Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer is here and another Share

Looks like summer is truly here ... 

Goodness, here in my neck of the Montana woods, we even hit 93 degrees today.  A rarity I confess and not too hot by many of my internet friends' standards ... however, it just goes to show Summer is here.  When I saw how high the temp was to be today, I chuckled to myself because it wasn't that many years ago that we had snow on the Fourth of July ... several times that has happened in fact!

So, I will enjoy this fine weather and be sure to investigate many ways to get outside with my daughters in the coming weeks :) ... 
surely we can all find reasons to smile!

I share with you today a project I created over the weekend
in hopes of making another face smile ...

I call this "Whatever Your Direction" ... 
I named it thus not only because of the directions of the "arrows" 
but I also quilted into the borders ...

"No matter the direction life takes you, 
always know you are loved."

It seemed to me to fit ... I'm still pleased as punch with it :)

The origins of my quilt began with a quilt I found via Pinterest that I really liked and discovered that Jennifer Jenkinson of That Girl ... That  Quilt designed this quilt for a quilt along in 2011:
Obviously, having just found the quilt I didn't participate in her quilt along in 2011 and after a few weeks of searching, I could not find any instructions.  So ...

As is typical of me these days, I created my own version using a Moda Sweetwater Route 15 jelly roll and some other yardage ... I'm sorry, but the name of the additional fabric escapes me right now.

This is what the full quilt looks like:

Granted ... it does look different than the Chasing Chevrons I was inspired by, but with using strip piecing techniques and adding on extra borders, I think I came up with a good alternative. Let me know what ya'all think as I've been asked to write up the instructions for this, so perhaps I'll make it available upon completion. 
The finished quilt is roughly 64 by 78 .... 

I say roughly because I have packaged it up and
mailed it away to a young man who turns nine years old this weekend.
I truly hope it puts a smile on his face!

Thank you for visiting and I wish you all
lots of reasons to smile!

Until next we visit, stay cool ....
  




Sunday, June 22, 2014

AMB Winners



Friday brought the last day of our fabulous American Made Brand blog tour...I have to say I so enjoyed learning more about each state and seeing the fantastic plate designs was inspiring!

Thank you American Made Brand for sponsoring such a terrific hop!

As for my stop on the tour, I promised two winners.  One from the USA which AMB will ship to the winner a fat quarter bundle:
and one from my international readers for whom I will send a bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares cut from my remaining AMB cottons:

To that point .... my winners are:

American Made Brand blog tour winner as generated by Random.org:

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Comment:
AllisonJune 16, 2014 at 4:03 AM

Some day I'll get to visit Montana. Such a beautiful state! I live in the USA, in Pennsylvania near Philadelphia. There are some days when I'd love some wide open spaces.


I had seven international readers leave a comment and of those seven, the winner of my American Made Brand drawing as generated by Random.org is:

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Beautiful! I live in a small summer village in Alberta, Canada. Thanks!

I sincerely thank each and every reader that left a comment .... I am sorry I have not replied to each comment yet, but I will try.  For those inquiring about pdf availability, I will contact you directly ... if you wish a pdf of my block, please contact meI cannot contact the no-reply blogger inquiries.
My thanks again to Clothworks and American Made Brand cottons for sponsoring this hop!
Best wishes til we visit again,


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Welcome to Montana on the AMB Blog Tour


Welcome to my stop along the American Made Brand blog hop tour.  I share with you the state I call home ... Montana.

When I first thought of developing my AMB block, I wanted to start by taking a look at Montana license plate designs ... however, after discovering that Montana has more than three times as many specialty license plates as other states in the region ... 

 KPAX
courtesy of KPAX.com
I decided I'd best design my block with my own ideas!

So, with that in mind, I give you a brief tour of my state with the hope of showing you what inspired my block:


I took this photo last month at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge just south of where I live.
Montana's name is derived from the Spanish word montaƱa (mountain) and, living in the western part of the state ... you truly see mountains in every direction ...  a total of 77 named ranges are part of the Rocky Mountains.

From Glacier National Park, 
the "The Crown of the Continent"  
courtesy of GORP.com
to portions of Yellowstone National Park, 
America's first national park, 
courtesy of paradisegateway.com
Montana represents the untamed, the wild, and the natural.  

Of course, with fifteen ski areas for winter recreation ....
courtesy of SkiMT.com
We have plenty of reason to get out and enjoy the natural splendor in cold weather also.


courtesy of Montana-Wild
Montana contains thousands of named rivers and creeks, 450 miles (720 km) of which are known for "blue-ribbon" trout fishing.  In 1992 the Robert Redford directed movie "A River Runs Through It,"  extensive fishing scenes were filmed in Montana's Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River; south of Bozeman on the Gallatin River and south of Big Timber on the Boulder River. In 1998, Robert Redford returned to Big Timber with "The Horse Whisperer." 

Montana is ranked 4th in size, but 44th in population with 1,015,165 people living in Montana .... Yes, that is 1,015,165 people living in the whole state! Wide-open spaces anyone?

courtesy of Vital Grounds
Since forests cover approximately 25 percent of the state and Montana has the largest grizzly bear population in the lower 48 states, I've included them in my block along with the state flower, the Bitterroot, and stems of grain to represent our economy.  With a 1/3 of our great state covered in mountains, that leaves the remaining 2/3 area covered with plains and grassy ranges and provides area needed for supporting Montana's economy which is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. 
Wheat Harvest - MT: aerials of wheat fields with grain combines at work
 courtesy of nbc.com ... Robb Kendrick  /  Aurora file

With this wealth of information, I attempted to make my block represent the whole state ... mountains in the west, plains in the east, river waters in between and topped by our great big sky:


So there you have it, my representation of the State of Montana in one 6 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch block. 

My thanks to Clothworks and American Made Brand Cottons for hosting this fantastic tour of our United States.
 
Clothworks is generously sending one Why-Knot-Kwilt commentor eight fat quarters from the 
American Made Brand Cotton Solids!
Grown and Made all right here in the
Good Ol' USA!!

In addition, I am hosting a second giveaway for my wonderful international visitors.  

Those of you from outside of the United States have a chance to win this bundle of 5 1/2 inch squares:

which I cut from the remaining Clothworks American Made Brand Cotton Solids not used in my block.

If you wish to enter the giveaways, please leave me a comment on this post, with the following information:

1) which country you reside;
2) where you live in your country of residence; and most important;
3) make sure I can contact you! 

If I cannot contact you, 
you will not be able to win.

Drawing will close on Friday, June 20th.

Please be sure to visit Bloomin’ Workshop who is sharing the State of Washington with us today.

Hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the state I've called home for the past 33 years. When my day is at an end, I have to admit...
courtesy of Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge
 it is a pretty beautiful place to call home.

Until next we visit, happy hopping ~


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Teacher Gifts & AMB Week 4

Yet another school year ends for my girls this week... and I ponder the idea of teacher gifts ...

How do you show your children's teacher how much you appreciate them without adding to a pile of things they don't need or want?

Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but I did decide on this Saturday Market bag pattern by Heather Bailey



Since I figured teachers usually have a pile of paperwork or lots of books to carry, what better way to help them with their loads than a bag to carry it all? 

If you haven't tried this pattern by Heather, it is worth your time... I made both of these bags in one day ... 
Saturday to be exact ... 
how appropriate right?
{{silly grin}}

And since I spent the rest of my weekend to this point starting and finishing the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins ... good read by the way if you've seen the first two movies ... I do believe I hear my bicycle calling me to hit the road and stretch some muscles before I get back to my sewing room to finish work on my American Made Brand block which I am scheduled to share with everyone on Monday, June 16th.  So please be sure to come back for a visit as there will be a giveaway of fantastic fabrics!

Until then, please be sure to visit this week's blog stops along the American Made Brand tour for fabulous blocks, terrific shares and giveaway chances:


Day 16
9-Jun
California
9-Jun
Minnesota
Day 17
10-Jun
Oregon
10-Jun
Kansas
Day 18
11-Jun
West Virginia
11-Jun
Nevada
Day 19
12-Jun
Nebraska
12-Jun
Colorado
Day 20
13-Jun
North Dakota
13-Jun
South Dakota

Until next we visit, happy hopping!



Monday, June 2, 2014

AMB Schedule and a Share ....


My goodness!  The weekend got away from me .... 
on my behalf, I will claim that I was doing something quilting related besides preparing my AMB block and share with you today the project that I finished and got in the mail today:
This quilt is one I found a version of online but could not find the pattern for.... after I decided to create it on my own, I did find the actual pattern which is called Pi2 - "Pi Squared" by by Maple Island Quilts  ... I obviously modified my quilt, but since I did it without the actual pattern, I hope you'll forgive me ... I am sure the soon to be 16 yr old young man who will receive it will not know any difference!!

Back to business ... this week we continue our tour the fifty states of the US ...  with the following bloggers:  


This week's AMB schedule:

Day 11
2-Jun
Illinois
2-Jun
Connecticut
Day 12
3-Jun
Maine
3-Jun
Missouri
Day 13
4-Jun
Arkansas
4-Jun
Michigan
Day 14
5-Jun
Florida
5-Jun
Texas
Day 15
6-Jun
Iowa
6-Jun
Wisconsin

Week Two of AMB schedule:




Day
Date
State
Blog
Day 6
26-May
New York
26-May
North Carolina
Day 7
27-May
Rhode Island
27-May
Vermont
Day 8
28-May
Kentucky
28-May
Tennessee
Day 9
29-May
Ohio
29-May
Louisiana
Day 10
30-May
Indiana
30-May
Mississippi



Week One of AMB schedule:
DAY
DATE
STATE
BLOG
Day 1
19-May
Delaware
19-May
Pennsylvania
Day 2
20-May
Georgia
20-May
Idaho
Day 3
21-May
Alabama
21-May
Massachusetts
Day 4
22-May
Maryland
22-May
South Carolina
Day 5
23-May
New Hampshire
23-May
Virginia


Remember, if you want to, you can get
the complete schedule by visiting 
American Made Brand's schedule page
by following the link button:


 on the right side of my blog.

We also have a marvelous collage of all of the state blocks shared so far if you visit with Michele over at Quilts from My Crayon Box ... Here.

Thank you for visiting and I'll see you along the highway!