October 31, 2011

To Cheer You!!

I am tickled to tell all of my readers that a quilt that I made for a special lady has been picked to be a part of Madame Samm's November banner over at Sew We Quilt!!

This is the story that I sent along with my quilt photos.....

The story of my quilt is no different than hundreds of quilts as it was made to warm the heart of a very dear person, a teacher and friend of mine. Mrs. Rebecca Massey was my cheerleader sponsor in Jr. High School and also taught both of my children in 3rd grade. I have learned the utmost respect for this wonderful lady over the past 39 years. This summer she was injured and was taken off of her feet for a few weeks and I wanted to do something to cheer her up. There is nothing like a warm and cozy quilt to melt away any worries and heal the biggest of boo-boos.
It took me 2 weeks to make the quilt and get it sent on it's journey from North Carolina to Alabama. (I moved to NC in 2003 but Bama will always hold my heart!) I received the fabric on August 21 in an order from the Fat Quarter Shop. I had ordered a jelly roll of the same Westminster fabrics, Parisville by Tula Pink, for a quilting retreat that I am going to in November. We are going to do a jelly roll race competition. Upon inspection of my order, I realized they had sent a 27 piece Fat Quarter Bundle of the fabrics instead of the 26 piece jelly roll. Well, we all know how big of a difference that would be in cost! I quickly picked up the phone and called to let them know they had made an error and sent the wrong pre-cut. They apologized many times and said they must make it up to me for their mix up. I assured them that it was not necessary to do this but they would have it no other way. To make a long story short, I came out smelling like a rose when they were finished "making it up to me". They went above and beyond! So while I waited for my jelly roll to arrive, I started cutting out this quilt from the fat quarter bundle for Mrs. Massey. If someone can be so good to me, how can I not, myself, pay it forward.
Quilt name: To Cheer You!
As all of my friends know, I am a rather long winded kind of person. I love to talk and sometimes it can take me a while to tell a story. The story of this quilt is told over the course of 3 posts on my blog. I condensed all 3 posts in to one so you can see and read about the making of the quilt all in one place from the beginning to when it was ready to mail to Alabama. You can read the story below...
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This excerpt taken from a post here...
This is my latest haul from the Fat Quarter Shop! I have to tell you they have the most awesome customer service EVERRRR!!  I originally ordered the Little Golden Books prints and a jelly roll for the Jelly Roll race at the retreat.  I bought a jelly roll off of their sale page at 50% off.  When my package came they had sent a Fat Quarter Bundle instead. I called them immediately because everyone knows that Fat Quarter Bundles cost a whole heap more than a jelly roll.  They apologized and apologized and wanted to make it up to me! WHAT!!  I told them there was no need in that but they kept insisting.  
I kept the Fat Quarter Bundle and they sent me a different jelly roll because they were out of the ones on sale.  The one on sale that I ordered only had 26 strips.. the one they sent me had 40 strips!!  OK.. I had paid 11.00 for the one on sale... The one they sent was NOT on sale... and all I did was pay for the Fat Quarter Bundle, which was half off too!! You CAN NOT beat that kind of customer service ANYWHERE people! They are awesome to deal with! And always giving back to the quilting community through sponsored blog giveaways! You don't have to look hard to find a blogger doing a sponsored giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop! When merchants give back like that, I will always do business with them first!

Just look at my yummy fabrics! Thank you Fat Quarter Shop!
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This excerpt taken from a post here...

I have been busy over the past couple of weeks, sneaking in an hour here and an hour there, working on this quilt top. I was inspired to make this quilt while on a visit to Sew4Home's blog and seeing this really cute baby quilt!

If you regularly read my blog you will remember this post  where I gave the Fat Quarter Shop a shout out for awesome customer service over a mix up on an order I placed with them!  I came out smelling like a rose when it was over so I wanted to do something special for someone else with some of the fabric that they gave me.

I also have missed the past 2 weeks on tutorials so I decided to mix in a small tute just for you!  I will show you how I apply my borders to keep them from having fullness and walking with me when I try to longarm quilt the top.

First off you need to take 3 measurements across your quilt top.  Decide if you are going to apply your side borders first or your top and bottom borders first.  In this case, we are going to apply the top and bottom borders first.

1. Measure across the top edge of your top, measure through the middle from one side to the other, and measure across the lower edge. (the 3rd line drawn represents the lower edge of the quilt...I thought I got the entire quilt top in the photo but I didn't...sorry)

2. Now..add all 3 of these numbers together.... and then divide by 3.  The number you get will be the length you cut your top and bottom border strips before sewing them to the quilt top...and in my case the length I will need once I finish piecing my strips together for my borders.  Here is my top border, pieced, measured and ready to sew on to the top edge of my quilt.

