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Great Big Giveaway Day ~ August Edition

I’m having a hard time believing it is already August and school is just around the corner here. But there you have it! Welcome to the August edition of the Great Big Giveaway Day! Today my sponsors have 8 great giveaways for you. And with all the beautiful fabric arriving in stores right now, I’m sure you are excited for a chance to win!

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. Contemporary Cloth is offering a $25 gift certificate to their shop. I just love this line from Dear Stella called Flirt!

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2. Fort Worth Fabric Studio is giving away 2 Posies Batik Half Rolls from Robert Kaufman.

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3. 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.

4. Connecting Threads is offering a fat quarter sampler of their Hampton Hues fabrics. Don’t these make you want to make a quilt for Fall?

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5. Pink Chalk Fabrics is giving away a $25 gift certificate to shop in their store. New fabrics include Field Day by Alison Glass – beautiful!

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6. Southern Fabric is offering a $25 gift certificate to go shopping! Great timing too – because they are currently having a sale, 15% off by checking them out on Instagram!

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7. Discover Fabric is giving away a $25 gift certificate. I love this line Bella By Amanda Murphy Blend Fabrics.

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8. LoveQuilting.com is offering a $20 gift certificate to shop!

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To enter to win, simply leave one comment at the end of this post. I’ll pick one will per shop on Thursday, August 7th. Good luck everyone!

++ Closing comments – I will pick the winners soon! ++

Congratulations to our winners! I’ve sent emails to you all – thank you everyone for commenting and supporting my sponsors!

6 – Debby
Contemporary Cloth – $25 gift certificate

595 – Kelly
Fort Worth Fabric Studio – 2 Posies Batik Half Rolls from Robert Kaufman

528 – Sharon from Nebraska
Custom Labels 4U – labels

197 – Kate
Connecting Threads – fat quarter sampler of Hampton Hues fabrics

150 – Lennea
Pink Chalk Fabrics – $25 gift certificate

451 – Juliet h
Southern Fabric – $25 gift certificate

248 – Judi
Discover Fabric – $25 gift certificate

158 – Vickie VanDyken
LoveQuilting.com – $20 gift certificate

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Spectrum ~ A New Quilt Pattern

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As promised, today I’m sharing my latest quilt finish, Spectrum. Several months ago, the folks at Robert Kaufman Fabrics asked me if I was interested in creating a pattern using their Kona solids. I have been sitting on this flying geese design for a bit, waiting for the right time to make the quilt. (Does anyone else do this?? I swear I have more quilt designs than I’ll ever be able to make!) I decided the Kona’s would be perfect for it.

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The Spectrum quilt features flying geese in a variety of Kona colors: Valentine, Camellia, Carnation, Pink, Coral, Kumquat, Mango, Cheddar, Corn Yellow, Canary, Buttercup, Maize, Sour Apple, Pistachio, Pear, Honey Dew, Breakers, Pool, Bahama Blue, Aqua. The background happens to be one of my favorite neutrals, Kona Snow (I just bought a bolt of it!)

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In this design, I took a classic quilting element (flying geese) and updated the design through use of negative space. By staggering the columns and leaving the tops and bottoms empty (piecing in the background fabric), a traditional concept now has a very modern feel.

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I quilted this using a free motion meandering design. I tried out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) on my Bernina 750QE for the first time. (I have used the BSR on my Bernina 440QE). It worked great! I put my pressure foot setting down to 0 and found that to be the easiest for smoothly moving the quilt around while stitching.

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The quilt measures 54″ x 60″. The pattern is now available as a PDF Digital Download in my pattern shop. Hardcopies are on their way as well and will be listed as soon as they arrive.

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Flying Geese ~ Perfect Points

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Happy Saturday! Yesterday when I posted my rainbow geese sneak peek, I had several people comment and email me about how to I got my perfect points. I think most people traditionally piece their flying geese (and I have instructions for how to do that on my Radiant Splendor block tutorial).

When I first started making flying geese, I made them using the traditionally pieced method. But like some of you, I was never totally pleased with the results. (I can be a perfectionist at times.) Once I learned to paper piece, I decided to try paper piecing my flying geese. And not surprisingly, just like everything else that comes from paper piecing, they were perfection.

At the bottom of my Patterns and Tutorials page, I provide links to download the templates I use in various sizes. But just to make it easier for you, I am linking to them here as well. All the sizes listed are finished sizes. The templates do include the 1/4″ seam allowance around each flying geese paper piecing unit.

1″ x 2″ 2″ x 4″ 2-1/2″ x 5″ 1-3/4″ x 3-1/2″

As with all templates online, be sure to print at 100% or “Actual Size”. If you have never paper pieced before, I do have a tutorial for getting started.

I hope you enjoy them!

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Block Testing, New Fabric and Kits!

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Earlier this week I posted a bit about Cotton + Steel, and today I wanted to share a bit of what I’m doing with the fabric right now.

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I grabbed a stack from the basics collections and have been testing a new block I’m making for a soon-to-be project. I’m not going to be making the final quilt in these fabrics, but thought they would be fun to test with!

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These look like little tents to me. :)

I also pulled out my Arkansas Traveler work in progress and decided to go sort of bold for the backing. This print is from the Mustang line by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel.

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I also recently added a few more prints to my stash from Joel Dewberry’s Birch Farm line (left 2 prints) and Anna Maria Horner’s Pretty Potent line.

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I think the Birch Farm prints will be a great addition to my low volume collection, and Anna Maria Horner’s prints…well I just love her designs and colors and I will easily work those into future quilts.

In other fun news to share, I’ve kitted a couple of my patterns for online shop Fabric Spark. I selected fabrics that I think work perfectly for my Island Girl and Twilight Patterns.

I know coming up with fabrics for a pattern can be one of the hardest parts, so I hope this makes the process easier and painless!

And finally…you guys, I’ve been so busy sewing this week. I finished up my quilt with the Kona flying geese. I just need to get a chance to go out and take pictures. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek.

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I did some fun playing with negative space that you can’t see here…hopefully that will be enough of a tease for you to come back next week and check out the finished quilt!

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