Friday, June 12, 2015

Meet A Quilter and a Give Away

Let's give a big whoop whoop welcome to Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict blog. I'm sure you've seen her Whoop Whoop and Hands2Help buttons. They're everywhere!! She's another busy, busy, quilter that shares a love of quilting for charity. That's how we first met.
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Hi, everyone! My name is Sarah Craig, and I blog over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Carol asked me to be part of her "Meet A Quilter" posts, and I'm so excited to be here!  It's always fun to meet new people and find out about what they like to do - so I'll start by telling you a bit about me and my blog!  Let's do it by the numbers....

1 - special husband who was my high school sweetheart!

2 - wonderful kids - my daughter and her husband!


3 - fabulous grandchildren - Lilli (7), Emmy (3), and Nathanael (also 3, but not a twin - he's adopted!)

5 - years I've been quilting and blogging.

10 - sewing machines - my Juki TL98Q that I use for all of my piecing, 3 vintage singers, 2 modern Singers, 1 hand-crank vintage machine, 1 Singer treadle, one Janome mini-machine for Lilli, and my wonderful long-arm, an Artistic 26 named Jolene!

11 - weeks since I finally got on Instagram after avoiding it forever!  
And I learned that that's where all the missing bloggers went!  
I reconnected with lots of bloggy friends that I thought had dropped off the face of the earth....
*You'll find me as @fabricaddictquilts on Instagram!

??? - number of quilts I've made since I started blogging......


I thought about trying to count up the number of quilts that I've made, but it just got too confusing - because not only do I quilt for my own pleasure, I quilt for our church's quilt ministry, Piece*Love*Quilt!  Literally hundreds of quilts have passed through my hands at one or another stage of their construction.  



Personally, I love modern quilts - bright colors, interesting simple patterns, and fun quilting.  But with the quilt ministry, I get to work on all kinds of quilts - traditional, modern, antique - you name it, we do it!  

Just a few of the quilts I've made for my kids and grandkids...

Each year at Christmas I make a quilt for each of my grandchildren.  I figure I've got a few more years before my daughter totally freaks out at the number of quilts at her house!  So far, I've made thirteen for all three kids, plus two for my daughter and one for my son-in-law.  But they all get lots of use and seem to be well-loved!  In fact, my granddaughter told me one year that the only thing she wanted from me for Christmas was a quilt!  High accolades...


I've found blogging very useful to keep myself focused and accountable.  On Mondays, I post my to-do list for the week, and review how well I finished the list from the week before.  It's a great way to stay on track!


On Fridays, I host "Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?" Fridays.  Anyone can link up their blogpost showing their accomplishments for the week - whatever is making them do a little happy dance!  It doesn't have to be a finish, just something the blogger is happy about.  No rules, no police.  Come join us!!


And once a year, beginning right after the first of the year, I host the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  Begun back in 2011, we just finished up the fifth year of the Challenge!  If you like to make quilts for charity, or if you'd like to start, this is a great way to do it.  We usually have two to three different charities to choose from, and the participants make quilts and send them to the charities.  There are all sorts of exciting things happening during the Challenge - this year we had a quilt-along and eight different guest bloggers sharing tutorials for simple charity quilts.  


Many participants come back year after year, and I've been told that many of them start their quilts for the next year right after the current year's Challenge ends!  The on-line quilting community being such a generous place, we've been blessed to be able to give out prizes for all the participants too!  Now, I know that's not the reason we make quilts for charity, but it is a nice way to be told "thank you"!  (The Challenge is how I met Carol in the first place - along with many other fabulous, generous quilt bloggers!)

I hope you'll stop by my blog to learn more about what makes me tick - I'm kind of quirky, with a weird sense of humor.  I believe that dust bunnies should be assigned "endangered species" status and treat mine accordingly.  I'm so glad that Outlander has been made into a television series, and secretly have a thing for men in kilts (ok, maybe not so secretly....)  


