Happy Memorial Day and a giveaway!

Happy Memorial Day, friends. Who’s sewing or up to anything else fun?

Yesterday I sewed–all day–and it was great.


Kona play_Carolyn Friedlander


I had some fun with konas. I’ve had this idea in my mind since getting back from Market, and so I played around with that.

Today might be less eventful in terms of sewing, but I’m optimistic that I can squeeze a little bit of something in later. First, I should try to get on top of some stuff before I head out to NYC in a few days. (Should being the key word here…)


But, I did want to mention a couple of fun things:

+ HUGE thanks to all the awesome local folks for meeting up with me at Bok Tower on Saturday. It was such a treat to connect with you guys! We have a wealth of creativity here in central Florida, and we should definitely get together more often. Who’s with me?

+ Next, I’m headed out to NYC this week and busily prepping for my workshop and book signing at Purl. (Can’t wait!) If you are interested in the class, there might still be spots available, and if you’re in town definitely make sure to come by for my book signing after the class ends at 5:00pm. I’d love to see you, and my book won’t otherwise be available until July.

+ The summer Road Trip Pattern Club early bird special ends today, so if you want to get in early, jump on it.

+ Last, I’ve got a designer bundle of some of my favorite solids up for sale at Pink Chalk. They’re celebrating their 6th birthday with lots of fun stuff. (Happy Birthday Pink Chalk!) I love Pink Chalk and was thrilled to be able to put together this set. It’s got so many of my favorite konas.


Pink Chalk is also being super generous and letting me give away a bundle here on my blog…so, to enter, leave a comment on this post about what sorts of fun summer sewing plans you’ve got up your sleeves. Comment until midnight Wednesday (May 28), and I’ll announce the winner Thursday (May 29).





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200 Responses to Happy Memorial Day and a giveaway!

  1. Sarah laws May 26, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    So pretty!! I am sewing flying geese all summer!!

  2. Aunt Marti May 26, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Since I’m planning a big road trip to Idaho, I’m thinking the Road Trip QAL is my plan for the summer!

  3. Melissa May 26, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    well I’m hoping to start a drunkards path quilt & I’m taking your workshop in August! summer fun!

  4. Anna May 26, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Summer sewing plans are recreating a favorite heirloom quilt of mine that is falling apart.

  5. Amy S. May 26, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    The most exciting summer sewing plans include You, two of my favorite people who are very quilty,the Olive pattern, and a road trip to Greensboro, NC this August. We are so very excited to learn from you!

  6. Karen May 26, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I’m learning to free motion quilt and have lots of tops ready for practice!

  7. Tracy May 26, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    This summer is the time to finish the paper-piecing WIP on my design wall – finally!

  8. Melissa Quinn May 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Really want to make some fun summer skirts with built in bloomers for my girls.

  9. naomi seabrooke May 26, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    I am new to the quilting community and my plans this summer are to sew my very first quilt. I am trying to build my stash and these would help a lot!!! Happy Memorial Day

    • Nancy rector May 26, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      I’m working on my summer moderninstabee blocks and would love some solids to add to the mix!

  10. Pim May 26, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    My goal this summer is to tackle my very first quilt! I really want to quilt it by hand.

  11. Cindy Sitrick May 26, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    I am making my first hexi quilt! Becoming addicted to the hexis!! I love the rhythm of hand stitching, so relaxing!!

  12. Allison C May 26, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I plan on finishing my single girl quilt, making seat cushions for the dinning room chairs/bench, and making a seat cushion for my son’s toy chest/bench

  13. Jana May 26, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    I can’t decide! There are so many things I want to make, I can never make them all. I’d love to make a jumpsuit, I need a rain jacket, shorts and some casual summer tops, and I’ve designed a quilt that I’d really like to make as well once I can afford the fabrics for it. Since I want to make it from solids only, it would be awesome if I won your bundle! Thanks for the chance! (:

  14. Elinor May 26, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I’ve got a huge deadline at the end of June and won’t have time to sew before then but after that all I’m going to do is sew ALL the things!

  15. Becky Greene May 26, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    I am planning to make an all voile quilt this summer – it will probably be done just in time for winter 😉 love your color choices – thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Jenni May 26, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Yes! We all need to get together again and soon. It was so great meeting you and everyone that came out. Your work was so inspiring!

