More Freebies!

It’s Friday again! Where on earth did the week go!? I had to think real hard this morning to figure out what day it was. If I hadn’t gone to the guild meeting in Huntsville last night, I’m sure it would have been much harder to figure out.

The guild had their bi-annual auction last night, and what an event that was. There was “stuff” very neatly arranged all over the room. I was a good girl and only bid on a couple of things. One of which I won! It was a case of sitting there with it staring me in the face, while I tried to resist temptation, knowing full well that if I didn’t at least try to win it I would regret it forever and ever. So just before the auction for that item was closed I jumped up, added a couple of dollars to the last bid, and won my paint bucket of goodies. “What on earth could it be?” I hear you asking yourself. Well, I will save it for Sunday and try to get a show-n-tell post done on that day. Although, we have in mind to do some rearranging in the shop so I might not get to it. I’ll be sure to show you eventually though. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see why I couldn’t help myself when I show you what it was I won. Alas, I wasn’t equally quick on the other item which was a lot of teapot fabric, a Tea Time magazine, and a tea cozy pattern with fabric. Those were the items I really wanted. There was also a puzzle in the lot that was very nice but not the apple of my eye so to speak. I was most interested in the fabric…like I need more.

Okay…it’s Friday and I’ve found some more freebies for you. Before I mention the new freebies I want to make sure that you’ve gotten all the parts to the free mystery quilt on the AQS blog that I told you about during our shop hop. The sixth and final segment has been given so be sure to snag it while you can. The links will only be active through December 15, 2012. It’s mid-October now so you only have a couple of months in which to save or print out the instructions for this quilt.

Speaking of AQS, I got a note that they now have a new Learning Center that you’re going to want to check out. They will add new offerings as time goes on so be sure to bookmark it and check back often. As of right now they have tips, techniques, patterns, and videos. I’ve not had time yet, but I’m going to have to watch to see how you do a blanket stitch on a longarm machine. I don’t have a longarm, but curiosity is getting the best of me. Oh, look! They’re giving away an APQS longarm FREE of charge! All you have to do is just click on the “Enter Today” button at the top of the page and answer a few simple questions. If I win, then I’ll definitely need to know how to blanket stitch with a longarm. I’m so glad I took the time to read that e-mail and check out this site.

Another site I ran across, thanks again to Ann, was a blog by Charise. I added her button on the right side there for her Vintage Block Quilt Along (VBQA) earlier in the week so you might have already visited her site. If not, the VBQA just started this month and will go for one full year. I love all things vintage so I’m very excited to see what all the blocks are going to be. Of course, me being me, I have to change things up a bit. The first block for example will not be made with curves, at least not by me. I’m going to sew a square to a rectangle to get the top and bottom sections and then cut a rectangle for the middle and appliqué a leaf on the diagonal so the points of that leaf touch the corner of the squares. It’s called simplifying on account of I’m lazy. To me it’s easier to do a little bit of math than to pin and stitch those curves. At a distance I bet no one will ever guess that I didn’t follow the directions. All I have to do is decide which method of appliqué I want to use. That alone will take longer than actually constructing the block.

The reason I ended up at Charise’s blog wasn’t because of the VBQA. No, no, no…it was because she had been involved with an intense paper-piecing blog hop back in February. The link to those paper-piecing blocks was what Ann sent me originally. To find that freebie, better known as Sew Out Loud Quilt Along, go to Shape Moth’s blog. The theme of the blocks was sewing articles and the designers of those blocks did an awesome job. Once again, I looked at several of them and thought that were I ever to actually do the blocks I could convert the designs into appliqué with little or no trouble. Thinking, thinking, thinking…it seems that I’m always thinking.

Last, but not least, today was Fat Quarter Friday. Every Friday you get a FREE pre-cut fat quarter of your choice for every four pre-cut fat quarters you buy. If you missed out today there’s always next week – Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise that is.


Shop Hop – Day 4!

We’re on Day 4 and going strong! Hoppers are beginning to get an extra opportunity slip in the basket because they’ve been to at least three shops so far. Don’t forget to have your list of shops stamped, punched, or initialed by the shops that you visit so that either Kat at Quilter’s Combo or I can give you an extra slip to fill out for the door prizes.

Our winner today is a long-time supporter of the shop and one of our faithful Thimbleberries ladies. She is the one and only Pam Edmonds! Pam, I’ll hold your prize until club next month unless I see you again before then.

One of the things that I think everyone likes about a shop hop is the opportunity to not only win a special door prize but to get something absolutely free just for showing up. In the spirit of freebies, I thought I would share with you the link to a new modern mystery quilt. If you visit the AQS blog you’ll find the six part Modern Mystery Quilt designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr authors of Quilts Made Modern. The first part has already been posted and the second part will be given on Wednesday, September 19. Actually, it’s there already because I just checked. Each Wednesday thereafter you can go to the AQS blog and get a new installment of the mystery quilt. It’s way to early to have any idea of what it’s going to look like when complete, but look it over and challenge yourself to try it, especially if you tend to lean toward the more traditional patterns. You never know, this might be just what it takes to expand your quilting horizon! Best of all, it’s FREE!

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