Sunday, July 26, 2015

Thank you so much for following along with the 2015 New Quilter Bloggers Blog Hop! Yvonne, Stephanie, Terri Ann, and I really appreciate your support!

Before I get to the winners of this week's giveaway, I would like to announce that the New Quilt Bloggers have teamed up with Fabri-Quilt  and we are excited to bring you the 2015 New Quilt Block Blog Hop at the end of August.  The hop will run from Monday, August 31st through Thursday September 3rd.  

Each of 60 bloggers will be presenting a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (unfinished) quilt block with a tutorial to make the block using the following Watermelon Summer Color Palette including Chartreuse, Turquoise, Coral, Aqua, Lapis Blue, and White from Fabri-Quilt.

And now onto the giveaway winners:
Giveaway Winners Week 4
Thanks again to our generous Week 4 sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: AurifilThe Fat Quarter Shop,Meadow Mist Designs, and Quilting Jetgirl.
Without further ado, the 4 winners are:
Congratulations to our Week 4 Winners!
Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 4.

Quantum Quilters

Quantum Quilters

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter (Instagram: @livingwaterquilter)
Andrea @The Sewing Fools (Instagram: @andrealovestosew)
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
New Bee Button

New Bees

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Colleen @Colleen’s Custom Quilting

Sew Fabulous Hive

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Margo@ Shadowlane Quilts and Crafts
Josi@ Avocado Quilts
Deb @ The Farmhouse Quilter

Sewcial Swarm

Host: Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Jane @Jolly and Delilah Quilts
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts

Friday, July 24, 2015

MQG Challenge Quilt Finished

I am excited that today I have a finish to share with you!  Here is my finish (just in time) for the Riley Blake Challenge from the Modern Quilt Guild.  

The rules for the challenge were as follows:
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
An equilateral triangle quilt has been on my to-do list forever and after I saw that some of the fabrics had a repeating triangle print, I was sold.  In addition to making a triangle quilt for the first time, this was also the first time I had ever bound a quilt without 90 degree corners.

I figured out how to design a triangle quilt in EQ and started playing with ideas. (Here is my tutorial on how to design triangle quilts using EQ7.)  The quilt actually came together much easier than I thought it would, I was always so afraid of sewing non-square or rectangle pieces, but it turned out that my fear was completely unfounded.  (Here is my in-progress post.)

I knew that for the quilting in the background areas, I wanted to echo the hexagon shape formed by the print fabrics and then fill in the remaining space with a dense back and forth quilting.  I also wanted to mimic the quilting from the print areas in some of the background triangles.

Figuring out the quilting for the print areas was more difficult.  I first started to quilt a star pattern within the print triangles but the quilting was difficult to see and not dense enough compared to the background.  I put out a call for help on Instagram (@MeadowMistDesigns) and got some wonderful suggestions.  I wound up using a ribbon candy design that not only looked good, but took much less time and had less threads to bury than my original plan.

I used Lorna's @ Sew Fresh Quilts tutorial on binding inside corners to figure out how to bind the quilt and while it is far from perfect, it turned out pretty decent.

The quilt finished at about 48" x 48", a perfect size for a new baby.  I have a new niece or nephew due this December and if the baby is a girl, I will be sending this quilt off to her.

Here are just some more pictures, including the pieced back, to celebrate the quilt's finish.

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Fridayand Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Midnight Mystery Quilt - More Sponsors!

How does 4 more prizes being added to the Midnight Mystery Quilt-a-long sound?  We are now close to $300 in prizes!!  Yes, I am excited :)

I would like to introduce you to the two new sponsors of the Midnight Mystery Quilt.

1.  Busy Hands Quilts

Busy Hands Quilts is a blog and Etsy shop run by Myra (who is hosting her own Gravity QAL).  Myra is taking part in the Midnight Mystery Quilt and has some wonderful fabrics selected.  She has graciously donated 2 copies of her new quilt pattern Picket Fence as prizes for the reveal of the Mystery Quilt.

2. Studio E and Blank Quilting

Karen is a wonderful quilter in my local quilt guild who also works for Blank Quilt Corporation / Studio e and worked to bring us more giveaways.   Blank Quilt Corporation / Studio e have donated some wonderful fabric bundles as prizes. (It is going to be so hard to keep these in my sewing room until March and not use them!)  Up for grabs is a Studio e Fabrics 10-pc fat quarter bundle of Peppered Cottons and Blank’s 20-piece fat quarter bundle called Fusion Illusion.  

This new sponsors are in addition to our other wonderful sponsors: Pile O'Fabric, Bear Creek Quilting Company, and the Fat Quarter Shop.

Thank you so much to our sponsors!!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Bee Hive - Week 4 Plus Giveaway - New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to the fourth and final week of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!  Let's finish off this hop strong, please take the time to visit each of the 4 hive member's blogs this week:

Please consider visiting and leaving a friendly comment to show your love. Bloggers appreciate comments so much :)

We have 4 hosts, Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, Terri Anne @Childlike Fascinationand myself, each posting about several new bloggers for you to check out every Monday over the course of 4 weeks.  You can click on their links to visit their highlighted bloggers this week.

Also, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our Advice Post series!

New Quilt Bloggers Week 4 Giveaway!

We are so thankful to our generous sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. This week you can enter to win one of four fabulous prizes:

You can earn up to 6 entries to this giveaway:

Giveaway will run through July 25th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced July 26th.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Giveaway Winners Week 3 of the 2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop

I am happy to announce the winners from the Week 3 giveaways for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.

Thanks again to our generous Week 2 sponsors of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: Aurifil, The Fat Quarter Shop, Meadow Mist Designs, and Quilting Jetgirl.

Without further ado, the 4 winners are:

(1) Kate Spain Aurifil Thread Collection from Aurifil: Sherry B.
(1) $50 Gift Certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop: Janie M.
(2) Patterns of your choice from Meadow Mist Designs: Carol Y.
(2) Patterns of your choice from Quilting Jetgirl: Valerie P.

Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 3.  Please take some time to visit this week's bloggers if you have not had a chance to do so yet.

Quantum Quilters

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