Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winner, Tips and No-Replys

The Quilting Gallery hop winner of my giveaway is....
Mr. Random drew #10
Marla over at Marla's Crafts blog
and she said...

She won...6 Patterns and can now work on 
following those directions!  



Thanks to each of you who left me a comment.  
I responded to all that had an email...
There were lots of NO-REPLY bloggers, sew if
you didn't get a response from me...that is why.


Question Mark Icon Clip Art

My question for comments was...
What is your biggest challenge when using a pattern?


  "selecting colors/fabrics"  was the most common answer!


Sew here are my suggestions.

If you select color and fabrics you love...it usually works out! Look in your closet...it is full of colors you love together!  

Walk into a store full of color....like "Pier One Imports" 
What colors are calling out to you?   What do you look at first!

Find a pattern you like, make a single block with different colors/fabrics. Turn the blocks into "mug rugs". 


Go to a LQS and ask the owners if you can pull fabrics to play with color and prints.  And if you need opinions...they will certainly help out there. But, just remember its your opinion that counts.   



Sign up to get catalogs from on-line fabric stores.  They have great groupings of fabrics.  

Get on PINTEREST...Search for "color combinations"...you will be amazed!  I have a board called "Crayon Box" where you'll see some beautiful combos like this...



Check out ETSY for scrap bags.   Lots of quilters sell their scraps and you can create blocks using the scraps.   I'll have some coming soon to my Esty Shop.   But for now, you can check out my fabrics, kwilts and bags to see what I've put together for some fun color combinations.   

I hope you enjoyed the hop and will come back to see me soon!
Till then may all your Pleasures be Kwilty!   





Thursday, November 21, 2013

QUILTING GALLERY - BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY

This contest is now closed.
Winner will be announces as soon as I hear back from her.

Welcome to Kwilty Pleasures.  
Today I'm "giving thanks" for you stopping by.
I am very thankful for all my followers...because
without you....Kwilty Pleasures wouldn't be so pleasurable!

A huge thank you to Michelle, 
at Quilting Gallery 
for sponsoring this
Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

I know there are many places for you to visit today, 
but I hope, if you are new to my blog, you'll have some time 
to poke around and see what I'm up to!

Sew without further delay...my giveaway!

6 Patterns from a Quilter's Dream
Since I don't have any sponsors...
these "never been used" patterns are coming
from my sewing room to yours!!!


 The pattern photo shows batiks...and would be stunning
BUT...today I ask you to think outside the pattern sleeve 

LOOK CLOSELY and IMAGINE

*NOVELTY PRINTS*




*LOW VOLUME FABRICS*



*SCRAPPY or
CIVIL WAR FABRICS*



*30'S REPRODUCTIONS
or FLANNELS*



*HOLIDAY FABRICS
or SOLIDS*



*BLACK AND WHITE*
 (with a spot of bright)



To enter my giveaway...

Leave me ONE comment and tell me 
 What is your biggest challenge when using a pattern? 

Random Draw will determine a winner at the end of the hop!
(Sorry only open to US due to shipping costs! )

I hope you come back to see more of my Kwilty Pleasures!

Click here  "later today" and find the entire list of blogs
participating in the Quilting Gallery 
"Giving Thanks" Blog Hop!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER


Where did the summer go?
It's November and the holidays are 
coming at us...full speed!

This past summer I took a bunch of photos of my 
antique kwilt collection, in various locations.
(using a Cannon point and shoot camera)


Many of these kwilts are family heirlooms
Some I found in antique store for a steal!

All are beautiful...All have a story
I wish I knew all the words; all the history.
Ready? Lots of photos coming your way.

I went to a garden party...
actually I hosted this one for some gardening friends.    
 Here is my deck and back yard.

Garden Party Setting
 Love the kwilts and flowers together!
All Decked Out
Sun Bonnet Sue just waiting on the finches!
Hess Family Kwilt
My pergola (with swing) 
is a favorite setting for my kwilt photography.  
Gordon Family Lonestar
Here is my post about this "Gordon" family heirloom.
I do have the history on this beauty!
Gordon Family Lonestar  
The sun was setting - peeking thru the woods!

Hess Family Kwilt

Murphy Family - Sun Bonnet Sue

Hess Family - Maple Leaf

Stars - Antique Store Find  
Dresden Plate - Antique Store Find  

By now my hubby's arms are aching! 
Who needs to lift weights
when there are beautiful kwilts to photograph?

Kwilts on my neighbors deck (he wasn't home LOL)
trying to beat the sunrise...too late!
  
Hess Family - Sun Bonnet Sue
Antique Store Find - Beautiful Hand Kwilting
Murphy Family - Sun Bonnet Sue
Antique Trio 
And my favorite place for summer photos was
at a shelter house at Blacklick Woods Metro Park
in Reynoldsburg, OH

I was so excited to find the swinging window shutters
for this photo opportunity.  It was quite a job
to get these hanging by myself. 


Hess Family Kwilt
Dresden Plate
Stars - Hess Family Kwilt 
Antique Trio
Light playing thru the trees...ready for a picnic.

 

Back at my deck again, some close ups of kwilts & flowers. 




 I have a lot to learn about photography
but I'm having a really fun time in this journey!!  

I'm hoping Santa hit the lottery and will
bring me a new camera with lots of bells and whistles!



Monday, November 11, 2013

A RECIPE for WEEKEND FUN!

Find a location...
Houston Woods State Park Lodge
in Ohio

Add a lake


Sprinkle in  autumn colors


Fill a room with tables, sewing machines, ironing boards,
irons, cutting mats and excited sewers!



toss in sewing friends



add a design wall
(for my pre-made parcels)



that combined into a recipe 
for Ghastly Christmas fun!






 to cook up this fun top!



The spices that made the #OHcraft
sew in, an award winning dish....
were oodles of sponsor gifts, 
a great swag bag of goodies, 
fun swaps, 
great food and oh yeah...lots of WINE!

Made possible by Chef Kara over at Elna and Me
who knew just the temperature to get us cookin!

And now, I will kwilt up this Ghastly dessert for
my favorite customer!