Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stunning Stitchin Sunday and Classic Metal Company giveaway winner

A lot of people are taking breaks from their normal quilting routine so there hasn't been as much blogging activity to read about but there is still a lovely lineup of stunning stitchin to share with you today.

I hope you enjoy them.
I also get the fun of announcing the winner of the Classic Metal Company barn quilt and ruler holder giveaway. These barn quilts are so fabulous and I wish that each of you could win one of your own but unfortunately there can only be one winner of the giveaway.

Mr. Random did his usual precise work and he named the winner
Sarah Craig said...And I shared about the giveaway on Facebook!!! Woohoo! Thanks for all the chances at such a great giveaway! 

I know that Sarah had been crossing her fingers and hoping that she'd win and I'm so happy for her. Congratulations Sarah. Thank you to everyone that entered and even though you didn't win, you can still add the beauty of a Classic Metal Company barn quilt to your home. I love mine and I know that you will too.
I've decided to be a little stinker and not send Sarah an email to her letting her know that today is her lucky day. Instead I'm going to wait for her to read this blog post to find out the happy news. I wonder how long it will take her to see this.
I hope you all have a fantastic week and I'll be back soon to show you what I'm working on now.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Final chances

Hurry up will ya! Today is your last chance to enter the Classic Metal Company giveaway.
You can win your choice of a 24" x 24" barn quilt in the color of your choice.
Plus you also get to pick one of the ruler holders in your block and color choice.
Entries close at Midnight so don't wait. Click on over to the giveaway post to put your name in the hat for this awesome prize package.

In addition there are still a few more days to enter for your chance to win one of these gorgeous quilts over on my friend Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
 
She is helping her daughter and hubby raise money to help with the adoption expenses of her soon to be grandson Nathanael. You can read all about their story here. I have been so happy to have been a part of this story when Sarah asked me to write about 100 Good Wishes Quilts as a guest poster and I'm waiting anxiously along with them for that little boy to come home to his forever family.

The raffle for these quilts, and one more if she reaches the next goal, ends at 5pm on Thursday, July 24th so please donate if you can. Every little bit helps. Adoption is so very expensive but knowing that just one more child will grow up in a loving family of his very own instead of at an orphanage makes it so worth it. Click on over to Sarah's blog to find the donation  link.

And thanks...from me, Sarah and her daughter's entire family.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Whoop Whoop - RSC blocks, Primary Bee blocks and Giveaway reminder

I'm giving myself a Whoop, Whoop today! I've got 4 things to be happy about.

1. Because on Sunday someone is going to learn that she is the winner of my Classic Metal Company giveaway. There are still 2 days to enter. The giveaway closes at Midnight on Saturday.
Not only will she will her choice of a 24" x 24" barn quilt in the color of her choice...
...but she will also win her choice of a ruler holder, again in her choice of pattern and color.
That seems pretty fabulous to me. 

2. Because we are all caught up on The Primary Bee blocks.
This week we've had a few snippets of time to sew so we got to work on getting the June blocks done. Jammer started this time and got a few of the blocks sewn together before he headed off to the firehouse with Daddy.
So then Sunshine was up. She can't wait until we are done sewing each section so that she can raise the presser foot and needle and then cut them apart.
She still needs quite a bit of guidance, keeping the pieces lined up against my 1/4" foot but slowly she is getting better.
Here is her "I'm being silly" shot. She always gets into giggle fits when it comes time to take the "official" picture.
And here is the "official" picture with her holding the block straight. As you can see Lisa's daughter requested the Churn and Dash block in Blue and Purple.
The next evening, after Jammer saw Sunshine's block all finished, he wanted to get his done too. Now that I'm letting him do the fabric guiding and foot pedal work all by himself he is concentrating so hard.
We did need to use the seam ripper a little bit as a couple of his seams weren't great but once redone, the blocks came together nicely. Here is his weird smile face picture. He's at the age where all of his smiles are "deer in the headlights" types.
This smile is much better. If you look closely, he's missing his two top teeth and so far there is no sign of the new grown up ones.
Both kidlets are anxious to make their blocks for their own quilts so we will be working on those in the coming weeks. The July Bee Princess hasn't let us know yet what block and colors she wants so we can keep stitching away at the future months blocks.

3. Because a little more of those snippets of time appeared and I was able to get two more months of blocks done for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
Here are my 25 patch blocks in Purple that was the color for April. My original plan was to not use the same fabric scrap more than once in each block but for the Purple that just wasn't possible. I thought I'd have more than enough different scraps, especially after making the Guiding Young Discoveries teacher quilt in 2012, but in fact I didn't. I don't think it is really noticeable to anyone but me.
And here are the Green ones for May. I'm glad that the scrap with the slithering thing isn't really recognizable as a slithering thing. I HATE those! I can tolerate all other creatures but those. Just thinking about them gives me nightmares.
When I took the Purple ones off the design wall to put the Green ones up for the photo shoot, I noticed an Oops. Did you? Go ahead, scroll back up and see if you can see it? 

