February One Monthly Goal

My works in progress list is extensive, and I have been a bit undecided on what my one goal for this month should be.  Ultimately, practicality is winning out.  February is a short month that also will include a trip to QuiltCon, so the project I will complete this month is my Improv Round Robin quilt.Improv round robin process

This project is a generously sized lap quilt that I started in a class last October and quilted shortly thereafter.  To finish this one up, I just need to square it up and bind the edges.  Hopefully I can manage that!

January One Monthly Goal

I was very excited to see the new One Monthly Goal link up hosted by Red Letter Quilts.  I enjoyed participating in the 2015 Finish Along, and am currently working on my goal list for the first quarter of 2016.  One Monthly Goal caught my attention because I sometimes (ok-frequently) get distracted, and I am hoping that this helps me to focus on completing at least one project each month.

For the first month I am going to focus on one of my oldest WIP.  The only reason I’m not calling a UFO is that I have had brief moments of progress on it over the last few months.  Please meet my bauble quilt:

Baubles Quilted Process Shot

Baubles: Quilted and waiting for thread tails to be buried and trimmed

This project started in November 2014 when I made the blocks, and in December 2015 I did all over free motion longarm quilting on this quilt.  I’m in love with it!Baubles Blocks

It has been squared up, and I buried the threads tonight.  The only things left to do are adding binding and embroidering “hanging string” lines for the baubles.


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!