Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pillow Talk { Swap } 4 | Sent and Received!

Good news! I got word that my PTS4 partner received her pillow! BIG sigh of relief. I had such a hard time choosing a design for this round.

Ready for a pic of the finished pillow?

I knew Karrie loves Turtles, so I was going for a whole beach theme. I thought that the linen and hexagons looked like turtle shells on the beach.

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Pillow Talk {Swap} 4 for Karrie

Pillow Talk {Swap} 4 for Karrie

Thought this photo of the back of the pillow top looked cool after quilting it ...

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And a closeup of the turtle and seahorse applique ...

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I used a charm pack of Neptune by Tula Pink for Moda and some linen for the background.

I also received MY pillow from Kelly! It is so beautiful. She used pieces of Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley. I also see some Momo Wonderland, Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow, Camille Roskelley Bliss, Heather Bailey Nicey Jane.

PTS4 Pillow from Kelly

I love the button closure and French General fabric she used on the back. The quilting is gorgeous too.

PTS4 Pillow from Kelly

The funniest coincidence though is that the pattern (Java Stars) she used for my pillow is from Karrie!!

The person I sent a pillow to designed the quilt my partner based the pillow she sent me off of. IS THAT COOL OR WHAT?!?!?

Thank you so much Kelly! Love, Love, Love it!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quilt Talk | Amanda Jennings (mrsmcporkchopquilts) Talks Star-y Log Cabin { WITH GIVEAWAY }

Hello there! I hope everyone ate their Wheaties today! You'll need it to keep up with our prolific guest quilter ... teacher/designer/quilter/friend, Amanda Jennings (mrsmcporkchopquilts) is visiting RWQ today and we're SUPER JAZZED!!

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She'll talk with us about her quilting interests and share info for her new Star-y Log Cabin e-Course (sign-ups end Feb. 1st and class begins Feb. 3rd). She's also brought some gorgeous pictures of her work to show. YAY!

If you haven't had the opportunity to read about Amanda's adventures in quilting, I urge you to wander over to her blog. You can feel the creative energy bursting forth from each and every one of her posts. She is super honest and definitely keeps it real. I look to her flickr stream often for quilty inspiration.

RWQ: Thanks for being here today Amanda. Please tell us a little bit about what inspires your quilting.


I'm inspired by Japanese craft books & zakka sewing! I love the idea of making everything patchwork; mugrugs, cell phone cases, everything. But I also really love and adore traditional and precision pieced quilts. Seeing stars with all their points makes me smile & feel like my sewing skills are improving!

RWQ: Are there any current quilting trends that peak your interest?

I am super jazzed about hand quilting right now, there is something really relaxing & it helps me "visit" with my favorite fabrics in the quilt longer, because each time I hand stitch, I'm re-looking at them and remembering exactly why I bought them...because I LOVE THEM!






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RWQ: What does being a quilter mean to you?

Being a quilter...that's tricky! To me it means to be creating something one of a kind, to keep me warm! It's a way to play with color and pattern and to have the personal satisfaction of "Hey! I made THAT! MYSELF!!!". I think in an age where it's SO easy to buy ready made quilts at box stores, the urge to take the time, sit, sew and create one, really says a lot about the current DIY quilting movement.

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RWQ: Thanks for letting us get to know you a little better Amanda! Now, can you tell us about your Star-y Log Cabin quilting e-Course?

My e-course will run 8 weeks and will teach you everything, step by step, from start to finish including:

* picking fabrics
* fussy cutting
* finding your machines 1/4 and scant 1/4 inch mark
* how to make PERFECT sawtooth stars...with ALL THEIR POINTS!
* making the blocks & assembling the quilt top
* straight line & hand quilting
* binding
* inspiration & positive thinking!

This class is 100% BEGINNER FRIENDLY. I'm here for YOU! If you can sew, I can teach you this. My goal is for you to create a gorgeous star-y log cabin quilt in colors that make YOU happy. This is going to be chock full of information!

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I completely understand that sometimes a full quilt is daunting at first so I'm breaking this up over 8 weeks. Once a week you'll get a pdf from me with tons of color photos showing you each step. After you purchase the class, you'll get an INTRODUCTION PDF. This is the schedule and the topics I'll be covering.

CLASS WILL OFFICIALLY START THE FIRST WEEK OF FEBRUARY.

I recorded a special video message for everyone interested in the e-course. You can also CLICK HERE for further information and to sign up!

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Amanda is generous enough to donate one space in her e-Course to my readers! To win a FREE pass to her amazing class, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator on Wednesday, February 2, 2011!

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In addition to her blog, you can find Amanda chatting on Twitter (@heyporkchop) and designing and selling adorable embroidery patterns in her Meylah shop, The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Thanks for stopping by,

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

More Pillow Talk { Swap } SNEAK Peeks

How about some more sneak peeks of your PTS4 pillow partner? This time I'm showing you some of the pebble quilting I did in the center of the pillow.

