Monday, August 8, 2011

A Finish and a Scrap Bag Giveaway

Well, it's been the summer of swimming lessons, scout camp, a pioneer trek (and a bunch of other stuff that I can't exactly put my finger on right now).  


I'm sorry there hasn't been much blogging around here lately.  With some camera issues and 2 kiddos to entertain all day, I'm lucky to have gotten a few posts under my belt.  Thanks for bearing with me though.  I hope you're all still out there?!?  It seems a little quiet on my google reader these days so maybe I'm not the only one taking it easy for the summer...

There are a couple things I want to share with you today. 

First, my button.  You may have noticed it over there on my sidebar.  You are welcome to grab it and share it, if you'd like.  I was pretty proud of myself for making it :)  Can I just say, "Yay me!" !?!  I must admit though, I did not figure out the coding on my own (I'm not that smart).  I did have some help.  This link gave really easy-to-follow instructions that anyone can follow (even me):


I might be the last one on earth to "have a button" and you all are probably thinking, "it's not that big of a deal".  But I did it and it felt good to learn something new. 

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On a different note, I thought I would share my newest finish.  Well, it's just a quilt top right now, but that counts doesn't it?  You've seen a little snippet of it before (when it was in its newborn stage).  But look how she's grown! 

She started out as this:

and it ended up as this:

I'll show better pictures when it's finished, but she really is so different than my original plan.  A few new blocks were introduced, setting triangles were added, and I'm thinking a scalloped border is in order.  I hadn't thought to put the blocks on point until they were just about done and I'm really glad I decided to do it.  

   
All of the blocks came from the book, Around the Block with Judy Hopkins.  They were really fun blocks to make with simple, clear cut instructions.

This was a project that my quilt group decided to do.  We just picked out 12 blocks and each made our own quilt using our own color schemes and settings.  Mine will hopefully be done soon (as I am a little behind in starting and finishing this project).  I'm trying to keep up with these ladies...

My 2 favorite blocks?
This one (in the middle) called, Old Favorite.


and one right next to it called, Arrow Crown.


All the blocks finished at 10" and the size of the quilt is now measuring about 63" square.

Well, enough about that. 
I mentioned a giveaway, didn't I?

I was thinking that it's been a while since I did a giveaway on here so I decided that I am going to give away my scraps from this project and I'll throw in a couple of patterns (your choice which two) to one lucky winner.  I love these fabrics (most of them are Daydream by Stitch Studios for Riley Blake Designs).


I really thought some dresden plates out of these scraps would be so sweet, but since this is my second and a half quilt made out of these fabrics I thought it was time to move on.  Didn't want to over do a good thing, ya know? 

So we'll make this real easy for ya.
Just leave me a comment below telling me the best thing you did this summer.
Leave some contact info. and make sure you're a follower.

You'll get an extra entry if you blog about it on your blog
(just leave a separate comment saying "blogged it).

This giveaway will close Thursday night at midnight. 
I'll announce the winner this weekend.  Good luck!

~ Amber


89 comments:

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Best thing so far this summer has been a guided fishing trip down the Mackenzie river. I agree, I think a Dresden quilt would be lovely in these fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

Theophanie said...

I just used that same tutorial to make my button! It is on my blog, but I haven't posted about it yet.
I LOVE your quilt top. LOVE, LOVE LOVE it. Great job! The best thing I did this summer was start my blog. I know, it's lame, but it's true! And, of course, I already followed your blog. :)

Manda said...

Wow I love that quilt! And love love love the arrow crown block! Congrats on figuring out the button, I always enjoy learning new things!
Best thing I did this summer....Picnic in the park with family :)

Cassie said...

what about an extra entry for facebooking your link? eh?

KristyLou said...

This summer was a summer around town. We did a lot of stuff without even leaving town. Hung out with friends, went to the town festival, county fair, etc. We vacation in the winter when its way to cold to be here in MN :) Thanks!

Leah said...

Wow, the top turned out great. I am loving the red polka dot fabric.

Best thing I did this summer was spending a week at the beach. lovely, lazy, fun days.

gill said...

I love all the colours you've used in your beautiful quilt!
The best thing this summer was watching my lovely daughter graduate from university!
I'm a follower!

amber said...

THe best thing i did this summer was going to the fireworks with my kids. I love fireworks. thanks for the give a way

Johanne said...

I really like how it is turning out. I agree, it look much better with the blocks on point.
I hope the best thing I've done this summer is yet to come, it has been a bit of a disaster. We went to Northern Spain (live in Madrid) for two weeks and I think we saw the sun during ten minutes in total and seven of the days I had a terrible flu, so was in bed most of the time.
I still have 3 more weeks before I start to work, hope to make some fun things with the kids.
We had a great family day today, ending up seeint the Smurfs.
Thanks a lot for your giveaway!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I have been really obsessed lately with dresen plates...but have never tried one. Maybe these scraps would be just the incentive I need!! :)
My best thing this summer was spending time at our cabin with lots of our family around. But back to reality now!
(I am a follower)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

The best thing I did this summer was make quilt tops for the Joplin Quilt Project. I really wanted to help in some small way, and this was something that I could do, as the Long ladies were going to finish the quilting. Thanks for sharing the beautiful fabric :-)

Barbara said...

