Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt - Sponsors - Other Prizes

Only 1 more week until the official start of the Meadow Mystery Quilt!  The first set of instructions (fabric requirements) will be posted on July 7th. You can find out more about the mystery quilt here.



We have now have over $750 in prizes!  The prizes will be given out randomly to those that submit a finished quilt or quilt top in the reveal parade in April 2017.  

Because we have so many great sponsors, I have broken them up into a series of posts. I highlighted the five pattern design companies sponsoring the mystery quilt here and the five fabric and thread companies sponsoring the mystery quilt here.

I am highlighting five additional sponsors today...




Jan from Quilting Among the Grooves has been quilting along with me since the first mystery quilt! Last year, he gave any one of the most sought after prizes, custom longarm quilting of the mystery quilt (or an equivalent size quilt) and we are lucky enough that he has offered the prize again this year.

Mel B. was the winner last year you can see the fabulous job Jan did with the quilting on an already beautifully pieced top by Mel B. (she decided to have Jan quilt this lap quilt because she had already quilted her mystery quilt). You can read more about her quilt here and see more of Jan's work on his blog.

Winner provides the finished quilt top, backing and batting and shipping costs to Quilting Among the Groves. Quilting Among the Groves provides email or phone and photo consultation with semi-densely quilted all-over design, thread, and return shipping. (Due to shipping costs, this prize is limited to the US only).








Lara from Buzz in Bumble is donating a copy of her new book, Crafted Applique. The book is totally awesome, teaching a new way of applique that has the speed and ease of raw edge applique without any of the fraying. My of my fellow guild members I showed the book to summed it up best when she said, "This is a game changer".







Terri Ann of Mini Barn Quilts is donating 2 Mini Barn Quilt Kits, 1 Mod Podge and brush kit, a mini easel and a mini charm bundle, everything you need to make your own mini barn quilt! The kits are so much fun and easy to assemble. I made one with my son and the hardest part about the kit was picking out the fabrics!







Stephanie of Late Night Quilt and the Quilter's Planner is donating a 2017 Quilter's Planner for one lucky reader. I use my 2016 version all of the time, it is so great for keeping my professional, personal, and quilting lives organized and inspired.




Oliso, makers of the wonderful Smart Iron (the iron sits on little feet above the fabric and lowers with the simple touch of your hand), is donating one ironing board cover as a prize. This prize is for US mailing addresses only.




Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Square in a Square Paper Piecing Templates

I will totally admit that traditionally piecing small-sized Square in a Square blocks are not my favorite, sewing those bias triangle edges onto the squares can be sometimes very frustrating.

I think that the Square in a Square block (especially the smaller ones) are perfect for paper piecing.   Paper piecing means not having to worry about the bias side of the triangle moving while I sew or keeping a perfect 1/4" seam allowance.  Paper piecing is great for precision.




For a mini quilt I am making, I needed a bunch of 2" (finished) square in a square blocks.  I created the block template in Corel Draw and thought that the template might be helpful to other quilters.  So I drew out ten (10) templates for 2" up to 6 ½" square in a square blocks in ½" increments and put the them up (for free) in my Craftsy shop. You can find the free templates right here.  

Please note: the file does not contain paper piecing or fabric cutting instructions, the file is only the templates for paper piecing.


When printing these templates, print at either “no scaling” or “100% scaling”.  Each page contains a test 1” square to ensure the correct sizing of the blocks.

I hope you find the templates useful :)





Happy Sewing!!

I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.


 

I am also linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Friday, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew She Can.




Sunday, June 26, 2016

Week 2 - 2016 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop - Giveaway Winners


I am happy to announce the winners from the Week 2 giveaways for the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

Thanks again to our generous Week 2 sponsors of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: Fat Quarter ShopAurifilHawthorne ThreadsThe Quilter’s PlannerMini Barn QuiltsStory PatchesStitches QuiltingMeadow Mist Designs, Quilting Jetgirl, and Make Modern Magazine.

Without further ado, the 10 winners are:
Congratulations to our Week 2 Winners; emails have been sent to confirm your contact information!
Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 2 and stay tuned, as Week 3 (with more great giveaways) kicks off July 11!

Miss-Bee Hivin'

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs





The Sewcial Network

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Carole @Carole Lyles Shaw
Anne @Said With Love
Beth @Plaid and Paisley
Jennifer @RV Quilting




Hive Sewciety

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter





The New Quilt Blogger's Blog Hop will continue with after the 4th of July holiday, with the blog hop starting up for week 3 on July 11th.  See you then!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt - Sponsors - Fabric and Thread

I am starting the count down to the start of the Meadow Mystery Quilt, only 14 more days from the first set of instructions (fabric requirements) being posted. You can find out more about the mystery quilt here.



