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Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway05.05.14

GG2-SewAlong-HeaderHello!  Welcome to my stop on the Great Granny Sew Along blog tour!  If you are here for the first time, I welcome you to browse around my blog a bit as I share what’s been going on in my quilty life.  I am a new author, long time designer, and passionate about fabric.  There is always something fun going on around over here!

Great Granny Along

I have been enjoying following along each week of the Sew Along!  This week we will be making the Mama Blocks for our sampler.  And I just finished mine yesterday.

Mama Blocks

There are 20 of these blocks to make for the sampler.  When I started cutting them on Saturday, I thought no way was I going to be able to finish them in time to share all of them on Monday.  I got a late start Saturday–and I try not to do a lot of sewing on Sundays.  But, much to my surprise these little blocks whipped up in no time–just a couple hours including cutting time(I should have known as all of Lori’s patterns are so user friendly and quick!).  So, I finished all 20 of them with no problem–and here they are:

Blocks

You will find all of the information to follow along over on the Jolly Jabber.  You will need a copy of Lori’s book Great Granny Squared, & the pdf instructions for each week.  Here is the pdf for this week.

Great Granny Sew Along

The Fat Quarter Shop was kind enough to send me an extra copy of Great Great Squared to give away to one of my readers!

So just leave me a comment about your current favorite fabric line to enter. =)

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Also, make sure to add the Mama blocks you make this week to the GGS flickr group for a chance to win a Creative Grids 6 1/2″ Square it Up Ruler.  This makes squaring up those Mama blocks a breeze!

And stop by Amy’s,  Amy’s, Lori’s , and of course The Jolly Jabber for more Great Granny Squared Fun today.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour04.30.14

Star Gazing

Today is my stop on the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour!

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My block, Star Gazing, is on page 51 of this issue–and can I tell you how much I love this block!

Star Gazing Quilt Block

Star Gazing creates a wonderful secondary pattern when used within a quilt.  I loved playing with all sorts of settings in EQ.  This black version uses a black tonal fabric from Basic’s Grey’s Little Black Dress 2 line of fabric.  Using just one fabric allows you to really see the pattern the blocks create.

Star Gazing Quilt

I also played with how the block looks using prints–and here it is in Miss Kate by Bonnie & Camille.  Aren’t you guys excited for this line to come out!

Star Gazing Miss Kate

And, as I am on a little bit of a medallion kick lately I had to make up a medallion quilt as well.  I used Elementary by Sweetwater–another line I am very excited about!

Star Gazing Medallion

Quiltmaker has been kind enough to off all of my readers the chance to win a copy of the magazine.  Just leave a comment below and I’ll draw a winner on Monday!

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Also, be sure to visit Quiltmakers Blog, Quilty Pleasures, for a chance to win more great giveaways throughout the blog tour!

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Let’s Talk Applique + Giveaway!03.20.14

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I haven’t talked about my book a lot because, quite frankly, it makes me nervous to do so! =)  This was the last way I thought I might feel when at long last it is available to purchase.

I remember when I started the writing process, Chloe was starting 2nd grade, and I knew she would be almost done with 3rd grade when I would finally have a copy in my hands.  And now it’s here…and I didn’t realize I would feel anything other than excitement.  I didn’t realize how much I would feel like I am totally putting myself out there–makes me nervous! =)

Pillows

Today, I thought I might share a bit about what led me to write a book about applique.

When I began making quilts about 15 years ago, I was drawn to applique right from the start.  This is the 2nd pieced quilt I made(the first was a ragtime quilt).

First Applique Quilt

My fabric choices sure have changed! =)  I continued making quilts for several years often incorporating applique into them.  When my oldest daughter Chloe came along, I veered off into appliqued clothing for a number of years when I started my children’s clothing business, Little Miss Shabby.

I started with simple applique pieces but quickly realized that I enjoyed designing more complex designs and custom pieces.

My custom work varied a lot–I did a lot of pieces for clients traveling to Disney who wanted something special for their daughter.  I think it’s important to note that these are not done using an embroidery machine!–They are all appliqued on my little old Bernina.  I drew up the design, hand cut all of the pieces, fused them into place and satin stitched around them using a tight zigzag stitch and then hand painted the faces.

Ariel Applique

Disney Custom

Sometimes a client would want a special character they were unable to find elsewhere:

Little Einsteins

SuperWhy

Or sometimes, something for a themed event.

Fall Custom

Ballet custom

As much as I loved designing all sorts of custom clothing for my clients, the workload was a little bit intense at times and I stepped back from the business when my daughter Elonie was born.

At that time I realized that I hadn’t made a quilt for several years, and thought this would be a great project to keep me busy during those rare down times between keeping a home and caring for a 3 year old and a newborn.

I soon found out that my love of designing had me wanting to try my hand at designing quilts and pillows–often featuring applique.