  17. Brenna May 26, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    I am looking forward to the Heathrow Ross release!

    Thx for the awesome giveaway!

  18. cynthia May 26, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I’m going to finish a few UFOs! Nothing new until the fall (maybe)!

  19. jill gm May 26, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    lovely bundle! I see lots of opportunities for mixing and matching. I’m going to be moving next month, so I’m sure that there will be plenty of ‘practical’ sewing projects in my future as well as continuing on several quilty endeavors.

  20. Beata May 26, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Love these solids and pink chalk fabrics!

  21. Rose May 26, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I’m going to finish my first quilt and start my second!

  22. Paula May 26, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    That looks like a really fun project you’re working on, I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes. My summer will hopefully involve lots of good weather, outdoors time and plenty of portable EPP. I’m working on a series of EPP butterflies in Liberty lawns for a quilt and I would love to get them finished over the summer. Should it rain I’ve got a few quilt tops to be basted, wuilted and finished off and a headful of quilt ideas to try out. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  23. Christine Sherman May 26, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I have many quilts to catch up on!

  24. Kristen W May 26, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Ill be sewing at sew ok with you! Can’t wait for you to teach us 🙂 also planning some sewing for friends.

  25. Kim May 26, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I’m headed to camp stitchalot in a couple of weeks. I’m trying to decide which projects to take. But one is sewing for the shirt block swap using your shirt block pattern. Love it!

  26. Samantha Ewers May 26, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    That is a lovely bundle of fabric. I have a jaybird bom I am working on and then I am hoping to tackle some curves.

  27. Melissa May 26, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    I plan to work on an English paper piecing project outside in my hammock 🙂

  28. Stacie May 26, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    What beautiful colors! I am sewing a quilt that I dream about 🙂

  29. Jacy May 26, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    This summer I’m planning to make quilts for each of my four sons!

  30. Penny R May 26, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    This summer I plan on finishing my current project (orange&grey triangle quilt) , a granddaughter quilt, and working on Christmas gifts (quilted casserole carriers and pillow cases for a start).

  31. Jo May 26, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Just finished my first baby quilt, Animal Ceackers, which hangs in my 6 week old granddaughters room. Want to make a playful quilt for miss Emma to play on. Also want to make my first travel bag, looking a patterns. So many options!! Would love to win this!

  32. Jenna Valoe May 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Sewing up a handful of baby quilts for close friends, small wall hangings and hopefully a few summer garments too!

  33. Terry D May 26, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’m trying to get my Gypsy Wife quilt top done by fall, so I can sit in the evenings and hand quilt it during fall and winter. Yay!

  34. Robin w May 26, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Working on a 4th of July quilt for my mom’s birthday and a T-shirt quilt for son’s graduation. But today, I am celebrating my birthday! Wouldn’t winning this make an awesome birthday gift?

  35. Emily May 26, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I loved meeting you and all the other Central FL people on Saturday! I sewed all day Sunday and am looking forward to a summer of sewing projects! Have fun in NY!

  36. Afton May 26, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Ooooh! Those would look great with all the Botanics and Architextures I couldn’t resist collecting.

  37. Jodi May 26, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    This is just the stack of solids I need! I have a beautiful bundle of Liberty prints from Pink Chalk that I have paired with some of you architetures prints. However, some solids mixed in would totally complete it. I’ll post a photo later today on Instagram and tag you so you can see how amazing your fabrics work with Liberty ones!

  38. Lynnsey May 26, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I love this bundle! I hope to finish a stack of WIPs and finish piecing my Steam Punk quilt. Thank you for the opportunity!

  39. cindy oneal May 26, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    a picnic quilt using watermelon colors and a log cabin block. Cindy

  40. Bee May 26, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Looking forward to making a baby quilt for some friends this summer. 🙂

  41. Elizabeth May 26, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    My summer sewing is going to consist of some small projects that I can clean up easily. My sewing room will be packed and moved sometime so I don’t want to be in the middle of a huge project. Hexis, minis, and a few bags are on my list.

  42. Anne May 26, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    A whole closet full of summer dresses for me, and my three girls!

