One Hour Basket Swap

I’m still not participating in the online swaps that I used to love, but I do try to play along with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Swaps! I miss the online ones, but I just stay too busy for them. The guild ones are a lot less work so they make up for my lick of online swapping!

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This swap was to make a one hour basket! Very simple and easy! But let’s talk the one hour part… I could totally see it being a one hour project is you do NOT do quilting and only use one piece of fabric… But Since it’s a quilting guild, we quilt. And we quilted the one hour basket. So it’s was more like a two hour basket.

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I’m on a flying geese kick lately! So my accent on the basket were a few sets of flying geese. I love The Pieceful Kwilter’s no waste flying geese tutorial. I think it’s the best way to make flying geese. They were supposed to all be going north or south, but at the last minute, one row took off towards the west!

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The tutorial also includes nice little handles that take about 5 minutes!

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Unlike the online swaps, we don’t have partners in the guild swaps. Hence the less time consuming part! So we make our projects and then put them in brown paper bags and pick. So my finished basket made it into a brown bag and then into the hands of another lovely quilter!

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And this is the one in the lovely brown bag that I chose! I was floored! I had been snooping around IG and looking at the others that were made. THey were all fantastic, but I had my eye on this one. On the way to the meeting, I even thought to myself, I hope I get that one… THe one with the saying on it….

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And I did! I couldn’t believe my luck! Especially after the paint chip challenge with I got the one color I really didn’t want! Now I have to find a spot for this basket! Thank you The Bespoke Outlaw for making me this awesome basket!

 

 

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Blue Mountain Giveaway with a $250 Gift Card!

Recently I was contacted by Blue Mountain to join with them in sharing Letters to Santa and sharing a Blue Mountain Membership and $250.00 gift card to you! I couldn’t refuse!

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Do you know Blue Mountain? It’s basically an online card shop. A card shop that provides an easy way to stay in touch with friends and family using online eCards and printable cards! I love thier collection of printable cards! I wish I had known about them a couple of weeks ago!

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You know I love a good letter to Santa! And so do they! They have a great collection of letters to Santa and letters from Santa! Yep! We always sign up for a nearby town’s Letters From Santa program and the kiddo has always gotten a letter from Santa. He loves it! So now we can write our own!

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As a Member, you have access to tons of great cards for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and dozens of other events and occasions. Whether you want to say thanks, share birthday greetings, or just let loved ones know they’re in your thoughts! They have all sorts of things, like ‘postcards’ that you can email or post to Facebook and printable stationary and Desktop Calendar Wallpapers. That’s the really cool thing, the number of options!

Membership offers unlimited access to all of thier cards, but that’s not all! They also offer reminders, never forget another birthday, anniversary or holiday, and an address book, all your addresses in one place!

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There’s cards for all occasions, even coupons for special occasions like Mother’s Day and stationary! And I realized, you can edit almost of the cards, so if you like the picture, but not what it says… Just edit it!

Ready to WIN? You have FOUR ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1A. Post a picture of your Letter to Santa to Instagram using the social hashtag, #BMALettertoSanta. Leave one comment including your IG name. (one entry)

or 1B. If you don’t do Instagram or aren’t writing a letter to Santa, feel free to let us know your favorite holiday tradition! Leave one comment. (one entry)

Please do only 1 or 2, not both!

But there are a couple more ways to enter!

2. My blog followers get an extra entry. Leave one comment. (one entry)

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That’s 4 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on December 21st at 12 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

 

 

Quilt Blocks for Causes

I’ve been making a few quilt blocks lately! So the first few started from this adorable little package of fabric squares from Clothworks Organic Line.

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Clothworks gave our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild the little bundles to make a modern blocks for a quilt that we would then donate to a good cause.

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I ended up making three! This grey one is my favorite! THey were all spur of the moment, no real planning. I stacked them all together, cut about an inch off the side and then reassembled them!

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Second came the blue one. Not my favorite.

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And lastly the teal one. I like this one, but not quite as much as the grey one!

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The reveal was amazing. At our last guild meeting everyone showed off their blocks and we put them all together. There was some fantastic blocks!!!

Once that was complete, I moved on to my next project. Just One Slab for Alberta. But I made two.

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I admit I don’t watch much news. It started when I was pregnant. I’d get so upset by the news, I kinda quit listening. And I got used to it. So needless to say, I didn’t actually know about the devastating floods in Alberta. Then I found out about Cheryl’s call for quilters to make blocks to give to those who lost everything in the floods. I couldn’t say no!

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I only used scraps. The first one I made was the pink one. I used a bunch of little scraps. And it took a while!

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So for my next one, the green one, I used larger scraps. And it didn’t take as long and I love it!

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If you’d like to make one for the Just One Slab, it’s super quick and she’s requesting them by the end of this month. So quit reading and start going through those scraps and sewing them together! I can’t wait to see all the blocks together!

