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Christmas Carol Row Along Show and Tell

I have just loved this row along!  Christmas is so packed with so many many wonderful traditions and memories…my husband tells me that anything I do once during the holidays becomes a tradition!  One of our early family traditions was to go to the Nutcracker on the day after Christmas.  December 26th became “Nutcracker Day” at our house and Santa always left an extra gift of a nutcracker under the tree for each of the girls.  As they got older, the nutcrackers gave way to Spode pieces so that, when they are ready for them, they will have a start on their own Spode collection.  (My Spode comes out on the 1st of December to be the “everyday” dishes for the month of December.) So when I saw Amy’s Nutcracker Row, I knew I had to make one…or two!  Now, I do have a confession to make…I can’t fuse.  I  know, I know, it’s easier, faster and and lots of people are great at it but I’m not one of them.  So, I’m working away on my design but hand appliqueing  my details.  I made two of the handsome guys – aren’t they adorable?  I just love Amy’s work!

I added my first bell row test row to the top and I’ve been dithering over what rows to add next.  I really love the candle row but I’m afraid it will look like we are holding their little feet to the fire. There have been so very many beautiful rows that it is hard to decide.  I am leaning towards the Let It Snow row from the Upstairs Hobby Room but done is scrappy reds and greens.

However, this is how far I’ve gotten…

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Now, just because I didn’t get much done that doesn’t mean that everyone else hasn’t been busy.  Hop on over to these bloggers to see what fun they’ve got going on.

Quilt In Piece
Words & Stitches
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Patchwork Breeze
Masterpiece Quilting
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Upstairs Hobby Room

Marian of Seams to Be Sew has put together a stellar set of prizes for this hop.  I get to give away this…you have the chance to get a code to buy one of these awesome mats for 50% off!  And pop over to Marian’s post to see what other fun things are going on!

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Enter the rafflecopter giveaway here.

I look forward to showing you my progress as I “slow stitch” my way through the details on these guys and watching this quilt evolve.  One of my quilt “life goals” is to have a Christmas quilt on every bed in the house.  I can’t wait to see my beds all decked out for the holidays!  Of course, before that, there’s another holiday….and another blog hop.

Stay tuned!

 

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Christmas Carol Row Along….It’s my turn!

I love Christmas!  I really, really love Christmas!  So when Marian at Seams to be Sew decided we would do Christmas Carols as our inspiration for this year’s row along…well, I waited about two minutes to choose my carol.  “Silver Bells” is one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time.  I love the lilt and swirl of the tune, the echoes like the tolling of bells.  Then, we had the super exciting news that Northcott was sponsoring the hop and we each had the opportunity to pick out three fabrics to use in our row.  I had a terrible time deciding.  I’d already thought of doing a blue and silver row…silver bells and all, you know.  But also because I have a nostalgic attachment to blue and silver for Christmas.  My dad, who passed away when I was six, insisted that blue and silver were the only colors that should be used for Christmas.  Of course, he was red-green colorblind and so blue and silver were the decorations he could see!  For my row, I choose Northcott’s  blue snowy print (21660-49) from Silent Night for background, a fat quarter of 9020-91 and 9020-93 from Toscana for the lighter and darker greys.  We had so many fun fabrics to choose some that it was hard to choose!

I’m always a little shy about showing my row when there are so very many talented designers in this hop.  I consider myself a “baby” designer even though I’ve been quilting for 35 years, I’ve not written a lot of instructions and it’s always so impressive to see what everyone else came up with.  So, here’s my simple little row…I hope you like it!  Oh, and there are prizes, lots and lots of prizes…look at the picture and then see what the goodies are!

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You can download the pdf of my pattern Silver Bells by Beth Strand.  Now, on to the fun giveaways.  Marian has the most wonderful sponsors lined up!

I get to have this adorable set of patterns to give away today!  Look at these cuties! (There could be shipping costs…see Marian’s blog for more details.)