  43. Elaine watson May 26, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Making a baby quilt for my 2nd grandchild! Yay! This time it’s a boy, coming in September. I can’t wait!

  44. Heidi May 26, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    This summer I plan to finish my queen size Heather Ross economy block quilt. I also want to stitch up a liberty lawn version of Elizabeth Hartmans falling leaves quilt. I love the solids in your bundle and think they would look great in a quilt for my teenager!

  45. mary May 26, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Summer – sewing retreat next weekend, (attempting) to finish some UFOs, doing a 2nd round of ice cube dying fabric, and planning some field trips to fabric shops across the Sound.

  46. Ann Yale May 26, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    My summer starts in a few weeks, then I’m off to an Art Teachers retreat in Tennessee-solo. A new career calls for new experiences! I’d love to play with those konas!

  47. Callie May 26, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    This summer I am planning on sewing a queen sized quilt for my best friend’s wedding and finishing one I have started for my parent’s anniversary. I am trying to learn some new techniques and am looking forward to learning as much as I can!

  48. Kristen B May 26, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I’m planning on making some D ring belts, tote bags, and zipper pouches.

  49. Maria May 26, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    My summer quilting plans include trying to finish some of my old projects. I have two quilts that are almost done, and some baby quilts I am making for my nephews in California.

  50. Maria May 26, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Always big summer sewing plans. Some of this year’s goals include a couple of grainline studios patterns to amplify my wardrobe (archer & the pending shirt dress pattern alder), a beachy throw quilt, and progress on my aerial quilt started at sewdown Nashville!

  51. Jess @ Quilty Habit May 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    I’d like to make an all-voile quilt this summer. Thanks for the chance!

  52. Brigit May 26, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Love your selections–includes several of my favorites! I just received my botanicals pattern so am planning some slow sewing for the summer; a wall hanging and a sham are first on my list!

  53. Michelle K. May 26, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I plan on finishing the Tokyo Subway Quilt and make a sew together bag

  54. Pam Raby May 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    A sewing retreat, some classes and lots of quilt making is in store for me this summer. Botanics is my favorite fabric collection *ever* and I love the solids you’ve selected. Thank you!

  55. Anne Ahrenst May 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    I would love to make my first quilt with flying geese of These Lovely fabrics

  56. mamaraby May 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m working on some UFOs and a new purse this summer. :0)

  57. Amanda May 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Nothing in particular. Hopefully just more time than usual for sewing!

  58. Rachel May 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Wedding gifts for friends.

  59. Tiffany May 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    Those are beautiful! I have such a soft spot for solids. I’m finishing up my daughter’s quilt, then my goal is to move on to sewing a few things for myself (finally making some clothes instead of pillows – eek!). … and definitely count me in for the next local meet-up!

  60. Arwen May 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    My summer sewing plans are to buy a sewing machine and start quilting! A beautiful bundle giveaway will certainly help with those plans!

  61. Gina May 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Summer gets pretty bust with gardening at my house. But I think some handwork like your park pattern might be achievable for evenings on the patio! I have to learn needle turn appliqué first but it is my summer goal. Lovely solids btw!

  62. Katrina May 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    I have a couple of baby quilts and curtains for my son’s room on my list of summer to dos.

  63. Jessica May 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I love the bundle you put together! I’ve got several new quilts on my summer list, as well as one of Elizabeth Hartman’s quilted totes. Thanks!

  64. Leah corbin May 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m sewing a quilt for my sister this summer. Going to tackle curves for the first time!

  65. Kristin May 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I’m planning on stitching up a tote and a road trip case for our trip to the beach at the end of the summer, but it’s really hard to find time to sew with a two year old and a newborn!

  66. Kathyryn May 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    It was so great meeting you on Saturday, your quilts were stunning! I think a book party for the locals would be fantastic!! I want to be first in line for a signed copy.

  67. Mara May 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    Sounds like you have a fun and busy week planned, I will be doing lots of embroidery projects outside while the kids play.

  68. Barbara Lasky May 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    This summer I am trying to finish a few very aged WIPs and working on a snowball quilt to use up the vast quantities of blue fabric in my stash. Incidentally I have only recently become acquainted with Pink Chalk Fabrics and love their prices and customer service.

