My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow

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My Happy Place Row Along Start Tomorrow!

My Happy Place RAL 2018

Northcott Fabrics has kindly given fabric to the designers participating to help them create their rows.

The Designers For My Happy Place RAL 2018

Sponsors For My Happy Place RAL 2018

Please come along tomorrow and see what the first group of designers have planned for you.
Happy Sewing!
Vanda

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Eight

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Eight

Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 8 in the Fall Into A QAL.

Jennifer Fulton of Inquiring Quilter, has designed the Autumn Leaf block, it is a paper pieced block and super easy and quick to make. Jennifer kindly included a beginners version of the block, for anyone who might not be familiar to the technique. I decided to make the original leaf.

I wasn’t easy choosing oranges and yellow for this wonderful block, as I am fast running out of oranges and yellows. But I am determined to only use from my stash.

Here is my leaf.

Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download.

You can download the pattern here.

As I am planning to quilt as you go for this quilt. The same as I did last year.

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please also visit all the the other hosts and designers, to see how they have made with block one. Each host has their very own unique style. And I loved all of their hedgehogs very much.

April Adams – https://www.JANDABendQuilts.com/blog
Sherry Shish – poweredbyquilting.com
Sandy Maxfield – sandystardesigns.com
Kathleen McCormick – kathleenmcmusing.blogspot.com
Bobbi Bridgeman – snowydaysquilting.com
Jennifer Fulton – http://www.inquiringquilter.com/
Karen Thurn – https://tunaquilts.wordpress.com/
Sandra Healy – http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com
Abbie Danahy – sparkilyblog.wordpress.com
Jennifer Fulton – http://www.inquiringquilter.com/

And don’t forget to join our Facebook group to join in the fun of sharing your creations.

Let us not forget the prizes!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to win these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released.

Our lucky winner will receive the following prizes. The giveaway is open to international participants worldwide.

Here is Block 8 prize info.

Make Modern is a digital magazine for the online quilting community, brought to you from a group of passionate modern quilters in Australia. Every issue includes 10-14 modern quilt patterns plus 10-14 feature articles by amazing quilters from all over the globe.

https://www.makemodern.com.au/

The Big Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, is for anyone who completes a full quilt top. And it is worth it, just see what you can win.

“These are our prize sponsors throughout the QAL” … “The Final Grand prize will be announced 10/16/18”.

In addition, the following members of Partners in Design are providing prizes as well:

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing

Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs

Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Vanda at Quilting with Vanda – this is me.

 

This Quilt Along is brought to you by our group of talented designers and hosts Partners in Design.

Have a happy crafty and sewing week.

Vanda

Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

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Enter If You Dare Blog Hop Day Two

Yesterday started the Enter If you Dare Blog Hop, a Halloween theme.

I had so much fun, making the mug rugs, and wall hanging for this event.

But first!  A big thank you to Marian at Seams to be Sew for planning and running another awesome event. Be sure to visit Marian blog every day to get the pretty awesome patterns she is giving away.

The Bonus Blocks

Ok! yes I am starting this post a little back to front.

Marian asked all the bloggers if they were interested in making some of her bonus patterns to show off during the hop. (The free patterns mentioned above). And I jumped at the chance.

Here is my two that I chose for my day.

This one looks just like a ghost emoji. I think it is so cute. Click on the photo to go to the page where all these patterns are shown.

I chose a black background, as you would see your ghost during the night, and bordered it with a green to match his eye. A super easy applique pattern, I chose to machine applique the pieces to the background at the same time quilting it through the quilt sandwich. I then back stitched the features in the face. You can just make them out in the photos, I do wish I had chosen a darker green.

This one above is a traditionally pieced pattern of Frankenstein. Mostly squares.

I chose to quilt this wall hanging (20 x 20″) in a criss cross pattern, and think it turned out very well.

Click on the photo to go to the pattern page.

My contribution

Alright, I need to confess something here.

Every single hop and quilt along I have taken part in, I have designed something new.

But circumstances in the last couple of months had been against me for this one.

The patterns I am showing today, is both free and new to me. Freshly made, quilted and bound, hot of the presses.

But not designed by me. Both these blocks below can be found free on Fandom in Stitches and is designed by my friend Jennifer Ofenstein, these patterns can also be found on her own website called Sewhooked.

A list of other bloggers during this event.

Wednesday, Oct 18
Just Let Me Quilt
Quilt Doodles
Tea Time Creations
Thursday, Oct 19
Tweety Loves Quilting
Patchwork Breeze
Quilt In Piece – this is me
Ms P. Designs USA
Friday, Oct 20
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Just Because Quilts
Monday, Oct 23
Bumbleberry Stitches
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Pumpkin Patch
Tuesday, Oct 24
Words & Stitches
Seams To Be Sew
Moose Stash
Quilted Delights

The best part – The Prizes

a $75.00 gift certificate,

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Timeless Treasures bundle of fabric.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cost To Ship 7.19 USA / Canada/Europe rates will be given when address for winner is known.
All US Winners bundles are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. No Exceptions.

