Friday, June 29, 2018

Enchanted Forest

This little quilt (it's only about 45" x 50") started as a birthday gift to myself. Just a little improvisational sewing to relax and enjoy my special day.  I was having so much fun it was hard to stop and I worked on little else. So before I knew it, I had a completed top.
 I loved the results so much I didn't want it to sit in the flimsy pile so I quickly basted it and got busy free motion quilting leaves and vines throughout it.
I'm looking forward to displaying it in my home. It just makes me happy!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Moving It Forward

I'm slowly adding to my quarter square log cabin blocks. I figure I'm at least half way. Being summer I'm getting fewer hours in my sewing room.
Instead I've been following a favorite tradition of mine.  After my children graduate I take them on a fun trip just the two of us. My Anna choose to go to Colorado. So last Tuesday we headed out. We visited Vale.

Purchased matching bracelets.
 Ate a Bubba Gumps
 Attended a concert at Red Rock Amphitheater.
 And took the tram up
to Glennwood Caverns Adventure park.
It was a fun week. So great to spend one on one time with my daughter before she heads off on other great adventures. Now it's your turn. What great adventure did you have in your sewing room? Have you moved a project closer to completion? Link up and let us see.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What Do I Do With all this Scrap? Strips

As mentioned in the previous post I have a random strips bin. This bin contains all my strips that don't go in my other two strip bins. It has leftovers from trimming quilts, ends of strips used in other quilts, and just odd bits that are long and skinny. My scrappy log cabin.
Beaded Curtain
Kaleidoscope
And Yarn Bomb Trees all came from it's contents.
 I also have a bin that contains 1 1/2" strips. Scrappy Pineapple 
 And Citrus Spin came from that bin.
 The final strips bin I have is for left over jelly roll strips. I will do a post later about how to use up left over pre-cuts.  For now I'll share these 2 1/2" strip friendly  quilts from my jelly roll bin. First a simple coin quilt.

Hope this gives you a few ideas on how to make a dent in your strip bins.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Moving It Forward

Last week I dove into my random strips bin. I had made one of these blocks and thought we would make more during one of our Quilty Hug Sew Ins. But it just never happened. After seeing Sarah's quarter log cabin blocks and all the fun she was having with them. I got busy making mine. Here is what I have so far. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration I needed.
 In addition to block making I've also been busy making soap. We will be doing the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmer's Market again this year. It officially kicked off on the ninth but I was teaching in Panguitch. And since I have not figured out how to clone myself yet we weren't there for the kick off. We will be there this weekend though. If your in the area we'd love to have you stop by.
Freshly poured, best selling Blemish Buster Face Wash
If not you can buy our all natural, skin loving soap in my Etsy Shop.

Now that I've shared what I've been moving forward it's your turn. Link up and share your progress.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Uneven Nine Patch

I was excited to try my Uneven Nine Patch ruler. I made all the nine patches. But sadly I failed to follow my sixth grade teachers wise words and read the directions. This caused all kinds have havoc when I went to put this quilt together. You can read about it here.
 With my yo yo fix in place my quilt was ready for some free motion quilting. I chose a loopedy loo pattern.
Then bond it with a dotty black. Despite the headache I'm really pleased with the quilt. I can see another in the future. 
Next time I will make sure to read the directions and for go the yo yo fix.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Moving It Forward

Lots of fun sewing went on last week. Tuesday was my Quilty Hugs Sew in. Shelly finished up the scrappy 25 patch blocks while I created the star sashing on this little quilt.
Marilyn made this pretty stack of 16 patches from a Beach Road layer cake by Jen Kingwell.
Thursday I headed down to the Annual Quilt Walk Festival to teach my Wonky Rose Garden Quilt.
I had a great bunch of ladies in my class. 
And we had a ton of fun creating these fun blooms.
What fun did you have in your sewing room this week? Link up and let us see.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Port in Any Storm

This quilt came about because I leftover triangles from my Portals quilt. They were two different sizes. So I ended up with two different size blocks. A thin sashing on two sides fixed that problem. 
 I added a thicker sashing between the rows so that it made a more manly size quilt. With 6' plus size boys this is important. Otherwise they complaint that it doesn't cover their toes. And if it covers their toes it doesn't come up high enough on their chest.
I've decided to call it Any Port in a Storm.  Because of the nautical theme fabric and the leftover orphans finding a home. Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate this manly finish.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What Do I Do with All this Scrap? From the Bits Bin

One of my favorite things to do with my bits bin is to make fabric. You can find my method here.  I've made several projects using this method. This pillow is a favorite of mine.
In fact one of my all time favorite quilts also uses this method. This was only suppose to be a table runner. Yes, I got a little carried away. 
Double Wedding Ring
All the tulips in this quilt are made fabric. The other elements came from various scrap bins.
Mary's Garden
If you would like to make your own tulips, you can learn how here.
Close up of Mary's Garden
I love this way to use up my bits. I love it so much I sleep under all that made fabric every night. 
I've also used made fabric as a background for applique blocks. I made this for my mom after she gave me her Blue Bird flour sacks. I thought it was a fun way to use them. Including the round logos for the center of the Dresdens and the rest of the sacks in the background.
Hello Bluebird
You can click on the captions of these two quilts to find patterns. Just in case one of your color bins is full. That's how both of my Scrappy Dresden quilt came into being.
Scrappy Dresden

Monday, June 4, 2018

Moving It Forward.

I don't have a lot of sewing to show from last week. We were busy celebrating. First we had my daughter's high school graduation.
 She and her great bunch of friends have been a joy to watch grow up. Sad but exciting to see them go their separate ways as they head off for great things.
 Next my brother, sister's and our spouses headed to Jackson Hole, WY with my parents to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
 So grateful for these two.
 We had a great time celebrating our parents.
 The scenery was stunning.
I hope you are enjoying this busy time of year. That you had more success at moving things along this week than I did. Link up and share your progress.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Another Scrap Quilt to Love

This little quilt had a funny beginning. You can read about it here. After it's exciting beginning it was slow go. Ruth and I only made two different blocks rather than the three I originally planned. 
I was not sure what the layout would be. After a little play I'm pretty pleased with the final results.
Another great scrap quilt. It's no wonder they are my favorite.