Friday, June 28, 2013

Garden Party Finish

This little quilt has been sitting on the clothes line for quite some time.  I ran out of sashing material.  The blocks sat in a plastic Ziploc while I looked for more sashing.  I never found an exact match so I got a close second.  Instead of putting it together then I put the binding in the bag and let them hangout together.  
In March I pulled them out and got busy it didn't take long to finish the top.  Then back on the clothes line, just not for as long.  Last week I sandwiched and quilted it.  I echoed the flowers and repeated the look in the sashing blocks.  Bound it with a thin binding, case I was about to run out of fabric again.  Don't know how long it would have remained a UFO if I hadn't opted for the skinny binding.  Fortunately I squeezed in just enough strips and it is finally a finish.
I'm linking up with Sarah to give it a well deserved Whoop Whoop. 
Also a big Whoop Whoop to Lynn.  Lynn helped me test my Mountain Retreat pattern.  She did a wonderful job.  Check out her yummy rendition, (she used gummy bear fabric) here.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Somethin' Somethin'

It's the first Wednesday in our Scrap Happy Summer celebration.  I've worked real hard the last couple of days to get my Three Red Hot Kisses quilted.  I finished about 8:00 last night.  Now I just need to bind it.
I wanted to finish it because it is a great use of scraps.  Especially if you use a lot of pre-cuts.  My tute for pre-cut friendly x and + blocks is here.  I added a solid stop border to give the eye a place to rest then added a border of  2 1/2" squares.  Also from the scrap bin.
I'm planning to bind it in the solid green I used in the stop border.  I'm looking forward to this finish.  Now that the quilting is done.  Something I thought would never end.  I'm a really slooooow quilter.  And this one seemed to be never ending.  But thank heaven it did!  

Because I'm really in love with this scrappy quilt!
What scrappy project are you working on?
I'd love to hear about it.
Don't forget to post pictures on the flickr page.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Scrap Happy Summer 2013

Another summer has arrived and it's time for another Scrap Happy Summer. (I'm a little slow getting it started.  I've been away enjoying the week with my sister, Lori, her daughter, Hannah, and my DD in California.  We had some wonderful girl time.  So wish she didn't live so far away.)  With that said it's time to kick off Scrap Happy Summer 2013.  
Grab the button.  I'm having trouble having it display the code below.  Blogger keeps eliminating that part of the html when I paste it in.  Anyone else have this problem?  How did you fix it?  I've also started a Scrappy Happy Summer flickr page.  Come join me and show off all your scrappy creations this summer.  Along with ideas of what to do with your scraps I'm planning on a few guest bloggers to share their insight; on how they keep the scrap bin in order, under control (heaven knows those scraps multiply like bunnies) and a few of their scrappy creations.   Summer is busy and we may only find little bits of time but those little bits paired up with scraps of fabric can make some great things.  After all out of small and simple things proceedeth that which is great.   Remember to stop by each Wednesday all summer and to share on the flickr your own scrappy creations.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Artist On The Go

Do you have budding artists in your life?  Are you a mom on the go?  Well, I have just the thing for you, an artist on the go.  A carrying case with crayons and a sketch pad. 
It sits on the young artists lap and keeps them occupied while you do your running.  It's also great for long road trips.

Then it can be hung up out of the way of stored in the car but be careful if you do this as the crayons will melt if they get too hot.

Hop on over to Moda Bake Shop for the recipe.  And whip up a few for your little artist.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Quilting With Aunt Em

The other day my nephew and nieces came to visit.  My DD loves to babysit them and it helps my sister, Becky, when she has a wedding to shoot.  DD likes to be in charge so I often go down and sew so I'm not in her way.  I was working on getting this little baby quilt done.
Well, DD was trying to my nephew to sleep so the girls came down to visit.  Imagine my delight when Mary said she wanted to quilt.  So I pulled out my 2 1/2" squares.

They had fun sorting through all the fun fabrics.

Picking out just the right square

to create their own little quilts.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Mountain Retreat

 I had so much fun playing with Julie and Eric's new line S'more Love.  Like I mentioned in this post I love camping.  I'm so excited I get to go to girl's camp with my DD this year.  It's going to be great.  So combining my love of camping and Julie and Eric's fabric I created Mountain Retreat.
I truly love the campers driving around the mountains.  Watch for the pattern in your local quilt shop.
Update:  Mary just let me know she has finished her version of my Divine quilt.  Mary was so nice to test my pattern for me.  I love the pinks, purples and blues she used.  Make sure you check out Mary's version.  She did a wonderful job!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mad Dash Finish

 Mad Dash is now a finish.  Thank you to the lovely ladies in my Sew Bee Wonky Group that helped to make the blocks.  I'm so glad I took the extra time to make the 'dash'ing sashing and boarder.  I love the effect it has on the quilt.
Because I had carried the dashes into the boarder and sashing I thought it would be fun to take the triangle part of the churn dash into the quilting.  So I quilted random triangles throughout the quilt.  It wasn't easy for me to figure out how to go from one triangle to the next but I think it worked out well.
And I'm pleased with the final result.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Panguitch Quilt Walk and Young Living Farms

I spent the weekend in the quaint little town of Panquitch, Utah.  Every year on the second weekend in June they hold the Panquitch Quilt Walk.  They hold classes, have trunk shows, there is a vendors mall, quilt show, dinner theater, breakfast in the park, home and walking tours and lots of other fun activities.  I make new friends each year and it is so nice to reconnect with ones I have made in past years.  
Look at this cool statue they have in the park.
Each block has a different design.

Here are just a few.

You really could make this a family vacation.  Not only are there all the activities I mentioned earlier but Bryce Canyon and Panquitch Lake are near by.  So you could take classes and let your hubby and kids go hike, fish and explore.
On my way home I stopped at Young Living Farms.

I have seen their signs many times as I have traveled to visit my parents.

I had a little extra time and decided to go check them out.

The gardens were lovely.

And I learned about their essential oils.  It smelt heavenly in their gift shop.

If your ever near Mona, Utah I'd recommend you stop by.

Friday, June 7, 2013

It Takes A Village Finish

When I started making these little houses I had no idea what they would become.  I just wanted some mindless sewing and knew I liked little wonky houses.  Isn't it funny how things come together?  From making the houses to how they came to be a top.  The creative process fascinates me.  Thank you everyone that put in their two cents on how to quilt it.
I chose to do flowers and trees.  

Then for fun I added a swing set

A tire swing

And hopscotch.  All thing in my little 'village' of good neighbors helping me raise my children. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

De Vine

I have been sharing sneak peeks of new patterns for a little while now.  Well, I'm ready to reveal.  First up is DeVine.  Made in Camille and Bonnie's new line Scrumptious for Moda.  Ric Rac vines with colorful leaves are surrounded by a meandering vibrant vine. 
Ask for it at your local quilt shop.  If you are a shop contact me or United Notions.  I really want to support local quilt shops so for now it is not available on my website.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Hoping to Get a Few Things Done

We have been sick at my house.  My oldest,  not so affectionately, is calling it the Black Death.  And it just seems to linger.  My poor N has had it for three weeks now.  Consequently not a lot of sewing has been going on, hence the lack of blog posts.  I'm finally feeling better and hoping to have a productive week.  
Like adding a few more blocks to my quilt I'm reproducing from my great grandma's.
Hoping to get this sandwiched and bond.

I have a project for Moda Bake Shop I would like to get done this week.  
Then if I'm really productive, I'll dive into this stack of tops and backs needing to be quilted.

What are hoping to get done this week?