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.

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.

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!


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


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:
The 10% does not apply to gift certificates , and is good for 1 purchase per customer. 

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


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

March 21