When my daughter started kindergarten I went around to area quilt shops to see if I could sew displays for them. I hit three before I found one that said yes. I was thrilled! Little did I know how that venture would snowball.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
It's spring and I've been getting my garden ready. A few weeks ago I planted broccoli, beets and peas. Now they are starting to sprout.
I remembered last fall Cynthia told me about some gardener's soap she had used and how great it was for washing the dirt off after gardening. I had just begun my soaping adventure and told her I would give it a try in the spring. Like a said it's spring, though a few moments ago it was snowing outside my window, spring that fickle girl. None the less I made my gardener's soap. It is full of great exfoliates to get you super clean after playing in the mud. It also has a wonderful blend of oils to keep your hands soft, and smells wonderful with a blend of citrus and basil essential oils.here.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Precuts are a great invention. Especially for someone who is no so fond of cutting. There are tons of patterns, books and free tutorials available for these handy creations. Like this one from Diane of Stash Bandit. I first met Diane while working on the Scrap Squad. She is a joy to work with and so very talented.charm friendly wonder came about when I needed a quilt for my nephew. It is quick and easy if you need a quilt in a pinch.
jelly roll friendly quilt makes a great picnic quilt.
layer cake quilt looks difficult but is really a breeze.
Monday, April 24, 2017
I've had such a pleasant time playing in my scraps. There is just something about leftover bits of fabric that speaks to my heart. Memories from past projects and the challenge of making something from those bits what's not to love?
I not only made these blocks. But these scrappy log cabin like blocks.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Last time I showed this quilt it was a flimsy. Now it'a quilted and bond. I love all the scrappy happiness in this quilt. The stars are leftovers from this quilt, that was also a scrap quilt. You know your a scrap quilter when you make scrap quilts from the scraps of a scrap quilt. I didn't have a real plan for them but while organizing some pre cut scraps this idea came to me. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
I quilted it on the diagonal through the rows. I used leaves, they are easy for me. Then tried the starburst in the stars.
This next quilt is a group effort. It was made at my Quilty Hug Sew Ins. Sue cut it out. Shelly pieced it.
I quilted with simple organic lines. Finally Sherri bond it. I like it's simplicity and fell it will work for a man. I often worry I don't make enough masculine Quilty Hugs. I need to work on that.
After posting last week I made it to the fabric shop for matching thread and got this little wonder bond. I'm glad I held out for the matching thread. I love the way the orange binding sets off the quilt.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
I spent a lovely afternoon playing in my scraps. Oh, how I love spending time with my scraps. They always play so nice. I made me a bunch of nine patches and then a few string blocks.
I also found a little time for a fun photo shoot with my All Natural Patchouli Soap. Despite my best efforts I still get dandelions in my yard. To make the best of this not so great situation I picked a bunch and made a fun peace sign to go around my soap.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I really like to play with scale in my quilts. Taking the same block and using it in different sizes can add interest. It may look difficult but it's really quite easy.My Bear Scraps quilt uses blocks with multiples of 3 (ie 3, 6, 9) This scrap busting log cabin uses 6" and 12" blocks. You could also do 5" and 10". You get the idea.
A little more difficult are my Plan B quilts.Made from blocks intended for other quilts. Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit. Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away. Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned. Healing blocks made by friends. And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B. And life is all about how you handle plan B.
These quilts use up all sizes of blocks. I like to put similar sized blocks together, add strips to build up blocks that are slightly smaller.tutorial for her method that is helpful.
These are fun quilts to make, kind of like a puzzle. If you haven't made one I would recommend it. My orphan bin is getting full. I think it's time for me to make another one.
Monday, April 17, 2017
I'm so happy to share my row in Cheryl's Neighborhood row quilt. I live about a block from the local elementary school. While working in my gardens I often hear the sound of children playing during their recess. I just love that sound. So I knew I had to have a school and children in my row.Cheryl's blog.
Friday, April 14, 2017
I was hoping to finish this quilt yesterday. I'm calling it Dahlia. I used to grow dinner plate dahlias when we lived in Oregon. For some reason this block reminds me of them.
I got the quilting done. Trimmed it to put the binding one.Just in time to fix dinner. Darn, my family thinks they need to eat.
In addition to growing dahlias I also grow marigolds in my garden. I harvested petals last fall to make this soap. Good Morning is a blend of oils infused with annatto seeds and calendula (aka marigolds) to create a sunny yellow soap scented with citrus and mint. It is in my shop now.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
While cleaning out my sewing room I found several bins with strips. I intended to only have two, one for brights and one for cozy colors. Since I had more than would fit in the two bins I went on a hunt for quilts to use a few of these up.
I've made many string quilts. They are fun, easy and scrap friendly. I found several ideas and tutorials on my search so I thought I would share today.here.
Fret Not Yourself and Kaja of Sew Slowly have been having a coin quilt challenge. Make sure to visit there are lots of inspiring quilts and ideas to use up your strips.
Moda Bake shop.
Monday, April 10, 2017
I've been working on my neighborhood row quilt. This weekend I finished the third row. At the end of the week Cheryl will reveal my row. I had a lot of fun designing my row and love the way it looks with the rest of my rows. I can barely wait to show you.
I know spring is a busy time. Are you finding time to move a few projects forward? Link up and share. I love watching your projects progress.
Friday, April 7, 2017
I'm always so grateful this time of year as the quilts from Sarah's Hands 2 Help start rolling in. The generosity of her readers amazes me every year. It enables me to help so many battling cancer. The only person I ever feel bad for is my mailman. There are days he has to make several trips to my door carrying boxes full of Quilty Hugs.
|Thank you Mona|
|Thank you Mona|
All these heartfelt hugs in the form of a quilt really do bring giggles, cuddles and grins. I don't know if everyone wins but I know they help in the battle, and that means a lot.
|Thank you Cynthia|
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
I used to keep my projects in large zip lock bags hung on a clothes line. That worked great until one day I came home and apparently I had too many projects because one end of the line had pulled out of the wall and all my projects were on the ground.
Lucky for me many of the retreats I teach at give a project box when you check in. So I've been collecting them. If you don't have a collection they are fairly cheep at Costco. I think you can get a set of five for about $20.
Inspired by the list Chelsi did for her mom Sheri, of A Quilting Life, I dolled mine up a bit.
Sheri has some great tips on keeping projects organized and moving forward. You can find them here.
How do you keep track of your projects? We'd love to hear any tips you have.