Can you all believe it’s November? November!! We are on our 11th month of Great Big Giveaway days, pretty crazy. This month my sponsors have 5 great prizes for 5 lucky winners.
Just a reminder, please check your email (including SPAM folders) or back to this post after I choose the winners. Also be sure to check it once you’ve received the email from me – last month I’m pretty sure all the communications from one of the shops with prize details was going into a winner’s SPAM folder.
1. Custom Labels 4U if offering 1 lucky winner their choice of EITHER 36 of the 1/2″ woven name tapes OR 30 of the 1″ nametapes. The great thing about these name tapes is that you can design and view them using an on-screen design process before you purchase.
3. Southern Fabric is offering a $25 gift certificate so you can go shopping! (And good timing because there is a sale going on right now.)
5. Lark Cottons is offering one of you a $20 gift certificate to spend on anything you’d like in their shop! Also great timing with their current Sale!
To enter to win one of these prizes, just leave one comment. I’ll pick one winner per shop on Thursday evening, November 7th. Good luck everyone!
+++ Closing comments and will pick winners shortly! +++
I’m back with the winners! Big congratulations to…
1. Custom Labels 4U – your choice of EITHER 36 of the 1/2″ woven name tapes OR 30 of the 1″ nametapes
#549 – Barbara Beyun
2. Cuts of Cotton – HALF YARD Bundle of the Black and White Minimalista
#481 – Andrea
3. Southern Fabric – $25 gift certificate
#89 – Cheryl M
4. Connecting Threads – one fat quarter bundle of their Lasting Legacies collection, plus a spool of coordinating thread
#606 – Irene S
5. Lark Cottons – $20 gift certificate
#436 – Helen Coulter
Thank you so much to everyone for visiting and commenting! I’ll be in touch winners.
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It’s been awhile so I thought it would be nice to share some of my lovely sponsor’s great sales for you this week! Happy shopping everyone!
ChristaQuilts is clearing out her entire inventory of fabrics by the yard so she can concentrate more on designing, teaching and publishing. From now until they sell out, you can save 20% – 50% on hundreds of premium quality cottons. Check out her huge clearance section here.
Cuts of Cotton: 20% off everything in the shop, now through Monday Nov 4th. Use coupon code OFF20 at checkout.
Moona Fabrics: BIG SALE AT MOONA! Lots of beautiful designer fabrics on sale at Moona Fabrics. Making room for new arrivals so take advantage of this super sale of Free Spirit, Art Gallery, and other high quality cottons. More items will be added throughout the month, so keep checking back.
Contemporary Cloth: Use the Coupon Code: 25OFF for 25% Off of Your Order! Includes Clearance Fabrics, Books, Etc.
Lark Cottons Fall Sale: Save 25% off all fabrics* though Saturday November 9th with coupon code 13pumpkins. (*excludes remnants.) And save an additional 10% off fabrics from the following designers: Creative Thursday, Fig Tree Quilts, Heather DuPont, Laurie Wisbrun, Lotta Jansdotter, Lucie Summers, Malka Dubrasky, and Oliver + S. (Coupon code must be entered on shopping cart page.)
Stash: 15% off *ALL* bundles in the shop. This not only includes the entire bundle section of the shop, but all create your own bundles! In addition, orders over $50 get free shipping in the US and discounted shipping internationally. Presale fabric is excluded in this sale, but Botanics, Catnap, and True Colors available for preorder now!
Welcome everyone to the first day of the Lighthouse Quilt Along! I’m so excited to share the process of making this fun and beautiful quilt with you. And finally share my finished quilt photos with you as well!
So let’s get started!
Lighthouse QAL Week 1: Quilt Top Design
This week we are going to start out the quilt along by focusing on Quilt Top Design. This is when you are going to make 2 very important decisions:
1. Size of the quilt you’d like to make.
2. Color of your quilt blocks/top.
The blocks in the Lighthouse quilt are 8” x 8” finished. My quilt is 5 blocks x 5 blocks, meaning my quilt measure 40” x 40” finished. This is a baby size or wall hanging size. Some of you may want to make this quilt larger.
|Baby||5 blocks by 5 blocks = 25 blocks||40″ x 40″|
|Lap||7 blocks by 9 blocks = 63 blocks||56″ x 72″|
|Twin||8 blocks by 11 blocks = 88 blocks||64″ x 88″|
|Queen||11 blocks by 12 blocks = 132 blocks||88″ x 96″|
|King||13 blocks by 12 blocks = 156 blocks||104″ x 96″|
Tip: Keep in mind, each finished block is going to require paper piecing 8 templates. (Easy templates, but still 8 each). So if you are new to quilting, you *may* not want to jump right into a King Sized quilt with 156 blocks, which equates to 1248 paper pieced templates. I’m sure it would be stunning though!
