Hey everyone! The winner of the October UFO & WIP Challenge is entry # 31, Purple Pinwheel Stashbee Project. This is a beautiful quilt and I love the added touch of applique. Congratulations!
I have emailed the winner, and I’m waiting for a reply. If this is you, please check your junk mail and/or leave a comment here so I can collect more information and send your prize out.
There were a total of 43 entries for October – that’s impressive! I saw a lot of Christmas and Fall projects completed. You’re way ahead of me! Thanks to everyone who participated.
I’ll be back later this week to tell you about Novbember’s prize and what UFO project I’ll be working on. Tomorrow, I have a quick tutorial for adding sashing to a quilt so that your blocks stay lined up correctly. See you then!
Today is the release of the Happy Little Things BOM Month 4 instructions and another terrific giveaway! You can still sign up for this free block of the month hosted by Jacquelynne Steves here, and you can visit Jacquelynne for all of the latest information about today’s block and giveaway here.
Happy Little Things Block 4
This is the last block for our quilt and it is very similar to last month’s. You should be getting good at those half-rectangle triangle units by now. I’m feeling quite comfortable myself thanks to the great instructions by Jacquelynne!
Just a reminder in case you’re just joining me, I’m making all of my blocks miniature sized, so they’ll measure 6″ square (finished). I’m providing modified cutting instructions for each block (keep reading below); you’ll need to sign up for the BOM to get the rest of the instructions from Jacquelynne. My final layout is also slightly different and it includes the words “Winter Friends” appliqued in the border. This wall hanging will measure 23″ x 31″.
Now that I have all four blocks finished, I’m going to concentrate on the final quilt assembly and applique words. Next month, I’ll have the miniature version finishing instructions for you.
Mini Version Cutting Instructions
The mini version of this block will finish at 6″ square. All of the assembly instructions are exactly the same as the original. Remember, you still need to sign up for Jacquelynne Steves’ block of the month here to get the complete directions.
You can download the cutting instructions for the mini version of block #4 here:
This month’s giveaway is a copy of Morse Code Quilts by Sarah J. Maxwell and an adorable package of holiday pins from Just Another Button Company. Thank you to our generous sponsors! The giveaway will remain open until Sunday, November 10, 2019.
To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment telling me your favorite size quilt to make. For me, I enjoy making lap-size quilts and smaller. Once in a while I’ll spit out a larger bed-size quilt, but I like to make quicker projects now days (instant-ish gratification).
NOTE: To leave a comment, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this blog post (not from my home page), and look for the rectangle that says “Enter your comment here”. Please be sure that I can contact you immediately through your email. If I choose your name but cannot contact you immediately, I will choose another winner.
Here are the giveaway rules:
To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite size quilt to make.
You must comment by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, November 10, 2019.
There is ONE prize per person per month (in other words, the same person cannot win two prizes within the same month.)
Giveaway is open to ALL.
Winner will be chosen at random.
Due to the high volume of comments, I won’t be able to reply to you (unless there is a direct question), but I will read each and every one. Thank you in advance for your participation and for leaving a comment.
Make sure to visit all of the participating bloggers to see their version of Happy Little Things! You can also enter the giveaway on each respective blog so you have more chances to win.
It’s the last Sunday of the month and time for the October UFO & WIP Challenge link up! If you’re not familiar with this challenge, you can find out all of the details here.
This month I have a prize package that includes a fat quarter bundle of lovely Calico Crow from Penny Rose Fabrics, and some great notions for your sewing room. These include a package of Steady Betty Ruler Betty’s, a Sew Standard Seam Guide and a package of John James Pebbles needles. These are all from my own “collection” and the total value is $35.
My October finished project
I finished the Cardinals quilt sample for The Granary Quilt Shop. It turned out really cute! The pattern is by The Pattern Basket and I made the larger size which is 58 3/4″ x 60 1/2″. Kits will be available later this week at The Granary. I love the play of red, pink, and tan prints against the white background. This will make a gorgeous quilt for the holidays.
The cardinal blocks are made using layer cakes. There are quite a few diagonal “stitch and flip” seams to sew and then the diagonal seams need to line up in four places. It worked out well mostly! My granddaughter, Amelia, says the birds need eyes and I think I agree.
The blocks are put together with simple sashing. I’m working on a tutorial about how to line up the sashing and blocks so that everything stays straight and cohesive.
My other goal for this month was to create a pattern for the quilt block I made in August. I didn’t get too far on that one. I do have some quilt mock ups that I made in EQ8. The one below has sashing and cornerstones.
This next one has an alternating block and no sashing or cornerstones. I think I like it better, but what do you think? I’ll keep working on this and it will probably roll over into November’s work in process.
The original block design is something I made in August. It’s a 14″ block and I’ve got some piecing tricks to make it easier than it looks.
