Friday, October 31, 2014

Wicked Spooky Pinwheels

Oh, these pinwheels aren't dreadfully frightful at all.  It is Halloween, though, so let's just go with it...

Boo! Two very tiny 3" pinwheels:
Aaugh!  A 3.5" pinwheel:
Bang!  Some 4.5" pinwheels:
Hoo hoo hoo hoo! Two scary framed pinwheels:
Bwa ha ha ha!  Two more scary framed pinwheels:
These pinwheels are filler blocks for my gypsy wife quilt.  I'm almost done with all the blocks!

My blog is now sponsored by the two online shops where I do most of my fabric and notion shopping!  Woo hoo!  I'm so happy to join the blogging families of Fat Quarter Shop and Pile O' Fabric.  These shops have the best customer service!  No spooking about that!

If you are out and about on the internet this weekend, check out my sponsors (that sounds really good):

Pile O' Fabric
Free Scrap Buster Pattern!
Purchase any stash bundle and receive a free Scrap Buster pdf pattern (pattern will be emailed when order is fulfilled). Deal ends this Sunday, November 2nd at 12pm.

Fat Quarter Shop
40% off all Halloween fabrics! 20% off fat eighth bundles through November 2.

Have a ghoulishly happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home For Christmas Medallion For Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am so excited to share my Home For Christmas Medallion quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  This quilt will be entered into the Original Design quilt category.  Thank you so much to Amy at Amy's Creative Side for hosting this wonderful event!
The center star of the medallion is three concentric stars. This is surrounded by presents with colorful bows. The next border is peppermints. Christmas trees and corner ornaments surround the peppermints. A candy cane border surrounds all those Christmas trees. Finally, a border of bright suburban houses finishes the quilt with corner friendship stars.
I free-motion-quilted the quilt with an all-over swirl design. I love the texture from the dense quilting. It washed up all crinkly and beautiful.
The binding echoes the candy cane border. SWEET!
Quilt Statistics:
Finished size: 85-inches square
Top fabrics: Kona Cottons in Snow, Aqua, Brown, Canary, Candy Pink Green Tea, Pond, Tarragon, Wheat, Grass Green, Rich Red
Back fabrics (not shown): Sugar Rush Christmas Candy in Pink, Sugar Rush Frosted Snowflakes in Green, Sugar Rush Gingerbread Dream in Pink, Sugar Rush Mini Swirls in Red
Binding fabric: Timeless Treasures Mini Series Red Bias Stripe
Piecing thread: Aurifil in White
Quilting thread: Isacord in White
Binding thread: Isacord in Red
Thank you so much for taking the time to view my Home For Christmas Medallion quilt. If you would like to see more pictures, take a look at Craftsy or my original blog post about this quilt.

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Sand Drift For Blogger's Quilt Festival

I am so excited to share my Sand Drift quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  This quilt will be entered into the large quilt category.  Thank you so much to Amy at Amy's Creative Side for hosting this wonderful event!
The Sand Drift quilt is inspired by Native American style. The colors are warm and natural. I used Arizona (April Rhodes) fabric line by Art Gallery Fabrics. When I saw this line, I knew I needed to design a quilt pattern for it.
I quilted the quilt with an all-over water pattern. I used gold color Isacord thread, and the texture is amazing!
Sand Drift Quilt Stats:
Quilt size: 82" x 82"
Fabrics used: Arizona Canyon Wall, Arizona Triangle Token, Kona Cottons in Peach, Ochre, and Nightfall.
Threads used: Aurifil Ivory for piecing, Isacord Gold for quilting, and Isacord Navy for binding
Backing: Arizona Agave Field, Arizona Triangle Tokens, Arizona Desert Blanket, Reminisce Meadow in Gold, Winged Plumage in Apricot, and Arizona Tomahawk stripe
Binding: Modern Meadow Herringbone in Lake
Thank you so much for taking the time to view my Sand Drift quilt. If you would like to see more pictures, take a look at Craftsy or my original blog post about this quilt.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

I Built A Quilt Ladder!

