Monday, October 31, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
The wind and the lighting did not want to cooperate. It may have been better if I could have taken the picture earlier. But I hadn't finished the quilt yet.
Or later but our family had a Halloween party we were going to so I just had to work with what I had.
Linking up with Sarah, Myra, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my star of a finish.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Recently at my quilt guild meeting we had an exchange of autumnal fabrics. Prior to the exchange we had a discussion on what autumnal colors were. Several of the ladies in my guild are from the North east and feel reds, golds, oranges and browns are. Those of us who have lived with the Wasatch Front in our backyard like to include a few blues and purples from the mountains. In the end the blues and purples were included.autumn woods soap. It is scented with a blend of juniper, cedar wood, eucalyptus, rosemary, and spearmint essential oils to give it a crisp natural smell. Let me tell you it smells heavenly.
So whether you are walking through maple grove forests or aspen and pine covered mountains, whether you find blues and purples in your autumnal fabric stash I'm sure we can all agree that autumn is a wonderful season.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Halloween is fast approaching. When it comes to quilt blocks and Halloween the spider web blocks is the one that comes first to my mind. I do love this block. And although I've never made one that was even remotely spooky I thought I'd share it today as our Tuesday Tutorial. My first spider web I used Bonnie Hunter's tutorial and did it all on paper.
My next spiderweb quilt I did on light weight muslin, mostly because I hated having to tear all the paper off. I know some people find that relaxing but it drives me crazy.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Monday sure rolls around quickly. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. In addition to all the preserving of my bountiful garden, and re potting herbs so I can bring them inside and enjoy fresh herbs during the winter, I continued to play with my scraps. I made a few more yarn bomb trees. There is a tutorial for making these trees here.
Soon I will have a forest.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
I've been keeping notes about my soap making in a little notebook. Yesterday I got the urge to play in my scraps and thought it would be fun to make a cover for my soaping journal. You can find the process I used to do this here. It's really quite simple and with the instructions you can cover any notebook/book.
Sarah, Cynthia, Myra, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my scrappy soap journal.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
My daughter asked when we were going to decorate for Halloween. If it wasn't for that girl we might never get our decorating done. We pulled out the Halloween decorations and came across this runner.here. It only takes a little bit of spooky fabric and an afternoon. How is your Halloween decorating coming?
Monday, October 17, 2016
I've squeezed in a little more time to make some more rail fence blocks. Only about 20 more to go. I think I have enough strips cut to make them all.
Friday, October 14, 2016
I found a really good deal on some terry cloth recently. Since I have soaping on my mind I thought 'hey that would make really neat bath mitts. So I bought it of course. Quite a bit of it actually. Then I pulled some fun bright fabrics out of my stash.
etsy shop or check out my previous post. My DD did a beautiful job with the photography. I'm very proud of her.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
it out. I'd love to hear what you think.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
If you've been a quilter for very long you know that scraps tend to accumulate. I think they have wild parties when you leave and turn the lights out. These parties result in their multiplying like bunnies. There are lots of methods for managing scraps. Bonnie Hunter, the queen of scrap quilting, has a good one. I tried it but because I see cutting as a necessary evil in quilting. It never worked for me. Instead I found if I sort my scraps according to color I'm more likely to use them.here, here, and here.
I also have a bin that I throw anything in that is smaller than a charm square.
I use these to make fabric to use in quilts like my double wedding ring.
and the roses in my Wonky Rose Garden
This is the method that works for me. I'd love to hear what works for you. Leave us a comment sharing how you've been successful in managing your scraps.
Monday, October 10, 2016
I'm not able at this time to show you what I've moved forward in my sewing this week. I have been sewing up a storm but it will have to wait to be revealed. However this weekend was my daughter's first high school dance. Pretty exciting stuff. This being my first daughter to go through this rite of passage. Let me tell you it was a whole new ball game vs. when her brothers made this big jump. Dress and shoe shopping. Getting make up and hair done. All very exciting. Exchanging corsage and boutonniere has never happened at our home. A little awkward but fun.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Sarah, Cynthia, Myra and Amanda Jean to celebrate this made from scraps from my newest scrap project pincushion.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
I've been busy making more soap. I really enjoy the process. I hope my daughter and I do well at the Christmas Boutique. If not my family will be well stocked in soap. This week I made. Eucalyptus mint and aloe was a favorite of my family and friends last year. I gave it out whenever I heard someone had come down with a cold. The aloe was soothing and the Eucalyptus in the shower helped with congestion.
Now for a little whats for dinner solution. I often do a pork roast on Sundays. Now that two of my boys have moved away we have leftovers. This is something I'm getting used to. With three big boys we didn't often have leftovers. I personally don't want to just have roast reheated so I've gotten creative. One of my solutions is BBQ pork pizza.I shred up the leftover pork, add BBQ sauce. I make a pizza crust and cover it with BBQ sauce to with my pork, cover with mozzarella, green pepper, red onions and some feta. Then I pop it in the oven. My family loves it. No leftovers here.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
If you've read my blog for very long you know I love scrap quilts. Playing in my scraps relaxes me. I love to create from those little bits. So imagine my delight when I found this great block from Kate.tutorial.
Now for our winner. The random number generator picked #3. Congrats Justducky65 your the lucky winner of a layer caked. Please send me your snail mail and I'll get your prize off to you.
Monday, October 3, 2016
I was finally able to get in some quality time with my sewing machine this week. It felt so good. I probably should have been working on one of my already started projects but I didn't. I started a new project instead. Insert evil grin here. I don't even have an empty project box to put it in. I know I'm so naughty. But you can never have too many projects, right?
First I made this pile of maverick stars.