October UFO & WIP Link
Now it’s your turn! I hope you were successful in finishing a project or two this month. Add a photo to the link up below and in one week I’ll randomly choose one winner to receive this month’s prize!
You may add up to 2 finished projects.
One image per finished project.
Project must be quilting, sewing or needlework related.
The link-up will be open until November 3, 2019, at midnight, PST.
This month’s giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
Winner will be drawn at random on November 4, 2019
Click on the blue “add link” button (below).
Enter the URL of your link. If you don’t have one, click on the blue “enter without link” button. The upload widget will activate.
Note: If your photo size is too large, it may not accept it. You’ll have to re-size it to a smaller file size.
Enter a caption for your image. This should describe your project and it can include your name if desired.
Enter your email address. No one will be able to see this but me.
If you have any trouble, just leave a comment or send me an email with your photo attached. I can add it for you.
Last weekend I was able to attend PIQF 2019 (Pacific International Quilt Festival) and I thought I would share some eye candy with you. I didn’t get to all of the exhibits and quilts, but here’s a small sampling of both.
The Best of World honor goes to this beautiful quilt, “Family Reunion”, which took over three years to complete. It’s hand appliquéd, machine pieced and machine quilted by Barbara McCraw of Denton, Texas.
The Judge’s choice award goes to “Shwe Cool” which is a combination of appliqué, embroidery and piecing. This lovely quilt was made by Judy Powell of Lander, WY.
I loved the free motion quilting of “Lanterns” made by Ramona Frys of Cliffside Park, NJ. She won Best Sewing Machine Workmanship in the Innovative category.
I’m all about bright colors, appliqué and gorgeous quilting which were all evident in “Wonderland” made by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley. They won 1st place, Traditional for this lovely quilt.
I’m amazed at the hand quilting and design of this next quilt, “Square Dance” made by Barbara Clem of Rockford, IL. She won an Honorable Mention in the traditional category.
The detail that went into “Little Blue Bird” made by Alexandra Hindrischedt of Germany Won her a 1st Place, Traditional World category.
The beauty of “Feathers and Frost” by Joanne Baeth of Bonanza, OR, was awarded 1st Runner Up for Best Sewing Machine Workmanship. It’s a show stopper.
Another show stopper was “Celebrate” made by Clementine Buzick and Beth Nufer of Harwood, ND. I love the color and center optical illusion of this one.
There were quite a few special exhibits at PIQF 2019. The first one that caught my attention was the Prince Cherrywood Challenge. “Participants were asked to use Prince’s music as inspiration to push themselves creatively, think outside the box, and create new fiber art. The contest was open to anyone and we received entries from several countries. All the quilts are the same color, fabric, size and theme.“
You know I love mini quilts, and I was tickled to see “Works of Art” from local artist Barbara Lockwood. “She trades these miniature postcards representing a great variety of techniques, styles, and themes with quilters and crafters from around the world. In the last four years, Barbara has made and exchanged over 400 of these fabric wonders!”
Not only were the quilts spectacular, but there were lots of vendors to visit. I didn’t go too crazy, but I did come home with some new thread, a book from Edyta Sitar, a charm pack of Kona solids, a new pattern and some fat quarters. I forgot to take pictures of my wares, but I can share more about those laters.
On the home front, it’s been more busy than usual for October. We’ve had out of town visitors, minor surgery (for Mr. Crafty Quilter), a wedding, the passing of a lovely friend, and travel to Texas to babysit the grandkids (which is where I am now). And when we flip the calendar, we’ll be at the gateway to the holidays.
That’s the ebb and flow of life after all, and it’s ever changing. I’m blessed to be right where I am on this journey and I can’t complain.
This Sunday is the scheduled link up for October’s UFO & WIP Challenge. It’s going to be posted late Sunday or early Monday, and I’ll keep it open an extra day. Thanks for your patience and for taking the time to follow along. I hope your day is full of good things and positive vibes!
We have a winner for the Happy Little Things Month 3 giveaway! I asked readers to leave a comment telling me how long you’ve been quilting. Out of 163 comments, #97 was randomly chosen. That belongs to Phyllis B. who commented, “I started quilting in 1976, 43 years ago, making a blue and white quilt. Ten years later I finally finished it and entered it the county fair and won best in county.”
I really enjoyed reading all of the comments in response to the question, How long have you been quilting? The range was from 6 months to 60 years and everything in between! Some of you had short answers and there were also a few stories of how and when it all began. Thank you all for participating in the BOM giveaways. It’s a nice way for me to get to know you!
I have been sewing since 7th grade – 45 years! I started quilting 22 years ago at the “nudging” of my older sister who promised that I would love quilting. She was right, as usual!
Tomorrow (Thursday) I will be attending the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara, California. It’s 20 minutes away from my house, so I go almost every year. The quilts on display are always so inspiring and then there are the vendors who tempt us all.