My Happy Place Row Along The Great Outdoors

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My Happy Place Row Along The Great Outdoors

Hi everyone,

Today is finally my day to release my pattern for the My Happy Place Row Along. When Marian Pena from Seams To Be Sew announced this years row along, I had to take part. We all have our happy places, some of us even have more than one.

Thanks Marian, for hosting another brilliant Row Along.

I for one, have more than one happy place. It was hard to choose but I finally decided on The Great Outdoors.

I love a good campfire, overlooking the lake (or damn, as we call it here in South Africa) and the fantastic Drakensberg in the distance. I can just imagine myself being there, right now.

I machine stictched the applique pieces to the background.

And at the top, where the sky is, I decided to tie down that section, with some silver thread by hand. Inside all of the stars.

And the back of the quilt.

I added a hanging sleeve to the back, as this quilt has a place on my wall, just need to drill some holes.

The traditional quilters might raise the eyebrows to this, but because I work all day, I really don’t have time to hand sew a binding down. I would never get anything done. So all my bindings are machine stitched.

After trying several different styles if binding, I have decided I like the flanged binding best. It makes it look very neat and tidy. You just sew along the join in the seam and all done. There are many tutorials online on how to make the flanged binding.

You can download the row along pattern here.

We have some wonderful sponsors for this Row Along.

First is Northcott Fabrics has been a sponsor of this event for all three years this Row Along has been held. In the first row along and now in the third, they have provided up to a yard of fabric to the bloggers to use in their rows, this was the first part of their sponsorship this year.

The codes for these fabric choices are;

1/2 yard 39390-68 – Stonehenge – Joy to the world (used for the night sky)

1/4 yard 39302-95 – Stonehenge – Gradations Graphite (Used for the mountains)

1/4 yard 39304-66 – Stonehenge – Mystic Twilight (used for the water)

Now for the prizes,

Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate $25.00

Shipping Is Coupon Code Via Email
Value $25.00

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Electric Quilt Version 8

Shipping Is Coupon Code Via Email
Value $239.95

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What Else Can You See Today

The previous Designers on their days were:

Tuesday September 4, 2018

The Quilt Rambler
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cheryl LaPlante
Be A Quilter
Patti’s Patchwork

Thursday September 6, 2018

Pretty Piney
Ms P Designs USA
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Freemotion by the River
Any Pattern

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Barbara Dieges
Upstairs Hobby Room
Quilt Art
UlaSewing / SzycieUli

Thursday September 13, 2018

Pumpkin Patch BC
Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick
Patchwork Breeze

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Just Let Me Quilt
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilt Fabrication
Renee’s Quilting Addiction
Made By Marney

Thursday September 20, 2018

Clever Chameleon
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Seams To Be Sew

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog
Powered By Quilting
Kissed Quilts
Happy Sewing Room
Sew Joy Creations

Thursday September 27, 2018

BobbininQuilts
Daydreams of Quilts
The Quilted Snail
Scrapdash

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Words & Stitches
True Blue Quilts
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Creativeblonde

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Quilt In Piece
Jaded Spade Creations
Mountain Meadow Designs
Masterpiece Quilting
Pamela Quilts

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day

Hosts to be announced.

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Vanda Chittenden

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

Star Trek Row Along News Flash

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Star Trek Row Along News Flash

Star trek quilt along news flash

I am super excited to announce the Star Trek Row Along starting January 2019 and will last until March 2019.

The Row Along will be hosted by Fandom In Stitches

Jennifer Ofenstein from Sewhooked and myself will be designers of all the rows, and the patterns will include paper pieced patterns and embroidery. Plus full layout ideas will be shared.

Save the date and please join us for this Row Along.

Happy Sewing!

Vanda

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Three

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Three

Welcome everyone to Block 3 for the Fall Into A QAL.

Without further ado, here is block 3. The Bonfire Block is designed by Sherri of Powered By Quilting.

Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download.

You can download the pattern here. Plus clicking on the picture above will take you to the download page as well.

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

Remember to come back and visit next week Tuesday, where I will show you how I quilt this block.

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 Maxfiel – 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.

One free pattern of your choice from Powered by Quilting:

https://poweredbyquilting.com/shop/

Seam-Fix™ Double-Sided Seam Ripper:

https://www.dritz.com/quilting-sewing-supplies/sewing/sewing-tools/seam-rippers/949/

Omnigrid 4 1/2” square ruler:

https://www.omnigrid.com/quilting-sewing-supplies/rulers/omnigrid-standard-rulers/r45g/

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”, that would be great!

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 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

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eleven 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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 11.

The “North Star” block was designed by Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing. You can find the tutorial and pattern on her blog here.

Here is my finished North Star block.

I dug really deep into my stash for this block. I just KNEW that I had to keep that shiny (slippery) pretty (insert swear word here) fabric. See I am not a hoarder, I USED it. LOL. Anyway, I love how the star finished off.

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

Sandwich and baste your block. I used my quarter inch or walking foot for this one. And echo stitched all the way around the star, in a triangle shape. I deliberately chose white thread to contrast with the red, to (pretend) show light radiating from the star.

Then I stitched in the ditch around all the shapes in the star. Trying to match the thread color with the star.

Just love how the flange pops out.

All trimmed.

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
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Now for the prizes for submitting block 11!

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.

http://www.doohikeydesigns.com/product-category/binding-babies and http://www.inquiringquilter.com/my-store.

Add your link on the linky party at Kathleen Scargle McCormick at kathleenmcmusing.blogspot.co.za. 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/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

Block 10: http://blog.cwilt.co.uk/2017/11/i-wish-you-merry-quilt-along-block-10.html

 

LLAP

Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten 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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

And now for block 10.

This fortnight’s block is a Christmas lantern designed by Diane at Cwilt Fabrics & Haberdashery. You can find the pattern and tutorial for the block on her blog here.

Here is my finished Christmas Lantern block.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Quilting the block

Below is a couple of close up photos of the quilting on this block.

I started by stitching in the ditch around the lantern.

The blanket stitched around all the applique pieces. You can hand stitch or machine stitch this.

And finally I did from free-motion meandering in the background.

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
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <—–That’s me!
Now for the prizes for submitting block 10!

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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Ten Plus Prizes

Add your link on the linky party at Diane Lomax at Cwilt. 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/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

Block 9: http://www.snowydaysquilting.com/blog/2017/10/23/i-wish-you-a-merry-quilt-a-long-reindeer-games

 

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Vanda Chittenden

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Nine Plus Prizes

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I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Nine 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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Eight Plus Prizes

And now for block 9.

The “Reindeer Games” block was designed by Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting. You can find the tutorial and pattern for the block on her blog here.

Here is my finished Reindeer games block.

Quilting the block

I managed to lose all my step by step photos for this block. The next block will be normal again.

I do have a photo of the quilted block. The quilting is very simple on this one. I had planned on quilting it, so that it looks like the Reindeer had hair, and snowflakes in the background. But when I sat down to do it that way. It wasn’t working for me. In the end I decided on a simple stitch in the ditch, slight next to the ditch.

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
Becca at Pretty Piney
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
 Now for the prizes for submitting block 9!

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.

I Wish You A Merry Quilt Along Block Nine Plus Prizes

Add your link on Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting. 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/

Block 6: http://www.sandrahealydesigns.com/i-wish-you-a-merry-qal-block-6/

Block 7: http://sandystardesigns.com/2017/10/10/wish-merry-quilt-long-block-7/

Block 8: http://alicesamuelsquiltco.com/i-wish-merry-quilt-along-block-reveal/

 

LLAP

Vanda Chittenden

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

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