We have now have over $700 in prizes, we picked up two more sponsors in the last week!  The prizes will be given out randomly to those that submit a finished quilt or quilt top in the reveal parade in April 2017.  Because we have so many great sponsors, I will be breaking them up into a series of posts.  I highlighted the five pattern design companies sponsoring the mystery quilt last week in a previous post.

Today, I want to highlight the five fabric and thread manufacturers and shops that are sponsoring the Meadow Mystery Quilt.  I hope that if you decide to purchase fabric for the quilt that you will consider checking these shops.





The Bear Creek Quilting Company is not only back again as a sponsor, providing a $25 gift certificate to their shop as a prize, they have also kitted the Meadow Mystery Quilt using the Gentle Breeze fabric collection by Maywood Studio!  Mre information about the kit will be posted on July 8th, a day after the fabric requirements are posted.




The Fat Quarter Shop is back again this year too, providing a generous $100 gift certificate to their shop as a prize.  I have worked with the FQS to create some curated shopping lists for some modern fabric options which will also be posted on July 8th.




I would like to welcome Westwood Acres as a sponsor of the Meadow Mystery this year.  Westwood Acres specializes in fabric bundles, both designer collections and Westwood Acre curated bundles.  Westwood Acres is donating a $50 gift certificate as a prize.



Just Sew Now is a wonderful UK based fabric shop and a new sponsor to the mystery quilt.  Just Sew Now has donated as a prize 8 fat quarters of the winner's choice (this giveaway is limited to the European Union).

Aurifil is also a new sponsor the Meadow Mystery Quilt.  You know that I love Aurifil!  It is my go to thread because the quality is wonderful, they have great colors, and my sewing machine loves it.  Aurifil is donating a The Basics Collection which contains 12 large 50 wt spools of thread.  This collection is awesome, it really contains so many go to quilting colors.



We have tons more prizes and sponsors to highlight, stay tuned :)




Monday, June 20, 2016

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Miss-Bee Hivin' - Week 2 Plus Giveaway



Welcome to the second week of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I hope you enjoyed last week and are excited to get to meet the next 5 members of my hive, Miss-Bee Hivin' today:


Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Jen @ Faith and Fabric

Jamie @ Small Town Stitchin

Irene @ Patchwork and Pastry


If you have time, please also visit my co-hosts Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter as they are introducing more members of their hives today as well!

In addition to checking out the hopper’s blogs, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:



2016 New Quilt Bloggers Week 2 Giveaway!


We are so thankful to our generous sponsors of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these fabulous prizes:

You can earn up to 5 entries to this giveaway:
Answer a blogging related question
Answer a fun question
Follow Late Night Quilter on Bloglovin
Follow Meadow Mist Designs on Bloglovin
Follow Quilting Jetgirl on Bloglovin


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The giveaway will run from June 20th through June 24th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, June 26th!



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Giveaway Winners Week 1 of the 2016 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop


I am happy to announce the winners from the Week 1 giveaways for the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

Thanks again to our generous Week 1 sponsors of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop: Fat Quarter Shop, Aurifil, Hawthorne Threads, The Quilter’s Planner, Mini Barn Quilts, Story Patches, Stitches Quilting, Meadow Mist Designs, and Quilting Jetgirl.

Without further ado, the 9 winners are:
Congratulations to our Week 1 Winners; emails have been sent to confirm your contact information!
Below is a recap of all the wonderful posts from Week 1 and stay tuned, as Week 2 (with more great giveaways) kicks off tomorrow!



Friday, June 17, 2016

State of Being Quilt - MGQ Pattern of the Month for June

I am so happy to show you my newest quilt, State of Being which is the June pattern of the month for the Modern Quilt Guild (free to all MQG members)!

For quilters coming over from the MQG, welcome! I hope you have a chance to take a look around my little blog including some of my recent finishes and my third annual mystery quilt called the Meadow Mystery starting next month. You can also find me over on Instagram as MeadowMistDesigns.


“State of Being” is a modern take on a traditional Ohio Star block.  The design begins with one full star block in the corner of the quilt and becomes increasing fractured as the design extends into the negative space of the quilt.  Both the design and quilting represent our complex and sometimes chaotic state of being.

The quilt was made using Kona Cotton Solids in white and shale and a print from the Doe collection by Carolyn Friedlander, all from Robert Kaufman.  

For the quilting, I quilted the star pieces with dense back and forth quilting and quilted the background using Wild Quilting as taught by Christina Cameli (which I learned in her Craftsy class (not an affiliate link)).  In Wild Quilting, a bunch of different quilting motifs are combined together.  I quilted State of Being on my home sewing machine.



The relatively small scale in the quilting and the matching threads give the background texture and interest.   I used 50 wt Aurifil thread in 2024 (white), 2610 (gray), and 1154 (orange) for the quilting.  
The background alone took over 25 hours to quilt (most of the pebbles are about a 1/4" to 1/2").  You can see some more of the quilting from the back which features a newsprint fabric from Tim Holtz:


This is one of my favorite quilts I have made, thanks for taking a look!

