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.

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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.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Christmas is Coming

We are half way through November, how did that happen?  Christmas is next month and Santa's elf is a little behind filling Santa's shelf.  This weekend I got busy and made a small dent to remedy that problem. I dived into my scrap bins now full from my latest projects using Little Miss Sunshine and Vintage Picnic by Moda. I made my block for our guild present.  Isn't this spool block the perfect signature block?  I still need to sign mine. Everyone is making one for her and she will receive them all packaged up at our guild meeting, enough to make a whole quilt.  
Next up I made a happy little pin cushion.  What sewest can't use another pin cushion?
 Then it was on to a winter themed table runner.  Not quite done with it but we are getting close.  Just a little more quilting and a binding.
Finally I made another batch of soap. I have a few more batches I need to complete in the next week or so.  It takes 4-6 weeks to cure and by my calculations if I'm to have them in time for Christmas I better get busy.
from top left clockwise Aloe Eucalyptus, Cinnamint, and Pumpkin spice.
Trying to decide what sent to use is a lot of fun. I've made Aloe Eucalyptus to give maybe not for Christmas but when someone catches a cold or the flu.  The pumpkin spice an cinnamint smell yummy.  I was hoping the cinnamint would turn out more red, but it's pretty none the less. I think the next time I do the pumpkin spice I will do more cream and less brown in the swirl.  Apparently there is a learning curve in soap making too. For my next batches I'm thinking a gingerbread, hot cocoa, and Christmas tree would all be fun.  What would be your choice?

Friday, November 13, 2015

Island Chain

After sitting on my design wall for a week or so I decided I liked the orange prints better than the darker ones with splashes of color.   I really liked the way the blue and orange played together. Made me wonder why I had never done a blue and orange quilt before. Kind of makes me want to dive into these two scrap bins and have a little play. 
After making the island blocks I assembled the quilt.  I decided to quilt waves in a dusty blue color. I ran out of thread about half way so a quick trip to the quilt shop was in order. After this minor detour I was able to finish quilting it. Then I bond it in a blue print with green leaves in it.

 Finally I broke it in last night as I snuggled under it while reading a good book.
Linking up with Sarah and Crazy Mom so celebrate.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I Love A Good Picture Book

Do you every find yourself perusing the children's area in a bookstore or library?  I do.  I love a good picture book.  One where the pictures transport you to far away places and capture your imagination. I recently discovered Show Way by Jacqueline  Woodson illustrations by Hudson Talbot.  
 I don't know if it's the history capture in the tale (I do love historical fiction)
 or the wonderful pictures containing wonderful pictures of another of my favorites, quilts.
 But I found it to be a delightful book.
And like all good books I just wanted to share it with you.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Spinning Webs

 Do you have a project that just sits.  It's not because you don't like it or are tired of it, but for some unknown reason it never makes it to the top of your to do list.  That project for me is this one.  Haven't come up with a name for it yet.  I love it's bright colors.  The contrast of the busy prints and solids.
 At first my problem was that I ran out of background fabric.  But luckily I was able to find some online.  I cut out my kites and had good intentions on getting busy with it but it never happened. Since the last time I posted this UFO I've only added a row to the top and one to the side.
 (I know that is not how one usually adds rows, but I'm not quite sure how big I'm making this so it's growing in unusual ways.) I'm finding I just add to the side I like the webs best on.  But mostly I find I'm just spinning my wheels.  Maybe that is what I should call this little creation.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Bandbox

You may have seen this pattern on Mary's blog a week or so ago.  I appreciate her testing it for me.  I made mine using Flow by Zen Chic for Moda.  I really love her bright happy colors and whimsical designs. There is just something about brights with grays that makes me happy. (My whole room is decorated this way.) So when I saw this new line I knew I had to do something with it.  Bandbox is what I came up with.
I used pieces from Zen Chic's last line, For You, to create the back.  I quilted it with straight lines on the diagonal.
 I'm linking up with Sarah to celebrate.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Only Half Square and More

 Yesterday was the first Tuesday of November and that means it was a Quilty Hug sew in.  I was joined by many generous ladies and we sewed the morning away.  I had made muffins.  I had planned on only making two batches; banana and blueberry.  But by the time my family had left for the morning I only had one blueberry muffin left so I quickly made a batch of pumpkin applesauce muffins so I would be sure to have enough.  I've included links to the recipes (the blueberry was a mix so no link there)  Also I didn't have a cup of pumpkin so I added applesauce to make up the difference.  Just in case you look up the recipe and wonder where the applesauce came in.

Marilyn sewed up these cute pastel hsts.
Ruth did these and Leslie pressed them all.  Can't wait to play with them.  There are few blocks that are as fun to play with as hsts.  The possibilities are endless.
 Patsy made a bunch of log cabin blocks.  But she took them with her to finish up so sorry no picture.
Shelli added sashing to these orphan red, white and black blocks.  Just need to add the side sashing and we will have a lovely top.
 Sue put together these orphans.  We have two more of the applique ring blocks so either we need to find fabric and make two more blocks to match or have the two extras end up in the orphan bin again.
I got the job of cutting once again but I won't complain.  It is not so bad when you have good company and a good cause.


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