Once you decide on what size you’d like to make, it’s time to plan your colors.
Below I’ve provided PDF download links to coloring page worksheets. Simply download the size quilt you’d like to make, grab some colored pencils and start designing.
I’ve shaded in the background with a light grey – but this can be any color you’d like to use as the background of your blocks. (Please understand I am not able to provide all possible combinations of quilt block layouts as PDF coloring pages. If you’d like a different size quilt, you can cut and tape the templates.)
And just to get those creative juices flowing….here are some ideas. You could make a complete rainbow gradient quilt just like mine.
Or have a common color component that appears consistently throughout the quilt blocks and ties them all together.
And maybe that common color is really several shades of a color (in this case, brown).
Or maybe you just have a fabric collection that you want to use in a scrappy way as the focal fabrics in the quilt. That’s great too!
For those interested in making a quilt like mine, I used Marcia Derse’s Palette Fabric line. I just found out that the release date was pushed back a little to January 2014. If you happen to want to wait until then, or stumbled across this quilt along at a later date, do not worry. These posts and directions will live on my blog for as long as my blog is around.
1-1/2 yards of 37098-12 Chalk
1/4 yard each of: 37098-6 Mustard, 37098-13 Saffron, 37098-14 Duckling, 37098-15 Salmon, 37098-16 Cherry, 37098-17 Papaya, 37098-19 Pumpkin, 37098-21 Wine, 37098-20 Cranberry, 37098-22 Cardinal, 37098-25 Concord Grape, 37098-26 Lavender, 37098-27 Blueberry, 37098-28 Dark Teal, 37098-29 Curacao, 37098-30 Mediterranean, 37098-31 Caribbean, 37098-33 Ocean, 37098-34 Spruce, 37098-35 Mint, 37098-36 Grass, 37098-37 Olive, 37098-38 Everglade, 37098-40 Chartreuse
Backing: 2 yards of 37098-98 Taupe
Binding: 2/3 yard of 37098-10 Burnt Umber
NOTE: We will talk more in depth about fabric requirements next week.
As you can tell based on the amount of information and time put into this post, I feel very strongly that good planning going into a project will lead to a beautiful and successful end quilt. I hope you all will enjoy your week of planning and designing.
Next Wednesday we will be making a test block so that we know exactly how much fabric we will need for the paper piecing of the quilt.
Last week I received a copy of the latest book by crafter Susan Beal, Sewing for All Seasons. I first “met” (online) Susan when she participated in the Kokka Layer Cake Swap that I hosted last winter. Funny story…when Susan joined the swap I must have been kind of spaced out and didn’t realize she was the author of one of the most beautiful quilting books in my library, Modern Log Cabin Quilting.
I remember sitting at my computer printing out tons of shipping labels, and seeing her name. Susan Beal. In my head I’m thinking “wait a minute. THE Susan Beal??” I ran over to her book and it clicked and I felt like such a dork (and completely star struck that she was in the swap!) A few days later, I was lucky enough to meet her in real life at Quilt Con. She is just the sweetest, most talented person!
Susan’s latest book is simply beautiful. First off, it’s hardcover, which I think just feels really nice and solid in my hands.
The photography alone is inspiring.
The book is separated into sections by season, although really you could sew any of these at anytime. The projects are all things I would make, especially as gifts. Lots of ideas that would be great for a handmade holiday – Apron, tea cozy, scarf, nesting baskets, tote bag, sun glass holder and more.
I decided I needed to make the garland for my mantel. (My husband installed a mantel for me after last Christmas and I love decorating it!
The garland was simple to make. I used my Sizzix die cutter for the circles but you don’t need one to be successful – there’s templates in the back of the book.
How cute is this? I am going to make more for Fall and have layers of them hanging up. And then more for Christmas too. Don’t you think this would also look adorable in a baby nursery?
If you happen to be in NYC, Susan is going to be at Brooklyn Craft Company this Saturday making garlands with people who stop to visit and craft. How fun is that?
If you are not lucky enough to be there, you can find a link to this project on the Chronicle Books website for free.
Would you like to win a copy of Sewing for All Seasons? Simply leave a comment and I will pick a winner Sunday evening, October 27th. Good luck everyone!
++ Closing comments and picking a winner! ++
The winner is #255, heatherly! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I do!
Thank you all for commenting and I hope you will go check out the book at your local bookshop or online.