Monday, July 30, 2012

If You're Ever In A Jam

You may remember back in December we had quite a wind storm here.  You can see photos of  it here.  Because of the damage neighbors pitched and helped each other clean up.  Church was even cancelled to clean up the mess because another storm was forecast and we didn't want lose debris to cause more damage.   Then this spring neighbors have helped one another repair roof damage.  One of the neighbors my husband and boys helped with his roof stopped by this weekend and brought us a bunch of plums.  So I decided to make jam.  Yummy!  I used this recipe.  In case you have a few plums and want to make some of your own.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Applique

Scraps are the perfect little bits to use for applique.  Use them to make a fun wall hanging,
 a statement on a quilt
or create a few blocks for a quilt.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and maybe your ability to draw.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Half Square Finish

This little beauty was started at a Happy Chemo Sew In, you can read about it here.  Thank you to all the lovely ladies that helped create all these little half square triangles.  It took a little time to assemble them but I finally got around to doing it.  Added a cheery red border and did simple organic lines for the quilting.
I feel pretty confident it will bring comfort to someone in the chemo lab.  I'm linking up with Quilts are for Giving.  Make sure you check out this great blog.  It is full of beautiful quilts and ideas of places you can donate your charity quilts.  Sarah and Beth do a lovely job hosting it.

Friday, July 20, 2012


My Star Spangled with the tutorial here, in case you want to make one, is now a flimsy.  I'm hoping to get a back for it later today and get it basted.  I've discovered spray basting and I must say I really like how quick it is.  This new method should help me get a bunch of quilts I have a the flimsy stage moved along a bit faster.
I spay baste them on my outside back wall.  So I'm waiting for the sun to pass over so I can do it in the shade.  While I wait I'm putting together packets for my 'Sting Me Along' bee.  I'm hoping with these fine ladies help this quilt will be a flimsy soon. 
 I'm making it a queen size so I need a lot of blocks.  My son, Josh, is patiently waiting for it for is his bed.  Maybe he'll get lucky and get if for Christmas this year.  Sure didn't make if last year.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Good Reads

Summer is the perfect time for a good book.  When it comes to good books and scrap quilts there are oh so many.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

Clicking on the picture will take you to Amazon so if you don't have these in your collection you have easy access to them now.  Sorry if I'm tempting you but I assure you that you won't be disappointed.  Do you have a favorite scrap quilting book?  Feel free to share.  I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Got Family?

Not a lot of sewing going on here.  My hubby's aunt died and his father and our nephews came for the funeral and stayed for the week so as not to miss the scheduled family reunion.  Throw in that my sister, Becky bought her first house and needed some muscle to move her.  Lucky her I have some pretty buff boys    willing to haul a bunch of furniture.  Then my sister, Lori and her family, from Cali came for our side of the family's reunion.   Yes, we had two family reunions in one week.  Talk about the whole fanm damily.  No, really we had a lot of fun and I'm very thankful for each and every one of them.  But I am happy to be down to just my immediate family.  And glad I was able to escape to my sewing room to quilt this little charity quilt.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Block Party

Scrap quilts are the perfect way to take a simple block and make a stunning quilt.  Take the rail fence, what could be more simple than strips sewn together?
But when they get together in a scrappy rail fence block party they become a beautiful quilt.

 A 45* wedge block
 becomes a kaleidoscope of color. 
This simple block
When enjoying friends becomes this
And here is a plain little four patch
But when you get her with friends she can become quite stunning.

The list of blocks could go on and on.  This is just a sampling of riotous fun that can be had with simple scrappy blocks.  Now go have a party with your scraps.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Star Spangled

What once was four blocks with sashing is almost a quilt. 
 A couple more rows of blocks to sew along with the sashing and I'll have a top done.  Which is really great, but just as great is the fact the my blue scrap bin can now have a lid on it.  Not only that there is room for more pretty scraps.  Let the cycle begin again.

If you are interested in making the scrappy star quilt you can find instructions here.  Let me know if you do.  I'd love to see yours.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Baby's Growing Up

My baby celebrated her 12th, where did the time go?  We hung our birthday banner made from the boys and girls in my Snips and Snails meets Sugar and Spice pattern.

Her party theme was 'Wii Rock' so we made a Wii console and remote for her birthday cake.
They played Wii games, Twister and made up skits using Halloween costumes.
A fun time was had by all.
She later informed me that she was not a child anymore and would not be taking part in the children's parade.  Oh break my heart, I loved watching her ride by in the parade.  Rather than give up on the parade all together I invited Mary and Rachel to come be in it.  So glad I did.  I got a big kick out of Mary waving to everyone while she rode her trike in the parade.  She really thought she was something, and she is right.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Scrap Happy Summer~ Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!    
For today's Scrap Happy Summer a tute for a 4th of July quilt.
To make it you will need 
Various scraps of read and white for the points
63- 2 1/2" white squares
48- 2 1/2 " red squares
504- 2 1/2" blue squares
110- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" blue rectangles

For each white star use 8- 2 1/2" blue squares and 1- 2 1/2" white
On four of those squares sew a point as shown.

Press and trim

Add another point

Press and trim.

Arrange your star and sew into a nine patch.

With 28 of your rectangles add points on one side.

With remaining rectangles add points on both ends.  
Here is the progress I have made so far.  
I'm real excited for this one.  Not only is it putting a dent in my blue scrap bin.  (For some reason that one fills up a lot faster than the others.)  It's a wonky mindless sewing quilt perfect for summer.

Hope your 4th is safe and fun!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Listening to the Quilt

Do your quilts talk to you?  Whisper in your ear the path they want to take?  Mine do.  For instance my improvisational garden quilt has let me know what flowers I should include.  Where to place them. What kind of stems my flowers need.  I still need to add that part, but I do know the direction she wants me to go with them.
I'm waiting now to hear if she needs a bolder voice through words.  Maybe something like 'Blossom' or 'Grow.'  Does she want to make a statement?   'Bloom where your planted" or Be your own kind of beautiful.'   She quite decided on these thing yet.  So I'll patiently wait while she contemplates on my design wall.  Listening and waiting to see what she wants to become.