Happy Independence Day to all of my friends in the U.S.! I know it’s a holiday and lots of us are going to barbecues and eating our weight in hamburgers and potato salad, but I wanted to stay on the first-Monday-of-the-Month schedule. So here we are! (DUE TO THE HOLIDAY- if you email for assistance, you will probably not hear back from us until July 6.) The second block for Maggie’s First Dance Free Block of the Month was sent out a short time ago. If you are signed up, please check your email for your pattern. (Please note- sometimes it can several hours for the email to reach your inbox. If you don’t have it yet, please be patient and check back a little later.)
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OK- let’s talk about Block #2!!!
Read through to the end of this post to find out how you can win a really great prize 🙂
This is my machine appliqued block- this is a photo after the block was quilted. The stems are pretty skinny on this one- you can use a small stitch for machine applique, or you can even use a large zig zag which will cover both sides of the stem at the same time.
This is my embroidered block- I used 3 strands of Aurifloss #2630 embroidery floss by Aurifil. I also used Lightweight Fusible Interfacing* on the back of my embroidery. I didn’t used to use interfacing on the back of my embroidery, but I like how it gives a little more body to the fabric, and adds an extra layer so any extra threads on the back don’t show through to the front.
Lots of people tell me that their favorite part of the Block of the Month is seeing all of the different fabrics people choose- and I agree! Amazing how different a block can look with different fabrics! Please show us your blocks!! You have lots of ways to “show-off”!!
~~Sew Quilty Friends Facebook Group– we’ve just started a new Facebook group about a week ago and it’s already so much fun 🙂 Lots of quilty chatting going on and new friends being made. It’s also a great place to ask questions about the BOM, or any quilt related questions. Join here and post your photos.
~~My Facebook Page– post your photos to my Facebook page. You can use hashtag #MaggieQuilt and mention me @JacquelynneJostSteves
~~Instagram– post your photos to Instagram and tag #MaggieQuilt and mention me @JacquelynneSteves
~~Linky Page– this is brand new- you can post your photos right here on my website!! We haven’t done this before, so I hope it works OK, lol. Please click here and follow the instructions at the top. You don’t have to have a blog or website to add your photos. This is great for those of you who don’t use other social media (such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.)
***Even if you don’t choose to post your photos, please visit the sites above to see everyone’s work! It’s really a lot of fun!
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And now…. the really FUN part… the prizes!!!
This month’s prize is a box of Thermoweb products, retail value $60! You will find all kinds of goodies for crafting, sewing and quilting fun! One of my favorite Thermoweb products is Heat n Bond Lite*- It’s lightweight so it doesn’t add a lot of bulk, but it’s not so thin that you can’t peel that paper backing off (that can be so frustrating!)
PLEASE NOTE- Because this prize box will contain aerosol products, it can only be shipped to the continental U.S. Hawaii, Alaska, and International readers, please read below for a special giveaway just for YOU!!
Please visit the featured bloggers to enter the giveaway over on their blogs- that’s 7 chances to win! (You must comment on the blogs below to qualify for the Thermoweb prize pack.)
You will love visiting the bloggers above- not just to enter the giveaway, but also to see their fabric choices and see which techniques they’ve used. We have examples of piecing only, applique, and embroidery. “Sew” much inspiration!
ALL readers, including Hawaii, Alaska, and International readers can enter to win a copy of this beautiful template and pattern! I’m thinking how pretty this would be in Christmas fabrics, too!
Please click over to Aiming for Accuracy/Quilting Gallery blog to enter to win the pattern!
We will be having FABULOUS giveaways this year! I am really excited about the prizes we are offering, you are going to LOVE them! Here are our sponsors- please visit their websites and see all the quilt-y and sewing goodness that they have to offer!
This Month’s Sponsor! Michele over at Aiming for Accuracy Pattern Co. creates fabulous, easy to follow patterns which are great for the beginner, as well as for the more experienced quilter looking to improve their skills!
OK friends- Let’s get sewing!!
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