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Elementz Blog Hop - Way Too Much Fun!!

by Joanne Hillestad on 02/28/18

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Elementz
by Tammy Silvers for Island Batik

Today, March 1st, 2018, is my day to post about Island Batik's newest collection by Tammy Silvers called Elementz!  The colors are so bright and happy! It makes a girl feel like Spring might actually make an appearance in Minnesota one day soon! Here is a sneak peek of my latest and greatest pop up pattern... Windsock! Look for it in quilt shops very, very soon!
I decided to give my embroidery machine a try doing applique on a Spool Wallet. I love chickens and these are perfect in the bright colors in the Elementz design.  

Embroidery Design is available here:

Funky Chickens
Next up is a fun Basket Pop Up I made using the Braid Template by Seam Like a Dream. All you need to do is make a braid following the instructions with the template a little larger than the side piece's dimension.  Then apply stabilizer and trim down to size.  Sew Cute!!
 
Don't be afraid to add a personal touch! I added this lucky little girl's name to the handle of this Medium Basket Pop Up

How?  I embroidered Rebecca on a wider piece and cut the handle piece out centering the name. You could applique or use fabric markers too!
My last piece of inspiration using Elementz is a Fat Quarter Pop Up with a fun Sewing Saying from Designs by JuJu I think this thread catcher says exactly what I feel on most weekends!
This ends all the fun I had playing with Tammy Silver's new collection Elementz for Island Batik!  Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway: Click here to hop over to my giveaway on Rafflecopter.  Good Luck!

Prize: one FQG135 Windsock Pattern and Hardware.
 
Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

Happy Quilting!
Jo

Snowy Days in MN... makes a girl want to travel!

by Joanne Hillestad on 12/20/17

Snowy Days in Minnesota...
other random thoughts and something new to report

It is a pretty, snowy day here in Minnesota. I love the snow. It is so pretty watching the big fluffy flakes fall. All the brown leaves get covered up. It is also peacefully silent during a snow. If you have never experienced the quiet during a snowfall you are missing out on one of life's simple joys. Having lived in Minnesota my entire life, I think I'm required to love snow. However, I do not love the cold. As a result... I have been thinking about vacations and travel and warm sunshine on my face. 

I recently joined a Facebook group of RV Quilters. One day I hope to travel for a month or more during the coldest stretch of winter. Until then, I enjoy reading about the quilters setting up their campers, trailers, 5th wheels, and motorhomes. The creative ways people use the limited space is truly amazing! The fantastic things these creative people make is so fun to see! Next Summer when Shirley, my 1974 Airstream Argosy, is ready to hit the road I am going to have a pop up explosion. I mean, seriously, there is no hope for me in this regard.
Shirley is getting so cute! We have passed the 5th year of her glamorization... I don't take the time to work on her. I have recently started making the dinette cushions. Finally diving into to the fabric I have collected for her is sew fun!
I always pack projects for any length of road trip. I get bored easily if I'm not driving, so hand stitching is always a must on a trip! Are any of you the same way? I pack up several Bag It Ups with different projects. I might have paper piecing in one bag, embroidery or crochet in another, and on and on. I use a Mini Pop-Up to catch my threads and a Spool Wallet to corral my spools, scissors and needles. It is a travelling trio of items that have quickly become a standard set for every trip! 
 
The Travelling Trio... 
FQG131 Mini Pop-Up
FQG132 Bag It Up (Small Shown)
FQG134 Spool Wallet

Did you know...
The spools spin on the loops of the Spool Wallet making it easy to manage unruly spools of thread! 

The Spool Wallet fits nicely in your purse... so does the Mini Pop Up!
Here is the 'news' I eluded to at the top of this newsletter:

NEW! - Bosal In-R-Form Spool Wallet Precut Foam
Style: 495-SW

I'm excited to announce my partnership with Bosal Foam, Fiber, Interfacing and Crafts! 

Package contains 2 precut pieces of foam... enough to make 2 Spool Wallets! This makes construction easy and accurate!

Available at your local quilt shop very soon!
Something Fun for 2018... but you need to hurry and sign up!

During 2018, I've teamed up with 11 other designers and the IAQ quilt group (International Association of Quilters).  Every month one designer is sharing an exclusive pattern with members...and while I'm not showing you the pattern I've designed, you know that all the patterns, including mine will be wonderful!!  
Along with the pattern, we are also hosting quilt blocks for the Scavenger Hunt Quilt Along. Every month a new block from the designers is shared, building a sampler quilt. You'll be able to hop around and explore new sites and get to know each of us!



Registration closes on 12/28/2017 until April 2018... so hop on over and check it out!

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Fall Quilt Market Preview

by Joanne Hillestad on 10/18/17

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Fall Quilt Market Preview

Happy Friday!

Fall Quilt Market is almost here and I can't wait to see many of you in person!
I'll be hanging out in Booth 2213 playing with pop-ups. You can also stop by Demo Alley on Sunday during the 1:00 - 2:30 pm session. I will be demoing the Spool Wallet. 

For those of you who aren't making the trek to Houston, here is a quick sneak peek of what's new since Spring Market...  Enjoy!
NEW! - FQG134 Spool Wallet
Retail - $9.00

Have Thread... Will Travel!
Wallet holds 4 spools of thread neatly with a pincushion and a zippered pocket for tools.  

