10/12/2017

Seattle Quilt Shop Visit

While in Seattle, Washington, last week, 
my daughter took me to Drygoods Design -- a quilt shop in Pioneer Square.


It was a nice, well lit shop,

with a friendly, but busy clerk. 

They carry yarn and threads,

some books and cards as well as fabrics.

This is the classroom, located on the other side of the black curtain in the shop.
And it looked like a very interesting class.

I bought an Alice in Wonderland print fabric for a tote bag.




10/10/2017

Christmas Caroling Show and Tell and Giveaways


I hope you had as much fun as I did visiting all the Christmas Caroling Row Along posts during the past few weeks. I collected all the patterns. How about you?

I have a giveaway listed at the end of my post for visiting my blog. 

There is also a giveaway for a Calibre Cutting Mat listed there as well. 

I was lucky and got a giveaway for a discount on a Calibre Cutting Mat, as long as I paid shipping costs. It is the 3rd Calibre cutting mat I own. I will tell you these cutting mats are amazing. I truly believe they do not wear my rotary cutting blades down as quickly as other mats. They are thicker mats, too; and they don't have a smell!  If you ever have an opportunity to get one of these mats, get one! The company works wonderfully with Marian at Seams To Be Sew in supplying these gift certificates. Thank you, Calibre Arts.

Today is Show and Tell Day for the designers who chose to make a quilted project using some of the free patterns from this Christmas Caroling Row Along. I was running short on time, so I decided to make a wall hanging.

I included my own row along with two other patterns. I did not sew the buttons on the holly yet.

Under my ribbon row on the top, I wanted vertical rows. I liked Mary Mack's Carol of the Bells. I rearranged the layout of the bells and the pieced pinwheels. I liked the musical notes included in the pattern.

I like balance. Ask anyone who quilts with me. Knowing I didn't have time for much applique, I chose to use just the trees from the Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Fun Threads Designs for my wall hanging. And you can see only one tree is really trying to rock! I am going to add some of my Christmas buttons as ornaments on the tree.

I wanted to tie the blue pinwheels into the rest of the quilt, so I made some 6" x 9" blocks to sew to the top of the tree panels. I drew the blocks in EQ7 and was able to print foundation paper piecing patterns to get the correct angles since these are not square blocks.

I think the red binding brings the entire piece together. And once the buttons are sewn on, it will help even more.

I liked so many of the row patterns.  I know in the future I will make a large quilt using many of the patterns. As a designer, I invite others to use what they wish from my pattern designs to fit their style, need, or time crunch. Just remember to always give credit to those who's designs help in your quilt making. That is how we grow as quilt makers.

Entry for the giveaways through Rafflecopters below. These giveaways are for October 10 and end October 10 at 11:59 PM.
Now for the giveaway information:

Ackfeld Manufacturing has donated a Desk Stand. Click HERE to see the type of stand this is. Marian has a description HERE if you'd like more information.

This will ship anywhere but Shipping Cost must be paid by winner. Cost To Ship In USA $7.43
Value 27.50
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you would like to enter for a Calibre 14" x 14" rotating Cutting Mat:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please read the Rules and Guidelines Marian has for all who enter:

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their
winners.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

All winners are chosen at random.

All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.

Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

Happy Quilting!


9/29/2017

Row Along Winner

Thank you to all who visited my blog for the Christmas Caroling Row Along last week. I had over 600 visitors and over 450 pattern downloads. The Show and Tell of the designers' quilted projects, using the rows, will be done on October 11. At the end of that day's post, my pattern, DECK THE HALLS, will become available for sale. 

The Rafflecopter Drawing on my blog was for a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop and the winner was 

Bonnie T

Congratulations, Bonnie! Have fun searching for your choices.

And, thank you, Fat Quarter Shop for this lovely giveaway. 

Have a wonderful weekend in whatever you do or make.

9/24/2017

Just a Little Stitching

After my blog post for the Christmas Caroling Row Along went live, I gave a little sigh of relief. I thank all of you who visited my blog (and the other designers' blogs) for this fun event. Marian really does great row alongs and blog hops. 
The pattern for my row, Deck the Halls, will be free through October 10 when the show and tell is posted. If you haven't seen my blog post HERE IT IS.

I had time to get back to some projects that I put on hold. 
One project I finished is for the upcoming ENTER IF YOU DARE Blog Hop
I can't show it to you. 
I can tell you I used scraps, it is orange and black, and it was fun to do! 
So, do stop by between October 18 and October 30, 2017, to see what everyone has to share. 


As to the other items I have worked on, 
I have some hotpads completed. 

