Thursday, May 22, 2014

Handmade Christmas Challenge

SewCalGal is having a Handmade Christmas Challenge and for once I am bound and determined to get some of these projects done early so I can enjoy the holiday and not stress trying to finish them.  I know I will still be working on some of them, but to even have one ready is exciting.

This quilt pattern was in the Fons and Porter November 2009 issue and was called "Holiday Cheer."  Now that I have my sewing cabinet finished I've been taking advantage of the extended top on it and trying some new quilting stitches.  I have also been spending some time watching Craftsy quilting classes and learning a lot.  Funny how studying can be so much fun when it is something that you love doing.

I am expanding my horizons with my walking foot...What a difference the 1/2" straight lines make around the center block.  In my experimenting I did realize something...if the quilt isn't moving freely, it may mean there is a problem on the underside of the quilt.  I ended up unsewing all the stippling I did in the outer border and redoing it because of the big loops on the bottom.  It was worth it though, and I am looking forward to the day in November when I hang this quilt for the holiday season.  Not to say I wouldn't enjoy a lot of warm, sunny days before then.  ;)

For some reason I made an extra corner star block so I decided to quilt that too and make it into a mug rug.  For more Christmas inspiration the other projects can be seen here.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Blogger's Quilt Festival

It takes me a while, but I'm not too late to enter a quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There is nothing like a quilt show to inspire creativity.  I've been looking at the quilts that are already entered, and I have a long list of possible new quilts to make.  

I just finished this quilt and my son is in love with it.  In fact, he asked me when the next one will be done.  I think completed quilts inspire new quilts to be finished.  This one is from the Touchdown pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.  I quilted it on my home sewing machine and love the fact that it is ready for the upcoming football season a few months in advance (anyone who knows me knows that I am usually working up until the last minute on everything).  If you are visiting from the Blogger's Quilt Festival welcome, you can read more about this quilt here...and if you are a regular visitor of mine, check out the festival here...there are so many wonderful quilts on display!  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day and a New Quilt!!! ---The Winner Is....

When Merrilee at Stitchin' It Up Quilt Shop asked me if would be interested in making her new quilt kit using the Touchdown pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew I was in.  I figured it would be the perfect new quilt for my son who is an avid football fan, and the bright, fun colors were too good to pass up.

What I did not expect was the number of people asking if I would make them one too when they saw it. The pattern was a great one to work with.  The instructions were very clear and making the football strings was easy and fun.

Since it is Giveaway Day (week) at Sew Mama Sew I thought I would give you a chance to win a gift certificate of $25 to Stitchin' It Up Quilt Shop which you can use toward the purchase of this kit or anything else you would like.  All you need to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know who your favorite sport's team doesn't have to be a football team or a professional team for that matter (I love watching my son's basketball and soccer teams).  If you are not a sports fan of any kind you can let me know that too.  For another chance to win, leave a second comment letting me know you follow my blog and how.  The winner will be announced here on May 18, at 5 p.m. CST and is open worldwide.
Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

The winner of the gift certificate is barb said...
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