Thanks for having me over to share, Carol!!  It was fun!!
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♥THANK YOU♥ Sarah for visiting. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one with an "endangered species" living under the sofa. LOL. 

It's always fun to get to know another quilter better. Now, I challenge EACH OF YOU to pull out your scrappy bins and share some quilty love with the  Hands2Help Charity ....or one of your own choice. Imagine how AWESOME that would be!!!
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GIVE AWAY


If you need some more motivation...I'm giving away a stack of (37) 6" squares to help get your charity quilt stash going.


1. Leave a comment telling us what fun you're up to this summer.
2. Drawing will be on June 20th by random number 
3. Stack contains (37) 6" squares of Moda Marble, Dots, Swirls, Kona Solids, and Michael Miller TaDots


44 comments:

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

OK seems like you talked me into making a list. I too have those creatures on that list. Have a great week. L

Heather said...

This summer, there will be lots of quilting, travel, and family visiting. It will be a busy season, but I'm looking forward to it!

Jusmom1 said...

I'm working on a scrappy string charity quilt this summer. Thanks for the chance to win more scraps for my quilt!

Vicki H said...

I am looking forward to a visit with my mom this summer. My sister will be bringing her and I'm sure we will all have fun and of course do some kind of crafting.

delaineelliott said...

We are going to enjoy golfing and boating this summer. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Ellee said...

My main projects are a quilt for my brother, a quilt for my niece, and a quilt for my husband. Lots to keep me busy for sure. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Kathy S. said...

I mostly piece tops in the summer. I try to work on WIPS. Our son turned 8 yesterday. He keeps me busy with his gokart, waterparks, and rollercoasters. Thanks for the chance to win. LOVE Sarah Craig! I didn't participate in the H2H this year due to being so busy.

Andrea York said...

Working on finishing a couple of quilts and doing house projects.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Dody said...

I'm watching my grandchildren this summer. But not to worry we will be having lots of summer fun,swimming,and picnicking. And sneaking in some sewing time. Lol!

Allison CB said...

I am working on a healing quilt for an exhibit....right after I get back from Vegas!!!

Kathy Davis said...

The most fun I have this summer is playing with my 3 year old granddaughter. She loves being outside and also loves her little pool.
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Linda B said...

I will be doing a lot of DIY projects around the house....

Linda B said...

I will be doing a lot of DIY projects around the house....

Calicojoan said...

I'm trying to be better at finishing up projects. Trying is the key word. I keep getting tripped up with fun new patterns and stash busters, that I find. Other than that it's just work work work. The airport is a crazy place in the summers!

Anonymous said...

I just found an old sewing table and a singer 237 on the side of the road. It is quite different than my machine. So I am having some fun learning to use it. Let the projects begin!!!

determineddebby at gmail dot com

Linda said...

HELLO,what a neat giveaway>so pretty!
I'm working on a blue+cream throw as a gift for my daughter!
Thank You for a great giveaway!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

PK Sews said...

I'm going to be teaching my granddaughter how to quilt! Thanks for the great giveaway!

RoseAndCons said...

currently I am building chicken coops for our chickens! then after that it will be back to the mini quilt swaps that I'm in! and a quilt for myself for when I move out because I've been using the one my parents were given for their wedding (26 years ago) and they'll probably want to keep it..
I love that you make quilts every year for your grandchildren! I always say that there can never be too many quilts! My plan is to make one for each of my siblings eventually. I've finished 1 and started the second. only 6 more to go after that.
thanks for the giveaway!
roseharries_06@hotmail.com

mlhummy said...

I'm new to your blog and am enjoying looking around. :) My main sewing goal for this summer is to finish two lap quilts that are started and get another two done as well. They go to our local senior center. Gotta love those seniors!!

Anonymous said...

I am eager to begin making some charity quilts, but since I'm newish to quilting I want to practice on friends and myself first :) I am stockpiling remnants and scraps for future charity quilts. I worked at a pediatric hospital and saw how appreciated handmade quilts (and pillowcases) were when we gave them to patients- can't wait to help provide more! The fabric squares are perfect for some cheerful, sweet quilts! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

Katy M said...

