Friday, January 30, 2015

Scrap Squad Farewell

I've enjoyed my time on the Scrap Squad.  I loved seeing how each of us did up each quilt.  They were all so different. taking on each persons personality.  I just love that about quilting.  Here is my rendition of Silver Lining found in the current issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.  
I chose bright happy colors, which I almost always do.  They make my heart sing.  And in January my heart needs to sing the winter blues away.  I quilted clematis like flowers and leaves throughout the quilt.
And leaves in the border.
I'm gifting it to my newest niece, Lydia.  Who my sister thought might be a boy.  She didn't find out, after all there are far too few true surprises these days.  So I had this quilt made, also a Scrap Squad, to be prepared either way.
I'll miss working with the lovely ladies on the Scrap Squad.  Me and my scraps will continue to play.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Word

I love words!  They have such an impact.  They can motivate and inspire.  In fact I probably drive my family batty with all my sayings and quotes.  My boys think I have one for every occasion.  So it was no surprise that when Victoria challenged us on her site to come up with a word for 2015 I took her up on it.  After much pondering, for there are so many great words I settled on this one; improve.
I thought it went perfectly with a family motto we had awhile back.  "Better today than yesterday"  If you were to choose a word for 2015 what would it be?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

More From the Scrapbag~ Scrappy Star Top

After auditioning backgrounds I settled on a scrappy combination of subtle greens, yellows and blues.  I sewed all the triangles; points centers and background in rows.  There is a diagram for doing this in my Sea Star pattern.  Then sewed the rows together.  It is fun to watch as each star comes together.  Progress is so exciting!  :)
I've started adding borders.  I probably should have gone a little wider on my borders but was worried about running out of fabric.  I bought it on line and I'm not quite sure which Kona solid it is or I would have ordered more.  So I opted for smaller borders.  Hope I don't regret that move.
Linking up with Sherri today for Scraps Monday.  Hope you find a little time to play in your scrap bin today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Home At Last

You may remember this quilt.  It's been sitting in a corner of my sewing room basted and patiently waiting for me to quilt it.  Well, these little orphans will have to wait no more.  I rescued them from the corner earlier this week and got busy stipple quilting it.  I auditioned a couple of bindings, one bright red the other a subtle green.  I went with the green.  I felt it let the blocks shine and didn't compete for attention.
Love this little Plan B quilt, aka a quilt filled with blocks that originally were intended for other purposes but somehow ended up orphans.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Spot On Challenge

 Does your guild do challenges?  Do you participate?  Well recently my guild extended a challenge I knew I had to participate in.  It combines things we had classes and demos in with dots.  Since I have had this pile of 10" dotty fabric sitting in my stash for a long time now.  Part of an exchange I did with the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild.
I'm posting the requirements in case you would like to play along.  The quilt must be 75% dotty fabric, contain half square triangles, words (pieced, appliqued or quilted in) and one or more disappearing block. (four, nine, pinwheel, etc)  Follow the links for tutorials on how to make these blocks from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I hope your creative juices are flowing and that you will join me in this challenge.  I'll share what my friends at guild did and my own creation next month.  If there is enough of a response here we can have a linky party and share your creations too.  I understand this is short notice.  I've procrastinated. Something I'm sure you never do.  But rather than put the rush on you I'll give you longer.  Once we know who wants to participate we'll decide.  How does that sound?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Gelli Cards

I feel in love with my gelli plate the first time I used it.  The creative process it allows is liberating.  I've been pinning like crazy ideas I would like to try.  Every Saturday I clean up my fabric and pull out my gelli plate and supplies.  Then a whole new kind of fun begins.  These cards are the result of my Saturday play.
 Here is a little of the process.  First I made prints in cool colors.
 Then I made a bunch in warm colors.
 Cut out petals from the warm prints.
 Glued them to the cool prints in happy daisies, my favorite flower.  Added a few words to each and finished with a glossy finish.