Cathedral Window Birdie Pillow

Chirp Pillow

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Cover Girl Pillow

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Appliqued Hexagons

Appliqued Hexagons

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Over the many years the one thing that I hear most often in regard to applique is “Applique!–Oh I could never do that!–it’s too hard.”  And I am always surprised by how many people are so intimidated by it!

So, I wanted to create a book that would give anyone the skills to start to applique with success.

One of the intimidating things about applique are all the different terms:  fusible web, raw edge, needle turn, freezer paper, add a seam allowance, reverse templates.  How does one begin to sift thru all the information?

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Playful Petals focuses on just one shape and one type of applique.  It’s the quickest and most simple form of applique.

The book includes 9 quilts and 9 pillows.  Each quilt has an accompanying pillow made using the same block as the quilt.  That way you can try out and master the applique on a small project before jumping in to making a larger quilt.

Playful Petals

I love how the book turned out.  I think it’s a wonderful introduction to applique but it also includes a lot of great information for anyone wanting to improve on their applique skills.  The Stash imprint of C&T Publishing always does a wonderful job of photographing for the book and I especially love the eye candy!

And now onto the giveaway!

Giveaway

During my book proposal process, I had to make a couple samples of my proposed projects and submit them.  This little pillow was in my initial proposal but I ended up changing the design a bit for my book.

So, I am giving away the pillow cover as well as a copy of Playful Petals to one of you! =)  You’ll have the opportunity for 4 entries into my giveaway.

  1. Leave me a comment with your thoughts on applique for one entry.
  2. If you follow me on facebook, leave me a comment below letting me know for a 2nd entry.
  3. If you follow me on instagram, @lmshabby,  leave me a comment below letting me know for a 3rd entry.
  4. If you follow me via bloglovin’ or email subscription leave me a comment below letting me know for a 4th entry.

I’ll draw a winner sometime next week!

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Playful Petals is now shipping to your quilt shops, and is available for pre-order on Amazon here, and is available for shipment right away from Fat Quarter Shop.

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Friendship Star Pillow Feature & Giveaway01.06.14

Big Stitch Quilting

I’m excited today to be sharing my last finish of 2013.  I put the last few binding stitches in just before New Year’s Day and today my quilting tutorial and pillow pattern are being featured over on Sew Mama Sew.

SMS Contributor

If you follow me on either facebook or instagram you’ve seen a few sneak peeks of this project in the works.

Liberty

Instagram love

I had purchased a beautiful bundle of Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres Fabric in November.

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

Image Courtesy of Westwood Acres Fabric

I couldn’t resist those beautiful Libertys!  I added a couple Japanese and Liberty fabrics from my stash mixed in with the Liberty fabrics from Westwood Acres for my pillow top.

Liberty Fabrics

Giveaway News!

If you are a Liberty fabrics love like myself you are in luck!  Amanda, of Westwood Acres Fabric,  is offering up for grabs a fat sixteenth bundle from the first installment of their new Liberty Lawn bundle of the month club.  I have to admit to be completely jealous of you guys–I want it for myself! =p

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your little bundle of Liberty goodness. =)  I’ll draw a winner next week.

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And if you haven’t shopped at Westwood Acres fabric, I encourage you to check it out!  Aside from Amanda’s spot on picks for amazing fabrics, the photography is perfect.  I so appreciate beautiful photography that really shows off the fabrics when I am fabric shopping.  Sucks me in every time!

Right now, I’ve got my eye on Botanique fabrics and the Gelati quilt pattern:

And if you want to make a pillow of your own, be sure to hop on over to Sew Mama Sew for the free pattern and hand quilting tutorial!

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Giveaway Winner!12.15.13

 

Thank you to everyone for entering my giveaway!–over 700 people stopped by and entered leaving stories about their favorite Christmas Traditions.  I loved reading about all of the memories that you all make every year and the traditions that you hold near and dear to your heart.

Before announcing the giveaway winner, I thought I would share a bit about our Christmas traditions. =)  Many of you mentioned that traditions change and grow as you get older, add new family members, and lose family members.  This is so true.

When Ryan and I first got married 16 years ago in November, our first Christmas was, and still is, very full family wise.  We both come from larger families–I have 4 siblings and Ryan has 3.  Both my mom and dad come from families of 6 children, Ryan’s dad comes from a family of 12 kids(or is it 11?) while his mom had a smaller family including her and her brother.  If I remember correctly we had at least 8 different family Christmas get togethers that first year of marriage with all of our immediate families and our extended families.  Holidays were busy!

I’ve mentioned that we got married young, Ryan was 23 and I was 19 so we opted to wait a number of years(8) before having children.  Our first Christmas after having our oldest daughter, Chloe, was spent in Florida with my sister and her husband.  But, after that year, we decided that Christmas would be enjoyed at home with just Ryan and I, and our children.  Growing up with a large family, and in the early years of our marriage, Christmas was oftentimes rushed and spent traveling from one relatives house to the next, or from one side of the family to the other.  Ryan and I decided that we wanted to make Christmas day at home for our little family a priority.

