You have been hearing me talk about some mysterious, grand, super fun quilt along for weeks and weeks. Well....drum roll......the big day is here. The big reveal! What is the Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along? When Kate Colleran of Seams Like a ...

 

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Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along: The Big Reveal

Quilt Along

You have been hearing me talk about some mysterious, grand, super fun quilt along for weeks and weeks.  Well....drum roll......the big day is here.  The big reveal!  

What is the Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along?  When Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream and I got together (and decided to create a dream come true....sorry, couldn't help myself!), we started with the concept of a skill builder project.  A quilt that would let new and experienced quilters hone their skills while stitching up a fun quilt.  Ok - that sounds good.  What we needed was a focus.  

And we hit on the concept of a road trip across America.  Ah.  So now the name makes sense, right?  The Road Trip quilt is a fun sampler quilt, made up of twelve different components, which you probably already guessed out from the schedule release last week.  Each block represents different aspects of the road trip and different parts of the country.  I know - fun!  Ok, ok - so where's the picture?

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Now hold on - Felix, my Quality Control Inspector, wants to make sure you have all the necessary details.  Let's talk fabrics.  Kate and I each made our own version of A Road Trip.  Kate did hers in yummy Moda Bella solids, and it came out divine!  Yes, you can see her quilt on her blog - so head over there to see the full quilt.  But here is a sneak peek at the fabrics.  Yes, they are amazing!  

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I did my version in Island Batik's Foundations (I know you are SO surprised I did my quilt in batiks!).  And they are equally as scrumptious!  Just take a look.

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If you are thinking WOW that looks like a LOT of color - you are absolutely correct!  We each used a background, plus 24 different fat quarters.  All of this information, plus necessary and suggested supplies are available on the General Instructions sheet.

To make the process a bit easier, we have created a handy dandy printable color chart for you.  You can print the blank Master Color Chart, but if you are wanting to duplicate either Kate's Moda version or my Island Batik version, you can print the Master Color Chart- Moda or the Master Color Chart IB, each with the fabric skus/names listed for you.

So what would that look like?  Here's a picture of my color chart that I used when stitching up the quilt.  It makes it super easy to remember which fabric, for example, is your Medium Blue.

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Ah...so NOW can you see the quilt?  Why, yes, of course!

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Are you ready to get started?  Great!  Print off the General Instructions, your color chart, head to your local quilt shop (or your fabric stash) and start pulling fabrics.  And while you are waiting for the Quilt Along to begin, go to Kate's Instagram (@seamslikeadreamquilts) to get all the details for our first giveaway.  She has outlined all of the steps (it is really pretty easy) for your chance to win a fat quarter stack of fabric!  And there will be other giveaways sprinkled in from time to time during the quilt along, so make sure you are visiting us every week (see the schedule below).

Kate and I will also be doing a brief Facebook Live on Saturday to talk fabric!  Kate will be live at 11am MST/1pm EST, and I'll be live at 3:30pm MST/5:30pm EST.  Come see us!

Last but not least, many thanks to our fabulous sponsors that have made this entire event possible, and are contributing awesome prizes during the event!

Adventure Quilt Sponsors
Here's the schedule of postings - add them to your calendar so you won't miss anything!  And of course, here's the Adventure Quilt Schedule if you want to print them out.

Wednesday January 16, 2019 Quilt Reveal, Fabric Requirements & IG Giveaway

Wednesday January 23, 2019 Story Installment 1 & IG Giveaway Winner Announced

Tuesday Janauary 29, 2019 Block One - Home

Wednesday February 6, 2019 Block Two - Milemarker

Wednesday February 13, 2019 Block Three - Blooms

Wednesday February 20, 2019 Block Four - Great Divide

Wednesday February 27, 2019 Block Five - Traveler

Wednesday March 6, 2019 Block Six - Roundabout

Wednesday March 13, 2019 Block Seven - Ocean Waves

Wednesday March 20, 2019 Block Eight - Road Less Traveled

Wednesday March 27, 2019 Block Nine - Navigation

Wednesday April 3, 2019 Block Ten - Into the Woods

Wednesday April 10, 2019 Block Eleven - Open Spaces

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Block Twelve - Final Frontier

