Thursday, May 16, 2019

Projector & Projection Screen Reviews

As I have gotten more into teaching quilting (you can find all of my lectures and workshops here), I have decided to purchase a projector and projection screen so I do not have to rely on guilds to provide them.

A few quilters have seen my setup and asked about my equipment, so I thought I would share them on the blog in hopes that they help someone else.  I think that these recommendations would also work well for a guild.



After much research, I went with a ViewSonic PA503S 3600 Lumens SVGA High Brightness Projector. There are so many projectors on the market from $50 to $5,000, it was difficult to figure out what type of projector I needed. The ViewSonic was middle of the price range (it was $280 when I purchased it), a brand name in the projector world, and had really good reviews. A lot of the reviews mentioned how easy it was to set up, how good it was for presentations, and how it displayed colors well.

After using the projector many times now, I am very pleased with it. It is nice and light and travels well in the case I bought for it. The projector is bright enough that I do not need to dim the lights and hooks up easily with an HDMI cord to my laptop (I had to buy a HDMI cord separately).

You can find the ViewSonic projector on my Amazon page.







I bought a projection screen recently because I decided that I wanted more control over my equipment for presenting.  It reduces my teaching nerves when I know how to set up my equipment and know that everything will be how I am used to it.

I did a lot of research into projection screens and found that most of the 80"-100" diagonal screens, folded up, are over 7 feet long and 30 pounds.  I needed something that would fit into my Civic so all of those were out.  I finally found this very interesting screen by Celexon.  It is basically a tripod system (you can see the back in the picture above) and a canvas that fits into the 4 hooks that go to the corners.  At $79.99 it was the perfect price too!  The full product name was Celexon 90" Tripod Projector Screen Ultra Lightweight, 4:3 Format, 11 lbs Weight, Projector Screen Size: 72’’ x 54’’ and it is also included on my Amazon page.

The whole system has a nice carrying bag and fits in the backseat of my Civic (it does not fit in the trunk) and weighs less than 11 pounds!  The projection screen is perfect for my needs and is super easy to set up and take down (I can do it by myself in just a few minutes).  It is super light so I would definitely not recommend using it outside where there is wind.  Here is a picture of the screen in my front hallway so you can see how big it really is.

(Don't mind the mess behind the projection screen, we were getting new carpet upstairs so everything from the bedrooms was downstairs.)


You can find these and other items I recommend in my 



Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Spinning Stars Quilt

Today I would like to share a finish from a few months ago that I had not blogged about yet, Spinning Stars.

I originally created Spinning Stars for Modern Quilts Unlimited.  Right before I was about to mail to MQU (I was literally hand sewing the last side of binding), I got the sad news that Modern Quilts Unlimited was shutting down and that no more issues were going to be produced.

The editors from Modern Patchwork had contacted me the previous week asking about submitting some quilt patterns to them.  I offered Spinning Star to them and shipped it off the next day :)

Spinning Stars appeared in the November/December issue of Modern Patchwork.  Unfortunately, Modern Patchwork shut down at the end of last year and that issue wound up being its last.


A little about Spinning Stars, it is an intermediate level, paper pieced, lap quilt.  I designed the quilt using EQ8 and then selectively removed blocks and elements to wind up with the diagonal line of stars. 

Many thanks to Robert Kaufman for the Kona Cotton Solids, Aurifil for the piecing and quilting thread, and the Warm Company for the Warm & White batting. 

My version of the quilt was made using Kona Cotton Solids in cornflower, copen, storm, kumquat, and white.  I just love the combination of the blues and orange.

Here is a picture from the magazine (photo credit: Modern Patchwork Magazine).


For the quilting, I used an allover large paisley design using Aurifil 50 wt in white (color 2024).  This was one of those designs I had a difficult time figuring out what to do and whether to go with a custom design or an allover.  In the end, I just wanted to give the quilt some texture so I went with an allover design.

Here is where the quilt lives now, on the couch (or more commonly the floor) in our living room.


This picture above is the best representation of the colors in the actual quilt.

Thanks for stopping by :)





Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt-Along Announcement!!!

I am very excited to announce that the next mystery quilt, the Mosaic Mystery Quilt will begin in about two months on July 4th! 


The Mosaic Mystery Quilt is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2019 through April 2020 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month.

