Win EQ7!

 

I have partnered with The Electric Quilt Company to offer you a chance to win a copy of EQ7 quilt design software!  I bought EQ7 five years ago and use it on a nearly daily basis.  I would like to offer you the chance to do the same.  The value of this prize is $189 and all you need to do is sew a quilt block to enter.

Here are the rules:
The contest begins March 15, 2017 and ends on April 17, 2017.
To enter, head over to Instagram and follow me @duringquiettime. Share the graphic that you see above by reposting it and using the hashtags #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv (no purchase needed to enter).  There, you have entered once!

To enter again, sew any block from my book Improv Paper Piecing:  A Modern Approach to Quilt Design.  You can either sew one of the blocks from the patterns provided or follow an exercise or design prompt to create your own.  Share a picture of your block on IG and again, tag it with #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv.  You can sew as many blocks as you like to enter again and again.

A random participant will win EQ7!

EQ7 and Improv Paper Piecing are a great pair.  I used EQ7 to design all the blocks and quilts in the book using my improv design technique.  Once the blocks were designed, I grouped and numbered them and easily created pattern pieces to share with you.  While you can do this using paper and pencil and a light source, it is simply quicker and easier in EQ.  I also played with my layouts, rotating blocks and flipping to their mirror images in order to discover the layouts that spoke to me.  Here’s an example:

This is one of the cover quilts from my book.  It’s called Paper Trail.  I loved using a large selection of prints from my low volume collection, paired with my new color crush, cinnamon.

After I designed the block, I put it into a traditional grid layout. I was underwhelmed.

Using the rotate feature in EQ, I rotated the blocks in the even numbered rows.  I was starting to really like it.

Next, I staggered the second and fourth columns and knew I had found the layout that I liked.

Here’s one more gratuitous shot, just because I took a lot of photos…I might as well use them, right??  If you like this pattern, you can find it in the Object based section of the book.  I mocked it up in lots of color combinations and it looks great, so I can’t wait to see your version!

I think that you will really enjoy using EQ7 while working with the exercises and design prompts in my book.  And if you are lucky, you can win it!  So, grab your copy of Improv Paper Piecing, share the graphic on IG, and sew a block, or two, or three and tag them all #improvpaperpiecing and #eq7improv.  Maybe you will win!  Good luck!

 

 

 

Blueberry Park Giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop

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Who wouldn’t love to win this Cool Blueberry Park Roll Up by Karen Lewis Textiles for Robert Kaufman Fabrics?  I have one to giveaway to a domestic or international winner courtesy of the Fat Quarter Shop!  All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what you would make if you were the lucky winner.

Karen just made a beautiful quilt using one of her roll ups and my Interlock pattern.  I might be biased but I think it worked out fabulously!

If you haven’t shopped with the Fat Quarter Shop before, I highly recommend it. I shop there all the time because they ship promptly and at a reasonable cost and have a wide selection of solids and prints from designers I really like.  It’s a good one-stop-shopping site.

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Utopia Giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop

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This morning I am hosting a giveaway from The Fat Quarter Shop for a fat quarter bundle of Frances Newcombe’s Fantasy City Fervor Utopia for Art Gallery Fabrics! The giveaway is open internationally. I will announce the winner next Wednesday, 10/29, by updating this post.  This collection is so full of color.  My favorite prints are on the bottom row; the center print and the one on the left. I love those! Art Gallery Fabrics has put together a great look book using this collection that might inspire you. Check it out here.  What would you make if you won?

A big thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sharing this collection with one of my readers.  Good luck!

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Sew Fresh Fabrics Spring Giveaway

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Look at these appealing springy bundles!  Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics spent the day yesterday creating these new bundles for her shop to help us think spring.

From left to right they are:
Grey, Light Grey, Café au Lait and Yellow
Orange, Pink, Red, and Green
Aqua, Cerulean, Cool Blue and Purple

Peg is offering a half yard bundle in the color of your choice to one lucky winner. I will draw a name on Monday, March 3. Which color would you pick?  I’m hard pressed to choose. I immediately lean toward the blues but a leaning tower of blue fabrics in my cabinet suggests that maybe Purple would be a better choice, or Orange.  Leave me a comment telling me which bundle you like to enter to win.

