Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The 100 Day Hustle - Prizes!!

How is your hustling going?!  We hit the half way point one week from today!  Where have the past 50 days gone?

I am so excited to share the prizes with you!  We have some great shops that kindly donated prizes!

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop 

Fat Quarter shop has donated two $25 gift certificates!  One for the linky next week and one for the final link-up

Westwood Acres has donated a Madrona Road Fabric Roll!

Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics has donated a bundle of 8 fat quarters to the winner!

Jessica of Plum Patchwork donated a $20 gift certificate!

Sew Lux Fabrics

Sew Lux has donated a $20 gift certificate!

First off, a big thank you to all the shops who are donating prizes!!  It is greatly appreciated!!

Secondly, I contacted these shops in particular and asked if they'd like to sponsor a prize because I have shopped with them in the past, have had a wonderful experience and happily recommend them to others.  Please take a few minutes to pop over to their shops, take a look at what they have and get a few goodies for yourself!

Monday, October 29, 2012


And the winner of the Traveling Stash is Rachel!!  I'll be sending you an email today :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!  Ours was busy  with Halloween festivities and lots of basement organizing to prep for some excitement  that is *hopefully* coming soon!  

Friday, October 26, 2012

Maple Sugar

Without further adieu, my new favorite quilt, Maple Sugar!!

After seeing Maple leaf quilts popping up all over Instagram and Flickr I decided that I  had to have one!!  I found this set of directions on Quilters Cache, tweaked them a bit, and then made 36 blocks for my quilt.

I used 18 different fat quarters and made 2 leaves of each print and and paired them with a cream background.

At the last minute I decided to make two blocks that were opposite with cream for the leaf and brown for the background.  When I laid out the top I decided to make them a focal point in the center.

I backed it in the perfect Fall print from the Bella line by Lotta Jansdotter.

I quilted it myself on my machine in my usual all over loopies and then bound it with a fun leaf print from Connecting Threads.

As I said, this is my new favorite quilt, and it's my husband's favorite as well!  It has been shuffling around from our bed to the couch and is in use quite often.

This is also my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side!  There are so many awesome quilts that are entered so make sure that you stop over and get inspired!

Quilt Stats:
  • Size - 72" x 72"
  • Pieced by Me
  • Quilted by Me on my home machine
  • Best Category - Throw Quilt 
Also linking up with Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The 100 Day Hustle - Feature!

How are you doing with your list?  Hustling through?  Mine seems to be growing instead of shrinking!!

We've made it 1/3 of the way through The 100 Day Hustle and today we have our first feature!!  Please head over and visit Heidi at Fabric Mutt and check out what she has to share today!

I have been working with some shops to set up sponsored prizes for the link-ups and have some great things lined up!  Once everything is finalized I'll post all the details to get you excited :)

Don't forget that the half-way link-up runs from November 9th to November 11th!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Wednesday 10-24-12

 Busy busy busy!!  I've been working away on lots of projects!  Plus I got a job helping at my favorite quilt shop and I started on Saturday!  It's like a dream :)

Finished - 
  • Leaf Quilt - I finished my leaf quilt!!!  If you follow me on Instagram I shared a pic but here's a sneak peek from when I was binding.  I'm going to do a whole post on it on Friday for Blogger's Quilt Festival.

  • 4x5 Bee Block - Finished another one of my blocks!  Only three more to go!
4x5 Bee - Hive #6 - For mollyjolly

In-Progress - None of those projects got any love.  I've been on a starting new projects kick!!

