Sunday, June 30, 2019

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - June 2019

Welcome to June's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!

My favorite finish for the month was making some pincushions using Karen Lewis's newest fabric line, Wayward, for Robert Kaufman.  Karen gave me a charm pack of the new prints at QuiltCon and I was excited to play with the neutral prints with metallic accents.

I figured the best way of using the charm pack was to make some smaller items that could highlight the different designs.  Pincushions it was :)

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.
  • For instructions on how to link up blog, Instagram, or pictures from your computer (new - there is now a way to just upload a picture without a web link) to the party, click here.  
  • 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, June 27, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt - Practice Linky Party

Are you excited for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Along to start?  Kick off is in one week!

New this year will be how you linkup your quilt and/or progress pictures for the monthly and reveal parade prizes.  We will be using inLinkz to enter the pictures.

So everyone can get comfortable with this new system, below are instructions on how to enter the linkup and a test linkup where you can practice entering (the test linkup is just a test, feel free to link any pictures you would like as many times as you need to to feel comfortable with the setup).

How to add your picture to the linkup

Step 1:  Click the "Add your Link" button

Step 2: Log in to InLinkz using a Facebook, Google, or InLinkz account (or create a new account)

Step 3: Click the "Add Link" button

Step 4: Enter information to link up
A:  Add your link of your blog post/Instagram post if applicable.  If you are just uploading a picture, click the blue "Enter without link" button.
B:  Add your caption (the text you want to show up under the picture)
C: If you added a URL, then images will show up.  If you are entering without a link, click the gray cloud "Upload" button.  Then select and crop (if desired) your picture.
D: Click the box to agree to the InLinkz terms.
E: Click the "Save" button, you did it!  When you go back to the blog page, your picture and text should show up.

Questions?  You can ask them in the comments below or e-mail me at

Here is the test linkup, feel free to play around and get comfortable with the system.

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

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt ++ Sponsors & Prizes

Only two weeks until the kick off of the Mosaic Mystery Quilt Along!  I am so excited and I hope you are too!  You can find out all about the quilt along here including dates, the non-mystery quilt option, and Facebook group.

New this year, in addition to prizes given out at the reveal parade in April 2020, we are also going to have monthly prizes!  All prizes will be given out randomly to those that enter the monthly and reveal parade link parties.

Also new this year is that to enter the monthly and reveal parade prizes, you will be uploading your in-progress and finished pictures into a linky party.  You do not have to have a blog, Facebook, or Instagram to enter, you can upload a picture directly from your computer and I will be posting a test linky party next Thursday you can practice with.

I want to thank all of our eighteen (18!!) sponsors for generously donating prizes for this quilt along!  Without further ado, here are the sponsors in random order...

Reveal parade prize: Half yard bundle of Painter's Palette Solids

Monthly prize: Fat quarter bundle of Painter's Palette Solids 

Paintbrush Studio Fabrics makes some of my favorite solids, Painter's Palette Solids.  The fabric has a great hand, colors, and low fraying.  You can see all of the available colors here and PBS even has a chart showing matching Aurifil colors.

Hobbs Batting
Reveal parade prize: Twin-sized cotton/wool batting Monthly prize: Twin-sized cotton/wool batting 

Hobbs strives to create the best battings for quilters and has many options such as wool, cotton, polyester, and silk for quilters to choose from.  I love using Hobbs battings in my quilts.

Reveal parade prize: collection of 12 large spools of thread
Monthly prize: collection of 12 large spools of thread

Aurifil is a favorite of quilters for their high quality, wonderful colors, variety of thread weights. I love Aurifil's thread colors and weights (and my machine loves Aurifil thread)! Aurifil thread is made from the finest cottons grown in the Mako region of Egypt and manufactured in Milano, Italy.

Reveal parade prize: $25 gift certificate
Monthly prize: $25 gift certificate

Myra of Busy Hands Quilts makes custom quilts and designs 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 her patterns in her Etsy shop, Busy Hands Patterns

Reveal parade prize: 2 winners - six-month subscription

Make Modern is a wonderful digital quilting magazine that is stuffed full of great modern patterns for quilts of all sizes and other quilted items. I have been honored to have been able to contribute a number of patterns to the magazine through the years.

Needle & Foot
Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $25 gift certificate

While Needle & Foot has been around since 2014, Bernie began stocking fabric in January of 2017. She strives to carry a wide variety of quilting cottons.  In her Etsy shop, you will find a large selection of small fat quarter bundles, an affordable way to have a collection of pieces from one line without having to buy the entire fat quarter bundle.  Also, Bernie has recently expanded and now carries a selection of voiles and stretch knit fabrics for sewing garments. Providing individual help is a pleasure for Bernie so don’t hesitate to contact her with questions or concerns when selecting fabrics.

**Needle and Foot is making some kits available for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt, more details will be shared on the Fabric Requirements post on Thursday, July 4th **

Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $50 gift certificate

Christine Scholz, is the owner of BackSide Fabrics, an internet only, family run business, and is located in the Lake Norman area of NC (near Charlotte). They specialize in a large selection of wide quilt backing fabrics that are both beautiful and affordable, and Quilters Dream Batting. 

