Exciting things are happening around here this week! My first tutorial goes live on Saturday (eek!) with my stop on Jessica Levitt’s fabric release blog hop and today, just because it’s gloomy, I am doing a giveaway. I’d like to give you the shirt off of my back…well bench. I have been making Shirts for side swaps and this one is an orphan (and honestly, not my style) so I am hoping that one lovely reader will give it a new home.
Congratulations Melissa Quinn! Look for an email from me shortly.
How do you enter? (Giveaway is now closed!) Just leave me a comment and tell me whether you love or hate Halloween. Do you go all out with decorations, costumes, parties, and giving candy to the kids or do you hide upstairs in a back room? In Philadelphia, we were in the hate it camp, but we may give it a shot in our new neighborhood. I’ll be closing the giveaway Friday night and Mr. Random will pick a winner for me. (If you are a no-reply blogger, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner!)
While you are checking out blogs, stop by my friend Carrie’s blog, Skyline Quilts, she is doing the Modern Instabee (Hive 15) and is doing some amazing things. Be sure to check back in on Saturday for my debut tutorial and my stop on Jessica Levitt’s Cascade Blog Hop. I was thrilled to be selected to work with Jessica’s new fabric and I cannot wait to share my project with you. The blog hop started on Monday and Windham Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter bundle at every stop. Check out Jessica’s blog for full details and the schedule.
Instagram is my go-to social media for a creative inspiration fix, to see someone’s latest finish, commiserate over ripping stitches, to virtually petting fabric, and watching the latest swap creations make their debuts. After watching the beautiful minis that were made for the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt swap, I promised that I would jump on the next mini swap that popped up on Instagram. Enter the #IGminiswap, organized by @curly_boy1, is the latest IG mini quilt swap (with 572 participants) and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
I have been stalking my partner on IG as well as other forms of social media as well as formulating a plan for the mini I will make them. I have to have it shipped by early December and I want to get it done early!
We were asked to create a mosaic of quilts we like to help give our partner a sense our tastes, it was much harder than I thought!
Row 1: Canoe Ridge Creations, Mark Lipinski, Melissasews, Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft, Row 2: Jenna, Jean Truelove, Quarter Inch Mark, Better Off Thread, Row 3: Peace N Quilt, Mommy’s Nap Time, Julie Herman, Remember Your Karma, Row 4: Freshly Pieced, Shape Moth, Better Off Thread, Sally England
I enjoy looking at what I ended up with – I love geese and, apparently, I am drawn to rainbow colored quilts (maybe one needs to go onto my to do list).
What swaps are you, or have you been, a part of?
I can check “learn how to paper piece” off of my to-do list and I LOVE it!
Paper piecing was one of my goals for 2014 along with another that we will not mention since I have failed spectacularly. When I saw that Lee Monroe of May Chappell was hosting an All Shirts Swap using the Carolyn Friedlander Shirts pattern which was paper pieced, I decided right then that it was time to step up to the plate. I struggled with the first few shirts and they took forever to do (over an hour easily) but I kept at it because I love the crisp, sharp lines that paper piecing produces plus I was making tiny shirts. All in all I ended up making 18 shirts (they do not take as long now), sending 10 to Lee, three to Alaska as a side swap and hanging on to the five that I could not bare to part with.
On a sidenote, I did not realize that this pattern was considered tiny. I just assumed that all paper piecing projects were this small. The blocks will finish at 5 1/2″ square.
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Here is my set of 18:
And here are the 13 that I received from the All Shirts Swap and my Alaska side swap:
I am super excited that I received such a great assortment of shirts. The makers had a great eye for color and pattern. I received the green on green shirt from Carolyn Friedlander and the anchor shirt from Lee Monroe! I had originally thought that I was going to do a small wall hanging, but that changed with the announcement of All Shirts Swap 2.0. Now I am not sure how they will end up.
There was such a great response to the swap that Lee is hosting Round 2! I jumped on board again and I cannot wait to start making more shirts. Have you thought about paper piecing? Have you thought about joining the All Shirts Swap? Do it!! The deadline for mailing is in far away June so you have plenty of time! Warning: they are highly addictive!