I am following you - absolutely a stunning quilt. Beautiful colors and I love LOVE the dots to make everything else just pop -

Best thing I've done this summer is to stay cool in the 115 heat here by goint to sit n sews at my city's art museum at night - GREAT fun !

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm a follower and the best thing I did this summer was enjoy our home on the lake with family and friends!

Mom2RyandSis said...

Spending time with my kids is my favorite thing to do any time of the year!! Beautiful quilt top, can't wait to see the finished quilt! Thanks for a fun giveaway :)I'm a follower.

FML Crochet said...

So far the best thing I did this summer was take my daughter to Wild West City, NJ. It truly was set up like a wild west town with re-enactments and she loved it. Thanks for the chance to win!

maggie fellow said...

I watched the birth of my new little grandson in July- he is soooo cute.

Shanon said...

Love your quilt top! Spending time at the lake has been my favorite thing this summer.

deserae said...

The best thing I did was visit my two newborn nieces! :)

Deb said...

Hi! I am a new follower! Your quilt is wonderful--I am a big polka dot fan...so that really makes me smile when I see your quilt! My summer? Uh. I spent it looking for a job! The good news? I FOUND a job!! Yeah!!

Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

SoSarahSews said...

Great quilt!
Best thing I did this summer was a two day get away with my husband for our 10th anniversary. It was so quiet and we really needed it!:)

Strawberrypi said...

Lovely quilt!! My favorite time this summer has been camping several times with my husband; relaxing times under the stars around the campfire.

Impera_Magna said...

What a beautiful quilt... wow... just out and out gorgeous!

The best thing I did this summer? Spending time with my granddaughters... and trying to lure them to the dark side of sewing and quilting... *lol*

Karyli said...

Camping together as a family. We caught fish, we tubed the river, we ate so good....
Love your quilt and those two blocks are probably my favorites too.
Nice work!

Ariane said...

Wow! Your quilt top is gorgeous!!! The best thing I have done this summer is relax and spend time with the family! I don't relax that easily, so this was a very good thing!!! I've been following you for quite a while now!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

Oma said...

We kept our grand children for 2 weeks while our son and daughter-in-law celebrated their 10th anniversary. I recently retired and this is the first time we have been able to do this. They live in Texas and we live in Alabama so we are not able to see our grandchildren much and they are growing up so fast. It was so much fun (and work!!) to have them here!

Needled Mom said...

That is a GORGEOUS quilt!!!!! I love the fabrics and you did a terrific job on it.

Best thing that I've done this summer is sharing time with the grandchildren - canning and sewing.

Hifam said...

I love this quilt top (and I love your blog!). I'm a follower (psychdog) and the funnest thing I did this summer was to take my 10 and 12 year old kids to D.C. for a week. It's an amazing place and we had a great time.
hickenfam at hotmail dot com

AngieSue said...

Your polka dots have given me a great idea on how to finish a project! Thanks for the inspiration. The best thing I have done this summer ... ate ice cream with my kids all over Europe.

Jackie said...

Your latest quilt is gorgeous! Lots of times I don't see any unifying theme with sampler block quilts. You did a great job with using the fabrics to make the quilt feel like the blocks related to each other. I guess that's why you're a designer! :)

WONDERFUL!

mamabug said...

Happy Summertime!!! Your quilt is just so very beautiful :) A sampler is my favorite!!! k.bugbee@att.net

Kim said...

The best thing I did this summer is take my daughter and her friend to the Montana state fair. Eric Church was playing, he was incredible!!!!

Deborah in Atlanta said...

Your quilt is so lovely - I know you're going to be over the moon when it's finished!

The best thing I did this summer was I took the week of July 4th off, and kept my granddaughter. It was just the two of us, and I had such a wonderful time with her.

Stacy said...

Hmm...my best thing this summer would have to be going to a water park for the first time ever, with my 7 year old daughter. She makes a wonderful partner in crime!

sbmeeks said...

That's an awesome quilt! I have a love/hate relationship with triangles. I love the way they look but hate sewing them. :)

I follow you in my google reader!

Sydney

Melissa said...

This quilt is really pretty; I look forward to seeing it completed.

Maria said...

The best thing I did this summer was to stay home and pretend I was on vacation. I did lots of knitting and a fair amount of quilting!

Mommarock said...

