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08-18-2014

Jelly Roll Jam II and a GIVEAWAY!

Fat Quarter Shop has another fabulous shortcut quilt for you guys today!

Jelly Roll Jam II

Guess what? This pattern is so quick and easy it is a must do for your quilty list! If you are like me you probably have a stack of jelly rolls setting around dying to become an actual quilt:) Two things I love…..the pattern is FREE and it will make you TWO quilts!!!

Into the Woods by Lella Boutique

I used one of my newer jelly rolls, Into the Woods by Lella Boutique for Moda, you can get one of these cute little jelly rolls HERE.

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Jelly Rolls 10% off at Fat Quarter Shop through Aug. 24, 11:59p.m./CST!

Since the Jelly Roll Jam II pattern makes two quilts I decided to separate mine into two color ways…..Light and Dark. This gave me some pretty combos of pink/green and a red/brown.

Into the Woods by Lella Boutique

This quilt goes together quick! Seriously…..one quilt can be done start to finish in a day, love that!

Jelly Roll Jam II, The Sassy Quilter

Take 1

The Red/Brown color combo is a different one for me, but I really liked it! I love the hint of mint mixed in there.

Jelly Roll Jam II, The Sassy Quilter

Jelly Roll Jam II, The Sassy Quilter

I tried something totally different for the quilting on this one…..a wood grain design. I really just free-styled it using some organic wavy lines and adding a swirl for the knot in the wood. To fill in around I just echoed around the knot. This design is pretty forgiving…..trees are kind of gnarly anyway, right! So go for it and give it a try.

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I used a solid on the back so you can really see the quilting.

Take 2

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Didn’t this one come out so soft and sweet??? Pink and Green is one of my favorite color combos!

Jelly Roll Jam II, The Sassy Quilter

As always I used my custom made labels from ikaprint! You can make your own HERE, easy and inexpensive.

For my quilting I used an allover stipple or meander, but kept it large so my quilt would still feel soft and cozy:)

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These quilts finish at 36.5″ x 38.5″….great baby quilts. I suppose you could put all the blocks together and make a throw size quilt.

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Even though I kind of separated this jelly roll…..they sure do look good together too!

Here is the FREE Pattern

or watch the video….

***GIVEAWAY***

Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock, The Sassy Quilter

 

Want to win 20, 2.5″ strips from Odds and Ends by Julie Comstock for Moda so you can make your own Jelly Roll Jam II quilt???

To Enter:

Subscribe to follow my blog by email and leave me a comment on this post telling me you did!

….if you already do, no problem! Just leave a comment telling me you are all signed up:)

The form to follow by email is at the bottom of this post or you can find it on my right sidebar at the top!

Good Luck!

Contest ends Friday, Aug.22 at midnight?EST.

Open Internationally.

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Jelly Rolls 10% off at Fat Quarter Shop through Aug. 24, 11:59p.m./CST!

 

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08-14-2014

Sassy Update

Here is what I have been up too!

My Craftsy 2012 BOM quilt is coming along nicely! Here are the August blocks…

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Double Star

Double Star

I am using Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery for my fabrics.

You can sign up for this free class HERE!  Craftsy has lots of other FREE classes too, so check it out.

I’ve been working on a few Log Cabin blocks with my local Richmond Modern Quilt Guild. I LOVE these blocks!!! I was just kind of free- styling with these and did solids on one side and prints on the other. I am really liking how it turned out and it has me thinking about doing a Modern Log Cabin quilt!

Modern Log Cabin

I am using Twenty Three by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

Modern Log Cabin

 So what do you think….Modern Log Cabin Quilt Along???? I think Modern and Traditional options would be nice…Let me know if you are feeling it:)

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08-12-2014

Fat Quarter Stlye Winner!

Fat Quarter Style Book

The winner of the Fat Quarter Style Book is….

Christine Sherman

Don’t be too sad….you still have lots more chances to win a copy! Just keep following the book tour and enter to win at each stop.

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

#1  August 4th : Paula of The Sassy Quilter
#2  August 6th : Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation
#3  August 8th : Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios
#4  August 11th : Caroline of Sew Can She
#5  August 13th : Jana of Jana Machado
#6  August 15th : Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock
#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced
#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely
#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge
#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?
#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand
#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter

Keep it Sassy

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08-10-2014

Summer Sales

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Here are some great summer deals happening right now….

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August Big Course Sale at Craftsy: Save 50%!

Don’t miss Craftsy’s Dog Days of Summer Sale happening now! Enjoy up to 50% off ALL online classes! Don’t waste any time, offer expires August 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop now and save!

100% money back guarantee, so no risk!

Here is one of their best sellers:

Dot to Dot Quilting by Angela Walters

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GIVEAWAY for a Fat Quarter Style book HERE!

