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Monday, February 23, 2015

Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM - Finishing it up!!!

Sew..... Today is the day all of the QAL hostesses are showing off our finishes for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM designed by talented Jacquelynne Steves!  

 

If you signed up to sew along on this fun BOM, you should be receiving your border and finishing instructions today :*)  Are you fired up to finish your quilt???  We are showing off our finishes to help inspire you and encourage you to get your quilts assembled and bordered and finished!  (You'll be glad you did too - stay tuned for a teaser about an exciting contest at the end of this post :*)

Please ignore all the strings on my design wall LOL!!!

I spent hours this past week trying to decide how these blocks wanted to be set into a quilt.  I've only done the four main blocks, and had just about decided to keep it at the four and make a small wall quilt.  Since I have limited wall space, the smaller the better for me.

However, after awhile it became apparent that inspiration had deserted me, so I decided this was an excellent opportunity to link up with Sharon Vrooman's "Let's Book It" linky party and pulled down a few books from my shelf.  (Yes, really, I actually USED one of my books!!!)  This book proved particularly helpful .....


This layout was very appealing to me - simple but effective.   My blocks are bold and bright, so they don't need a lot of fussy details surrounding them.  I wanted something clean and neat and linear.  With a little effort, I was able to envision how this setting would look using my blocks and fabrics ....


..... using only the four blocks, it would look something like this -



Black in the background of course, and using the bright oranges, pinks and golds in the cross bars, with the purples and blues in the cornerstones.  As I've mentioned before, one of the blocks has a black corner piece, while the other three have a bright color in the corners, which poses a problem.


For this layout to work, I would need to change the corner sections on three of the blocks to black to get that nice joining effect.  Not a big deal, but I wanted to be sure of my plans before I tore those blocks apart!

And the more I thought about it, the more I decided I really want to make it bigger and use all the fun kitties left in this panel!


I mean, really now, how could I not include these sweet kitties in the quilt?


Jacquelynne has already planned a new BOM for next summer, so I've decided to put these blocks away and then add to them with the new blocks she designs for the SSS #2.

I have to tell you, I'm SEW happy about that decision!!!  It does mean that I don't have a finish to show you all today, but if you want to see some beautiful finishes, all you have to do is go to Jacquelynne's blog, The Art of Home, HERE - and you will find links to some really wonderful finishes by my fellow QAL hostesses :*)

Of course, DON'T GO AWAY before you leave a comment and get in on the GIVEAWAY !!!  What is Jacquelynne giving away this month?


This really cute e-Book with SEW MANY cute ideas inside!  There are projects, yummy recipes, and loads of fun projects that kids can do!  Don't you just want to hug the stuffed dog and cat???  And I know you may not believe it - I'm having a hard time myself - but Summer is going to get here faster than you think!  This wonderful e-Book has some really great ideas for ways to keep those kiddos happy and creative during their summer vacation :*)

To win, you simply need to leave me a comment letting me know that you would love to have a copy of this sweet e-Book!  No hoops or helicopters or anything scary like that LOL!!!  I love comments, so you'll be making my day :*)  The giveaway will be open until midnight Sunday, March 1, and anyone is eligible to win!

After you've left your comment here to win the e-Book, hop on over to Jacquelynne's blog HERE to enter to win her BIG GRAND PRIZE!!!  Here is what you could win....


Wow!!!  
You know you want that prize package!!!  
Heck, I want that prize package!!!

So many great items!  Just in case you haven't yet tried any of Jaquelynne's cards which feature her own lovely art designs, I have several sets and love them!  I often send them out to brighten someone's day :)  They are the highest quality and you can't beat the beautiful designs.

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Now, as if that weren't enough .... Jacquelynne has decided to hold a CONTEST for finished projects!  She'll be giving away TWO prizes - a fabric bundle, and a KIT for the next BOM!!!  She is using some really yummy fabrics in that next BOM, so you want to be sure to get your name in the pot for this contest!  Get those projects finished folks!!!  Remember, this doesn't have to be a quilt - you can use your blocks to make a table runner, or a tote bag ... the possibilities are endless.  You can find the rules on her website tomorrow, so hurry over and find out how you can WIN!!!

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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59 comments:

  1. I'd love to win a copy of the epatterns! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  2. Would love to win a copy of the patterns. Thanks so much for showing the link last year to her newsletter. I've tried a few of the recipes and love them. Good choice on using more of the cats in your quilt. So fun.

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  3. A quilter in the hexagon FB group I belong to is making a hexie project with the Laurel Birch kitties (fussy cut) as the center/focus fabric. Every time she shows her progress, I think of you and your Sweet Simplicity project. I think the 4 blocks forming a medallion would be a fabulous setting ... worth replacing the corner blocks, IMHO. But I'm confident that whatever you decide will be spectacular - as always.

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  4. Love your quilt, all the bright colors and the setting.
    Would love to win the book and extras!

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  5. Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to say that I think you made a wise choice to hold out for more kitty blocks. They will be happier to stay together. : )
    Also, I love Sharyn Craig's "setting" books. I have them both and they have wonderful ideas in them!