3. Next... You will need to find the center of your border strip by folding it in half and then mark it with a pin.

4. You will want to find at least one more reference point between the middle and the outside edge of the top, on both sides of the middle,  so now we will bring the left edge of the border strip over to the pin in the middle. We will finger crease the fold to mark the halfway point of the outer edge and the middle pin and add another pin at this reference point.


 Now we have 2 pins in place!

5. And to find the last reference point bring the right side of the border strip over to the center pin.  And as before we will finger crease the fold to mark the halfway point of the outer edge and the middle pin and add another pin at this reference point.


Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5 to the top edge of your quilt top.

6. Now we are going to pin the border strip to the quilt top! With right sides together, match your pins on your border strip to the corresponding pins on the top edge of the quilt top and pin them together!

7. It is time to sew your border strip to your top! You may have a little fullness from one pin to the other and the way I tackle that is to pick up the quilt top and border strip where a pin has joined the two together and slightly..very slightly...tug toward myself to erase any fullness there may be while I sew down to the pin.  Do not manhandle this slight tug or you may stretch your border out of shape.

Be sure your top edges are flush and even and begin sewing!

Tug ever so slightly if needed to erase any fullness!

8. Press the seam allowance toward the border strip once you have the entire border strip attached!

Repeat steps 3 thru 8 to apply the bottom border strip to your quilt top!

Now it is time to add your side borders!!  This is done in the exact same way that you applied your top and bottom borders except now you have the top and bottom borders to add in to the equation!  You will take the same 3 measurements as you took before but you will measure from the top edge of the border strip to the lower edge of the border strip!

Remember to add all 3 measurements together and divide by 3 to get the length your border strips should be!

Repeat steps 1 thru 8 to apply the left side border and the right side border! And then you have a quilt top ready to be quilted and your borders will be straight and have no fullness in them!

How do you like my variation of the quilt on Sew4Home's website?  I actually had a sloober doober but decided instead of using the seam ripper, I would use it as a design opportunity! ha! Can you spot the slip-up?

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial of how I apply my borders.  There are as many ways to do things as there are quilters so I am not saying my way is the "only" way.  It is just how I do it and it works for me.  I just hope that I can help someone else with my little tips and tricks.
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This excerpt taken from a post here...

This is the top I showed a few days ago!  I had to change out the leaders on my Gammill longarm because it had gotten stretched out of shape and was causing pleating on the backs of my customer work! I loaded this after putting on the new leader just to be sure the problem did not lie with the bottom leader!  I finished quilting it last night using a pantograph and did the binding this morning!

BTW: Leaders are fixed! NO MORE PLEATING!!  I so hate to frog!!

This is going to a very special lady this week!!

And here she is!  

Mrs. Rebecca Massey, all wrapped up as snug as a bug in her quilt!

Thank you so much Madame Samm for choosing my quilt as part of your November banner and allowing me to introduce you to Mrs. Massey! :)

I am linking up over with Amy's Creative Side and the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

October 27, 2011

Mail Call!! - GO! Baby!!

Look what the UPS man just left on my door step!! 


 I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Accuquilt with a note saying they had reviewed my blog and wanted me to join their team of blogging quilters!!  I was EVER excited!! And then today I heard the gravel crunching and looked around to see that big brown UPS truck coming down the driveway! I had no idea what it would be because I am receiving tons of packages right now that deal with a fundraiser that will go live on my blog and another quilting forum on January 1!

To my delight the GO! Baby! was my surprise today!!  I will be getting together a tutorial to show all of my readers the first week in December, which will also be piggybacked with a giveaway for a GO! Baby! for one lucky reader!!  

So stay tuned!!!

Thank you Accuquilt!! I hope to do you proud!!

The Lifetimes of the Tobacco Farmer!

I have been trying to get some good videos to show just what it takes to get our crop to market.  I have finally succeeded in getting 2 videos ready to view and am still working on the 3rd.  I decided to go ahead and show the first 2 because there may be a chance I will not get to the last one.  The last one would be of the workers bailing the tobacco.  The later it gets in the season, the darker the crop is coming out of the barn and my hubby is really adamant about what the tobacco looks like if it is going out to the world wide web.

So for now sit back and enjoy these 2 videos!

Priming Tobacco!
Priming is the term we use to describe the process of removing the leaf from the stalk.  The men wear gloves and literally break the leaves with their hands. They do not use any tools.



Putting The Tobacco In The Barn
This video shows just what it takes to get the tobacco in to the barn so it can be cured and readied for market.

