Showing posts with label blog hop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blog hop. Show all posts

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sew Seasonal Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Sew Seasonal Blog Hop!  Kristy & Alyce have done a great job of putting the hop together and wrote two awesome patterns as well! 

I worked with ornament #3 from Alyce's Ornamental pattern.  The pattern gives you directions to make either a 5" or 10" block of each ornament.  I chose to use the 5" directions and made some holiday coasters!




The 5" blocks  work perfectly with charm squares.  I only used 3 charm squares plus some white per coaster!  Once you make your block just layer it together with batting and backing, baste, quilt and bind.  They come together quickly and are cute too :)  I will definitely make some more to share with others this Christmas.

From now until the end of November both Kristy's and Alyce's patterns are FREE for you on Craftsy and you can head over to their blogs for a great giveaway! 

Be sure to stop and visit Susan from Patchwork N Play who is also sharing today, as well as everyone else in the hop!


1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Marieka from Bespoke Bites & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins
 
Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

October in Review


October was quite the stitchy month!!  I'm really trying to work on projects off of my Hustle List.

I finished two quilts - Maple Sugar and The Mary Kate Experience.  I did my do.Good Stitches and Stash Bee blocks, started on my 4x5 bee blocks and joined the 3x6 bee!  Plus I started a Sparkling Cider quilt for my husband, started my my quilt top for the Tula Pink Sew Along and finished all of the On a Whim blocks I started ages ago!

November is looking to be a fun month as well!  My mom and I went in on a used longarm together and it should be getting delivered in the next couple of weeks!!!!

The Sew Seasonal Blog Hop starts today!  Head here for the details and here is the schedule!  I'll be sharing on Saturday.

1st November: Kristy from Quiet Play & Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts
2nd November: Marieka from Bespoke Bites & Jane from Where Jane Creates
3rd November: Susan from Patchwork N Play & Kelsey from Kelsey Sews
4th November: Janice from Better Off Thread & Erin from Missy Mac Creations
5th November: Lucy from Charm About You & Rebecca from Making Rebecca Lynn
6th November: Charlotte from Lawson and Lotti & Amy from Amy's Crafty Shenanigans
7th November: Jess from the Elven Garden & Cindy from Live a Colorful Life
8th November: Elaine from Dashasel Sews & Kelly from Jeliquilts
9th November: Beth from Plum and June & Fiona from Finding Fifth
10th November: Juliet from Tartan Kiwi & Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches
11th November: Taryn from Pixels to Patchwork & Anorina from Samelia's Mum
12th November: Megan from Jaffa Quilts & Jane from QuiltJane
13th November: Gemma from Pretty Bobbins
And don't forget that The 100 Day Hustle half-way point linky opens on 11/6!
Lily's Quilts
Linking up at Lynn's Fresh Sewing Day 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dots on Dots Hop - Rainbow Dots Block



Hi!  If you're stopping over for the Dots on Dots, welcome!  I'm so happy to be sharing my block with all of you today.




When I decided to join in this hop I knew exactly what fabrics I wanted to use.  I have  had a rainbow polka dot charm pack from Connecting Threads for a while which was perfect for this block.  



I pulled out the primary rainbow colors, Red, Orange Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet, paired them with some crisp Kona White and then turned them into cute little half square triangles.  I pieced them in opposite directions for each row and added some white border to frame the block and finish it out at 12.5".  I think I'm going to turn this into a mini table topper for my nightstand!

A very big Thank You to Corrie from Quilt Taffy and Madame Samm from Sew WE Quilt for putting together this month's great blog hop!  Head over to Quilt Taffy to see the entire hop schedule. 

See who else is posting today below.  Be sure to stop by and see their dotty blocks!



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

Welcome!  Diane asked me to join her in the Friendship Quilt Blog Hop and I couldn't refuse.



We are all designing a little project that resembles those fun string friendship bracelets we used to make back in the 80s (or 90s!). 

For my project I combined two tutorials.  The first was Diane's for the friendship bracelet piecing and the second was for a cute medium sized pouch by Noodlehead.  I pulled out a red, aqua and grey fat eighth bundle and got to work.  Here's the pouch I made!!





I'm sending this off to my wonderful friend and cousin Libby!  She is such a smart awesome girl who just started a graduate program at Wake Forest.  Who doesn't need a new pouch for a new school year?! We used to spend a week together every summer and were pen pals too!  I'm so happy to be sharing this with her!

Lastly, since friendship bracelets were so popular in the 80s Diane asked us to share a picture of ourselves from the 80s.  I'm not positive the year but I do believe this is circa summer of '89 or 90'. 




