Monday, January 14, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a little fun last week.  First I dove into my solids bin and pulled lots of bright happy solids out.  Something about my solids bin makes me feel like a kid with a new box of crayons.  All that pretty color creates a world of possibilities. 
 Look how cute these little four patches are.  I could make these all day.  They are just so fun.
 I tried some square in a square blocks.  I like them with the white background but I think next time I might try a black or navy.  
Finally I made a few diamond blocks. What will become of this play.  That is a good question.  Once again the possibilities are endless.

While I figure that out let's see what you are moving forward.  Link up and share your progress.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Medallion Quilts

As I design quilts I draw a lot from the past.  Quilters from yesteryear are a great resource.  Isn't it wonderful that we can pick and choose from all those that came before and make something totally are own?  Recently I've had an interest in Medallion quilts.  A lot of that interest was inspired by this quilt by Jen Kingwell
By Gone Aussie Quilting
 So I did a little research.  Medallion quilts were a favorite style from 1780-1800.  They often used a panel as a center.  Fabric manufactures printed fabric specifically for this as well as fabric that would work for borders.  Quilters would often have the same center then create their own borders to make the quilt their own.

Applique centers became popular in the late 1700's.  Quilters often cut out shapes from printed fabric for their applique.
Hexie Center
Later pieced centers became popular.  Hexagon centers beginning in 1817
 Star Center
Centers featuring a pieced star started around 1830.

Hope all this information as made you excited to make a medallion quilt as I am.  Would you be willing to join me in a sew along?  We'll change things up a bit from our sister quilters of yesteryear.  Instead of having the same center I thought we could each make our own center.  Choose your favorite method, applique or pieced.  You will want to have a 24" center for next month when I start giving instructions for various borders.  From then on the second Friday for the next five months you will find new instructions for another border.  By the end you will have a nice throw size quilt.  Sound good?



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Grab the button and get going on your center.  This is going to be so fun!  I think a link up party next month anyway would be fun to see what everyone came up with.  Then wait until the end to do a big reveal.  What do you think? 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had a wonderful fist week of the new year!  I can definitely tell it's January.  It's bitter cold.  It's hard to find a parking place at the gym.  And difficult not to step on someone in Zumba class.  (Not cause I'm uncoordinated which has happened.Whoops! But because there are so many people in there.  

As far as my quilting ventures go I pieced a bunch of fabric from my bits bin.  Then cut out three tulips from my made fabric. 
 Finally I appliqued them and stems on a lovely gray background.  I have some great plans for this little piece.  I'll share more on Friday.
But now it's your turn.  What great things have you started this new year?
Link up and let us see!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Recap 2018 and First Finish 2019

2018 was a great year.  My quilting angels, the wonderful women who join me each month to create Quilty Hugs, made several great quilts.  Each of these quilts is given to a cancer patient to bring comfort and love during their battle.  It was fun to look back and remember who worked on each quilt and what they did.  
In addition to the Quilty Hugs I had a lot of fun creating new patterns.  I was a little amazed to see all that came out of my little head.  The creative process is my favorite part in all this.  Taking an idea altering it, making it my own now that is fun.  Kind of like a mixtape for quilting.  I enjoy sharing them with others through magazines, classes and my shop.  I love when someone takes one of my patterns and makes a mixtape of their own. 
I try to have a few free tutorials each year. Mostly I gave a lot of tips and trick on working with scraps.  In addition I had these three scrap friendly, I hope you found them helpful.
Change for a Jelly Roll
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Log Cabin Star
I hope to have more tutorials this year as well as a sew along.  I'm very excited!

2019 is off to a good start.  Crazy Love being the first of what I hope will be many finishes.  I'm looking forward to teaching it in February at a local quilt shop.
  If you would like me to come and teach any of my quilts or scrappy methods to your guild or quilt shop contact me. I'd love to meet you in person and get to know you better as well as your quilting friends.  Best wishes for this new year.  I hope you find many hours creating while you check off a few of your bucket list quilts.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Moving Forward and Tutorial

Are you ready to ring in the new year?  I'm planning big things for 2019.  I hope to have many scrappy tutorials to share.  I hope you will find them informative and helpful.  Even though it's a day early I thought it would be fun to share this tutorial.

Before Christmas you might remember I was working on some scrappy log cabin blocks.  Because I was running out of longer strips I had to come up with an alternate plan.  Cute scrappy star blocks became my solution.
 I thought it would be fun to share a little tutorial on each block and finally the quilt.  First start with a square and strip. Sew together.
 Continue sewing strips around the square.
 Then go around again.
Continue unit you have a square that is more than 10 1/2" square.  Square up your block to 10 1/2" This is your log cabin block.
 For the star center sew a strip onto one side of a square.
 On the adjacent side sew another strip.
 Continue back and forth sewing strips onto these two sides 
 Until you can square it up to 5 1/2"
Cut a 3" strip of background and star point fabric (I know these are 2 1/2" but I have a plan for them and I used up my 3" strips.)
 Using a half square or flying geese ruler cut 8 half square triangles from your star point fabric.
 From background strip cut 4- 3" squares and using a quarter square or flying geese ruler cut 4- quarter square triangles.
 These are the pieces you will need for the star block
 Sew a half square star triangle to one side of the quarter square background.
 Press open and sew another half square star triangle to the other side of the quarter square background.
 press open to create flying geese unit.  (Make 4 of these)
 Layout the flying geese units with the quarter log cabin center and 2 1/2" background squares to create star.  Sew together.
Cut 25- 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing strips
Cut 7- 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips
Sew these end to end and sub cut into 6- 2 1/2" x 50 1/2" strips
Sew the 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing strip between blocks so you have 5 rows with 4 blocks in each row.
Sew the 50 1/2" strips between your rows and to the top and bottom of your quilt.
The result will be a 50" x 62" quilt.  This is mine.  If you make one I'd love to see.  

 And as promised it's time for Moving it Forward.  Now that Christmas is over we should have no secrets.(Right, wink wink)  Can't wait to see what you're moving forward.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Patchwork Puppy

I have a cute little autistic friend.  She loves stuffed animals.  She literally has hundreds of them, but is always on the lookout for more.  
 So for Christmas I made here this cute little patchwork puppy.  You can find the tutorial here. I used 2 1/2" squares instead of 2 1/4.  I have lots of those pre cut.
He is a fun little guy to make.  I think a whole quilt of these guys would be fun.  What do you think?

Now for the winner of last weeks giveaway.  Sorry it took me a little time to make sure everyone got all their chances.  Thank you to everyone who played along and especially those who followed me on Instagram.   The lucky winner is  Barbara Woods.  Congratulations!  Once I get your snail mail I'll get your prize in the mail.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Tomorrow is Christmas.  I wish you all the best!  May this blessed day find you with family and friends.  I hope you feel the love of our Savior.  That you take time to reflect on the reason for the season.  

Enjoy a snuggle under a Christmas quilt.  Enjoy a little break.  Move it Forward will be back next week.
We've started our Christmas puzzle a little early this year.  My sister, Lori gave us this insane Dr. Seuss at the family Christmas party. The pieces are all different sizes.  There is even a cat in the hat piece.  While very fun I'm spending way to much time putting it together.