Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Christmas Carol Row-a-Long: Up on a Housetop

The weather is cooler and people are starting to think about the holidays. They start shopping for gifts and thinking about decorating their houses.  But for us quilters, the holiday season can be a time to let our craft shine.  Especially during Christmas, our craft allows us to make so many unique and special gifts.  Tree skirts, wall hangings, table runners, and of course quilts.

This year, I was invited to participate in a Christmas Caroling Row Along put together by Marian at Seams to be Sew.  I had never designed a "row" before and thought it would be fun to bring my flavor into this group of talented quilters.  And boy are they talented!  There are some amazing rows that have already been shared.  If you haven't been following along, you can find the list of the blog hop HERE.

There are also some incredible giveaways every day.  So make sure you check out the other bloggers today.  And hop over to Seams to be Sew to participate.

For my Christmas Carol I chose Up on a Rooftop (or Housetop depending on your source)For this row, I decided to keep it simple.  It can easily be made with four fat quarters and a couple of scraps.  For my version, I used new fabrics from Northcott.  There are some pretty sweet new holiday lines and it was hard to limit myself to the fabric for this row.  :)  But here are the fabrics I used in my block:

Bricks - Up on a Rooftop 9020-26
Snow - Up on a Rooftop 21704-10
Mortar - Hurry Up Santa 21712-11
Sky - Hurry Up Santa 21711-92

Here is the row made with the Northcott fabrics.  I haven't decided yet if I will quilt it as is and hang it on my wall or if I want to add some borders or other rows to make a larger piece.  What are you going to do with your row?
It is a very simple straight forward row and I sure hope you enjoy the pattern which can be found on my Craftsy page.  Click that link or the button on the sidebar.  

I would love to see your version of this row.  Tag me on IG!  @adreamandastitch

Now for the amazing giveaways by the sponsors of the day!  
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And also thanks to Northcott and Calibre Arts for their amazing prizes during this entire hop!


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Reminder:  You can head over to Seams to be Sew to enter giveaways.

And again here is the link to download (Free for a limited time) Up on Housetop

Have fun with all of the rows!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are Ya Having That?

The majority of us have found ourselves getting caught up in watching YouTube videos for undisclosed amounts of time.  Sometimes we discover new things or learn something.  Sometimes the videos give us a quick giggle.  A few months ago, I came across a channel that I fell in love with.  This crew is so amazingly talented.  They are so funny and I can't wait for their next video to be posted.  

Now, this particular YouTube channel is not something you would think the stereotypical quilter would enjoy, but I know better because I am that quilter that enjoys both of these lifestyles/interests/communities and I know there has to be more of you out there.  Fair warning, this channel is not for those easily offended or for anyone that takes life too seriously.  They can be extremely slightly vulgar and drink quite a bit and that is part of the reason I love it.

The Are Ya Having That channel is a crew of three Irish folks that review food and drinks and play games and just generally have a good time for our entertainment.  Leather Jacket Guy, Johnny Bullshit, and Levi Jeans have gained a loyal follower in me because watching them have fun makes my day.  They are always good for a laugh and I would love nothing better than to come across them in a bar pub and buy them a pint.  Unfortunately, they are on the other side of the world, so how could I show my appreciation for their hard work at creating such an amazing source of entertainment? Well, I was inspired one day.  The quilting community is very supportive of fellow makers and creators across all genres, and I figured I would support them the best way I know how.  By making them something in my own creative medium in return of course.

Many people from the US send them care packages full of goodies and treats from their local areas.  I packed the box full of local brews, as well as a couple from my home state of Montana.  Then added in chips and chocolates and a few other edible treats.  But, to top it all off I made each one of them a personalized mug rug beer mat.  Now, most regular readers of my blog know that I have not done much applique, but I have been wanting to add it to my skill set.  I quickly set out to make a pattern and mat unique to each of the Are Ya Having That crew.  These turned out so cute, that I just had to make some notes and make a pattern so that others could make their own beer mats.

I have the pattern all written and up in my Crafty site.  I present to you Drinks on Me v.1 (and yes, there will be more versions soon).

The pattern includes the templates for all three drinks and the full alphabet.

Please, please, please (you'll only get the joke if you check them out :) ) let them know Are Ya Having That!!

Links to check out:
YouTube: Are Ya Having That
Twitter: Are Ya Having That
Craftsy: A Dream and A Stitch

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Two days - Make it count

How is it possibly Tuesday already?!?!
I just said LAST week that I would post every Monday.  Oh goodness.  Can you please forgive me? Have I lost your trust?  :(
Truth is, most of my quilting time takes place on the weekends and this weekend, I spent a whopping total of 10 minutes at my machine before my back made some major protests. Ugh....nothing like an unexpected muscle (I don't even know if that is what it was) tweek to ruin your plans.

I know quite a few of you follow me on other social media channels.  If you don't and want to, feel free.  :)  I always love making new friends.


Anyway, if you do, you may have noticed the changes I have made in my life the last few months.  I have been focusing on my own health and happiness.  Part of that leads me to make the most of every day.  To find joy in the things I do.  Sometimes (like this weekend), I get tripped up and lose focus.  Lately though, that doesn't hold me back for long and I am back to working towards my goals with a vengeance.

This is where the Two Days come in.  My quilting has taken a back burner and I want to move it up again.  I am ready for it.  To fit it into my new lifestyle I need to have a bit of a plan.  No more lolly-gagging and puttering around making a mess of my fabric.  I need to have a project and work on it from start to finish.  I need the gratification that comes from using what you have on hand and finishing a project quickly.

So, tell me.  What are your favorite two day (or less) projects that don't require any special equipment or supplies?  It helps immensely if they are actually useful or can be used for a gift.  Help me fellow quilters!!  :)