Monday, August 31, 2015

EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long Starts September 1st!


September 1st is the beginning of 


and I don't want you to miss a thing.

Visit these blogs this week for the first rows of the Row-A-Long
and
for a chance to win some great prizes.






There will be tutorials about all the wonderful things you can do in
EQ7, too.

I have been using my row in another project and will show a little about this:










Friday, August 28, 2015

EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long is Coming Very Soon


Next week begins the EQ7: Seasons Row-A-Long



I've been super busy getting ready.

shhh.  this is a little peek.

But I can't show you any of it
until
September 22nd when I will reveal the row I designed.

Can you guess what it is or what season I chose?

Then on October 6th I will reveal a quilt with select rows from the Row-A-Long.

All of the patterns will be free for a limited time
and there will be tutorials and prizes!

Let me say that again, PRIZES!
OVER $2500.00 worth!

If you would like to follow along with previews and information
join the Facebook group by clicking




the blog over at
has the schedule and prizes 
posted.

The following was written by Heidi  and I am sharing her post with you. 
 has been such a great help to all the designers in preparation for this huge event! 




Marian Pena is hosting a Row-A-Long!


20 great quilt designers are creating quilt rows for mixing and matching! I’ve seen some previews of the rows and they are ADORABLE!
But, not only will the designers provide a pattern for you, but they will also be featuring Electric Quilt tutorials. And, there are TONS of great prizes including an EQ7!
Here is the Row-A-Long schedule along with the season that the designers will be featuring.
September 1
Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – Spring
Lynn Zydon Provencher at Thimblemouse & Spouse – Winter
Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online - Summer
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – Fall
Bea Lee at Be A Quilter – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row


September 8
Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts – Fall
Carol Steely at Fun Threads – Spring
Amy Heaton at Country Junk’tion – Summer
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row


September 15
Reeze Hanson at Morning Glory Designs – Summer
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Winter
Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked – Spring
Carol Swift at Just Let Me Quilt – Fall
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row


September 22
Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks – Summer
Patti Carey at Patti’s Patchwork – Winter
Nancy Myers at Patchwork Breeze – Spring
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Fall
Linda Franz  at LindaFranz.com – Filler Row
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row


September 29
Amy Warner at Sew Incredibly Crazy – Summer
Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal – Winter
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew – Spring
Loreen Bogdan at Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse Quilts – Fall
Anneka Kornelis at Stof Genoeg – Filler Row
Heidi Kory at the EQ Blog – A Tutorial On Combining Rows


October 6 – Show and Tell Day
Marian Pena at Seams To Be Sew
Dorice Cotten Rice at The Quilting Queen Online 
Amy Warner at Sew Incredibly Crazy
Carla Henton at Creatin’ in the Sticks
Carol Swift at Just Let Me Quilt


How about some prizes?

Electric Quilt – an EQ7 to one lucky winner!

Northcott Fabrics – each featured blog will give away a bundle of 6-8 yards of fabric
Fat Quarter Shop – 25.00 gift certificate to each blogger to give away
KLIC-N-KUT- Zing Air basic package
Craftsy – 3 winners will recieve a class of their choice
Sulky – 2 6-packs of their newest 30 wt cotton threads
Hobbs Batting – 5 bats
DreamWorthy Quilts – a pattern of the winner’s choice
Cherry Blossoms Patterns – a 25.00 gift certificate
Aurifil – several designer packs of cotton thread
Connecting Threads – 2 $25.00 gift certificates
Nancy’s Notions – 2 $10.00 gift certificates
Therm O Web – the following  to one lucky recipient: 7 colors of  iCraft® Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets, 1 can of  iCraft® Deco Foil™ Fusible Spray Adhesive, 1 bottle of  iCraft® Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive, 1 pack of  iCraft® Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Adhesive Sheets, 1 pack of  HeatnBond® Ultra 1 yard pack, 1 pack of  HeatnBond® Lite 1 yard pack, and 1 pack of  StitchnSew™ Interfacing 1 yard pack

More great prizes from the Row-A-Long designers!
Lorna McMahon at Sew Fresh Quilts – her Fox and Friends Pattern
Linda Franz  at LindaFranz.com -  5 $20.00 Inklingo gift certificates
Janeen van Niekerk at Quilt Art Designs – an eBook of the winner’s choice
Marlene Oddie at Kissed Quilts – her latest book “You Can Quilt”
Loreen Bogdan at Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse Quilts – a  quilt kit for her row patterns
Jennifer Ofenstein at Sew Hooked – BOM Paper Piecing Vintage Pattern


Thank you, Heidi for the post of all the designers and prizes.
Thank you Marian for answering my questions and putting this all together.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Sawing Logs - Log Cabin - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July

Well, hello there.  I am still here and ready to start entertaining you again.  
Sorry for the absence.  
My real job (hair styling) has really been keeping me busy.  (Which is super fantastic!!)
But, oh how I've missed this creative outlet.

