Monday, October 16, 2017

Moving It Forward

Tuesdays are my day for basting quilts. The last few Tuesdays I've had other obligations. Over that time this pile of tops, backs and batting have been growing. Thankfully tomorrow I'll be able to meet with friends and get this pile moved a step closer to completion. Good thing I have a lot of safety pins. 
Anna and I had a very successful day at the farmer's market. Our soap shelves are in need of replenishing. We sold out of Lemon Poppyseed and only have a few bars of Cedar/Vanilla, Lavender/Sage, Groovy Love, Pumpkin Spice, Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe and Good Morning. 
So what's a girl to do? Make lots of soap. I started with the Lemon Poppyseed. I do love the clean lemony scent of this bar.
Next I made Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe. This is Anna's favorite. She sings it's praises which sells a lot of it. Not only that we recently got this great review for this bar on our Etsy shop
sltillis1 on Oct 5, 2017
5 out of 5 stars
I love them all, but the eucalyp/mint w/aloe bar is incredible!
 Our Spiced Cider Bar is now ready and in the Shop. I was hoping to get a few more batches done before we left for Portland. Sadly I ran out of time. So many fun and wonderful things to fill my days and so little time in which to accomplish them. I definitely need more hours in my days.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving forward? Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bits of Love

I'm always looking for an excuse to dive into my bits bin. Seeing these hearts on Sarah's instagram feed was all the excuse I needed. I dumped my bits bin in a laundry basket. This lets me see more bits at one time and keeps them contained as I rummage around looking for the perfect bit.
 I made strip sets that were about the same size then added background to three of the corners, sewed them into hearts. Before I knew it I had nine wonky hearts. I sewed those into sets of three grouping them by similar width. Added a little background to the top or bottom of each set to stagger the hearts and make each set the same size. 
 I added a strip between. If I were to do it over I would have only added strips on either side and made the hearts closer in the center. I didn't take into account how they would curve around the pillow form. Oh well live and learn.
Sweet Dreams
I would love to make throw pillows like this for my couch. But I have a naughty doggy that eats pillows and makes it look like it snowed in my house no matter what time of year it is. That naughty dog is not allowed in the bedrooms.  Plus it makes a lovely addition to my scrap happy bed. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

House Warming

 Like many of you I enjoy decorating with quilts. The season I have the most quilts to hang about my home is fall. I wonder if that has anything to do with the dropping temperatures? My friend. Suzy's hubby once asked her if she thought their house was cold? 'No why?' she replied. 'Because you keep putting quilts on the walls' was his response.
Blowin' in the Wind
Like Suzy I put lots of quilts on the walls in the fall. Most of them I have had for years. 
Scrappy Apples
They bring back happy memories. The apple quilt was an exchange with friends. The other two were some of my first patterns. It's fun to see how my style has changed and how I've improved.
Indian Summer
Do you warm your house in the fall? What are some of your favorite quilts to decorate with? I'd love to see them. You can leave a comment or if you like I've created a linky that I'll leave up for the week so you can share pictures that way. Looking forward to how you warm your house.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Moving It Forward

 The scrappy log cabin is growing slowly but I'm loving the results.
Here are the finished blocks
And here is a stack in progress. Slowly growing round by round. Barely making a dent in all those scrappy strips.
How's your progress coming. I'd love to see. Hope it's moving faster than min.
Link up and share.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Picture Perfect

My sister, Becky, called the other day to see if I could help her out. Apparently I'm the go to sister when something needs to be sewn. While all my sisters are quite talented we all have different strengths. Julie is good at art and design. Lori is who you call for yummy food. And Becky is a go to photographer. I'm always happy to help. That's what sister's are for, right?   And I've learned my efforts are always rewarded. My sewing to help Julie with her fabric lines not only got me an in at Moda but landed my quilt on the cover of McCall's Magazine. So what did Becky need? 
 She was looking for a cute way to package your photos for clients. She has been using a box. But she told me that was expensive to ship.  She had seen linen envelopes on Etsy.  The problem was all the shops where outside the U.S. so shipping was once again a problem. Did I think I could make her a few. She had done some research. She had priced fabric and had sites for me to purchase linen. She was thinking big. She is sure I can sell them in my Etsy shop. She just knows they will sell. She may be right but I told her for now I'd just make them for her. So I delved into my stash and made a few for her. I hope she likes them. My daughter, also a photographer thought they were pretty cool.
In addition to sewing for my sister I've been packaging soap for this weekend's farmer's market. So happy the weather is going to be good. I about froze last time. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Healing Sewing with a Tutorial

Our family's lives have been turned upside down recently. I share more of that later. This upheaval caused me to debate whether I should have my Quilty Hug Sew in. When it came down to it I decided I'd be happier sewing with friends than sitting on my pity pot. So yesterday morning my friends arrived, sewing machines hummed, pretty blocks were made and my spirits were lifted.  
 I remembered several people asked about this block from our last sew in. I thought I'd share how easy it is to make.
You will need 2- 2 1/2" background squares, 2- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles, and 1- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" print rectangle. 
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 2 1/2" background squares. Place a square on one end of your 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" print rectangle and sew on the line.
Repeat the process on the other side of your print rectangle.
Trim your seam allowance and press. Then sew this unit between the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles. 
 See easy, peasy.  Make a bunch being careful to make sure you sew the diagonal line the same way each time. Then you can lay them out like this or experiment.  They make a fun little quilt.
Now for the upset in my families lives. Last Wednesday my husband's Uncle Doug passed away. Then on Friday his Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob was a famous jazz pianist.  He played with Nat King Cole and for Judy Garland. He even used to play in the Playboy mansion for Hugh. Maybe they are having a jam session in heaven now. Our family loved hearing all his stories. Here is a little video of him of few years ago.

