Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Home Again

So, as you may have guessed, I'm home from Austin. To summarize, QuiltCon was inspiring and exhausting and exhilarating and draining and wildly colorful and ADHD and OMG it was all the things. It's like when you look at the sun for too long, and then when you close your eyes, crazy colors and patterns are still there—I think I still see a bazillion quilts every time I close my eyes. More processing (and more catching up on sleep) will be required before I can write a blog post, basically. So stand by for that.


Blocks from my Advanced Piecing classes (pattern can be found in my book, Vintage Quilt Revival)

And of course, I didn't actually sew a single thing this week! But it's Wednesday, and I can't leave you guys hanging! So let's have some WIP Wednesday action anyway.

This week's WIP Wednesday is sponsored by the always-delightful Canton Village Quilt Works. As always, Canton Village offers an impressive range of Kona solids at great prices. Canton Village also offers some amazing Australian fabric!



GIVEAWAY: This week, Canton Village is kindly offering a $30 gift certificate for you all. Woot!

GET 10% OFF ANY PURCHASE: Just use the promo code freshlypieced10 at checkout to get 10% off any order all week long. Yay!

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo belowi

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Off to Austin

Good morning! I'm off to Austin today for QuiltCon, but before I go, let's squeeze in a little WIP Wednesday!

Of course, my WIPs this week were all QuiltCon-related. But I got plenty of fun demo blocks together for my Off the Grid class.

And as I write this, my suitcase is still a work-in-progress. This was taken before I even packed any clothes. LOL.

Don't forget, I'll be Instagramming from QuiltCon, so follow me on IG if you want to see it all unfold. And of course I'll be doing a blog post or two about it when I return, so stay tuned for that. 

This week's WIP Wednesday sponsor is Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop just announced two new books that will be released in the spring—Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls and Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. Farm Girl Vintage includes full instructions for 45 sampler blocks in two sizes each, plus 14 project patterns, which sounds like a pretty excellent buy from an amazing designer! Both books are currently available for pre-order.

GIVEAWAY: This week, Fat Quarter Shop is kindly offering a $25 gift certificate to TWO lucky readers! Drown your #notgoingtoquiltcon sorrows in free fabric! 

To win, do any or all of the following (each gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

And even if you're not in Austin, you can still join a quilty community right here with WIP Wednesday!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Monday, February 16, 2015

QuiltCon FYI

You guys! I'm getting excited about QuiltCon now! Up until now, I've just been feeling the stress of preparing for the classes I'm teaching, but now that most of the prep work is done, I'm starting to really look forward to it. Anyway, if you will also be at QuiltCon, I have a few things to share:

First, Faith Jones and I will be signing books in the Sew Much More Bernina booth, booth #507, on Friday at 3 p.m. Come meet Faith and me, and score signatures of two out of three Vintage Quilt Revival authors. (You'll just have to track Katie down somewhere else—we'll miss you, Katie!)

Second, I'm honored to have four quilts hanging in the QuiltCon show. They are, clockwise from top left, Freeflow (quilted by Anne Books), Sugar Snow (from Vintage Quilt Revival, quilted by Krista Withers), Chandelier, and Wavelength. My Terrazzo quilt will also be on display in the Free Spirit booth on the show floor. Look for them as you're walking the show!

Finally, keep an eye out for me if you're doing the #quiltconpinswap, because I've got pins for swapping! Stop me anywhere to swap—and introduce yourself while you're at it! The more I think about this Pin Swap idea, the more I love it, because it gives people an excuse to interact. I know it can be intimidating to just walk up and introduce yourself to someone out of the blue—it's like the equivalent of cold-calling in sales. : ) This takes the pressure off, which is pretty awesome. If you want to know more about the Pin Swap, check the hashtag to admire the pins people are swapping.

See you in Austin!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Demo Blocks

This week is all about QuiltCon prep for me! How about you? Does everybody have their class supplies together? 

I've been busy making Faith's Ribbon Star blocks to use as demo blocks in my Off the Grid class (not to be confused with my own Ribbon Star block, which is here). I'm especially excited about Off the Grid, because it's a design class, and design is what I most love to talk about. We're going to spend the class workshopping alternate layouts until we collapse onto our design walls. : )

Oh, and I'm not just teaching, I'm taking a few classes, too! So I've been gathering pearl cotton for my embroidery class with Allison Glass—embroidery is a new skill for me, and I'm really looking forward to a few hours of relaxing hand-stitching during what is sure to be a hectic couple of days spent in Austin.

That reminds me: Are you taking one of my classes at QuiltCon? Don't forget to check your class supply list! If you haven't checked your supply list yet, I have bad news for you—you've got a lot of homework to do in the next week or so. Because I'm mean like that. LOL. But seriously, if you're taking one of my Advanced Piecing classes, there's some cutting you need to complete before class (we have a lot of blocks to get through in a short period of time, so it's crucial that you have your fabric cut ahead of time). And if you're in Off the Grid, you need to bring completed quilt blocks (any completed quilt blocks) with you to class.

This week's WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory. Bobbie Lou's has new Cotton + Steel in the house, y'all (Mesa and Tokyo Train Ride). And Art Gallery's "Hello Bear" by Bonnie Christine is arriving any day now! And as always, Bobbie Lou's offers free shipping on any U.S. order over $50, and a $5.00 discount on international shipping.


GIVEAWAY: This week, Bobbie Lou's is kindly offering a $30 gift certificate to one lucky reader! Cotton + Steel anyone?

To win, do any or all of the following (each gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


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