Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 3 Recap and Giveaway

Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 3 Recap and Giveaway

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11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

Well, I don't know about you but my gifts to-make list just got a whole lot longer after seeing all these beautiful sewing ideas made by the Bountiful Holiday blog tour designers. 

It's been another incredible week here on the tour and also our final week. If you missed any of the blogger's posts, here's a review of what they made.

 Bountiful Shine Pillow and photo by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Bountiful Shine Pillow and photo by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Monday my good friend and sister Art Gallery Fabrics designer Maureen Cracknell started out our final week with four must-make projects. Maureen is well known for her quilt-as-you-go technique and she used this same concept to get two different looks. This stunning Bountiful Shine pillow is so cool the way the prints and colors are arranged in a radiating design. 

 Bountiful zipper pouches and photo by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Bountiful zipper pouches and photo by Maureen Cracknell Handmade

From left over fabric from making pillows, Maureen was able to make these pretty and oh, so useful zipper pouches! I can think of a million uses for zip pouches, can't you?!?! Read all about these makes on Maureen's blog post

 Bountiful coasters and photo by Anjeanette Klinder

Bountiful coasters and photo by Anjeanette Klinder

Good things come in small packages couldn't be truer with Anjeanette Klinder's Bountiful Holiday make posted on Tuesday. These beautifully detailed coasters are amazing! Each coaster is exquisite. Anjeanette gives a step-by-step tutorial on her blog for making these hexagon coasters. You know, I just had a thought of how cool these coasters would be with my placemat project from last week, hmmmm, the gift ideas keep coming! Find out how to make these coasters on Anjeanette's blog and stitch a bunch up!

 Blushing Bunny and photo by Alexis Wright

Blushing Bunny and photo by Alexis Wright

Wednesday brought on the cuteness! My sweet friend Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio is going to make her niece one happy little girl this Christmas when she receives this stuffed bunny. Alexis is an extremely talented garment sewer and makes most all of my clothing samples for Market. She is also a wonderful photographer and blows me away with everything she does. This bunny pattern is called Blushing Bunny by Violette Field Threads and is perfect in everyway. The Perennial Renewal and Plain Weave Thatch prints from my Bountiful collection could be more perfect for this adorable rabbit. See more about this make and tote bag on Alexis's blog.

 Crazy Chicken Runner and photo by The Simple Life Company

Crazy Chicken Runner and photo by The Simple Life Company

Last but not least is the Crazy Chicken Table Runner by Katie Skoog of Simple Life Company finished out our tour on Thursday. Katie is a garment designer and owner of the Simple Life Company. She's an all round talent when it comes to sewing and quilting is no exception. Katie designed this appliqué runner just for this tour and is also offering the project as a free download from her site. I love how Katie incorporated so many of my Bountiful prints and used the Tracery print from my Tapestry collection for the boarder. This runner will be perfect all year and cheer up any kitchen. Find out more about this fantastic pattern on The Simple Life Company.

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The Giveaway is now CLOSED

Congratulations, to Susan Spiers!

With every great tour there should be a giveaway, right? I've teamed up with The Fat Quarter Shop to offer you a chance to win a 10-piece Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle. 

Enter to Win

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)

2. My followers get a second entry! If you follow via subscribing to my posts, on Instagram, just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry) Note: I'm no longer on Facebook.

3. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Spread the word about the giveaway on YOUR instagram, facebook, tweet, pin, blog post, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 3 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, November 20th! The winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at 4pm EST at the bottom of this post, here on the blog.

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

See also my Instagram feed for a second chance to enter this giveaway. Simply repost your favorite tour makes to your public IG account and use the hashtag #bountifulholidayblogtour to automatically enter your name into a drawing for the 10-pc Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop. The random drawing on Instagram will also be selected on Monday, November 20th at 4pm Eastern time. 

xxxx Sharon

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Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 2 Recap

Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 2 Recap

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It's been a fun packed second week on the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour and an honor to have these talented designers working with my prints. I hope you're getting lots of sewing ideas for the upcoming holiday season!?!? 

 Stepping Stones quilt and photo by Blair Stocker / Wise Craft Handmade.

Stepping Stones quilt and photo by Blair Stocker / Wise Craft Handmade.