  69. Virginia May 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    It’s coming into winter here, but I have plans to make my daughter’s summer wardrobe for next year!

  70. Sarah May 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I’ve got two things I want/need to finish this summer, a quilt for my 7 yr old (its been on my list for 2 years!) and a Retro Flowers quilt in lovely Liberty Tana Lawns. I’d also like to start a hand sewing project to take away on holiday in July.
    Great giveaway, thank you! x

  71. Barb farmer May 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I have 2 nieces graduating, so in overdrive to get a couple of quilts done by end of June. Then need a break!

  72. Gill May 26, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve got two baby quilts to make!

  73. Stephanie May 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    My summer sewing consists probably of new dresses for myself, hopefully a dress or 2 for my daughter as well as shorts for her. I’ve also been working on some sewing patterns, so it’d be great to get those going and completed!

  74. Ella May 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m working on UFOs, finishing a belated Mother’s Day present, and working on a Gypsy Wife!

  75. Michelle Olsen May 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m excited to go on the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop!

  76. Lisa Burger May 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Going to sew new swimsuits! Would love to win

  77. Liz rehrauer May 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I do pillows and finish up winter projects. I live in the Midwest and do lots of outdoor stuff, but I have quick projects for rainy or too-hot days.

  78. Ara Jane Olufson May 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    after i finish up a few sewing obligations i hope to sew either a weekender or a cargo duffel bag for me!

  79. sam May 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    I have a whole lot of sewing to do. some clothes for my girls and I and a quilt for my local quilt exhibition!

  80. Delaine May 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    This summer I am sewing 2 flannel rag quilts to give as Christmas gifts. Thanks for the awesome give away!

  81. jessica durham May 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Rushing to finish a quilt for my cousin before I see her at the beach in June!

  82. hannlib May 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m working on an aviatrix medallion using your botanics fabric!! That will see me well into summer I’m sure.

  83. Samantha Lindgren May 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I’m finding hand stitching incredibly soothing, and inspiring. Something about slowing down with my fabrics and really looking at them…. Seeing hexagons and appliqué in my Summer roster….

  84. Erin May 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    I hope to finish a quilt for my baby – she snuck out two months early & so I’ve got some catching up to do! It’s mostly green rectangles, and I’m going to quilt it to look like farm fields, with some of the fields having alien crop circles.

  85. Hayley May 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Oh I am sewing up some back to work gear – tops, laptop sleeve, tote… If I can get it al done!

  86. Becky May 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    I am working on a quilt, and hopefully some summer tops!

  87. Rachel May 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Winter just started downunder, I have loads of sewing projects on the go. First up is an improv quilted aeroplane bag. Your solids bundle looks so good!

  88. Sarah @ Stitching and Bacon May 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I am planning on finishing the epic tangelo quilt. Only three rows left!

  89. erin May 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    fun summer sewing plans? it’s book, book, book here!

  90. Becky May 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    This summer I want to sew a few turban style headwear and bags to match.

  91. rosa May 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Sevearl projects on going but my goal is sew several Dear Jane blocks and to begin sewing the rows!

  92. Crystal May 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

    I just got a new storage system for my sewing room I can’t wait to put up!

  93. John Hutchens May 26, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    My summer sewing plans include making new patio decorative pillows and starting on a christmas quilt for my sister

  94. Dawn May 26, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    I’d like to make a modern quilt using the Downton Abbey fabric collection. Either that or a British themed quilt.

  95. Lisa Marie May 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I plan to finish sewing many Christmas gifts this summer. Plus a couple baby quilts. And a bunch of scrappy potholders to pass out to all the members of my extended family at our big July 4th picnic. I may even make something for myself this summer!

  96. Debbie Yeager May 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I have several projects in progress. But my next one is a wall hanging for my sewing room!

  97. Liz May 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    I’ll be doing lots of EPP this summer, which I love!

  98. Lee May 26, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    I’ve been plotting an all solids patchwork quilt and these would be perfect!!

  99. Laura B May 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Lots of reading at the beach, and quilting on rainy days.

  100. betz May 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Yum, I love that color stack! I’ve been playing around with some prints in the same palette. I’d love to combine them somehow!

