A Quilty Kind of Girl

January 18, 2012

And the Winner of the Accuquilt Go Cutter is….

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Give Away,Winners! — quiltcetera @ 11:59 am

Do you remember what your entry number was?

LOL. Just kidding.

I’ll tell you who it is….

“Hey Bradie! Awsome of you do to this girl!
1. Since I dont own any cutter, the 4 1/2 strip cutter may be a place to start.
2. I’d design a Cathederal Windows cutter for hand piecers to get some use out of a cutter! I LOVE that pattern, and someday, I hope to make one for myself.

The UFO i’d like to finish the most, is a “saved” dresden plate. I rescued it off of ebay. Replaced a half dozen of the plates/petals due to holes, etc,..replaced with old flour sack material to match, and the top looks wonderful, if I say so myself!
Reason it’s not done: I have fibromyalsia, and it takes me quite a long time to finish quilts, both longarming with my millennium, and piecing tops. Good Days allow me a couple hours to quilt. Most days NOT.
I’ve been finishing quilts first from friends/family who have quilt tops not yet quilted, and i’ve done theirs first, hence, mine’s taken the back seat!

Comment by sheributler — January 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm | Edit This | Reply

Sheri! Are you excited?? I am excited for you. 🙂

Please send me an email to bradie@sparrowstudioz.com and include your email address, mailing address, and your choice of three Go cutter dies. I will forward all the info to Accuquilt who will then proceed with getting you a fabulous new cutter! Congratulations! I hope you love it as much as I do. 🙂

January 13, 2012

Bradie’s GO Cutter Giveaway!

Filed under: AccuQuilt,Give Away,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 7:30 am

Hi everyone!!
I am so excited to share today’s post with you. 🙂 Let’s jump right in k?

Again this week I broke up my tasks to make the job less daunting. Monday, I pressed the white background fabric so the cutting would be easier. Tuesday I cut the 15 inch squares and marked them for centering the Dresden plates. Wednesday, I laid out the plates and pinned them in place. Lastly, on Thursday, I stitched the first one in place. Being guild night, I had to cut it short, but I am pleased with finishing one.

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Oh! Look there it is! 🙂

As you know from my earlier posts, the initial stage of this quilt was made much easier through the use of an Accuquilt GO cutter. I am very pleased with my GO cutter and if it is a purchase you are considering, I would truly recommend it. It is especially useful for odd and unusually shaped patches due to the accuracy and speed. That is why I am so thrilled to be offering you, the opportunity to win one of these great quilting tools!!

To enter, here is what you need to do. First, subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already. Next leave a comment, on this post answering the two following questions…

1. Visit the Accuquilt website and decide which is the #1 GO cutter die you would like to own AND if you could design a die, what would it be?

2. Tell me about the UFO you would like to finish the most, and tell what is keeping you from the FINISH? Binding, quilting, what?? 🙂

Once you have done that, you are entered! Only one comment per person please. The comments will close on Monday at midnight MST and the winner will be announced Wednesday.

I would be very grateful if you took a sec to share this on FB, twitter, or your blogs. 🙂 thanks my quilty peeps! Best of luck to you all.

Quilty hugs,
Bradie

January 11, 2011

A Cookbook Winner! or two…

Filed under: Give Away,Winners! — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

Hey Quilty Peeps!
Drumroll please….
Winner numero uno is….
Comment #5!
“Mmmm…quilting and food! But not at the same time of course…unless it is chocolate! LOL
Sandy”
Comment by Sandy Spence

Winner number deux est….
” Great offer!! It’s nice finding new recipes that everyone likes!”
Comment by Ronnie
Email me at Bradie@quiltcetera.com to claim your prizes!

Quilty Hugs,
b.

January 6, 2011

A Giveaway to help with your resolutions!

Filed under: Give Away — quiltcetera @ 12:22 pm

Hello my friends!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to make healthy, homemade meals for my brood every day. Now with a family this big, a girl really needs some help and inspiration to keep going. We’re talking 11 mouths, 3 meals a day, 365 days of the year. You know what I’m sayin’? 😉

So I didn’t hesitate when Michele published her most recent Quilter’s Cookbook. I loved the first edition she did in 2009, and while I didn’t contribute to this year’s book, I still wanted to get my hands on it. Being the fantastic girl that she is :), Michele has offered up TWO copies of the Quilter’s Cook book for my readers! I’m making this one really easy for you all, subscribe to my blog, then subscribe to Michele’s, leave a comment and you are entered! Contest closes Sunday at midnight, winner announced early next week.

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December 1, 2010

Wool Applique made easier? and a Giveaway?

