Wednesday, October 9, 2013

EPISODE #8 Giveaway, SSD Interview with girls, and Updates

Heeeyyyy Guuuuyyyyyssss!!!

I am back!!!  This episode covers a little bit of everything, just as the title says.

  • Birthday Giveaway
  • Health Update
  • Job Update
  • Carl
  • Family Update
  • My Favorite Thread
  • What I've Been Working On
  • What I Will Be Working On
  • Pattern Review
Music In beginning:  From the QuiltMaker Shuffle video - Permission was granted

After going back and listening to my podcast, I first want to warn you that around the 27th or 28th minute there is a pause, but it comes back.  I am not sure as to what happened, but I wanted to let you know that I did notice that problem.

Secondly, I made a statement in this episode that I would like to clear up:  The statement I made of how I wanted my son to join the service so that he could be as proud of his country as I am.  Let me first state that you do not have to join any branch of the armed services to be proud of your country.  Honestly, growing up, all I knew was that I was born in the USA.  There was no since of being proud of my country until I  joined the service.  So  if I offended you in anyway I do apologize, because again being a servicewoman/man makes you no more proud than anyone else.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Yippee,  I can finally open up my first giveaway!

I am so way excited...I am giving one lucky winner a gift on MY BIRTHDAY, my 43rd birthday to be exact!  God has truly been a blessing to me, so I would like to be a blessing to someone.  The grand prize is the:


21" - 35"




Hang it, Dang it!  All you have to do is to answer a question and tweet about the giveaway.  This giveaway is open to EVERYONE!!!  

Good Luck!!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Making of My Inspirational T-Shirt Quilt and a GIVEAWAY Announcement

If you are following me on INSTAGRAM and TWITTER or maybe you've listened to my PODCAST you would know that I had been working on a T-Shirt quilt.  (Shameful plugs - just wanting to let you know where I hangout! :o))

I've decided that I want my first T-Shirt quilt to be made with all Christian sayings, scriptures or things God commands of us.  I selected a pattern from the book,  "T-Shirts Quilts Made Easy," by Martha Deleonardis called, "Twisted fun."

                                                                    


I read the instructions several times prior to starting, as it is normal for me to do so.  Before I began, I made sure that I started with clean T's.  Because I did not own all of the T's, I washed and dried all of them with a gentle detergent and NO fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

Once dried, I turned the T's inside out and lightly pressed the back side of the design so it wouldn't be so wrinkled and would make it easier cut.  At this time I also pressed the coordinating fabrics.  Whenever you press on the front side of any T's shirt, please, please, please use a pressing sheet.  This will prevent the design from rubbing off onto your iron and making a big nasty mess!!!

Then it was time to cut the T's.  This part can be quite tricky.  Because designs are not placed in the center of every T, you have to do some thinking prior to cutting.  I found this out after I got cut happy on my beige T, that had designs on both the back and the front.  Thank goodness, It was the outer edge of the design that was cutoff and not any of the wording!  So, the best way to cut out T is to:
  • Cut off the sleeves
  • Cut through the shoulder seams
  • Cut down the sides of the shirt
  • lastly remove the neck of the shirt.  Now if your design goes higher up, leave the neck on until you got ready to cut out the design. This is done just incase you need that couple of inches extra when cutting out the design.
                                                          
    
Next it was time to iron the interfacing to the back of the T's. I used :


I give it TWO THUMBS UP!!!  It was very easy to use, I was tempted to get the sheerweight due, but I resisted and followed the recommendation of Martha Deleonardis.

Then I used my 12.5 square ruler to cut out the designs on each T-Shirt.

                                                                    

From my printed coordinating fabrics, I cut (2) 4.5 x WOF strips, then subcut them into (2) 4.5 x 12.5 rectangles and (2) 4.5 X 20.5 rectangles.  

