Thursday, March 31, 2016

In Our Garden Blog Hop - My Month

Happy April Fool's Day and Welcome to my month (blocks 5 and 6) of the In Our Garden BOM Blog Hop.  Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy is the head gardner for this fabulous blog hop.

Sew Incredibly Crazy

On the first day of each month,  a designer releases  2 blocks for the In Our Garden Blog Hop.  One block is a traditional pieced block and the other block is an applique block.  There have been flowers, and frogs, and birds, and all sorts of cute garden goodness.

My block is a "Love Flower" for the pieced block.

And a watering can sprinkling water on a droopy flower for my applique block.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Traffic Jam Sew-A-Long BOM Month #2

Hello and welcome to Month #2 of the Traffic Jam Sew-A-Long. I'm so glad you stopped in to join the fun.  It's going to be a Block of the Month Sew A Long.   Each month we'll make at least one unit (or block) for the  Traffic Jam Quilt for the next 12 months.  You'll need the Traffic Jam Pattern as well.  You can get it here.   If you missed Traffic Jam Month #1, you can find it here.  

Month #1 we made this block

Month #2, we're making these blocks.  

Actually this month you're making 4 of these.  They are exactly alike, but used in various places in the quilt.  So let's get started.  

You will need:

A - 1-8 1/2" Focus Fabric #3 Square
B - 1-2 1/2" x 8 1/2" Fabric #1 Background
C - 1-2 1/2" x 8 1/2" Contrast Fabric #2
D - 1-2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Fabric #1 Background
E - 1-2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Fabric #1 Background
F - 1 - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Contrast Fabric #2

Shown are the fabrics for all 4 blocks.

Sew F to D and press seam to F

Sew E to F/D and press seam to F

Sew B to C and press seam to B

Sew B/C unit to D/F/E unit.  Press to D/F/E unit.

Sew B/C/D/F/E unit to F.  Press to A

Label this one Column 1 Unit 2.  

Now go make 3 more of these exactly alike (for a total of 4 units exactly alike).  Label them as follows:

Column 1, Unit 3
Column 3, Unit 16
Column 3, Unit 18

Now see, wasn't that easy.  Be sure to link up with the Linky Party and show your progress.  I'd love to see your fabrics and your progress.  You can also post your block on Instagram, using the (hashtag) #quiltingqueenonline #trafficjamquilt, or post on my Facebook Page.  See you next month on the last Monday of April for the next Traffic Jam Sew A Long BOM Month #3.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop - My Day

Hi there.  Welcome to my day of the Quilt Qwazy Queens.  I'm so glad you joined us on the Quilt Qwazy journey.  I hope you've been following along since the dawn of time, International Quilting Day on March 19th.  There have been some very interesting and inspirational stories and beautiful quilts.

Marian at Seams To Be Sew is our head Quilt Qwazy Queen.  She has done a fabulous job of lining up some great Qwazy Quilters and some awesome Qwazy Quilt Giveaways.

Sew.... Once upon a time there was this little girl named Doris Cotten.  She lived in a small town in Southwest Missouri with her mom and dad and two sisters.  Doris' mom taught her how to sew at an early age, just 7 years old.  Doris made mostly clothes but at the age of 13 she made something Qwazy.  She made her first quilt.

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen.  Sew began the journey of Doris.  She had the perfect last name... Cotten.... the spelling was a little different but Cotten still the same.  

And Sew began the love for anything red, white, and blue; even back then.  

I love how Dad didn't just sign his name, he added character to his name. 

I entered this quilt in the fair and if I remember correctly, it won a blue ribbon and was chosen to go on the Missouri State Fair.  It's just a simple quilt, four patches and rectangles around signature blocks that I embroidered, along with mom's help.  

Little did I know it also began the making of the Quilting Queen some 30+ years later....

My second quilt didn't come along until about 10 years later  (circa 1983) when I made this quilt.

I was so proud of it.  But oh how pathetic it is.  
No one taught me how to put borders on.  So I sewed the two borders to the top and bottom and then sewed the two borders to the side...

The blocks were huge, I think they're 18"....

And the hand quilting was right in scale with the blocks.... huge stitches...

It was a quilt as you go and I had just purchased my serger so what did I do.... I set it together with the serger... OH MY!

And look, no binding.  I serged the edge... because well... no one showed me how to put a binding on.  An even bigger OHHHH MYYY!!!

If my Grandma Cotten were still alive she would have shown me how to do that.  She was a very prolific quilter.  I remember going to her house and all the closets were FULL of quilts she made.  Sadly lots of those quilts disappeared (I'm pretty sure I know where they went though).  I was lucky enough to be the recipient of 2 of those quilts.  They are among my most prized possessions.

A Lone Star Quilt

Simple quilting...

And A grandmother's flower garden quilt.

