Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 quilting/blogging goals

I have a hard time setting and meeting goals, however I know that if I plan then things really do go better for me. I think the reason I have a hard time planning, is because I just want to do everything.


One of my biggest goals I am working on for 2017 is to get good enough at my quilting that I can quilt for others as well as designers.

I have taken a notebook and started planning some of my goals for next year.

I want to make a metro medallion quilt by @sewkindofwonderfuljenny. I love using their quick curve ruler.

Practice quilting designs daily. One thing I will do is have a notebook handy and practice drawing quilting designs. I have a big stack of quilts to practice on.

 Another thing I will do is some whole cloth quilts. I will draw out areas on the quilt and do different designs.

Also make a notebook of quilting samples. This let's me show people what I can do and gives them a closer look at my work.

Pattern testing for designers. I did some of this in 2016 and want to do it again. I found it was hard to keep up with several at one time, along with full time work. This year I will schedule my time better. And if I know we are getting swamped at work, I know not to try to do too many.

I also want to publish 2 patterns I have been working on.

BLOGGING GOALS
In 2016 I participated in a new bloggers hop. I had so much fun and learned a lot. I want to apply again, and really improve my blogging skills.

I will also be sharing more tips and techniques on my blog throughout 2017. And would like to do more tutorials.

I am linking up with Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl.com and her 2017 planning linky party.




Monday, October 24, 2016

4th quarter 2016 proposed finishes

Well, I didn't do so hot with finishes for the 3rd quarter. I got 1 quilt done. So, the list moves on, and I added more quilts to be done. These are in no particular order.


1. Metro Medallion by sew kind of wonderful.  This quilt is being done for a wedding at the end of the year. I am doing their wedding colors and favorite colors.



2. I call this one the Eagle quilt. Pattern being used is Frayed Edges from patterns by Jen. This is planned for a Christmas gift. 



3. Churn dash. This one is for a wedding and will be done in the wedding colors. I have just a couple of blocks cut for this one. But I will be getting more done soon.


4.  This is one of two Christmas  quilts I am working on. This one is ready for quilting. Yay!!





5. This is another Christmas quilt.






6.  This one is on the frame right now.  It is a dragon quilt, made from my own pattern. I am quilting it with stars.


7. This is a wall hanging for one of my daughters. Just needs the binding to be finished.  I may do some quilting on the dress. Binding in yellow.


cinderella wall hanging


8.  This one is ready for binding.

9.  I have those one almost ready for quilting. I just can't remember where I put it. I need to find it because it is for a grandson.




10.  Another one ready for quilting.








This is part one of my list. I have more to do, and more on my proposed list over on my instagram account @kathyskwiltsandmore.   I need to train my body for some long nights ahead of me. A lot of what I accomplish depends on work. If we have a lot of overtime, I won't get a lot done.

Linking up with Rhonda at www.rhondasramblings.com
Monday Making @www.lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com
Let's Be Social @www.sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 Cloud9 new block blog hop



Earlier this year I had a great opportunity to participate in a new bloggers blog hop. Through this, I learned more about blogging. We had some great hosts Yvonne @ quiltingjetgirl.com, Stephanie @ latenightquilter.com and Cheryl @ meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com. Now they are hosting another great blog hop for us. This one is a challenge, to design a new quilt block.

 cloud9fabrics.com, generously donated a bundle of fat quarters to 70 designers for the #2016cloud9newblock blog hop. They gave us all the same colors of fabrics from the cirrus collection. These are organic fabrics and they are fun to work with. 

We had to use at least 3 of the 5 colors in our blocks. The blocks will be sent to one of the hosts and they will be put into some charity quilts. It is hard to come up with new blocks. We were given some resources to help us.

 I ended up using two of my favorite blocks and my quilt block is called "Pinwheel in a snowball". I had fun creating this block, and am going to design a quilt pattern based on it. 




Click here for a free PDF download of this block from craftsy.



PINWHEEL IN A SNOWBALL
Cutting instructions: these are based on using fat quarters. 
4 – 4” squares of two colors. (You will need 2 light and 2 dark colors) my colors are Amazon (dark) and sky (light). 


From a contrasting color, (mine was Shadow)  cut 3 - 3 ½” strips, then sub cut the following:

2 – 3 ½” x 6 ½”

2 – 3 ½” x 12 ½”
4 - 3 1/2 inch squares from a 4th color (mine was Iris) 


Take your lightest squares and draw a line corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric.

 
Put 1 light and 1 dark square rights sides together. Sew ¼” on both sides of the line. Then cut along the marked line. Press the seams to the dark side.



 

Take the 2 HST's (Half Square Triangles) you just made, and put them next to each other so you have a dark and light next to each other, like this:


 Put right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Yours seams will meet at the bottom. Repeat with the other 2 HST's.

Put your 2 sections together, matching the center seams and stitch at ¼” seam allowance.

Open up the finished pinwheel. Press the seam open, so it will lay flat. 




Finished pinwheel should measure 6 ½” square.
From your 3 ½” strips of the contrasting fabric. Sew the 6 ½” strips on right and left sides of the pinwheel, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seams away from the center block.


6 1/2" strips being sewn on 1 side of square. Do this same procedure on the other side. 



From the 3 ½” strips of the contrasting fabric. Sew the 12 ½” strips to the top and bottom of the pinwheel. Press seams away from the center block.


12 1/2" strips being sewn to the top. You will also do this on the bottom. 