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  6. Love the cats, and the book looks awesome!

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  7. Would so like to win the book, and digital, so easy to "send" anyone further away. And the kitty blocks, they are stunning( I love cats, our own, anyone else's, and on fabric too) Jean.

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  8. I really like the contrast of the black & bright colors in your blocks. I you would love to win a copy of Jacquelynne's e-Book!

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  9. Teresa, your blocks are so pretty, of course your finished quilt is going to be fabulous!

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  10. I love the colors in your blocks, and how they came out!

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  11. I'd love to win a copy of the book. It was fun to see your blog and what you've done with the Sew Sweet Simplicity blocks.

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  12. I so love your sweet Sew Sweet....:) Count me in.

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  13. I love the colors you chose to use!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  14. I really do love the way you used the kitty fabric in the middle. Thank you for showing us part of your future quilt.

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  15. HI LOVE YOUR PROJECTS!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  16. I would like to win a copy of Jacquelynne's e-book. It looks as though it has lots of fun stuff in it. I liked your remark about actually using one of your books. I have the same problem. I buy lots of books and like to look through them often, but I don't make much from them. Kinda like all the fabric I buy!

    Leslie S. in MN

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  17. OMG I'd love to win that pack of goodies!! Love the pics!!

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  18. I love your cats and think they're perfect for the BOM. Seeing them put a smile on my face. I would love to win a copy of Jacquelynne's e-book. It looks like there are some fun projects in it.

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  19. WOW, what wonderful pictures (and quilts). I would love the stash of goodies!

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  20. Your quilt is going to be great. One of these days I need to start mine!

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  21. I love the fabrics you used! I love cats, like most quilters do I think :)

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  22. Your quilts are beautiful! I'd love to win the February giveaway!

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  23. Great projects! I'd love to win a copy of the book.

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  24. Thank you helping to host the giveaway.

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  25. I too would love to win these epatterns.

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  26. I'd like to have a copy of this book. Who wouldn't

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  27. Oh my gosh! Yes!!! would looove to win this E-Book! thanks for the chance! :)

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  28. I love the bright and colorful kitties, what a great interpretation! I'd enjoy the e-book!

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  29. Would love the ebook! The patterns are so pretty!

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  30. Your blocks are so cute. Good decision to make it a bit bigger and add to it with the next BOM coming up. There are some really nice prizes for the giveaway.

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  31. The book looks great and I would love to win an ecopy so that I can make the lovely things with my grandchildren. Your blocks and the colours you chose are awesome!!
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  32. Your blocks are gorgeous! Great idea to incorporate the kitties later on!

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  33. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for posting your version. So bright!

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  34. Beautiful blocks... Your blocks are lovely... Especially the Cats

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  35. I would love to have that sweet book. Love your kitty blocks!

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  36. I would love to win a copy of your sew e-book, I just love the kitty blocks too, reminds me of my wonderful cat.

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  37. I would love to win a copy, thanks for the opportunity.

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  38. I'm a fan as well. Would like to win that digital book with all the cutie pie creations to make and give away to cutie pie grandkids.

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  39. I love your cat panel and look forward to seeing how all the cats are eventually used together.

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  40. Teresa, I know it bothers you about the missing blocks on the top one, but really, it looks absolutely terrific in that setting, and just adds interest! I agree about the little cats, though, how could you not put them in the quilt! I imagine them centered in the blank blocks, but why pick out your quilting when you can applique'? At any rate, I just can't wait to see the finished project - I love Laurel Burch.

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  41. Good luck with the book it looks fabulous. I'd love to win a copy.

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  42. I love how bright and colorful your blocks are. I would love a copy of this book. :-)

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  43. Your bright and cheerful blocks are wonderful. I love Jacquelynne's designs and fabrics. I had fun with the blocks and I am still trying to decide how I will put them together.

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  44. Your quilt is fabulous. I really like your centers. I'd love the book. Thanks.

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  45. Beautiful! Just love it! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  46. Your blocks look great with the black background, Teresa. I'd love to try making that cute dog in Jacquelynne's book. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  47. I'd LOVE to win this e-book for sure! I'd like to make every pattern. The cats are soooo cute! And I could always use another tote bag or two or three or more. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  48. Would love to win this e-book! I would be making all the patterns!

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  49. I love your bright color interpretation of the BOM. Would love to win the e-book.

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  50. I would love to make the cat quilt it is so purrrrrrfect!

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  51. I love books, so this sounds pretty awesome!

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  52. Oh, not, don't think I can wait! I just love that fabric!

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  53. I love your fun kitties. nice job. thanks for the chance to win this giveaway.

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  54. would enjo having your e-book. I can always find room for more patterns and ideas.

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  55. I would love to win this book it looks fun and inspiring.

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  56. I would love to win a copy of this sweet ebook!! I'm also having trouble deciding how to finish my quilt, I made all 6 of the blocks, and have been playing with the layout.

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