Sunday, January 25, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Hello!  Welcome to Good Golly Ginger!  My name is Katie, and I am a long arm quilter and quilt pattern designer.  Once again, for a second year in a row, I am taking part in the Grow Your Blog hop hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full.  Thank you Vicki for hosting!

Note: There is a giveaway at the bottom of this post!
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For those of you who are new here, I love fabric!  I love thread!  I love quilting! And I love designing patterns!  I also have a fantastic husband and two lovely ginger daughters who are 7 years-old and 3 years-old.  We live happily in Northern California.
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I bought my first sewing machine five years ago...watched some videos on youtube, and I was hooked!  I started sewing diaper covers and dresses for my oldest daughter.  Years later, I sewed cloth diapers for my youngest daughter.  About three years ago, I became interested in quilting by watching free motion quilting videos on youtube...hooked again.
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My husband and I have fixed up an old HQ-16 long arm quilting machine.  He built a table for it, and I keep adding upgrades to it.  Late last year, I began my long arm quilting business, and it has been wonderful.  I also have begun creating new patterns, and now I have a Craftsy shop too.
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I started blogging about one and a half years ago.  I love following all of the inspirational sewing blogs.  At this point, I am so grateful to now have over 600 Bloglovin' followers.  Holy Shmoly!  It's amazing, and it really drives me to share new quilts.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about me.  I have more quilts and tutorials here and here.  Currently, I am busy working on two new quilts.  I can't wait to share them with you!  You can sign up for email updates on my sidebar to the right, or follow me via Bloglovin'...


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Now, it is time for a giveaway!  

This giveaway is open to all.  Please leave a comment below for one entry to win three spools of lovely Aurifil thread in Light Magenta, Light Delft Blue, and Fern Green...
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This giveaway will close on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 5 p.m. PST. I will choose a winner at random using random.org.

Thanks again for visiting via the Grow Your Blog Hop.  I'll be taking some time to visit all the other blogs too.
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Happy Stitching,


Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Look Back And A Look Ahead

2014 was a fantastic year for me, my family, and the Good Golly Ginger blog.  I finished eight large quilts.  I gave four of those away.  I did mostly smaller projects throughout the year so that I can focus on my little ginger children. :) I created several patterns on craftsy.  At the end of 2014, I also began quilting for hire.  I didn't feel ready for it, but I was encouraged by others who thought I was indeed ready, and now I have my long arm business going with jobs already scheduled in 2015!  Good things are happening!  Here is a look back...
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My number one post from 2014 was my Sand Drift Quilt finish!  I love this quilt pattern, and I was so happy to see that it was my top post for the year.
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The last two weeks of 2014 were spent busily finishing two sleeping bags for my gingers.  They love them, and they sleep in them every night.  I also made them a 6-foot teepee for Christmas.
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So, what is ahead in 2015...

First of all, look at the url now.  I dropped the blogspot.com, and now I am just goodgollyginger.com!  You don't need to update anything.  The old site is now just redirected to the new site. It's a small change, but it needed to be done.

I have many new fabric piles to work with in 2015.  The first is from the fatquartershop...
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The second pile is a lovely rainbow bundle of Kona Cottons from pileofabric.  I have already begun to cut into this...
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Alyssa from pileofabric also sent me a bundle of frozen fabric...
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And finally, I have a secret bundle from Moda.  I can't share it yet, but I have buried it under some batiks (hint, hint).
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So, that is a lot to keep me busy at the start of 2015.  I'm excited.  It is going to be a great year!  

I also finally ordered a stitch regulator for my long arm.  I can't wait to start custom quilting and following pantographs.  

My business is growing, and I am so gracious for that.  That is my focus word for 2015.  Over the last few days, it is the word that has stuck in my head.  I am so gracious for all of my readers, my customers, my sponsors, all the blogs I read, my family, and all of this fabric!  Life with fabric is filled with so much texture and color, how could I not just want to shout out "Thank you!"

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Happy Stitching,

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mini Charm Mix

I am so happy to be joining in the Mini Charm Mix blog hop at the Fat Quarter Shop.
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The Mini Charm Mix is such a sweet and simple pattern with beautiful impact. I chose to make a table runner which required three mini charm packs and one solid charm pack for the background.
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I used Basic Grey 25th and Pine Mini Charm Pack by Moda Fabrics and Porcelain Bella Solids Charm Pack
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For the backing, I used 25th and Pine Midnight Grunge.  I bound the table runner with 25th and Pine Midnight Chestnut Street.
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I quilted with an all-over free-motion swirly swirl.  That is the technical quilty term, of course. 
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I totally love how these fabric work together, and the table runner looks absolutely lovely on my dining room table.  It's perfect for Christmas. 
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Mini Charm Mix Links:


Mini Charm Mix video: http://youtu.be/rr4XQ7wUlTY



Thank you for visiting, and please take a moment to stop by the other blogs on the Mini Charm Mix blog hop.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Sleeping Bag Quilt

I finished this sweet quilt just in time for Christmas...(with a little time to spare!)
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The best part of this quilt is that it is a sleeping bag.  I cleared a lot of fabric from my stash with this sleeping bag quilt.
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I attached the zipper before adding the binding.  It's a 72-inch separating zipper, and then I attached the binding as usual. No problems!  I did round the corners for easy zipping.  I also used bias binding because of the rounded corners.  The zipper runs incredibly smooth.
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It looks like a completely normal quilt from the front.
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I quickly meander quilted this one.  It is backed with fleece and still has a layer of cotton batting in the middle.  It is thick and has some cushion to it.
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I have another quilt already quilted.  I will add a zipper and binding today.  I am on task and on time for Christmas so far.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Super Quick Quilt

Well, I feel like super quilter woman after completing this quilt top in three days. Yes, you read that correctly...three days from design to completed top! (If you could see me now, my arms are in the air with fists held high. "Yes, I can piece quickly. I did it!" :-)
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I'll be quilting this in the next day or so (a quick meander will do), and it will become a sleeping bag for my Ginger #1. Ginger #2's quilt is already quilted and ready to be bound and zipper attached. I should be able to start making their teepee soon. Yes, I am super quilter woman now! LOL!

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