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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sponsor Introduction: Westwood Acres

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

I want to welcome anyone who is recently joining in on the Celestial Star QAL!! There is such an amazing group of sponsors, that I can't help but share with you more about who they are! You can see the complete list of sponosors (and their prizes) HERE.


Today I am very excited to introduce you to Westwood Acres!

Westwood Acres Fabric

Amanda and her husband Weston are the masterminds behind the shop, and they are amazing! I met Amanda at the Sewing Summit a few years ago, and she is simply fantastic! I will warn you, if you go browse you're shop, you may leave with an empty pocketbook. ;) (I'll share some of my favorite bundles from their shop). They have fantastic customer service and shipping is really fast. I've never had anything but positive experiences shopping with Westwood Acres.

http://www.westwoodacresfabric.com/products/meadow-fat-eighth-bundle
Meadow by Leah Duncan


Here's a little about them:

Our shop grew out of Amanda's love of making and sharing her creations on her blog acraftyfox.net. Westwood Acres had been a dream of ours, and we made those dreams reality through a series of fun and fortunate events in 2011. Our shop has grown and we now specialize in fun, modern fabric bundles and beautiful patterns to go with them. Whether our bundles are curated by designers or Amanda, we only carry fabrics that we want to cut up and make into beautiful projects.

Our goal here at Westwood Acres is to give our customers the best fabric buying experience possible. We work to respond to questions in a timely manner, get our fabrics into your hands as quickly as humanly possible, and we strive to make every purchase a positive experience. While we really love our fabric, we love our customers and the amazing online community of quilters and crafters even more.

Meadow by Beth Studley


http://www.westwoodacresfabric.com/products/hadley-fat-eighth-bundle
 Hadley by Denyse Schmidt 


http://www.westwoodacresfabric.com/products/far-far-away-coordinating-solids-fat-quarter-bundle
 They also have great coordinating solid bundles for a lot of the lines they carry. These are just as gorgeous as the prints! This bundle goes with Far Far Away.



Amanda and Weston have offered a $20 Gift Certificate towards anything in their shop. One lucky winner will be picked from the 1 block entries at the end of the QAL. (The final linky for all finished projects will open September 29th, and winners will be announced October 6th).


You can see the entire QAL schedule HERE. And purchase the Celestial Star pattern HERE.


Thank you Amanda and Weston! 
I hope you will all go stop by and support their great shop!



Diane


Monday, August 18, 2014

Celestial Star QAL: a T-shirt and Schedule Update

I am seriously giddy with excitement!! I have teamed up with Patchwork Threads (if you haven't heard of them, they design the coolest tees with quilt block designs, and other images on them) and you can now purchase my Celestial Star design on a tee!! {Sqweal!} :)


 I am biased, but I LOVE it!
You can purchase the tee HERE


OR if you are on Instagram, myself (@fromblankpages) as well as @PatchworkThreads are both offering a shirt AND copy of the Celestial Star pattern.



 You can purchase the pattern HERE.


Last week was a much needed break and time off. There was a lot of cleaning, spending time with my kids, and working on a few other things. It was good, and my oldest told me to go to bed at 10:00 everyday so I'm not so cranky in the morning. lol. Oops. I'll work on that. ;) But I am also SO excited to jump back into the Celestial Star QAL! I have reworked the schedule, and here it is. I'm glad that extending the dates is so helpful for so many of you! I'm excited to get my quilt blocks finished and be able to use my new quilt! I think it will be right in time for the cold weather to come. ;) (I LOVE fall!!)


Celestial Star QAL Schedule:
(updated 8/18/14)

July 

Mon, 14th: Color & Design (a giveaway linky begins, IG: #CelestialStarDesign)
Wed, 16th: Fabric
Thurs, 17th: Sponsor Introduction: Pink Castle Fabrics
Sat, 19th: All the Prizes! and IG Hashtag and Link Up Guidelines
Mon, 21st: Cutting Fabric (I'll teach you all about my favorite thing: cutting templates!!)
Tues, 22nd: Giveaway Winners Announced!
Wed, 23rd: Paper Piecing
Thurs, 24th: Sponsor Introduction: Llama Fabrics
Fri, 25th: Guest Blogger: Cristy Fincher
Mon, 28th: Trim & Join Segments
Tues, 29th: Sponsor Introduction: Queen Bee Fabrics
Wed, 30th: Join Wedges/Create a Quilt Block (a giveaway linky begins, IG: #CelestialStarBlocks)
Thurs, 31st: Sponsor Introduction: Fat Quarter Shop

August
Fri, 1st: Guest Blogger: Courtney Lyons
4th - 8th: Progress Week: Time to catch up!
Thurs, 7th: Giveaway Winners Announced!
11th - 15th: Progress Week
18th - 22nd: Progress Week
Mon, 18th: Exciting Announcement
Tues, 19th: Sponsor Introduction: Westwood Acres  
25th - 29th: Progress Week
Tues, 26th: Sponsor Introduction: I don't do dishes

September
Mon, 1st: Joining Multiple Blocks
Tues, 2nd: Sponsor Introduction: Knotted-Threads
Wed, 3rd: Quilting (a giveaway linky begins, IG: #CelestialStarQuilting)
Fri, 5th: Guest Blogger: Jennifer Rossotti
Mon, 8th: Binding
Tues, 9th: Sponsor Introduction: A Material Girl Quilts
Thurs, 11th: Giveaway Winners Announced!
15th - 16th: Progress Weeks! Time to finish up!
Mon, 29th: Finish and Final Link Up! Open until Oct. 5th

October 
Mon 6th: Final Winners Announced!

