Inspire, Linky Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Show and Tell, Sew Cute Tuesday, Handmade Tuesday, Show and Tell Tuesday

Friday, May 1, 2015

Pre-Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to Nita in Canada! She won the sample copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11. 

But, there are still many more chances to win! Come back on Monday, May 4th when the blog hop kicks off for a chance at some rainbow-y solids, and some gift certificates, along with another chance for a copy of the magazine. Mad About Patchwork, Wintercreek Cloth, and Fat Quarter Shop have all donated prizes for that day. Here's a preview of the fabric prizes. :)

Hope to see you Monday, when I can show you my block and the small quilt I made with it and post all of the fun prizes up for grabs. :)

Have a great weekend! Happy Quilting!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Bright Lights, Big City Quilt and a Giveaway

I finally finished this quilt and pattern called Bright Lights, Big City the other day. (b/c it reminds me of a skyline. Or color crayons. But mostly a skyline.) ;)

It started out with this Riley Blake solids FQ pack, and a few Riley Blake neon prints that I found online.

Then I used some Triangles on a Roll paper to make the QSTs which I had never tried before, and it worked out great.  The directions are printed on the paper.

And it makes it super quick, and precise to sew up and trim.

I have a really really hard time with matching points, (remember the quilt I made my hub that was eventually named Triangle Massacre?) but with the paper, most of them look like this.  

Which is great for a point-matching-challenged person like me! :) And although they sell a few of my patterns on their website, and occasionally ask me to try their products, they don't pay me to say this stuff!  I just truly love using their papers, b/c perfect points hate me!!  lol  And with the papers, I can make them look like that green one more often than not! :) There's still the occasional rogue point, b/c that's just me, but it's not stressful anymore. :)

And the really, really fun news is that Pat wants to hang it in her Triangles on a Roll booth in Houston in the fall and I'm so excited! Because I get to go, too! :)  EEP!! And if that wasn't enough, she has asked me to be a featured artist in her booth, and come up with new designs using her different products, to show, along with some of the ones I've already made.  I need to be pinched..hard. After I pick myself up off the floor. After the smelling salts wake me up! I get to use something I love, to make things I love, and then share them. It doesn't get much better than that. And to look more official and business-like, I made a fun little logo to put on my patterns. He looks like he needs stitches, no? :)

But as exciting as it is, it's also a little scary and intimidating! I don't want to let her down. Yikes! *plunges face back into paper bag to breathe*

It's all super fun though, and I have lots of ideas to work on all summer that will keep me busy, but I will share what I can.  :) 

In the meantime, Bright Lights Big City is in my Craftsy and Etsy shops. 

If anyone gives it a try out there I hope they will share their finish with me! :)  There is also a twin option as well showing what it would look like in prints with a light background.

For the giveaway.. The Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog hop is coming again, on May 4-8. (It will be here on the 4th.) There will be some good prizes up for grabs! :) But for today, I just got some sample copies in the mail, so if you leave a comment on this post, I will pick a winner on Friday to send a copy to. :)

Thanks for popping in! Happy Colorful Monday!!