Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 Free Motion Quilt Along - Winners!

Woohoo!
I've completed the random drawings 
for the prize winners in the
2016 Free Motion Quilt Along !!
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Before I announce the "official" winners I want to congratulate everyone that Quilted Along with us on the Susybee Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart or otherwise.  
See the original QAL Post here

Learning to Free Motion Quilt is sew fun but can sometimes be frustrating -- so persistence and practice is key to improving your FMQ Skills.

There were a total of 13 projects (some finished and some work in progress) submitted by the extended deadline -- and at least one completed project was submitted after the deadline.

I used Mr. Random Generator to choose the Winners in the order the sponsors were listed in the original post.
Because we had a total of 13 entries
I've thrown in a few "extra" prizes
for those that didn't win
a sponsored prize...
Everyone's a winner today!

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Many thanks again to all of our fabulous Sponsors -- for offering quality products and great prizes.

Let's start with the winner of the awesome designer thread collection 

Thank you
for Subtle Strings...
The beautiful new designer thread collection by my favorite 
FMQ mentor, Wendy Sheppard.  


The winner is:
 Glenice from Australia!
Woot Woot -- Glenice I KNOW you will love this 50Wt Aurifil thread collection!

Next
Thank you Creekside Fabrics, Quilts and Yarns in Arcade, NY.


For the:
 
The Winner is: 

 Di Di -- from the USA!

Congratulations DiDi -- You'll have some fun at the Creekside Fabrics Online Store!


Next,
Thank You
 Quilter's Dream Batting - my favorite batting/waddling. 


For one package each of
Dream Wool and Dream Cotton!

And the Winner is:
 Sharon from Upstate NY!
Sharon I know you'll find great things to do with this fantastic selection of batting!

Moving right along...
Thank you Sew It Is Quilt Shop
For providing another Susybee Panel
with some coordinating fabrics!

And the Winner is:
 Patti H from USA
Congratulations Patti -- You'll have fun making a selection from the Sew It Is Online Store!

Next up:
Thank you Quilty Pleasures in Geneva, NY
 For providing a $20 Store Credit
And the Winner is:
 Ellen from Albany, NY
Congratulations Ellen!
I know you'll love your selection from the
Quilty Pleasures Online Store!

Finally
Thank you World of Susybee !

For providing this fun Lal the Lamb 1 yard cut

And the Winner is:
 Karen C from the USA!
Congratulations Karen -- Lal is sew fun to FMQ - You will be thrilled!

And for the remaining ladies that submitted
Quilt Along entries....
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I have some sweet older Susybee panels
you can use to
continue to practice your FMQ!!
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Some Flip the Pig, and Bird and
a few other awesome panels...

Everyone....
To collect your prizes
I'll need an email and mailing address sent to me.
Once I receive this information
 I'll coordinate
getting your prizes shipped to YOU!

eMail me at redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com

Also, I've already rec'd some feedback on the Quilt Along -- if you have feedback too please send it to me, we can all learn together from this first Redbird Quilt Co event.

Happy Stitching!
Karen

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 FMQ Along - Deadline Extended

Hello fellow quilters and thanks for stopping by!

As many of you know I was away at 
International Quilt Market last week
(So inspiring !! See my Quilt Market Instagram shares here)
while Giveway entries were open for the
2016 Free Motion Quilt Along
using the Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart 
by World of Susybee. 

Since we're all a bit new to the Linky Party interface on the blog and many of you don't have blogs of your own, there were a few technical difficulties linking up your completed projects.   

This combined with my being
away at Quilt Market 
made me a bit uneasy to hold true 
to the original 
Quilt Along Giveaway Entry
deadline of May 23rd at Midnight.

Therefore, I've decided to extend the deadline by 72 hours, giving you more time to email your project image to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com -- or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com.

There's no need to have the project completed, just send me an image of what you've done so far -- by May 26th at Midnight Eastern Time (about 48 hours from now).

If you have any questions please do email me at one of the addresses above...

Best of luck!  I'll be doing a random drawing on Friday for the winners.

You can see the Giveaway Post and Linky Party entries here.

Good luck to all!
Karen


Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Free Motion Quilt Along - Enter the Giveaway

Greetings Fellow Quilters!
&
Welcome to the
Final Installment
of the
2016 Redbird Quilt Co.
Free Motion Quilt Along
using the whimsical 
Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart
by the World of Susybee
artist Susy Bleasby

It's time to enter an image of your Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart
(even if it's not completed)
to be eligible for the random drawings for Quilt Along Prizes!!
If you're just joining us be sure to checkout the previously published
Free Motion Quilt Along Posts:

Introduction => here
Sponsors =>  here
Supplies =>  here
Part I Pieced Borders =>  here
Part II Pin Basting ==>  here
How to Quilt That =>  here
Part III Tools, Setup + Practice => here
Part IV Let's FMQ => here
Part V More FMQ => here
Part VI Echo, Pebbles, Loops & Swirls Oh My! => here
Part VII Landscape & Background => here
Part VIII Borders ==> here
Part IX Finishing ==> here

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for providing the following prizes:

The great folks at Aurifil 

are sending Subtle Strings -- the beautiful new designer thread collection by my favorite FMQ mentor, Wendy Sheppard.  

Subtle Strings contains 12 spools of Aurifil 50Wt thread -- they're perfect for FMQ'ing most backgrounds and negative space.  

Checkout the beautiful quilting Wendy did with this collection in this blog post -- don't miss it!

Thanks so much Aurifil for this awesome product and giveaway!

Images courtesy: www.wendysheppard.net

Next up -- the generous team from Creekside Fabrics, Quilts and Yarns in Arcade, NY.



  Creekside Fabrics is a full-service shop and an Elite Dealer for Baby Lock Machines and Products.  
Fabrics, yarns, custom quilting, long arm rental -- you'll find it all at Creekside Fabrics, Quilts and Yarns.

Sandy is providing a $25.00 Shop Certificate for the QAL Giveaway - Sew exciting! 
Thank you Sandy & Creekside Fabrics.
Next up -- the great folks at Quilter's Dream Batting - my favorite batting/waddling. 

Quilter's Dream is a USA based company and sponsor of the annual Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge for ALS


I've been using Quilter's Dream 100% Wool batting (Dream Wool) for just over a year and absolutely LOVE it.  You can read about my first encounter and see the awesome quilting results using Aurifil thread and Dream Wool batting in this blog post.

Wool batting provides for great quilting texture, drape-ability, and warmth without adding excessive  weight and with little/no bearding.

Quilter's Dream wool really does Quilt like a Dream.

The great folks at Quilters Dream Batting are providing us two products for the QAL giveaway!

A package of each Dream Wool and Dream Cotton -- Oh So Fun!!!
Thank you Quilter's Dream!

Moving right along... our next sponsor is
Sew It Is Quilt Shop is a family run business based out of Endicott, NY with amazing fabric prices and long arm service too!!

  Be sure to visit SewItIs online (or in person) the next time you can't find something at YOUR local shop.

Sew It Is Quilt Shop is donating another Susybee Quilt Kit for the QAL giveaway.  

  The quilt kit will consist of a Lewe's (or Lal) Play Mat and Susybee border fabric -- Oh you will LOVE quilting Lewe or Lal !!  

Thank you Sew It Is!!

Our final sponsor is Quilty Pleasures in Geneva, NY
Quilty Pleasures is another full service shop with beautiful fabrics, classes, and long arm quilting services.  Visit their store in person or online for more information.

Quilty Pleasures is providing a $20 Shop Certificate for the QAL!
Thanks so much Quilty Pleasures!

Last, but certainly not least...  The World of Susybee is joining in the sponsorship fun!

The fine folks at World of Susybee are offering up their latest character for the Free Motion QAL giveaway!

Meet Lal the Lamb -- isn't she adorable?  Lal is a 36" panel that can be used as a floor play mat, turned into a pillow or just quilted and hung in the nursery.   
Oh I can't wait to quilt Lal!

Thank you Susy and World of Susybee!

That concludes the QAL Sponsor overview. 

To be eligible for the giveaway drawings you must "link-up" an entry from your blog, a personal Facebook post or an Instagram post.   

If you don't utilize any of these social media sources you can email a picture of your entry to me and I will enter it for you.

You have until end of day Monday, May 23rd to enter an image of your completed (or work in progress) Lewe's Balloons Growth Chart to be eligible for one of the 7 awesome prizes available.

Winners being announced on/around May 25th.

