Monday, March 20, 2017

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am very happy to be participating in this blog hop, organized by Marian at Seams To Be Sew. Thank you, Marian, for all the work you do putting together these fun events. Down at the bottom of this post you will find out how to enter for several giveaways each day of the hop. The list of sponsors is incredible!

The schedule for Quilt Qwazy Queens is:
Quilt Qwazy Queens Schedule
March 16
March 17
March 20
March 21
March 22
A number of the participants have shared their sewing spaces/studios. If you are looking for great ideas, or just enjoy seeing other's studios, be sure to visit everyone. Daily prizes will have expired for past days but there are more to come.
I do not have a room that is my sewing studio. I am in the process of cleaning out my husband's family home (he passed away last year). There have been 3 generations of his family that have lived in the house since 1916, and no one ever threw anything out. So I thought I'd share some photos of where I am making due and sewing when I can. 

First is the kitchen cart that actually works pretty good for a cutting table. It holds a 12" x 24" cutting mat and has a wing I can flip up to hold bolts.

My stash looks pretty organized, doesn't it? I have fat quarters and smaller yardage sorted by type (batik, repro, modern, etc.) and by color. This is only about half the boxes. My husband gave me a monthly anniversary gift for the 15 years we were married, wrapped in fabric, or just gave fabric. He mostly purchased fat quarter or half yard bundles of full lines of reproduction fabric, from Reproduction Fabrics. I've tried to continue his habit of getting the new lines as they come out. 😊


My final sewing essential is my machine, a Bernina 830 with embroidery. It sits on a desk from Amazon at the end of my bed. I put a 12" x 12" pressing board on my desk and I'm set. I try to spend a couple hours a day sewing but fell behind last year. I'm dealing with a few health issues and don't have much energy some days. Oh well, we all take breaks from sewing sometimes. 

When I moved to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire in 2002 I joined 2 guilds as a way to meet people. I belong to the Cocheco Quilters in Dover, NH, and the Seabreeze Quilt Guild in Exeter, NH. Seabreeze has their show coming up on April 22nd so I've been trying to finish some projects for the show. You would think in the 2 years between shows I would have something. Well, I do, and I have some photos!


 

My friend Bea and I decided to do the block of the month for Seabreeze for 2015/2016 and created the original sampler pattern shown here. Each month in the newsletter, for 12 months, you got a block pattern in 6", 9" and 12" sizes. You could make all one size, or combine all 3 into the sampler layout shown. Bea's is on the left, made from batiks. Mine is on the right, made from Thimbleberries stash. There were some filler blocks to make everything fit together, and Bea used all neutrals for hers. I used prints. I like the two different looks!


This quilt is called Pointing to Center and I designed it for a short block of the month for 2016. With the show coming in April we wanted something that could finish in December. I know of at least 2 other guild members who have made this quilt and will have it in the show. Should make a nice grouping, don't you think?

Both of these patterns will be available in my shop at Craftsy, and at QuiltWoman for wholesale purchase, very soon. I just need to reformat them from the monthly newsletter layout.

I have two more at the quilter and expect them back any day. One was a mystery quilt that one of the other Seabreeze members provided in the newsletter. The other is the Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery from this past year. I have been saving her annual mystery patterns that start after Thanksgiving for 5 years. This year, I made it, too! I used many fat quarters to substitute for the yardage required and so finally made my first scrappy quilt. When I started to assemble the blocks I thought I was going to hate it. But I love it now. I'll have photos soon.

Ok, I think it is time for the fun stuff. First I have a bottle of Terial Magic Fabric Spray. This is a fabric stiffener like heavy starch. It works great for anytime you want a firmer hand, like with cutting machines, scrapbooking, etc. 


Northcott Fabrics has given the Quilt Qwazy Queens a whole bunch of fat quarters. My prize for today is from the On The Green collection.


The last chance to win here today is a $50.00 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop. Good luck to all.



One final good thing today is the discount available for Electric Quilt. I use this program all the time and would highly recommend it. 
Use the promo code: EQHOP201 for a special hop price, good till 3/27/2017

Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Don't forget to visit the other blogs today, and be sure to stop by and see Marian for the winners. 

I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me. Hopefully new medication should have me feeling better and back to work on the 101 Patchwork Patterns quilt that I've been sharing here. It's been on hold a bit but I'm ready to jump back in the water.

Thanks again,
Mary

45 comments:

  1. Wishing you many blessings of energy and health for the year and in cleaning up the home~ You quilts are very lovely!

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  2. Pointing to Center is so pretty!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  3. I like your temporary setup. Thank you for sharing!! Good luck everyone in the giveaways!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  4. Your sewing area looks great to me. I really like your storage system. And your quilt is beautiful. I hope you start feeling better soon. Thank you for sharing today.

