8/23/2014

Are You Aware?

I have been meaning to do this post for awhile now. After even more frustration in my email boxes, it is time. I haven't seen many bloggers talking about this, which surprises me.
Some time ago I mentioned I was not getting email notification of some comments on my blog. Susan from The Bored Zombie kindly offered to help. I am not very tech savy, thank you Susan! She attempted to explain and I got most of it but will not even try to convey her wisdom :)
What it boils down to is this. I use yahoo mail, and I am not getting any notifications of comments on my blog that are from another yahoo user. Also, when I comment on any of your blogs and you are a yahoo user, you aren't seeing my comments either. This is SO frustrating because replying to comments is very important to me! Yes, we can comment directly on the post, but how many people ever go back to check if you replied?
Another blogger commented about this on Facebook asking for help. She is a hotmail user. I told her to check if the problem was from other hotmail users. Sure enough it was! I don't know if this is happening with all email servers or not.
I really have no words of wisdom or what to do about this. I just wanted you all to be aware that you may not be getting notification of all your comments. And others may not realize you have left them a comment. If anyone else has this problem or an answer, please share with us! I am curious as well to know if this is happening in gmail?? I bet if some of you check your emails for delivery failure notices (some go in my spam too), that you will discover the same problem. When I get a comment from a yahoo user, I do not even get it in spam. The only way to see these comments is if I am browsing through my posts. So you will not realize they are there unless you are at your post. I only get delivery failure notices of comments I leave on a blog that uses yahoo as well.
Now the past few weeks, all of my emails from blogs that I subscribe to by email are going to spam. Every.Single.One. Anything quilt related goes straight to spam, ACK! So I have to make sure I sort out all my spam every day too. Even if I mark them as not spam, they still continue to fall into my spam folder. I'm really fed up with yahoo. I've had the same email for eons and I don't want the hassle of changing everything that is attached to it, but I'm getting real close to that point!
I would love it if anyone that has gmail would chime in on this post and let me know if they are experiencing this also. I'm curious if comment notifications from one gmail user to another are being received.
Thanks and keep your eyes open for comments you don't know are there!

8/18/2014

Vintage Frogs

My floral/Briar Rose baby quilt is done and I LOVE it!


Light colored quilts are hard for me to photograph. I'm wishing I would have gotten the Canon Rebel, but I chickened out on spending so much on a camera, oh well!


I was ready for another simple squares quilt, they are my favorite. I have been collecting florals as I find them on sale. Mostly from my love of the quilts at Pretty Little Quilts and Quilting In The Rain
I bought some from Quilt Fabric Closeouts, they are the Shabby prints. Some came from one of my trips to SAS fabrics in Phoenix. There are three darker prints in there that I got at Fort Worth Fabric Studio, they matched with the Briar Rose backing so well.

 
I had originally bought the lilac bee print for binding to go with the Frog Pond backing but it just didn't work with the front of this quilt. Instead, I used a print called Pristine from Robert Kaufman. This is my favorite floral print that I had saved, it is SO pretty and soft. I found that at The Quilted Castle. Sorry for all the links but I've had readers thank me for including shop links :)


 I thought the Frog Pond print from the Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics was so cute. The other prints I wasn't sold on (even though they're all cute), so I just purchased a piece for a baby quilt backing at The Intrepid Thread awhile back when Julie had a sale. I was nervous about pairing it with the florals but in my opinion, it worked! 


I just love the cute little frogs, Heather Ross prints are just so darn irresistible!


This quilt is made up of squares finishing at 3 inches and laid out in a 13 x 14 pattern. It measures 38.5 x 41. I don't often name my quilts but I thought Vintage Frogs was a cute fit for this one! 


 I suppose if you don't care for flowery fabrics, you don't love this quilt as much as I do but this is one of my very favorites so far!
Thanks for dropping by, have a good week everyone :)
Linking up to:
 Needle And Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio 
Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

8/17/2014

Giveaway Winner

Well the odds were pretty good on this one! With only 10 entries, random.org picked number 8.

I had to take a picture of the draw with my phone, I'm a little tech challenged sometimes :)
The winner happens to be Zenia, who was the one to point out my blog had a birthday! When I scrolled down to number 8 and saw it was her, it was kind of ironic :) Thanks everyone and I will get these sent off to you Zenia. I will be emailing you shortly for your address, congrats!




8/13/2014

WIP And A Giveaway!

I really loved the frog pond print from the Heather Ross Briar Rose collection for Windham.

 

The other prints didn't really call to me so much. Awhile back I ordered the lilac frog pond for a baby quilt backing and the lilac bee print for binding.


 I wasn't sure what I would do with it. I Have also been picking up pieces of different florals as I see them on sale. All the beautiful quilts being made over at Quilting In The Rain got me on the lookout for florals. I decided to make a simple patchwork squares quilt to go along with the Briar Rose pieces. Patchwork squares truly are my favorite still :) This should be done by the end of the week.

