Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We have a winner -- and some more fun!

Greetings fellow quilters!

Many thanks to everyone that commented on the Free Motion Quilting Fun tutorial and blog post.  I really appreciate your sweet words and feedback.  Thank you so very much!   My fingers are crossed that it helps those that want to Free Motion Quilt.

I hope you had time to peruse the fine selection of fabric panels and Aurifil thread at Bear Creek Quilting Company.  I would love for you to find a panel that makes your heart sing and give the tutorial a try.  

Be sure to send me a picture of anything you stitch and also feel free to send questions my way if necessary.

Special thanks to Bear Creek Quilting Company for providing the beautiful fabric, hosting the tutorial, and sponsoring the $20 giveaway.   

Now lets choose a winner!   As of 8pm EST Sunday there were 249 comments on the blog post.  I plugged these numbers into Mr. Random Generator and whalaa!  
Lucky number 77 is Geni Pickens!  Congratulations Geni -- I KNOW you will enjoy spending $20 at Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Thanks for sharing in the fun (and thanks for the follows). 
Geni please drop me an email or leave your email address in a comment so we can get you that awesome gift certificate from Bear Creek Quilting Company.
Before you go... 

An Announcement and another giveaway!


October 24th marks the start of the semi-annual Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side.
AmysCreativeSide.com

The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is an outlet for the online community to share their quilts, large and small, hand or machine quilted, traditional, art or original design.  It's timed to coincide with Quilt Market in the fall and spring each year and runs for two weeks.

Your peers select their favorite quilts in each category and also select an Overall Viewers Choice quilt.  It's really a fun time and a neat way to get inspired.   (As Angie would say... "there's lots of eye candy"). 

You can enter two quilts per festival (in different categories).  Peruse my previous Bloggers Quilt Festival entries here (Spring 2014 Entry 1),  here (Spring 2014 Entry 2), here (Fall 2013 Entry 1) and  here (Fall 2013 Entry 2) .

Click the Quilt Festival image above to read more and get involved.  It's fun!!  I know I will put something in this year - I'm just not sure what.  

Another Giveaway!

I have been meaning to use this Fat Quarter Bundle of beautiful Benartex "Bohemian Rhapsody" for a year now -- needless to say I haven't touched it (see below).
I won this Bundle of 16 Fat Quarters on the Benartex Blog "Sew in Love with Fabric".  I couldn't wait to pair it with some neutrals and make a Chevron Quilt.  But... as it turns out... no time.
It's been sitting in my stash calling for help for nearly a year!  So today I offer it to one of you.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave me a comment below letting me know 1 of 2 things (or both).

1. What other tutorials or information would you like to see on the blog ? 
  • Free motion motifs ?  
  • Free motion table runner ?
  • Quilting other panels ?  
  • More wool applique ?  
  • More Needle Turn applique
  • More Redbird Quilt Co designs ?
OR

2. What would you make if you won the Benartex Bohemien Rhapsody FQ Bundle ? 

Just one (or two if you choose to answer both questions) comment -- that's all it takes this time.

Entries will close on Sunday, October 26th at 8:00pm EST

I will ship the fabric to a domestic winner -- and share a PDF of my Spring Basket pattern if an international winner is chosen.

Stay tuned for other fun stuff going on this month-- it's a busy time in the world of Quilting.

Have a good week all!

Hugs,
Karen

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free Motion Quilting Fun - A Tutorial and Giveaway!

Hi all -- Happy Sunday!  I'm excited to be guest posting a new Free Motion Quilting tutorial on the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog today!

When I saw this sweet panel "Undersea Adventures", by Linda Ludovico for the Northcott Stonehenge Kids Collection, I couldn't wait to stitch it.  

The panel provides ample background area and objects to practice free motion quilting.  You can find the panel on sale at the Bear Creek Quilting Company here.
Panels are an inexpensive way to improve your FMQ skills, the bonus being you're not practicing on a quilt that you spent months piecing.  If you make a few mistakes -- it's no big deal!

 In the tutorial I share a bit about choosing the right threads and quilting motifs, and I give you a few tips to stitch it all up on your domestic machine.  

