Jaftex 85th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Jaftex85thAnniversaryICo-sponosored by: Aurifil ThreadsSchmetz Needles, and Janome

This month I am so excited to be part of the 85th Anniversary celebration of Jaftex Corporation. Myself along with 33 other incredibly talented bloggers will be bringing you 30 days of inspiration and giveaways!

September 1st – Lindsay Fullington – http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/blog

September 2nd – Pepper Cory – http://peppercory.blogspot.com/

September 3rd – Anjeanette Klinder – http://anjeanettek.com

September 4th – Leanne Anderson – http://thewholecountrycaboodle.blogspot.com

September 5th – Mark Lipinski – https://marklipinskisblog.wordpress.com/

September 6th – Heather Kojan – http://heatherkojan.blogspot.com

September 7th – Heather Mulder Peterson – https://ankastreasures.wordpress.com

September 7th – Martha Walker – www.wagonswestdesigns.blogspot.com

September 8th – Linda Lum DeBono – www.lindalumdebono.com

September 9th – Heidi Kuntz – http://redletterquilts.blogspot.com

September 10th – Jill Finley – http://jillilystudio.blogspot.com

September 10th – Dana Brooks – www.mylazydaisy.blogspot.com

September 11th – Penny Doucette – http://sslsewsimpledesigns.blogspot.com/

September 12th – Ida Houston – http://cowtownquilts.com

September 13th – Liz and Beth Hawkins – http://dreamlaughcreate.blogspot.com

September 14th – Melissa Dunworth – http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

September 15th – Yvonne Fuchs – http://quiltingjetgirl.com

September 16th – Amy Hamberlin – http://katicupcakequiltingco.blogspot.com/

September 16th – Barbara Jones – www.QuiltSoup2.blogspot.com

September 17th – Erica Jackman – http://www.kitchentablequilting.com

September 18th – Leona Avny – http://oneygirl-myquiltingadventure.blogspot.com

September 19th – Margot Languedoc – http://thepatternbasket.blogspot.com

September 20th – Sylvia Schaefer – http://flyingparrotquilts.com

September 21st – Lorna McMahon – http://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com

September 22nd – Kim Niedzwiecki – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com

September 23rd – Rebekah Craft – http://dontcallmebecky.blogspot.com

September 24th – Julie Cefalu – http://thecraftyquilter.com

September 25th – Mary Ellen Von Holt – http://littlequilts.blogspot.com

September 25th -  Mary Jane Carey – http://blog.hollyhillquiltdesigns.com/

September 26th – Daisy Aschehoug – http://antstosugar.com

September 27th – Melissa Corry – http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com

September 28th – Janet Nesbitt – http://www.onesisterdesigns.blogspot.com/

September 29th – Jenny Wilding Cardon – http://blog.shopmartingale.com/

September 30th – Teresa Duryea Wong – http://thirdfloorquilts.blogspot.com

 

There will be some incredible prizes offered through the blog hop including:

1st Prize:
Blog Readers:  A Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine
Your favorite quilt shop:  30 bolts of fabric
 
2nd Prize:
Blog Readers:  15 Fat quarter bundles and a box of Aurifil thread [48 spools] 
Your favorite quilt shop:  15 bolts of fabric
 
3rd Prize:
Blog Readers:  6 Fat quarter bundles and a special edition tin of goodies from Schmetz Needles  
Your favorite quilt shop:  6 bolts of fabric

In addition to the prizes listed above, each blogger will have a special prize offered on their blog the day that they post, so make sure you don’t miss a single day of the blog hop!!! I am going to be giving away a 20 piece fat quarter bundle, you don’t want to miss out!!!

85th Anniversary Giveaway

 

A little history behind the Jaftex Corporation:

Jaftex Corp. was founded in the 1930’s when Jacob A. Fortunoff started selling fabric on the streets of New York.  At that time, the mainstay of the business was women’s sleepwear and lingerie.  In the 80’s, Jacob’s grandson, Robert, dramatically changed the business of the company.  The business focus was transferred to the over the counter quilt industry when Robert purchased companies like A.E. Nathan, Henry Glass, Stylemaker, Chanteclaire, Fabric Editions/Studioe and more recently The Blank Quilting Corp.  Robert is now joined by his two sons, Scott and Greg.  Scott currently is the President of Studioe Fabrics, The Blank Quilting Corp. & A.E. Nathan Co., Inc.  Greg just joined the business in late 2014 and has successfully spearheaded the company’s foray in to precut fabrics among other contributions.

I am so excited to be part of this blog hop! Check back regularly to find the links to the days blogger!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – September Goal Party

alyof2015Welcome to September! School is starting and Autumn is almost here, I can feel it in the air and the raindrops falling from the sky are also a sure sign of the changing seasons.

This month I am going to make another Hazel quilt, this one for a dear friend who is having a baby.  I probably won’t be finished by the time the darling baby arrives but at least I won’t be super late!

Hazel the Hedgehog - pink - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHazel won’t be pink, but I felt like I needed a cute picture on this post. :)

How about you?