  101. marg May 26, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    such lovely colours, i’m trying to get everything finished but a new solid quilt would be fun

  102. Rachel Booth May 26, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m working on a bunch of baby quilts and tshirt quilts!

  103. Joy James May 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Working on a bee quilt with cool elephants!

  104. Sheila Stauffer May 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm #

    I just bought a mid arm quilter and have a blue plastic bin of unquilted tops. I am looking forward to getting some of those completed. I also want to try my hand at more modern quilts. I love traditional, but have been picking up brighter prints and solids and admire blog such as yours and take inspiration from you so keep up the great work and thank you.

  105. Lori Morton May 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Loooove the Bundle!!! Plans for Summer here, so far, is to make a few baby quilts…and to teach my 7 yr old Grangirlie to sew! Don’t know who is more excited…her..or this Granma!! lol She wants to make a Pillow for her Daddy…… then a quilt for her doll! Sooo cool! Know will be a fun Summer!!! : D

  106. Karen A May 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

    I have a stack of quilts to work on for my summer schedule.

  107. Sarah May 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Beautiful fabric! Thanks!

  108. Jody Deschenes May 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    my last 2 clothing projects were UNsuccessful, therefore I am working on and hopefully finishing some of many started quilts, which will really be far cooler anyway! Also…lots of outside time!

  109. Lea May 26, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    I’m planning on doing some minimalist improvisational quilts sewing, and lots of clothes sewing. Plus I am still working on my Botanics quilt. Its about 2/3 cut out now.

  110. Kelsey May 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    I’m planning to start my own online fabric and quilt business this summer, so I will be exploring some new colorways of old fabric designs as well as dreaming up new wall quilts. These solids would be so fun to print on or to piece into a quilt that I then screenprint over top. I love the modern vibe of your solids.

  111. DeborahGun May 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm #

    I am going to be travelling so plan on hand sewing some mini log cabins to make a mini quilt.

  112. Kathy Davis May 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    I plan on making some I Spy quilts for some friends’ grandkids, and a few quilted bags for a local charity fundraiser.

  113. Michelle May 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    I always seem to be a season or two behind (or ahead, if you’re optimistic!) so this summer I’m looking to make a cozy quilt or two so that I’m armed for winter. And I’ve been trying to go all-solid, which makes your bundle very timely!

  114. Vicki P May 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    I’m planning to finish up the quilts I’ll be entering in our guild’s August quilt show. After that, Christmas quilts!

  115. Ashley May 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Finally finishing a quilt for my mom. Wish I had finished it in time for Mother’s Day!

  116. Sarah May 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I’m hoping to make a string pieced lone star quilt for my front porch. Maybe a few tops for myself and some cuteness for my little girl. Thanks for sharing– I adore Kona and these colors are lovely!
    PS- The background for your blog is BEAUTIFUL!

  117. Joan H. May 26, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

    I will be making a baby quilt for my great niece who is having her third baby this summer.

  118. Sandy K May 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    I plan to start a holiday quilt, maybe I can get it done by the holidays.

  119. Vicki H May 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I will be busy in the gardens most of the summer. I will probably sew some small items like mug rugs or totes.

  120. M May 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    I have an embroidery plan in mind:D can’t wait to see what you’re doing with the konas!;)

  121. Kayleen brown May 26, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I’m about 6 months pregnant and sewing a quilt for baby boy #2. Beyond that, we will see how long my belly fits at the table 🙂

  122. Michelle Wilkie May 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    Thanks for the opportunity, whether I win or not I plan to pick it up as I have a design in mind already 🙂 It involves circles and this will be my summer project!!

  123. Diane May 26, 2014 at 11:30 pm #

    I will be attempting my first quilt as a gift this summer. Other than that, we have a few side trips to Arizona and Texas planned.

  124. Julie T May 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    I have several projects I hope to finish or at lest make inroads on. First up is Stars & Sprigs. Have been working on the last 20 applique blocks (did the first 20 and they are hanging on my design wall), and then will prep the large applique borders. Also need to re-watch a class I am taking so I can finish the rest of the star blocks. While I am prepping appplique blocks, once Stars & Sprigs is ready, I hop over to the Cvil War Brides Quilt and see if I can get at least the next 5 blocks ready for hand applique, and produce the templates for the remaining 10. And check in on Phoebe and finally figure out where Iwant to add wool to the center medallion and sew that all down. Maybe start on a few of her star blocks. Think I’ll finish all this??