Filed under: Give Away,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 11:55 am
Hello my friends!
Recently, I’ve been working on a hand stitching project, appliqueing small wool stars onto flannel background with a blanket stitch. I love having this kind of project on the go. I can toss it in my purse to pass the time while waiting for kids etc. One little thing that irks me though, is stitching around the entire shape, then discovering it isn’t quite laying flat. This leaves a wee bit of excess fabric in the center of the applique. Now, I must admit, no one else notices, but I would prefer for the fabric to lay nice and flat!
So imagine how excited I was when I received an email from a company called Lapel Stick. As defined on their website, a Lapel Stick is “A temporary non-staining adhesive to secure shirt collars, hems and most fabrics.” This kind of sounded exactly like the product I need to make my wee shapes behave themselves! Lapel Stick had offered to send me some of their product in exchange for sharing my thoughts after trying it. So, I responded with an enthusiastic “Yes PLEASE!”

Lapel stick! I'm going to give this a try for my wool applique project.

Well let me tell you, the Lapel Stick is pretty straight forward. As you can see, it is pretty much a glue stick, and it applies very easily. I took a few pictures to show you how it went….

Little wool goodies.

Supplies needed to applique one wool star to flannel background circle.

I've covered the star in lapel stick glue to adhere it to the background fabric.

The star with blanket stitch around the outer edge.

As you can see, the process is very straight forward. Not only did the adhesive firm up the fabric, but I also really liked that my shape was attached so quickly. In the past, I have used stitches or fusible web to hold shapes in place, but using the Lapel Stick was much quicker. I am looking forward to trying the lapel stick for more projects!
Now, because I heart all my readers SOOOOO much, I’ve arranged for Lapel Stick to send a sample to one of you! So, to qualify, leave me a comment, telling me what will you use your lapel stick for? Can you think of a fabulous new use for this cool product? Contest closes Sunday at midnight, and I will announce a winner early next week!
Lapel Stick info….
Lapel Stick is a Canadian company!!
Lapel Stick is a proud supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Lapel Stick can help organizations with their fundraising efforts.
Follow Lapel Stick on Twitter!
Like Lapel Stick on Facebook!
Good luck everyone!
Quilty Hugs,
Bradie 

This post has been brought to you by the generous folks at Lapel Stick.

AND THE WINNER IS ….
COMMENT #10 – REGINA!!
Congrats Regina…. send me your snail mail (to bradie at quiltcetera dot com)so you may receive your prize!

September 15, 2010

Don’t GO! and get all excited just yet….

Filed under: Give Away,Quilting — quiltcetera @ 5:00 am

The details are still a little sketchy. So I just want to give you a little hint for now….

Would any of you be interested in winning one of these little beauties? Just askin’….
Stay tuned for details COMING SOON!!! 🙂

April 19, 2010

Make Life Layer Cake Giveaway!!!

Filed under: Give Away — quiltcetera @ 10:22 am
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Guess what? guess what!! I have just finished up a project using Make Life by Sweetwater, and I’m sooooo thrilled with how it turned out! I wish I could show you, but you will just have to wait! For what you ask? For the summer edition of Quiltposium magazine! Have you heard of it? Get this… it’s online, and it’s FREE! How could you possibly beat that! So be sure to go sign up, you don’t want to miss out on a fabulous free pattern do you? 😉

In other news, my Matty comes home tonight!! YAY!! There are 9 very happy people in my house today. 😀 So I feel a little like celebrating!!

make life layer cake

Want it? I know you do....

and to celebrate, I’m going to give away one of these! Here’s the deal…

1) Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment. Super simple right?!

Want more chances at this yummy stack o cottony goodness? You can also….
2) Follow me on Twitter, and tweet about the giveaway! Remember to include @quiltcetera in your tweet, then leave another comment.
3) Join my fan page, A Quilty Kind of Girl on Facebook, and come back to leave a comment.
4) Sign up for Quiltposium Magazine, then return to leave yet another comment.
5) Blog about the contest, and again….. COMMENT!

Remember! Leave a seperate comment for each entry and only comments here on the blog post will count as entries. Contest closes Monday April 26, at midnight MST. Winner to be announced the following day.

April 6, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday – Pinless Basting (and Misty Fuse Giveaway!)

So What is Misty Fuse? you ask….

“Mistyfuse®

Use paper-less Mistyfuse® for all weights of fabric from velvets and cottons to delicate tulles and organzas. It’s a dream to work with—it handles well, is incredibly sheer, doesn’t add bulk to your fused piece and bonds firmly once cooled. And since there is no added adhesive, it will never gum up your scissors or quilting needles. Each package comes with simple instructions for easy fusing with no waste. Mistyfuse White is perfect for fusing with any fabric.”

(shhhhh. I stole that straight from the website. :P)  http://www.mistyfuse.com/

I first discovered this amazing substance a few years ago. A customer had come to the LQS where I played around worked, and was looking for an alternative to pin basting her quilts. ( Seriously, aren’t we all?) So the owner showed her Misty Fuse. The customer loved it so much, she was back the next day to order several bolts. Something about the whole situation just made me want to try it. This is NOT the only use for this product and I plan to show you more fabulous things you can do, but for now, enjoy the idea of painless basting your quilts.

50 yards of Misty Fuse

This is the 50 yard bolt of Misty Fuse that I won on Facebook!

Misty Fuse is very light and sheer.

You can barely see it, as Misty Fuse is so lightweight. You will never know it is inside your quilt!

