Sunday, January 15, 2017

2017 Patchwork Quilt Along Kick Off!




Today marks the kick off of the patchwork quilt along hosted by the Fatquarter Shop and Moda Fabrics which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

http://www.fatquartershop.com/patchwork-quilt-along-quilt-kit-preorder


We hope that you will join us as we sew this collection of 12 different classic patchwork blocks to create this lovely patchwork quilt!

Donate to our Make-A-Wish campaign for the use of our free patterns!

https://www.blacktie-america.com/online_sales/nonprofit_donation_enhanced.cfm?id=1161&campaignid=83
Our Patchwork Quilt Along benefits Make-A-Wish. This fantastic organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish believes a wish experience can be a game-changer. Granted wishes help children feel stronger, more energetic, and more willing to face their medical battle, and for many the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses!

This year, Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics will match up to $20,000 of donations raised!  So help us reach that goal!


The Patchwork quilt blocks are FREE to download on the 15th of every month starting in January 2017.  We only ask a suggested donation of $5 to our Make-A-Wish campaign for each time you download the patterns. 


All of the details for the quilt along can be found on the Fatquarter Shop blog, the Jolly Jabber.  For a limited time a quilt kit is being offered by Moda Fabrics using Bonnie & Camille Basics Collection and can be purchased here and a backing kit purchased here.  Full fabric requirements are provided if you decide to use your own fabric.  The Fatquarter Shop has provided a YouTube video for the first block and can be viewed here.

Block #1 is called Souvenir of Friendship. Download your free pattern today, and be sure to donate to Make-A-Wish!

We have some wonderful quilty friends joining along for this great cause! Be sure to check out their blogs every month to watch their process, and to see what fun fabric collections they have selected!
*Psst! The designers of the quilt's fabrics - Bonnie & Camille - are sewing along, too! Fun!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl (@jedicraftgirl)
Amy of Diary of a Quilter (@diaryofaquilter)
Andy of A Bright Corner (@abrightcorner)
*Bonnie of Cotton Way (@bonniecottonway)
*Camille of Thimble Blossoms (@thimbleblossoms)
Debbie of Happy Little Cottage (@happylittlecottage1)
Greg of Grey Dogwood Studio (@greydogwoodstudio)
Heidi of Buttons and Butterflies (@buttonsandbutterflies)
Melissa of Happy Quilting (@happyquiltingmc)
Melissa of Oh How Sweet (@ohhowsweet)
Pat Sloan of PatSloan.com (@quilterpatsloan)
Renee of Sewn with Grace (@sewnwithgrace)
Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane (@downgrapevinelane)
Sherri of A Quilting Life (@aquiltinglife)
Sondra of Out of the Blue Quilts (@sondradavison)
Taunja of Carried Away Quilting (@taunjalynn)
Tina of Emily Ann's Kloset (@emilyannskloset)
Carrie Nelson/Miss Rosie of Moda Cutting Table
Please share your progress and creations with us on our Patchwork Facebook group. Post your blocks using #patchworkquiltalong on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.




Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas All Through The House


































 

































 

































 

































 

































 

































 

































 

















































































































































































It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as the song goes.  The presents are bought, the menu's are planned, some cookies to bake.  My son and daughter will be home in a couple of days.  I'm so looking forward to special times with family and friends, celebrating our Savior's birth with the Christmas Eve service at church and just the blessed gladness of being all together.  We have had plenty of snow so a white Christmas is guaranteed.  I hope you are enjoying this precious time with your loved ones.  With every passing year I'm reminded more and more that it's not about the presents under the tree, but the people around it, with Jesus Christ as our beloved King!  Merry Christmas!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Cotton Cuts























































I had the wonderful opportunity of working with a company called Cotton Cuts.  As a member you receive monthly a variety of fabrics chosen specifically for you.  You answer a few questions and they surprise you with a custom created bundle.  You receive either 12 fat quarters or 20 fat eighths, your choice.  You can change your fabric preferences at any time.  You get to choose a pattern from their designer of the month and you also get two collectible block of the month pattern cards.  Each box has something extra as a thank you.  Doesn't this sound wonderful?  It is!

In addition, Cotton Cuts is on a mission to create jobs and have partnered with a local workshop that provides dignified employment opportunities to the intellectually challenged and to those with other disabilities.

I created a quilt with eight of the fabrics they sent me.  I paired it with "Weewander", by Sarahjane Studios, in "With the Birds".  What I love about these fabrics is that some of them are ones I would not have chosen on my own but, after receiving them, absolutely love.  This allows me to play with fabric and look at texture and pattern in a different way.  It was so fun!  I used the "Baby Blocks" pattern from the book, "Sweet Celebrations" compiled by Lissa Alexander.  The quilt measures 37.5 x 44.5.  It is quilted with soft wavy lines in pink on the front and white on the back.

Because Cotton Cuts was kind enough to send me a box to try, I am going to pay it forward and give this quilt to one of you!  I am having a giveaway on Instagram (IG name is sewnwithgrace)  and all you need to do to enter is visit me there and leave a comment on the post.  I will choose a winner by random number generator on Wednesday, December 7. 







Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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It's hard to believe that we are in our last week of October.  Before I know it, I'll be thinking about Thanksgiving and all the things I hope to make for Christmas.  Today it's rainy and cold and I have a fire going and a pumpkin spice candle lit.  There is butter on the counter, softening, for cookie making and I'm about to bind a quilt.  This is one of my favorite kind of days.

I finished a quilt last week and delivered it to a sweet girl who graduated from high school this past spring.  The colors of the quilt just speak to me.  As I prepared to take photos of the quilt I realized that the colors speak for most of what I'm making right now.   I love the backing fabric on the quilt.  It is Kaffe Fasset's Button Flowers.  The colors really tie in well with all the sixteen patch blocks.   Currently I am knitting a mystery shawl by Stephen West #westknitskal2016 where instructions come by email weekly.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry.  It's really fun to knit and I like the colors I chose.  Cream sprinkles, pink, aqua and lavender look like a birthday party to me.

The Fatquartershop had their First Blush quilt along and they recently sent the book to me.  It's a lovely book and an equally lovely quilt.  The First Blush fabric is so pretty.  The fabric is due out any day now if you'd like to make the quilt.

Time to get baking!  Have a wonderful day!






Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Happy October!  We have just entered one of my most favorite months.  I've started adding fall touches to the house and have been creating fall themed projects in my sewing room.  Last week I hit Trader Joe's for all things pumpkin spice.  I highly recommend the pumpkin waffles and pumpkin seed brittle.  It seems as soon as the first day of fall registered on the calendar, the days got extremely shorter, the trees burst into their party colors and the temps got cooler.  Autumn appeared right on schedule.  I hope it lasts longer than usual and just when we think it's dipping into the frosty night, Indian Summer jumps out in all it's glory!