We are almost done, but we need to make our block into a snowball. Using the 4 – 3 ½” squares. Draw a line down the center of the block, and lay each in a corner of your block. Sew about 1/8” from the line, on the right side of the line, then when it is pressed, it will line up with your block.


Trim all four corners ¼” from the seam. And press. You now have a pinwheel in the snowball.  I used Aurifil thread 2024 for the piecing on this block.



This block was made by my tester Krystal.

This block was made by tester Cindy.

These are 2 of my favorite blocks. Keep and eye on my blog, because I will be doing a pattern with this block and it will be for sale soon.

I would love to see the blocks you create from this tutorial. If you are on instagram, follow me @kathyskwiltsandmore and share there under #pinwheelinasnowball or send me your pictures in am email at kathyskwiltsandmore@gmail.com or let me know your blog address and post a blog about it
 
A great big thank you to my testers Krystal and Cindy. They did a great job and gave lots of feedback.

To get more free patterns go to these sites:

Monday:
Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday:

Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday:

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter


 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

One Lovely blog award

A couple of weeks ago, I was nominated by my friend Jen over at adreamandastitch.blogspot.com.  Jen and I met as we were doing the 2016 new bloggers blog hop. Thanks Jen for nominating my blog.

So we are supposed to share 7 things about ourselves. So, here it goes:

1. Quilting really is my passion. I enjoy all aspects of quilting. I really like testing patterns for quilt designers, and these are just a few I am doing.
This is on I am doing for Tammy at tamarinis.com



This is the fabric selection for another quilt I am testing for tamarinis.com

This one is for Jen at #patternsbyjen.


This is my fabric selection for a pattern test for desertbloomquilting.com


2. I am a professional seamstress. We make all sorts of things for events, tradeshows, etc.

3. My family brings great joy to me.

4. I am an early riser, even on weekends. I love taking a walk in the quiet, peaceful mornings.
This is a view from one of my recent morning walks. 

5. I just recently published my first quilt pattern on craftsy. If you would like to view or purchase it you can do so here.

6. When it comes to sewing and quilting, and people ask me to do something, I tend to not know the word "No". This is a dress that I will be making for one of my granddaughters to wear to an upcoming wedding.

7. I really enjoy blogging about the quilts I make.

As you may notice, I like to stay busy. I don't watch a lot of t.v. and my quilting is really very relaxing to me.


I also need to nominate some other bloggers.
These are just some of the bloggers I like to follow:
www.thistlethicketstudio.com
alicesamuelsquiltco.wordpress.com
thismomquilts.wordpress.co
yellowcatquilts.blogspot.com
myquiltdiet.blogspot.com
tamarinis.com

Friday, August 12, 2016

Giveaway winners!

So as you know I was doing a contest where if you left a comment on my blog post about my pattern release, I would enter you in to win a copy of it. I am giving 2 away. The way I chose the winners was by a random.org generator. Here is what it came up with:

True Random Number Generator  5Powered by RANDOM.ORG   Comment number 5! Winner is Cheryl! Congratulations!  True Random Number Generator  3Powered by RANDOM.ORG  Comment number 3! Winner is Cat Lady! Congratulations!  Thank you all for participating. Please remember that if you did not win and you would like to purchase the pattern you may still do so. Just click here to purchase.  The winners will be receiving an email from kathyskwiltsandgifts@gmail.com with the pattern in PDF from. The comments are greatly appreciated. Thanksfor making this contest fun!  

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bricks and Blocks pattern release And GIVEAWAY

In 2013, I had a couple of ladies contact me about making some quilts. I told them I would, and they described what they wanted. I couldn't find a pattern, so I decided to come up with my own. This is what I came up with:

All done and my little grandson loves it. 

Twin size. Super heroes. Made by my daughter Jennifer for her little guys first birthday.  She chose to tie this one. Love it.

Well, I got the quilts done, and I had made notes, just in case I ever wanted to do them again.
Fast forward to earlier this year, when I was reading a newsletter from a fellow Quilter and learned about a pattern writing series hosted by Cheryl over at http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/p/pattern-writing-blog-series.html?m=1.  I started reading it, and decided why not finish writing the pattern I had started before. So, I wrote, sent copies to my daughters and revised. Then I had 1 of my daughters do some computer drawings. Yes, they both proof read  again, could understand everything and then it was time to test. I asked both if they would make 1 up. They were more than willing to.
Crib quilt from the pattern. Will be backed with green fleece. Made by my daughter, Krystal. I will quilt this on my machine quilting frame.

 We did a quilt along on the blog, and made sure all revisions were made.  Everything went well.
Queen sized quilt that my daughter is hand quilting. This was done during the quilt along  just before the pattern was released.

Up close look at some quilting, as well, as the fabric.

Then I got this crazy idea why not publish it as a pdf. So, I had one daughter working on figuring out how to do craftsy and get our pattern on there. I enlisted the help of my daughters as I work full time.

So then we had to get a quilt done for the cover. 1 is sitting in my quilting room waiting to be quilted. 1 daughter was tying hers for her little guys first birthday and the other daughter is hand quilting hers. So, I asked my daughter who was tying hers if we could use it for the cover. She was more than willing.

our cover quilt.



GIVEAWAY TIME:  how would two of my readers like to win a pdf of the pattern? All you have to do is leave a comment, then we will use a random number generator to choose 2 winners.   The contest will go until August 10th.  If you want to purchase the pattern, you can do that here.   The sizes include: crib, twin, and queen. Please share with your friends.