MCM #69 So Much Goodness!

Happy Monday guys and gals! I have so many good things to share with you today, it’s difficult to even know where to start. So I guess I should probably start at the beginning, right?

First, let me say CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Week 2 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop giveaways last week. You can check out the winners by visiting this post. We are taking a break from hopping this week to allow the bloggers time to continue their information sharing process, but we’ll have a new group of bloggers to introduce next week along with more giveaways. Stay tuned!

Last week was a pretty busy one for me. Tuesday evening was the third night of the Beginning Quilting class I’m teaching, and we only have one more class in this session. It is so rewarding for me to see the excitement on everyone’s faces when they piece a block and it works out the way it’s suppose to. When they ask, “what class do we take next” it makes me smile – new quilters have been born!

Thursday afternoon I had a root canal {yuck!}, but that evening I got to take a Threadology class.

Superior Threads

Look at all that variegated loveliness!!

The class is sponsored by Superior Threads, so the thread we talked about was their brand. It was very informative. Even though Superior is not the only brand I use, it is my go to thread for most of my projects. It was interesting to see all the different weights and types and fun to try them all out. I found new threads I want to try, and I’m excited to use them – especially those variegated and metallic ones.

On Friday and Saturday I had the opportunity to take four HandiQuilter classes at our local quilt shop (shout out to Bolts & Quarters). The shop brought in HQ Educator Sarah Thomas. If you haven’t seen Sari’s work, go check out her Instagram feed. Her pics are beautiful and her work is amazing. But even better than that, she is a lot of fun to be around!

In the classes we talked about so many things – rulers, feet, techniques. We got to practice with every item we talked about and I brought home the new Glide foot for my machine. I wish I’d had this foot long ago! It is made of clear plastic which lets you see your stitches and where you’ll be stitching.

Photo by HandiQuilter

It’s the perfect foot for quilting tops that have applique, embroidery, embellishments or cross stitching. The foot ‘glides’ right over the top and because it is a bowl shape, it won’t catch on any of those layers. My open toe foot has caught on some of the cross stitching quilts I’ve done even though I try very hard to be extra careful. It’s time consuming to fix those threads after they’ve been pulled up by the foot. I’m pretty happy to have added the Glide foot to my toolbox, and can 100% recommend it to you.

I enjoyed the two days of classes so much. I got to meet other quilters and hang out in the shop all day. There was plenty of time to practice on all the machines, and I became a lot more comfortable using a stand up machine. Sari was so much fun and she shared her beautiful quilts with us.

After spending two days in the shop and around so many talented quilters, I was super motivated in the evenings when I got home and couldn’t wait to do some sewing. I finished the two customer quilts I’ve been working on. First, the teal cross stitch quilt I showed you last week has its binding on. I’ll have pics to share in the next couple of days – the clouds have moved in and it’s pretty dark outside. I also finished quilting the deer top with the ghost quilting I was working on. I’ll be sure to grab some pics before sending it off to its owner.

The borders for the jelly roll race quilt I made last week are finished; I just need to attach them. This was a super fast quilt!

Four patch border jelly roll race quilt

Now might be a good time to mention I went on a small shopping spree last evening. (Yep, I’m confessing – I’ve heard it’s good for the soul…) It’s been awhile since I’ve shown the Fat Quarter Shop any love, so I fixed that by ordering a couple of bundles  of Art Gallery fabric and some yardage. Have I ever told you how much I love Art Gallery’s fabrics?  I have a plan for when it arrives, so I’ll add it to my list of projects to work on – number gazillion and one. 🙂

Then, Craftsy sent me an email encouraging me to shop their sale so of course I had to oblige. I ordered the Colored Crystals Quilt kit and I can’t wait for it to arrive. It was such a great deal – 16 yards of fabric for less than $5/yard with the coupon code they sent! This is the first kit I’ve ordered from them, and the first time I will have used their Boundless Blenders Ombre fabric. I’ll be sure to let you know about my experience with it. I think I’m discovering a love for all things variegated and ombre!

Whew! That’s a lot to share! I have more good news, but since this post is so long already I’ll share that on another day. Because now we have to get to the really good stuff – your Main Crush Monday posts!

First, I would like to ask for your positive thoughts, vibes, and prayers for one of the bloggers who links up here regularly – Rebecca Grace of Cheeky Cognoscenti. Rebecca’s husband had open heart surgery last week. He made it through the surgery, but will still need support as he heals. If you aren’t a follower of Rebecca’s blog, go check it out. You may find a new blog to follow! I know she’ll appreciate all your positive thoughts.

Barb of Mountain Quiltworks showed us her quilt top she calls Llama Drama. It is so freaking adorable! I love the colors she used, and those llama’s….sigh…. Sooooo cute!

Photo by Barb of Mountain Quiltworks

Maggie of Making a Lather whipped up some dandelion jelly and I found that so interesting. It was fun to read about her process, but I don’t think it will be a jelly I will make. It looks like a LOT of work, for just a little return. 🙂

Photo by Maggie of Making a Lathe

Tish of Tish’s Adventure in Wonderland shared the block she made using a cool fabric line – Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. I had a chance to see this fabric in person and kinda fell for it. I haven’t added it to my stash yet, but it might be coming soon. Just sayin.

