Tuesday, July 16, 2019

🎄12 Days of Christmas in July 🎁 with *2* Giveaways!



*giveaways are now closed*

Hello friends, Merry Christmas in July!

Since the last time I was on the blog the temperature has turned a 180 on us, it is blazing outside now!  Which makes it nice to sit and sew and think of cooler days to come.  😁  I was super excited when Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict invited me to participate in the blog hop again because I had some projects to get done.  Thank you Sarah for organizing all this goodness!  In addition to all the inspiration you will see on this hop there is a giveaway sponsored by FIGO Fabrics that you can enter to win on each participating blog, and I am also having a celebratory giveaway!  The giveaway links are near the end of my post.

First, I completed a couple pillowcases for my nieces.  I love the "burrito" method with French seams, it makes such a nice gift.

Secondly I completed this quilt!  A bit of back story on this:  I was picked by Henry Glass for the Desire to Inspire Challenge in May 2019, and got to work with this beautiful collection of fabric called Jolly Ole Soul by Barb Tourtillotte (visit here for pictures of my projects) and origionally planned to use this as the backing of the quilt I made.  I ended up liking it too much to part with, so instead made it even larger and quilted it up for John and I to snuggle under!
I made this quilt with the panel that is part of the line and then made some simple present blocks using flying geese for the bows.  I made my "presents" different sizes and alternated the background for added interest!  I also used a couple prints from last year's Challenge with the Just Beachy fabric.  And I decided to quilt an edge to edge pattern with the swirls as they mimic the swirls in the white around Santa, and it was relatively quick to stitch out.  Sometimes you just need your project to be finished!

I backed it with flannel, fyi
RED FLANNEL BLEEDS
and you should wash it before doing anything else with it.  I washed mine twice with 3 color catchers each time, and I think I will be comfortable sleeping under it now.

I had to get John to take a photo of how much taller the quilt is than I am, I'm so excited to have it cover my toes and nose at the same time!

I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today, and guess what?  This is my 100th post and in celebration I am offering a giveaway in addition to the one from FIGO Fabrics (entry form below my drawing)! I am offering a pair of handmade beaded Christmas earrings!  Your choice of either snowmen or Santa earrings if you win.  My giveaway is open until July 27th and I will announce the winner shortly after.
(I have to limit this to US only due to ridiculous international postage rates, but I will figure out an alternate prize if you are overseas!)

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And here is the beautiful fabric from FIGO Fabrics (a fat quarter bundle!):


Make sure to click SUBMIT!

I hope you have lots of fun exploring the posts on this blog hop and get a ton of inspiration!

Brandy

Thomas and Belle say "hello" too!  They really love this rainbow quilt, I am guessing it's the wool batting.


I am also linking to

Monday, July 15, 2019

12DCIJ Schedule 2019

Yay, it's time for the 12 days of Christmas in July again!  Visit each of these blogs to get some great ideas and be sure to swing by here again on Wednesday for mynpost and a giveaway!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on this blog hop celebrating the release of Teresa Mairal Barreu's new book, Turnabout Patckwork!  I have loved seeing all the variations the other bloggers made, be sure to follow their links at the end of this post if you haven't seen them yet.

If you want to see more of Teresa's work follow these links:


Be sure to read to the end of this post to be entered to win a copy of Teresa's book!


The concept of taking simple pieced blocks and slicing them up then turning them every which way was really neat to explore when reading through this book.  I am excited to share this book with all my friends at guild as a good way to make fun baby quilts for our community service project!

I thoroughly enjoyed making a little quilt with blocks from the Coordinated Strips section arranged in the Diamonds and Crosses layout.  I went to Walla Walla Sew and Vac for my stripe and ended up getting all the coordinating fabric about a week later from them as well!  The backing I found at Stash was exactly what I needed to calm down my busy top.

You can see here that I switched up the color placement a little with the "background" fabrics, it felt better putting the colors opposite like this, as if they wanted to be more scrappy.

One of the things mentioned by Teresa in the book is that with these blocks you are dealing with a lot of bias edges.  I made sure to starch (well, I use Best Press) my strip sets before cutting them down and I had no problems with the bias.

When I reached this stage I was really pleased to see how my blocks were turning out and that secondary design was really exciting!  In the picture above you can see the pinwheels pretty clearly, but in the one below I feel like the squares are prominent.  And all I did was add sashing and cornerstones!

 I did a tiny sashing between my blocks, 1/2 inch finished!  But it was enough to keep the secondary pattern looking continuous.

I was hustling to get my quilt loaded on the longarm and finish stitching before the Super Bowl began.  The last stitches went in 2 minutes before the game started!  The Diagonal Plaid pattern from Patricia Ritter stiched out wonderfully (and quickly!) and looks really great with two layers of 80/20 batting.

My quilt ended up finishing at 38 inches square using nine blocks and 4 inch borders, which makes for a great baby quilt or even a driving quilt, I am thinking I will put it in the car for the next few weeks.

I also made my first scrappy binding!  It went really well and I am definitely doing that again.  And look, we finally have winter weather!

This Bandana yardage I found for the backing is really pretty.  They had some orange too, I may need to go pick some up...

 Eek!  Snowflakes that are taking on their snowflaky form!

 I was able to get Thomas to inspect for me in between daily tasks, thanks buddy for taking time out of your busy schedule to check out my latest quilt.

Thank you for stopping by to see my project from this fun book.  Remember to leave a comment to be entered to win a digital copy of it for yourself!  I will draw a winner on February 14th.

Have a wonderful day!

Brandy
 

Full schedule:

January 30 - Quarter Snow Ball

Arrowhead
Sweet Bows
Tutti-frutti
Sun Dunes

February 1 - Modern Shoofly

Flying Rainbows
Flying Butterflies
Flying Flags
Flying Confetti

February 2 - Half Square Triangles (HSTs) and squares

Rose Garden Star
Swirl
Houndstooth
Diamond Star

February 4 - Striped Fabric Block

Shells
Xs and Os
Jaws
Arrowhead

February 6 - Coordinated Strips

Peaks
Diamond and Crosses
Knots and Crosses

February 8 - Double Disappearing Nine-Patch

Holiday Trellis
Stepping Stones
Two for One
Cross