Wednesday May 15, 2019 Last Day to Purchase Individual Block Patterns

Again, this and more information will be on my website on the Adventure Quilt page.  Be sure to sign up for the Adventure Quilt newsletter to get the weekly reminders, as the blocks will be available as a free download for one week each, following the weekly block reveal!

Oh - and since you're getting ready to start a new project, you might find this post on my 10 tips for starting a new project helpful!

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors: Aurifil, Island Batik, Moda, Perkins Dry Goods, Moda! 

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Let the Adventure Begin - Well, Almost....

Quilt Along

If you've been following my blog, Facebook, or Instagram account, you have probably seen mentions of a fun new quilt along that I am doing, along with my good friend Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream.  Well.....it's almost time.  Yup - the months have flown by and next week at this time, Kate and I will be revealing the quilt and offering up the blocks, one week at a time, for you.

So what's the deal?  

Almost a year ago, two friends/quilters put their heads together and decided to create a project together.  Yup, you guessed it.  It was Kate (Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream and yours truly, lil' ol' me).  The result?  Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt.  This collaboration and quilt creation is my first large scale quilt along (I did one little bitty 3 week quilt along last year on a guided improv project through my Tamarinis Quilting Tribe Facebook group - what, you're not a member?  Come join us!). It's a little bit Kate, a little bit Tammy, and a whole lot of fun and exploration - of quilting, techniques and the United States.  Wow - that's quite a package!

It's a Quilt Along.  I know - fun, right?  The name?  Brace yourself - its quite a mouthful.  Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along.  But I think - when you see it - it will live up to the lengthy title!  And check out Kate's introduction as well!  You'll want to bookmark her blog, website, my blog and my website - let's just make it easy, right?!

Yeah, yeah - but what about the quilt?  It's a quilty representation of a road trip across the US.  More details to come when the quilt is revealed next week.  Trust me - it will all become crystal clear then!

And the details?  Well - first of all, next week, we will reveal the quilts.  Yes, I said quilts.  I've done mine in - of course - Island Batik Foundations and Kate did her in Moda's Bella solids.  Awesome - both of them!  Just wait.  You'll see.  

We will also be hosting a giveaway on our Instagram accounts next week.  You'll want to make sure you are following us to take advantage of that.  What?  Not on Instagram?  Not to worry.  Our awesome sponsors have provided some amazing goodies, and there will be opportunities here on the blog and perhaps on other platforms to win as well.

Questions?  Well, they are bound to pop up.  Here's the FAQs so far, as well as a download of the Adventure Quilt- a Road Trip Quilt_FAQs so far - any updates will be loaded on the Adventure Quilt page on my website (and on Kate's website).

1. The Quilt Along is for 12 weeks. There are 10 blocks, one a week for 10 weeks. Week 11 will be filler blocks and the last week is the setting pieces and puttng the quilt together.

2. Every week, a link for the block of the week will be posted either on Kate’s blog or on Tammy's blog. The block is FREE to download for 1 week. After midnight on the following Tuesday (after the block posts), the block will no longer be free. No Exceptions!

I get it, sometmes you get busy and you forget, or you are traveling or the dog ate your homework... Ok, well that one is actually true in my case! But we can't make exceptions. It is just not fair to the rest of the quilters.

3. After their "free" week, the blocks will be available for download on both Kate's website and Tammy’s website for $3.00. If you don't live in the US, keep in mind, that we don't sell off our websites to other countries so be sure you get that block while you can download it for free!

