Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop!

Quilt Qwazy Queens

I'm happy to be participating in another fun hop! A big thanks to Marian for all her hard work...and she did a lot of work to organize this one!

This hop is in honor of International Quilting Day, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not a quilter. I so admire what you quilters do!

I consider myself a sewer and crafter, and I primarily design and create wool applique. I began on my design journey by creating this yo-yo sunflower, which is a combination of cotton fabric and wool felt:

I submitted it to Create & Decorate Magazine (which unfortunately no longer exists), and got accepted! It was published, and that got me inspired to continue creating. I had several more designs published with them, and you can see them all on the right side of my blog. 

Eventually, I started making my designs available as patterns. Here are some pictures of a few of my patterns:

You can find my complete line in my shops on Etsy and Craftsy.

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As I said above, I'm not a quilter. However, I have played around with quilting and have made small projects here and there. About six months ago, I decided to try my hand at foundation paper piecing, and really loved the precise results that method offers. I made a small wall hanging, and I thought it came out well considering I'm such a novice!


Simple square-within-a-square blocks are surrounded by flying geese and then a plain blue border. I did a very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. The fancy quilting most of you do totally intimidates me!

For this hop, I decided to do another paper-pieced project. I slightly altered some of the basket patterns I've seen on the internet.


Then, I added some appliqued flowers, and small square-within-a-square blocks on the ends, and turned the whole thing into a pillow. It came out OK, but in retrospect I probably should have added another border around the whole thing before assembling the pillow. The back is just a piece of fabric that I straight-line quilted. On the front, I did a very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting again.



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Now onto the fun stuff! Thanks to Marian, I'm able to offer a giveaway:

Quilters Dream Batting, Dream Poly Select!

If you are a No Reply blogger and wish to enter, you MUST leave your email address in your comment. Winners have to provide us with a valid email address, so Marian can email you the information to redeem your prize. If we don't have a way to contact you, you cannot win the prize!

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Be sure to visit Marian at her blog too for an additional giveaway today!

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As an added bonus during this blog hop, the Fat Quarter Shop is giving everyone a 10% discount on purchases!
Fat Quarter Shop
Just use this coupon code at checkout:
seamstobe316
The 10% does not apply to gift certificates , and is good for 1 purchase per customer. 

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Finally, be sure to visit everyone else on today's list, and for the rest of the hop:
March 23
Kwilt Krazy (will be moving to tomorrow)
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter At

March 24
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Just Because Quilts
Moose Stash
Batts In The Attic
All Things Sewn
Kwilt Krazy
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter At
Seams to Be Sew
March 25
After You leave your comments at the above blogs
Stop In To Enter and Also Marian's Featured Day

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In case you missed the previous days, here are the sites that participated:

March 21

86 comments:

  1. I really like your square in a square quilt. You should make more quilts!

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  2. I like the snowman so cute. Jmikebalou(at)aol dot com

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  3. I have never worked with wool in quilting except for SOME wool felt. The Square in a Square is cool. I like your applique pillow as well.
    Happy Easter

    Thank you for being a stop on the hop!!

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  4. Your crafts are very nice Elizabeth. And when it comes to quilting, we all have to start somewhere :) Your simple quilting is still lovely and before you know it, you'll be trying your hand at something a little more detailed. Thanks for sharing today.

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  5. I love your applique work.

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  6. Your snowman is really cute! I like your designs! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  7. We were all new to quilting at one time...looking very good!

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  8. Very cute projects. I think your pillow came out great.

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  10. Your basket is wonderful, love it.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  11. I absolutely love your sunflower table topper, and yes there is nothing better for precision than paper piecing!

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  12. I really like the sunflower table topper and I really like the basket pillow with the flowers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Lovely work. I still have those two ornaments you sent me during the holiday swap!

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  14. You have such cute designs. Great to see your wonderful projects.

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  15. Great pieces and I love your appliqué pillow... Gorgeous!!

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  17. Great pictures, I like the square quilt.

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  18. I love your flower basket pillow!

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  19. All of your projects are wonderful!

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  20. Mom mom and sister love working with wool- I am going to have to share your site with them! I love the sunflower with the yo yo center! crjandsbj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Nice to read about another artsy medium. Your projects are lovely.

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  23. your projects are wonderful
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  24. You always inspire me with your creations and patterns! I love your paper pieced basket and flowers...beautiful!

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  25. Love your creations. Very inspirational. Thank you

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  26. Quilting is a wonderful art medium. Your designs are fantastic. I just learned a new use for the batting you are giving away. nelljeancam@gmail.com

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  28. Lovely basket of flowers! For someone who claims to not being a quilter, you certainly seem to me to do a great job! Thank you for sharing your work. (Sorry; forgot to leave my address on the last comment . . . ) lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  29. I'm a snowman person and you're is sweet. But I really like the pillow. Is it a pattern? I have found several things I would like to make on this hope and your pillow is one of them. I have just started working with wool. I have been collecting it at yard sales. Visited your shop, some lovely patterns there.

