Blog Hop – New Quilting Book – Giveaway Time!

We are blog hopping to celebrate the newest arrival from Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet!  Her new quilting book Fat Quarter Quickies has just released from Martingale and what a goodie it is!
I was supposed to choose just one favorite – but sorry folks – I have two favorites!  Figures, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one! Now pay attention here – as you view the photos of the quilt patterns that are included in this new book – you will also have to choose a favorite.  Pick your favorite quilt and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free “Ebook” copy of this book!  Cool!
Here are my 2 favorites –

The quilt shown above is called: Cutoffs.  I love the pattern in this quilt – the secondary design is awesome!  What a fun scrappy quilt to make!  It’s on my list!
My next favorite is this sweetie above:  Spinners!  Another great scrappy style quilt! I like the way the fabric choices play against the white background!  Pure eye-candy!
Smorgasbord

Brown Eyed Girl 

Pixy Stick

Peepholes

Sail Away

Tequila Sunrise

Feast & Fireplace

Supponsibilities

Caribbean Cooler
So tell me – which quilt from this brand new book Fat Quarter Quickies is your favorite?  Leave me a message for your chance to win an “Ebook” copy of this great new fat quarter book and Miss Bella the queen of my sewing kingdom will choose a winner this coming Wednesday June 19th, 2013!
Miss Bella is waiting for your answer!

And don’t forget to follow along on the following blogs throughout the next week for even more chances to win an Ebook copy of this book!  How fun – we get to see the favorite quilt from the following Peeps also!

Enjoy!
Here’s a list of the people to follow on the Blog Hop:

Tara Darr – Sew Unique Creations – June 17
Pam Vieira McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning – June 18
Vickie Eapen – Spun Sugar Quilts – June 19
Martingale – June 20
Lissa Alexander – United Notions / Moda – June 21
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co – June 22
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts – June 23
Rachel Griffith – PS I Quilt – June 24
Kathy Brown – The Teachers Pet – June 25th wrap up

Blog Hop & Giveaway coming soon!

Just a little FYI –
We are taking part in a blog hop beginning next Monday – June 17th, 2013. 
Here’s a line up of fellow bloggers joining in on the fun – 
Tara Darr – Sew Unique Creations – June 17
Pam Vieira McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning – June 18
Vickie Eapen – Spun Sugar Quilts – June 19
Martingale – June 20
Lissa Alexander – United Notions / Moda – June 21
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co – June 22
Julie Herman – Jaybird Quilts – June 23
Rachel Griffith – PS I Quilt – June 24
Kathy Brown – The Teachers Pet – June 25th wrap up

Be sure and save a copy of this blog post so you can follow along on this fun blog hop!  You will have 9 chances to win a free “Ebook” version of this brand new quilt book!

Winner of The Scalloped Edge Ruler…..

Congratulations to 
Miss Bella our sweet kitty picked your name as the winner of the giveaway that we offered yesterday!  If you could email me at sewuniquecreations@gmail.com with your snail mail address, I will ship your Scalloped Edge Ruler to you right away! 
 (Don’t forget to click the link above to visit Valerie’s blog also and congratulate her!)
I’m tinkering around today working on  a scrap quilt.  When I was cleaning a few weeks back I realized how much fabric I had already pre-cut into 2 1/2″ strips, plus a lot of fabric that just isn’t doing me any good sitting in a bin.  So I attacked the scraps and have started working on this today:
Pretty neat looking so far.  This quilt is going together really fast – I guess it helps to have all those 2 1/2″ strips pre-cut already!  I’m using this pattern:
This pattern is called Tradewinds and is by Cozy Quilt Designs.  So far so good!  It’s a very nicely written pattern and so easy to follow.
Miss Bella said to tell everyone hello.  She’s lounging in one of my quilting baskets right now – I guess it was hard work picking a winner of the Scalloped Edge Tool.  What a life this cat has!
I’m off to do a little hand applique.  My back and neck are getting stiff from sitting at the sewing machine, so I  better stop while I’m ahead and not really over due it!  I think my Stars and Sprigs quilt that I’m working on is calling my name! I’m going to go flop down in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee and my applique!  Have a great day everyone!

