Wednesday, October 3, 2018

My Happy Place - 2018 STBS Row Along

Welcome to my Blog!  I'm Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting and I'm excited to be part of this elite group of bloggers bringing you the "My Happy Place" Row Along.  You can get to know me on my About Me page.   

Today I want to focus on My Happy Place row.  This theme was a challenge for me... I guess I don't think much about where "my Happy Place" is or what it is :)  But everyone who knows me knows that I love Antiques so it made perfect sense to use that as the theme for my row. My favorite antiques are quarter-sawn oak and walnut furniture as well as depression glass, ironstone china, Ruby Red glassware, blue canning jars and of course, antique quilts! 

I credit my love of antiques to my father, who was always refinishing antique furniture, and an amazing lady named Bernice, who was a dear family friend.  I loved going to her house because she had more antique furniture than anyone else I knew! 

So without any further adieu - here's my row! 



First of all - huge thanks to Northcott Fabrics for graciously providing the fabrics to make this quilt.  I used fabrics from their Artisan Spirit collection. 
And huge thanks to The Warm Company for supplying me with their Warm 80/20 batting and Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Web. 

I pieced the partial Dresden blade and Wedding Ring arc and then use raw edge fusible applique to attach then as well as the letters to the background fabric.  Each piece was secured using matching thread and a machine-blanket stitch.  The pattern is available for FREE until October 11, 2018 in my Craftsy store.   After that, the price will increase to $5.00. 

And what's a blog post without a giveaway or two or three! 

From Moda - 2 Moda Collector Tote Bags  valued at $15.00 each.  Shipping is the responsibility of the winner. 








And from Masterpiece Quilting (that's ME!) - 3 copies of my new book The Simple Sampler valued at $17.98 each.  I will pay shipping - international too!  In case you aren't one of the lucky winners, you can purchase a copy on Amazon.  






And from Electric Quilt - Electric Quilt Version 8, a $239.95 value!  The shipping  will be a Coupon Code Via Email. 







Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.  Be sure to visit the other bloggers participating in the My Happy Place Row Along.  I've seen previews of many of the rows and they are simply beautiful! 

Tuesday September 4, 2018
Thursday September 6, 2018
Tuesday September 11, 2018
Thursday September 13, 2018
Tuesday September 18, 2018
Thursday September 20, 2018
Tuesday September 25, 2018
Thursday September 27, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day


Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways
Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 11, 2018, and finish announcing winners on October 10, 2018.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their 
winners.

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

All winners are chosen at random.

All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.

Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.


Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge - October is Blue Violet

I'm excited about October's color - Blue Violet.  It's not as edgy as Red - Violet that was featured in September.  In case you missed them, be sure to check out my red-violet blocks.   

Anyway back to Blue Violet (it's one of those days when I digress on every topic!)   I was surprised I didn't have much Blue Violet in my stash.... I'm going to need to work on that. :)   I ended up purchasing a few quarter yard cuts of blenders to fill in what I was missing.   I'm noticing that my stash has a lot of medium to dark fabrics and not very much in the light and light-medium range.  I guess I'm not much of a pastel person! 



If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.


I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.   I love how subtle the block is - it's very soothing! 



With only 2 more blocks to make, I've started working on my final quilts.   I can't wait to share them with you.  Stayed tuned to social media for some sneak peaks :) 

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your blue violet block or anything made with blue violet from October 21 to 31 to be eligible for prizes.  

And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics who are giving away a $25 gift certificate!  I love hand dyed fabrics - don't you? 





Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!



Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting



And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peaks and updates!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Island Batik - Secondary Pattern Quilt Challenge + Name the Pattern Giveaway

Secondary patterns often emerge from a quilt designs without intention! Layout, color placement, and value all contribute to quilt design and creative use of any or all of these things can give you not one but two patterns in your quilt. This month the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors are knocking it out of the park with new quilt designs featuring secondary patterns.




I used one of my new designs for this month's challenge. It's so new - the pattern doesn't even have a name yet! Will you help me name it? In the comments, please share the name you would give this pattern. If I select your name or a variation of it, you will receive a free copy of the pattern.



This quilt looks great not only hanging on the wall but also draped across the porch swing.  I love the bright fresh colors!  While designed for three fabrics, I used a scrappy mix of fabrics that all read as the same color. 



For an extra punch of color, I added a flange to the border before I applied the binding. 

The pattern for No-Name Quilt (honest, the file on my computer is labeled "No-Name Quilt") will be available soon, so be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for the pattern release as well as sneak peeks and updates!




