Saturday, July 19, 2014

For Pinks Sakes - July 19


Thanks for stopping by for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop to raise funds for my mother-in-law's medical expenses. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is the list of participants, we've had one last minute addition, go visit our July 19 ladies to see what blocks they've made or if you haven't checked out what the other ladies have made, by all means, visit them too:

May 10
May 24
June 7
 
June 21
 
July 5
 
July 19

Saturday, July 5, 2014

For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop - July 5


Thanks for stopping by for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop to raise funds for my mother-in-law's medical expenses. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is the list of participants, go visit our July 5 ladies to see what blocks they've made or if you haven't checked out what the other ladies have made, by all means, visit them too:

May 10
May 24
June 7
 
June 21
 
July 5
 
July 19

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Blue and Black Plus Quilt (Commission)

Final Stats
Name: Blue and Black Plus Quilt
Dimensions: 100"x96"
Pieces: Front - 392
Pattern: Plus Quilt
Technique: Patchwork
Materials: 100% Quilting Cottons - Kona Snow, Black, and Robin's Egg
Quilting: Machine quilting done on my little Euro-Pro
 
I don't do commissions often, because they have hard deadlines and even if I stop feeling inspired, I have to finish them. That's my biggest rule with commission quilts, I have to feel inspired about the project at least at first, or else I won't take it. I also have a family and friend policy where I contribute the labor if it's going to someone I know, and they pay the cost of materials. My husband's aunt, M, approached me about making a wedding quilt for her daughter, K. After some back and forth, and information gathering not just from her but also from her other daughter, J, I came up with a design in EQ7 that she approved. 
 
We decided to keep it all solids to save some money on fabric and because K likes things modern. Originally the quilt was going to be just black and white, but I learned from J that K had been buying some Robin's Egg blue things for her apartment recently, so I decided to add in the pop of color.

I cut all of the blue, white, and black 4.5x12.5" strips all at once. And then I strip pieced the plus points and sub-cut them into 4.5x12.5" strips as well. I chain pieced most of the quilt and it was super fast (once I finally got over my procrastination phase and actually started the thing). 

I found the backing in the "good" quilting fabric section of Joann's. It's a Robin's Egg blue with tiny black dots. And without having any of the Robin's Egg Kona on me, I'm surprised at how closely they match (yay, go me). It was also on major sale, so I ended up taking the rest of the bolt, which unfortunately ended up only being 6 yards, but already sub-cut into 3 yard pieces. To fill in the middle, I added the remainder of my bolt of Kona Snow (I still cannot believe that I've used up an entire 15 yard bolt of Kona Snow in a few months) and the rest of the Kona Black. I also bought a package of King-sized batting, because I knew my bolt of 90" batting wasn't going to make it without some serious piecing.

I straight-line quilted the thing about 1/4-1/2 inch from each seam. And added in some additional quilting lines in the row of blue so the plus would stand out more. My machine barely handled the queen-sized quilt, but it made it. However, I do not see myself being able to wrestle a king-sized quilt through that, no siree. Also, basting that thing on my living room floor used up every available square inch of floor space, so I don't think I'll be basting a king-sized quilt in there either.
 
The binding was a find at Capital Quilts. I do so love a stripey binding. It's a very thin black and white stripe. Unfortunately, and no one will notice this but myself, the white in the binding is a white-white and the Kona Snow is more of a yellow-white. But at the end of the day, there's very little binding on the quilt and a whole lot of Kona Snow.

The one thing I realize now, after the fact, is that I forgot to sign the thing. Usually I embroider my initials and the year into the lower right corner with contrasting thread, but I totally spaced on that part. I brought it with me to Michigan in my checked bag (thank goodness Southwest lets you check two bags for free again). I got to show my parents, my grandmother (who was there from Germany for my brother's wedding), and two family friends what I'd made. I left it at my husband's uncle's house, because that's where the wedding reception for K was going to be. Unfortunately I was not able to attend said reception, but from the pictures of the event, and the Facebook message I received from K, the quilt was appreciated. And that's really all any quilter can ask for. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop - June 21


Thanks for stopping by for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop to raise funds for my mother-in-law's medical expenses. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is the list of participants, go visit our June 21 ladies to see what blocks they've made or if you haven't checked out what the other ladies have made, by all means, visit them too:


May 10
May 24

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Saturday, June 7, 2014

For Pink's Sakes - June 7


Thanks for stopping by for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop to raise funds for my mother-in-law's medical expenses. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is the list of participants, go visit our June 7 ladies to see what blocks they've made or if you haven't checked out what our May 10 and 24 ladies have made, by all means, visit them too:


May 10
May 24

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Saturday, May 24, 2014

For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop - May 24


Thanks for stopping by for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop to raise funds for my mother-in-law's medical expenses. My mother-in-law is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is the list of participants, go visit our May 24 ladies to see what blocks they've made or if you haven't checked out what our May 10 ladies have made, by all means, visit them too:

May 10
May 24

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

For Pinks Sakes - August 2 Give-Away

I now have three sponsors for the August 2 participant give-away.

Pink Castle Fabrics is contributing a bundle of polka dot fabrics.


