Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Finish - Toucan Quilt

My goal for August was to finish the Toucan Crib Quilt. I am horrible at coming up with interesting names for my quilts, so they end up being called something simple based on the main attraction.

I did actually finish the Toucan Quilt.

I cut 33 5.5" squares each of yellow, green, and tan/brown. Putting those together into the quilt top was by far the quickest part of the process.

Next I found, blew up, and mirrored a picture of a toucan to use as the basis for my applique. I used rough edge applique with a straight stitch around the edges to anchor the fabric.

I ended up having to take a row off the top and the side because it wouldn't fit on the pre-cut batting I wanted to use. Instead I used one row on the back in between some striped green flannel.

Quilting was relatively easy as well, until I got to the toucan. I did stitch in the ditch along the edges of the squares, and then outlined every part of the toucan and leaves. That part took forever.

Binding is a Denyse Schmidt fabric I picked up at Joann's.

Finally I embroidered my initials and the year in the bottom right corner. It's kind of hard to see, since it's green on green. Now I just need to wash and send it.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Give Away - Winner (cont.)

Since Tina hasn't gotten back to me, I will pick another person to win the stack of text fabrics.

And the winner is...

AJ! You have a week to respond before I pick someone else.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Give Away - Winner!

And the winner is...

Number 11... Tina. I have sent you an email and commented on your blog, so please reply with your address. If I don't hear from you by next Saturday, I will choose another winner.

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Reminder - Give Away Closes Tonight

Just a reminder that my text fabric give-away closes tonight. You can find the full post here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Goals

My giveaway is still open until August 16th. Please check it out and comment on the give-away post to enter.

My goal for August is to finish the Toucan baby quilt. Need to finish the quilting, bind it, embroider my signature on it, and wash it.
How cute is that?!

My stretch goals are the following:
1) Finish adding the second border to my wedding quilt blocks
2) Continue working on my Christmas quilt
3) Continue cutting fabric for the Plus Quilt
4) Continue working on my X and Plus blocks

I doubt I'll get through all of that, but I really need to get working on that wedding quilt. My deadline is nearing steadily.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

200th Post - First Fabric Give-Away!

It's been a long time in coming, but I have finally reached that elusive milestone. 200 Posts! Hard to believe it's taken me this long since I started this blog three and a half years ago. I just don't post as often as I'd like to.

With that milestone comes another one. My very first fabric give-away.

As some people, especially those in my Guild know, I love text prints. In the spirit of sharing and celebrating, I will be giving away eight fat quarters of light text prints from my stash.

Here they are, in all their glory.
In order to win, you can do any or all of the following:
1) Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite type of novelty fabric is. 
2) Follow my blog and tell me in another comment how you follow me.
3) Repost this give-away and tell me how you reposted in a separate comment (your own blog, Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). You may repost on several different social media sites, please leave a separate comment for each type and add a link to the post or tell me your user ID and which site you posted on.
This is open to all, international entries welcome. If you are a no-reply blogger, please post your email address so I can contact you.
Deadline to enter is Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck!