Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Spreading the LOVE…

Yup…that’s me, spreading some LOVE your way this morning!!  :o))

I have been working on my Moda Love table topper…it was the FREE project put out by Moda for the ‘Moda LOVE Blog Hop’!  This is the Jan Patek version of the quilt…with a few modifications!  Quilters have the right to change it up a bit…right?

So here it is in the sections that Jan talks about in her video on how to make this quilt.

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Her advice is to work on the applique in sections as the quilt is easier to handle that way.  Jan is the Queen of Applique so I followed her advice…and she was SEW right!  Much easier!

To sew my half square triangles I pulled these ‘Stitching Lines’ from my cupboard!  These babies are worth their weight in gold!  I had used my first package up!  (They were a gift from the creator…you can read about that HERE! Mary from Marin &Colusa is one VERY smart quilter!)  Not to worry…I found more Stitching Lines at Monica’s Quilt Shop down south! LOVE THEM!! You can find them HERE on Mary’s blog!!

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Instead of drawing lines corner to corner, you cut the Stitching Lines to length, place it on top of your square, corner to corner…and sew away.  In two seconds you have your triangles made…correction… your PERFECT triangles made!!

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I chain pieced them…and in one second had the papers off.  They are made from that soft paper that tears with very little effort!

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And of course, you SAVE the left overs for smaller squares down the road!!

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Then I got out my Bloc Loc Ruler…another product that I LOVE!!  This ruler is worth every penny!!  LOVE IT!!! (told you this post was all about LOVE)

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Another thing that I LOVE is to use up stuff that I have been hoarding for a long time!!  I have an Applique Bin and inside that bin is a ziplock bag full of left overs…WELL…I managed to use the left over vines from another project…

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…and the left over Butcher Paper leaves…

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I found four left over stars…

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I even found the left over berries!!  This saved me a TON of work!  It pays to be a HOARDER!!

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I also tried out these applique pins that were inside the tote that my daughter made me for my birthday!  LOVE* LOVE *THEM!!

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Then I pinning everything down…

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Everything was going so smoothly until I hit a snag…I smelled something burning…WHAT THE?

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I have NO IDEA what that thick hunk of plastic was…but it gave off a foul odour and it was a gummy mess!!  I did not LOVE this!!  I must remember to get rid of the clutter…:o)

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In the middle of Jan’s quilt she appliqued a sweet house…on mine I wanted a wreath…just because!  So I sprayed the vine with starch and moulded it around a lid..and ironed it to take on that shape…and it stayed!  Never throw away lids…

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Yup…it’s taking shape!

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I will stitch the vines and then start placing….IMG_2056

…the rest of the do-dads!

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Ahhhhhh…there is nothing like spreading the LOVE!!

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Stitching!~P

Sunday, September 14, 2014

And the WINNER is…

(insert drum roll here…)

Mr. Random Generator picked lucky number 6… who is…WANNABEQUILTER!

YES, you are the winner of the book, ‘A Promise in Pieces’!  Please send me your snail’s mail address so that I can get this book to you!  Wish I could send out a copy of this book to you all…but alas..I can’t.

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But do keep your eyes open for this series “Quilts of Love…Every Quilt has A Story”! You can tell that it’s part of the SERIES because of the little red heart in the box on the top right hand side.  AND you can find the available books HERE…and man there are a ton of them!!  Lucky US!!

So keep on reading…and keep on quilting!

Yesterday I was feeling the LOVE from Moda…I caught the love bug from their Moda LOVE Blog Tour.  All of the designers were promoting their fabrics by making the same sweet quilt…I went to Jan Patek’s blog and there she was whipping up her quilt in her newest fabric ‘Castlewood’…LOVE the fabric but of course I didn’t have any!  All I needed was a charm pack…so I pulled open my Charm Drawer and low and behold there was a Jan Patek charm pack called ‘Harmony’!  Remember that fabric line?  It’s several years old…an oldie but a goodie…and it had aged nicely…and it was TIME to pop the cork!

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In no time I had this all assembled ready for the applique!  Jan put the sweetest birds and berries on hers!  Sometimes quilting is like that…inspiration hits you and you have to just GO WITH IT!  Don’t fight it…just ENJOY!!  And enjoy I did!!

Have a berry sunny Sunday and Happy Quilting!~P

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Would YOU like to WIN a good read?

If you are a regular reader, than YOU know how I love quilting…you may even know that I love a good book!  Recently I was approached by Litfuse Publicity Group asking if I would like to read and review books from Abingdon Press’ Quilts of Love book series.  If you ask me, love and Quilts go hand and hand, so of course I said YES! 

I just finished reading the first book, ‘A Promise in Pieces’ written by Canadian author Emily T. Wierenga.  I have to say it was a VERY good read!  It grabbed my attention right away…as the main character Clara,  an elderly woman, is retelling her life’s story to her grandchildren. Tell me more…tell me more!!  I don’t very often pick up a book in the afternoon (I’d rather be sewing)…but I was drawn back to the story in this book…I had to find out how Clara’s life was going to unfold…and of course, it revolved around a baby quilt!  I have to tell you the story was heart-rending in places and hilarious in others!

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Let me also tell you a bit about this series of books….

Abingdon Press has created a line of books that not only appeals to a wide variety of fiction readers, but is sure to catch the interest of quilters around the world. Each novel in the 25-book series is written by a different author and offers a completely unique story, setting and cast of characters. The books do not need to be read in order and can be enjoyed individually.

The idea behind the series (launched fall 2012) is that quilts tell stories of love and loss, hope and faith, tradition and new beginnings. The Quilts of Love series focuses on the women who quilted all of these things into their family history. Featuring contemporary and historical romances, as well as Amish fiction, women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery, readers are drawn into the endearing characters and touched by their stories. A new book will be released each month through January 2015.

If you would like to read an over-view of the book, ‘A Promise in Pieces’ you can go HERE .  You will also see that the 85 people who reviewed this book so far gave it 4.6 out of 5! I would rated it 4.

Now for the good part…I have finished reading the book and would like to share the love by GIVING it AWAY!!  If you would like to read ‘A Promise In Pieces’ then leave a comment.  I will randomly pick a winner on Sunday.  Good luck!

Have a super Saturday and Happy Stitching!~P