Friday, July 31, 2009

Excitement, Amazement, Yahooooo!!!!

Holy Cow! I am so excited, as you can see in my face (I was going to do my crazy grin, but I just don't think anyone but family is ready for that) anyway, we had an awesome day here in the Green Fairy Quilts household. My darling husband has worked so hard to get our patterns into one particular company, a company that I completely love and get all my fabric from. Can you guess it? Well, today Moda Fabrics a.k.a United Notions has picked up some of our patterns! Hooray! I am still in the super excited mode, I have been running around and jumping around the house like a super crazy excited person, I even mopped the floor, now that's excitement!
It may not be a huge deal to some of you, but it has been one of my goals since Clint and I started working full time together, so it's like the dream is coming true! I couldn't help but share the news with all of you! Oh, and if that wasn't enough excitement for one day I just found out that one of my new designs, (still on the drawing board) will be featured in a magazine in the Spring of 2010! More details will follow as soon as I can tell you everything!
What a day! Life is good.

I wanted to share my excitement with you all by doing a little giveaway. To celebrate my patterns getting into Moda I am going to give a lucky winner one pattern and one Honeybun of their choice from my website.

All you have to do is look on my website and tell me which pattern and which honeybun you would want if you win. Bonus points if you make laugh!

Good luck, you have until Monday night, I will post the winner on Tuesday.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

"Frame This" take II

I have been working on this quilt for the past week off and on. It's the same layout as "Frame This," but is different enough that I needed to write up a new pattern. I used the fabric from Ivy Trellis by Gabriella Hunter Designs for Riley Blake Designs. Riley Blake is a new company that has formed and has gorgeous fabric coming out. I was lucky enough to have been chosen to use one of my designs (well, Clint's and mine) to showcase this beautiful fabric.
I love how it turned out.

The fabric colors are just so happy. I love that there are bright fabrics as well as soft ones. They compliment each other very well.

Here's a shot of the whole quilt.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!

I want to take a minute to say Happy Birthday to my Mom! She is the best mom anyone could ever ask for. I am amazed at her life and all she has been through and her amazing strength through trials. She has been the best example to me and I love her so much. I wish I could be with her on this day, I moved away and took the grandkids, (I don't think she has forgiven me for that yet), but I just want her to know that I love her and I am thinking about her today.
So, here's a little bit about my mom. She is the wife of 1 and mother to 11. She has 24 grandkids and manages to make them all feel like they are her favorites (I do know that my kids are the favorite though:) Hehehe!!!
She is an amazing seamstress and taught me all I know, so I owe a lot to her in that area. She is so funny! She can make anyone laugh. I will never forget how funny she was at girls camp when I was a teenager. And instead of me being the dumb teenager that was embarrassed by my Mom, I loved how funny she was and how she made everyone laugh. Most of all I just love my Mom, she is the best and I miss her so much. The hardest part for me about moving away almost a year ago was knowing I wouldn't see my Mom often. I used to see her everyday almost. Now it's just when we are up in Salt Lake and that's not enough.
I miss you Mom and I love you so much! I hope you have a wonderful day!

One more thing, my Mom designs patterns too. She has been a quiet part of Green Fairy Quilts and has a few patterns. This is her latest one: Piecemaker's Dream.

Monday, July 27, 2009

What keeps me going!

I have never had a bigger fan of my work than my sweet little girl, Lili! She brightens up everyday for me with her infectious smile and her love of life. Each day she tells me, "Oh Mom, I love that quilt!" She is my biggest fan and I love her so much.

Heather over at Superior Threads told me to try doing some large pebble work because it will go a little faster for me. So this quilt was my first attempt at doing larger and smaller pebble work, I think I like it. It worked well for this quilt.

These characters are just too fun!

So, Lili is my biggest fan and these little guys are coming close too it. I am so happy that I am their mom. Do you like their sweaters? I got them at Children's Place for a $1.99. I love buying clearance! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For the past week I have been stuck behind these two quilts..

This was a quilt done by Heather Purcell of Superior Threads.
When she commissioned me to do this quilt, I was really nervous because come on, she is the owner of Superior Threads, the best thread out there if I do say so myself.

I did a ton of pebble work to make the quilting stand out.


Align CenterThis was a fun quilt as well, lots of feathers in this one.

I love the little leaves.

The brown triangles are done with the texture magic and they look so cool, (the pictures really don't do them justice!) The fabric is from a new line from Timeless Treasures called Vienna.

I don't know why I do this, but I am always so nervous when I give any quilt back to the customer. Whether I am charging right, whether it's too much or too little; whether or not all the work put into the quilt looks good to them. It's really tough sometimes to be a long-arm quilter, but I guess it takes a little confidence and self-worth.

Thanks to everyone that has loved my new patterns, I am thrilled with the positive feedback I have gotten from all of you. Have a wonderful week, hopefully I will be better at posting!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

And the winner is, is, is, is, is.................


Thank you so much for the huge response to my giveaway! I can't believe it, I had so many comments, way more than I thought possible and the generosity from a lot of you has amazed me. I am more excited to go to Romania now and I can't wait to help those people in need. Thank you to all of you who have sent quilts as well. So, I will keep it short because I am beyond tired at this point.

Winner of the Jelly Roll and Pattern:

Kelly Jackson

Winner of the Checkered Tote!

