Friday, April 4, 2014

ALYoF- April Goal

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Well, here we are, April already!  It's crazy how fast the year just flies by.  My goal this month is to complete a baby quilt for my best friend who had her daughter 7 weeks early.  Both are doing well and hopefully the little miss will be going home soon!


I have this lovely stack of fat quarters from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom line.  Now I just have to decide on a fat quarter friendly pattern.  Any ideas?  I was hoping to get it done last month, but didn't settle on a pattern.  But, it WILL get done this month!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Here's my flag and a Giveaway!


Today is FINALLY my day to show off my flag for the Flags on a Stick Blog hop!  Thanks to Thearica and Madame Samm for being our cheerleaders throughout this blog hop and for our sponsors Flags on a Stick and Flag Outlet who inspired this whole quilted flag concept!


I was really excited to join in for a couple of reasons.....

1.  It's my first blog hop!

2.  I had a really cute idea for a flag!

3.  Who doesn't love a little outdoor d├ęcor, quilting style!?

So, being a proud Texan (Hello?? Texas Quilting Gal here!!!), I had to incorporate a little Texas love!
 
 
I think the cutest thing is that little appliqued Texas!  ;)  AND, you could even swap my Texas for a little Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia . . . . love!  Although, Colorado and Wyoming could be a little boring!  :) 
 
 
Also, chevrons are so popular now.  I used a fun half square triangle trick that made 8 at a time from Craftsy!  They were super duper quick!
 
 
Let's get to what you came for, the Giveaway!  I have two fun prize packs for two different readers!
 
 
I found this adorable Kate Spain stuff at Michael's and stocked up since I LOVE Kate Spain designs!  There's a note pad, note cards, a fun pen and cute playing cards!  Also, I'm throwing in one Sew Stitchy charm pack that I haven't gotten around to using, so your gain!  (Open to US only)
 
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The other prize is this adorable Party Dress pattern from Ginnie Kelly at Wonder Woman Quilts.  I met Ginnie at a quilt retreat this month and she was such a hoot to sit next to!  It was great getting to know her and seeing the beautiful work she does!  She was wearing this Party Dress around her neck with quilting accessories in it throughout the weekend and we all just fell in love with it!  She was so generous to offer me this pattern to give away to one of my readers!  So, go check out her website (I may have some other patterns to giveaway at a future date, wink, wink!)
I'll also throw in issue one of the new modern quilting magazine from the UK, Love Patchwork & Quilting.  It's a super, fun magazine and if you haven't checked it out, this would be a great prize for you! (Open to US and international)
 
To enter, you must leave a comment letting me know what state or country you're from or what state you would put on your flag!
 
For an extra entry, follow me via email or bloglovin (leave an additional comment that you did so!)
 
I̶'̶l̶l̶ ̶p̶i̶c̶k̶ ̶t̶w̶o̶ ̶r̶a̶n̶d̶o̶m̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶n̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶S̶a̶t̶u̶r̶d̶a̶y̶,̶ ̶A̶p̶r̶i̶l̶ ̶5̶t̶h̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶m̶a̶k̶e̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶I̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶t̶a̶c̶t̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶!̶
I've randomly drawn two winners (although I can't figure out how to post the pic of the results!) Congrats to #3-Amy and #13-Agnes!  You should have gotten an email from me for your mailing address!
  
 
 Don't forget to visit today's other bloggers to see what fun flags they made!

Texas Quilting Gal (You are here!!!)
 
AND, if you haven't seen the rest of the blogger's flags, go take a peak, there are a lot of really creative ones!  Everyone did a fabulous job!
 

April 2nd
Thimblemouse & Spouse
Stitchin' By The Lake
Just One More Stitch
The Quilting Queen Online
Selina quilts
Whims And Fancies


 
Thanks for visiting!  Hope y'all come back now!  :)
Texas Quilting Gal
 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Triangle Quilt Along


The Sassy Quilter
 
And we're off..... The Triangle Quilt Along has begun with Paula at The Sassy Quilter.  There's still plenty of time to join in!  We just got the cutting assignment today, so you aren't behind, yet!  Come on, you know you want to play! 


This is the third QAL I've participated in this year and I'm loving the motivation they elicit.  It's also so much fun to see what fabrics everyone else uses and if they do a unique layout or some added feature in their quilt.  Everyone is so creative!

I'm using mostly Michael Miller's Midnite Gems with a little Ta Dot thrown in and some solids.  I so love jewel tones!


Here are my yummy triangles all cut up and ready to go!  All 208 of them!  :)
 
 
 
Stay tuned for the finished product the end of April! 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Coming soon....

MY FIRST BLOG HOP!!!!   

I am so excited to be participating in my very first blog hop!  Since I'm so new to blogging, I'm hoping this will bring some new quilty friends my way!  I just love the online quilting community, as everyone is so supportive and encouraging.  I've enjoyed viewing other's blogs and being inspired by them.  I've also learned so much through tutorials and tips and have even won a few happy prizes along the way!  I'm hoping to grow my blog to include some tutorials and tips, as well, soon! 
 
