Sunday, December 15, 2013


I'm happy to announce the winner of Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day (or week).

Audrey of Hot Pink Quilts, you have won 5 free Fat Quarters from my Etsy store.  Yay!

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the giveaway and I thank each and every one of you for stopping by, sharing your favorite quilts, and entering the contest.  It's been a thrill for me to read all your stories and see your beautiful quilts.  Can you ever get enough of looking at other peoples' quilts?  I certainly can't!

A big, huge THANK YOU to Sew Mama Sew for organizing this crazy big event.

Until next time...

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Giveaway Day

I'm thrilled to be a part of Giveaway Day (or week).  Lots and lots of shops and handmade artists will be having great giveaways this week.   

So what do you have to do to win your choice of 5 Fat Quarters at my shop?

It's simple...Just leave a comment about your favorite quilting project.  Leave a photo if you'd like.  I'd love to see your work and share it with other readers.  And, if you haven't made a quilty project, then leave a comment about a favorite quilt you own or have seen.

As an added bonus, send a friend on over here and I'll enter you into the drawing an additional time for each friend who comes here and leaves a comment.  They MUST mention your name so I know you sent them over :).

What's the prize?  

Your choice of 5 FREE Fat Quarters from my shop

Just in time for the giveaway, I will be adding lots of new fabrics to my shop.

After you leave a comment, head on over to SewMamaSew's place for your chance to win other great prizes and learn about other great new blogs.. 

Happy Monday and good luck!

**  Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.
** Giveaway entry closes Friday Dec 13 at 5 pm PST.

Until Next time...

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Discounts

It's Cyber Monday and that means GREAT DEALS!

** Buy 5 Fat Quarters, Get 1 Fat Quarter FREE

** Buy 2 Charm Packs, Get 1 Fat Quarter FREE

** Buy 1 Jelly Roll, Get 2 Fat Quarters FREE

All you have to do is place your order and then let me know which fat quarter(s) you would like when you get to the instructions on the order form.  I will make sure they are added to your order.

As an added BONUS...Shipping is still FREE!!

This is my way of saying thank you to YOU for supporting my new business.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013


It's Here!  The Online Fabric Shop is OPEN!!!!

Now Thru Monday, take advantage of FREE shipping and 20% off all fabrics 
(prices marked already reflect the discount)

There are over 100 different individual fat quarters available from Moda Fabrics (Zen Chic, Deb Strain, Fig Tree and more)
Also available are 5-inch Charms and Jelly Rolls.

Ready!  Set!  GO...enter store

From our Gotcha Covered Quilting family to yours, have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Until next time...

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PS.  Shannon Fabrics bolts have not arrive yet.  I'll keep you all posted when they arrive.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Who Loves Moda and Shannon Fabrics?


Ok all, I've been sitting on this for a little while and I can't sit any longer.

Along with making custom quilts and doing machine quilting, I am opening an online fabric store!!!!!!  Yes, that requires six exclamations marks!  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.  And it's opening before Thanksgiving...that's only a few days away!

To start I will be carrying Moda fabrics...precuts, yardage, as well as Solids.  So much wonderfulness!!

  And you know that really incredibly soft Minky fabric by Shannon Fabrics?  Yah, I'm selling that as well.  The fabric is so snuggly, I challenge you to keep your hands away.  This fabric comes on bolts 60 inches wide...perfect for baby quilt backings!  Absolutely perfect!

If you only want one single fat quarter, you can purchase it here.
No need to commit to an entire Fat Quarter Bundle.
Need a small 1/4-yard cut of fabric?  No problem!  

I'm hoping to make online fabric shopping a little more flexible  There is no need to buy more fabric than you desire simply to meet minimum yardage requirements.  Ok, "desire" might not be the right word choice because I know we all want everything, and a lot of it.  I think you get my point though.  Quarter-yard minimum requirements and single fat quarters will allow for much more purchasing flexibility.

My official store should be live in January.  In the meantime, I have inventory in stock so I will be opening an online Market in the next day or two...Just in time for Thanksgiving weekend shopping and sales.  Stay tuned for my next blog which will include the web address of my temporary Online Fabric Store and the Holiday Special I'll be offering.  

