I am so dumb, last night I finished my post, and went to bed… leaving it on “draft” .. not published, but thinking I had published it for this morning. So here I am, all my dorkiness in tow…
I’ve made for this hop a simple project, nothing big or fancy, but something I haven’t done before.
I absolutely love novelty prints tho. Next to blenders they are my favorite print to work with. Even tho I don’t do it that often. Normally when I work with novelty prints, I either fussy cut the area I want or I create an entire project out of the fabric something like a bag or placemat. Back in the 90s, when novelty prints started becoming more popular in quilt shops, I went crazy buying as many as I could. Prior to that time, novelty prints carried little interest for me as I didn’t just want to see a pumpkin on a low-quality print and most of the novelty prints I remember back then were sold in fabric shops and were low enough quality that you could see right thru the fabric.
In the quilt below, which I’ve shown several times on this blog It is entirely created with novelty prints. Only the black square is repeated. Every single novelty print in this quilt was an individual piece I purchased.
Ok, I’ve spilled the beans, yep, I have at least two rows for the row along this year. This one was created quite by accident. I was trying to think of what to do for my yearly gift for my sisters birthday this year and I happened upon this idea. Her favorite story is my first row for the row along this year. I had already created my first row which I’ll feature next week, so this one is a kind of bonus row.
My sisters favorite story is The Nutcracker and low and behold I found out that it is considered a fairy tale. So it occurred to me that I could create a row for the row along with it and at the same time my sister gets a birthday gift out of it. ssshhhh tho, she knows nothing about it and lucky me, she doesn’t follow my blog. I do not even think she’s ever even visited it, even tho she clearly knows it exists.
Before I send you inside the post to download this row, be sure to enter the giveaways and let me know what you think of this design.
My blog has been open now for six years as of this past April. I have offered patterns free and for sale since about five years ago. My early patterns are very different from my patterns that I produce today. In some ways they are very much the same, but today I do more to have them be easier to understand and use. I wanted to take a moment of your time today to show you the results of the survey that some of you took the time to do when I asked with my last release of Sue and Sam patterns and the Cupcake of the Month for April and May.
So today, I’m going to take a moment of your time and show you the survey results from the survey I took over the last few weeks. I will even answer a few of the questions that were part of the results.
I have often wondered whether it was worth it to create the SVG Cutting files or the machine embroidered patterns for my patterns.
I could release patterns much quicker if I weren’t creating the additional files, but if your using them, I will still create them. Enough of you said that you are using them so I will still create them. Originally, I created those files for myself, so that’s the reason they are included with the patterns for those of you who also might like to do them via the methods I’ve shown in my tutorials section.
So lets look at those results…. Continue reading
Its been awhile coming and I’m truly sorry these updates are as slow as they have been. I honestly have good intentions on trying to release them quicker, but my health has to come first and that has bogged me down more than I thought it would this year. At 57, I feel sometimes like I’m never going to get better and my circulation issues continue to plague me. Between having the wound care visits to fix the foot ulcer and the physical therapy for my ciruclation I am starting to feel like I live at the care centers.
We also have to move. Our lease is up this month and I’ve known for sometime that we were going to move once it was up. The property management company has been kind enough to extend us to the end of June to move by, but I have to get my act together also and try to get all packed up and ready to move by mid-June. While I love living in this house, it is just to expensive for us to live in and be able to pay off the medical expenses also. So, we have no choice at this point but to find something that is far less money. In the meantime I will still work on these patterns to try and finish them up in a more timely manner.
Today I have for you, Sue and Sam in the USA – Colorado. Sue is the free block. I also have finished Canada… yeaaa 🙂 … NewFoundland and Labrador are offically done, and the Sue block for it is also the free block.
I also have the Cupcake of the Month up for release for April and May…
After what seems like months since the last release, blocks 17 and 18 are finally ready and are released. The rest of the blocks will be released over the next few months. I really want to finish this botm by Summer 2019.
Sunbonnet Sue and Sam should see releases next week.
As always, these events just seem to pass by so quickly. Its hard to believe that tomorrow will be the last day but so far and I know you might agree with me its’ been great seeing all the craziness happening in our little quilt world here on the net. I love the internet, how else would I ever get to see all the gorgeous quilts and projects that are created by others. Don’t get me wrong I also love quilt shows, but with those you are limited to those who show and don’t see the bigger picture. The internet on the other hand opened us all up to the possibilities of seeing what is happening everywhere. Thus, I love the internet.
Lets see what other crazy projects are being offered today….
March 19, 2019
Bumbleberry Stitches | Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Ms. P. Designs USA | Quilt Schmilt
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
I know I saw some some really cute projects last Friday, I hope you enjoyed your visits also. I’ve had some great comments on my jackets and while I tried to answer most comments I couldn’t get to them all, but a huge thank you for enjoying my jacket. I know all of you who remember when they were popular and made one yourself know how much fun they’ve been to wear and enjoy. Even if you never finished yours it’s time to get it out and have some fun with it.
On Todays schedule we have:
March 18, 2019
Quiltscapes | Days Filled With Joy
Life In the Scrapatch | Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes
I am looking forward to seeing what they will be showing us today and don’t forget every comment you make and every visit you do, gets you an entry into the Fat Quartershops Continue reading