Beat The Winter Blues Blog Hop & Give-Away!

If you are new here, welcome and please be sure you click to “follow” my blog just over there on the left hand side of my blog where it says “Join This Site”!  Or you can sign up to follow our blog by email – also located in the right hand column!  Or – join our email list – located over in the left hand column! We are on Facebook also as you can tell by looking at that right hand column again. And you can also join our “circle of friends” on Google+Followers!  Pretty Fun Stuff!
To be a part of our giveaway you don’t have to join any of the above mentioned things – but to make this blog hop give-away extra sweet – I’m going to do a special giveaway if you help us get to 6000 likes on our FaceBook page.  We are just now tipping over he 5,000 mark!  Would you “Like” us on Facebook?  I promise the extra give-away will be extra sweet!

On my blog I talk a lot about reproduction fabrics, patterns, antique quilts etc,  I am a pattern designer in the quilting world and I’ve written hundreds of patterns and authored 4 soon to be 6 quilting related books!  I like to chit chat and share what I do in my normal life on a typical day –  mostly quilt!  I share my pets and my kids cute and funny moments too sometimes, but I really try to keep my blog all about quilting.  I offer a free pattern or two now and than, plus I also announce sales and give-aways here too!
Now, Let’s get on with the fun stuff:
My Give-Away For The Quilter’s Blog Hop Party:
Do you like to English Paper Piece or want to learn?
Well I’m giving away all of the above papers and/or mylar templates for you to English Paper Piece.  I have done it and it’s really easy – but I just prefer to hand stitch my quilts!
Also included in this give-away is this book:
This book is titled Piecing It All Together by JoAnne Louis and Chris Moline.  There are 10 english paper piecing projects in the book plus basic instruction on how to paper piece.
And wait – I’m not finished yet!
Above are a few more papers and three finished flower garden blocks.  Not shown in the picture are three more sets of fabrics to make three more blocks.  This was actually a project I started a few years ago and never finished.  It was originally going to be a table runner from a Blackbird Designs book that I cannot find and cannot seem to locate on their website!  Anyhow – these are too cute to be left sitting here and I know someone will get a kick out of finishing a project with them!
To enter he give-away: share your favorite quilting tip in the comments section below on this blog-post.  What’s the one thing you now know that you wish you knew when you first started quilting?  What’s the best advice you would give to a new quilter?  Winner will be randomly chosen on March 14th, 2013.

After you have commented here, move on to some more give aways!

Click on the Blog Hop Party logo below to visit the list of participating bloggers:


Barn Quilts Book GiveAway

Long time no chat!!!  It has been such a fun and enjoyable summer here so far and I hope you are enjoying it as well!
We are going to do a fun give away here on our blog today!
I was sent this wonderful book to review: Barn Quilts And The American Quilt Trail Movement by Suzi Parron with Donna Sue Groves.
Wow – in one word sums this book up.  I love barn quilts and every time I travel I search for them! This book is such a great source of information and beautiful pictures. This is one of those books that I recommend everyone have in their book collection!
The Give Away for a copy of this brand new book begins now and will end tomorrow evening  (August 9th, 2012) when we will choose the winner and contact them directly via email – so be sure and have your email registered with blogger so that we can get a hold of you if you win – “Anonymous” Bloggers – please note – we cannot contact you without the proper email address!!!!
You can read more about the author and her adventures here on her website:
(you can order this book directly from the above website also!)
and also here on her blog:
And here is a bit more information on this great book!
The story of the American Quilt Trail, featuring the colorful patterns of quilt squares painted large on barns throughout North America, is the story of one of the fastest-growing grassroots public arts movements in the United States and Canada. In Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement Suzi Parron takes us to twenty-five states as well as Canada to visit the people and places that have put this movement on America’s tourist and folk art map.

Through dozens of interviews with barn quilt artists, committee members, and barn owners, Parron documents a journey that began in 2001 with the founder of the movement, Donna Sue Groves. Groves’s desire to honor her mother with a quilt square painted on their barn became a group effort that eventually grew into a county-wide project. Today, quilt squares form a long imaginary clothesline, appearing on more than three thousand barns scattered along one hundred and twenty driving trails.

With more than eighty full-color photographs, Parron documents here a movement that combines rural economic development with an American folk art phenomenon.


Suzi Parron is a quilter, backwoods traveler, an avid kayaker and a folk art collector. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Florida, with a concentration in the literature of the American South. She teaches English at Lakeside High School in Atlanta.

Donna Sue Groves launched the Ohio Quilt Barn Project in 2001. She was formerly the Southern Ohio field coordinator for Ohio’s Appalachian Arts Initiative and the Southern Ohio field representative for the Ohio Arts Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Ohio Governor’s Award for the Arts in Community Development and Partnerships.

More Take 5 Book GiveAway Winner and final day of Book Blog Hop!!!

Congratulations to:
You are the winner of this copy of the More Take 5 Quilts book – you can thank my daughter and Bella for picking your name from all the happy commenter’s!  Bella sniffed around in the basket of names – flipped a few out as she played and my daughter Ashley closed her eyes and picked a name from the ones Bella whipped out of the basket with her little paw!
It was a joint effort on drawing the winning name, so Julie – you can thank them both.  It was quite a funny site to see!
Julie is the winner of this great new book by Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet called: More Take 5 Quilts!
Also, today is the final day of the blog hop.  I invite you to visit Vanessa of V and Co. Blog
Be sure to leave a comment on her blog also for another chance to win a copy of this great new book: More Take 5 Quilts!

Merry Go Round Quilt and Day 4 of Blog Hop & Book GiveAway

Well – one of my kids wanted to put a smile on my face this morning!  This is the cute little thing that was staring me in the face this morning as I sat down to sew!  Love it!!!
I haven’t showed you what I’ve been working on for the past couple weeks.  I started this project with a vengeance and then had the urge to hand piece and applique, so it’s been sitting on the design board for a week looking all lonely!
This is a pattern called Merry Go Round and you can find it in the February 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  It’s a fun and easy pattern to piece.  Here’s a few shots of the actual quilt in the magazine.
And here are a few progress photos I took.

This was actually my test block – I almost went completely scrappy – but then changed my mind and just did scrappy with the dark colors and used the following fabric as a “constant” light throughout the quilt!

This is the background “light” fabric I’m using. The photo is showing a bit darker and more gold than the actual fabric is. This is a fabric from the Holly Taylor Classics fabric line by Moda and designed by Holly Tayler. The Item and Color number is 6197 21

I started this quilt because I need to clear out my overburdened scrap fabric bins.  I have a lot of odds and ends from my fabric selling days that I wanted to clean up before the end of summer.  I’ve started to make a good dent in the pile!
Here’s a picture of my “stack” area.  As I cut pieces for this quilt I’m working on  – I’ve also been cutting up other shapes and sizes of fabric to get everything organized a bit better.  So far this is the fourth go round!  I’ve already filled this part of my counter 3 other times and when the stacks of cut pieces get too high and start toppling a bit – I put all the shapes into their labeled bins for future projects!
Here is another quilt block on my design wall that I tinkered around with because an idea popped in my head while working on the Merry Go Round quilt.
I really need to get my act together and finish Merry Go Round.  I’m getting the itch to start working on some more small, little quilts!  So many ideas – so little time!
Now – on to Day 4 of our Blog Hop for the new quilt book by Kathy Brown of The Teacher’s Pet!
(Don’t forget to read Monday’s post and comment for your chance to win a copy of this book here on our blog!)
Well, today I invite you to visit this wonderful blog of:

Today it’s Me and My Sister Designs!  What a fun and crazy twosome!  They are actually sisters too!
Here’s a link for you to visit their blog and comment also for a chance to win a copy of Kathy’s book over there too!