Blog Giveaway Guidelines

Please take the time to read it.

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

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

All winners will be announced on October 25, 2017.

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

Winners are expected to pay shipping costs for the product they won.

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.

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.

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.

 

Happy sewing!

Vanda

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

Don’t forget, besides the prizes you can win each week, there is also a big prize for everyone who posts a finished quilt at the end.

Here are some of the sponsors for the BIG prize that you can win at the end of the quilt along.

And now for block 6.

This block is designed by Sandra Healy http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/.

Fabric selection for this block.

I chose a delicate colors for this block.

Here is my version of the block

Quilting the block

I started by stitching in the ditch around all the squares.

Then change to a applique stitch on the machine, you can also use a satin stitch or hand applique your block.

And stitched all the way around the stars and the angel.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Six Plus Prizes

The Hosts for the Quilt Along

Please go and have a look at all the hosts posts today. Each of the host will be making all the blocks throughout the Quilt Along and will be providing tips and hints to help you along they way. Plus they will help answer any questions you may have. And it will be awesome to see all the different fabric that is being used by every host, to help you make a decision for your own.

Abbie at Sparkle On

April at JANDA Bend Quilts

Becca at Pretty Piney

Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting

Karen at Tuna Quilts

Now for the prizes for submitting block 5!

Post your links in the next 2 weeks to be able to wind these prizes. A new set of prizes will be up for grabs for each block being released. The link to Island Batik is here.

Add your link on Sandra Healy’s blog at http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/shop/. If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter the giveaway by posting you block on Instagram with the #iwishyouamerryqal and in the Facebook group – I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along with the #iwishyouamerryqal. I can’t wait to see everybody’s blocks.

Miss a block!

Don’t worry, here they are;

Block 1: direct link to the block 1 post, that has the download link

Block 2: https://www.jandabendquilts.com/home/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-2-christmas-tree-farm

Block 3: http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/2017/08/i-wish-you-merry-qal-block-3-tutorial.html

Block 4: http://www.inquiringquilter.com/questions/2017/8/27/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-4

Block 5: https://poweredbyquilting.com/2017/09/11/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-5/

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Vanda Chittenden

New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

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New Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

Pinstripe CrossingNew Pattern Pinstripe Crossing

In July, I started something new. I started a new tester group to help me test out my new patterns, plus was in the process of creating a secret Facebook group just for my testers.

One of my testers Richard Eaves, tested Pinstripe Crossing for me (crib size), and I love the end result very much.

This pattern was meant to be released round about 9 July 2017. But things went very pear shaped straight after that.

I am only now feeling some normality returning to my life, so after I finish of some commitments with some hops and quilt alongs, I will be back with a vengeance with loads of new patterns.

Pinstripe crossing above can be download from my Craftsy store by clicking on the photo above.

See you soon

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Vanda Chittenden

I want to believe X Files Quilt

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I want to believe X Files Quilt

Geek alert! As you know by now, I am love my Geek, Fandom and Nerdy stuff. So when this gorgeous Quilt and Stitch Along started last year, I just could not resist, it is called the I want to believe X Files Quilt.

And I love this quilt so much.

I just finished the quilt top and will be hanging out with my other UFO’s will be quilted later. UFO! Whahaha, how ironic.

Oh Yes! You want to see what it looks like.

Here is my quilt top

I want to believe X Files Quilt

And some close up photos of the blocks.

In this quilt, there is 3 paper pieced blocks and many embroidered blocks.

You can find all the patterns FREE at Fandom in Stitches.

The designer is a fellow quilter and friend, Jennifer Ofenstein. Her own personal blog is Sewhooked. Go and check out some other amazing patterns available at either Fandom in Stitches and Sewhooked.


So, with this quilt top, I have completed 3 UFO for the year so far, so I am on track with my list. Now for no. 4


What’s cooking?

There are several BIG things coming up this year.

  1. Fantastic Beasts Quilt Along 2 starting in September this year.
  2. “MY Favorite” Fandom quilt along next year (I am working on the patterns this year)
  3. 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop now in April, date will be announced.
  4. LOADS of new patterns.

Till next time. Have a happy sewing week.

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Vanda Chittenden

 

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The Road Home To Maine with Cheryl…

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road-home-row-alongThis is my first Row Along and it has been so much fun designing what I saw in my head.  I grew up in southern Maine with the ocean on one side of us and a mountain (my husband calls it a hill, lol) on the other side.  I love walking through the woods as much as spending time gazing out across the ocean.  Our lobsters and famous Nubble Lighthouse attracts people from all over. I hope you enjoy this rendition of our state.

