Sunday, December 16, 2012

Another Mini Give-Away

Since the last two mini give-aways were patterns, Penny suggested we throw a little fabric in the mix.

Here are two charm packs of Simplicity by 3 Sisters for Moda.


I love these soft colors.  I'm thinking they might work well in one of the Snibbles patterns or maybe ... well, there are tons of possibilities!

After Christmas I plan on getting back on track with my Short Lister projects.  I squared up two quilts today and will attach the bindings tomorrow.  Then I can sit and enjoy the stitching, my favorite part of making a quilt.  I have three quilts to bind!

I've been thinking a lot about things I'd like to learn to do in the new year.  Every year I say I'm going to do this or that, and make goals, lists, etc., but next year I'm going to keep it simple and focus on learning something new. 

So in the new year I want to learn to hand quilt.  I've tried it a time or two, but mostly that was when my shoulder was all screwed up and before I had the replacement hardware installed.  Now there's really no excuse not to just do it!  One or two small projects will probably be on the agenda to learn on before moving to a large project.  Anyone with me?

Leave a comment about some quilting technique you'd like to learn to do in the new year.  Maybe it's something simple that you've just never taken the time to sit down and figure out.  Maybe it will be learning to work with wool.  Or perhaps learning needleturn applique.  I know everyone has something they'd like to learn!

We'll pick a winner on Tuesday, 12/18/12, when I get home from work.  Be sure to leave contact information in your comment if it's not linked to your blog.

There will be one more quickie give-away before Christmas, and it might be a good one!  At least that's what Penny whispered to me tonight!

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NOTE:  I just finished sewing on three bindings!!  Lots of hand stitching to do this week!

54 comments:

Sherri said...

I'm going to work on machine quilting more of my own projects!

Kathie said...

machine quilting is my new goal for next year...
I bound a little quilt yesterday and hope to do a big one today! thanks for the giveaway you know I have become a huge fan of charm packs, hi penny!
Kathie

Sarah said...

I think I'd like to learn some English paper piecing. I've never really tried it before.

Debbie said...

I would like to hand sew a quilt from the beginning to the end.

Nancy E said...

I would like to learn wool applique applique .... haven't done that and have a little kit I want to make.

FrancisMoore said...

I want to learn how to do free motion quilting (or how to get better at machine quilting.
fmoore11589@comcast.net

Kelly Grace said...

I want to learn how to hand quilt too! I have a hexagon quilt I made this year and I'm saving it to be hand quilted, just don't have the nerve to start it yet and can't find a class in my area.

Marilyn said...

Master feathers on my longarm. Keep practicing needleturn appy I find it very relaxing.

Marilyn (IQuitToo)

Gwen said...

I want to machine quilt some of my smaller projects myself. I hope to try more than straight line quilting.

Brenda said...

I* would love to learn to machine quilt on my domestic sewing machine. I might actually get ome tops finished and into quilts.

Kate said...

Aww, Penny is the best! I love charm packs! And I'm with you - I'm working on an Amish-style sampler, and it would be really cool to hand-quilt it. Which means I need to learn how to hand-quilt. (And patience. I need to learn patience!)

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

I'd like to learn applique and hope our guild will have a demo this year!

Mary said...

Machine quilting my tops. It is like anything else we learn practice, practice,practice. Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays.

Mary

Fiesta said...

I would like to make abtumbling block mini quilts but I struggle with inset seams.

Diane aka cameldiva said...

I would love to get into the nitty gritty of foundation piecing. Ayumi Mills has this awesome patterns of pieced ice creams that are super cute on Superbuzzy and I have some amazing images pinned that would be perfect for foundation piecing.

Oh, and really improve my free motion quilting :)

Anonymous said...

i would like to learn to hand appliqué

julieQ said...

Well, I would like to learn to be a good machine quilter. I just consistently trash my quilt tops trying to quilt them myself...maybe a longarm is in the future? But where to put it, LOL!! Merry Christmas, Vicki!!

mascanlon said...

Machine quilting that's more than straight lines! I really have no excuse since I have a Bernina with a stitch regulator but I have never taken the time. Today I an attaching binding too and then setting in with a movie or two to finish off the handwork on a few holiday gifts!

Carol said...

I want to get the book: Beginners Guide to Freemotion Quilting by Natalia Bonnet. It's supposed to be a great book for learning Freemotion quilt stitches. I do hand quilting, my method is big stitch hand quilting using pearl floss. Thanks for the chance to win the Simplicity charm packs, my favorite fabric line. Merry Christmas to you and Penny.

dortha said...

I would love to machine quilt my smaller quilt tops. I am going to be like that little train, I think I can , I think I can. Hope you and Penny have a Merry Christmas.

Cathy said...

I'd like to do more hand applique, I just have to find the right project for me to give it another go!

Linda said...

HI! WANT TO IMPROVE MY FREE MOTION STITCHING! THANKS FOR SHARING A SWEET GIVEAWAY! EVERYONE LOVES "SIMPLICITY"! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Marls said...