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  5. Good luck cleaning out the house - it takes a tons of time and patience but you can do it!!!

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  6. I wish you patience and energy for the big job ahead. I love your quilt. It's always fun to see different color ways side by side.

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  7. Nice to meet another Bernina 830 owner.

    QuiltShopGal
    www.quiltshopgal.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing. Sewing is relaxing to me so I hope it helps get you through these difficult times. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  9. I love your your hubby gave your fabric for 15 years and that your continuing the tradition. What a chore to clean our the family home. I think many of us have had a hand in that job. Not an easy one for sure. Your quilts are absolutely gorgeous! Feel better soon.

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  10. Very nice! Good luck on the cleaning job!

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  11. Love your quilts, and the collection from your husband has to be wonderful to have! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I wish I could see the second picture better, on my monitor it is all dark and you can't tell what's in the picture except for the window... Either or, it's nice to see those beautiful quilts you created with your friend Bea, they are really gorgeous. I also love "sampler" quilts and even better when done with scraps.

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  13. how wonderful that your husband gave you fabric for all those years. good luck on all the cleaning and sorting.

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  14. Well, I am sold on buying lines of fabric when they come out. For the past two years, I have been practicing on thrifted fabric but now is the time to move to newer zoomier prints.
    Popped by from QQQ-2017

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  15. i know what you mean about cleaning out, my parent's house was the same way and i'm afraid mine will be too.

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  16. I need to clean out so badly myself

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  17. I love how you've done such a great job of using the space you have - not everyone is lucky to have a room of their own!

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  18. I love your bins, great organization. Get well soon.

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  19. You do what you can and looks great..I was from guilford maine...Loved going to the Agusta quilt show will miss it this year... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  20. Love your Pointing to the Center Quilt-so different! Thank you, Susan

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  21. I love your Thimbleberries version of the quilt.

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  22. Hi, I see you are in Portsmouth, NH. My husband and I lived in Rye about 40 years ago for a few months. It's very pretty there. We all make our sewing spaces work. Mine is no showplace either it's a workplace like yours. Thanks for sharing. Karen

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  23. I love the stair storage bins! Super great use of less used space.

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  24. When my children went off to college I was able to turn one of their rooms into a sewing room. My mom always used the dinning room table.

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  25. Some beautiful piece work you have done.

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  26. I love Pointing to the Center, very pretty and unique! Thanks for sharing.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  27. I especially like the two quilts you showed from the same pattern. I love how different fabrics and colors can really change the look of a quilt!

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  28. I love that all of your totes of fabric are labelled. Thanks for sharing!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  29. Love the quilts. Thanks for sharing

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  30. Very nice quilts! I have to make due with my sewing area too. An old Hoosier table serves as my cutting table and my machine sets on an old desk that belonged to my hubby when he was in high school years ago. Fabric is stores an various dressers, vintage baskets and anything I can acquire to use.

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  31. Lovely sampler quilt! I like how your fabric is stored on the stairs that is a smart idea!

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  32. Beautiful quilts! Thank you for sharing and I hope you feel better soon.

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  33. Very nice quilts. I love how balanced the Pointing to Center quilt looks. mtmom57@gmail.com

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  34. I admire your organized stash! And your beautiful work! Thanks for sharing this.

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  35. I enjoyed seeing your quilts and sewing space. A husband who buys an anniversary gift every month is a rare gem!

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  36. Those are some amazing quilts. I'm so sorry about your husband. It's a hard thing. Cleaning out that house must be a full time job, too.

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  37. Love how you have the fabrics organized on the steps! Making do where you can is an art form! Not everyone can do it. :)

    Sandy A

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  38. My sympathies on the loss of our husband. I lost my 28yr old son 2 yrs back so I know the sadness you feel. Treasure each and every memory as you pack things up, they'll be a comfort when you least expect it:)
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  39. Your quilts for your guild show are very nice. The arrow design is very striking. You have been sew accomplished even as you clean out the house. Your husband's anniversary fabric gifts were touching. What a perfect way to honor his memory with new fabric. Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

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  40. You have my sympathy over the loss of your husband. What a thoughtful man, to give such perfect gifts--every month. Using that fabric in quilts will be very comforting, I imagine. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  41. Your husband was a gem. Your stash is sure organized.

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  42. Sorry for the loss of your husband. What a treasure he was. And you can always have fond memories of him as you use your fabric.

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  43. This goes to show that we do not need big spaces to create, with a big heart come some of the most beautiful creations because they are made with LOVE!!

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  44. Your Quilts are gorgeous!! & can't wait to see your Mystery quilt finished up!! You are so organized..your fabrics & the way you set up your sewing space there too.. Great job!!

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  45. you have some beautiful designs, I am working on learning EQ7. Thanks for sharing with us.

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