Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sizzix Giveaway

Hi guys!

I have a giveaway for you - and it's pretty awesome too.

Since the Sizzix triangle dies are my all time FAVORITE tool for sewing half square triangles, I'm giving away a Sizzix Fabi and 3 triangle die (a 4 1/2'' Assembled Square Die , a 2 1/2'' Assembled Square Die , and a 1 1/2'' Assembled Square Die). 

So you know that I work with Sizzix. They send me stuff and I write posts for them. So I get my Sizzix stuff for "free". But I must say, I think that buying a Sizzix machine is worth the investment just because of the time it saves in trimming half square triangles (HSTs) and other triangle based blocks. Even the small Fabi machines can cut the HST pieces for you. Such a great investment.

Now, one of the things you are *supposed* to do when you make half square triangle blocks is trim them all so that they are the same size and not wonky.

These HSTs took me 8 hours to trim. And to be honest, my wrist hurt a lot. 

Trimming takes me so long. So so so long.

For example, my first version of my B.F.F quilt using Tiger Lily by Heather Ross honestly took me 8 hours to trim all the HST units. There are something like 250 384 HSTs in that quilt. Maybe I'm a slow worker?

So, knowing I was planning on making another version of the B.F.F. quilt, this time with Flower Sugar by Lecien, and another version of my Trilobite quilt using April Rhodes Bound fabric I used my Sizzix HST 2 1/2'' Triangle Die, which is perfect for my patterns.

I'm so glad I did. Not only did I save time, I had time to spend on other things and my wrists weren't sore from trimming hundreds of HSTs. So.

If you are unfamiliar with Sizzix's die cut triangle shapes, they look like this. Can you see how the triangles have blunted tips? That means there are no dog ears to trim. And since all the pieces are cut so uniformly, you ideally should be able to make the same size HST blocks.

I spent NO time trimming these die cut HST. My wrist was not sore. 

Ok, so if you want to shop for Sizzix products click here. I have a coupon for you to get 15% off your total order (I think that's the discount amount.). Here's the code: SZB2016. 

And finally, the giveaway is Sizzix Fabi machine and 3 different triangle die (a 4 1/2'' Assembled Square Die , a 2 1/2'' Assembled Square Die , and a 1 1/2'' Assembled Square Die). 

Leave a comment telling me how much time it takes you to trim HSTs. I need to know - am I a slow worker? I suspect I am, but tell me your thoughts. (To be eligible I need to be able to reach you by email you and you must live in the United States.) I'll draw the winner on Friday and announce the winner after I've contacted the winner.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Introducing the Vera Quilt and Pattern {Finish!}

Hi guys! It's ever such a lovely day here. (Not really. It's rainy!) How are you? 

Today, I'm releasing my Vera Quilt Pattern. This pattern is one of my new favorites because it is a quick way to use those collectable larger prints. This is one of the quicker quilts I've made in a long long while. And you know what? It was so lovely to have a quick and easy project. 

The biggest challenge you might find in this pattern is sewing with triangles and bias piecing. If you've never sewn with triangles, no worries! I've included my favorite tip to walk you through piecing with triangles. Just a few times using my method, and you'll be a pro. 

My Vera Quilt, using the soon to be released (oh so soon!!! March! March! March!) Mendocino by Heather Ross is a throw size at 56'' x 72''. The pattern also includes instructions for making 3 other sizes. And I also added a sidebar with instructions on how to make a mini. 

Personally, I had a lot of fun quilting the background of my quilt. I used nested tear drops, bubbles, and swirls. And to make the background pop, I kept the quilting in the Vera blocks simple with straight line quilting. 

I'm telling you. So much fun quilting. 

And I couldn't be more tickled that my Vera quilt appears on the cover of Windham's lookbook. (Wheee!) (And get a load of that Anemone quilt, by Stacey Day! So fantastic.) 

Copies of the Vera Quilt Pattern are available as instant PDF downloads in my shop. Craftsy and Payhip also have PDF patterns. Paper patterns should be here in 2 weeks and they are listed as Pre-Order. Once they are in stock and processed, we will send them right out to you. 

Once again, I thank you for your support! 

And thank you to my pattern testers who have helped me be a better me! 
Check out the #veraquilt on Instagram for a look on what they've been working on. Pattern tester shares to come in the near future. 


Monday, December 28, 2015

The Quilter's Planner {Giveaway!!}

Karen is the winner of the planner! Thank you everyone for playing. I so enjoyed reading the organizational tips! I hope to employ several going forward in the New Year. :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! It's been quiet around here. I'm working on a second book so I've been terribly busy behind the scenes. I'll be finishing up this week and I very much looking forward to getting back to a balanced work life.

As you can imagine, my devotion to nothing else but book writing, coupled with the season, is urging me to ORGANIZE.



Speaking of getting organized, I've got a present for one of you. (Actually I have 3 presents to hand out, such is the backlog of blogs, but we will do 1 present for today.)

Are you familiar with the Quilter's Planner? The planner is created by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter. I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie while filming my episode of Quilt It! for QNNtv. She's such a lovely girl!

She sent me 2 planners, one for me and one for you. And a planner is just what I need. Each week has a quilt pattern. (I love the pattern for this week!)

And there are places to make quilty to do lists, personal to do lists, and work to do lists. Very helpful for the quilter moonlighting as an average person.

It is dark and gray here today and has been for the past 3 days, so I apologize for my grainy pictures. I didn't want to wait any longer to giveaway a planner with the new year so close! 

Here's a few pictures courtesy of Stephanie. 

If you'd like a chance to win a copy of the Quilter's Planner, leave a comment on this post. I'd love it if you would share an organizational tip? Mostly for me, but other people may benefit too! Ha! 

I'll pick a winner Wednesday and ship out the planner shortly thereafter. 

Good luck! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Tutorial Round-Up {Repost}

Hi guys!

I'm reposting this Christmas Tutorial Round-Up from last year. Would you believe I can't find my mini-tree skirt? SOB!


Last week, when I posted a tutorial for a Christmas mug rug, I saw that I've done quite a few Christmas tutorials over the years. I thought I would re-post the links for all my Christmas themed tutorials.


Ribbon Star Mug Rug


Quilt As You Go Applique Pillow

Mini-Christmas Tree Skirt

Mini-Christmas Tree Skirt


Festive Apron Tutorial 

Except some of my pictures are gone! How embarrassing! I'm so sorry Jennifer!


And my favorite Glitter Garland tutorial 

That's it! (ha!)

Have you made any projects from my tutorials? I'd love to see! Thanks!