Check out Peg’s shop for new arrivals including Sylvia, Catnap and Echino.  Find the new bundles in the Bundles and PreCuts section.

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Never Been Stitched Giveaway

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Are you looking for a quick finish?  Never Been Stitched is a new book complied by Amanda Carestio and published by Lark containing 45 projects requiring either no sewing or very little sewing.

There are many projects in this book that would appeal to children or those new to sewing.   Those familiar with sewing may have fun with these projects when they are looking for a quick finish or a last minute gift.  Many of the projects include knits and felt as well as restyling store bought items into new creations.  I can see this book being helpful for scout leaders or those working with “green teams” or environmental groups due to the reuse of materials such as knit tee shirts.

Courtesy of Lark, I have this book to giveaway.  Please simply leave a comment here and I will draw a winner’s name on Friday, Jan. 24th.  US residents only please.

If you don’t win, the book is also available on Amazon.

Edited to add….and the winner is:

Elli Molstad says:

I love the projects in the photos–they look like so much fun!!

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Squircle Quilt and a Giveaway

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Pat Bravo asked if I would like to make a quilt featuring Legacy by Angela Walters. Of course I would! I had a lot of fun. I loosely based my design on one of the prints in the collection called Grand Mosaic (seen below).

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I chose to use straight strips and drunkards path blocks to create nested rounded squares.  While looking to see if there was a proper name for the rounded square, I bumped into the term squircle. I think it’s so funny that it’s actually a mathematical term that I had to use it even though the rounded square and squircle are slightly different mathematically.  They are nearly the same so I am going with it.  I hereby name this my Squircle quilt. The drunkard’s path blocks were cut using my Sizzix Big Shot and the drunkard’s path arch and quarter circle dies. Using these dies, a finished drunkard’s path unit is 4″.  I based the rest of my calculations on that, yielding a 60″ square lap quilt.

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I requested my favorite prints from the collection to use in this quilt. I particularly like the confetti-like print called Geneology so I used it in the Oro colorway on the quilt top and for the majority of the backing and in the Azul colorway for the binding. I also really like the blue print called Drawn Destiny in Denim. You can find the whole Legacy collection at the Fat Quarter Shop and Sew Fresh Fabrics. I love the oceany feel that this collection has. Now, I am thinking that it also has an icy feel. That could be due to the snow that is blanketing every surface here at the moment.

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This was a quilt that was almost not shared till spring due to the difficulty taking pictures. Just to give you all a laugh, I will explain that I trudged through snow that was a foot high while carrying the quilt, my camera and a ladder. I walked through the snow, the kind that is frozen on top so you momentarily think you will be able to walk on top of it till you fall through and the snow goes over the top of your boots. I set up the ladder while my fingers froze in temps in the single digits. I then trudged down the hill in the snow and set the ladder up again to stand on it to take the pictures. After coming in and warming up, I sent the pictures to my husband at work.  Pictures in the snow are tricky because snow seems to cast a bluish hue.  My husband told me that he didn’t like any of them at all.

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This led me to drive to the beach the following morning, when my car thermometer read 3 degrees, to try taking more pictures. The lighting wasn’t great and it was more or less a wasted trip where I froze my fingers nearly to the point of tears. It was then that I decided that my pictures are good enough and my husband is a harsh critic from his cozy office!  With a little editing, the color is better. And I am inside now and warmer.

These last two pictures show the quilting. After a lot of deliberation, I decided to quilt in a meandering boxy square. I think it works.  I also like how the simple, modern design of the quilt top works with the modern fabrics in this collection.

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Art Gallery Fabrics is generously giving away 2 assorted fat quarter bundles. Would you like one? To enter to win, please just leave me a comment, anything you want. If you’d like, tell me what you are looking forward to in the new year.  I will draw two winners’ names on December 23rd and your prizes will be shipped after Christmas.

Visit the Art Gallery Fabrics blog here!

The giveaway is now closed. The lucky winners are Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts and Ben D.

