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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Linky Tuesday and giveaway winner

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Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Today is Linky Tuesday!

Heidi from Red Letter Quilts is sharing a tutorial for this neat block.
Red Letter Quilts Southwest Summer Quilt Block Tutorial
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts is getting ready for Halloween with this cute wall hanging.
Lea Anne from Podunk Pretties shared another neat block that you'll want to make.

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The winner of the fat quarter bundle of Marblehead fabric is Paula! Congratulations and I will be sending you a email.  Thank you Fabri-Quilt and be sure and visit their blog - Inspired by Fabric this week for a bunch of the block tutorials and giveaway.
Gemstones Jewels and Quartz fat quarters

Inspired by Fabric
The Summer in the Country blog hop continues! Click here for the entire list of blogs (including my giveaway) and also visit Purfect Spots Designs today.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Classic & Vintage Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

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Classic & Vintage Logcabin quilt
One of my first quilts....and only hand quilted one......was a log cabin quilt. Fat Quarter Shop has created another Classic & Vintage quilt pattern. This pattern shows a neat way to make log cabin blocks. The patterns uses the Creative Grids Log Cabin ruler which I didn't have but I did have several different rulers that I was able to use. I used a 4 1/2 inch ruler to make the first trim of the block. I lined up the center of the ruler with the center block.
First trim of logcabin block
For the second trim I used a 6 1/2 inch ruler and also used painter's tape to mark another diagonal line.
Second trim of logcabin block
For the final trim of the block I used a 8 1/2 inch ruler and painters tape again.
Final trim of logcabin block
Here is the final block and making it this way definitely made a perfectly square block.
Finished log cabin block
I ended up making six blocks for a small quilt. Here you can see it all pieced and ready to be quilted. The pattern includes a couple of appliques that would love beautiful.
Finished quilt top on the deck
I decided to just add some little flowers and leaves. 
Finished quilt on the deck
I did my normal type of raw edge applique -freemotion stitching.
close up of applique
I used pinks that I had in my pink stash is getting low. The quilt size is 22 x 32.
You can download the free pattern for the block here.

Fat Quarter Shop
There is also a video that shows how to make the block and is very informative. The link is here or watch it below. After watching it, I think this is another ruler I just might have to buy. Kimberly even shows a cute little Fat Quarter Shop ruler that I'll be picking up! Yes.....I am a ruler junkie.

Here is the link to the pattern that includes three different sizes of quilts and the appliques.
I hope you enjoy this post and make some log cabin blocks of your own. This is my last quilt for August and what a perfect finish. Tomorrow starts a new month!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Winter Wonderland Sew Along

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Winter Wonderland Sew Along
Happy Saturday everyone! Have you been following along with the fun during the #verysherrichristmas Winter Wonderland Sew Along with the Fat Quarter Shop. It is with Sherri Falls of This & That Patterns and we’re all sewing up the Sleigh Bell Sampler from her first book with It's Sew Emma, Winter Wonderland.
Winter Wonderland Book by Sherri Falls
The block I did is the House Block which is so darn cute! You might not even know it is in the book as it is hidden behind the Christmas tree on the cover.
Here is a picture of the block and......
here is mine! I think this is the cutest pattern in the whole book!
Winter Wonderland House
 I made a couple other blocks using a collection of Christmas fabric called Jovial I have had for a while. If you go to my tutorial page, you'll find the fabrics used in several things.
I just had to make a couple houses out of batiks too. The book has twelve different projects and twelve different blocks with color photos of everything.
Winter Wonderland house blocks made with Island Batik fabrics
Be sure and also visit Why Not Sew? to see her ornament block she is showing today!

Thank you Sherri Falls and Fat Quarter Shop for a great Sew Along!
Fat Quarter Shop

How a bout a GIVEAWAY!
Giveaway for 5 spools of 50wt Aurifil thread
The Fat Quarter Shop is giving one very lucky person 5 spools of  50wt Aurifil thread! You get to pick the colors to compliment your Winter Wonderland quilt!

To enter, tell me which Aurifil thread color is your favorite? Click HERE  to see all the colors.

Bonus Entry:

Follow me on Instagram: @FreeMotionByTheRiver and leave an additional comment to let me know you did!

This giveaway will run through Friday September 4th and the winner will be announced Saturday September 5th.

I also have two other giveaways going on right now!!
Be sure and enter them.
Win a table topper and 4 placemats            Win a Fat Quarter Bundle of Fabric
Giveaway prizes at Freemotion by the River             Gemstones Jewels and Quartz fat quarters


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Friday, August 28, 2015

River Squares

Pin It The batiks in this quilt make me realize fall is just around the corner. Our weather has been perfect the last couple of sounds like we have some 90 degree days coming up though.I just finished up this quilt for a special order. This is a lap quilt for a woman in a wheelchair. It is made with all batik fabrics and the size is 36 x 48.
Lap quilt made with batik fabrics
I used my River Squares pattern for this quilt and added one more row to make it a little longer. This pattern goes together fast and favorite kind of quilt.
River Squares pattern

Lap quilt made with batik fabrics
I wanted the quilt to have some loft so I tried to do a large swirly free-motion stitching. I really, really have a hard time with that type of quilting.....I think I had to stop at least 3 times and use my seam ripper as I had a pleat in the back. I do much better with teeny tiny stitching. I put a batik on the back also.
River Squares with a batik backing
I used a 50wt Aurifil thread. The color is 2340 and my spool is almost gone.....I seem to use this color a lot! Be sure to stop by tomorrow as......there just might be a giveaway of Aurifil thread.
My favorite Aufil thread color Aurifil thread
I always like to wash and dry a quilt before giving it to someone. No surprises that way.
River Squares quilt after being washed
I put a color catcher in the wash machine and dryer.....looks like it caught some of the color! I always use one when washing a quilt.
Use a color catcher when washing your quilt
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