Saturday, April 12, 2014

Winner, winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway and helped spread the word about my two new patterns, Shoo Fly Pie and Peanut Butter Pinwheels.

And now to the winners...the giveaway was for for two people to win both patterns, but I decided to give three people both patterns. selected

Sewing Mom

Debbie - you are a winner but you are a no-reply blogger so I have no way of contacting you, please send me your e-mail address to meadowmistdesigns (at) gmail (dot) com so that I can send you your patterns :)

Thanks again and congrats to the winners!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Improv Quilt Two Finish

Earlier this week, I used some quilt scraps from my son's quilt to make a mini improv quilt I am calling Improv Quilt Two (in progress - blogged here).  I quilted the mini using matchstick quilting in a light grey Aurifil thread.  The quilt finished at about 13" x 18".

For the first time, I used facing instead of binding.  I used this tutorial from Susan Brubaker Knapp @ Blue Moon River.  Facing was actually was easier then I thought it was going to be.  The only issue I ran into was that with all of the clips and pins holding the facing in place on the back, my hand sewing thread kept getting tangled and caught on the pins.  Here are some more finished pictures...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday - April 9th, 2014

I have been busy lately drafting and finishing up some patterns and tutorials which means lots of computer time and less sewing time.  After working on the patterns for a long time my eyes started to cross with all of the quilty math and I had to break away.  In my sewing room, I could have continued working on my many already in progress quilts, but I really felt like playing.

I took the scraps from the double/queen sized quilt I am working on for my son (tentatively named Sea Star), here is some blocks laid out but not yet sewn together...

... and free pieced them into small quilt top (about 13" x 18").  My husband said that it looked like a 70's basement (I was not sure if that was an insult or a compliment).

I decided to do some matchstick quilting using a light grey Aurifil thread after being inspired by some matchstick quilting by Winding Bobbins.  I started by marking a straight line in the middle of the quilt and quilted out from the line using the outer edge of my walking foot (so the lines were about 3/8 of an inch apart).  I then quilted a line between each of those lines and then finally quilted a line between the lines again.

I really like how the mini looks without a binding so my plan is to try facing this quilt instead of binding it.  Hopefully I'll have a finish to show on Friday.

I'm linking up to  Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart QuiltsFabric Tuesday @ Quilt StoryLet's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh QuiltsNeedle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, and WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fox Friends, Aurifil, and Ruler Holders Oh My

Welcome to my Sunday Stash report...

I was down to my last spool of Aurifil white (I get really nervous and my eye starts twitching when that happens :)  so luckily I found some great deals on Aurifil thread at my local quilt show and at Pink Castle. Here are the 9 spools I picked up.

And now Fox Friends...I had been debating over this line since I saw the previews.  As soon as it came out I got some yardage of the polkadot bunny prints and tried to convince myself that it was enough.  Enter the sale at Pink Castle and the fat quarter bundle jumped into my cart (that is my story and I am sticking to it).

When I was at the quilt show helping out the in book sales area, one fellow quilter came in with one of these:

I don't have too many rulers (yet), but for the ones I did have I was storing them all in a stack on my bookshelf which meant that every time I pulled one out they all wound up all over the floor.  I am loving this organization.

Finally, I went to put my Bernina in for its 1 year cleaning and started talking with one of the sales women about a quilting issue I was having (when quilting in a straight line, when I turned the quilt 90 degrees or more I often wound up with a birds nest on the back).  She recommended trying the straight stitch plate so I bought one of those and will let you know if it solves the problem.

Happy Stashing!  I'm linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.

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