Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer II

It's no secret I love scrappy quilts.  They are full of memories.  They are fun to look at.  And for me anyway they are fun to make.  Playing in my scraps relaxes me and now that summer has started here in the Northern Hemisphere it's time for a little R and R.  So it is with great pleasure I kick off another Scrap Happy Summer.  
Come visit me each week to enjoy scrappy eye candy.
Links to scrappy projects

Maybe a tute or two.
I'm dreaming up some great scrappy summer dreams

Hope you'll join me.

Monday, May 28, 2012

If You Love Dresies Your Gonna Love This

I've recently fallen in love with dresies.  Those cute little pointed circles make my heart pitter pat.  So it is with great joy I bring you this exciting news.  An inspirational blog hop with great quilter's like Victoria, Amy, Melissa, Val and (do I dare group myself with these talented women) me.  
Giveaways of Darlene Zimmerman's fabulous EZ Quilting Dresden tool and a kick off to a wonderful challenge.

Mark your calendars for this Friday and make sure you visit all the blogs.  Not just for a chance to win this great tool but to receive lots of quilting inspiration.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Know Any Good Reads?

School's winding up and summer kicks off this weekend.  Time to make a summer reading list.
Have you read any good books recently?  

I'm looking for recommendations.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wild Goose Chase~ A Baker's Dozen

Running a little late today, been busy on my own Wild Goose Chase.  This will be the last Wild Goose Chase, and because I have baking in my blood, my grandpa, and great grandpa both owned bakeries and my mom decorated wedding cakes while I was growing up.  It seems fitting to leave you with a baker's dozen when it comes to our Wild Goose Chase blocks.  First this one...
Then this one.

 For the first block you will need.
6- half square triangles made from 3- 5" squares of sky fabric and 3- 5" squares of geese fabric or 6- half square triangles of each cut with your Nifty Notions ruler using 4 1/2" strips.  Instructions for making half squares are here.
6- 3" squares
6- 1 1/2" squares
2 - 2 1/2" x 12  1/2" rectangles
Draw a line on each of your 3" squares.
Place a 3" square on the corner of a half square triangle with right sides together and sew on line.

Trim seam allowance and press open.

Draw a line diagonally through each of your 1 1/2" squares and repeat process as you did with the  3" square.

Sew two of these units together to form flying geese.

Sew your geese together in a row.

Sew the 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips on either side of your geese row and your block is done. :)

For your bonus block you will need. 
8- 2 1/2" geese (instructions here)
4- 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
4- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles 

Sew a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to the top of 4 of the flying geese.

Sew the remaining 4 flying geese to the top of each of these units.

Sew a 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle to the right side of each of these units.
Then arrange them into a pinwheel.
Sew together and enjoy your block.

Hope you have enjoyed our Wild Goose Chase.  Let me know when you have finished blocks and/or quilts.  I would love to see them.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Few Favorites

Not a lot of sewing going on right not.  I've received a very donation of fabric for Happy Chemo Quilts. I've been busy sorting and organizing it so while I've been busy in my sewing room my machine has sat idle.  So I thought I would share a few of my favorite quilts from the HQMS show.

Aren't they lovely.  These last two I will use for inspiration for some man quilts for Happy Chemo.  I've noticed I'm lacking in that department.  So I've been looking for some inspiration to get me on the right track.

What do you think?   Do they inspire manly quilt?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilting Inspiration

When it comes to quilting my quilts I often feel at a loss.  In fact just the other night at a mother son activity with N I was asked if I had ever entered a quilt in a show.  They were surprised when I told them my quilting was not good enough for a show.  I can design, piece but I really feel my quilting leaves something to be desired.  
So last weekend at the HQMS show I gathered inspiration and have decided to make it a goal to improve in this area.  Let me share with you my inspiration.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy and received a little inspiration of your own.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wild Goose Chase Block 11

Another week and another goose chase block.  
For this one you will need 
1- 3 1/2" geese block
1- 1 1/2" geese block
6- 2 1/2" geese blocks
4- 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle
2- 1 1/2" squares
2- 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
2- 2" x 4 1/2" rectangles
2- 3" x 8 1/2" rectangles
Sew a 1 1/2" square on either side of your 1 1/2" geese block
Next sew the 2" x 4 1/2" rectangles on the top and bottom of this unit.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle on either side of your 3 1/2" geese block
Next sew a 3" x 8 1/2" rectangle on the top and bottom of this unit.
Sew a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle to the bottom of 4 of your 2 1/2" geese blocks.
Sew these units together.
Sew the remaining 2- 2 1/2" geese blocks to the bottom of these units.
Sew the 1 1/2" geese block unit made above to one of your 2 1/2" geese rows.
Sew the remaining row to the 3 1/2" geese unit made above.
Sew these two units together to complete your block.
See you next week for another wild goose chase.