Friday, September 21, 2018

A New Skill, a New Giveaway, a New Linky



Quilting friends, it’s Friday again, another opportunity to celebrate our fabric-y finishes. I revealed my finish for the week yesterday. It’s called Blaze and features a collection of wonky stars on a background of low-volume loveliness. It’s also my entry into this fall’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival.


A New Skill

When I haven’t been working on Blaze, I’ve been experimenting with a new-to-me technique: reverse applique. Have you tried it? I’ve been consulting the tutorials Campbell Soup Diary has posted on the subject and been referring to the materials from the Penny Sampler class I took with Stitched in Color years ago.

With its gentle curves, this 5.5-inch heart was an easy shape to do ...


But I am also reverse-appliquing 2.5-inch numbers and letters. I used freezer paper and a glue stick to manipulate my first attempt. I think I can make the characters neater, though. A second try will involve featherweight interfacing, starch, and my mini Clover iron. Wish me luck!




A New Giveaway

This Friday is the second Brag About Your Beauties Pageant here at From Bolt to Beauty. To thank all of you for participating, I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Stash Fabrics!




You have two opportunities to enter to win this gift certificate: (1) Upload your link to the Beauties Pageant (just one link, please!) and/or (2) leave a comment on this post about whatever you’d like (just one comment, please!). Also: If you read my posts through Bloglovin’, click through to my original post to comment.

This giveaway is open internationally through 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, September 27. The winner will be notified via email, so if you’re a no-reply blogger or comment anonymously, please include your email address in your comment or send it to me at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) com.

By the way, the winner of last week’s fabric bundle is Alice, aka alidiza. Congratulations, Alice! 


A New Linky

OK, so what have you been working on? Share your finish—whether it’s a quilt top, quilted project, or something else created at your sewing machine.

The pageant rules are simple:
  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
  • Point your readers back here with a text link or use the button at the top of the post.
  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.



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Thursday, September 20, 2018

BQF: Blaze Quilt

To readers old and new, hello and welcome! I’m Michelle, the quilter behind From Bolt to Beauty, and I’d love to introduce you to my entry to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Blaze.

Blaze was designed by Adrianne Ove and is included in
Classic Modern Quilts.

This quilt was a long time coming. In fact, I first blogged about it nearly two years ago. It wasn’t sewing the quilt that was difficult, though; it was collecting low-volume fabrics for the background that took years. But it was a fun process. Some of the fabrics came from low-volume charm swaps I helped organize. Others came from a fat-quarter swap we did in my guild. I found the remaining fabrics in quilt shops here and there across New England.

This quilt was my first time sewing wonky stars. It took me a while to get the
hang of it, but I think they look great.


I based my palette for the stars on the Maureen Cracknell floral in the middle.


When put together, the variety of low-volume fabrics creates great texture
in the background. I love it (and I am keeping it)!

If you have the time to look around some more, let me point out some other pages of note on From Bolt to Beauty:
If you are a collector of low-volume fabrics, I would love to hear how you use yours. (My last big low-volume stash buster was this stunner.)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out other quilts in the fall 2018 Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Brag About Your Beauties Pageant (And a Giveaway!)


This past summer, I mastered crafty multitasking. After all, what can you do while waiting for your kid at soccer camp? Hand-baste hexagons! What can you do while playing a game of Pok√©mon? Hand-baste hexagons! What can you do when your children are acting like trolls and school doesn’t start for another two weeks? Lock yourself in your bedroom and hand-baste hexagons!

I should warn you, though: When this trend persists throughout different situations during your summer, you end up with a big backlog of hand-basted hexagons.

My first batch of hexagons resulted in this rainbow-adorned pillow. From the second batch I sewed another pillow, this one in black Essex Linen and Denyse Schmidt’s New Bedford line.


I used mini-charm packs for many of the hexagons I basted this past summer, but for this pillow I opened up a bundle of New Bedford and cut a 2.5-inch square from many of the fat quarters in it. Two of the fat quarters then went into sewing the back. With its French backing and simple knife edges, this pillow was easy-peasy to sew together.


Pageant Details

There are more hexagon finishes to come, but for now, I’d love to know what you’ve finished lately.

That’s my suave segue to the Brag About Your Beauties Pageant, a new linky that will run every Friday except the first Friday of the month.

The pageant rules are simple:

•    Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
•    Point your readers back here with a text link. (Because I haven’t designed a button yet!)
•    Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.

A Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is closed. The lucky winner is Alice, aka alidiza!

To celebrate the inception of the Beauties Pageant, Crosscut Sewing Co. has given me an eight-piece fat quarter bundle of Loved to Pieces, by Mathew Boudreaux, to give away. (Crosscut is my local modern quilt shop. The proprietor, Stephanie, has curated a beautiful collection of fabric, including fun novelties, a nice selection from my favorite Moda designers, and plenty of substrates other than quilting cotton. Local friends, Crosscut is in Melrose, Mass, and well worth the drive. Nonlocal friends, check Crosscut out online!)

https://www.crosscutsewingco.com/

You have two opportunities to enter to win this fabric bundle: (1) Upload your link to the Beauties Pageant (just one link, please!) and/or (2) leave a comment on this post (just one comment, please!). Also: If you read my posts through Bloglovin’, click through to my original post to comment.


This giveaway is open internationally. Due to the cost of shipping, if you’re an international reader and you win, you will get a US $30 gift certificate to a local-to-you quilt shop instead of the fabric bundle.

This giveaway is open through 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, September 20. The winner will be notified via email, so if you’re a no-reply blogger or comment anonymously, please include your email address in your comment or send it to me at frombolttobeauty (at) gmail (dot) com.



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