Monday, November 30, 2015

Radiant Star

My stack of cut half square triangles from last week are on their way to becoming a quilt.  I decided to arrange them using my Sunshine on a Cloudy Day pattern. (Still 20% off at Quilt Woman with promo code GIVETHANKS)   The top rows are sewn together.  I'm still working on the bottom half. This will get me to 60" square, my usual size of quilt, or there abouts anyway. But I've got to make it bigger to fit on Josh's bed.  
I'm thinking of adding a border of five inch darker squares.  A single fabric might be nice but I'm working with scraps and don't have enough of any one so we will continue with the scrappy theme.  Then I'm thinking some kind of scrappy border on the top and bottom.  Maybe flying geese.

Linking up with Cynthia and Beth.

The winner of the Quiltmaker Magazine with Scrappy Bears is Vicki H.  She said, "Congrats!! I like scrappy disappearing 9 patch."  Vicki, please send me your snail mail and I'll get your prize in the mail.  Thank you to everyone that participated and for all you lovely comments.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Celebratory Announcement or Warning?

 The weather did not want to cooperate with me while photographing this quilt.  I kept hoping it would get better.  As it turns out I should have taken the picture soon rather than later.  I was raining while I took it and that rain was trying to turn into snow.  So sadly no fun pics with this quilt. Just this one on the side of the shed. But it is finished.  I quilted cathedral windows all over and bond it with a navy print.
On this blustery day I also took my DD to get her learners permit.  Look how excited she is as she shivers in the rain turning snow.  This is one of those mixed emotion days for mom.  So happy and excited for her.  Sad to see my baby getting so big.  Scared to be driving with a new driver again.
Anyone else relate?

Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Prepping for Over the River and Through the Woods

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means a trip to Grandma's.  I finally made a new template for this project and prepped a few blocks.  Don't know how far I'll get on this project but I'm excited to see it start growing again.
 Picked up a few books from the library.  I'm half way through All the Light We Cannot See.  I'm really enjoying it and would recommend it if you are looking for a good read.  The other book I heard about on a NPR program and it piqued my interest.
I've also packed a few games to play with my nieces.
It's going to be a great weekend and I'm so thankful I get to spend it with the people I love.  Hope your thanksgiving is full of good food, and happy moments with friends and family.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Filling a Need

My middle son informed me that his brothers he needs another quilt for his bed.  Apparently his brothers took all the masculine bed size quilts with them when they moved out.  Leaving Josh with only one quilt on his bed.  This was fine when the weather was warmer but now that temperatures have dropped he is cold.  Well, we can't have that.  I've given him a few throw size to hold him over while I get busy with a new quilt.  

I over bought fabric when I made this quilt.  I'm sure none of you have ever done this. So I have plenty to make a full size quilt if not more.
I had already made a few half square triangles from it for a class I taught last summer.
 I cut a bunch more and I'm hoping today to chain them through my machine today.  I have a general plan and I'm looking forward to see how it evolves.

 Hoping by Christmas to have a snugly quilt for Josh.
Linking with Cynthia and Beth.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Beware Goldilocks Scrappy Bears and Giveaway

You may remember these scrappy stars I did a tutorial for a while back.  They were leftovers from this quilt, that I have had to keep a secret until now.  
But with the newest addition of Quiltmaker my secret is out.
I started this quilt after a little basket that I was keeping my darker more comfy colors in got full.  I started by cutting them into usable pieces of 1,2,and 3" strips.  Using my Nifty Notions half square ruler (tutorial here) I cut them into squares and triangles.  Next I picked a neutral background and got busy making bear claws in Papa, Mama and baby sizes. 
I had just finished up my year as a member of Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad and had an in with the editor so thought I would share it with her.  I was thrilled when she said they wanted it for their magazine.
To celebrate I'm linking up with Sarah and Crazy Mom.

In addition I'm offering one lucky winner a copy of the newest issue of Quiltmaker, complete with instructions to make your own scrappy bear.  I will pick a winner the Monday after Thanksgiving.  To enter leave a comment telling me your favorite block to make scrappy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spinning Faster

Yesterday I sat down to this pretty mess and got busy sewing strips to kites on foundation pieces.
 I chain piece two blocks at a time and soon I had a new row to sew on.  Isn't the back fun with the colors peeking through?
 I was on a roll.  Spinning out blocks like a mad woman.  I ran out of foundation and had to cut more.  Then I ran out of kites.  Lucky me I still have more background.  Glad I got as much as I did from the last time I ran out. Only kids coming home and dinner having to be made stop my whirlwind.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Tribute to My Mom, the Santa Carver

Wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to my mom.  She is such an inspiration to me. She is my biggest cheerleader and a major reason I am who I am today.  She is strong, generous and kind.  So thankful for this great lady and her amazing example.