  125. Maureen May 27, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    I’m literally just learning how to sew! So, more practice. A draft excluder, little stuffed animals (maybe with clothes?!), and honor fully some quilted pillow covers 🙂

  126. mary May 27, 2014 at 2:25 am #

    Can’t wait to see what you turn those into. My summer sewing include a pile of shirts for the all shirt swap and a Super Tote for me!

  127. Liesl Carlson May 27, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    I hoping to finish my first quilt this summer. I am sewing my first on by hand. So far so good. Thank you for all your inspiration.

  128. Chris May 27, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    I am sewing Granny Squares for a King quilt.

  129. beth lehman May 27, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    i have a swap going with a friend who has already made me an alabama chanin skirt!! i have fabric picked out for a quilt… but can’t decide on what kind of quilt to make…!! summer for me means i have time to think about it! thanks for a chance on these!! what lovely colors!

  130. Charlotte L May 27, 2014 at 6:57 am #

    im enjoying some time in the NC mountains. And I hope to do a little fabric shopping while im here!

  131. Sherry VF May 27, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    Your project looks very interesting. For summer, I’m quilting up some placemats and I hope to get to a professional tote in some not so professional fabrics;-) svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  132. Cheryl May 27, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I’m planning on making a few giant Dresden Plates. Quite looking forward to it, actually. Thanks for the chat today.

  133. Karen Ann May 27, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    I’m working on a few mini quilts for some swaps I’m in as well as attempting to finish hand quilting my grandmothers garden quilt. Fun times ahead!!

  134. Marianne May 27, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    I plan on finishing up a bunch of quilt tops I’ve got stashed away. Already finished three!

  135. Janie May 27, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    I will be making quillows galore. Thanks for the chance.

  136. Nancy Hilderbrand May 27, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    I have been on dialysis for 8 years and have little energy to do anything except sit at home. I am going to learn quilting this summer so I can leave warm memories to my family after I am gone.

  137. Valerie Boudier May 27, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Lots of bright bags and cushions

  138. melissa May 27, 2014 at 8:51 am #

    I have a couple blouse patterns I bought a year or two ago that I really need to get making.

  139. LauraLea May 27, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    As the summer gets rolling I have been obsessed with creating Fourth of July scrappy wall hangings. One top 85% done and another halfway. Its been really fun trying out new techniques with these. I just need to quit obsessing and get them done!

  140. Quilting Tangent May 27, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Learning how to quilt with a sewing machine.

  141. auschick May 27, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I have lots of kids clothing to make – for my kids and for friends as gifts!

  142. Jeanne May 27, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Nearly finished with UFO’s and will then be starting on Christmas projects and helping Marilyn finish her quilts. Then it will be weeks and weeks at the quilter getting everything quilted and warm evenings by the fire putting the bindings on everything. I’m excited.

  143. Julie May 27, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    Lots of baby coming so making quilts for them:)

  144. CherylJ May 27, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    This is going to be my “Finish-it Summer” – I have too many WIP’s!!

  145. Arita May 27, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    I haven’t had much time to sew recently because of a broken arm, so planning on catching up on that and enjoying the great outdoors of the West Coast of British Columbia.

  146. Sarah L May 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m going to be sewing up some clutches to give to my bridesmaids at my wedding in October! And maybe sewing a new purse for myself 🙂

  147. Becky M May 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    My first summer sewing project is key fobs for my kids teachers as end of year gifts. I’ve got a month left to do it so I’m hoping i can make it happen!

  148. BillieBee May 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Gorgeous solids. Toss my name in the hat.

  149. Tamie May 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Fun summer sewing- I am participating in a mini swap with a small group of friends. It is all secret and lots of fun and of course I’m terrified that mine won’t be good enough but I must start sewing tonight!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  150. Natalie F May 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    I plan to make skirts for my daughters and also get a head start on Christmas decorations (stockings, tree skirt, wall hanging). And maybe new placemats.