I had fun digging through my #Aurifil Mako Cotton thread stash to try out the heavier weight threads (28Wt and 12Wt) to accent objects while relying on the trusty 50Wt thread for dense free motion quilting.   
I'm thinking it's time to increase my 12Wt and 28Wt Aurifil thread collection - I just love how they machine stitch! 

Here are a few images to highlight how the different weight threads look when quilted.
Around many of the objects I free motion quilted with Aurifil Mako Cotton 28 Wt thread -- It put the prettiest accent on the undersea creatures!

In the background I stitched some dense free motion quilting using Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt thread.  The 50 Wt thread is fine enough that backtracking goes unnoticed and pretty background motifs can be stitched with out thread buildup. 
 In this image the 50Wt thread in Color #2250 (Red) blends perfectly.
You can see that I used a 12Wt thread to put a bead of white down the outside border (with my walking foot) and the yellow/green coral was done in a 28Wt thread -- Love how the 28Wt looks when machine quilted. 
 Please hop on over to Bear Creek Quilting Company Blog to read all the details and peruse the full tutorial.

To celebrate the tutorial, Bear Creek Quilting Company is sponsoring a giveaway on this post for a $20 gift certificate from their shop!  Woot - Woot! 

 With $20 you can buy the panel and backing fabric to finish the piece -- OR -- you can buy some awesome spools of Aurifil thread!  Oh Yeah!  -- OR -- you can buy anything else you find on their great online shop.  
 
*** The Giveaway is Closed *** 

Chances to Win:

The giveaway is open to domestic and international participants.

Gain one chance to win by signing up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter (old or new). Did you know that all folks that sign up for Shari's Newsletter are eligible for a monthly Bear Creek Quilting Company $25 Gift Certificate drawing?  
Click here to sign up and then come back and let me know you did!

Gain one chance if you "Like" Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.  Click here to see and "Like" their page, leave a comment and be sure to come back and let me know you did.

Gain another chance when you click over to the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog and peruse the "Free Motion Quilting Fun" tutorial.  Leave a comment there letting Shari know what you like about the tutorial and then come on back here and let me know you did.

Gain one chance each for "Liking" Aurifil Threads or Northcott Fabrics on Facebook!!

As always, if you follow Redbird Quilt Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy, Twitter, Instagram, or the blog - leave a comment letting me know all that you follow for another chance.

Also -- share, share, share and get the word out about the Tutorial and Giveaway !  Think about the great karma if one of your friends win!!   Leave me a comment if you shared.

The giveaway is open until 8:00 pm EST Sunday, October 19th  *** Giveaway Closed ***
 Thanks for stopping by all -- and please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial
Enjoy!

Karen  

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Stitchin' Giveaway Winners and more

Hi everyone -- I'm back to announce the winners of the October Stitchin' Giveaway...

First, I want to thank each of you for leaving such precious comments on my Blog and Facebook page and for joining in the Instagram fun.  Thank you, thank you!
*** Some of you are really OLD ***
ha ha ha!

Warm greetings to the new ?young? followers... Welcome!
Be sure to click on "My Tutorials" tab above to find some fun quilty tutorials...

I normally reply to each comment -- and/or hop over to your blog or Instagram account, but I've been swamped with deadlines that limited my time (home, work, and the sewing room).
I'm sure ya'll can completely relate to this -- so please forgive me for not getting back to you individually. 
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Before we get to the winners I wanted to share what I've been working on.
This is a sweet quilt for an upcoming blog hop (a new book release for a friend).
I know you're going to love this quilt!  The simplicity of the pattern allows you to put it together quickly AND show off your favorite fabrics.

I however, choose to quilt it myself, and being the fuss bucket I am (who me?),  must have everything just right, so I'm on hold waiting for the right shade of #Aurifil thread to drop in my lap so I can get some feathers on that 2nd border.

No worries, my other WIP's will keep me busy in the meantime ;)

Also wanted to share some fun images of an immature Red Tail Hawk that visited the cottage this week.
I found him sitting in a nearby tree munching on his dinner (I have no idea what it was and really don't care to know).  He was a trooper though, hanging out while snapped all sorts of pictures.
It was a bit windy, so it was hard for both of us to stand still.  I love this shot -- doesn't it look like the birds in the fabric above ??
Woot Woot!
I love birds!