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New Arrival!

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Save 10%

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Use offer code: Bliss10

Offer expires: 08/10/2014

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Clearance Sale!

Daydream Fat Eighth Bundle

They have fabric on clearance for less than $6/yd and a few Fat Eighth Bundles for less that $40….good deal!

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I am SOOOO in love with these two new lines!

Jungle Ave. by Sara Lawson

Jungle Ave by Sara Lawson for Art Gallery Fabrics - 12- Piece Bundle

and Gleeful by Sew Caroline!

Glee by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics, Preppy Fleurs GFL-380 Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Gleeful by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics, Springs Sun GFL-384 Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum) Gleeful by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics, Cheerful Echo GLF-385 Yardage (1/4 Yard Minimum)

20% off your purchase!

Use code: SASSY


If you haven’t yet make sure you enter my GIVEAWAY for a Fat Quarter Style book HERE!

Giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight! Winner announced on Tueday, Aug. 12th.

Enjoy!

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08-06-2014

Around the World Blog Hop

What is the Around the World Blog Hop?

Well, lets think of it as a quilty chain letter! I was invited to join in by Keera who blogs over at Live.Love.Sew in gorgeous Austrailia, and now I will be tagging three other bloggers who inspire ME! Now sometime next week these guys will all do the same…..and the chain keeps going!

How fun, right?!

What I am suppose to do in this post is introduce myself and then answer a few questions about my process, easy enough…or so I thought. These questions were quite thought provoking. I apologize if you are tired of hearing about me this week…its the last for a while:)

Before I go on I just have to give a big Thank You to Keera and tell you to go check out her latest FREE quilt pattern and tutorial……GORGEOUS I tell ya!

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Introduction:  Who is The Sassy Quilter?

(haha, did that sound all serious and like I was looking off into the distance???)

I am a dental hygienist by day and quilter by night, weekend and sometimes even my lunch breaks! If you follow me often, you know I learned how to quilt from my grandmother whose nick name was “Sassy” and was to be honest….far more sassy than me:) She was a hand quilter, so that is how I first learned to quilt. Now I mostly machine quilt. I do all my quilting on my domestic machine which is a Baby Lock Crescendo. I did a serious upgrade almost 2 years ago and haven’t regretted it since. Getting all that extra throat space makes quilting my quilts so much easier and has inspired me to really work on my free motion quilting skills.

1.      What am I working on?

My current project is my Aviatrix Medallion Quilt! I am up to border #3 and loving the way it is coming together.

Aviatrix Medallion, Border 2

2.      How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Whoa! This question really made me think…. I am not sure if I differ! I think maybe some of you guys could answer that one better than me:) I started this blog with an emphasis on beginners and keeping things simple so others could be inspired and successful in learning to quilt. I try to have lots of FREE patterns and tutorials for beginners and have done a beginner quilting series called, So You Wanna Make a Quilt. I also like to share lots of tips and tricks that I was happy to learn when I began quilting and am always adding ones I continue to learn along the way.

3.      Why do I write/create what I do?

This is another deep question….I honestly feel like it completes me! Some might say I need to get a life, but I know you guys understand:) It is not just the art of quilting, but the community and inspiration that is shared that is so fulfilling! From the creativity of designing a project to the touch, feel and sight of the fabric with its vibrant colors and design to the physical construction and finishing…..and don’t even get me started about the emotion and heart shared in giving and receiving quilts!

Hey quilting is even good for your health. Here is a quote from an article in the Journal of Public Health:

“Cognitive, emotional and social processes were uncovered, which participants identified as important for their wellbeing. Participants found quilting to be a productive use of time and an accessible means of engaging in free creativity. Colour was psychologically uplifting. Quilting was challenging, demanded concentration and participants maintained and learned new skills. Participants experienced ‘flow’ while quilting. A strong social network fostered the formation of strong friendships. Affirmation from others boosted self-esteem and increased motivation for skill development. Quilts were often given altruistically and gave quilting added purpose.”

Hey! We already knew this:)

4.      How does my writing/creating process work?

I am a pencil and paper kind of gal. I have to sketch it out a bit to get my thoughts sorted out first. Now that I have EQ7(a quilt design program for your computer), I am learning to design my projects there. It is pretty cool to import your actual fabrics and see what your  quilt will look like before you ever cut! I have a lot to learn with this program so sometimes I feel like I can sketch it out faster in pencil and I can take that anywhere. Here are some of my random scribbles…

More often than not color or fabric inspires me! I see a combination or a fabric line and then I say, “What can I make with this?”. The pattern or quilt is just a way to bring it to life for me. That being said….I do sometimes see a really great pattern and its a good excuse to put some of this fabric I am hoarding to use!

