Thursday, May 21, 2015

More Explorations at Handi Quilter

Here are a few more "sights & sounds" from my walking around the HQ Headquarters during my free time at lunch today...enjoy :)
 











Here are a couple of the wonderful Handi Quilter educators that spent the week sharing their knowledge with us. I grabbed Carrie, Vicki, and Marie on our way out the door and they were nice enough to let me snap a photo.  Missing here is Cheryl and Cathy.  They were an amazing (and patient) team, and I can't wait to go home and play on our Infinity and Pro Stitcher and use some of my new skills :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Little Peek at the Handi Quilter Headquarters in Utah

Bob & I have been here in Salt Lake City Utah this week for training at the Handi Quilter headquarters.  I wanted to share just a few of the photos I've been taking of the Amazing quilts on display throughout the entire building. As soon as you walk in the front door you're greeted with these beauties :)
 

Quilts are on the stair well...
 
 ,,,and where we eat lunch every day.
 

 The quilting of course is Awesome!
 




 There are quilts throughout the building in all the offices...

...and conference rooms, and cubbies.  They are so nice and put up with us all going around and checking them all out :)
 
Check this out ~ this one by Cathy Wiggins is even quilted on Leather!
 
 
I'll try to post more tomorrow evening when we're collapsed in the hotel :)
 
Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn
 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Voting has Started for the Moda Piece & Comfort Challenge Quilts!

This is "Libberty Logs", the winner from our shop for the Moda Piece & Comfort Challenge pieced and quilted by Maggie Vargas!   This beauty is currently hanging in the shop, so stop by soon to check it out in person :)

The voting on Moda's blog for Viewer’s Choice starts today – Thursday, April 30th – and continues until Midnight on Wednesday, May 6th.  Please use This Link to hop over there and cast a vote for Maggie's quilt (You vote using the list on the right hand side of the Moda Blog ~ they're listed alphabetical by shop, so look for Spring Water Designs)

Here are a few close ups of the quilting that Maggie did.  She used her Avante with Pro-Stitcher that she purchased from Spring Water Designs this past fall.  Maggie was one of our Renters, until she decided to purchase one of our shop Demo machines, now she can quilt all she wants/whenever she wants in her own home.  I love to see all the quilts that are getting finished on machines that we've sent out into the world :) 

 Maggie used a digital allover panto design that she found with stars and flags.  It's a really cool design to use on this quilt. 

Maggie's quilt won a $50.00 Gift Card to Spring Water Designs as the winner from our shop, and now she's included as one of almost 200 entries nationwide for Moda's online Viewers Choice.  Vote for her, and tell all your friends to vote too! You can see all of the entries on the Moda Blog, and click on the photo of Maggie's quilt there to see a write up of Maggie's inspiration.  Maggie is a veteran herself, so this cause was near and dear to her heart.  She makes alot of charity quilts, and I think she plans to donate this one too. 

I'd like to say Thank You to Maggie for her service to our country, and on the behalf of all of us...Good Luck in the Moda Piece & Comfort Challenge!

PS ~ These beautiful patriotic fabrics have been really popular ~ just in case you get inspired when viewing all the wonderful entries...we still have some of the fabrics, and kits for the Flag Quilt still in Stock.  Proceeds from the fabric sales are donated by Moda to USA Cares.org!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Monday, April 20, 2015

Our Pre-cut Party Winner!

...And our winner from the Pre-cut Party blog hop is Anita C!  Anita, someone from Fabri-Quilt will be contacting you about where to send your Snack Pack :)  Thank you to everyone who participated and made it a fun blog hop!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today is My Day on the Pre-Cut Party & Give Away!

Fabri-Quilt asked me to use one of their Snack Packs and participate in their Pre-Cut Party Blog Hop, and I was happy to play with this "Baby Talk" Snack pack of (42) 2.5" strips.

I started with the Snack Pack of strips, plus a few coordinating prints to make two cute Toddler quilts that go together...Yes, I said two quilts! One will read more "boy", and one more "girly".  Who can't use a couple quick and easy kiddy quilts for those needed gifts that pop up on us!

Here's what you'll need in addition to the Snack Pack of strips, for the two quilts:
   
     3/4 yard of Large Focal print
            From that, cut (2) 10-1/2" WOF strips ~ one for each quilt.

I really like that the Snack Pack comes with the little fabric swatches on the front cover card, and then on the back there is this list of skus that correspond with the fabrics to make ordering coordinating yardage easy...

You will also need 3/4 yard each of two prints.
I used the Gray Large Dot print and Yellow Small Dot print (Gray will be for the Boy quilt, and Yellow will be for the Girl quilt)
            From each of these, cut (20) 4-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangles
               
*Tip: I neatly stacked the two fabrics and cut the strips all at once to save time.

 And finally, you'll need 3/4 yard of Green Stars print
            Cut (40) 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangles ~ (20) for each quilt.

*Tool Tip: I used my Stripology Ruler from Creative Grids to cut my strips...

It's conveniently labeled for those common 2-1/2" and 1-1/2" strips.  For the 2-1/2" strips I cut in the slot at each of the markings with the squares by them.  

The strips look so yummy right out of the package :) I started by dividing up the strips into two groups of fifteen.  

The group on the left used more pinks and purples to make the girl quilt, and I used more blues and greens in the one on the right.  I arranged them into sets of five strips that will be sewn together to make a strip set.

Save aside the remaining strips to be used later for the binding.  

 Here are my two piles ready to sew.
 
For each set of five strips, sew them together along the long ends to create strip sets.  Make three 5-Strip sets per quilt.

*Tip - After sewing the first five strips together, check your seam allowances by measuring across the width of the strip set.  It should measure 10-1/2" inches wide.  Make any needed adjustments to your seam allowances, then proceed to sew all of your strip sets together.

Sub-cut the long strip sets into 4-1/2" segments (each segment will measure 4-1/2" x 10-1/2").  For each quilt, cut (7) segments from two of the strip sets, and (6) segments from the third strip set.  You will need a total of (20) for each quilt.

Then for each segment, you will sew a 4-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangle to the top (Gray for the boys quilt, and Yellow for the girl quilt), and a 2-1/2" x 10-1/2" rectangle to the bottom of all.

The blocks will measure 10-1/2" square at this point.  You will make a total of twenty blocks for each quilt.

These are the three different blocks I made for the Boy Quilt.

Once all the blocks are pieced, I arranged the blocks in five rows of four blocks. You can alternate and turn the blocks any way you wish for a random look, or I just turned every other block 90 degrees to create a zig zag look on the quilt. 

Insert the Large Focal print strip  between any row you wish for an accent.  (I put it in between row two and three)  Then sew the rows together.  This photo shows both of the quilts :)

After quilting them I used the remaining 2-1/2" Snack Pack strips to bind them.  I used six strips for each quilt's binding.  Cut the strips in half before sewing them all together end to end to add to the scrappy feel.  

Then they're all ready for the kiddies ~ for nap time...

  play time...

Or quiet reading time :)

Now for the giveaway! Fabri-Quilt is giving away a Snack Pack of Baby Talk for one Lucky Winner!

Please visit Fabri-Quilt's Inspired by Fabric blog and follow them by email or blog reader - then let me know in a comment here on my blog how you are following them.  (And let me know if you are following me too!)

My Give Away will be open until Sunday, April 19th at midnight CST ~ Good Luck :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn