Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blogiversary winner and Scrappy tiles pattern testers

Thank you all so much for your kind words and well wishes on my blogiversary.  

For the pincushion giveaway, Random.org selected number 38 which was Ruth. Congrats Ruth!





In addition, two of my pattern testers have posts on their blogs describing a little more about the quilts and their processes (along with more pictures).


Just remember, Scrappy Tiles is available on Craftsy and Etsy for $5.50 for only a few more days.

Thanks!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Foothills Mystery Quilt - My October Blocks

The October instructions for the Foothills Mystery Quilt were to make 12 Square in a Square blocks.  

This month's instructions took me far, far less time than the HST of September. I like to oversize my Square in a Square (SiaS) blocks, then trim them down to size to make sure that I have 1/4" between each of the corners of the inner square to the outer square.  

Here is a picture of my 12 finished blocks, I am starting to like the scrappy low volume background and scrappy contrasting prints.


Thanks for quilting along with me :)


I am linking up to MOP Monday @ Tweety Loves Quilting, Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, and Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Show and Tuesday @ Freshly Squeezed Fabrics, and Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt.

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scrappy Tiles Testers Part 2

Yesterday I highlighted 3 of my pattern testers and reviewers, Beth, Lynda, and Wendy.  

Today I wanted to highlight the other three wonderful women that helped me out so much with the pattern testing and reviewing.

First up is Lin from Lin's Quilts. I met Lin through the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop. Lin has been sewing since 6th grade and got into quilting about 25 years ago, and have been addicted ever since. She has three kids and three granddaughters. Her quilting is amazing, go check it out!

Lin used scraps to make her version of Scrappy Tiles. Check out her quilt top:







The second quilter and tester I would like to highlight today is Ashley.  Ashley is a newer quilter I met though the blog who was kind enough to offer to pattern test for me.  She used bright scraps (there are coordinating pieces from three different fabric lines, plus two random designs).  

She also gave me the idea to include some basic quilting tutorials on my blog and have links to them within the patterns so that quilters who need a little more instruction on binding or quilting can get additional instruction.  I am working on the tutorials now.



Last, but definitely not least is my super quilty friend Paige who I met through our local modern quilting guild.  Paige does not have a blog (yet), but is one of the most wonderful quilters I have ever met.  She is a source of inspiration for me; her piecing and quilting are second to none, her designs are fabulous, and her advice and knowledge are generously given.

Paige was highlighted by the MQG (here) after she won 2nd place at the AQS show in Grands Rapids in the Modern category.  Paige has been so helpful to review almost every single one of my patterns, be it for a tutorial, for sale, or for a publication.  

Paige is always there to bounce ideas off of and I look forward to getting to know her better and becoming a better quilter through her mentoring.

Thank you so much Lin, Ashley, and Paige!

I want to thank everyone who has already purchased the pattern, Scrappy Tiles was a Top 20 Best Seller at Craftsy on Monday!


If you are looking for my one year blogiversary giveaway, you can find it here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Scrappy Tiles Testers Part 1

I mentioned in my post yesterday, I have released the Scrappy Tiles pattern and it is available in my Etsy shop and Craftsy shop for $5.50 for 2 weeks (through Monday October 20th) before it goes up to its full price.

I want to thank everyone who has already purchased the pattern, Scrappy Tiles was a Top 20 Best Seller at Craftsy yesterday!




Today I wanted to highlight three of the wonderful women that helped me out so much with the pattern testing and reviewing.

First up is Beth from Cooking up Quilts.  I met Beth through the 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop and she makes some absolutely beautiful quilts and bags.  Go check out her latest finish, a great take on the classic Churn Dash quilt.  

In addition, she is an amazing pattern tester.  In one day (in fact less than 24 hours) she had the top complete using a layer cake she had!  Less than a week from getting the pattern she had the entire quilt quilted and bound.  She named her version "All Mixed Up" and used her left over layer cake slices for a pieced back.  I love her version with its wonderful swirl quilting!  







The second quilter and tester I would like to highlight today is Lynda.  Lynda does not have a blog, so here is a bit about her:

"I am a 69 y/o widow retired from working in the Insurance Industry for over 40 years now living in the PNW.  I have three children and three years ago I was blessed with three grandchildren, two girls and a boy, a perfect family all at once!  At 3 my daughter calls them her mini mafia and Grandma loves making quilts and other fun stuff for them.

 I believe that being creative keeps you young – you don’t have to be good, just be yourself – if you like it that is all that matters."

Lynda made an excellent Christmas and winter version of the quilt using a layer cake of Winter’s Lane.  She said that one of things she enjoyed about the pattern was that the blocks could be rotated so that the birds and other printed objects in the fabrics could be right side up.  Here are some pictures of her finished quilt:




Last, but definitely not least is Wendy from The Crafter's Apprentice.  Wendy is not only an amazing quilter, but also does wonderful knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, sewing, jewelry making, felting, spinning, Hardanger, blackwork, candle making and most lately glass work.  Her latest finish is this amazing braided wire bracelet.  Wendy was super kind to lend her proofreading eye for my pattern. She helped make the pattern terminology consistent and fixed my grammar boo-boos.

Thank you so much Beth, Lynda, and Wendy!

If you are looking for my one year blogiversary giveaway, you can find it here.


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