2016 First Quarter Finish Goals

The 2015 Finish Along had mixed results for me, but it was fun exciting to see what everyone accomplished each quarter.  I loved that this format “forced” me to make a list for the quarter and was something tangible to refer to as I finished and planned new projects.2016 Finish Along Quarter 1

The 2016 Finish Along is being hosted by several people around the globe.

2016 FAL

This list is comprehensive- it contains every project that I currently have in the works (Even the ones lurking in dark corners ;).  At the very least this helps me stay honest with myself :)

Goal 1

“Baubles” was started near the end of 2014, and I finally got it quilted in December 2015.  It still needs binding and some finishing embroidery.Baubles Quilted Process Shot

Goal 2

Last October I took a class with an improv round robin format.  It was a lot of fun, and I added even more to my quilt top following the class so that it can function as a lap quilt.  I quilted it soon after the class, and right now it just needs to be squared up and bound.Improv round robin process

Goal 3

This fabric is still ready to go as a variation on a plus quilt.  I sure hope to make some serious progress on this one during the first quarter.Plus Fabric

Goal 4

The large version of my Happy New Year mini is still waiting to have the quilting finishedStarburst process

Goal 5

The Mystery Quilt that has been hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.  I have gotten behind, but I hope to catch up and finish- This is a fantastic designMeadow Mist process

Goal 6

This year’s Hoffman challenge fabric caught my eye like it never has before.  I can hardly wait to turn this digitally printed fabric into something awesome!Hoffman Challenge Fabric

Goal 7

Once upon a time, I made some quilted clothing.  I have been meaning to make a quilted jacket, and now that I finally have the fabric, it might actually happen this quarter!Jacket Fabric

Goal 8

In February I will be attending my first QuiltCon, and it would be nice to put together a new bag for the occasion.  I’m thinking that these Tula Pink prints would be fantastic!Tula Pink

Goal 9

I have been contemplating a grey quilt that I have done this fabric pull for.  Now to narrow down the possible designs . . .Grey Fabric Pull

Goal 10

The pillow that never seems to make it to the top of my listPillow Top

Goal 11

Placemats that have been hanging around foreverplacemat process

Goal 12

A hexi project that is there for when I need to pick up some handworkHexagon process

Goal 13

The potholder style quilt that predictably didn’t get touched last quartersecret project process

Goal 14

A set of blocks waiting to be turned into a baby quiltGreen Baby Quilt

Goal 15

Blocks in another color scheme waiting to be turned into a baby quiltPeach Baby Quilt

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Mini quilts to finish up mini quilt mania.  Most are just waiting to be bound . . . So very close!

 

 

 

2016 Planning Post

As 2015 draws to a close, it is natural to look toward 2016 and to where we would like to be at this time next year.  I am looking forward to what the coming year has in store and excited to share my Quilty Goals!2016 Quilty Plans

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a fantastic 2016 Planning Linky Party, and I am excited to share my main goals for the coming year!
2016 Planning Party

1.  Write and Publish Quilt Patterns:

In 2015, I made two patterns available on Craftsy: A free block pattern, Summer Starburst, created for the New Bloggers Block Hop, and a pattern for Rainbow Rotary in three different sizes.  I have several more quilts designed that I am looking forward to turning into full patterns to sell.  I will also be looking into the ins and outs of printing paper patterns.

2.  Grow My Longarm Quilting Business:

Quilting for customers is just as much fun as quilting as my own work!  I have started taking on customer quilts in the past couple of months, and I am looking forward to growing my customer base both locally and online.  Most people have selected edge to edge designs, but I enjoy doing free motion and semi custom work a great deal so I hope to see more of that in the coming year.

3.  Teach Quilting Classes:

My first quilting class is scheduled, and I couldn’t be more excited to be teaching Carolyn Friedlander’s “The Collection Quilt” as a block of the month style class running from January to October of 2016 at Sew to Speak in Columbus, Ohio.

4.  Develop an Etsy Store:

I have set up my Etsy store name, but my “store” is in desperate need of attention.  I want this to be a place to sell patterns (PDF and eventually paper), mini quilt kits, and some finished goods.

5.  Enter and Attend Quilt Shows:

Entries and responses for 2016 shows have already started, and so far I know I will have quilts in two shows.  “The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts”  (full post coming soon) is heading to QuiltCon very soon, and “Petals in the Wind” will be making its way to the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Show in Daytona Beach.  I have also made entries in the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, but the jury results haven’t been sent out yet.  I am thrilled that I will be attending QuiltCon for the first time this year, and in April my Mom and I will be going to the AQS Paducah show.  Hopefully I will make it to a couple other shows as well.  It is so inspiring to see the amazing work of so many talented quilters!

6.  Publish Work in Magazines:

I have had one quilt accepted for publication, so if all goes well we will see it this year.  I would like to continue to submit, and maybe see some more of my work in print.

7.  Create a Consistent Blogging Schedule:

This has been one of my big challenges this year, and I’m hoping to develop a consistent schedule that works for me in the coming months.  As part of this I am going to try to incorporate more process posts of projects rather than doing one major write-up for each big project.

Giveaway Day Winners!

Today, I am so excited to announce the winners of the two Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day prizes I offered this time around!  The first giveaway was for a PDF pattern of Rainbow Rotary that is for sale on Craftsy.  The second giveaway was for an edge to edge longarm quilting service.  I do have a few openings for edge to edge quilting before Christmas, so please email me if you would like help finishing up those last minute gifts!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Comments were numbered in the order they were submitted, and then the random number generator did the work.

