MCM #40 – New Pattern Releases & Giveaways

Thank you so much for all the great suggestions on how to work with the vintage quilt top I shared with you last week. You were so helpful! I now have some great ideas on how I’m going to finish the quilt, I just need to add it to the line-up of projects I have going on.

It has been head down, full steam ahead in my sewing room this past week. I’ve had to stop a few times to come out and take care of household stuff, but then it was right back in, shut the door and keep on sewing. Fun stuff! At one point, my mother even called and asked if I was ever going to come see her. Yes, last week I was a bad daughter…. 😉

But the result of all that time in my room was worth it. I finished sewing the top for a new pattern (it’s a pretty speedy one), put the finishing touches on a wall hanging I can’t talk about yet, made labels for a few quilts AND got them sewn on(!), and finished the editing and proofing of my newest pattern.

You guys have seen glimpses of the ‘bubbles’ I have been quilting and all those pretty grunge fabrics. Now it’s time to see the full quilt. I call this one Stack o’ Bubbles.

Stack o' Bubbles finished quilt

Stack o’ Bubbles

Look how those grunge fabrics just seem to glow against that black background! I am so pleased with how this turned out – exactly like the sketch in my sketchbook.

I outline quilted all the colorful bubbles, and then filled each one with more bubbles quilted in clear Mono-Poly thread. The sheen of the thread makes those bubbles look wet – exactly how a bubble should look, right?

FMQ Pebble TextureFMQ Pebble Texture

I love the way the quilt design shows so clearly on the back, which I pieced with leftover pieces of grunge and Carolyn Friedlander’s architextures fabric. I love that stuff and need to buy it by the bolt!

Quilting texture on backing

The quilt finishes at 58″ x 68″ and is the perfect size for cuddling up with. The pattern is great for using a fat quarter bundle OR scraps…I think a scrappy version would be beautiful.

The pattern is in full color, with diagrams and illustrations that are easy to read and understand. It also includes a coloring sheet so you can audition your color choices, and fabric labeling worksheets. The key to this pattern is labeling your fabrics so you’ll know which color goes where.

The pattern is available in my Craftsy and Etsy shop for instant PDF download. The price is $6.00 through Sunday, October 2nd. Go grab your copy now before it goes to the regular price of $9.00!

Stack o’ Bubbles will be displayed in the Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop and paper patterns are available at the shop. The Mystery Harvest Quilt Shop Hop starts September 28 and runs through October 1, so it’s a great time to visit the shop and see all the great stuff they have.

In addition to the release of my own new pattern, Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is releasing a new pattern today called Check Plus. I was a pattern reviewer for Cheryl and have to say I really like this pattern. It is also fat quarter friendly, the pattern is well written, and includes a coloring diagram to try out different color schemes. You can read more about Cheryl’s new pattern release by clicking here to visit her blog. (Before you do though, keep on reading for the giveaway!)

Check Plus Pattern by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

Check Plus Pattern by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs

On to the giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Stack o’ Bubbles and Check Plus, we will be offering two readers a chance to win a PDF copy of one of these patterns. One reader will win a copy of Stack o’ Bubbles and one reader a copy of Check Plus.

I’m doing the happy dance for you… 🙂

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment. That’s it – easy peasy! I’ll draw for winners and announce them on Friday, Sept. 30th. (If you purchase a copy of Stack o’ Bubbles and are a winner, I will refund your money.)

(And here’s a little hint for you: come back tomorrow for a second giveaway and another pattern release!)

This new pattern is my crush for this week’s Main Crush Monday. It’s time now to check out yours, but first a recap of a few from last week’s MCM party!

Mary from Quilting is in my Blood finished her Terra Australis quilt. I love the soft colors and the quilting, and that binding is spot on!

Photo by Mary of Quilting is in my Blood

Photo by Mary of Quilting is in my Blood

Stacey of The Farmhouse in the Field made an adorable butterfly mini quilt. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to add this pattern to my list of ‘someday’ projects. Those blue, frosty butterflies are really cute!

Photo by Stacey of The Farmhouse in the Field

Photo by Stacey of The Farmhouse in the Field

Emese of Pale Blue Corner is making a memory quilt for her daughter using many shades of pink from her outgrown t-shirts. Be sure to follow along on her journey as she puts together her quilt:

Photo by Emese of Pale Blue Corner

Photo by Emese of Pale Blue Corner

 

Okay everyone! Now it’s time to share your crush for this week. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #39 – A Vintage Quilt

Happy Monday everyone! First let me say, THANK YOU for all your sweet and supportive comments about Anthony and his diploma. You guys are the best!

