July 31, 2015

A Sneak Peek at my GRAVITY Quilt Top!

Okay, y'all know what the GRAVITY quilt looks like, but for a moment or two, let's pretend you don't.  This week's finish is my GRAVITY quilt top!  Being the quilt along host, my quilt needs done ahead of schedule and is being mailed to Cotton Berry Quilts for quilting today!  Please, refrain yourself from hijacking mail carriers over the weekend in search for it!

I thought you'd like to see the many things you can do with a GRAVITY quilt!

Here she is in a rain storm without the windshield wipers on.

Uh oh, your kids decided to use her for a painting drop cloth.

Your husband thinks she's hot through the newspaper.

You might not want to let her out of your sight so you take her in the bathroom with you.  Here she is through the shower door.

Here she is going down the drain.  Hopefully it's just the sink.

And here she is when you take her outside to play in the sand box.

And now many of you wished you had quilted along with us because you've never seen such a gorgeous, versatile quilt!  Boo hoo!

Comfort yourself with some free fabric and head on over to enter the drawing to win this Atelier layer cake at Craftsy!

July 27, 2015

My New Accuquilt Go! + My To-Do List Week of July 27th

This weekend I became the oh-so-tickled owner of an Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter!  It has been on my Must-Get list for a long time, and now she's here!  The plan is to enlist my kids to cut fabric for me, and this will make accurate cuts and keep their fingers safe.  I think I'll name her Mrs.AQ!  I plan to put her to work this week on some of the following projects.

I've decided to begin writing down my plans for each week.  I don't know if it will continue or not, but here's this week's list!

First up is getting my sewing room back together.  For my birthday, my husband remade a kitchen cabinet into an ironing station for me!  My part of the project was stapling on the cover, and I finished that this weekend.  In order to move this into my sewing room, we had to move out the big beast of a desk which of course required emptying it and finding a place for all that stuff.  My new ironing station will store a lot of things, including Mrs.AQ and all her dies!  When it's all back in order, I'll post pictures of it for you - the whole room, too, since I've been promising them since January!

My most important sewing goal this week is to finish my GRAVITY quilt top and get it mailed off to the quilter.  I'm sending it to Christa of Cotton Berry Quilts in North Carolina.  I no longer have quilts custom quilted by others since I have Mrs.Singer, and I am over-the-top thrilled to have this beauty custom quilted!  Here is a peek at my completed color blocks.  Ha Ha!  You'll have to stop back on August 7th to see them in color!

Next up is fabric selection for the Lost Lake Quilt Along over at Quilting It Out. Busy Hands Quilts is a sponsor of this quilt along, and it would be great if you'd join!  It's a perfect project for which to buy an AccuQuilt!  I'm pretty sure I'm using reds and snow white.  I purchased a 3" finished HST die for this project.

Quilting It Out

Also this week and probably next, too, is fabric cutting for a custom order of a queen-size Postcard from Sweden quilt.  I am SO EXCITED to be making this quilt!  I was planning on making one for myself, but this order beat me to it!  It's another project for Mrs.AQ, and I purchased a 6" finished HST die for this project.  

Other projects for this week include:
  • Finish block diagrams and finish cutting blocks for upcoming Rosewood Lane pattern.  
  • Aiming for Accuracy QAL Lessons 8-10
  • Canning pickled beans (dilly beans).  We've a ton of green beans in the freezer already, so we've decided to pickle the rest of the harvest.


Linking to:
Monday MakingDesign Wall MondaysMain Crush MondaysBOMs AwayTo-Do TuesdayWIP WednesdayLet's Bee SocialNeedle and Thread Thursday

July 25, 2015

Free Free Motion Quilting Guide by Christa Watson

Don't Fear Free-Motion Quilting is a free guide by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts.  You'll learn tips for machine quilting, as well as features that would be helpful in a sewing machine intended for free-motion quilting.  All this in addition to a special link to save 33% on your next machine quilting class on Craftsy!

And because quilting and chocolate go together, you may want to check out the free Death by Chocolate guide, as well!  It includes recipes for souffles, cupcakes with three frosting recipes, brownies, mousse, and of course, chocolate martinis!