                                                                   

Pick a side, any side to start working, either right/left or top/bottom.  I chose for the short strips to be on the right and left sides of the T-Shirt design blocks.  I chained pieced all of them accordingly.  Then I pressed the seams to the side.

                                            

Then I chained pieced the longer strips to the top and bottom of the T-shirt design blocks. Again, I pressed the seams to the side.

                                                                  
    
I then arranged the blocks that were pleasing to my eye...actually I received help from the GnomeAngel and Beth Shamblin.  Many others chimed in, via social media, saying that it good - so, I stopped making changes once I found a pattern that made we smile. 
                
                                               

Now for the twist!  I took every other block and placed them into two separate piles.  The first pile I took and twisted all blocks to the right.  Then the second pile, I took and twisted all blocks to the left.  For twisting I used my new Creative Grid 16.5" Sq ruler, I - so - love - this - ruler!!!

                                                            
        
Now that all of the cutting is done, it is time to piece the blocks together.  I stitched all 4 rows together and then I connected the rows to one another as you would any other quilt top.

                                                                    
   
Lastly, I added the inner and outer borders.  Viola T-Shirt Quilt top is now complete! 
                                                
                                                                    
       
I am currently waiting on the backing fabric to come.  I have yet to pick out a panto or a free motion design for this quilt.  So wish me luck!

Now for my exciting news... I am doing my first giveaway, yep you read that correctly, my first giveaway!!!  It took me awhile before I could find my first prize.  Of course, you will always want to give something you wouldn't mind receiving.  SOOOO, with that being said my first prize will be from one of my favorite quilt shops, MSQC, and it's the:

Hang It Dang It, 21" to 35"


The give away will open sometime on September 20th-23rd and the drawing will be on September 27th, my birthday!  Yes, I'm giving someone a gift on my birthday...a blessing I am, so a blessing I will be!!!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #7



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Hey Guys...

In this episode I give updates on:

  • My Health
  • Family
  • Boss/work
  • what I am listening to
I finished the Valentine's Day quilt

Working on Ava and my learning to be content in my sewing room

Next quilty project


Social Media

and a GIVE -A- WAY!!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

SHORT VIDEO: VALENTINE'S DAY QUILT

This is just a short video of me panto-ing the Valentine's Day Quilt with Bluster by Lorien Quilting.


Recovered



I have stayed away far, far too long...

I have been busy, but most of the reason is life and recovery.  So, I will just jump right on in...


First, I want to thank everyone that took the time to pray for me before, during and after my surgery!!!  It was a slow go at first but now I am mending quite well.  Actually, well enough for me to start back exercising slowly.  If my heart tolerates it, I will be able to resume my regular work outs.   Back in November I was having shortness of breathe, extreme dizziness and fatigue.  They found a small mass in my heart, non-life threatening. Shortly after they found the mass, I started hemorrhaging (not related to heart problem.)    I'm hoping all of these symptoms have gone away now for good!  Sooo, operation 8/10 here I come!!!


My family - they are all doing well.  Kiddies are enjoying the last couple of weeks of summer break.  Aug 26 is the first day of school and I am waiting at the front door!!!  All bills will start to decline:  Food, water, and electric!!!  Hallelujah!!!  My hubby is working hard as usual.

My boss is going through another round of chemo.  He is still very weak and tired most of the time.  He is still working with a lot of assistance.  Hopefully there will be some changes after this round is over.

Now unto my favorite part, QUILTING:

I've worked on Twisted Wreath by Rose Pohlar.  How cute is this?  It went from this:











To this:












And finally this:




I've shared a review of this pattern during my last podcast episode.  A picture was not posted at that time.  I call her, "Twisted Glory".

I am also working on my second pantograph, called Bluster by Lorien Quilting.




It's more swirly than the last panto I did called, Celtic Braid.    Bluster will be pantographed onto this Valentine's Day quilt:













I am still loving the process of panto-ing.  I can tell that I am getting more confident as time go by even when I don't follow the lines exactly!  My biggest problem right now is probably my floor.  I have a hardwood floor and my table vibrates so badly!  When we move, I'm hoping the new floor is a least carpeted.   well, I am almost done with this quilt, once done and photographed,  I get to bind her - machine bind that is!!!