I want to give a special thanks to Paige of Quilted Blooms and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for their super pattern review skills!! 




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt - Sponsors - Pattern Designers

I am getting very excited about the start of the Meadow Mystery Quilt and I hope that you are too!  We are only about 3 weeks now from the first set of instructions (fabric requirements). You can find out more about the mystery quilt here.

We have almost $600 in prizes for the mystery quilt from some very generous and wonderful sponsors!  The prizes will be given out randomly to those that submit a finished quilt or quilt top in the reveal parade in April 2017.  Because we have so many great sponsors, I will be breaking them up into a series of posts.

Today, I want to highlight the pattern designers that are sponsoring the Meadow Mystery Quilt:




Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is back as a sponsor for the second year in a row so a double thank you to her! Yvonne is an intuitive introvert who is passionate about hometown and online quilting community, who believes that quilts can cover the world with care and love. Yvonne uses her blogging platform to cultivate a community with which she shares her passion for quilt making and quilt pattern design. Yvonne blogs at Quilting Jetgirl and her patterns are available through her Etsy, Payhip, and Craftsy shops.  Yvonne is donating 4 digital quilt patterns (winner's choice), you can see a small selection of her available patterns below:








Lorna is a modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna's use of eye-catching colour and minimalist design has taken modern quilting in an entirely new direction, as traditional piecing methods are used to create a menagerie of animals and entirely new blocks. A few of her signature items are her “Elephant Parade” and “Dog Gone Cute” quilt patterns, which are offered as free quilt alongs. On her website you can learn from her creative processes as she shares her love of quilting, tips and clever tutorials. Lorna's patterns are available on her PayHip shop and Etsy shop.  Lorna is donating one each of her Rural Squirrel, Raccoon, My Pet Hamster, Cat Treats, and Black Birds digital quilt patterns.











Soma of Whims and Fancies is a software engineer by trade. Aside from math and science, she has loved painting and photography since she was a child.  Soma started quilting in 2012. Within a couple months of that, she started writing quilt patterns. Soma blogs at Whims and Fancies and her patterns are available through her Etsy and Craftsy shops.  Soma is donating 3 copies each of her Pinwheel Vanes and Pinwheel Star digital quilt patterns.







Myra of Busy Hands Quilts is back as a sponsor for the second year in a row so a double thank you to her!  Myra makes custom quilts and design quilt patterns. Her patterns include instructions for all sizes from wall to king, including two lap sizes, whenever possible. Clear instructions with easy-to-read charts and diagrams are also a part of her patterns, as well as fabric requirements using yardage and precuts when applicable.  She ♥ strip piecing because it saves time, and she includes directions for strip piecing if it works for the pattern. You can find Myra's quilt patterns on her Etsy shop. Here is a small selection of patterns of her patterns to select from:








I, Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs, am also donating some prizes to the Meadow Mystery Quilt winners.  I will be giving away 4 digital quilt patterns (winner's choice).  You can find my quilt patterns on my Etsy and Craftsy shops.  Here is a small selection of patterns of my patterns to select from:




We have tons more prizes and sponsors to highlight, stay tuned :)





Monday, June 13, 2016

New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop - Miss-Bee Hivin' - Week 1 Plus Giveaway



Welcome to the first week of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop Week 1 where I get to introduce you to the first set of bloggers from my hive. I hope you will take the time to visit each of the 4 hive member's blogs today:

Emily @ The Darling Dogwood

Kate @ Smiles From Kate

Miranda @ I Have Purple Hair

Holly @ Lighthouse Lane Designs


If you have time, please also visit my co-hosts Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter as they are introducing members of their hives today as well!


In addition to checking out the hopper's blogs, check out these great new advice posts from seasoned veterans:

You can find all of the blogger's blog addresses from my hive right here.


And now onto the New Quilt Bloggers Week 1 Giveaway!

We are so thankful to our generous sponsors of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! This week you can enter to win one of these fabulous prizes:
  • Fat Quarter Shop - $50 Gift Certificate
  • Aurifil 12 Large Spool Designer Collection - Amy Sinibaldi, Sweetly Stitched (28 and 50wt)
  • Hawthorne Threads - $40 Gift Certificate
  • The Quilter’s Planner 2017 Starter Kit (Planner, Pens, Clips, Highlighters)
  • Mini Barn Quilts - Winner’s Choice of (1) of the (6) Original Mini Barn Quilts
  • Story Patches- $25 Starter Kit (patches and pen)
  • Stitches Quilting - $30 Gift Certificate
  • Meadow Mist Designs - Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
  • Quilting Jetgirl - Winner’s Choice of (2) Digital PDF Patterns
You can earn up to 5 entries to this giveaway using rafflecopter below:
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Giveaway will run from June 13th through June 17th 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. Winners will be announced Sunday, June 19th!