4. The last day to buy the blocks as single downloadable patterns is Wednesday May 15th. After that date, the blocks will only be available as part of the entire paper quilt pattern. The paper pattern will be available for $36.00. Then entire paper pattern is available at the start of the quilt along to purchase for $36.00.

5. Each week on Wednesday, one of us will do a blog post about the block and have a link to the PDF so you can download the block instructions. On the following Saturday, one of us will be doing a Facebook Live video giving some tips and tricks or just talking about the block. We will let you know each week in the blog post where to go to find those videos!

6. We are thrilled to have folks join our Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along. Please recognize that this is intended as an individual activity, and patterns are provided for INDIVIDUAL use only. Please respect copyright (refer to the Copyright Statement on the website for any questions) and do not share, reproduce or otherwise distribute pattern copies. We appreciate your support in this matter.

7. If you want to share your progress with us on Facebook or Instagram, feel free to post on Instagram with the hashtags: #aroadtripquilt and #adventurequiltalong. If you want to tag us, use @tamarainis and @seamslikeadreamquilts.

On Facebook, please post on either of our pages- seamslikeadreamquilts or tamarinis. We would love to see what fabrics you pick and your blocks as we move along!

8. So you don't miss any of the blog posts or the Facebook Live videos, sign up for our Adventure Quilt Along newsletter. You can find the sign up form on our websites. It will go out every Wednesday morning with a reminder and a link to that week's blog post.

9. Questions? Email Kate at info@seamslikeadream.com or Tammy at tamarinisquilts@gmail.com.

Customer questons:

I am excited for the Adventure Quilt along but know I'll be out of town a few weeks during that time and unable to print. Is there a way to get the blocks on the weeks I will miss?

We are so thrilled you want to participate in the Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt-along!

Blocks will be available as a free download for one week each. After that time period, each block will be available for individual purchase. The pattern will also be available for purchase as a complete BOM set.

While we appreciate that individual schedules may vary, to keep access equitable for all, blocks will be available as a free download only for the week specified. Please be aware that you can

DOWNLOAD the block to any device, including your phone, for free during the free week, and then print at your leisure.

I hope this information helps. Happy and safe travels to you. We look forward to your participation and to seeing your project when you complete it.

My friend can download the patterns but doesn’t have a printer. Can’t I just make a copy for her?

We are thrilled to have folks join our Adventure Quilt - A Road Trip Quilt Along. Please recognize that this is intended as an individual activity, and patterns are provided for INDIVIDUAL use only.

Please respect copyright (refer to the Copyright Statement for any questions) and do not share, reproduce or otherwise distribute pattern copies. We appreciate your support in this matter.

 

And there's more!  Here's the schedule of postings - add them to your calendar so you won't miss anything!  And of course, here's the Adventure Quilt Schedule if you want to print them out.

Wednesday January 16, 2019 Quilt Reveal, Fabric Requirements & IG Giveaway

Wednesday January 23, 2019 Story Installment 1 & IG Giveaway Winner Announced

Tuesday Janauary 29, 2019 Block One - Home

Wednesday February 6, 2019 Block Two - Milemarker

Wednesday February 13, 2019 Block Three - Blooms

Wednesday February 20, 2019 Block Four - Great Divide

Wednesday February 27, 2019 Block Five - Traveler

Wednesday March 6, 2019 Block Six - Roundabout

Wednesday March 13, 2019 Block Seven - Ocean Waves

Wednesday March 20, 2019 Block Eight - Road Less Traveled

Wednesday March 27, 2019 Block Nine - Navigation

Wednesday April 3, 2019 Block Ten - Into the Woods

Wednesday April 10, 2019 Block Eleven - Open Spaces

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Block Twelve - Final Frontier

Wednesday May 15, 2019 Last Day to Purchase Individual Block Patterns

Again, this and more information will be on my website on the Adventure Quilt page.  Be sure to sign up for the Adventure Quilt newsletter to get the weekly reminders, as the blocks will be available as a free download for one week each, following the weekly block reveal!

