Friday, October 17, 2014

Honeybee Heaven Winners

Thank you to everyone that participated in my Honeybee Heaven pattern giveaway!


The three lucky winners are Denise, Kayde, and Kristin!  Congratulations ladies!  Email me at amyharward83@yahoo.com to claim your prize!  You can either have a PDF or paper version.


Share the Love Friday

It's that time of the week again!  Let's check out the projects I've been crushing on, shall we?


Christine used this FREE Tula Pink pattern and Tula Pink's Foxfield fabric to make this quilt.  Wow!  Isn't this gorgeous?


Art Gallery Fabrics has been featuring Katrina all week on Instagram, and I have fallen in love with this quilt and her new fabric line!  Speaking of . . . 



 . . . here is Katrina's line, Recollection.  Those pixel roses!  I DIE!


Sherri just released three new patterns and Potluck is one of them.  I love the little Dresdens!


I pretty much love everything that Jenny does!  Just look at that quilting!


Erica shares her tutorial for this colorful quilt on the Riley Blake Cutting Corners Blog.


Chandelier by Lee of Freshly Pieced
A quilt-along for this quilt started this week over on the Bernina blog, We All Sew.  Go check it out and follow along!


Bird Wings by Faith of Fresh Lemons
Check out these AWESOME wings Faith made for her daughter's Halloween costume!  LOVE!


Get-Up-And-Go Skirt by Deborah of Whipstitch
This is Deborah's first in a series of learn as you sew patterns.  She has so many lovely variations of this quilt on her blog, but this one was my favorite.  Looking forward to learning as I sew with her patterns, since I am not a great garment sewer.

Hope you saw something that inspired you today!

As a final shameless plug, the full-color paper version of my Honeybee Heaven pattern is now printed and ready for shipping (also available in PDF).  Check out my Etsy shop for details!


 Woo hoo!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Honeybee Heaven Pattern Giveaway!

I am happy to announce that I finally finished my third quilt pattern, Honeybee Heaven! 


 I was planning on having it done months ago, but then this little thing called Sewvivor happened :)  By some fluke, I ended up getting into the third round, which was a hexagon challenge and I knew exactly what I wanted to do!  And now you can make it too!



This pattern is great for hexagon beginners!  In fact, it was my first hexagon quilt and I LOVED making it!


The pattern includes full color diagrams and detailed instructions for piecing hexagons, as well as, how to make the beautiful jagged binding.


Honeybee Heaven is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop in PDF and paper format (paper will be available to ship out next week).

To celebrate Honeybee's release, I am doing a little giveaway.  All you have to do is leave a comment and you are entered to win.  For an extra entry, follow me on Instragram @sewinlovequilting and follow the instructions on my latest post.  Good luck!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Share the Love Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!  I had a great response to last week's Share the Love Friday and I'm excited to be able to share more amazing quilts and lovlies with you today.  So, let get to it .  .  .


Vanessa used her line Into the Woods to make this quilt for her daughter, Olive.  She was originally thinking about doing scrappy sashing, but I love the white sashing here!  You can see my version of the Tone It Down quilt here.


Holly designed this quilt for the Modern Solids Challenge, which you can check out on the FreeSpirit blog.  More lovliness over there and you can vote for your favorite!


I had to include this quilt since the U of U is my alma mater.  Loving the Ute fabric!


Please go visit Amy's website for more pictures of this autumn quilt!  The quilting is AMAZING!


Clementine pillow by Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts
These are just some of the pillows in Amanda's collection!  Clementine is the second to the left on the top row.  Beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by and I'll have more eye candy next week!


Friday, October 3, 2014

So Long, Sewvivor and Share the Love Friday

For those of you that haven't heard . . . I am thrilled to say that I placed 2nd in the Sewvivor competition!  If I'm being completely honest, I am a little disappointed that I didn't place 1st, just because it was SO close I could taste it!  But, seriously 2nd place is WAY further than I thought I would get, so I am grateful!  Thanks for the support and amazing words of encouragement everyone!

1st place went to the talented Nicole of Snip Snippets


and 3rd place went to the talented Amanda of A Crafty Fox


Congrats girls!

Well, now that Sewvivor is over and I have some free time, I have decided to start a new series on the blog called Share the Love Friday.  I just love the online quilting community and how kind and generous everyone is!  So, I would like to share a weeking post to showcase other quilter's/sewist's projects, fabric I'm loving, and maybe some other fun things, like recipes and crafts.  Every Friday, I will share 5-10 photos and links to other blogs of some of the lovely things people have made that week.  So here we go!


I love the clever use of color in this quilt!  It's great for fall, don't you think?




Emily entered this awesome camera quilt in the Sewvivor Sewalong and won!  So cool!


Angie has been killing me all week on Instagram with her in-progress pictures of this cute dresden flower.  LOVE it!



Heather uses a quilt as you go method to make the front of the pillow and I just love her color palette!


Because who doesn't like some bacon?!  Barbie is hosting a Bacon quilt-along and giveaway, so make sure to check out her post for all the details!



I have totally been crushing this week on Jen Baker's new line of fabric Geometric Bliss for Art Gallery Fabric!  You can check out the entire collection on the Art Gallery Fabric website here!