A big thank you to Diane for organizing this fun hop and to everyone else who is sharing!  Be sure to follow along and start getting ready for the link-up later on!

 September
3: Friendship Quilts Kick Off! at from blank pages...,
4: Diane of from blank pages...
5: Whitney of The Peacock Tree
6: January T of Sew Sew Go
7: Melinda of Quirky Granola Girl

10: Courtney of Mon Petit Lyons
11: Jill of Made with Moxie
12: Danielle of Fresh off the Spool
13: Kelsey of Kelsey Sews
14: Kristy of Quiet Play

17: Marika of Live, Laugh, Love... Sew
18: Karen of Sew Well Maid
19: Rachael of imagine gnats
20: Katie of There & Back
21: Lori of Lori H. Designs
- LINKY FOR YOUR PROJECTS OPENS

24: 80's Pictures Link Up Opens @ from blank pages...
25: TBA
26: TBA
27: TBA
28: Link up closes for projects
30: 80's Pictures link up closes

October
1st: at from blank pages... Judges Picks announced, along with a random drawing for the rest of the prizes.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Friendship Quilts Blog Hop

Have you ever made someone a friendship bracelet? Received one? Worn it around until it was so gross because there was no way you were going to cut it off?!

Maybe you made one from this book? I loved (and may still have!) my copy.


You can still buy copies on Amazon!

Well the wonderful Diane has put together a Blog Hop that features quilts and other stitchy projects made to resemble those friendship bracelets from our youth!! There is an awesome line-up of participating blogs, a link-up party and even prizes!

Here's the schedule so that you don't miss a thing!!

September
3: Friendship Quilts Kick Off! at from blank pages...
4: Diane of from blank pages...
5: Whitney of The Peacock Tree
6: January T of Sew Sew Go
7: Melinda of Quirky Granola Girl

10: Courtney of Mon Petit Lyons
11: Jill of Made with Moxie
12: Danielle of Fresh off the Spool
13: Kelsey of Kelsey Sews <-- ME!
14: Kristy of Quiet Play

17: Marika of Live, Laugh, Love... Sew
18: Karen of Sew Well Maid
19: Rachael of imagine gnats
20: Katie of There & Back
21: Lori of Lori H. Designs    - LINKY FOR YOUR PROJECTS OPENS

24: A SURPRISE LINKY PARTY OPENS!!! (You do NOT want to miss this one!)
25: Secret
26: Secret
27: Secret
28: Link up closes for projects

30: Suprise Linky closes
October 1st: at from blank pages...  Judges Picks announced, Random drawing for the rest of the prizes, And so I don't give it ALL away, here's a list of the great sponsors... but I'll save their awesome prizes for the Kick Off!! ;)

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Generous Contributors!
Pink Chalk Fabrics
 
A HUGE thank you to everyone who is participating in this event, the generous sponsors and of course Diane for putting the whole thing together!!!!
Are you excited?!?! I know I am. ;)
Be sure to grab a button and help spread the word!!
Frienship Quilts Blog Hop @ from blank pages...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday 8-15-12

When I looked today to see when I posted last I was flabbergasted that it's been almost a whole month!  This summer has been going by SO FAST, but I'm 100% okay with it and am most definitely ready for Fall.  Things are finally settling down and I'm happy to have more time to sew and post. 

I have lots to share so I'll keep the Instagram pictures plentiful.  Here's what I've been up to for the past month:

Made Pickles!!  They were supposed to taste just like Claussen - they were close but I used the wrong dill, still tasty though!

Yes my counters are teal and my back splash is mauve


Added (LOTS) more fabric to my growing stash!  I went on a bit of a fabric bender and this lovely bundle is one that made it to my house :)


Birds & Berries FQ Bundle

Started a new quilt for myself!!  Did a bit of cutting and am almost done turning some Amy Butler lovelies into an On a Whim.


Went to the beach!!  We went up to the shores of Lake Erie for our annual trip with the husband's family.  Lots of sun, beer and some grown men in American Flag speedos made for a great trip :)


Long story short, I got fed up with my sewing machine always breaking and my parents picked this lovely up for me while we were at the beach!  Now I need to play catch-up on some bee-blocks!

Bernette 92C
Started (another) new quilt!  My sister-in-law moved up her wedding date so I have 3 weeks to finish - eek!  More on this tomorrow.

 

Psst - I'm 3 followers away from 100 - which means we're 3 away from a giveaway!

Also, check out the Friendship Quilts Blog Hop that Diane announced today!  There are some great bloggers participating and there is even a link-up at the end with prizes.  I'm posting on 9/13.

