Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Vintage Star Quilt Pattern Giveaway

Posting two days in a row, what is wrong with me. Today I'm going to show you another new pattern by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. This woman is on a roll designing and  her patterns are just so wonderful. I love so many things about her patterns, this one comes in two sizes and is layer cake friendly. Who doesn't love using precuts!!!!  The pattern today is called Vintage Star and is simply beautiful.

The lap size of this one can be made with one layer cake. I love the fabric she used for her sample, it is Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille. I wish I had a layer cake of that fabric to make one for me. Now Cheryl is being very generous and allowing me to give away a copy of this pattern. To be in the drawing simply leave a comment on this post. If you don't know what to say, tell me your favorite fabric line (past or present). If you follow me leave another comment for a second chance to win. If you want more chances check out Cheryl's Blog for other's with giveaways. And if you can't wait to get your hands on this pattern, it is currently on sale until Oct. 4th at Cheryl's Esty and Craftsy store.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Pattern Checking And A Giveaway.

I'm not sure what has happened to my blogging mojo lately, but it is definitely missing. And although I'm not writing as much I am still reading blogs and I was lucky enough to get the chance to proof a pattern for fellow blogger Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs. I love her patterns, they are always easy to read and follow and Check Plus is such an awesome pattern. I love patterns that come with different size options and this one has four choices, baby, lap, twin and king and it is fat quarter friendly.

Proofing is fun for me, it is something I used to do for my job on a regular basis and I miss it. So whenever I get a chance to proof patterns for Cheryl I jump on it. Now something I love about this pattern is she includes a coloring diagram so you can play with your color choices. I have fabric picked out to make this one, but have to get through my Christmas present making first.

Now Cheryl has this pattern on sale until October 3 for 25% off and you can get it in her Esty or Craftsy store. And she has been kind enough to let me offer this pattern in a giveaway. It is open to everyone, everywhere, just leave a comment on this post, any comment will do but if you need a prompt, tell what you're working on right now.  You can get extra chances if you visit Cheryl's Blog and see the others hosting giveaways. And if you follow me leave a comment telling me how you follow for an additional entry.  I will pick a winner next Monday.

Friday, July 22, 2016

#2106 Mid Year Review

At the end of December last year I set out some resolutions, and now it is time to see how I am doing with them. I always wish I were doing better, but to be honest, I'm ok where I am right now. It has been a very hard year so far, and although I'm not as far along on things as I would like, I have made some progress so that is good. But here is the list I made and where I am on each item.

1. Use More/Buy Less - I was doing really good with this one until the last month or so. I don't think I purchased any fabric before May of this year. I did win a couple of giveaways, but no purchases. Then I fell off the wagon hard. In May I bought fabric for a quilt for Mecca and then in July Sharla and I have bought lots of fabric with money we saved in the Piggy Bank challenge and then we found a stash we made doing a garage sale 2 years ago and we bought more fabric with it. But we've tightened our belts again, and hope not to purchase anything else unless it is used to complete a quilt.

2. Quilt for Others - I'm quite happy with my progress on this one. I've bought fabric to do a quilt for Mecca and Tom, it will be my first king sized quilt. I also had everyone in my two bees this year make blocks for a quilt for Cole. So that is two quilts for others that are in the works. I also have Callie's and Beau's wedding quilt working as well. So I'm making progress, slow but progress. I have Mecca's quilt laid out in EQ7 because I wanted a guide to look at as I pieced. It is the Courtyard Tiles pattern I bought in May and the fabric is Bread n Butter by American Jane.
3. Balance/Organization - I still struggle with with one. I want to do it all, but often end up getting nothing done. I am still working on this one and will most likely continue to work on it forever. But the important thing is that if I'm working on it, then I'm at least trying to be balanced.

4. Stop Comparing Myself to Others - I'm doing better with this one. I still have moments where I get down because I've not gotten as much done as someone else, but they are fewer and farther between. Instead of being down because I've not gotten as much accomplished as I might want, I'm excited to see what others have done. And if I am having a down day, then I just don't read the blogs, that way I don't get further down. Have I stopped completely, no, but I'm better and that is good enough.

5. Keep Moving Forward - This one is hard to quantify, but I am saying I'm doing it. Earlier this year I had (and to some extent still do) some pretty terrible knee pain. I ended up getting not 1 but 2 injections in each knee. But I didn't let it totally sideline me. I may not have gotten as much done, but I have gotten some things done, so that is progress. I maybe moving forward at a snails pace, but for me movement is movement.

Over all it I've been doing ok this year, but as always I want to do better. With everything that has happened this year, there are days when I don't even want to get out of bed, but I do. So I'm going to continue working on my list and hopefully at the end of the year I will have even more progress to show. I will be linking up at Quilting Jetgirl today.