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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GiveAway! + Stand Back!

I kinda feel like our "Doom" squirrel, low on emotional and physical energy.  It has been a trying 12 months and looks like we have a few more ahead in our family.  Doom Squirrel  is what my boys call the squirrel each season who arrives with attitude.  He could care less that we live here...cause this is his hood and you better play by his rules.  Enzo tries to scare him with his barking but Doom Squirrel just looks down at him and  gives him the paw.  But in this photo he is running low on attitude. lol


Remember all these stars!  They were part of the BOW by Primitive Gatherings in 2011!  They are done...but, what I found out is that when I started them I wasn't so good at precision.  Precision...that word in the quilting world that means the block finishes at the size the pattern specifies and all your points are perfect.



The Stars are spectacular...if...you...STAND BACK!!!  There was a definite skill line that was crossed about halfway through their construction. Those early stars...well lets say they look more like cogs than stars! lol 


I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that I am now answering comments on the blog.  I am not sure when I do that if you are sent an email response but I thought that by sending email responses the rest of the readers may not get a question answered that one particular follower asks about a quilt or pattern...or Enzo.  From now one all comments will be answered on the blog so everyone can be part of the conversation line.

Remember this fun pattern by Bird Brain that combines both piecing and embroidery?!  



Here is the Give Away!  For the most part I like to play it forward when it comes to my patterns.  If I know I am done...never to make another one...I will play it forward with whatever left over fabrics there are.  I choose this pattern to celebrate the opening of a Bird Brain's Store Front!!!  So if you would like to participate...here is what you need to do...

1. Be a signed up follower
2. leave me a comment on this blog post if you have a "Stand Back" quilt  


Drawing will be on Sunday!

72 comments:

  1. You are wondering IF I have 'a' stand back quilt...are there any other kind?? All of my quilts are stand back quilts!! Your blocks look wonderful!! This quilt is going to an heirloom quilt!!
    I LOVE this pattern and would be thrilled to win! Thanks for the chance...and of course I follow!! Your my 'number one go to blog'! Have a great day!
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    1. Oh thank you so much! Heirloom...sounds so wonderful!

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  2. Some days I'm sure that I'd need to "stand back" further than you. Thanks for the give away, love Bird Brain designs.

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    1. Now there is thought... categorize quilts by the number of feet you have to stand back! lol

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  3. roflol It's not IF we have a "stand back quilt", but HOW MANY!! But yes....of course I have one. For most of us though, we're our harshest critic and we see all of the mistakes or not so good quality in our quilts, but others never even notice if we don't point it out.

    Intersperse the not as perfect with the perfect and make it as rustic or "Prim" as you can, and if people notice the imperfections at all, they will think that they were intentionally put in there to make it "Prim"/rustic.

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    1. I never thought about that...I could call it Prim! Brilliant!

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  4. Great offer Anna,

    Your stars are lovely and you don't have to stand back to enjoy them.

    I would doubt if anyone can say they don't have at least one stand back quilt if we are honest!

    Love Bird Brain designs, count me in.

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    1. You are right...I just have to take my glasses of and they all look wonderful!

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  5. Of course I have a stand back quilt (or a 'don't bother with your glasses quilt!') or two!!

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    1. LOL I like that title...don't bother with you glasses! I just keep seeing all those people who go to quilt shows and stand right up close looking at every thread and every point...stand back people! no breathing on the quilts!

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  6. Yes, I have a few stand-back quilts. One in particular that is made with a pinwheel block. I think, though, that people really do not notice that the seams don't match exactly, or if they do, they are very polite and don't say anything. Lovely giveaway, Birdbrain Designs are wonderful. And I'm a follower.

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    1. most quilters are polite...we all have something in our closets! lol

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  7. All of my quilts are like that, lol.
    I wonder if I make a whonky quilt, would it come out straight?

    Debbie

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  8. Probably most of my quilts don't line up exactly. Even though I try to square up it seems like something goes wrong. I am a follower of yours.

