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3 Year Anniversary – Giveaway!!

Can you believe it, I have hit the 3 year mark with my blog and my quilting hobby. Surprisingly, it feels much longer than that. In a good way, of course.

This blog started out as more than just a quilting blog. It was a space in which I shared all my hobbies & interests. Slowly, quilting/designing has consumed my world, and I have moved some of the other content to my IG account (ml_wilkie), focusing here on all things quilting.

I was thinking about the best way to recap this past year. It has been a crazy productive year, especially considering that I only have the weekends to really concentrate on quilting. To share with you how crazy it’s been here is a mosaic of my main finishes (links to the projects can be found on my Project Finishes menu above).

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A lot of these projects, represent some big accomplishments this year, including:

  • A couple of great swaps, and participating in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts
  • Contributing 5-part tutorial series “Design to Reality” on Sew Mama Sew
  • Two quilt entries accepted to QuiltCon 2015 & just the fantastic experience attending QuiltCon.
  • Block of the Month (February) Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids
  • A quilt featured on the cover of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Publication)
  • A second publication in Quilt Now Magazine (Publication)
  • A quilt featured in one of Art Gallery Fabric LookBook + pattern release.
  • Quilt of the Month pattern for the Modern Quilt Guild

It is starting to get hard now to choose a favorite. I expect more of the same for the next 12 months, maybe a little less chaotic.

Ok, so I have to say this……I would not be where I am today without my wonderful supportive husband (in both allowing me to work on my quilts in my limited free time and understanding my fabric addiction) and the support system you all have provided. Thank you so much, to those who follow me here on my blog and/or Instagram. Thank you, thank you!!

This giveaway is a small gesture in which I can give back to this fabulous community I find myself immersed in. I am giving away a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Threads.

So, how do you win this gift card?

  • Just leave a comment answering  “What quilting accomplishment do you hope to fulfill over the next 12 months”. It doesn’t have to be big – anything.
  • If you are a follower please leave a second comment, just letting me know you follow.
  • A giveaway winner will be chosen at random at 8pm next Monday 7th (Labor Day here in the US)
  • This post will be updated with the winner and the winner notified via email.

Note: I read every comment but due to the number of comments I may not reply to your comment.

You, also, have a second chance of winning a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Threads by visiting me on IG (Instagram ml_wilkie)…look for the give away post in the next 30 mins.

Again, thank you!! Good luck and I hope you all have a great week.

***********Winner*****************

The winner is Lynn over @Monkey Needle!! Lynn I will be sending you the gift card today!!

 

Can-Can Girls & the Rainbow Chorus Line: Giveaway

It could be a headliner for a show but no its even better ;-). I finished one of my WiPs from Wednesday. The Rainbow Can-Can girls, which is my contribution to Laura’s (@littleandlots) sisterhood of the traveling quilt. Rainbow Chorus Line Here’s a close up of Miss Red…I love her shoes!! Miss Red
I think Miss Blue is my favorite as that catches your eye first but if you look a little longer then I also love Miss Green and Miss Orange. Best news though, I know Laura loves them already!! I hope that also excuses me (at least a little) for being 6 weeks late. Even more reason to celebrate the finish by linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.

Details

Pattern: Juliet @ Tartankiwi (available at her pattern store is here)

Fabric: Dress and Plume are made out of Alison Glass and Tula Pink fabrics ( who knew how well they compliment each other, right!!),
Skin: Kona Peony Hair: Kona Cappuccino, Kona Mocha and Kona Chocolate.
Shoes: Kona Purple, Kona Nautical, Kona Pickle, Kona Mustard, Kona  Torch, Kona Tomato. Background: Cotton + Steel (Netorious, XOXO, Dottie), Alison Glass Sun Print Text, Lizzie House mini pearl bracelets + Moda Sweetwater Lucy Crabshack Numbers (I think??)

Size: Total for the Rainbow Chorus line = 60″ x 15″ each block 10 X 15″  finish Estimated time: 4.5 – 5 hrs per block

This pattern has various sized blocks so you can also build a chorus line vanishing off in the distance. Obviously (as seen above), it also has a left and right facing girl for each size. Juliet is truly gifted in her pattern making and makes it so easy for the person making it. Great news, Juliet has also offered to provide one copy of her pattern as a giveaway.

Giveaway!!

One full pattern of “A Chorus Line” Pattern by Juliet @ Tartankiwi + I will throw in some scraps of the fabric I used in my Rainbow chorus line – oh yes, some Tula Pink and Alison Glass. All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know what your favorite Paper Piecing Pattern is from Juliet’s store. If you follow me, you can leave a second comment. I will randomly choose a winner @ 10 pm Friday August 14th.

UPDATE: The lucky winner of this pattern is #7 Catriona. I will email you shortly.

