Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Bloggers Quilt Festival Quilt, Fall

Amy's Creative Side
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It's that time of the year again, when Amy's Creative Side Hosts the Blogger quilt festival, so many gorgeous quilts…..

My entry for this year, in the category of Group (Bee Quilt) is "It all depends on who you ask"
You can read the complete post about the quilt and the very talented ladies who made this a reality here.

Quilt stats:
Title: "It all depends on who you ask"
Size: 82" x 74"
Design: Free form pods, technique by:  Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen
                                       quilt design by: Stephanie Ruyle (me)
Quilting: Free motion quilting (regular sewing machine) by: Stephanie Ruyle
               Pattern: modified feathers/leaves within the pods, loop-d-loops, background
Batting: Warm and Naturla 100% cotton
Fabric: various quilting cottons, background, Kona Coal, front and back
Thread: Aurifil, grey, 30 wt. Quilt front and bobbin
Special Techniques: free form curved piecing

I can't wait to spend a few more hours looking at all the other beautiful quilts……. such inspiration.

October winner is…...

Happy Halloween and…..The October De-stash Give away winner is Shannon…… who said "My favorite holiday tradition is going Christmas tree hunting in the mountains with my family. There's always lots of yelling back and forth to come look at this one or that one, and invariably one of the dogs wanders off and gets stuck in a thicket from which it is lovingly rescued. Usually the air is brisk but not too cold and we find an almost perfect tree that's wonderful for the rest of the holiday season. " Congratulations Shannon. I will be contacting you via email for your snail mail address.
Check back on November 5th for the November - December giveaways. I will be combing in the 2 months, 2 winners, so that you can have your goodies by the end of November and enjoy them for the Holidays.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It all depends on who you ask

Another quilt finished. This one a group project from one of my favorite Bees, Always Bee Learning. I asked my Bee mates to make improve curved "pod" blocks from the fabric that I sent in the mail. They got the technique here and could make them any size or shaped they desired.
Quilt, front

Quilt, back
close-up front

 The quilt is destined to be a gift to my sister-in-law; belated birthday and house warming.

Title: "It all depends on who you ask"
Size: 82" x 74"
Pattern: pod construction directions: from the book Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.    Quilt layout and design: me
Quilting: FMQ loop-de-loops with pod interior in various leaf designs
FMQ- interior pod, front

FMQ, back

Fabric: various 100% cotton fabrics (pods); solid: Kona coal
Thread: Aurifil
Batting: 100% warm and natural cotton

Special thanks to my Bee mates for their pod contributions, I'm sure you will all have fun finding the ones you made.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October De-stash Giveaway time!

Its officially Fall, October, my favorite time of the year. But this box will have a Holiday theme, and I wanted to get that in the mail this month so that you could actually use it for the upcoming holidays.

To be eligible for this month's give-away, you need to be a resident of the USA and you need to let me know your favorite Holiday tradition. (It can be Thanksgiving or Christmas, or Hanukkah). For instance, every Thanksgiving at our house, the kids and I make  place markers for the table. Each one different, with the person who place marker it is, in mind. When the kids were really little they were mostly made by me, but Thanksgivings of late, they have been 100% made by the kids. I love to see what they have come up with. Although we generally have the same group of people every year, we make new place markers. Our guests like them so much they take them home!

Details for the 2012 Monthly Giveaway:

I will post a photo of the give-away each month during the first week of the month- so check back often, so you don't miss out.

You will have until the 21st of each month to leave a comment.

Leave only one comment per person.

I will pick a winner and get your package in the mail on or about the 25th of each month (postal holidays and weekends excepted). (Make sure you don't fall in to the no-reply blogger category- if I can't get you I'll pick someone else). And don't forget to answer the monthly "question". Just saying "thanks for the giveaway" won't secure the win for you.

I know some of my followers are outside the USA. Because international postal rates abroad are much more expensive I will be doing international mailings only a few times during the year (these are big packages and costly to send). Please know- I haven't forgotten you and appreciate your following me- I really do. So, I will specifically post whether the monthly destash-give-away is open to international entries on any given month.

Thanks for all your support and good luck in 2012! Remember 3 chances remain to win this year- Go for it!!!