What one item did you choose?

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

Please choose ONE project

and

2. Link-up in  the last 7-days of the month

Only with a completed, successful project.  And yes the same one that you choose earlier in 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!

And if you are on twitter or Instagram tag #ALYoF

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

 Here’s our amazing prizes this month…thank you sponsors!

1. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

2. One PDF pattern from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

3. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies – Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere

4. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

5. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop - http://www.fatquartershop.com

6. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

7. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

8. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

9. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

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10. One Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to
Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

11. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/



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Anne’s Back to School Dress

I am so excited to report that I finished Anne’s Back to School dress last Friday morning. This was my August goal and I was worried I wouldn’t finish in time.  If you are just finishing up your goal today, you can enter until midnight tonight!

The dress turned out super cute! The fabric on top is a Michael Miller print and the fabric on the bottom is by Robert Kaufman. The piping I got from JoAnn’s. I had no idea you could buy pre-made piping, and let me tell you that has sort of changed my world! Now that I have successfully done piping in a purse (made it myself and hated every step) and a dress I feel like I can pretty much conquer any project with piping – piping that I will BUY!

Simplicity 1379A - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI am so tickled with how it turned out. The piping just gives it so much pizzazz!

Back to School - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd just look at the pockets!

Back to school dress - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

The pattern is Simplicity 1379A – I made it a size 7 which is a little roomy, but I think it looks good on her. Her first official day of school is September 14th. Yes, mommy will be balling her eyes out and Anne will be skipping into the classroom beyond excited!

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A Lovely Year of Finishes – August Finishes Party

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I have been derailed on my progress for Anne’s dress. I have all my supplies, including PIPING (give me strength!). But as soon as I mail out my secret project, this dress will be my top priority, if I don’t finish by August 31st, it won’t be the end of the world because the first day of kindergarten isn’t until September 14th, so I still have lots of time!

How about you?

What one item did you choose?

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

1. Link-up the first 7-days of the month

Please choose ONE project

and

2. Link-up in {on this post} the last 7-days of the month

Only with a completed, successful project.  And yes the same one that you choose earlier in 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!

And if you are on twitter or Instagram tag #ALYoF

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

 Here’s our amazing prizes this month…thank you sponsors!

1. One Charm pack or $10.00 gift certificate to
Stitches n’ Giggles (winners choice)

2. One PDF pattern from Sew Sweetness

 Sew Sweetness

3. A Prize from Carrie of Gotcha Covered Quilting

GCQ-Logo-Ad-Small

4. One PDF pattern from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs

Honey, Bunny, and Doll

5. Thimblepie’s Quilt Supplies – Custom fabric package, 3 yards plus free shipping anywhere

6. Green Fairy Quilts – 3 pdf patterns

7. $15 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop - http://www.fatquartershop.com

8. PDF Pattern from Katy – The Littlest Thistle

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

9. One PDF Pattern from Meadow Mist Designs

Meadow Mist Designs Button

10. PDF Pattern from Persimon Dreams

Project QUILTING

11. One pdf Pattern from Clover and Violet

cloverandviolet

12. Sew BitterSweet Designs one pdf pattern

http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com/

13. One PDF pattern from Michele of Mishka’s Playground

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Hazel the Hedgehog

The last week I’ve been working away feverishly on swap projects. For some reason I thought it would be brilliant to sign up for three swaps that all had deadlines within a week of each other, and to top it off…I procrastinated on all three! So my style!

After going through my partner’s feeds, I realized that there was one pattern that I could personalize for all three people. Hazel the Hedgehog II by Elizabeth Hartman. It is such a fun pattern that I will actually be making two more, one as a baby quilt for a friend (fabrics already selected) and one as a mini quilt for my sewing room, because I just fell in love with Hazel.

Hazel the Hedgehog - green - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

This was my first Hazel for the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap on Instagram. My partner loves Cotton and Steel and the color green. I hope she loves this one. The background is a remnant that I picked up on vacation at Intrepid Thread.

Hazel the Hedgehog - pink - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis little Hazel is winging it’s way across the Atlantic to one of the ladies in the birthday club that I have been participating in all year. I hope she loves her as much as I do. The best part is everything came out of my stash – always nice!

Hazel the Hedgehog - http://blog.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThis is all three of the Hazel’s that I made. The bottom on is actually a quilted pillow cover for one of the ladies in my guild. And I’m actually ahead of schedule for this one as it isn’t due until September 2nd!

So a few things about the pattern: Elizabeth Hartman is a genius with how she has you assemble Hazel. I know it looks like a ton of triangles and scary bias seams, but I promise you that it is super easy and I would venture to say that it is a confident beginner pattern. The key is to read all the way to the end and make sure you cut precisely!

This week is all about finishing up the secret project I spoke of last Friday. I need to get it finished and shipped ASAP! Then back to making a wonderful friend a Hazel quilt for her soon to be born daughter. Oh and I have to crank out Anne’s back to school dress by next Monday! Tomorrow is the link up for August Finishes!

Happy Sewing!

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