January news + giveaway

After my big clean up of my sewing room, I am feeling very productive. To keep the productivity up, I need to set my “A lovely year of finishes goals” for January.

My ButtonMy focus this month is to finish my Spoonflower Sampler quilt and write-up the pattern for each of the blocks. I have already made some progress on this quilt (sorry for the quality of the photos…we have had some grey and miserable weather over the last week).

  • The back is made:
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  • The quilt sandwich is basted and some straight line quilting is underway.SpoonflowerSampler

My Blog and a Give away
Those that use WordPress hosted environment, knows that you get an annual report on how your blog went this year. In 2014,

  • If my blog was an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.
  • My top posts were the iPhone/iPad stand tutorial, and Gypsy Wife QAL (final link up of the finish is happening now)
  • My blog was viewed by 137 countries
  • I posted 190 times this past year

The best news though, and the reason for running a give-away today is I now have 1,000 blog followers. I want to say a big  thank you to those that follow me, who make me feel part of a community and who have become close friends. hawthorne_threads_200_225I will randomly select a winner Tuesday 13 January 6pm EST….for a $30 gift card to Hawthorne Threads. Leave a single comment if you are a follower letting me know  the one big thing you want to accomplish this year. Mine … to “Sew my Stash” in the first 6 months of this year.

Additionally, based on WordPress annual report for my blog, I am sending a $30 gift card to these top commenters.
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Thank you all !!!

Tutorial: Coffee Cup Sleeves

My first year sewing, I decided to make coffee cup sleeves for Christmas gifts and a Christmas fair. They were so successful, and after making about 40 of these, I thought y’all would enjoy them too.
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Materials:

  • 24 2.5″ x 1.5″ Scraps (I am using pink and purple scraps which could be any size)
  • 3 6.5″ x 1.5″ Linen strips
  • 1 6.5″ x 10″ Corduroy (for backing, you could also use felt)
  • 2 6.5″ x 10″ fusible fleece ( you could use one piece fleece, one piece insul fleece; I use both pieces of fleece, so that I can use it for cold drink sweat as well)
  • 1/4″ binding (Wrights double folded bias works well)
  • 1 Elastic hair tie
  • 1 button
  • 1 Paper Coffee cup sleeve (use as template)

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  1. Sew the 2.5″ x 1.5″ pieces into 6.5″ x 2.5″ strips and trim. Layout the your sleeve. Sew the scrappy strips together with the 6.5″ x 1.5″ linen strips. This will make a block of ~10″ x 6.5″.

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  2. You now have 4 pieces to make your quilt sandwich. Iron one piece of the fusible fleece to the corduroy, the other to the scrappy block (front). Pin the layers together and trim the top edge, so that you have a good guide for quilting. QuiltSandwich
  3. Quilt the sandwich. I used my foot edge for even distance between the straight-line quilting.
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  4. Pin the template on the quilted sandwich. Cut out your coffee cup sleeve.
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  5. You may actually be able to get two out of your block. Line the template up with the arc of the previous cut.
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  6. You now have two sleeves.
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  7. Take one of the sleeves and the 1/4″ double folded bias. Open the bias folds, and iron the edge in about a 1/4″. This will be where you will fold the edges of the binding within itself.
  8. Use a machine binding technique with your sleeve,  that means, you will start sewing the binding to the back. Unfold one edge of the binding and use the fold as a guide to your sew line. Sew approximately 1″ at a time, making sure you line up the edge of the bias with the sleeve edge. Use mitered corners.
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  9. To finish up the binding on the back, overlap the edges of the binding about 1/4″ and sew. Unfold the bottom edge (leaving the 1/4″ “hem”),  and nest the other edge, refold.
  10. Turn over the coffee cup sleeve and fold over the binding. Stitch about a couple of mm from the edge all the way around. At the corners make sure you make the mitered corners fold the opposite way of the back.
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  11. Once the binding is on add the finishing details. On the slightly angled edge, pin the middle of the hair tie together, and pin it to the middle of the sleeve.
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  12. Turn the coffee cup sleeve over and sew along the top stitching of the binding to mask the stitching. Back stitch, back across the hair tie to add strength to the securing stitches.
  13. To finish off securing the hair tie, add about 10 stitches attaching the end of the hair tie to the back. Make sure your stitches do not go through the front. Use a thread color to match the corduroy.
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  14. Last step, is attaching the button to the straighter edge of the coffee cup sleeve. I use a 4 hole button, as it is more stable than a 2 hole which is needed with the pull of from the hair tie.FinalSleeve_FlatView
  15. That’s it, the only thing left is to try it on your cup. It should fit a Starbuck’s cup and their $1 recycle cup and Caribou Cafe etc.
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I hope you enjoy, and I would love to see any you make up. If you have any questions let me know.

