Wednesday, July 27

Tea in the Rose Garden + Kate Spain Giveaway Winners

The first thing I need to do here is perhaps apologize to my friend France, whose very lovely mug rug pattern Tea in the Rose Garden I have used in a way she may never have foreseen.  Those of you who know France must admire her elegance and poetic way of expressing herself as much as I do.  (And if you don't know her yet, she has a wonderful blog here.)  France, I hope you don't mind that I've embroidered a colorful word on this little quilt.  

So I want to make it clear that this is NOT what France embroidered on her mug rug pattern.  She has the words "Tea in the Rose Garden" or, in French: "Petit napperon Le thé dans la roseraie".  The reason I thought that France's pretty pattern worked so well for this is because it contrasts so much with the phrase I used, thus making it more humorous.

This is still a work in progress.  It's for my friend who has been battling dire health problems for far too long and sometimes just doesn't feel up to explaining everything that has been going on.  She will immediately recognize that it is for her, because we've been joking around about this phrase lately.

I'm spilling the beans a bit early because I need advice on how to quilt this.  How in the world do you quilt something with embroidered details?  Any thoughts?  The whole piece measures only 8 x 10 inches.  The embroidery is a whipped back stitch, so it's raised up a little.  Bear in mind that I'm not good at embroidery and this is the best I've ever managed to do.  I used the Crafted Applique method for the teacups and rose and it worked like a charm.


Happy Mail!

Recently, a surprise arrived in our mailbox for me.  It was from my friend Preeti Harris, who blogs at Sew Preeti Quilts.  She's just such a complete sweetheart and I've been so glad that we've become friends.  Thank you Preeti!

Three FQs, beautiful variegated thread and Mysore Sandal Soap, which smells so divine!


Giveaway Winners!

Here on BuzzinBumble, I had a giveaway during the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.  It was a really popular giveaway and I can see why.  Thank you everyone for your participation and for all the wonderful comments!  I managed to reply to everyone, unless they were a no-reply commenter.  So if you didn't hear back from me, that is why.

Three lucky commenters won this terrific Kate Spain panel from her North Woods fabric line. 

The winners were drawn by the Random Integer Generator.  I had to redraw for one of the winners, because number 83 turned out to be my daughter Alina... which wouldn't be very fair, although I loved her comment.  

So the winners are:  # 50 - Selina, # 41 - Nancy, and # 100 - Susie.

I'll be in touch with all of you!

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Monday, July 18

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop: Frosted Flakes Quilted Runner & a Giveaway!

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

There's an exciting event going on in Quilting Blogland and it's the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop, put together by Sarah Craig @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Sarah gathered together 25 terrific bloggers to share ideas for Christmas crafts, quilting, and recipes - so you can get a head start on the holidays this year.  You can find all the blog hop stops in the list at the end of this post and also by searching the hashtag #12daysofchristmasinjuly on social media.

Today is Day 5 and I share this day with my friend Soma @ Whims and Fancies, so be sure to check out her post today too because she's teaching us how to make handmade books and bookmarks!   To top it all off, Sarah is running a 12 Days of Christmas in July Quilt Along for the delightful quilt shown below, and she estimates that with only 1 hour a day you can have the quilt top completed in just 12 days.  

12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along


Frosted Flakes Quilted Runner

Did you ever make paper snowflake cutouts as a kid?  It has always been a tradition in our family to make them, so for my 12 Days of Christmas project, I decided to make an appliqued and quilted snowflake runner.  I'm calling it the Frosted Flakes Runner, because I used Fairy Frost fabric for the snowflakes.

Close up of a Crafted Applique Snowflake

It's no surprise that I used my Crafted Applique method to make these snowflakes. (hashtag #craftedapplique)  I didn't want any fraying and knew my method would keep the edges nice and neat, while at the same time allowing me to cut out elaborate shapes. You could also do this project using fusible web interfacing to adhere your appliques. 
Swirling Breeze quilting

Fabrics used - I was going for the same color as jadeite:
Very Merry by Sandy Gervais for Moda - Light Aqua - 17832-15
Very Merry by Sandy Gervais for Moda - Light Aqua - 17834-15
Michael Miller Fairy Frost in Snow

Here's another shot, this one taken indoors:

A peek at the nine snowflake patterns (I designed nine, just in case someone wants to get flakier than me):

Frosted Flakes Snowflake Applique Patterns

You can download and save the Microsoft Word document, complete with sewing instructions and all 9 snowflake patterns by clicking here:

Don't forget to read to the end of the post, because I'm also having a great Christmas in July giveaway!


Holiday Brunch Menu

One of the other fun things Sarah suggested was that we share a favorite recipe.  Our family has so many of them!  As the kids started becoming great cooks in their own right, we all developed an addiction to trying out recipes we find on Pinterest, so that is what I will be sharing today.   I'm laughing a little at this photo.  The runner is meant to be one long hot pad, but I wasn't ready for it to get besmirched yet, so we kept all the food off of it.  :)  If you use Insul-bright batting instead of regular batting, you'll have yourself a dandy hot pad.  


