Monday, June 19, 2017

Blogging Break

We had a great time at the Farmer's Market. Met some wonderful people. Learned a lot. And even sold a bit of soap.  Her is our tea party themed booth, close up.

And from a distance.
Other than the bunting not a lot of sewing got done last week. This week my sisters, one from Austin the other from Cupertino are flying in with there families. So not a lot of sewing will get done this week either. So I'm taking a little blogging break. I'll be back in a week. 

Feel free to link up with your progress though. I'll catch up when things slow down.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sister Quilt

Do you remember I told you that this quilt had a sister quilt? Well here it is. We used a different focus fabric and switched up the sashing and corner squares. 
Ruthie did a beautiful job quilting it. She got this new design at a recent show. I really like it.
 Sherri bond it. Now it's ready to go to a good home.
Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Getting Ready

This weekend my daughter and I will have a booth at the Salt Lake City Farmer's Market and Craft Fair. We have been busy getting everything ready. We've bought a canopy. I made this festive bunting to go around the upper edge. We are going with a tea party theme. 
We will display all this soap on my well stocked shelves on tea saucers and cake stands. I'll post pictures Monday of the booth. 
Hubby will be coming to help us set up and take down. I'll be buying him a piece of his favorite chocolate cake at Carlucci's when we are done. Hope we do well. Thankful my daughter will be helping me. She is a great salesperson. Come and see us if your in the area.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last Wednesday I headed down south for the Panguitch Quilt Walk. I look forward to this every year. I had a wonderful time teaching these ladies curved piecing using my Dazzled pattern. They all did a wonderful job. 
 Everyone got at least one block done.
 The following morning I taught my Modern Gems quilt. Sadly I didn't get pictures of their blocks.
Following my class I attended a quilt show by Christa Watson. It was amazing! I learned so much and loved seeing her beautiful quilts. Then I did a little shopping. Yeah! I found the batik I was looking for. I can now finish up my Who Wants to Play quilt. Next I headed to my parents for my mom's birthday. I'm so thankful Panguitch always schedules there quilt walk around my mom's birthday. Panguitch being just over an hour from my parents I just head south and celebrate. For her birthday I helped her set up her Etsy shop
My mom makes the most amazing hand carved and painted Santas. To learn the story behind her Santa Carvings you can go here. She was thrilled. She sold two the first day. Way to go mom!

Now it's your turn. Share with us your quilting progress.

Friday, June 9, 2017


 As a mother of sons I always jump when I see a great fabric line that will make a fabulous masculine quilt. Janet Clair's new line Ahoy Me Hearties was such a line. My parents have a pictures of an old fisherman rowing a boat with a small girl by his side. Once while staying at a beach house with my hubby the same print was on the wall framed by a ship's portal. I used this visual as inspiration for this quilt.
Quarter square strip blocks are sewn together to create the dark portal ring. While Janet's new line won't be in stores until October many of her other lines would work well for this quilt. My friend and tester, Julie did her's in Fig Tree fabrics and it is wonderful. I really need to get a picture of it from her.
You can find the pattern here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wanna Play?

It's been over two years since I received these cute bunch of owls. They were part of a exchange, Mary Lou Weidman invited me to be a part of, after taking a class from her. I was thrilled.
Growing up my dad used to read me PD Eastman's Sam and the Firefly. As I got older I read it to him. Then when I became a mother I read it to my kids until they could read it to me. Memories of this book fit perfectly with my flamboyant flock. So I started making words. 
 Finally I filled in all the blank space with my background fabric. I was a little worried I would run out. But miraculously I had enough. Though I'll be looking for a close match for the binding.
I'm leaving for Panguitch Quilt Walk today. If memory serves me there will be a vendor there that has lots of batiks and will most likely have a good match. Crossing my fingers and toes I'm right. 'Cause I'm pretty stoked to finish this cute baby quilt.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Moving it Forward

I took all my half square triangle play added a few orphan blocks. Here is what I have so far.
I'll fill in the gaps with a few more flying geese strips and some scraps. I can't tell you how much I love this kind of creativity. Watching all these orphans find homes and seeing how well everyone plays together is very fulfilling. 

What creative things have you  been up to. Link up and share your progress.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Scrappy Logs

This quilts started out as a solution to use up some random strips in more muted colors. I don't use a lot of these colors. Yet once in a while the bin somehow gets full. I guess it's true what they say about scraps multiplying. 
 Ruth quilted it for me.
 My neighbor, Sherry, bond it.
I found out recently that my other neighbor's father had cancer. I felt this was a masculine enough quilt that it would feel at home there. They were thrilled. Glad it found a good home. Hope it brings lots of comfort and hopefully a little healing.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bonus HST Play

I've been getting the itch to make another Plan B quilt. I pulled out my orphan blocks to see where this venture would take me this time. In my bin I found a bag full of bonus hsts. You know the ones that you get from trimming on other projects. 
 I grouped them by project and started to play. I made broken dishes from one set and then set them into economy blocks.
 Another group I made into broken dishes again but set them as stars.
 A third batch became these squares on point.
 The next batch became this diamond blocks. I have enough to make a couple more of these, plus a few extra that I have other plans for.
I didn't have time for the last batch but I was inspired by these blocks, from The Way I Sew It. Isn't it amazing how versatile the hst is? Looking forward to seeing how this Plan B comes together.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Moving It Forward

