Thursday, May 19, 2022

My Blogging Birthday and a Giveaway / Beauties Pageant 174

This giveaway is open now through Wednesday, June 1, at 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4).

I reached a notable milestone this past week: I’ve been blogging here at From Bolt to Beauty for eight years! Back in 2014, I was less than a year into this hobby and, wanting to connect with other quilters, started posting about my sewing adventures. Would I have thought then that I’d still be writing here in 2022? I’m not sure, but I’m glad I do. Both quilting and sharing about my projects have been rewarding.

To celebrate this little milestone of mine, I’m giving away a fat quarter bundle of Acorn Woods by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio and a PDF of my Pretty in Pluses pattern. This is the same fabric line I used to make my most recent version of Pretty in Pluses!

The bundle includes the pieces pictured below: six fat quarters and a snippet of a seventh fabric.

You have two opportunities to enter to win this fabric: (1) Upload your link to the Beauties Pageant below (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’ or another blog reader, be sure to click through to my original post to comment.

This giveaway is open internationally through 12:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4) on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. 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.

And perhaps most important, thank you for reading. If it weren’t for you, I would have stopped blogging a long time ago. It’s the interactions I’ve had with you that make it worth my while. Thank you, thank you! 

BTW: I won’t be posting next week, so after entering the giveaway, come back on June 3 to read my next post and to learn who won. 

Good luck!

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Irish Twist in Love Patchwork and Quilting / Beauties Pageant 173

 

If you didn’t receive a 2021 holiday card from me, please do not take offense—I didn’t send any!—because back in December of last year, I was busy sewing a little bit of sunshine that I’m finally able to share.

Here you see Irish Twist, a bold and beautiful remix of the traditional Irish chain quilt block. Made up in an array of Bella Solids and quilted to perfection by Narda Junda, of Maz Q’s Sewing and Quilting Studio, it’s a quick project to usher in the summer.

The pattern for my Irish Twist quilt and the accompanying pillow appears in Issue 111 of Love Patchwork and Quilting—available now! Click here to go to the Love Patchwork and Quilting website, where you can buy a printed magazine, digital version, or subscription.

See? I had a good reason for skipping items on my holiday to-do list! What can I say now other than … Merry belated Christmas? Happy not-so-new year? Perhaps it would be best to cover my bases and wish you happy holidays 2022—ha!

This was my first go at submitting to a magazine. (Hmmm ... Is that accurate? Maybe I submitted to one of the past QuiltCon magazines? I can’t recall.) If you’re interested in working with a magazine and would like more information, let me know and I’ll write a future blog post about my experience.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Baby-Size Pretty in Pluses / Beauties Pageant 172

 

So I did something I’ve never done before with a quilt project: I tried to track how much time I spent on each step of the quilt-making process.

I never had a reason to keep tabs on my quilting time. I know that some people who sell their quilts like to know the time they’ve devoted to a particular project, but I’ve never sold a quilt. Plus, I thought the exercise might take the fun out of quilting. I don’t really care how long this pattern or that takes, because I like what I like and I’ll make what I want to make—and I prefer to work on multiple projects at a time, which makes keeping track of the time I’ve spent on each difficult. My latest finish, however, is my Pretty in Pluses design, and I’ve specifically promoted that pattern as a quick-to-sew project. It was time to put some hard numbers behind my claims.

Of course, after conscientiously writing down how much time it took to cut out this particular project and piece the top, I cleaned up my sewing space and, in the process, misplaced my recorded times. Figures! This is what I do remember, though: A baby-size Pretty in Pluses is doable in a weekend. I recall that it took me an hour and 15 minutes to cut out the fabric, and I spent about 4 hours piecing the top. I call that a day’s work. The quilting and binding require another day.

 

This quilt is going to a baby boy who was born in December. I fell in love with the sweet animal prints in Acorn Wood, a collection by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio. I paired these fabrics with a Bella Solid called Dusty Jade and quilted the top with a simple 3-inch grid. The binding is the sweetest stripe from Paper + Cloth’s Little Ducklings line (Moda). The stripes are broken intermittently by little gold stars, which I love, and I have more yardage of it on hand for future bindings!



As I make more and more quilts, I’ve come to realize that I prefer faster, easier projects, and I like designing projects of that same vein. I’m more than capable of working on fiddly, more complicated quilts, and I usually have one of those going at any given time. But fast and easy is my sweet spot, so Pretty in Pluses checks all the right boxes—especially for a baby gift that, I hope, will be used much. Does that resonate with you?

To read more blog posts about Pretty in Pluses, click here. To purchase your copy of the pattern, visit my Etsy shop!

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  • Post your finish in the linky tool. (No links to your own giveaway or linky, please!)
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  • Visit and comment on other participants’ finishes.

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