Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peanut Butter Pinwheels Quilt and Pattern Finished - Plus Giveaway

I have a finish to show you today, my Peanut Butter Pinwheels quilt and accompanying pattern.  It is a very easy and fun pattern; when you put the blocks together you get cute pinwheels on a scrappy background. (And as an added bonus, one layer cake makes a really nice lap size).

For this quilt I used a layer cake of PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda and quilted the background white fabric with some dense back and forth quilting and quilted the print fabrics using a meandering stitch pattern.






As with my other new patterns, I have listed this pattern on Etsy and Craftsy for $6 for the first two weeks (until April 8th).

And now for the GIVEAWAY

I will be giving two winners each copies of my newest two digital quilt patterns (Peanut Butter Pinwheels and Shoo Fly Pie)

I would really like to spread the word about my two newest quilt patterns so for the giveaway, you can earn entries by...

On Craftsy:  

  • pin the pattern on pinterest
  • like the pattern on facebook and/or 
  • wish list the pattern
Peanut Butter Pinwheels on Craftsy
Shoo Fly Pie on Craftsy

On Etsy: 

  • favorite the pattern on etsy
  • tweet the pattern
  • pin the pattern on pinterest and/or 
  • like the pattern on facebook 

Peanut Butter Pinwheels on Etsy
Shoo Fly Pie on Etsy

So that is 7 ways x 2 patterns for a total of 14 entries possible.  To enter, please leave one comment with how many entries you earned, you do not have to list what methods you used.  Make sure to include your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger.

This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks, until Wednesday night, April 10th.  Good luck and thank you so much for spreading the word!

This finish was my March A Lovely Year of Finishes goal.  I was link #121 in the setting linky party and you can find my goal setting post here.


I am liking up with Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt StoryLet's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation, I Quilt @ Pretty Bobbins, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya QuiltsWhoop Whoop Friday @ Confessions of a Fabric AddictThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts , Sewjo @ My Go Go Life, Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can, and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.






Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Stash Linkup - March 23rd

I have a few goodies to show today.

One of my favorite fabric shops, Del Ray Fabrics, just got in Fox Field by Tula Pink and had a sale going on so I got the cute polka dot with bunnies prints in the three colorways.  I was thinking about getting a bundle of the entire line, but I restrained myself (it has been harder not to order the bundle after I got these prints...the colors are wonderful).


Also in the shop were these organic prints from Moda that were super cheap.  With more restraint, I only got 1/2 yard cuts of these.


Just yesterday I got this super wonderful bundle in the mail.  It is the Oakshott Impressions fat eighth bundle of Oakshott cottons from Contemporary Cloth that was sent to me for a tutorial that will launch in mid to late April.



Happy Stashing!  I'm linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.






Friday, March 21, 2014

Shoo Fly Pie Pattern and Maritime Modern Patchwork Finished

I actually have two finishes to show today:

First, I have finished the Shoo Fly Pie quilt pattern and have it listed on craftsy and etsy (thank you so much to my testers and reviews).  The pattern is fat quarter and 1/4 yard cut friendly and contains instructions for 5 sizes (baby, lap, twin, queen, and king).  I have it listed for $6 for the next two weeks (ending April 4th).




Secondly, since I used a fat quarter bundle of Maritime Modern for the Shoo Fly Pie quilt and I had a bunch left over so I cut up some of each fabric in to charm squares (5" square).  I made this simple patchwork quilt with some of the squares which will go to my brother and sister in-law if they have a baby boy (they did not find out what they are having so I have a girl quilt made up too).









Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cute Swap

I have been following Soma's blog Whims and Fancies for a long time.  If you don't follow her blog, you should go check it out right now, she is an absolutely amazing paper piece designer having designed some awesome instruments like a piano and a bunch of Doctor Who designs.  Go on now, I'll wait here while you visit her blog :)

I was very excited to see Soma commenting on a post of mine one day.  We got to e-mailing and realized that we have some very similar fabric and color preferences and decided to have a little swap.