New - 
  •  Mystery Quilt - This one won't be revealed until after Christmas!  But I'm using Marmalade so it's wonderful :)  Except for all the trimming! So much trimming!
New project! #marmalade

  • Birds & Bees Quilt - I started this quilt last night!  I don't need more projects but I had just worked out all the math for a pattern for my mom and I wanted to make a quilt for the Tula Pink Sew Along so I decided to get to work!
new quilt project

  • Weekender Bag - I'm going for it! I'm going to join in for The Long Weekend make a weekender bag.  I am going the scrappy quilted patchwork route using Chicopee and Ohio Star blocks.  I'm having terrible luck getting the pattern - the last two I've ordered have both been out of stock but not marked on their website!
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt - I took two charm packs and started working on a pinwheel baby quilt.  I made all the HSTs and trimmed them, now I just need to put the top together!

Announcements - Here are a few tidbits for you!
  •  Be sure to stop here (or at Heidi's) tomorrow since it's our first feature post for The 100 Day Hustle!
  • Have you ever wanted to win a traveling stash box?  I'm giving one away here.
  • Kristy & Alyce have put together a great Christmas Blog Hop and I'm one of stops!  It'll start on November 1st and go for 13 days.  There are 25 bloggers sharing projects made with some Christmas themed patterns Kristy & Alyce designed.

What have you been working on?  As always, linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two Sisters Traveling Stash Giveaway!

Last week I was lucky enough to win the Two Sisters Traveling Stash box from Pinks Sweet Treats!!  Now I get to pass it along to one of you!  It is so fun to dig through a large flat rate box of goodies!

Here is some of what I took out

Here is some of what I put in
And here's a sneak peek at the box that could be yours!!  Lots of great prints - novelty, Christmas, vintage sheets, you name it.  Even a Flora charm pack!

Want to win?  Here are the details:

1) Due to quick turn around times you must live in the US
2) Must be an active blogger
3) Must be willing to replace what you take out with similar quantity/quality items
4) Must be able to host your giveaway shortly after you receive the box and mail within 5 days of announcing your winner

Leave a comment if you'd like a chance to win!  How about you tell me what your plans are for Halloween this year :)  I'll pick a winner Sunday evening at 8:00pm.

Good luck!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekend Sewing

I spent lots of time sewing this weekend! It was lovely.  I did break for a few hours to de-leaf our yard and enjoy the nice weather.

I started working on my blocks for 4x5 Bee hive mates.  I'm making the Supernova block from Craftsy.  This one is for Becky of My Fabric Obsession.  She asked for navy, aqua and green this round.  I love how this one turned out!

4x5 Bee Block - Hive #6 - For MyFabricObsession

I also decided that it was time to work on finishing my On a Whim out of Amy Butler prints.  I managed to finish getting all the blocks pieced yesterday!  Now they just need to be put into rows.


I also put in some time working on my Sparkling Cider quilt!  This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my husband but I'm a terrible secret keeper and I already spilled the beans - oops!

According to USPS the backing fabric for my leaf quilt is being delivered today!!  I have one 4x5 bee block that I am mid-piece on so as soon as I finish that it's on to basting and quilting!!

Did you do any sewing this weekend?  Did you go to Sewing Summit?

Linking up at Manic Monday, Plum & June and AmyLouWho's virtual sewing room!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WIP Wednesday 10-10-12

I'm not sure if it's the weather, the fact that I've been all caught up on housework or just pure luck but I've been having a great week of sewing!  Not that it doesn't always, but it's been making me feel extra happy
and chipper and so I love sewing :)

Let's see what's on the list this week:

Finished - 
  • The Mary Kate Experience T-Shirt Quilt - So happy to have this one done and delivered.  Her mom is taking it down to her at college this weekend - can't wait to see what she thinks!
Loads of Pictures HERE
  • Bee Blocks - I'm trying really hard to be less of a procrastinator!!
Heal @ do.Good Stitches Oct Block #1
Heal @ do.Good Stitches
Heal @ do.Good Stitches Oct Block #2
Heal @ do.Good Stitches
October Stash Bee Blocks
Stash Bee
In Progress - 
  • Leaf Quilt - Finished the top, ordered the backing and am hoping to wrap it up this weekend!! 
I love making quilts!!
  •   Double Wedding Ring - I finally sat down and finished piecing all of my arches!  I also ordered a polka dot print for the background which came this week so on to the next step of cutting all of those curved pieces.