Linking up over at Freshly Pieced - be sure to stop by and see what everyone else is working on.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Happenings

Did everyone have a nice weekend?!  I actually finished a quilt this weekend!  It's in the washer now and is going to the dryer for some crinkling when I get home from work today.

I also learned this weekend that I'm not very accurate with my distance "guesstimates".  The hubs and I needed to run 13 miles on Sunday for our marathon training.  I told him I knew exactly how we should go, it would be so scenic through the National Park, loop back to the car, have some hills, blah, blah, blah.  Then we got lost, we ran out of water, and by the time we made it back on track and finished our 13 mile run we had to walk two and a half more miles to get to the car.  Longest walk EVER! 

I have a tutorial up over at Sew Festive Handmade today as part of the Christmas in July series!  Be sure to stop over and see how to make the Stacking Gifts Wall Hanging.  Bianca from Sweet Diesel Designs has a very cute pillow tutorial up today as well.

Stacked Gifts Wall Hanging

The Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop is still in full swing!  Here's who will be sharing this week:

July 17
    Katie from Kati's Quilting
    Claire from Sewing over Pins
    Caroline from Quilting in the Cold

July 19
    Jamie from Sweet Baby Jamie
    Janine from Rainbow Hare Quilts


Also, one of the blogs I read regularly, The Moden Balabusta, has hit 100+ posts!  Be sure to stop by and check it out.  Lisa makes some awesome quilts and we were both in the Sew.Happy.Quilt QAL together.  I was even the lucky winner of the 100th post giveaway :)

Lastly, if you don't have enough projects already, there's a new quilt-a-long, Sew Intertwined, that you should consider joining!  Jenna & Melissa just announced it today and I can't wait!!  The quilt is such a great design - be sure to check it out!!

Have a great week everyone!!




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

W.I.P Wednesday 7-11-12

Well it's been a while since I've done one of these!  I'm going to do a quick little recap of the past few weeks since the last time I posted a WIP Wednesday was in May - eek!

Finished-
  • Blissful Birthday Quilt - Finished, gifted, blogged and loved :)


Heal @ do.Good Stitches

Stash Bee
New/In-Progress -
  • Christmas in July Project - Here's a little sneak peek!!  My tutorial will be up next week over at Sew Festive Handmade - be sure to stop here, and check out the whole line-up and see the tutorials that are already up.

I have plenty of other projects I'm working on, I just need to find some time to actually work on them and take some pictures!  I'm going to do a whole projects-in-progress post sometime soon (even if only for my own sanity) so that I can see what I've got cooking.  If I were to turn it into a link-up, finish one project in August, prizes!!, kind of event would anyone be interested in joining in?!

Another blogging side-note, I know I'm rambling now, but does anyone know how to get tabs at the top of your blog?  Or can point me to a tutorial of how to make them?  I tried before but I just can't get it. 

Also, don't forget that the awesome Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop is still going on over at Plum & June.  Stop by and meet some of your fellow bloggers!  Here's the post with all of the posters and the dates, and here's who is posting this week:

July 10
    Jenelle from Echinops and Aster
    Julie from Bedsheet in the Kitchen

July 12
    Rebecca from Sew Festive Handmade
    Marti from 52 Quilts in 52 Weeks
Linking up @ Freshly Pieced this week!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted! Blog Hop

Plum and June

Welcome!!  I am so excited to be a part of the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop.  I have a fun little project to share, but since I think we may have some new visitors stopping by I'm going to share a little bit about me first.
I'm Kelsey, of KelseySews, and I live in Northeastern Ohio with my husband Thomas.  I work for an insurance agent during the day and spend my nights running or quilting.  We just bought our first home last year and I love doing projects around the house - we just put in a veggie garden this weekend!
Beth also put together some crafty get-to-know-you questions for us to share-
  • How long have you been quilting - A year and a half or so
  • Favorite quilting tip(s) - Keep your thread snips on a ribbon and tie it around your sewing machine - then you can always find them!
  • Favorite blogging tip(s) - Blog for you first!  Worry more about sharing what you love than how many followers you have.
  • Favorite fabric - Ruby by Bonnie & Camille
  • Favorite craft book - The new Fat Quarterly book - It's amazing!!
  • Favorite book (or book you are currently reading) - I like non-fiction and cooking books a lot - I just finished a great one about canning at home 
  • Favorite children's book - Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (the book is so much better than the movie!)
  • Favorite quilting tool - Sticky grips for the back of my rulers
  • Favorite music to listen to while quilting - The Beatles ( I walked down the beach "aisle" to a Beatles song at our wedding last summer)
  • Favorite TV show while hand stitching - Criminal Minds, my favorite show
  • Binding - by hand or by machine? -  Usually by hand
  •  Please browse around my little blog and check out some things I've made.  Here's a little mosaic of some of my recent projects:
    