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An Elm Creek Quilts Companion: Book Review and Giveaway

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I can’t remember exactly when I was first introduced to the Elm Creek Quilts series by Jennifer Chiaverini. It was at least three or four years ago. I was in the library with my children and spotted one of her books on the new releases table. I had recently gotten serious about quilting so I grabbed the book. I was completely hooked and returned to the library week after week till I had read every one of her books on the shelf!

I was delighted when PLUME, the publisher of the latest book by Jennifer Chiaverini called An Elm Creek Quilts Companion, asked if I would be willing to review the book.

The first thing that struck me about the book was how pretty it was. The cover can often make or break a book can’t it? It has to draw your eye enough to pick it up and give it a try! I find the cover of this book really appealing.

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The book isn’t a fictional novel like her other books; it is a companion to the series. It is broken into different sections that might appeal the fans. I, personally, loved reading the Introduction and learning a bit more about the author and how she arrived at writing this series. Next up is a synopsis of each book in the series. Reading those was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. It reminded me of my favorite books in the series, The Runaway Quilt and The Sugar Camp Quilt. Both explore the use of quilts in the Underground Railroad. Those novels really appealed to the art historian in me who adores studying material culture. This section also revealed to me a couple of books that I had missed because my library doesn’t carry them. There are pattern books that accompany the series! I am going to have to look for those. Next up is a timeline of Elm Creek Manor and the people who lived there, followed by lists of Residents and Visitors to the Manor and snippets of information about them. There is also an index of sorts for Places mentioned in the series as well as Artifacts, Souvenirs, and Associations. In the center of the book, there are some full color photos of quilts featured in the novels. Toward the back of the book are several pages of block designs with the names of the blocks and some information telling you how that block was used in the novels. I loved flipping through the block images for inspiration. Lastly, there is a short story by the author called A Stitch in Time: Behind the Scenes at Elm Creek Quilt Camp. It is written in a question and answer format inspired by questions asked by readers of the Elm Creek Quilts series.

An Elm Creek Quilts Companion is available for preorder on Amazon. It starts shipping tomorrow, October 29th.

Would you like a copy of the book? I have one to giveaway courtesy of PLUME. To enter, please just leave me a comment here telling me what you like to read. I am always looking for new books! I will draw a winner’s name on Halloween! Please, domestic entries only due to shipping costs. Thanks for your understanding!

***The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is:  Laura C

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Pom Tree Kids Projects and a Giveaway!

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My kids enjoyed our last collaborative blogging experience so much that I have been seeking other opportunities to blog about our projects together. We recently got the chance to try some crafting products from Pom Tree Kids. They were thrilled!

It’s been awhile since I have played with foam stickers myself but I created a mini tutorial for a set of peacock bookmarks I came up with using the shapes found in the MegaKits and tubs of foam stickers.

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Peacocks seem to be the in thing lately and I think I had them on the brain while sorting through the foam shapes.  The pink feathers and green leaves both looked perfect for peacock tail feathers.  The bodies were made by cutting hearts in half and the beaks were made by cutting the tip off an arched shape foam bit.  The project is easy to assemble and only requires kid scissors, no glue.  Tip:  leave the plastic backing on the tail feather so that they don’t stick to your book.  The center circle will hold the tail feathers in place!

While I was playing with my bookmarks, the kids dug into some of the other goodies we were sent.

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My oldest child loves legos and so the idea of assembling the icecream truck appealed to him.

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He was able to put it all together with no help at age 10 and then had fun playing with it with his little sisters afterwards.

My youngest child was drawn to the sticker book.

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I can’t believe how long this sticker book kept my 4 year old entertained.  She spent two full hours working on it in one sitting, had lunch and went back to it for another hour.  It was something that she could do with very little help.  She just needed me to pull out the sticker pages for her.  And she loved telling me stories about what was happening on each page as she added the stickers.

My middle child is very creative and loves to come up with her own projects.  She hasn’t come up with a completed project yet but has been stringing beads onto the very long pipecleaners found in the mega kits and exploring their possibilities.  I think that the creative process is just as important as a finished project so that’s just fine with me.