I had accidentally sewn the top two rows of the Dark Purple block on in the wrong order. Smack self on the forehead. The seam ripper got utilized again and the mistake was quickly fixed. See....now all better.
These are all my pretty rainbow blocks so far.
Next up is Yellow for June and Red for July. I've already pulled out my Yellow scraps and there isn't much variety so those blocks are going to be a stretch to complete.

4. Because today is my 1st day home by myself in weeks so there will definitely be some sewing/quilting accomplished. Snoopy dancing here. As soon as I get my shower done and some breakfast in me for fortification, I'm heading upstairs to my happy place.

Tomorrow is the annual softball tournament for the scholarship fund in honor of my nephew Danny. It will be an emotionally difficult day for sure, it always is, but it will also be a great one because we'll be raising a lot of money for the fund. 

Next year will be the 10th and final year of the softball tournament. My sister wanted to stop on the 8th year of his death (his jersey number was 8) but the school convinced her to hold the tournament until we had done 10 since that is what is typically done for scholarship funds. Two years ago my fabulous readers helped me create the two Danny quilts...Tribute to Danny (I'm finally going to be able to get better pictures of this quilt tomorrow.)
and Remembering Danny
I want to make something again for next year to again raffle off but haven't figured out what yet. These 2 quilts hold so much meaning for me and my family and I don't want to overshadow that. I'm sure I'll come up with just the right idea eventually.

Today I'm linking up with

Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Have a fabulous day and a truly glorious weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Classic Metal Company Barn Quilts review and Giveaway

This Giveaway is now closed!

Hubs is always appreciative when I give him gift ideas of things I really want. He doesn't like to shop and it makes his life so much easier. For Mother's Day this year I requested something very specific and even sent him the link to the item and posted a copy of the page from the magazine right next to the computer monitor so he'd get it right. I wasn't taking any chances!
And what did I ask for you ask?
I requested this fabulous 2 foot Mariner's Compass Barn Quilt block from Classic Metal Company to adorn our house. I love it, I love it, I love it!!!
It hangs perfectly between the 2 office windows and now there is no doubt at which house in our neighborhood the quilter lives.
But hubby surprised me that day and not only did I receive the Mariner's Compass Barn Quilt but I also received this 2 foot Americana Star Barn Quilt.
Hubs hung this one between the garage windows (we have a side load garage) but now that it has been up for a number of weeks I'm thinking that it isn't big enough for the space and it needs to be replaced with a bigger one, either the 3 foot or 4 foot size. I'd move this one to hang between the library/playroom windows on the other side of our front door. For the replacement block, I'm strongly considering the Ohio Star or the LeMoyne Star block. My birthday is coming up in a few months ya know.
I chose to request these specific Barn Quilts from Classic Metal Company because of Mark's fabulous reputation and the terrific quality of his products. I love, love, love these barn quilts. I know, I said that already. But it is true! They are all made from heavy-weight steel and are all powder coated for years and years of great looks. I've seen other similar products elsewhere before and they don't measure up to these by a long shot.

Not only are all of his Barn Quilts available in the standard 1 foot (12 " x 12") and 2 foot (24" x 24") sizes but he also makes them in custom 3 foot and 4 foot sizes. Plus each one is available in a number of color options: Satin Black, Navy Blue, Dark Red, Creamy White and Dark Green so there is an option to coordinate with every decor.

Because I truly believe in the Made in America movement as also evidenced in my recent participation in the American Made Brand Blog Tour, I am happy to tell you that Classic Metal Company's Barn Quilts and all the hardware available to hang them are also completely made in the good ole USA. 

So far there are 13 Barn Quilt blocks available as well as a Greeting Sign and 2 napkin holder designs (I've already told hubby that the Black Mariner's Compass one is also on my wish list for my birthday). Just look at the wonderful options he has for you to decorate your home with, inside and out.
In addition, Classic Metal Company has recently come out with (2) ruler holders which are equally fabulous. At this point in time they are available in either an American Country block or a Sister's Choice block, again in your choice of colors Red, Black or Green.
And if that isn't enough, Mark also makes Barn Quilt Minis in Brass or Copper just perfect for decorating your quilting themed Christmas tree during the holidays or displaying elsewhere all year round.
While recently emailing with Mark about hub's purchases and a few upcoming new design ideas he has and wanted my input on, he offered up an extremely generously and the top terrific giveaway for one of my readers.
What might you win you wonder?
Not only do you have a chance to win your choice of a 24" x 24" Barn Quilt in your color preference shipped directly to your home but Classic Metal Company is also including a ruler holder of your choice. 
 
So what hoops do you have to go through for your chance at these fabulous goodies?

1. Go To Classic Metal Company's Barn Quilts page and tell me, if you are lucky enough to win, which one will you choose.