  151. allison pogany May 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    my summer sewing plans? buy a walking foot and a free motion foot and learning how to use them. Oh- and to try a lap sized bargello quilt.

  152. Rachel May 27, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I’ve got a baby quilt in the works. Hopefully I’ll have a finished top ready for basting by the end of this week, then hand quilting for a couple of months. I’m really looking forward to that part. Thanks for the chance to win.

  153. Shelley May 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    I bought a cute mini-quilt hanger and so I will be busy making calendar quilts from an Art to Heart book of the same name. PS. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. The solids are great colors..

  154. Kat Scott May 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow,…. what great colors! Will be sewing stuff for new little boy arriving in August, and another baby (gender unknown) arriving in October! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!

  155. Joy May 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    I’ve got a list of unfinished projects that I’m trying to work through before I start some Christmas gift sewing (which will be a lot more fun than the current “to do” stack!).

  156. Emily C May 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Love your colors!
    I am finishing up some WIPs.

  157. Margo May 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Oh I LOVE Pink Chalk! They have fabulous fabrics….My plans? hmmmm…well it was an extremely cold winter because all these babies are popping up! I have a LOT of baby quilts on the calendar! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  158. Rebecca T May 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    I’m going to try and figure out how to make a dioxin molecule or DNA quilt for my scientifically minded hubby!

  159. Jo May 27, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

    What great colors! Since we will be camping most of the summer I want to learn EPP

  160. Mary Ann May 27, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Starting my flying geese quilt. I’m needing so solids and these would be perfect!

  161. mjb May 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    I have lots of garments planned for myself and my kids, but I’m hoping to get some quilts done, too!

  162. Cheryl Hovey May 27, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    I plan on gardening & sewing. I’m wanting to increase my inventory so I can rent some booths & whatever other ideas I come up with this summer to speed up my business.

    I am really going to be stitching up a storm as I signed up for two charities to make
    clothing for needy children & families.4Good luck all & have a fun safe summer.

  163. Bethany May 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I am planning on finishing my low volume quilt and working on a jean quilt in memory of my grandfather!

  164. Ohiocarol May 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm #

    So verstile, could complete any project. Love all the colors.

  165. Bonnie May 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Going swimming whenever I’m not quilting!

  166. Tori May 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I am sewing EVERYTHING!!!! I’m saving up for quilt fabric, I’m trying out clothes for the first time, I’m learning new embroidery techniques… I’m all over the place! (And I’m getting my friends into sewing, whether they like it or not hohoho 🙂 ) Sewing at the beach is going to be a blast.

  167. Jenny May 28, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    My major sewing plans involve hand quilt a queen size quilt this summer. I also want to finally make myself either the tinker tote or Molly market tote. Thanks for chance I love solids

  168. wendy May 28, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    summer isn’t the best time for sewing for me. I work full time and only sew at the weekends, but summer weekends are often spent out and about. I’ve got a quilt in the works that I’m designing as I go so I hope to work on that.

  169. Jess May 28, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I’m working on a baby quilt, but I need to buy more fabric because I thought that one of the fabrics was meant to be 8.5″ but really it’s 10.5″. 🙁
    I also have some fabric for a dress.

  170. Pam May 28, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    I love the stripes you sewed. The white really makes the color pop. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with them! Right now I’m working on a quilt with lots of pinwheels for my granddaughter, and then I’m going to work on finishing some old UFO’s – a lot of appliqued blocks that will be incorporated with pieced blocks to create a couple quilts. Thanks for the chance to win this luscious fabric!

  171. Leslie Piper May 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m moving into a new apartment in July, so my summer sewing plan is a queen-sized Sessoms quilt for my new bedroom! All the Architextures and Botanics with a gorgeous blue-green peppered cotton for the background… YUM!

  172. Lorena May 28, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    I plan on making a family of paper pieced, quilted pillows combined with a little bit of my hand embroidery!

  173. Lesley May 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Finish two baby quilts and make a Kung fu bag for my daughter!

  174. Beth Curtis May 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    I have started first of several quilts that I plan to make this summer. I am also planning to make myself some dresses — washi, staple, Cappucino, etc. I’m also hoping to teach some sewing this summer — it would be fun to share with the next generation. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice collection of solids.