The winner of the PDF Pattern of Rainbow Rotary is Margaret!  I hope that this pattern inspires you to give a mini a try, or I would love to see how you incorporate it into a larger quilt.Rainbow Rotary WinnerMargaret

Free edge to edge longarm quilting is headed to Lauren and her mom!  I am looking forward to working on either one of your quilts!  Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.18.54 PMScreen Shot 2015-12-15 at 6.22.06 PM

Congratulations ladies!  I have sent you each an email as well.

Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions for tutorials you would like to see in the coming year!  A lot of people are interested in seeing more on various types of machine quilting, so I will plan to incorporate some more posts on that topic in 2016!

Win Edge to Edge Longarm Quilting for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Update:  This Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Lauren!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day rolls around twice a year and today I am thrilled to offer free edge to edge quilting for a lap or twin sized quilt.  It is such an honor to be involved in your creative endeavors, and I love to help you bring your quilt tops one step closer to being used and cherished by your loved ones.Edge to Edge Quilting Services

I quilt on a computerized A-1 Elite machine, guaranteeing beautiful, accurate stitches.  The edge to edge designs I am currently offering are all quilting patterns that I have created myself using AutoCad.

Interlocking is my most popular design, and it looks great with a variety of contemporary quilt styles.  Graphic block based quilts, improvisationally pieced designs, whole cloth quilts, and T-shirt quilts all look great with this quilting design.

Interlocking Edge to Edge Quilting Design

Interlocking Edge to Edge Quilting Design

Floral Spirals has a whimsical feel and is a lovely way to soften a graphic pieced design or add interest to a simply pieced or whole cloth/panel quilt.

Floral Spiral Edge to Edge Quilting Design (finished quilt has been washed to soften and enhance crinkle effect)

Floral Spiral Edge to Edge Quilting Design (finished quilt has been washed to soften and enhance crinkle effect)

I am adding new designs all the time, and I can also work with you to create a customized edge to edge pattern to coordinate with your fabrics or quilt top.

This giveaway will be for quilting services for one quilt that is up to 6,000 square inches, but I still have plenty of openings available if you would like to have your quilts done for Christmas!  My edge to edge quilting rates are 2 cents per square inch.  (To calculate the square inches, multiply the quilt top length by the quilt top width.  For example a quilt measuring 50″ x 70″ would be 3,500 square inches.  Multiply that by .02 to determine the quilting cost.  3,500 x .02 = $70.00 )  Please email me at cassandra(at)thenotsodramaticlife(d0t)com if you would like more information about the quilting services I currently offer.

How to Enter

  • This giveaway is open from Wednesday, December 9 to 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, December 13th.  I will notify the winner both by email and on the blog by Wednesday, December 16th.
  • Due to Shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to United States shipping addresses (I do have another giveaway of a PDF pattern that is open internationally, so I hope all of my readers will check it out!)
  • If you are selected, I will send you a form to fill out and enclose with your quilt top, quilt backing (which should measure at lease 8″ larger than the top in both width and length), and batting of your choice.  You are responsible for shipping these items to me.*  I do ask that your quilt top arrive between the the winner announcement of this giveaway and March 31, 2016.
  • Turnover is usually 7-10 days from the time the quilt top is received, although it is sometimes sooner.  I will provide a single, solid color, high quality quilting thread for your quilt.  Aurifil is my most common thread, but I will occasionally use King Tut or WonderFil.  Once the quilting is complete, it will be shipped to you via the USPS in a priority flat rate box at no charge to you.*
  • In the coming year, I am hoping to include several tutorials of quilting/textile techniques on the blog.  You may enter this giveaway by leaving any comment, but I would really love to hear about what kinds of tutorials you would be interested in seeing!
  • The winner will be determined by a random drawing.

* In the event that the selected person is located in the Central or West Central part of Ohio, an in person pick-up/drop-off may be arranged.

Good Luck!  Please be sure to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways going on this week on Sew Mama Sew!

 

Win a PDF Pattern of Rainbow Rotary for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

Update:  This Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations Margaret!

Rainbow Rotary is one of the most popular mini quilt that I have shared this year, and now the pattern is available on Craftsy!  For Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day, I am happy to offer a PDF pattern of this quilt in three different sizes!

Rainbow Rotary

Rainbow Rotary

Inspired by my love of the Courthouse Steps quilt block, this quilt reinterprets the traditional block into a wedge shape to create a ring of color. This is the perfect project to show off all of the vibrantly colored fabrics in your scrap box, and a great opportunity to share fabric with friends.

Templates are included to create this pattern in three sizes:

  • Micro Mini:    9.25″ x 9.25″
  • Mini:                18.5″ x 18.25″  (this size is pictured above)
  • Macro Mini:    24″ x  24″

I am currently offering this pattern as a “template only” pattern, which allows for a relatively low price of $4.  General instructions are offered, but detailed written directions and step by step diagrams for foundation paper piecing are not included.  I believe quilters with previous experience paper piecing will enjoy constructing this mini quilt.  (My free block pattern, Summer Starburst, does include detailed instruction on foundation paper piecing if you are interested in learning the technique!)

How to Enter

  • This giveaway is open from Wednesday, December 9 to 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, December 13th.  I will notify the winner both by email and on the blog by Wednesday, December 16th.
  • This giveaway is open internationally
  • The winner will receive a PDF pattern (Foundation Paper Piecing templates for three sizes of the Rainbow Rotary Quilt and general directions) via email
  • To enter please leave a comment on this post.  I have spent much of the year making mini quilts, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this particular type of quilt.  Love Minis?  Hate them?  Have you made a mini?  Is there a pattern you would like to try? Have you participated in a mini swap?  Have you ever made a rainbow quilt of any type?
  • The winner will be determined by a random drawing.

Good Luck!  Please be sure to check out all of the other fantastic giveaways going on this week on Sew Mama Sew!