Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Scraps on the Go

I have a little scrappy project in mind.  It will use bright warm scraps and light cool solids.  Here is my scrappy fabric pull.
 I also thought it might be fun to show you how cut scraps on my Accuquilt Go cutter.  For this project I'm using my 2 1/2" half square triangle die
 First I press my scraps.  I use a little Best Press to give them a crisp feel.
 Then I start layering them on the die.  I don't worry about them filling the whole die.  I just want to get as many pieces as I can. 
 Then I layer 
 And layer until I have 6 layers in as many places as I can.  
 Next I run it through my Go.  And out comes all these pretty little half square triangles, with all the dog ears cut off.  
 Here is the waste.  Not bad.  I figure I'd have just as much if I were to cut them the old fashioned way. 
 Finally I just play
 and play 
 and play.
Just a little FYI if  your planning on getting a Accuquilt Go, they will be $150 off on black Friday.  Now that's a deal! 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Moving It Forward

On of the great things about living in Utah is the mountains.  When I was younger I loved to ski the best snow on Earth.  Three knee surgeries later I snow shoe instead.  The rest of the year I enjoy camping and hiking.  I originally designed this quilt to use my sister, Julie's, S'more Love fabric line for Moda.  
Mountain Retreat
But when this cute little scrap made it's way to me I had an urge to pull scraps based off it's color scheme; teals, oranges, yellows, greens and browns.And make this quilt again.  

My little scrap pull yielded more than enough.  (I have plans for a least one other quilt.  My friend, Marilyn's helped me create the  blocks at our Quilty Hug sew in.  We ran out of background. Oops! I have ordered more. I'm looking forward to another Mountain Retreat once my background fabric arrives.

Now that I've shared my quilting musings, it's your turn.  Link up and share what you've been moving forward.

Friday, November 9, 2018

It All Adds Up

When I saw this plus quilt pattern in one of my quilt magazines.  I'm sorry I can't find the one I saw it in at the moment.  To say my sewing room is a mess may be a bit of an understatement.  I'll post it when I find it.  I knew I had to make it.  
 I pulled all my gray and light blue scraps and started cutting them into 2 1/2" strips with my Go Cutter.  I didn't worry about length.  I just made sure they were at least wide enough for the strip and long enough to get a few of the pieces cut once the strip was made.  I then sub-cut them into the needed sizes.  After auditioning different fabrics for the plus signs I came up with a few reds, greens and yellows I liked.  I quilted it a 1/4" from the seams to created framed squares. My binding angel, Sherri bond it in black for me.
  I just love how it looks hanging in the tree with the lovely fall leaves around it.

Thank you for your great response to last weeks giveaway.  Your kind comments meant so much.  The winner for last weeks giveaway is Julie in WA.  Congratulations!  Send me your snail mail and I'll get your magazine off to you.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mixed Tapes

One of my favorite things about the work I do is seeing how quilters take my designs and make them their own.  It is like receiving a mixed tape of a favorite song.  They are familiar with a fun twist.  Pam took my Tie Dyed Sheep class recently at K &H quilt shoppe.  I absolutely adore what she came up with for her daughter's room.

 Judy took my Dahlia pattern, made her own layer cake from her stash and created a wonderful top.  I love the orange centers and corner posts.  What a great pop of color.
Diane followed my scrappy quarter log cabin tutorial and came up with this vibrant set of blocks.
If you have taken one of my designs and made it your own.  Send me a picture or link to your blog.  I'd love to see your mix.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Moving It Forward

Who doesn't love a half square triangle?  They are just so versatile, not to mention cute.  I recently cut out a bunch with my Go Cutter. That thing sure makes quick work of it.  Thank heavens!  Helps me get past the necessary evil and on to the fun stuff.  
 Once the fun began, my machine was whirling, and before I knew it I had a nice bunch of broken dishes blocks.  These blocks remind me of a story.  Let me share.
One Sunday, just before I was going to be heading off to college, my sister was in charge of setting the table. She had been told not to grab all the dishes at one time because, they would be too heavy.  Thinking she knew best and that it would save her time.  She did not listen to this wise advise.  As she grabbed the plates for our family she realized her mistake. Before she knew it she had broken all but three of my mom's dishes.  Shocked and scared to death she stood in the mess.  Rather than scold and get angry my mom gave her a hug and told her she wanted new dishes anyway.  We ate on paper plates that day.  This story is still fondly told by both mother and daughter.  A happy memory made from disaster.  The three unbroken dishes went with me to college and mom got her new dishes. 
It's Monday and time to share what you are moving forward.  Link up and show us your progress.  I'm looking forward to it.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Linked Up Giveaway

I'm excited to share with you this jelly roll friendly, quilt.  I've waited a long time to be able to do this.  I've been finding a new love in designing with pre-cuts,  A Bushel & A Peck, Dahlia and Raised Beds to name a few.  This is my latest, interlocking links made from those cute little 2 1/2" strips we lovingly call jellyrolls.  This quilt features Ella & Ollie by Fig Tree for Moda.
 After assembling the blocks, I sandwiched and quilted this with zig zaggy lines and vines of leaves.
If you have a jellyroll you've been looking to put into something fun.  Why not try this simple quilt.  You can find the pattern in the newest Fon's and Porter's Quilting Quickly.
 In addition to this little throw there are several other projects, all using pre-cuts.  There are 4-5 I wouldn't mind trying.  
  I have an extra copy for one lucky reader.  Leave me a comment for a chance to get linked up with this great magazine.  I'll choose a winner next Friday.  Good luck!  