We will kick off the quilt-along on Thursday, July 4th with the fabric requirements and some helpful hints to pick fabrics and colors (you will have an entire month to gather fabrics before the cutting instructions in August).

Here are some more details about the upcoming mystery quilt...


1. Quilt-along instructions

The monthly instructions will be posted to this blog as blog posts (and can always be found on the Mosaic Mystery Page).  I will be attaching a link to the downloadable, easy to print, pdf versions of the instructions right into each monthly instruction blog post.  There is no need to sign up to get the instructions, they will be posted here each month.

To make sure that you do not miss any posts, make sure that you are subscribed to the blog (here are some links for following... BloglovinEmail).


2. Prizes 

We will have prizes, so many great prizes! Prizes will be given out randomly to quilters who submit finished quilts or quilt tops to the reveal parade in April 2020.  I am working with sponsors to finalize the prizes and will be posting more about the sponsors and prizes as the start date to the mystery quilt approaches.


3. The un-mystery quilt 

Want to join in the fun but making a mystery quilt is not your thing? I totally understand and offer a sneak peek of the design!

If you would like to see the final pattern to decide whether to join in or to help pick colors, you can sign up to receive the Un-Mystery Quilt Sneak Peek.  The sneak peek will be sent out on Thursday, July 4th and will contain the sneak peek, multiple colorway renderings, and a coloring page.


The only rule is that you have to keep the design completely to yourself as to not spoil anyone else's surprise.

(Note:  this sign up is only for a sneak peek and will not be used for sending out instructions.)

4. Facebook group 

We have over 3,300 members in our Facebook Group (Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group) sewing together! Join the group today so you can share and see everyone else's fabric, progress pictures, and finished quilts.



5. Previous Mystery Quilts 

The instructions for my previous mystery quilts are located in the Mystery Quilt tab above (and are always available so you can start them at any time).


6. Questions? 

If you have any questions regarding my mystery quilts you can e-mail me at MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com or leave your question in a comment below.





Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - April 2019

Welcome to April's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


I have been busy with spring break, my first ever quilting retreat, and preparing to teach at the NC Quilt Symposium.  I have had a few finishes, but unfortunately I have to keep those under wraps for a little while longer.

During the retreat, I actually finished 5 quilt tops (some were almost done, others had fabric cut), a needle book, and 5 pincushions.  Plus, I ate too much good food and had fun hanging out with all of the other quilters.  The retreat was at Wildacres Retreat and I thought that this sign was very fitting...


Here are three of the quilt tops I finished during the retreat...



A charity quilt I made using some fun kids designs printed on corduroy.



A charity quilt sewn from blocks made by members of the guild. (Modeled by Oreo the cat)


Ready for the party?  

Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • You can link up both blog posts and Instagram posts to the party.
                Marci Girl Designs has an excellent tutorial on how to link up a Instagram post to Inlinkz.
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter



Thursday, April 4, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Parade and Prizes!



Welcome to the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along Parade! We had 12 wonderful finishes so everyone that participated won a prize.  Congrats to everyone!!

Just as a reminder, you can start the sampler at any time.  You can find a copy of the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts on Amazon and a full version of the quilt along instructions (book required) here.

Without further ado...here are the Modern Plus Sampler Mystery Quilt finishes!



Fonda B. from Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada
Fonda wins a 6 month subscription to Make Modern and 
2 digital pdf patterns from Meadow Mist Designs!






Wendy O. from Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Wendy wins a $100 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop!






Rochelle S.
Rochelle wins two digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl 
and three digital quilt patterns from Sew Fresh Quilts!






Barb M.
Barb wins two digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl 
and two digital quilt patterns from Cooking Up Quilts!






Yvonne F. from Tehachapi, CA
Yvonne wins a 6 month subscription to Make Modern 
and the paper pieced Stained Glass Flower set from Whims and Fancies !






Heide D.
Heide wins a $60 gift certificate to BackSide Fabrics!






Isabelle D. from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Isabelle wins a digital quilt pattern from Tish N Wonderland 
and 2 digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs!






Suzy K. from Yorkville IL
Suzy wins a $25 gift certificate to Busy Hands Quilts!






Cheryl C.
Cheryl wins a $20 gift certificate from Needle & Foot!






