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01-11-2017

Quilter with no quilts…

So why is it so hard to get a quilt when you make quilts? 

I’ve said it myself to lots of quilters….

if you want a quilt you can make yourself one! Right?

But…. we all know it is so much more than that. Yes, we make ourselves quilts sometimes…. but receiving a quilt from a fellow quilter I believe is one of the greatest treasures! A quilt is never cost effective… costs money, time, frustration, brain power and sometimes injury!

A quilt is a true gift from the heart❤️… You only get one if you are loved!

2016 was a great quilty year for me because I received not one but two! And I want to show them off:) 

My cousin gave me this beauty! Thank you Mags!


This one is from a quilty friend in my local Richmond Modern Quilters Guild. Thank you Betty! 



 I love the colors in both. Matches my home. One I snuggle on the couch with and the other in the bed. Happiness all around! 

I want to challenge everyone in 2017 to show some quilty love to your fellow quilters.
Thank you to Maggie and Betty for blessing me with sassy quilty goodness:)

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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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06-19-2014

Sewing Machine Mat Winner!

Congratulations to our Sewing Machine Mat Winners from my stop on the Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Blog Tour!

2609o has won the oh so cute Chevron and Polka Dot Mat!

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Tonia Conner has won the fun and funky Skull and Bow Mat! You can visit her at her blog AllThingzSewn.

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If you missed it HERE is the tutorial to make your own using Riley Blake Designs Quilted Cotton Fabric….super easy!

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Don’t forget to check out the other fun stops on this blog tour! There are some real cute projects to see.

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6/5 – Jedi Craft Girl

6/10 – Nancy Zieman

6/12 – The Sassy Quilter

6/17 – Just Let Me Quilt

6/19 – Simple Simon & Co.

6/24 – Haberdashery Fun

6/26 – Sew We Quilt

7/1 – Jina Barney Designz

7/3 – Leigh Laurel Studios

7/8 – Riley Blake Designs

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06-16-2014

My Favorite Quilt- Double Wedding Ring!

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What is my favorite quilt????

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I decided to go back into my quilt vault for this one and it is one of my favorites for so many reasons!

First and foremost it was my grandmothers favorite quilt to make; her signature quilt! She was the original “Sassy”… because that was her nickname. She taught me everything I know and this was like the second or third quilt I made, ever! She assured me it was easy and wouldn’t be too hard…..by the time I was done I swore off curved piecing forever. I no longer hold anything against curves, but haven’t forgotten, as a beginner, how crazy I thought she was telling me I could make this quilt! Guess what??? I did and I learned a lot! Each piece was drawn with a template and cut out with scissors and then it was hand quilted and hand bound. It is by no means perfect and I can definitely see how my style has changed since, but it is my favorite and I am so glad I got to make this quilt with my Sassy grandma before she left us.

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When did I make it? What pattern? What fabrics?

8 years ago from a pattern from Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, a quilting book that was my grandmothers. I still have that book. I used fabrics from my grandmothers stash and yes….a big box store…gasp!

Have I shown this quilt anywhere or entered it in contests?

No.

What memories or people does this quilt remind me of?

Sassy! of course. I remember sitting at her coffee table using her old Kenmore sewing machine while she sat in her recliner hand quilting her latest quilt.  She would readily help me work out my sewing machine disasters and assure me that a little pucker here and there were fine and to just keep going!

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What do I like best about the quilt?

Hmmm, I would say the memories and that it actually looks like rings and it pretty flat! I was severely doubtful along the way:)

How did I grow as a quilter while making it?

Oh, I learned soooo much about accuracy and how important the cutting process is, curved piecing, improved my hand quilting skills, scalloped binding and how NOT to finish binding by hand! Those whip stitches look crazy on the back, lol! I did a reverse whip stitch and basically showed all the thread instead of hiding it. Good thing the thread color matches!

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If I could make this quilt again, what would I do differently?

I love every crazy stitch on this quilt! But, I would like to make another in a completely different style. Unlike my grandmother…I don’t think it will be my signature quilt, but I do think it has a lot of wow factor and is totally worth the trouble.

Where is the quilt now?

It is actually the only quilt I have made myself that I actually use! It is in my living room as a throw for the couch.

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So…..

Don’t be afraid to be Sassy and try a quilt you think is out of your skill set! You might just learn all kinds of things and make a memory that lasts forever. Maybe even a Double Wedding Ring Quilt!

This post is being shared as a part of My Favorite Quilt @ SewMamaSew. Check out the link and see everyone’s favorite quilt or share your own!

Don’t forget a few other fun things that are going on:

Fat Quarter Shop Anniversary Sale!