Oh - and since you're getting ready to start a new project, you might find this post on my 10 tips for starting a new project helpful!

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors: Aurifil, Island Batik, Moda, Perkins Dry Goods, Moda! 

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New Year, New Quilts, New Attitude

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It's here - the new year (well, almost....).  And there is something about a new year that suggests new opportunities, new beginnings, a fresh start.  Technically the days are just rolling on - and we can have a fresh start whenever we choose.  But most of us choose the new year - and why not?!

Last year, a friend did a terrific presentation at my local guild, filled with awesome suggestions for things to try in the new year.  She's on holiday, and I haven't been able to reach her to get permission to share her amazing list....so I'm going to offer up some suggestions to you for 2019 to help you find your creative spark and have a spectacular 2019.

Try Something New

Nothing revolutionary in this suggestion - you see it across all areas, from financial to spiritual to creative.  It's a sound concept - some of us need something new to break out of the regular, the routine, the stagnant.  What could this "new" be?

    • A new technique:  is there a technique you've shied away from?  Something that scares or intimidates you?  For me, English paper piecing (all the rage, I know) holds NO appeal.  It is lovely, the quilts are beautiful, and I have a friend that has AMAZING EPP templates....but no draw for me.  So nope, that's not on my "try something new" list.  But....I want to explore embroidery more.  I don't do much - just a bit of hand embroidery, but I'd love to try some more machine embellishment and expand my skills.  

So what could you try?  Paper piecing?  Embroidery?  Applique (yes, I went there.....)?  Improv piecing?  Dimensional piecing?  Mixed media?  Thread painting? That's an aspect of quilting that I have ALWAYS loved - that there is something for everyone!

    •  A new size: yes, I'm serious!  Do you only do larger projects - bed quilts, lap quilts?  Well, what about something smaller?  You might just get hooked on it!  And don't think that smaller is faster - I can tell you that often (not always), smaller is challenging and CAN take as long as larger projects.  Try it and see!  There is a renewed interest in minis (and guess what I have coming out in the fall....hmmm...what could it be ?).  

And for you folks that do small projects - table runners, mug rugs, wall hangings.  Those are terrific!  Really!  But push yourself and do something a bit bigger!  How wonderful would it be to snuggle up under something you stitched yourself?!  There are some awesome, quick to stitch lap quilt patterns out there.  Try one!

Do Something New:

    • Take a class: Your local quilt shop (or if you don't have a local quilt shop (sob), your local craft store) probably offers a range of classes.  Perhaps they have a class on a technique or pattern you haven't tried.  Sometimes taking a class on a skill you already have - say paper piecing - but is a bit more challenging can help you hone your skills.  And you will probably pick up some tips and tricks from the instructor and/or fellow students.
    • Take a workshop: Wait - isn't that the same as a class?  Not necessarily.  Sometimes it is.  But often workshops are longer in time frame and intensity.  They may run a few hours, all day, or several days.  Often they involve guest teachers, so you get a fresh perspective on a technique or approach.

Go Somewhere New:

    • Shop Hops: If you are fortunate enough to be in an area with multiple shops within driving distance, they often do shop hops.  Shop hops are organized events around a central theme (in our area, they do a Corn Maze Shop Hop in the fall) or a time of year.  Area shops get together to set the theme, develop a schedule, and often offer prizes and incentives to participants.  Gather together some quilty friends, form a caravan, and travel from shop to shop.  What a great way to see shops you might not frequent, see new fabrics, new projects, and meet new people.
    • Quilt Cruise: Let's see - a cruise ship, unlimited sewing, fabulous food.  Yup - sign me up!  I've done one, and I can tell you that for me, a quilt cruise is the best of both worlds.  Most have virtually unlimited sewing time, a choice or menu of projects and instructors, and a great bunch of new quilters to meet.