Remember, I'll be out of town this week at Quilt Market -- if you have any trouble linking up your entry please send an email to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com and I'll return your email during the week.  We'll make sure you're entered before the deadline.

I'm excited for everyone -- thanks for participating!
The Linky Entry is below the line... good luck!






Karen

More Info:

I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017.
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
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Social Media:
*** Follow Me ***
Did you know you can visit me on
and/or
I post all sorts of fun things there!!
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If you love to Free Motion Quilt consider joining my 
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Plus
I share quilting related
videos on my YouTube Channel
*
I'll soon be sharing live feed TV on my Periscope
*
I'm also on Pinterest and Twitter 
and I share other tutorials and patterns on
My Tutorials on my blog
*
I have a few patterns available in my Craftsy Store
Thanks again for stopping by...

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Woohoo! APQ Podcast with Pat Sloan and A Quilter's Doodles Published!

It's been a whirlwind of a few weeks here in Redbird Quilt Co. land but today I'm excited to share that I've been invited to chat with Pat Sloan, "The Voice of Quilting", on her weekly Podcast for American Patchwork & Quilting (aka All People Quilt).  Woohoo!  
I Know!  Is that Crazy or What ?   

When Pat emailed me I about fell over...   I've listened to Pat's shows for a while now, especially when one of my Quilty Mentors is on, like Wendy Sheppard & Karlee Porter, and Lisa Bongean, and Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie's Mom)... Just to name a few from recent shows.

Anyhow -- with working full-time it's sometimes hard to steal away for the live show -- so it's nice to know you can always listen later. 

For tomorrow though (Monday, May 9th) I'll be on at 4pm Eastern for a 12 minute segment and following me are some amazing talented ladies!!
Oh Goodness.... !!
I was already excited to be chatting with THE Pat Sloan but when I saw my image on the same page as these other ladies I was really humbled.      

I'm a bit nervous but here's the scoop: 

Pat and I are going to be chatting a bit about Free Motion Quilting
 and a bit about my history
 -- and we'll sneak in a snippet about my newly self-published
(with A LOT of help)
collection of my hand-drawn quilty doodles
(thanks for all your encouragement on this)

Book Front: 
Back Cover:
I hope to have a few tips to pass along too!

A Quilter's Doodles is made up of 20 of my
 #dailyquiltydoodles
shown on Facebook and Instagram for the last several months.  

I doodle at night or early morning
to enhance my Free Motion Quilting skills
and learn and practice FMQ motif.  
Doodling helps build muscle memory so when you're stitching the designs out you don't have to calculate the motif as you go... 

Here is one of my more recent doodles... from March 2016: 
A Quilter's Doodles I - March 8th, 2016 - Copyright 2016 Redbird Quilt Co.
A Quilter's Doodles I
is available to purchase
 on my Redbird Quilt Co site
... you can see a few more sample pages there too!  
It's all very exciting and I'll be sure to share a bit more about it after the show.

Yes -- back to the show!! 

If you can,
tune-in just before 4pm on May 9th.  
You'll find the live Podcast on this page ==>  Live PodCast
In case that doesn't work here is another => Live Podcast II
And just in case -- here is a direct link to Toginet
where the banner across the top has
the current live show playing => Toginet APQ Radio

If you miss out on the live cast I'll be sure to share a link to the show archive when it is available.

From the bottom of my heart....  
Many thanks for supporting my quilty adventures and crazy pathway
to where I am now.   
From blogging, to applique, wool,
free motion quilting to tutorials, 
Moda Bake Shop & other 
pattern design, teaching and sharing --
-- it's been a really fun ride and 
I hope to keep giving back to all those that gave to and supported me.

Hugs my friends -- until tomorrow.
Karen

More Info:

I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017.
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

Send email inquiries to karen at redbirdquiltco dot com
or redbirdquiltco at gmail dot com
*
Social Media:
*** Follow Me ***
Did you know you can visit me on
and/or
I post all sorts of fun things there!!
**
If you love to Free Motion Quilt consider joining my 
Facebook Community Group
*
Plus
I share quilting related
videos on my YouTube Channel
*
I'll soon be sharing live feed TV on my Periscope
*
I'm also on Pinterest and Twitter 
and I share other tutorials and patterns on
My Tutorials on my blog
*
I have a few patterns available in my Craftsy Store
Thanks again for stopping by...

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