A Quilty Kind of Girl

April 19, 2010

Make Life Layer Cake Giveaway!!!

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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….


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,

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 1, 2010

A Quilty Kind of Giveaway!!

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A Giveaway of the Quilty Kind

Whoo hoo! A Giveaway!!



I am really very excited about today’s post!!  I have decided to host a GIVEAWAY!! As you all know, last week ages ago, I asked you all to vote on your favorite block in the Wee Play Pinwheels Quilt. My secret plan was to take this winning block, and make up a quilt kit of those most popular fabrics.  Now this is the exciting part…this quilt kit would not be for myself. Oh no no no no!! It will be for one lucky winner of A Quilty Kind of Giveaway!

So here’s the deal. First, become a subscriber by using the link on the top right hand side of the page. Next, leave a comment telling me the answer to the following questions:

1) What is your favorite quilting technique? Anything at all! (Myself? I love binding, especially the mitered corners! Crazy, I know….)

2) What is or has been your biggest challenge in quilting? (Had to be curved piecing,,, how many times can a person unpick those stitches before the fabric falls apart?!! ARGH!)

This will get you ONE chance to win.

Would you like more chances? 😉 Here’s what you can do….

Tweet it, Twitter it or whatever you want to call it! Just talk about this giveaway and get one more chance to win!

Share or update your staus with this on Facebook for another chance to win!

Blog about A Quilty Kind of Giveaway and get TWO more chances to win!! (Be sure to take a badge and link back to this post.)

DON”T FORGET to mention all your entries in your comment!! Plus you must leave your email addy so I can contact you with the good news. 🙂

You can potentially earn FIVE chances to WIN!

Now what are the prizes?

First prize is a Wee Play Pinwheels Quilt Kit. Winner gets the fabric to make their choice of the four block options plus Ziggy’s Pinwheels pattern from A Quilty Kind of Girl Designs!!

There will also be 3 additional prizes ( Whoo hoo!) of a Ziggy’s Pinwheels pattern.

Contest will run until midnight MST on  Wednesday, February 10,2010. Randomly drawn winners to be announced Thursday, February 11.

Here’s a little peek… 🙂

THE WINNER….. block #1!

BLOCK ONE Zigs Pinwheels Orange Red Multi


January 29, 2010

Be back Soon!!!

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All packed and ready to go Baby!!Very soon, I will be happily sewing away at a retreat camp an hour away from the city. I plan to thoroughly enjoy myself during this weekend of family abandonment, and I shall return with all kinds of funny stories to share along with lots of pics!

When the kids came to say goodnight, they saw this mountain of luggage. The smallest ones all looked with tears in their eyes, hugging so tight. My 6 year old held on the longest, then asked

” Mommy, Are you coming back?”

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything! LOL

Make sure you come back on Monday, because I will also be launching this….

A Giveaway of the Quilty Kind

Whoo hoo! A Giveaway!!

See you then!

Quilty Hugs,


December 14, 2009

Have you got your Quilter’s Cookbook yet?

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Quilter's Cookbook

If you haven’t already, then get your butt over to Quilting Gallery and get your Quilter’s Cookbook! If is overflowing with quilt inspired yumminess! All the recipes were submitted by Quilters along with quilt pictures and stories. There are over 100 recipes, all for the great price of $14.00!

While you are there, be sure to help Michele celebrate the second birthday of Quilting Gallery Website. She has some fabulous prizes to give away, and all you have to do? Answer a couple of questions! How great is that? 🙂

December 12, 2009

Aurifil Giveaway! Just in time for Christmas…

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Recently, Aurifil thread has launched a new collection of cotton threads.This collection is a Suitcase full of 216 colors – every color Aurifil has available. Have a look at this video of Alex Veronelli, introducing the suitcase of Aurifil thread….

Now for the really EXCITING NEWS!!!!
Alex is giving away one of these stunning collections of Aurifil thread! To find out more info, join the Facebook group :

WIN an dream-come-true Aurifil BAG Suitcase

and follow the instructions on joining Second Life and entering the draw. Good luck!!

November 11, 2009

Where Women Create Giveaway!!

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Do you follow Where Women Create? If not, then let me tell you, it is a fabulous publication! Stuffed full of beautiful and inspirational photos, this mag shares the studios of well known artists with the rest of the world.

In really exciting news, Jo Packham – editor, is having a giveaway to celebrate their first birthday! All you have to do is comment and let them know what you want to see in their magazine, plus share your favorite moment from their first year of publications. You get extra credit if you follow on Twitter, Facebook, link from your blog, or blog about the giveaway. So get over there and enter!

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