New - 
  • 4x5 Bee - I joined the 4x5 Bee for the Fall quarter and I'm leading the paper pieced hive!  I picked my block, the Supernova from Craftsy, and decided last night to try it out by making my block first.  This one is a doosie!!  So many pieces but I love the end result!!  Now to make some more for my hivemates :) 
Supernova block for the 4x5 Bee
Loads of seam ripping and one flub up but I love it :)

Whew!  I did a lot of sewing!!  What did you work on?  As always, linking up over at Freshly Pieced.

PS - Are you #notgoingtosewingsummit?  I wanted to go so bad but kind of forgot about it and neglected to save any money to be able to go so I'll have to try next year!  Amy of AmyLouWho is throwing an Instagram #notgoingtosewingsummit sewing party this weekend so join in if you're at home sewing!!  I'm @kelseysews on Instagram.

Happy Sewing!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Quarter 4 Finish A Long

I know, I know, another list.  I have my Hustle List but that has a lot of things that I *want* to get done, but not necessarily need to get done.

I've decided that these three projects are going to go on my Quarter 4 Finish A Long list since I really need them to be done by the end of the year - no excuses!

1) Finish the Leaf Quilt - I finished the top last night and ordered the backing fabric yesterday (from Contemporary Cloth - free shipping through tomorrow night!) so I should wrap this one up soon!

I love making quilts!!

2) Finish my QAL Quilt - This is getting a bit ridiculous.  I've put it on so many lists and I really love the quilt so I don't know what the hold up is.  I have everything I need I just have to sit down to quilt & bind it!

3) Sparkling Cider Quilt - This one is Christmas gift so it must be done before the end of the year!

 What do you need to finish by the end of the year?!  Linking up over at Quilter in the Gap.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Mary Kate Experience

It's finally done!!  The giant t-shirt quilt for my husband's cousin, Mary Kate, is finished and I love it!  Our aunt gave me a huge bag of t-shirts and free reign over the design and colors which was both fun and nerve wracking.

I used twenty-five shirts for the front.  All were cut and backed with lightweight fusible interfacing and then I jazzed them up.  The t-shirt blocks were bordered with bright colors and then all sashed together with 2.5" strips of a grey and white print.  This gave a finished size of approximately 90" square - giant!  

I still had more shirts so I pieced three into the back.  The backing fabric is a bright cheery Amy Butler print which I love!  I'll be buying some more of this one to back a quilt of my own.

I free motion quilted the whole quilt in big loops and little Bernie the Bernette kept up like a champ!  One thing that helped with the quilting, at least I think, was using a denim needle.  It had no problem gliding through the seams and layers of interfacing. 

I also wanted to do something fun with the shirts that had small emblems on the front/back but were going to be too plain to be a whole block on the quilt top.  Those were cut up and pieced into some coordinating pillows!!

All wrapped up and ready to be delivered tonight!

And now it's time for a break from t-shirts and back to my bee blocks and my hustle list!  Linking up at Finished it up Friday at Crazy Mom quilts, Manic Monday at SewHappyGeek and Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WIP Wednesday 10-3-12

I've only been working on one project (the t-shirt quilt) for the last week and I think it'll be done and headed to it's new home on Friday!

Added the final gray borders and finished the top!
Backing ordered, arrived and pieced!
Late night basting last night - on to the quilting tonight!
Linking up at Freshly Pieced!

Monday, October 1, 2012

September in Review

How is it October already!  September went by so quickly but I actually got a lot done!

Let's see I started three new quilts, finished one quilt, got addicted to hexies, participated in two blog hops (Friendship Quilts & Dots on Dots) and made five bee blocks!

What did you do this month?  

Linking up over at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day!  Be sure to stop over and see what everyone else accomplished.