Sunday, September 28, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight–Hummingbird Highway

 

Joan Ford is one busy lady!  Not only is she a national teacher and author, she publishes a weekly {awesome} newsletter and is one ambitious scrap quilter!

I first found Hummingbird Highway through the Snap Sack kits we make from her patterns. 

Then I found her Cut the Scraps book.  Now there is a new Scraps Plus One, her newest book.  See that quilt-beauty on the cover?  It uses QuiltSmart pre-printed fusible web for those itty-bitty nine patches. (if you’ve been a reader of the blog for long, you know I am a QuiltSmart junkie, so it was an instant swoon for me.)

{I have the book & a bolt of the fusible.  Can you help me carve out some time?}

You can find Hummingbird Highway on all the major social networks.  Check out the home page of the website for easy links & to sign up for that awesome newsletter I was telling you about.  Plus you’ll find free goodies!

Joan is our featured designer for October, so hold on to your scrap bins!  The first week of October is sure to bring us another gorgeous scrap block tutorial!

All the Scrap Quilt Challenge sponsors & details can be found here:


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Changes to Quilts of Valor

I have blogged a couple times this summer about donating your Challenge quilts to QOV, and have just learned of a change to the way they operate.  In the interest of providing full information, I decided to do a follow up blog post on those changes.

I attempted to find the changes on the QOVF.org website, but wasn’t successful.  So I dropped them an email.

In an email response to an email I sent, I received this reply from Julia Schroeder:

thank you for coming to the website to find answers. Yes, QOVF is moving toward a minimal membership fee base. But this will not take away from the veteran, it will make more funds available to cover more veterans. The $5.00 individual membership fee will help cover foundation expenses, which in turn will allow QOVF to give funds/special deals back to our membership. This is a simple explanation and I would like you to contact TN State Coordinator Dennis Taylor, at dennis.taylor@qovf.org. Or you may contact Judie Yates, our Director of Membership at judie.yates@qovf.org, for a more details.

So, the skinny is that if you make a quilt with your own supplies, it will cost you $5.00 to donate it to QOVF.  I am not clear if the membership dues are annual or by each quilt submission (Update:  Per the Colorado State Coordinator, the fee is not per quilt-see her comments in the Comments below).  Personally, this does not sit well with me.  For all our Veterans have done for us, as volunteers, I personally think that the volunteer spirit should be able to thrive in an organization dedicated to paying them pack.

As you make your personal decision on supporting our military and thanking them for their sacrifices, know there are other quilting avenues to explore.  Donate directly!  Go to your VFW or American Legion & talk to the Post Commander.  Go to the VA hospital.  There is also Quilted in Honor

There are so many ways you can give back.  Research your options & go with your heart.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Enroll in fall PhD classes at Fabrics N Quilts

For our local customers, we are offering PhD classes starting October 7th. 

Come join us!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight–Moda



I think that every quilter of this millennium knows about the premium quality of Moda fabric, the great online presence of the designers and the generous nature of the company.  BUT, just in case you didn’t know where to find those resources, I am going to give you a little tour-o-the Moda I love.

Many Moda designers have a great online presence.  You can find all the current Moda designers over on the Moda Blog.  Click on each designer to read more about them and get links to their recent lines. 

You’ll find lots of Moda goodness on the blog.  You can find the links for all their social media channels where they are sure to use the hashtag #showmethemoda .  Remember to use that when you blog your creations from the Moda lines!  You’ll also find freebie projects there.

Speaking of freebies, I think everyone I know loves the Moda Bake Shop blog.  It is the original indie pattern outlet for using precuts.  You can search by designer (chef) or precut (bakery item).

I’m loving the most recent recipe that’s posted!  I think you could definitely go scrappy on those stars!

I mentioned earlier about the generosity of this company.  Several years ago Moda spearheaded Just One Star to coordinate the donation of quilts to our nation’s heros.  They had a goal of receiving enough blocks to make 100 quilts in 100 days.  They received over 15,000 blocks-far exceeding the number of blocks needed to create the planned 100.  In addition to this effort for our Veterans, Moda’s founder designs one-two lines each year with a portion donated to charity.  These are collectively known as Collections for a Cause.  Look for those in your LQS on your next visit!

Moda has generously donated a huge prize pack for one of our Scrap Quilt Challenge random winners.  Check it out!

