Friday, November 30, 2018

Over the Rainbow Finish

Yesterday I had a mountain of laundry.  When the kids were home I had set laundry days.  But now that they are gone. hubby and I don't create enough laundry to warrant two laundry days.  So now I just do it when the hamper overflows.  One of the many adjustments this change has brought about.  
So while the washing machine went swish swish, and the dryer tumbled I quilted organic lines in Over the Rainbow.
After auditioning a couple of bindings; a fun stripe, that sadly there was not enough of, I chose a bright green on green stripe.
Fortunately the rain showers took a long enough break I was able to go outside for a fun photo shoot.
 All those bright colors popped with the dreary overcast skies.  
 Making the name Over the Rainbow all that more fitting.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nostalgia and Perspective

I made this little table topper back before I even started this blog.  It is one of the first quilts I made.  Back in the days when I was in the thick of being a mother.  
So I was not to happy when this happened.  The culprit denied it at first.  The fact that it was their signature eventually led to a confession.
 Fast forward almost 15 years and that infuriating incident now warms my heart.  It brings back happy memories of the delight and anticipation that filled my home back then.  Young adults, while fun in their own right don't come close to comparing to the joy little ones bring at this time of year.
So I fondly display this little quilt each year.  Though we hide the signature,by putting it on the back side of the chair. Saving the guilty party embarrassment year after year.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had as wonderful Thanksgiving weekend as I did.  My home was full to bursting on Thanksgiving with friends and family and it was fabulous!  In little snatches of time I worked on quilting one of the quilts I basted last week.  Do you notice that my broken dishes blocks have found a home?  I can only give you a sneak peek of this quilt though.
Thanks to everyone that purchased sampler gift packs last week. I had fun carefully packaging all your special Christmas gifts. 
  I hope they are well received. At the moment I'm out of mini bars. So I'm unable to sell anymore of these cute little gift boxes.
I have added these sweeties to my shop and as luck would have it my sale is still going on.  They are a collection of any three of my all natural bath size bars, carefully wrapped and tied with a bow.  Under the tree or in a stocking they are sure to please.  I will have more samplers just in time for Christmas.  Just waiting for the soap to cure.  
What are you cooking up in your Santa shop/ sewing room?  Link up and let us see, if it is safe to do so.  We would love to see.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Just a Little FYI

Just a little FYI, in case you hadn't heard.  Everything is on sale in my shop right now. 
In case you forgot Accuquilt has sales on their Qubes and Big cutters.
 Did you also know you can get up to 70% off all supplies at Craftsy?
Finally don't forget to check out all the great deals going on at the Fat Quarter Shop.  
So many great deals!  You are definitely not going to miss out!  Stock up now and save!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Bountiful Blessings

Like I said last week, I love this time of year.  There is just something so perfect about having a holiday just to be grateful for all that we have.  The fact that it precedes the Christmas season with all it's sharing and giving just makes perfect sense to me.  What could be more natural than to want to give after you have reflected on all that you have.  
 I am truly blessed.  I have more than I need of this worlds goods; my business prospers, my car runs, plenty of food on my table and my home is safe and cozy. 
I have good neighbors that look out for my family and me, wonderful friends that rejoice in my triumphs and help see me though my trials, a wise father, talented mother, helpful brother and sisters.  In addition I have a husband that supports me in all my creative clutter, three smart, hard working sons, and a beautiful caring daughter.  
I have faithful reader of this little blog of mine that comment and share their talent with me, shop owners that kindly display my quilts and patterns, and allow me to teach in their shops.  What more could a girl want?  I am grateful for all that I have and for all the wonderful people who bless and enrich my life.  I am bountifully blessed.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks for blessing my life!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Moving It Forward

Can you believe it is mid November?  My how time flies, before we know it the holidays will be here.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is this week.  I'm sad I won't be able to go to my parents.  I am looking forward to enjoying it with my hubby, children and friends.  Last week I didn't get a lot of sewing done.  I was able to baste a few quilts.  
Most of my time was spent getting ready for the holiday boutique I do each year.  My gift samplers are a big seller.  I have them in a three and six pack size.  I have a few made up for display and for people to buy.  Mostly though they like to create their own. In addition to the soap I include a description of the soap and the care that goes into making it.  A lovely suggestion form Lea Anne, one of my best customers.  I have them available in my Etsy shop if you are looking for a fun gift idea.  Everyone uses soap.  wink wink. There perfect as hostess gifts, office exchanges, and just to pamper yourself.  
So now that you know what I've been up to.  I'd love to hear how your projects are progressing for the holidays.
Link up and show us your progress.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Bag of Dreams

My quilt guild chose secret sisters this year.  The only clue I received about my secret sister is she likes blue.  I thought a bag full of fun quilty treats would be fun.
 So I pulled out my blue scrap bin and got busy.  From what my sister has shown at guild meetings I know she is not as scrappy as I am so I toned down my scrappiness a bit.  I created improv letters for the word DREAM to go around the bag, with a cute little heart to separate the beginning from the end of the word.  I should have taken a picture but thought of that once the word was in round.  I thought about unpicking but decided against that.  Lazy I guess.
 I'm filling the bag with fat quarters and fun quilty treats; marking pencils, thread, needle threader, mini clothes pins, and fun quilting pins.
Hope my secret sister enjoys her bag of dreams.

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!