Monday, September 2, 2019

~ Happy Little Things ~ Block 2 ~ GIVEAWAY ~

Hello Happy Quilters!  Today I'm sharing Block 2 of the Happy Little Things Block of the Month by Jacquelynne Steves.  There's still time to sign up for the FREE block of the month if you haven't already.  Just click the image below to be taken to the sign up page on Jacquelynne's blog.  Click here to go to Jacquelynne's Block 2 blog post for block inspiration and blog hop details.


For this years BOM I decided to work out of my color pallet comfort zone by working with 2 colors only.  Normally my quilts are scrappy, bright and happy.   Most of my quilts also have RED as the main color.  So working with red and white was the perfect color combination.   You can read more about my fabric choices, machine stitched applique and specialty stitches on last months blog post for block 1 here.


Let's keep things short and sweet this month and get right to the good stuff....THE GIVEAWAY!

***Giveaway Closed***
This months giveaway (pictured below) is sponsored by Aurifil, with a retail value of $50 US. The Aurifil blog has tons of fun going on each month, click here to explore the fun.     
This giveaway is open to both US and International.  Only one prize per person, per blog, per month.


Each of the bloggers on the list below will be having this same giveaway.  That's 8 chances to win and 8 winners each month!  So be sure to visit each featured blogger and follow their specific instructions for more chances to win.  

A Quilting Life  https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Podunk Pretties http://podunkpretties.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
The Crafty Quilter   https://thecraftyquilter.com/
Flamingo Toes   https://flamingotoes.com/
Allie-Oops Sweet Happy Life   http://allie-oopssweethappylife.blogspot.com/
Happy Quilting Melissa http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/

To enter the giveaway here on my blog all you need to do is click on the button at the end of this blog post.  If you are using a phone or tablet to view this you may need to scroll to the very bottom and click on WEBVIEW or WEB VERSION to see the ADD YOUR LINK button.
After clicking on the button a drop down menu will open.  Add your first and last name and email address, leave all other fields blank, click submit.  Your email address will not be visible to anyone but me.  It will not be sold or used for any other purpose than this giveaway.  Leaving a comment in the comments section of this post will not enter you in the giveaway, but feel free to comment if you like, I love to hear from all my followers.  Giveaway will end on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 11:55 pm EDT.  A winner will be chosen and contacted by email on Sept. 9.  You will have 24 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.  SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS.

#HappyLittleThingsBOM



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Thursday, August 15, 2019

~ The Quilt Stare ~

I know I'm not the only quilter with this issue, the quilt stare.  Some of you may be wondering what the heck is the quilt stare?  Well, I think there's more than one type of quilt stare.  The first type is when you have a beautiful bundle of fabric that you absolutely love, it's laid out on your cutting table with the intentions of using it for just the right quilt pattern.  But it can't be just any pattern, it must be the perfect pattern for these gorgeous fabrics.  So you stare at the bundle for hours, occasionally you'll pull a pattern or surf the net for ideas. Until hours later you are still exactly where you started, staring at them.  I've done  this many times with the bundle below.  The stare didn't produce anything but wasted time.  The bundle still sits in my cabinet waiting for the perfect pattern.


The second type of quilt stare happens once you have chosen the perfect pattern for this perfect bundle.  Now it's time to chose the perfect fabric combinations for each block.  Carefully we audition the color combos. Stepping back away from the fabric is a must, making sure those fabrics look right at 2 ft away, 5 ft. away, and from way across the room.  Once you have made the perfect fabric combinations and cut your fabric then comes the third type of quilt stare.  This is happens while you piece the quilt.  I often find myself sewing along not paying any attention to what's going on with my hands and the needle but looking at the fabrics in the quilt.  This is the most dangerous type of quilt stare.  I've had more than one needle in my finger due to being distracted by beautiful fabrics.


On this day I decided to stop, step away to admire my gorgeous simple quilt.  Sigh...florals and polka dots, they make my little ole heart go pitter-pat.   My mind drifts off, imagining this quilt finished, draped over the back of my white rocking chair on the back porch.  A cup coffee and a good mystery book sit on the side table calling me in for an afternoon of relaxation.  Will this ever happen?  Well I may stage this for a photo shoot but actually sitting down to read a book doesn't happen much these days.  Audible books is how I get through a good book.


The fourth type of quilt stare is when the quilt top is complete.  Now it's time to decide how to quilt the quilt.  This is the most common type of quilt stare.   I have quilts tops that have been waiting for years to be quilted because I STARE at them and never come up with a quilting plan.  Are they that great of quilt that I have to have a fabulous quilting design?  Nope.  I'm just picky I suppose.  


