Midnight Mystery Quilt with Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs – One Fabric Change

Earlier this month, I posted my fabrics for the Midnight Mystery QAL, that Cheryl@ Meadow Mist Designs, is sponsoring. It’s still not too late to join. Click here for more details.

These were my original fabrics below.




I love the way these fabrics look together. My “A” fabric is directional, with text, which just will be a bit tricky when it gets cut into HST. I found out that “A” would be easier to work with if it were a non-directional fabric. I did peek, because I really need to do the August and September steps for this quilt, because we will be away for most of September.

When we get back, I will be caught up with everyone else. In the meantime, I promised Cheryl no photos, except for the ones that coordinate with the month we are all working on.

My new “A” fabric keeps the dark blue in the mix the way I planned, and also uses medium blue for the fruit.

My “C” fabric below is a light blue marble print, and shows up much better in this photo.



And my “D” fabric shows up much better in this close up.


I love these gray swirls, and purchased a lot of yardage. It goes with everything, and would be great for backing fabric too.

In the meantime, I have to get back to working on the three baby quilts.

Looking forward to posting more on them later this week.

Happy Quilting!!


Midnight Mystery Quilt – With Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs

 Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs is having a mystery quilt QAL, that I am participating in. I have never made a Mystery Quilt, but I have participated in a QAL. I have a strong feeling that this is going to be a lot of fun.

The July instructions came with cutting instructions for the four fabrics that I picked in June. 

My fabrics are below, and ready for August sewing instructions.

I love the way A and B look together.

In this photo, you can see the details in the design of fabrics C and D.




























These are all four fabrics together. Needless to say, I am so excited to be doing this, and sharing it with you.

Friday and Saturday, I will be in NYC at the BlogHer Conference, and look forward to sharing with you what happens next week, and what I learn. It is the first time they have had a BlogHer Conference this close to where we live.  

The workshop choices are plentiful, and I feel overwhelmed already, because some of the class modules I’m interested in attending are being given at the same time. But I know I will learn so much and am looking forward to this whole experience. (Except parking in the city).

Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting!!


WIP Mini-Quilt Paint Chip Challenge

I’ve been working away on this WIP, and gathering fabrics for a pirate baby themed quilt, for my friends daughter, and her husband, who are expecting around Thanksgiving. (I will be posting more about that this week).

I’ve also been scrambling to get my fabrics together, washed and cut for Cheryl’s Mystery Quilt; see her site Meadow Mist designs. 

And these are the most immediate WIP’s that have “hurry it up,” deadlines. Some of my other projects have been pushed down to 4, 5 and six on the priority WIP project list.


A quick digression – I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. We visited some friends on Candlewood Lake and had a great time.

My other mission during this holiday weekend was to work on my quilt guild’s paint chip, mini-quilt challenge. Above are leftover fabric scraps that I will incorporate into the back, using mostly, light blue solid fabric.

Below are all the rows, finally finished. By tomorrow they will be sewn together, and I can begin work on the back and binding.





I’ll be honest, I don’t love how this is coming out so far. It’s the grey fabric that I used in the background that I’m not so crazy about. On the positive side, it gives the piece movement and texture. On the negative side, it looks like a weird piece of minky fabric. I wasn’t not intending for that to be the look. 

In retrospect, I wish I had used light blue for the background and the grey fabric for some of the small pieces.

As my first quilting teacher said, “There is no such thing as a mistake in quilting. It is an opportunity to learn something new, and be creative.”  She also said “There’s no such thing as the quilting police,” either.  (Thank goodness for that!!)

So for now, I’ll hold off on my disappointment with this piece until it’s finished. That light blue binding may be just the thing that tones the grey background fabric down.

Linking up today with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced.


Let’s see. Happy quilting!!

Midnight Mystery Quilt – QAL

I have done one QAL, but I have never done a Block-of-the-Month quilt. When I thought about it, it’s really kind of an iteration of QAL. We are all quilting along together virtually, right? We share our work, and end up with one twelve block quilt, that is similar, but has our own personal stamp on it.

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs  is sponsoring the Midnight Mystery quilt block of the month

If you decide you want to join in, contact her.by clicking this link.

