#DandyDays · Quilting

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop

Hello! I’m so excited to be part of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers event. I’ve been getting to know lots of other quilters and working to improve my blog over the last month. We have three fabulous hosts, each of who took responsibility for a group of us. My fearless leader is Yvonne, aka QuiltingJetGirl. I’ve stalked followed her on social media for ages so I was really excited to get a chance to work with her.

Our other hosts are Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Leeane at She Can Quilt. Be sure you visit all the hosts and visit all of us new bloggers–there’s a chance to win some great prizes.

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So, on to me . . .

Some readers might recognize my name from my years of traditional quilt design, books with a Civil War emphasis, and my long-running affiliation with McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts. Over the years, I’ve made more than 100 quilts in a variety of styles and fabrics.  I’m currently a fabric designer with Studio 37 Fabrics, a division of Marcus Fabrics. I’m an Aurifil thread designer, pattern designer, and author. This year, I ventured into designing acrylic templates and related patterns with Paper Pieces. Watch this blog for announcements about my new acrylics and some FREE patterns in the weeks leading up to Quilt Market.

One of my favorite original quilt designs is from way back in 2007. Comforts of Home appeared in McCall’s Quilting.  I still display it on my bed from time to time.

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In recent years, I’ve revisited my early love affair with batiks and with bright colors. This quilt uses my River Rock batiks. You have seen this at your local quilt shop since it was a block of the month pattern.

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I also did a version of it in my bright Radiant Reflections batiks.

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When I show these two quilts at trunk shows, people are always amazed it’s the exact same pattern and block placement with such different looks created by the fabrics.

One of my newest designs that debuted at QuiltCon and is officially available for purchase is this  . . .

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It’s my first design using my new fabric line:

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This line is all about communication. I’ll be back next week to tell you more about several of the prints, what they mean, and the inspiration behind them. The line is shipping to shops starting May 1. In the coming days, I’ll be able to share some fun projects using these prints that some of my friends have been working on.

For now, you can find some of my patterns here.

For my fabrics, always check with your local quilt shop first. If you can’t find them locally, I’ll have fabrics available here.

As part of our blog hop, many of us are sharing blogging tips. My best tip: take advantage of the “draft” and “schedule” features on your blog. If you’re like most quilters juggling too many things at once, it’s easy to let blogging slip down the priority list. I’ve found that if I start drafts of any posts that have a definite due date, I can then work on them a little at a time as inspiration hits. And, it’s not nearly as overwhelming as tackling a big post the night before it’s due to go up.

Scheduling posts lets me work ahead when I have breaks in my schedule and then I don’t miss important events.

Be sure to visit my fellow hive members this week:

Tami from Thrift Shop Commando @tvonzalez
Sandy from Sandy Star Designs  @sandymaxfield
Karen from Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats  @tunaquilts
Kathleen from Kathleen McMusing @kathleen_mccormick

#DandyDays · Dandy Drive QAL

Dandy Drive Quiltalong, Part 4

Another week has flown by and it’s time to add some butterflies to our flower garden!

Download the pattern here.

You can have fun with the wings–will your butterflies be multi-colored or monochromatic? You’ll be using easy stitch-trim-flip construction techniques.

Then, because we want our butterflies floating and flying, we’ll turn them on point by surrounding them with triangles.

It’s truly that easy!

Another week means another prize opportunity. This week, we’re giving away a fat quarter bundle of my Dandy Days fabrics.

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To enter, share a photo of one of your butterflies on Pat’s page.

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

Dandy Drive Quiltalong, Part 3

So many flowers are blooming in our Dandy Drive quiltalong. It’s fun to see your colors and combos. We have another fun giveaway this week so read on for details.

Now that we have flowers, it’s time to add stems.

Download the stem pattern here.

My best tip for success with the stem: When you’re sewing the HST units or the smaller units together, press your seams open.

There are quite a few pieces to the stem because I wanted easy sewing with no tricky angles or ruler gymnastics. Here’s a pic of the back of a stem:

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Here’s a finished stem:

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That’s my Daylight Sayings Time print in lemon as the background for this block. It makes me smile every time I see it.

This week, if you share a photo of your flower with a stem, you’ll be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of Pat’s Sunday Drive batiks.

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Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

#DandyDays · Dandy Drive QAL

Dandy Drive quiltalong Part 2 Pattern

Are you ready to finish your flowers? This week we’re bringing you the pattern to add the petals to your flowers.

Download it here.

So many of you are sewing along already & I’m loving all the variations.

If you share a photo on Pat’s blog by 6 pm, April 20, 2017, you can be entered to win a fat quarter bundle of Pat’s Sunday Drive prints!

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Here’s one of my flowers.

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I’ll share some flowers more soon along with some piecing hints.

I had a great question this week–what is the difference between finished & unfinished size. The 9 patch pattern mentions that your block should be 10 1/4″ unfinished. That just means that once you’ve pieced your nine patch from last week, if you lay a ruler on top of it, it should be 10 1/4″ from edge to edge.

Finished size means what the measurements are once the 9 patch is sewn to the petal units–basically the seam allowance is no longer visible on top of the block so the measurement from edge to edge of the 9 patch once it’s sewn to adjacent pieces is 9 3/4″.

GREAT QUESTION & I hope everyone asks any other question that comes up during your sewing–if you’re wondering about something, there’s a great chance someone else is too.

Be sure to check out what all my friends are doing.

Kim Niedzwiecki: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jane Davidson: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Jacquelynne Steves: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Kerry Goulder: Facebook/Instagram/Blog

Heather Valentine: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Facebook Group

Pat Sloan: Facebook/Instagram/Blog/Sew Along Website/Facebook Group

And follow me:

Sarah: Facebook/Instagram/Website

Quilting · The Splendid Sampler

Splendid Sampler book party (and a winner from the last post)

At long last, the Splendid Sampler book is here! I was so honored to be included in this fun event and can’t wait to SEW THE BOOK! Here’s a peek at my block.

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To celebrate the release, Martingale is hosting a fun Q&A with Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. Hop on over to their blog to read all about it & for a chance to win  some amazing prizes.

#DandyDays · #Studio37Fabrics · Aurifil Thread · Dandy Days · Dandy Drive QAL · Quilting

We have a winner!

Pat & I are blown away by the response to our Dandy Drive quiltalong.

There’s still plenty of time to join in. Get the first free pattern via the download on my previous post.

You can still order a kit here.

We just restocked thread kits too. Sarah’s Dandy Days Aurifil kit even has 2 spools of 40 wt variegated thread perfect for machine quilting your project.

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Order your thread kit here.

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of her very own Dandy Drive quilt kit is: “SewinColorJean” who posted:

I love the dark backgrounds especially the dark pink, which looks purple to me!

Email me your address, Jean and I’ll get your kit on the way!