If I can get the 3rd video of the workers bailing the tobacco, I will be back later and update the post.  I have shown photos on my blog early this spring of the workers riding on the back of the tractor when they were planting.  Next year I will try my best to get a video of that just to show you how much happens in a split second atop the planter. It always amazes me that the planter can take the plant down and put it in the hole, give it water, give it fertilizer, cover it up, and pack the dirt around it to keep it standing upright... and do this over and over as fast as the tractor clips along. I would like to count and see how many plants are planted in a 60 second period.

Enjoy!

October 23, 2011

And The Winners Are..................!!

Men Quilt Too!, has been an awesome 2 week event!

And YES!! There will be another online Men Quilt Too! show!! October 1, 2012 be here!!  I am making this a yearly event on my blog and plan to take it live "on location" in the future! 

Quilters -- Please mark this on your 2012 calendars!  The official postings for the 2nd Annual  
Men Quilt Too! show will go live on June 26, 2012! You don't have to wait to start something new for the show! Get those machines humming!

Also, I will be bringing you another show on February 1, 2012, Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too!!  This show will showcase the Crazy Quilters!  Look forward to another fantastic show! Particulars will go live on this blog on October 26!! Stay tuned!

Before I announce the winners I want to give one more shout out to all of the quilters who participated in this year's event!!  The show would not have been such fun nor as great a success if you had not taken part! I really appreciate each and every one of you for sharing your talents with us all!

Thank you to:


We cannot end the show without thanking all of our wonderful sponsors one more time!  Without them there would not have been such a fantastic prize pool nor would there have been door prizes!  If you can find a spare minute or two, please send these sponsors an email letting them know how much you appreciate the way they give back to the quilting community! Thanks so very much!



The Quilting Bug - Patchwork Gracie

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And now what you all have been so patiently waiting for!!!  You have been patient haven't you? :)
 Voters... You have spoken!!  I have gone through every email (142 email votes!)  making sure there were no duplicate votes and the tabulations came in as follows:



4th place winner of the 50.00 gift certificate from Columbia River Quilting is......
#2 Stuart Vanderbloemen's Koi Fish! 




3rd place winner of Aurifil's thread package valued at 110.00 is......
#14 Giles Turnbull's Owls All Around!
 



2nd place winner of  a roll of batting with a retail value of 160.00
from the Warm Company is......
#13 Glenn Dragone's Half Moon Hexagon!





And our 1st place winner of a batting package with a retail value of 235.00 from Hobbs Bonded Fibers is...... 

#9 Mark Sherman's Wings and Feathers!!


Thank you again to our quilters, sponsors, bloggers, and voters for such a fantastic show!!

See you next year!!

October 21, 2011

Nothing Says Lovin' Like....

A good dose of buttons!!

My good friend Terry Bell sent these to me from Ohio to use in my crazy quilting projects!!  I LOVE receiving bags of buttons as yummy as these are!!

Thank you so much my friend!!


Austrailian Peacock Needs Your Vote!

My friend Shey has a quilt in this week's Paper Pieced Quilt Competition over at The Quilting Gallery!  She sure would appreciate your votes!  Please go over and take a peek at all of the beautiful quilts and if you feel compelled to click on the box for Australian Peacock, she would be so thankful and delighted!

This beauty resides at my house right now because I have the honor of quilting it! :)

Thank you for helping my friend!

October 19, 2011

Pumpkin Block Swap + REMINDER To Vote!!

I have just finished being hostess to a fabulous pumpkin block swap on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  We had 16 ladies participating and making blocks to swap with each other!  I mailed everyone their new blocks today - so in time -  there will be 17 new wallhangings in quilt land!

Please enjoy the block parade!
If all 9 blocks are different, you will see all 9. If they are different in fabric but not pattern, you will still see all 9. If they are identical in fabric and pattern, you will only see 1 of the 9.
 
Hostess: Thearica (Quiltaholic)


Nancy (Nancyc20)


Ellen (hotpinkpeonies)


Elizabeth (ELY/SSYS)

 
Cheryl (AuntieReba)
 

Ellen (kwilt4u)
 

Linda (lindaj52)
 

Kathleen (Kay-Lin)
 

Chris (QuilterChris)
 

Chris (QuilterChris)
 
 
Ellen (ekbuckeye)
 
 
 
Debbie (debbieWI)
 

Kathy (omma5)
 
 
Karen (califshrimp)
 

Colleen (alexemmarose)
 

Joyce (ladybuggsie)
 
 
Jennifer (QuilterJen)
 
 
 
Please remember, you have until October 22 to email me your vote for the quilt you love the most for the show Men Quilt Too! And to make it easier, here is the link to the COMPETITION ALBUM again! Get on over there and choose a favorite, if you haven't already done so! ONE vote per person to be emailed to me by October 22!

