Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Second (and Final) Raffle Drawing for Free Longarm Quilting

Same rules apply (see previous post) 
except only the winning number (1896145) and following dates have changed:
I’m giving the winner (whose identity I know) until 10:00 a.m. PST on 10/31/16 (Halloween) 
to contact me via email or phone (see my "Contact Me" tab) 
when this raffle will be called to an end.  
Hopefully, it will produce a real winner this time!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

And the winner of the *Free Longarming Raffle is ...

*Free quilting services only. Raffle offer excludes products (batting and thread), binding service, shipping and WA state tax. 

(Entrants were told to watch their email for a subscription verification email within one week of drawing their ticket on 10/8/16 and given instructions on how to verify it. Only those who verified their subscription would receive this blog post via their email.  Raffle drawing winner has been drawn at 3:30 p.m. 10/20/16 and should be posted on my blog within 48 hours of that time/date).

Important:  The lucky person now needs to come forward!   If you drew Ticket #1896153 as pictured please contact me (click on "Contact Me" tab on my blog site at ppatchworks.blogspot.com.  I do have your name but for privacy reasons am not posting it here.  If I am not contacted by 10:00 a.m. on 10/25/16 I will redraw another number and repost.

Thank you everyone who participated!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Raffle for free professional quilting!

Sneak peek of a booth item
Clark County Quilters Stash Bazaar
Saturday, October 8th; 9-2pm
Salmon Creek Methodist Church
12217 NE HWY 99, Vancouver, WA
This is a reminder to get your free fat quarter at my booth (in the gym - look for my business sign) when you mention this post/email. I'll have quilt kits, vintage quilt blocks, So Fine quilting thread, rulers, stencils, seasonal items, wideback yard goods, fat quarters and yardage, quilt patterns, and more priced to go. Free admission and parking. Fat quarter available only to those present at the show.

Also, I'm holding a raffle for free longarm quilting, one quilt top any size, edge-to-edge only, quilting services only (offer excludes products, binding services, shipping and WA state tax). 

How do you register? Come to the show Saturday and fill out a raffle ticket with your email. I will subscribe you as a blog follower with the email you indicate. 

How do you know if you've won? Everyone will be notified by email as long as you activate your subscription when you receive the subscription confirmation email a few days after the bazaar. (If you don't receive the confirmation email during this timeframe please contact me BEFORE drawing day). The winning number will be drawn 10/20/16 and posted on my blog within 48 hours (I can't control Google), so keep your number handy! Your name will not be posted.

Don't live in Washington? You don't need to be present to register or win.  If you live at a distance and want to enter send me an email at ppatchworks@gmail.com and I'll draw you a ticket and send you the number.  

Good luck!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sue Spargo's "Folk-tails"!

Earlier this year I worked on a  woolen quilt for a client, the pattern taken from Sue Spargo's Folk-tails, which was published this summer. 

All 119 pages not only give the patterns for what you're about to see - they also delve into Sue's love of Africa, and are complete with African folk-tale short stories. 

I hope you enjoy the 'before and after' pictures of this incredibly appliquéd, layered and embroidered woolen quilt.

The "before" pictures:   Try to soak in all the beautifully handcrafted work!

I cannot imagine the hours and hours and hours it took to create this piece. Click on each photo to zoom in on the embroidery, the vivid colors chosen, and the lively theme.
I have to admit that from a longarmers' perspective, the quilting design of a 100% woolen quilt can be overwhelming. However, if two ground rules are followed, design is simplified and appropriate.
1) Try to avoid quilting through embroidery whenever possible (on woolens and any quilt having embroidery)...
2) On woolen appliquéd pieces, try to minimize quilting onto layers. The quilting focus is to use background stitching as a complement to the quilt, and to stitch around what has been appliquéd. Larger areas will certainly need stabilizing/defining, but as a general rule, stay off heavily hand-stitched appliqués, such as have been used in this quilt. 
You can see the quilting challenge! It is a thrill to consider designs...
Did I succeed with my ground rules?  The 'after' pictures follow with commentary by the author, Sue Spargo, on what inspired her to create this wild, woolly quilt.

  Africa is deeply embedded in my soul. 
 Childhood memories continually fill my mind…
...the beauty of the land that is rich with wildlife and wild land.
I can feel the hot African sun and dry breeze on my skin, the warm, rough sand beneath my bare feet...

...the smell of the bush veld — dusty and dry and filled with the scent of the animals that live there. 

I can see the sky so clear and so blue. 

Nightfall brings a massive river of shimmering stars that span the sky. 

Masses of tall grasses camouflage the seemingly endless numbers of animals that live there. 

The land is spotted with dense clusters of trees; the bare branches of the Baobab look like roots extending to the sky. 

I hear the songs of a thousand birds during the day...

...and the silence of a pitch black night is at times broken by the roar of a lion which shakes my body and cuts straight through my soul.   

To start on your Folk-tails project, go to http://www.suespargo.com/store-detail.php?cat=12.  You can also order the kit.

What an intense pleasure it was to quilt!