Saturday, August 31, 2013

My ALYoF August Finish

Crazy that my 'A Lovely Year of Finishes' August goal was a little bit harder to finish than I anticipated.
A Lovely Year of Finishes
What made it difficult was that something else took over my design wall.
That and I took this down and had a bugger of a time finding the right placement again.  But here it is . . beautiful quilt top! 

HST Nordika

So many thank you's to Jeni over at In Color Order for the fantastic tutorials as listed in the

Oh yes and she designed this fantastic fabric!  I'm so in love with Nordika!

#ALYoF August project complete..whoop! Photos and a post on the blog soon. ♡♥♡♥
I may have bought a wee bit too much. 
Look for a fat quarter destash of this from me on Instagram
So much quilt-ly love. 

Remember you still have a wee bit of time time (Saturday till 11:58 PST) to link up your finish with Melissa or me HERE.
Stay tuned to what September may bring.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The stash may have more solid fabrics now

It's feeling more serious around these parts.
First I had the lovely Leona supplied me with a range of lovely solids.
Solidly in love. Thank you dearest @oneygirl50
Gotta love when someone helps you with your fabric habit.

That helps with adding more color without more print.

Alright how about some solids for background and backings other than's about growth for me!

This is how they arrived
Thankfully no fabric was harmed in the transport of these beauties!
Invasion of the kona solids. ...yeah! Yardage baby!


So here you have excuses!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

August: A Lovely Year of Finishes ~ Finishes Party

A Lovely Year of Finishes

End of another month!
{Sorry I'm late, I had to grab some sale items from my LQS that is going out of business}

Both Melissa and I are not ready to show our finished yet. . but tune in before the end of the month to see them!

How did you do with your one goal this month?

To link-up please choose the one item you posted about earlier this month.

To be eligible to win an August prize you:
1. were required to enter your project {one this post} the first 7-days of the month
2. must enter in the linky below, the last 7-days of the month.

To make it easy on Melissa and I (and easier on you), please link back to the goal setting post or photo.
We have a few people that missed out on prizes as we couldn't verify if they entered in the begging post.  We also are having a hard time as many of you are listing more than one goal.
Please make it easy for us to verify your entry.

Please check out our Q&A page if you have questions.

So, ready?

Grab a button or provide a link back to us.

A Lovely Year of Finishes
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**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Melissa's blog, 
so there is no need to enter in twice**

Here is a reminder of what our fantastic sponsors are offering this month, August prizes include:

1. Choice of $15 or 2 charm packs from Stitch n' Giggles

2. $25.00 Gift Certificate to Superior Threads

Superior Threads Quilting Thread

3. Fat quarter bundle {one of their latest lines} from Riley Blake Designs.

4. $15.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop

5. Paper Pieces prize donated from Paper Pieces

6. Quilting pattern from the Quilting Lodge

Phew the prizes are amazing aren't they!  I wish I could keep all of them.  It is super fun to share!

Thanks for joining in.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Star Surround QAL ~ Surrounds

Have you seen the Quilt Along with Melissa with Happy Quilting?
Instead of people dropping off -  she's having more people join in.

This week we were working on the surround ... as I did the stars last week.

I broke it down to 3 surrounds a night.

#starsurroundqal.  The surround outside is this weeks assignment.  Soooo  loving these.  3 of 9 done

I'm pretty disappointed with my flying geese. 
So I promptly ordered some bloc loc rulers. 
I can NOT wait to review these!
I love how these are turning out.  

#starsurroundqal surrounds completed.  ♡♥♡♥♡♥

It's amazing that this is sticking with me.
It's like Melissa has found the magic pattern and timing.
It's not too long for me to jump to another project.
{Although I have 3 "new" projects waiting for me}
Check out the others that are linking up here

Happy almost weekend!!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

I'm a member of the Modern Quilt Guild!

I’m a member of the MQG!
That's right I'm in the game now baby!
I signed up as an individual but will gladly join in things when I can. 
Oh wait, there IS something is coming up right away! 
Check out the Basics Challenge
You can be a member as part of a local guild or as an individual, like me, to join in this challenge as well, you'll have till the end of this month.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My own private Idaho

How is it only Tuesday? 
I mean I had a long weekend to finally visit my family in Idaho.
Already missing my own private Idaho.  ♡♥♡♥
I love this place!
I have to say, I'm so proud of my mother -
we decluttered not only her closets but also her quilting magazine pile. 
I only took a fraction of these to even see if I want to keep them.
While I was in Idaho I picked up this 
So excited to share what happened to me this past weekend - 40 yards baby!
40-yards of 90" wide.
I'll be tracking the usage on the box!
I estimate this will last me 2 years.
My fella rolls his eyes and thinks it will only last a year.
But because I committed myself. . I'll be using this UP!
9 quilt-tops that are ready to go. . here I come!

