Friday, December 30, 2011

blogger's choice fq bundle contest

There's a cool contest over at Quokka Quilts. I chose a dream fabric bundle from Fat Quarter Shop, and then I made a mosaic over at Big Huge Labs. I've been enthralled lately with grey + turquoise, so I started with the top left fabric from Violet Craft's Peacock Lane range. I actually picked up a HY of this at my lqs the day after Thanksgiving, and I've been playing around with different bundles in my own stash.

If you'd like the chance to win your own bundle, head on over to enter.

My creation

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

one good deed

In late October, my friend Val posted on her blog that she was making a charity quilt for an auction benefiting the Heroes Foundation, which is a cancer support service based in Indianapolis. She got the most amazingly enthusiastic response from the quilt-blogging community, and I'm happy to be a small part of it. Here's my block, done in paper-pieced string style using a tutorial from Ashley at Film in the Fridge.
hero block

At the last count I saw, Val had received 33 blocks. Her (our!) quilt will be the spotlight item at the auction this spring.

If you haven't made a string block before, consider yourself warned: they are majorly addicting. I made Val's block during my weekly sewing circle. It was so incredibly fun, quick, and easy, that I just HAD to have another go. Just to make sure. So I scurried home and squirreled away into my studio to plot. The next day, this happened.
One good deed

You see, we got this new sofa, and it was just begging for a bright pop of color in our otherwise neutral family room. (the family room is dark, so this is in the sunnier living room. use your imagination.)
One good deed

And I happen to be a fabric hoarder have a lucky stash of Garden Party. And then.
One good deed

It actually feels pretty good to cut into it. Even if just a few strips here and there. For the back of both pillows I used a blue print from the same fabric line.
One good deed

The best part is, these pillows match my Urban Amish quilt - the first quilt I ever made! the straight strips work well together, even though the patterns are different. I KNEW there was a good reason for hoarding hanging onto that fabric!
One good deed

The pillows are rather petite at 15" square. I have a feeling there's an oversized version in my future! 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

winner winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my giveaway. And the winner is...




Paula! She said, I love the Little boys and girls crayon roll-up with the green giraffe, so cute!
Thanks for the chance!

You're very welcome, Paula. I'll email you to coordinate. 

Thanks again to everyone. Happy holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

blog hop giveaway

It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's the Quilting Gallery Giveaway Blog Hop! More than 150 240 quilting bloggers are giving away their wares in the spirit of making your holidays a bit more exciting.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

The giveaways run from through December 17th. Pop over to the Quilting Gallery Blog Hop Party page on Saturday to see the entire list of bloggers participating in the giveaway and enter as many giveaways as you like. 

I'm joining in the holiday spirit and participating in the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive an item of their choice from my etsy shop, Cosmic Thimble. Just visit my shop and then leave a comment below telling me which type of item you'd love to win. 

Here are some super stocking stuffers we have in stock.

First up, pincushion rings! Perfect for giving or keeping. 

Next, my shop partner Val's amazingly adorable personalized tooth fairy pillows. 

We also have crayon rolls in stock, which are perfect for keeping little ones busy in the car as you're darting to and fro, crossing things off your list. 

And something for everyone, Sassy Keychains. These are perfect for teens and tweens as well as coworkers, classmates, and everyone in between.

Val and I will be posting many more items for sale in the coming days, so don't fret about wasting your "choose" now. 

This giveaway will remain open until December 17th at 9PM Eastern, at which time I'll pick a winner using a random number generator. If you'd like another chance to win items from my shop, stop by Val's blog and enter there as well.  Make sure there's a way for me to get in touch with you when you enter. 

And don't forget to hop on over to the Quilting Gallery page on Saturday for a complete list of giveaways. 

Good luck!