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Philosophers Stone From Harry Potter

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Philosophers Stone from Harry Potter

The is the newest pattern made for a request.

The lady, Jo, is making a Harry Potter quilt for her son, and wanted this faceted Philosophers Stone, to add to the patterns.

Philosophers Stone from Harry Potter

Philosophers Stone from Harry Potter

The pattern is 10 inches finished, and paper pieced.

The patterns are colored, to make it easier to sew the pattern.

You can see from Jo’s block, that she chose to make the bottom a book, but this can be left as the background as well.

Philosophers Stone from Harry Potter

Philosophers Stone from Harry Potter

This is an ongoing project hosted by Fandom in Stitches

The original quilt along happened in 2011 and revitalized in 2015, and there is still people joining  up to today, starting from the first block. So it seams to be a never ending  quilt along.

This faceted stone will be published on Fandom in Stitches in the next couple of week, date to be announced.

For more fantastic patterns based on Harry Potter and much more visit Fandom in Stitches.

 Voldemort: Harry Potter. We meet again.

Harry: Voldemort?

Voldemort: Yes. You see what I’ve become? See what I must do to survive? Live off another, a mere parasite! Unicorn blood can sustain me, but it cannot give me a body of my own. But there is something that can; something that, conveniently enough, lies in your pocket!

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Till next time.

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Vanda

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Completed Smartphone Quilt

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Completed Smartphone Quilt

It is done, finally! It took a couple of months, but here she is on all her glory.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

All these patterns and much, much more is still available for free on Fandom in Stitches in the link below.

Completed Smartphone Quilt

There are several layouts to choose from as well, in the end my mom decided in the Ipad layout, as this quilt is for her. And she is completely addicted to her Ipad.

You can still join in with the quilt along. Even though it “ended in December”, there is still people joining in and starting their quilts.

And some closeups of all the blocks that went into the quilt.

There will be a second quilt, and has been added to my list of things to do. But not right now, as I have to finish off some current bom’s and qal’s.

Plus I need to finish preparing for my Fantastic Beasts quilt along starting in October.

Fantastic Beasts

I will keep a database here, and you can follow the quilt along from here as well. But the main event will be hosted by Fandom in Stitches.

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Tomorrow I have some catch up blocks to show, from the My Favorite Things block of the month.

My Favorite Things

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And lastly, but definitely not least, I have been working on a Romulan Pattern for my Star Trek Series. Hopefully I will have this one tested in the next week or two and then I will share it with all of you.

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Vanda

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Celebrate International Craft Month

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Celebrate International Craft Month

Celebrate International Craft Month

You can not imagine the excitement I felt, when I was included in the blog hop for International Quilting Month.

Here is the whole list of bloggers taking part in the event. Please go and visit everyone, you never know what you might find.

And don’t forget to leave and comment and enter your name in the Rafflecopter to win a prize. There are19 prizes to be won, the full list is available on Quiltshopgal. Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

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But what to do?

I wracked my head for weeks until it dawned on me, that I can share my inspiration. The whole reason why I am addicted to quilting, in particular paper piecing or foundation piecing as it is also called.

Did you know, that I only started quilting and paper piecing January 2015. It feels as though I have been quilting forever.

The quilt that got me started was a quilt along that started in January 2015, it was paper pieced and it was magical, to say the least. Never in my whole life, did I think I would be able to make any of the things that was posted.

Here is my finished project from The Project of Doom quilt along, a Harry Potter inspired Quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Project of Doom, a Harry Potter inspired quilt.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Harry Potter inspired quilt, number 2

Jennifer Ofenstein is the mastermind behind these awesome patterns. And best of all, these patterns were shared with us for free.

Jennifer runs a website called Fandom in Stitches, where you can find all of these patterns, plus a lot more.  The website has any genre you can think of to satisfy any fandom, geek or nerd.

What is even more inspirational is a lot of these quilts are donated to the Linus Connection (their mission is to make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations in our area. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, in crisis centers, in foster care, battered women’s shelters, to any child who is in need of a little extra security in their lives.) You can also find Jennifer on her own website Sewhooked.

This has also inspired me to work on my own quilt along, which is why I didn’t have time to make anything new for this hop.

I can’t show anything to do why my qal yet, but here is a blog button.

Celebrate International Craft Month

Now for the rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

See everyone soon and enjoy the blog hop.

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Vanda

PS: to comment from my front page, the comments is at the top of the page under the heading, just click on the word comments.

If you click on the heading and go to the specific post, then the comments is at the bottom and the top of the page.

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