My next quilt will be a T-shirt quilt. I have 16 Christian T's right now.  I want to get 4 more, so that it would be a nice size throw quilt.  I look forward to talking with you guys about the process of this quilt and especially the quilting of it!

Well, this is it for now.  I hope to resume my blogging schedule next week.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

PODCAST: Episode #6

Hi Guys!!!  Get your dancing shoes on...I am working on intro music...Thanks to Quiltmaker, I was given permission to use the music/video to QuiltMaker Shuffle.

You get to hear my girls, they wanted to so badly help...so you get to hear their voices.

Reviews, Stores, Items I like, What I have on Order and What I Am Looking For and of course Shoutouts!!!

Ladies...I just found out how to review messages/comments here on Blogger.  So if I left you out during the shout outs, guess what, you won't be in the next podcast!!! ;o)


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #5

Hi Guys!!!

This episode is about an update and quilting ;o)

Thank you for taking the time to listen and I hope you enjoy!!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Working On A Pantograph

Hello, hello, hello!!!
I am finally finished quilting (did not bind yet) the quilt from the last post.  That was a nightmare trying to reload that quilt after removing it from the frame.  I think it was difficult because of how it was already quilted.  Think of a square cut in 4 equal pieces.  Now, think of the top two pieces as well as the bottom right piece all shaded-in (quilted.)  The piece remaining (the bottom left piece) was the part I had to un-stitch and restitch.  NOOOW, do you see my dilemma? Now, I just have to make a label for it and bind it, woohoo!

Up next on Ava, is this cutie!
Quilt top to the left, quilt back to the right
 I want to do a nice and easy edge-to-edge pantograph on it.  I chose a freebie by Urban Elementz called, Celtic Braid.


The above is 3.5", but I had it enlarged to 5.5".

So I have watched this DVD approximately 35+ times. Sorry, but for some reason I could not get this pic to rotate.

Loaded up some practice fabric and turned on some soft gospel music for my first pass:

I am so proud, I did it!  I was listening to some good worship music and just allowed myself to be calm and I felt great.  Once I finished the pass, I was so happy that I danced myself to the point of being to sleepy to do the next pass.  I think maybe it had something to do that it was waaaay past my bedtime!!!  So instead of, "Sleep quilting," I decided to wait to do the next pass.
My second pass didn't come until 2 days later:

Not as good as the first, but I am still very proud.  I realized midway through pass that my music was way too fast which caused me to speed up my movements.  I was jamming to Beyonce's, "Run the World."  I found myself jerking trying to keep myself from busting a move!  So now unto finding some slow jazz and slow gospel to mellow me out to slow groove while I panto!





Thursday, June 6, 2013

I Finally Did It!

Heeeey-Uuuuu-Guuuuuys!

This past weekend was the best weekend I had in a very longtime!


First, I want to thank God from whom all blessings flow!!!  He has kept my family and me safe as we all traveled separately this past weekend.

On Friday, I went to Jo-Ann's in hopes of finding quilt backs for 3 quilts, but no such luck.  However, I did buy a book, T-Shirt Quilts Made Easy Martha Deleonardis.  I really like this book and think it would make a great addition to my quilting library.

On Saturday, the girls and I went to Quilt Lizzy in Warrenton, NC.  It's located about a hour and 45 minutes away from our home.  I had the girls bring along toys to keep them occupied as I shopped. I was kind of shocked that it took me less than 30 minutes to get everything I needed.  After all of that driving, I had to come up with some questions and Susan came up with a great idea of letting me listen to her HQ Avante.  I was still worried that my Avante was still loud and clunky .  After listening to hers I was convinced that mine was just fine!  I had a ball!!!  Of course, I had to stay and chat some because that was too long of a drive (for me ;o) ) for such a quick shopping trip!  When we finally got home I was too pooped to quilt.  I just sat and thought of different quilt designs for each quilt.

