My Happy Place Row - Sit'n Sip!

>> Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Today is finally my day! Marian at Seams to be Sew has organized the My Happy Place Rowalong.

my happy place row along button

As soon as Marian announced the rowalong I had my idea. I love to sit on my front porch and look out into the world, resting and enjoying nature while also getting the 'me time' I need to dream up new quilt designs. 

This is what I came up with:

my happy place row sarah vanderburgh

One of my happy places is sitting on my front porch with a coffee.
 The row shows my "dream view" across a lake to a forest, all from the comfort of my chair!  

There are other quilters sharing today too so be sure to check out their rows as well:

Songbird Designs/Brenda’s Blog
Powered By Quilting
Kissed Quilts
Happy Sewing Room

This is a long post with all of the giveaway rules below so I will share more pictures than words with you today:)

The fabric sponsor for the rowalong is Northcott. If you have visited my blog lately you know that I have recently started creating projects with Banyan batiks. I decided to keep creating with batiks and chose three from the Ketan batiks line to get me started.

Northcott fabric Ketan batiks

Then I played with my growing stash of Banyan batiks and picked out this fun rainbow of brights!

Northcott fabrics ketan batiks

I really like how using the batiks lets me color a quilt like I'm using crayons. Solids can really make a statement in a design but I'm finding that batiks add that sense of light playing on surfaces - perfect for an outdoor scene!

happy place row sit'n sip sarah vanderburgh

The entire row is pieced. I am a piecer at heart and wanted to make a row that only had one technique - not piecing and applique - and did my best to make the words easy to piece. Don't be discouraged by all the pieces, either! The row is made up of three blocks that are joined together.
I hope you have fun with it!

pieced adirondack block on adirondack chair

My chair in real life is blue, on the row it's red. I had fun playing with the blues, red and yellow to make my row happy and bright. You could make the row your own by changing the colors to match your setting or to coordinate with more of the rows featured during the rowalong as there are several rows that feature the outdoors.

My row is available as a free download for one week {Sept. 25 - Oct. 2, 2018}. After  that, my row will be available for purchase. 

Click on the photo below to go to the download. 

cover photo happy place row

But wait, there's a giveaway too!


I am thrilled to announce that my giveaway is for some gorgeous fabric by Moda! Just in time for the holidays too :)
And it's by 3 Sisters! I love everything they design!! 

fabric bundle moda holly woods

Holly Woods by 3 Sisters for Moda
fat eighth bundle {value $55.00 USD}

Worldwide Shipping / Shipping paid by winner

Giveaway rules are listed below the Rafflecopter entry form.
Giveaway is open for 1 (one week) Sept. 25 -  Oct.2, 2018*

*Be sure to visit Seams to Be Sew to enter the EQ8 giveaway too!

Rules and Guidelines For Giveaways from our rowalong hostess, Marian.
Please take the time to read it.

Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day.

There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.

You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways.

Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.

I will start announcing winners on September 11, 2018, and finish announcing winners on October 10, 2018.

In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their 

You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.

With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.

You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.

If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.

In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...

Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.

No purchase whatsoever is necessary.

You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.

You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.

All winners are chosen at random.

All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at Seams To Be Sew. All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.

Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.

Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.

The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.

Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways.

I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only.

If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping.
All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.

An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.

Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.

Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.

Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.


Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please enjoy my row and be sure to visit the other quilters sharing today.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Harvest JOY Pumpkin Patch block

>> Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hi again! I am getting things ready behind the scenes for Tuesday when I get to share My Happy Place row.

Be sure to come back then to download my row for free AND to enter an awesome giveaway.

There were several more rows shared on Thursday and you still have time to visit and download their free rows as well as enter their giveaways.

Clever Chameleon | Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Heleen Pinkster Quilt Design
Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Seams To Be Sew

Plus the giveaway for EQ8 is still going strong too - you can visit Marian's blog to enter that and some bloggers are also sharing that giveaway on their blogs (same giveaway no matter where you enter but there are going to be over 40 entries available to you! for a free copy of EQ8! we can learn together as I have yet to work at learning it LOL}

EDITED! Please try again - I've switched to payhip which seems to be much easier for us both :)
Can I ask a big favour?
Could you download this free pumpkin patch block?
For free?! :)

Thanks to early visitors who left me comments, I have switched the location of my pdf patterns making it easier for you to just click and download after entering only your email address. Thank you for your comments!

I think I'll know pretty quickly if it's working or not, but if you have problems could you leave a comment here so I can fix it and make you happy - and make me less nervous about Tuesday! I've been working on this row since February and really want the sharing of it to go smoothly for all:)

Oh and I have a few more Harvest JOY blocks that are new that I've never shared and will be getting to this year. Plus I'll add the rest of last year's to my store this fall as well. Maybe another Harvest JOY Sampler is in the works ;)

Thanks for being here and supporting me!