A reader pointed out to me that my blog had turned 1 at the end of July. I hadn't even thought about it, so thanks Zenia! I am very grateful for all your friendships and my followers! I have met such awesome people since my quilting journey started. I truly am thankful for all your help, knowledge and kind words :) I purchased a little something from Vintage Fairytale as a way of saying thanks. She still has some great sales by the way! (no affiliation) It's not a lot, but I'm offering 5 mini charm packs to one lucky reader.

I love mini charms and hope you do too! I like to get them and then have something to reference if I need a binding or backing etc. When they are no longer needed, they are great for runners, bags or other great little gifts. So if you would like to be included, leave me a comment, anything will do. If you need an idea, I would love to know if you like modern quilts, traditional quilts, or like me, and love them all! I will close the giveaway on Sunday, August 17th at 8 PM MDT. I will choose a winner with random number app. Good luck and thank you all! Giveaway is now closed.

8/08/2014

Peak Hour #2

I finished up another Peak Hour quilt yesterday.


It is almost like my first one. I still like the first one better, but I'm trying to use up what I have on hand. For those that may not know, the fabric is Peak Hour from Riley Blake. You can still find some here at For Sew It Seams 2 on Etsy. The white is Kona cotton and binding is a solid shade of orange from Northcott.


I had a piece saved for the backing but it was just an inch too small so I used this Bungalow Stripe from Michael Miller.




I made this one a little bigger than the last one was. It finished at 36.75 x 40.25. This is a pattern I just came up with myself. I laid things out and added the white where I wanted it. It makes for a cute quilt without using a lot of prints. My first Peak Hour has been my most popular and most viewed quilt so far. Yardage of the car strips is almost impossible to find now. I love this line for a boy and wish they would re print! I do have a couple fat quarter bundles still and need to think up a new design for them. I have listed this in my Etsy shop, Sold. Thanks for stopping by!
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

8/01/2014

Finally A Friday Finish!

Can you believe it's August 1st already?! I'm happy to finally have a finish to share this week.

I wasn't sure what to do with the quilting since all I am able to do yet is straight lines. I should have listened to my first thought and just done diagonal quilting both directions. Instead I did diagonal in the white. I then quilted on both inside edges of the color parts of the diamond shapes. I continued on into the white crosses. This is where it got a little off. I'm disappointed with it because it isn't even, not by a long shot.


For the back I used my two favorite prints from this fabric line, Tule by Leah Duncan for
Art Gallery. The white is Art Gallery Pure Elements in Snow.


I really dislike piecing backings, although I love how they look. I'm happy with how this one turned out. The quilting blended so well into the fabric that you can't see it very good but it ended up with lots of different designs I wasn't expecting. But it's a good unexpected since I'm less than thrilled with the quilting on the front!

For the binding I used the zig zag dot print. After it was finished, it ended up as just dots but I love that it left the softness of the quilt. My husband informed me that if there were any farm ladies reading this, they were gonna know this binding picture was taken in a patch of weeds with flowers. When you live in NM, you take any flowers you can get, even if they are in the weeds, ha!

I wasn't sure I was going to like the end result on this one because of the quilting quirks. The fabric is so pretty that I still like it :) It finished at 52 x 69. Pieced and quilted with Gutermann white cotton. The batting is off my big roll of 100% cotton.

If you are interested in making your own, here's the diagram I drew up when starting. They are all 4 inch squares in a 15 x 20 layout. When I pieced this together I did it in 5 x 5 sections because I don't enjoy sewing long rows together. I have better luck keeping things square this way.
 I forgot to mention I purchased my Tule prints from Staci at Vintage Fairytale. She has some really great buys right now. I got a bunch of mini charms for only 2.00 each! No affiliation, I just love the shop and wanted to share a good sale with you all!
Thanks for stopping by! Linking up to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts 
and Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio

7/23/2014

More Vintage Sheets And Fabric

Well, I still don't have my Tule quilt done! I am working on it however.

We had to make another trip, this time to NE. Business matters to take care of. The good part was I got to see my Mom and family. She gave me a cedar chest that had belonged to my Dad's mother way back when. I never got to meet her, so I am excited and honored to have this family piece!

I visited the local "junk" store and found 3 garbage bags full of vintage sheets and pillowcases. This chest was the perfect place to store them. With what I already had, it filled it completely up!
Mom also gave me 2 more boxes of vintage fabrics. I haven't even sorted through the last 3 she gave me yet.
I just love these old fabrics. When I first started quilting I loved civil war and floral type fabrics. Then my attention turned to modern fabrics. Now I'm loving floral vintage stuff, mostly the sheets. They make such soft, comfy quilts! I've decided I just love most all fabric :)
Hopefully now I can stay home and get something actually sewn and finished.
Hope you all are having a great summer!!