Monday, December 22, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Good morning!! Have you seen the Around the World blog hop posts that have been cropping up lately? It's a fun little blog hop where you can find all kinds of new blogs to read, and it's kind of like a six-degrees-of kind of game, where you can see all kinds of interesting connections between people. I was invited to join in the fun by my sweet friend Lee of May Chappell. Lee is a great pattern writer, who had her first booth at Quilt Market this past fall, and I'm so happy that I got to see it because it was really stunning! She and I have a mutual love of all fabrics Denyse Schmidt and she's a much more disciplined and regular blog writer than I am, so check her out!

If you're hopping on over to check me out for the first time, hello! Bonjour! Welcome! I'm a quilter with an obsession for foundation paper piecing and free-motion quilting. I write patterns and teach regularly, and as my day job, I'm the Events Manager for The Modern Quilt Guild, so it's all quilts, all the time for me these days! I adore Denyse Schmidt fabrics as well as Cotton + Steel, and I very clearly have a fabric collecting problem. I often teasingly call my fabric collection my own personal 401K.

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I've just wrapped up my holiday sewing, which included six new holiday stockings for my family and some infinity scarves for my mother and mother-in-law, which I naturally forgot to take pictures of before wrapping! But I sure did take lots of pretty pictures of my stockings :)

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I'm also hard at work on a big project that I can't share much of, but here are a few sneak peeks of some of the things I've been making for that...

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And last, but definitely not least, I'm raising a puppy at home - a beautiful five month old Goldendoodle named Maximus. We got him in September, and he's grown literally by leaps and bounds these past three months. He's got such a personality and has been so much fun so far. I'm really glad he's part of our family :)

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Now, being the holidays and all, I wanted to invite you guys to join in the Around the World fun! Tell me a little about you in the comments and be sure to share your blog link and pop over to a few other blogs to share in the Around the World fun!

Enjoy the Around the World fun! Get inspired and happy holidays :)
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Icicle Star Free Block Pattern

Happy almost holidays everyone! I just wanted to tell you about a new free paper-piecing block pattern you can download from me over at Sew Mama Sew. The Icicle Star is a great block to adorn a pouch or pillow or as the center of your own medallion quilt, and the download includes 6" and 12" block templates so you can go big or small! Check it out right here!

Also, Craftsy is having a giant year-end sale right now, so treat yourself to a little crafting online learning, or gift a class to a friend you want to introduce to quilting or sewing or knitting! All classes are $19.99 or less between now and 12/25. Click here to start shopping! Happy holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Buried in selvages

I've been digging through my selvage bin over the last few weeks, steadily trying to both organize and tidy up my selvages, which I've been collecting in a giant Tupperware container in my sewing room closet pretty much since I started sewing. For the first few years, I was real haphazard about my selvage saving, but about two years ago, I really fell in love with string piecing and saw loads of selvage projects that I adored, so I actively started saving my selvages at that point.

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It was like looking through an old yearbook, sorting through these selvages and seeing all sorts of fabric collections that I haven't used or thought about in eons, and discovering some serious finds in my selvage bin, like some original Flea Market Fancy selvages (which are adorable) and I decided that my absolute favorite selvage that I own at the moment is this one right here from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Moonlit collection for Cotton + Steel. I adore all the Cotton + Steel selvages, but I especially love Rashida's handwriting, so this one is a current fave :)

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What am I doing with these guys? Well, I'm working on a project for another larger project that I can't share much about at the moment, but here's what I can say - it's going to be a quilt, and yes, there will be a pattern. And yes, there will be more sneak peeks as I start to get these little pieces together. And I can hardly wait!
Monday, December 1, 2014

December: The Persnickety Star

Wow, December has arrived, friends! Time for a new Lucky Star, the last in the 2014 series. The Persnickety Star is a really unique paper pieced star, with an interesting, irregular frame around the star to draw you into that center star, and some additional star points around the frame for extra pop. It may look like a lot of pieces, but it comes together surprisingly easily!

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How are you doing with your Lucky Stars? If you're saving them for your next sewing retreat or a rainy day, no worries, but if you're making them, I'd love to see them! You can add hashtag #luckystarsbom on Instagram or Facebook to share them! Have a great day :)
Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Quilts for 30 Days Kona Blog Hop: My Eternity Ring Quilt

It's no secret that I adore working with solids, so when I found out that Kona was celebrating their 30th birthday, I wanted in on the fun! I love the crisp, graphic look at that solids bring to any project, and Kona has the largest selection of colors so I'm often sewing with Kona solids! Today is my stop on the Kona 30 blog hop, in which thirty fabulously talented designers are sharing the fantastic quilts that they've sewn up to honor Kona and their 303 amazing shades. The quilt I've created for Kona's big birthday is my Eternity Ring quilt and pattern!

