Friday, June 26, 2015

Making my Fair Isle quilt? How to keep those seams straight!

Just dropping in with a quick tip for those of you who are working on my Fair Isle pattern

Do you find that your seams bow a little when you're sewing together long strips of fabric? (And of course, you have to sew together long strips for Fair Isle.) Click here for a quick video that shows how to keep those seams nice and straight. Wish I would have thought of it myself. : ) Enjoy!


You can buy my Fair Isle pattern here or here, and don't forget, my Fair Isle Quilt-Along posts from last year have lots more tips for making this pattern!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Summer Runnin'

Ah, summer. That time of the year when I spend entire days in the car, just shuttling the girls from one lesson/activity to the next. Looks like nice weather out there, does it? I wouldn't know, I've been in an air-conditioned car all week. LOL.

Oh, but look! I did manage to remove the paper from my completed kaleidoscope blocks and press them. And my 6-year-old helped me put them up on the design wall. Progress!! : )

And my kitchen project is proceeding. Sort of kind of. I'm building onto the top of my existing kitchen cabinets, so that they extend all the way to the ceiling. It's been made interesting by the fact that have never built anything, ever in my life. (Please note that this has not stopped me from buying lots of power tools over the last month.) So it's been a learning experience, but I think I'm on track. And I'm really enjoying it, so I hope to continue putting those power tools to work!

Let's see, who's bringing us today's WIP Wednesday? It's the one and only Fat Quarter Shop!

What's new at FQS? They are super psyched about their new exclusive Aurifil thread boxes! In four colorways and three weights, these boxes have your thread all needs covered. I can attest that the Tart colorway is especially delish. : )


GIVEAWAY: You guys! Today the Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $50 gift certificate! Swoon. That buys a lot of Aurifil!

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each one 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

Okay, what are you working on? Let's see it!

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 "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #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, June 17, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Kaleidoscopes Forever


So, does it feel like I've been sewing these kaleidoscope blocks for approximately the last forever? It sure feels that way to me!

But yes, this is what I'm still working on. At only 7" finished, I have to make a lot of these little guys. And with the start-and-stop nature of this project, I guess I kind of have been working on it forever. Fortunately, the end is in sight. I'm done with the paper-piecing, so all I have to do is assemble the blocks. My goal is to have a finished top for you next week, plus maybe even a start on a scrap quilt, which I have been itching to make lately.

One little housekeeping note: Don't forget to go visit Anne over at Hudson Valley Quilts to read her interview with me and enter her giveaway for a free Freshly Pieced PDF pattern of your choice. The giveaway ends tomorrow, so don't delay!

This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory! Always a fresh and fun online shopping stop.



Among Bobbie Lou's new arrivals is the First Light collection by Elouis Renouf for Cloud 9. It's such a beautiful collection, and it's 100% organic!

GIVEAWAY: Today Bobbie Lou's is giving away a $25 gift certificate good for anything in the shop. Thank you, Bobbie Lou's!

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each one 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

Okay, what are you working on? Let's see it!

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 "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #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, June 15, 2015

My Block From Irish Chain Quilts


Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for Melissa Corry's new book, Irish Chain Quilts!

I had no idea how versatile Irish Chain quilts were before Melissa's book landed in my mailbox. I guess I thought there was just one way to make an Irish Chain. Thanks to Melissa's creative interpretations in this book, I'm realizing that Irish Chains have huge design possibilities. And now I'm dying to make a scrappy Irish Chain of my own!

But before I do that, Melissa asked each of us to choose one block to make from her book. She's going to put all of our blocks together into a big, scrappy charity quilt. So awesome!

I chose the String of Pearls quilt for my block. Everyone participating in the blog hop made their blocks in certain colors, and mine was blue.

This was a really fun, easy, quick block to make, so a scrap Irish Chain quilt should come together great. As you can see, I went pretty scrappy with mine. Can't wait to see how Melissa's charity
quilt turns out!

To see more blocks and quilt designs from Irish Chain Quilts, check out the other stops on the blog tour:
June 8th –   Happy Quilting – Blog Hop Intro
June 9th –   Moda Lissa – Lissa Alexander + Fat Quarter Shop – Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th –  Piece N Quilt – Natalia Bonner + In Color Order – Jeni Baker
June 11th –  Amy’s Creative Side – Amy Ellis + Sew Kind of Wonderful – Jenny Pedigo
June 12th –  Quilt Story – Megan Jimenez + Diary of a Quilter – Amy Smart
June 15th –  Freshly Pieced – Lee Heinrich + Christa Quilts – Christa Watson
June 16th –  Moda Cutting Table – Carrie Nelson + Little Miss Shabby – Corey Yoder
June 17th –  Fresh Lemons – Faith Jones + V and Co.  – Vanessa Christenson
June 18th –  A Quilting Life – Sherri McConnell + Stitch This! – Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th –  Happy Quilting – Wrap Up & Grand Prizes

And be sure to stop by Melissa's blog, Happy Quilting. She's doing a huge giveaway with copies of the book, plus many other goodies! Want to know where to buy Irish Chain Quilts? You can pick up a personalized, autographed copy from Melissa, or order from Amazon or Martingale.
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