 Let's get right into the recap, starting with Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade on Monday. I'm in love with everything Blair does because her sense of pattern play and quilt style speak to my soul. I have both of her beautiful books, Wise Craft and Wise Craft Quilts and want to make every project in them! Blair used her stand alone Stepping Stones quilt pattern and made a mini quilt with Bountiful fabrics. I love the shadow play of lights and darks and how this design can take on different looks the longer you explore it. Read more about Blair's Bountiful make and more about her on her blog.

 Weave quilt and photo by Silvia Sutter / A Stranger View

Weave quilt and photo by Silvia Sutter / A Stranger View

On Tuesday, the incredibly talented Silvia Sutters of A Stranger View blew all of us away with her Weave quilt of select Bountiful prints and Art Gallery Fabrics coordinating Pure Element solids. Here's another designer that I admire and love everything she stitches. Silvia tells you exactly how she made this quilt in her tour blog post which you must visit just to see all the beautiful photos she took of this quilt--wow. I'm also crazy for the quilting Silvia did on this quilt!

 Kitchen Set and photo by Peta Peace / She Quilts A Lot

Kitchen Set and photo by Peta Peace / She Quilts A Lot

This beautiful kitchen set trio was designed and made by Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot. Peta is a highly accomplished and talented designer who also has her own book A Piece of Cake that's absolutely delicious with great quilty projects. Peta's kitchen set project is so lovely in her limited palette of Bountiful prints. Don't you adore the fussy cut farm scene on the towel--perfection! Best thing is Peta has made a free PDF download pattern for this project! If you could bare to part with the set it sure would be a wonderful hostess gift for holiday party going. Read more about this on Peta's Bountiful blog post.

 Gather Round placemats and photo by Sharon Holland / Sharon Holland Designs

Gather Round placemats and photo by Sharon Holland / Sharon Holland Designs

I couldn't let everyone have all the fun so I took a day on this blog tour to share a new free pattern. Thursday I blogged about my Gather Round placemats. This project is a free PDF download and they go together really quick. The hexagon shape looks great on any size table and the instructions are given for making 6 placemats. Read more about this project on my post and see how they are also reversible!

 Knit dress and photo by Heather Andrus / Quilt Story

Knit dress and photo by Heather Andrus / Quilt Story

Friday ended our second week of the tour with Heather Andrus of Quilt Story. Heather stitched with Bountiful Vine Umbra print knit dress for her youngest girl. I adore this color on her and wouldn't this dress be perfect nearly year round? AGF knits are thick and buttery soft and good for all sorts of sewing besides garments. I still want to try making a knit quilt one of these days with simple squares. Read more about Heather's make and how flirty fun this dress is on her adorable girl--I love it!

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We still have one more week of great holiday sewing projects to come. Monday will my bestie and sister AGF designer Maureen Cracknell. Maureen's been sewing up a storm and I cannot wait for you to see it!

Here's the entire Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour lineup. 

 

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

 

If you're an Instagram user and follow my IG feed, I'll have daily postings and links to the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers and their projects and it will also be easy to follow along by searching the hashtag #BountifulHolidayBlogTour. I hope to see you following along on that platform as well as visiting and getting to know these amazing blog tour Makers. 

There will a giveaway at the end of the blog tour. My generous sponsor for this tour is the Fat Quarter Shop and they're giving away a 10-pc Bountiful Harvest colorway fat quarter bundle. On November 17th, 2017 I'll post the final weekly recap post along with all the details on how to enter into the Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle giveaway. You'll have a chance to enter right here on the blog (on the that final post, so be watching for that) and also on Instagram.

Every time you share a tour image along with the #BountifulHolidayBlogTour hashtag, to your public Instagram account, you'll automatically have your name put into the hashtag pool and automatically be entered into the drawing. So share and repost those Instagram images by the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers often and use that hashtag (hint, hint)!

A blog winner and an IG winner will be drawn on Monday November 20th. All this information will be given again at the end of the tour but thought you'd like a head's up :)

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Gather Round - Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour

Gather Round - Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour

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Today's my stop on the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour and I'm excited to share the new Gather Round free pattern with you!