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I've been a big fan of Brioni's pebble (or circle) quilting on several of her projects.

Pillow Talk Swap 4 - Sneak

Here's a tree skirt she made for Fat Quarterly and a pillow from PTS4. Aren't they fantastic?!?!

The next post will be the reveal. Let me know when you get it, OK?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pillow Talk { Swap } | VERY LATE SENDER & A Sneeky Peek

Well it's certainly no surprise that I'm a month late in sending out my pillow for round 4 of Pillow Talk {Swap}. I'm not making any excuses. It took me a long time to get inspired for this round. My partner is super talented and every idea I had didn't feel good enough.

How about a little Tula Pink Neptune and linen? You like partner?

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That's all I want to show. Any more and you will know it's for you.

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I am so SORRY to make you wait! Going in the mail to you 01/25/11.

Hope you enjoy,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunkissed WINNER! Announcements & Upcoming Features { Fat Quarter Shop Sponsored Giveaway }

Hi everyone! This is the post you've all been waiting for. I'm finally going to announce the winner of the Sweetwater Sunkissed FQ bundle, donated by Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop. I chose the winner as promised on Friday evening, but needed to wait till today to post it. I've been making some great headway on my StashPact11 resolutions. Yay me!!

After a very minor setback, er moment of weakness, I managed to accomplish some things on my resolution list. Robert Kaufman released Metro Living this month and I couldn't stand how awesome the Ring Toss print is.

I splurged. Then felt guilty. Aw shoot, what a weakling!

Metro Living by Robert Kaufman

Charlie and Lindsay of Hawthorne Threads has the first three prints. Jennifer and Janet of Lola Pink Fabrics has the last three!

I got an idea last week to help keep my scraps and WIP's organized. Martha Stewart has some wonderful 9 cubby storage shelves available at Home Depot. We have 2 in the boys' room to keep their toy stash under control.

I picked up 2 units on the way home from work Friday and 18 fabric bins in aqua and gray. I am using one unit to store fabrics and patterns for current Patchwork Squared projects. Each project will have its own cubby to keep everything together. As patterns are written and fabrics are gathered, I will set them in the bins and label them.

I was able to get the first storage unit put together Friday night after the kids went to bed. It was a quick project with minimal swearing and no manquilters were injured in the process. Shabang!

Here is a photo of the bins behind the sewing center in the studio. We'll see how long I stick to this plan. Anyone want to make any bets?

New Project Bins in the Studio StashPact11

I spent the better part of Saturday cleaning up all my steaming project piles and sorting them into bins. I want to print out some picture labels to attach to the fronts of each bin, but I didn't want to get too geek sheik right now. I mean, in a perfect world I'd really like to pump those projects out so fast I don't have time to make labels for the bins (smoking sewing machine and all).

I know, "you're dreaming kid!" Too little time and not enough days in a month ... we'll see.

The rest of the fabrics were folded and placed on one of the two wire racks I have. I'll get to organizing by color in Feb. That's an elephant that can wait till another day. Need to get that other unit assembled first.

Getting Organized for StashPact11

In other news, I sent these dishtowels off to a friend and they finally arrived! Now I can show them to you.

These towels are meant to be used, mister! Don't be afraid to get them dirty. They'll wash!!

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I made them using a bundle of flour sack towels from a local shop and some Early Bird by Cosmo Cricket.

You can find this fabric at the following sponsor shops: Hawthorne Threads, Fabric Worm, and Venezie Designs.

OK, OK ... enough of my rantings.

1109 of you probably want to see who won that Sunkissed FQ bundle! Seriously?!?!? 1109 entries!?!? I think we set a new record here at RWQ. Thanks for stopping by everyone.

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The winner is ...

Comment #268, Sandy! Woot woot Sandy!



I'll email you tonight for your contact info Sandy. Block-A-Palooza begins tomorrow, Jan 24th! Are you psyched?!? I am!

Fat Quarter Shop

Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway FQS! Please take the time to visit Fat Quarter Shop today by clicking on the image above.

In the next few days we'll be hearing from a friend about her awesome new online quilting e-class starting February, and I'll be showing you some not yet released fabrics from designers that have contacted me in the last few weeks.

See you then,

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Denyse Schmidt Greenfield Hill WINNER! and Some Updates! | { Wondrous Woven Fabrics Sponsored Giveaway }

Hi everyone! I've been really busy behind the scenes here at RWQ lining up new designer spotlights for the never-ending explosion of awesome fabrics. Those up and coming designers are keeping me hopping, that's for sure. Which brings me to a question for you ... What upcoming fabric lines are you most looking forward to? Is there a particular line you've fallen in love with that you'd like to know more about? Let me know! I'll do my best to get in touch with the designers and pass the information along to you.

A friend of mine is starting an online quilting class spread out over 8 weeks during February and March. Amanda (mrsmcporkchopquilts) has developed a go-at-your-own-pace e-class that is 100% beginner friendly. Create your own Star-y Log Cabin and have fun learning to quilt while you're at it. There'll be giveaways along the way! I'll be following along for sure. CLICK HERE for more information.

