Monday, May 20, 2019

Moving it Forward Pincushion

Pincushions are fun little projects.  I like that they are fairly quick.  Fun, fast finishes, what's not to love.  Plus the fact that they make a great little gift for your sewing friends.  Heck, for any friend now that many are using them in bowls for decorations.   So when I was given the opportunity to be part of the Pinwheel Pincushion Remix for Fat Quarter Shop I jumped at the chance.  
 I picked four fun fabrics, Spotted by Zen Chic.  Watch for more with this fabric line.  I absolutely adore it!  Here's a little sneak peek of my progress.  Thursday I'll give the official reveal.

What projects are you working on?  Are they big or little.  Fast finishes or ones that will take years?  Link up and let us celebrate what you're moving forward.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Finish

This happy little quilt is one I made back when my toe was broken and I couldn't drive. My dear neighbor rescued me and bought the orange fabric.  You may remember I misplaced the fabric.  I still haven't found it.  It is hiding so well in my sewing room. Once I was able to drive again, I got it basted.  It's been sitting in a stack waiting to be quilted since.  Now that my shoes match, funny story about that in a moment.  I'm getting through the pile.  I did a simple stipple and it went very fast.  YEA!
Now let me share with you a funny thing that happened at the post office recently.  I was still in the protective shoe but able to drive.  While waiting in line at the post office a cute little three year old, behind me in line, asked her mom if I was unable to find my other shoe.  She figured that was why my shoes didn't match.  Her mamma was embarrassed.  It just made me laugh. 
Yesterday I had a fun day with the Layton Quilt Guild teaching this quilt.  The ladies were delightful.  It was fun to see their sheep come together.  I took a video for my Instagram story but forgot to take pictures.  I hope they will share their finished quilts with me. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I had my Quilty Hug sew in this week.  Marilyn pieced most of the blocks for this little scrap quilt.  I had found a fun ocean print in my donated fabric.  It was just over a half yard.  I cut it into 10" squares.  Then added 2 1/2" strips to the remaining 8" to make them 10" Next I pulled green and blue prints from my scrap bins.
When I put it up on the design wall to see the progress Marilyn had made.  I loved it!  It was so close to being a top.  I took the afternoon to finish it up.  Now to get it basted and quilted.
 I also met with Cathy.  She generously donated all the quilts you see below plus a few more to Quilty Hugs.  I am so grateful for her loving kindness.  These beauties will bring so much comfort and hope.  I was good to meet with Cathy again.  We did the same thing last year.  She is hoping to be able to join my quilting angels from time to time at our sew ins.  Isn't that awesome!?
Now I want to see what you're moving forward.  Link up and show us your progress over the past week. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 4 part 2

Welcome to part two of border 4 of the medallion quilt along.  

For each corner stone block you will need 6- 1 1/2" background squares, 6- 1 1/2" scrappy squares, 2- 3" background squares and 2- 3" scrappy squares. 2- 2 1/2" background squares

Sew your 1 1/2" squares into 3- four patches.  
 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 3" background square.  Place right sides together with a 3" scrappy square and sew 1/4" on either side of the line you drew.  Cut on line.  Press open and square up to 2 1/2".

Arrange your pieces as shown 
 and sew together.  Make 4
 Sew one to each end of your top and bottom borders as shown.  Sew your borders to the top and bottom of your quilt.
Please excuse my Moda Bake Shop at the Seashore blocks peeking through.  My design wall is a little crowded at the moment.

  We'll be about done with this quilt along when that one starts.  Just in case you want to join this one next.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 4

It's the second Friday.  Are you ready for another border?  I have to admit I'm loving how this is coming together.  I hope you are just as pleased with the progress of your quilt.
This month's border frames your quilt in mountains.  You will need a yard of background fabric and lots of scraps. If you have the 2" bow ties cut         If you have 2 1/2" bow ties cut
From background and from scraps                          From background  and from scraps                 
32- 2" x 6 1/2" rectangles                                        32- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
32- 2" x 5" rectangles                                              32- 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" rectangles
32- 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles                                        32- 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" rectangles
32- 2" squares                                                          32- 2 1/2" squares

Draw a diagonal line on your 2"or 2 1/2" scrap squares depending on the size you used on your bow ties.  Place this on your 2" x 6 1/2" or 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles.
Do 16 of them as shown on the right and 16 as shown on the left. 
Sew on diagonal line press back and trim seam allowance.  Unit !
 Draw a 45* line on your 3 1/2" or 3 3/4" scrap rectangles. Place on top of your 5" or 5 1/2" background rectangle.  Do 16 so the scrap rectangle runs up and down and 16 so the scrap rectangle runs side to side as shown.
Sew on diagonal line.  Trim seam allowance
and press back. Unit 2
Draw a diagonal line on the 5" or 5 1/4" scrap rectangles.  Place on the 3 1/2" or 3 3/4" background rectangle.  Do 16 so the scrap rectangle runs side to side and 16 so the scrap rectangle runs up and down.

 Sew on line.  Trim seam allowance and press back. Unit 3

 Draw a diagonal line on your 2" or 2 1/2" background rectangles and repeat the process you did in the first step replacing the 2" x 6 1/2 or 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangle with the scrap rectangles of the same size.  Unit 4 Sorry I apparently forgot to take pictures of these one. Opps!

Take the a Unit one and sew it to the right side of Unit 2 as shown.

 Sew a Unit 3 to the left side of the previous piece as shown.
 Finally sew Unit 4 to the left of the previous pieces.  Repeat this process to make 16 blocks
 Mirror this process to make the remaining 16 blocks.  .
 If you have the 2 1/2" bow ties you will want to trim 1/4" off the your blocks.  Do this on the side with the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" scrap rectangle.

Arrange your blocks into 4 sets of 8 as shown.  You can sew the side sets on to your quilt.
Tomorrow I will give instructions for the corner stone blocks to add to your top and bottom borders.