Barb

Winner of the Checker Flower Sample Quilt:

Deborah

Winner of the the Honey Bun aka follower drawing:

Emily

and last but not least, I am giving away my two new patterns to this lucky winner
because I did have a record giveaway:

Puddles of Grace


Congratulations ladies! Please email me your address at judi@greenfairyquilts.com and
I will get your prizes sent out right away.

Oh and...........

to celebrate my two new patterns:
"Strip this Quilt!" and "Checkered Tote!"
you can buy two patterns, get one free off my website, just mention which pattern you want free in the comments box during checkout. This offer is only good for the rest of the week.

Um, could any of you watch my kids so Clint and I can go to the new Harry Potter film?
I can't wait to go, I have had sick kids for four days now and I need to get out of the house.

My back is breaking, my belts too tight, my hips are shaking from left to right! Left! Right!.......um get it? I think it's a camp song, it's in my head and I am at the giggle point of tiredness. I just hope that my little girl can sleep in until 6:45............here's hoping.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

It's finally here! 99th post here I come with a huge giveaway!

So this past weekend was filled with tons of parties and celebrations and my brother chasing me around the block with a firework! Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
So, as promised, (and I looked, it's been over a month since I promised) I am doing my grand giveaway to celebrate my 100th post. I lost count and now I will celebrate my 99th post because that's more fun anyway. I have been working on two new patterns and without further delay.....

My last jelly roll quilt was a hit and so I thought I would come up with a new design with the same concept. This new pattern also uses only 1 jelly roll for the top and binding, making your next quilt top simple, fun and relatively cheap! By the way, have you seen all our new jelly rolls?

My new pattern called "Strip this Quilt!" is available now on my website "here."

So, do you want my new pattern and this fun jelly roll? Well, I am giving them away to one lucky winner! Read on to find out how to win.

I am so excited about my new bag pattern called, "Checkered Tote!"
I made up two samples for this pattern and before you get all worked up because it looks hard to make, just say to yourself "Strip piecing, I can do that."


So, I did make two samples and I am willing to part with one, that's right, I am giving away my green, brown and cream tote to one lucky winner. Read on, there's more!
If you can't wait to make your own tote, you can get it "here."

I love this quilt, and have for a long time, I have only one "kit" left and so I am willing to part with the sample. I am giving away this cute quilt to one lucky winner.

And, to all you special followers, I am having a drawing just for you for a "Soiree" Honey Bun. You have to leave a comment and tell me you're a follower to be in this special drawing.
Read on!

On a more serious note, I would like to introduce you to my charity. Green Fairy Quilts charity was started last year with my husband taking quilts over to Romania to people in need. We have our trip booked and are leaving September 7, 2009, only 8 weeks away, to go and give more quilts to the people there. The picture above is my stash that I have gotten ready to take, but I would love to take more quilts. If you are interested in donating some quilts, please email me at judi@greenfairyquilts.com
Please take a moment to watch our video and read about our charity. You can also verify our charity by following this "link."
You can watch our charity video "here."
And read about Clint's trip last year "here."

While Clint was in Romania last year he saw the need for people living in the streets to have food, they would breath in paper bags to subside their own hunger and we would love to help them if we can. Do you remember my bright flower quilt? The one I worked so hard on? Well, I am doing a silent auction for this quilt and all the money raised from this quilt will go towards buying food for the people when we are in Romania. If you are interested in purchasing my quilt, please email me your bid at judi@greenfairyquilts.com and I will contact the highest bidder on Tuesday.

So, I am giving away a pattern and a jelly roll, a quilted tote, a quilt and a honey bun! Is that a big enough giveaway? I hope so! Four lucky winners will be announced on Tuesday of next week. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment. I would love to hear from all of you!

Want 5 entries? Blog about my giveaway on your blog and you will get five entries, be sure to tell me.

Want 10 entries? Donate to our cause by "clicking here" and 100% of the money will go towards helping the people in Romania. Even $1.00 will go far. Thanks in advance to all who want to help, but remember that there is no obligation to donate.

So, if it were me I would enter by saying:

Hey, Judi here! Enter me in to your giveaway and I blogged about it so give me five entries! And if I gave to the charity, give me ten entries.

Good luck to everyone, please spread the news, I would love to break my last giveaway record on comments! If I do have a record breaking giveaway, I will be giving away something else, a surprise to a lucky person.

So, four winners (five if the comments are there) and a quilt auction. What could be better?

Please spread the word! :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

I totally lost count!!!!

So I was counting on having my 100th post be my big giveaway, but for some strange reason I lost count, or thought I was only two posts away, so my next entry will be the giveaway. It will just be the grand 99th giveaway! I am totally embarrassed. I feel bad that I haven't been keeping up the blog, I will be better after I get this weekend over (Happy 4th!) and sometime next week will be the start of my big giveaway.

Here's a recently finished customer quilt.
I did a lot of feathering and swirls in this one, I think it turned out nice.

It's always fun to see the back.

A simple quilt design, but fun. I like to do simple sometimes because it goes by a lot faster.

Remember these fabrics? It's part of the giveaway in some form!

This one two! I can't wait for you to see the finished projects! New patterns anyone??

I love those Moda Jelly Rolls! Can't wait for you to see this one, it is too cute!

I will also be talking about my charity in the next giveaway. Clint and I have the tickets purchased and we are ready to go to Romania in September to bring several of my quilts to people and children in need. We are hoping to raise some money so we can also give these people some food as well. You can read about Clint's trip last year "here" and watch our video "here."