Sarah V.

p.s. here's the link to the FREE Harvest JOY Pumpkin Patch block again - thanks!


Still rowing through September

>> Thursday, September 13, 2018

School's back in session. The hurricanes have started. I'm wearing shorts again up here in the North of Ontario! It's generally the busy season for most people and starts to get even busier as quilters realize it's almost time to start making gifts for the holidays - if you're doing that this year. Plus so many hops and sewalongs to enjoy.

Remember to enjoy and not get bogged down in taking on too many new projects. Sometimes it's just fun to look for inspiration's sake and maybe enter for a chance to win some giveaways!

button image for my happy place rowalong

This week has more bloggers participating in the My Happy Place Rowalong. I meant to post more last week, but didn't. I've been back in the school already this year and now trying to stay caught up here because there's lots coming! 

Today's bloggers include:

Pumpkin Patch BC
Sew Incredibly Crazy
A Quilting Chick
Patchwork Breeze

Visit them soon as I'm pretty sure the giveaways are only open for a week! 
You can also visit Marian's blog for the giveaways here.

And I found out there is a pinterest board where you can see some of the rows that have already been featured.

My Happy Place Rowalong Pinterest board

I'm looking forward to sharing my row in a couple of weeks' time, plus I'm busy getting a new project ready for in October too. And I rediscovered my stash lately and have been cutting it up and playing with it too.

One quilt top that I haven't shared yet is my roosting Round Robin civil war top. I did get it finished in time to share at my guild meeting at the end of June. It's  a nice size wall hanging right now and with a bit more fabric could become a lap or twin quilt. Undecided on if I want to keep adding to it or not.

on point round robin challenge quilt civil war fabric

Remember this one was a challenge using two, one metre yards of fabric and the rest 2 1/2 inch strips. I think adding a wide border and possibly some applique would really add to it.

Hope you are finding time in the busyness of September to quilt!

With Joy,

Sarah V.


My Happy Place Row Along Begins

>> Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Today is the first day of the My Happy Place Row along!

I'm happy to say that I am participating in this row along; my date is September 25. There are lots of great bloggers participating and amazing giveaways. Aurifil and EQ8, amazing!!

The hostess for the row along is Marian at Seams To Be Sew. You'll want to head to her blog and book mark it to go back to each Tuesday and Thursday this month and into October to collect a new list of bloggers to visit -  and enter each  giveaway.

Here is the list of bloggers to visit today:

The Quilt Rambler
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Cheryl LaPlante
Be A Quilter
Patti’s Patchwork

It's my first day back to school today but I will be back here regularly to show what I've worked on this summer and of course, to share my row on September 25.

With Joy,

Sarah V.


Make something new out of quilt backing leftovers

>> Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There's always more fabric - isn't that true!  This is the third post in the Quilt Backing Leftovers Challenge; you can find the first post by clicking here

leftover fabric quilt trimmings

The last post listed three ways to use up the leftovers; this post exists because I left out one special way to use up leftovers - 

use them up to make something you've never made before!

There are always one or two new projects that show up in one social media feed or another that I want to try out. Finding time is one thing, but sometimes it's also wondering what fabric to use to make it. What if I don't like the project and I regret using special fabric?

Sometimes what also happens is that the more I look at a fabric, the more likely I am to find a project that it would look good in:)

Case in point - I used some of the backing leftovers trimmed to 2 1/2" strips and cut some more batik strips to go with them.

fabric strips batik fabric ready to create with

Then I went back to a lookbook I had gone through and decided I could change the pattern enough to make it fun and doable. The giant leaf is supposed to be 'it' with no background. Instead I used my machine's blanket stitch to applique the leaf to a black background.

Here's a link to Jessica Swift's blog post that has a photo of the leaf project and a link to her lookbook - it's for her second line of fabric with Art Gallery.

giant fabric leaf appliqued to black background

Then I quilted it with a batik fat quarter on the back. You can see from the photo that I  quilted in the ditch between each strip to secure the layers; I'm pretty sure it will get used and need to be washed!

batik fat quarter as backing of table topper

This project will actually get to go and live with my daughter in her university residence. And, with the trimmings from THIS project, I made potholders to coordinate with it.

batik table topper and potholders

Now all that remains of my backing leftovers are some useable size scraps and a few bits to include in a scrappy quilt. 

I encourage you to do a Backing Leftovers challenge - it can push you out of your comfort zone to try something new!

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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