December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016

Welcome to Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016!

I'm excited to be participating for the second time in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016 in the Sewing + Craft supplies section.

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide.  The giveaway starts today, Wednesday, December 7th and runs through Sunday, December 11th and will close at 8pm EST.

Littly Ruby jelly roll by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics

One lucky winner will received a jelly roll of Little Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics which includes 40 strips measuring 2 1/2" x 44". You will not be tempted to leave this jelly roll sitting on the shelf as it has already been opened in order to photograph.

Look at the beautiful small scale reds and aquas!

Little Ruby jelly roll strips in aqua and red

And the greens and whites are just as pretty!  

Little Ruby jelly roll strips in greens and whites

Giveaway Details:

1.  Leave a comment.  For a suggested topic...Are you planning to attend QuiltCon East, the Modern Quilt Guild's international conference and quilt show taking place in Savannah, GA in February 2017? If so, I hope to see you there!

2.  Followers, old and new alike, get an additional entry.  Leave a second comment letting me know how you subscribe. Some choices are Bloglovin'Email, or Instagram.

Be sure to include your email address if you are a no-reply blogger.  If I can not contact you, you can not win.

Normally, I love to reply to your comments, but during the giveaway, I may not be able to reply to each and everyone. 

Note:  If shipping is cost prohibitive, I reserve the right to provide a gift certificate of comparable value to a quilt shop in your area in lieu of shipping the giveaway to you.

Thank you for stopping by to enter the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway and I hope you will consider following along with me on this quilting journey!  In the gallery you will find my finished quilts here, quilted projects here and quilt blocks here.

Good Luck!

December 6, 2016

Longarm Quilting

Other than doodling at the quilt show, I had not tried to free-hand quilt on a longarm until now.  After Johellen Geoge quilted Navigating to Pluto for me, I expressed an interest in giving longarming a try and she agreed to show me the ropes on her Innova Quilting Machine.  I took a little over a yard of two different fabrics and basically quilted a wholecloth baby quilt.

I mostly quilted wavy lines back and forth but I did throw in a few leaves.  It took practice to stop, make a sharp point and reverse to create the vein in the leaf.

I also tried some waves like Johellen quilted on my quilt.  Those were a little challenging also.  This is one of the better ones.

And then there were loops.  It was difinitely easier for me to quilt from left to right as if I was writing.  The top and bottom loops in the below picture were quilted from left to right.

The loop on the far right was quilted right to left.  I was able to go into the loop nicely, but coming back out was a different story.

Here's two more loops going from right to left which are not so smooth.  And there's one going left to right which is pretty good.  It's much like quilting on a domestic takes practice!

The floral fabric is a Denyse Schmidt print for Fabric Traditions I found on clearance at JoAnn's.  The backing is Grand Revival from Darla by Tanya Whedan for FreeSpirit Fabrics.  I'm going to bind it in the pink gingham and cut the strips on the bias.

Wanting to make a quilt for a charity project for my local traditional guild, I'm going to make binding on this wholecloth quilt as my One Montly Goal for December, linking with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  And I'll be linking to Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts with Lorna.

December 4, 2016

Air Mail from Australia and HSTs

Look what arrived all the way from Australia!  I was one of the lucky winners of Molli Sparkles Sunday Stash #200 celebration and received two Making Merry paper patterns of my choice from Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.


With Christmas right around the corner, I thought maybe a pillow would be nice using her Garland pattern.  I used Alyce's tutorial for creating eight half square triangles at a time.

Rather than drawing the lines on the diagonal, I find it easier to use the Fons and Porter's Quarter Inch Seam Marker and a hera maker.  Since I needed 12 HSTs, I marked two squares.

Designer Solids by Free Spirt in Chartreuse

Rather than using just two fabrics, I used two squares of chartreuse and two different prints from Slow and Steady by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics.

Here's some of the HSTs after they were trimmed.  I wonder if I can get a pillow made before Christmas.

Half square triangles made for Garland

Linking to Sunday Stash #205 and Main Crush Monday.