A simple Christmas Holiday Brunch, featuring:

Ham Quiche Cups - so quick to make!

Ham Quiche Cups

Glazed Cranberry Orange Scones - we substituted fresh blueberries - yum!

Glazed Blueberry Orange Scones, Cranberry & Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail, and Coffee

Cranberry and Grand Marnier Champagne Cocktail - we substituted Proseco for the champagne.   You can also use sparkling cider for a non alcoholic alternative.  Next time we will stick to just the simple curled orange peel garnish.  The lime slice and pomegranate seeds were a bit much.  


I hope you will visit all the other bloggers participating in the hop!  Here is the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop Schedule:

July 14th:    Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                   Carole Carter @ From My Carolina Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ BuzzinBumble - That's me!
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                   Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                    Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle


12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Last, but not least, I holding my own giveaway, where THREE lucky commenters will win this wonderful red and white fabric panel:

North Woods - by Kate Spain for Moda - Fabric panel in Cranberry
It's from Kate Spain's "North Woods" collection and features a table topper and ornaments/appliques.  Perfect for a fun and fast Christmas project!  

If you'd like a chance to win, just leave a comment below.  BuzzinBumble followers, both new and old, can have a second chance at winning - just leave a second comment telling me how you follow my blog.  Make sure you also leave a way for me to contact you if you win.  There are more and more no-reply commenters these days and most people are unaware of it.   Three lucky winners will be randomly drawn on July 25th, 2016 and I will announce them here on BuzzinBumble soon afterwards.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you will enjoy the free Frosted Flakes Quilted Runner pattern!

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Monday, June 20

Christmas in July Blog Hop, Chubby Checkers, & Linda and France's Crafted Appliqué Projects

Wouldn't it be great if this year you could get a head start on making special holiday gifts, finding fun recipes, and even making a beautiful Christmas quilt well before the season arrives?  Do you always hope that this will be the year it won't feel so much like the Howlidaze and that instead you'll be able to slow down and appreciate the true spirit of Christmas with your family and friends?   Well, this year you'll find plenty of inspiration to do just that during the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. 

Sarah has so much fun planned: She has lined up twenty-six bloggers to share a wonderful variety of free Christmas gift ideas, quilted goodies, and recipes.  (I'm really psyched to be a part of such a terrific group and my post will be on the 18th!)  Not only that, but Sarah will be doing a quilt along that aims to help you complete a Christmas quilt with only an hour or less of sewing each day during the hop.  Can you imagine?  She gave us a sneak peek and it's a beauty!  So pull out your Christmas fabric stash and mark your calendars for July 14 through July 25th, because this hop is going to be amazing! 


New Projects #craftedapplique

Two more bloggers have been getting creative with my Crafted Appliqué method.   I hope you will check out their posts:

Linda @ Art in Search made cards with her batik scraps. I love how Linda did her stitching in black thread.  When paired with all the vivid colors, it gives her gorgeous work the look of pieces in an art gallery.  
And France @ France Nadeau - Inspiration - Imagination - Creation is back again this week with a simply beautiful Maple Leaf mini quilt and matching card.  France has made several inspiring mini-minis and you can see all her delightful creations on her Instagram page.  

Thanks for letting me share here on BuzzinBumble.  I love seeing the new possibilities you both came up with!  It makes my day for sure!  So...

I finally figured out how to add a permanent linky to the Crafted Appliqué book page so that sharing and hopping will be easier for everyone.  Be sure to check out the posts for wonderful ideas and inspiration!  I've also added the posts where people made projects for the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop. 


Chubby Checkers

I have one last project to share with you from my book "Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities".  It's a sweet treat of a checkerboard table topper called "Chubby Checkers":

Chubby Checkers Checkerboard Quilt

This project started after I found an award winning fabric I loved on Spoonflower called "Truffle Treats" by gracedesign.  I'm a great admirer of Grace's and love a lot of her fabric designs.  Her fabric made a really fun border for the checkerboard and Grace was even so kind as to send me her color codes so I could create a matching cupcake cup fabric.  You could of course use any fabrics you wished for this pattern.  My sister-in-law Cindy finished the quilt with big stitch hand quilting in brown pearl cotton that looks like chocolate Jimmy sprinkles.  There are some really nice close up photos in the book.  We use big cherry red and bittersweet chocolate brown buttons for the checkers.  


Taking a Break

For the next few weeks I am going to be taking a break from blogging and blog visiting.  It's really hard for me to do this, because I know I'll be missing each of you as well as missing seeing all kinds of wonderfulness!  But... the Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities Blog Hop took an enormous amount of time and effort and I need to recharge my batteries.  I don't really have a choice - Whenever I push too hard, which I did, my health problems all surface at once, like a crazed synchronized swimming team.  

