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How is January tracking??

I am really trying to stay on task this first month, however I know some things are slipping. Normally, I would be ok about this and just adjust my schedules, but this time I am a little stressed about moving the deadlines.



Project Dates Current Status
 Sew Mama Sew (Project 5)  16 January
  7 February
 Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt  16 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND (COMPLETE)
 Spoonflower Sampler Quilt  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT (UNDERWAY), BIND
 Bjorn the Bear  31 January
 Jungle Ave Tapa  31 January TOP, BACK, BASTE, QUILT, BIND

*I will reorganize the table based on date changes next week

Anyway, the quilting must go on though…and I have made progress on two projects;

  • the Spoonflower sampler quilt where I did some more quilting last night (above), and
  • my Sew Mama Sew project (below) where the back is complete and now it is basted.


Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Winner of Sew Mama Sew Giveaway

Thank you to all those that were kind enough to leave comments. There were some great ideas for tutorials. The main areas folks wanted more tutorials include:

  • Learn the basics *
    • Quilting/piecing
    • Paper piecing/ English Paper piecing
    • Curves
  • Lessons on design, color and fabric selection *
  • Pouches/ Bags /Pillows
  • Free Motion Quilting/ Machine quilting

* indicates that these are areas in which I will look into for 2015.

Using random.org, the winner was #120 Quiltingmod – Afton Warrick!! I will be emailing you shortly to talk through the details.

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Succulent

I have had the great opportunity to participate in Quilt Design a Day, and share some of those designs as tutorials on Sew Mama Sew. My favorite project so far is my design “Succulent” (tutorial to make this quilt can be found here).


This color palette (that was supplied by design seeds) was so far out my comfort zone which made this so appealing.

My first attempt of quilting did not go so well…
The second time was much better and complements the quilt so well. It has some straight line quilting with a focus on the middle intersecting lines. These I quilted in a peachy color and sewed both the vertical and horizontal lines.


Name: Succulent
Dimensions: 40″ x 40″
Design: Michelle Wilkie
Fabric for Front: Kona Chocolate, Kona Peach, Kona Mint, Kona Leaf and Kona Pool
Backing: Dottie in Caviar, Cotton + Steel Basics (Backing)
Binding: Garden Gate in Berry, Sweet as Honey, Bonnie Christine
Quilting: Straight Line Quilted, ½” Spacing; Aurifil 50wt; Fleshly Pink (2420), Light Blue Grey (2610)

I am entering this quilt in Amy’s fantastic Bloggers Quilt Festival in the Original Design category. Don’t forget, if you want to make one of these the tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. Voting starts tomorrow for the festival.


Blogiversary + Giveaway

It’s been two years already!! Where did time go?? This year has been a big one for my blog and myself. You may have noticed I stopped posting about topics other than quilting/sewing. This was not a conscious decision. It kind of happened organically, as such, I changed up my blog menu, to reflect more of my active quilting topics.

Some of the big things that have happened in the last year:

  • Won Designers Choice award for the Threadbias Critters Patch Baby Quilt Design contest.
  • Participated in my first online bees – Scrapbeelicious and Stash bee.
  • Started Book Review Tuesdays (which is still happening just a little more sporadically).
  • Hosting Gypsy Wife Quilt Along and it was the first time I reached out to get sponsors.
  • My most successful post is the tutorial for the iPad/iPhone stand.
  • Teaching 4 modern quilting classes at Spoonflower using my Sampler Quilt design. Part 3 of the 4 classes is currently open if you want to attend and in the Raleigh/Durham area.
  • Participated in Sew Down Nashville and met some of the folks in the blogosphere. Also met Ashley (finally) from Wasn’t Quilt in Day!
  • Joined the Quilt Design a Day group.
  • Michael Oakshott, sponsored my “Neighbourhood” quilt and sent me fabric!!
  • Won the Jungle Ave + Quilt Now Quilt Design contest.
  • You can check out my finishes for this year here.
  • Last week, I reached over 100,000 views!! and ~800 followers
  • Today, I have a featured tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for my new quilt, which is one of my Quilt Design a Day designs. I will be choosing a couple more designs over the next couple of months and sharing them on Sew Mama Sew (if you have a favorite let me know).

A thank you goes out to the top 5 recent commenters to my blog. This is based on a wordpress statistic which does a count of the number of comments made by a person in the last 1000 comments. I will be sending a gift card to these 5 people from Hawthorne Threads. An email has been sent.

