Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015 & Giveaway

Hello world!!!  Since I'm participating in the "Grow Your Blog 2015" being lead by 2 Bags Full. I'm thinking most of you are stopping by from there and are new to my blog. If you are a current follower, I hope I don't bore you with things you already know, but either way make sure you read to the bottom to participate in my giveaway.

I will start by telling you a little bit about me.  I'm Shauna (bet you could have guessed that one) and I live in Texas, just north of Dallas.  I started blogging about 6 years ago as a way to show off my digital scrapbook pages and still show some of them, but now I mainly show mine and my sisters quilting accomplishments.  I am what I like to call an advanced beginner, I am trying to learn more and more. Now a little more about me personally.  I'm single, but have quite the menagerie at my house. Besides me there is my sister, Sharla (she quilts too), my nephew Cole (he doesn't quilt), and our three dogs, Tucker (yorkie), Zoey (shih tzu), and Hollywood (lab mix). If my sister had her way we would have a couple more dogs, but I'm holding firm that three is enough for now.  Tucker is my quilt dog, he loves them and I have to be careful when I'm ironing because if any fabric hits the floor he tries to make a bed on it.  The funny thing is that he is blind, but can always find a quilt if I'm working on it. Just so you can put faces to names, this is us.

On this blog I talk about my current projects, along with goals I set for myself, stash purchases and bee blocks I've made.  I have participated in quilt alongs, tested quilts for designers and even donated some of my work for charity.  My favorite thing from last year was the Texas Road Trip Quilt Along, and I hope to finish my quilt this year.  I got the basic top done, but need to add borders and then quilt it.

The favorite quilt I finished last year was the Looking Glass quilt I did as a test quilt for Meadow Mist Designs. I love the colors in it and I smile every time I see it. I want to do another on that is queen sized to go on my bed, but I have lots of projects in front of it.

If you decide you want to follow my crazy life, let me tell you what you might see this year. I keep a spreadsheet of projects and currently I have 26 quilts where I've purchased fabric and Sharla has 30, so we have to get busy and get piecing.  We also have 17 tops that are completed and ready to be quilted, so you will see all kinds of quilts. So that is 56 on the books as of right now.  You have probably realized about now that I love fabric and I do mean LOVE. I'm currently working on 4 memory quilts for a friend and her children, as well as a cross quilt that I picked as the blocks to receive as my time as queen in the Compass Quilters Bee.  I just finished a quilt this week that I was testing for a designer and will get to show it off soon.  I will also be showing some scrapbook pages and who knows what else.

Now that you've gotten to know me a little, let's talk about a giveaway.  I was lucky enough to win not one but two copies of 100 block Vol 10, so I'm giving one away. It is packed with great blocks!!! I thought I would sweeten the pot just a little by adding a charm pack of Cookies and Cream by RJR Fabrics and an alphabet panel. I bought two assorted fat packs from Massdrop at the end of last year and both had the same panel in them.  So I thought I would share one with ya'll. The selvage says it is Petite Fleur by Carolyn Gavin by Windham Fabrics. Since I'm not sure how I'm going to use mine, I would love to hear how  you would use it.

The giveaway is open to everyone and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment.  I love hearing where everyone is from, so why don't you tell me where you live and what the weather is like today. The giveaway will be open until noon (Central Standard Time) on February 15th and I will use a random number generator to pick a winner that afternoon/evening.  Now you don't have to follow me to enter, but if you want to follow me there are buttons on the side for Bloglovin, Feedly and follow by email. If you've not checked out Vicki's site at 2 Bags Full, you really should the blog hop is huge and there are lots of people holding giveaways.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Finish: Bee Blocks and Test Quilt

I am so glad to have a Friday Finish again.  It seems like forever and I even have two...yes you read that correctly TWO!!!  Well I do and I don't.  One of the finishes I can't really show you all of it yet, but I will explain.

First up is my bee block(s) for Stash Bee, which have been done for at least two weeks, but my rule is I can't show them here until they are in the mail.  Luckily I was able to get to the post office yesterday and they are on the way to this month's queen Toni.  The block we were requested to make was a Wonky Cross block, in the colors of yellow and grey.  I didn't have much grey in my stash, but I found a cool dot fabric at my LQS.  The first one I made ended up looking more like an "X" than a cross.

Since that block didn't work out like planned I made a second block with the colors reversed and it turned out much better.  It looks like a cross (yeah!!)

Since I really didn't have any use for the first block I emailed a photo of it to Toni to see if she could use it. and she said yes!.  So both blocks are headed to Houston.  I can't wait to see what she makes with them.  I've seen some of the other blocks and they all look pretty cool.

I also finished my first quilt for 2015, and it is very cool.  Now the problem is I can't show you the front of it, because the pattern hasn't been released as of yet.  The pattern is called Tessellated Leaves and it is by Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.  It was a fun project and you will be able to see my version of it on January 29th and I will tell you lots more about it.  There is a blog hop starting on the 25th on Yvonne site.  I can't wait to see what the other testers made, But I wanted to count this one as complete since it has been a slow start this year.  So here is what I can show you.

Now what is really cool is that I've completed two of the five goals I set for myself for January, and I'm hoping to get a couple more of them done next week.  So it might be a slow start to the year, but at least the wheels have started.   Today I am linking up with  Let's Bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Link a Finish Friday @ Richard and Tanya Quilts, Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation and Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio.