Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer in Suburbia

I grew up in a Suburban neighborhood full of kids. And I had a ton of fun. This quilt is in memory of all the baseball I played in backyards and the night games we played until our parents called us in. I used a random smattering of houses, baseball diamonds, lawns, and sidewalks.
 I love this line by Jen Kingwell for Moda. It is called Moving On and is a lovely lawn, so silky smooth. It was a delight to work with and made the perfect summer quilt.
 The pattern is available here. I'm linking  up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate this summer finish.
Oh, and I almost forgot to announce the winners for last weeks giveaway. The random number generator picked #10 Mary from Needled Mom and #22 Linda who said," Your Modern Gems quilt is awesome! Congrats on the publication in Quick Quilts. Also, thanks for giving us a chance at this generous giveaway." Please send me your snail mail and I'll get your prizes on their way.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along and Giveaway

How are you coming on your scrappy bear paw. So far we've done a lot of cutting. This week we get to do a little sewing.  We will be making all our 1" finished hsts. I used my Nifty Notions ruler for mine. I'm still pulling out of my bits bin and this method worked well for me. Once they were all cut I just chained them through my machine.
 When I taught my class a lot of the ladies used Triangles on a Roll. This is a great method if your scraps are around 8" wide. As the 1" finished hst roll requires 7 3/4" width. This width will create 8 hsts per row. A whole roll gives you 1200. Now that's a lot of hsts. Pat, from Triangles on a Roll, has generously donated 3 rolls.
Three lucky winners can use them to make the hsts required for this weeks portion of the sew along. Just leave a comment telling me how your coming along on the sew along. Are you on schedule? What fabric's are you using; brights, Civil War, batiks, etc? I'll pick a winner on Monday. Good luck!

I your new to the sew along details can be found here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

Recently on my morning walk I saw the cutest little couple. They were probably in there 70's holding. They were holding hands and as they passed some rose bushes that lined the sidewalk they stopped and literally took time to smell the roses. It just made me smile. This happy experience triggered a quilt idea in my mind. It's still peculating but will use these cute little wonky roses.   
I was hoping to get a block or two done for this post but it just didn't happen. So I'll just post the tutorial I made after making my Naughty Garden quilt. Without further ado here is the tutorial.

You will need a 4-6 sided center, strips for rose and larger chunks for background.
Sew a rose strip to one side of your center.

Trim so that the edges of your rose strip are even with your center.

Continue log cabin style around your center with the rose strips.

You can stop here or continue going around.

When you feel your rose is the size you want it

find a background chunk and line it up along one side of your rose.

Sew this in place and square up with one edge.

Continue adding chunks and squaring up edges.

Once you have surrounded your rose and everything is square you block is done.

Have you made any wonky flowers using my method of madness? Next week we'll have a little linky party to share what we've made using a Tuesday Tutorial. Can't wait to see what you've created!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Moving It Forward

Are you tired of these blocks yet? Sorry but it is the one thing I've moved forward this week. I really pushed myself this weekend to finish these scrappy string blocks and put them into a flimsy. It made a small dent in my strings and I'm thrilled with the results. All that color makes me happy.
Hoping that Tuesday I'll be able to baste it though I don't know if I'll get it quilted this week. My hubby is adopted and after much searching has found his birth parents. They have both passed away. I'm sad for him. But he has found aunts and uncles and even a couple half siblings. We are going this weekend to meet them and exchange photos and stories. Pretty exciting stuff.

Now that I've shared my good news I'm looking forward to seeing your good news and progress. Please share how you've been moving things forward. Don't forget to link back so others can find us and play. Thanks!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Modern Gem's Giveaway

It is so hard to keep secrets. Especially when you are so excited you can barely contain yourself. FINALLY! I can reveal this little secret. My Modern Gem's is in the current issue of McCall's Quick Quilts. (Squeal of joy! Wild happy dance!) To share my joy I'm having a giveaway. 
But first let me tell you a little about this quilt. My dad is a rock hound. He makes beautiful jewelry that my daughter and I are often the recipients of.  He has passed this love onto my daughter. In fact when she was little she once brought me a metal lunch box full of rocks her grandpa had given her She had sprayed them with water. She said, "Smell this! It's my favorite sent! Wet rocks!" We still laugh at that.
 As a tribute to my dad I designed this quilt.  The shapes remind me of the stones he cuts for jewelry. It is made with Flow by Zen Chic for Moda. (Yep, I'm a big Zen Chic fan)
Now for the giveaway details.I have two McCall's Quick Quilts featuring Modern Gems. There are many ways to enter this giveaway. One, leave a comment here. Two, like Aunt Em's Quilts on Facebook. Three, follow emsscrapbag on Instagram. Four, share this post through your social media hashtag auntemsquilts. That's it four ways to win! Good luck everyone! I'll pick a winner next Friday.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew A Long

Well it's Wednesday and time for the next step in our Scrappy Bear Paw. For this one I pulled out my bits bin. That's the bin I keep all colors of scraps in that are less than a charm square. I figured I could kill two birds with one stone by pulling my 1 1/2" squares from it's contents; one make a small dent in the bin, and two get a good variety of colors and fabrics for those little squares.
 While listening to my book, The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. I took care of this necessary evil. I must say it made me pretty excited for this quilt. Somehow scrappy quilts always get me excited.
Have fun cutting all your little squares. Next week we will have a little giveaway. Grab the button to let others know about our little sew along. Also if you need the pattern you can get it from the button on the side bar. For some reason when I've been putting the link in the text it has not been working.  Sorry about that.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

I usually do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays. Being gone last week kind of threw that for a loop. Needless to say I had a mountains worth yesterday. All those dryer sheets got me thinking I should share how I use them with quilting.
 After running it through my laundry I place it in a box keep for this purpose. When I made this quilt I ran out and had to wait week to week to get more to complete it. I got impatient with this method and made a weird request to my friends for their dryer sheets. My friends know I'm a little different. They obliged me and soon I had this quilt complete. Now I use my box so as not to give more evidence to my peculiarities.
When I'm ready I iron the dryer sheet. I find generic brand flatten best. Bounce can be a bit of a problem. The first method I use for dryer sheets is as a foundation. I like it because it is lightweight and I don't have to rip any paper off when I'm done. The blocks I'm currently making start with a right angled triangle in one corner.
 Then I place a strip on top and stitch in place. You can pin if you like but I just hold it in place.
 Then I fold it back and press.
 Then repeat the process.
 Until I've covered the dryer sheet. Then I finish up with an other triangle
 Trim it all up.

 And here is my finished block.
 My next method is for applique. First I trace my pattern on the dryer sheet I used a sharpie here just so you could see it but usually use a micron pen.
 Then I place my fabric so the right side is facing the dryer sheet and stitch around it.
 Trim a scant 1/4" and clip corners
 Next I cut a slip in the dryer sheet
 Using a chopstick I turn the piece right side out.
Then press 
 And sew in place. I just top stitch but you can use any method you choose.