Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Olfa!

Ever look at an antique quilt and think, "Dang. That poor lady had to cut out all 6,050 of those pieces with scissors." It's kind of an appalling thought, isn't it? Fortunately, us lucky quilters in this day and age have a little invention called a rotary cutter. And we have Olfa to thank for creating this indispensable tool 35 years ago.

That's right, the mighty rotary cutter turns 35 this year! To celebrate, Olfa has asked a group of quilters (including me!) to make 6-1/2" blocks for a special birthday quilt. I can't think of a single sewing notion that has revolutionized the quilting world more than the rotary cutter, so I was happy to participate.

Our instructions were to make a 6-1/2" block that represented Olfa's 35 years—and to include Olfa's trademark yellow. So I thought, what better fabric line to use for Olfa's birthday block than Sew Yummy by Monica Solorio-Snow and Cloud 9? I mean: Smiley thread bobbins and seam rippers and tomato pincushions. (But no smiley happy rotary cutters? Darn!)


When I think of techniques that have been made easier by rotary cutters, two things come to mind for me—half-square triangles (because trimming), and fussy cutting. So I decided to feature both of those things in my block.


I fussy-cut around Monica's fab circle of pins for the center of the star, and trimmed up some lovely yellow star points using Sew Yummy's tomato pin-cushion blenders. Pretty cute, right? This block is off to Olfa to be included in the birthday quilt!

And while it may be Olfa's birthday, you get the prize! Want to win a rotary cutter and a small cutting mat from Olfa? Just leave a comment (any old comment) on this post. I'll draw a random winner on August 5. Now go cut up some fabric!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

No WIP Wednesday Today

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
WIP Wednesday is on summer vacation! WIP Wednesday will be back on August 6. I expect you to use this time to finish at least 10 WIPs. Totally doable, right? ; ) See you on the 6th!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Pre-Vacay

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
So I've got a little vacation coming up, which of course means three times as much work while I get ready for the vacation. That's always the way, right?

But when I'm not hard at work on my preparations to relax, here's what I've been doing ...

... some straight-line quilting (can't show you more than this, sorry)

... using Monica Solorio-Snow's Sew Yummy fabric line for Cloud 9 in a fun little block (more on that in a bit)

... cutting into this lovely stack of Emmy Grace by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics

... and admiring my Aviatrix Medallion in Cotton + Steel (though not necessarily making any progress on it).

And speaking of vacation, WIP Wednesday is going on one too, while I'm gone! There will be NO WIP Wednesday the last two weeks of July. But feel free to carry on, on Instagram—you guys don't really need me over there, do you? : ) WIP Wednesday will officially be back on August 6 with guest host Cori of Let's Eat Grandpa, and then I'll be back in the saddle on August 13. (And don't worry, I'm leaving you with some other pre-written, pre-scheduled blog posts while I'm gone!)

This week's WIP Wednesday sponsor: 
Today let's thank my newest sponsor, Shabby Fabrics! Shabby Fabrics is having a huuuuuuuge Christmas in July sale, July 18-21, with ALL Christmas fabric 30% off—including the brand new collections! Head over there now to check out their newly redesigned website and add to your wishlist so you're ready for Friday's sale. Remember, if you love WIP Wednesday, you can say thank you by supporting my wonderful sponsors!

This week's giveaway: 
Shabby Fabrics is offering a FQ bundle of Jolly Christmas by Debbie Mumm, to get that holiday sewing kicked off! To win, do either of the following (or do both for two chances): 1) Link up your own WIP Wednesday post or Instagram photo below; and/or 2) sign up for Shabby Fabrics' newsletter, like Shabby Fabrics on Facebook, or follow the Shabby Fabrics blog. Then comment below that you've done so.

Here's how to link up:
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 and mention me, @freshlypieced
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, July 9, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Slow and Steady

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My progress this week: I am continuing to work on my Aviatrix Medallion, at the slowest pace humanly possible. : )

Okay, I suppose I could do it a little slower if I really tried. In fact, maybe that will be on the agenda for this week!

This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by one of my newest sponsors, Dragonfly Fabrics. Dragonfly always has a weekly sale (this week it's 10% off Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz), and they have a great customer loyalty program! Don't forget to follow Dragonfly on Instagram at @dragonflyfabrics and on Facebook!

And Dragonfly is kindly offering all you WIPpers 15% off all purchases through July 13! Up Parasol by Heather Bailey and Emmy Grace by Bari J. are just in, to name a few, so head over to Dragonfly to take advantage of this great deal. Enter code Freshly15 at checkout!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog.
3. If you are linking to an Instagram photo, please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon in the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL would be www.instagram.com/freshlypieced).
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!

And remember, you can participate only on Instagram (without linking up here) if you prefer. Just hashtag #wipwednesday—and check the hashtag to see what everybody else is working on!


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Can I make a quilt that looks just like one of yours? Of course! You don't need my permission for that. But remember, it's polite (and helpful to others) to credit your source of inspiration.

Can I share one of your photos on my blog or website? Probably! But please contact me for permission first. Use of my photos for commercial purposes is prohibited.

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Can I sell individual items made from your tutorials or patterns? Yes! But please don't open a factory and start churning out hundreds of them. : ) And please do not reproduce or sell the patterns or tutorials themselves. Thank you!