Reveal parade prize: One copy of the Painted Stars quilt pattern and a 14-piece fat quarter bundle from Brushline fabrics

Monthly prize: One pdf quilt pattern

Beth from Cooking Up Quilts is a quilter, pattern designer, DIYer, blogger, wife and mother. She shares her passion for creating on her blog Cooking Up Quilts.  You can find her patterns in her shop

Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate

Monthly prize: $50 gift certificate

The 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.

**The Bear Creek Quilting Company is making some kits available for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt, more details will be shared on the Fabric Requirements post on Thursday, July 4th **

Reveal parade prize: 3 yards of Kona cotton

Monthly prize: One winner of 2 pdf patterns

A family affair! Honey, Bunny, and Doll Patterns are designed by a mother (Lori) and two daughters (Alison and Amanda). While it is hard for them to live in three different states, their mutual love of quilting keeps them close! They aim to design quilts that appeal to a wide variety of quilters and designs that work well with a range of different fabric styles. We also offer a limited selection of kits and precuts in our Etsy store, as well as a variety of 108" wide backing fabrics!

Sew Fresh Quilts
Reveal parade prize: $50 of patterns
Monthly prize: $50 of patterns

Lorna is a modern quilter, pattern designer and the author of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog. Lorna uses traditional piecing methods to create a menagerie of animal quilts and an occasional block design. Lorna's patterns are available at her Etsy shop.

Reveal parade prize: One winner of 2 pdf patterns

Monthly prize: 4 winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is back as a sponsor for the third year in a row! Yvonne blogs at Quilting Jetgirl. She has been quilting for 20+ years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to both her local hometown community and a larger global community. Her patterns are available through her shop

Reveal parade prize: 4 winners - each winning the Little Penguin Pattern Bundle

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 shop.

Reveal parade prize: Quilter's Planner

Monthly prize: Quilter's Planner

The Quilter's Planner is a yearly organizer designed specifically for quilters, perfect for organizing work, family, quilting, and life.  The planner also comes with a magazine with a year long quilt along as well as over 10 other quilt patterns.

Reveal parade prize: Navy blue splash kit
Monthly prize:  45mm Ergo Cutter in Pacific Blue

OLFA makes superior cutters, mats, rulers and more, the perfect tools to cut fabrics and make accurate quilts.  OLFA just launched their new, navy blue colored mats and cutters.

Fat Quarter Shop
Reveal parade prize: $50 gift certificate
Monthly prize: $35 gift certificate

The Fat Quarter Shop features high quality quilting fabric for quilting, sewing, crafters and fabric lovers of all ages. They have all of the latest prints as well as a hige selection of solids, patterns, notions, quilt kits.  Free shipping on orders over $80!

Tish in Wonderland
Reveal parade prize: 2 winners of 3 pdf patterns each

Tish N Wonderland is a quilter and pattern designer.  Tish describes herself as a quilter who like to live on the edge, sometimes running with scissors and stitching outside the lines.  

Reveal parade prize: 1 winner of 2 pdf patterns

Monthly prize: 4 winners of 2 pdf patterns each

Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs focuses on producing innovative patterns with clear instructions by combining her technical writing and math skills with her love of quilting. She loves teaching computer aided quilt design and basic quilting skills to others. You can find all of her patterns in her shop.

Questions about the quilt along?  Please ask any questions in the comments below.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Arrow Point Path ++ Pattern Release

You may remember Arrow Point Path, it was originally released as part of Quilt Theory as a short pattern for the lap size on a postcard. 

When Quilt Theory disbanded, I asked on the blog if there was interest in any of the patterns being released as fuller patterns.  The votes showed that there was interest for Arrow Point Path to be expanded into a multiple size pattern.

I am sorry it took so long, but today the full Arrow Point Path pattern is ready and available!  The pattern contains instructions for baby, lap, twin, and queen sizes and has additional information such as finishing and a color sheet to audition color schemes for your own quilt.

You can now find the pattern as a digital download in my Etsy shop in a digital version.  The pattern is on sale for one week (through Tuesday June 25th at midnight) for only $7.50. (You even can use coupon code TWOPATTERNS for $2 off two patterns or THREEPATTERNS $4 off 3 patterns in my Etsy shop for even more savings.)

The wonderful photography of the color quilt was by the president of Quilt Theory, Michelle Bartholomew.

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

Many thanks to:

  • Michael Miller for the Cotton Couture Solids
  • The Warm Company for the Warm & White batting
  • Aurifil for the piecing and quilting thread
Arrow Point Path is a lap sized, fat quarter (or scrap) friendly pattern.  The cover quilt was made in solids but it looks great in prints too. Here is a second version using some Densye Schmidt prints.

Many thanks to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl for her pattern tech editing!  Just a reminder, you can find Periodicity in digital and print versions in my Etsy shop (on sale for 1 week).