Friday, August 18, 2017

Zippy Mini Pouch

The other day I caught my DD looking at thread wallets. It so happens that earlier in the day I had seen these cute little zipper pouches on Instagram. They were so similar I thought we could save some money, she could get what she wanted, and I could have a little scrappy play. I let her go through my bits bin. She picked out some pretty pinks and grays. I sewed them up into this little zipper pouch.  
It holds her drivers license, student card, and a little cash. Plus has a little tab she can hook her keys through. She is thrilled.

I had so much fun making it. So when I found a cute little unicorn in my scrap bag I knew he needed to be part of a little zipper pouch. I added a few other scraps. and this cute little thing came to be.

Two under my belt and a laundry basket full of scraps the fun has just begun. What will I come up with next? Who knows but it's going to be fun.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pineapple Solution

 I got a little carried away cutting 1 1/2" strips when I made this project. Those extra strips have been sitting in a project box waiting for inspiration. Well, inspiration finally hit while shopping at Costco with my DD. How you ask? She asked if we could get a pineapple. For some reason it struck a chord with me and I thought, those scrappy strips would make a beautiful pineapple quilt.
I have made a pineapple quilt before so I had this cool ruler. It is the Possibilities Pineapple ruler. I found the book that goes with it but was unable to find the ruler. No worries Crazy Mom Quilts has a no ruler, no paper piece tutorial here. Just in case you get bit by the pineapple bug. It is contagious you know.
 These blocks take a bit of time. But they are so pretty.
 After taming the jungle my garden has become on Saturday I was able to squeeze in a little scrappy play. I now have four pineapple blocks.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last weeks scrappy stars now have sashing and have moved on to the flimsy stage. I've used up the last of my bolt of batting. How does that happen? So for the moment this project is taking a little break.
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward? Can't wait to see. Link up and share.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Like the Shoemaker's Elves

Do you remember the story of the Shoemaker's Elves? The shoemaker would set out the supplies for a new pair of shoes and go to bed. In the morning to his surprise a new pair of shoes would be there. Like this lucky shoemaker I have some pretty special elves. Let me tell you about them. A few months ago I received a bunch of tops from the shop that got me started in this wonderful quilting business.
 After seeing my post about these tops my neighbor across the street called me to say she thought she had fabric that would work as backing for several of them. So I walked across the street with my pile of quilts and was able to find several backs. Then at our next Quilting Hug Sew in Ruth told me that our mutual friend, Vivian had gifted her a roll of polyester batting to quilt our hugs with. Did I have any ready to go. I gave her this top and the gifted back.
She took it and did a beautiful job quilting it. While Ruth was busy quilting away I got a binding ready. So Sherri could bind it. And the next thing I know I have a completed quilt. So thankful for all my elves.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Always an Adventure

My scrap bin never fails me. I now have a quilts worth of scrappy stars. Oh they make me happy. Now to figure out the sashing. 
Yesterday I set out early and with a little help from friends I was able to baste a couple quilts. Then I headed off to see my grandma and enjoy a lovely visit with her. What a blessing to get to hear her stories. She told of her mother carding wool and using it to put between the layers of her quilts. My great grandma was an amazing quilter. Lucky me I have a few of her quilts. She said they wasted nothing. During the summer they even pick off the wool that got stuck on fences and sagebrush at their homestead in Lyman Wyoming. Then in the winter great grandma would card the wool and grandma then 7 would help her by placing it in a nice stack. 
Last week my adventuring son, Alex came for a visit. We met up with my parents for lunch after a visit to REI. 
Alex was planning an excursion to Glacier National Park and needed a few supplies. Before leaving on his my living room looked like a campground. He had a wonderful time. Came back safe, always a relief to his mother, and with great pictures. I now have a can of bear spray.  Airlines frown on bringing that in your carry on luggage. A blessing I guess since he didn't have to use it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Moving It Forward

You may have seen on Instagram that I've started a new scrap project. I had a lot of fun looking through my scrap bins. So many happy memories there. 
 After pulling what I needed I cut my pieces and started chain sewing. 
And before too long I had these cute little stars on point. 
Are you ready to share your progress? I can't wait to see what you've been up to. Link up and let us see.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Plan B Half Squared

A couple of months ago I pulled out my orphan bin ready to make another Plan B quilt. There were a ton of half square triangles in there so I started by pulling them all out.
 Next I grouped them and sewed them together. It was a ton of fun. There are just so many possibilities when you are playing with hsts.
 Then I added a few orphan blocks. My favorite is this 3D fish. I added a few strips here and there to make everything fit together. After sandwiching and basting I quilted with an all over stipple
Finally I added a fun, scrappy, blue and green binding to complete my Plan B Half Squared Quilt.
I'm thrilled all these orphans play so nicely together in their new home. Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia to celebrate.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Story and Good News