We had a fantastic linky party last week. I hope you were able to visit a lot of the link-ups. There is so much inspiration to read about and a ton of eye candy. It seems that September is when everyone really kicks it in gear. School starts again, the holidays are right around the corner, new fabric is released, and our creative juices start to work overtime.

I made it back from my trip to Cleveland. I had a nice visit with my mother-in-law, and my brother/sister-in-law got to take a much needed vacation.   🙂

My crush this week centers around this great vintage quilt top my m-i-l gave me during my visit:

Vintage QuiltIsn’t it fantastic?? This top was pieced by my husband’s grandmother. I love that it is a scrap quilt, yet still has a distinct design. My husband thinks this piece is at least 60 years old. It has held up well and I’m so honored  this was passed on to us.

Vintage Quilt close-upI love so many of the fabrics used, and the way she alternated prints with solids. Many of the seams are hand stitched and others are done using a treadle machine.

Hand Stitched Vintage QuiltThere are a few stains….

Stained Vintage Quilt

…..and a seam that has come apart….

Seam rippedI’m sure I can fix the seam, but I’m not so sure about the stains. We’ll see….

My job is to finish this beauty and turn it into a usable quilt. I hope I can do it justice.

My plan for now is to not add any more piecing; I want to keep the top as Grandma Sellers left it. However, I’m not sure how to treat the edges. I can either trim the sides to be even, which makes my heart hurt just thinking about, or add in half triangles to save the outer row she sewed. Or I could just do a bunch of bias binding around all those points. That makes my head hurt! 🙂

Do you have any suggestions? Also, for all you quilters out there that have worked with older quilts, is there anything I should be aware of or watch for? I definitely don’t want to ruin any of the fabrics, so if you have any tips I would appreciate hearing them.

While taking pictures of the top it hit me that this should really be hand quilted and not just zipped through my machine. Uh-oh. You all know me and hand quilting. Tried it once and couldn’t do it.

With this piece though, I might be willing to try again….but first I just need to give it a good pressing and see where I need to start.

So that’s my crush for this week. Another project added to my ever growing list! I managed to get more hexies made while away; I’ll share them with you in another post as this one is so long already.

Now it’s time to see your crushes for this week. But first, a recap of some of last week’s posts:

Did you see Dave The Quilt Engineer’s version of the Snowflake Shimmer quilt? I love that he chose strong primary colors and I’ll be watching to see how he decides to quilt it.

Photo by Dave of The Quilt Engineer

Photo by Dave of The Quilt Engineer

 

I really like Sandra’s rounded edge bag she made using laminated Kona. Mind blown! I didn’t even know there was Kona laminated fabric. (I found it online at Fabric.com – you know, just in case you have to have some. 🙂 Yes, I’m an enabler…) Read more about her bag on her blog Musings of a Menopausal Melon.

Photo by Sandra of MMM Quilts

Photo by Sandra of MMM Quilts

 

Did you see the borders Karen made for her postage stamp quilt? They are so different and I really enjoyed seeing these. Check them out on her blog Quilts…..Etc.

Photo by Karen of Quilts...Etc.

Photo by Karen of Quilts…Etc.

 

Now it’s your turn to share your quilty goodness! Show off your projects, new fabric, new tools, or anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #38 – It’s a Double Crush Week

Today I’m going to veer off topic for just a minute. My first crush this week (I have two) has absolutely nothing to do with quilting, sewing, or anything fabric related. But I’m so excited I just had to share  – I hope you’ll bear with me!

Over the weekend I received this pic from my youngest son and the message “I wonder what it could be?”

Diploma from WVU Normally a picture of an envelope wouldn’t  bring me to tears. But this one did and I’ll tell you why. This diploma has been nine years (9!) in the making. Anthony moved to Morgantown two years after he graduated high school and has been working a full time job and attending school since. He has had to take multiple semesters off, move from apartment to apartment as roommates came and went, and handle a grueling work schedule on top of a difficult course schedule.

There is so much more to this story and I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice it to say, I am soooo super proud of him and he (and his degree) is my Super Crush on this Main Crush Monday!

To keep this a bit quilting related, I’ll share a pic of a quilt I made for him January 2015. You can read all the details on his quilt in these posts:

Anthony's Quilt

Now on to my second crush – those doggone hexies! Yes, the hexagon bug has bitten me hard. I haven’t even made it to Cleveland yet for my visit with my M-I-L, and I already have all these made:

Hexies - Rainbow

Do you see the rainbow theme I’ve got going on there? Not on purpose, it’s just worked out that way so far. I still don’t have a plan for these yet, and none of them have been pressed. They are so. much. fun. to make. I’m using up some of my scraps — yay! — so I’m just going to keep making them. I think I would love to make myself a zipper bag or pouch using a few of them, but I don’t know yet. Ideas?