Am I doing all of these things?  Ummm yes and no.  Personally, I'm not traveling, taking classes, or taking a cruise for myself.  But....I am going to be teaching new folks all over the country this year - so I will be going somewhere new, meeting new and amazing quilters, and trying some new things, especially machine embellishment.  

While I am NOT making a list of resolutions - let's face it, I won't stick to the list.  Age has brought wisdom, and that much I DO know!  I am making a list of goals.  Want a peek at my goals list?

GOALS FOR 2019:

  1. Math:  math is my nemesis.  Really.  I LOVE designing.  I do.  And that's the easy part.  The hard part -   the math!  I recognize that it is my problem area.  I plan to work on it.  Insider info:  I get all my patterns tested, ideally by two different testers.  Most are also edited by a technical editor after that.  And yet....errors still pop up.  I know that no one is perfect.  But working on the math (Goal #1) will also help with Goal #2.
  2. PPP: Practically Perfect Patterns.  It is a goal - and an ideal.  I'm working with my pattern testers this week to hone the testing process to produce (wow - sooooo many "P"s in this goal!) more accurate patterns.  Wish me luck!
  3. Down Time:  this has sadly been lacking of late, so I am going to work on penciling in more down time for fun activities with the hubby and with the new grand baby!
  4. Growth: personal and business - I need growth in both.  And both have similar areas that can grow, surprisingly.  Happiness can grow by tamping down the "happy killer" - comparison.  I'm SOOO super guilty of this - I compare myself (personally and professionally) to others instead of rejoicing in what is uniquely me.  And folks, I'm not the first to tell you - comparison is lethal!  Let's all try to appreciate what is unique and special about each of us and NOT try to live up to what we THINK is the reality of others.  Deal!

What about you, dear quilting friend?  Are you looking forward to a new year, brimming with possibility and promise?  Share with me your thoughts on what will make 2019 a spectacular year for you!

Don't forget - Kate and I have something fun in store for you in January!  Subscribe to the Adventure Quilt newsletter to get all of the details about this exciting new quilt-a-long!

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Craftsy Shop Sale

Craftsy pattern sale

 

There has been a ton of buzz online recently, as Craftsy announced to designers that there would be changes (and some deletions) to the Craftsy Pattern Shop.  While we all wait with bated breath to see what shakes out, I wanted to offer a special sale on select patterns in my Craftsy pattern shop. Aren't you excited?!

While many of my patterns ARE available on my website, some are only available on my Craftsy Pattern shop (oh no!).  Since we are in the thick of holidays (fun, family, friends, gatherings.....all that is wonderful and hectic about the holidays), it will take a bit of time to get everything updated.  And to be honest, some patterns may simply retire gracefully to make room for new patterns.

Through December 28th, select patterns on my Craftsy Pattern Shop are $5.95.  So head over now and download to your heart's content!  

While Craftsy has stated you will always have access to any content you have purchased, it is ALWAYS a great idea to download anything you have purchased - just in case!

Don't forget - Kate and I have something fun in store for you in January!  Subscribe to the Adventure Quilt newsletter to get all of the details about this exciting new quilt-a-long!

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Something Exciting is Coming January 2019

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You may have noticed over the past few months that Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream and I have been collaborating on blog posts and projects. Well - we are about to take that to the next level, and we are hoping you will join us!

Beginning mid-January, we will be hosting a very special Quilt-a-Long and are inviting you to join us!  Sound like fun?  Not sure?  Well, let me ask you this?

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Do you LOVE fabric?  Do you have a hard time picking your favorite color?  Do you like learning new blocks and practicing new techniques?  Do you love starting new projects?

If you answered yes to ANY of these questions, then our Adventure Quilt Quilt-A-Long might just be for you!  To get all of the details as they become available, fill in the form below to sign up for the newsletter, which is the ONLY (yes, I said ONLY!) place to get details and notifications about the weekly blocks!

Until then, have a wonderful holiday season!  I look forward to quilting with you in January!

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