Click here to enter!  You also need to run over to Seams to be Sew where Marian has an awesome set of additional giveaways!    There is no way this would be as much fun without all of our amazing sponsors!

Calibre Art
Northcott Fabrics
Barbara Dieges
The Broken Needle
Moda Fabrics
Anita Goodesign
Aurifil
June Tailor
The Fat Quarter Shop
Hoffman Fabrics
Just Another Button Company
Amy Bradley Designs
Electric Quilt
Michael Miller
Hobbs Batting
C & T Publishing
Purple Daisies LLC
Martelli Notions
Inspired LED
Ackfeld Manufacturing
Daydreams of Quilts
Ottlite
Clover Needlecraft, Inc

Be sure to hop over to all my “hop mates” who also have row patterns for you today.  Some patterns will only be up for a week so collect them while you can.  Mine will be up indefinitely and I hope you enjoy it!  And, I’ll see you on the 10th for a special Show & Tell!

Thursday, October 5, 2017
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A Dream and A Stitch
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Words & Stitches

Sew Much to Say!

OK, so there’s busy and then there’s “start of the school year” busy and I’ve been both.  Before I know it, we’re into the second week of school and, more importantly, into the second week of the Christmas Carol Row Along coordinated by the wonderful Marian at Seams to be Sew!  My day isn’t until October 5th and I’m sewing frantically.  I sure hope you like my row…I’m always worried that my “baby designer” offerings aren’t as sophisticated as my counterparts’ designs.  I did have such kind comments on my row from last year.  We each chose a favorite Christmas Carol and designed our row around that.  I just found out today that the rows will only stay up a week on each site so hustle around and get them quick!  Mine will be up indefinitely but not everyone’s will.  The schedule in full can be found at http://www.seamstobesew.com

I’ve been lucky enough to see the designs in advance and you don’t want to miss this!

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I had sew very much fun in Denver!  I have a whole bunch of photos to share…but not right now.  Right now I need to run and finish the dishes so I can do a few minutes of sewing before bed.  Never a dull moment!

Happy quilting!

Sew Fun Saturday!

I had so much fun yesterday! (OK, actually, I started this post over a week ago… but it was still so fun!)

Everyone at home was headed off early, my husband on his annual jaunt to the drag races, my younger daughter had an early shift and I didn’t have to work until 11:15. And, coincidentally, the outdoor sale at Pioneer Quilts started at 10 And, even better, was in a reasonable direction toward work. Seems like fate to me! I may have gone a bit overboard but I only spent about $45. I got all these…

This is a little closer view…

This whole bundle of pinks just makes me smile!

There’s also a set of 8 blocks hidden in there that will make an excellent and quick charity quilt.

I may not have “needed” more fabric but I certainly enjoyed myself!

More fun to follow…

Vortexing!

Quite some time ago, I fell in love with the Scrap Vortex Quilt over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I was in love but short on time and long on commitments. I did start playing around with blocks, though, cleaning pieces off the sewing room floor and making a block here or there. These are great therapy blocks… nothing to match, no fuss, no muss. Today, I had a whole afternoon and decided to lay them out and see how far I had gotten.,

Not a great photo but I was excited to see that I am somewhere in the large lap to twin size already! I’m going for queen size as I’d like one for my bed.

I’m also working on a quilt for my daughter’s birthday… it’s no surprise as she picked the pattern and colors. Now we are auditioning greys.n

This grey looked too dark with some of the creamier whites but I like it with the stark whites.

This one is too light.

If I use the dark one, I’ll have to go shop for more white fabric… sigh…oh the hardships, right? Like I wouldn’t love an excuse!

While I’ve been sewing scraps, I also started some string blocks with the longer pieces of scraps. There’s such joy to this… string blocks leave bits and pieces that go right into vortex blocks.