  175. Bublz May 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m planning on FINISHING several quilts that I have in a pile!

  176. amy c. May 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ve got several baby quilts on my list for this summer, as well as a larger quilt for my stepson’s girlfriend!

  177. Kelley May 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    I am working on a bunch of different things right now – wool applique, cotton applique, some piecing, some small useful things, etc, and I really want to paint my house too. It needs it.

    Love these colours you have selected.

  178. Jackie May 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    My 5 year old granddaughter will be spending the summer with me. We will be working on a quilt for her favorite stuffed animal

  179. Susan Talbot-Stanaway May 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    I have two Botanics jellyrolls and half yards of most of the prints. As soon as my gardens are in, I am going to use up all that green creative energy to start a Botanics quilt. Should have it done by Labor Day. Love, love, love the solids at Pink Chalk.

  180. Jan May 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Going to be making some Christmas gifts. I usually wait until the last minute, but not this year.

  181. Arlene Tribble May 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    I have been collecting celery prints for a scrappy quilt. Your picks would look wonderful in it!

  182. Mary on Lake Pulaski May 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Right now I’m making an outfit for my grandson’s baptism and then I will start our modern guild challenge of not using all fabric from one line!

  183. LaVaughn Bye May 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I’m hand piecing a gazillion hexagons for a Union Jack flag for a British friend, and am eager to get back to imaginative sewing.

  184. Jessibeth Vicenty May 28, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m planning to do some luggage tags, shorts for me and a beach-towel since we have plans to travel to PR 🙂

  185. Andrea Salisbury May 28, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I am quilting and finishing all of my tops that lay abandoned for years while I started piecing something new. Two are already done and I’m hoping for 5-6 more over the summer to be completed. Yay!

  186. Karen L May 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    Hope to sew The Grove this summer. Love it.

  187. Helen May 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    I have some small sewing projects for my soon to be born granddaughter, as well as some doll clothes for the other granddaughters. Then, I will make a quilt for my nephew’s October wedding. However, later this summer I want to get several kids’ charity quilts finished for delivery to Mayo/St. Mary’s Hospital Pediatric Infusion Therapy Unit (kids chemo).

  188. Wanda Dotson May 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    I’m in a vintage mood and planning to make a vintage inspired skirt for the summer.

  189. Michele T May 28, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    I will be busy making baby quilts… I have three friends who are expecting!! So exciting!!

  190. Mom C May 28, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m sewing with grandchildren this summer, so far we’ve got a skirt cut out, fixings for a pillow, a purse and a knit skirt. Then several want cool summer pj bottoms and I heard that bathrobes are on the request list for Christmas. Should be great! Thanks.

  191. Ann Hudson May 28, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Love the new pattern, can’t wait to get the book! Nice giveaway, thanks!

    • Ann Hudson May 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Ooops! Forgot to say I’ve already started on a few Christmas gifts, quilted pillows and a couple of wall hangings.

  192. SuzyMcQ May 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Hi Carolyn! I’m finishing up a quilt as you go HST quilt with some slight variations and eyeing up your Totem pattern for my next project!

  193. wendy May 28, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

    I have a niece having baby and and a niece getting married and my God Daughter’s sister is getting married all around the same time. I will have to put my sewing machine outside!!!

  194. carol May 28, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    I am in the process of designing and making a quilt for my granddaughter. I am moving a little out of my comfort zone. Wish me luck!

  195. Linda Fleming May 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    I love the colors of those fabrics!
    I have some UFO’s to work on this summer!

  196. Karen M May 28, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    I have many quilts I want to finish and start this summer! Right now I’m finishing the piecing on our Guild’s block of the month, and then I’ll start on some projects that have been in my head for a while!

  197. Denise DeLitta May 29, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    I am very excited to be finishing my first quilt (which happens to be your Sessons pattern) for my first daughter going to college in the fall. Got it pieced and starting to remove the paper now. I can’t wait. Love your designs

  198. Liz Pawlik May 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I am going to be traveling this summer and I am hoping to do some hand sewing. I was thinking of making some English paper pieced patterns so that I can work on the plane and in the hotels. I need solids because I never seem to have enough!

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