Monday, September 16, 2019

Moving it Forward

There comes a time when the creative clutter that is your sewing area becomes more of a hindrance than a help.  When scraps and piles of fabric abound in a big hot mess.  So you bite the bullet and get busy creating some semblance of order.  I reached that point this weekend.  So I began sorting piles.  Refolding fabric into pretty little stacks and placing it in the right color coordinated bin.
 I did pinks and purples, oranges and reds.
 All my low volume fabrics got refolded and rearranged.
 Along with my grays, blacks and browns.
I still have blues, greens and yellows to go through.  That is my goal for today.  I'm motivate! Seeing all these pretty fabrics has got my creative juices flowing.  Ideas abound as to where and how they can be used.  I guess that cleaning up once in a while is a good idea.
Let's keep the inspiration coming.  What things are you moving forward.  Link up and let us see.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Half Square Triangle Fun

A while back I pulled a bunch of pink and purple scraps.  I used my Go Cutter and this little scrap busting method to cut a bunch of half square triangles.  I have dies that cut 3 1/2" , 2 1/2", and 1 1/2" half square triangles.  This comes in handy in so many ways.  It saves time!  It allows me to play with scale!  A fun way to add interest to a quilt.  Like in this butter fly quilt and my Bear Scraps pattern.
 I had fun quilting a garden for my butterflies to play in.
 My quilting angel, Sheri bond it for me.  Now it's ready to go to a good home as a Quilty Hug.
 I also used my 2 1/2" half square triangle die to cut out this patriotic quilt.  I used the 2 1/2" strip die to cut the 2 1/2" squares in bulk.  Saves so much time.  Just cut your strips and then line them up on the 90* line on your die and cut the other way.  You can do diamonds this way also using the other angle lines available on the die. 
I may have to do a tutorial on that some time.  Let me know if you are interested.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Little Things Add Up

Such wisdom in these words.  It is the small things we do consistently that bring about the great things in our lives.  Sewing a little every day creates the quilt.  What we choose to eat at each meal determines how we feel and look.  I probably drive my kids crazy with my asking them if the choices they are making today are leading to what they want tomorrow.  Let me drive you a little crazy and ask you the same thing.  If not choose today to make small steps to lead to the great things you want.

Just a little FYI, the pattern for this sweet little quilt will be in this Friday's newsletter.  Don't miss out!  Sign up today.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a bunch of leftover Fig Tree fabrics from recent projects.  So I pulled them from my scrap bins for a new project.
 I used my perfect circle applique method and appliqued them to various low volume backgrounds.
 Then I quartered them and made these leaf sets.  Now to add some more background and put everything together.
What fun project are you working on?  Let's see what you're moving forward.  Link up and let us cheer you on. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Double Wedding Ring Runner

I now remember why my last attempt at making a double wedding ring runner turned into a queen size quilt.  Making those scrappy arcs is just so much fun.  
 I used Darlene Zimmerman's Double Wedding Ring Rulers. They make this quilt so much easier. 
Can't wait to share this with the Free Spirit Club next year.  I'll be taking my runner to K & H for display.  So much better than me having to give up the one on my bed.  I do love that quilt.  It makes me happy and I know I sleep so much better under it. 

Do you want some hands on help creating these fun scrappy rings?  Not in my area?  I'd love to come to you and share my love of scrap quilting.  Contact me for details.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Moving it Forward

I've been playing in my bits bin.  Always such a happy place to play.  I've been making me bright happy fabric from it's contents, using this method.  In February I'll be teaching my scrappy wedding ring quilt.  
 Since that quilt is queen size and on my bed.  I thought a smaller version would work better for a display.  So I took my made fabric and cut it into arcs for a table runner.  Which is what I originally was going to make when I started my wedding ring quilt.  How ironic is that?
 I'm still working my way though the 100 blocks in 100 days.  I now have 60 blocks.  It's getting quite big on my design wall.  It's making me wonder if I want to make all 100 blocks for this quilt.  I may stop at 90.  That will give me a 60" x 72" quilt.  I don't really like to quilt anything bigger on my domestic machine.  I can it's just not my favorite thing to do.  So I'm leaning toward calling 90 good.
What fun projects are you working on?  Link up and let us see what your Moving Forward.