Friday, February 27, 2015

500+ followers, and a giveaway


I am very excited to reach a little milestone here on the blog.  A few weeks ago, I passed 500 followers.  At the time, I was remodeling the bathrooms, sick, and preparing to go to QuiltCon, but it did not go unnoticed.  Being able to share my creations and have some interaction about what is going on in our crafting lives, means a great deal to me.  I want to make sure that you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you.

I want to have a giveaway to celebrate, but I've been struggling with WHAT to give away.  I know free fabric is on every one's list, but I wanted what I gave away to be a bit more personal than that.  So I have decided to give away a custom mini quilt.


mini mosaic

What is a custom mini quilt, you ask?  Well, the winner and I will email each other back and forth and discuss designs, style, colors, etc.  He/she will be able to choose a design that I have made before, OR even a brand new one.  Perhaps even one that I will personally design myself with the help of the winner.

Rainbow mini design?

So, what do you say?

This giveaway is open to international followers.

To enter leave a comment on this blog about what what type of mini you might like (I won't hold you to it if you win).  I will randomly choose a winner on Friday, March 20th.  Yes, I know that is a few weeks away, but I want to give everyone a chance and I know I am behind on my blog reading too.

Now for the best part....I also just past 500 likers on Facebook too!  So I am running the same giveaway on my Facebook page HERE.  So if you happen to follow in both places, you have 2 chances to win!  Good luck!

Thanks for reading today,

Jen

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wheel of Fortune and Tilted Star - Building Blocks Tuesday

I should get a shirt that says, "I survived QuiltCon"!  It was a fantastic experience, but a bit exhausting.  I will tell you all about it soon, when I've had a least one good night sleep and perhaps a gallon of coffee.

In the meantime, today I am sharing 2 blocks that I made in one of my classes at QuiltCon, "Advanced Piecing" with Lee Heinrich.

This is the Wheel of Fortune block:

Wheel of Fortune Block

Lee used this block to teach basic paper piecing.

And this is the Tilted Star, which gave us continued practice with paper piecing and taught us partial seams.

Tilted Star block


Both blocks are from the book, Vintage Quilt Revival.


Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks

I must admit that I didn't really learn anything new in the class, and perhaps "Advanced Piecing" wasn't the best title, BUT I really enjoyed Lee's teaching style and I was happy to finally try out a few blocks from this book.  I've had it for ages and just haven't gotten around to giving it a go.  Now that I have, I can't decide if I want to make a whole quilt from these blocks, or do a sampler and try out the others in the book.

What blocks have you working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!


Thanks for reading,

Jen



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Itty Bitty Modern Maples - Building Blocks Tuesday

Whoa! What a whirlwind week!  I guess being totally out of commission for a few days last week didn't help.  I feel so far behind.  There was so much more I wanted to accomplish before going off to QuiltCon, and being too sick to stitch did not help.  I am feeling better though!  Tomorrow's the big day when I am off to Austin!

I just wish I got past the cutting stage for a little something for my roommate, and I don't have a special bag as planned for all my QuiltCon stuff.  I'm going to have to give my roomy an IOU, and use my regular purse for any "stuff" I need to carry around.  I know these are little things in the big picture, but I am still a little bummed.


Itty Bitty Modern Maples

This week, I'm sharing some Itty Bitty Modern Maples I made for the Teeny Tiny Block Swap I joined.  These Modern Maples are 4 inches finished, not that easy of a task since the original 12 inch block is basically a 9-patch (3 inch blocks would have been better for the math).  In this swap, the first theme was "Nature", and I had to make 11 of the same block (12 if I wanted one myself) to mail off to the coordinator.  In turn, I will get 11 4 inch blocks back, and all the ones made by the group are adorable!  I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet, but I am really excited to see.

Last chance to enter to win my sewing inspired Eclectic Elements Bionic Gear Bag.  Leave a comment on THIS post to enter.

What blocks have you working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.


Quilter in the Closet

Rules:

1) Please link up only to the page in your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!


Thanks for reading,

Jen