This is the one event each year where I try very hard to cover each blogger/designer with a giveaway from one of the wonderful companies I’ve been priveleged to work with over these last five years on my blog. Some of these companies have participated in every event I’ve offered, while others have participated in every row along. I’m always looking for new companies, but to be honest, I love working with companies whose products I do use. With that said, these are this year’s companies who are sponsoring wonderful giveaways for you to enjoy and use yourself even after the Once Upon A Story Row Along becomes part of history…
Special Thank You’s to Northcott Fabrics for providing up to a yard of fabric to each of the blogger/designers. They have done this every year of the row along with the exception of one and that’s only because I didn’t ask them to. However, they have provided a giveaway for every year of the row along.
Each companies giveaway is described in this post below, go have a look, I know you want to see the goodies coming to you when you enter the giveaways at each designers post on her featured day.
It was so not easy to do this row. I have many things that make me happy. In the end, I created six rows for this row along because I wanted to decide which would be the easiest for me to do and I am now glad I picked the one I did because it doesn’t have a lot of shapes to it, under 50 in fact, and because of my leg issues in July, I wasn’t going to get this stitched out until I could get back up the stairs again. I did only move back upstairs with my desktop this past weekend, got the printer hooked up Tuesday, and when I have been upstairs I have been working on my row. I didn’t finish it until just last Friday. I love how it turned out and I hope you will enjoy it to.
I’m keeping this post as short as possible today, but plan to write a tutorial for you on tips and tricks I used to create this row tomorrow. I just didn’t have the time to do it today and my internet has been on and off all day long even tonight it’s feeling a bit wonky, I had to wait to write this post also. This is why I’m already late.
So, it’s my day for this fun hop by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. When she first announced this, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had been thinking of what I could do for St. Patrick’s Day that is different from what I’ve seen done by others. When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of shamrocks, Leprechauns, rainbows, green… A pinch of green is all you need to avoid the pinch on St. Patrick’s Day, and so this year I am following that tradition with my project for this hop.
I like to pride myself on figuring out how to create things that I need for small projects I’ve made, such as purses, wallets, towel holders, key rings, etc… Today’s project is no different. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s perfect, I can’t imagine what it would be like to make the perfect project. I took what I’ve learned over the years from building projects in the hoop, but in reality, only one part of this project was done in the hoop. Learning how to digitize allows one to put the things they love to use. You can do things in a machine embroidery hoop that aren’t as easy to do by a normal sewing machine or should be done by hand. When I need an all-around design much like continuous line designs, I use my embroidery hoop, because a cross-hatching design or a spiral design can be done so much faster and easier and better in the hoop.
Next up in the releases is Sue and Sam In Georgia… I love this pattern set, so fun and quite delicate at the same time. Kind of reminds me of those porcelain niknaks that were popular when I was a little girl. I can’t for the life of me remember the name now, but maybe someone knows what I mean…
With Georgia, Sam is the Free pattern, and Sue is the rewards block.
Created in Electric Quilt with commissioned artwork that is exclusive to use by Seams To Be Sew from Clipartopolis. I hope you enjoy this absolutely adorable set of patterns for Georgia.
Have you been following along on my little mini Halloween series I’ve been releasing each week. I haven’t made it really noticeable on my blog, mostly just uploading it to Craftsy itself. Last Friday I posted it on the post with the winners for first weeks Thursday of the Christmas Caroling Row Along… That seems confusing… but I know what I mean.. hehehe..
This is a fun little series, some blocks offered in smaller versions to also make mugrugs, but most blocks are released in a 12×12 size.
All blocks include SVG Cutting Files and small amounts of machine embroidery for the outlines and such.
The artwork for these blocks is Limited Edition artwork by Clipartopolis.
Li-ittle girl and boy land
While you dwell within it
You are ever happy there
I chose Toyland because I had an idea already in mind for what I wanted to do… During the course of designing, I ended up doing two different rows. This is the first of the two rows.
This row goes together quite easily, and I think any child will really enjoy having it as something you use at Christmas or all year long. The beauty of this row is that you can use it vertically or horizontally.
I’ve said it many times over, I love Electric Quilt. It is the most amazing software, they offer great support and when I really need them, they have always been their for me, including when I needed a replacement cd, because I didn’t have mine to reinstall EQ with. These are really great people that go well beyond what you’d expect for tech support, a helping and always friendly attitude and getting you so you feel comfortable using the software. They have been around now for 25 amazing years. Only the best softwares in the world can boast that kind of record.
I am my usual late self, for some reason, I just had it in my head that the 10th of the month was tomorrow, even said it on my post yesterday, and then last night Quiltshop Gal was sending me the rafflecopter code and letting us know she would not be online today.. Sadly, her site is down, so it’s just Tina and I today doing lessons for you.
Today, I have 10+ tips for using Electric Quilt that will make drawing just a little bit easier.. This is not a short video, it’s just right around 42 minutes long, but it is packed with tips and techniques that will make it well worth watching.