Friday, December 15, 2017

Scrap Happy

It's been a scrap happy week in my sewing room. All my pineapple blocks are on the design wall waiting to get sewn together. Their leftover bits are tucked into rail fence blocks and squeezed in beside their momma blocks. All that scrappy goodness was joined by my newly basted wonky log cabin. It was some great eye candy while I exercised. 
Though difficult I did get in my workout before finishing up the quilting on the log cabin.
 I'm so pleased with the results.
 I looks so happy in the gray that has become my winter yard. I really like it next to the little bit of snow we have.
In addition I've been busy making soap. I didn't realize as I gave it away a gifts for friends and neighbors during the year that I was advertising. Many have come shopping in my home for Christmas presents.  I still have a little and if you order in the next couple of days I can still get it to you in time for Christmas. 
My Etsy Shop
As my daughter says, "Everyone uses soap, or at least you hope they do."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm having a hard time putting my scraps away. I have several pressing projects that I should be working on but still I play in my scraps. I've promised myself that soon I will start working on what really needs to get done but for the weekend any way I played in my scraps. I sewed up these little units.
I also worked on my pineapple blocks. They are mostly done, but I thought you might be tiring of seeing them. So I'll wait until they are a flimsy.  Instead here are the rail fence blocks I'm making from the little leftovers from the pineapple blocks. I've changed the blocks a little. I felt the others were too busy. I'm toying with layout but I'm thinking of starting with the lightest and filtering down to the darkest, maybe in a diagonal kind of way, somewhat as shown. But it is not set in stone.
Being Monday it's time for you to share your progress. Looking forward to seeing how you are moving your projects forward. Link up and share.  Can't wait to see your progress.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rhythm & Blues a Wrap

I'm so happy to be able to share a finished Rhythm & Blues with you. I'm thrilled with the results as is the drummer boy. I showed it to him this weekend when he came to work on his car in my garage.
I originally had thought I would just quilt wavy organic lines through it. But when it came to choosing a thread that would work with the blues and white I had problems. So when I found  flowing water and ice on Lori Kennedy's site I knew I was onto something. Not only could I change the thread for the different areas I felt it went with the quilt, and was not to feminine for the drummer boy. 
I've made this into a pattern. It is layer cake friendly, and goes together quickly thanks to strip piecing and a little trick with a 10" square.
 You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I finished the blocks I was chaining through last week. Here is what my pineapple quilt is looking like so far. It measures 48" x 60". I'd like to make it a little bigger.
 So I've started 10 more blocks. That should make a good sized throw at 60" x 72". I might even make it through all those cut strips. Never though that would happen.
 In addition to making my scrappy pineapples I finished quilting Rhythm and Blues. I was hoping to show it finished last Friday. But between shopping with DD and visiting my grandma I ran out of time and it wasn't quite finished. Still needs the binding. It will happen soon and hopefully I can show it this Friday instead.
In the mean time link up and show me your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's holiday sewing.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

As promised here is the progress on my pineapple blocks. I've only finished one more. With holiday travel I wasn't able to finish any more. Just add a few more rounds so that they are a little closer to being done.
I was however able to finish these sock I've been knitting. I'm not really a knitter. In fact I've only knitted one other time over twenty years ago. It was a project we did with the young women at church. We all knitted a hat and then wore them sledding. Thanks to YouTube I refreshed my skills and learned a few more. Though my socks are not perfect, I'm pretty pleased. I see more socks in my future. 
Now it's your turn. Link up and show us what you've moved forward this week.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thankful

It seems fitting with Thanksgiving happening yesterday to express a little gratitude. I am truly blessed. Eighteen years ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease that attacks my blood. Now many would think that tragic. I guess in some ways it is. But in many ways it's been a blessing. Through my treatments, that took place in chemo labs, I have met many wonderful people. One of whom inspired me to start Quilty Hugs. 
 My ITP is inactive now, for the first time in 17 years my blood counts are normal. Thankfully Quilty Hugs lives on. I'm thankful for all the wonderful quilters that give so generously to help those fighting cancer. The quilt above was made one of those giving quilters. A tutorial on how to make it can be found here.
This one was also done at one of my sew ins. Still need to get it quilted. In addition to my sewing angels. I'd like to thank Sarah for her push each year through Hands2Help. Also the many quilters that send so many wonderful quilts at that time. And Kristi who sends me boxes of  beautiful quilts year round. All these quilts bring so much comfort. I appreciate everyone's help so alleviate some of the suffering that goes with this terrible disease. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's New

I had a little brain child in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. Does this happen to anyone else? Your sleeping soundly and a little idea begins to form. It grows until it wakes you begging for attention. Then you spend the rest of the night nursing it. I don't know why these ideas can't come at more reasonable hours. But just like my children they think they need to be born in the middle of the night. 
 This idea came just before our last boutique. It said it would be a great idea to spend the next few days making cute little drawstring bags and terry cloth bath mitts. That they would make great gift and sell well. Which fortunately they did. I'd been a little upset if I'd lost sleep and had nothing to show for it. Yes I do love my sleep.
 I decided to do two different gift bags. One with three mini sampler bars and the other with two full sized bars. I've made a few more bags and have added them to my Etsy Shop.
 I've also been working on my pineapple blocks.  I keep ending up with these little bits. They are too cute to throw away so I had to come up with a home for them in these little rail fence blocks.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Moving It Forward

Monday's here and it's time to share what we've been moving forward in our sewing rooms.

