Monday, January 15, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've finished the background for my Scrappy Dresden, added all the large Dresdens. Now I'm pondering a color for the mini Dresdens. I was leaning toward aqua, but a peek in my aqua bin made me second guess that decision. Most were not wide enough for what I want to do. Those that were seemed darker than what I wanted. So I might have to rethink this. Maybe yellow.
While I mulling that over in my mind I'm having a little fun quilting some waving lines in my quilt featuring Jen Kingwell's latest line.I do love how it is looking.Some times the simplest quilting has the greatest impact.
It's Monday and you know what that means. A chance to share what you've been working on, and be inspired by what everyone else is moving along. Link up and share.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Into The Woods

One of the things I like to do when I design a quilt is to play with a single block. I see how it looks bigger or smaller. Maybe repeat an element in the block. It's fun for me to see how this effects the block. Then see if those blocks play well together or if there is a variation that will make a quilt in and of itself. I've done it with circles, majestic mountain blocks and Shoo fly blocks to name a few.
 When I saw Annie Brady's Big Sky line for Moda trees came to mind. Just a simple pine tree. I made it big. I made it small. Then I went for short and tall. After coming up with four different tree blocks I arranged them and came up with this design.
 Simple pine trees with various sized plain blocks to include all the fabrics in the line. I think it makes a great little boy quilt.
You can find the pattern in Annie's Time Friendly Quilts.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Moving it Forward

I've been slapping up my scrappy rail fence blocks onto the design wall. I chain the scrappy rails. When a rail is long enough I stitch it to a gray background and admire how cute it is. I'm a little crazy that way but I do love how well my scraps play together.
 The bits leftover from my scrappy pineapple have all been used and I am now diving into my bits bin. A good thing as it was overflowing. It seems to be the constant state of my scrap bins these days. Thanks to my Go and the 1 1/2" strip die I have many usable pieces in no time.
 I have decided to separate the different gray backgrounds until I get more done and decide how I want to arrange them. But I have to admit I'm losing steam on this project. I love it. Don't get me wrong. I just want to make something other than rail fence blocks.
 So to mix things up a bit I pulled out my Scrappy Dresden from the class I taught last year at Bryce. And made it a few more friends.
Yesterday my oldest headed back to Seattle. I miss him already. It was nice to have him home for the last few weeks. A little crazy but in a good way. With him gone and everyone back in school I'm hoping a little more sewing can get done and I'll be more regular with my posts.
 Now it's your turn. What fun, creative things have you been up to this new year? Link up and share.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Raised Beds

I hope everyone is staying warm. We haven't had a lot of snow. Just enough to give us a white Christmas. But I know some of you are getting blasted. This new quilt is to give you hope for spring. I call it Raised Beds
 It is a precut layer cake friendly pattern. Just one layer cake and a background and your set with this simple, beginner friendly quilt.
 I quilted the background with pebbles to give cobblestone look around my flower beds. It took forever, but I'm so pleased with the results.
This quilt features Crystal Manning's Painted Garden line by Moda. I love all the pretty, bright colors. They are perfect for fighting the winter blahs. Stay warm and enjoy those snow days, they make for great sewing days.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Year of Quilts

 I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I sure enjoyed having all my children home. I love that they are all friends and enjoy spending time together. Makes for lots of fun and many fond memories. The new year is almost here. A time to look back on the old and forward to the future. I had fun looking back through my blog on all the quilts that were made this year. Once again so many happy memories. Let me share.
Floating Boxes



Slash of Color

Yarn Bomb Trees

Stars and Stripes Runner


Scrappy Logs

A Bushel & A Peck

T-shirt Quilt for a friend


Floating nine patches

Who Wants to Play
More Scrappy Logs

Rhythm & Blues

Nine Patch Stretch
It sure has been a good year! Wishing you lots of creative quilting time in the new.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Pretty Patchwork Ornaments And Circling Lives

My friend, Suzy, says we were circling each other long before we met. Let me explain. She used to frequent my grandpa's bakery when I was a little girl. She didn't know it was me that she remembers napping in my grandpa's office. Not until I mentioned going to his bakery did we make that connection. As a teenager I used to clean my dad's office. One day I went to drop something off at her home and we realize that she lived right across from my dad's office when I was there cleaning. 
Finally the stars aligned and we met when a friend took me to my first guild meeting and Suzy was the president of that guild. We've been friends ever since. And thanks to Suzy taking me under her wing my quilting skills have grown. 
 I have many patchwork ornaments I have received from Suzy over the years. These are my newest two. The first is from leftovers from the Bear Scraps quilt I taught at our guild recently.
This cutie is because Suzy likes red and the number nine. I feel so blessed to have Suzy as a friend and I'm grateful that our circles finally met. Our 20 year friendship has been a great blessing in my life.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Moving It Forward

This week I cut into this lovely layer cake of Jen Kingwell's Beach Road.
 It made the cutest, scrappy little Ohs.
 That I am putting into staggered rows. I still need to sew the sashing between the rows, but I'm loving how they are coming together.
Now it's your turn. Are you busy Christmas sewing or barely finding time to get to your machine with all your holiday activities? A little or a sneak peek if it's Christmas related. We'd love to see. Link up and show us your progress.