October 16, 2011

It Has Been An Incredible 2 Weeks!!

My friends, the show, Men Quilt Too!, has been an awesome 2 week event and sadly the time has come that my blog has to go back to it's regularly scheduled posting.  I have tried to lay low to give these quilters all the limelight I could  because they so well deserve it!

We only had a couple that did not come and link up and I hope it wasn't due to sickness or anything.  I wish them well in their quilting adventures and hope they can join us next year!

YES!! There will be another online Men Quilt Too! show!! October 1, 2012 be here!!  I am making this a yearly event on my blog and plan to take it live "on location" in the future!  How would you enjoy being able to walk in a convention center and be able to see these men and their work in person!  There are a few venues that showcase their work already but I want to bring my own event to the public! I am unsure as to how soon that will happen but the plans are already rolling!

Quilters -- Please mark this on your 2012 calendars!  The official postings for the October 2012 online Men Quilt Too! show will go live on June 23, 2012!

Also, I will be bringing you another show on February 1, 2012, Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too!!  This show will showcase the Crazy Quilters, who do not get as much recognition as they deserve either!  I have sign ups in 2 separate online crazy quilting forums at this moment and have a few already signed on!  So look forward to another fantastic show! Particulars will go live on this blog on the 23rd after I announce the winners of the Men Quilt Too! show.

Please remember, you have until October 22 to email me your vote for the quilt you love the most for the show Men Quilt Too!  And to make it easier, here is the link to the COMPETITION ALBUM again!  Get on over there and choose a favorite, if you haven't already done so! ONE vote per person to be emailed to me by October 22!

Thank you to:


Men, without you, this show would not have been a success!  Thank you so much for participating by linking up and to those of you who have quilts in the competition, I wish you all the best of luck on the votes!  I will announce the winners on October 23 right here on my blog and send the winners a confirmation email!

We cannot end the show without thanking all of our wonderful sponsors!  Without them there would not have been such a fantastic prize pool nor would there have been door prizes!  If you can find a spare minute or two, please send these sponsors an email letting them know how much you appreciate the way they give back to the quilting community! Thanks so very much!




To end this post I want to pay another special tribute to Miles Johnson!  I dedicate this first Men Quilt Too! show to Miles!  The quilting community lost a very talented quilt artist!  We will forever miss you Miles!

October 15, 2011

It's A Quilt Contest!

Michele over at The Quilting Gallery is having another weekly quilt contest.  This time it is Scrappy Quilts!  I have entered my Pigs On the Farm quilt and hope you all will go over and take a peek at it! IF you like it better than all the others, then I would appreciate your votes!  There is some mighty hefty competition over there!!

Thanks in advance!!

PIGS ON THE FARM!

My quilting buddies know my hubby and I collect pig pottery so they are always sending me pig themed fabrics. I made this quilt using all of those fabrics for the circles. The green background fabric was given to me by one of the ladies when we met in NH at a quilting retreat. Friends are such fun.

October 7, 2011

WELCOME TO THE QUILT SHOW!! --- "MEN QUILT TOO"!!

I am so very excited to introduce you all to several fantastic male quilters!

Yes, as we all know each time a quilter is talked about we all get these images in our heads of a lady sitting under a quilting frame working her magic with needle and thread.  Quilting has come so far in the past years to the point that hand quilting has had to share space with some very talented longarm, shortarm, and domestic machine quilting.

And not only that, women have had to move over and make way for their male counterparts because they have been bitten by the quilting bug as well!

And that is the main objective of this quilt show!  To bring awareness to the fact that men quilt too, and they quilt extremely well!!  It used to be a rare occurrence to see a quilt made by a man, but more and more, you see fantastic quilts popping up everywhere made by these men!

So, grab a cup of tea and sit down for a spell and visit these men on their blogs or websites!  Take the time to read about how and why they got started in the quilting world.   Scroll through their blogs to see past works and open up their galleries on their websites so you can get a full appreciation for the work that they put in to their quilting and to the talent that they hold!  They offer so much inspiration that you will surely feel compelled to re-visit their blogs and websites again and again in the future!

The show will run from October 1 through October 15th!

How do you visit these quilters? -- Each quilter will link up at the bottom of this post via a linky platform and all you need to do is click on your desired button and you will be taken to the website of that quilter.  When you have visited him, come back and click on a different button and be taken to another quilter's site.  Continue doing this until you have visited all of the quilter's sites!