I found a shoebox size plastic bin that I’m storing the completed pieces in, along with the supplies I need to make more. I’ll be taking this bin with me on my trip. I love that this project is so contained and not messy, as we all know sewing is a lot of time.

Hexie Shoebox BinI will be cutting more paper templates and prepping more fabric before I leave. I like cutting the fabric in a hexagon shape before using. It makes it easier for me to use with the template. Just stack the fabric in five or six layers, lay a template on top, and trim around it leaving about 1/4″ – 1/2″ on each side. Fast and easy and keeps everything neat.  I can’t wait to see how many of these I’ll have finished by the end of the week!

Now that you’ve seen my two crushes for this week, let’s read about yours! First though, let’s take a look at a few of the link-ups from last week.

Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting co-hosted a shadow box mini quilt-along. Last week was the reveal of all the mini’s and there were so many really adorable ones. You can find all the links on her blog, as well as read about her first ever mini finish.

shadow-block-mini

Photo by Janice of Color, Creating, and Quilting!

 

Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts is making these gorgeous Cleopatra blocks. She shares a link to a free pattern from Robert Kaufman that uses this block. I have never seen a block like this before and I love the look of it.

Photo by Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts & Farm

Photo by Kat of Rose Prairie Quilts & Farm

 

Then Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge shared two adorable mini mini quilts that she and Jennifer swapped. Look at that cat! She designed this mini specifically  for Jennifer of Little Black Cats, and then put the blog initials on the back. Genius!

Photo by Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Photo by Jennifer of A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Last week’s links were full of some serious cuteness and inspiration. (Like, I wish I would have had the time for the shadow box mini quilt along!) I know that the crushes you share this week will be just as great, so link up!

Please note – I’ll be gone this week and busy with my M-I-L caretaker duties so responses to comments may be a bit slow. But I’ll be reading them and all the link-ups whenever I can, so keep them coming!

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I’ve Fallen Down the Rabbit Hole…

…So far that I may never get out! All because of these:

Hexies Scrap Fabric

 

You all know that I was looking for an easy and portable project to take with me on my visit with my mother-in-law. These little things seemed easy enough and are definitely portable.

I have been {quietly} drooling over all the wonderful hexie projects I’ve seen in the last year or so. I knew that one day I might try making these little odd shaped things, and this felt like the perfect time to start.

So I found some downloadable templates on the internet (get your own here), and read a couple of tutorials (this one was my favorite.) Last night I decided to make one — ONE — to see if this would be something I would like.

Stack of Completed Hexies

I think we can safely say I like making hexies. In fact, I really like making them.

I love how portable they are. I also really like that I can leave a few supplies on my end table and make a few here and there throughout my day.

This is definitely going to be a project that travels with me. I don’t know what I’m going to do with them yet, but I know inspiration will hit.

If you haven’t tried making hexies yet, I say go for it! They are so freakin’ fun!! 🙂

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MCM #37

So.

I am still working on the quilting of the grunge quilt and I’m still loving it. It is soooo close to being finished! All the bubbles are quilted, the matchstick work is done and I’m at the point where I’m adding the final touches so hopefully I will have it ready to share soon.

Even though I love that quilt, and those fabrics are just to die for and it is still definitely crush-worthy, I have nothing new to show you. So, we are going to focus on your crushes this week!

First, a recap of a few of last week’s great link-ups:

Alycia of Alycia Quilts was gifted this fantastic barn quilt. I don’t have a barn, yet I still want one! 🙂 Just look at that red barn!!! Doesn’t that quilt look delicious hanging there?

Photo by Alycia of Alycia Quilts

Photo by Alycia of Alycia Quilts

 

Kathi of Run n’ Stitch shared her sweet starry finish. I love the wonky stars in this quilt.

Photo by Kathi of Run n' Stitch

Photo by Kathi of Run n’ Stitch

Maggie of Making A Lather shared a pic of some hexie flowers she received in a swap. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at EPP for a while now and these have just nudged me over the edge! Look at these adorable flowers:

Photo by Maggie of Making a Lather

Photo by Maggie of Making a Lather

In a few weeks I’ll be traveling to Cleveland to care for my mother-in-law for a few days. I have been looking for a portable project and some little hexies just might be the answer. I’ll let you know how that turns out. 😉

After some lovely weather the past few days, it is going to get hot here again this week. The cooler days and nights have been fantastic and have me anticipating fall weather. I hope the weather is nice wherever you are, and hope you get some quality sewing time this week!

Now it’s time for you to share your crushes for this week. Your crush can be anything sewing, quilting, or handwork (knitting, anyone?) related. You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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