Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Drunkard's Path meets Clam Shells

We've had a few warmer days.  Not real warm just warm enough to melt my snowy backdrop.  This picture reminds me that I need to refill my bird feeders.  They appear to be empty.  My larger feeder with a tray at the bottom empties faster than these tube ones with perches.  I'm wondering if the deer are eating from it.  I wonder this for two reasons.  One it empties so fast.  Two when the snow was  there the deer tracks gave evidence of there congregating under it.  Has anyone ever heard of this happening?  Just wondering.
 I finished quilting all those feathers in my Clamshells quilt.  I really like the combination of the pebbles and feathers.  I'm not always as thrilled with my quilting as I am with this quilt.  I think my skills are finally being honed.
 This quilt is a play on a drunkards path.  I originally designed it using my sister, Julie's fabric line Salt Air for Moda.  Because it was a beachy fabric line and these half circles look like a clamshell quilt.  I named it Clamshells

Don't let those curves scare you.  With my easy method they are really quite easy.  Learn how with my YouTube video.  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Free Motion Quilting~ Pebbles and Feathers

When it comes to Free Motion quilting I've been self taught.  Thanks to an artist mother who has a home that is better stocked than most craft stores and encouraged me to dabble in painting, sewing and various other crafts.  I've had a lot of practice trying new things.  When I first started quilting, my kids were little, hubby was in school and money was tight.  So quilting by check was not an option.  So I asked questions at my guild.  Took the handful of knowledge I was given and went for it.  
 Now that the kids are grown and money is not so tight I still quilt my own.  It's not my favorite thing always but I feel a sense of accomplishment saying I made my quilt completely by myself.  I've know I have lots of room for improvement in my quilting. So I recently started taking some classes on Bluprint.   Did you know you can get unlimited streaming of classes for less than $4 a month.  Between the yoga classes I watch on snow days when I can't walk outside.  The sock knitting classes I've been watching.  I really want to knit socks!  And the free motion quilting classes I've been binge watching.  I'm getting my moneys worth.
I watched Christina Cameli's Secrets of Free Motion Quilting and Patsy Thompson's Feather Basics.  They both taught me things that my self teaching had totally missed. I used what I learned to start quilting my Clamshells quilt.
I've got all the pebbles done in the background and a couple of the clam shell rows are finished.  I'm thrilled with what I learned and how it is helping me improve my skills.  I'm even really liking the effect of my quilting rather than just being happy to have a finish under my belt. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Layer Cake, Charm Square and Jelly Roll X & + Blocks

If you are like me you tend to end up with extra layer cake, charm square and jelly roll pieces.  What's a girl to do with all those?  I throw mine in a box.  I have a box for layer cake and charm squares and one for jellyroll pieces.  When they get full I make a quilt of course.  These x and + blocks help me make room in my boxes for more happy pieces.  
My Three Red Hot Kisses quilt is an example of this fun, scrap busting block.  I didn't pay as much attention to value in this one.  Because of that some of my x's and +'s get lost.  This next go around I'm being a little more intentional.  Using medium to dark fabrics for my x's and +'s and light low volume prints for the background.  
Learn how to make your own, with my newest YouTube video. New link, I don't know what I did that made the formatting of my original video small.  Gotta love technology.  I'm sure it was user error but still.  I did some yoga and then got busy fixing it.  Here is the result. Hope you like it.  



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Scrap and Strings Quilts

Last week I had my first Quilty Hug Sew in of the year.  It was great fun and such a treat because all my quilting angels were able to come.  We made a lot of progress and soon I will have more tops to show you.  For now I have these two.  First Spot On, you may remember the sister quilt here.  
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Sherri finished binding this fractured diamond quilt.  It came about when the gray, beige and black bins were overflowing.  It has a wonky kind of feel because I was not very good at keeping track of which strip went where when making the blocks.

Finally Sue dove into some of our bins and got busy with the Go Cutter.  She cut lots of 1 1/2" strips.  Many of which will become Scrap Busting Stars.  Have you joined the Challenge?  If your bins are full and you'd love to turn all those scraps into beautiful quilts.  This little challenge could help. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Baby Boy Quilt Top

Listening to my favorite jams was just the trick I needed to get all these scrappy stars made for my newest baby boy quilt top.  I love how my scraps came together in this newest version of my Braveheart quilt pattern.
 I'm debating weather I want to add the final border or just bind it in navy.  What are your thoughts?
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Perfect Star Points

Next month I get to head down to Bryce.  It's time for the annual retreat I attend, teach at and find time to snowshoe at.  One of the classes I will be teaching is my Braveheart quilt.  
One of my former young women, (though I tell them once your my young woman your always my young woman.  I love working with the youth in my church.)  Anyhow she is expecting her first baby.  I always make a baby quilt for my young women when this happens.  Because I wanted a different colorway for my Braveheart class.  My navy and turquoise scrap bins were full so I need to use those two colors.  I added orange, red, and yellow to the mix, all from my scrap bins.

Turned on my favorite jams and got busy sewing.  I also wanted to do a better job demonstrating my method for flying geese.  So I made a new YouTube video.  
Love it when one project can check off many to do items.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Quilts in the Wild

My friend, Ruth, and I loaded up a bunch of quilts yesterday for a fun winter photo shoot.  I'm so fortunate to live by some pretty great trails.
Modern Gems
 Yesterday we decided to try our luck along the Lagoon Trail.  I like to ride my bike here in the summer.  It's full of great places to hang and drape quilts.

Just Desserts
Once at the trail head we loaded up my wagon with quilts and went in search of those great places.  
Crazy Love
 One of my favorite was this old barn.  I love the way this quilt looks against the old wood on the barn.
Crystallized
 It also made a great back drop for my vibrant Yarn Bomb Trees.  Did you know that all my bright scrappy quilts are on sale through the month of January.  I find sewing with bright colors helps me beat the January blues.
Yarn Bomb Trees
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