Friday, November 16, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL WINNERS!!!

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

There are some really amazing blocks & tops in the Flickr group, I hope everybody checks it out!  I'm so glad we decided to do a random drawing for the winners, there's no way I could have picked my favorite or "the best" blocks!  As I was sorting through the blocks, I kept finding new favorites. :)  And it was so fun when I started recognizing whose blocks where whose based on fabric choices.

First of all, congratulations to everybody who completed any of the blocks!  They were all gorgeous, and I wish we had prizes for everybody!  

First Prize:  Quilting Capers
Cathedral Window QAL Quilt

Second:  Julie @ Distant Pickles
Cathedral Window Sampler final layout

Third:  min_pin_63
cathedral window block 1

Fourth:  Robin (noteverstill)
Cathedral window block # 9

block 1:  Kallie B
Cathedral Windows Block 1

block 2:  Casa Kelley
cathedral QAL2A (1 of 1)

block 3:  Trillium 12
Cathedral QAL Block 3

block 4:  Ellie Q
block 4

block 5:  klmunoz 
Block 5

block 6:  Nikki Meim
Cathedral Window Quilt Along-Block 6

block 7:  Christy@a.AmeliaHandmade
Block 7

block 8:  Negligent Style
Block No.8

block 9:  Whispering Willow 
Block 9

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL - one day left!

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Just a quick reminder that you've got until midnight Thursday (central time) to complete your cathedral window blocks & mini quilt tops and get them loaded up to the Flickr group!  The group will remain open since we'd all love to see your blocks/tops even if you don't get them completed in time, but only those uploaded before the deadline will be considered for the giveaways.

What are you waiting for?!  Even if you've only gotten one or two blocks done, these blocks all come together so quickly, I know you can get at least one more finished!  :)  Remember, there are some amazing prizes for completing single blocks as well as completed tops.

Cathedral QA Lg

Until next time...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 9

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I hope you didn't miss out on Block 9 from Heather at Olive & Ollie last week.  I'm so sorry I didn't get a chance to share it with you at the time!  Life just kind of got in the way of things the past couple weeks.  I'm sure you can all understand.  

Heather's block is a fun & simple one, I hope you enjoy making it!

Cathedral Window QAL Block 9 from Heather at Olive & Ollie

Remember, you have until November 15 to complete all your blocks & completed quilt top (it doesn't need to be backed, quilted, or bound, but the blocks do need to be sewn together) to be entered for the giveaways.  All photos must be submitted to the Flickr group by midnight central time November 15.  There are already some gorgeous completed tops in the group!

by missalissa4him

Cathedral Windows Quilt Along Top
by Kallie B

by Donna F.2012

finish2 (1 of 1)
by Casa Kelley

by reeskylr

Cathedral Window Sampler Quilt
by StaceyinStitches

Cathedral Window Quilt Sampler
by bjpinckard

Finished top
by christy@a.AmeliaHandmade

Make sure you're sharing your blocks & tops in the Flickr group!

Until next time...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2012

Amy's Creative Side

I always enjoy seeing all the quilts pop up for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and was excited as I worked on Coop's quilt to be able to share my own!  Unfortunately, I didn't quite get it finished up in time for it this past spring, but I'm happy to share it now!  Head over to Amy's Creative Side to check out the rest of the quilts.

Coop's quilt

Those of you who have been around for a while already know this quilt's story.  I started it in January 2011, shortly after finding out I was pregnant, but before officially finding out that we were having a boy (I knew it all along).  I stumbled upon the Postage Stamp QAL at PS I Quilt & decided it would be fun to make for our baby, originally planning to make it gender neutral.  But then I found this Boys Will Be Boys fabric & couldn't pass it up since I knew deep down that I was having a boy.  Unfortunately, I fell behind in the quilt along, but hoped to be able to finish it up by the time our "Goose" (his name before he was born) was born in August.  I got the top & back finished, then basted it only 10 days before he was born.  Crawling around on the floor basting with that big ol' belly in the way was not an easy task!  Coop was born in mid-August, and since I had decided to hand-quilt it, and couldn't decide how to quilt it, I told myself I had to have it finished by his first birthday.  This past winter I played around with some different ideas, and finally decided on quilting lines through all the solid squares, and managed to finish it up in June.  We absolutely love this quilt & use it all the time.  Coop's not old enough to care much about actually using it as a blanket yet, but he loves crawling around & playing on it, and it lives in the living room for hubby or I to cuddle under as the evenings are getting cooler.  It makes me so happy & proud every time we use it, knowing how much work I put in to it.

Coop's quilt

Coop's quilt

Coop's quilt


Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Fabric:  Boys Will Be Boys by David Walker & Kona Brown
Finished quilt measures:  65″x 77″
Quilted by:  me
Best Category:  Hand-quilted Quilt, Throw Quilt

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 8

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I can hardly believe we only have one block left!  October has absolutely flown by!

Today, Block 8 is brought to you by Kim at My Go-Go Life.  Kim used the traditional cathedral window folding & took it in a whole new direction!

Cathedral Window QAL Block 8 from Kim at My Go-Go Life

Make sure you're adding photos of your blocks to the Flickr group!

Until next time...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 7

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Sorry guys, I'm slacking today!  Hopefully you've already found the Block 7 tutorial over at Don't Call Me Betsy today.  Elizabeth has come up with an absolutely gorgeous block!  I think it looks like a flower in each corner.

New block tutorial: Cathedral Star

Make sure you are sharing your completed blocks in the Flickr group!  Remember, you have until November 15 to complete your blocks & mini quilt, so even if you haven't started yet, you've still got plenty of time to catch up!

Until next time...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cathedral Window sampler blocks

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

I'll keep this updated with each block as we go through the month so you'll have one place to look for all nine tutorials.  I'll be sharing photos of my blocks as I make them.

Cathedral window block 1

Woven Windows

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 6

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

We're getting down towards the end of our blocks, which means October is almost over.  Can you believe it?!  I keep seeing countdowns to Christmas, and I don't even want to think about it, let's get through fall first. :)

Block 6 is from Jessica at Sew Crafted.  Jessica's take on the cathedral window is such a fun one!  So gorgeous!

Cathedral Window Block 6 by Sew Crafted

So how are your blocks coming along?  I know I've kind of stalled out recently, but hopefully you're still working on the blocks & sharing them in the Flickr group for your chance to win!

Hopefully I can play catch up this weekend & be ready for Block 7 next week.  I can hardly believe we only have three left!

Until next time...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The infamous Weekender

We've all heard of Amy Butler's Weekender, right?  It almost seems like some sort of rite-of-passage to make this bag, one that I have wanted to tackle for a while now.  Seeing everybody head to Sewing Summit with their Weekenders made me think even more about starting it soon.  I even have an entire Pinterest board devoted to all sorts of tips & tricks.  Let me know if you have more to add!

Today Jessica shared that she's working on another Weekender, a gorgeous blue, green, grey, & yellow scrappy quilt-as-you-go version, and I found out about a Weekender Blog Hop hosted by Fabric Mutt.  Pink Castle Fabrics is even offering a discount on the pattern (head to Fabric Mutt for the code), add in the possibility of winning prizes, and I'm jumping on board!

I'll be sure to share my progress here; first things first, I've got to pick my fabrics!  I'm going to do my best to  stick with what I've already got in my stash, and I do have a couple ideas.

Until next time...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 5

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Block 5 from Rachael at Imagine Gnats is a simple, yet beautiful block.  This is such a fun combination of  cathedral window & orange peel blocks.

Cathedral Window QAL Block 5 by Rachael at Imagine Gnats

I can't wait to make this block (and I still need to catch up on Block 4!).

Until next time...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cathedral Window QAL: Block 4

Cathedral Window Sampler QAL

Another day, another block!  Can you believe we're already half done with the sampler?  I hope yours is coming along!

Today, head over to Mommy's Nap Time to check out Emily's block.  If you're still holding out, thinking the cathedral window blocks are too difficult, this is a perfect block for a first timer.  Simple, yet still stunning, it's a perfect introduction to the curves of a cathedral window block.

Cathedral Window block 4 by Emily at Mommy's Nap Time

I'm definitely excited to make this block & add it to my first three blocks.  Don't forget to add your blocks to the Flickr group!

If you'd like a little extra cathedral window inspiration, make sure you check out Emily's cathedral window mini quilt.  It's absolutely amazing!

Until next time...