2. Like Classic Metal Company's Facebook page and come back and tell me that you did.

3. Spread the word about this giveaway on your blog and let me know about it.

4. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook page.

That's it! A total of 4 chances to win.
The entries will close on Saturday, July 19th at Midnight and I'll announce the winner the next day.

As usual, there are always giveaway entries from No Reply Bloggers so if you are in doubt, make sure to leave your email address. Those that don't aren't even entered into the drawing. Many people still don't realize that they are in fact NRBs but if you never, ever receive replies on comments you leave on other's blogs, than that is proof that you need to fix the problem. Not everyone replies to commenters but many of us do as much as possible.

Even if you don't win this time I hope that you too choose to decorate your house with one or more of these fabulous Barn Quilts. They truly are a work of art.
Disclosure: While I truly appreciate the opportunity to write this review and to host this generous giveaway from Classic Metal Company, all of my opinions are my own and the offer of the giveaway items in no way influenced my comments on these products.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stunning Stitchin Sunday

Summer is in full swing and although it seems that everyone is slowing down stitchin wise there is still some fabulous quilting being accomplished.
Here is this week's showcase of quilt eye candy for you to enjoy!

Have a great week!

Back to my regularly scheduled program

My normal routine has been anything but normal over the past 4 weeks. I feel that I've been rushing between things but thankfully now I get the chance to slow down, regroup and plan what is to come. The end of June and beginning of July saw me quickly making tote bags for the teachers end of year gifts
 and sew together most of the kids art quilt for Sunshine's school.
Plus there was Jammer's class picnic (I was a class mom this year) and Sunshine's Pre-K graduation.
Within days of then end of the school year, we headed out on vacation to Orlando.We had a terrific visit with one of Sunshine's China sisters who lives in the area.
 This year we only went to Legoland (which is fantastic BTW if you haven't been there yourself)
 Jammer loves being the master of the maps.
 And both kidlets were excited about the new Star Wars section of Miniland.
 This park is all about the kids 2-12 and we will definitely be going again in the future.
 We also spent a morning playing some mini golf. Hubs and I lurve mini golf (I don't play big people golf myself.)
 The kidlets did much better this time at actually playing but there was still a lot of golf-hockey going on too.
 After that we indulged Jammer's wish for go-carting. Here he got to drive one himself on a smaller track. We also did a lot of laps on the bigger track...one grown up with one child each and since both of us were driving it was impossible to take pictures of the action.
 We also fed the baby alligators while we were there.
 Sunshine needed a boost to be able to see over the fence and properly aim her fishing pole feeder at the critters.
 The only other part we visited was Sea World. We missed this park on our last trip to Florida and since our kids are animal fanatics this was of course a hit.
 They saw lots and lots of animals!
 And we of course roe a few rides. My feerless rollercoaster loving girl went on every one she was big enough for.
 But most of our trip was spent in the pool just swimming and more swimming.
 Sunshine made amazing progress and quickly gave up using her swim belt, was brave enough to even swim under water a bit and both of them jumped in canon ball style over and over and over and...you get the idea.
 Now that we are home and the normal routine has returned I'm back to working towards crossing items off my To Do list. On that list is:

Quilting and binding the Spellbound quilt for Sarah's Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge. My quilts are being sent to her for her group's October trip to help Hurricane Sandy survivors so I got a bit of a break on the deadline plus I had to wait for Penelope's upgrade to get done before I could load this on my frame.
 I also need to quilt and bind the EMS/Fire quilt. My boss decided not to hold the raffle during the industry trade show a few weeks ago so I got another reprieve on getting it finished. The forecast for that weekend wasn't pretty (our booth was outside) and so the expected turnout for the show wasn't as usual and there was no way we would have raised what we had hoped for at that event.
Instead he decided to promote it more amongst our customers and at a couple of upcoming industry trade shows and have the drawing at the last one.

In addition these are what are the other things on that To Do list:

1. Complete and mail the June Primary Bee blocks. I'm still waiting to hear what the July block will be.

2. Get caught up on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. I need to make the May - Green, June - Yellow and July - Red blocks.

3. Finish piecing and then quilt and bind the kids art quilt for Sunshine's school. They were happy to have it hanging at the school for a few weeks for everyone to see the progress so far but now it is time to get it done and hung permanently in the school's lobby.
4. Paint my kitchen. I'm embarrassed to admit that now just over 3 years in this new house and we still have 3 rooms that haven't been painted. The kitchen paint color has been the hardest to decide on based on the 1st floor layout and the way the open concept rooms come together and after numerous sample testings, I've finally found the perfect one.

5. Paint the kids bathroom and the dining room - after the hubs finally gets the wainscoting up that is.

There are other things on my list but that is all I'm tackling in the coming weeks. Wish me luck in getting them all done.

Stunning Stitchin Sunday resumes this afternoon and you won't want to miss the giveaway that starts tomorrow. See you back here then for the fun announcement.