Island Batik - Modern Quilt Challenge

When someone mentions "modern quilt", admittedly batiks aren't the first fabrics that come to mind.  Typically we think of solids and the striking contrast that can be achieved with them.   But this month, the Island Batik Ambassadors are showing how batik fabrics can be used to create some really modern designs. 




I opted to use my new Modern Bars quilt pattern for this challenge.  I had designed this quilt in solids - but by selecting fabrics that read as solids it pulls off a modern look.  




I used a tan batik for the "background" fabric and then a variety of blue batiks for the bars.  The more I look at this quilt, the more I love it!  I used a lot of straight line quilting to further accentuate the modern look. 

The pattern for Modern Bars will be available soon, so be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for the pattern release as well as sneak peeks and updates!



Island Batik September Challenge - Starstruck Challenge + Giveaway

This month the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors are Starstruck!  We have all been creating some beautiful quilts and quilted projects featuring stars. 



I'm a big "star" fan and design a lot of patterns with stars.  For this month's project, I opted to use my Star Bright pattern.  


I have been wanting to make this quilt in a different colorway and this was the perfect opportunity to do so.  I was so in love with the Lavendula Collection that I used for my August Island Batik project that I used the same collection again this month. 


Isn't it amazing how much a change in fabric changes the entire look of a quilt!  


I made the quilt slightly smaller than the pattern instructions so it is sized perfectly for a patio throw.  I enjoy being outside but with the nights getting a little cooler, a throw quilt is nice to snuggle up with while sitting in the swing. 


Since the fabrics were the focal point, I kept the quilting pretty simple and used an edge-to-edge pattern to bring some movement to the quilt. 

For some fun this month, leave me a comment with the color combination you would use to make Star Bright and you will be entered to win a free Star Bright pattern.  I'll keep the giveaway open until midnight EST October 7, 2018.  

Feel free to share this blog and the giveaway on social media.  The more the merrier! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!



Sunday, September 23, 2018

The PBJ Border Quilt QAL - Center

I'm excited to be part of The Border Quilt QAL from Patterns by Jen.  Jen kicked off the QAL on September 12th and I wanted to share with you the progress I've made on my quilt.



In an earlier blog post, I asked you to help me decide which panel I should use for the center section. 


Well, the winter panel won... which is fine with me because I have another pattern designed for the other panel sections :) 

I love sewing with panels.  If you aren't confident with panels, be sure to check out my Learn to Quilt with Panels DVD and online class available from Annie's. 



My first step was to get my panel cut to size.  As you can see the actual panel was larger but I trimmed it to the needed width.  Yes, it's perfectly acceptable to only use part of a panel!  I think it really changed the focal point of the panel and you don't even realize it has been trimmed.  



I also trimmed and restitched the printed swirl border to bring it in closer to the panel center.  This allowed me to achieve the correct size for the center section. 


I'm working with stash yardage for my quilt and opted for a dark, hunter or evergreen fabric for the first border. 


So now I have my center section done!  yippee!!  

If you would like to be part of the Border Quilt QAL, you can join anytime.  Jen's blog post gives you all the options for purchasing the pattern as well as the other bloggers who are participating in the QAL.  

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge: September = Red Violet

For August we are celebrating another one of my favorite colors - Red Violet. 

Surprisingly even though I have a lot of this color in my wardrobe, I have very little in my fabric stash!   Maybe I've used it all up :) 


If you are finding this blog post for the first time and aren't sure what we are talking about .... To get all the scoop, be sure to check out Jen's post.


I used Island Batik fabrics for my block.  The color saturation of the batiks is perfect for a block like this where we need lights, mediums and darks of the same color.  I will admit my light is a bit more pink than red-violet but I needed the contrast to make the block work.   Most of my stash was all medium and dark fabrics. 


I'm using Jen's pattern (available on her blog - see link below) and made both the 12" and 6" block this month.  


With only 3 more blocks to make, I'm tempted to work ahead and get started on the final quilt.   I'm still debating between a horizontal or vertical layout. 

I can't wait to see what your block looks like.  On Jen's blog you have an opportunity to share your red violet block or anything made with red violet from September 21 to 30 to be eligible for prizes.  


And speaking of prizes, the sponsor for this month is the Art Gallery Fabrics who are giving away one of their Phat Quarters in Vibrant Violet!  I love Art Gallery Fabrics - don't you? 


Also be sure to visit the other bloggers who are participating this month.  It's so much fun to see what fabrics everyone has selected and how different the same block looks with different fabric choices!


Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen
Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting
Jen Rosin of A Dream and A Stitch
Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon Quilting
And if you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media! And speaking of social media, be sure to follow me on IG: @Masterpiecequilting and Masterpiece Quilting on FB for sneak peeks and updates!