As I was thinking about what I was going to write and what quilts I was going to show you, I realized that most of the quilts that mean the most to me aren't necessarily quilts I've made.  They are quilts someone else has made.

Like this quilt from the King's grandmother.

Funny thing about this quilt is that she made it for his parents for a wedding gift in 1950.  However she wouldn't give it to them until she thought they would take care of it.  They didn't receive it until after she passed away.  I guess when you have 5 boys you're never in the position to "take care of it". 

And the King's mother made 6 quilts in her life, one for each of her 5 boys and 1 for her only grandson.  I am lucky to have 2 of them.  This is the quilt she made for William, her grandson. 

My best friend's mom (from high school) made this quilt for me for graduation.  It was a quilt as you go type quilt.  I still love it.  

And William made this quilt when he was about 13 for Mother's Day for me.  

Over the years I've tried a lot of things that contribute to my Quilt Qwazy Queen status.

Miniatures- this one is 12" x 18" and my very first mini.

Paper piecing

Needle turn applique (which I will probably never do ever again).

Embroidery and Block of the Month

Yes, even a Crazy Quilt.... one of those quilt as you go ...

But enough about me.  You've stuck with me through all of this so how about a little giveaway.

Hoffman is generously giving about a fabric bundle of 885 Bali Dot Collection.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

But wait, there's more....

Any Pattern is giving away a Free pattern "The Easter Kitty" 

Just use the rafflecopter gadget to enter for these two giveaways.  

And there's still more giveaways  ....

Head on over to our Quilt Qwazy Queen Bee's blog (that would be Marion at Seams To Be Sew)and you'll find even more giveaways.  During the blog hop, the Fat Quarter Shop is also giving everyone who purchases something at their shop a 10% discount.  When you check out, just use the coupon code seamstobe316.  

Be sure to visit all the Quilt Qwazy Queens today.  They too have some fabulous giveaways and stories.

Just Let Me Quilt
Sew Many Yarns
Quilting Queen Online (You're in the Queen's Palace)
Jane’s Quilting
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter and Also her Featured Day  Seams to Be Sew
Have a fabulous Quilt Qwazy Weekend.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

OH Snap!

The last few days have been extremely frustrating in the Studio.  Monday I shouldn't have even stepped foot in there.  Everything, and I do mean everything I sewed was wrong.  I ripped out and re-sewed nearly everything I touched.  I sewed things backwards, I cut wrong, I measured wrong, I sewed wrong side to right side..... Ugh!!!  I'd love to show you all my mistakes but they're on top secret projects so no sharing yet.

Tuesday was a little better.  I did accomplish a little more on Tuesday and didn't even attempt to sew anything.  I was too busy trying to catch up on customer quilts.  Queenie was humming!

Today was off to a good start.... until this happened.  OH SNAP!   How does this happen?  How does the thread slip out of the tension disc right in the middle of the quilt.  I had no idea it happened until I went to pull up the bobbin thread at the end.  When I pulled on it there was no tension.  It pulled out way too easy.  And this is what I found on the back.


Monday, March 21, 2016

A Perspective on Longarm Quilting Charges

I recently read an article about "Why Does My Longarmer Charge So Much".  The article was written by Andi Rudebusch, a longarm quilter.  I felt her article was "spot on"!  To my knowledge, I don't have customers complaining about what I charge.  However, I probably am guilty many times of not charging enough, especially on custom quilting.  I can't tell you how many times I've worked for $10 or less per hour on custom quilts.

It's an interesting read, and worth the time.  It definitely brings a new perspective on things from both a customer's point of view and a longarmer's point of view.  I hope you take the time to read it.

By the way, from her photos on her website, she does amazing work!  Check it out for inspiration, if for no other reason!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Holy Guacamole

I love Guacamole!  I have made it enough times now that I finally have pursued William to try it and low and behold, he likes it too.  I haven't been quite as successful with the King.  He still turns his nose up at it.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

International Quilting Day

Today is International Quilting Day.  In honor of International Quilting Day I spent most of the day quilting and sewing as any true Quilting Queen would do.  I spent some of the day doing the next best thing, junkin.  I went to 2 Estate Sales and 1 yard sale sale and a trip to Goodwill.  However, the junkin lords weren't with me today.  I didn't buy one single thing!  Oh well, I still love doing it.

Here is what I finished today.


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queen

There's a Quilt Qwazy Queen in the house.  Yes, it's true.  I'm the only Queen in the house, so it must be me.  But I'm not alone.  At least I'm not the only Quilt Qwazy Queen out there in blog land.  Which is why Marian (another  Quilt Qwazy Queen) at Seams To Be Sew has organized another great blog hop.  It's coming your way starting tomorrow and it's in honor of International Quilting Day (which is March 19th).

I found this Sign and thought how appropriate it was.  I ordered it so I hope it gets here before my posting day on the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop.

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