Oh and I also picked up foam for a cushion. 
Yeah I'll be looking up many tutorials for this too.

No rest for the crafty!

Hope you all are having a FANTASTIC week so far!


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Star Surround QAL ~ Building Centers

Melissa with Happy Quilting somehow has me hooked!  

This week we were working on the star centers

A little bit of sewing 4 nights and I got these beauties done.

#starsurroundqal centers complete.  Tada!

I love how these are turning out.  

Can you hear the alternative music that was blaring while these were being pieced?  

Only 2 more weeks and this will be a quilt-top.  

Check out the others that are linking up here

Happy weekend!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August: A Lovely Year of Finishes ~ Mid-month link-up

A Lovely Year of Finishes 

I love watching the progress of all of your projects and even some finishes in the 'A Lovely Year of Finishes' flickr group.

Melissa from Sew BitterSweet Designs and I have even been finishing some of our own. Make sure to go check out what Melissa's been working on. . she's a rockstar!


My August goal is to work on my Nordika quilt-top.

I've worked on it this first part of the month {don't faint}.
I played around with the layout a few times.  I ended up with my initial idea for it.  

Rows and rows now just to sew them together <3 #ALYoF  #nordika

Sooo, for that one item you choose for's it going?

Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the optional linky party below. 

Please grab a button or link back to Melissa and I so other people can join in the fun!
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Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at 
Melissa, so there is no need to enter twice **

For those unsure of how to link up go check out our Q&A Page for A Lovely Year of Finishes - there are instructions on how to link up from a blog and from Flickr.

And what's for grabs this month?  Here is what our fantastic August sponsors are:

To win a fantastic prize you must have linked up the first 7 days and you'll have to link up anytime on the last 7 days of the month.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Star Surround QAL - Flying Geese

Here I am again.

I'm amazed this Quilt Along is sticking with me  ... I'm easily distracted by pretty fabric!
Thankfully I have some pretty fabric in this beauty.

So you add a busy week and a little bit of stress. All made a wee bit better with some midnight sewing.

#starsurroundqal flying geese.  ♡  #midnightsewing

I have all these lovely Flying Geese.

#starsurroundqal flying geese week3 - done

Here is the link for Melissa Happy Quilting's flying geese instructions.

Bring on the next weeks task!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

July Winners ~ A Lovely Year of Finishes

Happy Happy!
84 people finished their goals last month. 


Some people not only finished their project but will get some love from our sponsors.

To enter in for prizes our linky is open the first 7-days of every month. And to win that month's prizes you'll have to link up the last 7-days of that same month.  If you're like me you can re-post some goals if you don't quiet reach the mark.

The August goal setting linky is still open HERE.

Go check out our flickr group with so many grand progress photos.

A Lovely Year of Finishes that is co-hosted by Melissa and Me.  Click on our pages to get more information.

Lovely Year of Finishes

On to the winners.

July Prizes Include:

 1. A Fat Quarter Bundle from Moda United Notions

I've picked this bundle of batiks

Moda Batiks

The winner is Heather @ Quilts in the Queue


2. Choice of $15 or 2 charm packs from Stitch n’ Giggles

The winner is Kelsey @ Everyday Fray

3. Paper Pieces prize donated from Paper Pieces

The winner is Anna @ Life Sew Crafty

4,5,6,7. A thread pack from Aurifil

# 4 - Thread collection with 40wt Pat Sloan's pick
#5,6,&7  - Random thread pack

Aurifil PS

The winners are

~ Lisa @ Modern Balabusta
~ Kim @ Persimon Dreams
~ Missy @ Missy's Homemaking Adventures
~ Aylin Nilya @ AyliN - Nilya

AND we're throwing in ~ Jody over on Flickr as she passed up another prize. Thanks sweetie!

8. $20.00 Gift Certificate from the Quilting Lodge

The winner is Ellie Q @ Color My World

Thanks to each and every one of you for joining in!
Keep up the finishes!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Star Surround QAL - Half Square Triangles

Melissa from Happy Quilting is having a well attended Quilt A-Long (QAL). 
Fantastic instructions. . and prizes!

Can you see how awesome these Half-Square Triangle's (HST's) are!
This is the HST cutting post.

Star Surround HST trimming....just keep trimming, just keep trimming, just ...

Ohhh the trimming. . and trimming...and trimming.

It's never too late to join in with Melissa.

To be part of the prizes you'll need to finish the assignment each week.  But...she's even leaving each of the weekly link-up's open for the entire QAL.  I love that! 

Here are my lovely piles of trimmed HST's.

Happy Quilting Star Surround QAL ~ Week 2 done

Even with the glaring mistake, after I take the photo and post it!  
{lower left corner}

I can't wait for the flying geese next Monday!