Monday, December 22, 2014

Sew Sweet Simplicity Block 3 and Giveaway

Block 3 and Bonus Block 1 are being released today for the Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM. We're half way finished!  It's been fun for me to see the different variations Jacquelynne Steves has come with on these blocks. All are a bit different and yet go together so well.

Enough of the suspense.  Here's my version of Block 3:


I have to tell you, because it's in my DNA and I just can't help myself, I messed up on this block.  If I didn't point this out, you may not recognize it. But I just feel obligated to point out all my flaws, lol!

What is it, you might ask? Well, if I had followed the pattern correctly, I believe the points in all the corners should have been the dark fabric.  But some way or another I pulled the wrong squares, sewed them up, laid them out, stitched them together, and came up with what I have here.  In my desire to get through this so I could get my Christmas cards sent out, I did not relish the idea of picking out stitches. Besides - I liked the way it looked! So I left it.

And then I worked on Bonus Block 1:


I think I got all the colors where they are supposed to be, but with me, you never can be too certain, lol!  Here are both of this month's blocks side by side.


And here are all four blocks:


It's coming along quite nicely!  And I'm getting some ideas for quilting inside the centers once I have it all together. Stay tuned!

Jump on over to Jacquelynne's page to download the latest two patterns.  We will be having a "Catching Up" event in January- this will be a Sew Along Day for those of you who haven't started yet, have fallen behind, or maybe are all caught up but would just like to make some extra blocks for other projects. More details to follow, but it should be lots of fun!! 


Now we're having another Giveaway!  This time one lucky reader will receive a pattern for Jacquelynne's Nantucket Quilt and her Sun Blossom Tote. These are downloadable pdf patterns open to US and International entrants.

To enter, leave a comment below and let me know whether you are a Summer or Winter person and why. I live near a ski resort and so winter is a big deal around here. You either learn to do lots of outdoor things, or you hibernate. And when you hibernate, you pack on the pounds and get grumpy, so that's not much of an option. I can't downhill ski any more, but I love to cross country and ice skate. There is hardly anything more beautiful than gliding through the woods and listening to its silence. 

For another chance, I'd love to have you follow along on my blog or Facebook - just mention how you follow. This giveaway will be open until January 2. Good luck!
And last, but not least, have a happy and safe holiday season!

Barb

64 comments:

  1. Oh ya know I'm a happy follower on GFC and I have ya right on my blogroll. I'm definietly a winter person!!!! I love wearing jeans and bulky sweaters and hearing the snow crunch under my feet when I'm out on my walks. Merry Christmas!! ( I love that Sun BLossom pattern)

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  2. I am more of a warm weather person, so I guess you could say summer.

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  3. its called artistic freedom, lol, your allowed to change it to suit you!! Or just to cover up miss steps, lol!! your blocks are looking great!! Merry Christmas

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  4. Liking the new blocks! Between the holidays this might just be the prefect project! As for following--you are on my blogroll, Instagram and GFC. As for this the seasons--I sit on the fence here! Our bread and butter is based on the summer--and I do love a day at the beach! However we are skiers too. Guess I am a all season stitcher!!!

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  5. I'm a winter person. While there's no snow where I live, I'm only a short drive away. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  6. I follow by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  7. Love the rich colors in your fabrics.

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  8. i would have to say that I am really a Spring/Fall person. Love Spring when the farmers are out plowing and things start to grow and turn green, and then I love Fall when the trees turn colors and there is that slight nip in the air.

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  9. I am really more of a spring & fall person, b/c I don't like the heat or the cold. Gosh I'm picky! LOL Too bad I don't live in an area that the temps are in that range all year round.

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  10. What great blocks. I love that they use so few fabrics. It gets really hot here in summer so I am more of a spring and fall person. I hate the cold. I love the long sunny days heading into summer and then the relief from the heat as you head into winter. It never really gets cold here but the long winter nights make me feel miserable. I don't go in for many give aways but I really like the patterns in this give away.
    valspierssews@gmail.com

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  11. I already follow you on Bloglovin but have like you on facebook too now.

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  12. I am a Summer person who lives in Montana, the other cold place.....

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  13. I'm a summer person all the way. I love to garden and I don't like to be cold.

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  14. Actually I'm a Fall person.....love the days with no humidity and the falling leaves.

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  15. Living in Iowa, we get a good dose of all 4 seasons with dramatic changes in temperatures! I'm more of a summer person, but lean towards Spring being my favorite season.

