Friday, July 19, 2019

Curves Made Easy

Curves can scare quilters.  Don't let that fear keep you from using them.  This easy method will have you adding some sweet curves to your quilty creations. 
The first step is to use my perfect circle applique tutorial.  Then let the fun begin by cutting those appliqued circles. 

 By cutting them in half you can create something like my Clam Shells pattern.
Quartering them you can make a fun drunkard's path border along with the leaves in my Devine pattern. 
 Or create some waves like I did in my Sailing block and the great baby boy quilt that I used it in.
 So let the fear go and let the fun begin.  Show off your curves.  If  you make some let me know.  Link them up in our next Moving it Forward link up, show them off on Instagram an tag me so I get to see @emsscrapbag.  Also if you would like a more hands on approach to this method, contact me.  I'd love to help you  and your quilty friends learn this skill and improve your quilting abilities.  Hurry though my 2020 schedule is filling up.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Moving it Forward

Lots of good stuff has been happening in my sewing room.  First up I've made another block in the Moda Bake Shop At the Sea Shore SAL.  This one is by Carole Carter.  We must think alike as we both did sail boats.
 I'm also keeping up with my 100 blocks in 100 days by gnomeangle. This picture is missing a few.  Don't know what's up with that.  I have made all 15.  Must have taken the picture for the blog prematurely.
I'm also working on a project for my newsletter.  I'm giving instructions for a block in each one.  From time to time I will also include a quilt layout with the blocks I've shared.  This is one of the blocks.  Not getting my newsletter?  Don't want to miss out on these bonus blocks and quilt layouts?  Make sure you sign up on the side bar near the top.
Now that I've shared my various sewing adventures.  I'd love to see yours.  Link up and let us see what your moving forward. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mountain Retreat

 I while back I found a fun camping print that had oranges, blues, greens and browns.  My mind said those colors would make a great quilt.  So I started pulling from my scrap bins.  This half square triangle quilt set on point was the result.
It is another version of my Mountain Retreat quilt.  I think those half square triangles make a lovely mountain range.  Don't you? 
It reminds me of camping and hiking with my sons.  Enjoying the great outdoors and all it's beauty. It is a masculine looking quilt that still allows me to use a lot of color.  That doesn't happen very often. 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I'm excited to be part of Gnome Angel's 100 blocks in 100 days.  I was just going to do a few of the blocks.
But it turns out, once you start you can't stop.  So here are a few more of my completed blocks. 
And here is a weeks worth of blocks.  My daughter thinks it's a bit bold.  But I'm loving it!

Now it's your turn to share.  What are you moving forward.  Link up and let us see.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Medallion Quilt Show and Tell

I'm so excited to see everyone's Medallion Quilts.  I hope you have had as much fun as I have making yours.  
 I even had fun choosing different quilting motifs for each border.  Usually I dread this part of my quilt journey.
 I quilted leaves, flowers, loops, swirls and stippling.  Each border has a different motif.
Next I pulled out some wide strips from my scrap bins and made a scrappy binding.  You can find a tutorial for my method here.
 I truly enjoyed designing this quilt and sharing it with you.  Figuring out different borders and how to arrange them.  If you are late to the game.  You can still create your own medallion quilt find the different tutorials here.