Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Pillow Talk { Swap } Round 3!

My quilting pals Heather and Kerri come up with some of the most interesting, challenging and all around fun swaps on flickr. Pillow Talk is on the top of my all-time favorite swap list along with DQS. I've participated in all rounds so far and when I heard they were starting up a round 3 in April I jumped on the bandwagon. As of Friday, June 25, 2010 the swap was officially over. My pillow cover came in the mail on June 26th and it's AWESOME! I was completely surprised by it as well.

Partners for this swap are assigned secretly. Everyone has fun browsing the flickr photos for the group to see if they can tell which pillow is theirs. Fellow blogging bud Terri was given my name. She has an etsy shop where she sells the neatest organizers. I've purchased a few for myself and friends. A few days ago she had a giveaway on her facebook fan page and I won an organizer. So you can imagine when I got a package in the mail addressed to me with her name on the return address I wasn't surprised. I set it on the dining room table to open after lunch. I was totally expecting an organizer to fall out when I slid the cover off of what was inside the envelope, but what I saw made my day! The biggest grin spead across my face. It was my PTS3 pillow!

Isn't it great?!?! Aqua is one of my favorite colors. It looks wonderful paired with linen. I see fabrics I like - Kei Honeycomb, Tula Pink, Flea Market Fancy, Andrea Victoria, Joel Dewberry, etc. She hand pieced this whole hexagon pillow for me! I love it.

It's living on this chair in the hallway for now. Out of reach from the 1 and 4 year olds!

My secret send to partner was Maria. Free Spirit Designers and polka dots were among the favorites she listed in her swap preferences. I thought this would be a great opportunity to use some of the Flea Market Fancy fabric I've been collecting by Denyse Schmidt. It's a big favorite and guilty pleasure among quilters all around the world.

I decided to try a Dresden block for the first time after seeing an Amy Butler Dresden pillow in her PTS3 inspiration mosaic. It went together very quickly. Setting the fan section on a bold black and white polka dot background came to me as an idea after I saw Lisa do it on her blog. Thanks for the inspiration Lisa!

Maria also said one of her favorite colors was "fresh" green. So, of course I had to use a green for the binding.

Here is a photo of the quilting on the back side of the pillow cover.

I'm happy to hear it's arrived safely home to Portugal where Maria can enjoy it.

I've been very lucky to get 3 super awesome partners all rounds of the swap. Here is my PTS pillow collection:

1st Round: A very Anthro like pillow from bud John (QuiltDad) on the far right.

2nd Round: Lisa (Sophia Aster) knew I was a fan of Wonderland and sent me this great circular applique pillow on the far left.

3rd Round: I've been in love with Hexagon quilts for a while now and only just begun making hexies myself. Terri (Sew Fantastic) created this beautiful aqua and linen pillow. And sent it to ME!

Thanks to all my partners and to Heather and Kerri for organizing another great swap!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Hushabye Bundles of Joy Quilt

This style of cross quilt has been done many times, but this is my version!

I finally finished my Bundles of Joy quilt. It's made with one charm pack and around 3/4 yard of Kona pink. Just the right size for a play mat or baby quilt.

A tutorial on how I made the quilt will appear on my blog later in the week!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Look! I'm In Quilter's World!

I couldn't believe it when the super cool Elisa of Quilter's World contacted me to ask if it was OK to publish my blog in their magazine. Pinch me please! Of course I said yes! What an honor!

The August 2010 issue arrived in the mail today and there it was on page 10..... ME! I was literally jumping up and down in the driveway!

If you're visiting here from Quilter's World, please leave a comment to let me know you stopped by! Hi everyone!

Monday, June 14, 2010

We Have A Winner! CONGRATS!

So, guess what I forgot to do last night...

I'm sitting here sharing pictures of the back of my PTS3 pillow on Flickr and remember that I didn't draw a name for a FQ and Scrap pack!

Here goes...

The 2nd winner (Megan was the 1st) ;) Hi Megan!! is:

Comment #32 - Petit Debutant, who said:

I love both fabrics. The original is just as stunning as the inspired fabric.

CONGRATS NORMA! Please email me your address and I will get your package sent off this week.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Game and Giveaway { First Winner Chosen }

While searching eBay I found a photo of this vintage feedsack and thought it looked familiar. Does anyone recognize it?

The first person to correctly comment on the designer and name of the fabric line that was inspired by this feedsack will win a Moda Bella Solids color card and a custom FQ bundle from my stash.

I will also draw a random winner from everyone who comments for a charm and scrap pack from my stash.


Good luck!


Megan of Lucy and Norman correctly guessed Summer in the City Birds from the Urban Chiks line! Congratulations Megan. Please email me your address and I will get your loot ready to go!

Here is a photo showing the Brids print with the vine background that matches the feedsack print exactly! Neat, huh? Another feedsack comparison found and shown right here on I'm Just a Guy Who Quilts!

Everyone who comments from now till Sunday still has a chance to win a charm and scrap pack from my stash!

Thanks for playing!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Quilt Updates aka Airing My Laundry List

Hello everyone! I thought it was time for a little updating around here. I've been away from flickr, twitter and blogland for a week or so, busy with work and family projects. I've started a whole laundry list of things I want to talk with you about. Time to start getting these posts out of the draft queue and share them.

A new tutorial about matching points in blocks with lots of the little buggers will be appearing shortly. I have a few tips to share about accuracy and pinning that really helped me.

Remember that stack of Hushaby Charms and the Kona Pink I showed you a month ago? I finished the quilt and am putting the finishing touches on another tutorial to share. You can finally take that favorite charm pack you've had FOREVER and turn it into a small baby quilt to give as a gift.

I've created a post highlighting bee blocks I've made for my partners in April and May. With June going by so fast I'll likely add those blocks to the post as well.

A few trips to some recent local quilt shops yielded some great fabric finds. I took pictures while there to post here for you. And, yes, they will take phone orders!!

I've had several folks write to me to say they've tried my pillow tutorial since my last round up. I'll share photos of their creations right here.

I'm also gearing up for another giveaway!

Oh, and I've been cooking up some sweet Moda treats to share in the Fall. I'm sew excited!!

Are you ready? Pull up a chair and spend the Summer with me on the I'm Just A Guy Who Quilts blog!

See you around,
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