Double Aniversary Giveaway!

Hi All. Long time, no post! Every time I write a post I tell myself I’m never going to let so much time pass between posts. But here I am again, 12 weeks later, and I only have selfishness to blame.  No matter what’s going on in my life, whenever I have free time, stitchin’ always wins!

And I’ve been very active on the stitchin’ front! If you don’t believe me, check my Instagram. It used to be my preference to share my makes on the blog first and then on IG.  But since the blog posts are so FEW and so FAR between, I realized the better way is to share my makes/progress on Instagram as I go, and then catch up the blog posts every so often.  With that being said, I will soon get the blog caught up on my makes, but for now let’s talk about this giveaway!

Right after I moved to Kansas City last August I realized I missed my “planned” annual giveaway.  I think I’ve done a giveaway every year for my blog anniversary but last year I had just moved here and work was a bear, and it just slipped my mind. As soon as I remembered, I decided I’d do a Double Anniversary Giveaway to celebrate the 6th anniversary of my blog AND my first year in KC, so I’ve been collecting things ever since.

Originally I planned to do one giveaway on the blog and one on IG, but now it’s just going to be one good one on Instagram.

Here’s what I’m giving away.

A gorgeous floral bouquet & butterfly panel, 5 half-yard cuts of coordinating fabric curated by yours truly, a junior jelly roll by Moda, a pair of warm crochet scissors, plus a bunch of other goodies!

For your chance to win:

  1. You must follow me on Instagram – click on the Follow Via Instagram link in the sidebar to get there quickly. —->
  2. Like my giveaway post on Instagram
  3. Tag 2 quilty friends in one comment on my giveaway post on Instagram
  4. For a bonus entry, repost my giveaway pic using the hashtag #aqpdag

I will randomly choose and announce a winner on this blog post and on Instagram around noon(CT) on Labor Day, September 2, 2019, which is already next Monday!  ***This giveaway is now closed.  The  lucky winner is Rosanne Carr Atkinson @quilty_me_

Thank you all for being my friend and reading my blog!

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My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

A Thread for Life

Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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My Week Out of Office

I had an amazing week out of office a few weeks back! It was approximately 97% work-free and it was glorious!

It started with a 4 day/night visit w/my daughter and the grands.

And then it was total “me time”!

I slept in everyday. “Slept in” meaning I woke up whenever my eyes opened w/o an alarm.

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I took down the Christmas Tree and thoroughly cleaned my house for the first time since I moved in. I also caught up on my laundry.

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I took Moe to the park a couple of times.

I made beef and barley soup and had a friend over for dinner.

On another night, I met a different friend for dinner at Margarita’s.

I spent time in the sewing room and finally finished this Legendary quilt top for a friend and sent it and the pillow cover off to the quilter.

Then I did some selfish sewing. I had to make myself a Star Burst Tree Skirt! I saw it all over Instagram during the holidays. I used a modified version of this tutorial.  It’s QAYG (quilt as you go). I was able to finish the top and will soon finish, finish it differently than the tutorial suggests.

And while I did all that sewing, I finished three audio books.

For the last several years I’ve challenged myself to read more books than the year before. Last year my goal was 36 and thanks to me finally taking the time to figure out how to listen to audio-books, I finished the year with 47 reads! Yes, I count audio-books as reads!   My goal this year is 60.

I also got a deep tissue massage and a facial!  It was definitely time well spent and I’m very grateful for all of it!

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Happy Stitchin’ and God Bless!

A Thread for Life

Better one handful with rest than two handfuls with effort and a pursuit of the wind. Ecc 4:6

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