Friday, 28 August 2015

Dog Gone Cute maxi quilt finish

Only four more days... And the Dog Gone Cute Quilt Along Blog Hop begins!

I am PAWS-atively super excited! And the response to my request for participants has been overwhelming! Which is a good thing. Thank you all for wanting to join in the fun - cheerleaders included!

The Quilt Along starts on September 1st. You can find all the details on the Dog Gone Cute page tab just below my blog header.  And the Blog Hop begins in October. There will be a linky party in November. So it's certainly not to late to join in the quilt along fun!

This is my second finished Dog Gone Cute project. It's the maxi size version of the pattern.




Finishing at 60" x 60" using 12 of the large size blocks, these little pups were made using Kona Coal for the background. I chose from 12 different fabrics for the pups, and each uses much less than a fat quarter. These large size blocks finish at 18" x 12".




I quilted my fave organic wavy lines with my walking foot using a 3.3 stitch length using a light grey Superior Threads' So Fine! #30 on top and plain white Guetermann polyester thread in the bobbin.






For the backing, I used the absolute last remaining yardage of this sweet print. This is Windy Day in Aqua from the Backyard Baby collection by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics.




The coordinating binding is also from the Backyard Baby collection - Birch Forest. I am in love with the colours and design of that Backyard Baby collection! This same combination was used on my Dog Gone Cute mini quilt and also on my Squirrels in the Park quilt back in May.






This Dog Gone Cute maxi quilt was the 51st use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.







Hope you will be joining us for the Quilt Along and Blog Hop! This is going to be so Dog Gone FUN! I have been seeing some sneak peeks showing up on instagram and some of the blog hoppers have been sharing progress posts to their blogs. You will be amazed at their creativity! I am so proud to have them in my kennel! I will be introducing all the blog hop participants in my first post for the quilt along on September 1st.... So be sure to take some time and hop around to their blogs and meet them!





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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Let's Bee Social #87

My Kona Coal arrived. As you can see, I got my sashing and borders cut and pieced onto my maxi size Dog Gone Cute quilt. Unfortunately, the new Coal does not quite match the old Coal. But that's okay! I am looking forward to getting this quilted up soon!



I am really getting excited for the Dog Gone Cute quilt along blog hop!

The blog hop schedule is filling up fast - only five two spots left open - so if you are still considering participating in the blog hop portion, please send me an email at sewfreshquilts{at}gmail{dot}com today! Then grab a button below and share it on your blog!

Edited to add: Thank you to all the 40 people who have joined in the Blog Hop.... We have a full kennel now. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for you! Looking forward to having you Quilt Along during the month of September and then to join in the linky party that EVERYONE can join in for November! This is going to be so Dog Gone FUN!!!

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And for those of you who have expressed an interest in quilting along....
Only six more days to go!

I have been visiting lots of blogs with the dogs on their sidebar and it makes me so Dog Gone HAPPY! Thank you so much for sharing the news of the quilt along! Some of you have also been sharing sneak peeks. And your blocks are so DOG GONE CUTE!


Hope you will be quilting along and cheering us on!

Cheerleaders are a very important part of a quilt along, too!

Lots of sponsors are ready to cheer us on...
These wonderfully generous folks have all offered to supply us with Prizes!


Please leave me a comment if you are planning to participate in the Quilt Along.
Send me an email if you would like to be on the schedule for the Blog Hop.
Please add the button to your blog to help spread the word!




Now it's time for the linky party!!!!! What's buzzing at your hive?

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    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.  Take a social tour of their hive and really get to know them!  Before you BUZZ off.... Leave a friendly invite in your comment....  Encouraging them to make a BEE line to your blog.
    • Your blog post does not have to BEE about something you worked on during the past week.  Linking up an older post that you are particularly proud of, or that you thought was really funny, or inspiring, or worth revisiting is totally okay.
    • In your blog post, please include a link back to my blog or grab the "Let's Bee Social!" button from above and put it on your sidebar.  This way others who visit your blog that week can join in the fun!  Share the news of this new linky and Let's Bee Social!
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Friday, 21 August 2015

Fox & Friends - one more time!