I have been keeping up with
for the
and have finished July's challenge:   Log Cabin

"Sawing Logs"



The Challenge:  Log Cabin

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Log Cabin’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP  by 10:55pm CST on Friday, July 31st.

I you know me, you have witnessed my play on words many times.  I just love it.  "Sawing Logs" incorporates the traditional pieced log cabin block with appliqued "pieces" of logs falling to the bottom of the quilt once they've been sawed off.  The middle square, "dream," plays right along with the name.


The quilting is a mix of wood grain on the logs and a stippling design with zzz's.  Again I'm playing on the "sawing logs" theme. That's just how I roll...lol

Here is a picture of my May- "Righty Tighty,"  June-"Light Through Friendship," and July- "Sawing Logs" challenge quilts.



"Sawing Logs"

A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, July
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20"x20"
Prism color:  Green from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Piecing and  applique
Quilting- stippling and wood grain quilting by me on my domestic machine


It's unbelievable but I have over a week before the next challenge is announced.  Maybe I'll go catch up on some swap blocks.  I do have a big quilt in the works, but that is a secret until September.
  Don't you hate secrets...
I do, so here is what I'm working on:


This is going to be such fun.  There are going to be SO many giveaways, not to mention free patterns for the rows. 
(I've seen the rows and they are awesome!!!)
 The list of prizes keeps growing so you won't want to miss this.  Plan to sew (row) along with the designers in September.  




Monday, June 29, 2015

Light Through Friendship - Friendship Star - A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June

It's taken me all month to stitch up this little 20" quilt for a challenge from
for a

You see, I'm a very slow stitcher...


The Challenge:  Friendship Star

  • Each final project should read predominantly as one color in the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, or violet. You may not use the same color as you used in a previous challenge.
  • A ROYGBIV hand-dyed color bundle of fabric must be purchased from Cherrywood Fabrics.
  • You must use ONE fabric from the ROYGBIV challenge bundle in each quilt which should correspond with the color you want your quilt to ‘read’.
  • Any other fabrics from your stash may be added.
  • You must use the month's block as your inspiration.
  • Quilts must finish 20” square.
  • Share the story behind your quilt and how the block ‘Friendship Star’ was the inspiration.
  • Your quilt must have a name.
  • Pictures of your FINISHED 20” square quilts must be LINKED UP by 11:55pm CST on Tuesday, June 30th

When the challenge was announce it made me think of all the wonderful friendships I have made through quilting and blogging.  That was my inspiration along with the theme I had last month with the monkey wrench.  I wanted to incorporate a tool and shining a flashlight felt right.
I hand embroidered the world map while trying to make it look like the star was shining on it.  

Here is a picture of my May and June challenges.



"Light Up the World with Friendship"

A Focus Through the Prism Project QUILTING Challenge, June
Made by Carla in Dodge City, Kansas
Size: 20"x20"
Prism color:  Yellow from the ROYGBIV fabric bundle by Cherrywood Fabrics
Piecing and reverse applique
Quilting- stippling by me on my domestic machine

I had to wash this one before I could photograph it.  I am a mess and had a few spots on it before it was all embroidered.  I also have carried it with me everywhere I went this month so it's no wonder it had a little mess on it and yellow doesn't hide anything...lol

I have one day of rest before the next challenge is posted.  
I have NO plans to embroider the next one!!!



Friday, June 5, 2015

Star Spectrum - H2H Charity Quilt Challenge

Hi all!

Time has been getting away from me and I have been absent from here both in writing and reading.
I miss both so much.  I feel out of the loop.

Special occasions require hair stylists to work a little overtime and between proms, graduations, and mother's day, May was quite busy.

I've been working out of town on weekends (tis wedding season)
and I'm afraid my blogging has suffered.  I only have one more wedding this summer and I will be ready for "normal" to return.  

In the meanwhile
is hosting
the
Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.

Star Spectrum 
is my contribution for 2015.
(The wheat looks happy this year.  This photo is out in front of our house.)


This reverse rainbow star burst quilt was made from 5" charms I've been cutting for my scrap organization.  I used Kat's tutorial over at diary of a Flutter.Kat as the inspiration for the blocks.
Star Spectrum is 54" x 54"


Because I am so close to the deadline for the finish, free motion quilting in a meandering pattern was the quickest way to go.  I used Auriful thread 50wt #2615.


Star Spectrum will be donated to Happy Chemo, an orgnization that provides quilts and comfort for chemo patients.  Emily of Em's Scrapbag has been collecting quilts for this cause for awhile and has set a goal of providing 1500 quilts to Happy Chemo.  She's already donated more than 600 quilts and the H2H quilt challenge is helping to make here numbers grow.

Happy Chemo has a great blog for Cancer patients
and you can click HERE to check it out.

If you would like to see all the quilts donated during the Hands 2 Help Challenge

Have a great weekend,  It's been raining so much here that I haven't even planted my garden.  Can you believe that?  We had over 10 inches of rain in May (a record). 
 My garden hopes to be off the porch and in some dirt tomorrow.  
This picture was on May 23rd and the plants had been there 3 weeks then.....