Karen V. from Tilbury, Ontario, Canada
Karen wins a digital quilt pattern from Tish N Wonderland 
and the paper pieced Stained Glass Flower set from Whims and Fancies !






Ramona Johnson
Ramona wins Kona yardage from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Patterns!






Anja C. from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Anja wins a 12 piece large spool collection from Aurifil!






Paige A. with her second Modern Plus Sampler 
using the Fandangle fabric line by Christa Watson for Benartex.  
Thanks Christa for letting us create with your fabrics!

Once again, many thanks to our generous sponsors!!







Sunday, March 31, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - March

Welcome to the first Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!


My favorite finish of March is a quick charity finish that I have not even had time to blog about (we just finished getting new carpet in the upstairs so blogging time has been limited).

Back many years ago, I made a Swoon block (pattern by Camille Roskelley).  I had thought about making a Swoon quilt, but after one block I did not feel like making anymore.  This lone block has been hanging out in my sewing room too long so I needed to be finished into something.

I added 5" (finished) borders to the 24" block to make a nice baby quilt that was the perfect size to use a single width backing.  A quick open swirl quilt pattern and some plaid binding finished the quilt.

This quilt will be donated to through the Greenville Modern Quilt Guild to the Greenville Hospital System for children when they are taken from their homes by DSS.




Ready for the party?  Here is a reminder of the party details:
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month and will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • You can link up both blog posts and Instagram posts to the party.
                Marci Girl Designs has an excellent tutorial on how to link up a Instagram post to Inlinkz.
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
I hope you join in by checking out the posts or linking your favorite finish of the month!

I am joining in on Julie of The Crafty Quilter's March UFO & WIP Challenge Link Up






Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Flock of Geese Quilt Kits Now Available Through Needle and Foot


I am happy to announce that the Needle and Foot Etsy shop is now carrying Flock of Geese quilt kits (both baby and lap, with and without the pattern) using Sharon Holland and Pure Solids fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics.


Bernie stocks wonderful modern fabrics (a huge selection of Art Gallery!) and patterns.  I had such fun working with Bernie to pick out the different prints and colors from her shop.

Here is a picture of the baby quilt version (I think that this is on my must quilt list!)


You can find the quilt kits right here* This post contains some affiliate links. 





New Linky Party Coming Soon - Favorite Finish Monthly


I have a super fun announcement today :)

I decided to start a new, monthly linky party that celebrates our favorite quilt finishes for the month!  Won't it be fun to have a party where you can see some of the best finishes for that month all in one place?

Party Details
  • The linky party will open at 12:01am EST on the last day of the month.  This month, the party will start on Sunday, March 31st.
  • The linky party will be open for 5 days, through the 4th at 11:59 pm EST.
  • You can link up both blog posts and Instagram posts to the party.
                Marci Girl Designs has an excellent tutorial on how to link up a Instagram post to Inlinkz.
  • If linking a blog post, I ask that you please add a link back to the party (and the button graphic if you would like).
  • Please visit at least 3 other links (and preferably leave comments) to share the love and celebration :)


Questions?  You can leave any questions in the comments below.  I can't wait to see your Favorite Finishes for March!!




     


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Happy Birthday Modern Plus Sign Quilts

I am a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to wish Paige and my book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, a happy 1st birthday :)

I can't believe that it has been an entire year, I had such fun brainstorming, making the quilts, and writing the book with Paige.


Book Quilts

For the release, we held a 40+ blogger blog hop.  Below are thumbnails and links to each of the quilts from the book and the different versions from the bloggers.






Find Modern Plus Sign Quilts


Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along

The Modern Plus Sampler is wrapping up soon, with a reveal party (with tons of prizes) next month.  You can find more information and a full pdf of the pattern (book required to make the quilt) right here.




Share your Plus Sign Quilts

Have you made a quilt from the book?  I would love to see it!  You can share on social media using #ModernPlusSignQuilts and e-mail me at cheryljbrickey at gmail dot com

Photo by Paige Alexander






Tuesday, March 12, 2019

North Carolina Quilt Symposium ++ I'll be Teaching

Looking for a fun quilting retreat in a great location?  I am happy to announce that I will be teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in May and would love to see you there :)


The 3-day retreat this year is May 2 – 5, 2019 at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center which is about a half an hour drive west of Asheville, NC. The retreat center is nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge & Smoky Mountains. In registering for boarding, all of your meals are included too.