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20% off purchase coupon code @ Gotcha Covered Quilting: SASSY

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My Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial and GIVEAWAY!!!

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06-08-2014

People, Places and Quilts!

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I am sharing my Sunday Stash from the road today……My baby bro graduated from Navy Power School in Charleston, SC so not a lot of sewing happening.  Now you know I had to find something quilty! So we tracked down a local quilt shop called People, Places & Quilts. Better Homes and Gardens selected it as one of North Americas top ten quilt shops! And I see why:) They had the friendliest staff and the atmosphere was so charming. The fabric selection was amazing and really had something for everyone….I especially love the sale wagon where I scooped up some awesome deals!

Want to take a peak….

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The shop is in a historic building that was once a hardware store so from the flooring to the french doors it is fun just to walk around taking it all in.

Don’t you just love that chair!

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Lots of the antique furnishings are put to use….cute, cute, cute!

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Loved this area where the books were….

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They had fun scrap bins on the table you could pick through, .50 for the 10″ squares….I thought that was a deal and could get you some fun prints. They also 6″ and 7″ squares.

So many rooms full of fabric to explore and I can’t show you all of them, but if you are ever in South Carolina it is worth the trip!

What did I get for my stash???

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Some cute Fat Quarters all from the sale wagon! Love<3

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These were some larger pieces on the sale wagon that are perfect for backings! I love those typewriter keys and the blue flowers remind me of a vintage sheet.

Here is some more info on People,Places & Quilts:

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People Places & Quilts is located in an old hardware store at
129 W. Richardson Ave. • Summerville, SC 29483.

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06-01-2014

Triangle QAL- Last Chance Link Up!

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Okay guys! I have a little something special for those who participated in the Triangle QAL, but were late to the party and missed the deadline:)  It was my first quilt along and I know I didn’t give everyone(including myself!) a whole lot of time to get the entire quilt done, but no worries!

I am doing a Last Chance Link Up!

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Starting today there will be a link up open on this blog post for everyone that didn’t make the earlier deadline to come and share their finished quilt. Entering the Last Chance Link Up will give you a chance at another prize win!!! The Link Up will remain open until July 31st and the Last Chance winner will be announced August 1st. The winner will be drawn randomly so no pressure to be perfect, just get it done and have fun.

That means you have two more months to get those quilts finished and bound. I hope this is just the extra little inspiration and push you need to not give up and get those sassy triangles done:) What is the prize…..well, that’s a secret! I might share when we get closer so keep plugging away just in case its a brand new car or something….probably definitely not;) But it will be something really cool, I swear!

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What you need to know:

Your quilt must be a finished quilt.

You must link up your finished quilt to where ever you like to share your quilts. A pic in the Flickr group, Facebook, Instagram, a blog post or you can email me and I will help you out.

Click on the blue button below that says “Add your link” and enter the web address where the photo of your quilt is being shared into the first box. Then add your name and email info in the corresponding boxes.

You must link up your finished quilt by July 31st at midnight/EST.

 

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Please contact me if you have any questions at all! No bother I promise:) and I would love if you left me a comment letting me know how you are doing with finishing up your quilt.

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05-29-2014

Sunnyside Triangle Quilt Finish!

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Sunnyside Triangle Quilt by The Sassy Quilter, measures 50 x 64.

Were you wondering why you never got to see my finished triangles from the Triangle Quilt Along???

Well, it got a little crazy sorting through all the final entries that I got a little behind! I also got a new camera and am trying to figure out how to get decent pics….so easy on my trusty iphone.

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This quilt finishes at 50″ x 64″. I just loved working with these fun prints in Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda. I used a layer cake to cut mine and then added some solids to fill in the gaps.

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I quilted along each side of the diagonal seams in a 50wt, 100% cotton Aurifil thread. The color is a light gray that blended perfectly with all these different colors.

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For the backing I used a print from the same line.

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The back….

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I used a Zig Zag stitch for my machine binding technique just to spice things up a bit! I think it is fitting for the triangles.

Actually, the stitch I used is a little more than just a zig zag, this is called an Elastic Stitch on your machine. It takes three stitches in each direction….a little prettier I think.

Keep the seam line in the center of the stitch and you are bound to catch your binding edge on the back of your quilt! This method can be a little more forgiving if you have a hard time keeping it in the ditch.

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Here is the backside of the binding.

These labels are by ikaprint and can be designed in a ton of different styles! They really make it simple to get my quilts labeled, especially since I tend to forget that step…..I know, bad quilter!

These adorable labels can be purchased from ikaprint HERE!

ikaprint let me create my own online store with them so the labels are at a discounted price, yay! So click on the link above and have a look around.

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Last Chance Link Up!

Now! Who out there missed the date to finish up there Triangle Quilt???

