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Hopping Blogs!

I’m excited to do some Blog Hop Show and Tell today!  It’s finally my turn to reveal the project I made using Happy Hour Stitches Lindsay Mayland’s free Charming Mini Pattern!  As you can see, I made a little doll quilt for Stella, (a charming mini herself) and she is delighted!  Didn’t that work out well? 🙂

I used a couple bundles of Moda Mini Charms; Lydia Nelson’s “Darling little Dickens” which has sweet little animal faces and characters, and Sherri & Chelsi’s “Bright Sun” for added contrast.  I also wanted to make the quilt just a little wider, adding a half-drop block to alternating ends of each row.  This also staggered the seam allowances, so there were no seams to match as I was sewing the rows together.  BONUS!!

14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″

The half-drop blocks were the perfect size to show off these bunnies from Elizabeth Hartman’s “Paintbox Basics” in a few different color-ways.

Every garden needs a couple bunnies!

Obviously this is a very versatile pattern, and I know you will want to check out the other participant’s projects:

Dec.5  Happy Hour Stitches  Lindsay Mayland

Dec.6  Riceford Streams  Tracie Henkel

Dec.7  Punkin Patterns  Vanessa Lynch

Dec.8  String and Story  HollyAnne Knight

Dec.9  License To Quilt  Sheila Sinclair Snyder  (me)!

Dec.10  Pat Sloan

And now, it’s YOUR turn!  Let me know what you come up with!

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In a Pinch!

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Just finishing up a few new pincushions this weekend.  I love have some ready for a last minute gift!  But I also LOVE thinking ahead and putting together fabric collections for specific people.  Greens for Cheri, polka dots for Ellie, plaids for Jenn.  Then there’s the fun of choosing the buttons to complete the mood, or punch up the personality.  I always have the kits available here on my SHOP page!  When you’re finished with yours, be sure to send a pic, seeing your fabric collection is a highlight of my day!

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Road Warrior!

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Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend was a blast!  I did get to catch up with a few favorites, and teach a few classes, as well as spend plenty of time in my booth.  It is also a great time to look at the new gadgets, accessories and machines that are “Hot Off The Press” so to speak!  Sandy my host/driver made sure I had everything I could ever want, and kept me on time for lunch and my classes!  I’m already missing her!

The last night I got to have a fun diner with Pam Damour and Judy Kessinger, both sewing experts.  It just so happened that “Love Shack” was on the radio when our driver picked us up for the ride back to the hotel, so we opened the windows, turned up the music and belted it out with the best of them!  Super-fun, hope we meet up again soon!

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International shipping for Footstool Kits!

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I have finally been able to find a reasonable price for international shipping, at least for Canada, the UK and Australia–where I’ve had inquiries.  I will be able to add these into the shop buy buttons soon, but in the meantime, if you want to shoot me an email I’d be happy to answer any questions!  There is a SIGNIFICANT price break for shipping two kits, so hopefully you will have a friend who’s interested too!

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New Projects in Print!

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Several projects that were done in collaboration with my friend and quilting buddy Lisa, over at Towerhouse Quilts are featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Make It Yourself magazine!  Be sure to keep up with Make It Yourself on line and on facebook!

We love working together on anything, and this is a fun example of Girlfriends Gone Wild with imagination!  We had the best time brainstorming how to make the projects we came up with.  Once you get atarted, it’s hard to stop! I hope you will pick up the magazine, it is loaded to the MAX with fun stuff and of course the directions and patterns are included for you to make your own wonderful versions!

Here’s a link to get a digital version and see other awesome projects included in the mix.  Lisa is also featuring more projects on her site too!

I’ll be posting more pics of some of the projects soon!

 

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Quilt Show Fun!