Finished Size: 6" x 3.5"


Spool Loops: FQGSL01 - FQGSL05
Retail $3.50
Contains 1 yards of elastic cording and 4 matching 1/2" buttons.
NEW! - FQGDU206 Winter's Catch - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $15.99

Make a fun Winter themed pop up that is also a gift bag for someone special!  Kit includes Pattern, one Medium Pop-Up Spring, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 8" D x 11" H


I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design
NEW! - FQGDU207 Winter Serenade - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $12.99

Kit includes Pattern, one Small Pop-Up Spring, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 5.5" D x 8" H


I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design


 
NEW! - FQGDU208 Snow Follies - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $12.99

Kit includes Pattern, one Small Pop-Up Spring, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 5.5" D x 8" H

I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design
 




 
More fun pop-ups since last market...

 
FQGDU204 Trick or Treat - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $12.99

Make a cute candy bin for Halloween. 

Kit includes Pattern, one Small Pop-Up Spring, Elastic, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 5.5" D x 6" H

I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design
FQGDU205 Spooky - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $15.99

Make a cute candy bin for Halloween. 

Kit includes Pattern, one Medium Pop-Up Spring, Elastic, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 8" D x 8" H

I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design

   
FQGDU202 Buzz & Lady - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $12.99

Meet Buzz the Bee and Lady the Ladybug! 

Kit includes Pattern, one Small Pop-Up Spring, Elastic, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 5.5" D x 6" H

I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design

   
FQGDU203 Flutter - a Pop-Up Kit
Retail - $12.99

Flutter is a cute butterfly in two designs! 

Kit includes Pattern, one Small Pop-Up Spring, Elastic, and a FQ Gypsy Label.
Finished Size: 5.5" D x 6" H

I recommend
Barely There Printable Fusible Web
        by Swirly Girls Design

   
For my Quilt Shops unable to attend Quilt Market... email me about a Shop Sample offer I have right now... quantities are limited!

Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 09/21/17

Batiks Go Retro!

 
I know I'm not alone... many of you adore batiks. There is something about the feel of the fabric and variation of pattern that draws us in! The newest collection by Tammy Silvers (Tamarinis) for Island Batik is no exception! Plus, it is soooo very fun!



Tammy debuted this collection at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, MO last May. I was lucky enough to be asked to make a few things for her display. First up... a Wingman Pop Up!




This is the Small Wingman (name is based on the size of pop up spring used).  I have a wingman next to each of my machines and on my cutting table!  They are so handy... I should have named it The Handyman!  LOL

 There is also a Mini Wingman that sits on the arm of your chair while you stitch.  Lovely!



I also made a project bag using my Bag It Up pattern.  There are 4 sizes and each has a handy pocket on the front and is fully lined.  I have multiple bags in use at all time as I'm working on new patterns and projects. I love the small size for hand stitching work, the medium (shown) is great for when I'm piecing a quilt, the large and Jumbo can fit big, bulky quilts to and from the longarmer! 


What's new???  Glad you asked!  Here is a sneak peek at a new pattern I am releasing at International Quilt Market at the end of October... The Spool Wallet!  


4 small spools of thread are neatly secured using Spool Loops elastic cording and buttons.  A pocket holds your scissors and other small tools while the pincushion gives you a place for those pins and needles. Watch for it in your local quilt shops in early November!


Thanks for stopping by my blog to see all the fun I had with Tammy's Batiks Go Retro collection!


Time for a giveaway!
Pop over to my website's Batiks Go Retro page and you can enter 2 giveaways!  The first is for the prizes listed below.  The second is the giveaway for the Batiks Go Retro FQ bundle from Tammy!  Good Luck!

Prizes:
1. FQG133 Wingman Pattern, Spring, and Spool Loops
2. FQG132 Bag It Up Pattern
3. FQG134 Spool Wallet Pattern, Foam, and Spool Loops - Shipping as soon as I finish it up!

My Giveaway is open to US and Canada mailing addresses and ends at 11:59pm om Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hello Blog Hop

by Joanne Hillestad on 07/17/17

Hello!

 
Let's have a chat about a terrific fabric line by Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics... Hello.



The collection is so much fun!  The retro phone prints are my favorite!



Here are some of the other prints I love:



There are also ransom letters that you can use on all sorts of fun projects! 



I had a blast creating with Hello...



The first thing I made was a small project bag from my pattern Bag It Up.  How cute is that?  Super cute!


I just love the polka dots and hashtag prints! This is a mini version of my Wingman pop up pattern. The base has a great pincushion and spool loops to hold my thread while I  stitch on those bindings!



The Wingman pop up also has a small version (size is based on the spring size used). The small version is terrific sitting next to your machine! It also has a pincushion base, pockets and spool loops for your thread!



The last project I made is a medium stacking pop up with ransom letters on it... I can't reveal exactly what this one says... so I'll just tease you will half of the letters.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to see all the fun I had with Susan's Hello collection!

Time for a giveaway!
Leave a comment below telling me what you would put ransom letters on for a chance to win fun prizes!
Comments deadline is midnight on Sunday 7/23/17.  Drawing will be held on Monday 7/24/17.

IMPORTANT: If you don't want to leave your email address... that's fine.  However, you have to check back on Monday to see if you won.  If I don't hear back from you within 10 days a new winner will be chosen. Thanks!!

Prizes:
1. FQG133 Wingman Pattern, Spring, and Spool Loops
2. FQG122 Stacking Pop Up Pattern and Medium Spring

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