November 15, 2017

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 Blog Tour + Giveaway - Waiting for Spring

Welcome to my stop on the 100 Blocks road Rally Blog Tour and I am so glad you found your way here!  I am thrilled to have my fourth block, Waiting for Spring, published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.


Waiting for Spring, block #1523, is included in the mixed technique section of 100 Blocks Vol. 16.  The block contains three techniques with the first being hand applique.  I made bias stems and blind stitched them down by hand.

The second technique is applique using a machine zigzag satin stitch for the flowers.  For thread, I used matching Aurifil 100% cotton 50 wt. in my machine for the applique.  I share some some machine applique tips here in this post.

And, the third technique is piecing, both traditional piecing and partial seam construction.


When choosing fabrics for Waiting for Spring, I had just returned from QuiltCon 2017 which took place in Savannah, GA where I purchased four half-yard cuts of Add It Up, Cotton and Steel basics which I blogged about in this Sunday Stash post.  I used Add It Up in Lip Gloss, Sea Glass and Indigo.

Also included in Waiting for Spring are two other Cotton and Steel basics, XOXO in Dandelion and Shag Carpet.  When cutting the green, Shag Carpet, I was able to avoid the X's and make the bias stem solid.

Dandelion was the perfect yellow for the flower centers and again, I was able to avoid the print for a solid centers.

I hope you have fun making your own flowers in a vase while you are 'waiting for spring'!

You can find my other blocks in previous Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issues:

And now on to the Giveaways!

Giveaway #1.  The editors at Quiltmaker are sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of 100 Blocks Vol.16 and will mail the magazine directly to you anywhere worldwide.

Giveaway #2.  I will mail a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 16 to one lucky commenter to anywhere worldwide.

How to enter:

1. Leave a comment letting me know your favorite technique for applique whether it be by hand or machine.

2. Followers, old and new alike, get a bonus entry.  Leave a second comment and let me know how you follow - such as BloglovinInstagram or Email.

The giveaway will run through Saturday, November 18, 2017 and close at 8pm EST(The giveaway is closed.) I normally respond to every comment received, but during the giveaway the volume may be to large for me to do so. Please leave your e-mail address so I have a way of contacting you if you are a no-reply blogger.

Update:  Congratulations to Diane and Susan, winners of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, Vol 16! Thank you to everyone who commented on their favorite method of applique.
Visit The Quilting Company (Quiltmaker's Quilty Pleasurers) Day 3, for links to today's participating blogs!  The new website for Quilty Pleasures is here.  To see all of the creative and original blocks in this issue, 100 Blocks Vol. 16 is available on the newsstands now or you can order 100 blocks from Quiltmaker.

Linking to Let's Bee Social #203 with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts and Midweek Makers #98 with Susan at QuiltFabrication.

November 14, 2017

Stash Fabrics Design Star Finalist: Round 2

I'm still in awe that my curated bundle was chosen by Beth of Stash Fabrics in the initial round of competition for 2017 Stash Fabrics Design Star.  Stash Fabrics is primarily an online family owned fabric store located in Alpharetta, GA, with excellent customer service and super fast shipping.

You can see my initial curated bundle here that landed me as 1 of 12 finalists to move on to Round 2 of competition.

Round 2 ~ DECADES

For Round 2, the designers choose a decade that best suits each and curate a bundle around that decade using the interactive design wall on the Stash Fabrics website.  This is my mid-century modern bundle inspired by 1950's.


I was drawn to the colors in these mid-century modern homes found in this image.

Cover Better Homes and Gardens, September 1958

Later, I found this was a partial cover of the September 1958 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Better Homes and Gardens, September 1958
I then found another inspiration, this Birds illustration by Dante Terzigni an thought it captured the colors so familiar with the mid-century modern era.

Birds illustration by Dante Terzigni

Voting is Open

From now through November 19th, you can vote for your top three DECADES favorites over on the Stash Fabrics blog, in this post, Stash Fabrics Design Star Round 2.

You can vote once per day, per device, through November 19.  I would appreciate your vote.  The decades are represented so well, so head on over to see the other curated bundles.

Linking to Let's Bee Social #203 with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.

November 13, 2017

100 Blocks Vol. 16 Blog Tour

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour is this week and I'm excited to be participating once again.

So rev up your engines and be prepared to put on your brakes and stop by the Quilty Pleasures blog to see all the participating bloggers on the Road Rally Blog Tour happening all this week!

I'll be sharing my block, Waiting for Spring, on Wednesday, November 15th.  See you then!