Sunday I was given the opportunity to share about Quilty Hugs. Yesterday we had our monthly sew in. I thought while I showed pictures of our progress you might also like to know the story of how Quilty Hugs came to be. 
 Some of you may know I have an auto immune disease. Well about 10 years ago while trying to get it under control I ended up in a chemo lab. While I sat there feeling sorry for myself in walked the most amazing woman, Ginger. She was also there for treatment but, instead of being on the pity pot like me, she came singing and handing out prizes. Over the course of my treatment I came to know Ginger. I was inspired by her positive outlook and desire to make things better.
 So when a few month later at the Utah Quilt Guild annual meeting when asked on a survey what charity I felt they should choose for the upcoming year I chose Ginger's Happy Chemo. Imagine my surprise when two months later the Utah Quilt Guild president, Crystal called me. She told me they had chosen Happy Chemo and wanted me to be in charge. I couldn't say no, even though I felt way in over my head. I set up sew in at many area quilt shops, made a quiltometer to show how many quilts had been donated, and wrote articles for the Beeline, Utah Quilt Guild's newsletter. At the end of the year we had donated hundreds of quilts that went into Boxes of Love along with product samples and information for cancer patients. Technically my time to be in charge was over. The Guild would pick a new charity for the new year, but I couldn't quit.
 Thankfully not long after the Guild chose a new charity, Sarah started her Hands2Help project.  And quilts continued to be donated for cancer patients. I had a little scare last year durring Hands2Help when Ginger's cancer returned and was diagnosed at stage 4. In addition to this devastating news she was also facing many personal problems. She had to let a few things go and sadly the Boxes of Love was one of them. I knew I had over a hundred quilts on there way from generous quilters thanks to Sarah. So Ginger helped me find other foundations that could help me get these quilts to cancer patients. I had to come up with a new name since Happy Chemo was Ginger's brain child so Quilty Hugs was born. I'm ever so thankful to those that give their time and talents to bring comfort to cancer patients.
Now for the good news. Yesterday Ginger went in for a scan and they found no, zero, nada metabolic activity. Meaning they could find no cancer. YEAH!!!! So amazing. I'm so happy for her. She has been an amazing and inspiring friend. She does so much good and my life is better thanks to her. So grateful for miracles.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Moving It Forward

Do you remember that pretty jelly roll and Bella solids from last week?  Here they are now

My favorite method for turning strips into half square triangles is my Nifty Notions ruler. I love that I can cut squares and triangles from the same strip and eliminate waste. Plus I get pieces that fit together perfectly and sew up oh so nice. I have a tutorial here if your interested.
In addition to sewing up pretty little pinwheels I made a bunch of soap. Here are my freshly poured Blemish Buster and Oatmeal Honey. 
I had to wait over night to find out how my swirl in the Blemish Buster turned out. I'm pretty happy with the result.
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward this week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Mail

Yesterday a plain brown box was delivered to my porch. But the contents were anything but plain. Five Quilty Hugs were lovingly pack inside by Kristi. First this wonderful, scrappy x &+ quilt.
 Next this modern basket quilt.
 And this contemporary quilt,
 Also this sampler quilt,
 Finally this stunning star quilt.
 Thank you Kristi for your generosity.
 I know each one will being so much comfort and love to someone valiantly fighting cancer. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Star Weaver

Having a little more fun with my Accuquilt Go! This time on a fun star quilt pattern I call Star Weaver. Originally I designed this using only the quarter square die. And it can be made using only that die. But I found that I could save me matching up a lot of seams if I also used the square in a square die.  
So the stars all use the quarter square die and the chain sashing combines the two dies. You can find the pattern here. This little video shows how the star is made.

And lucky day if you don't have the quarter and square in a square dies you can get them on sale now. YEAH! Plus any other dies you might be dying to get.  Hee! Hee!
                                            Accuquilt GO! Dies

Monday, July 24, 2017

Moving It Forward

I received this pretty Wild Nectar jelly roll with coordinating Bella solids last week.  I'm loving the blend of prints and solids and can hardly wait to start playing with them.
Our personal family rodeo got us ready for the days of '47 rodeo.  We love to go every year and watch the real cowboys ride bucking broncos, and bulls. My hubby's favorite are the FMX riders they have at the end. He prefers a motorized horse. 
Saturday Anna and I did the farmer's market. It was hot but we cooled of with a yummy mint limeade from the booth just down from ours. It was a good day for us. I'll be spending the next week making Blemish Buster, Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe, Oatmeal Honey, Into the Woods and Sun and Sand Soap.  
I've been sneaking bits of time to play in my pile of gifted scraps. Slowly my number of scrappy log cabins is growing. 
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward in the past week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Playful Finish

Monday I shared how I quilted this whimsical quilt. I had so much fun making this quilt. I'm so happy I took part in the exchange.
 Each of the ladies did a wonderful job making their owls. I just love how well they all play together.
 I think it will make great baby quilt. I might have to include the book Sam and the Firefly. It was the inspiration after all.
Then another generation can share in the happy memories I have with this book.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gifted Scraps

 One of my quilting angels also does a lot of sewing for Days for Girls. She recently gave me a large garbage bag full of scraps from her sewing. She figured we could use them to make quilt. The other day I started sorting. I used my Go to cut a bunch of square for one project and threw any strips into another project box. I found a bunch of black with white dots I thought would make fun centers. I wanted to have a few sample blocks so I started to play. I came up with these.
I may continue to work on these in my spare time. They are so fun to make. Who knows if I'm lucky I may have enough for a quilt by our next sew in.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

It's no secret I love my Accuquilt Go. What you may not know is I've been designing patterns for them. Back in February I cut out and made this quilt. I call it Confetti. It uses the 12" cube parallelogram die. If you don't have the 12" cube but one of the other cube sets you could still use the parallelogram die and just make a different size quilt.  
You can find the free download pattern here. They also include a video with step by step instructions if you prefer.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Moving It Forward

I had a pile of quilts basted and just waiting for me to quilt them. I had been waiting for inspiration to hit. Sometimes figuring out how to quilt a quilt leaves me stumped. Well, I was looking through my continuous line Pinterest board and it hit me. My owl quilt needed to be quilted with fireflies. DAH!
It was perfect! It went right along with the inspiration for the quilt, the book Sam and the Firefly. So I got busy quilting fireflies all over my quilt. You can see them better on the back.  Some of my fireflies are better than others but I'm pretty pleased with the effect.
 After my owls were quilted I started on my quilt using Big Sky fabrics. I can't show you the front yet but here is the back. I quilted leaves and organic lines.  It has a lot more quilting that I usually do and took quite a while to complete but I love the results.
Now it's your turn. Please share with me your progress. I love seeing how you are moving things along.