Friday, February 5, 2016

New Card Holder

I recently purchased a new purse.  My old one was faded and in need of replacement. I'm not a big shopper, unless it is for fabric, of course. So I tend to put purchases off.  My new purse did not quite fit my cardholder. So I needed to make a new one. I had a layer cake of Hometown Girl by Pat Sloan that I thought would be cute. 
 I had to tweak the tutorial a little to make it fit my purse.
  So not quite as many pockets for cards.  But I didn't really need that many anyway. And it's nice to have my cards easily accessible again. I love being able to flip through it and easily find the card I'm looking for. Not having to worry about not having the right punch card when I'm at the fabric store or my favorite bakery. That is important you know.
Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate this little finish.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Village and Forest of Orphans

I pulled out my bin of orphan blocks the other day thinking I would make another Plan B quilt. I started pulling out blocks I felt would go together. At first I was just slapping them up on the design wall. Before long I started to see houses and trees forming from those random blocks. So I started pairing flying geese and triangles with square and rectangle blocks. I even found a group of leftovers from my Heartbeat of Paris quilt that would work for some mountains. Before I knew it I had a design wall full of random blocks.
 Next I started sewing those geese to squares. I sewed two half square triangles together to form the roof for another house.
 Then I started adding sides to some 60* triangles to make trees and adding sides to random pieced parts for the trunks.
Slowly I'm forming a scrappy village and forest of these former orphans.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Moving it Forward Monday

Welcome back to Moving it Forward.  Hope you've had a productive week.  Me? Well I was able to quilt my scrappy trip around the world. I just did a simple stipple pattern which was quick and easy.
 I auditioned a couple of bindings before I chose this solid green. Which I then cut and prepped.
Hoping to get it on this week.
Now it's your turn. What were you able to move forward?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Celebrating Sister Quilts

 You may remember by in July when I returned from girls camp with my DD I pulled out my green, blue, and yellow scrap bins. Cut up a bunch of strips and made some quarter log cabins. Well, let me tell you I had a lot of fun playing with those blocks. In fact I spent hours playing with arrangement ideas in EQ. (My arm dosen't get as tired reaching up and moving things around as it does when I do this on the design wall. Well this is the layout I came up with.
Because of my work on the scrap squad I decided to share my idea with Diane. She shared it with Carolyn who asked if I could make one for their magazine, Quiltmaker. Well of course! So a sister quilt was born. Carolyn chose, Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love that it still has those lovely greens and blues I enjoyed at camp. 
 Each sister is unique, one scrap happy, laid back, and a homebody.
 The other organized, professional and well traveled.

Kind of reminds me of me and my sister.

Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate these two sisters.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pressing Matters

Back in 2012 my boys created a new pressing station for me. Well, three and half years latter is is need of a new cover.  You can see I have made the most of it.  When one side got old and torn I flipped it around and used the other end.  Now both ends are in sorry shape and I cannot delay the inevitable.
 So I bought me some new fabric on sale at JoAnn's. Borrowed my friend's staple gun. (I have one but could not find it at the moment. Isn't that how it always happens?) Once I got down to business it took no time at all to recover my pressing station.
Makes me wonder why I waited so long.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Moving It Forward

January when the days are cold and gray is the prefect time to pull out something bright and cheerful to sew on. So that is just what I did. 
It's amazing how these happy colors can take the January blahs away.  Soon your singing along with your favorite tunes as your sewing machine joins in with a steady hum. And before you know it you have lots of pretty units,
 to add to your spinning wheels.
Now it's your turn. What were you able to move along. I know a lot of you got snow days. Hope they found you snug, warm, and sewing merrily along.
Please remember to link back so others can see how everyone is progressing. Thanks!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Celebrating Another Man Quilt

The men in my life are happy to have another masculine quilt in our home.  I finished Arrowhead a few months back but couldn't share until now.  In fact if I had remembered it would be coming soon I might have put off Josh's quilt and just let him have this one.
He's probably happy I forgot.  He's been using one on his bed and the other to snuggle under while watching videos.
The deer have been in my backyard so getting a pretty picture in the snow didn't work so well. Though I still love it as a backdrop. And I do like to look out my window and see the deer.  So I'll have to tolerate deer tracks in my snowy quilt pictures.

The reason I couldn't share this man quilt before was because I had to wait for it to come out in Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts. I used the fabric line Nocturne by Janet Clare for Moda. Perfect for a man quilt.
Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate.