and you know what that means, it's Eventide Update Day!
But first, I got a note from a fellow quilter who attended the Red and White quilt show yesterday! She said it was amazing and gave her goosebumps! I got goosebumps just reading about her goosebumps! More importantly, there IS going to be a show book available, however it won't be published until next year. There's been some confusion over this, what great news, count me in!
Wow, can you believe it has been around 8 weeks since I came up with this little idea to see if anyone out there in Blogland wanted to sew along with me while I worked on Eventide? I am still amazed and humbled by the response I received. I was looking for one Eventide sew along buddy and I got dozens.
I live a small life in a small town. I am the only member of my family, extended or otherwise, who quilts. If I wanted to participate in some of the sewing activities held in local quilt shops, I would need to drive at least an hour, one way. Through my blog I have been exposed to so many wonderful and giving bloggers, folks who freely share their expertise, tips, and humor. I am no longer a lonely quilter. I appreciate every friendship I have made.
I selected Eventide for a sew along because I saw the quilt that was used for the pattern cover while attending a Carrie Nelson class, I thought it was lovely, and thought if some other folks thought so too, we might as well have some fun and sew along together. I am so glad I invited others to join me. Imagine my amazement when not only did folks sign up to sew along, but that fellow quilters as far away as the Netherlands and France joined in, it has turned into a real international affair. I've also enjoyed giving quilters without blogs the opportunity to "talk" and share their Eventide adventures through my blog.
I am not an employee of Carrie Nelson or Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. Quilting is my hobby, my passion, not my job. I'm just a simple quilter who wanted to make a quilt and who went looking for a few sew along friends and struck the jackpot. I think this has been one of the most fulfilling events I've undertaken as a blogger and quilter. And when it's all said and done, quilters all over this world will have a beautiful Eventide quilt and hopefully fond memories of making that quilt with others. I could not ask for more.
Now, for the updates. . . .
I promised Anita I would show her progress on today's update post first. Her picture got lost in my in-basket, and after a couple of weeks of no update on my Eventide Update posts, she sent me a very nice note.
Anita is using Rural Jardin by French General for Moda and I think it's going to be stunning. Thanks for your patience Anita, I'm thrilled you've joined the sew along and look forward to seeing your finished project!
Gayle followed Carrie's lead and went with two reds for her inner border.
I love it, but then they are red!
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Gayle's all done,
here's a sneak peek of her Eventide.
I heard from Leona, she's still working on her Eventide, but no pictures, yet.
Peggy has finished her Eventide using Gatherings,
here's another sneak peek to hold you over until next week's parade!
Marianne is continuing to work on her Eventide using Garden Party by Blackbird Designs and made a lot of progress in one week.
Marianne says, "At first I wasn't gong to participate in the sew along, but after seeing all the other projects as they progressed I decided to join in the fun. I've never made a bed size quilt in less than a month's time, but I'm going to spend every spare minute I have to try and finish this quilt in time for the parade".
Marianne, your Eventide is a stunner, I hope to see your Eventide finished and in the parade!
These are the Ohio Star blocks that did not make it into my finished Eventide.
I really liked the block with the blue points, but I thought it was a distraction, my eyes were continually drawn to it, but that may have just been me. When it was in my quilt, someone left a comment saying it looked like a little blue wink in my quilt, which I thought was a cute description, but I still pulled it!
The stripes in the bottom row center block just didn't fit in with the rest of the fabrics that I used.
The other blocks were either too muted or too bold, I just didn't think they fit in. I liked them when I made them but it wasn't until I had all the blocks on my design wall that I realized they were not good fits.
We have a new addition to our sew along group, Melissa couldn't sit on the sidelines any longer, especially when an Eventide Pattern jumped in her shopping basket all on its own! Melissa has chosen Rural Jardin by French General for Moda. Even though Melissa got a late start, her design wall is filling up with blocks.
Bea's finished her Eventide and blogged about it today. She went with one outer border fabric instead of the scrappy rectangles called for in the pattern and I like how it really frames her work. Great Job Bea!
Carol's done, congratulations Carol! No pictures yet, look for her Eventide in the parade.
Gretchen's Eventide is done, check it out! Congratulations and thanks for the sneak peek Gretchen, I look forward to seeing it all next week. I agree, Fig Tree and Eventide are a great match.
Lisa promised to have an Eventide update today too, I've not seen her progress but she's using Luna Notte, how could it not be wonderful.
Mary Lou continues to make progress on her Eventide along with a host of other lovely finishes. She's thinking about maybe making some changes but I think it looks great already.
All Nicole has left for her Eventide finish are the borders!
Paula's finished her Eventide and has several very touching posts of how working on this project brought her comfort as she dealt with the loss of her sister. Paula, I'm so sorry for your loss, your project is lovely and could not have a more perfect name.
Sharrie's still auditioning fabric for her Eventide, personally, I think once you're happy with your fabric choices, this project is a breeze. Hang in there Sharrie, you'll get it to your liking!
Sinta "got crackin" on her Fig Tree Eventide and has new pictures of her progress.
I think that's it for the updates, be sure to drop me an email if I missed yours! I want to make sure no one gets left out!
And now for a few winners . . . Jen - Miss Punkie Pie . . .
you're last week's comment winner. Send me your address so I can send you this lovely little bundle of Charlevoix by Minick and Simpson for Moda.
This week's sew along winner is Peggy ,
send me your address and these two charm packs of Maison de Garance along Carrie Nelson's latest and greatest Schnibbles patterns (yes, all 6 of them) will be heading your way in this cute little Schibbles project bag.
Would you like to win this Schnibbles bag o'goodies,
just leave a comment on this post by midnight, CST, Wednesday, March 30, 2011 to be eligible to win.
Housekeeping - Next Tuesday, April 5th will be the Eventide Parade. All finished projects will be pictured on my blog with links back to your blog if you have one. Send me an email with your finished Eventide pictures if you don't have a blog. If you do have a blog, let me know that you've finished if you've not already done so. All sew along participants who have a finished Eventide in the parade will be eligible to win one of two prizes, a $50 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop (thanks Kimberly!) or a prize from Carrie Nelson (Thanks Carrie!)
Krystena, Gayle will send you her extra Eventide pattern but I don't have a way to contact you, could you please send me an email with your address?
Whew, I'm all talked out...thanks for stopping by!