It’s a big day on the blog today! I’m participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway and I have a sale going on at the same time.
First I’m going to tell you about the sale, then I want to say a special hello to new visitors and give you a little tour and at the end we’ll a have the giveaway details!
To go along with the Giveaway I wanted to offer something for sale what would also make a great gift for your quilting buddies. I can't think of a better gift for your quilting buddy than a Stash Pack!
If you are new to the blog I want to welcome you and thank you for visiting! Let's have a brief tour:
I make and sell colorfast hand dyed fabrics and use my fabrics primarily in traditional quilts. I’m also a longarm quilter (only for myself), make fabric postcards, make soap and work with fused glass. Like you, I have too many interests and hobbies!
I believe that the most important thing I’ve done is the testing I’ve done to make my fabrics colorfast. It also is the very best way to deal with bleeding in your quilts and fabrics. Read all about it here.
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Now for the Giveaway!
I'm very happy that I've finally caught one of the SMS giveaways. I always seem to miss them. Since I have the Stash Packs on sale I am going to give away the absolute most popular Stash Pack to one lucky winner!
I have been looking forward to today for a long time so I could share this beautiful new book with you. I was thrilled a few months ago when one of my best blog buddies, Wendy Sheppard, asked me to participate in her blog hop for her new book Recreating Antique Quilts.
Wendy blogs at Ivory Spring but if you ever buy quilt magazines you probably would recognize her patterns. Her full time job is designing quilts for several manufacturers. I think she's published somewhere every month! If you don't follow her then you are really missing out. Just two things you will find on her blog on her right side bar (scroll way down):
A LONG list of FREE quilt patterns
A wonderful series called Thread Talk where she shares a lot of tips and techniques for quilting.
But let's get back to the book. It's a beautiful book and is very true to the style and quality that we all expect and love from Wendy. She has taken 5 quilts from museums and adapted them into 10 projects that look very "today" for us. There are projects in a variety of sizes and skill levels. The instructions are clear and thorough just as we are accustomed from Wendy.
There are 4 of us participating in the blog hop and you will want to check out the other 3 because we have each made a project from the book and you will have 4 chances to win a copy of your own!
Now, let's get to my project. I decided to make this table runner that is one of 2 projects based on a 1890 red and white Building Blocks quilt in the Illinois State Museum.
Here's the version that Wendy made for the book. Hers is made with a beautiful fabric collection of nature prints. I knew that she wanted us to make our projects totally different so I went with my Navajo and Pendleton Gradients for my version.
Mine isn't quilted yet but I sure do love it! I used 1.5 yards of each gradient for this table runner. That was just enough fabric for the runner and a border of the dark maroon color.
I really enjoyed making this project. If you would like to make one for yourself you could use 1.5 yards of any 2 gradients in the shop and I'd be happy to help you choose 2 complementary fabrics.
I have cutting notes for anyone that's interested.
Now for the good part! Here's your chance to win a copy of the book. Just leave a comment on this post telling me what you'll be making this week. I'll draw a winner in one week, Monday, November 10.
The drawing is open to US and Canada entries only.
I had big plans to have something else to post today but my asthma has control at the moment and not much else is getting done around here. There might be a cold involved too. I expect to be back at full speed in a couple of days. I hate for a post to be without a photo so I'm going to share this photo that I posted on my Facebook page last week.
These are one set of the blocks that I've been working on every month with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I finished the last blocks at the October sewing days with Country School Quilters. I immediately brought them home and arranged them on the living room design floor. (It's good to use that room for something!)
I've pinned the rows together so I'll put this top together at the November sewing days. This quilt will be a bedspread for one of the twin beds in the guest house. This was a great way to use my collection of 30's charm squares and I've given away all of the leftovers.
But you are here for winners! Here are the winners of the Fall Festival Giveaways. Thanks to everyone who participated. I had a total of 713 entries for the 6 giveaways! All of the winners have been notified. If you didn't win, don't worry, there will be other giveaways.
Yesterday I had a big Iron-a-palooza here to catch up on a lot of fabric that needed to be ironed. The plan today is to get the fabric photos edited and listed in the shop. I was hoping for some sewing time but I think I've traded that for a visit to the doctor. I might just have a cold but I might have bronchitis. Either way I'll find out. I don't feel awful so no worries.
What you need to worry about is getting your quilt ready for the Blogger's Quilt Festival that starts Friday!
It's that time again! It's the quilt festival for those of us who can't make it to Houston. I love that Amy hosts the quilt show twice a year so much that I sponsor one of the viewer's choice prizes. If you are new to the Blogger's Quilt Festival go here and follow the links to see the quilts in the Spring 2014 show.
It's fun to see the quilts that are entered but it's even more fun to enter your own quilt! Check out the categories, schedule and rules here. Every category has a prize and there are 3 viewer's choice prizes.