Eye Candy From Pinterest and Blog Tour, Book Giveaway!

As I was relaxing and taking a break yesterday evening after a busy day of stitching on some Dear Jane blocks, I ran across the following quilt images on Pinterest and thought I would share them with you today!  All of these quilts are from past issues of American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine!
Wildest Dreams October 2009 issue!  I have a container with pieces already cut out to make this one – somewhere!!!! If anyone recognizes this pattern and knows which issue it’s from – let me know and I’ll update the info. here!

By Marcie Patch, February 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle by Jo Morton June 2010

Scattered Stars, Fall/Winter Quilt Sampler 2011 designed by Prairie Stitches Quilt Shop

February 2009

By Thistle Bee Quilt Shoppe – in one of the Quilt Sampler issues – not sure which one!
by Kathie Holland October, 2010
And don’t forget about the Quilt Book Blog Tour for:
 the new quilt book by my friend Kathy Brown of The Teachers Pet . (Don’t forget to read Monday’s post and comment for your chance to win a copy of this book here on our blog!)
Well, today I invite you to visit this wonderful blog of:
Miss Pam Kitty Morning! She’s so fun!  Love her ubber cute fabric lines too!
Here’s your link to visit them – now go and read and have a great, awesome day!

More Take 5 Quilts Book Review, Blog Tour & Give Away!!!

Don’t you just love great new quilting books??
I do – I love getting new quilting books and finding the projects to be over the top great, love finding little stories and tidbits added to the quilt pattern treasures found within those beautiful pages!
My good friend Kathy Brown of The Teachers Pet has just released her latest book titled More Take 5 Quilts.
Is this cover not inviting?  The bright colors just grab your eyes and instantly make you want to open this wonderful book up and dive right into making beautiful quilts in no time at all.
The principle behind the “Take 5” fever that seems to have hit the quilting industry with a mad rush is simple.  You take 5 fabrics – any 5 fabrics and make a quilt simply, easily and quickly.  That’s all there is to it.  Less thinking, more sewing.  
Here are some of the gorgeous quilt patterns included in this book:
 This is Take 5 Spins a Thread – my favorite!!
 This is Take 5 Visits The General Store – my second favorite – notice the quilting on this one – this is another great perk with this book – the photography is excellent and you can see the quilting details!
 This is Take 5 Climbs Jacob’s Ladder – my 3rd favorite quilt.  I’m in the process of making one of these scrappy style right now – but after seeing Kathy’s Take 5 version – I just might have to “Take 5” fabrics from my stash and jump on making another one of these quilts – soon!
 This is Take 5 Takes a Tumble – love it!  Who doesn’t love the tumbler block – and they are so super easy  and fast to cut when using Kathy’s great instructions!
 This is Take 5 Serves Up Scoops Of Spumoni – I envision making this one in shades of Blues for my sons beds.  He’s a growing boy and in need of another quilt to fit his growing height a bit more.  I’m thinking a variety of blue Batiks!
 This is Take 5 Connects The Dots – love it!!!  I remember playing Twister as a kid and also playing it with my own children!  What a fitting name for this quilt – and the added Twister game in the photo brought back wonderful memories!  This would make an excellent baby quilt pattern too!  This is my daughters favorite quilt from the book!
This is Take 5 Loves Saltwater Taffy – is this not sweet!  I love this quilts soft, gentle appearance – the fabrics used are so delicate!  I think this pattern would make a great two color quilt too!  Grab a background color and some red fabrics or blues and you’ll have a scrappy Take 5 quilt in no time!
There are more patterns in this book that you will love also, but I’ll leave it up to my 4 other fellow bloggers to show you more this week.  Here is the line up for the Blog Tour:

Tuesday June 19, 2012 – Carrie – Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.
Wednesday June 20, 2012 – Pam – Pam Kitty Morning
Thursday June 21, 2012 – Barb and Mary – Me and My Sister
Friday June 22, 2012 – Vanessa – V and Co.