 

Quilting for Boston

The recent events in Boston are absolutely horrible and I do not have a clue how people can do these types of things to others. In any case, the quilting community is coming together to show that despite the hatred in our world, there is still love, too. The love part just doesn’t get as much TV news press. I guess it’s not as ‘exciting’ for the press. Ok, if you can’t tell, I have an opinion, but I’ll keep the rest of it to myself since I’m supposed to be sharing the love here in this post!

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I’ve participated in two projects for the Boston area! The first one is the To Boston with Love project. This project was started by the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild as a collaborative effort of quilters ‘to bring peace and love from far and wide.’ The idea is, in my words, to give Boston a hug. To let them know that the world is thinking of them!

The flags will be exhibited by The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from May 23-June 16, 2013!

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My flag didn’t turn out quite the way I had envisioned it. I wanted it to be a little improv and not perfect. And it did turn out that way, I just had it looking different in my head!

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I went with the blue and yellow color scheme from my next project, Quilts for Boston project. More about that shortly!

 

This project became a little impromptu project for our quilt guild. We had a few participatns and a bunch of really great flags!  I wasn’t able to be at the meeting, so I’m not sure who all else participated. Once I find out names, I’ll add the credits for the flags!

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And then I also participated in the Quilts for Boston call for quilt blocks from the Boston Modern Quilt Guild. In the aftermath the guild was looking for a way to help those that had been directly affected by the bombing. They decided to make quilts and are looking for blocks and donations of fabric for the backs and bindings, etc.

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For this project you have until May 24th, 2013 to get your blocks to the guild. All the information, size, colors and address are all listed on their blog here.

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Personally, I love the colors! I can’t wait to see the finished quilts!

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See… I really do love the colors! Inadvertently, (no, I wasn’t planning a blogging photo-shoot when I bought this cutting mat) I just bought a new cutting mat that just happens to be blue and yellow!

KCW Day 6- Monster Tee

I was crossing my fingers the whole time I was sewing this shirt, hoping and hoping that it would fit over the noggin’!

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And it did! Not even a struggle! Woo Hoo!

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I also have a huge problem finding cool knit fabric for the boy. So I finally resorted to online. I found a few great ones at Banberry Place. Including this monster fabric by Lillestoff, a European import. Please explain to me why cool knits are so hard to find in this country??? I love Lillestoff! Love! It’s so nice and soft and the design is COOL!

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My original plan was to use the Flashback Tee again. I used it once before and it was a bit tight, so I wanted to try it again the next size up. But then I was like… Well, maybe I reuse the Winter PJ top cause it fits so well. But the head thing… The winter PJ’s top goes on easy, but it’s kinda hard to get off.

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So I went with the original plan to use the 4T Flashback tee pattern. And it’s perfect. Easy on. Easy off. Cute. Fast. Not too tight. Love.

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I even remembered the tag! The kiddo was pretty excited about that!

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And he wanted to be sure we showed the back of the t-shirt. Since it’s so different from the front….

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Take a Moment for Alabama, Please

I have to take a break from studying and work to take a moment for my home state of Alabama.

 

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The news of the killing of Bin Ladin is huge news, I understand that.

But to me, the news of the devastation and recovery efforts of Alabama after the tornadoes that ripped through the state is huge news too. (I won’t go off on my tangent about the media today. Although I do keep typing my opinions and then erasing them. But that’s for another day… )

Please take a moment and if there is anything you can do to help, please do. I found this organization today, Give + Tuscaloosa.

 

In cooperation with the City of Tuscaloosa, the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund has been established by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. The fund was created as a means for individuals and businesses to make tax-deductible contributions for basic human services and recovery efforts in the Tuscaloosa community and surrounding areas.

(If you do give to the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund and can send a check, please do. PayPal is unfortunately still taking in 2.2% on each transaction)

Although it’s called Give + Tuscaloosa, the aid services the greater Western Alabama Region.

Alabama Possible is listing tons of organizations that are taking not only financial donations, but food, water, and clothing donations through the state. 

Alabama has been through so much over the last 6 or years, Hurricane Ivan (the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded), Hurricane Katrina (yes, the widespread damage affected more than the New Orleans area), the Gulf Oil Spill and now this. Please pray that Alabama will be sheltered from further devastation in the years to come.

image via Diversion Design on Flickr

For Japan With Love

Are you following the devastation in Japan??? The images are heart breaking…

Since I started blogging there have been a few disasters and I’ve found that there are awesome people all around us who want to help however they can. Thanks to the ladies at Ever-Ours and Utterly Engaged I have found a way that I can help and spread the word. On Friday I’ll be taking part in the Bloggers Day of Silence:

Not only is it a day of silence for the victims, it is also a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards Shelterbox.

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 

I have to admit, I’ve been trying to avoid as many images as possible. I listen on the radio, but it’s really hard for me to look. I figured out why… I’m terrified of earthquakes. I’m terrified of an earthquake happening and I can’t get to my family. I grew up on the Gulf Coast and we had hurricanes. Scary, but you have plenty of warning that it’s coming. Even time to name the storm, pack and retreat to safer areas. Earthquakes. No warning. Now I live in an earthquake zone… And they say that the next one is going to be a big one. I can only imagine the fear and the unknown that these people are going through right now.