Monday, October 29, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've been doing a little free motion quilting, organic lines.  First I went up and down about a 1/4" from the seams.
 Then I went across the same way.
 It made these cute little framed squares.
I've cut the binding and will be having my quilting angel, Sheri, bind this Quilty Hug. That way I can get on to the next one in the pile. Thank goodness for quilting angels.

Now it's your turn.  What are you moving forward?  Link up and share your progress.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Over the Rainbow Flimsy

My low volume bricks are now all combined with my rainbow of bright solid bricks.  You can learn a little more about the process of this quilt here and here.
 The low volume bricks reminded me of clouds.  So I've decided to name this quilt over the rainbow.
It was a simple, fun quilt to make.  I love how bright and cheerful it is.  I'm thinking simple organic line quilting when I get that far.  For now it is joining my pile of flimsies.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Moving It Forward

I had a fun weekend with friends at my aunt's cabin sewing to our hearts content.  I made a ton for these bright happy stars.  Who doesn't love wonky maverick stars?  
 On the way to the cabin we enjoyed a little fabric acquisition.  Here is my little haul.  Can you tell I love brights?
Pathway to our little adventure.
 The fall colors were gorgeous.

Did you have a fun, productive weekend.  Link up and share what you've been moving forward.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Treasures at Sea

During one of my scrap sorting quests I pulled a bunch of blue and green scraps.  I used the Go Cutter to cut them into 5" and 2 1/2" squares.  I found a fun nautical themed background with anchors, stars, and navy badges.  I combined these with my Treasures pattern.  
 Ruthie took it over from there. She made all the squares, added the sashing and borders, then quilted it with star fish, sand dollars,
kelp, and sea horses.
Then I trimmed it up and got it bond.  Now this Treasure at Sea is ready to comfort and warm as a Quilty Hug.
Finally the winner of last weeks giveaway is Jan of From the Button Box.  Congratulations!!!  If you will send me your snail mail.  I'll get your magazine off to you.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dies to Die For

I was asked a while back what my favorite Dies are for my Accuquilt Go.  I'm finally getting around to answering that request.  If you know me you know I find cutting the necessary evil in quilting.  My Go cutter has made that evil process more manageable.   To say I love it may be an understatement.  
My favorite dies are probably my strip cutters.  I have the 2 1/2" (jelly roll) die and 1 1/2" die.  I use both of them a lot.  Not just to cut strips cut to sub-cut those strips into squares.  Like in Floating Boxes, 
and Fruition where I sub cut strip sets to make quick easy nine patches and sixteen patches. 

 I did the same thing with the 1 1/2" strip cutter for Gradation.
My next favorite dies are my half square triangles.  I have a 2 1/2" hst die that can cut up to 36 hsts in one fell swoop.  It's totally awesome!  I don't worry if my scrap doesn't fill the whole die.  I just load it up with scraps and crank out as many as I can.  It makes cutting out for Harvest Sky
and Whisp go so much faster.
 Finally I have a 12" cube.  With it I made Funfetti using the parallelogram.

 Cut out kits for my Modern Gems quilt class in less than a day.

 Made quick work of a bin of orange, yellow, blue and green scraps to make this quilt.  

It contains dies to make rail fences, flying geese, half square triangles, hour glass, and square in a square blocks.  Let me tell you it is wonderful!  The 8" cube is on my wish list.  My neighbor has the hexagon die that she lets me borrow.  It's a great way to cut out a grandmother's garden quilt.  One of the young women in our neighborhood broke her foot at the beginning of summer and we kept her and her mother from going crazy by supplying her with hexagons. She almost made a whole quilt.

Hope this helps you know what dies might be right for you.  So you can spend less time cutting and more time sewing.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Moving It Forward

I finished all my low volume made fabric pieces for they idea I had forming last week.  I pulled out a rainbow of bright solids to go with them.
 After cutting a bunch I started laying everything out on the design wall.  This is what I have so far.  I still have more low volume pieces.  I just need to cut a few more of my bright solids.
That's what I've been moving forward.  Now it's your turn to share your progress.  I'm looking forward to seeing what's developing in your sewing room.  Link up and share.