Thursday, April 30, 2020

Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup - April 2020

Welcome to April's Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup!

Working and schooling from home in April has not only made the days start to blend together, but the weeks as well now.  I can't believe that this is the end of the month already.  I hope that everyone is healthy and staying safe.

My monthly finish for April is an exciting one, but one I can't show pictures of yet.  I just finished the manuscript for my next book with Stash Publications!  Thousands of words and hundreds of illustrations are finished and it feels great to be able to step away from the computer for a bit and finish up the dozens of quilts for the book.

I think that we could all use some cheer so please link up your favorite finish from April and take a few minutes to see everyone else's finishes.  Remember, you can link a picture right from your computer, you do not need a Instagram or blog post.

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

Friday, April 24, 2020

Aurifil Artisan - April Challenge

Each month, the Aurifil Artisans have a fun challenge, this month it is favorite Aurifil thread weight.  I am joining in by showcasing a quilt made with my favorite weight, 50 wt.

50 wt is my most used and favorite weight.  It is perfect for piecing, machine applique, and quilting.  For the quilting, if you use a matching thread color, the 50 wt is thin enough to blend in with the fabric well to leave a great texture.  On the other hand, it is thick enough to stand out when wanting to make a statement while quilting, like in this mini quilt.

I made this mini quilt as part of my Modern Design Lab group.  Each month, a member selects an image or object and then we make a quilt using that as inspiration.  For this quilt, Paige (Quilted Blooms) picked a picture of the Library of Birmingham in England.  The library is very cool as it has an orange peel like grate covering the outside of the building.

You can see the inspiration photo here.

I pieced the mini quilt using Aurifil 2024 (white) in 50 wt and then I got to the star of the show, the quilting.

I took one of my cups from my kitchen and used it to mark the orange peel design all over the quilt top (this was very doable as the quilt is only about 15" x 18").

Next I used Aurifil 2692 (black) in 50 wt and my free motion foot to trace around each orange shape about 3-4 times. I normally go for quilting thread that blends into the background but am so glad I went bold on this quilt.

What is your favorite thread weight?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

EQ8 Giveaway!!

How about a giveaway to brighten your day??? 
Electric Quilt is kind enough to be offering one of my blog followers a copy of EQ8.

To enter:
You must follow my blog by e-mail, bloglovin, or other blog reading service.

Leave a comment on this post (comments on FB or IG do not count as entries) with how you follow my blog. If you are a no-reply blogger, you must include your e-mail address (or else I will have no way of getting in touch with you).

Good luck and stay safe!

UPDATE:  Giveaway now closed.  Congrats to Kelly, entry #20!