Monday, October 31, 2016

Moving It Forward

First off Happy Halloween! Hope your survive all the goblins and ghouls that visit tonight. That your candy lasts and that you can have a piece or two yourself. I still need to buy candy. I don't like to buy it early it's too much of a temptation for me and the rest of my family.  Then I end up having to buy it twice. Not a good thing! Makes my hips fat and my pocket book skinny. I'd rather reverse that senerio scenario. So I wait and sometimes end up with not the best candy but that can be a win win as I won't eat it. Not so good for the trick or treaters though.

 Tomorrow is another Quilty Hug sew in. I had quite a few quilts that Ruthie had quilted that just needed binding. I wanted to get them done before we finished another batch, so I got busy making binding. I dropped off these two to a friend that said she would love to bind some Quilty Hugs since she is unable to attend our little get together.
 Then I found a piece in my Quilty Hug stash that was big enough to make binding for these two quilts.
 Next I got busy sewing it on. I hope by the end of today to have these two finished. So I'll be ready for the next batch.
That's what I've been able to move forward, now it's your turn. What have you moved forward. I can't wait to celebrate your progress.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Shooting Stars

 I had a hard time getting a good picture of my newest star quilt yesterday. I wanted to capture the yellow and green in my yard with the beautiful blues, greens and yellows in my quilt.
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.
 I think I like this photo best.
 This quilt is done in the fabric Sunday Supper by Sweetwater for Moda. I quilted it with an allover clam shell design. It is child's size and will make a nice baby/little boy quilt. Nice to have a couple of those put away for quick gifts.

Linking up with Sarah, Myra, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my star of a finish.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Autumnal

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. 
Whatever your preference autumn is a beautiful time of year. For a girl that loves color I love to go hiking in the mountains see all the autumnal glory. The cool, crisp air and beauty are breath taking. In honor of this wonderful time of year I created an 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

Tuesday Tutorial

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. 
 So whatever method you choose know it is a fun quilt to make and a great scrap buster.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moving It Forward

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.
 Heaven knows I have enough  I'm not quite sure what I'll be using for sashing. Any suggestions?
Now it's your turn. What did you move forward?


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Soap Journal

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. 
 To do the bubbles I used fusible web. Then stitched around them with a dark brown embroidery floss. I find I like dark brown better than black. I have a little trick I use when using fusible web. I poke a hole through the paper and slide a pin between the paper and fabric.
 Then I peel the paper away. I find this keeps me from fraying the edge. Which is what seems to happen if I try to separate the paper from the fabric at the edge.
I'm linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, Myra, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my scrappy soap journal.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bonuses

I've been making these fun flower blocks for a baby girl quilt.
 In addition to the blocks I'm getting these bonus half square triangles.
No plans for them yet but they sure are cute.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

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.
It is quick and easy so there is still time to get it done for Halloween. You can find the tutorial here. It only takes a little bit of spooky fabric and an afternoon. How is your Halloween decorating coming?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Moving It Forward

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.
 And look I actually made a dent in my blue scrap bin. I can't remember the last time it was this low. It almost looks empty. How long will that last?
Now it's your turn. Looking forward to seeing what you've been moving forward.


Friday, October 14, 2016

A Rub a Dub Finish

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.
 I made a prototype. It looked okay but the neck was a little long and definitely too narrow. I could barely fit my hand in.
 So I tried again. This one turned out better. I think it will make a nice gift in combination with my soap. You can find all my soap at my etsy shop or check out my previous post. My DD did a beautiful job with the photography. I'm very proud of her.
No bath mitts at the etsy shop though. I think I'll just make those for friends and family.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bubble Bubble

I think my soaping has become a little like my quilting. There are so many things I want to try; oils and butters, scents and colors. Who knew when my friend Kaylyn brought me my first bar of soap it would turn into all this? I just feel in love with how the soap made my skin feel. I would have been content receiving it for my birthday and Christmas if my kids hadn't also discovered how great it is. But they did and I had to learn how to make it myself as my gifts from Kaylyn were not meeting our demand. I thought Anna and I would just do boutiques and craft fairs but there has been so much interest here and on facebook that I've created an Etsy shop.  All the soaps I've posted here and here are available in limited quantities.  Since I need to ensure I have enough for the boutique and it takes four weeks for this sweet smelling, skin loving soap to cure. In addition to the soaps posted earlier there are Cinnamint.
 and Cedar/Vanilla. The cedar/vanilla reminds me of my dad and his workshop, a nice manly scent.
 You can purchase single 4 oz. bars. As well as sets of 3- 4 oz. and sampler sets of 6- 2 oz bars at a discount.
I hope you will take a minute to check it out. I'd love to hear what you think.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial~ Managing Scraps

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. 
So anything smaller than a fat quarter but larger than a charm square goes in my color coordinated scrap bins. When a bin gets full I make a quilt designed around that color. You can see a few 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

Moving It Forward

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. 
 The lovely couple ready to head out. Hard to believe my baby is this grown up. So proud of her and how she is moving forward.
Now that I can't wait to see how you are moving things forward. I look forward to it each week. Everyone's progress is inspiring.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Playing with Scraps from my Scrap Project

 You may recall that while making these blue rail fence blocks I was making mini 2 1/2" scrappy rail fence blocks from the scraps. Is that make me crazy like a fox or mad as a March hare to be playing with such little pieces? I don't know but I am having fun. I was making these blocks to use for my SQS exchange blocks. Well I'm ending up with more than I need. Rather than stop I'm continuing with the insanity. Who knows what will become of this little cuties. But one found it's way into this bitty star pincushion.
Maybe I'll make a few more. After all it's I already have the centers made. Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, Myra and Amanda Jean to celebrate this made from scraps from my newest scrap project pincushion.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cookin' Up Some Goodies

 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.
 Lemon poppy seed is a favorite of mine. Mostly because I love the smell of citrus.
 Pumpkin spice is my daughters favorite. She loves everything pumpkin spice.
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

Tuesday Tutorial

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
 She calls it the bar code block. Isn't that great! Here is a more scrappy version. Are you as excited about this block as I am? Grab your scrap bin and head on over to Kate's great tutorial.
Let me know if it makes a dent in all your scraps.

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

Moving It Forward

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.
 Then I chain, chain, chained. (go ahead sing along)
 These mini courthouse step blocks.
So even if this is a new project I did move it quite a bit along. Now it's your turn. What did you move forward this week. Looking forward to seeing your progress. And we can be partners in crime if you also started a new project.