New this year, the quilt symposium is having a day of business seminars on the first day of the symposium. Three 2-hour long lectures include:
  • From Design Idea to Full Pattern – Quilt Pattern Writing 101
  • From Play to Profit: Starting Your Own Quilting Business
  • Books, Patterns and Instructions, Oh My! Self-Publishing for the Novice Writer
I am excited to be teaching the pattern writing section and looking forward to sharing my process of pattern writing.

I will also be teaching a 6-hour version of my Subtracting for Minimalism technique and a 6-hour workshop on my Ruby Roads pattern.


There are tons of other wonderful teachers and workshops during the weekend from Amanda Murphy, Carole Lyles Shaw, and Michelle Wilkie.

More more information about the North Carolina Quilt Symposium here and you can register for the event here.





Thursday, March 7, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Full Pattern and Parade Reminder

There are no instructions this month for the Modern Plus Sampler so that you have additional time to finish your quilt tops and quilts. 



IMPORTANT DATES

March 28th - Submissions to the quilt parade due (quilt tops or completed quilts)
April 4th - Sampler Quilt reveal parade 


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR QUILT & BE ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES

  • E-mail a picture of the quilt top or finished quilt by Thursday March 28th.
  • Address e-mail to MMDmysteryquilts@gmail.com
  • Name your photo with your name as the file name, if possible, such as "Cheryl Brickey.jpg".
  • (optional) Include in your e-mail your location (city, state and/or country) and/or a web address for any related blog posts you would like linked to.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded to those that participate in the parade.
We have tons of prizes, we are looking forward to seeing your versions of the Sampler!  You can find all of the prizes here.


FULL SAMPLER PATTERN

Now that all of the instructions have been posted, if you would like the instructions for the Sampler together in one pdf file you can download it right here:






Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company

I would love to welcome Bear Creek Quilting Company today as as new sponsor for the Meadow Mist Designs blog!  
Hint hint....there may be a giveaway at the end of this post.






I asked Shari to share a little about her shop...

Bear Creek Quilting Company started in 2011 as a family business based out of Lebanon Oregon. Over the years they have grown and the online shop now has thousands of yards of fabric available. Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a flat shipping fee, quick shipping, and every order includes a surprise gift; everyone loves something exciting and free.

Bear Creek Quilting Company offers a huge of cotton, flannel and batik quilting fabric for every quilters taste (from traditional to modern).   You can search for fabric by collection, manufacturer, theme, or even color!  I love using the color search option to find just the print I am looking for.

In addition to the yardage, the shop also sells pre-cut bundles (fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes), patterns, books, notions and tools.  They have a wonderful selection of Aurifil thread (my favorite) including an Aurifil thread color card to help perfectly match your thread to faric color. 

Some more exciting things Bear Creek Quilting Company offers...



Aurifil Thread Gem Pack of the Month - a 3 spool color collection that launches each 1st of month. 



Creative Grids Ruler of the Month + Free Pattern - new combos are announced to our subscribers about the 15th of the month. 






Bear Creek Quilting Company is always getting new fabric and notions in stock, in their Coming Soon section you can enter your e-mail address in the listings to be notified when that product becomes available.  And because they have so much fabric coming in, Bear Creek Quilting Company also has an incredible Clearance Section (right now it has over 700 products on clearance!).




🎉 GIVEAWAY! 🎉

** Giveaway now closed, congrats Julie **


Bear Creek Quilting Company has been generous to offer a giveaway of a Something Blue Scrappy Bundle by Andover Fabrics. This is a scrap pack of width of fabric cuts left over from bolt ends and weighs about 4 pounds!  4 pounds of fabric is a lot of fabric!!

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is limited to only the US and the prizes will be shipped directly from Bear Creek Quilting Company.

The giveaway starts Wednesday, March 6th at 12:30 am and runs through Sunday, March 10th at 8 pm (EST).

To enter, subscribe to the Bear Creek Quilting Company's newsletter (link right here) and leave a comment saying that you subscribe.  Be sure to include your e-mail address if you are a no-reply blogger.  


If you are new here, please take a minute to take a look through my mystery quilts (the next mystery quilt, the Mosaic Mystery, will be starting in July), tutorials, and recent finishes.

If you would like to subscribe to the blog you can do so by e-mail or bloglovin.