I also invite you to leave a comment here today for a chance to win a copy of this new fun and fabulous book! Leave me a comment telling me which of the quilt patterns that I’ve featured here is your favorite!  That’s all you have to do here on my blog – but don’t forget to visit each of the above listed blogs this week for their book give-aways also!
I will draw the winning name from the comments left here on my blog this coming Friday March 22, 2012.
And after you’ve left a comment here – be sure to visit Kathy’s Blog –
Good luck and have a fabulous Monday!  I’m off to weed my garden, then dig into some scraps and finish up a quilt I have “in the works”!

Dresden Plate Quilt Finish & Another Give Away!

This poor quilt was nearly finished and just sitting in a plastic tub waiting for me to get a little time to give it some attention.  I won all the petals from these dresden plate blocks already pre – cut and partially ready to go in an ebay auction probably 3 – 4 years ago.  I slowly started making the blocks that finish at 14 1/2″ square.  Life got in the way, many quilt shows and new pattern designs, surgeries, other interests came and went.  Finally last week I pulled this project out again determined to get it finished!

I was shocked – all 20 blocks were finished and I had forgotten that I was this far along on this quilt!  Nearly all the sashing strips were sewn and cut to size.  And nearly all the nine patches were sewn and ready to go.  I did a little happy dance and started arranging the pieces on my design wall.  These are the kind of surprises I like!

Then gorgeous weather set in here and my flower and vegetable garden started screaming my name and this quilt got set aside for a few more days.

Then once again, I was in the mood and determined to finish this quilt once and for all today.  And here she is – I hope you enjoy the pictures!  Oh – but wait – I’m not finished yet!!!  I’ve got a little surprise for some lucky person at the bottom of this blog post – yes – it’s another give away!!  Be sure to read and scroll all the way down!

The finished quilt.

A close up of the red polka dot flower centers.

A close up of the tiny pin dot red and white fabric in the sashing and also the white on white fabric!

Another fun shot of the quilt!

The backing fabric – found in my stash!!!!  Helped me clear out 7 yards!
Now – are you ready for a little fun?  I’ve had a lot of great comments on my facebook page about this quilt – so I thought I’d do another fun little giveaway!  I have 23 sets of pre-sewn dresden plate petals left over.  I do not see me making another bright dresden plate quilt like this again in the near future.  Bright quilts are fun to make, but I’m ready to play with my reproduction fabrics again for awhile.
Here’s a picture of the 23 sets of petals – all individually bagged with 20 petals per bag!  I’m also going to include my freezer paper templates for the center of the dresdens!  (That’s what those white circles are in the lower right hand corner of the photo!)
This is a photo of one of the baggies of petals all arranged for you to see!
Here’s a quick picture to show you how the tips of each petal have been stitched already by whomever it was that I won this auction from!  All you have to do is sew the petals together! (I will say – not all the petals are exactly perfect – I did have to make a few adjustments on a couple of them – but nothing major at all!)
So – leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my quilt and I’ll draw the lucky winners name on Friday and send that person all 23 packages of these pre-sewn petals to give you a little jump start in created your own Dresden Plate quilt!
If you are making the same size quilt as shown above.  My dresden squares are 14 1/2″ square finished (cut your background squares to 15″).  The sashing strips are cut 2″ wide and the squares for the nine patches are also cut 2″ square.  Now – there was a lot of waste fabric on those stashing strips when using such a large size block – I think if I even make this pattern again, I might cut the block size down a bit.  When I sewed the 3 strips together for my sashing and then cross cut those pieces to 15″ long – that left me only able to cut two total sashing strips from each set of fabrics!  That left me with a bunch of red/white/red sashing strips left that measured about 11″ to 12″ long.  What a waste!  Anyhow – just thought I’d toss that tip out there for ya!  I wanted a lot of background on my blocks for some pretty quilting – but at the same time, ended up with a lot of waste!  The finished quilt measures 80 1/2″ x 99 1/2″