I hope your summer is going well! And that things are going smoothly with the kiddos going back to school! We have a two week delay due to some maintenance on the schools being delayed. We are bummed, but I'll be glad to have my oldest around a little longer.  Happy sewing!! Don't forget to link up your progress below! as well as on Instagram (#CelestialStarQAL). I love seeing all your projects!!



   

   



Diane

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Celestial Star QAL: Changing up the Schedule

 photo Celestial-Star-QAL

I've been thinking a lot about the schedule, and did a quick poll on Instagram today, and I have decided to adjust the schedule of the quilt along. I will have the full details in the next few days, but for now, the biggest change is the final link up for all the grand prizes. Here's a quick update:

  • This week will be another progress week
  • The final link up will open September 29th (previously September 1st) and I'll announce the winners on October 6th.

I know a lot of people mentioned that they won't be able to start on the QAL until later this month or not at all due to the timing, and now with lots of children starting school in the next few weeks, that can get busy for a lot of us. I think having more time to finish up projects will make it more fun, and less stressful, and hopefully more people will be able to participate!! Yay! :)  It has been awesome so far and I have had so much fun with all of you who have been participating so far! It sounds like a lot of you will also benefit from this change. :)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask away!!


If you decide that you want to join in now with the new schedule dates, I'd love to have you!! :) You can see the schedule and all previous posts here. (I'll update this when I have a more solid schedule for the rest of the QAL.)

You can purchase the Celestial Star pattern on Craftsy, or in my new shop. :)


Here's my latest finished block:



And my first four completed blocks:



Thanks! and happy sewing!! :)

Diane

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Celestial Star QAL: More Winners! Progress Week Continues

Alright everyone, how are you doing??? Progress week has turned into burn out week for me... the QAL has kept me SO busy, in an awesome way, that now that there has been some down time this week, I realize just how busy I've been and I'm exhausted! Plus the baby decided to stop sleeping in in the mornings, not helpful. Tip: don't start an intensive quilt along right after moving and when you haven't been blogging regularly. lol. I forgot how busy it all is. BUT, you know what?! I am loving every minute of all this busyness!! YOU are awesome! Thanks for making it so much fun. :D Now after two days of avoiding this, I think I'm ready to jump back into it. ;) And what better way to do that, than to announce some winners!!! Yay!

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...


First I want to give another big shout out to Fat Quarter Shop! Go read all about them if you haven't already. Did you pick up your Sew What? shirt?! If so, I want to see your selfies! :) They have generously donated two $25 gift cards to their shop. I've picked one winner from the blog link up, and one from the Instagram hashtag: #CelestialStarBlock. They are, drum roll please...

Fat Quarter Shop


The winner from the blog is:



Kara of Houz of Chaoz! Congrats!! :) Isn't her block beautiful?! This is her fifth, and her sixth is almost finished. Go stop by her blog so you can see all of them! Her designs are amazing! Isn't it crazy how we are all using the same pattern, but each block is so different! love it! ;)


The winner from Instagram is:


Nicole, @saphre1964! Congrats!! :) I love this block too!! Who doesn't love rainbows?! She's actually finished this one already! She's fast. And it turned out beautiful!!



Thank you everyone, for sharing all your blocks!! On Instagram as well as on your blogs. I love reading about your experiences the most!! Sorry it's a bit of a challenge with lining up those centers. I wish I had a magic wand that could make them all be perfect and hassle free! The best success I've found is what I shared in this tutorial. If it isn't clear what I did, let me know. I'm pretty happy with my blocks so far, and I want you to be too! :)


Alright... time to make some progress! And I'll be back on Monday with some more tips.



And we can't forget ALL of the amazing sponsors who are offering prizes throughout the QAL. Thank you!!

Material Girl Quilts  i don't do dishes  Llama Fabrics  Knotted-Thread Westwood Acres  Pink Castle Fabrics  Fat Quarter Shop


Have a great rest of your week!! Keep the pictures coming!! :)

Diane

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Celestial Star QAL: PROGRESS WEEK

Well, we made it to the first progress week! How is your progress coming??

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

I have been trying to make a lot of progress (hasn't happened) and have been trying to avoid the computer (it sucks me in!). But there's always a lot to juggle (like moving all my patterns to my new store front!! so excited! but that's another blog post for another day), so besides a lot of cleaning house going on today, here's about where I'm at right now... (cell phone picture style)


I have two finished blocks, two half finished blocks (I was waiting for the other background fabric) and two more blocks cut out (except that I ran out of white kona cotton. Luckily that is arriving tomorrow! wahoo.) Here is a value mock up of my quilt so you can see how the second background fabric will be:



And today the fabric I purchased for that secondary background arrived! I LOVE this print. Maybe one of my all time favorites! As I've been making my blocks I've thought about how I think I would like yellow as the background fabric, but didn't want to use a solid, and of course it had to be an Anna Maria Horner print as well, and then I remembered this print:

SO beautiful!!


So here it is all laid out, with my blocks pretending like they are in order. It kind of gives me an idea of what it will look like. I guess. ;)



Anyway, it's good enough for me! So here are my outside pieces all cut and ready to use:



And my stacks of fabric for the other six blocks I have yet to cut out. 



I don't think I'll be ready to quilt this by Monday, so I think I just might make a single block to use for the rest of the tutorials... is that so bad?! I need more progress weeks!! lol.


I've been pinning my finished blocks to the wall. lol. ;)


Don't forget to link up your finished blocks!! (finished as in all wedges joined, but not yet quilted - like a quilt top.) :) Link them up separately for more chances to win, but please only link up each block once. I am so impressed and inspired by all of your work!!


I'll pick a winner for the $25 Fat Quarter Shop gift cards on Thursday!

Use #CelestialStarBlock on Instagram.



   
   





Diane

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