I'm working on baby quilts this summer and looking forward to a few weekends away :) x

Lisa Marie said...

I will be sewing lots of quilts this summer that I will give as Christmas gifts. I plan to have a low key, relaxing summer.

sisylyn2 said...

would like to sew quilts
Nancy
gandn74@ymail.com

Michele T said...

I will be hand quilting my Dream Batik quilt for our master bedroom!! It is the biggest quilt that I have ever made and I have loved every bit while making it!

barbara woods said...

Spending time with my great grands

OhioLori said...

Oooooh so cool to know I am not the only one with "endangered species" round my house too!! Whew! giggle...

This summer I am going to be sewing as often as I can...main project is watching our newest Granbaby while his parents are working! Adorable!! This Gma is spoiled already! lol

Am also teaching our 8 yr old Grangirlie to sew this year too! Having so much fun!

jmniffer said...

This summer my son is getting married and I am getting my house ready to put up for sale. When I find time to sew I am working on quilt that will be a wedding gift.

GranChris said...

I'm cleaning the closet of UFO quilts this summer and then they will go into the stack to be quilted.

Michiel said...

I just finished my big fun this summer. Went to Tennessee, hiked in the Smokies, and actually visited Sarah at her ministry! She is an amazing lady!

Lee said...

I am working on two quilts for my twin sisters!

Her Indoors said...

We don't have any big plans for the summer. We just want to enjoy some peace and quiet as our last two summers were very busy. I sew for charity so your prize pack would be very much appreciated here.

Claire Sutherland said...

We have had our summer holiday but I have a big birthday coming up so that should be fun!! Or not!!
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Emily C said...

We are enjoying a stay cation and having fun discovering all the summer events in our area. The art galleries, arboretums and the aviaries are all open for the summer, with scheduled events. As are the farmer's markets (3 of them!) and the local flea market.

Anonymous said...

I have enough split 9-patch squares sewn to make a charity quilt. I'm going to sew the blocks into a quilt this summer.

wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

Janarama said...

I'm spending as much time as possible doing outdoor activities like walking and biking.

Jannette said...

My hubby works on a farm, so no summer holidays for us - so, I make quilts (just did 2 for the H2H challenge) and knitted / crocheted afghans for a charity. I also have a garden - I do some canning for my family. I also (with the help of 2 sisters) "look after" my dad, who's in assisted living (he has dementia) - we go out a few afternoons a week. Finally, we're grandparents as of Jan. 26th, so I imagine there will be some visits to and from my favourite grandson!

Jen Barnard said...

I don't have any plans for the summer, but I'm determined to make a start on a lone star quilt.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Kathy E. said...

Making a quilt to give someone in need is just the best feeling. Sewing is always a gift of love anyway...putting love into every stitch. This summer, we are driving our Jeep to Colorado to do some off-roading and enjoy the mountains!

Sarah@123quilt said...

I'll be doing lots of traveling this summer (and I'll try to fit some quilting in there somewhere)! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth Maitland said...

Fun meeting this quilter! My summer fun is getting to know my new long arm machine!! (moved up from a mid arm and am in quilty heaven) Am spending the heat of the summer days working on my own charity comfort quilts for kids for a local women and children shelter. Thanks for hosting this giveaway to continue the giving. quilters are the most generous people!!! ;)

Frederique said...

Beautiful fabrics! This summer, I'm up to finish (yes, i'm optimistic) my WIP, a small quilt!

Fred QPA said...

I will travel to Canarias Islands, need som sun!
Those fabrics are beautiful!!

Havplenty said...

I am traveling so much for work, I have started my "fun" cycle yet but my siblings, nieces & nephews and I are taking a family vacation to Branson MO this next month. right on Table rock lake. I am so looking forward to riding the go kart tracks. And of course visiting the sights in Branson.

tushaythreeatyahoodotcom

Kim White said...

I love to Charity quilt. It's why I am on these sites to win fabric for my quilts.