Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks and Give Aways!

Welcome!  Bella and I are happy you have stopped by today on the third day or the Road Rally.  Hope you are enjoying all the stops you have made so far in the Road Rally....lots of eye candy!   I am so excited to have a block in Volume 16 of the 100 Blocks by Quiltmaker.  This is my first block to be in the 100 Blocks magazine.

Galactic Voyager 

I made a couple of layouts in EQ8 with my block, maybe you will see one you would like to try.


I had a bundle of Moda's Cookie exchange in my stash, and decided to use it for this table topper.  

Galactic Voyager is a beginner level paper pieced block.  If you do not like paper piecing, let me give you a few tips.  First I like to make templates that are at least 1/2" larger than the original template.  You can make it out of acrylic or paper.  You do not have to cut accurately around the shape, just get the general idea.  I like using a template because it saves fabric and is more accurate. 

Once I have my fabric  cut, I use a washable glue stick to attach the fabric to the back of the paper.  Your printed side is always facing you so that you know where to stitch.  Hold it up to the light if you are having issues with placement.

Flip it over, and using your Add-a-quarter ruler and a straight edge such as a post card or strip of acrylic, fold the paper over and trim 1/4".

Now you can line up your fabric pieces, unfold the paper and stitch,  Repeat for the other side.
Trim  excess fabric, making sure you have a 1/4 " seam all around.  It's up to you if you want to remove the paper now.  

Another tip for paper piecing is to reduce your stitch to about makes tearing off the paper much easier.

I decided to make a Christmas table topper with my block. If you decide you would like to make this table topper, make 4 Galactic Voyager blocks from the 100 Blocks magazine.  Here are the measurements.
The sashing:
Cut (8) red 1 1/2" strips
Cut (4) white 2 1/2" strips.  sew a red strip to each long edge of the white strip.  
Cut one 4 1/2" square for the center block.
Cut (4) red 1 1/2" squares  for the corners. Draw a line on the diagonal and sew to each corner.  Flip and trim.
The border is a variety of fabric scraps cut into 2 1/2" squares.  Cut 32 total.  Piece two strip with 14 squares and two strips with 16 squares.  

Now on to the Giveaways!


Prize 1: Quiltmaker is sponsoring the giveaway of a copy of 100 Blocks Magazine Vol. 16.  This magazine drawing is open to everyone-international included.  The magazine will be shipped directly from Quiltmaker.

Prize 2: I have a give away for you as well!  A copy of 100 Blocks Volume 16 and a bundle of 6 fat eighths of Moda Cookie Exchange and a mug rug made from Cookie Exchange.  

To Enter:

All you have to do is comment, and as a bonus my followers on Instagram, email, or Bloglovin will get an extra entry.  So leave an extra comment to tell me how you follow, ok?
The giveaway will run for 4 days, until 9 pm CST on Friday November 17th.

It's a cold, drizzly day here in Missouri, so stay dry as you continue on your trip!

grace and peace.....Sharon and Bella                           

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CONGRATULATIONS!  Susan Wilson is the winner of Prize #1.  And Linda Douglas is the winner of Prize #2.  Please contact me by email with your mailing information.  Thank you to all of you have stopped by for a visit on the Road Rally....Bella and I enjoyed meeting all of you!


Monday, November 13, 2017

100 blocks Road Rally Blog Tour

This year I have been selected to be a part of the blog tour.  There are 51 designers who are a part of the blog tour this year.  It is going to be loads of fun, with prizes and a scavenger hunt.

It starts today!  So grab a coat, your favorite snack and beverage, and come along on the Road Rally!
I will see you on Wednesday right here!  Bella loves company, so please stop by!

grace and peace....Sharon

Friday, November 10, 2017

Golden Afternoon

Exciting news here at Yellow Cat Quilts....I have a quilt published in the January/February 2018 McCall's Quilting magazine!  I used fabric  from the Ann's Arbor collection by Minnick and Simpson for Moda Fabrics, and batting was provided by The Warm Company.  I loved working with the cheerful colors in the fabric. If you make this quilt, please tag me or send me a picture, I would love to see your ideas for fabrics! And the batting was amazing to quilt...I do love it!

Golden Afternoon
I hope you can see yourself snuggled up in this throw quilt...reading a good book or watching a movie.

Photos are courtesy of McCall's Quilting Magazine.

So....what's happening in your sewing room today?  It's rather cold out, I think it is a good day to stay inside and work on another quilt.  I am so blessed to have time and fabric to play with, I hope you are too!  And if you are in a creative funk, you might like to read this blog post......Creativity Exercises

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

In the Pumpkin Patch Giveaway!