Do you receive my blogs automatically?  If not, please make sure you sign up for my blog (on the right column of my site).  Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all the details and goings on.

I'm heading back behind the scenes again so I can get everything ready for your online shopping.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Bit of This and That

With the creation of Gotcha Covered Quilting my intension was to blog at least once a week.  I figured I'd have something to show off, some tutorial to share or just general blabbing about life.  I mean, in real life I talk plenty, so it stands to reason I'd never be short on words for my blog.  Some how though, I've been feeling like I need to have a completed project or have a full story to tell for my blog and that's not how the past 2 weeks have been.

However, I have been able to create this...

I swear this area creates its own mess.

…mess!  How does this happen so easily and quickly?

I've been trying my hand at Dear Jane…ahem, block 1A.   Uh, sweet Dear Jane is kicking my butt.  It seriously took me all night to figure out how to manage just this much.

A stack of beautiful Tula Pink fabric has been set aside because this Dear Jane is going to be entirely Tula. Oh my gosh, just thinking about it makes me a bit nutty.  I really love her gorgeous and whimsical fabrics.
5-inch Tula Pink charms and the Dear Jane book to  guide me through this very lengthy process.
I have been commissioned to create a memory quilt (more on that in a future post), so I've been spending a great deal of time and energy creating something that I hope they will love and will match the vision they had when they originally hired me to make this quilt.  I'm using fabrics that I would ordinarily not choose, but I've really fallen in love with them.  That's the great thing about making commissions…it's pushes you outside your comfort zone or beyond your usual style.

Fabrics for commission quilt

And have you all been over to And Sew We Craft?

They are a wonderful group of women who cover just about everything on their website from cooking, to scrapbooking, to knitting, crocheting, quilting, and more.  There is a wealth of info, projects, encouragements, tutorials.  There's a true modern day artsy craftsy collaboration going on over there.
Just love this Kate Spain fabric
As a celebration of reaching 2000 likes on their Facebook page, they are having a giveaway with a chance to win multiple prizes, including a 5-inch Kate Spain Sunnyside Charm pack.  Bet you can't guess who has donated that prize.  Please stop by their website and their Facebook page, have a look around, and enter your chance to win one of many great prizes.

Some very exciting changes are going on behind the scenes over here with GCQ.  I'll give you a little hint and tell you that it has something to do with fabric…lots of Moda and snuggly, soft Shannon Fabrics.  More info to follow very soon, maybe even in time for some post-Thanksgiving shopping.  That's it, I'm not saying any more for now :).

Lastly, Instagram is my new addiction.  Actually, it's an addiction in the making.  So much fun to share and see what others are doing, making, creating.  You can follow me by clicking the link on the right side bar.  See you there...

So tell me, what have you been working on?

Until next time...

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Dirt Trails

Today was a beautiful day, the perfect day to take Katelyn, my mini me, out for her first mountain bike ride.  She's been wanting to go, I've been wanting someone to ride with.  Perfect!

Katelyn (L), Me (R)
Me and Mini Me

I prepared my bike and pumped the tires, loaded all the gear in the car, and picked up a borrowed bike from my brother (thank goodness he never had that growth spurt mom promised him because his bike was perfect for Katelyn).

I gave her a few instructions, like "don't freak out and crank down that left brake (the front break) or you'll fly over your handle bars."  Little tid bits like that.  And we took off for our ride.  Truly it was a gorgeous day, a day to be outdoors, out in nature, out on a bike.

Lake Hodges

One of the things I love so much about Katelyn is her exuberance.  I wrote a whole blog post about her on my life coaching site if you want to get a feel about her personality.  But, she gets a kick out of life.  Little things excite her and it doesn't take much to make her scream (in fear or thrill).  There was a lot of that today.

For a bit of time we found ourselves in a fairly technical area.  I should mention that, although I've been road riding, I'm fairly new on the mountain bike and I'm inherently a huge chicken, so we spent an equal amount of time off the bike walking around the rocks and up and down scary hills as on the bike riding.  

At one point Katelyn decided to just go for it.  As she whizzed past, I yelled to her to put her body weight forward, gear down, and just pedal.  And she did it.  She made it up the hill, navigating around all the rocks.  I couldn't see her at the top, but I could hear her, "Wooohooo, I did it," laughing and so proud of herself.
Katelyn, always full of life

What does any of this have to do with quilting?  Oddly enough, there is a connection.

As I was riding up a hill gasping for air, yet making it to the top nonetheless, I was reflecting on how I've been feeling about quilting since returning to it after many years off.  It's a whole new ballgame out in quilt land now.  I'm in awe by what I see.  The talent is phenomenal.  I'm also intimidated by what I see.  I sometimes wonder if I'll ever measure up.  Will I ever be as good as….<fill in the blank>.  It's a weird mix with quilting just like on the bike today…my legs were burning, my heart was pounding, I was sweating, and yet the scenery was absolutely beautiful, I was feeling so blessed by the fact that my body works well enough to ride, I was in full appreciation of the moment.  None of this was about anyone else.  It was simply about what I was doing in that moment, what *I* was accomplishing.

Cruisin' and comtemplating

Isn't it the very same way with quilting?  It's about enjoying the process, doing things the way that work best for you, about creating, and pushing yourself to try new and different patterns and techniques and colors.

I know it's a weird analogy, but I think like this when I'm out riding.

Seam Ripper AND Magnifying glass
Whether on my bike or at my machine, it doesn't matter if I'm as good as, or as fast as, or as famous as.  It really doesn't.  What matters is that I'm plugging along at my own pace, pushing outside my comfort zone bits at a time, learning and teaching and creating a track that works the best for me.  I'll hit some rocky spots, but if I breath, relax, and don't over think things, I'll come through the other end exhilarated, proud, feeling successful.  If not, there's always a seam ripper.

Although I'm not new to quilting, I am new getting back into it and back into business.  I'm finding where I fit in, what my niche is, what direction I ultimately want to go in my business.  But here's something that has not changed…I'm still who I am.  I quilt because I care.  I quilt because I love.  I quilt because I want to make a difference.  I quilt because I'm passionate.  I quilt because I love where my mind goes when I'm creating.  I quilt because I am meant to.

Being out on the dirt paths today
reminded me, just like with machine quilting, I need to relax my hands and arms, I need to breath, and I need to trust the process.

Newest Large Lap Quilt for sale

When I complete a quilt, whether as a gift, as a commission, or up for sale on my Etsy site, I want to always remember to look back fondly at the process and give a big yelp, "Woohoo…I did it!"

Until next time...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Green With Envy

I bet you were expecting to see some fantastically wonderful green quilt I'm working, huh?!  Nope…the only thing green around here is ME.  Totally envious of all the people who went to Houston Quilt Market over the weekend and the accompanying show Quilt festival this week.

I contemplated going when I first starting putting together a business plan for Gotcha Covered Quilting.  Then I used some maturity and wisdom (these are 2 newly acquired attributes, I might add).  Did I really need to go to quilt market to see every last wonderful gadget, pattern and newly announced fabric line just as I'm getting started in business?  Is that really a wise choice for someone who might possibly be a little impulsive and impatient?

No!  And so I opted to stay home this year.  I know it was the right decision.

 But I've been feeling a bit like this…

Totally feeling left out of all the fun and excitement.  The girl who wasn't invited to the party with all the cool kids.  Waaaah!!!

I could have hung with all the really popular bloggers and phenomenal quilters who I stalk regularly.

That could have been me in the picture with Tula Pink. >>>>
It could have, I just know it.  I'm certain we would have become immediate friends because I'm cool that way and she's cool that way (or so I've heard).

Oh gosh, and Kate Spain could have gushed about my Ka-Bloom quilt and I could have gushed about…well, about everything she has ever created.  We would be besties by now.

And after browsing all the machine quilting done by Angela Walters (Quilting Is My Therapy) and Natalia Bonner (Piece N Quilt), they would have offered up tons of advice and introduced me to some of the big wigs in the quilting industry as their new protegee.

*Big Sigh*

It really is best that I wasn't there with my hands fondling fabrics and threads because I'm certain my credit card would be maxed out and I'd have to jump start the other part of my business that I'm not quite ready to jump start.  I really am using my new found maturity to slow myself down (I think my mom just shed a tear of joy)

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram have been on Quilt Market overload just like my poor envious brain.