Ok, now on to the winners!
 As of Midnight Friday night there were 71 comments on the giveaway post.  
I entered the numbers into Mr. Random Number Generator and he choose:
 Comment #2 is Gill...
Congratulations Gill!
Gill is from the UK -- so I'll be sending a PDF copy of my Spring Basket pattern your way Gill!  Thank you for your support.
 Next up -- Number 44
 Comment #44 is Cecilia...
Congratulations Cecilia!
I'll be sending you an email for your mailing address and getting that yummy wool out to you this week!
Thanks so much for your support.
 Since Gill is from the UK --we still have 4 more pieces of wool to giveaway -- so I rolled Mr. Random Generator one more time and he choose Lucky number 17!!
 Comment #17 is Carrie P.
Congratulations Carrie!
I'll be sending you an email for your mailing address and getting that yummy wool out to you this week!  Many, many thanks for your support.
Well that was a fun giveaway.
I want to thank you all again for playing and thank Wooden Spool Designs for starting this giveaway fest!  

One final thing before I go...

If you live in the area, be sure to checkout the local quilt show this weekend.
New Quilters on the Block is hosting their 18th Annual Quilt Show in Candor, NY during the Candor Fall Festival.
Candor is a small town with a big heart - it should be fun!
I'm excited to go because, if you recall, I spent a day with these sweet ladies for a Spring Basket Workshop earlier this year.  I can't wait to see their finished pieces and the other fantastic quilts they've created.  

For more information about the show -- click here.

More exciting things to come this weekend, so stay tuned on Sunday for the airing of a new Free Motion Quilting tutorial (and Giveaway!)

I'm really excited to share it with you -- and can't wait to hear what you think.

Have a blessed day!  Hugs,
Karen

Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's October! A Stitchin Giveaway!

Greeting dear friends -- I hope this post finds you well...

As I mentioned last week -- We've been creeping up on a few milestones in social-media land and a Giveaway would be a fun way to celebrate! 

First up, the Redbird Quilt Co. Facebook page exceeded 700 Likes last week -- thank you, thank you!
I'm really excited about new Facebook followers because there is a wealth of Quilting information and inspiration floating around Facebook and its easy and fun to share "Quilty" links, tips, and even giveaways on a Facebook page.  

If you have a Facebook account -- be sure to hop over and "Like" the Redbird Quilt Co. Page.

In addition to new Facebook followers -- the current blog followers via Google Friend Connect exceeded 300 -- Oh such fun!

Also, we're celebrating those of you who recently started following me on Instagram.  

It's really neat to able to post a quick image here and there so you can see what I'm stitching any day of the week.  It's quick and easy to take a shot with my Ipad an share it Instagram and Twitter at the same time.  
So, if you're on Instagram or Twitter, I would love to have you join in the fun - you'll get a birds eye view of what is happening in my day to day stitching world...   

No matter how you follow along,  I want to thank you for providing feedback and encouragement on each and every post.  I love to read your comments and try to reciprocate by visiting your pages.... always inspiring. 

Now for a giveaway -- a few weeks ago I won an awesome bundle of wool from the talented Debbie Busby of "Wooden Spool Designs".

You may remember the "Flower Basket" pattern that I made a few years back -- this pattern is from Wooden Spool Designs.   
You can see and read more about my "Flower Basket" by clicking here
Well - Lucky Me!!  Debbie had a Giveaway on her Facebook page and I was one of 4 winners.... she sent me this beautiful bundle of hand dyed wool and I would like to share it with two lucky winners. 
I will divide this bundle and ship an 8" x 12" piece of each color (4 pieces) to two lucky winners.  

If any international winners are chosen, I will email a PDF copy of my Spring Basket pattern to them.

To enter the giveaway leave me a comment letting me know if you are a follower (old or new).

If you follow me on other social media outlets -- let me know that in a comment too!

Get another entry if you share this giveaway with your friends (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blogger, Twitter).   Comment and let me know.

