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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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{National} Book Lover’s Day08.09.13

 Did you all know that today is National Book Lover’s Day?  The ladies over at Moda Fabrics have put together a fun quilty event to celebrate!  Complete with the opportunity to win some great books!  Make sure to pop on over to check out all of the other blogs participating.

All of us Moda Bake Shop Chefs were asked to talk about quilting books that have influenced our quilting.  For me, these are two books that I use often.  They are a great source of inspiration and such a neat look into the history of quilt blocks.

Both books are set-up similarly, the have block pictures and their original publication date–many dating back to the early 1900′s.  The Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Designs has B&W illustrations:

Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns

And 5500 Quilt Block Designs is in color:

5500 Quilt Block Designs

Both books are a wealth of information.  And I always have a few of my fave blocks bookmarked(with fabric of course!)

Now, I love a good thrift store.  You can always find some of the best things when you hit a couple thrift stores.  When I visit thrift stores I always check to see if I can find any old quilting books.

Now, they might not look like much..and they  might smell a little funny…and the fabrics certainly aren’t up to date.  But I bet if you browse thru them you’ll see some blocks you recognize.

And some of the quilts are downright “modern”.

I typically don’t buy a lot of brand new quilting books–they really have to know my socks off.  But, I knew that Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley was a must have.

If for no other reason than the great photography and dreamy fabric combos–It is a feast for the eyes.

So, there you have it.  A wrap up of some of my old favorites(some very old) and my current new favorite.

Make sure to pop over to The Cutting Table to check out the giveaway!

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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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Sweet Celebrations Moda Bake Shop Book07.10.12

I have been waiting for almost a year to be able to share some exciting news with you all.  First off, Moda Bake Shop has a new book coming out in October, which is pretty exciting news by itself.  Secondly, I was asked to contribute to the book!  I had so much fun last fall–designing and working with Moda Fabrics to create some pretty cool patterns.

While I can’t share with you just yet the projects that I made, I can tell you that I got to work with California Girl by Fig Tree Quilts.

And, I can also tell you that one of my projects just might be pictured in this promo shot of the book:

Hmmm….I think that might be a rather large hint. =p 

I’ve got a couple other projects in the book using California Girl as well–it’s such a great line of fabric.  I do love me some Fig Tree!  I mean seriously:

Those are all projects I have made using various Fig Tree lines of fabric…Yes indeed, love Fig Tree!

I’ll be talking more about this book in the upcoming months and sharing my projects as we get closer to the release date.  I’m sure that Lissa has all sorts of things in the works for the launch of this book!–so stay tuned!

Make sure to pop on over to Cindy’s blog today for the 2nd installment of the Fusion Blanket Crochet Along.  I loved reading Cindy’s blog post this morning and she echoed so many of my thoughts.  Cindy is so on the same page as me right now–I totally could have written the same post!  I’m certainly no crochet genius & she’s provided some great resources to help us all along.

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Giganto-Retro Flowers02.03.12

My Destash Sale is still going on over on Etsy–I’ve added a couple new goodies and I’ll keep on adding as I have time.  Thanks so much to everyone who has purchased fabrics!

I’ve had a Fresh Cut stack of fabric hanging around ever since the line first came out several years ago.  I thought I had a plan for them but after Christina’s Retro Flowers pattern came out, I had a new plan.

The original Retro Flowers block is a 12.5″ block ( the aqua/green block is a finished block ).  I’ve decided to make a super sized Retro Flowers Quilt.  Fun, right?!?  Fresh Cut has a lot of large scale prints which I really didn’t want to lose plus the idea of making a zillion small curved blocks so I could end up with a queen sized quilt just wasn’t working for me.  My new super sized blocks will finish at 24″ in the quilt–I’ll need 20 of them to make a queen sized quilt.  Perfect because I happen to have 20 prints that I want to use.

Jill made me some fantastic templates to use for my quilt–which makes the cutting a breeze.  And, if you missed out on Fresh Cut the first time around it’s being reprinted and will be available soon.  Plus some of the prints are being reprinted on flannel–I might have to pick up some of those!

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Sew to Swap Blog Tour11.17.11

Today is my stop on the Sew to Swap Blog Tour! 

I was so excited when Chrissie asked me to participate in such a fun book with so many other great bloggy folks!

Make sure to pop by the blogs of all the amazing contributors!

November 7 Lovely Little Handmades

November 8 Stitches & Scissors

November 9 Cluck Cluck Sew

November 10 My Three Sons

November 11 Twin Fibers

November 12 Stitchy Quilt Stuff

November 13 The Creative Juices of Ariel

November 14 Texas Freckles

November 15 Quilt Dad

November 16 Artsy-Craftsy Babe

November 17 Little Miss Shabby  {You are Here}

November 18 A Cuppa and a Catch Up

November 19 A Quilt is Nice

November 20 A Little Sweetness

November 21 House of A La Mode

November 22 I’m Just a Guy Who Quilts

November 23 Little Bit Funky

November 27 In His Grace

Scrapbuster Quilt

I got to participate in a number of the swaps for this book but, the one that I was most excited about was the one featuring my scrapbuster blocks! =)  I was thrilled when Chrissie asked me if we could use my tutorials for one of the swaps!

I made the block in the center of the quilt and each of the contributors in this swap sent me their completed scrapbuster blocks which I sewed into the quilt top and then quilted.

It was such a great project to be a part of!

(BTW,  F+W Media is offering any of my blog readers a special discount during the blog tour if you’d like to purchase the book. Just use promo code SEW2SWAP to get the book for $14.99 — that’s $10 off of the cover price.)

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Eep!10.14.11

I was so excited when this little gem arrived at my house yesterday…why?  you ask.

Yes, indeedy! – I was so honored to be asked to participate in such a fun project–& look at all those fun folks I got to party with!–I’m a little it excited to say the least & excited that I can finally share this news with you all.  I had a number of deadlines last fall involving this book with the last one being November 1st–so over a year….it’s so much fun to be able to share it now!  If you’d like to purchase your own copy you can pop on over to Amazon and pick one up. =)  I’ll be sharing more about this book soon! 

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