Friday, August 31, 2018

Scrappy Quarter Log Cabin Finish

In July you may remember I made this scrappy quarter log cabin quilt along with a tutorial. I've finally got it quilted. I did a large meander. It was quick and easy. 
 My friend Sheri bond it for me. I didn't quite have enough of the blue I wanted for the binding so I made that scrappy also.
Now to find it a happy home.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Planning a Plan B Quilt Part I

My orphan bin is full. Guess what that means! Time to make another Plan B Quilt.  I thought it would be fun to share a little process as I make this one. Just in case you would like to make on and are not quite sure how to go about it.  

 The first step is to pull out blocks. Because I tend to make man quilts and bright happy quilts not all my blocks play nice together. To fix this problem I choose a color scheme. This go around I pulled all my blocks with blue, gray, red and gold. 
Next I throw them up on the design wall. I put like shapes and blocks together. This is just to get a general idea. of how things will might fit together. Play with this but know that as you start sewing things together you will need to adjust. I like to pull out my various strip bins to use as filler pieces.
I'll post more as this quilt progresses.

Know that may take a bit. I just had 5 quilt tops, batting and backs donated for Quilty Hugs. I've got them basted and will be working on getting them quilted, bond and to their new homes.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Moving It Forward

The most important and exciting thing moving forward this week is that my baby begins her college career today. How did that happen?  I remember walking her to kindergarten just the other day. So many feeling associated with this momentous occasion. 

As far as quilting goes, in spare moments I added to my wonk maverick stars.  I auditioned a few mini stars but I think I will be nixing that idea. Maybe I'll make a mini version with the minis. It might make a cute wall hanging. I only have five more of the larger squares to make a good sized child's quilt.
In addition to making maverick stars I had a fun time with my first Free Spirit Class at K &H Quilt Shoppe
 The ladies did a beautiful job making their roses. I'm really looking forward to this year long venture. You can find the pattern here.
I also had a great time attending Neon Circus, a Brooks & Dunn cover band concert, with some girlfriends. Oh what a night! We rocked it and spent the night dancing to their great music. 
I'm excited to see how your week moved forward. Link up and show us what you've advanced in your sewing room. Can't wait to see.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Solid

School started today in our area. This time of year brings mixed feelings. I love stocking up on school supplies; crayons, markers, glue sticks, and composition books. (I especially like to pick up the composition books that have graph paper inside.) I thought it was pure genius that Fat Quarter Shop had Riley Blake's Solids as their basic of the month. They are like crayons for quilters.  Of course I had to stock up on a few of these pretty colors.
  I love how they pop in Sunshine on a Cloudy Day
Solids can make a bold quilt.

Libs Elliott Rebel Quilt
Mix them with prints like I did in the reproduction quilt.
Or as an accent like in my Citrus Spin.
Whatever quilt you choose solids make a lovely addition.
A Quilting Sheep
Make sure you stock up while their on sale. You won't be sorry.
Beech Tree Lane Handmade

Monday, August 20, 2018

Moving It Forward

I recently purchased a bunch of lovely solids. After all they are the basic of the month at the Fat Quarter shop.  I'll share more on my purchase later in the week. But among my rainbow of solids I bought this lovely gray. I do love gray as a background. Especially with for happy bright fabrics. I used my Go cutter to cut a bunch of 3 1/2" squares. Then dove into my bits bin to start chaining 
 these cut little wonky maverick stars.  No real plan for them but I know something great will come from this scrappy play. Even if it's just a little fun sewing time.
Now it's your turn. What play have you been enjoying in your sewing room?  Link up and share. We all want to see. 