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    1. Well any follower of mine can't have a squared up quilt! lol

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  9. It's hard to get all the seams perfect, especially with so many pieces. I think your quilt is lovely so far.
    I'd like to be entered in your giveaway too. Of course, I have stand back quilts...don't we all??

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    1. I think that is why I love prim...it is so unprim!

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  10. I am SURE every quilt I have made is stand back one! I enjoy the 'primative' look, ha ha!
    I would love to win the pattern, AND I follow you each and every day.

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    1. oh I love hearing that...it is nice to know there are regulars out there!

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  11. Everyone has those stand back quilts they make on the road to perfection. Unfortunately, I am taking that long scenic route so all my "stand backs" are fighting for that one high place in my foyer where everyone looks pretty!

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    1. Don't you just love the high place where everyone's neck would get a kink if they held the position long enough to see the prim in a quilt!

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  12. Yes, I have made many a "stand back" quilt...I don't see anything wrong with your wonderful stars though. They look beautiful to me. And thanks for a chance at that pattern, would love to try it :)

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    1. It is amazing, when I look at the photo all my points are perfect!

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  13. Yep I also have stand back quilts, my idea on it though is that it makes it a home made quilt look, every quilt is made with at least one inperfection, made with love and its fun to see the little spots, it makes memories.

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    1. oh that sentiment is wonderful...I am making memories...actually this quilt is chalked full of memories, of mom's last summer and not being able to keep up with the weekly arrival and my postman wondering what the heck I was thinking...signing up for 2 BOW's...and guess what, I did it again this summer! lol

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  14. Oh, I have lots of "stand back" quilts. In fact that is a comment I make to someone saying their quilt is not so perfect. I just say - stand back a ways - it looks great!
    I love the little snowmen quilt you made.

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    1. Stand way back! I love my snowmen also!

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  15. It`s hard to get all my sewings lines perfect so my quilts are no perfect.Your stars look fantastic.

    I love the little snowmen quilt.

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    1. La perfección está en el ojo del que mira ... si me quedo atrás, mis estrellas son perfectas!

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  16. i am a follower all of mine are stand back

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    1. Every single one??? LOL mine too! Welcome to the stand by me club!

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  17. OK, I recently found out that you are a nurse too, right? Whoohoo!! Well, I can honestly say that most of my quilts are stand back...if it looks good from the back of a galloping horse, it is OK honey! (said some sage quilter of old)...thank you for including me in your giveaway!

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    1. Yes I am...and if there is one thing being a nurse has taught me is that there is nothing perfect in life, right!

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  18. HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  19. HELLO! REALLY LOVE YOUR STARS! LOVE 'BIRD BRAIN DESIGNS' TOO! THE SNOWMAN PIECE IS SO SO CUTE! YES,I HAVE A COUPLE OF "STAND BACK" QUILTS! LOVE YOUR HUMOR+YOUR BLOG!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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    1. You definitely have to have a sense of humor and live on this planet (and be a quilter!)

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  20. I also have a stand back quilt and it hangs right in front of my sewing table to hopefully prove that practice makes perfect! Look forward to catching your blog every day...very entertaining...thanks.

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    1. Ah a tough kinda quilter! Facing ones fears!

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  21. I LOVE that Bird Brain Designs pattern.
    And yes I do have a stand back quilt, it is my first pinwheel quilt, I even put buttons in the centers to help cover up the fact the points were so far off.LOL!!!

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    1. LOL I have done that very thing...buttons, appliques...whatever it takes!

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  22. I, too, have a few "stand back" projects. In the group I quilt with, one of our mottos is "Hang 'Em High!"

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    1. Is Clint Eastwood part of your quilt group?! lol

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  23. Your progress is admirable. "Keep calm and carry on!"

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    1. Ahhh breath in, breath out...I am feeling calm!

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  24. Well, i don't know what a 'stand back' quilt is!! so guess i really don't qualify. Maybe a quilt sitting there languishing as it is not completed? Enjoyed seeing u & Enzo in Sisters last Sunday!! He is SO soft!!!

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    1. A "Stand back" quilt is one where your points are cut off, your seams don't match and it is better viewed at a distance than scrutinized up close! lol

      I loved that you stopped and talk to us...but no way am I going to tell Enzo you think he is SO soft...he already has a big head! lol

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  25. I think all my quilts are "stand back" quilts. I am not confident with my sewing and the seams don't line up but I love them and I made them so I am proud of them.

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    1. I love that you love your quilts and are proud of them! I am going to embrace my stars...I worked hard on them! Thank you!

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  26. I'm still new to quilting , so right now I only have one baby quilt top. And that is my stand back quilt. I hang at my window frame at my room. I can't wait to quilt it. Besides this quilt, I'm working on a birdies stitches quilt now. That would be my next stand back quilt as I can't stop looking at the blocks everyday.
    Happy day and I follow your blog.

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  27. I love new quilters! They are excited and happy and less critical...because they are having so much fun quilting! Thank you for hanging out here on the Woolie!

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  28. I have many "stand back" quilts. But my favorite one is a 'Pineapple' block quilt top that I bought off Ebay. It was beautiful(so I thought)until I was pressing it to get it ready for the LAQ. Let's just say...It had issues! It had "LOTS" of bulges, that were not noticeable when you looked at it. Well, I sent 3 or 4 tops to the quilter. She called me after she had done them all, except for "that" one. She told me she tried, but she wouldn't be able to quilt it without puckers. I laughed! I forgot to tell her there were issues with it and to do what she could with it. So she did! And I LOVE it! From afar you can't tell, but if you look close you can.

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    1. How funny! I wonder if the quilter never quilted it because she just couldn't live with it's imperfections...and here years later it is cherished!

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  29. My thought is no one is perfect, we are not built that way even if some people think they are. So we stand back and love our quilts for how they made us feel when we started the project and the utter joy of having a finished project. So woot, woot to my stand back quilts, I love them all. I am a follower and would love to win!

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    1. I love that joyful feeling when a project is completely done! Well said!

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  30. Ofcourse there is a stand back quilt... or two. I love that pattern your giving away!

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    1. Here I thought I may be in the minority...but in fact I am part of the majority!

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  31. I think all of my quilts are stand back quilts. I have to hold myself back from pointing out the mistakes to people. Why do they need to know!!! Very cute pattern from Bird Brain, they have so many great ones.

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    1. I do the same thing...it's like we aren't comfortable with the compliments?!

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  32. Doesn't everyone have a "stand back" quilt?? I had a quilting teacher who told everyone to say their wonky quilts are organic. Nothing in nature has perfect symetry after all.

    Throw me in the dog dish for the pattern too.

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    1. Ahhh, Organic...I love it...Greg says it was my catholic upbringing...wanting the same number of pews on each side...statue on the right, statue on the left...lol

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  33. Of course I have a stand back quilt. Actually, all of them are. I try to do the best I can at the time and not worry about it much.

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    1. I am going to follow your lead...not worry to much!

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  34. I love to embroider and I love snowmen!~ LOL would love to work up this pattern! As for stand back quilts~ I used to rip every little thing, and not get anywhere but frustrated! Now I like the riding by on a horse saying~ can you see my little mistake if you are riding by on a horse? I didn't think so! LOL Have a happy day Anna!

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    1. I know what you mean...I also was a ripper and a picker of every imperfect seam...now it is "whatever!"

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  35. The Snowmen are adorable especially in blue!

    I tell my family that my quilts are 3 foot quilts...stand back 3 feet and you won't see the "oops" lol.

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  36. I love the comment "if I made a wonky quilt, would it be straight?" I believe all of my quilts are stand backs! :) Whatdayamean its not straight- its supposta be that way :)

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    1. I know that Debbie is a hoot! I now call all my quilts...art quilts!

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  37. Stand back quilter - well, yes I have one - um ah er ah - more maybem no maybe it's me. I'm a follower. Love the Bird Brain Designs, thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. Glad you could enjoy us on the imperfect blog with our imperfect quilts...but we have fun!

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