Batting laid down with Misty Fuse layered over top.

I have laid the batting down first. Next I laid Misty Fuse over top. Batting and MF are larger than my quilt top.

Quilt top finishes part one of the sandwich.

Now the quilt top goes on top of the Misty Fuse. At this point I will press the top starting in the center and evenly cover the entire quilt top. Do not allow the iron to contact the Misty Fuse.

Misty Fuse has done it's job.

I am lifting the edge here to see if the MF has fused the layers together. If the layers still lift, simply continue to press until the layers are fused. Trim away the excess Misty Fuse. I save these small pieces for future projects.

Step two of fusing the quilt sandwich.

Flip the entire sandwich over. Place another layer of MF on the backing side of the batting, then layer the backing on top. Repeat the pressing to fuse the backing to the quilt sandwich.

The finished fused quilt.

My little quilt is now ready for quilting. The entire process took a few minutes and not a single pin was involved!

I wish you could feel how light the quilt stays, even with two layers of fusible in the quilt. Better yet, it will not affect your needle in any way. No thud, thud, thud as you are sewing, no chunks of fusible gluey residue. Misty Fuse is a wonderful fusible web product and I can not sing it’s praises loud enough! In fact, I want you to know just how fabulous this stuff is… I am GIVING AWAY 5 YARDS OF MISTY FUSE to one of my readers. Here’s what you have to do….
Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment. That’s all! ( Gets you one entry.)

For chances at additional entries you can:
Follow me on Twitter, and Tweet this contest including @quiltcetera in your tweet. (and leave another seperate comment.)
Blog it. (and leave another separate comment.)
Join my Facebook Fan Page, A Quilty Kind of Girl (with a separate comment)
Join the Misty Fuse Facebook Fan Page (with a separate comment)

It is really important to leave each entry as it’s own comment here on this blog post, so I can keep track of each time you enter! You wan to win right? 🙂 Contest is open until Monday April 12 at midnight MST. Winner to be chosen by random number generator and announced next Tuesday. Good luck!

Quilty Hugs,
Bradie

March 17, 2010

My Oldest Work In Progress

Today’s Quilters Daily Post is about your oldest Work In Progress Quilt. Julie shared hers first, and I really had to look hard for mine! It was really buried!! My oldest WIP has got to be this bargello kit. I’ve had it since Christmas of 2007. So far I’ve put in about two hours per year. If I keep it up, in 15 years, I’ll have a gorgeous new quilt!

WIP Lightning Strikes Bargello

These are the remaining strips to be put together. See that swatch page? Really glad I made that!

A strip set from the Lightning Strikes Bargello.

20 fabrics make up this beautiful queen size quilt. (Just pretend it's nicely pressed OK?) The kit contained 17 meters of fabric! That's a lot of seams people!

Lightning Strike Bargello Quilt

This is the pattern for these fabrics. My kit is not so floral, but a lot more asian fabrics.

I am really hoping to get this one finished really soon! I’m hoping Matt will quilt his awesome feathers all over it, and we’ve talked about it a few times but still no decision. I guess we’ll see when it’s all finished.

Speaking of Matty and quilting, did you know that Matt is giving away TWO long arm quilting gift certificates? and that each one is worth $200?! WOW!! You have two ways to enter:
1)Visit Manquilter to find out what you have to do.
2) Visit QuiltersDaily and Blog Along with us! That’s it. That’s all! Sew Easy!

QuiltersDaily Blog-Along

QuiltersDaily Blog-Along

How To Blog Along

    Pick a daily topic from Quilters Daily.
    Blog your response to the topic.
    Put the Quilters Daily button on your blog and link back to Quilters Daily.
    Go back to QD and leave a comment with your blog URL.
    Do it NOW!! You could win BIG!

    Oh! and Kate Spain is giving away some pretties over on her blog too. Tell her Bradie sent you. (Just kidding, I’m trying to feel important. :P)

    PS! Julie is having a giveaway too! More Moda baby!

February 13, 2010

And the winner of the Quilty Kind of Giveaway is…

Filed under: Give Away — quiltcetera @ 12:57 pm

Winners of A Quilty Kind of Giveaway

Happy Saturday Friends!
Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was a lot of fun to read all your comments regarding your favorite quilting techniques and your biggest quilting challenges. I wish I could reply to all of you! If you haven’t read the other comments yet, I encourage you to do so. I certainly enjoyed it. Onto the good news….

There are 4 prizes for giveaway:

A quilt kit featuring moda wee play fabrics with a Ziggy’s Pinwheels Pattern, plus 3 additional prizes of the same pattern. We used a random number generator to determine the winners and…

The quilt kit winner is Rhonda Duncan!!

The 3 additional patterns go to Barb Bunz, Patricia (comment #69), and Tammy (comment #87). Congratulations to all of you!!

Please email me, bradie at quiltcetera dot com and let me know your address so I can ship these out you! (you may also have the patterns delivered in a PDF if you prefer).

Now onto the big LAUNCH of our new site. All you quilters with blogs are going to love it!

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