If that was not enough on Friday my sweet mother in law passed away after a rough four years battling lewy body dementia. 
While this is a lot to take in over such a short period of time. We know they are in a better place and we are thankful they are not suffering anymore. I like to think they are missing us but so happy to be with those who've gone before.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Moving It Forward

You may remember I had a lovely bunch of 12 and 13 year old girls over the other night and they made this cute little quilt. I didn't have enough sewing machines to keep all the girls busy. So I grabbed a big scrap bin, the ironing board and my Accuquilt Go.  I chose two dies for them to use. First the 3" hst die and the 4 3/4" square on point. They had a ton of fun; picking scraps pressing them and running them through the Go.  I was able to make these pretty square in a square blocks from all their cutting.  
 I thought of putting them all together. I ran into two problems with that. I didn't have enough blocks for a full quilt.  And It was pretty busy. I found a pretty honeydew green in my stash and used it for an alternate block. It calmed things down and allowed the blocks to shine.
Just as I finished sewing the last row on my mind was milling over a new project. This pretty jelly roll of Momma's Cottage caught my eye. Doesn't it look so yummy there on the newly made flimsy?  Time to dig in.
Now it's your turn. What have you been digging into this week.  Looking forward to seeing your yummy projects.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Twinkle Twinkle

Sometimes I forget things. Take for example, the other day while talking to my son on the phone I was interrupted.  I lost my train of thought and asked him what we had been talking about. Apparently I had been telling him how young I had been feeling. That although my chronological age is increasing my mind and body are doing well. He found this little incident quite funny. 
The reason for making this quilt is similar.  I realized after agreeing to teach this quilt that I gave the original one away.  It seems in addition to being forgetful I am also an avid giver of quilts. 
Without a class display, I dove into my scrap bins to remedy this problem. Thankfully most of my patterns scrap friendly. Even the ones that I design around a certain fabric line. I quilted it simply with stars and swirls.  And bond it with a scrappy blue binding.
Now, barring anymore senior moments I'm ready for my Twinkle class. Plus when the class is over I'll have another great quilt available to share with someone in need of a Quilty Hug.
I guess senior moments and avid quilt giving is not all bad.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Please Use My Quilts

Last week I enjoyed seeing many beautiful show quality quilts. Quilts by Joe Cunningham, Susan Cleveland, and Barbara Olson, they were inspiring. The detail. The quilting. WOW!!! I was in awe at the amazing talent. And while these show stopping quilts impress me no end. For better or worse they are not the quilts I make. 
I have only enter a quilt in a show once. The only good thing the judges had to say about it was that I am good with color. And while their critique did not discourage me. I won't be entering anymore quilts in shows. I'm just not that kind of quilter. 

 I'm quick and dirty. Some of my friends, mostly those who don't quilt think I'm disparaging myself. I'm not. I know the quality of my work while wonderful to the novice would have the quilt police all over me. Good thing I can out run the quilt police.  Or at least avoid them. I'm the quilter that believes there are no rules in quilting only guidelines.
 My quilts are more utilitarian. I want them used. They go on picnics and to football games. I want them to become blakies and snugly, cuddly things. I want them used to swaddle babies. I want children to use them for walls in their tents and forts.
I want teenagers to huddle under them at campfires and movies.   
To be a place where newly weds make love and  toddlers crawl between sleepy parents.
 I want them to become thread bare and patched, full of memories, comfort and love.
Let those with far more patience than me make show quilts.  I'll take my imperfect, quick and dirty quilts and share them with those I love.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Moving It Forward

Scraps were flying in my Wonky Rose Garden Class. Oh and were they pretty scraps. I just love scraps! It was fun to watch the ladies share and trade scraps. I wished I had brought a few to trade. There were a few I really wanted to add to my collection. Not that I need more scraps. But they are a weakness of mine.
All that wonderful scrap trading created these beautiful roses. I hope I get to see all the lovely quilts when they are done.  There are definitely going to be some beautiful rose gardens.
When I wasn't busy with Quilt Fest I started a little free motion quilting on my Twinkle quilt.
Now it's your turn to share your progress.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quilt Fest 2017 Part 2

I was delighted when one of my former students brought this quilt from my Dazzled class, I taught earlier this year. She made her's bigger and used the scraps to make the lovely pieced border.
Then I was off to teach a wonderful bunch of ladies in my Modern Gems class yesterday. 
 I loved seeing what fabrics they had choose for to make this quilt. It's one of my favorite things about teaching. Seeing how each quilter makes the same quilt unique and their own.
 I was curious when I saw this neat tool, Quilt in a Day's Sew Straight.
 And pretty impressed when I saw it in action. It enables you to sew a straight line when sewing through squares without having to draw a line.
 Made making these snowball blocks go so much more quickly.  You can also do hst just by adjusting where you line things up. Pretty slick!
She also had this little travel iron.  Another lady in the class had used it after surgery for all her ironing. They both agreed it was a great iron.
So in addition to being able to teach these great ladies they taught me a couple of useful tips.