I am a crafty mom and I love to do projects with my kids. And I do not hold back. I let them do messy projects with glue and paint and glitter. However, there are times when it is very nice to be able to hand over some craft supplies and allow the kids to create on their own while I am busy and can’t adequately supervise the mess.  These projects are so perfect for those times.

You can Follow Pom Tree Kids from the following Social Media Links:

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Twitter
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You can enter for a chance to win one of 10 Gift Baskets from Pom Tree Kids each worth about $50!

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Busy Hands Craft Bag and ADORNit Giveaway!

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As you know, I am a mother to three children.  I know that when my kids are busy, they aren’t arguing!  One of the best ways to keep them busy when we are out and about is with a simple craft project.  I designed this bag that I called the Busy Hands Craft Bag to hold crayons or markers in the outer pockets on both sides of the bag.  Therefore, the bag could be set at the table at a restaurant and the kids could reach for the markers from two directions. The bag is tall enough and wide enough to hold mini notepads, sticker sheets or flashcards.  But the bag isn’t so big that you couldn’t still stash it in your diaper bag or handbag.

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My pattern has been published in the ADORNit Nested Owl Coral Pattern Book.  It’s a book full of sweet patterns inspired by the Coral Owl fabric line. Check your local quilt shop for the pattern book and fabric.

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Thanks to ADORNit, I have a giveaway for you today! Leave a comment below telling me whether or not you are sewing Halloween costumes this year (and if so, what!). You may leave a second comment if you follow my blog and a third if you follow my During Quiet Time Facebook page. You could win a fat quarter stack of Coral Owl fabric and a copy of the Coral Owl Pattern Book (about an $80.00 retail value). I will draw a winner on Friday, October 4th.

Good luck!

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During Quiet Time is Moving….with a Giveaway!

I have decided to move my blog from www.duringquiettime.blogspot.com to www.duringquiettime.com!
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My friend Sally has helped me give my blog a fresh new look with a new watermark, new banner and buttons.  Thank you Sally!

I hope you will come and follow me at my new blog.  To encourage you, with the help of my sponsors, I am offering 3 fantastic giveaways!

In no particular order we have:

Tammy from Marmalade Fabrics is offering this bundle of 7 fat quarters from Anna Maria Horner’s Hand Drawn Garden collection in the Evening Colorway.
If you haven’t shopped with Tammy before, check out her shop.  Something that might really appeal to my readers is her newest paper piecing bundle put together by Penny of Sew Take A Hike.
Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics is offering a $25 Gift Certificate to her shop.  You get to choose what you’d like!  I can tell you that Briar Rose and Collage are now in stock!  Sew Fresh Fabrics has recently moved to a .com site and the new site has a lot of great features. It is easy to search and you can specify the yardage you want without waiting for an Etsy convo. Check it out!
And finally, Becca from Sew Me A Song, a shop specializing in the quirky, hard to find and texty prints, is offering this FQ bundle of six Yuwa prints–many of these are new to her shop this week!  I can’t wait to get my hands on them myself!
So, what do you have to do to enter?
You can enter up to three times:
Please leave one comment on www.duringquiettime.com telling me that you are now following me here (you can click on the Follow me with Bloglovin button in sidebar).  If you already followed my blog on Bloglovin, they kindly moved all my followers this afternoon so you don’t need to do a thing other than say you are a follower!)

Leave a second comment if you “like” my During Quiet Time page.
Leave a third comment telling me that you follow me on Instagram.

I will draw three winner’s names on Thursday July 25th.

(Please bear with me while I work out the kinks of my new site!)

Stitchin’ Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial and Giveaway

Today I am sharing a tutorial with Art Gallery Fabrics for this “Stitchin’ Sewing Machine Cover.”  
I wanted my sewing machine cover design to be sewing related but wanted to avoid things that I have seen done before at the same time.  That quickly eliminated spools and pieced sewing machines. I decided to use Pat Bravo’s Carnaby Street to piece 3 traditional stitches:  the cross stitch, straight stitch and zigzag.  You might not automatically associate the design with stitching but that’s ok because it has a cool graphic look to it at the same time.  I used a big chunk of Ladylike Black Tea, my absolute favorite print in the line, for the rest of the exterior so that I would get to see it lots.
My machine looks so pretty dressed up like this!
You may enter to win a chance to win the fabrics I used for this tutorial:
1/2 yard Pure Elements Sandstone                    FQ Carnaby Street Ladylike Black Tea

FQ Carnaby StreetGo-Go London Lustrous    FQ Carnaby StreetKing’s Road Turquoise
FQ Carnaby Street60s Waves            FQ Carnaby StreetSoho Dandy Nocturnal
FQ Carnaby StreetRetro Pop Mint
Please just leave a comment and I will draw a name on Friday May 10th and update this post with the winner’s name.  
As always to be Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to the AGF blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang!

For the complete tutorial, click over to AGF.

The winner is :

I think I need to make one for my Mr Toyota sewing machine! I follow AGF all the required ways. Great giveaway! amycav at hotmail dot com

Pattern Giveaway

 
 
 
Good morning, I just wanted to let you know that I am sponsoring today’s prize for Ellison Lane’s Spread the Love Valentine Blog Hop.  Below is the complete schedule.  You will find my prize at Owen’s Olivia blog (5 patterns from my Etsy shop!). 
 

Check out all the stops in the hop and enter the giveaways every day this week!
 

Here is a sneak peek of the tutorial found on Nancy’s blog today. 

Enjoy the blog hop.

 

I Like You Giveaway

I know I just had a giveaway but how about another?  Windham Fabrics was kind enough to share two charm packs of I Like You by Amy Sedaris with me and I thought I would share one with you.  Who would like to win? 

Please just leave a comment on this post to enter. I will draw a winner on Monday morning or thereabouts.

Shades of Love Table Runner Tutorial and Giveaway!

Today I am sharing my third tutorial as a member of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang!  Due to the fact that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I chose a selection of Pure Elements, Lace Elements and Living Elements blenders to make a Valentine’s Day table runner.

It’s all hearts, of course, but I love that they don’t jump right out at you due to the strong secondary design.  The finished runner measures 24″ x 36.”  You can print out the pdf tutorial from the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog.

I took this as another opportunity to work on my free motion quilting. I used the basic swirl again within each heart and then a simpler pattern within the cream sections.

If you’d like a chance to win a bundle with the same 8 fat quarters that I used on this project, leave a comment here on my blog to win.  You may enter a second time if you follow During Quiet Time.
As always to be eligible to win you must follow AGF on your fav social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)and Subscribe to their blog to stay up to date on all things AGF & the Fat Quarter Gang! 
I will select a winner randomly on Friday, January 25th.  Good luck!

Beam N Read Winner!

It was just plain silly of me to think that I would be able to choose the most touching entry in the Beam N Read giveaway!  There were so many deserving recipients!  I narrowed it down to the top 10 entries, wrote their names on slips of paper, and had my cute little assistant draw the winner.  
And the winner is…Kylie!  Kylie wrote:
I would give this to my darling Gran who recently moved into a nursing home. She is a lifelong crafter, always sewing, crocheting and knitting and also an avid reader. She had the most beautiful garden at her home that she misses desperately and I doubt I would be so in love with crafting, reading and gardening without her influence. She has a problem with her spine that affects her feet and legs putting her at high risk for falls. She needs to wait for someone to be with her before she can get out of bed or her chair so she spends a lot of time in them. For someone who has been so active and independant this is very heartbreaking and frustrating for her. And of course, at 95 the eyesight is failing. She lamented to me recently how hard she finds it to thread a needle these days. Anything to help her carry on creating and reading as long as possible would make her very happy 🙂

Beam N Read Holiday Giveaway

I am happy to support Beam N Read’s Holiday Giveaway because it is a little bit different and it will help us all get in the spirit of giving this holiday season.  Do you remember when I posted about Beam N Read before?  The Beam N Read is a hands free light that you wear around your neck.  The neck strap is adjustable so you can position it just right for your needs.  

