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Monday, March 25, 2019

Moving It Forward

 While I've been working on my other projects I've been feeding these half square triangles through as leaders and enders. I've made enough progress I thought I'd share it. I cut all the triangles with my Accuquilt Go.  You can find my method for cutting scraps on the the Go here.  Little by little I've been assembling the half square triangle and then putting them into a square in a square block.  This antique quilt I saw on Pinterest was my inspiration.  
Also just a little FYI.  I've updated my tutorial page. Take a minute to check it out.  Hope you find a little inspiration there.  
Now let us see what progress you are making.  Looking forward to celebrating with you.  Link up and share. 
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Just Because Wonky Stars Make me Happy

I'm still getting lots of time sewing with my leg in the air.  If I don't keep it up it swells and I get cankles to the point that from my calf down is all the same size.  Not pretty nor does it feel good.  So I guess I'll just sit and sew.  
 I finished making enough scrappy, wonky stars for a quilt.  So I got those sewn together in this funky, fun quilt.  Don't these stars make you happy?  They do me, in the making and them just by themselves.
Adding this to my growing flimsy pile.  Looking forward to when I can baste and get this one quilted.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunny Skies~ Moving it Forward

Thanks to my neighbor picking up the orange fabric for me.  I was able to get the rest of my blocks finished.  I love how happy they look together.  This Quilty Hug is sure to bring a little sunshine into someone's life.  
 Because it is so sunny and bright with the yellow and orange.  And all those pretty blues and greens remind me of summer.  I'm calling this one, Sunny Skies  Now to wait for my toe to heal so I can crawl around to get back and batting measured and cut.  So I can baste it and get it quilted.
That's my little bit of progress.  Now it's your turn to share what you've been moving forward.  Can't wait to celebrate your progress with you. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Lucky Pinnie

Happy St. Paddy's day this weekend.  I don't have any Irish in me, but my brother was born on the 17th.  I call him my leprechaun. Being born on St. Patrick's day with red hair, I'd say qualifies him.  So celebrating is a must.    
I made this cute little pincushion for the happy day.  The little necklace I made a while back with the 8-11 year old girls at my church.  We pressed leaves into clay.  If you receive my newsletter (sign up on the side bar) you received instructions to make this simple pinnie.  My newsletter arrives once a month with what's new, where I'm teaching, and a little bonus.  Sign up so you don't miss out. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


It has come to my attention that I put the wrong measurement on the squares for the bow ties.  I left my notes down in my sewing room so I went of my memory and that was wrong.  I apologize.  I thank Cathy for bringing it to my attention.  
I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible.  The squares should be cut 2" not 2 1/2".  I hope I haven't caused too much grief.  That you will still trust my future instructions and continue to play along with the sew in.  Once again I am so sorry.

If you  have already made your bow tie blocks and don't want to bother making more in the correct size.  Then sew the bow ties into 2 rows of 8 and 2 rows of 10 and add to your quilt as instructed before.  Then add a 2 1/2" border.  I'll make instructions for both styles next month.  Once again I am so sorry.  I know I should not do instructions when I'm not feeling well (between my toe and the bad cold I received from my visit to instacare.) But I said I would post instructions on the second Friday and wanted to keep my word.  I apologize for the mess this has made and will do everything in my power to correct it.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Moving It Forward

I'm so thankful for all the pre cutting I've done in the past filling project boxes with projects.  I do this mostly so I'll be ready for each Quilty Hug sew in.  But it's been a blessing now that my mobility is limited.  Everything is cut and ready for my to just sit and sew.  I may have to do a lot of cutting once I've recovered to replenish my project boxes but for now I'm happily sewing.

These little nine patches were in one box.  I had started them.  They are now all sewn.  I then framed them in a happy yellow for the one with orange centers.  
I'm planning orange for the yellow centered ones.  This would have been done but,  I've misplaced the orange.  How does that happen.  I didn't think it was possible to lose BRIGHT ORANGE YARDAGE.  I've been using it in more than one project but somehow it is lost.  My neighbor took pity on me when I told her as she was borrowing my 1 1/2" strip die.  We each have a Go and share dies.  So while she was out she picked me up some more.  Now I'll be able to finish these cute little blocks and put them into a happy Quilty Hug.
I've also been focusing on turning a few of my free pieced quilts into 5" x 7" greeting cards.  
 Each card has a blank inside and one of my original free pieced quilts on the front.
 They are currently in my Etsy Shop, just in case you are looking for a fun, unique card to send.
 I did the same thing with 4" x 6" postcards.  A fun quilt post card without the work.  Send now.  Frame later.
What fun things are you moving forward?  Link up and let us see your progress.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 2

First off I want to share my happy news!  I've avoided surgery!  My toe is still aligned and healing well.  I won't be able to drive for another 4 weeks. I'm in a boot, it's keeping my toe safe.  So while I'm grounded I'll be sewing away.  

How is your medallion quilt coming along?  Are you ready for the next border?  Do you remember those cute little bow ties I showed recently on Moving it Forward?  Those are for your next border.  Aren't you excited? 
For each bow tie you will need 2- 2 " background squares, 2- 2" and 2- 1 1/2" squares from your bow tie fabric.  You will need 44 sets of these.
 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric on the 1 1/2" bow tie squares.
 Place in one corner of a 2" background square. Sew on the line you drew.

 Press back the bow tie square as shown.  I like to make sure it covers the square before I trim the seam allowance.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4".  Repeat with other 1 1/2"  bow tie square and 2" background square.
 Arrange bow tie as shown.
 Sew together
 Repeat with remaining 43 bow tie sets.  Then sew zig zag style into 2 rows of 10 and 2 rows of 12
Sew the set of 10 rows to the sides of your medallion quilt.  Then sew the set of 12 rows to the top and bottom of your quilt.

Sit back and enjoy the progress you've made on your medallion quilt.  Try to patiently wait until next month for the next border.