Photo by Tish of TishnWonderland

Now it’s your turn to link up your crush for this week! I’m looking forward to seeing what you are working on. You can link up anything that has you excited to be in your sewing space – project, fabric, tool, whatever! Link your blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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MCM #68 – It’s [Not] a Race

Welcome to Main Crush Monday (Tuesday). If you celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I got to spend lots of quality time with my sister and other family members, play outside in the flower beds, and eat a scrumptious dinner that my brother cooked. It was a great weekend!

For the past several weeks I’ve been busily working on customer quilts, which leaves very little time to play in my sewing room. Yesterday I decided to take a much needed break and sew something just because. You know, one of those projects that no one is waiting for, that doesn’t have a purpose or deadline, one that is sewn for the pure pleasure of sewing.

Petals Jelly Roll by Quilting Treasures

I wanted to work on something that was mostly mindless sewing. Since time was limited, I didn’t want to jump into a big project that required lots of cutting and piecing. I already have so many of those started! I pulled a jelly roll out of the cupboard and decided to make a jelly roll race quilt. I have never made one, and all that strip sewing was exactly what I was looking for.

Jelly roll strips

Before I sewed the strips together, I added squares of black quilter’s linen to the end of each strip – something I saw on Pinterest. After that, the sewing zipped right along. I went through two bobbins – I felt so liberated! Sewing for no reason! It was so much fun. I really need to do this more often.

I ended up with this flimsy in just a couple of hours:

Jelly roll race

I love the addition of the black squares and I really like these fabrics. They remind me a little of the Liberty prints, which I would love to have but can’t afford to add to my stash. 🙂

This top isn’t finished yet. I’m going to add some borders to make it bigger. I’m not sure when that will happen, but my plan is to NOT let this quilt top linger in a WIP pile.

That is my crush for the week – the freedom to sew whatever I wanted for just a little while. I hope all of you have the chance to sew for fun this week!

Now it’s time for you to share your crush-worthy projects! What are you working on that has you excited to be in your sewing space? I would love for you to link up your blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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Week 2 – 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! We had so much fun last week, and I’m excited to introduce you to this week’s participants from the Better Bloggers Hive.

(If you are looking for the MCM linky party, we will party tomorrow, Tuesday April 18)

I hope you’ll find some time to visit these fantastic bloggers and read their introductory posts:

Jan of Cocoa Quilts
Sarah of 9658 Textiles
Vanda of Quilt in Piece
Yanicka of Finding Myself as an Artist
Abbie of Sparkle On

More new bloggers are being introduced by my co-hosts: Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Leanne @ shecanquilt I hope you’ll visit them as well.

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2017 New Quilt Bloggers Week 2 Giveaway
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We are so thankful to the generous sponsors of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these prizes:

Fat Quarter Shop – $50 Gift Certificate
Aurifil 12 Large Spool Bundle
Hawthorne Threads – $40 Gift Certificate
Meadow Mist Designs – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
The Quilter’s Planner – 2018 Planner
Story Patches – Starter Kit
Make Modern Magazine – A 6 month subscription
Devoted Quilter – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Quilting Jetgirl – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
Cooking Up Quilts – Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
she can quilt – (1) Digital PDF Pattern

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!
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The giveaway will run from April 17th through April 21st 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, April 23rd!

Happy Hopping! 🙂

 

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2017 NQBBH Week 1 Giveaway Winners

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

I hope you enjoyed hopping along last week during Week 1 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. The giveaway winners have been contacted, and are listed below:
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Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors! I hope you’ll join Yvonne (Quilting Jetgirl), Leanne (shecanquilt) and myself tomorrow as we introduce the second group of new quilt bloggers. There will be more fun blogs for you to visit, and more great giveaways!

 

 

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Pineapples Galore!

You guys are not going to believe what I stumbled on yesterday! I can’t believe I found these and now they are hanging out in my sewing room. Whoop!

I can hear you asking – what did you find Beth?

Look:

Pineapple blockThirty-seven (!) 15″ pineapple blocks. Just waiting to be made into a beautiful quilt.

Here’s the whole stack of blocks.

Pineapple BlocksI have wanted to make pineapple blocks for a really long time. Now I can put these together, and maybe that will scratch that itch. Or not.  Who knows? I just can’t believe I have them.

But WAIT – there’s more:

Pineapple Blocks 2Another 30 blocks in a different layout!

Yesterday our quilt guild held a ‘garage sale’ where members brought in sewing related items they no longer wanted or needed. All 67 of these blocks, plus extra fabric, were stuffed in a large plastic bag. I paid $20 for everything. I almost felt bad because it’s such a steal!

I was too polite to ask why these were never put into a quilt, after all I’m a newbie there, but I really wanted to scream – “why were these never put into a quilt??” I’ve calmed down some since then. 🙂

Now I have another project to add to my ever-growing To Do list. But that’s okay. These blocks deserve to be put together and quilted, and I’m going to find the time to do it. Sometime this year….

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday.

 

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