I use mine while I work on hand sewing projects and watch movies with my husband.

Recently, the Beam N Read has been improved.  The 6 LED light has a switch that provides a choice of using 6 LEDs for extra bright and wide light or 3 LED for longer battery life.  They have changed the orange filter to shift the light from cool daylight-type light to warm incandescent-type light by reducing the amount of blue light.  For those who find daylight-type light stressful on the eyes, this will help.  The neck strap has also been upgraded to an elastic double-buckle strap for more comfort.

I have one Beam N Read to give away, courtesy of the folks at ASF Lightware Solutions.

Here’s the catch.  To win, you must tell me who you want to win the Beam ‘N Read for–who you would give it to?  There is no need to name names, just say “my aunt who…”  Do you know someone in an area that frequently loses power?  Do you know someone who is a caregiver and could use this light when they are up in the middle of the night?  Do you know someone with failing eyesight who could craft or read more easily if she had better, well directed light?

I will pick the most touching entry to win.  I will announce the winner on Monday 11/19.  I’ll go grab my box of tissues now and be prepared to be moved.

Here are the other scheduled giveaways for Beam N Read.  As you can see, there are a few others still going on!

AGF Fat Quarter Gang Tutorial and a Giveaway!

I can’t believe that it is already time for my second tutorial for Art Gallery Fabrics!  This time I chose to make a baby quilt using 8 fat quarters from the LillyBelle collection by Bari J in the Warm Sunset Colorway, along with two Pure Elements Solids (white linen and spiceberry).

This quilt uses a traditional block called the Indian Hatchet Album block, in recent years referred to as a Siggie Block.  In the absence of signatures and some careful planning of the fabric layout, the blocks appear to be bows.  So I am calling this layout Baby Bows.  I heavily quilted the negative space so let the bows pop.
You can download the pdf pattern for this quilt from the AGF blog today.  There are templates included as well as foundation piecing patterns so you can choose your method of construction.  I normally opt for paper piecing but I made this quilt with templates to make sure it was doable-and it was!
If you’d like to win the 8 fat quarters used in this quilt, please leave me a comment.  Maybe you could tell me which fabric collection debuted by AGF at quilt market is your favorite!  I will draw a winner on November 12th.

Block Printing with Lizzy House

Thanks to Alexis for giving me the heads up, I was able to sign up for a unique opportunity, a two night block printing class with Lizzy House at Gather Here in Cambridge.  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know I like printmaking and have done a bit of screen printing and block printing, but, as I told Alexis, I have never printed with Lizzy House!  I picked up a few new tips too.  The best one was to print with a piece of craft foam under my fabric.  I had used dishtowels before and found that craft foam was so much better.
I had time to carve blocks and print two pieces of fabric.  Above is my feather design printed in turquoise ink.  I have had feathers on the brain ever since I first saw Anna Maria Horner’s paper pieced feathers.  
Then I printed this piece with little pincushions and pins.  Cute!
Here is what Lizzy was working on.  She carved an adorable back to school block with an apple on top of a pile of math symbols.  She also worked in strips of cats-the one you see in her hand here.  It was such a neat experience to get to print along side of her.  

It just so happens that Cindy asked us to make Great Granny blocks following this tutorial for the Stash Trad Bee. She wanted them in Halloween colors and prints if we had some. I didn’t have any Halloween prints but used this as an excuse to pick up a couple of Lizzy House’s new Guising prints from Sew Fresh. Thanks to Peg’s quick shipping, I received the fabric and was able to make the block for Cindy before my last block printing class last night.

Geek that I am, I brought my block and asked Lizzy to sign it for Cindy!  I kinda hate to send it away now but surprising Cindy with this signed block is even more fun!

The winner of the Sew Me A Song giveaway is Nati!  Congratulations.  Thank you everyone for entering!

Sew Me A Song Giveaway!

I love a good giveaway, don’t you?  Becca from Sew Me A Song, asked if I would like to host a giveaway for her and the best part of it was that I got to put together the bundle!  