On Sunday, we went to church.  Afterwards, we did some shopping and finally we went home.  I nervously loaded this quilt on Ava.  




I prayed and I went for it! 














I went through my last full pass and was about to quilt the last 2 inches at the bottom of the quilt and looked up and then I noticed it!  About 6 - 8 inches from the left side and the full length of the last full pass.  I could have cried, but held on and called everyone I could to figure how to take care of this problem.



What in the world!!! How did this happen?  I re-traced my steps and remembered that I placed my right bungee stabilizers and then I was distracted by the girls starting a World War among one another.   I had to go and make peace in the land, and when I returned I had forgotten to place the left bungee stabilizers on the quilt!!!  was devastated!  After much reassurance, I celebrated anyhow!  I did good and I am so happy!  So, for the next several days I will be getting better acquainted with my seam ripper!

So, this is what I will be working on for the next week, what are you working on?


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Crawling Back!

HEY-UUU-GUUUUYS!

That might be my intro for the next couple of post.  It reminds me of a time when life was not so complicated!

I am slowly on the upward slope to improved health. This has been a long ordeal and I can't wait until the day when this is all behind me.

I have yet to sit down and do some piecing.  I actually plan on doing some of that this week, but for now I want to share with you my HQ haul for my Ava girl!

I recently purchased these 5 rulers:
HQ Half Circles

HQ Mini Ruler

HQ Right Angle

HQ Straight Edge Ruler

VersaTool

































I have yet to do any ruler work with Ava, in fact I have yet to do any real work with her!  I have been told several times just to get a quilt and quilt it.  I am still a little gun shy about that.  I have a couple of quilts that I made in the very beginning of my quilting journey that I can work on, but even on those quilts, I am terrified! Trust me I an not worried about damaging the quilts at all, I am more concerned about wasting thread!  

I'm still working on the crossword puzzle quilt.  I have decided to work on another project until I can make more progress with the taking and printing of pictures.

I found a pattern on Moda Bake Shop that I have been wanting to make for sometime now. I will get busy shopping for fabric, so I can start the creating process!

SO, 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

SICK,SICK, SICK

Hey- you - guuuys! Yep, I went old school on ya!!!   Do you remember that from the opening credits of the Electric Company?  That show along with Sesame Street, I could have watched all day long without going outside!!!

I didn't mean to be gone so long.  Just as soon as my hubby and daughter health improved, my health took a downward spiral.  For the last past several of weeks I have been on and off of bedrest.  I have been slowly recovering and for the first time in my quilting life - I did NOT think of quilting, I had NO desire to look at anything quilting related except occassionally looking on Instagram when I was not so medicated.  I  am slowly coming back around and will hope to be able to share some goodies that I had purchased right before I became ill.  So I hope in the next couple of days, I will have quilty stuff to share!!!

Please keep me and my family in your prayers while we are trying to recovery from this.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #4

Hi guys!  Here is a quick review and some shout outs!

Thank you for taking the time to listen and I hope you enjoy!


Friday, April 19, 2013

My First Video!

Well, here it is -My First Video!!!




  I can't wait to do another one! ;o)



True Craziness!

WOW, if feels like I haven't posted in forever!!! 

PERSONAL UPDATE:

I really haven't done much quilting in the past couple of weeks.  These past couple of weeks have been a nightmare from torment!  If it wasn't a sick child, it was a sick husband and then my sick boss.  I mean, if I didn't believe in God, I R E A L L Y don't know where I would be today!

Both of my daughters have chronic blood diseases and it is a rough rode especially for the youngest one.  She was in back to back crises, which kept her from school for a couple of days and enjoying her spring break.  She is out of that long crisis and is doing quite well.