Over the years I've learned to put the quilt on the frame even if I don't have a plan.  When I do this it means I'll go with a simple quilting design.  Elaborate quilting designs that need lots of pre-marking can't be done once the quilt is on the frame.  Maybe I can come up with an quilting plan while preparing the backing fabric.  The backing for this quilt will be the scrap leftover from the background fabric and a green print from my Lakehouse Drygoods yardage stash. 


The backing took about an hour to press, trim and piece.  But still no plan has been made for the quilting.


Maybe if I look at from over here.....


....or over here.  Hmm....I'm stumped!


If you need me I'll be in the sewing room in...STARING.






#disappearing9patchqal #quiltstare







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Monday, August 12, 2019

~ Happy Little Things Month One Winner ~

I want to thank everyone who enter the Happy Little Things Month One Giveaway.  If you still have not joined the Happy Little Things FREE BOM hosted by Jacquelynne Steves there's still time to join in the fun.  All you need to do is sign up on her blog and the new block each month will be delivered right to your email so you never miss a block!  No searching for the blocks or missing the giveaways each month.  You'll be notified anytime something new is going on with the BOM.  You can sign up here.  Or by clicking the image below.

 
This years featured bloggers had some great ideas and tips for making your blocks.  What an inspiring bunch of quilters.  Again if this is the first you've heard of this new FREE BOM be sure to hop over for a visit and follow each blogger so you don't miss out on all the fun coming over the next few months.  This BOM runs until December and then in January there will be a Grand Prize!  The list of participating bloggers is listed below.



The giveaway for this month is now closed and I have chosen a winner.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond.  If I do not hear from the winner by 9 A.M. EST tomorrow morning a new winner will be chosen.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Sorry for the strict rules.  But we need to get these prizes out the winners as soon as possible.  So with out further ado.....the winner is........
Brenda West
Congratulations Brenda!  You have won the following prize sponsored by Olfa.  I've sent you an email.  If you do not see the email check your spam folder.  You can also contact me directly at my email.  podunkpretties@gmail.com.





#HappyLittleThingsBOM  #HappyLittleThingsQuilt #quiltinggiveaway #olfa 

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Friday, August 9, 2019

~ Studio Transformation ~

Hello Happy Quilters!  I'm happy to announce the Podunk Studio is back to normal and ready for new quilting adventures.  It feels so good to walk into the Studio and not feel overwhelmed by the chaos and clutter.   The worst part of the cleaning process was the cobwebs.  And what comes with cobwebs?  SPIDERS!  No I'm not afraid of them but they catch you by surprise then they run willy-nilly.  My survival instinct kicks in at this point and I start squealing like a little girl swatting frantically as if I were being attacked by a large bear.  I'm proud to say 6 large bear spiders(about the size of a dime) and about twice as many little cub spiders are no longer with us.  


As you can see there were plenty of hiding spaces.   Believe it or not this picture was taken about 30 minutes after I started cleaning.  It took that long to collect all the files and papers that needed to be in my office.  Once those were cleared out I could focus on how to organize the mess.  There's four projects in progress hiding in all the chaos. 


The first one I tackled was the one that was creating most of the clutter.  I love this quilt and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you but it is a little more complicated than I feel like dealing with right now.  So in the box it goes until my MOJO  is completely restored.


Then there's On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter.  Bonnie's patterns are labor intensive.  Tons of tiny pieces that also are not great for MOJO challenged quilters.  But I would like to finish this before her next mystery quilt starts in November.  So it will left out where I can see it and I'll work on it as the mood strikes.


Next is the Happy Little Things by Jacquelynne Steves.  It's a new BOM that started this week.  I'm a featured blogger so it's at the top of the get it done list.  Getting this completed allows me to write the blog post in advance so there's no stress to meet deadlines.  If you would like to join this BOM you can find all the information on Jacquelynnes blog.  Olfa is sponsoring this months block with an amazing giveaway on several featured blogs.  You can find the giveaway on my blog by clicking here.


 The first thing I'll tackle is this super simple Disappearing Nine Patch.  This is a QAL by Julie at the Crafty Quilter Blog.  The QAL is over but the tutorials are still available on her blog.  I joined the QAL with hopes it would reset my MOJO.  Since it's a quick quilt project I should be able to complete it in just a few days


After cleaning the Studio today a couple more sewn rows were added to the design wall.  Progress at last.  It feels great to be quilting again.  Have you ever been a quilting slump?  Do you have any tip and tricks to share that might help rejuvenate their MOJO? 







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