I havn't actually done it yet.. but I'm really excited about it anyhow, so I'll tell you. I'm going to see my momma and daddy this summer for the first time in 9 years.. I'm SOOOOO thrilled I tell ya! It will be the best thing I've done in years!!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh Amber, I LOVE that quilt -- the colors are fantastic. (Don't enter me for the giveaway, I have WAY too many scraps of my own!) It IS quiet in blogland -- I'm hoping it's just summer vacation and not that people have "moved on".

manybooks said...

That's a lovely top. I love how it showcases the blocks. Best thing I did this summer is buy a cabin!

badlandsquilts said...

Like you my summer revolves are two kiddos(and I love it!)...best thing this summer was watching them both in baseball!

Kadybug said...

Best thing I did this summer was take my kiddos on their first camping trip! Was such a lovely hike through the woods and a idyllic spot by the lake. It was complete with hot dogs, and smores over an open fire.

Sharon said...

I don't have my own blog but am a follower of yours! Love your quilt top and that fabric is just lovely. The best thing I did this summer was go visit my sister and talk 'quilts'. She is my long-arm quilter and I'm so thankful for her. It has been great to have this 'quiting fever' in common!

Nancy B said...

Such a lovely quilt and gorgeous scraps! My hubby and I spent last week-end from Friday to Monday in Santa Barbara; beautiful weather away from the heat. The down side was I tripped on a speed bump in the parking lot at the beach. Thankfully, no broken bones just huge black bruises. Thanks for the giveaway.

Marcia W. said...

Awesome quilt - love the polka dots - would love to own my first Riley Blake (and scraps!)
Excited that got to babysit my grandnieces - twice for an entire day - the 6 month old baby is absolutely adorable. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway - wonderful dots for the background.

Nicky said...

Probably the whole family watching the old Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn comic movie Bringing up Baby! Still funny and the kids had never seen it!

Debra said...

Gorgeous Quilt and who doesn't love scraps!

Sue Bone said...

The best thing will I hope happen tomorrow as I'm going to Cadbury World (chocolate) tomorrow with my daughter.

Roos said...

The best thing I did this summer..mm, I've got to think, my holidays just started yesterday. I took over a nightshift from a college who was filling in for another college who was ill.I planned a lot of things to do, do they count? Shopping with my two girls, having a wedding from my brother and of course, do some quilting.I want to finish two tops.
Before I forgot, your blocks looks great;o)

Brie Henri said...

The best thing for me is that it hasn't happened yet (being in the Australia). Also my hubs and I decided to move back to Canada in October and I'm very very excited!th e

Patty C. said...

OOO I would love some scraps - "one quilters scraps are anothers treasure !!" -

This summer we had a visit from family we haven't seen in years - SOOOO much fun - We went to Big Kahuna's waterpark with the kids, did some outlet mall shopping & enjoyed the beach - Such a lovely visit.

Thanks for sharing your fabrics/patterns with us :)

Mimi said...

The best event this summer was meeting with my husband's family for a mini reunion!! We hadn't seen each other in years and it was a blast!!

pinsandneedles said...

The best thing this summer was my daughter's wedding ~ outdoors with unique touches. It was beautiful!
You are not the last...I am going to figure out how to make a button... :D Thanks for the link.
Love the use of polka dots in your quilt...something fresh and simple about polka dots. Thanks for a chance to win your scraps.

Bailey said...

We bought our first house, moved in on Mother's Day and have pretty much spent the summer here getting things put together - no exciting trips or anything. We did have a great 4th of July BBQ with new neighbors and family though!

Sharon Robertson said...

Create a new flower bed. It is gorgeous from the kitchen window.

Jen said...

The best thing I did this summer was to go camping with my mom, stepdad, and little brother. I love to just hang out with my family and hardly get the chance to! I would love to play with your scraps! thanks!

TaraB said...

I focused on my kids this summer. We swam at the lake, took mini vacations, watched movies in the backyard, and had lots of fun together. I don't think there is one thing that I could pick as my favorite for the summer.

odd duck said...

Best thing I did this summer was take up quilting!! I love it. : )

Jean said...

I have to say the best thing I did this summer was finish my first quilt. It is for a friend of mine who just had a baby. I am so very proud of it and can't wait to make many more quilts!

Andee said...

I am going to have to say the best thing I did was get new flooring for my quilting studio!

Andee said...

I put in a new floor in my quilting studio!

shellie said...

I guess I am a bit odd. My favorite thing I did this summer was to land a full time job. Yay. I paid for my daughter's grad party/dinner and bought her a Pandora bracelet all on me. Very proud. sooooo that is about all I do now is work. Weekends are for quilting and the wash. I have finished three quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

Helped my neighbor get an old rescue dog - they just needed each other!! VermontPines@aol.com

Lynne said...

The best thing I did this summer is spend time with my grandkids. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win the cute scraps. lynnegibson32@gmail.com

Cindy said...