I sent Soma a matching cathedral window pincushion and thread catcher using Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander (for Robert Kaufman) and Essex linen in black.


And here are the wonderful goodies I received back.  Soma made me this wonderful zipper pouch and snap pouch.  They are both living in my purse right now and I have already gotten so many compliments on them. (I really needed a zipper pouch and had it on my list of things to make, but like most just-for-me things it had been pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.)



I had such fun with the swap, thank you so much again Soma!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A peek into the sewing room

I had not given you a peek into what is going on in my sewing room in a while...here is what has been happening...

1.  Adding labels and hanging sleeves to quilts for a local quilt show.

I am going to have six quilts hanging in my local quilt show the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild which is Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 at the Pelham Road Baptist Church (for those that are local).  One quilt to label and/or sew on hang sleeves would not actually be too bad, but labels for 6 and sleeves for 3 got a little old.

For the labels I used my sewing machine (Bernina 710) to make some quilt labels.  It is not an embroidery machine, but its letters are far better looking than my hand writing :)


2.  Peanut Butter Pinwheels

I have finished quilting and am now making and sewing on the binding.  The pattern is out at the reviewers and testers so hopefully this will be completely finished in the next week.



3.  Tic Tac Hashtag

The quilt top, backing, and batting are all set, I am just waiting for the rain to end so that I can spray the 505 outside.  I will be quilting this quilt in a diagonal cross-hatch.  (Sorry for the night picture, the pinks are actually red in real life)



4.  Tutorials - Other than the quilts above I have been working on a few tutorials for some websites that should be published in April.

That's what I have been up to...thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to Anything Goes Mondays @ Stitch by Stitch,  Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork TimesSew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart QuiltsQuilt Story Fabric TuesdayLet's Bee Social @Sew Fresh QuiltsShow and Tell Tuesday @ I Have to SayWIPs Wednesday @ Esthers Blog, and WIP @ Freshly Pieced.






Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day!

To quilty engineers and scientists and Pi lovers everywhere, 
Happy Pi Day!  

During college, Pi day was always celebrated (did I mention I went to a very nerdy engineering school?). People spent most of the night writing out the thousands of digits of Pi on the sidewalks all through the campus.  I always try to celebrate pi day now with a celebration including some pie.

Last year I made a Pi quilt for my husband containing 49 paper pieced digits of Pi.



Go have a piece of pie today to celebrate Pi Day :) 



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Candy Circle by Izzy at Dizzy Quilts





I have followed Izzy over at Dizzy Quilts for a long time and I have always enjoyed her quilts, especially how she combines colors and her quilting.  Here is one of my favorite finishes of hers, the Star Surround quilt (I absolutely love her quilting, go check it :)

I was recently reading her post of a work-in-progress quilt and noticed some familiar blocks.  Izzy was making my Candy Circle quilt I had posted recently on the Moda Bake Shop.

Here is what she said about the pattern and some pictures of her finished baby quilt:

"The pattern is by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and is available on the Moda Bakeshop as a free tutorial. I used a bunch of leftovers from other baby quilts I made - this pattern is perfect to use up some of your scraps. If you need a quick and easy quilt pattern, I highly recommend it. It would look stunning in a bunch of different color and fabric choices.  I quilted a big meander all over with Aurifil 50 wt thread in white.  This little quilt will be brought to my daughter's school early next week and offered to a very special teacher who is expecting her first child soon."


Photos by Izzy of Dizzy Quilts, used with permission


Thank you so much Izzy for allowing me to share your finish!!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On a "Jelly" Roll by Katherine from Sew Me Something Good

I have said before that one of the best things about blogging are the other quilters I have met.  One of the super, wonderful quilty women I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with is Katherine.  She has a great blog over at Sew Me Something Good, and is not only a wonderful person, but also is an excellent quilter and pattern designer (and she make the most adorable things with scraps :).