 

We began our business with Moda and have been a loyal customer since day 1.  We never have to worry about service, quality or being uniformed.  They are a super partner to growing small shops as well as the large ones.  We are honored they have partnered with us to make the Scrap Quilt Challenge even more awesome this year!  We hope you will check out all the social media channels & #showmethemoda!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Did you miss the boat?



You missed a great opportunity last week!  We had only 15(!!) entries for the Blank Quilting Florabella fat quarter giveaway!

Congrats to Maryellen!

teachpany said... Have a blast at the show! I've used Blank fabrics, and their backings are great. I love wide backings. It's so much faster to finish a quilt, if you don't have to piece a back. I can't think of any particular quilt I've done from their fabrics, though. I do have lots of finishes on my blog, but don't recall which were Blank!

 

We just received some new Blank quilting fabrics including some great graphic steampunk prints.  Stay tuned as we get those online!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Sponsor Spotlight-Craftsy

So many things compete for our time, the one thing that usually gets pushed to the back is our ME time.  I think that is what quilting is for most of us.  That ME time where I focus on something just because I enjoy it & it centers my soul.  Craftsy is the perfect partner for the busy crafter.  Classes from today’s top quilting instructions, on your electronic device, when it’s convenient for you. 

In addition to classes, there are patterns, supplies, and message boards.  It is truly a community geared toward the busy crafter and indie craft designer.  You’ll find many rising stars have patterns available for you on Craftsy too.

Oh, and it’s not just quilting….you’ll find all the fiber arts, but also cooking, woodworking, painting, gardening, photography…it’s a long list.  Go see:

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The fine folks at Craftsy have sponsored TWO free classes to any class they offer!  You can continue your scrap quilt adventure, or take the opportunity to try something completely new!  The choice is yours!  Two quilters will be very happy, but the decision will be so hard!  Thank you Craftsy for being a great sponsor and supporter of the craft world!

Don’t forget, the free September Scrap Quilt Challenge block tutorial from Mishka’s Playground is also available on Craftsy!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight-Blank Quilting



We love our Blank Quilting florals and backings at Fabrics N Quilts.  I personally think the floral designs have a unique style you don’t see with other lines of fabric.  Of the backing designs we offer, the Blank designs always sell fastest.  They are a great quality, of course, but it is the design itself that sets the fabrics apart.

We just received 20 new fabrics that I can’t wait to share with you next week.  I hate to put out the teaser, but I will be heading to the AQS show in Chattanooga for the week.  Pop in & say hi!  I will be in booth #426!  You’ll see some new stuff we’ve not shown anywhere before!

Blank Quilting has donated a beautiful 3 yard backing for one of our Scrap Quilt Challenge winners.  I have used this backing & it is wonderful!

We will also continue our giveaway fun and offer a fat quarter bundle of Florabella for one of our lucky blog readers…NOW!    I am a big fan of stripes & florals together.  Of course, stripes make beautiful bindings too.  This bundle also includes a fat quarter of Rock Candy in the Honey color.  Rock candy is a fantastic shimmery fabric without the stiffness you sometimes find in metallic fabrics.

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To enter for your chance to win the fat quarter bundle, you must be able to be contacted.  If you are a no-reply blogger and don’t leave an email in your comment, there’s really no need to leave an entry.  If I can’t get in touch with you to shower gifts upon you….well you get it…

Leave a comment letting me know if you’ve ever used Blank Quilting fabrics.  If you’ve blogged a project with their fabric, leave a link for a second chance!  I love me some show & tell!  Entries received by 9/12 at midnight will be counted.  We’ll post the winner by the 15th (see note above regarding travel).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

iPhone case kit winner-Scrap Quilt Challenge-Quilters Dream Batting



Congrats to Cynthia!

Cynthia Brunz Designs left a comment:
Quilter's Dream has some beautiful batting. As a longarm quilter, I have used many of the blends.

I visited Cynthia’s blog today & you should too.  What beautiful creations!  You’ll love her latest scrap quilt that has a nice modern feel with the use of Ash Kona solids.  I pinned it to our Scrap Quilt Challenge Inspiration board too.

Don’t forget to join our SQC Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/132734910115860/

Friday, September 5, 2014

It’s a complicated world, but the Scrap Quilt Challenge is easy



I have been getting several comments lately about the challenge.  I think that it is JUST TOO SIMPLE!