This giveaway will end Friday, October 10th at midnight EST and a winner will be announced Saturday, October 11th. 


Thanks so much for your support and have a splendid week!
Hugs,
Karen  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Giveaway Winner ~ Sneak Peek ~ Plus

Greetings everyone!

Many thanks to those of you who joined in the Giveaway fun for the Family Tree scraps! 

I loved reading all of the sweet comments on the post -- Thank you so very much.

Many thanks also, to those of you who follow my Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy, Twitter or Instagram accounts. 

Just loving how much we can share and grow in all of those Social Media outlets.  I'm honored to have gained 7 followers on Instagram --  Woot ~ Woot!   I'm pretty new to Instagram but LOVE that I can quickly post a picture of what I'm working on for others to see and comment.  Such fun.
Before we get along to the Winner -- I have a little sneaky peek of an upcoming quilt AND something to Crow about for my dear friend and mentor Wendy Sheppard.

Ya'll might know Wendy from her lovely blog Ivory Spring.  Wendy shares her awesome "Thread Talk" advice, makes and shares design after beautiful design, does all of her own free motion quilting on a domestic machine, is a mom and a wife - and just one really talented lady.

Crowing!!  In the next few weeks her new book "Recreating Antique Quilts" will be released by Landauer Press.  Can't wait for you to check out the gorgeous projects in Wendy's first book!!  

This week the great folks at Landauer interviewed Wendy for their blog AND it's possible that you could be hearing her on a Pat Sloan Podcast too!!  (Maybe?)

To learn more about Wendy, click the image below and you'll be taken to her blog where she shares her great news!  If you don't already follow Wendy -- you really should consider starting. 
Image Courtesy Ivory Spring Blog
Now here's a sneaky peek of something that I'm working on... I should be able to share more soon and there may even be a giveaway involved... be sure to stay tuned...

What I love about this little gem is that I was able to use a large amount of stash fabrics to create it.  I purchased a small amount of burgundy and a bigger amount of Antique Fair Rose.  

All of the fabrics are Moda and the fabric lines are OLD!!  The center panel is Collection for A Cause and most of the remaining prints are Blackbird Designs Antique Fair line for Moda.  I am in love with the birds in the center panel.  Do you like so far ?  I'm having fun!!
OK - now on to our winner -- at 9pm EST there were 79 comments over on the giveaway post.  I plugged the numbers into Mr Random.org and he came up with:


Lucky "57" -  OhioLori -- you're the winner of the bundle of Family Tree scraps.  Congratulations.  I'll send you an email so we can exchange addresses and get you this beautiful fall fabric to play with.  Yippee!! 
Thank you all again for playing...

One other thing -- A couple more milestones are brewing in my blog and Facebook accounts and I think I'm going to need another giveaway this week (separate from the sneaky peek above).  Stay tuned for more fun coming to a post near you!

Finally -- the weather in the NorthEast USA has been just Fall Fabulous!  Actually, it feels more like summer than fall -- but who's complaining?  

I leave you with this awesome Sunset Glow and Crescent Moon over our Finger Lakes cottage from Saturday night 9/27.   What a way to close out the day!
Happy Stitching all!
Hugs,
Karen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Welcome Autumn - Finishes - A Giveaway!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it's officially Fall! 

Quoting the Farmers Almanac:  "The autumnal equinox brings the fall season to the Northern Hemisphere on September 22 at 10:29 P.M. EDT. 

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night."   The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights."

I know what that means to me -- more sewing!  Does it mean the same to you?

Soon the backyard trees will be showing these beautiful colors...  I can't wait!
With some fall lectures and trunk shows at a few local guilds I've been busy getting some finishing touches on a few old quilts.

Here is my "Milkbone" quilt before it was bound....  It was quilted "McTavish" style using #Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt thread -- gosh that thread works wonderfully for dense machine quilting!  No breaks, little lint and the backtracks are almost invisible!! 
And here are a couple of "after" shots...
and
 
It sure makes a beautiful table mat.   You can read more about "Milkbone" by clicking here and here.

The other piece I finished is a WAY OLD work in Progress -- Family Estate.  Family Estate is a pattern in the Laundry Basket Quilts book "Friendship Strips and Scraps".  
This little quilt was appliqued and pieced months before I quilted it on my domestic machine.  I used Aurifil Mako Cotton 50 Wt Thread for the needle turn applique, the piecing, AND the quilting.  I love the way it turned out!

To finish it up, I needed to complete the window curtains, the door panels and the door knob.  I used wonderful #Aurifil Mako Cotton 12Wt thread to hand stitch the curtain ruffle (french knots) and the same weight Aurifil thread to machine stitch the panels around the door!   12Wt, 28Wt, 50Wt thread -- the Aurifil never lets me down! 
You can read more about my Family Estate quilt by clicking here.  Many thanks to my friend Debbie Wick for the awesome door knob button.  Isn't it sweet ?

One more thing to celebrate and then we'll get to the giveaway. 

It's been almost a year since my first recipe was published on the Moda Bake Shop -- Can you believe it ?  In October, 2013 I created my first design and tutorial for the "Family Tree Quilted Envelope Pillow".   You'll find the free tutorial and PDF download by clicking here.
It was one of the most fun and enlightening steps I've ever taken in my Quilting career.  Design, applique, piece, quilt, write the tutorial, and publish on the Moda Bake Shop.  It was truly an honor!

So what better way to celebrate this accomplishment than a giveaway of the Family Tree scraps that have been sitting around the sewing room for nearly a year!
One lucky reader will win this pile of scraps, mostly strips, of Family Tree by Deb Strain for Moda.  If you're interested in making the pillow - perfect -- these scraps will go a long way to get you there.  They would also be beautiful for a simple strip runner for Fall (which is why I kept 'em).  Whatever the case, it would be fantastic to see someone putting them to good use!

If an international winner is chosen, instead of shipping you scraps I'll email you a PDF copy of my Spring Basket pattern.

To enter the giveaway leave me a comment letting me know if you are a follower (old or new).

If you follow me on other social media outlets -- let me know that in a comment too!

Did you know I recently started using Instagram ?  You can find me there at RedbirdQuiltCo.   I think I only have two followers... my granddaughter and my niece... lol.  If you start following me on Instagram leave me a comment and let me know.

Get another entry if you share this giveaway with your friends (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blogger, Twitter).   Comment and let me know.

My giveaway will end this Sunday, September 28th at 9pm EST. 

One other thing... there is an awesome Quilt Giveaway going on until midnight Tuesday at my friend Angie's blog.  Click here before Tuesday at midnight to enter!

Have a fantastic week all - finishing up some more tutorials and fun projects -- will share soon!
Hugs,
Karen

Friday, September 12, 2014

It's a Finish - Let's Celebrate!

It's been an exciting week!

On Monday I was fortunate to share a mini trunk show and lecture with the Penn Yan, NY "Keuka Quilters".   What a lovely and talented group of ladies eager to share their love of quilting.  Thank you for having me Keuka Quilters -- it was sew much fun!
Prior to the program I worked feverishly to finish some things.

This is a Way Old Work in Progress (WOWIP) "Winter's Harvest Pinkeep" by Renee Plains as published in the Winter, 2011 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.    Of course, with my love of Redbirds, I turned it into my Valentine's Pinkeep and I love it!

I've had it "nearly" complete for years but it needed the wings and body tacked down.

Yippee !  All done!  You can read more about my "Winter's Harvest Pinkeep" here.
To celebrate the finish I've decided to have a giveaway.  

I have a copy of the Summer, 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine that I would like to share with one lucky winner.

This issue has one of my favorite projects in it ~ it's called "The House That Jack Built".  This beautiful Mini Quilt was designed and created by my friend Debbie Wick.    The magazine has beautiful shots of this sweet quilt.  It's a MUST make!!
To enter the giveaway, hop on over to the Redbird Quilt Co. Facebook Page and follow the giveaway instructions on this post.    If an International winner is chosen I will email them a PDF version of my first published wool applique pattern, "Spring Basket".  
Spring Basket is available for immediate PDF download from My Craftsy Store.   You can read more about it by clicking here. 

Stay tuned for other upcoming giveaways and thanks for your continued support!

Hugs,
Karen