Here’s a photo of the string blocks (with about five more not shown. )

Now, however, it’s time for some serious sewing. I’ve got my Northcott fabric to make a second version of my row for the upcoming row along. And, I’m planning to take some rows from my fabulous co- designers and make a Christmas quilt. One of my quilter dreams is to have a Christmas quilt on every bed in the house!

On the home life front, this happened yesterday

Our youngest is a licensed driver! Of course, as soon as she drove to work, her alternator started to go so mom had to pick her up while dad fixed the car… but there’s driver experience in that, too! So bittersweet to have the last one so grown up.

We’re struggling with heat and fires here so I hope you are at a comfortable temperature where you are! Here’s one last picture… this is Milo in helper mode.

Quilts are just better with cat hair, right?

Happy quilting!

Beth

Bahamas!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but my daughter found out at her angiogram last summer that she is eligible for a make-a-wish due to the seriousness of her heart condition. Eventually, she decided on the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. I have to say, it’s been amazing! I’m on my phone so I won’t get into too much detail but here are a few of my favorite photos from the week.

There’s even a bit of quilty inspiration here

We go home tomorrow and I’ve got some serious sewing ahead! More on that later!

Come Away With Me!

Way back in September,  my sister- in-law let us know that they were going to be in central Oregon for a visit.  We booked a couple of nights in our time share, put in some time off requests and away we went on Thursday night.   Friday,  we went and played in one of my favorite places,  Sisters!  I thought I’d share some photos so you can come along…I always love taking vicarious trips with other quilters.   

So here are the highlights in pictures…

The Detroit Lake Dam

Our lovely unit…2 bedrooms,  two baths,  lots of lovely touches and a view of the golf course. 

Fabric shopping… what’s a quilter to do when you walk in on a 30% off sale?

Oh the pretties…..

Lilacs!

Deer!  

Two quilt shops and a whole lot of fun!

Altogether a great time with family and I still have this evening and tomorrow during the day before I go back to work… hello sewing room!!!!

Happy quilting, 

Beth

Spring Break and Happy Easter!

Spring Break!  Ok,  it was two weeks ago but I still had a great quilty fun and enough sewing time to restore my tired spirits a bit. One of our co-workers was hospitalized before spring break and,  since flowers aren’t an option and,  well,  I’m a quilter,  I made a signature quilt for his students and coworkers to sign. 

I had,  for reasons I don’t remember,  thought I would make 16 blocks but 9 with wide sashing was plenty big.  I set the remaining pieces aside but they quickly found a home in this quilt which I made and gave to the high school as a memorial quilt for a student who passed away suddenly from complications of an illness.   It was a push to get it done by Sunday night but I was grateful to have a small way to help.

I also finished this rail fence variation top from an inspiration packet from my guild. 

I decided to do something I’ve never done before and turn it in as a top and let someone else quilt and bind it.  I was inspired to make this by a photo on Pinterest.   I understand there is a pattern by the name of “Dublin.” I just winged it but I’m a big fan of supporting independent pattern designers. 

I also turned I  this quilt to my guild.

I hope the person who gets it loves it as much as my husband did…I got a pretty clear hint that he wants one,  too!

I ended up working 34 instead of my 17 planned hours at my part time job.  We were hit with several people out ill at the same time.   This week in the run-up to Easter,  I put in 30 hours in addition to my full time gig.   I don’t think I want to do that again any time soon but it did bring us to a major financial landmark.  I’ll spill more about that next week. 

This weekend,  I did get to go to my quilters ‘ tea for the first time in ages. The theme was magic and I loved everyone’s take on the theme. 

I’ve gone on quite a bit longer than i thought so I’ll just leave you with this bit of Easter cheeriness…eggs by Jelly and Kevin

Those colours make me want to grab a stack of batiks and make another one of those rail fence variations!  

I’m looking forward too a slightly lighter schedule this week and,  because we had company for dinner,  there’s a fair head start on cleaning!

Happy Easter and Happy quilting!