Here's a little taste (a very small taste) of what's caught my eye so far.

Fox Field by Tula Pink

Marcelle Medallion from Liberty Love

Garden Party Tango from Iza Pearl Designs and Windham Fabrics

Aardvark Quilts.  That quilt to the left
is the same quilt that I just made for KK

A little more Tula Pink

Dear Stella

If you want to get a glimpse of what we all missed, here are a few of the sites I follow on Facebook who have put together a nice array of photos.

The Fat Quarter Shop (She's my local favorite quilt shop…the nicest people you've ever met work there)

The Intrepid Thread

Pearl The Squirrel

Sarahs Fabric

Jay Bird Quilts

Piece N Quilt

Happy Monday to you all!

Until next time...

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PS.  I hope I linked everything up properly, giving credit to those whose pictures I've borrowed for today's blog.  If I missed something, please let me know and I'll fix it promptly.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Ka-Bloom - Pattern testing

I don't know if you guys have any idea what goes into designing patterns, but it's not as simple as just creating the design.  It requires MATH.  Holy cow!  No thank you.  Not only do designers need a sense of style, color sense, artistic ability, a slight affinity for math, they also need to be able to put their directions into word combinations that the rest of us quilters can follow…

…Enter Pattern Testers

Testers have the fun job of following the directions exactly and offering suggestions/recommendations, making sure all the measurements work and fabric requirements are accurate.  Of course that assumes no mistakes by the pattern tester (more on that later).

A few weeks ago I saw this Quilt ------>
Ka-Bloom by EvaPaige Quilt Designs
and just loved it.  Shortly after, the designer (EvaPaige Quilt Designs) sent out a pleas for help.  She needed testers for the sashing and setting triangles portion of her pattern.  We were even told we could use "ugly" fabrics.  She just needed us to check measurements and fabric allotment.

My uglies (which may be your faves, and that's ok!

Perfect!  I responded immediately.  I'm in!!  I love the design and I love to help.  This business of quilting really is about sharing and lending a helping hand.  It's fun to be part of someone else's creative process.

I gathered my uglies.  So excited to use them for something and get them out of my stash.  My intensions were pure.  I swear!

But then this...

Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda
...kept taunting me! 

I swear Kate Spain's Sunnyside was speaking to me.  "Please, Ka-Bloom is perfect for us.  Put us to good use.  Don't put us in a drawer.  Make something beautiful."  What?  Doesn't your fabric speak to you?  So, pattern testing one portion of Ka-Bloom quickly turned into making the entire quilt.  Squeeee!!!  So exciting!

The pattern by EvaPaige Quilt Designs seen here has easy-to-follow directions, can be quite scrappy (as I have done with FQs) and comes together fairly quickly.  

It has a nice combination of strip piecing,

applique (done as easily or intricately as you'd like),

 and set on a diagonal with triangles corners and triangle setting border.  

Assembling Ka-Bloom was great fun!

And here's the really important part of my pattern review…this tester, ahem, was a little over anxious in creating this quilt.  Sometimes she does get a little ahead of herself and doesn't follow directions in order.  So said tester just might have mistaken a 12-1/4 inch cut for 12-1/2 inch and then found that sashing strips didn't quite match up and triangles had to be trimmed down.  I'm just saying…something like this may have happened.

Happy Days…because of Ka-Bloom's scrappy sashing, it was absolutely no problem to make adjustments and have my seams come together beautifully.
Check out those corners :)

I love a pattern that allows for some wiggle room.  A few nips and tucks later, the quilt came out perfectly aligned.

I give Ka-Bloom a huge thumbs up for design, flexibility, clear instructions, and as it so happens, Beth, owner and designer of EvaPaige Quilt Designs, is really, really sweet.  Bonus!!!

Please visit Beth at EvaPaige Quilt Designs or on Facebook if you're interested in purchasing the pattern for KaBloom or just to say hello.

Disclosure:  All opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for this review.  In fact, I wasn't even asked to do a review (surprise, Beth!).  I'm just excited about this beautiful quilt pattern and want to spread the word.

Happy Quilting...

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