I had a little excitement while pulling these scraps. I was sitting happily on the ground with my scrap bin and a laundry basket. (My preferred container when sorting scraps.) When one of my backing bins slipped from it's place under my cutting table and slid onto my foot pedal for my sewing machine. My machine was screaming. Trying to unfold myself and get up to stop the chaos I'm sure was quite a sight. My son came running afraid I had hurt myself. Apparently I had joined my machine in the screaming.  
 Finally I was able to dislodge the bin and all order was restored. Well, as much order as can be expected in my sewing room. And I went back to sorting my scraps.  These blocks were my original idea for these scraps.
 But I found I had larger light pieces and smaller dark pieces while cutting into my scraps. So I thought I would just reverse the darks and lights
 But I'm not sure I'm thrilled with the snowball style dark block. I might have to play with it for a while once I get a few more blocks made. I'm not sewing the darker ones together yet, so I can do a little more experimenting.
Now it's your turn to share your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Merriment and a Winner

Do you remember these cute little blocks I was making for my newest Christmas quilt? Well they are all sewn together, have borders added and Tuesday I basted my quilt. I spent the next couple of days quilting it. I always think I can do that faster than I can. I quilted holly leaves and ribbons through it. In addition to getting this quilted I was hoping to get it bound and some more scraps cut for another quilt. Yes I always have such high hopes for productivity.
 I did get it bound after two days of quilting. Yes I am a poky machine quilter. But I can get that binding on in no time.
 Now my little Christmas quilt is all done. A week before Thanksgiving, so happy about that. Now we will be able to enjoy it this holiday.
I like the alternate pattern the blocks create. I think it looks like a jumble of Christmas packages. I'm calling this little Christmas throw Merriment. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Now as promised I need to pick a winner for last weeks giveaway. Thank you everyone for your great response. The random number generator picked #22. So Loris you are our lucky winner. So happy for you! If you will send me your snail mail address I'll get your magazine out to you.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Moving it Forward

This cute little stack of ready to sew pieces was made quick work by my Accuquilt Go.
First I dove into my giant bin of unsorted scraps. I had a large chunk of lovely lavender so I was looking for fabrics that would go with it. So my guidelines as I sorted was any light blue, yellow, peach, pink and purple that was at least 3 1/2' x 6 1/2" big. I ended up with quite a pile.
Next I pressed those pieces and using my rail fence die from my 12" block cube I cut about 200 rectangles. Next I found the center of one of those solid rectangles and cut through it at a 45* angle. I used this piece for my template and cut the rest of rectangles. Now one bin is ready for the Quilty Hug sew in. Can you guess which quilt from last Wednesday's post it will be?
I also pulled scraps for another quilt. I borrowed my neighbor's 5" square die while she borrowed my 2 1/2" strip die. It's nice that we both have Go's and can share dies. I'll share my other scrap quilt plans once I get the rest of my pieces cut. For now please link up and share what you are moving forward.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nine Patch Stretch

You may recall back in April I showed a few of these blocks. Well after what seemed like forever, I am finally able to show you what they became.
String blocks, nine patches and a log cabin variation combined to make this fun scrap quilt.
Oh, how I love scraps and when they come together into a quilt my heart just sings.
Do you have an overflowing scrap bin? Are you looking for another project? Well you can find the pattern to this one in the newest Easy Quilts magazine. 
I have an extra for one lucky reader. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Oh and one more thing. Did you know? Craftsy is having a sale on their classes.  So if there is something you've been wanting to learn now is a great time. I've enjoyed my weaving and knitting classes through them. It's great I can go back and watch the class again and again. So if I forget what I learned I have it at my finger tips and it's never lost.
Wanna take a class

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Going on a Treasure Hunt

We had our Quilty Hug sew in yesterday. We have a couple of flimsy, that I will show when they are complete. Getting to the flimsy stage means I have a few project boxes in need of filling so we will be ready for the next sew in. So I went on a treasure hunt yesterday afternoon. The treasure I seek?  Scrap friendly quilt to turn into more Quilty hugs. 

Fist I found this one on pinterest. When I followed the link I couldn't find the exact quilt but like it.
Then I found this one.  Don't think we will be doing the cute applique but the scrappy weave will still make a cute quilt.
We have lots of strips and while we just finished a scrappy log cabin quilt. I think these quarter log cabins are very cute. 
I also liked this one. I think we have enough charms that we could easily get this on under way. 
Now to make my final choices and get those project boxes filled. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Painted Gardern

My hubby has said, 'I don't know what your favorite color is but I know you like bright colors.' He is spot on. Bright bold colors speak to me. I  my opinion you can never have enough color. So when I saw Crystal Manning's Painted Garden for Moda I feel in love. 
 I took a layer cake and cut it into strips to mix and match.
 So far I have these little raised flower beds, each with pretty rows of colorful flora.
Now it's your turn. What fabrics have you fallen in love with this week? What project has you tip toeing through tulips? Link up and share. We'd love to look at what you are growing.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rhythm & Blues

I am pretty eclectic when it comes to my music choice. There are very few genres that I don't like. When my friends come to sew they comment on it. They can't believe the variety that plays while we sew. Everything from Broadway show stoppers to Country. Throw in a little R&B, jazz, big band, and indie, well you get the idea. I like music. 

I'm also the mother of three 20 something boys. One of which is a drummer in a blues band. So when I saw the new batik line Yuki by Debbie Maddy for Moda I instantly had knew I had to do something with it.
I played around with the majestic mountain block,one of my favorites to play with. After setting it running diagonal through my quilt. I added a chain block with varying sizes of squares and my Rhythm & Blues quilt was born. 
I think my little drummer boy will like it.