Monday, April 16, 2018

Let's Talk Stash

Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation recently wrote a book - Stash Statement.  Then she sent me an email. And I burst into a song...


The email was fantastic.
When I received it, I was ecstatic.
Stash Statement Quilts was on its way
Would I like to play?
I jumped in with both feet.
Watch this space, it is going to be a treat.




With rhyme and reason, excitement and anticipation, I have to tell you that today is the day when the Blog Hop for Stash Statement begins. 



The book is full of eye-candy, cool techniques and fabulous patterns. I am already knee-deep in my scraps, applying Kelly's techniques and turning chaos into order.  


Every week, two quilters will showcase one quilt from the book.  Here is the entire line-up. You don't want to miss it.

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                    Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                           Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                             Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                 Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                                 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter


Be sure to check Kelly's blog because she is giving away two copies of the book.  I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Oh Boy!!!

Paul: Hey babe, do you have a quilt?
Me: Yes, I have several.

New Quilt for New Baby

Paul: I need a baby quilt.
Me: For?
Paul: Bella's (not her real name) baby boy
Me: When is the baby shower?
Paul: That was last month.

Blue, Green and Sparkle Grey

Me: So when is the baby due?
Paul: Baby boy Ryan (not his real name) was born on Easter. 
Me: And you are telling me now???
Paul: Just got the email.

Silence.  Sheepish Grin.

Scallop Quilting

Paul: I figured, you'd have a quilt on tap.
Me: Which may not be suitable for a baby, or for a boy.
And even if the baby does not mind hot pink butterflies and polka dots, I am sure his parents will definitely be averse to a girly quilt.

A happy finish

Me: Can you tell me anything about the colors?
Paul: Blue, Green and Gray
Me: Let me check. I have Jack. It is Blue and Green but it also has these beige/gold fabrics.
Paul: Let me see the back.



Paul: Yeah, this works.
I was not so sure. I wanted something more baby-appropriate, in the chosen colors - blue, green and gray.
I wanted to make a new quilt. But it had to be quick.

Alphabet Backing, Blue Binding


Me: Well, since the baby is already here, when are you going to give the quilt.
Paul: Oh, when she comes in next.
Me: That may not be for 3 months.
Paul: No, she will stop by to check on things every couple of weeks.


Labelled
Baby Appropriate


Me: Let me make a new quilt for baby Ryan.
Paul: Oh ok.

Quick & Easy

Rolled up beauty
Animals and Alphabets make it cute
Paul: I got a card. Will you sign it.
Me: Sure.  I made a few burp cloths and put it in this basket to go along with the quilt.
Paul: Oh babe, you are the best.
Me: I know.  But it is so much better when you say it.

Burp Cloths

Card

And here is a picture of the baby boy.

So Cheeky

Oh Boy!!! Wish I could kiss those cheeks.
Such a cute boy, I said.
Such a cute quilt, said Paul.
And we lived happily ever after (or till the next argument.)

What have you been making?  I'd love to hear from you.
I will be linking with all my favorite linky parties, see sidebar.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Meet Cute

I am thrilled to present Meet Cute. This is my second project for Moda Bake Shop and I am very happy about it.


Meet Cute
Unlike Esmeralda which was not for the faint-hearted, Meet Cute is easygoing and very adaptable.



Simple Block - 17.5" square


Large and simple block finishes at 17.5" square. This means that you only need 4 blocks for a baby quilt (36" square).  This lap quilt uses 12 blocks and finishes at about 53" by 70".

There are no seams to match, which makes it a an easy beginner project. Or a speedy one for more experienced quilt makers.


Backing - Moda Grunge Hits the Spot (Pool)



You can make it from charm squares, or jelly rolls, or layer cakes, and scraps too.

Have I sold it enough?

Well then, go check out the entire tutorial on Moda Bake Shop.

Here are some more pictures.


Bright & Cheerful

Turquoise Binding

All done

Walking Foot Quilting




Does this look familiar? Of course, it does. It is the same pattern as Playing Footsie, but made with Moda (Grunge Hits the Spot) fabrics. 


Don't  think so

You are in


Of course, some fabrics did not make the cut. Fabrics that were too light were set aside, because they would make a poor contrast against the white background.


ooh Texture!!!

Labeled


I wanted to call it Playing Footsie, but that is too risqué a name for the gentlefolk at Moda, hence the change in name - Meet Cute.


Sweet Meet Cute
I even managed to borrow some super-cute models for the photoshoot.



Thank you, dear model!!!

Isn't she a natural?




When I showed this quilt to my quilt guild members, there were oohs and aahs but when I mentioned the name Meet-Cute, most ladies had a question mark on their face. I had to explain.


If you are wondering what is Meet Cute, here is Wikipedia to the rescue.


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This post won't be complete without an update on Axel.


Little Superhero Axel


I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. Your generous donations have put us over the goal, but you are still welcome to donate. The giveaway is updated (new prize added) and will close on Sunday, April 1, 2018.


Everyone who makes a $10 donation will be entered to win one the following prizes. If you make a $20 donation, you get two entries. Similarly, a $30 donation qualifies you for three entries, and so on. If you made an anonymous donation, I can still enter your name in the giveaway. Please forward the email (from GoFundMe) to sewpreetiquilts AT gmail.com. Here are the prizes - 21 total.