Who doesn't like to make the same quilt twice? Most of us....



But this is my third time making the Fox & Friends equilateral triangle quilt. This quilt will be the sample quilt brought to class when I teach at the Kincardine Sunset Quilters' Guild this fall. It was just as much fun making this time as it was the first. And it was a much quicker process! Experience can work in my favour if not too much time has passed. You can see the first Fox & Friends here and the second finish here.




I chose a darker grey for the raccoons and one darker shade of blue for the background. But all are Kona Cotton Solids. Would have gone with a green background this time..... But the backing fabric persuaded me into sticking with the blue!




The owl minky backing was still in   (my stash) from the second quilt made back in September of 2014. I could not resist using it again. It's so soft! And suits the colours of the front so well.




And for the binding, I wanted to change things up a bit. Last time I used Kona Black for the binding. This time I dug into  and picked out this lovely blue Chicken Wire Texture from the Bright and Early collection by Evelia for Wilmington Prints. Gives it a softer edge and blends in so nicely with the background. This print hasn't been hanging around for long. I just picked it up in May from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop during their Mother's Day Sale.




This Fox & Friends quilt was the 50th use of my 100 labels
ordered from Ikaprint.



If you would like to make a Fox & Friends quilt, too...
The pattern is available in my shop here.

Free tutorials for cutting and piecing an equilateral triangle quilt can be found here.








Linking up to Finish it up Friday with 

Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts




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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Let's Bee Social #86

Since announcing that I was interested in teaching quilting classes and doing trunk shows, I have received numerous offers this summer from various quilt guilds in my area. Yay! The Kincardine Sunset Quilters' Guild has expressed that they would like me to perform a class for the Fox & Friends quilt. So I am in the process of making this quilt as a sample for the class.



This is my third time making the Fox & Friends equilateral triangle quilt. You can see the first Fox & Friends here and the second finish here. The first finished quilt was sold in my Etsy shop.




That second Fox & Friends was entered into our local county fair last year, and not only won first place in the baby quilt category, it also earned the admiration of Margaret. She tracked me down and purchased the quilt for her new grandson. So the Fox & Friends {redo} quilt now resides in Glasgow, Scotland. It's nice to imagine a sweet little boy snuggling up with those foxes and their raccoon friends.

And even though I had stated back when I taught this class last year that I would be making the next one with a green background...... I didn't. I still have a large piece of the owl minky used for the backing of the second quilt remaining, so I stuck to using a blue background to match.




Looking forward to that county fair, coming up again in September. It's been a family tradition for over 10 years now. Since my kids first started public school. Both Erin and Russell have entered a variety of crafts and floral arrangements. Erin has made numerous photography entries. This fair has been a wonderful source of inspiration for each of us. Hmmm.... Wonder just what I will enter this year!





One more thing.....
Hope.

Without it... What have you got?



Please take a minute to check out Alissa Haight Carlton's blog today. She is running a fundraiser to help empower our sewing sisters in the Congo by teaching them the skills and providing them with sewing machines. And thereby giving them HOPE. ❤️




Such a great way to pull together and help those who need it most. More than just skills and sewing machines.... This is an opportunity to give HOPE. Please visit to get all the details on how you can help!



Now it's time for the linky party!!!!! What's buzzing at your hive?

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    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.  Take a social tour of their hive and really get to know them!  Before you BUZZ off.... Leave a friendly invite in your comment....  Encouraging them to make a BEE line to your blog.
    • Your blog post does not have to BEE about something you worked on during the past week.  Linking up an older post that you are particularly proud of, or that you thought was really funny, or inspiring, or worth revisiting is totally okay.
    • In your blog post, please include a link back to my blog or grab the "Let's Bee Social!" button from above and put it on your sidebar.  This way others who visit your blog that week can join in the fun!  Share the news of this new linky and Let's Bee Social!
  • Following the Sew Fresh Quilts blog is not required - But it sure would BEE nice!






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