I worked on more of my project for the QuiltCon 2017 Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. Again, another project I cannot show except for the fabrics (fat 1/8ths) that are to be used.

And lastly, I tidied my sewing area and got some things together that I'm taking to a quilting retreat in October. I found a fall leaf print fabric that's been hiding for a while. 
I chose Rising Star on the cover of Mod Block magazine 
(Vol. 2 Issue 1 by Missouri Star Quilt Co.) 
to make with this fabric. It was designed by Ron Doan. 
The leaf print is the background and 2.5 inch strips of autumn fabrics for the stars.
The magazine is not listed on the Missouri Star Quilt Co. website, 
so I assume it is no longer available.

Thank you for visiting. 
What have you been quilting lately?








9/21/2017

Christmas Carol Row Along

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!


When Marian (seamstobesew.com) put out the announcement that she was going to host a Row Along in the Fall, focusing on Christmas Carols, I immediately thought of the Christmas carol, DECK THE HALLS and signed up. This is my 3rd year as a designer in one of Marian's Row Alongs.

Fun!
If you are new to a Row Along, you're going to have fun! On a certain day, each designer posts about the row pattern they created. The patterns for the rows are free (for one week from the designer's post date) during the Row Along. We really want to have each visitor download their own pattern; so please, don't share the patterns, but tell your friends to go to each site and download the patterns. Further down in this post, I have links to the designers.

Giveaways!
Marian has spent a great deal of time gathering giveaway sponsors' for the Row Along. (The rules for giveaways are listed at the end of my blog.) Enter for a chance to win one of the great giveaways.

Northcott is a prime sponsor of Marian's Row Alongs. They have kindly supplied the designers with some fabrics to use in their rows and they have provided some fabric packs for giveaways, too. We thank them for their support. 

Giveaway on my blog!
You will find the Rafflecopter entry further down on my blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from The Fat Quarter Shop.
There are other great sponsors, as well. You can find out about all of them at Marian's website.  

Traditions!
In researching the song and the tradition of decorating with holly, I found out that
"the ever-popular “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly” has been sung since the Renaissance. In old England, more than the halls were decked with holly boughs. In some towns, so were the streets. A half-century before Columbus brought news of a New World across the sea, Englishmen were erecting upright timbers called standards in the streets and adorning them with “whatsoever the season of the yeere aforded to be greene.” But for most Englishmen, and most who immigrated to the colonies, Christmas decorations meant indoor greenery."                 (from http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/autumn08/holly.cfm)

More information can be found at the site above, including the origins of decorating with greenery in the winter months and how it came to be incorporated in the Christian celebration of Christmas. 

There are 300 species of holly and 15 are native to North America. Holly plants are male or female, only the female plant has the red berries (which are not really berries, but drupes). Woodworkers use holly wood as inlay in furniture. I am not sure what species of holly my row depicts, but it does have berries made of buttons, so it must be feminine.

Deck the Hall Row!
I enjoy piecing my quilt tops and projects. Applique is not my prefered technique; but, I will use raw edge applique when necessary. I knew ribbons had to be used in my row, and worked in a little raw edge applique with some red buttons. I chose to use prints from Northcott's 'Tis the Season line of fabrics and a solid red from their Colorworks line.


21738M-12 HERE
21740M-24 HERE

21740M-76 HERE

#9000-24 HERE


























My row finishes 30 inches wide and 10 inches tall. 


Download the Pattern HERE.
I use Payhip for my pattern downloads. You will have to fill in your email address,
then you can download the pattern. 
Payhip will send you an email link as well. 
Sometimes Payhip does not download well to cell phones and tablets, 
so you will have to use a computer.

For the Giveaway
use Rafflecopter.

Other patterns!
Visit the other designers today and in the last few days of the Row Along!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Show and Tell Day
Designers participating will be announced prior to October 10.
And,
Marian wants everyone to know the

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.
  1. Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.
  2. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  3. You’ll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.
  4. I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017 with the exception of the Calibre Art giveaway, those will be available after each featured day, starting September 06, 2017.
  5. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their winners.
  6. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  7. With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  8. You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don’t do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  9. If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  10. In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway… do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and…
  11. Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don’t win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  12. No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  13. You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  14. You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  15. All winners are chosen at random.
  16. All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  17. Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  18. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  19. Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  20. The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.
I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.
If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.
An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.
Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven’t received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.
Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn’t read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.
Thank You!
I am so happy you visited my blog. I hope you enjoy making my row and use the pattern in many other ways such as birthday or special occasion quilts or wall hangings. Send me a photo if you do make my pattern, I'd love to see it.

(I reply to comments via email) if I can. If not, I reply here on the blog.