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  30. Love, love, love that pillow! And the snowman....I LOVE snowmen too!

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  32. Great applique work. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  33. I enjoy seeing your patterns, it was because of you that I actually started working with Wool in projects and while it's so expensive, I really really enjoy the benefits it brings especially to applique. I thank you for the walk thru your history, and will always enjoy what's coming next... Hugs!!!

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  34. I like your patterns, they are very cute. And they would translate easily to quilt applique patterns!

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  35. So very nicely done!
    krbassoc57@gmail.com just in case I am no reply blogger

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  36. Nice........I haven't tried wool but the lady i take care of loves wool projects.....ty for sharing your story......happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  37. Very nice quilts. I haven't used wool but would like to one of these days.

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  38. I love your patterns! Your wall hanging turned out really nice.

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  39. Very nice. I have a pattern for a wool candle mat that I would like to make. Thank you.

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  40. Your patterns are great! You say you're not a quilter, but from the looks of your projects, you are. It's not the size that matters. I've made small wall hangings up to king size bedspreads. Right now I'm working on a table runner

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  41. I have never tried wool applique, but your patterns make it very tempting. I particularly like your Pumpkins on the Vine table runner. I downloaded your floral pincushion pattern to try working with wool. Thanks for being a stop on the blog hop and for offering the lovely free patterns.

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  42. I love your cushion, it is lovely.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  43. I really love your patterns, have a few in my wish list at Craftsy already. I especially like your pillow today. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  44. Neat Projects>I like the snowmen! Thanks for sharing! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  45. your flower basket is very cute and i like combining the 3 different fabric types.

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  46. I love your penny rug designs! And the pillow you made is fine as it is. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. That is a awesome pillow you made. I have tried paper piecing some but not a whole lot. I love it for it's accuracy though.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. Your pillow is very cute! I'd like to try wool applique one day but at the moment I'm totally obsessed with quilting!

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  49. I just love your pillow! So pretty! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  50. Love your pillow! Thank you for sharing.

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  51. You certainly NOT QUILTER'd a terrific project!!

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  52. Those table runners are fun! lalaluu @ yahoo dot com

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  53. Some very cute patterns! Thanks for sharing.
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  54. Love your designs. Thanks so much for sharing

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  55. You don't have to be a quilter, you make beautiful projects. I LOVE those sheep and flaky snowmens! Thanks for sharing your cuties.

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  56. Thank you for sharing your lovely projects.

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  57. Your work is beautiful! I wish I could do that. I appliqué but I cannot use wool....for I am highly allergic. Oh well!

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  58. Your projects are wonderful. The pillow is beautiful.

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  59. I LOVE your pillow pattern. That is so cute! You ARE a quilter if you've made two quilt projects. =) I love your wool designs, too. Thanks for sharing today, and for the chance to win. ~dezertsuz at gmail

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  60. Wonderful wool designs/patterns!

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  61. Love your floral pillow. It is adorable. Thanks for sharing, and for the draw. raydeer@memlane.com

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  62. You did a great job on your square-within-a-square quilt. I really like it.
    bestbelle2010@aol.com

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  63. Your designs are just lovely - especially the snowmen. Your pillow is wonderful. Love the colors.

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  64. Love your basket block. Thanks for a chance to win some of my favorite batting.

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  65. You've created some great designs, grecomara at gmail dot com

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  66. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

    syvisser@gmail(dot)com

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  67. What fun designs with the hexies! Thanks for sharing.

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  68. I think your quilt is brilliant, I wish my first try had been as good.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  69. Your patterns are amazing.
    mtmom57@gmail.com

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  70. You have some very nice designs! Love the sheep and the floral mats on the side bar. Thanks for sharing!

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  71. Your pillow is very pretty. I love the flowers you added to the basket.

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  72. Your applique work is beautiful! I've never worked with wool, but your ppotos are inspiring me to try! Thanks for your lovely blog.

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  73. What a fun story in how you got started and was accepted into a magazine! That certainly would be encouraging. Your pillow is so pretty...I could see it made in any seasonal colors!

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  74. Wool applique has such a warm and homey feel. Your patterns are beautiful. Thanks for introducing yourself to us.

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  75. You are a quilter, along with all your other talents. Beautiful pieces. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  76. You are quite the designer but I do consider you a quilter, too. The quilt and the pillow are way beyond beginner status.

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  77. Your Appliques are soooo cool! Love them!! Have never done wool projects...you make me want to try! :) Thanks for sharing your story!

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  78. Love your designs especially the basket pillow. Sweet

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  79. Love that sunflower. I am just starting my quilting "career" so it is great to find another crafter.

    debbygrawn at yahoo dot com

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  80. Love your altered basket, the flowers really make it awesome!

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  81. Love your altered basket, the flowers really make it awesome!

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  82. I love your sunflower pattern! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  83. Cute sunflower! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. Your projects are wonderful. I especially love the flaky snowmen!

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