Above all my biggest inspirations are other quilters!!!

Let me introduce you to a few from around the world…

Stephanie @ Dawn Chorus Studios

Stephie is a gifted artist and writer who I came across shortly after I started blogging. I love following her quilting blog and her Facebook page. She really gives you a peak into her world through anything from her running adventures to her artwork….amazing by the way! Her quilting blog has some fabulous free patterns and I love how she adds lots of hand stitching to her work.

Cheryl @ Texas Quilting Gal

I have had the pleasure of knowing Cheryl since she started blogging and love her eye for color and enthusiasm to try new things! Being a Texan, she is having fun quilting along with the Deep in the Heart of Texas Roadtrip QAL….this looks like such a fun project! Makes you wish you were from Texas:) You never know what she will be into next…we often end up doing lots of the same projects or joining the same quilt alongs.

Julie @ 627Handworks

Julie, Julie, Julie! I found Julie’s blog when I started blogging and just loved her look and style! She always has such fun projects and tutorials to share….especially her Block Rockin’ Series of free paper pieced patterns. Even though I wasn’t making these I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with next:) I am currently taking part in her Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt Bee. I just love getting to make these scrappy blocks and getting to swap with quilty friends from all over the world. Julie always has something fun and exciting up her sleeve!

So go ahead and check these guys out! I promise you won’t be sorry:)

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08-04-2014

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour and a Giveaway!

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Style Book Tour!

Fat Quarter Style is the latest book by Fat Quarter Shop’s pattern company, It’s Sew Emma. Fat Quarter Style has 12 fat quarter quilts with 4 size options each….love that! I also really liked that it includes both traditional and modern pattern styles.  All super cute! For the book tour each blogger was assigned one of the quilts and we are featuring a block from that quilt. Mine was the pattern, Mosaic, and let me tell you this block was so quick and easy I just decided to go ahead whip up the crib size quilt!

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Mosaic Quilt

This pattern only required 9 fat quarters and I paired them with a light grey solid(Kona Silver). It was fun to just pull these fat quarters from my stash! I most often using a collection of some sort.

Mosaic Quilt

I quilted it using an Aurifil, 50 wt. cotton in a light grey(#2600).  I decided to free motion quilting a meander or stipple within the blocks….

Mosaic FMQ

and a loop-de-loop design in the sashing and borders.

Quilt Labels

For my binding I pieced together the leftovers and used THIS machine binding tutorial. I finished it off with one of my custom made labels which you can have made HERE, super affordable and cute!

I’ve got my eye on a few others in here and can’t wait to get started. Maybe I can use up some of this stash that keeps eyeballing me!

Purchase your copy of Fat Quarter Style HERE

Fat Quarter Style Book

Fat Quarter Shop has given me a copy of Fat Quarter Style to give away to one of my readers, yay!

To enter:

Just leave a comment on this post!

For a few bonus entries…..leave a comment telling me how you Follow Fat Quarter Shop and how you Follow The Sassy Quilter!

You can Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog-The Jolly Jabber, Twitter, or subscribe to their You Tube Channel.

You can find and follow TheSassyQuilter  on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Instagram, Twitter or by email updates(form on right sidebar)!

 

Each stop on the tour will be giving away a copy of Fat Quarter Style, so be sure and check out all the other stops on the tour for lots of chances to win !

Fat Quarter Style Book Tour

#1  August 4th : Paula of The Sassy Quilter
#2  August 6th : Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation
#3  August 8th : Karin of Leigh Laurel Studios
#4  August 11th : Caroline of Sew Can She
#5  August 13th : Jana of Jana Machado
#6  August 15th : Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock
#7  August 18th : Lee of Freshly Pieced
#8  August 20th : Holly of Bijou Lovely
#9  August 22nd : Ashley of Film in The Fridge
#10  August 25th : Erin of Why Not Sew?
#11  August 27th Kristyne of Pretty By Hand
#12  August 29th : Amy of Diary of A Quilter

Purchase your copy of Fat Quarter Style HERE

**edit- giveaway ends Aug.11th at midnight/EST, winner announced Aug.12th**

Keep it Sassy

 

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08-03-2014

Anything Goes

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I am so excited to be hosting Anything Goes Mondays for Stitch by Stitch today, Thanks Marelize!

