Posts Tagged ‘EvaPaige Quilt Designs’

Teal Mini Swap

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Want to help stamp out Ovarian Cancer? Of course you do! My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs is running her annual swap to do just that. It only costs $15, $10 of which goes directly to Ovarian Cancer Research, the remaining money covers postage and mailing/office supplies. You are matched up with a partner and you make them either a mini quilt or a mug rug. You receive one in return. I have participated and/or sponsored prizes since the first year. You get to meet a great bunch of ladies online, hear some heart warming stories, see all manner of mini quilts and get a nifty mini quilt of your very own too. What’s not to love? Go here to get all the details and sign up. Who knows…maybe you’ll be my partner!

 

Here is the fabric we get to use in our project!

 

Here are a few of the mug rugs I received in past years. I’m gonna try my hand at the mini quilt this year!

IMG_2901

Blast Off – Last Chance…

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Today is the last chance to get some free stuff. Check back on my previous posts and add a comment to any that you missed. Check out my fellow blog hoppers and leave comments on their posts too. Not all of them have chosen their winners yet! I’ll be choosing the grand prize winner sometime this evening. Why the vague timeframe? We have a new graduate in the house and it’s party time today!

Graduation was yesterday followed by an all night Grad Night. They all went to Massachusetts to a water park, then a roller rink/bowling alley and finally Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and returned in a zombie state to school at 6:30 this morning. Just enough time for a power nap before the afternoon parties start! So, sometime this evening when I get home I’ll be picking a winner.

 

Here is a list with links to the blog hoppers…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

Blast Off – Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Today’s guest blog hopper is Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs. I have known Beth for many years and I could tell you all of her deep, dark secrets but we’ll save that for another post! Beth is a fabulous quilt designer and blogger extraordinaire. She is a frequent contributor to the Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, has been featured in numerous publications and was a 2014 Quiltmaker Scrap Squad member. Her blog, Quilting Hottie Haven, is a must stop for any quilter who likes to laugh and learn a thing or two along the way. Underneath all that fabric, aren’t we all Quilting Hotties? Yes, we are! Here is one of Beth’s newest patterns Vinnie Loves Maude which is her scrappy mash-up of vintage and modern design.

Vinnie Loves Maude

Beth’s patterns are always well thought out, have great illustrations and clear instructions. There is still only so much information we can pack into a pattern though. Being the generous person she is, Beth is currently running a quilt-along for the above pattern so she can share all the extra tips and tricks that couldn’t fit into the pattern. The results of the participants will be no less than stunning! And we can’t forget to mention her group exchange every fall that raises money for her pet charity, Ovarian Cancer. I’ve participated several times and have met some awesome quilters. If you’re not too exhausted from all that Beth accomplishes you should know she also has two teenage daughters and one preteen daughter as well as Mr. Hottie to keep her on her toes. Sigh…I need a nap…

Here’s a little throw-back Thursday (on Tuesday…) for you. We (and the rest of our New England Quilt Designers Cooperative members) were featured in the April/May 2011 issue of The Quilter Magazine. I’m seated on the left and Beth is on the right. Clearly I was having a bad hair day (which is most days…) and “gasp!!!” am I wearing a skirt? I didn’t know I owned a skirt!

NEQDC 2011

Beth’s quilting motto is “Perfection is overrated” and she will be happy to come and visit your guild and tell you how to achieve “perfection light” in your quilting life too. No really, please call and schedule her today…she needs a break from those teens/preteens! You can visit Beth’s blog to see what she has going on and leave a comment for a chance at her giveaway today. You can also find her at these social media locations:

 

Facebook Community – www.facebook.com/EvaPaigeQuiltDesigns
Instagram – @evapaigequilts
Website – www.evapaigequilts.com

Grand Prize Comment:  Before you head over to Beth’s leave a comment here to be entered for a chance at the grand prize by answering this question…

In Beth’s lectures and workshops she aims to lessen your perfectionist nature and keep you as far away from your seam ripper as possible. So…spill it…are you a perfectionist or do you go with the flow?

10…9…8…7…

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

It’s almost time for Blast Off!

Moose Droppings

Tomorrow begins the blog hop to send our new game for quilters into the stratosphere. If you’ve never done a blog hop here’s how it goes… Every day visit my blog to see who the guest blogger is for the day then head over to their blog to see what they’re up to. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave! Each guest will ask you to leave a comment on their blog too. They will be giving away a FREE game each day to one lucky commenter. That’s one winner every day! At the end of the Blast Off I will choose a winner from the weeks comments on my blog for a grand prize. Here’s what the grand prize winner will get…

blast off prize

Everything you need to have a great game night. Our new game, Quilter’s Block Party, a regular deck of cards in case you want to switch it up, a rustic cheese tray (perfect for members of my Moose Herd!), popcorn service, “fancy” plastic glasses with krazy straws, napkins (purple, of course), some mini trophies for your winners and a cute purple tote to hold it all together.

