Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sew30SewFun June 2017 - giveaway winners =D

I hope you all are having a Happy SUMMER so far!!!  It has been so CRAZY hot the last few weeks here in Utah!  I move in extreme slug fashion when it's over 80.   I feel happy and grateful for many things! Right now, top of the list would be my air conditioner =P

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There will be no challenge for July.  I might try something a little different for August!  Thanks to all of you for your inspiration, communication and willingness to play along.  I hope it was beneficial to you.  I know that I DID get more things IN PROGRESS than before I started the challenge.  And, for me that IS progress =D

Congratulations to the TWO random drawing winners! 

The following winners... please send me an email so that I can give you the details on how to receive your Gift Certificates

Winner (1) ~ $30 Gift Certificate
 to online Fabric shop
 ~ Moira ~
Quilt Designer and Sr. Data Analyst and lives in Texas
You can find her on her blog
Winner (2) ~ $30 Gift Certificate
to Online Fabric Shop
~ STH ~
Avid sewer/quilter and lives in Oregon
You can visit her on her blog
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Sew30SewFun June 2017 check-in and giveaway update

How didja all do this last week of June and for the month?  I didn't do very good this month!  =(.  I was out of town for 10 days and that really put a gimp in my giddy-up =P
...and, yep, I was on a "SEE-food" diet! (ha ha)
But, I had a great time traveling to Washington State and hanging out with our kids and grandkids! =D.  I was able to visit a few yarn shops and a quilt shop.  I'll try to post more of those adventures in a later post. 

This little critter is just theeeeeee cutest
(well, from grandma's point of view LOL). 
This is our youngest grandie, Mr. "lar-lo" 
... my nickname for him.  =P
Please leave a comment about how you did this month on your projects.  I will do a random drawing from all the comments for June's Challenge. 
**The comments for June's challenge will close July 5th @midnight Mountain Time.  I will post the winner by Friday July 7th =D.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Sew30 SewFun June 2017 check-in and giveaway update

I didn't get much sewing time in since last Monday.  But, I have been spinning on my drop spindle, and doing some knitting too.  We have been visiting with family in the Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington State.  =)
This is a Turkish drop spindle hand made by Jeri Brock
(you can find her HERE)
Shamrocks hand carved =)
Some Grandies at a fun Mexican restaurant near
Seattle, Washington. 
This wee one is our youngest grandie, Arlo.
He sat at the "adult" table. lol
Since I've not been sewing his whole week...the dollars have been adding up in the Cyber-Jar.  OH!  MY!  =P.   I've decided to create TWO cyber-jars!!  =D -- Each will have at least $25!  At the end of June 2017, there will two giveaways with a minimum of $25 each.  =D.  I'm still traveling for a few who knows, there could be more!! 



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sew30SewFun check-in =)

We are a little over half way through the month. =).  How are your projects coming along?
Do you feel you've been putting just a bit more focus on sewing? ...even if you aren't able to get in 30 minutes EVERY day?  Do you think a bit more about a certain project?  Or are you just wanting to get more sewing time matter the project?  =) 

This is what I concentrated on this last week.  =D

I wanted to angle the seams on the binding so that they wouldn't show as much on the quilt.

My Babylock sewing machine as an integrated
laser light.  It's awesome for diagonal sewing!

I always struggle with overthinking when it comes to scrappy and a lot of times with my borders too!
It makes a project take WAY longer than it should take because I get bottlenecked with decisions.  I tried about 6 other borders before coming up with the one below.  But.... in the end...

...I felt that the very plain, simple one below suited the quilt better.  And, it let the Clams be the focus.  So, the print will be part of the backing.  

Do you have a hard time with fabric choices in your quilts? I use the one of those color value tools (available for purchase and info HERE).  These DO help.  But that OVER thinking minion in my brain haggles with me still!  LOL
I also worked a little on cutting out pieces for my Delilah quilt (more info and where I'm taking the class HERE).  Our Teacher, Kristin Barrus is AWESOME!! 

I've decided to piece my block by hand.  And, I needed a GOOD/ACCURATE stitching line.  I've opted to use the outside of the templates as my stitching line.  Then, I cut approximately 1/4" on the outside of my drawn lines.  In the picture above, you can see that I draw the lines with my fabric on top of the sandpaper board by Sue Daley. 

Most of the points will need to be drawn as intersections because these templates have corners trimmed for machine piecing.  My blocks will all be a little bigger.  But, they will fit if I sew accurately.  I will also be using silk thread for the hand sewing.  =)
**The cyber jar is up to $20
for giveaway at end of month. 
But, I'm sure it will hold more before then!
For more info go HERE