On Christmas Day, we usually roll out of bed not too early–7ish and I like to have a little something sweet for breakfast, maybe cinnamon rolls/coffee/hot chocolate which we enjoy while we open our presents.  The rest of the morning is spent checking out our gifts/playing games.  We(well maybe more I) like to give the girls games so we can enjoy some family game time during our Christmas break and beyond.  Lunch is Seafood/Quesadilla extravaganza–the girls look forward to the quesadillas and Ryan and I look forward to crab legs (yum!), shrimp scampi, and key lime pie.  We used to do lobster tails also but we both prefer crab legs so we now just go with them. =)  I think this year we’ve got Elonie, our five year old, aboard the crab legs feast but we are still working on Chloe, our 8 year old.

 Christmas afternoons are pretty lazy, some years we have over the grandparents in the evening, some years we don’t.  Christmas Eve is often spent with my family, and sometime after Christmas we get together with Ryan’s family.  We also get together with my dad’s side of the family and my mom’s side of the family sometime close to Christmas.  Ryan’s dad’s side of the family has moved their Christmas celebration into the summer months which is so nice as it frees up time over the busy holidays.  For many years, Ryan and I and his parents have gone the day after Thanksgiving to cut down our Christmas tree.  This was the first year since before having kids that we didn’t cut our own tree.

So, those are some of our Christmas traditions which I suppose can be summed up in two statements.  We spend time with family and we never forget the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus.

Giveaway Goodies

And, now on to our giveaway winner:

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The winner of my giveaway is comment #195.

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Congratulations Kathleen!  I’ll be contacting you soon!

May you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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SMS Giveaway Day!12.09.13

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Welcome everyone to Sew Mama Sew’s Giveaway Day!  If you are new to my blog, thank you so much for stopping by!  It’s always great fun to participate in SMS’s giveaway day–be sure to check out the many blogs participating in great giveaways listed over on Sew Mama Sew’s blog.  This is always a great way to find some new exciting blogs and snag yourselves some swag in the process.

Pillow Tops

This is a multi- part giveaway so make sure to ready everything!(I saved a great part for last)

Regular readers of my blog know that I have been working on a set of  chalkboard inspired pillows using some chalkboard fabrics I designed and printed.  For my giveaway, I thought it would be fun to give away one of the chalkboard panels of your choice(you can see all three of them here).  In addition, I’m including a 100+ piece mini charm square pack(2.5″ squares) & a fun mix of coordinating buttons.

Giveaway Goodies

The charm squares are a mix of fabrics cut from the fabrics pictured below(the same ones I used for my pillow tops):

Fabric

I am also including a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 7:

100 Blocks

Now, keep reading because there’s one more very exciting part of this giveaway!

I am also including a custom fabric bundle of your choice. =)  If you’re the winner of my giveaway, you can let me know know what fabrics/designers/colors you like and I’ll put together a fun little bundle for you.  I’ve got such a large stash to choose from and I love putting together fun little bundles!  Here are some bundles I’ve shared on my blog in the past.

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Giveaway Sum Up

  • Chalkboard Pillow Panel of your choice
  • 100+ mini charm pack bundle
  • coordinating buttons
  • Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue 7
  • Custom Fabric Bundle

To Enter My Giveaway:

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(US & International Welcome!)

Just leave a comment below letting me know your favorite Christmas tradition.  Make sure I have a way to contact you!  And that’s it!

If you are into my blog and you’re interested in following along, I’d love if you’d subscribe via email or bloglovin’ (links are over on the right) or follow my new facebook page!

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Nightfall Quilt Pattern & Scraps Giveaway10.22.13

Nightfall is the quilt that I was working on last week for P&B Textiles for Quilt Market.  I designed this quilt to showcase P&B’s “Intersections” line of fabric.  It’s a paper pieced pattern and is now available for free on P&B’s website here.

If you haven’t tried paper piecing before, this is a pretty simple pattern and would make a great 1st project.

I always like seeing what my patterns look like in other fabrics–so here’s an idea of what it would look like in HoneySweet–Fig Tree Quilts newest line of fabric.

I just happen to have some scraps left over of Intersections that I would be happy to pass on to a new home.  This fabric won’t be available for a couple weeks yet so if you’ve been itching to get your hands on some now is your chance!  Intersections will also be for sale at Hawthorne Threads once it’s available.

Just leave me a comment to enter to win some Intersections scraps and I’ll draw a winner next week.

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Winner & Eye Candy11.05.12

I’m kicking off the week with my magazine winner…

Comment #60–BreannaS…congrats!  I’ll be in touch shortly!