I definitely needed a place to store my quilts.  When they are not in use, the quilts have typically been strewn over a recliner and a glider chair.  With two quilt on each, the recliner and glider were leaning back and hitting the wall under the weight of the quilts.
Yesterday, I went to Lowe's, and I bought four 28" table legs, two 48" x 1" dowels, and various table feet.  I also picked up some brackets to secure the legs together.
After two broken bits, a blister from pre-drilling, and a cut from the aforementioned broken bit, I have a quilt ladder!  Good thing that I didn't need to use the table saw, huh?  Don't worry, I am fine and healing.  And most importantly, don't worry about my quilts being displayed outside in the backyard...the lighting was better outside for photographs.
Here they are inside and placed on their new home.  Note: none of my quilts match!  Ack!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gypsy Wife Block Update

Get ready for an overload of color...
Old Maid Puzzle 1
Old Maid Puzzle 2
Puss in Corner 1
Nurses Cross
Half Square Triangle
Half Square Triangle
Puss in Corner 2

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Home For Christmas Medallion Quilt Pattern Release

Woot! Woot! I did it again! My second quilt pattern has been released. You can find it now in my Craftsy Shop.
HomeForChristmasMedallion by Katie Dold
Here are two pages of excerpts from the pattern.  I take a lot of time to design all of the illustrations accurately in Adobe Illustrator.  The result is very clear instructions that are easy to follow.  Here is part of the center star block...
HomeForChristmasMedallion by Katie Dold
Here are the instructions for the corner cross blocks...
HomeForChristmasMedallion by Katie Dold
There are 15 pages total of instructions! Don't worry...the quilt is not difficult to make. I'm just very detailed. There is also a coloring page included so you can audition your own fabrics and colors. You can definitely complete this quilt before the holidays and enjoy it year-round!

Look at how cozy my cat looks on the quilt. Don't be fooled by her peaceful disposition in this picture. She is just letting me know that this quilt is now hers, all hers. Cat 1 is very noisy, pushy, and obnoxious! But look how wonderful the quilt came out of the wash, all in its crinkly glory. Love it!
Thank you so much for all the support while creating the Home For Christmas Medallion Quilt! I am so excited to release the pattern, and I truly hope you will enjoy it too. If you choose to purchase the pattern, thank you so much in advance for supporting my small home business. I'd love to see your progress...please email me at goodgollyginger at gmail dot com.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pile O' Fabric And A 241 Tote

Did you hear that Pile O' Fabric has opened a new fabric shop? Sounds like a fitting new venture given the blog name, huh? Well, Alyssa Lichner at Pile O' Fabric has done an amazing job in setting up her online fabric store. 
When Alyssa asked me to write a post about her new fabric store, I hesitated because it is so new that I haven't shopped there yet. So, I can't give an honest review, but then I found so many items at the Pile O' Fabric store that I had to make a purchase. I made a purchase without any compensation from Alyssa just so I can pass along my findings to my readers. Yes, I will do that for you lovely quilters and crafters. 

Wow, I was impressed! First of all, my order was shipped the same business day that I made the order. I received my order within two days. It was shipped 2-day priority USPS, and shipping was free over $45. The fabric arrived tied up with baker's twine, wrapped in a plastic bag, and tucked into this really cute reusable drawstring bag. This attention to detail totally blew me away!
The fabric selection is fantastic! It is arranged by color, but fabrics can be sorted by manufacturer, designer, collection, color, and material. The site is really easy to navigate, and I bought most of my fabric by the fat quarter.
On fabric cuts that did not have a selvage edge, Alyssa placed a sticker on it, displaying the name, manufacturer, and color. This saves me so much time and makes reordering so much easier.
So, the fabric I bought (because we as quilters really do care about this) was Kona Cottons in Berry, Cerise, and Hibiscus, Wingspan Fig, Woodgrain in Straw, Mika Net in Orange, Branches in Tangerine, Arrows in Metallic Coral, Sketch in Cherry, and Bee Damask in Wine. There is a good selection of fabric at Pile O' Fabric. It wasn't easy to choose, and I love being able to choose fat quarter cuts.
I also bought Essex Linen in black, and I bought a lot of it. I have big plans for this. There are also notions and tons of patterns stocked at Pile O' Fabric. I went ahead and purchased the 241 Tote by Noodlehead and the Social Tote by Carolyn Friedlander. I have been drooling over these patterns for quite sometime, and it has been awhile since I made a bag.
I finally made the 241 Tote. This is a great bag, and I did make some minor enhancements to make my quilty soul even happier. I quilted the center panels, and I added binding to the side pockets. I also made the strap adjustable because I usually wear bags cross body style.
It turned out lovely. This bag is just my style.
Also, there is a rewards programs offered at Pile O' Fabric. Points from previous purchases can be redeemed on a current purchase. Also, there is a referral program for additional savings that can save you and a friend some money. Sounds good to me! So, go shop at Pile O' Fabric! 

Note: This post is written in lieu of receiving future store credit at Pile O' Fabric. I purchased the fabric shown in this post with my own money. My opinions are my own. I would not have written this post if I truly did not LOVE my experience at Pile O' Fabric. I really hope you will shop at Pile O' Fabric. Alyssa is a great store owner, and she shows great attention to detail.

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