I have been a follower of her blog, Stitch by Stitch, since I started blogging and am in awe of her amazing free motion quilting. So if you haven’t checked her out yet you can visit here HERE. She has a weekly linky party on Mondays where folks can come and share what there working on…..and the best part…..ANYTHING GOES! So just link up and share what’s happening in your quilty universe. If that’s not your thing, feel free to just browse and click on some links. So much inspiration out there

If you have never visited me here before let me tell you a little about myself…. I was taught to quilt by my grandmother(the original Sassy, that was here nickname) at an early age and in my 20′s really dove in and became completely obsessed! Like she taught me, I am thrilled to share quilting with anyone who wants to learn and my blog likes to focus on keeping things simple for beginners and sharing lots of tips and tricks to help them out. So feel free to check things out and come back often:)

Here are a few things on my blog you might like:

Helpful Charts

Quilting Tips

Free Patterns

Tutorials

Quilt Games and Puzzles

Here are a few of my favorite quilts and projects I have made so far….

I am also doing a fun GIVEAWAY this week! You can enter HERE.

Now its your turn! Show me what ya got:)

Here’s what ya need to know:

1. Link up ANY recent blog posts, it can be one or more, but PLEASE do not share blog posts you might have linked up in the past.
2. Somewhere in your blog post, you must link back here to my blog, OR grab the Anything Goes button for your sidebar (found on the sidebar of the Stitch by Stitch blog)
3. Try to visit at least a few of the other blogs linked, the whole point of having a party is to connect, share and maybe get a few more followers…remember to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!


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08-01-2014

Last Chance Winner!

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The winner of the Last Chance Link-up for the Triangle QAL is……

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs!

Congrats Sarah! Here is her beautiful little doll quilt.

You can check out her blog HERE for a tutorial and to download a free Forest Friends template to applique on a quilt of your own!

Sarah gets a $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop, a pattern from Swirly Girls Design and a thread sampler from Aurifil.

Oh how I wish I could give all you guys a prize! Everyone worked so hard and really pushed to get these quilts finished up. Each and every one is gorgeous…I swear! I’m not just saying that:) I love how creative everyone was and the colors and layouts were all so inspiring. Well done!

Thanks for quilting along!

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07-28-2014

Time’s almost up!

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Time is almost up!

The Last Chance Link Up for the Triangle Quilt Along ends July 31st at midnight/EST, so you only have a few more days to get a pic of your finished quilt in the link up! That is just enough time to get that binding done or even have an all night marathon quilting session:)

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Want to know the top secret prize???

A $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!

and

a free pattern from Swirly Girls Designs!

and I think I’ll throw in an Aurifil thread sampler for you too!

A lot of you guys are already linked up and have some beautiful quilts to show for it, so way to go!

Good Luck!!!

Click HERE to link up your quilt and to get all the need to know info!

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07-24-2014

Organizing your Fabric Scraps!

Organizing Your Scraps

Don’t you hate how every time you finish a project or cut even just cut into a fat quarter you are then left with all these odd shaped pieces of fabric that you just can’t bear to throw away! You are piling them up somewhere….I know you are! Haha, mostly because I had that same stack:) Now you know good and well you are most likely not making a project with them, but they are so beautiful(…and costly) and there is bound to be some project somewhere that we can somehow use these scraps in…..maybe:)

What you need is some focused organization and then you might just find that project!

I have got a fabulous Sassy Tip for you today that will get you on the road to organizing your fabric scraps and actually using some of these little left over yummies and feel like you have a plan!

Organizing Your Scraps

What you are going to do at the end of each project is go ahead and cut up your scraps into some pre-determined sizes. This will really organize what you are doing with your scraps and make them feel ready to go when you come up with that fabulous scrappy project!

Decide what pre cut sizes you want to store your scraps in for Squares and for Strips. For my strips, I have picked 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″ and 3″. You can go as crazy as you like, but I suggest just a few and stick to what you pick. I don’t recommend going any smaller that 1.5″…these are going to finish at 1″, that’s pretty tiny!

Organizing Scraps

For my squares I do 5″, 4″, 3″ 2.5″ and 2″. You can just do 5″ and 2.5″ if you want…just decide what you think you can keep up with!

I try to vary the different sizes for each scrap I am cutting up. For instance, if I have a 10″ square left over I would cut two 5″ squares, one 2.5″ strip and four 2.5″ squares. This keeps my scraps a good mix so I have a little of each fabric in all of my bins.

Organizing Scraps

I used these simple little bins from the dollar store. They are not too bulky and I can stack them up to save space. I keep them near my cutting table so they are easy to drop my scraps in there. When they get full I will just empty the bin and store them away until I have enough to make a quilt. I like that these bins keep the pieces pretty flat….that means I won’t have to iron again when I’m ready to piece these together.

Organizing Scraps

Now in order for this to work you have to actually do it:) and you need to be willing to toss what doesn’t fit into your specific size bins!!!! We are just saving useable pieces here and trying to make room for some more fabric! So take a deep breath and give it a try and you will see it feels good. Kind of freeing actually, and exciting because it is going to make you an awesome scrap quilt one day.

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