The Fat Quarter Shop has very generously agreed to donate a bundle of Project Pink (fitting, I think) and a $75 gift certificate to their shop.

http://www.fatquartershop.com/

And our latest sponsor is Pink Chalk Fabrics. They have been very generous as well and will be providing two of their pink Color Stacks - one Rosey Cheeks and one Vibrant Rose.

https://www.pinkchalkfabrics.com/

I will also be providing a small gift certificate for the give-away. Store TBD.

This is how it's going to work:

On August 2, I will post a give-away post. You will need to leave a comment on the post to enter the give-away.

Entries will be tallied thus:
2 automatic entries for everyone who hosted the blog hop (I will post the comment for you)
1 automatic entry for every pink block I've received by then (I will post the comment for you)
1 entry for every $5 you've contributed towards my mother-in-law's medical bills (you will have to post the comment, since donations can be anonymous)
1 entry for linking to the contributions page on your blog/Facebook page/Twitter/Flickr/Instagram account at any point during the blog hop (your comment to include a link to the page where you've linked it)
1 entry for linking to the blog hop page at any point during the blog hop (your comment to include a link to the page where you've linked it)

Entries will close at midnight EST, August 9.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop

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Thanks for stopping by my blog for the For Pinks Sakes Blog Hop. I am hosting this blog hop for several courageous women who have fought the good fight against breast cancer. My Oma Fini (paternal grandmother), Doris (my maternal grandmother's upstairs neighbor/renter, whose son I grew up with), Ellen (my husband's aunt), and of course, Tina (my mother-in-law). Tina is a wonderful woman, who has stayed upbeat and positive throughout her battle, but the medical bills from several surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments have left her and her husband with a huge amount of medical bills and have put a major damper on her spirits and her joy at being cancer free after two years. It would be amazing, if you'd consider contributing towards those medical bills. There is a link here or on the right side of my blog.
 

The amazing ladies who have graciously agreed to participate in this blog hop will be making a pink block and sending it to me to make into a quilt to donate to the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion in Grand Rapids, MI where my mother-in-law has had all of her cancer treatments. You are welcome to join in and make one too. Instructions can be found here. Everyone who participates either by contributing to my mother-in-law's medical bills, makes a pink block, or shares the link to the donations page will be entered into a give-away that I will be hosting on August 2nd.

Here is my block:

This is a 4" square paper-pieced block. The pattern can be found on Quilter's Cache, here.

Here is a list of the ladies who are participating in this blog hop. Please go check out their blogs as well. Now with direct links to their blog posts about the hop.
 
May 10
May 24

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19
 
Pink Blocks Received in the past two weeks:
 From Debra, a fellow DCMQG guild member
 
I have also received blocks from Melinda (May 24) and Kathy (May 10), who will be participating in the blog hop as well, so I'm not going to spoil the surprise. You'll just have to go visit their blogs.

Monday, May 5, 2014

For Pinks Sakes - Pink Block Specs


If you are interested in making a pink block for the charity quilt I am making to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for my mother-in-law's medical bills from her fight with breast cancer, the specs are below:

Use primarily pink fabrics, a little bit of pattern in a different color is fine, but the fabric should read pink.
It can be any pattern you choose - paper pieced, patchwork, improv, whatever strikes your fancy.
Size doesn't matter, anything over 4" is fine.
It doesn't have to be any particular shape, although I would prefer a rectangle or square.
If you do need a background color for your block, please stick to white or off-white. Low volume that reads white is fine as well.

You are welcome to make more than one. Every pink block made and sent by August 2 will gain you one entry in my participant give-away. To get my address, please email me at DamascSt@gmail.com or reply to this post with your email address.

Thanks!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blog Hop Organizing and Awesome Con

Well, this blog hop is hopping along. I still have several spots open and have created a tab for the blog hop with the current list of participants. If you'd like to participate, please let me know.

I've been pretty busy with work, Awesome Con, and a little bit of quilting. It's also been just me the past two weeks, while my husband has been in Michigan taking care of his mom for this latest (and hopefully last) round of surgeries. I'm happy to report that she is recovering nicely and went back to work today. I also got my hubby back yesterday.

Awesome Con this past weekend was three days of nerdy fun! I played board and card games, bought games and dice and two prints, went to several panels and Q&A sessions, and got several autographs.


That's Raphael Sbarge (Jiminy Crickets from Once Upon a Time), Cary Elwes (Westley from Princess Bride and Robin Hood from Robin Hood: Men in Tights), Sean Astin (Samwise from Lord of the Rings), and Timothy Zahn (one of the writers in the Star Wars Expanded Universe).

There were other TV and movie stars there, but mainly from Walking Dead, which I haven't seen, and Firefly/Serenity, which I've only seen one or two episodes of.

My favorite parts of Awesome Con below:



Both of them were SO nice. Seriously. I've always kind of pictured actors as these self-absorbed people, but both were really friendly and you got the feeling they actually wanted to get to know you. Apparently Cary Elwes also won the Mr. Congeniality award from the staff and volunteers, so it wasn't just me. :)

Although I was a little disappointed by some of the sessions, I'm looking at you "Gaming Myths" and "Girl Gamers," the Q&As with Timothy Zahn, Sean Astin, and Cary Elwes on Sunday totally made up for it.