Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween with a Spooktacular Surprise!

I can't believe that it's already Halloween.  Where does the time go?  Things have been a little quiet around here as far as quilting goes.  Monday was my beautiful daughter's 16th birthday.  We spent the day with my dad and step mom and had a nice birthday dinner filled with lots of cake and ice cream.

Her best friend picked her up Monday morning and brought her flowers.  I apologize for the less than stellar cell phone pictures.  
And I'm pretty sure she got the best birthday present ever...a gigantic jar of nutella.
I think her smile says it all.  She's in heaven.  Grammy sure does know Hannah!

Unfortunately, we spent yesterday morning at the dentist because her not-so-great birthday present was a cracked up baby tooth that refused to come out on it's own.  So, we had to get it pulled.  
On the bright side she stayed home the rest of the day and she even took a nap!

Now how about a Spooktacular Halloween giveaway? I just happen to have 2 yards of some fabulous Ghastlies fabric that would love a new home!  This will be an easy one to enter...just leave a comment and tell us your favorite Halloween candy.  That's it...easy peasy. 
This fabric has a dusty rose background.  It kind of looks brown in the picture but it's definitely a dusty dirty pink color.  Perfect for Halloween!

The giveaway is open until November 6th and I'll announce the winner on November 7th.  

Happy Halloween everyone!    

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival ~ Texas Teardrops

I thought it would be super fun to participate in the Bloggers Quilt Festival and I decided to share one of my favorite quilts, Texas Teardrops.

Make sure you check out all the awesome quilts that are being displayed for the Bloggers Quilt Festival.

Amy's Creative Side

Texas Teardrops
Texas Teardrops

This quilt was a bit of a challenge for me.  I saw a similar design in a commercial for a toilet paper cover and immediately thought to myself "That would be an awesome quilt design!"  

I love having a DVR on the TV.  I often pause the TV, jump up and take a picture.  My husband just laughs and says "Quilt?"  I know, I'm a tiny bit crazy!

I drafted my husband for his awesome drawing skills and had him sketch the teardrop shapes.  The quilt design came together pretty fast once I had the teardrop shapes.

Each block has either 2, 3 or 4 teardrop shapes appliqued on.  I also used lots of bright colors with the white background.  I really wanted the teardrops to pop.     

Close up of Texas Teardrops
I used a pink and white damask for the back.  I love how it looks!  
Texas Teardrops Backing
I quilted it using Roscoe {my Gammill}.  I didn't really have a plan when I started the quilting so the squiggly lines just kind of happened.  All in all I think this one turned out great.

I promise I won't object should any of you decide to nominate my Texas Teardrops Quilt.  {insert big cheesy smile here}  
     
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 67″x 67″
Special techniques used : applique
Quilted by : Vicki Ruebel {myself}
Best Category : Applique Quilt, Throw Quilt

I'm off to finish a little cleaning before my dad and step mom get here today!  I'm so excited to see them.  I wish they could stay longer than 2 days but I'll take what I can get.  And tomorrow, my baby turns 16!!!  Say a prayer for me...I'm NOT liking this growing up crap!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Frugal Friday

Hello people!  And Hello Frugal Friday!  Here's how it works {for the newbies}.  I'll post pictures and details of what's available.  If you see something you like just leave a comment.  I'll need email addresses for invoicing purposes ~ so if you're a no reply blogger you might miss out.  There's only one available item for each picture so first person to comment gets it.  Each item is numbered so you can reference that in the comments.  That should eliminate any confusion on which item you would like.   

Shipping...this is a little tricky.  I will not ever charge you all more than actual shipping.  It's hard for me to give actual costs here without knowing if you will purchase more than one tidbit.  Therefore here are some basic guidelines (US customers only):
  1. In order to ship First Class the order has to weigh less than 13 ounces {that's about 2 yards of fabric}
  2. First Class Shipping is based on location but usually costs less than $3.50
  3. A Flat Rate Priority Envelope is $4.95 and I can fit up to 7 yards, mix & match, in there.
  4. If you should pay more than the actual shipping I will refund the difference.    
If you have any questions you can email me anytime at QuiltingLodge@gmail.com.


Please note...international shipping charges are much higher.  Please email me if you are outside the US and you would like a shipping quote.


Today, I'm mixing it up and throwing in a couple patterns.  The best part...patterns have FREE shipping!  I figure we need to get in the Holiday spirit which is why I've also thrown in some awesome Kate Spain Christmas fabrics! 


Let's take a look at today's goodies...

(1) $5.50 Moda Kota Batik Honey (Buttercup yellow) 1 yd 13"  SOLD


(2) $4.00 Blank Quilting Tool Print 1 yd  SOLD
(5) $5.00 Moda 12 Days of Christmas 1 yd  SOLD
(5) $5.00 Moda 12 Days of Christmas 1 yd  SOLD
(5) $5.00 Moda 12 Days of Christmas 1 yd  SOLD
(6) $5.00 Moda 12 Days of Christmas 1 yd  SOLD
(7) $3.75 Who's Got the Mitten? 

