Friday, February 28, 2014

Recipe For A Quilty Hug

1 bin scrappy fabric
1 cozy gathering place
Scrap lovin' friends as desired

The first Tuesday of every month my friends know they are welcome in my home to come sew.  I provide fabric.  They are welcome to bring their sewing machines or just come help press and cut.  I have found my friends like a little direction.  So I have strips or squares cut from previous sew ins ready along with general directions.  Nothing set in stone.  No quilt police allowed.  This is meant to be relaxing and fun.  We do blocks that if not everyone sew the same 1/4" seam everything still works out.  We laugh and chat and just enjoy each other.  It really is a fun time.

As tops get done I put them with batting and backs and take them to my quilt guild.  Several of the ladies there are willing to quilt them for me.  Some of them even bind them. I gather the ones from the previous month. Bind any that need binding.  I have a few neighbors that will help with this if I get overwhelmed.  And that is how you make a quilty hug.   Ready to be boxed up with samples and resource info for a cancer patient in a 'Box 'o Love'

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pretty Bella Solids

I recently received this pretty box of Bella Solids by Moda.  Don't they make you happy?  
I've started to play with them and have created me a pile of half square triangles using 5" Triangles On A Roll.  I found holding my ruler snugly on the seam allowance side and tearing the paper away on the other side was a slick way to remove the paper.  It worked like a dream and the paper was off in no time.

Aren't half square triangles so fun.  So many possibilities.  

Monday, February 24, 2014

What Quilting Has Given Me

You may remember this quilt I made for my friend, Holly.  What you may not know is that I also made it for a challenge in my quilt guild.  Nothing like killing two birds with one stone.  The challenge was to make a quilt around the theme 'What quilting has given me.'  We were to try a method we were not comfortable with.  I did a few inlaid seams.  Embellish.  I added a few charms.  And have a label.
My label read,
For Holly By Emily 2013
Made from blocks intended for other quilts.  Test blocks because sometimes it's a good idea to make sure everything fits before you commit.  Orphan blocks, because some blocks are so fun you get carried away.  Mistakes, not failures, but lessons learned.  Healing blocks made by friends.  And scraps because when life falls to pieces remember there is always plan B.  And life is all about how you handle plan B.

And there you have it what quilting has given me.  What has quilting given you?

Friday, February 21, 2014

On A Roll

If you've visited Nedra's blog you have seen these.  I was thrilled when she asked if I would like to design some patterns using Triangles on a Roll.  I had fun going through my strings to make the braids for this one.  It was a challenge to get the binding to line up with the changing of the border, but I'm thrilled with the result.
Delving into my scraps, cause that's what I do, I made a gaggle of geese, not only in blues, greens, and violets but; in every color of the rainbow.  I used the 2"X 4" flying geese Triangles on a Roll.  These rolls make both the flying geese and the braids.  I love how my braids stayed straight and my geese have not lost their points.  These rolls are great for precision piecing.
If a gaggle of geese appeals to you both my Geese On The Lake and Gaggle patterns are available here.

I'm linking up with Sarah, after all this is something to Whoop about.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I've had a fun month creating my first Scrap Squad quilt.  I was going for a masculine feel.  I think I succeeded, my boys seem to be pleased.  I thought I'd give a little sneak peek as I prepare to do the quilting.   
Next Friday I'll share the big reveal here and the process on Quilt Maker's blog

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Joshua Giraffe

Riley Blake has a fun new line out, Giraffe Crossing.  When I first saw it I knew I wanted to make a baby quilt out of it.  My boys loved Raffi when they were little.  Baby Beluga and Joshua Giraffe were their favorites.  My dear friend is expecting a little boy in a few weeks so the timing couldn't be better.  So I whipped up this little quilt.
Hop on over to Cutting Corners for the tutorial.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thank you, Beth

When I first saw Beth's post on her loom I was intrigued.  The more she showed the more I feel in love with the idea of weaving.  So for Christmas I hinted big (like an email with a link to the site and a message that read "I want this.")  Lovingly my hubby obliged and I now own a loom. 
Thanks to Beth and You Tube I've been able to put it to use.  Beth was so nice.  After trying to explain things through email she sent me her phone number and then talked me through it.  I was so thankful for her tip on tying a string every so many inches to help you keep track of how big your project is getting.  I would never have thought of that and who knows how long my first place mat would be. I am now ready to take off my first project.  OOOO!  I'm excited to see how it turned out.  Stay tuned.  I'll share my springy place mats soon.  