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For my contribution, I created a new pattern which I'm calling Eternity Ring. I wanted to play around with the idea of a paper pieced wedding ring quilt, as curves and I have yet to really play nice with one another. My Eternity Ring quilt is sewn up in gorgeous, rich Kona solids in shades of emerald and fuchsia, with one singular block sewn together in grayscale. I love the contrast the one gray block brings to the whole quilt. I pulled some of my favorite shades of Kona, like Kona Pond (quite possibly my all-time-favorite Kona solid), Kona Cerise, Kona Iron, Kona White and Kona Black and threw in some newer favorites, Kona Kale, Kona Dark Violet, Kona Charcoal, and Kona Lemon for this beauty. The blocks alternate to create a faux double wedding ring look, which is created through four paper piecing templates, which come together to create the quarter-block units for completing the blocks.

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Never paper pieced before? No worries! The pattern comes with detailed instructions, accompanied by photographs to help visual learners work through the pattern. You can also take advantage of a great deal on my new Craftsy class, Start Foundation Paper Piecing, which has boatloads of tips and tricks to make paper piecing a fun, addictive experience!

This foundation paper-pieced quilt pattern is now available through my Pattern Shop as well as through Craftsy, yay!! The pattern also includes a complete cutting list and fabric yardage instructions for four different quilt sizes: baby, lap, twin, and queen. I've taken the liberty of putting together some fun color story choices for this quilt below to give you some other great ideas on how you can use this pattern and make it your own!

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Kona Rainbow Eternity Ring Lap Quilt

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Kona festive holiday Eternity Ring

And to celebrate the wonderful 30 Years of Kona Cotton Solids, I'm doing a little giveaway today - you can enter the Rafflecopter below to win a beautiful charm pack of the Kona Brights and a copy of my Eternity Ring pattern as well! You must enter to win by the end of the day today, November 30th, so hop to it!

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There's only a few more stops on the 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop, but there's plenty to catch up on if you haven't seen all the fabulous quilts! You can also see all 30 designs in Kaufman's 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook. Check out the great collection of Kona quilts by all of these fabulous designers listed below!

Week 1: 
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko 
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of  Aria Lane 
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks 
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations 
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs 
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts 
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon 
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts 

Week 2: 
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny 
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman 
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil 
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts 
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced 
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts 
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer 

Week 3: 
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman 
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting 
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy 
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells 
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments 
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl 
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs 

Week 4: 
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing 
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine 
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color 
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine 
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander 

Week 5: 
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy - You are here :)
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks 
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman 
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

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Friday, November 28, 2014

My Black Friday Tradition - Hanging the Stockings!

The last several years I've been more of an online Black Friday shopper, so I'm not heading out to get in any crazy long lines or anything like that today. Rather, I'm spending the day at home trimming the house (and the tree!) with festive Christmas decor. And this year, I'm super excited to be adding handmade stockings to our holiday decorations.

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Each stocking features a 6" finished block from my Lucky Stars Block of the Month clubs from the last two years, and I'm so glad I chose to add them. They add so much sparkle to the finished stockings! Here they are, in all their glory!

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Sam's stocking with December 2013 Lucky Stars Block

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The husband's stocking with a March 2013 Lucky Stars Block

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The munchkin's stocking with a February 2014 Lucky Stars block

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Maximus's Stocking with a June 2014 Lucky Stars Block

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Grandma's Stocking with the March 2014 Block

I used Shea's great Sleigh Bells Stockings pattern, which was super easy to follow and wonderfully well-written. If you're thinking about making stockings this year, I cannot recommend this pattern enough. The shape of the stocking template is just what I was hoping for and the instructions were super clear!

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Not a Lucky Stars subscriber yet? Check out my big Black Friday pattern sale as well right here so you can treat yourself to a little something today! Have a wonderful Friday!
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Pattern Sale at Don't Call Me Betsy

Itching to pick up some new patterns now that you've survived Thanksgiving? I've got you covered! Through the end of the day Sunday, you can use discount code BFRIDAY to save 30% on any and all purchases from my pattern shop. So many PDF patterns to choose from and books are included as well! Happy shopping!

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There's also a great Black Friday sale going on at Craftsy today, with all classes less than $20/each! Fill your creative cup (and cart!) with some great deals right here!


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