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Every year, Thanksgiving comes around and I wish I'd thought ahead to organized a holiday sewing blog tour. Well, this year I was on the ball and planned way ahead. In fact, this tour has been in the making since my spring Bountiful tour! Some of the makers on that spring tour are also taking part in our holiday tour with the addition of some new bloggers as well. It's been a spectacular tour so far and I love the variety of projects geared toward gift giving, decorating your home for the holidays, or fast and fun sewing projects for any time of the year.

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For my tour post and new free project, I selected Bountiful prints from both the Plant and Harvest color ways that create a winter Christmas feeling. For this project you will need fat quarters of 4 light and 4 dark prints, 1-1/2 yards backing, and (6) 18'' squares of Hobbs Thermore batting (affiliate link). The full material list with fabric sku numbers are listed on the PDF instructions.

I used 8 different prints in my placemats and mixed and matched for 6 different combination placemats. If you'd prefer a more unified look to your mats simply reduce the number of fabrics and up the yardage on each print so the total yardage is still the same. For example: To make 6 placemats you will need a total of 1 yard light print and 1 yard dark print. The backing and batting remain the same for 6 mats.

Download my free Gather Round pattern from my Free Patterns page. You'll find 24 free patterns there which are also great gift ideas for everyone on your sewing list.

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I must confess that the last few years I've not decorated for Christmas--life has just been too busy. The extent of my decorating is displaying the Christmas cards I receive from friends and family and switching out the quilted table runner from my fall runner to a more wintery looking runner. For me, I prefer to spend my time with my kids and cooking. 

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When I was thinking up what sort of project I wanted to share with you for my tour I wanted to make sure it would do not only double-duty for me, but for you as well. By making placemats, not only did I get a new look for my holiday table this year but we all get to enjoy a very useful (and quilty) project.

I like a round placemat because you can fit a lot of people around a table and not have mats edges overlapping. My Gather Round mat isn't round but is such a fun shape without messing with curves. Simple half-square triangles (HSTs) and a pillow case turned edge make these really fast to put together. I used a wonderful product from Hobbs Batting for the batting. It's called Thermore (affiliate link) and is perfect for placemats in many ways. The ultra-thin polyester fiber is not bulky at the seams and dishes won't rock or wobble. Because I turned the layers rather than bound the edges, it was nice not to have extra bulk at the seam and there's no need to clip the corners on this project when using this batting. Quilting can be 6-8 inches apart and the batting will still hold up in the laundry. It's very easy to quilt through by machine or by hand. This product would be great for T-shirt quilts, bags, clothing, and of course quilts like baby quilts that get a lot of use and laundering. 

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I decide to use my Perennial Renewal print from my Bountiful fabrics for the backing on all 6 mats. Now my placemats have a whole new (second) table setting option. I love how my vintage dishes look in this clean farmhouse table setting. I'm going to get a lot of use out of these next month!

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I chose to do minimal quilting on my mats. My top thread is the beautiful Aurifil 2887 green in a 28-weight thread so it really shows up on the front of the mat. I used a 50-weight 2021 white Aurifil thread in my bobbin to give the top stitch a little more definition between stitches and the white thread will blend in with the backing for a cleaner finished, whole-cloth look to the back of the mats.

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I had a lot of fun photographing these mats and now have a strong desire to do some holiday decorating! 

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I can't wait till my kids get home for the holidays and we can gather around our table (which is getting too small these days for the growing family) and share laughs, food, and time together. 

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Thank you for visiting my blog and all the love and support you've shown me (and my fabrics) this past year. I hope you're enjoying the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour and pay visit to all the talented designers that have already shared their projects and the rest that will follow me. Peta Peace of She Quilts A Lot shared a fabulous free pattern yesterday to make a beautiful kitchen towel, mitt, and hot pad set that would be so difficult to give away so plan on making two sets! Friday Heather Andrus of Quilt Story will be hosting the tour and she's stitched up a must make for a little girl on your holiday sewing list. 

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

If you're an Instagram user and follow my IG feed, I'll have daily postings and links to the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers and their projects and it will also be easy to follow along by searching the hashtag #BountifulHolidayBlogTour. I hope to see you following along on that platform as well as visiting and getting to know these amazing blog tour Makers. 

There will a giveaway at the end of the blog tour. My generous sponsor for this tour is the Fat Quarter Shop and they're giving away a 10-pc Bountiful Harvest colorway fat quarter bundle. On November 17th, 2017 I'll post the final weekly recap post along with all the details on how to enter into the Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle giveaway. You'll have a chance to enter right here on the blog (on the that final post, so be watching for that) and also on Instagram.

Every time you share a tour image along with the #BountifulHolidayBlogTour hashtag, to your public Instagram account, you'll automatically have your name put into the hashtag pool and automatically be entered into the drawing. So share and repost those Instagram images by the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers often and use that hashtag (hint, hint)!

A blog winner and an IG winner will be drawn on Monday November 20th. All this information will be given again at the end of the tour but thought you'd like a head's up :)

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For more Bountiful fabrics project inspiration, check out the Art Gallery Fabrics virtual Look Book!

Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 1 Recap

Bountiful Holiday Tour Week 1 Recap

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The Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour is underway and even though this first week has only been three days, it's not been short on stunning projects!

Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic started out the tour on Wednesday, November 1st. Mathew is a sewist extraordinaire and everything he stitches is pure magic! If you have a special someone in your life, how about making a handmade garment for them? This Bountiful Grazing print in Brindle makes to coolest shirt. The gun metal snaps and great fit makes this shirt boutique chic. Visit Mathew's blog post for pattern information as well as all the other goodies and tutorials Mister Domestic has up his sleeve. 

 Photo courtesy of Mister Domestic

Photo courtesy of Mister Domestic

 Photo courtesy of Mister Domestic

Photo courtesy of Mister Domestic

Day two, Thursday November, 2nd is hosted by the lovely AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. AnneMarie is known for her innovative hoop quilts and I was so excited to learn she was planning to make one for my blog tour. 

 Photo courtesy of Gen X Quilters

Photo courtesy of Gen X Quilters

Everything I love is in AnneMarie's Bountiful Holiday hoop quilt. The basket block, hand stitching, embroidery, and the prints she chose for this project all speak to me. This is beautifully drafted and so darn pretty! Wouldn't this be the wonderful gift to receive, I think you should plan to make at least two because it will be hard to give away!

If you've not had the chance to visit AnneMarie's blog you really must. She has tutorials, a block library, block of the month clubs, and so much more!

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Photo courtesy of Gen X Quilters

November 3rd finishes out Week 1 with Brooke Sellmann of Silly Mama Quilts. I first met Brooke at spring Quilt Market in St. Louis. Her energy and passion for quilting was so evident and I liked her right away. 

Brooke designed a table centerpiece for the Bountiful Holiday blog tour. The offset, radiating quilting design was such a great way to break up the grid of squares and rectangles. Brooke made great use of the fabrics I sent her for the tour and this would make a cheery table topper and a quick-make home decor project for your holiday table.

 Photo courtesty of Silly Mama Quilts

Photo courtesty of Silly Mama Quilts

There's more to come on the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour as eleven super talented designers and myself will be blogging about fast and fun projects you can stitch for the family, decorating for the holidays, and gift giving ideas. I'm so excited to see what next week's bloggers will make. Here's the list of names and dates so you can follow along:

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic

11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters

11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts

11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade

11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View

11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot

11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs

11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story

11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade

11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek

11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio

11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

If you're an Instagram user and follow my IG feed, I'll have daily postings and links to the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers and their projects and it will also be easy to follow along by searching the hashtag #BountifulHolidayBlogTour. I hope to see you following along on that platform as well as visiting and getting to know these amazing blog tour Makers. 

There will a giveaway at the end of the blog tour. My generous sponsor for this tour is the Fat Quarter Shop and they're giving away a 10-pc Bountiful Harvest colorway fat quarter bundle. On November 17th, 2017 I'll post the final weekly recap post along with all the details on how to enter into the Bountiful Harvest fat quarter bundle giveaway. You'll have a chance to enter right here on the blog (on the that final post, so be watching for that) and also on Instagram.

Every time you share a tour image along with the #BountifulHolidayBlogTour hashtag, to your public Instagram account, you'll automatically have your name put into the hashtag pool and automatically be entered into the drawing. So share and repost those Instagram images by the Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour Makers often and use that hashtag (hint, hint)!

A blog winner and an IG winner will be drawn on Monday November 20th. All this information will be given again at the end of the tour but thought you'd like a head's up :)

 Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop

Photo courtesy of Fat Quarter Shop