Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Giveaway received!

I won a giveaway from Mary at Made With Love by Mary a few weeks ago and I received my lovely gifts today! I got these beautiful autumn strips from Connecting Threads. Don't they just remind you of fall?? They're 2 1/2 inch strips and there are 24 of them. I'm not sure this picture really captures their rich colors. Mary was kind enough to send me instructions on how to make a Jelly Roll Race quilt using these strips. I have never bought a jelly roll. If any of you know of any great links or patterns, please share them with me!! I've just started to take a look around the internet for ideas.


Mary also sent me some thread that matches the strips perfectly! I've never used this thread before but have always wanted to try it. I love the products from Connecting Threads. They are well made and have great prices. I'll let you know what I think.

I am almost done machine quilting another block on my sampler quilt. I've worked the last two days and haven't done much. Also, my daughter is graduating from college in a couple of weeks and the English Honor Society had a little ceremony where they presented seniors with cords they will wear at graduation. It was a nice ceremony complete with a buffet. Can't believe she's graduating already! Seems like she just started college!!

I plan on sewing tomorrow but Friday I'm going to A Quilter's Sampler in Nashua, NH. It's not a quilt show. You can take classes and shop the vendors but there are no quilts to see. I plan on hitting the vendors.  There's always something I can find to buy!

Hope you all visit Mary's blog. She's always working on some gorgeous quilts. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I do!


17 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your fabric win and also congratulations on your daughter's graduation. Been there, done that. She might not realize it, but you have earned that degree also.

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    1. Karen, you're so right! I'm not quite done with college yet! My son is finishing up sophomore year and my daughter starts her master's program in 2 weeks! I've got a ways to go!!

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  2. Congratulations, the fabric looks great. I did a jelly roll rance and the quilt came out grant and I am waiting to have it quilted, since I have not quilting skills to speak of. You will have fun doing it espeacily if it is a group.

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    1. I can't wait to try it! Sounds like fun! The fabric is really pretty, isn't it??

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  3. Enjoy your trip. We will be anxious to see what treasures you are able to find! The fall fabrics are very rich. The leaves are still coming out on the trees in Wisconsin so I am not quite ready for fall.

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    1. I will post what I buy! Hope I find something neat! I love to visit the vendors since they're from areas I don't go too very often. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm not ready for fall either!!

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  4. Congrats on your win and your daugther's graduation! The fabric looks great. I have one book about Jelly Rolls; 'Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts' by Pam and Nicky Lintott. Patterns use layer cakes, jelly rolls or charm packs to make a quilt. Or you can make a 'postage stamp' quilt by just adding a solid colored jelly roll?
    Enjoy your trip and pls let us see what you bought! :)

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    1. That sounds so interesting, Astrid! I'm going to look around before I decide what to do with the strips. I know it'll be fun. I just want to make something nice out of it!

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  5. Congratulations on your prize. Those colors will make a beautiful quilt. I have a book of Jelly Roll patterns you can borrow if you like.

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    1. I would love to borrow that book! Thanks!

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  6. Congratulations on your win and your daughter's graduation. Love the rich colours of those strips. Irish Chain quilt would also be lovely pattern for those. Can't wait to see what you'll be coming up with. Hope you have a great time this weekend!

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    1. Thank you! I quite a few projects going at the moment so I'll be looking around for awhile!

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  7. Glad you like your winnings! Thanks for mentioning my blog. A true Jelly Roll Race takes 42 strips. You could add some appropriate colored solids in if you want to try that. Or, Bonnie Hunter has some nice patterns using 2 1/2" pieces on her website. I think it is www.quiltville.com

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    1. I have plenty of my own fabric I can add! This was so sweet of you! Thanks again! I'll check out Bonnie's website. She has some patterns.

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  8. I have used this thread several times and like it fine. It quilts well in the longarm too but I don't use it for longarming so much anymore as I now use So Fine most of the time. I like the colors in your fabric winnings.

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    1. I've never used So Fine but have heard great things about it. I wish I had a long arm! Maybe someday!!!

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  9. Such pretty colors in the fabric strips. Congratulations to your daughter! She must be so excited along with the family too!

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