Where did October go?  Halloween is always a fun time around here.  Every year my grandsons come up with a costume to have Gramma make....and every year it is a bit tougher!  So....this year my 9 year old wanted a Cuphead costume.  What the heck is Cuphead?  A new, rather popular video game that he loves to play...that's all I know! 

And of course the Headless Horseman made an appearance at the Trunk or Treat.


Thank goodness Caleb decided to wear his Plague Dr costume that we made last year!

My newest quilt is now available in my Craftsy shop.  It went to market this past week...without me.
But that is ok, Spring Quilt Market is in Kansas City...yay!  If you would like a chance to win this pattern, please leave a comment here on the blog and follow me on Bloglovin or Instagram.   That's all!.  Giveaway ends at midnight,Saturday, November 4.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Harvest....Creative Borders and Bindings

For October, Island Batik challenged the Ambassadors to create something with creative borders and bindings.  It was a great creative challenge for me! I dug through my beautiful Island Batik scraps, got into my EQ7 program, and came up with a new fall wall-hanging.

Fall decorating with Pumpkin Harvest

Fall Harvest

I love using my Split Rec tool by Deb Tucker.  It made this quilt a breeze to make!  In the borders I used my V Block tool, also a ruler by Deb Tucker.  These easy blocks are scattered randomly around the border with some Prairie Points.  Running out of fabric for binding caused me to be thankful for needing a creative I stitched various lengths together to create a fun scrappy binding!

Being an Island Batik Ambassador is really a fun gig!  We get to play with gorgeous fabrics and meet lots of new friends! 

It's a gorgeous fall day flower beds are calling me to come give them some much needed attention.  But I really want to go start my next Island Batik Challenge!  What should I do?????

grace and peace....Sharon

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 pattern for you....and a winner

Our Island Batik blog hop is over, and it was so inspiring to check in with all of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors.  I hope you all felt the same way! And I do have a winner for the patterns and Abalone fabric....Allison CB has won.  I thank all of you for your comments and follows, it makes my day!

This week I finished a little quilt to add to my existing pattern...Fall Frolic.  I decided to add a baby quilt to the pattern, so now it contains instructions for a baby quilt and a table topper or wall hanging. 

Fall Frolic  
38" x 38"

This is Fall Frolic made from some wonderful fabric from Island Batik...this is from the beautiful line of fabrics by Kathy Engle called Bonsai.  I love sewing with batiks, the thread count is great and the colors are always bright and beautiful.  This fabric is on the shelves in fabric stores now. 

38" x 46"

Don't you love how the monsters frolic across this quilt?  I can see so many sweet fabrics in this pattern....would love to see what you come up with! The pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy....just click on the side bar to find them. This week the pattern is on sale for $ better go grab one to make for yourself and your favorite little one.  

Hope all of you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather now.  It's my favorite time of year!  except for the allergies.....

Grace and peace.....Sharon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaways!

I don't know about you....but where did the summer go?  I always loved going back to school, but it seemed like the kids just got out of school one week and were going back the next.  The good thing is that my grand kids like school just like I did.  And Fall is my favorite season of the year!

Island Batik sent me the gorgeous collection of fabric called Abalone.  I was so excited to see it in my box of fabrics as it was my absolute favorite in the 2017 lineup of fabrics.  The pastel hues are so soft and beautiful...perfect for a baby quilt!  I chose a simple pattern to show off the fabric against an off white background.  Time was my enemy, so I had to choose something simple.  I have another quilt designed to use this luscious fabric in soon!

The pattern is called Come Together, and it is free when you sign up for Gudrun's mailing list.  

Come Together

For quilting, I used my quilting foot on my Janome 7700....super easy! To get ready for machine quilting, I like to spray baste with 505.  Usually I will iron the quilt back and front to hold it together better. NO Pinning...yay!

 First I stitched in the ditch down the rows.  Then I went back between the rows with a modern zig-zag.  No measuring or marking required!

Please go visit the other fabulous bloggers, I know you will be inspired!  And of course you want to win a prize, right????

  Island Batik has a wonderful give away here....Giveaway details

We will be giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s AnchorBatiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget . There are many ways to enter!  Follow the link above to enter.
Most of the bloggers will have their own giveaway, so check those out as well. Today another ambassador is showing her Abalone creation at Pamela Quilts.
And last of all, I do have a give away for you as well!  If you will follow me on Instagram @punkydoodle53, your name will be added to the drawing.  I would love it if you would follow me on Bloglovin' too! I will draw a winner and you will receive a digital pattern (PDF) of my quilt, Carnival....and one other of your choice.  Also, I would love to send you some fat-eighths of Island Batik's Abalone collection.  


Have a great week and I hope you are able to enjoy some quilting time!
grace and peace....Sharon

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