Friday, December 9, 2016

Michael Miller QuiltCon Challenge Mini Quilt

I am happy to show off my entry for the Michael Miller QuiltCon 2017 Challenge today, which I am calling Air on Strings.


The challenge was to use Michael Miller’s new Luxe collection of superior 108″ cotton fabrics.  The rules were to use at least two fabrics from the Luxe line (one solid and one printed).  We could also use one coordinating Michael Miller solid.  

(Here were all of the bundles for my guild, I chose to work with the dark blue bundle)

I made this mini to break up some of the longer term, secret sewing I have having to do recently.  I have been doing a lot of paper piecing recently, so when I had a chance to take a break from that I went in the completely opposite direction with some improv sewing.  

I gave myself a time limit to make the blocks, grabbed my fabric and started cutting.  I made the quilt top without a ruler until I squared it up for binding.  It was fun to see the blocks start to come together in their imperfect, wonkiness.


Due to time and fabric constraints, my quilt finished up at about 18" x 21".  I quilted it using Angela Walter's signature design in a dark blue Aurifil thread (in 50wt) so that the quilting would blend in with the background.  I bound the mini in some more of the Luxe fabrics with a little bit of orange pieced in.


I did submit this quilt for entry into QuiltCon, though with all of the amazing challenge entries I have seen, I do not have high hopes for this one getting in.  I had fun making it and that is what really matters :)






Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day 2016!

Welcome to the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!


So who would like to win not one but two shot-cotton rainbow jelly rolls?  The jelly rolls are by Rowan with one being rainbow of lighter colors and one being a rainbow of darker colors.

This is my fifth time participating in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day.  I love Sew Mama Sew  and I enjoy spending few many, many hours entering giveaways and finding new wonderful blogs each SMS Giveaway Day. 

  

For those who are new here, here is a little about myself (for those that are returning, thank you!).

My name is Cheryl and I am a chemical engineer/patent agent by day and a quilter at night. I have a wonderfully supportive husband who allowed me to turn the guest bedroom into my quilting room, a 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter. I love designing quilt patterns and doing quilty math which allows me to combine my quilting skills with my engineering and technical writing backgrounds.



Three fun events on my blog in 2016:


The Meadow Mystery Quilt, my third and most recent mystery quilt-along which started in July and will wrap up in April. Instructions are posted monthly so there is plenty of time to join in and catch up!

In the beginning of 2016, I presented a blog series called the Pattern Writing Blog Series. The 16-part series taught how to take a quilt design from a sketch book to a fully developed quilt pattern, demonstrating each step and concept using an actual quilt pattern example. 

Best of 2016 Linky Party will be starting the day after Christmas (Monday. Dec 26th) and continue through Jan 2nd.  Simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2016 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.


Favorite finishes of 2016:
Here are some of my favorite finishes of 2016, you can see all of my finishes here.




Now on to enter the giveaway!! 

This giveaway is for two (2) shot-cotton rainbow jelly rolls and is open to everyone, everywhere in the world (if the winner is outside of the US, I reserve the right to substitute a gift certificate of equal value to a local quilt shop due to shipping costs.)

This giveaway starts today, Wednesday Dec 7th, and will run until Sunday Dec 11th at 8 p.m. EST.

To enter:

1. Leave a comment, any comment. If you would like a topic, I would love to know the size of quilt you make most often.

2. Followers of my blog (old and new) get an additional entry. Please leave a second comment letting me know how you subscribe. (Here are some links for different following options: Bloglovin, Email)

Note: If you are a no-reply blogger then please include your e-mail address. If I can not reach you, you can not win.

Thank you so much and I hope that you will decide to follow my blog and join me on my quilting, sewing, and pattern writing adventures!

PS - On normal posts, I try to respond to each and every comment and visit the blogs of those who comment, but on giveaway posts I unable to due to the high number of comments.





Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Best of 2016 Link Party Coming Soon!

It is no secret that I love blog link parties.  One of the main reasons I started my blog was so that I could take part in the sharing of knowledge and inspiration through the parties and so I am very excited to announce that I am hosting my second annual blog linky party, the Best of 2016 Linky Party!


To take part in the link party, simply write a new blog post highlighting your "best" 5 posts from 2016 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.  Some examples include:

  • Posts with the most views
  • Posts with the most comments
  • Posts that provoked the best discussions
  • Posts showing your favorite 2016 finishes
  • Posts of your best tutorials
  • Posts that are simply your favorites

You can also go through the Best of 2015 posts here.
The link party will open the day after Christmas, Monday December 26th and will be open for 1 week ending on Monday, January 2nd.

I hope that you will consider writing a post to highlight your best of 2016 and link up!  Here is a button for your blog if you would like:

grab button for Meadow Mist Designs
<div class="meadow-mist-designs-button" style="width: 200px; margin: 0 auto;"> <a href="http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/p/best-of-2016-linky-party.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> <img src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-93pfbppIcqQ/WEIwK5wk5gI/AAAAAAAAGMo/KTTEkg8v28AlCSAfQhaaRhJtZDuS_LiMwCLcB/s1600/Best%2Bof%2B2016%2B200px.jpg" alt="Meadow Mist Designs" width="200" height="200" /> </a> </div>

I am very happy to link up with Main Crush Monday @ Cooking Up Quilts, Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story, and Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts.





Thursday, December 1, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt - Blocks 1, 3, and 4 - December Instructions


Welcome to the December instructions for the Meadow Mystery Quilt! If you just found this mystery quilt, there is still plenty of time to join in and catch up!

In case you are new to the Meadow Mystery Quilt here are some links to all of the relevant information:

Mystery Quit Tab (main page containing links to all monthly instructions and other information)

Link to Signup for Easy to Print pdf Versions of the Instructions (via e-mail)

Mystery Quilt Facebook Group


And now onto the December directions :) This month we will be starting to take all of those units we have been making for the last few months and starting to piece them into blocks.  Just as a reminder, here are the corresponding fabric letters to colors used in these illustrations:




Block 1



Arrange and sew the following fabric pieces as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Block  1 should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½”.  Make 1 block.




Block 3


Arrange sew the following fabric pieces as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Block 3 should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½”.  Repeat to form a total of 4 blocks.

**Note** Do not worry about the orientation of the seams in the B/E Half Hourglass Units



Block 4

Arrange and sew the following fabric pieces as listed and shown below, pressing all seams open.  Block 4  should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½”.  Repeat to form a total of 4 blocks.

**Note** Do not worry about the orientation of the seams in the B/E and C/E Half Hourglass Units


Be sure to share your progress in our Facebook Group :)

Many thanks to our sponsors!!




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt {My Flying Geese and Square in a Square Units}

This month for the Meadow Mystery Quilt we made some flying geese and square in a square units. The Facebook group so full of some wonderful versions. If you want to join in, it is not too late!

Some links for more information:





I am making two versions of the Meadow Mystery Quilt, a more traditional version using Gentle Breezes by Maywood Studio and a more modern version using some of my favorite text prints. 



I once again only have the Modern Text units to share today.




The instructions are given out on the first Thursday of every month so the next set of instructions will be posted on the blog in just a few days on Thursday, December 1st.

I am linking up with Let's Bee Social at Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and Needle and Thread Thursday at Kelly @My Quilt Infatuation.