Sunday, June 5, 2016

Opposites Attract Blog Hop Day 4 - Icebergs Mini Quilt and Giveaway!!

Welcome to Day 4 of the Opposites Attract Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sew!

This is my first time participating in one of Marian's hops and it has been so much fun! Marian hosts several hops throughout the year featuring project ideas and the odd tutorial or two. And, of course, there are giveaways! I want to give a huge thank you to Marian for organizing everything and to the Fat Quarter Shop and DJ Inkers for sponsoring the hop. There is more info about today's giveaway later in my post, so keep reading!

The theme of this blog hop is two- and three-color projects. I knew immediately that I wanted to use just two colors and that I wanted to come up with my own design.

Introducing... Icebergs!


Measuring at just 24" x 24" finished, this mini quilt is quick and easy project that can be made as a wall-hanging or even as an over-sized throw pillow. I used Kona White and Kona Glacier as my two colors. I have to admit that Mr.123Quilt picked the color. I gave him a few options, mostly in shades of blue, and this is the one he picked. After seeing my design, and knowing that the color was called "Glacier", he thought it would be a good idea to name my design "Icebergs." Glacier... icebergs... Yeah, it works. I love that he "helps" in the design studio.

For the piecing and quilting I used my favorite Essential Thread in White from Connecting Threads.



I decided to do some very minimal quilting to highlight the icebergs. I quilted one narrow echo line on the tops of the icebergs and two narrow echoes on the bottoms. I really like how this quilting mimics the heaviness of the bottom of the icebergs and the lightness of the tops.

In fairness, I have to admit that I have never had so much trouble with binding before. It was just one thing after another! First I prepared the binding using the Kona Glacier, but then I decided I wanted to use the Kona White instead. Then, I measured the binding wrong! It was less than 1/2" short. Can you believe it? So I had to do a quick patch job. I thought I was ready to rocket on and get this guy finished but then I ran out of bobbin thread. Sigh. So I had to stop, wind a new bobbin, re-thread the machine. What else could go wrong? This. This went wrong.


I sewed right through a pin! And it was one of my favorite pins too! Thankfully I didn't cause any serious damage to my machine, just a blunt needle. Needless to say, I was SO relieved when I finally finished the binding and could call this mini DONE! Lol. Sometimes the trials and tribulations are the funniest parts of the whole process. 

If you would like to make your own Icebergs mini I will have a tutorial coming out soon!


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Here is the list of today's participants ans well as the schedule for the entire hop.


TODAY
123 Quilt (YOU ARE HERE)



June 01
Tweety Loves Quilting
Quilt In A Not-Shell
Life in the Scrapatch
My Quilty Musings

June 02
DesertSky Quilting
RidgeTop Quilts
Words & Stitches
VROOMANS QUILTS

June 03
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
A beautiful day
MooseStash Quilting
Patchwork Breeze

June 06
Ravelly1
Mary Mack's Blog
Tea Time Creations
123 Quilt (YOU ARE HERE)
Sew Many Yarns

June 07
ICANQUILT2
Marjorie's Busy Corner
Finding myself as an artist
Seams To Be Sew

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And now for the giveaways! (Those are the best part, right?!)

The first giveaway is for a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. I know what I'd spend it on. Do you?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Head over to Marian's blog to enter the second giveaway sponsored by DJ Inkers!

Be sure to visit and comment on all of today's blog hop posts for your best chance to win! Good luck!

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Until next time!
- Sarah


49 comments:

  1. That's a great design! I love the name and that Mr.123 helped you. =) Does that mean this will hang in his office? Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love Icebergs, I don't think I've ever met a man yet that wouldn't pick the color blue. What is it about blue that makes them love it so much.. I do like the design tho, and I'm sorry, I had a good laugh at all the binding mishaps.. I truly and totally get where you are coming from.. not that I've experienced that many glitches before, but sometimes I'll be writing a post and wonder how I ended up going so wrong.. :)

    Great job on your project, and thank you so much for participating in Opposites Attract. I do hope you will come along for the ride again soon.

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  3. What a fun project. Thanks for sharing your project. raydeer@memlane.com

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  4. Your Icebergs are wonderful; such a simple yet striking design! Perfect minimalistic quilting.

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  5. And a cute mini it is too. Love your color choices.

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  6. Your design is fantastic and is named perfectly! I feel your pain where binding is concerned lol.

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  7. Great design and very striking!!!

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  8. This is a very striking design Sarah and the photography is great as well. I've also sewn through a pin. No damage to the machine but the broken needle put a hole in the quilt.

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  9. Sarah I love the design. I'll be looking out for the tutorial. Thanks for sharing

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  10. Your sewing woos on this project sounds like most of my experiences! I really like your mini. It is striking. Great job!!

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  11. I like this piece a lot. Perfectly suits the saying "Less is More". I HATE when I sew over pins!!

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  12. Very nice and beautifully quilted.

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  13. I've sewn through on of those pin heads too! :)

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  14. It looks great. I have sewn through one of those pin heads too....I had a dickens of a time getting it off my quilt.

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  15. I think all of us have had an Oops#* moment at one time or another!! Great quilt block.

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  16. Very cool it looks like icebergs... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  17. Very cool it looks like icebergs... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  18. The quilt is fantastic. Simple yet bold. Isn't always one thing or another that tests our patience when we are quilting?

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  19. your quilt is wonderful. i love that our husbands help. mine really loves to get into the beginning process of the world of numbers.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  20. The teal and white quilt is so striking. Great colour combination. Do love quilts with triangles!

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  21. Love the colour combinations, so effective xx
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  22. I like that you have designed your own pattern--very nice!

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  23. What a fun quilt and with my love of Alaska....Icebergs are perfect! Oh how I feel your pain with stitching over those cute pins. Thankfully they are met to not damage anything. :-)

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  24. "Icebergs" is a different perspective on this block for me. I see baskets - but that's because I currently have baskets on the brain!

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  25. I love this quilt! Sorry about all of your trouble with the binding though. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  26. Fun quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  27. Wowzers! So simple, but love it!!!!

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  28. Wowzers! So simple, but love it!!!!

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  29. Wowzers! So simple, but love it!!!!

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  30. Wow, I love this! I think going with the white binding was a great choice! Hopefully you found it worth the trouble in the end! 😋 Stunning!

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  31. Gorgeous, and I'm so impressed that your husband gives constructive input! It is always hard to decide what to spend an FQS gift certificate on, but I do have my eye on some Blueberry Park fabrics.

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  32. It looks beautiful in spite of the quilting issues. Oops on the pin....been there and done that too!

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  33. Some days just go that way, don't they. Glad you didn't damage your machine. Your quilt turned out quite nice in spite of all the problems. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  34. Wow. Love your colors. I thought the needle would have snapped on the pin head. what luck!

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  35. This is really cute. I'm just glad you finished it without sewing through your finger too! (Been there done that)

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  36. As more things happen I make more mistakes. I get flustered when it doesn't work the way I expect. Something you've done many times suddenly becomes difficult. But you got it done! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Sounds like a fun quilt to make. I would love to win a gift card.

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  38. Sounds like a fun quilt to make. I would love to win a gift card.

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  39. Looks great. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  40. I've had days like that, too! I'm glad you hung in there and finished it. I've been know to roll projects in a ball and toss them into a corner ^.^

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  41. I love your iceberg story and mini quilt. Lovely pattern design.

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  42. I love the clean, classic look of your quilt! I'm glad the pin didn't do any damage!

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  43. Fun quilt. I am really liking two color quilts.

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  44. Great design, the two colors really make the pattern stand out.

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