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I came home with a few ribbons today!  I don’t do that every day, so it is a thrill!  The Blackberry Jam Festival was held this weekend, with all the blackberry pie, jam, syrup, scones, treats and recipes you could hope for! AND it includes a fun judged Quilt Show put on by the host quilt guild, the Pine Needlers.  It is a fun show with a wide variety of styles included, but one thing you can always count on is the high quality of quilts.  Yes, I’m telling you, the competition is fierce, and the hand-made ribbons are spectacular! I got lucky and came home with these:

Best of Show and Best Machine Quilting, for Hidden Agenda which is currently in American Patchwork and Quilting.

Honorable Mention, for Harrington’s Guardian Stars, in the Traditional Category.

Best Use of Color, 2nd Place, entered as a collaboration with Lisa Bee Wilson! (I’ll tell you more about this quilt in a future post)

Excited?  YES!  All the quilts were simply marvelous!

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A Quilter’s Affair 2014

What a wonderful week in Sisters, Oregon of teaching, special events, meeting up with old friends and finding some new friends too!  I’m in awe and grateful for the experience in such a wonderful setting.  The students were absolutely wonderful, making great progress on their projects each day.  It was fun to meet up with several later in the week as they let me know that they had finished their quilts!  I had several groups attending my classes who came together including a set of sisters I’ll never forget as well as a set of Grandmother/Mom/daughter who spent a remarkable day together with me.  My youngest student is pictured above, a teenager who did an outstanding job on a complicated pattern! The middle pic is a fun and colorful version of my Hot Ziggidy! pattern from Friday’s class.  The pic of me is from the instructor’s show and tell on Thursday night.  I decided to show a footstool instead of a quilt!

Thanks is hardly expansive enough to cover the amount of effort Jean Wells, Valori Wells and all the Quilter’s Affair staff, as well as the townspeople of Sisters, Oregon put into this event.  It is humbling to see how well everything works, and to be included.

Stay tuned for more pics and thoughts about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show which is always the second Saturday of July.

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A Little work with P&B Textiles

I’ve been designing a few quilts for P&B Textiles over the last few months, and will be able to share the designs and quilts with you along the way!  It’s been a fun, new adventure, and I’ve loved the time I get to spend at the sewing machine producing the quilts!  This collection, called Harrington, is an elegant design and I thought would show well in this star medallion which I’ve called Harrington’s Guardian Stars.  The pattern will become a free download on their website, and I’ll let you know when it becomes available!  Any of you going to Spring Market will be able to see the quilt (and others) in their booth.  You know me!  I love a new challenge, and this has gone very smoothly, so there will be more to come!

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Sewing and Stitchery Expo Invitation!

If you’re not already planning to be there, I am personally extending an invitation for you to attend this Sew Expo 30th anniversary event! Located in Puyallup, WA, at the Washington State Fairgrounds, it is a very large and exciting retail show that covers every sewing and quilting interest and related topics you can think up! I’ll be signing books at the Pine Needle booth, talking quilting and I just might even have a few give-aways each day! At any rate I’ll definitely have chocolate! There are classes, lectures and demos, as well as the wonderful vendors, each with something fun, unique and inspirational to show. We’ll have lots of copies of my “Get Addicted to Free Motion Quilting” available, and I’ll be happy to give you a tour and tell you all about it!

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Footstool for a Fairy Princess!

 Baby Grace

What a beautiful baby! So sweetly sleeping on a footstool made by my daughter-in-law Samantha and I for this wee little one, the one week old daughter of Samantha’s boss.  The photographer, Nicole Hart of Portland, OR. added her deft touch and Ta-Da!  Pure magic! I’d love to see birthday pics of this baby with her footstool as she grows! May she have a happy and healthy life!

Of course, you could make your own footstool in my next class at Piece By Piece Fabrics in Eugene, or order the kit if the distance is too far. Naturally you will add your own fabrics and finishing elements (feet and buttons). Included are 9 pages of pictures throughout the narrative instructions making it easy to be successful.  I always have them on hand, so there is no delay.

My next post (you will see later) is related to this, an idea using up the left-over fabric from the footstool, you’ll probably want to make that too!