Friday, August 17, 2018

It Takes A Village II

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing my little village. I'm just so in love with it right now. Thrilled that I was able to finish it. YEAH! It is now quilted and bond and at K&H Quilt Shoppe.  Where I will be teaching it in October.  
 The original one is home with my friend, on her daughter's wall. Oh that does my heart good.  I feel a little guilty when I have to borrow my quilts back for trunk shows and classes.  Fortunately I have understanding friends. Just don't want to take advantage of them.  While I was making the new village I also took time to create the pattern I will need for the class.  It is available in my Etsy shop if you are interested.
Tomorrow I will be at the farmer's market with my niece.  Make sure to stop by and say hi.  We'd love to see you.  Remember if your not in the area my all natural, skin loving soap is also available in my Etsy Shop.
Skin loving Groovy Love Sampler bars
I'm linking up with Sarah and Cynthia to celebrate this productive week.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Moving It Forward

 Back in 2013 I made my first It Takes a Village quilt.  I gave it to my friend, Amy, the mother of eight beautiful children.  The quilt resides on her daughter's wall. From time to time I borrow it when I do trunk shows or teach a class. Well, I recently borrowed but it looks like I'll need it longer than I thought. Not feeling good about keeping it that long. I decided to make another. First I made a little family.
Then dove into my bits bin and got busy making a village.
Finally I combined the two. As soon as I get it quilted and bond I will exchange this one for the one on display at a local quilt shop and return the original to it's rightful owner.
Now it's your turn to share you sewing room progress. Link up and show us what you've been moving forward.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Adding Up

Yesterday at the Quilty Hug Sew In I started these fun scrappy plus blocks. You may remember a while back I did a post on color ways.  One of the ways was a scrappy background. I showed a big pile of blue and gray scraps. I have since cut all those scraps into 2 1/2" strips. My 2 1/2" strip cutter for the Accuquilt Go made quick work of that. I then sub cut them into the sizes needed for this block. Slowly the blocks are adding up. I've already got a third of them done.
Lots of other cutting and sewing got done yesterday but I didn't get pictures. However this little cute scrappy quilt was finished. It features Jen Kingwell's Beach Road line. We used Sarah's method for turning layer cake squares into 16 patch blocks. Then set them off with hour glass blocks in blue and green.  Did you know that Fat Quarter Shop's basic of the month is Kona Solids?  It's a great time to stock up. I did a little stock up myself. Don't miss out! 
Some of my favorites to keep on hand are snow, honeydew, butter, and steel. They all make great backgrounds.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Move It Forward

 Scraps have been flying in my sewing room. Sometime soon I'm going to have to stop all this play and do a little tidying. But until it becomes absolutely necessary I'll keep playing.  I'm thinking of doing a improv medallion quilt. No concrete plans, just thought it would be fun. I started with some some baskets. Added a wonky wedge border. Now I'm toying with a couple of ideas. What will come next waits to be seen.
I had fun quilting daisies, leaves and loopy vines in my Tie Dyed Sheep quilt. Then bound it with a pretty green floral. I had several requests for a pattern on this one. It was a little daunting. Writing patterns is hard but when the quilt is more improv than traditional it seems a little harder to me. I've finished it and if your interested you can find it in my Etsy Shop.
Thanks to Lea Anne, I've been busy making soap.  She is my best advertising. Thank you Lea Anne! Fresh bars are in the shop. Below are sampler bars of Lavender/Sage.  You can mix and match these in our many sampler and gift sets. Just in case you can't decide which scent you like best.
Now that I've shared my busy week it's your turn to share what you've been up to. Can't wait to celebrate your progress with you. 
Link up and let us see.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Free Spirit

When it comes to quilting I'm a bit of a free spirit. I don't really follow the rules. I feel they are more like guidelines. 
I'll be the first to admit that all my points don't match up. I do work hard, rather play hard, at making something nice. But I don't sweat if it's not perfect. In fact I kind of like those little imperfections.

                               
That may be why I love improvisational piecing so much. 
In addition to loving this creative style, I also love to teach it. 
 Helping quilters let their hair down, relax and just have fun as they take an idea and make it their own is awesome.



 This happens a little in any class I teach but especially in my free form classes.

 So I'm excited to be offering a Free Spirit Club at my local quilt shop, K & H 
Each month I will teach  a different free form piecing method:
 birds, trees, flowers, houses, hearts, made fabric, and more.
I'll be giving tips on how to combine this whimsical creations. So you will be able to create a one of a kind creation of your own.
If you are not local and would be interested in any of these classes. Let me know I'd be happy to come to you.  Or check out the events page on my website to see if I'll be in  your area.  I'd love to let my hair down and get crazy with you while we create on of a kind quilts.