Now onto some more fabricy goodness….let’s talk Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry.

If you guys have a chance to work with this amazing fabric, snatch it up!  The colors are so vibrant and really pretty much perfection.

 I’ve been working on a lot of different projects over the last several weeks and these fabrics have been just a joy to work with!  You will be able to purchase them sometime in November–I had heard the end of November.  So, keep an eye out for them.

In other news, for all of you Birdie Stitchers/Embroidery Lovers, I have a couple Holiday Embroidery designs that I hope to share with you as freebies in the very near future so be sure to keep an eye out for those also. =)

Enjoy your Monday!

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Moda Bake Shop Sweet Celebrations Winner!10.19.12


Thanks everyone for stopping by during the MBS Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop!

The winner of my giveaway is Comment #344:

Congrats Sue Bone!  I’ll be in touch shortly!

If you weren’t a winner here at LMS, be sure to stop by all of the other blogs to see if you were a winner.  You’ll find a list of all of the participating blogs here.

And, you can now snag a MBS Sweet Celebrations book of your own on Amazon.

Happy Sewing!!

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Moda Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop & Sweet Giveaway!10.04.12

Hello, Hello!–Welcome to any new folks stopping by and thank you to my faithful readers for swinging by my stop on the Sweet Celebrations Blog Hop!

I have been just itching to share more new with you about the 2nd Moda Bake Shop book coming out very soon.  Last fall, Lissa Alexander, invited me to participate in the book and of course that was a huge “yes indeed” & now I can finally share a bit more about the book.

Sweet Celebrations is a precut friendly book with projects for all of your favorite holidays.  And today, my celebration for the blog hop is Wedding!  Which is perfect because I just happen to have several wedding projects in the Sweet Celebrations Book…here’s a little peek:

I made a trio of “Love” pillows & a Wedding quilt using a.m.a.z.ing fabrics from Fig Tree’s, California Girl line of fabric.

As you can see, tons of great projects!

So, for the blog hop, Moda decided to do a little Q & A with questions from Oda May for each of the chefs.  So, without further ado..a little bit more about Little Miss Shabby.

1.  Do you prefer to celebrate with cupcakes, cake pops, or just plain old cake?  Hmmm…I gotta be honest I am not much of a cake person in general.  I can totally pass up cake at any event with no problem.  Now, the hubster is a white cake guy all the way…and let me tell you, do not mess with the wedding cake…in his eyes it is one of the key elements to a great wedding.

2.  Do your pets/kids/spouse help or hinder your creative process? Help for sure!–well, maybe not so much the pets…although she does make for cute photo ops(can you spot her?):

My daughter, Chloe was 100% the inspiration for this pillow:

after she showed me this adorable little water color painting she made:

3.  If you could have a quilt shop spree, which items would you snag off the shelf?  I’m going to go with future items because it always seems like I am waiting on a fabric line to come out.  So, I would snag some Honey Honey by Kate Spain(I’ve seen a couple prints in person and they are fabulous!):

And, I’m also itching to see Bonnie & Camille’s next line of fabric after Marmalade.  I actually had a dream about it last night(seriously, I’m not the only one who dreams about fabric, right?).  It was an aqua, brown, orange line–they were going a more boyish route.  And it had the same tree fabric in the line as Just Wing It by Momo for Moda.  Craziness, right!?!

4.  What have you gained from the online quilting/sewing world?  What a vibrant community first of all!  I think the main thing I have learned is to just go for it, dive in & have fun…you can do it.  Too often, I think we sell ourselves and our skills short.

5.  What is your favorite part of quilting – fabric selection, piecing, quilting, binding, and why?  Definitely fabric selection…I love putting together stacks of fabric…I mean, seriously…

Bella by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics

 

I actually began purchasing fabric before I ever touched a sewing machine or knew how to sew.

Now, as part of this blog hop, each chef was asked to share a recipe with you that corresponds to their assigned celebration.  Well, if you remember my celebration was wedding…and when we think wedding, we all think cake!  Well, as we learned earlier, I am soooo not a cake eater, however…I have a favorite cake…and it is one that is requested often to be made by my mom…it’s an old family recipe for Oatmeal Cake.  Just thinking about the ooey gooey delight that is this cake, makes me want some. =)

There you have it–a little bit of fluff about Little Miss Shabby–and now on to some more fun…

It’s Giveaway Time!

To enter to win a copy of Sweet Celebrations and a Moda Fat 8th Bundle, just leave me a comment.

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(*Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book.  Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version).

You have from now until October 14 to leave a comment–winners will be announced on October 19.

Be sure to hop along to all of the other chefs’ blogs on the Blog Hop to enter to win a copy of the Sweet Celebrations book and some fantastic fabric.  You will be able to collect all of the yummy recipes on your hop as well. =)  A complete list of participating blogs is listed here.

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