    Mosaic
      
    Now here's a little background on the project I'm about to share for the blog hop.  I don't know about you, but at our house we have a dish drainer that we sit on the counter to use when we hand-wash dishes.  The one we have didn't come with a plastic tray to go underneath (plus those aren't anything great to look at) so I've always just layered some dish towels underneath to try and keep my counter dry.  I decided to make a cute little dish mat for my counter, then I can put it under my dish rack or just set dishes on it to dry and it will add a little something to the kitchen.  I knew I would use a towel for the back but I needed to figure out something for the front.  Beth challenged us to use novelty prints for our blog hop project but I don't have very many and none seemed right for this project.  Then I thought, what about using something other than quilting fabric?  That's a novel idea!  I don't know about you but I'm not sure I want my dishwater dripping onto something made out of $10/yard fabric!  I was looking through a miscellaneous fabric bin and found two shirts that were my husband's.  He has a habit of putting his elbows right through the sleeves and then I have a pack rat habit of washing them and keeping them because I'll "use them someday".  Well now I did!

    The Dress Shirt Dish Mat



    Finished Size 18" x 21" - I measured my dish rack to come up with this size, you can easily adjust to fit yours

    You'll Need:
    • Two dress shirts (or fabric)
      • Cut each one into twenty-one 3.5" squares
    • A bath/beach towel - I bought a new one at WalMart for $2.75
    • Walking Foot - Not required but highly recommended since we'll be sewing through the towel
    A little note - all seams are 1/4" unless specified and I pressed all my pieced seams open

    First, take your two clean dress shirts and cut a large rectangle out of the back.  Then, using your rotary cutter cut each one into twenty-one 3.5" squares.


    Take your squares, pair them up (my case - one blue w/one green) and piece them all together - chain piecing will save you a lot of time.  Then set 7 of the now sewn together pairs aside, pair up the remaining 14 pairs, and sew those together (again matching a blue w/a green).  This will leave you with 7 sets of 2 and 7 sets of 4, pair those up and piece together leaving you with 7 strips of 6 squares in alternating colors.  Lay these out to keep your rows in order.
    
    Next, piece all your rows together.  Once you've done that, you'll want to lay out your towel and then lay the completed patchwork on top similar to when you're basting a quilt, but we want right sides together.  Cut the towel around the patchwork leaving about an inch or so extra of the towel on each side.


    Using your walking foot stitch 1/4" in from the edge of your patchwork on three of the sides sides and 1/3 of the way in from each corner on the 4th - This will leave you with an opening so you can turn it right side out.

    Before you turn, trim the towel to match the edge of your patchwork.  Now turn right side out, be sure to use something with a point to get the corners, and then tuck in the edges of the patchwork and towel where the opening was.  Using your walking foot sew on the top, the complete length of this side - you'll need to go a bit closer to the edge than 1/4" so that you can catch the fabric you folded in.

    The final step is to quilt it!  I just did 1/4" from each seam line which created a nice grid and 1/4" in from all the edges to match the edge where I top stitched to close the hole.  Now you have a great little mat with lots of uses - dishes, diaper changes, bathroom counter etc!



    Erin from Billy Button Design is posting as part of the blog hop today and Nik from Bold Goods and Alyssa from Pile of Fabric are posting on Thursday so be sure to head over and see what they're sharing!  Also, you can keep up with the whole blog hop, see the complete list of participating blogs and check out the blog hop news every Monday over at Plum and June

    I had a great time sharing and I hope you had a great time visiting!


    

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Pay it Forward & A Blog Hop

    Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be one of the first three commenters on Jennie's pay it forward post.  Now I get to watch my mailbox in anticipation - and pay it forward to three of you!!



    1. I will make a crafty gift for each of the first three people to comment on this post. This little gift is a surprise, and will arrive to you anytime within the next 365 days.

    2. To sign up to pay it forward, you need to commit to pay it forward too! Post this, or something similar on your blog so others can get involved.  Be sure to keep the cycle going!

    3. I will email you asking for your mailing address so I can get your little treat in the mail. {Please make sure that your email address is visible on your profile or leave it in the comment.}



    In other news, Plum and June is putting on a great blog hop over the next few months for new bloggers - head over and check it out!  I'll be posting my project next week.

    Plum and June



    Be back soon with some actual sewing projects!