We've been experiencing ice and freezing rain in our area over the past few days. The snow is very heavy to shovel and the roads are very sloppy.

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It was very interesting to see the difference in opinion and how much it polarized people during my Greenfield Hill giveaway sponsored by Wondrous Woven Fabrics. I personally commend Denyse for taking it to the next level. I'm really enjoying this line right now. Did everyone take advantage of the coupon code Cathy provided?

The winner of the Denyse Schmidt Greenfield Hill Fat Quarter bundle is comment #252, Anya!



Congratulations Anya! I'll be emailing you for your contact information soon.

Thank you Cathy for sponsoring this giveaway. Everyone please go visit Wondrous Woven Fabrics and see Cathy's great selection of fabrics.

Have a good day,

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sunkissed by Sweetwater | { Fat Quarter Shop Fridays Sponsored Post } WITH GIVEAWAY!!

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Happy Fat Quarter Shop Friday everyone! Welcome to the first 2011 edition of our popular designer spotlight series. Today, Susan of Sweetwater, a family run design company from Colorado is here to talk with us about their new line Sunkissed. Bringing us gorgeous prints in wonderful colors, Sweetwater's previous lines include Authentic, Make Life, and Pure.

Their newest release, Sunkissed is available in stores now. Helping to cheer those Winter blues away it is full of bright picnic plaids, flowing floral designs and neat stripes. I've been personally fascinated with this line and am so pleased with it now that I've seen it in person. The pale grays and butterscotch oranges sing to me!

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As always, I look forward to seeing their signature text prints. Something Sweetwater is famous for. I ask Susan about their popularity later in the interview as I've noticed lately a lot of new fabric lines include this type of print.












RWQ: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your design background?

Sweetwater is a family run design company located in northeastern Colorado. All of the designing, marketing, shipping, and distribution takes place at the corporate office just southwest of the town of Fort Morgan. Sweetwater is actually a spin-off of its parent company Farmyard Creations. Farmyard Creations began as a quilt company in 1985, providing quilt patterns and designing fabrics for quilt stores throughout the Unites States, Canada and even overseas. In 2001, Sweetwater was born by taking the fabric designs of Farmyard Creations and turning them into paper. Coordinating stickers and other accessories were then added to give the Sweetwater line a soft, sophisticated style. Recently, Sweetwater has been focusing their energy on fresh and innovative graphic design, as well as a fun line of fabric and quilt patterns.

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RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

Our inspiration for design comes from shopping! Yes, shopping! Although our husbands don't understand or fully agree we get a lot of ideas from shopping trips. We love to see the current trends, colors, and textures.

RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Sunkissed? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

The colors of summer were our inspiration for Sunkissed. The fun and yummy colors of popsicles and ice cream remind me of the hues that were selected for Sunkissed. My favorite print of this line has to be the gingham design. Who wouldn't like to have a picnic paired with a quilt made out of the gingham print?

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RWQ: They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. One of my favorite aspects of your designs is the word prints you incorporate. The typefaces you use are beautiful. Recently there have been a lot of fabric lines introduced doing the same thing. How did those particular prints come about and what do you think of other fabric company’s noticing the popularity and trying to do the same thing?

We have noticed words popping up on fabric and of course we would have loved to place a patent on it :) But, we knew that wasn't possible and that indeed there would be more and more fabric with this sort of graphic element. This just makes us stretch our creative minds a little further to find other ways to set our fabric apart from others.

RWQ: Blogger’s Block A Palooza, is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 24 and features your new line of fabric! Myself and 16 other quilters have designed blocks that will be showcased twice a week for several weeks. John Adams (aka QuiltDad) has scheduled and coordinated everything. I wasn’t sure if you were aware of the quilt along and wanted to see if you had a message or anything you wanted to pass along to the contributors and participants?

We were not aware! Thanks so much for passing this along to us. We are so very flattered that Sunkissed was the chosen fabric for this project! We can not wait to see the blocks! Thanks to all of the contributors and participants. We will be sure to check in on the project.

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RWQ: How can my readers find more information about your company?

The best place to find out what is happening at sweetwater is our blog -
http://www.sweetwater.typepad.com/

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Thanks for being with us today Susan and sharing your wonderful new fabric! Sweetwater's complete line of offerings include scrapbook supplies, quilting patterns, stationery, hand made gifts available in their etsy shop, and custom graphic design.

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As a special treat to my readers, Fat Quarter Shop is donating a fat quarter bundle of Sunkissed for you to win! This will certainly get you started if you're participating in the Blogger's Block-A-Palooza!

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Leave a comment on this post to enter for a chance to win. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted.

I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator on Friday, January 21, 2011!

Fat Quarter Shop

Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway FQS! Please take the time to visit Fat Quarter Shop today by clicking on the image above.

CLICK HERE for more information on Bloggers Block-A-Palooza.

Thanks for joining us,

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