New BOTM Found…A Pattern Sale…and Other News…

Once Upon A Story Row Along

Once Upon A Story Row Along

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you might visit on a semi-regular basis. A huge Thank You for that. I appreciate all of you.

As you know we are about three weeks now before the row along starts and lots of things are happening behind the scenes here at Seams To Be Sew. Over the last few days, I have mainly been working on my blog to bring you a special treat come the start of the row along. After all, it’s 5 years of row alongs in the making and quite frankly I thought it might be fun to do something a little special for it.

I’ll be posting soon also about the great giveaways our sponsors for Once Upon A Story are giving away during the 5 year Row Along celebration, there are some wonderful prizes coming your way. I know many of you are looking forward to the row along this year.

I will also be posting all the designers who are participating this year in the coming weeks.

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Nancy’s Christmas Collection…. A tale of Moving to…

This is a beautiful book of wonderful Christmas projects. When Nancy at Masterpiece Quilting invited me to participate in this Blog hop for her new book Masterpiece Quilting’s Christmas Collection, finding a project wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I could have chosen at least 5 of the projects in this book to feature on this hop. Alas, I had to narrow it down to just one. It was not easy, but in the end, I went with something that I’ve always loved and actually collect. I do not normally fall in love with books of Christmas projects simply because they are normally made up of basic blocks with simple fabrics. However, Nancy’s book fills you with joy just by looking thru the pages of it.

Nancy was kind enough to let me run late today, and I thank you for that Nancy.

In the midst of creating this project, we knew that we’d be moving, so I got on top of this right away, so unlike me of course, I tend to be someone who starts a project a week prior to a blog hop… It is not normal for me to start two months ahead of time unless I already was working on something in the first place. So, I went looking for Christmas fabrics, I wanted to use something new for this project to highlight this years Christmas Fabrics.  Fabrics I chose for my project are:

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12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop….

12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop

I was supposed to post today with my project, unfortunately I am not ready enough to post today. Its my own fault, I got caught up in the unpacking of my sewing room, changing it around to hopefully have more walking room and once I realized I needed to get this project done, I went to start it only to realize I haven’t found my sewing machine foot pedal yet. :/ Sooooo…. I am sorry, I won’t be posting a project for this blog hop. I do have a project for next weeks blog hop I am participating in all done as I finished that last month while trying to pack…. So I’ll be back next week with that project and hopefully Cupcake of the Month blocks for you. I’ll be posting more in August as the Row Along starts in September and I’ll be wanting to get you all aprised of what’s happening with that for September.

Cya next week,

Marian

A Moment of Your Time…

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.

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The Wayback Machine and 5 New BOTM/SAL’s Added…

Hi Everyone, I’ve a little bug going on with my site at the moment, it has to be due to some of the wordpress updates lately. I’m working to try and find it. It seems to affect older pages on this site and not the newer ones tho, but if you try reloading the page you may see it also, it kinda looks like the path to the images. The bug affects all images, so I’ll be testing my plugins over the next few days to see which are current and which aren’t. I’m hoping it’s a simple problem like that and nothing else. 

Today I came to my blog to add some edits to the BOTM page for 2019, at least two BOTMs have finished and 4 more are starting or have started and I wanted to get them posted to you today. I realized pretty quickly that my sidebar stuff was gone, all that was there was the search bar, and the social icons, everything else was gone. One of the things about WordPress is that when you even switch a theme, the one backup you should make over everything else you also have to back up is your widgets on your Continue reading

Sue/Sam NewFoundland and Colorado Released along with CCOTM Apr/May…

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…

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Diamonds Are Forever…

Be A Diamond

Be A Diamond

When I signed up for this blog hop it was in my mind to show off the baby blanket I had just finished for my new grand nephew who was born at the end of January. I spent each day working on this quilt for just a little bit of time over the last year or so, and all of the blocks were created entirely in my machine embroidery hoop. Sadly, when I went to take the pictures off the camera today something has happened to the flash card and every file on the card seems to be corrupted… I have most of them on my hard drive thankfully but not the most recent pictures I took so I have no picture of the blanket at the moment. Since the blanket was only shipped yesterday she doesn’t even have it yet to retake a new picture for me, but to me, I want to figure out why the flash card went bad… It’s not that I didn’t know they’d eventually go bad I just don’t know what I did to make that happen and that bothers me the most… Anyway, I can show you a sample as I did take a new picture of the sample block I made and I have other projects I’ve made in the past that do include diamonds…

First a thank you to Carol, who kindly moved me to today when I had an emergency fall on Sunday afternoon and ended up with an overnight stay in the hospital. I’m still quite sore and my headache comes and goes but overall everything else is good. Continue reading