Some of the quilters may not link up on the same day so be sure and come back all during the show to visit any quilter you may have missed!  They will have from October 1 - October 15 at midnight, Pacific time, to link up!

This show is strictly for male quilters so I would ask that all  female quilters refrain from linking up.  Let's give the show floor to these talented men!  Thank you so much for understanding.

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We do have something for everyone who comes through this show for the next 2 weeks though... DOOR PRIZES each and every day!!  For men and women both...everyone who leaves a comment on this thread for each day of the show, will be entered to win the prizes!

One comment will not do it for the entire show... You will comment on Oct 1 to be eligible for the door prize on Oct 1... You will come back on October 2 to leave a second comment to be eligible for the door prize on October 2...and so forth, all the way through October 15th!.... This will keep you coming back to make sure you have not missed a quilter who may have just linked up!

One comment per day, right here on this very same post...... I will count the comments at midnight for that particular day and enter that number in to Random.org to determine the winner for that day's door prize!

You may comment as many times in a day as you wish and are inspired to, but only your first comment for that particular day will be counted for that day's door prize.

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Can you believe today marks the last day of the show!!  The past 2 weeks have flown by!

I have saved the following door prize for the last day as it's value is right at $100.00! 8 yards of fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics!!  (8) one yard cuts of this luscious fabric is going to belong to one lucky reader tomorrow morning!




Rhonda of Quilter In The Gap won this amazing yardage bundle of fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics!
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AND!! That's not all!

21 of these quilters have submitted a quilt for the competition part of this quilt show!!  And it is up to all of you...men and women alike... To vote on your favorite quilt!!

HOW TO VOTE!

You will visit this link -  COMPETITION ALBUM - and then, using this email link,  send me an -  EMAIL - with your choice of favorite quilt!  Please include the quilt number and quilt name in the email.  One vote per person!

All of the competition quilts are in the album and it is closed to new submissions.  So take your time and view the quilts over and over before you make your decision!

You have until October 22 to send your vote in to me via EMAIL!

The following prizes will be awarded to the top 4 winners!

1st Place!
 Hobbs Bonded Fibers has graciously given a batting package with a retail value of 235.00!

2nd Place!
The Warm Company has graciously given a roll of batting with a retail value of 160.00!

3rd Place!
Alex Veronelli from Aurifil Thread has graciously given a thread package with a retail value of 110.00!

4th Place!
Columbia River Quilting has graciously given a Gift Certificate in the amount of 50.00!

So, please remember to vote for your favorite quilt!!  These quilters will surely appreciate the votes!!

And if you would be so kind as to post about the quilt show on your blogs I would be ever so grateful to you! 

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Alright quilters!!

Are you ready to link up so that everyone can come and visit you!!

Use the linky box to link up  to a post on your personal blog or to a page on your website! 

If you want to participate but do not have a blog or website please send me an EMAIL with a bio about yourself along with a few photos of your work and I will post them on your very own dedicated page right here on my blog.

Remember! 
You have to link up in order to be eligible for prizes if you have entered the competition!  Please be kind enough to leave a link back to my blog (if you have made a post on your blog) so more and more people can find their way here to visit with all of the quilters!

AND! If you missed the deadline for the competition, you can still link up to your blog or website so that everyone can come and visit you!
OK!! LINK AWAY!!! 

October 5, 2011

Come And Go To Tobacco Market With Me!

My hubby comes from a line of tobacco farmers as far back as we know of being  his great grandfather. (It may go back farther than that but his mother is unsure.)  He, himself, has been farming for 32 years and loves every minute of being in the fields working and toiling to have the best crop took to market!  He is a very competitive person so on Sunday's we usually go for an ice cream cone and ride around while we enjoy it so he can look at all of the other farmer's crops to see how his stands up to theirs.

We go to market on Monday's and Wednesday's to sell our crop and today I remembered the camera!  So come along and see how it happens at the warehouse!


All lined up and waiting their turn!

Weighing and grading!

Nothing goes to waste!

Jessie has brought her tobacco to market today!

Moving Miss jessie's over to the sold piles! Hope she got top price!

It's our turn!

Coming down the scale!

Price decision makers!!

Keep it coming!

THIS is TOP price! Thank you!!

Last bale for us today! We are leaving happy!

Waiting for the big rigs!

See you next Monday!!

When I went in to the office I was hoping to see something beautiful that one of the owners wives had promised to bring.  And it was there!

This afghan was crocheted by the grandmother of the warehouse owners using the twine that they used years ago in hanging the tobacco leaves in the curing barns!

Notice the spool of twine at the young woman's feet.
Photo found here.

And with that, you have had your NC history lesson for the day! :)