Monday, June 30, 2014

Still celebrating and another giveaway!

Most of you know that I teach quilt making classes at two local shops. One of my favorite classes is the Circle and Spin quilt. I've taught it many times and made several different versions.  It's fun to teach because quilters who are afraid to try circular patterns are always excited about the fact that they can make them using this technique. I love the abstract, but circular design of the finished quilt.

I am still celebrating the publication of Fade to Pink in McCalls Quick Quilts magazine today with another giveaway....visit my patterns on Craftsy and tell me which one you would like to win in the comments below. I don't have Circle and Spin quilt pattern listed on Craftsy at this time, but I will add it to today's giveaway as well. So enter below using Rafflecopter for your chance to win two great patterns! If you are a no comment blogger, please add your email address to the comment so I can contact you if you win.

The giveaway for the 2 McCalls Quick Quilts magazines or a $40 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop is still open until Friday, but you have to go to the original post to enter that drawing.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will choose all giveaway winners on Saturday, July 5.

Today I'm meeting with the final member of the last Beginning Quilting class. She was going out of town and couldn't come to the finishing classes so will be learning how to tie and bind her quilt.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Snappy Mani Pouch

I came across this free pattern for the Snappy Mani Pouch 2 on the Robert Kaufman site last week, and thought it looked fun and easy to make. I have lots of leftovers from projects and this project used several different prints, so I went in search of some.

There are basically 2 sections to put together, the zipper pocket and the polish pocket.

 Fairly roomy zipper pocket!
 The nail polish pocket is gathered top and bottom for fullness, and you sew dividers into it to make 4 pockets. I think this would be a handy travel pouch for makeup too, but I would probably only make 2 sections for makeup since you can't put anything very tall in the pocket and still fold the top over it.
 Snug as a bug in a rug!
 Here is the front. I used velcro for the closure and it was finished! Maybe a 2 hour project? What a cute gift for a friend! What other uses could you see for these?

I am going to my family reunion today in my hometown....should be fun!

I'm still celebrating the publication of Fade to Pink in McCalls Quick Quilts magazine...enter the giveaway if you haven't already and stay tuned for another one tomorrow!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fade to Pink in McCalls Quick Quilts magazine and a giveaway!

Fade to Pink 
I am excited to share some quilt, Fade to Pink is in the newest edition of McCalls Quick Quilts magazine! 
 I'm not sure how many people take pictures of their quilts coming home from a journey (possibly really silly?), but it's almost as exciting getting it back as it was to send it. Especially since I knew there would be advance copies in the box with the quilt! They even sent me a couple of magazines to share...more about that in a minute.
 The cover is so summery and pretty!
Now for a sneak peek into the magazine. I have always loved quilt magazines...where else can you get 10 - 12 project patterns for $6? The inspiration alone is worth that much!
This quilt is becoming well was accepted into the AQS Modern Quilt Challenge at the Des Moines show last year. Since Des Moines is fairly close, I was able to go and see it there with friends.

Here are some closeups of the quilt as I took it off the quilting machine. I used the Leafage panto by Keryn Emmerson to quilt an all over pattern. I like the way this panto interlocks from row to row. 

Because I'm so excited about this publication, I'm hosting several giveaways over the next week!  McCalls Magazine generously gave me two copies of the magazine to give to two lucky quilters! You will love this issue, believe me!

Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop gave me a $40 gift certificate to give to one lucky quilter!Who wouldn't want to win that! If you haven't been to visit Fat Quarter Shop lately, now is your chance to see all of the gorgeous fabrics they have. It's fun to shop at your leisure from the convenience of your home. 

Enter NOW! and stay tuned for more next week! Just a reminder: if you come up as noreply comment, I won't be able to contact you if you win. Please put your email address in the comment!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tuesday sewing fun!

 There's a group of quilters that meet on Tuesdays to sew, and in the summer I join them. Tuesday they had plans to make this cute clutch wallet, Diva Frame Wallet and I couldn't wait to make my own.
 I'm usually teaching classes, not taking them so it was a fun experience! This clutch has a metal frame that Becky had ordered for us, along with the hardware. You were supposed to use some of the outer fabric for the card holders inside, but mine was a deco fabric, so I only used it for the zipper pocket. You can see the card pockets better on some of the other ladies' wallets.
 I chose this fabric because I had made a smaller bag to use when shopping or at quilt shows out of it last year and thought it would be fun to have a matching wallet. (Side note: I tried to pass this around when I got it finished so that everyone could help me fill it up! I didn't have any takers.)

Here are the other quilters' wallets!
 She loaded hers up right away.
 They are all so cute!
 Good pic of the card holders. You also have a pocket behind the card holders and the zipper pouch!

 Here is our teacher! After most of us were finished, she finished the model she had partially made to show us the steps.

 There is pink, of course!

 Pat always likes green and me!

 I left for about an hour and a half and when I came back, Becky had made another one!
 Betty had to leave before she finished hers, so hopefully I'll get a pic of it next week. These are so much fun and easy to make...we all want to make more! Have you made a wallet like this?

After I finished my wallet, I worked on a new version of Which Way is Up? that I'm making out of batiks.

I am going to be hosting a giveaway next week for a special event....stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More Kids Camp fun

These campers were so good, they got their pillows done quickly! Luckily I had brought a backup project in case they did....purse size tissue covers.
Busy busy busy...

but they had fun!

They had fun using up their remaining fabrics swapping fabrics with each other and me. Each of them had 8 tissue covers made by the time they left.

I told them that they would make great Christmas gifts, but they didn't think they could wait that long to give them away as gifts!
Proud sewers!

Monday, June 23, 2014

A little taste of India

My daughter recently went on a Habitat for Humanity trip to India. She helped build houses in 100 plus degree heat and had a great time doing it. She loves to travel! She brought back this gorgeous pillow and cute bead necklace for me. The workmanship is beautiful! I think I will hang it instead of make a pillow out of it. I have a spot close to my computer that will work perfectly.

I spent all day yesterday writing patterns so there was no sewing going on. I am happy to have gotten lots done, though.

Today I'm teaching the Kids Camp Topsy Turvy Pillow, so I'm looking forward to that. Plus the Sunbonnet Sue Sampler Club meets for the last time tonight....they are going to pick a new sampler to start working on next month! I plan on sewing in between classes. Happy Monday!