Monday, January 19, 2015

More From the Scrap Bag

I finished all the spiderwebs.  Then had a change of plan.  I continued to sew my strips together but cut them so that they were vertical instead of horizontal.  Added them to my spiderwebs and wa la I had a very scrappy star.
Now I'm auditioning background fabric.  If you are looking for more scrappy fun check you Sherri's Scrappy Patchwork Pillow today.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sunshine in January

I took this little project with me down to St George, but forgot the template I was using to do the big stitch.  I tried to make one, but it didn't work out very well.  So I had to wait until I got home to finish it up.  Fortunately I had a good book to read since I couldn't stitch.
Yesterday during my guild meeting I finished the big stitch and this morning I put the pillow together.  Now it can bring a little sunshine to this dreary January, and I can link up with Sarah to do a little Whoop Whoop.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kaleidoscope Class

I enjoyed all my classes while down in St George.  Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures in most of them.  Actually I forgot in all of them except my Kaleidoscope class.  I really love this class.  
 It is so fun to see all the different color combinations and fabric choices.
 I really loved this one Heidi and Diane, a mother and daughter, chose.  The red background is fantastic.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

More From the Scrap Bag

I met Sherri a few years back at a quilt retreat.  I had followed her blog before that.  This weekend I ran into her again while we were teaching at Quilt St. George.  Shari is talented and kind.  I wish we could have spent more time together.  This year on her blog she is having a Scrap Monday each week.   Of course I want to take part in it with her.  So, my plan is to share what is coming from my scrap bag each week.  Maybe share a little process.  
This week I pulled out strips from my scrap bin.  Sewed them together and cut them into 60* triangles.

 I'm planning on putting them into scrappy spider webs.  I'm hoping to have ten webs done this week.
I'm off to play and hopefully reach my goal.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Old Fashioned Eye Candy

I'm sorry for the poor photos.  They were taken with my phone, which has a good camera but 
the operator has a few problems.  I did want to share these beautiful old quilts though.
So if you can get past my lack of cell phone photography skills.  Enjoy the eye candy.
They are from Sandra Starley's collection.  I've been enjoying Sandra's expertise while down here at Quilt St. George
Here is a video of a trunk show by Sandra.
Full of old fashioned eye candy.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sending Out Owls

 Meet my personal Hedwig, deliverer of magical mail.  I sent him out between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I knew he would bring back something enchanting.
I was right.  Look at all the fun friends he returned with. 
 Reminds me of  Sam and the Firefly, a book I had when I was little.  the book starts with Sam, an owl, asking, "Who, Who, Who wants to play.  Might have to play with that theme as I put them together.Save 15% Off Fabric by the Yard at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQ15FABRIC Save 25% Off Clearance at Keepsake NeedleArts with Offer Code NA25OFF

Monday, January 5, 2015

Doing A Scrap Happy Dance

Just before Christmas I received an email from one of Santa's elves.  It said that Santa thought I might like to know that my newest quilt for Fons and Porter magazine would be on the cover.  It was so hard to keep my excitement under wraps.  But the magazine arrived today so now I can share.  This is Twisted Poesy.  It came about when I was experimenting with the Majestic Mountain blocks.  I'm always in such a hurry to get quilts done that I often forget to take a picture before I send them off.  So the cover is all I have to show at this time.
In addition to this fun news I need to share what my talented dad made for me for Christmas.  When I was cleaning my sewing room I had no good way of storing my rulers.  I mentioned this to my dad and look what he made me.  

Isn't it wonderful.  It holds all of my rulers.  They are easy to find now.  Saves me a ton of time.  I'm no longer hunting they are all in easy view.  Thanks Dad!

Friday, January 2, 2015

My 2014 Faves

2014 was a good year.  I found lots of time to play in my scrap bins.  As I looked back on my finishes it was no surprise my favorites were scrappy.  I've included the pictures of each and a link if you want to read more about them. They all started with this little guy.
Being a member of the Scrap Squad stretched me and brought a lot of joy.  My favorite from that bunch was my Black Tie Affair.

I tried this year to make a few more masculine quilts.  I do have three sons after all.  Though not my favorite to sew on it's simple beauty makes me happy.  That and the fact my Josh  loves it.
I'm very proud of my reproduction of my great grandmother's quilt.  
I gave this one to my mom for Christmas.  I thought it only fitting since she is the one that gave me the flour sacks.  Thrilled that she loved it.
 My all time favorite for 2014 is Mary's Garden.  The combination of bright colors, scraps and daisies makes my heart sing.
 Hope your 2014 was great and I wish you all the best in 2015.  May you find lots of time to create and quilt.