1. A pattern of your choice from Jeni Baker of In Color Order (1 prize)
2. A pattern of your choice from Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation (2 prizes)
3. A pattern of your choice from Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting (1 prize)
4. A copy of the Blue Skies/Sunny Days pattern from Sandra walker of MMMQuilts (1 prize)
5. A gift card for $20 from Bernie Kringle's Etsy shop - Needle and Foot (1 prize)
6. A pattern of your choice from Cynthia Brunz Designs of Quilting is More Fun than Housework (3 prizes)
7. A PDF pattern of your choice from Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts (1 prize)
 8. A charm pack (5 prizes - Four Lily & Loom, One Sunny Days)
5 charm packs

 9. A Moda Jelly Roll (2 prizes - Color Theory and Rustic Weave)
2 Jelly Rolls



10. Small Fat Quarter Bundle (2 prizes - 9 FQs in each bundle)
Moda Paradiso - 9 FQs


Magic - 9 FQs

11. Medium Fat Quarter Bundle by Michael Miller (1 prize - 14 FQs)
Michael Miller FQ Bundle - 14 FQs

12. Large Fat Quarter Bundle (1 prize - Assorted 24 FQs)
All the colors - 24 FQs

If you are quilter/blogger, you get an extra entry for sharing a link to Axel's GoFundMe page on your blog.  I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties, see sidebar.


Thank you once again to all of you who helped dispel the darkness.
The giveaway is closed and all winners have been notified.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Finish and A Giveaway

I have a new finish to share.  I am so proud of this one.

Finished!

Yellow and Gray

Not because this was a difficult pattern, but because these are not my favorite colors.

Green Binding for Brightness


Once upon a time, long ago, when I was just dipping my toes into quilting and patchwork, I noticed yellow and gray quilts everywhere (not my favorite colors).  It was a modern movement (and I wanted to belong).

Lap Size

Electrified!!!

I bought two FQ bundles - Gray Matters Mixed and Gray Matters Yellow. I fell in love with this Orange quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew.  I cut the fabric and even came up with a cutting diagram for fat quarters to minimize waste.

Thank you Rekha

Walking Foot Quilting

This quilt is like sunshine peeking through grey clouds and I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties (see sidebar for full list).

Sunshine!!!

Paul - This is nice. What is the name of this one?
Me: I have decided to call it Axel.
Paul: Who is Axel?
Me: A super-hero.
Paul: A super-hero? I know all the super-heroes.
Me: Aha. He is new to the scene.

So who is Axel?
Axel is Amy's little boy, who blogs at AmyScrapSpot. Axel is the sunshine boy who is just under four months old and he continues to shine through the grey clouds.

So that Axel can continue to fight and shine, I need your help. This brings me to the giveaway.
The purpose of this giveaway is to encourage you to donate to Axel's GoFundMe page so that he can have the sunny future that so many of us take for granted.

Everyone who makes a $10 donation will be entered to win one the following prizes. If you make a $20 donation, you get two entries. Similarly, a $30 donation qualifies you for three entries, and so on. You get it. Here are the prizes.

1. A pattern of your choice from Jeni Baker of In Color Order (1 prize)
2. A pattern of your choice from Kelly Young of My Quilt Infatuation (2 prizes)
3. A pattern of your choice from Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting (1 prize)
4. A copy of the Blue Skies/Sunny Days pattern from Sandra walker of MMMQuilts (1 prize)
5. A gift card for $20 from Bernie Kringle's Etsy shop - Needle and Foot (1 prize)
6. A pattern of your choice from Cynthia Brunz Designs of Quilting is More Fun than Housework (3 prizes)
7. A charm pack (5 prizes - Four Lily & Loom, One Sunny Days)
5 charm packs

8. A Moda Jelly Roll (2 prizes - Color Theory and Rustic Weave)
2 Jelly Rolls

9. Small Fat Quarter Bundle (2 prizes - 9 FQs in each bundle)
Moda Paradiso - 9 FQs

Magic - 9 FQs

10. Medium Fat Quarter Bundle by Michael Miller (1 prize - 14 FQs)
Michael Miller FQ Bundle - 14 FQs

11. Large Fat Quarter Bundle (1 prize - Assorted 24 FQs)
All the colors - 24 FQs

If you are quilter/blogger, you get an extra entry for sharing a link to Axel's GoFundMe page on your blog.

If you have already donated, you will be entered into the giveaway.  If you want to donate but do not wish to be entered into the giveaway, I understand.

Most importantly, I am so thankful to Sandra, Bernie, Jeni, Kelly, Erica and Cynthia who have generously sponsored the prizes.

Me: The superhero Axel needs you to dispel the darkness.
Paul: Really? I get to dispel the darkness?
Me: Yes, and be a super-hero too.
Paul: Consider it done, babe!!!

Paul donated to Axel's cause and I am so proud of him. But we still have ways to go.
Are you in? The giveaway closes on Easter Sunday, April 1.
The giveaway is closed.