(8) $3.75 Talkin' Turkey

Please, please leave your email address in the comment if there's any chance you are a no-reply blogger.  Otherwise, I have no way of contacting you and I would hate for you all to think I'm not responding when, in fact, I can't.

Alrighty, I'm off to write a pattern!  Yuck!  But I think you all will love this one.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October Stash Bee Blocks

Happy hump day!  I have to share a picture of my sweet friend Linda and a quilt she made using one of my patterns.  She did a fantastic job and I'm so proud.  I love how she quilted it!
I'm so excited because I finished my October Stash Bee blocks today!  That means all of my October commitments are now complete!  Woohoo...I wasn't sure I was going to get everything finished but I did.  Yay me.  

Our hive leader, Rachelle, picked book shelf blocks for this month.  I didn't use any patterns, just chopped and sewed fabric as I went.  I like how they turned out.  We were each asked to make {4} 6.5" blocks.  

Here are my blocks...
Stash Bee Book Shelf Blocks





This is my favorite block!  I have a slightly warped sense of humor and I found it rather funny that I titled this one "All by Myself."  I even broke out in song as I made it.  Sad but true.   

No one else has made a single lonely book block so I thought it had to be done.  Let's hope Rachelle likes my sense of humor.

I hope everyone has a great night.  I'll be here sulking a little since I can't go to Quilt Market this year.  My baby turns 16 right in the middle of all the quilting fun.  I can't miss her 16th birthday but I sure wish I had a magic time machine so I could do both!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Learning How to Sew Continues...

Monday...is it just a given that Monday's are a pain in the rear?  I had big plans for today.  Things didn't exactly go as planned.  In fact, I'm quite certain most of my sewing machines banded together and turned evil.  My Bernina and my Babylock decided it would be more fun to torture me than to sew.  

In retrospect, I think they are just ticked off because I've been spending so much time with my Pfaff.  They better be careful or I might make that a permanent deal.  I wanted to get the binding on my Cuzco Hexie quilt and I made progress.  However, I didn't quite finish it.  Oh well, tomorrow is Tuesday and hopefully it will be even more productive than today.

A few days ago or maybe a week ago {I can't remember because my machines made me crazy today} I posted pictures of my sister, Kathy, while she was learning how to sew.  Well guess what?  She liked it so much she made some awesome Halloween Pillowcases.

Here's a look at her progress.  I'm just so proud of her for learning how to sew.

It looks like she's mastered the rotary cutter!
She even got to use the free arm on the Pfaff  while she was attaching the cuff.
She did an awesome job!  Two pillowcases in one afternoon.  I think she's ready to make her first quilt!
We have a free pillowcase pattern if you would like to make one.  You can also check out the charm pack pillowcase for an alternative cuff. 

I hope my machines wake up in a better mood tomorrow.  Maybe they won't be out to get me.   

Friday, October 19, 2012

Woohoo! Frugal Friday

Hello people!  And Hello Frugal Friday!  Here's how it works {for the newbies}.  I'll post pictures and details of what's available.  If you see something you like just leave a comment.  I'll need email addresses for invoicing purposes ~ so if you're a no reply blogger you might miss out.  There's only one available item for each picture so first person to comment gets it.  Each item is numbered so you can reference that in the comments.  That should eliminate any confusion on which item you would like.   

Shipping...this is a little tricky.  I will not ever charge you all more than actual shipping.  It's hard for me to give actual costs here without knowing if you will purchase more than one tidbit.  Therefore here are some basic guidelines (US customers only):
  1. In order to ship First Class the order has to weigh less than 13 ounces {that's about 2 yards of fabric}
  2. First Class Shipping is based on location but usually costs less than $3.50
  3. A Flat Rate Priority Envelope is $4.95 and I can fit up to 7 yards, mix & match, in there.
  4. If you should pay more than the actual shipping I will refund the difference.    
If you have any questions you can email me anytime at QuiltingLodge@gmail.com.

Please note...international shipping charges are much higher.  Please email me if you are outside the US and you would like a shipping quote.
 

Let's take a look at today's goodies...

(1) $6.00 David Textiles 2 yds  SOLD

(2) $4.00 Alexander Henry Ghastlie Clover 32"
(3) $4.00 VIP Cheetah Print 1 1/2 yds  SOLD
(4) $4.00 Timeless Treasures Red Leaf Batik 1 yd  SOLD
(5) $3.50 Moda Amelia 13" piece & 10" piece  SOLD
(6) $4.50 Moda Amelia 1 yd (there is a small 1/4" cut on this piece)
(7) $4.50 Moda Amelia 31" piece  SOLD
(8) $5.00 Moda Amelia 1 yd  SOLD

I would also like to offer a special price on the Moda Cuzco Jelly Rolls.   This collection is gorgeous and if you love pink, purple, orange & turquoise....you need this collection!  I am biased because I'm a self proclaimed purple lover but this really is an awesome collection.  My hexies are made from this collection.   
$29.00 (3 available)
 
Please, please leave your email address in the comment if there's any chance you are a no-reply blogger.  Otherwise, I have no way of contacting you and I would hate for you all to think I'm not responding when, in fact, I can't.