Small Giveaway

Now, for a small giveaway…I have an extra coffee cup sleeve of the one above and I will throw in some recent scraps as well, whatever I can fit in the envelope. Just leave a comment below on what handmade gifts you are making for Christmas. If you are a follower you get a second entry – just let me know below. I will randomly draw a winner next Sunday at 6pm EST.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and Let’s Bee Social (see buttons on the right).

Sunday Stash #20: Birthday celebrations

Toda, June 8th, is my birthday!!! I am going to share with you a couple of my recent purchases which I am in love with. First up, my new addiction – Aurifil thread…which I recently purchased three boxes. Aurfil Boxes I love how it sews, whether I am using it for piecing, quilting or EPP.  I love the colors…what a wonderful palette of inspiration. As you may be able to tell I have cracked open my Botanics box already  (the middle one) for my current project….and can not wait until I get to the quilting with the thread.Aurfil Cotton Boxes The second thing I am loving and so excited about is Cotton and Steel. After seeing all the IG love of Quilt Market (ah…someday, when I grow up), I could not wait to get my hands on it….especially on the basics package from them. Anxiety is growing….I have pre-ordered everything. to my surprise, Laura @ Little and Lots emailed last week, and put me onto this wonderful bundle; Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale (Cotton and Steel). I am loving those arrow prints, and everything for that matter :-). CottonSteel_Moonlit Those are two of my favorite things.

Lastly, in celebration of my birthday, I also have a giveaway. A fat quarter bundle consisting of 15 prints of First of Infinity Text. BrithdayGiveaway_2014 Just leave a comment about the one quilty purchases/ things you are in love with at the moment. I will draw a winner randomly next Sunday. Hope you all have a good week. Linking up with Quilts from the Attic for Molli’s Sparkles Sunday Stash.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day: Free Motion Quilting Kit

Do you want to join me in all the fun? Great!!

How about  “the sew mama sew” giveaway day!!

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How about the chance to win a Free Motion Quilting Kit!! I am having so much fun with my 30 days of FMQ practice, that I thought I would share a FMQ kit that I put together (Kit also includes the Supreme Slider, not featured in this picture).
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  1. Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting. A great book with plenty of examples!!
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  2. Simplify Aurifil Thread 50wt. I love Aurifil thread when FMQ, it makes all the difference.9317942026_997e85874f_c
    (Picture Source: Camille Roskelley Blog)
  3. Machingers Gloves. I have tried three different types of quilt gloves and these are just in a different league. Wonderful!!
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  4. Supreme Slider. This sheet reduces friction and allows the quilter to move the quilt easily.
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This whole kit is worth ~$85 USD.

I will choose the winner at random using random.org. This is open for everyone; USA based and internationally (shipping will be covered by me). The giveaway is open until May 16th @ 5pm PST.

So, to enter just leave a comment telling me “What FMQ technique do you like or want to learn”. If you are a follower, you can leave a second comment letting me know.

Have fun!!

*Note: I usually try to reply to all comments but may not be able to do so due to the volumes of a giveaway.

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And the winner is:

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which is Pauline Perry….I will email you tonight for your details. Congratulations!!

Thank you!! Giveaway for reaching 500 followers

Over the last week, I reached 500 followers (between wordpress and bloglovin’)!!! I was so surprised. I started this blog and quilting in September 2012, to find people with similar interest, that I can learn from and be inspired by, as I was embarked on this new crafting/arts journey.

You all have been so supportive, and I am constantly amazed at how wonderful the quilting/craft community is.

Giveaway time. To celebrate the 500 followers I am giving away:

  • One of the books that have been featured so far in “Book Review Tuesdays
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  • Your choice of 2 x 1/2 yards of any prints featured in the Sunday Stash posts of 2014 (as long as they are still available, please note not all fabrics are shown in the below mosaic…for full selection check out the posts)
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  • All three of my Craftsy patterns, and I will also include my new Tapa Star patterns (though they are untested and currently just the paper piecing templates).
  • Your choice of hexagon coffee cup sleeve and matching mug rug or a triple zipper pouch (colors of your choice).
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If you are a reader (no need to follow) leave a comment below, letting me know, what your choices are for each of the above items (ie. which book, which 2x 1/2 yards and whether you would like the coffee cup sleeve or zipper pouch). I will randomly choose a winner, next Saturday (22 March), after 6pm EST.

Also, if you are one of my top 5 current commenters (based on wordpress statistics, top commenters over the last 1000 comments) you will have an email from me later today, for a $50 USD gift certificate to Hawthorne threads!!

Thank you so much….If you want to become a new follower, check out the right hand menu for bloglovin and email buttons. For the wordpress folks – you can follow using the button on the ribbon at the top of the post.

One final thing, check out Melissa’s post today over @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs about “A Lovely Year of Finishes”. They do such a great job in organizing this link-up month to month….and today I am the participant highlight!! I hope you all are having a great weekend.