And, who knows, maybe I'll even be having a little giveaway during this blog hop!  ;)

 
Stay tuned for this fun Flags on a Stick Blog Hop hosted by Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt, March 25-April 3

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kate Spain Charm Swap

I am so excited that I ran across a charm swap of Kate Spain's yummy fabrics!  I just adore her lines!  I'm using her Cuzco line for my Sugar Block Club (Amy Gibson's block of the month) and it's just so bright and happy!

Quilts From My Crayon Box is hosting this charm swap and since I found such a great deal on fabric online, I signed up for 2 spots!  That means, I'll be receiving 112 different pairs of fabulous Kate Spain fabrics in April!  Have I mentioned I LOOOOVE Kate Spain fabric?!?

I can't wait to get my hands on all those little charm squares!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

March Goal

Babies, Babies, Babies!!!!  My best friend and my sister in law are having babies within the next month and we all know what that means!  BABY QUILTS!!!  Since, my sister in law is due within the week, I am working on hers first (yes, I'm a procrastinator!)  Her nursery is decorated based on the Beatrix Potter characters and is the sweetest room you've ever seen!  Murals and all (she has a beautiful design eye).  She found these panels online and we went fabric shopping together to make sure everything coordinated in her almost finished nursery!

I'm using the Picture Frames pattern to feature these sweet story book squares.  All I've done so far is the first border around the panel blocks.  I still have to do the frame section with the accent of blue and quilt and bind it.  This will be my March A Lovely Year of Finishes goal!
 

 
Since, I'm heading out to a 4 day quilt retreat with a quilting friend tomorrow, I'm hoping to also get my best friends baby quilt done as well.  Her colors are pink, green, and purple and I found this fun fat quarter bundle of Joel Dewberry's Heirloom in the sapphire palette.  I just LOVE Joel Dewberry, so this will be a fun one for me!  I'm still trying to decide on a pattern, but I'm thinking it will be something like Amy Smart's Lattice Quilt. 

 
ANY IDEAS FOR A FAT QUARTER FRIENDLY BABY QUILT PATTERN THAT WILL SHOW OFF THESE BEAUTIFUL FABRICS???  LINKS ARE APPRECIATED!  :)
 
Edit:  I started this post on Monday and since then, my best friend had a big surprise, 5 weeks early!!!  Mom and Baby are doing good, but please lift up this tiny precious one in your prayers; for continual growth, improving health, and no complications!  Prayers are powerful!  (CONGRATS BESTIE!!!!  I LOVE YOUR SWEET, GROWING FAMILY!!!)

Friday, February 28, 2014

ALYoF Febuary Goal COMPLETE!!!

 


In October, the Houston Modern Quilt Guild did a Polaroid block swap.   I went a little crazy with my fussy cutting and made 20 sets of 5 to swap!!!  But, I got 100 adorable blocks in return!  I picked my 49 favorites, added the grey borders around each Polaroid and made a couple of them wonky when piecing them.  I had the top done in no time, but it sat in a pile, like so many other things!
 
BEFORE
  
ALYoF2014Thankfully, I have motivation to finish these projects this year with A Lovely Year of Finishes 2014.  I've mentioned this in a previous post, but you set a goal the first week of the month and link up your completed project the last week of the month to be entered in for some fabulous prizes.  (See my February goal post here.)  It's been really fun seeing everyone's projects in the Flickr group, from little bags to huge, intricate quilts!  
 
I completed my Polaroid quilt really early this month, but it's been so gloomy, I wasn't able to take pictures until yesterday.  And, it was just a BEAUTIFUL day in Texas yesterday (don't mean to rub it in, all your northerners!!)  So, here she is......
 
AFTER
 
 
Even Mark Twain loves a fun quilt to read with! 
 
This bench is outside one of our libraries and was just too cute to pass up for a photo op!

Some close ups of the blocks and my simple quilting of double lines along the seams.   Y'all suggested for me to keep it simple and let the blocks pop so that's what I did.  I think it turned out really neat!  Thanks for your feedback!  I love the online quilty world exactly for this reason!



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I forgot to take a picture of the back but I used this adorable camera fabric in the 2wenty-thr3e line by Eric & Julie Comstock for Moda!

 
 
 I also used this fabric for the binding, which was my first, successful attempt at machine binding both sides!  I alternated pins and clips very closely together and it worked great.  I didn't have to go back over to catch the binding anywhere along the edges and that was a first!
 

2 quilts down, 10 more this year, AT LEAST!!!!  I have lots of quilt alongs, block of the months, bee and baby quilts to complete this year, as well!  So, keep checking back with me.  Lots of fun stuff to come, including my first BLOG HOP and maybe some GIVEAWAYS!!!!  :)
 
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