Quilters Block Party - Purple Set

We wanted to officially launch our game in a fun way and I’m so thankful that some of my quilty friends want to join in the fun. Please see our previous post to learn all about our game.

OK, I can’t stand it…here’s the schedule of who you’ll get to visit…

Friday 6/3 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Overview
Saturday 6/4 Susan Emory Swirly Girls Design
Sunday 6/5 Tammy Silver, Tamarinis
Monday 6/6 Elaine Perez, Summercrafter
Tuesday 6/7 Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs
Wednesday 6/8 Sandi Blackwell, Stitched Buy
Thursday 6/9 Sue & Elizabeth, PG Fiber2Art
Friday 6/10 Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods
Saturday 6/11 Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
Sunday 6/12 Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs – Wrap-up, grand prize winner selected

 

You’ll get to meet some amazing quilters and see what they’re up to. I know two of them are currently doing a quilt-along and the rest have fun things to share too.  I have the best friends EVER! So…come on back each day for your shot at prizes and a visit with someone really awesome. It’s so much fun to hang out with the cool quilters!

 

Drop And Give Me Twenty

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

For several years now my friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs has run a little program during the month of February called Drop And Give Me Twenty. You pledge to quilt for a mere 20 minutes per day during February in an effort to reduce your UFO pile. Each participant posts pictures of their accomplishments, winners are chosen and prizes are given. This year I sponsored the Best Use Of Purple category. This morning I had the pleasure (or agony…) of choosing said winner. Alas, I couldn’t do it. I enlisted the help of Moosette and we narrowed it down to two. Neither of us could choose between them…what’s a poor judge to do….wait a minute…I’m the Head Moose. Who’s going to say I can’t let them both be winners? Ha! The royal decree has been declared! Here they are in no particular order…

The lovely was made by Carleen Daly

This beauty was made by Tina Van Roggen

 

Each of these ladies will receive a $20.00 Purple Moose gift certificate. Thanks to all the participants this past month. While I did not participate myself this year I enjoyed watching all that you guys accomplished…and felt totally inadequate while doing it. I highly recommend this program (and have for several years now…) to everyone. It’s really amazing what you can accomplish in a mere 20 minutes per day. If you want to join in the hoopla next year look for Drop And Give Me Twenty on Facebook. Beth will welcome you in the club!

New Year…New Beginnings!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Welcome 2016, can’t wait to get to know you!

In Shape

Are you a resolution maker? I am not. I see no point in making a promise that I know perfectly well will be broken by the end of January. For the past several years I have chosen a word to represent what I want to accomplish during the coming year. This year no special word was singing to me. I tried one of those silly facebook quizzes to pick a word for me. Ya know the ones, you answer questions like “what’s your favorite color” or “would you prefer mild, medium or hot salsa” and they can magically determine some important trait you have or help you make an important decision…like a special word for the year. For me they came up with INNOVATION…hmm…well, I am working on two different projects that are a little innovative…but they were started in 2015 so that doesn’t count. Still no special word for 2016. I was about to give up hope. Then my friend Beth Helfter happened. I can always count on Beth to do something out of the ordinary and quirky (which is precisely why I love her!) Beth didn’t choose a word for 2016, she chose a number. A number…why didn’t I think of that? You can read all about Beth’s reasoning for doing so (and be thoroughly entertained in the process) on her blog Quilting Hottie Haven.  Now I just need to decide on a number…oh, and do something nice for Beth for stealing her idea…

 

I have decided that I need to work on my long-term to-do list. While that may sound like a resolution, it really isn’t. We all have that to-do list for everyday stuff (pay the bills, laundry, weed the garden) and some even have a medium range to-do list (plan the summer family reunion, buy a new car) I also have a long-term to-do list. Not that the items on it need to be done in the far future but more like it will take me that long to find/make the time to do them. I guess it’s more of a bucket list kind of thing. So this year I am setting the goal of removing at least one item from the list every quarter of the year. Each one should be stretching myself out of my comfort zone or trying something completely new that I’ve been putting off. So that would be 4 new things in 2016…or 1 each 1/4…or 1 fourth of the year…which number to choose…it’s all so difficult…

 

ok, got it. My number for 2016 is 1:4 which will equal to some FUN by next December…I hope…

 

Sunrise At The Cabin

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The baby news out of England is all over the airwaves…we have baby news too! No, not the human kind…I have just given birth to my latest pattern! Sunrise At The Cabin is a paper pieced center medallion surrounded by traditionally pieced log cabin blocks. The pattern offers sizes from lap to king.

sunrise

The process to create a quilting pattern is not unlike the human pregnancy experience. When you first get the idea you are very excited and can’t wait to tell everyone. Then the morning sickness and weight gain begin as you realize all the editing and sample making that are in your future. Towards the end of the gestation period you only scream that you just want it to be all over…and RIGHT NOW!  Unlike humans, the gestation period for patterns varies greatly. This particular pattern is in the elephant category. I have been fighting with…err…working with this one for YEARS. It has been a sometimes painful process. I’m not sure why it was so difficult but for some reason my brain had “issues” with this pattern, the words just didn’t flow.

Some designers opt for the cesarean approach and have an editor write their pattern for them. I opted for the more traditional Natural Pattern Birth and stuck it out. Granted the pattern could have been finished long ago with a cesarean but I feel better now, having done it the old fashioned way, all by myself. Of course there were a few complications in the delivery room with the printer but it all worked out in the end.

sunrise center

I owe a HUGE thank you to my mid-wife, Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs for giving me a good swift kick in the rear (on several occasions I might add…) in spurring me to get this pattern finished.

I will be debuting the pattern at Maine Quilts this weekend. We will even have a special introductory price of only $8.00. If you’ll be at the show be sure and stop by to check out my new baby. I won’t have cigars but I will have purple chocolate kisses for ya!

 

Bennington Quiltfest

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I’m so excited. I (along with my New England Quilt Designers compatriats) will be vending at the Bennington Quiltfest in Bennington VT this weekend. I was lucky to spend a little time in Bennington while on vacation this summer and, I must say, Ben

Grape Moose

They even have moose prints on the sidewalk!

Moose Prints

The Quiltfest will be held at the Mt. Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Road and will run 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. I will be manning the booth along with Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs, the original Quilting Hottie. We have the extra special treat of having her hubby, Mr. Hottie, joining us. Beth says he’s there for added eye candy. If you’re in the area be sure and stop in to say Howdy!

Kickin’ Stash

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Today is National Quilting Day. What better way to celebrate than to tell you about a new pattern that just hit the shelves and share the details of a great deal! My friend Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs put the call out to friends and fans a few months ago asking to give the directions of her new project a try. This is the second time that I have been a part of one of Beth’s group projects and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This latest project is called Kickin’ Stash and boy does it ever. Here is the quilt that is on the pattern cover.

The purple block on the bottom row, right is one of the ones I made. Shocking, I know, that I did a purple block! Beth asked us to each make four blocks. You could either make them from the same fabrics or each a different color group. I chose to do four different color groups because it was too hard to choose just one. It’s like eating one potato chip – not possible. I did decide to make two blocks of each color group and keep one for myself. Beth will take all of the “extra” blocks that didn’t go into the sample and sort them to be returned to the participants. I can’t wait to get back the blocks made by the other ladies to see how they go with my set that I kept. Then I will decide if I want to make some more or make a baby quilt. Lord knows I have enough in my scrap bin to make enough blocks to cover the northern portion of New Hampshire, but we won’t discuss that now. Here is a look at a baby size that Beth made that has a less scrappy look.

These blocks go together really fast and simple. Beth has also kept to her mantra that “perfection is overrated” by only having one seam that needs to match (the center intersection). You could make this as a controlled color arrangement like the baby quilt or totally scrappy like the cover quilt. Both are equally beautiful. But don’t just take my word for it. Check out the other ladies that have blogged about the pattern during the kickoff:

Deb Donovan, Aspen Hill, www.aspenhill.wordpress.com

Kelli Fannon, That Looks Like It Needs Stitches, www.thatlookslikeitneedsstitches.blogspot.com

Anna Dzik, West Third Street Designs, www.westthirdstreetdesigns.blogspot.com

Marianne Nowacki, Hillside Quiltworks, www.hillsidequiltworks.com

Linda Pearl, The Patchwork Pearl, www.thepatchworkpearl.blogspot.com

Or you can check out Beth’s blog as well, Quilting Hottie Haven:

Beth Helfter, EvaPaige Quilt Designs, www.evapaigequiltdesigns.blogspot.com

So, that great deal that I mentioned earlier? Beth is offering a special price on the pattern during the kickoff – $7.50 instead of the regular $9.00 price. And you don’t even have to wait for it – you can download it right now. Go to http://patternspot.com/products/2070 and check out Kickin’ Stash. You could make a dent in your scrap bin by nightfall. How great is that? I would LOVE to see pictures of your Kickin’ Stash project.

HAPPY QUILTING DAY!!