I am really loving this quilt. I love the colors, the blocks, everything! Of course, I really like all of your quilts. Its refreshing to see a quilt on a blog that's not a kalaidescope quilt though, lol.

shayshap said...

The best thing I did this summer was to take the kids and grandkids to the beach. To spend a week in one house with everybody together was amazing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all eaten together. We live in the desert, so the water at the beach and the ocean breeze are unbeatable. I am planning to do some scrap quilting so your scraps would be loved. kathy

shayshap said...

I blogged it here:

http://itsonlynaturalwithkathy.blogspot.com/

thanks, kathy

Jaci said...

Wow that's a beautiful quilt! The best thing I did this summer was spend time with my family.

Annette said...

Your quilt is so beautiful! I love everything about it. I've had a great summer. We took two trips with all our kids and that was the best ever.

Laura said...

Your quilt turned out beautiful and who wouldn't love using the scraps! Best thing about this summer was staying home! Didn't travel anywhere for a change and it was nice. Long days of sewing and just hanging out with my kids and husband. Am going to miss these lazy days as school starts soon.

Anita said...

What a beautiful quilttop! I love the "airy" colors of the fabrics. The best thing I've done this summer is to start sewing again. I just love it :)

Christine said...

My favorite thing about this summer so far was getting to spend two weeks with my nieces who live across the country from me. I'm a new follower and I love your blog!

Deb said...

I also blogged about your give away!!

Deb from cluttteredquilter.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

What a great quilt. I love the colors. The best thing I did this summer was not to make too many plans. I love the freedom of doing what I want when I wzant. If I want to sleep in I do. If I want to sew all day I do. Thank you for the give away it is sweet of you to share your scraps!!

Nancy D. said...

Love the quilt. It's so crisp and happy. Summer... Hmmm...I work full-time so anytime I can take some time off is great. I got a week off a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Of course going back after being away a week was horrible. :0)

Jennie {Clover and Violet} said...

Best thing I've done this summer? Probably spend lots of time with my little boy before he's no longer an only child! Oh, and organize the house we just moved into, but that is a work in progress!

Sharon Pernes said...

The best thing I did this summer is go to my cousins wedding. It was great seeing the family again.

notes of sincerity said...

Hi Amber. :0)
This has been a strange summer. My husband has traveled so much. So we are enjoying family time every chance we get. I now have my very own sewing room. I feel like someone handed the moon to me. I love it. :0)
Thank you for the opportunity to win your nice give away. I love your quilt!!!
Sincerely, Trish

Natys said...

Hi we are in winter here in the south, the best thing i did this summer (january) was to take the whole month off in the beach, first time!! i usually take 15 days.
And this winter, june, july and august i did spend a LOT of time with my 6mo niece and that ROCKS

Lovely giveaway thanks

petiteblogger said...

I love the red dot fabric you used on your quilt!
The best thing I did this summer was go to China and adopt my daughter, Loralyn. :)

Luci said...

The best thing I did was take the long way home from a wedding and drove right up to the most awesome waterfall I have ever seen. (Other than Yellowstone park)Thanks for the chance!

My Life In Quilts said...

Great giveaway and I love you fabrics! The best thing I did this summer was to create my own blog! I am enjoying communicating with other quilters about quilting and fabric and stuff. I've also gotten a lot of sewing done this summer since it's been very hot outside and I'm not really an outdoor person.

sphanna said...

Best thing I did this summer was to visit with my daughter and son-in-law in Washington DC. Went to the National Gallery of Art for a full day of total-immersion inspiration!
Great new pattern design - very fun quilt for any kid or anyone young at heart.

Stephanie said...

Best thing I did this summer was spenad a day at the zoo with my daughter and grandsons. It was hotter than blue blazes but we managed to have a great time anyway. Any day spent with them is a day in heaven!

Love your new pattern!

...so we added chickens said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finish!
The best thing I did this summer was see my little girl learn to walk, and to see her give her big brother a kiss.

Jeanne said...

The best thing I did this summer was spend lots of time with the grandchildren.

Kerri in WV said...

The best thing I did this summer was Sunday evening family dinners/cook outs. All the family comes and we swim, play wiffle ball, have weinie roasts...and the very best evening I caught lightning bugs with my grandchildren--a 3 year old boy and two 1 year old girlies :)

susan said...

The best thing I did this summer was take my kids to my mum's and my brother's. I love the bonds they have built with each of them and just sitting back and watching the interaction. Add in a great beach and life is perfect.

Jen O said...

The best thing I did this summer is let my kids get dirty. I'm usually running after them with a wipe (not literally but almost), but they have more fun when I let them do their thing. Then they're happy worn out, and ready for bed after a bath!

Alyssa Shae said...

I was wondering about how much fabric you used for this quilt. The sashing, posts, and red dot to make it on point, as well as for each block. Thanks, Alyssa