Stage 3 ~ Complete!

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yesterday was such an exciting day in the sewing room, as I stitched together the last of my filler or connector blocks.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Even though I pretty much knew what this quilt top would look like with all the blocks on the design wall together, there is just something about seeing them up there for real.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s pretty safe to say this is the scrappiest quilt I have ever made. It’s been a lot of work – but not as much as I thought initially. If it hadn’t been for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years happening right in the middle of the project, I think I would be finished with the quilt by now.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Today I’ll begin stitching all these blocks together. I’m guessing that will take several hours. I can’t wait to have the top completely assembled and start quilting. It’s beginning to feel real!

Cut…Stitch…Cut…Stitch

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Sometimes I feel a bit silly, cutting up fabric…sewing it together one way…then cutting it up again…and sewing it together to form something else. But there you have it, this is what I’ve been up to the last few days.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

These “filler” blocks in my quilt are quite scrappy. I am doing some strip piecing to speed up the process, but not using such long strips that there is a noticeable repeat in my scrappy background.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

A bit tedious, but I’ve been watching The Paradise on Netflix and it has been pleasant company. Oh, and just when I said I was getting settled back into a routine, the kids had off school because of dangerously low windchill temperatures (-35 supposedly!). Lucky for me they play nicely together, and have a lot of new Legos to keep themselves occupied.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I have everything ready to mix and sew for the final blocks. I’m hoping this step will only take one more day.

Poinsettia Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Besides finishing these blocks, I need to make some quilt hanging sleeves for a few quilts that I’m honored to have had accepted into QuiltCon. I need to mail those around Monday, so Friday just might be quilt-sleeve day! Wish me luck, I’m not entirely crazy about hand stitching, but I have always had success with Jacquie’s tutorial.

Great Big Giveaway Day ~ January 2015

I’m baaaaack! I’ve spent a few weeks away from this space (and my sewing machine) as we traveled to Ohio, back to Illinois, up to Michigan, then back to Illinois. Phew, the holidays are pretty exhausting but the kids are now back in school and I’m ready to get settled into my routine once again.

I am kicking off the new year with 7 great giveaways from my wonderful sponsors. Reminder ~ Please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners on Thursday. I want to make sure everyone gets connected to their prize.

      

      

1. Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a $50 gift certificate so you can go shopping!

2. Custom Labels 4U is offering a winner their choice of one of the following: Free 36 labels of 1/2″ size woven name tapes – OR – Free 30 labels of 1″ size woven name tapes.

The great thing about these fully woven name tapes is that you can actually design them and see them on the site before they are even purchased! Also some very cute little optional icons/designs to add if desired.

3. Connecting Threads is giving away a fat quarter sampler of their new Birchtree Lane collection (will be released on January 5th).

They are also launching a few awesome sales today (Monday, January 5th):
30% off all Hobbs Batting in stock
40% off all quilting books in stock
40% off select new quilting tools

4. The Quilted Castle is offering one lucky winner a free layer cake or jelly roll of their choice. They also have a special on over 90 fabric collections starting at $1.99 per yard until January 9, 2015.

     

5. Shabby Fabrics is offering a $20 Gift Certificate to their shop, along with a copy of their new book signed by Jennifer, their owner and designer!

6. Lark Cottons is giving away a $25 gift certificate to their shop.

Also, they are currently holding an inventory reduction sale. Save 20-45% off hundreds of fabrics from select designers; including Denyse Schmidt, Fig Tree Quilts, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, Zen Chic, Laurie Wisbrun and many more. Full details can be found on the shop’s home page.

   

7. Southern Fabric is offering a $30 gift certificate to their shop, so you can select just what you want.

      

To enter to win, simply leave one comment on this post. I’ll select the winners on Thursday, January 8th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments to pick the winners shortly! ++

Back with the winners! Congratulations to the below commenters. I will be in touch to connect you with the shop that has offered your prize. Thank you so much to everyone for visiting and commenting!

Fat Quarter Shop – $50 gift certificate
#140 – Kathie L

Custom Labels 4U – Custom designed labels
#552 – Corimaria

Connecting Threads – Fat quarter sampler of new Birchtree Lane collection
#100 – Laura

The Quilted Castle – Layer cake or jelly roll of your choice
#265 – Maxine R.

Shabby Fabrics – $20 gift certificate + copy of owner’s new book
#497 – Terri Ann

Lark Cottons – $25 gift certificate
#506 – Tina Bartkowski

Southern Fabric – $30 gift certificate
#407 – Toni Pearce

Merry Christmas

From my family to yours, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Here’s to a bright and creative 2015!