Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

QCRbloghopbuttonI am sew excited! I have been asked to be part of the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop. I had the privilege of meeting Jenny a few years ago at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA. I bought her ruler and quickly fell in love!

Over the years I have done a few projects with Jenny’s ruler. My first project was her Urban 9 Patch that she had as a QAL on her blog. Check out these blocks I finished back in September of 2012 (yup, I’ve had a pretty long love affair with the Quick Curve Ruler):

Urban 9 Patch Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com Later that year I made a couple pinwheel blocks for a swap. I didn’t actually have a pattern to makes these two, which is why they aren’t exactly the same. This ruler is so simple, you can improvise your own blocks once you have Jenny’s techniques down.

Pinwheel Quick Curve Blocks - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comWhen Jenny asked me to participate in the blog hop, she generously sent me a copy of her and Helen’s new book, “Contemporary Curved Quilts” and a copy of her Metro Scope pattern – both are available for purchase on her website: www.sewkindofwonderful.com

After perusing the book I fell in love with the Crazy Eights Pillow.  It sewed up so quickly and was so much fun to quilt!  I finished this project during 3 nap times last week (I measure sewing time based on the naps that my daughter takes), so it definitely goes together fast, and sometimes we just need a quick finish!

Crazy Eights Pillow - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comIt will go perfectly with my Gray, Yellow and Aqua quilt that I have been working on for the last 2 years. Hopefully having a pillow done to match the quilt will encourage me to actually finish the quilt!

If you are at all interested in curves, I highly suggest trying out the quick curve ruler, you will find that Jenny and Helen have figured out how to completely demystify curves.

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!

 

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com
AND
http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com

The bloghop is going to be followed by a ‘Curve it up’ Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

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Have you made anything using the Quick Curve Ruler?

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I received a free copy of Contemporary Curved Quilts and a free pattern as part of my participation in this blog hop. The opinions expressed are based on my own experiences.

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A Lovely Year of Finshes – August Finishes Party

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Well August is just starting to wrap up and I have to say, this month was another failure. If you have been following my blog this past week you will already know that my husband deployed. This has thrown my life out of whack and shifted my priorities.  Some progress was made on my goal, I purchased the fabrics, but I didn’t do anything else. I worked on lots of other things, including an awesome Halloween project for Anne.  I am setting a personal goal to have this one done before Halloween but I’m not beating myself up for letting it slip this month.

Elsa Dress Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

What was your goal? I hope you were more successful than I was!

You have two requirements to be entered into the prizes this month.

1. Link-up {on this post} the first 7-days of the month

and

2. Link-up in the last 7-days of the month.
Add your blog post or flickr photo (with appropriate descriptions) to the linky party below.

Please grab a button or link back to Shanna and I so other people can join in the fun!

**Please note, the linky party is the same here and over at Shanna , so there is no need to enter twice **

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 Here is a list of our generous sponsors for August!!

1. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

The Littlest Thistle - http://www.the-littlest-thistle.com/

2. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

3. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

5. One pdf pattern from  Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

6. 1 Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to

Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

7. Thread Prize from Aurifil

8. 9. TWO winners each getting to choose one pdf pattern

from Sew BitterSweet Designs ($10 value)

 http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

10. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies - Custom fabric package, 4 yards (worth $20) plus free shipping

11. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

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12. 13. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

 cloverandviolet

14. $30.00 credit towards Long Arm Quilting Services
from by Orchid Owl Quilts

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Where Have I Been?

I know I have been a negligent blogger lately, but in exchange I have been very involved in what has been going on with my family.  As most of you know, we are a military family. My husband is a US Soldier and sometimes his job takes him to far off places for long stretches of time.  Last week we started another deployment.  There is nothing easy about this time in our lives. I wish I could sugar coat it but I can’t. We all miss each other terribly but are doing our best to buck up and move forward.  Our last night together we took some silly photos together to help make us smile and remember while we are apart. I thought I would share a couple with you.

A nice simple one (my mom’s favorite family pose):

Just us - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThen we got silly:

Silly - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThen we played with some of the cool settings on my new iPad:

xray - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd I really love this one!

us: http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

We miss each other, but we are getting by.  This is Anne’s third deployment and she is a trooper though I wish she didn’t have to be.

My goal for this month has fallen to the wayside as I have focused more on things that make Anne happy, we are working on a Halloween project that I will show off next week, but the Elsa dress has made no progress except the purchase of fabrics. Luckily I have 2 more months until it NEEDS to be done.

School starts soon, which means we will have a routine again. I think this will be the best thing for both of us. Days that are full of activities and people.

So that’s where I have been and what’s going in our lives. What’s going on with you?

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Around the World Blog Hop

Last Monday my wonderful friend Carolyn from Sweet Boater Chick asked me if I wanted to be part the Around The World Blog Hop. I met Carolyn through the blogosphere and she has been such a wonderful friend. She is even kind enough to test patterns for me, so she gets to see all of my patterns at their worst!

This blog hop is meant to introduce you to some other wonderful quilty bloggers you may not have had the pleasure of meeting yet. I will answer a few fun questions and then next Monday, you can check out the wonderful ladies that I am linking to and learn a little bit more about them!

About Me:

I have been quilting for 13 years. I made my first quilt for my niece who turns 13 in September and after that I was HOOKED!
I live in Olympia, WA with my 4 year old daughter (Anne) and my wonderful husband.  We have lived here for almost 7 years since my husband got stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  We love it so much that we bought a house and we pray the army lets us stay here!