Beth

Ohhh, My Tiara’s Crooked But Come On In, Anyway!

Welcome to my stop on the Quilt Qwazy Queens. This year we were challenged to share our dirty secrets, I mean, sewing rooms.   And mine is downright shameful, I admit it.   When I do get in here, I’m so busy playing that I hate taking time out to tidy.  I have begun a mass excavation of my space but, fair warning here, the OCD among you may want to just skip the next two photos.

Psst, it’s OK to look again.  Now that I’ve had that reality check (maybe next year you’ll see a different view…one can hope), on to something I’m excited to share!

I love, love, love the idea of using up my scraps but I get discouraged when I see scrappy patterns that start with a request for 3, 5 or, yes, I saw one that took 7 yards of background fabric!  My personal fabric buying issue is “so many prints, so few blenders”, you know? So, when I brought home a bundle of inspiration fabrics from guild, I set out to use them up without adding to the bundle.


I cut them into 2″ strips and 3.5″ strips and started making four patches from the 2″ strips.   A little help from my easy angle ruler withe the 3.5″ strips and, here you go…

I did add one or two 3.5″ strip to this for background but just think of the possibilities!  I plan to make this with an additional border of squares for an organ donor quilt.   You could use a 5×5 grid instead of 4×4 for your setting blocks and use a 15″ block.   Just think how fast that would grow!   You could mush up the colors to match a baby’s room theme and add applique blocks or a theme print.  Use 2.5″ strips (I have a drawer full of them) and only need a 3×3 grid of four-patches.  The best part? These four patches make great leaders and enders. I’m already started on two more that will be larger and more “mushy” in their color choices.

Now, I’m sure this is not a completely original design, quilters have been using one-patch blocks forever.   A lot of my ideas have been influenced by all the great quilters I follow and, if I have inadvertently come close to one of their designs, please know it was not intentionally.

Anyway, that’s my contribution for the day.  This quilt is headed back to my guild as a charity quilt.  Now, I can’t let you actually leave without a little bit of hospitality…thanks to our amazing Marian at Seams to be Sew, there are wonderful prizes for every day of this hop!

First off, the wonderful people at the Fat Quarter Shop (Oh, my goodness, I just LOVE them!) are giving away a $50 certificate.  (OK, I’m seriously jealous because I’d love to win this!) Click here a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!

And, (don’t you just love “and”…), the fine folks at Northcott Fabrics are giving away, you guessed it, fabric!  (Um, if you were brave enough to look at my sewing room, you might have guessed that I really, really love fabric!) They are giving away three fat quarters from the Garden Gate collections.  Click here a Rafflecopter giveaway to enter!

Now, as if that wasn’t awsome-ness enough, Marian has another more great giveaway stuff at her blog, Seams to be Sew.

Of course, the fun isn’t over yet…Terial Arts is giving away two bottles of spray per day at Seams to be Sew.  And, each of us bloggers is giving away a different set of fabric so be sure to visit every quilting castle!

I’m honored to be sharing this day with

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches – That’s me!
Quilting Affection

Now, I’m taking my flu-ridden self back to bed.  (If I sounded any crazier than usual, maybe we can blame it on the flu?)

Happy Quilting!

Beth

 

 

Time for a Cuppa

This week’s challenge for Project Quilting was time.  And deadlines.  And every time I tried to think of how to express my current relationship with time…things got ugly. Literally, I’m stressed about time and my ideas all reflected that stress.   And then I got the flu.   Yes, my second time of getting influenza after having my flu shot.  So, as I was sipping a cup of tea, it occurred to me that I could quilt what I want, not what really is, isn’t that the heart of creatively?  So, here’s my mug rug…”Time for a Cuppa.”

 

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I’m linking this up and going back to bed.  I’m pretty sure my awake time for the day is all used up.

Checkout persimmondreams@blogspot.com to see the rest of the entries!

Happy quilting,

Beth