What gorgeous fabrics. I want to use my longarm alot more-been sitting in the garage for over two years with little use.
Merry Christmas to you and look forward to the New Year and the hand quilting photos.

Susan R. said...

I really would like to learn to machine quilt on my home sewing machine.

Susan R
quilttrack47@yahoo.com

SewCalGal said...

What sweet fabric. I'd love to turn those into a Schnibble.

I have several techniques that I'm wanting to improve my skills with next year. One is to become more confident and better with y-seams (I can do them, but I'll admit I try to avoid them). I also want to work on precision piecing techniques. Would love any tips or tutorials along these lines.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

ytsmom said...

Good luck on the hand quilting! I tried it, and don't feel it's for me. Hope you can make it work.

PJ said...

I'd like to learn more free motion quilting. My FMQ need more practice and I need to make a point of just doing that.

Penny chose a very pretty charm pack. Love it.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Way to sew on the bindings! Congratulations! I have only ever hand quilted very small projects. I'd like to attempt something a little bigger next year.... but I'm worried I won't finish it. :-/ Maybe we can quilt together. :-) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Carolyn said...

I need to catch up with my Short Lister posts too, not that there's been much progress. In the new year I'd love to learn to knit two socks at a time. I have the books and needles, just need to try it. Oh, did this need to be a quilting goal? :o)

Marcia W. said...

I do not know how to FMQ and would like to learn this next year.

Anonymous said...

I want to do hand applique and machine quilting on my big stash of quilt tops. debbiequilter

Carol said...

I would like to learn how to habd quilt and also to do some simple free motion quilting with my machine for small projects.

Kathryn said...

I took a wool appliqué class this year and would like to pursue that style in 2013.

Cathy said...

I think I would like to so some paper piecing and may be even figure out how to draft a paper piecing pattern. eek!

Dee said...

I want to grow more confident in my machine quilting and that means lots more practice this next year. It's not my favorite thing to do, but maybe that will change as I get better at it!

Quilt Hollow said...

I'm a machine quilter who wants to learn to just SIT relax and hand quilt at a slower pace. Happy Holidays to you!

Janet said...

I'm going to big stitch hand quilt with perle cotton. I have the quilt all pinned, but haven't started quilting yet.

Anonymous said...

So many techniques- so little time!! Paper piecing and needle turn applique are up there on my list along with more practicing of free motion quilting-Robin rnoel57@gmail.com

barbara woods said...

free notion quilting is what i want to learn

Laura said...

I'd like to learn hand-quilting as well, and paper piecing too.

JustPam said...

I want to get better at free hand quilting on my machine.

Darling Jill Quilts said...

I need to work on my free motion quilting with my frame. I have been trying new things this year and they have been turning out well so I should keep at it. :)

Way to go on the bindings! I finished a quilt today that I started on the 8th. Talk about a whirlwind project! I'm ready for some slow paced quilting now. :)

Janet said...

I want to learn how to handpiece. 3 sisters design such lovely fabric!!

Sherry said...

Since I am the only one that has been using the short arm quilting machine that DH wanted soooooo badly in 2013 I would like to try using pantographs and free hand quilting. To this point I have only been using pattern boards (stylus in the groove); and I have gotten pretty good at doing the spacing of those.

Sharon said...

I would like to learn to free motion quilt. I never have and I think it would be a great skill to know.

Patty D from NC said...

Pretty fabrics. I want to Fmq a large quilt on my machine.

Debbie said...

I'm still a newbie in the quiltng arena. My quilt tops end up being tied quilts. I'm trying free motion quilting. I suck at it but I am not gving up. If you chose me I am at r_seals@sbcglobal.net

Purl Buttons said...

I would like to learn to join my binding by machine instead of cheating and doing it by hand when I get to the last 6 inches.

Diane said...

I was just telling my friend that 2013 was the year to learn to relax and machine quilt. I can do in the ditch stitching pretty well.The fluid free motion I seem to freeze up on. So I am looking forward to learning to relax and flow.

Deb said...

I'd like to learn needle turn applique, all I've ever done is blanket stitch applique. I have several quilts to bind too, I'm on number two of three - must get them done before Christmas. Enjoy the holiday!

Anonymous said...

I would love to learn how to machine quilt.....someday I shall!
K in Minne-snow-ta
patpatkay@yahoo.com

Sarina said...

There are several new things I'd like to learn. I have a few new rulers I've never tried out. I would like to hand quilt a small quilt. And I'd like to learn how to finish a project before I start more. Umm... yea, right.

Anonymous said...

I want to try applique--I think I can do it, but I have to practice.
Merry Christmas, Vicky.

Loretta in Louisiana
Lwebre6@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I want to learn how to machine quilt - especially to finish off my runners. I have said for years I'm going to do this and I learn and watch others in bits and pieces, but I"ve never sat down and done it! Susie H