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Quilt Shop For Valentines

There's a new quilt shop, Quilter's Attic, opening in my neighborhood.  How cool is that?  It's opening today, Valentines Day.  How sweet is that?  I got a sneak peek because my friend Gayle is one of the owners.  They were still setting up but I was able to get a few fun pics.  Bright happy fabrics shelved and ready to buy.
Love the old Singer and create of fabric

I need to be stopping here and stocking up on my black stash.

So many fun antiques to showcase the pretty 30's fabrics.

A wagon load of cheerful prints.

And a cradle filled with these sweet babies.

If your in Bountiful, Utah make sure you check out Quilter's Attic.  I know I will be spending a lot of time here.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Ho Down

This has been a long time coming.  I was testing blocks for it way back here, while I waited for Julie's Honky Tonk fabric to arrive.  Last week you may remember my quilting boots onto this quilt.  Well, I just finished the binding and I'm kickin' up my heels to celebrate this finish.
The lovely Lynn tested this pattern for me.  Thanks, Lynn!  The pattern is available here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blue Bird Challenge

I know many of you have been waiting for this.  I'm pretty excited myself.  I'm looking forward to creating and can't wait to see what you come up with.
I have 10 sacks available.  So like I said first come first serve.  Because of postage I will be limiting it to US only, sorry about that.
I will send out the sacks this week and you will have until the fourth of April to create.  On the fourth we will have a linky party and everyone can share what they have created.  We will let our readers vote for a week after the linky party.  At which time I have a fat eighth bundle of 30's prints that I will send to the winner.
So if you are up for the challenge leave a comment.  I'll email you for your snail mail, so make sure you are not set on no reply or I won't be able to contact you.  If this happens I will have to chose another participant.   Grab the challenge button located on my side bar and post it on your blog.  Good luck everyone.  I'm so happy these sacks will be put to better use than sitting on my self.  I'm hoping to get a few ideas for the ones I have left.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Beginnings

At the first part of each year the young women at my church celebrate New Beginnings.  At time to welcome the new young women that will come in during the year and to introduce the theme for the year.  This year the theme is 'Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him.'  As a presidency we decided to make each of the girls one of these.
It holds their journal, Personal Progress (a book used to set goals),  pencils/pens, and For the Strength of Youth booklet.

It folds up nicely for easy carrying.  The pattern can be found here.  I made 6 of them.  So, I'm linking up with Sarah to give a big Whoop Whoop!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Boot Scoot Boogie

Recently the clothes line I use to hand all my UFO's on came crashing down.  The nail pulled right out of the wall.  A not so subtle hint that I need to finish a few things.  One of them a western quilt using Julie's line Honky Tonk.  I thought  cowboy boots might be a fun way to quilt it.  So I found a coloring page with a cowboy boot on it and used this method to quilt my quilt.
I think it turned out rather well.

I've trimmed the quilt for the binding and hope to show you this finish soon.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Scrap Happy Hearts

It's February the perfect month to create a few scrappy hearts.  
I delved into my bits and started to make me some fabric.  Then I used some heart cookie cutters to cut a bunch of hearts.  I filled my heart shaped candy dish with a few 

and hung a few around my home.

It sounds like there is enough interest in the Blue Bird Flour Sack Challenge.  I'll figure out details and post them next Monday.  You can see what the sack looks like here and get your creative juices going.  I'll have a limited number of sacks so it will be first come first serve.  So check back early next Monday to ensure you get one.