I love quilting, sewing, cross stitch and I am an avid reader.  Anne and I try our best to stay active outdoors as well.

I am president of the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild based out of the Olympia/Tumwater region of Washington.

1. What am I working on?

I think a better question might be what aren’t you working on…I currently have about 10 WIPs that I’m willing to own up to and countless more that I don’t even want to think about because it will depress me! LOL

Instead of showing you a picture of my current project because I literally have like 6 on my design wall, I will give you an honest craft room picture. What you aren’t seeing is the disaster that is my sewing table and drawer set.

Honest Craft Room - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

This is a tough one. I’m not sure I consider myself all that different. I love traditional patterns and updating them with modern fabrics. I love simple lines. I have a love affair with flying geese, half square triangles and oddly enough with batik fabrics (I think that is the Polynesian blood in me).I love rainbow color schemes and I am trying to push myself into combinations that are outside my normal box. That desire to push myself is what lead to the colors for my Flowering Lone Star Quilt:

Flowering Lone Star - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI would never normally pick these colors, but I do love that shade of green.
I am almost entirely self-taught. Everything I have learned has been from my mom who helped me with my first 4 quilts and from trial and error. I’ve only taken one class and it was this past February with Katie from Sew Katie Did on Color Value.
I think something that sets me apart is the fact that I was a History Major in College and a Studio Art Minor.  Most of my quilts look to the past for inspiration while trying to move into the future. Not necessarily a true “modern quilter” but definitely leaning in that direction. I still have much to learn!

3. How do I write/create what I do?

I usually start by hand drawing my designs in a graph paper sketch book, once I get to something I like I switch to EQ7 and go from there. Usually what I end up with is completely different than what I started with.

Sometimes I start with a pile of fabric and an idea and just start sewing. That is how I designed my Dizzying Diamonds quilt. I wanted to see how my HSTs I could make from a Layer Cake and then I needed to figure out something cool to do with them.

Dizzying Diamonds Pattern - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI literally made over 150 HSTs and laid them out on my floor in different designs until I settled on one that I loved.
My creative process can sometimes be very…creative.  My husband would say my creative process is messy!

4. Why do I create?

This questions was originally a bit different, but I really like this one.  I create for two reasons.

First, because I want my baby girl to see that anyone can be creative. Growing up I couldn’t draw (like at all) and I couldn’t paint. I always felt like I had no artistic talent. In college I discovered photography and it took me to another world. I learned that I could create a world within a world simply by taking pictures. My preferred type was black and white, I also loved oil painting on top of my prints. I want Anne to know that she can be creative. Even if she can’t draw anything more than a stick figure, I want her to own her creativity and not allow anyone else to define what it means to be creative.

Second, I create because it makes me genuinely happy. I love seeing a project come together from start to finish.  The finish isn’t even what makes me the most happy it is when I see someone using something I have made. I think that is also why I love to cook and bake. It isn’t always the process that matters, but the enjoyment of the final product.  I create because bringing joy to others brings joy to me too.

Rainbow Star Burst Quilt - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy Rainbow Starburst Quilt just makes me happy to look at and I love that Anne claimed it when it was only laid out on the design wall.

I am sending you off to meet 3 of my wonderful blogging friends who are truly inspirational:

Kris from Sew Sunshine is a wonderfully talented quilter from Nebraska, USA.  I love visiting her blog because she always has something different to show and such an amazing range of talent! She recently tested the Flowering Lone Star pattern for me and I just love her take one it!

Kris Front - http://sewsunshine.blogspot.com/CeLynn from CeLynn’s Sunflower Patch has been a wonderful friend of mine for the last 3 years.  We first met in an online quilting bee and have been friends ever since. She is an incredibly talented quilter and bag maker!

Jessica from Quilty Habit is another incredibly talented quilter. She has an awesome eye for color combinations and I always love seeing what she is working on.

Thanks for coming stopping by! I hope you will take a few minutes to look around!!!

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Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop

QCRbloghopbuttonI am sew excited! I have been asked to be part of the first ever Sew Kind of Wonderful Blog Hop. I had the privilege of meeting Jenny a few years ago at Sew Expo in Puyallup, WA. I bought her ruler and quickly fell in love!

There is going to be a linky party on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog on Friday 29 through 31 August – you can link up any quilt or block made using the Quick Curve Ruler. If you haven’t tried a QCR project yet, never fear, there’s a chance to win a ruler during the bloghop and have a go. You can find plenty of inspiration on the bloghop so please go and check out the other participants!

 

Monday 18 August http://quokkaquilts.com
Tuesday 19 August www.cluckclucksew.com
Wednesday 20 August www.fromthebluechair.com
Thursday 21 August liveacolorfullife.net
Friday 22 August www.happyquiltingmelissa.com
Monday 25 August www.greenfairyquiltsblog.com
Tuesday 26 August http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
Wednesday 27 August www.pleasant-home.com
Thursday 28 August http://www.lucymade.wordpress.com
AND
http://msmidge.blogspot.com.au
Friday 29 August http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com

The bloghop is going to be followed by a ‘Curve it up’ Challenge Quilt-a-long on the Sew Kind of Wonderful blog starting in September, so join in the bloghop, get inspired and get ready to Curve It Up!

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I hope you will join me and follow along for the blog hop, there will be so much curvy inspiration!

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