Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rainbow Rose Week 4

I finished this week's homework on Thursday, taking a break from my "Better at the Lake" projects;  the photo of the fabric is at the end of that post.  We didn't have to make the entire quilt centre, but how could one not?  It's so pretty!  I love how it's turned out, and can't wait to quilt it and get it hung on my sewing room wall...er, vapour barrier plastic!  You can still easily hop on board with us; head to Modern Quilters Ireland and follow Ruth's steps.  The hardest part of this was choosing colours and analyzing them!  You can do every single HST and square a different fabric, or you can double up in areas.  For example, my outside ring has 8 diamond shapes that result from making the two HSTs the same fabric.  This results in 40 different fabrics.  Next week is borders.  I'll be linking this post for the giveaway too!

Next week is also the reveal for the first round on the centre block of our Mini Round Robin.  There is excitement building!  And next week is also my big reveal of projects made for the Henry Glass Fabrics Desire to Inspire Challenge, and my interview on their blog, eeek!  Or 'eeeep!'  Also be sure to visit their blog if you'd like to take on this challenge, as they will be announcing the opening for the July challenge probably on Friday, July 1!  It's been fun: good brain and good creativity work.

Right NOW, for four more full days, Craftsy (affiliate link) is having another mega sale on supplies and kits.  This is as good a sale as they have, but what is better is that they have extended it to a full 5 days (it started yesterday), as opposed to the usual weekend one.  Apparently this is it for all summer, so now might be the time to stock up, replenish or snag the product you've been eyeing for a while.  As the button on the sidebar says, 40% off all kits and supplies (and that is across the board, so if you knit, for example, check out the yarn as I have, and take advantage of some sweet deals), but some products are as much as 60%.  Remember you can sort by price, and go from lowest to highest.

Important:  As you heard once before I've had some issues in the past with orders bought through my links but not credited to me.  I had asked if you do buy through my link, just let me know in a personal email, and the order number, nothing else, so that I can check to see that that order number did show up.  I totally appreciate this that several of you have let me know.  We did a conference call and screenshare in early June to check everything and all appears to be working.  However.  I have heard now that not everyone can SEE my sidebar button which Craftsy puts there and updates.  It is right under the Moda Bakeshop button, so can you let me know if you do NOT see it?  If it is there, no need to tell me.  Thank you for supporting my blog; it means a lot, truly.
So a leedle update and enabling since I posted this (yeah yeah I've been browsing)...that Steamfast mini iron which I ADORE? Haven't used my Rowan big one except for once on a quilt top since I've been sewing on the dining table, and I can tell you I am more in love than ever with it...it's even cheaper now than what I got it for! $26CA so I would bet it's under $20US.  It's also part of yesterday's freebie Friday giveaway on the Craftsy blog, if you haven't entered yet.  If you are in the US, there is free shipping on orders over $99, so get a couple friends together and take advantage of that sweet deal!

Hope you've also been checking out the New Bloggers Hop going on; there are some sweet giveaways to be had as well!  This is Week 2 and you can find the links to the blogs at Cheryl's Meadow Mist Designs.
Have you decided whether or not you are doing Cheryl's mystery that starts in just under 2 weeks?!  This is mine (yet to be quilted) from last year.  It was a great project, lots of fun, with one step per month, so not much at all to add to  a person's load, right?

One last quick photo...
Catalpa tree flowers
See how orchid-like they are?  Just stunning in colour and frills, no?  They are dropping big time now, so I picked up three good ones and laid them together for a photo to show you.  These are off the huge tree (which MacGyver says is not 70 feet tall, maybe 50-60) which I photographed in my last post and in which Jean saw the shapes (like cloud shapes) of a sheep's head and an eagle!  LOL-- I thought she could see a real eagle, so I zoomed right in...it could happen; I've seen them on a few occasions flying and once watched one land on a sandbar with a fish and proceed to eat it, glaring at me from time to time as eagles are wont to do!

Happy weekend! Hope the sun is shining in your little corner of this blue-green planet, as it is in mine, and that you get in some sewing time as well.  Take the time to pause, though, and remember those who are hurting, those whose loved ones were killed in Orlando, those whose homes have been lost either in Fort McMurray, or now both homes and lives lost in West Virginia with the terrible flooding.  Send them some love and hopes for better tomorrows, and maybe even participate in one of the ongoing quilt donations.


16 comments:

  1. Very very beautiful!!! I am drinking my morning cup of chai and enjoying this eye-candy. I recognize some of the fabrics in there. Good Neighbors by Amanda Jean. What a lovely beginning of my weekend. Too much going on here so I will pass on the Mystery Quilt. I am so excited about your big reveal for the Henry Glass fabrics. Whatever it is I am sure you will knock it out of the park (as the Americans say)...
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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  2. I have somehow resisted sewing the center of my Rainbow Rose block together, but I was definitely tempted to put it together, too! Yours looks great and I love seeing how everyone's versions are slightly different. I'm definitely excited about Cheryl's Mystery Quilt that is going to start again soon, too. :)

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  3. Oh how beautiful!! ❤. And wow those flowers are STUNNING!

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  4. Oh, your Rainbow Rose is beautiful. Can't believe how much you have going on!! Weather here is scrumptious but just for the weekend. Next week is more rain and more humidity and more t-storms. I don't like to sew during t-storms so am trying to some before they set in.

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  5. I so love the deeply saturated colors on your Rainbow Rose. Yes, it's hard to not work ahead with this one.

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  6. Your Rainbow Rose looks great! I've also finished my homework, just haven't had the time to take photos.

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  7. Your block is so pretty ,Sandra. I love it

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  8. Your block is so pretty ,Sandra. I love it

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  9. Wow! Those blooms are stunning! Your Rainbow Rose it turning out beautifully and yes, I can see your Craftsy button.

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  10. Your Rainbow Rose is gorgeous! The color gradations are perfect. I'm patiently waiting for Cheryl to post the fabric requirements for this year's mystery. I really enjoyed last years. Mine is quilting, just not bound. I really should do that before the next mystery get's started!

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  11. Gorgeous pics Sandra, love the flowers and the rainbow rose...😀 yes you are right, there is so much sadness in the world at the moment. And my thoughts are with everyone impacted by sadness in whatever shape or form....

    QAL .... just signed up😀 xx

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  12. Love your Rainbow Rose. The tree blooms are lovely. I am enjoying the sun, now if it would just rain that would be good.

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  13. So glad I saw your posts in chronological order. I loved seeing the progress of this quilt.

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  14. There's a gorgeous depth to the colours of your fabrics - love how this is turning out!

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  15. I love love love your rainbow rose!!! It's bright and full of color. And sometimes it's nice to have a project to clear your mind when you are working on such a big one like the Henry Glass project (sounds like a tv show title). And where is my Bella??? Why is she not modeling this quilt???

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  16. this is so beautiful. I haven't touched mine since last week....but I did have a great time in Montreal.

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