Katherine has made the baby version of my pattern On a "Jelly" Roll using Barcelona by Zen Chic for Moda and Kona Ash as the background that I would love to share with you today.  She talks about making the quilt here and she even quilted the quilt using her vintage sewing machine.


All pictures by Katherine from Sew Me Something Good.  Used with Permission
Please stop by her blog post to check out more details about her quilt and quilting.  In addition to showing off the finish in her post, she has a number of helpful tips on free motion quilting with a vintage machine.

Thank you so much Katherine for allowing me to show off your wonderful On a "Jelly" Roll quilt!

I am always so excited to see different versions of my patterns.  If you have made one of my patterns I would love to see it, please e-mail it to me or post it in the Meadow Mist Designs flickr group.





Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sunday Stash Linkup March 9, 2014

I have little fabric purchase to show today.  I took advantage of a sale fabric.com was having on Robert Kaufman fabrics to get some 108" wide backing fabric from Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander and Kona solids.

I ordered 3 yards of the orange cross-hatch for the backing of a bed quilt for my son (I only have one block finished, I show the pattern once I have a few more done, but it is the pattern requiring half a million HST).

The other cross-hatches were ordered because they were such good blenders.  The solid blue is Kona Windsor which will be a border for my Peanut Butter Pinwheel quilt.


Happy Stashing!  I'm linking up with Sunday Stash with Molli Sparkles.







Friday, March 7, 2014

Foothills Quilt Guild Challenge Quilt Reveal

My quilt guild (the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild) had a challenge due at our March meeting (last night).  The challenge was to:


“EXPRESS YOURSELF”!

 The challenge:  Create a quilt that contains a word or words.
 1.       Must contain a readable, recognizable word or words.
 2.      Size – any one side a minimum 12” and a maximum 30”
 3.      Three layers – top, filler and backing.
 4.      Finishing-choose your own style of keeping 3 layers together and treating the edges.
 

Here was my entry at 13.5" x 17":



I love the Princess Bride and right as we got the instructions for the challenge I came across a quilt and stitch along hosted by fandominstitches.com.  The blog banner became my inspiration for the challenge quilt.


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I used about 30 different low volume text prints pieced as the background with randomly spaced straight line quilting.  Then I appliqued the people, hills, and words onto the quilt.





There were some amazing mini quilts shown at the reveal (including my super quilty friend Brenda who won second place) and though I did not win the challenge, I had a very fun time playing with the fabrics and making something just for fun.






Tuesday, March 4, 2014

300 HST made and trimmed, how does a quilter reward herself? (and ALYoF March goal)

I finished up making and trimming the 300+ HST for my queen sized Out To Sea (which has been renamed Sea Star for right now) quilt for my son.  So logic would say that the next thing I should do is start sewing up the blocks....what I decided to do was to start a totally new project.

I had an idea for fun and simple quilt (aka no HST or geese) and before I even put pen to paper I had the whole pattern worked out in my head including which fabric to use and what quilting I wanted to use.  I just had to start making it, I really had no choice :)

(Sorry for the poor night photos)

I used a layer cake of PB&J by Basic Grey for Moda (one layer cake and a bit of background yardage = a nice lap sized quilt).  I started cutting Thursday night, finished the 56 blocks Saturday night and finished piecing the quilt top Sunday night.



My goal for March is to finish this quilt which I am calling Peanut Butter Pinwheels for the time being.  

I think that I will be able to make this goal pretty easily which will leave some time to make quilt hangers and labels for my quilts (necessary, but not such fun quilty things to do).  I am entering a number of quilts in my local quilt guild quilt show on the 28th of this month.

I thought I would also add a little artwork by my 4 year old daughter.  What does fabric scraps + paper + Elmer's glue = ?  It equals good fun for the little artist and a good use for those "too little to use but too cute to throw out" scraps.




Hope you have a wonderful week!!