Becca will also be listing this bundle in her shop on Monday morning if you want to snatch one before they are gone.
To enter this generous giveaway:
entry 1:   Simply leave me a comment here telling me what Halloween costumes you have been roped into sewing this year, or your favorite fall dinner idea.  
entry 2:  Follow my blog.
entry 3:  Mark Sew Me A Song as a favorite on Etsy.
I will draw a name on Friday morning Sept. 28th.  Good luck!

Summerlove Blooms Tutorial

I’m excited to share my first project as a member of the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang!  I designed this paper pieced pillow cover pattern that I am calling Summerlove Blooms.

If you are new to paper piecing, this might be a great place for you to start.  My tutorial will take you through the paper piecing step by step with photographs.  The pattern is available as a pdf download on the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog.  

If you’d like to win your own set of the same eight fat quarters I used to make this project, you can enter the giveaway here and I will draw a winner on Friday, August 3.

My rules:
Just leave a comment here on my blog

Art Gallery Fabrics rules:
Subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog
Follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Pinterest
Like Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook (optional)

 Please post pictures of your completed projects on the Art Gallery Fabrics Flickr group–there are random giveaways!

Kona Modern Quilts Winner

And the winner of the Kona Modern Quilts bundle from Marmalade Fabrics is….

Number 66, Britt-inger. Congratulations!

 If you would like to follow the blog of Cynthia Frenette, the designer behind Kona Modern Quilts, click here.

And if you are disappointed that you didn’t win, this link will take you to the Kona Modern Quilts page at Marmalade Fabrics 😉

Kona Modern Quilts Giveaway

Thanks to Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics, I have the pleasure of offering you a chance at a great giveaway today! 
How would you like a bundle containing 1/2 yard cuts of 6 prints from the Kona Modern Quilts Pacific Colorstory?

Kona solids matching the Pacific collection are Pepper, Lake, Tomato, Chinese Red, Windsor, Emerald, White, Ash, Corn, Cadet and Blue.  You can find these solids at Marmalade as well as fat quarters, yardage and bundles of the Kona Modern Quilts line in the Pacific, Berry and Merlot Colorstories. 
If you’d like a chance to win this bundle, just leave a comment below.  It can be anything–tell me if you have shopped with Tammy before, what you’d make with this bundle, which print is your favorite.
This is my favorite, Kona Modern Quilts Pacific Circles, just in case you were curious!
I will use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner on Friday July 20th.  Good luck!  

Beam N Read Giveaway

Recently, I was asked if I would like to review the Beam N Read Hands Free Light.  Initially, I thought I would decline, thinking that I didn’t really have a use for it. I don’t have trouble seeing while doing handwork (yet!) so I didn’t feel like I needed the light and optional magnifying glass.  Sure, I might use it to read in bed but that had nothing to do with my sewing blog.  But then I thought of the perfect use!

When I have a quilt done and need to hand sew the binding, I declare it a movie night.  When we renovated our office about a year ago, my husband installed a movie screen.  He likes to watch movies with all the lights off. I always want to turn on a light so that I can see.  We compromise by turning on a light in the back half of the room so it’s still dark for the movie but I can hardly see.  While sewing the binding on the runner that I just showed you, I tried the Beam N Read.  It was very lightweight and comfortable to wear around my neck.  I used the 3 LED setting rather than the 6 and had plenty of light to see by and it didn’t bother my husband in the least!  As you can see, the light is very focused.

If you would like to try a Beam N Read, I have been given permission to give one away to a lucky winner.  To enter, please just leave a comment here and let me know how you plan to use the light. I will draw a winner on Tuesday, June 12th in the evening.

It’s Sew Mama Sew Giveaway time!

It’s Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day again!  If you happened to visit my blog last time, you will remember that I was giving away a hand turned seam ripper, made by my husband.  It was such a big hit even though it was being given away due to the fact that it had a slight flaw that didn’t make it by quality control inspector #2 (me).  Well this time, I have another seam ripper that didn’t make it past the first step of quality control (my husband).  The hardware has a dull spot on the cap end.  Really I say?  It probably would have passed by me to be honest so this is a steal!

