Friday, February 23, 2018

One Monthly Goal - February Finish Link-up

Ready to link up your February finishes?
Don't panic - this link-up is open until February 28 at 11:55 pm ET.

My goal for February was to attach borders, baste and start the quilting on my Small Scraps quilt.  I managed to finish the quilting using a loppy FMQ motif.  Next step, binding.

Now it is your turn to link up - share your goal finish for February.

Please only link up if you finished your goal and if you also participated in the February Goal Setting Link-up.

There will be three winners this month - Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $25 gift certificate, Make Modern Magazine is offering a 6 month subscription to their digital magazine and Christa Watson from Christa Quiltsour featured designer for February, is offering a copy of  one of her books!.  In addition, anyone linking up at both the goal and finish link-ups earns a point towards the  first quarter bonus prize which is a thread set from Aurifil.

This post will be updated on or after March 2 with the names of the winners.  
Winners will be notified by email.

Visit the One Monthly Goal event page for the specific requirements for links and social tags. 

And remember, to be eligible for the prize(s) by random drawing you must linkup at both the goal setting and the accomplishment linkup in a given month. (
February Goal Setting Link-up.)

Make sure you add a link to this OMG post so others can follow where you are linking.   Let's make that easy -  just paste this into your post:

Sign up to receive email notifications when the One Monthly Goal linkup is open.  Think of it as a helpful reminder!  Joining the link-up from Instagram -see the tutorial.

Thanks for linking up!

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Piles of HSTs

Mountains of HSTs waiting to be trimmed.  Aren't they pretty?  These are all from Alison Glass's Sunprint 2018 fabric line paired with a dark gray solid from Paintbrush Studio's.   There are 288 of them in this pile.

I've got a guild retreat coming up in early March so hope to get them trimmed up and ready to sew into blocks at the retreat.   I am still debating my overall finished quilt size and will likely more.

I'll be making this block.

I made these using the 2 at a time method and decided to cut them apart with scissors while watching the Season Finale of Star Trek Discovery.

Hmm, maybe not the best idea.

I've got about 8 that were miss-cut.  Since I always cut large and then trim, I'm hoping some of these can be salvaged with another seam.

Live long and prosper.

Have a wonderful day! Patty

Monday, February 19, 2018

Postcard Exchange - Frequently Asked Questions

Postcard assignments were sent out on Saturday, February 17 - so check your email (including your spam folder and your promotions tab) for something from Elm Street Quilts.

I've been getting some questions via email so decided to post a FAQs.  Please don't hesitate to send me questions more via comments or email and I'll update this post as needed.

How many people signed up?
100 people are making postcards.  18 of those signed up to make a second card.

How were the assignments made?
Everyone was assigned randomly, playing attention to whether you wanted to mail to someone in your country or anywhere in the world.   Those who wanted to make a second card were assigned someone randomly from someone else who wanted to make a second card.

Wait - I wanted to make 3 cards but only got mailing addresses for two people?
There wasn't enough interest from people who signed up for a third card.

Ok, I've got my person, when do I need to mail my postcard?
Postcards should be mailed by March 17.  But, if finish your postcard sooner, by all means send it off!  You'll make someone happy.

I signed up for the swap but didn't get an email.
Check that spam folder and the promotions tab.  Still can't find anything?  Just email me, I'll be happy to help.

Is there a specific tutorial we have to use?
No.  Use any tutorial you want as long as the postcard is postcard sized - 4 x 6''.  Here is the link to my tutorial. 
How should I mail the postcard?  Should I just put a stamp on it?
I'd recommend you put it in an envelope for mailing to make sure it doesn't get messed up in the whole post office process.  If you decide to mail it directly as a postcard, contact your local post office to understand required postage.
Can I send any other goodies along with it for my new friend?
Nope, please don't.  This is about only sending and receiving a postcard work of art. 
Is there anything I should include with my postcard?
Please write a nice message on the back of the card.  Also include on the postcard (or a piece of paper in the envelope) your Instagram or your blog (if you have either) so the person getting your postcard can tag you in their pictures. 
Is it ok to share photos of the postcard I am making on Instagram or Facebook or my blog?
Absolutely!  Just don't say WHO you are making it for so they can be surprised when it arrives in their mailbox.  Tag any photos you share with #esqpostcardswap. 
What should I do when I get my postcard in the mail?
We'd all love to see a photo and please do tag the maker if you have their social information (Instagram or blog).  Then put that postcard in a special place and enjoy!
What can you tell me about the postcard parade?
More details on that later in March.  For now, make sure you tag any photos you do share with #esqphotoswap and take a photo of the postcard you send and you receive.

 I missed the sign-ups, will you do another swap?
It depends on how this one goes!  I'm having fun and my hair isn't on fire (yet).  This is the first time I've ever hosted - or participated - in a internet based swap so lots to learn.

Have a wonderful day! Patty