Saturday, November 19, 2016

Winner of Giveaway

Welcome back!  Thank you to all who stopped by and entered the SewPro Blog Hop Giveaway!  I appreciate each and every one of you! I decided to record a video of the giveaway.  I don't think I've ever recorded myself and posted it on the internet...ever! 

And it was a flop.  I tried and tried and tried to post my video, but I kept getting an error when trying to load it because it was too big of a file!  Maybe I talk too much??? So....I posted it on Facebook instead -

Anyway, the winner was Kelli Fannin of Kellin Fannin Quilt Designs and  

Congratulations, Kelli!  I'm so excited that you won!  

I've learned a few things about myself by recording this.  
I say "and" a lot.  
I look up and away a lot.
I make weird faces. 
I bug out my eyes a lot (but I already knew that because my dude is always telling me to put my eyes back in my head!)  

Oh well.  I guess that's who I am.  LOL.  

I hope you'll come back to check out my quilty adventures! 
If you're on Instagram, you can find me in two places - @lisalisaandthequiltjam and @upstairsbirdie  My longarm quilting website is 

Even if you didn't win this giveaway, all first-time customers will receive 25% off of the quilting cost!  Check out my website for details! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SewPro Stars

Welcome to the SewPro Stars Blog Hop!  

If this is your first time here, welcome!  Let me introduce myself!  I'm Lisa (aka Lisa Lisa) and I've been blogging off and on for almost five years.  Last year I decided to make the leap and started my very own longarm quilting business, Upstairs Birdie.  

If you're already following my blog, Facebook, or Instagram, you know that I went to SewPro in September.  I blogged about it here and here.  

And now I'm joining several other SewPro attendees in a blog hop where YOU can win some fabulous prizes!  If you haven't read my recent posts, I'll give you a little rundown of what SewPro was all about - Basically, it was a convention to network with others in the sewing industry and to learn about either starting a career in the sewing industry or moving your current business to the next level.  Networking with other makers is a beautiful thing! 

And if you want to really be part of an awesome community of people in the craft industry, then you MUST check out Craft Industry Alliance!  Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew and Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps started CIA, and they were at SewPro to talk all about it. I've been a member since last year, and I can't even tell you how many times I've used their resources (although they probably could because I bet they watch those statistics like hawks!) I'm really looking forward to being able to join one of their monthly coffee klatsches! 

Each of the blog hop participants is making something that relates to their experience at SewPro.  For me, this had to be sewing with Kaffe Fassett fabric!  Some of Kaffe Fassett's quilts were displayed by FreeSpirit Fabrics.  I knew right then and there that there would be some Kaffe fabric in my future! I knew that my local quilt shop carried Kaffe Fassett fabrics because I've seen it so many times before and for some reason never bought any!  So I headed down there last week and picked up some blues & purples, something I wouldn't normally buy. Just looking for a challenge here, folks!  

I decided to make four random blocks from Tula Pink's City Sampler - 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  These are fast and easy blocks!  I've had this book for quite some time.  My friend Kelli Q gave it to me (I call her that because I have a lot of Kellis and Kellys in my life and she quilts; therefore, she's Kelli Q).  She had Tula sign it for me since I couldn't attend quilt market with her.  Sweet, right???

Don't these blocks look awesome using Kaffe's fabric?  I added a purple solid that I had in my stash to break up the prints a little, but I think the blocks would look awesome even without the solid. 

OK, let's get on with the good stuff!  
**There are TWO separate giveaways** 
The Rafflecopter is for some awesome fabric bundles and patterns donated by sponsors.  Details are still being worked out, but I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed ;) 
The winner will be selected via Rafflecopter drawing on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

I'm also giving away a $50 gift certificate to Upstairs Birdie Longarm Quilting (That's ME!)  Do you have a quilt that you'd like to have quilted just in time for the holidays?  
Just leave a comment below telling me about a quilt that you'd like for me to quilt for you! Maybe you haven't even made it yet! LOL 
The winner will be selected via paper pieces in a hat/bowl/box on Saturday, Nov. 19th.
Heck! I might even do one of those Facebook Live videos!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to visit all of the blogs below for more chances to win prizes!  

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Nov 14
Sherri Noel -
Andi Stanfield -

Tuesday Nov 15
Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart -
Joanne Kerton -

Wednesday Nov 16
Carmen Ross -
Jessica Caldwell -
Pamela Morgan -

Thursday Nov 17
Maryanna Powell -
Lissa LaGreca -

Friday Nov 18
Becca Fenstermaker -
Trinia Braughton -

Thursday, November 3, 2016

One Room Schoolhouse Fabric

While at SewPro last month, I was one of the lucky ones who got a charm pack of Brenda Ratliff's One Room Schoolhouse fabric. Woot! This line is so great! 

While trying to decide what to make, I decided to go back and read Brenda's blog post where she described her design process. 
"I got inspiration from my vintage fabric collection.  But this time, I really wanted a more late Spring/early Summer feel to the colors.  I still looked for prints that were smaller for quilting.  There are so many great quilting patterns out there that use small pieces and One Room Schoolhouse will work well with those types of patterns."
Perfect!  I just happened to be pulling fabric for a table runner for a table for my entry way and was looking for some ideas for quarter log cabin blocks.  I came across this tutorial by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.  This fabric is perfect for small blocks for a table runner! Then I thought about how I only have one quilty thing on the wall in my sewing room....seriously, one thing!  How is that even possible??? maybe I could make a mini to hang on my wall! 

So I started cutting....and cutting....and cutting.  I started my blocks with 2.5" squares, then added 1.5" strips using Rita's method.  Then sewed all those teeny tiny blocks together. And then.....get this....I put this tiny little thing on my longarm to quilt it!  Smallest quilt so far!  And so quick!  

And just by pure luck, we happened to have a little bit of sunlight here in the Pacific Northwest, so I ran outside really quick and got a pic in my dude's garden. 
When I looked at this pic on my camera, all I could see were double L' know, like Lisa Lisa.  Ha ha ha!  Purely coincidental ;) 

Aren't these colors awesome?  I fell in love with all of the blues!  If you have fallen in love with this fabric like I did, you're probably going to love her first fabric line, Pie Making Day!  Earlier this week, I got a notification from Pink Castle Fabrics for a Pie Making Day + One Room Schoolhouse Stash Box, which I am adding to the top of my wish list for November!  Doesn't everyone have a monthly wish list?  ha ha! 

Happy Quilting!