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  16. I am a Bloglovin' follower of your blog!

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  17. I prefer summer, it's easier to get around. No winter coats and boots and no snow shovel.

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  18. I am a summer person. I drive a school bus and some times the country roads can get pretty treacherous with freezing rain and snow storms.

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  19. Maybe it's just today or maybe it is my Southern California roots, but I'm feeling more like a summer person.

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  20. I'm definitely a Summer girl! Even though I live in the South where we don't get snow, I don't like the cold. I love your blocks! I haven't started mine yet, but maybe in January I will be able to catch up.

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  21. I'm afraid I'm a summer person. I live in North Dakota, in the flattest part of the state. The big winter sport is snowmobiling, and I've never liked doing that. People here also live for hockey, and I hate hockey. I also have severe arthritis, which bothers me both winter and summer, but at least in the summer I don't have to worry about falling on the ice and getting hurt. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  22. I follow by email. cdahlgren at live dot com

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  23. I prefer the summer and the warmer weather.

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  24. I follow via Bloglovin. Happy Holidays!

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  25. I follow with Bloglovin. Merry Christmas!

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  26. I am an autumn person! Perfect weather for hiking and cycling.

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  27. Now that I have moved to Washington State, I'm a Summer person. It is gorgeous here! When I lived in Texas, the Summers were way, way too hot to enjoy, so I'm really glad I'm here! Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
    Beth

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  28. Summer is the best season for me. Mornings out in the garden, afternoons quilting. Light until 10 pm. In the winter I hibernate so that's a lot less freedom.

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  29. I'm a fifth season person (Quilting Season:) .
    I prefer winter, as it's usually mild here in the south east on the Atlantic so getting out to walk in nature is a must every day. Thank you Barb, I already adore the Sun Blossom tote.

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  30. I love the summer season best. Cold weather makes my bones ache!
    LOVE your blocks... the fabrics are so pretty!
    Susie

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  31. I am a summer person, my arthritis is a little better in the warmer weather. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

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  32. Summer summer summer I have a pool that I like to spend time in. love your blocks

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  33. Beautiful blocks , I have to catch up after the holidays . I am not a huge winter fan , the weather doesn't like my joints too much. It I do think it can be so beautiful after a snowfall .

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  34. I forgot to say I follow via email .

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  35. Love the winter weather with the fireplace going and sewing machine purring along. I follow on facebook.

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  36. Living in Florida, I am definitely a summer person!

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  37. I love winter so I can spend more time in my sewing room!

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  38. More of a winter person with a roaring fire and a sewing machine

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  39. I'm definitely a summer person. I love to read on the porch.

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  40. I love warm weather! Love all your work on the blocks. Thanks so much.

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  41. I'm a summer person! Love the beach!!!

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  42. I'm a winter person but since I live in southern AZ I have to adapt! Thank you for showing your lovely blocks. Great inspiration!

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  43. I love the summer...I am a gardener and a sun worshiper. Great times with friends and lots of BBq's what more could you ask for. Your blocks are lovely, nice choice of colors.

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  44. Haha, Barb - I have to giggle at your confession - it's not a mistake, it's a design opportunity! Plus, I really like the look of your block.

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  45. I'm a fall person, loving all the fall colors!

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  46. I am definitely a summer person. I love the beach. Living in PA, we are fortunate to live through hot and humid summers, cool springs, warm falls and ice-cold winters. Although I used to ski, I never really cared for it. But, like you, I did enjoy ice skating. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I really like your blocks. What will you do in the centers? Applique? Embroidery? Something else creative?

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  47. I am most definitely a summer person, I love walking in the woods in the summer and looking at the flowers and the birds. Plus I enjoy fishing in the summer. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I am a new follower via email. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I love either season because both are quilting seasons for me. I suppose winter gives me more time to quilt but summer gives me more inspiration to quilt as I walk outdoors and see what God has made to enjoy! I am also leaving my centers blank for the time being on my BOM as mine has a sunflower theme to it and not sure what I want to do yet to enhance that!

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  50. Your blocks are beautiful! I am more of a spring and fall person but I really like the fact that we have 4 distinct seasons where I live.

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  51. Love your four blocks. I am lucky to live where there are strong four seasons and can experience each one.

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  52. Barb your fabrics are gorgeous and I can't wait to see your finished quilt!

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  53. I have lived in all climates, but I am definitely a summer girl!

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  54. I follow your blog by email. Love the inspiration!

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