In addition to this I want to thank all those who have supported me in my new hobby/obsession, I thought a giveaway would be in order.  All you need to do is leave me a comment about a project you are proud of so far this year (include a link so I can take a look. I love seeing everybody’s work). If you are a follower leave a second comment for a second entry. The winner will be announced after 6pm EST this Friday (5th September).

The giveaway includes:

  • A 1/2 yard bundle of a selection (at least 3-4 yards) of my “Elements” fabric designs from Spoonflower.com.
  • A Robert Kaufman Kona Color Card from the FQS.
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  • And a box of Alison Glass Aurifil thread kit (small)

Linking up with Lorna for Let’s bee Social (see button on the right).

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!!


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).

  1. Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting. A great book with plenty of examples!!
  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!!
  4. Supreme Slider. This sheet reduces friction and allows the quilter to move the quilt easily.

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.


And the winner is:

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

Book Review Tuesday + Giveaway Day: #2

This week I am moving Book Review Tuesday up a day, and including it in the Giveaway Day over @ Sew Mama Sew.

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway


Today’s review is on the book Modern Bee.

Title: “Modern Bee” – 13 quilts to make with friends
Author: Lindsay Conner
Publisher: C&T Publishing/Stash Books
ISBN:  978-1-60705-730-7

This book is a great reference guide, if you plan to join or run a virtual bee. I loved the focus in this book on the do’s and don’ts of a bee, and the details on what type of bees are available.

I recently joined my first bee. I followed the rules laid out by the organizer and made sure I posted my blocks on time. I did not know that there are specific etiquette’s expected though. Since reading this section, I now include a note in each of my blocks I send.

The book has a great layout, it is split into 3 sections starting with beginners, Confident Beginner and Intermediate blocks.  Each block is assigned a month in each of the sections.

  1. January, February, March, April = Beginner. The beginner blocks are indeed easy and a great start for all individuals.
  2. May, June, July, August = Confident Beginner. This section the blocks are getting more complex and accuracy is required. It has a lot of HST (Half Square Triangles) and alignment required for the pieces.
  3. September, October, November, December + Charity Quilt = Intermediate. Introduces some new skills like circles/curves, intricate/small piecing as well as nesting shapes.

For each month, the block selected has details and steps on how to make the block, as well as how to layout the full quilt. The measurements and fabric needs are included for the individual block and what that will also mean for the full quilt.

The last section has some basic tips for finishing a quilt, which is the last step when everyone gets all their blocks back.

The thought that went into the layout of the block is obvious. I think, it has been designed to help every one in a bee get involved and improve your skills along the way.

Initially, I was not overly thrilled about the book.  However, the more I understand and participate in my bee,  and the more I tried the projects out, the more I enjoyed this book. It is definitely worth the purchase and is fast becoming one of my favorite project books.

My rating out of 5 is:
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I decided to create some blocks for Spoonflower’s Project Linus Quilt. For inspiration, (and to kill two birds with one stone so to speak) I used this book. I chose 6 blocks, 2 from each section. I am half way through.

The first two blocks, in the beginner section, are definitely easy to complete. Instructions were clear, and the blocks are quick to complete (approx. 30 minutes).

January: Mosaic Tiles

March: Bluebell’s CabinBluebells_Cabin

The last block I have completed, is from the confident beginner section. This block definitely had many more pieces and required a high level of accuracy for both cutting and piecing. The alignment of each of the 2.5″ blocks, is definitely a skill required to finish off the block. This block took about 60 minutes.

July: Cordelia’s Garden

The other 3 blocks, I plan on completing are:
August: Neon Ninja Star
October: Ziggy Stardust
Charity Quilt: String Circles

I will post them with they are complete. On to the…..


One brand new copy of this book will be given away based on the rules for Giveaway Day.

  • Open until December 13 at 5 p.m. PST.
  • Winners will be notified December 15.
  • Your item will be shipped by December 20.
  • Will ship Internationally.

All you need to do is leave a comment on what bees you have enjoyed or about what you liked in the bees you have participated in. If you haven’t participated in one that too is ok :-), just let us know. There is a second chance to win if you are a follower, just leave a second comment. A winner will be chosen at random.

Next Book Review: Pretty in Patchwork: holidays {24.12.2013}

A disclaimer, all reviews and opinions of the books reviewed will be mine, unless otherwise stated. Please note, I may not respond to all comments due to volume and bandwidth.