Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Free Aussie Applique BOM and Giveaway

Funny how timely things can be.  Here I was today, having decided to add another project to my long list of UFO's.  I wanted to do an applique with different blocks.  I love the Baltimore quilts, but that is way out of my league right now.  I wasn't really finding anything that jumped out at me on line and was planning on going through my huge pile of books and magazines to see what I could find.  Tonight I see a post from a lovely Australian blog I follow, Mother's Cupboard.  Fiona has designed a Flowers of Love BOM.  It is a ten part project and by the looks of the first block promises to be really cute.  Definitely looks like something I can handle.  She is generously giving this BOM to us for free.  So nice of her!

Here is a look at block one:

Photo by Mother's Cupboard

Not only is Fiona giving us the BOM, to celebrate the launch of this project, she is also giving away a complete set of blocks and the fabric to complete nine blocks to one of her followers.  Click on the "Flowers of Love" button in my sidebar to check it out!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring in Australia.  It is also the day my first grader starts school, and despite the outrageously hot weather we've had this week, fall is just around the corner here in the Northeast USA.  I think I will enjoy the Aussie spring vicariously through this project during our winter.  Won't you join me?

Until Next Time,

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm GO!ing to Tell You About Another Giveaway.....

I seriously cannot believe all of the Accuquilt GO! Giveaways going on right now in blogland.  I think if you look at my recent posts you will see how much I admire the GO! cutter and will be getting one somehow.  There are new tutorials popping up all over the place filling my idea book up faster than I can write them down.

Sherri at A Quilting Life is the latest GO! Giveaway I have found.  Go on over and check it out! 

She talks about how easy it is to cut hexagons with her GO! cutter for her English Paper Piecing:

Photo by A Quilting Life

If you havn't tried English Paper Piecing yet, you can check out Quilt Campus for classes and free workshops.  Warning:  English Paper Piecing is relaxing and addictive!

One of these days I will see how many hexies I can stitch while watching Pride and Prejudice.  Seems like a nice way to spend an evening.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

ANOTHER GO! Giveaway Spotted! Have You Seen The Applique?

I really do think the Accuquilt Go! Cutter is the hottest thing since the rotary cutter.  And look!  It's portable!

Photos by Accuquilt

I have always used the rotary cutter, but remember my mother cutting from cardboard templates and scissors one piece at a time.  The rotary was the way to go for speed when it comes to strips, squares and triangles.  However curves and applique, for me, is still best done with scissors.  Now, with the Accuquilt Go! Cutter, not only are strips and squares quick, all KINDS of shapes will be easy to cut.  They already have SO many dies to choose from, including applique, and looks like they are adding more all the time. 

Looky at just some of the applique die shapes they have:

Go on over to Freckled Whimsy for your chance to win your own Accuquilt GO! Cutter and you too can have a bunch of shapes cut in no time!  But hurry, her giveaway ends tomorrow!

Until Next Time,

Monday, August 23, 2010

Accuquilt GO! Giveaways Abound! Here's Another One!

Have you visited Paulette at Sweet P Quilting and Creations?  If not you are missing out.  Paulette always has fun cheerful posts and great pictures to share and she is a "wool wonder" if you ask me.  You should see the hen penny rug she did recently, it is fabulous.

Anywho, her blogging style isn't the only reason for my post.  She has been getting to know her brandy new Accuquilt Go! cutter, affectionately named "Lady Go Go", whipping up some great homespun strips and showing us how easy the Accuquilt GO! is to use.  AND she has an Accuquilt GO! to give away!

photo by Accuquilt

I can't wait to get my hands on this machine!  You can see all the dies and accessories available at the Accuquilt website.  The possibilities are endless!

So go on over, check it out, then be sure to enter Paulette's Accuquilt GO! Giveaway!  If you win then you'll be whipping up quilt tops in no time!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Another GO! Giveaway!

How lucky are we that there are several chances to win an Accuquilt GO! Cutter! 

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these.  You can do so much with them and there are tons of dies to choose from.  Apples, and Circles and Tumblers Oh! My!

Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works is having a GO! giveaway.  Head on over there for your chance!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My FNSI Was A Bust :-(

Well, things don't always go as planned do they?  Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather, but thought I would still be able to sew in the evening.  However hubby got home late and something came up with extended family that was pretty important, which made for a very early morning today.  So, although I attempted to sew, I did not accomplish much.

Knowing I shouldn't sew when I'm tired, I had decided to make a few pincushions...how tough could that be?  But I only got the top of one done and I am not happy with it so I will start over.  Maybe today.

Or MAYBE I just pull out this UFO:

Its a Rail Fence top that I had started as a sample for a Girl Scout quilting class.  We plan to offer the class again in the fall so I need to have something to show them.

Hopefully you all had more successes with your Friday Night!

Until Next Time,

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Quilter's Latest Must-Have! AccuQuilt Go! Giveaway Spotted!

