Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Scrap Busting

If you've followed this blog very long you know when a scrap bin gets full I design a quilt around that bin.  Well, I could barely put the lid on the gray, beige, and black bins.  So I cut a bunch of those scraps into strips and made this quilt.  I had intended to have the strips placed in the same place in each block.  But I didn't quite make it.  I didn't want to have to rip things out so I made it a design element.  Giving it a wonky modern look.
 While sorting through scraps I found a bunch of 3" half square triangles, four patches and plain squares.  I'm not sure what they were intended to become.  I decided to add sashing between them to make larger blocks then add plain white squares as an alternate block.  Finally I set everything on point.  I have enough of the 3" squares to make another quilt.  I'll be switching the black and white fabrics for a sister quilt.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Choosing Fabric for Your Next Scrap Quilt

Excited to share my first You Tube video.  I can't believe I did this all by myself.  Wow!  

And while it is far from perfect.  I need to get a microphone to improve sound quality.  Get better at looking at the camera.  And improve my editing skills.  But I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt.  What do you think?

Friday, November 8, 2019

Choosing a Background for Your Pre Cut Quilts

Choosing fabric for a quilt can be a daunting chore for some quilters.  A pre cut bundle is an easy way to know that all your fabrics will go well together.  But there is still the background to think about.  Now you could go white.  Lots of people do.  
Rhythm & Blues
 Being a mother of three boys, white is a color I tend to avoid.  In fact gray tends to be my go to background.  I love the way it sets off color.  Bonus! It hides dirt
Modern Gems
 A beige is another good alternative.  It's a good neutral.  And more forgiving than white.

Mountain Retreat
 I also like to chose a  Kona solid.  Honey Dew is a favorite. I think it plays well with a variety or colors and fabrics.  Butter also a works.  I'm currently creating a quilt that uses red as the background.  I'm pretty excited for this one.  I share it soon. 
Bear Scraps
Another option is to go with a low volume print.  Still a good way to hide dirt.  Plus it adds a little interest to your quilt.
You can layout various fabrics to audition.  Here I chose solids that were a shade lighter than the colors found in the prints.  If you had a jellyroll or layer cake with light prints you might want to audition darker solids to use for your background. 
Have fun with it!  Do what speaks to your heart.  It is your quilt after all.  People who criticize are not your friends.  I recently read in Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss, "You can be the juiciest ripe peach and there are still going to be people who don't like peaches."  Don't listen to the critics.  If you like it that's enough.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Free Patterns

Each week in my newsletter I include steps for a scrap pattern.  I base these off of the quilts we make each month at my Quilty Hugs sew in.  These quilts go to bring comfort to cancer patients.  I know quilters are very generous people.  I also know quilting can be an expensive hobby.  These free patterns are my way to ease that.  I know that providing these patterns more quilts will get made to help more people.  
 They are always scrap friendly.  Mostly because I have a lot of scraps.  I create my own and other donate them for Quilty Hugs.  The pattern is available while the steps are being given.  Then for a week after the quilt layout is given.  After that they will be available for a small fee in my shop under the heading Hugs.
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Just an FYI there is a flash sale at Blue Print.  50% off . Stock up on your favorite items.

Monday, November 4, 2019

It Takes A Village

It's November.  Wow!  How has another year flown by this fast.  I love November.  It contains my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  I think it's the perfect prelude to Christmas.  Turning our hearts to all we've been blessed with.  Preparing us to then give of our abundance.  
 One of my greatest blessings is where I live.  I have wonderful neighbors.  They look our for each other.  Back when my hubby's appendix burst and he spent almost a month in the hospital, they kept an eye on my boys.  Now my boys didn't need a babysitter.  Just a watchful eye to make sure teenage boy shenanigans didn't get out of hand. 
While at the hospital one day my boys decided to build a half pipe in the garage.  I did end up with two engineers, so maybe this was good prep for their future selves.  One neighbor said, I figured there were worse things they could do.  So I let them.  Those future engineers didn't think about the fact that they were 6' tall.  There was no way they were going to be able to skate this while it was in the garage.  They only took out 3 sprinkles moving it to the backyard.  It brought them hours of entertainment.  And I knew where they were.  So I guess it was worth fixing the sprinklers.  
Based on my great neighborhood I designed this quilt.  I've made two of them.  One hangs at my friend's homes.  As a mother of 8 she knows that it takes a village to raise children.  You can find this in pattern form in my shop.  I also have it available as cards and downloadable prints.  They make a great new mom gift.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Quilt Market Fabric Acquisition

I'm not normally a big shopper, much to my daughter's chagrin.  She feels this is so unfair.  Her friends moms will go shopping with them for hours on end.  I try but I can only handle so much.  I know it's crazy but that's just me.  Or I thought it was until I got to market.  Some how all that pretty fabric spoke to me.  My wallet was out cha ching, cha ching I was buying me lots of new things.  

First I acquired a layer cake of Choose to Shine by Cherry Guidry for Benartex.  
 Before I knew it I had two jelly rolls, Lucy's Garden by Patti Young and Sew Retro by Sara Davies both for Riley Blake.
Fat Quarters kept finding there way to me.  I got a bundle from Art Gallery, Windham Fabrics (Bungalow) and a few from Free Spirit.  I was a little worried I'd have room for everything in my suitcase.
I played tetras with fabric to make it work. Fortunately I'm really good at tetras so in the end it worked out.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Free pattern~ Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!  Hope  you have a spooktacular day!  
 Just FYI, this is the free pattern that has been going on in my newsletter.  Tomorrow the final instructions will come out.
No worries if you missed the previous instructions.  If you sign up today I'll make sure you get them all.