This link will take you to our fb page, which is closed, but you can see how much fun everyone is having.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1583320305263906/

These are my four fabrics. We were told that fabric “A” and “B” should contrast each other. My “D” fabric is white with gray swirls. I chose it because it echoes my “B” fabric.



On another WIP note, by Monday night, I should have the top of my mini quilt for my quilt guild’s paint chip challenge finished, or pretty close.

This will be a good sewing week. And we are approaching my favorite holiday of the year, Fourth of July. What is your favorite holiday?

Happy Quilting, and have a great week.

WIP Wednesdays and a Give-a-Way

Short post today. I finished the back and made the binding for my jelly roll race quilt. I will not put on the binding until it is machine quilted. Thanks to all who responded to my question. I wonder why that is the way we were taught all those years ago? 

This photo is not my favorite. When this quilt is finished, it will look a lot prettier. I did audition this when I purchased the fabric for the back, which is the dark blue batik on the right side of the photo. It is sewn together. The white batik strip going diagonally across will be the binding. And to the left which you’ve seen finished is the top – a jelly roll race pattern made with Timeless Treasure Batiks – Watermelon.



Below is the finished top.




Linking up with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced.

My last post is a wonderful interview with Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced, who hosts WIP Wednesdays.  Lee has generously offered to give-a-way a pattern of the winner’s choice. In order to win, please leave a comment in my comment box, telling us which is your favorite pattern from Lee’s shop. The winner will be announced after 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, June 18. So you have until then to enter this give-a-way. Please let me know how I can reach you if you are a no-reply responder, in case you are the winner.

Also, don’t forget to stop by and visit The New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. You will meet some inspirational new quilters and bloggers. 


 Blog Hop Week 1 – June 15th
  Blog Hop Week 2 – June 22nd
 Blog Hop Week 3 – July 13th
 Blog Hop Week 4 – July 20th


Happy Quilting!!

Advice and Tech Help For New Bloggers Blog Hop 2015

Last spring I participated in The Let’s Get Acquainted New Blogger’s Blog Hop, sponsored by Plum & June.  The experience was priceless for me. I met wonderful quilt bloggers from around the world, that became colleagues and friends. I feel blessed to have met them, and continue to learn, grow, laugh, support, and share with them. 

Thank you to this year’s hosts, who I was lucky to meet in last years Advice for New Bloggers Blog Hop; Yvonne@Quilting JetGirl, Stephanie & Michelle@ Late Night QuilterCheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, and TerriAnn @ Childlike Fascination. Check out their blogs and be prepared to be wowed!!

I have 11 suggestions that I learned along the way, as well as some great advice from several other bloggers (alum) who participated in last year’s New Blogger’s Blog Hop, before 2014. Their blogs are full of inspiration and beautiful quilty items. Check them out too.

1. Make your photos extra large. Readers love to see big photos that are high resolution and artistic.





2. Consider taking a photography class. Before I began blogging, all I knew was “point and shoot.” I learned some simple techniques, which were invaluable for making my blog look better. And, take your camera everywhere. (Thank you Christa@Christaquilts).


3. Because photos can sometimes be more important than text in quilt blogging, be sure that your text supports your photos, and your photos and illustrations support your text. Re-read some of your favorite picture books for great examples. 

4. Write in your own voice. (Another great Christaism from Christa@Christaquilts). If you’re not sure what that is, you need to figure that out. I’ve been a professional author/writer for 15 years. BUT even with those experiences, I had to figure out how to stay true to my voice within this new platform; as a quilt blogger. 

I began by reading over 200 quilt blogs. I wrote practice posts. I didn’t publish in the blogosphere until my gut felt they “rang true.” You will know it, when you find it. I promise. And you probably won’t have to read 200 blogs to discover your incredible and unique voice.

5. Try to keep your posts informational, upbeat and not too long, (unlike this post). If it feels too long, break it up into a series with parts; 1,2,3,4, etc. Readers today have so much information to read and absorb. I can’t provide a recommend a word count, but…. 