My husband had surgery and had a reaction to the medication and his heart rate plummeted and we almost lost him.  I've seen much death due to sickness - we knew ahead of time that they would be passing.  No one, expected this type of drug reaction from this medicine with my husband.  I was terrified!!!  He is sooo much better, but we are struggling to get his surgery site to heal.  Please continue to pray for him!

My boss, was diagnosed with lung cancer.  It hurt my heart and I have been struggling to get a grip on this.  I really haven't slept in a couple of weeks and I am worried.  I am worried not for me which is odd, I am worried for my co-workers and mostly because I am worried if my boss knows Christ.  I do know God has not giving us the spirit of fear and I should not worry, so I will keep working and praying that he does or will and leave the rest in His hands.

QUILTING:

I said that I haven't quilted much these last couple of weeks and I really haven't.  I did however - MAKE ABOUT A 5 MINUTE VIDEO, YEEAAAH, WOOT WHOOT!!!  I was so nervous and you will hear it.  I was concerned about the sound of my machine, but I have since  found that it was fine.  So my next post will be my video and then a podcast soon to follow.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It Ain't Easy Folks!!!

Yep, I said the word "Ain't!"Does it make me sound uneducated - good, because when it comes to long arm quilting and me - I'M IS!!! (jk, I AM!!!)

Before, "Ava," I was fighting, pushing and smushing a big quilt under my Janome 1600 (even tho pain meds were required afterwards) with my stitches looking decent!  Now, my quilting is purtee ugly!! My mind is racing in so many directions its not even funny.  Where do I begin?  How do I pick a design for the quilt?  All I hear in my head is practice, practice, practice, but practice what?  Stippling/meandoring, I can do, but that's it!  I tried a pantograph and it honestly looked as if I was blindfolded AND driving under the influence.  I was told that it was an easy pattern. I beg to differ!  I know your thinking..."What happened to you grabbing the handlebars and taking control, or what about you being born to long arm, huh?"  I seriously don't know!!!

*Excuse me while I fuss at myself*

CALM DOWN STEPHANIE!!!  YOU HAVEN'T EVEN CLOCK A SOLID 35 MINUTES ON THE DANG ON MACHINE AND YOU EXPECTED WHAT!  REALLY!?! REALLY!?!

*(Whimpering) ok, I'm back!*

I am here to tell ya - If it wasn't for me trying to work on self improving, I declare that, Ava, would be sitting in a dark room collecting dust from this day to the rest of mine!  I refuse to be defeated by her!!!  I have brainstormed and figured out a way to improve on using my her.  As I stated in Episode 3 of my podcast I want to start making videos of me quilting.  The videos will be about 5-10 minutes in length and will be published on the 3rd weekend of each month.  I want to share with you the designs that I am working on and especially the ones I need practice on.  In doing so, I hope to inspire others who are new to long arm quilting to not give up and maybe, just maybe an experienced long armer will see the videos and make suggestions that would assist us in making our long arming experience less challenging.

But in the meantime, isn't darling?


My very first Pin Cushion Thread Catcher.  I don't think I will be making another one anytime soon!  Also, I'm still taking pics for the crossword puzzle quilt.  Hopefully, in a month or so the top will be complete.

So, what are you working on today?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #3

In today's podcast I am talking about 3 different makeovers, a truck sale and a book.  You will also notice that I have a city girl/country girl accent.  Please be forewarned when I get excited (and you can tell), sometimes my words don't all come out right or clear, or I might speak to fast, and you will get A LOT of slang.  I will work better in that area, but for now it is the raw, uncut me! ;0)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

I'm Bloglovin'!!!

Hi Guys!!!

Sometimes it's hard being the newest kid on the block.  I am joining in on some Bloglovin' to give some blog love and hopefully meet new friends along the way!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

She Has Arrived!!!

Hi guys!

I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of our home, "Ava!"



It took us two evenings to put her together (B'cuz DH had to work).  My, she is a big girl and she is fitting cozily into her new space. Because of her size I had to let go of somethings, one thing being my cutting table. Until I can get the one that folds from Joann's I will have to use our kitchen table for cutting and small projects.  I do know this for certain, I am getting an abdominal workout!  I have to squeeze and step, squeeze and step in order to get to the back side of the frame!

I had a chance to briefly play with her this evening, she was running rough at first, put now is making a clanking sound.  I think it is a tension or bobbin issue, that I hope to fix tomorrow.  

I will post pics of my room/studio once the transformation is complete.  I should have everything by the end of May. 

I am currently working on a crossword puzzle quilt and on a pin cushion thread catcher.  Pattern here for the pin cushion thread catcher.   I think this will be my next pattern review.

Please watch for my next podcast, coming soon!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blog Makeover and Handi Quilter Truck Sale

  


I got a new look, like it?
 I -LOVE- IT!!!
Thanks to Lindsay Gilbert of happypotamusdesigns!
 Lindsay is very friendly, easy and a joy to work with. Her prices are so reasonable and really affordable.  EVERYTHING I asked for in the design - she delivered! I especially love my character, isn't she a cutie!!! ;o)  You will soon see her anywhere and everywhere I can put her on my social networks.  Lindsay has great listening and customer service skills, it was evident when she responded to everyone of my questions and concerns - immediately. If you need references prior to making a decision, look at her portfolio and then click on any blog design and ALL of the owners will tell you how much they love their new look!!!  So, if you are in the market for a new blog design, please check out Lindsay at happypotamusdesigns.

In my new blog design you will notice there is a long arm quilting machine.  If you were to step in my home at this moment, you will not see one here.  But if you come on March 18th, one will be delivered to me via UPS!!!  On this past Saturday, the family and I went to see Susan Harris of Quilt Lizzy in Warrenton, NC because she was having a Handi Quilter Truck Sale.


This is my new favorite NC quilt shop!!!  Even my husband was impressed with her shop and he is not a quilter! He knew I was longing to find a quilt shop like the ones back home (Milwaukee, WI) and I finally found it. Susan and I spoke several times on the phone and let me tell you, it was like when I first met Dawn...an instant friendship formed!  We were welcomed with a warm and sincere hello and everyone one of her staff members spoke to us in the shop.  I was on cloud nine from the moment I entered and was made to feel that our presence was something special.  She knew we drove 2 hours to see her, her shop, and the Avante. Susan made it a point to get me started working with the Avante immediately.  I'm not sure if the beeline I made over to it had anything to do with it!  :o)   She had a checklist and she was in no hurry going down through each and everyone of the points.  I mean we went through everything!!!   My family don't share the same passion for quilting as I do, so 5 minutes into walking in the shop, my hubby whispered in my ear saying, "The girls are bored and we are going back to the van to watch movies."  I had the best time! After 2 1/2 hours of playing, shopping and ordering my Avante, my friend Dawn arrived and ordered her a table for HQ16.  We are floating above the ground, I tell you!!!  I will tell you more when she arrives. :o)

Life as I know it is about to change, I can only pray it will be for the better!!!


Monday, March 11, 2013

PODCAST: EPISODE #2

In today's podcast I will share with you a review and tell you about a beginner's long arm quilting class I took and my thoughts about owning a long arm system one day! ;o)



Sunday, March 3, 2013

Long Arm Quilting Class

Yesterday was such a busy day and it is still leaving me dazed.  I have been stressing to my hubby how much I would like to be the owner of the Handi Quilter Avante.  It all started when I went to quilt the Breast Cancer Quilt with Dawn on her Handi Quilter Sixteen.  I was hooked and haven't stop talking about it since.



(PIC FROM THE HANDI QUILTER WEBSITE)

I wanted to rent time on the Avante, prior to purchasing it.  Therefore, I had to take a beginner's long arm class.  I was glad that I could get the class when it was more convenient for me.  I found out later that Saturday's are not good rental days due to her not always being available.  I was not happy because this is the only day I am available and I live 1 1/2 hrs away.

Anyway, first we watched an hour long video on thread.  It was very informative, but I had already watched it on YouTube several times.  This time, I took notes and enjoyed watching it again.  Then we  loaded a quilt on the frame in between customers walking in and needing to be served.   I still don't know how to load the quilt on the frame.  ;o(  I was told, that when I come to rent, that she would be there to assist me, foo-we!

The rest of our time was spent doing some FMQ'ing, quilting with pantographs paper using the laser light, and talking about most of the accessories.

I knew I would not walk away from the class quilting like a pro or even half way decently.  To be honest, all of our samples were pretty horrible.  I feel once you are home or in a comfortable environment, the outcome is much different because you are relaxed.  I did expect to leave knowing the parts of the machine and how each part worked or at least how to thread the machine.  I know these machines don't differ much from sewing machines, but still it should have been addressed.  If I would have walked away learning the features on each machine...I would have been more happy.  I had to revert back to Internet/Youtube to learn about the features of the Avante.

So, I can't wait to get my machine and then I will be able to sit and play with it as much as I want.  I was glad I took the class, but it was a waste of money and not worth the $150.00 it cost.

Have anyone else taking a class prior to renting a LAQM?  Please share your experience.

Until next time, I hope you'll be Blessed 2 Quilt today!

Stephanie

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review: Sophie Car Seat Quilt

I found this pattern on Moda Bake Shop website.  Again, this is the pattern that made me realize that if I'd snooze I'll lose!  I had the *Picture this - lights from the heavens and angels singing, "Hallelujah!"* moment!  This pattern made me realize that I had lost out on an opportunity to design such a beautiful quilt, but now at least I can be a Pattern Reviewer of it.

WHAT AND WHO GAVE ME THE RIGHT:
I am a self appointed Pattern Reviewer.  I believe I have this right, because I have purchased either the pattern, kit or magazine.  I am not here to degrade or discredit anyone, but I will be honest about my opinions and reviews.  I just want to give other quilters more of an insight on some of the patterns that are available to us.

GRADING SYSTEM:
I will use 1 - 5 STARS system.

With all that being said, I am ready to review Jenny of Clover and Violet.

Link:  Sophie Car Seat Quilt  

I found this pattern to be quick and easy.  I made two of these quilts.  The first one I made according to the pattern and the other one I did the same pattern, but tweaked it just a bit.  Both quilts took about the same time to make.  The hardest part to this pattern was aligning the sashing strips.  This was the most confusing part of the pattern.  Because I had not worked with many quilts that had sashings that needed to be aligned,  the provided pics were such a great help!  I think Jenny knew that this part could be a little tricky for beginners, because she offered to those that might run into a problem a way of contacting her.  Which I thought was very kind of her!

I'm glad I found this pattern and I would recommend it to anyone at any quilting level.

If you had not been to her blog, you are truly missing out!  I have been inspired to make more of these quilts and more of the projects on their site.

Jenny, thank you for making and sharing such a wonderful quilt!

Rating:  I give the pattern Sophie Car Seat Quilt a 4.5 out 5.

In the upcoming podcast I go more in depth in the process of making this quilt.



(I know I have to get better photo equipment, it's on the list after my longarm!!!)

Until the next time, I pray that you"ll be Blessed 2 Quilt today!

Stephanie

Friday, March 1, 2013

I STARTED A PODCAST!

Well, I know I'm new to the scene and all, but I wanted to hit the ground running as fast I possible could.  I wanted a way to meet, virtually meet and have fun quilting and at the same time sharing bits and pieces of my life.  So what better platform could I use, non other than a PODCAST!!!

I have yet to find some cool music and work on my exit segment, so until I can figure out how to do this, it just me you'll here!




I hope you all enjoy it and that you'll be Blessed 2 Quilt today!


Stephanie

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Blog Calling

Have you ever had a thought or an idea about something and decided NOT to put it into existence?  Huh uh, me too!  I can just kick myself in the butt sometimes.  Well about 16 years ago, after the birth of my second son, I thought of a way to keep from always picking up his blanket off of the floor.  I simply added ties to his receiving blankets.  I was new to quilting and thought of how wonderful it would be to make a quilt with ties to go on the car seat.  I did not put pen to paper and NEVER DID IT!  

My jaw dropped wide open one day when I was over on Moda Bake Shop blog and to what does mine eyes see...a recipe for a car seat quilt!!!  I was sick and felt almost betrayed by God.  Then the realization hit me...it was mine for the taking and I didn't take it!  Another missed blessing.  The nausea went away, but as I was reading through the recipe, I found myself with a strange excitement and before I knew it I had made 2 of them!!!  Thanks to Jenny over at Clover and Violet, I found out where I want to take this blog.  I am by nature not a designer (I don't think?!?).    When I see a pattern I like, I want to make them, tweak to my liking it necessary, and share my thoughts along the way - almost like giving the pattern a review.  I learned this from watching YouTube videos from MUA (Make Up Artist).  They give reviews of products out on the market.  So I want to bring it to quilting.  


So with that being said...Next week, Jenny, you will be up first!!! 


Until then, I pray that you all will be Blessed 2 Quilt today!

Stephanie

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Quilts and Friends


 This past Saturday and Sunday I worked on 5 self-binding receiving blankets.  I followed the instructions of Jenny Doan from the Missouri Star Quilt Company YouTube Tutorial.  I have spoken to Jenny, Jackie and Natalie several times over at MSQC and they all have been extremely pleasant and fun to speak with.  I have called several times with questions regarding their tutorials, if they didn't know the answer right then, before we hung up I was on the phone with a person who did!  Folks, this what I call customer service!!!;o)







I would also like to boast about 2 quilters here in NC that are not only my friends but great resources for EVERY quilter.  First up is Lori R who blogs at Talk is Cheap Quilts.  After I moved here to NC, Lori was the first quilter that I met.  She is the owner of Cotton Fields Quilt Shop in Washington, NC.  She truly is a wealth of knowledge, a GREAT quilter and a SUPER teacher!!!  Lori has showed me nothing but love and support ever since I have know her.  I have taken several classes in Lori's shop...what a great time we all had!  Here is a pic from her one of her Beginner's Quilt Class.



Please go and show her some love over at her shop and blog!!!  

I was in Cotton Fields Quilt Shop explaining my dilemma (With the breast cancer quilt from my last post) to Lori.  I shared with her how I under priced the quilt and how I wanted to start quilting for others. I wanted to initially send the quilt to a long arm quilter just to get it done, but after doing some price shopping, it was clear that I had to quilt it myself!  

After I finished shopping and talking, Lori happened to think of someone who could teach me the ropes of quilting for others per se.  That someone was Dawn Hendrix.  I was kind of hesitant SCARED to call her, but I snapped out of that being "Shy roll," real quick!   I have "Shied" my way out of too many blessings I thought to myself and this would not be another one!!!  I called her and we clicked like PB&J :o).  

Dawn just so happens to be a Long Arm Quilter.  About a year ago I SO BADILY wanted the HQ Sweet Sixteen Sit-Down, but that quickly changed after spending the day with Dawn.  Before I knew it I was meandering the breast cancer quilt on her long arm.  I truly can't express how I felt, but I can say this, it was one of the best feelings I have ever experienced.  I felt that it was my calling or that I was born to long arm.  Now, I am not saying that I am in a league with Dawn, Lori or any of my other quilting idols (Melissa, Natalia, NicoleJudi, Leah and Amanda Jean), I am just saying ONE DAY I WILL BE!  So with that said, HQ Avante here I come!

Well this is enough for today,  I pray that you all will be Blessed 2 Quilt today!

Stephanie