I have a lot of catching up to do as well, as I am more than 100 emails behind in correspondence. (My apologies if you are one of the people I have yet to reply to.)  Also during this little break I hope to spend time with visiting family and focus on my Christmas in July Blog Hop project and tutorial so it will be the best it can be.   

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Monday, June 13

Crafted Appliqué: It's Super Quilter!, France's Cards, & Rainbow Rose Quilt Along

Today is the day that I'm announcing the two winners of Zippy Seahorse Sewing Notion Bags.  But first, I thought you might like to see another project from my book, Crafted Appliqué: New Possibilities.

This project was designed and sewn by my daughter Kait.  It was her first attempt at appliqué and she did really great!  She used her design to make a sewing machine needle case, but the pattern could be adapted to any number of projects, from journal covers, to bags, to pillows...     

"It's Super Quilter" Sewing Machine Needle Case by Kait Buccella

Here's a view of the inside, fully loaded for Kait's Featherweight;

"It's Super Quilter" Sewing Machine Needle Case by Kait Buccella

The really cool back ground fabric on the cover is a Spoonflower fabric designed by Virginie Ozanon, aka demigoutte.  It's called Rainy and Criminal Night.

A really corny sense of humor runs through our family.  I figure that on BuzzinBumble there's plenty of room for being goofy, so here ya go: 

It's Super Quilter!

(Super Quilter is a slightly altered version of an image I found on Marlene Romero’s page of free superhero clip art and is used with her kind permission)



France Nadeau, who blogs at francenadeau.com is an artist and quilter I've always admired, not just for her skills with needlework of all kinds, but for how inventive she is and how she uses every kind of fabric and fiber in her work.  France makes use of every scrap and it's so inspiring to see what she creates!  She is also the host of the Fabric, Thread, and Yarn linky party, which is open every Thursday through Sunday.

Fabric, Thread and Yarn Link Party at francenadeau.com/blog 

Today France wrote to tell me to check out her blog.  I'm so glad she did, because she had a fun surprise there.  She figured out that she could use the Crafted Appliqué method to make cards!  She adapted "The Walking Tree", a pattern in my book, and made two beautiful birthday cards and I hope you will click on the link and go see them.  She also plans to make six mini-mini quilts using Crafted Appliqué, so be sure to check back again soon!  

It isn't always easy for me to know who is making projects, so if you make anything using the Crafted Appliqué method and would like me to share it here, please feel free to let me know.  And don't forget, you can also share your work on social media using the hashtag #craftedapplique 


 Rainbow Rose Quilt Along

Ruth Bourke, of Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner, is holding a Rainbow Rose Quilt Along.  It's through Modern Quilters Ireland and her quilt was so tempting that I am joining in a wee bit late and playing catch-up.

I did my fabric pull today, ransacking a couple of fat eighth bundles and just about every bright and modern fabric I had.  You can see my rainbow of fabrics on the right, together with the prewashed low volume prints (silver on white) that I plan to use for the background.  I had a definite shortage of blues.  I'm excited to see if I can catch up with the rest of the group.  That's always a little iffy with me, but I'll be happy with a finish even if it's not in time.

Rainbow Rose fabric pull


And now, the moment some of you have been waiting for.  It's time to announce the winners of the two Zippy Seahorse bags I made as giveaways for my Spotlight Blog Hop.

Zippy Seahorse - sewing notions bags

It took some thinking, but I figured out a way to use a random generator to chose the two prize winners.  Readers could comment on as many of the thirty new blog posts that they wanted to.  So many of you left an amazing number of comments, meaningful and wholehearted ones at that, and I wish I had a gift for everyone.  Twenty readers participated in the Spotlight Hop and the majority of them visited every blogger.  

To decide fair and square who would win the giveaways, I made a chart, assigning each participant a letter, A-T, based on when their comment was left here on BuzzinBumble.  Then, across the top of the chart I typed the numbers 1-30.  Then I shaded the chart, based on how many comments each participant left in the Spotlight Hop stops.  This enabled me to give every comment a name, such as "U-28".  Then I found a website tool called the "Random Name Picker" were I was able to list all the comment "names" and have the tool choose two random winners.  It might have just been easier to fold up little slips of paper and put them in a hat, LOL.   Here's the chart and two screen shots of the drawing:

The two winners are Kathy and Deborah.  Deborah was a "no-reply commenter", meaning that I had no way to contact her, but luckily she checked back on the post and was able to remedy that!  Congratulations and I will be contacting both of you soon!


One last thing to talk about.. The list is long this week!  ;)

2016 Advice and Tech Helpfor New Quilt Bloggers

Today is the start of the New Quilt Bloggers Hop and I hope you all will join me in spending a little time this week welcoming and visiting this years members!

You can find the main posts here with their Mama Bees introducing the members of their hives today!

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs 
Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter 
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Thank you to all of you who took part in the Spotlight Hop!  
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