Giveaway! Fat Quarter Style

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Hello! We have a copy of It’s Sew Emma’s second book  Fat Quarter Style!! This wonderful book is published by the Fat Quarter Shop and they were so kind to send us a copy to give away and one to keep. We really appreciate their generosity towards us and our blog readers as well!!

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I recently spent some time looking through the pages and found this lovely quilt pattern called “Blossom”, that I especially want to make. It is super cute!!

Fat Quarter Style features 12 different fat quarter quilts. Each quilt comes with four size options!!

If you would like a chance to win your very own copy just leave a comment on this blog post and we will draw a winner next Tuesday.

Thank you to the ladies at It’s Sew Emma!!

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 2}

TurstyleWelcome to week two! I’m really excited about this quilt because I’m using all my favorite fabrics, so I know I’m really going to love this quilt! Oh, and we started a Flickr group too, for those of you who prefer Flickr to Instagram, you can find it here. Block three uses one of my favorite prints from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Economy-PatchBlock four is the Economy Patch, and I decided not to use the La Creme dots on this one. Since I didn’t really plan on using them in every block, I thought it was a good time to throw in some blocks without the dots.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 3-4Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Turnstyle: I cut the blocks at 5″ and 5 1/4″, respectively. Then I trimmed each quarter of the block to 4 1/2″ before sewing. This seemed easier than cutting anything with 3/16ths of an inch!

Economy Patch: I started with a 4 1/2″ center square and over sized the triangle corners. The first set of corners trims down to a 6 1/8″ square, then the second set to 8 1/2″. I’d much rather trim a little off than have my block too small.

Week-2-blocksAnd here are all four blocks together. I’m excited to start the next two. If you’re sewing along, we’d love to see your blocks either in the Flickr group or be sure to tag it #simplescrappysamplerqal on Instagram.

Spiderweb Quilt Top {almost complete}

Summertime, and I am loving it even though I am not a huge fan of really hot, humid days. But, I am loving the sun. Since I am originally from WA state, where we do not see the sun a lot, I try to enjoy it as much as possible.

I have four new blocks to share from the Modern Stitching Bee group and an almost complete top.

First two are from Leanne. They took a little scenic tour getting to my house but I am so glad they made it safe and beautifully.

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We made two 12 1/2″ blocks for each partner.

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Love them! Thank you Leanne from She Can Quilt. (Love the Briar Rose strawberries).

The next two are from Rhonda at Quilter In the Gap. Love them so much!!

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It has been fun seeing all the variety of fabric that make up each of these blocks. These are the perfect block design to use because they include a large variety of prints. Thank you again Rhonda, I love them, (especially all the low volume)!! Be sure to check out their blogs, they have great inspiration on there.

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This is not a great picture, but I wanted to share a little bit of what all of my blocks will look like put together for my finished quilt. I think they go perfectly together. I am so thankful for such kind and generous women who have made all of these blocks for me, I know it will turn into a beautiful quilt that I will treasure!

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Since it is summer, I thought I would share this cute little hummingbird that I saw out of my kitchen window this morning. I put that feeder up about a month ago. It hasn’t seen very many birds because there is still a lot of syrup in it. I just happened to see a little bird there on the weekend, so now I check regularly. Happy days!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer. I sure am, lots of grilling, watermelon, cherries and corn on the cob. I come from a family of corn on the cob lovers. It was very pleasant yesterday, my son and I went for a walk and then sat on the back deck enjoying the fresh air. What have you been doing this summer?

Today will be for some more catch up sewing, I am so excited about my little visitors I have coming soon. I have lots to do to get ready for them!!

Have a great day and weekend!

 

 

Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt Along

Happy Monday! I’m heading to the Post Office this morning to mail my mini quilt from the #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap on Instagram, but I wanted to share it with all of you and my latest quilt plan too! So, here’s my mini quilt:

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Mini-QuiltI used Electric Quilt 7 to create the cutting directions for these blocks and they were so fun to make! I have been wanting to make a sampler quilt, kind of like the Farmer’s Wife, but the tiny, intricate blocks are just too much for me right now. So, instead, I’m going to make my own sampler quilt with 8″ blocks using some of my special, hoarded fabrics:

StashAnd, in case any of you want to make one too, I’m going to be blogging my progress {as well as cutting directions} every Monday {I hope}. And, then, in about a year, I’ll have a queen sized quilt. I’ve been hoping and planning to make one forever, but I’ve been hesitant to commit to any one thing. I’m hoping using the blog will give me some motivation and accountability!

mini-quilt-swap---EQ7-772014-104249-AM.bmpHere are the first two blocks I’ll be posting next week, along with a little more info. This is just going to be a low-key quilt along, but if you want to join me, I’ll be sharing my progress on Instagram too with the tag #simlpescrappysamplerqal

I will also post finishing directions for the mini quilt shown here, in case you want to make one like it instead of a larger quilt. And now, I’m off to mail my swap package! Hope your week is off to a great start.

Modern Stitching Bee Blocks- {Love}

It is so fun getting such beautiful blocks in the mail from places I can only dream about. I absolutely love it and I love, love these blocks. I thought I would share my happy mail with you!! {I think my son also enjoys seeing what is in the packages too!}

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These are the set I received from Diane at Random thoughts do or di , they are just so lovely!! I could spend all day looking at them!! I really love how Diane used the selvage in some of the pieces.

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This set is from Katy at The Littlest Thistle. She did a beautiful job and I love them too!!

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I do have more blocks that I have already shown, but I thought it would be fun to put these four together and see how the quilt is beginning to take shape. There are so many pretty fabrics in them and I know just how much work went into each one. I am going to cherish this quilt for a long time.

I will have two of the prettiest quilts ever!!

Thanks again Diane and Katy!!

I hope you have a great weekend. I know I am looking forward to it. I have a little yard work, a lot of cleaning up to do and hopefully some sewing and organizing in my “gigantic pile of fabric” I call my sewing room. {That’s the way Silas described my sewing room when he got a glimpse of the room, when the door was accidentally left open. I think he was a bit afraid that he would get lost in there!!} We had so much fun while Jennie and the three little lovelies visited. I know it would be better if they lived closer but it is a lot closer than California. I will be happy with what I have!!

What plans do you have for the weekend? Sewing??