Alrighty, I'm off to quilt quilt quilt!  I quilted most of the day yesterday and didn't even make it half way through my Cuzco quilt.  I'm hoping to finish today but I'm not sure that will happen.  Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Good morning fellow quilters and bloggie friends!  I hope everyone is having a great week!  I've been trying to quilt but I keep getting distracted.  So, today my post will be short and to the point.  I'm hoping to finish the quilt I have loaded.  Here's a little peek at my progress...


This wasn't exactly what I had planned for this quilt but I'm liking how it looks.  Sometimes I have a really hard time deciding on quilting designs.  That's why it takes me so long to get them quilted.  I literally stared at a loaded quilt for 3 days before I started quilting. 

Ok, enough babbling from me.  I know you are ready to find out who won the giveaway from last week.  The lucky winner is...number 62.

Lyn said...
What a wonderful block! Thanks so much and I am an e-mail and google reader follower. Thanks!

Lyn, I'll be emailing you momentarily.  Congrats!

I'm off to quilt!  Hopefully I'll have a finished quilt to share soon! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Spaced Out 4 Patch {Tutorial}

Hello all!  A big welcome to those stopping by today for the first time.  I hope you will have a look around and stay awhile.  

Today is my day on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop hosted by Beth at Plum & June.  If you haven't been following along, you should.  There have been lots of great tutorials!

Here's a brief look at 4 of my favorite recent projects...
 

Beth came up with some fun questions for us to answer so you all can get to know me a little better.

How long have you been quilting?  I have only been quilting about 4 or 5 years.  However, my super talented mom {who also blogs here when she has time} taught me how to sew when I was 6 or maybe 7.   I can't really remember exactly.
 
Favorite Quilting Tip(s):  I'm not sure I have a favorite tip. Just relax and have fun.  There's always more than one way to do something and they make seam rippers for a reason!
  
Favorite Blogging Tip:  I wish I had one!  I still consider myself new at this and rather inept.  So, my best tip is to make lots of blogging friends and bug the heck out of them to learn all you can!  That's what I do.
  
Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric):  Hmmm...I'm not sure I have just one.  I really love batiks and all the modern fabrics.  I know, it's a weird mix.

Favorite quilting toolIt's not really a tool but I have to say Roscoe {my Gammill}.  I love him!

Favorite music to listen to while quiltingI don't listen to music when I quilt.  I listen to the voices in my head.  {Just kidding...or am I???}

Favorite TV show while hand stitching:  I love love love Friends!  And I've just recently discovered The Big Bang Theory.

Binding - by hand or by machine?   Both...it depends on who the quilt is for.  I usually machine bind kids quilts for durability.
  
If I'd only known - what you wish you knew about blogging before you started your blog:  Oh boy, I wish I would've researched Blogger vs. Word Press.  And I wish I had known being a professional photographer and writer would be beneficial.  Both of which, I am NOT! 

Now that I've babbled on and on it's time for a little tutorial.  I'm calling this block Spaced Out 4 Patch.  I'm sure it's nothing new but it's very versatile.  So here we go...

Here's a look at what you will need to put together a 6" finished Spaced Out 4 Patch.
Pieces-Of-Spaced-Out-4Patch
First you will sew the white blocks to the purple strips.  
Then you sew the middle purple strip in place.  It's that easy...now you have a Spaced Out 4 Patch. 
I went even further and added more borders around the basic Spaced Out 4 Patch.
I needed a 10" finished block so I added borders and offset the 4 Patch for some extra pizazz!

Here's a look at the measurements if you want to make a block like my 10" block.
I'm not going to write a bunch of step by step instructions.  This block is simple enough that it's very easy to see what I did in the pictures.  Just add each strip until you have a 10.5" unfinished block!   





Here's a little look at how I plan on using the Spaced Out 4 Patch mixed with solid 10" squares.  I'm going to do an every other kind of layout.

The versatility of this little block is endless.  You could add the same size border on each side or mix it up.  Or use it without any additional borders.  The choices go on and on! 

I hope you have all enjoyed my little tutorial.  Make sure you stop by the other bloggers that are participating in the hop.

Oct 16
         Liz from Dandelion Daydreams

Oct 18
         Melissa from issa.ino: handmade
         Julie from The Crafty Quilter

Oh, and make sure you check out our current giveaway!  It ends soon and you don't want to miss out!      
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