I've seen the Accuquilt advertised and thought, "that's nice but not necessary for me"  Well, the more I look into it, the more I want one!  I visited a quilt shop in New Jersey last week and they had their store demo for sale, so I got to check it out.  Then I see the tutorials on Sew Many Ways Blog and all the different dies available on the Accuquilt website and the ideas are just spilling over.  I REALLY want one of these!  Santa, I've been good!

photo by accuquilt.com

Click here to see Karen's tutorials, you'll want one too, and enter the giveaway!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Free Motion Quilt-A-Long AND Friday NIght Sew-In!

In a recent post, I talked about trying to improve my free motion quilting by practicing on my Road To Spring Quilt.  I haven't made much progress:

That's it.  Just two designs so far.

For one, we've been traveling quite a bit this summer so I haven't had the time.  Second, I bought myself a birthday present by ordering the Gidget II Table from Leah Day.  You might be familiar with her fabulous blog 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting?  I have the table, and the Supreme Slider, also ordered from Leah, and am now anxiously waiting for my custom acrylic insert to fit my machine. 

Both of my girls start school soon and their days are longer so I will have a little more time to play.  How convenient that Christina at A Few Scraps is hosting a Free Motion Quilt-A-Long, complete with a giveaway of goodies to start you off!  The giveaway is open until August 21 so click on the button on my sidebar and check it out!  I'm talking to you Paulette! lol!

So, you can guess what I will hopefully be working on Friday during the August Friday Night Sew-In!  Sign up, call the pizza man and get your comfy sewing clothes on, make progress on a UFO and maybe win something!

Until Next Time,

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gettin' In Some Embroidery Sewing Time

Today I thought it was about time to blow the dust off the embroidery unit for my machine.  (Actually, I just blew the dust off the case.... the unit is stored safely inside!)  Here she is hard at work on a towel,

Alas, I have not been paying attention to my little Etsy shop.  I need to fix it up, re-list some items and I will be listing what I got done today as well....

I think fall-themed projects are my favorite although Christmas is a close second....

These are some swirly snowflakes that will look great all season long.

Forgive the photography, these are fresh out of the hoops and I still need to rinse out the stabilizer and chalk marks.  Ran out of time today....kids gotta eat!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Husqvarna Serger Giveaway at Sew Mama Sew!

Wow!  Sew Mama Sew is having a Husqvarna S21 Serger Giveaway!  To enter you need to post about why you should have a new serger.  They are looking for very creative answers. 

Just look at this baby!

photo from Husqvarna.com

I am way too shy to post a "why I need a makeover" type video, or any video, so here is my Top Ten List of how a new Husqvarna Serger would enhance my sewing life:

1.  My Husqvarna Designer SE LE needs a playmate.
2.  Finished seams.
3.  Fast finished seams.
4.  Repurpose old towels with finished edges.
5.  Love serged seams on the outside.
6.  I promise I'll take care of it!
7.  Get over my fear of knits
8.  Get to use my "Serge with Confidence" book.
9.  Creative quilting
10.  Super fast charity sewing!  Pay it Forward!

Wish me luck!

Until Next Time,

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Pets on Quilts Show Entry

Have you visited Sew Cal Girl's blog to see the Pets on Quilts Show yet?  There are some really cute pictures and some great projects to look at.  There are prizes for viewers who leave comments on the entries, as well as voters for the Viewers Choice prize given so head on over and get your vote in!

You'll recognize my entry from my header:

Last fall I made a quilt for my neighbor's baby girl, using the Speedy Baby Two pattern by Quilt Taffy.  You can see more pictures on my post about it here.  The doggie was a gift for the big brother, who was 18 months old at the time.  I think he turned out pretty cute, and it was a big hit.  It was my first "3-dimentional" project.  I used Simplicity Pattern 2763 (bought on sale at Jo-Anns).

Well, I've got some viewing and voting to do....

Until Next Time,

Monday, August 2, 2010

Basting Can Be Comfortable!

I was able to get my Road to Spring quilt basted on Thursday.  Thanks to the wonderous talents of Sharon Schamber, I have learned a way to thread baste that is quick and most of all comfortable.  No more hands and knees on the floor!  Today I sat at my dining room table and happily basted my 50" x 60" Road to Spring quilt top in a little over an hour.  Sharon has a how-to video on You Tube, which you can see here.

I first learned of Sharon a couple of years ago when she was featured in the American Quilter's Society's "American Quilter" magazine.  Her award-winning quilts are nothing short of stunning.  Treat yourself and see some of her work here.

Now, off to get ready for some serious free motion practice!

Until Next Time,

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Get Your Close-Ups Ready for the "Pets On Quilts" Show!

One of the blogs I enjoy, Sew Cal Gal, is hosting a fun on line quilt show, Pets On Quilts

Quilts can be animal themed, or for shelter charities, or as most of us will do I'm sure, get out the camera and take pics of our furbabies on or with one of our quilts.  How cute will that be?  There are several catagories to win with sponsored prizes, including prizes just for helping to spread the word!  Go on over to Sew Cal Gal and check it out.

Until Next Time,