Try this exercise; Read some blogs. Notice how long your attention span lasts. When you find one that is the length you feel works, copy and paste it into a word document. Then highlight all the text, and use the word count tool. Use that number as your benchmark average. Some days your posts will require more words, some days less, and that’s okay too. There are no quilt blogging police.

6. I have broken the following rule, and sometimes it’s okay to break your own rules. Don’t apologize, from Molli Sparkles, advice to new bloggers. If your photos aren’t magazine perfect on some days, it’s fine. For example, it was a bad winter where we live this past year, and it was hard to get a good photo in our tiny condo. I’ve had a few major orthopedic surgeries, and I didn’t want to risk slipping in the snow and ice, but I had to “make it work.” Remember we’re blogging about quilts here, it’s not emergency room work. 


This was the only angle I could photograph this quilt with decent lighting. 



I couldn’t get this photo with the correct lighting no matter how many times I tried inside, without building or purchasing some type of small light shed.


7. Link and give credit to others. If you were inspired by someone else’s work, link back to them. They will be flattered, and you will feel good about yourself.

8. Don’t be a no reply blogger. I learned this from  Molli Sparkles. I reply to all comments by e-mail.Then I answer questions in the comment box, and via e-mail. One exception – if I have a large response during a give-a-way. I make every effort to e-mail everyone, but sometimes it’s hard to write back to 200+ e-mails. 

If the winner of a give-a-way is a no reply blogger, I try my best to find them. After a week, I have to pick another winner. If you do offer give-a-ways, follow-up with the winner to make sure they received their prize. 

In one instance, the sponsor of a give-a-way had a family emergency and had to go out of town immediately. The prize went out a week late. Fortunately, the winner and I were in e-mail contact, so I gave her the heads up, and it wasn’t a problem. 

9. Write about what you know about, and what you love. Another Mollism. I never write about paper piecing, or review quilting books or patterns that use paper-piecing. I am a dyslexic, lefty, which makes it a difficult and frustrating process for me. (Not everyone). I stick to machine piecing and hand applique, and leave the paper piecing to those who are in love with it, and do it so well. There’s something in quilting for everyone. 

10. Connect and participate with other quilt bloggers. Thank you Jess@Elven Garden. I belong to a guild an hour away from our home. And I participate with a small group of women who I have worked side-by-side with for over four years at Pins and Needles in Mt. Kisco, NY. Deb and Lisa, (25+ years of teaching experience), provide help, support and suggestions during our Friday morning clinics. As much as I love them, they are not bloggers. 

That said, quilt blog world was an enigma to me when I began two years ago. Leave comments for bloggers whose work you admire. If you feel uncomfortable leaving questions in the comments box, send them via e-mail.  Thank them. Be positive, because quilt blog world is a friendly and positive place, and people really like to keep it that way. 

Participate in linky parties and quilt-a-longs. Linky parties are easy and don’t take a lot of time. Be sure to comment on at least three other people’s posted links. Before the New Blogger’s Blog Hop last year, I didn’t know what a linky party was. Fortunately, a lot of kind bloggers responded to me and explained how they work and how it’s a good way to learn, meet and be inspired by other quilters. You will meet many others who are like minded.

11.  I don’t follow this as well as I should. Try your best to be consistent, (Thanks again, Jess@Elven Garden). I used to post every Monday and Thursday. 

Several months after I began blogging, my part-time job outside my home picked up, and I received more paid writing assignments from Make Modern, a new quilt e-zine from Australia. I am trying to get back on a regular schedule and set up posts in advance. But, as I said before, we are quilt bloggers, not emergency room doctors and nurses, and I’m not going to berate myself for increasing our family income. Priorities and life balance rule here.

A great example. We don’t have kids at home anymore, and a lot of quilt bloggers do. God Bless you working moms because I am in awe of you all. You know where your priorities are, and so many of you never cease to amaze me at how you juggle it all. Quilting, blogging, designing and taking care of all your kiddos, husbands, pets and your home. I promise, If you go for 10 days without a post, the world won’t come to an end, and readers will forgive you for it. They will even stick with you. Thank them.

You are about to begin an amazing journey. I wish you all the best of luck. If you have a question, feel free to ask and write me at acbeier71@gmail.com. 

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Most of all, have fun!!

Happy quilt blogging!!