Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Plus Playtime Winner

The random number generator picked #5 out of the eleven linkups which is Louise of My Quilt Odyssey who made this beauty:

Isn't it just so vibrant? Five Alarm Chili is what she's called it. Congrats Louise; I can't wait to see what you buy, and I hope some will be for yourself! Louise gives the bulk of her quilting away to charitable causes.

Have you made a start on quilting yet? You've got plenty of time before the July 6 parade linky party opens, and it will be open for a week. Summer stuff happens, so no pressure. I made a start on the adult version of Plus Playtime with Paula Nadelstern's Marbella line. I want to give you a sneak peek because I did something a little different on the one row of dancing pluses:

Outside of changing thread colour in the deep blue and purple pluses, I did this in one continuous pass: outline, 1" diameter beads and echoes. I will draw out the path when it's the finish post, as it turned out pretty slick. It's similar to one of the designs I showed you back in the flimsy linky. You can also get a glimpse of the way I'm doing the straight lines, in groups of two and three. It's uncanny how similar Tish and I are quilting our Plus Playtime quilts, without even a word to each other!

In other Plus Playtime news, I finally laundered the one from the Benartex Fabrics ezine, Modern By the Yard:
Ah! Soft crinkly goodness. It will go in my Etsy shop shortly. (say those last three words three times in a row fast!😝

And finally a squirrel I've finally had to chase, because of a super-tight deadline, which is the reason the quilting has come to a halt on the second Plus Playtime. Here's a sneak peek with not a word from me other than you can see all of this gorgeous line here on Sew in Love With Fabric:

Makes me SMILE!

Meanwhile it's head down, butt up, or is it nose-in-the-air, whiskers twitching, paws up? (do squirrels even have whiskers) or, as MacGyver likes to say, "Sandra, eyes on task; mind on task," when my menopausal mind meanders.... so that I stay on the floral task, and immediately thereafter on the Island Batik task! (exciting stuff there too; sneak peeks coming).

One last quick note, that the special deal on Craftsy Unlimited is not over! I thought it was and went, no! because I am going to do this, even though I'm concerned I won't watch as much of it as I should, since I know my TV watching is not as much as it needs to be to keep up with my shows, never mind the new ones (loving the CBC "Back in Time For Dinner" right now, episode 2 is this Thursday!)..... Anyhow where was I... oh yeah, the offer is good until June 23, so there's still time! It's basically free for a year, where you pay for the year, but then you get a quilt kit worth nearly as much as the yearly subscription, AND $25 to spend on Craftsy supplies, AND free shipping in the US to boot! Note that you can sign up monthly, but the offer is only for the yearly sign-up, which actually is cheaper in the long run. You can also try it free for 7 days by going to Craftsy and clicking on the Try Craftsy Unlimited bar at the top of the page. These are both affiliate links within this paragraph. Thank you for all the support you give me, monetarily yes, but mostly through the much-treasured by me conversations by email (I'm trying valiantly and with probably 95% success) of continuing those conversations by email privately as I believe so strongly in their value in creating a bond, a sense of community, of the humans behind the quilts and words.

Okay ciao!

Linking up
Free Motion by the River

17 comments:

Sandra Walker said...

First comment posted! Please write out your email ephdra at gmail dot com like that if you haven't heard back from me in a recent comment or if this is your first time commenting. :-)

Nancy J said...

Flowers in red and blue, that is a stunning design. And the beads and outlines, that makes a statement for sure. Louise, love the red hot colours.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

well done to Louise. Not only does Louise donate many of her quilts to great causes, but she also makes them at a terrific rate. Now i have mastered changing my fmq feet, I look forward to quilting my pluses

Kate said...

Congrats to Louise! I love the colors in your grown up version. Looking forward to seeing that one all finished up.

laughing gas quilts said...

Congrats to Louise- love her flimsy. But those quilted pluses...OMG, they are fabulous. May have to make a plus quilt just to try the motif.

Vicki in MN said...

Congrats to Louise and her big heart! And your Plus quilt is looking great:)

canuckquilter said...

I love Louise's version and its name! Beautiful quilting happening on your grown up version too.

Cozy Quilts by Linda said...

Great quilting design on the one row of pluses...very effective. I'm going back to look at the flimsy link.

Vasudha said...

Congrats to Louise. Your quilting is looking very interesting. I'd love to see the full pic when you're done.

Ioleen said...

Congrats Louise. Love the brightness and boldness of your quilt.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I read Louise's blog, too, so I know how much she gives away. It will be fun to read what she gets. Your quilting on your plus quilt is exquisite!!! I just didn't have a minute to join in the fun. Gosh, I think I said that last year! Who knew that retirement would be so busy?

piecefulwendy said...

Yay for Louise! I can't think of a more worthy recipient! Oh my, Sandra, that quilting is really looking great! No surprise to me that you and Tish are mind-melding. Haha!

Lisa J. said...

Congratulations to Louise and what a wonderful job you are doing quilting your quilt.

KaHolly said...

Oh, I’m so pleased for Louise! She’s always a winner in my book. Love your quilting, Sandra. You’ve inspired me once again with your beautiful work!

Louise said...

I'm so tickled to have won this prize! And I'm blushing with all these kind comments here on your blog, Sandra. What a supportive and kind community we have.

I'm loving the fabric in your new squirrel. So pretty! And I'm inspired by your Plus quilting. Maybe I'll try something similar. My pebbles are pretty wobbly, so practicing them on the busy fabrics of my chili peppers would work well :)

Thanks again for offering such a nice prize!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I'll be ready to link up...working on the binding now.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Sandra,
Just checking in on you . . . and to see if you are okay?? I'm working on quilting my Plus so that it's ready for the parade. I love how your original quilt turned out after washing. I can feel the quilty goodness through the computer - oh so good. Happy Tuesday and I hope all is well! ~smile~ Roseanne