Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Quilty Hugs Find New Homes

Yesterday was a Quilty Hug Sew In. My quilting angels joined me and we got busy creating Quilty Hugs. Ginger's health and other challenges have caused her to have to step away from Happy Chemo.  She is hoping her health will return and that things will settle but in the mean time I have had to find new homes for all the Quilty Hugs. With all the wonderful quilts coming in from H2H I felt I needed to let everyone know what was going on.  Also make sure those beautiful quilts found good homes with the purpose for which they were intended. Ginger introduced me to Michele the founder of the Rack Pack.  Her focus is on helping those fighting breast cancer and our Quilty Hugs will go in her Love Handle Bags. You can learn about what she does on this video. 

Because Michelle's focus is mostly on women I had to find another outlet to ensure that those manly Quilty Hugs also found a home.  Michelle told me to talk to Hope Lodge, a place where those battling cancer and their caregivers can stay while they receive treatment. This video showcases their great work. 
I'm thankful for all those who are sending Quilty Hugs through H2H and wanted to let you know what was going on. Also to let you know that your time, talent, and generosity are appreciated and your Quilty Hug will find a good home where it will bring love, and hope.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

100 Blocks Blog Tour

So thrilled to be part of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour. I have my friend Suzy to thank. If not for her I would never have been part of the Scrap Squad. Which means I never would have met the wonderful people at Quiltmaker and had the wonderful opportunity to create a block for 100 blocks. If your here for the first time welcome! I hope you take time to look around.
I've always wanted to make a broken dishes quilt. I have one my mom gave me when she moved down south and was getting rid of things so she wouldn't have to move them. It was partially quilted, as I'm the only one of my sisters who quilts it came to my house. I didn't ever finish quilting it.  It had a big fluffy batting from the 70's and I didn't want to miss with it. so I just tied what was left, naughty I know.  To redeem my sinful ways I thought I should make a broken dishes quilt and do it right this time.  I came up with this variation of the pattern for 100 blocks.
Playing with the block in EQ I came up with several ways to arrange the block. Here is an Amish look with solids. The blocks are just set in rows without sashing.  I like the alternate pattern it creates as the four broken dishes come together to create another star.
 Adding sashing with corner posts in modern Zen Chic fabrics you get this.
 Creating a sashing similar to the center of the block just reversing where the background and prints go and adding corner posts that are in prints  you get this design in 30's
So many options, It's going to be fun redeeming my past sins.

Hope you enjoy the rest of the rest of the 100 Blocks Blog Tour. There are some pretty great blocks in there by some very talented people. I know my bucket list has grown since looking at my issue.
You can get your own here. Or if you are feeling lucky leave a comment and win one. Good luck!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Moving it Forward

The weekend is over. A new week has begun and it's time to get movin'. Or at least share what we've been moving forward. I've doubled my number of string blocks. Love how they are looking on the design wall.
 I was also able to add a borders and baste my ME/EM quilt
Now it's your turn. Can't wait to see all the progress.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Funfetti Finish

It is no secret that I love scrap quilts. To me, there is just something so gratifying about using up bits and pieces and creating something beautiful. Funfetti was a way to use up some leftover Zen Chic Scraps and make a dent in my gray scrap bin. Even the binding is from leftovers. Oh I feel so thrifty.
 I quilted it with simple straight line quilting,vertical lines 1/4" from the seams.
 For the back I used some larger gray pieces I had in my stash. If you are interested in making a little fun of your own you can find the tutorial for these quick easy blocks here.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean to celebrate this fun finish.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beware Bears

Last week I had a great time with the ladies in my guild playing in our scraps.  I had been asked to teach My Scrappy Bear Paw. I once heard that there was no such thing as an ugly fabric.  That if you felt it was ugly you just had not cut it small enough yet. This quilt found in the Jan/Feb. issue of Quiltmaker is  a great way to use up these kinds of fabric. Those little bear paws us 1 1/2" squares and hsts that finish at 1".  
Diane's quilt
 I had asked the ladies to have there fabric cut and hsts done. I wanted to make sure they would get a lot done in class.  Those the got this bit of prep work done were able to get most of there blocks done and a few sections of the quilt.
Vivian's quilt
I find you always get a few overachievers in your classes.  This was no exception.  Diane came with all her blocks made.  Vivian, who had recently had surgery came with a complete top. Her excuse, was she couldn't do anything else.  Suzy got her blocks done in class and had started assembling them when the class ended.  She sent me this picture later that night.
Suzy's quilt
I'm looking forward to seeing the other quilts as they are completed.  The advantage to teaching a class in your own guild, eventually those quilts get completed and brought to show and tell. Oh, I love a scrappy quilt.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What a Deal

The thought of making a double wedding ring used to scare me.  It was one of those quilts I loved but figured I would never make.  But with a little encouragement from Victoria I took the plunge and what was just going to be a table runner (you know just to try the method and say I had done it) turned into a queen size quilt. 
If you've been toying with the idea of a double wedding ring quilt, Keepsake Quilting has a special on templates.  They even have it precut  using 30's fabrics if you are interested. For someone who hates to cut out quilts this is quite a deal. That's over 2,000 pieces you don't have to cut!
Speaking of the 30's the Farmer's Wife is also on sale on their site. It's 45% off!  Now that's a deal!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Moving it Forward

Moving, shaking and ready to share this fine Monday. Hope you are too.  There is a lot I can't share yet but I've been feeding this string and strip blocks through my machine in between everything else. I'm getting a little stack almost 10 in each, being careful to keep the stacks even so when I go to play with them I'll be able to do what I'm envisioning.
 I need about 80 more blocks 40 of each. But no worries it seems I have plenty strips and strings to keep me going.
Now it's your turn.  Let's see how your moving and shaking.