Anyone that knows me, knows that I love to cook!  One of my go-to websites for recipes is Our Best Bites!  I literally use their recipes for 90% of my cooking.  I'm going to be trying these amazing Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars today, so I thought I'd share the recipe with y'all!

And that's a wrap for the first ever Share the Love Friday!  Come back next week for a look at more projects that I've been loving on!
 
Oh, and I am having a sale over on my Etsy shop!  Use code SEWVIVOR15 for 15% your total purchase through Sunday!  Happy shopping!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sewvivor Challenge #4 - THE FINALS (Lap Size Quilt)

Hello, and welcome to my FINAL project for the Sewvivor Quilting Edition!  I never expected to make it passed the auditions and so I am thrilled to have made it to the final three!  I know the other two competitors are bringing their "A" game and I tried to do the same with my lap size quilt!

 

I chose to use the American Patchwork and Quilting "Tone It Down" pattern designed by Lisa Alexander for my quilt.  Except, I definitely didn't "tone it down" with the color!  I used a variety of Bonnie and Camille fabrics from my special stash to make this colorful and bright quilt (and I threw in a navy floral by Joanna Figueroa just for fun).  This beautiful quilt finishes at 75.5" x 93.5", so it's a BIG one!  

So, was your guess right?  It's been really fun all week to hear people tell me which quilt they thought was mine and why.  I would giggle to myself inside every time someone explained why this couldn't be my quilt.  I really think this quilt personifies me and my style.  It's bright, colorful, structured, and a little crazy in places!  


I have never been one to shy away from a lot of color, and I love how all of Bonnie and Camille's fabric lines coordinate so well together.  This quilt has 20 blocks (each block has 97 pieces), 44 scrappy sashing strips, and 25 nine-patch blocks set as the posts for the sashing.  In all it contains 2209 pieces!  I honestly don't know how I got this one done with the allotted time schedule!  I seriously was sewing 10-12 hours per day!  I'm really thankful for my family and friends that helped watch my kids so I could bust it out!




In each of the 20 blocks, I quilted some free-hand petals, cross-hatched lines and cathedral windows.  I quilted figure 8's in the inside sashing strips, double cathedral windows for the nine-patch posts, and finished it up with a meandering feather for the outside sashing border.  It was my first time doing a feather design and I'm pretty proud of the result!  I used Aurifil #2024 for all the piecing and quilting.  I love how strong it is!  I have way fewer broken threads when quilting with it than other brands of thread.



 I used a blue floral print from Miss Kate for the backing and paired it with the Red Sundae Scallop from the same line for the binding.  I cut my binding strips 2.5" wide and decided to sew it 3/8" from the quilt's edge (I usually sew it 1/4" from the edge).  I hand stitched the binding to the back of the quilt and I really like how it butts right up to the edge of the quilt.  I LOVE the way it turned out!


 

Thanks to everyone for the continued support of me and the others in the Sewvivor competition!  It has been quite the journey and I'm grateful I have made it this far.  No matter the results, I feel like a winner!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sewvivor Challenge #3 - Hexagons

Before I start sharing my hexagon project, I again need to say a heart felt "thank you" to everyone who has given me support and cyber-love!  With immunity getting me into this round, I was so grateful for all the positive feedback that buoyed me up and got me pumped up for this challenge in the competition.
 
Without further adieu, I am excited to show you Honeybee Heaven!
 
 
 
 
Maybe it's because I live in the Beehive State, but whenever I think of hexagons, I immediately think of bees and all things honey related.  I have actually really wanted to make this honeycomb inspired quilt for a long time and probably would have already written a pattern for it had I not had the pleasant surprise of making it into the Sweet 16 of Sewvivor in July.  So, I've had this one planned from the beginning and am so happy to have the chance to share this original design with you!
 
 

 
I used Bonnie Christine's "Sweet as Honey" fabric line, and I must say, the bright colors mixed with the earthy browns and taupes really had me drooling!  A couple of the fabrics had these cute bees flying around on it.  I fussy cut the bees out, appliqued them flying about the honeycomb, and then hand embroidered their flight pattern using a yummy chocolate colored perle cotton floss.  I sure would be in heaven if I were one of these bees, wouldn't you?
 
 

 
I absolutely LOVE looking at a quilt top and letting it speak to me about what specific custom quilting I should create to make it a work of art.  I brought in a bit of the celestial inspiration for this quilt using quilted 6-pointed stars in each corner and light beams placed around the honeycomb giving it a glowing effect.  The neutral fabric in the middle of the honeycomb is quilted with echoing hexagons, while the colorful fabric is quilted with stripes and a closely stippled line to emulate the bees.
 
 
Since the quilt front has a lot of earthy tones, I really wanted to bring in bright, gorgeous color for the backing and binding. Instead of making life easier on myself and cutting the edges of the quilt straight for binding, I opted for the curvy convex and concave corners that really "make" this quilt.  That's right; each one of those convex corners is mitered, making for 49 miters in all!
 
 
 
I really hope you love this quilt as much as I do!  I have put every ounce of energy and creativity that I could muster (with a two week time period, nonetheless) into this beauty.  I know this quilt speaks volumes about my whimsical creative style and I hope that it speaks to you!  Remember to vote, and if this is the end of the road for me in this competition, I am all too grateful for the opportunity it has given me to share my passion with all of you!  Thanks friends!
 
To vote, head over to Rachel's blog by clicking here!