Monday, April 30, 2012

Many Hands Make Light Work

I posted about these quilty hugs awhile back, when they were at the flimsy stage.  The cute little bow ties where donated by Jan.  My dear friend Marilyn added sashing from fabric donated by my sister Julie and a border from fabric donated by my friend Sue.  Then I pieced a back and gave it to Lorri, a lovely machine quilter to quilt.  I recently received it back from Lorri and found a lovely green piece in my stash to make a binding.  And ta-da we have a wonderful quilty hug.
This beautiful chain quilt came to me with blocks in various stages along with some extra fabric.  I finished blocks and made a few more from the extra fabric, and added a border.

What I didn't use on the front went on the back.  Then it was off to Lorri to be quilted.  Didn't she do a lovely job?

Thank you to the many hands that helped to make these quilty hugs.  I know they will be appreciated.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Garden Party

Recently, I showed you a stack of lovely fabric that I had fallen in love with, Lily Ashbury's Tradewinds.  Well, I've been busy playing with it.  Making lots and lots of lovely dresden plates.  It has been so fun to mix and match these prints.  They make the cutest plates don't ya think?  I've made enough for two quilts.  These I'm auditioning on the brown.
And these I've made into a busy little garden party.  

My dear friend Vivian tested my pattern.  This picture in no way does justice to her sunny rendition.  I forgot my camera and our friend took this for me with her phone.  I hope to meet up with Vivian again with my camera and get a better picture to show.
The pattern is available through United Notions and here.  The wonderful Trade Winds fabric is available here and here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 8

It's another Wild Goose Chase Wednesday, and time for a new block.  This week we have a more traditional block.  I feel it's simplicity makes it lovely.
You will need 12- 2 1/2" geese (instructions here)
2- 1 1/2"x 12 1/2" strips
1- 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips
Sew your geese into two rows of six as shown.

Sew a 1 1/2"x 12 1/2" strip on the right side of one of your rows. 
Sew the other 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip on the left side of your other row.

 Sew the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip between your two rows and your block is done.

Easy Peasy!  

Simply Lovely

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Good Start

While getting things ready to send my family out the door today I found granola bar that had somehow gotten smooched.  I knew no one would eat it so I decided to smash it a little more and make yogurt parfaits for my family for breakfast.  They were a hit!  A pretty good way to start the day.
Speaking of good starts, I have started the big stitch on my Web of Color quilt.
This may take awhile, but it is relaxing, and I'm loving the dimension it is adding to the quilt.

What good starts have you had this fine Monday morning?

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Temperature is Rising

 You may have noticed the quilt o meter on the rise.  It warms my heart to see it rising.  And I love seeing all the pretty quilts people are donating.  Thanks to Sarah the word is spreading.  The first quilts from Hands 2 Help have arrived.  Anita made these next two.  Don't these scrappy half square triangles surrounded by a piano key border make you smile.  

And these soft pastels parading across this quilt speak of spring.  A very welcome thought after a few cold and rainy days at my house.  Thank you Anita for your lovely quilts.
And this lovely stack is thanks to my quilt guild.  Thank you Suzy, Mary Jo, Lorri, and Michelle.
Some very deserving people are going to get a big quilty hug very soon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 7

Welcome to this weeks Wild Goose Chase, here is today's block. 
To make it you will need
3- 2 1/2" geese instructions here
2- 1 1/2" geese instructions here
2- 1 1/2"x 12 1/2" strips
2- 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips
4- 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangles
2- 2 1/2" squares
2- 2 1/2" x 3 1 /2" rectangles
2- 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
First sew a 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the top of one of your 1 1/2" geese units and another 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to the bottom of the other 1 1/2" geese unit.
 Then sew a 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle to a 2 1/2" geese unit on the right side.
Sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on the other side
To this sew your 1 1/2" geese unit with the strip on the bottom.
Finally add a 2 1/2" square.
To another 2 1/2" geese unit sew a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle.

On the other side sew the other 4 1/2" rectangle.
To the remaining 2 1/2" geese unit sew a 1 1/2"x 2 1/2" rectangle to the left side.

Then sew a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle to the other side.

To this sew your 1 1/2" geese unit with the strip on top as shown. 

To this add a 2 1/2" square
Then sew a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip along the top.
Then sew a 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to the bottom.

To your other strip with the 1 1/2" geese in it sew a 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to the top.

To the single 2 1/2" geese unit sew a 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strip to the top.

Sew the two units together.
Sew the final geese strip to the bottom and your block is done.
Let me know how you are coming along with your geese blocks.  I would love to see them.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Trade Winds

When I first say Lily Ashbury's Trade Winds line by Moda I feel madly in love.  The big bold prints in pinks, turquoise and lime sang their siren song and resistance was futile.  I had to have them all.  So here is a pretty little stack.  Aren't they lovely?  Do they sing to you?
I'm hoping to have a quilt made with them to show you soon. OOOO I can't wait.  I'm off to play.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Year of Everything Nice

I took my Sugar and Spice girls and Snips and Snail boys and made a quilt of childhood activities through the year.   I thought I might make it into a book, but alas I was rejected.  I'm okay with it.  Since starting my pattern company five years ago, I have had my share of rejection.  Fortunately I have also had success. 

 I listened to a program on NPR once on whether you should encourage your child to be an artist because there is so much rejection. I say yes. I find so much fulfillment in creating.  My mother is an artist and has encouraged all her children to create.  As you know my sister Julie designs fabric for Moda and my sister Becky is a photographer.  I am so thankful for my mothers encouragement.  A little rejection now and then is a small price to pay for the joy I find.  What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 6

My time flies when your having fun.  I can't believe we are already to week six of our Wild Goose Chase.  Here is this weeks block.
To begin here are the directions if you are not using the Nifty Notions ruler.  For each goose, there are 8, you will need to cut. 
1- 4" square of sky fabric
1- 4" square for larger geese unit
2- 1 1/2" squares for smaller geese unit

Next draw a line diagonally through your sky fabric. 
Sew a 1/4" on either side of this line.
Cut on line
Press open and square to 3 1/2".

Next take one of your smaller geese units and draw a diagonal line through it.  Sorry I didn't realize my line doesn't show up in the picture.  I promise it is there.
Place it right sides together with the half square trianges you made in the previous step and sew on line.

Trim seam allowance and press open. 
Repeat the other half square triangle.

Place the units you just made together so they form a flying geese block. 
Pin where points meet and sew together.

You now have a lovely little flying goose.  Make the remaining seven.

If you are using the Nifty Notions rulers for each flying geese you will need to cut
2- half square triangles of sky fabric from a 3 1/2" strip
2- half square trinagles for the larger geese unit from a 3 1/2" strip
2- 1 1/2" squares

First place a hst of sky right sides together with a hst of geese fabric. 
Sew in place and repeat with remaining hst

Press open
Draw a diagonal line on your 2- 1 1/2" squares/
Place in corner of your hst and sew on diagonal line.

Trim seam allowance.
Repeat with other hst.

Place your two units together so they form a flying geese block.
Put right sides together and pin in place.
Sew together.

There you have a lovely little flying geese block. 
Now make 7 more.

Arrange your geese blocks in two rows of four.
Sew into rows.

Sew your rows together and enjoy your lovely block.

See you next week.