My tickled pink quilt is moving along. I ran out of background fabric. So I had to move it to the back burner for a bit. I ordered more and it has arrived so I'm hoping to work a little more on it this week. 
While waiting for my background fabric to arrive I started quilting this nautical quilt. Made from the new Janet Clair line, Ahoy Me Hearties. I'm quilting a combination of subtle and not so subtle waves. I'm really enjoying the effect.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving forward? Share your progress. We'd love to cheer you on and be inspired by your work.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Some Quilt Love

Thank you to everyone who has sent a Quilty Hug. They are all so beautiful. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, generosity and talent. I can't express what a difference your kindness makes, without your help I could never help all those I help. Each quilt is bundled in a gift bag with a note telling them of the love put into the quilt that was made just for them.
I've tried to thank each of your personally. There have been a few boxes without names and return addresses. It makes me sad that I can't express my gratitude to you personally. Please know your time and talent are appreciated. That you are doing a good thing and bringing comfort and love to someone going through a really hard time. So if you don't get a personal thank you from me. Please accept this one. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 
Speaking of Quilty Hugs I finished the quilt for my friend from her hubby's shirts. It was so fulfilling to make this quilt. I'm thrilled that she loves it. That it brings her comfort and fills her with fond, happy memories of him.
Wish I could beat cancer. Or that someone would figure it out. In the mean time I'll fight it with Quilty Hugs.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Auditions and Call Backs

I've been auditioning various version of my feather blocks. First I tried a three dimensional spine. It took way to much work to get the spine to look good. I didn't like it enough to invest that much time on each block.  
 So next I tried a thin strip for the spine. I liked it better but was not thrilled with the blunt brown top at the end of my feather.
 Finally I added a small diagonal pink tip. I liked this better. Sorry it's a little hard to see in the picture.
 Every fall I transplant a few herbs into pots I got from my grandparents house when we sold it. I remember grandpa always had lots of house plants in his window and these cute pots are a fond reminder of him. Sadly while I was away teaching at Bryce this last winter, my family forgot to water my thyme. I've been without it ever since. Bummer!
 Thankfully the plant I cut it from has come back with the warm spring weather. Looking forward to being able to cook with fresh thyme again.
My lavender is also starting to bloom. Oh how I love the scent of fresh lavender. Looking forward to fresh cuttings. With herbs on the mind and the recent demise of my aloe plant. (Somehow the roots died) I harvest the gel and made this all natural Aloe and Herb Soap. It is colored with cut herbs and clay, and scented with an essential oil blend of herbs. It is fresh smelling and skin loving. Find it in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

My pink scrap bin is so full I can barely fit the lid on. If you know me, you know what that means. It's time to make a quilt. I've been mulling over in my mind how I want to use up these pretty in pink scraps. After a day or two an idea came to me. 
A tickled pink quilt, using feathers. I looked up tutorials to get me some ideas and I found these. First Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed
 Next these more square feathers by Intrepid Thread.
 And finally these applique style feathers from, Little Bit Funky.
Now because I have a hard time following someone else's pattern and just have to do my own thing. I'm pulling elements from these three to create my own. I've got a couple of prototypes right now. I'll share those latter along with the method to my madness, aka a tutorial. In case the wonderful feathers above are not quite what you are looking for.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last week I basted my friends quilt with her hubby's shirts and got busy quilting it for her. I quilted several suns
On the plain blocks I quilted stags. He was a great hunter. They have the head of one of his deer in their living room. So I thought it the perfect touch for the filler blocks.
 Lots of this kind of filler. It reminded me of flowing water.
 I even added some cattails for his duck hunting.
I just need to bind it. I can barely wait to give it to her. I'm so excited.
Now it's your turn to share what you moved forward this week. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Bushel and A Peck

I have always loved musicals. Growing up in a home with three sisters we watched a lot of musicals, my poor brother. My dad would say it should be a requirement for young men. That way they would know how a girl expects to be treated. Frankly my brother couldn't have cared less. He is definitely not a romantic. Musicals may have turned him off. 

I first watched Guys and Dolls in college. I have watched it many times since. I have it on DVD. A Bushel and A Peck is a favorite song from it. I thought it a fitting name for my newest quilt pattern. With square bushel blocks and giant x's (pecks) I just couldn't resist. 

. I had fun quilting leaves and flowers in the bushel blocks.
 And pomegranate shapes in the x's.
 This pattern is charm and layer cake friendly. In case you have one laying around and are looking for a home for it. I used The Good Life, by Camille and Bonnie, for Moda. It will be in shops in Aug. Mark your calendars or pre-order now. It is really a cute line. 
If you use a layer cake you will have leftover squares. You might want to try this free pattern with. My daughter and her friend are making one for neighbor's new baby.
If your looking for fabric, and who is not always looking for new fabric? Crafty is having a sale. 60% off. Hop on over and have some fun retail therapy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

Another great scrap buster is the x and + quilt. I made this one a few years back. I call it Three Red Hot Kisses. You can't see them all here but there are three red Xes in there. I had a lot of fun making it.   
In my photo stream on Pinterest I saw a bunch I liked. This is one of them. I liked the way Janet played with color. Making it more of a controlled scrappy look. I just love how the warm pluses pop and the cool Xes make a nice lattice look.
Simply Pieced
All the bright colors in Carol's quilt. There is just so many interesting fabrics and colors to look at.
Postcards from Panama
I made a pre-cut friendly tutorial for this scrapbusting quilt a few years ago. I did it because I had a lot of partial layer cake and charm pack squares. Does this happen to you? If so and you are looking for a home for them you might want to give it a try.