The winner will receive this gorgeous purple and white swirl seam ripper.  It has a hand turned acrylic handle.  The hardware on the pointy end can be pulled out flipped over and reinserted for safety when not in use.
For those of you still waiting for your custom seam rippers, they are coming, promise.  The hardware kits have been out of stock but are shipping at the end of this week.  You have not been forgotten.

I am also giving away this needlebook that I designed for Sizzix.  If you’d like to make one of your own, I have a tutorial here.  The needlebook has wool felt pages inside for needle storage (the scissors, seam ripper and thread above are not included).
Thanks for visiting During Quiet Time.  If you have a few minutes to spare, I’d love it if you joined my blog as a follower (scroll to the bottom of the sidebar) or poked around in my Etsy shop for a bit.  There just so happens to be one seam ripper left for sale there too.

The giveaway will be open until May 25 at 5 PST.  International entries are welcome.  To enter, simply leave me a comment here telling me about the one flower or vegetable that you most look forward to blooming/growing each year.  I just experienced mine. 

I look forward to the blooms of this tree peony each year. The blooms are gorgeous and huge but so short lived. Thankfully, I am anticipating the blooms of many more flowers right through fall so I am not too sad!

Enjoy Sew Mama Sew Giveaway day! Click here to return to the lists.

The giveaway is now closed.  The winner is Margaret!  Congratulations. I have emailed you for your address.

Ode to a Kitchen Aid Available at Sew-Ichigo

Kerry and Penny’s first set of patterns is now available in their new Sew-Ichigo shop! It’s a lovely set of four kitchen themed designs. I was able to test this one for them. It’s called “Ode to a Kitchen Aid.” I debated long and hard over various floral prints for a fun and funky Kitchen-Aid mixer but decided that it just wasn’t “me.” Instead, I went with a clean looking block with a white Kitchen Aid with a metal bowl…just like the one sitting on my counter. I am hoping to use Penny’s Kitchen Aid cover tutorial to turn it into a cover for my mixer when time permits. This is a great little block. And it is little-just 6″. Did you think it was bigger? When I see the image, I think so too but when you think about the size of selvage dots you realize that it can’t be all that big! Here is my hint for you when looking for the perfect selvage for this project–check your novelty prints. They tend to have more colorful circles on the selvage! I’m already looking forward to seeing their next set of patterns.

Today is the day that I promised to giveaway a set of my three gardening paper pieced patterns(available here)! The lucky winner is: t.anne who said I love the little label, and especially the wood grain handle! I’ve had my eye on your gardening blocks, they’re on my wish list… so I’d love the chance to win the set!

I sent your patterns just moments ago Tiffany!

Pick Violets Free Pattern and a Giveaway!

I’m happy to be participating in the Garden Party Blog Hop today! I designed this 10″ block with a gardening trowel and a terracotta pot. I like to label my flowers so I added a label in the pot with the fussy cut words “Pick Violets”….hence the name. This block inspired me to begin a garden themed quilt. I’ve been working on block designs and have three others available in my shop.

For my block, I used an Hope Valley print by Denyse Schmidt for the background fabric. The label is Kumiko Fujita Text Print in Yellow from Ayumi’s shop on Etsy. While searching for the perfect terracotta, I asked Kristina if she had anything and she came up with this perfect Basic Grey Grunge! The trowel handle is Woodgrain in Vintage Yellow from Aviary 2 by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit and the rest of the trowel is Kona Pepper.

There are a couple of possible ways you could handle the label in this block.  You could stamp the name of your favorite flower, herb, or vegetable.  Or you can fussy cut.  In addition to the text print I used, Annies Farm Stand by Lakehouse has a great text print for fussy cutting garden words.  There are also many fabrics that include the names of herbs. 
The pattern is an easy to print pdf file. However, you do need to print it in two sections. The directions are printed in letter format and the pattern pieces should be printed in landscape format.

Click here to download pdf

I’d like to offer up a prize too! The winner will receive my three gardening patterns–the Watering Can, the Gardening Gloves and Garden Boot. To enter, just leave a comment here. I will draw a winner on Saturday the 14th.

Thanks for visiting!