Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Recently at my quilt guild meeting we had an exchange of autumnal fabrics. Prior to the exchange we had a discussion on what autumnal colors were. Several of the ladies in my guild are from the North east and feel reds, golds, oranges and browns are. Those of us who have lived with the Wasatch Front in our backyard like to include a few blues and purples from the mountains. In the end the blues and purples were included. 
Whatever your preference autumn is a beautiful time of year. For a girl that loves color I love to go hiking in the mountains see all the autumnal glory. The cool, crisp air and beauty are breath taking. In honor of this wonderful time of year I created an autumn woods soap. It is scented with a blend of juniper, cedar wood, eucalyptus, rosemary, and spearmint essential oils to give it a crisp natural smell. Let me tell you it smells heavenly.
So whether you are walking through maple grove forests or aspen and pine covered mountains, whether you find blues and purples in your autumnal fabric stash I'm sure we can all agree that autumn is a wonderful season. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

Halloween is fast approaching. When it comes to quilt blocks and Halloween the spider web blocks is the one that comes first to my mind. I do love this block. And although I've never made one that was even remotely spooky I thought I'd share it today as our Tuesday Tutorial.  My first spider web I used Bonnie Hunter's tutorial and did it all on paper.
My next spiderweb quilt I did on light weight muslin, mostly because I hated having to tear all the paper off. I know some people find that relaxing but it drives me crazy. 
 So whatever method you choose know it is a fun quilt to make and a great scrap buster.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moving It Forward

Monday sure rolls around quickly. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. In addition to all the preserving of my bountiful garden, and re potting herbs so I can bring them inside and enjoy fresh herbs during the winter, I continued to play with my scraps. I made a few more yarn bomb trees. There is a tutorial for making these trees here.
Soon I will have a forest.
 Heaven knows I have enough  I'm not quite sure what I'll be using for sashing. Any suggestions?
Now it's your turn. What did you move forward?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Soap Journal

I've been keeping notes about my soap making in a little notebook. Yesterday I got the urge to play in my scraps and thought it would be fun to make a cover for my soaping journal. You can find the process I used to do this here. It's really quite simple and with the instructions you can cover any notebook/book. 
 To do the bubbles I used fusible web. Then stitched around them with a dark brown embroidery floss. I find I like dark brown better than black. I have a little trick I use when using fusible web. I poke a hole through the paper and slide a pin between the paper and fabric.
 Then I peel the paper away. I find this keeps me from fraying the edge. Which is what seems to happen if I try to separate the paper from the fabric at the edge.
I'm linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, Myra, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my scrappy soap journal.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


I've been making these fun flower blocks for a baby girl quilt.
 In addition to the blocks I'm getting these bonus half square triangles.
No plans for them yet but they sure are cute.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

My daughter asked when we were going to decorate for Halloween. If it wasn't for that girl we might never get our decorating done. We pulled out the Halloween decorations and came across this runner.
It is quick and easy so there is still time to get it done for Halloween. You can find the tutorial here. It only takes a little bit of spooky fabric and an afternoon. How is your Halloween decorating coming?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Moving It Forward

I've squeezed in a little more time to make some more rail fence blocks. Only about 20 more to go. I think I have enough strips cut to make them all.
 And look I actually made a dent in my blue scrap bin. I can't remember the last time it was this low. It almost looks empty. How long will that last?
Now it's your turn. Looking forward to seeing what you've been moving forward.