Sew Mama Sew is once again hosting the annual giveaway day, and I am so excited to offer a small giveaway of my own this time around! To make it even better, TWO winners will each receive two magazines and a digital pattern!
I have been fortunate to have my work included in several magazines this year including these issues of 100 Blocks and Generation Q. These are both packed with inspiration for all sorts of quilt-y projects!
For added fun, I will also send the winner a PDF of my pattern for my Rainbow Rotary Mini Quilt in three sizes.
Rainbow Rotary in Three Sizes
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear about a specific challenge you have encountered in quilting or a technique you want to conquer in 2017. Please note if you are inside or outside the United States. (Please see #3 for details)
- The winners will be determined by a random drawing.
- There will be TWO lucky winners of this giveaway. One winner will be drawn from all entries. The second winner will be drawn from US entries only. (I wish I could do an international drawing for both, but shipping costs can get out of control so easily)
- The drawing is open through Sunday, December 11 at 5pm PST (8pm EST)
- The winners will be announced by Wednesday, December 14, and prizes will be shipped by Friday December 16. The winners will be notified by email and listed on the blog. It is each winner’s responsibility to respond with their mailing address by 11:59pm on Thursday, December 15. If I do not receive this information by this time, another winner will be drawn.
- Make sure you check out all of the other fabulous giveaways linked up at Sew Mama Sew!
Update: Thank you so much for entering! I normally do my best to respond to comments, but due to the volume of giveaway posts I won’t be able to respond individually. Your answers will help me determine what to blog about in the coming year! Thank you!
This very little mini came about for a very practical reason- I wanted a place to put machine needles when I needed a different style of needle, but wasn’t ready to dispose of the one I had been using. Wool is ideal to store needles in since it doesn’t dull them, so I thought this would be a fun place to experiment using this fiber.
A friend has a needle felting machine, so I brought some neutral colored wool roving with me to create the fabric for the off white stripe on this mini. It was so much fun to see a bunch of loose fibers transform before my eyes into 100% wool felt! The coral colored wool was a piece of fabric my mom donated from her stash, and I used decorative machine stitching to appliqué the needle felted wool in place.
The stitching was done entirely with my mechanical machine, so it is all carefully placed straight stitches to create the boxes and lettering. My most used machine needle sizes are 10, 12, and 14. The specialty needles I tend to use are ball point needles for knits (K) and a Microtex needles (M). A couple rows of decorative stitching and a dense zig zag around the edges finish the mini.
Title: Needle minding mini
Techniques: Machine needle felting
Quilting: Machine quilted using straight and decorative stitches
Fabric: Felted wool and repurposed wool scraps
Batting: Warm and White
Binding: Dense machine zig zag stitching
Crystalized Citrus is my second entry into The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. I hope you will all set aside some time this week to look at all of the amazing inspiration provided by the festival entries- there is some amazing work on display!
I originally created this quilt for this year’s Hoffman Challenge which required the use of this digitally printed butterfly fabric. I enjoy transforming distinctively patterned fabric into something completely unexpected, so I was excited to transform the butterfly wings to the flesh of citrus fruit.
The center of each fruit is improvisationally pieced before being set into the surrounding “skin.” The entire fruit is then hand appliquéd to the background. I used matchstick quilting in a range of coordinating colors to ground the pieces on the white background.
For more about this quilt you can check out the original Crystalized Citrus post.
Every year The Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side brings tremendous inspiration to us all- I love seeing so much lovely work collected in one place! I am thrilled to submit “Columbus Skyline” as an entry into the appliqué category of the festival.
This project began when I was asked to create a “Row by Row” pattern for a local quilt shop. The theme for the year was “Home Sweet Home” so we embraced the unique skyline of Columbus, Ohio to develop a design specific to our area. (For more information on the design process, I hope you will take a look at the original Columbus Skyline post.)
Hand stitched needle turn appliqué is used to create the city skyline. I selected bright colors to reflect the vibrant community within the city. This small quilt is finished with borders that provided a space to quilt in both the shop and city names. The quilting is done in thread to match each building so the design is reflected on the back of the quilt.
I love designing new blocks and quilt designs, and I am so excited to work with the wonderful palette of solids provided by Cloud 9 Fabrics!
Designing this block took me back to my undergrad years as a painting major when I spent a great deal of time experimenting with pattern, particularly plaid.
The group of Organic Cirrus Solids in a Berry Harvest Color Palette included a dark and light version of two of the colors, so I was inspired to use these to create an illusion of dimension.
Standard machine piecing techniques are used to construct this block, so anyone who is comfortable with accurate cutting and stitching a consistent 1/4″ seam allowance can make this block. The pattern for Berry Patch Plaid is available as a free download on Craftsy.
Multiple blocks would make an awesome complete quilt!
More than 60 new blocks have been shared during this three day hop, so I hope you will take a look at some of the wonderful designs that have been created in this color scheme!
A big thank you to Cloud 9 Fabrics and our wonderful hosts, Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie of Late Night Quilter!
Today you will see new posts from these bloggers:
Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions
Tuesday’s Bloggers were:
Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Mondays designers were:
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar