501st Post Giveaway and Some Catching Up

So, when I wake up with cold symptoms, apparently the rest of my brain shuts down.  That’s how I came  to hit “Post” on a book review without remembering to save my 500th post for a giveaway.  I’m a quilter, though, and we’re all about flexibility and creativity, right?  (Ok, and I admit, I couldn’t fix this with a seam ripper so I had to adjust.)  I’ve hit my “busy season” at work with kids all day every day except weekends when I try to catch up everything else.  I’ve been having a bit of fabric fun, though, to keep me sane. We had our quilters’ tea with a floral theme and I got these fun fat quarters

DSCN3036 We choose extras to round out our twelve but I just showed eight of the nine traded…aren’t they fun?  I had an extra gift from Donna…she brought me this great scrap bag!  Fun, fun, fun!

wpid-ncm_0098.jpg  I do, occasionally, make things with fabric that aren’t quilts and I made this for my husband.

wpid-ncm_0107.jpgThe fabric is Michael Miller’s Waterfront Park and features the bridges of Portland.  Since my husband works for an architect in Portland it was a perfect fit.  The fabric, that is…the shirt is oversized and I need to take it in at the shoulders.  At least I didn’t layer up all three fabrics and cut them at once!

I did fly through this little baby quilt last weekend for a shower on Sunday.  It’s made completely from what I already had and the pattern is from “Quilts for Baby, Easy as A, B, C” which has been in my library forever (or so it seems.)  I think I’ve made at least twelve of these little quilts and I love seeing how the fabric choice makes each one come alive!


I also used up (oh how virtuous that word sounds!) all the strings left from the big scrap cutting and made these blocks for my “Love Shack” project from Bonnie Hunter’s class here in Portland.  Strings are addictive…very, very addictive!

wpid-ncm_0115.jpgNow, on to the giveaway.  To celebrate my 501st Post, I’m giving away a quartet of 1/3-yard cuts of the new American Made Cotton Solids.  I looked all over a nearby mega-shop trying to find something special but settled on these solids because the colors were yummy and, well, we all need a good solid now and again, right?

wpid-ncm_0099.jpgWhy 1/3-yard cuts, you ask?  Well, they are about the same price as a fat quarter but you get more square inches of fabric.  (A tidbit learned from my accounting friend years ago.) How do you attempt to win these lovelies?  Just leave a comment.  If you’re a follower, leave a second one and tell me you’re a follower but please don’t feel pressured to follow (although I really love, love, love my followers!)  I do understand, however, that each of us has only limited hours in our day and can’t possibly read every quilting blog out there!  So, I’ll leave this giveaway open until I get back from the Sisters Quilt Show and draw a winner on July 15th.  Who knows, I might find a little something in Sisters to add to the mix!  And, yes, I’ll ship internationally.  Also, I expect to have a ton of book reviews up in the next few days so I’ll post a link to this post somewhere you can see it.

In the meantime, bedtime approaches as I have a 5 am wakeup call for tomorrow but I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of Gizmo.  Doesn’t he look like he’s laughing?  I imagine him saying to Jack, “And you should have seen her face when she looked in here to see the baby!”  Ah, cats are really the original evil geniuses, aren’t they?


Happy quilting,




89 responses to “501st Post Giveaway and Some Catching Up

  1. Busy lady!!! Great baby quilt AND you made your hubby a shirt – amazing!! Thank you for the fabulous giveaway – love solids!!!

  2. I am a seasoned follower of your blog 🙂 Have a blast at Sisters!!!

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  4. Love the baby quilt…So glad I got to see it even if it wasn’t before the shower

  5. Congratulations! That’s a lot of posts. 501 of anything is a bunch. I love the baby quilt. I need to start watching for American made. The colors are wonderful.

  6. Beautiful colors, and I love the shirt you made for your husband!

  7. I signed up to follow you via bloglovin, and I am happy to do so; you have a great blog. Congratulations on your 501 post! 🙂

  8. Congrats on over 500 posts! I love the shirt you made also! thank you!

  9. I follow with bloglovn!

  10. Joyce Mitchell

    Happy 501st post. Thanks for sharing that tidbit about 1/3 yard cuts – good to know. And thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Congratulations on 501! Your baby quilt is perfect! Thanks!

  12. I follow by email.

  13. Michele Timms

    Love how your baby quilt turned out, it is so sweet!! Congrats on reaching a milestone – amazing!!!

  14. Michele Timms

    I am following you for quite some time now via Bloglovin’!!! Thanks for the chance!

  15. I love your husbands shirt. Sounds like the fabric is very appropriate for him as well as totally cool sewn up into a shirt. Congratulations on 501 posts too!

  16. So can’t wait to see the new AMB solids! Congrats on 501 posts!

  17. Quilting Tangent

    Feel better! Congratulations on your 500th + post. Nice shirt.
    Enjoy Sisters – put up some pictures if you can.

  18. Quilting Tangent

    Following on bloglovin’.

  19. Yeh, my brain thinks colds are a great time to go on vacation too. Everything in your head moves in slow motion.
    I love the shirt, the bridges are a very nice touch.

  20. I never thought of a 1/3 yard! Very interesting, thanks for the tip!

  21. I have been searching for “just the right” solid fabric. Those look perfect for my paper piecing.

  22. PS. I am a follower! Is that like being a stalker? I love reading your reviews and keeping up with your exploits.

  23. Ruth Griffeth

    I have to admit I also do more then quilting too. Making a dress for myself and working on designing a cute quilt for my soon to be born Grandson. (It is my first Grandbaby!!!)

  24. Ruth Griffeth

    Also I follow you through Bloglovin!

  25. Thanks for the chance at some great fabric:)

  26. I didn’t know that about fat quarter v. 1/3 yard – good to know! 🙂

  27. You have been one busy girl! Have fun at Sister’s. Haven’t decided if I am going this year. I always wait to see how hot the weather is.

  28. I love the quilt. And I didn’t know about the fat quarter v. 1/3. I like to buy fat quarter bundles…

  29. Great quilt, great shirt. I sewed clothes for many years and think now I should take it up again, in a limited mode.
    I like third cuts of fabric.

  30. That’s what I like about blogs. information casually dispensed, a by the way here a by the way there and I learn so much, generally about things I thought I knew. Cute quilt. Happy 501st. Thanks.

  31. So happy I found you blog– looks like you have a lot of fun things going on! Thanks for sharing- I always need solids (I am too easily enticed by pretty prints and polka dots).

  32. I buy a lot of third yard cuts! You get more fabric and the length is enough that you can cut out 10″ squares for a custom layer cake if a certain pattern requires. I think it is a size that gives a lot of flexibility!

  33. Lovely quilt! I haven’t tried strings but they’re on my to do list.

  34. Love the shirt you made for your husband and solids are great, I just got the white AMB can’t wait to get some more.

  35. Congratulations Beth and thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

  36. follower – email

  37. love your blog, and I take the time to read it, thanks for chance to win

  38. Loooove your Blog!!! Congratulations on 501 posts…pleeeeease keep em comin!! 🙂

  39. I do Follow you as well..thru Bloglovin & Email too! 🙂

  40. I haven’t tried the AMB solids yet but I would love to!

  41. Beth
    Gizmo is too cute…did you make all those toys? What a lucky feline:)
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some solids, always needed.

  42. Congrats on 501 posts. I could definitely use solids in my stash. Thanks.

  43. Wow, that’s a lot of posts. Congrats!!

  44. Congratulations on 501! The baby quilt is so sweet, and the colors in the 1/3 cuts are gorgeous.

  45. great tip on the 1/3 yard cuts!

  46. Love that baby quilt, the colors just pop!

  47. I’ve been eyeing that bridge fabric in the shop but am not nearly brave enough to try a shirt yet. Buttonholes, and so many pieces and curves! You’re brilliant!

  48. Congratulations on 501 blog posts! Thank you for the giveaway.

  49. I am a new follower on Bloglovin.

  50. I love solids and always need them

  51. johnhutchens1

    some good info on the fat quarter vs the 1/3 yard

  52. johnhutchens1

    I follow on bloglovin

  53. Diann Cornell

    Love the shirt for your husband. I don’t know if you often have the fitting problem, but I sure do. Especially when I (or family members) gain or lose weight.

  54. Congrats on your first 500 posts! Thanks for a lovely giveaway too. x

  55. I follow with Bloglovin. x

  56. Valerie Boudier

    Lovely solids – great colours

  57. I don’t buy enough solid colors, these are gorgeous!

  58. I follow via bloglovin as Sandy Hardman.

  59. These are beautiful colors. I like solids more and more. Thanks for an opportunity to win!

  60. I’m a new follower!

  61. Thank you for giving away these lovely solids! Greetings from Norway

  62. I follow via Bloglovin

  63. My husband would also love that shirt! Maybe I should get in gear and sew him some clothes?

  64. Congratulations on 501,that`s an awesome milestone!

  65. I do follow by email.Thaks!!

  66. Love your baby quilt! Baby quilts are my favorite thing to make. Congratulations on the 501.

  67. I follow via Bloglovin. Congrats on reaching 500 (and counting).

  68. As others have said – great shirt! I live too far away to get to Sisters easily. Have enough fun (pictures!) for all of us.

  69. I could definitely use me some solid colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

  70. I love to use solid colors for quilt tops I make for my group, World of Charity Stitching. Thanks!

  71. I’m a new Bloglovin follower. Thanks.

  72. following on bloglovin’

  73. Nice selection for a giveaway. I’m like you. I like to get my money’s worth and buying a fat quarter always seems expensive. If I’m lucky enough to win, I’ll put the fabric to good use on a quilt. I’ve noticed that modern quilters are using a lot of solids now. kthurn@bektel.com

  74. I also follow on bloglovin and email. kthurn@bektel.com

  75. Love that shirt you made the Hubby! I follow with bloglovin

  76. Julia Perucca

    OMG, I want your cat!!! Lol

  77. I love the shirt, and all your busyness makes me feel like I’m standing still!

  78. Ooh, I agree on the shirt, I made a purse out of it because I love birds and the Portland, OR inspiration. I haven’t tried this brand of solids before, but I’ve heard good things about them – thank you for the giveaway!

  79. Love your projects…and I love scrap bags too. 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  80. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    I love the baby quilt. GOrgeous!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  81. I’m a new follower, via email.

  82. The shirt is awesome. I used to sew clothes all the time but haven’t in ages. Seems like quilts have taken over my life, BUT I love doing them start to binding.

  83. I follow your blog via bloglovin

  84. Tabitha Keener

    Congratulations on your posts! I love your shirt but I’m too scared to try yet since I’m new. Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Tabitha Keener

    I’m a new follower on bloglovin! Thanks

  86. love the picture and saying of your cat. I cannn so relate to this. LOL
    I really like your husbands shirt. I have enjoyed making shirts from a similar pattern for my husband and son also. Happy 501st post.

  87. I am a new follower through bloglovin.

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