Well, just for fun…

I will be posting a Last Chance Link Up on June 1st and I am going to give you until August 1st to link up your finished quilt for a secret prize…..ooooh, the mystery:)

So keep at it guys and gals! It is not too late to be inspired and get those Triangle Masterpieces finished up! You can do it!

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05-22-2014

Aviatrix Medallion Quilt Along

Well, it has been super busy over here guys and I am sorry I dropped off the map for a bit. Unfortunately I had a death in the family this past weekend and just as I was getting ready to post this…..earthquake last night!!! Crazy and needless to say my internet crashed. Now, that is a regular occurrence out in the sticks where I live:) but I am going to blame it on the earthquake since the epicenter was about 10 miles from me. This was my third earthquake and I will be happy to never experience another. No damage or anything, but…..freaks me out for like a month! Every time the heat pump cuts on I think its an aftershock:)

Well, I did it….

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Aviatrix Medallion Quilt by Elizabeth Hartman

I signed up to participate in the Aviatrix Medallion Quilt Along! Some of my friends from my local MQG lured me in on this one. I just couldn’t resist. You d0 as many borders as you like and if you do them all you have a queen size quilt. I am a little nervous about the center medallion….diamonds! Click on the link or pic to jump over to Oh, Frannson! if you want to join in. You do have to buy the pattern.

Here are my yummy fabrics! I am using the larger pieces for my backgrounds.

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What else have a been up to?

I am an official MQG member! Yay.

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My guild also is doing a block of the month where you use several modern elements to re-create a traditional block. I haven’t ventured to far out of the box yet, but I do love these fabrics. They are Twenty Three by Cosmo Cricket for Moda.

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and…..

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I won an awesome ruler at our recent meeting! This is why you have to join a guild guys…too much fun:)

Don’t think for a minute I forgot about my lucky Bear Creek Quilting Company giveaway winner!

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I have already notified her, but thanks to everyone who put their name in the hat.

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05-05-2014

Triangle Extravaganza!

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Triangle Extravaganza!

Today is the Big Day, the Grand Finale for the Triangle Quilt Along. First of all I want to thank everyone who participated in my quilt along! You guys made it so fun and exciting each and every week. When I first started this I was hoping I could find ten people to quilt along with me and ended up having over 115 people sign up!!! Crazy. Even today we have 79 finishes!!! I think that is amazing. Seriously, you guys really put the pedal to the floor and got these quilts done:)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

So what if you didn’t finish???

Well, you were not in the prize drawing for today, but……keep at it. I am going to have a special link up for those of you who needed a little more time in a month or so and maybe even have a fun giveaway:) So please keep sharing your progress in the Flickr group or  by comments or email and I will keep you posted. Also, I promise next time I tackle a quilt along I will give a little more time:)

Alright already….get to the Grand Prize Winners!

The winner of the $75 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is….

Celine @ Espiritpatch

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And the winner of the $50 gift certificate to Cotton Bliss is…

Conni @ My Creative Side

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Now, here are all the rest of all the beautiful triangle quilts!

Click on each one to see a close up.

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Seriously! My mind was blown by all of you guys creativity with fabric selection, layouts and quilting designs!!! I ran out of words to express how cool I thought each one was. I hope everyone enjoyed this journey and learned a little about triangles without wanting to throw your triangle ruler in the trash:) I honestly thought everyone did a great job and am glad I randomly drew for the winners….no way I could have picked one!

You might be wondering where mine is…..Well, it still has to be bound! Yikes. Get it together Paula!!!   I will just have to share that another day:)

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04-13-2014

Sugar Block Catch up!

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I spent this weekend catching up on some of my Sugar Blocks!

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The one above is the Febuary block called Explore. This one really got on my nerves! If I had enough fabric I would probably redo it. You may be able to see some distortion…I was trying to press it into submission:) Well, the block won. It should finish at 12.5″, but it is 12″. I am going to just make do and leave it. I suspect that do to a lot of seams that I slowly ate up a little seam allowance here and there and it caught up to me. If I have to I can border it and then square it up to the proper size.

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This one I thought would be harder, but it wasn’t! I think I could have used more contrast in the star points….more red. As I grow as a quilter I am trying not to over analyze everything and just keep moving forward. Less ripping, more stitching. So this one will stay as it is too!

Now to finishing April’s block and I will be back on track.

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For all you guys doing the Triangle Quilt Along….

If you opted not to trim the zig zag edges of your quilt, Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shared a great tutorial on how to bind those and work inside those tricky corners! This is a great tutorial even if you are not using it for this quilt, so check it out and say hello from The Sassy Quilter!

Binding inside corners tutorial at SewFresh Quilts

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