It’s your quilt.  They are your scraps.  You make whatever you want.

Here are the rules again:

  • an obviously scrappy quilt of 45” x 60” (minimum size)
  • Entries must be completed quilts (patchwork, applique, rag quilt are all fine.  It just must be a completed project)
  • Entries should have been completed in the last year (since last year’s challenge ended on October 15, 2013)
  • Entries must be uploaded to the flickr group by end of day on October 15, 2014

 

Yes, that’s it.

Your quilt, your design, your scraps.

Then rewards!  Be sure you pop over to the kickoff post & see all the great prizes we will be awarding.  Plus we are featuring our sponsors every week and you’ll find extra giveaways on the blog from now through the end of the Challenge. (Psst…today’s the last day to enter for the Quilters Dream giveaway!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Block Tutorial-Mishkas Playground

Michele has put together the cutest block for the September Scrap Quilt Challenge Block Tutorial!

Meet Scrappy 16:

 

The tutorial is available as a free download via Craftsy (another Challenge sponsor!) and will be delivered right to your inbox.  Pop over to Mishka’s Playground now & follow the steps to get your free tutorial.

Thank you, Michele for a great scrappy block.  The black and white frames really make the scraps the focus.  Check out Michele’s  layout options too. {swoon}.  Using those frames really give the layouts modern appeal.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge Sponsor Spotlight-Quilters Dream Batting

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Have you tried Quilters Dream Batting?  Are you a #battgirl?  #battboy?  Search those hashtags on Instagram to see some of the beautiful quilts using Quilters Dream Batting!

I have a few separate things I love about Quilters Dream.

First, they are an American company making stuff in America.  That just seems like a novelty these days & though I love things, places, and people from all over the world, I love that there are still folks manufacturing in this country.  It is grounding to me.  It is neighbors banding together and creating something together, supporting each other, and building a community.

Second, they understand there are always things we can do to help another soul.  As we’ve already blogged, they have worked tirelessly for years to support  quilt donations to those touched with ALS.   We hope that you can consider to make a quilt after you dry off from your ice bucket shower.

Third, it handles like a dream.  Really.  They hit the nail on the head naming their company.  I have used several of the weights and types of batting and it has never bearded, torn or bunched.  Check out the User Guide page of the website for the pert’s on each batting.

My hand quilters love the Dream Orient.  Check out this blue ribbon winner from last week’s show in Monticello, KY

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Made by Patsy Littrell of Allardt, TN

Last, they are just nice people.  I have spoken to them many times by phone and via email and NEVER had anything but a smile by the time I hung up.  Who doesn’t like to support a business that makes you smile?!

You can read all about the different weights and styles of Quilters Dream batting on their website, http://www.quiltersdreambatting.com/.  Quilters Dream is only available through independent quilt retailers, (yes, I love that too).  We currently do not list our batting selections online, as we think the shipping can be cost-prohibitive for our customers.  Do you buy batting online if you don’t have a free shipping offer?  Did you know you can call/email orders to us for things we don’t offer online?  Oh yeah…we’re all over that service!

We are going to give away a package of Dream Fusion Iphone Case Kit! 

The giveaway includes Dream Fusion (a fusible cotton batting), pattern, and 2 fat quarters

{We will also toss in a sample card of all the batting options from Quilters Dream}

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Giveaway entries accepted through 9/5 midnight. 

Leave us a comment on what, if any Quilters Dream battings you have used and your review.  If you have not had the chance to try Quilters Dream Battings, let us know what you usually quilt with!

We will post a winner on 9/6!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Scrap Quilt Challenge-Aurifil Giveaway Winner

What a great response to our Aurifil giveaway

I learned something during the process.  Aurifil is apparently hard to find in the UK.  Isn’t that peculiar, since it’s made in Europe!  We haven’t listed our threads online, but perhaps we should so we can help get those UK quilters hooked on Aurifil!

I am sure that lucky Jackie T will love these beautiful threads & I hope she will show & tell with us on our Facebook Page when she uses them!

Jackie T said... I am new to quilting, and I didn't even consider asking about what thread I should use. I am excited to try Aurifil on my next project. Those colors would be lovely with fall-colored fabrics !

Yes, yes they would!  Enjoy Jackie!

Thank you all for entering.  We can’t wait to see your Scrap Quilt Challenge creation that will enter you to win one these beautiful boxed sets.

Info on the challenge is here!



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