Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blues Solution

While searching my scrappy quilting books this quilt caught my attention.  I had to change it a little because instead of being made block by block it is done row by row.  My design wall is busy with other things at the moment. I also wanted a project I could take to an upcoming retreat. 
 My solution was to take the brown squares out and instead create a whole blocks.  I started by using two strips, one blue and one a warm tone cut 3 1/2" wide the width of the fabric.  If I had fat quarter size I just cut two strips. I was dealing with scraps after all. For those that don't have a whole 45"
to work with I'll use along the edge.
 Using my half square ruler (how to here) I cut 6- 3 1/2" squares and 6- half squares.
 I cut enough for the quilt.
Then I started sewing them into blocks by laying out the squares and then sewing them row by row on the diagonal.
Now I can work on this as time allows and not worry about messing up the arrangement of the row by row method.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Managing the Blues

My blue scrap bin is full to overflowing.  If you've been a guest at my blog for very long you know that means a new scrap quilt.
Last time my blues bin was overflowing this was the result.
I also made the background to my Scrappy Dresden to manage the blues bin. 

This time I don't think I will do an all blue quilt.  Maybe something with a blue background and warm scrappy highlights.  I've thought about a tumbler quilt this way.  But because I'm open to options I'm now perusing my scrappy quilt books for ideas. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Vintage Picnic

I recently received a cute little bundle of Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille to play with.  I cut 1" strips and made these sweet stratas.
 Now I'm chain piecing them between a dotty background.
It makes me happy seeing them all play so nicely together.  What will come next?  That is a surprise you may have to wait awhile to see.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Garden Quilt Top

My garden has been keeping me busy.  Making it hard to find time for my garden quilt.  But little by little I've been adding to it.  I added a rake and hoe, a hat to wear in my garden, and a song to sing.  The little squares I had leftover for the inside border only got me halfway around the outside.  So I pulled out my bits again and made a bunch more.  I got carried away.  That's okay, I'm sure the extras will find a home somewhere else.
Now to find time to quilt and bind it.  I was a little worried about finding a binding to go with my scrappy border but I'm thinking a nice green will work.  Any thoughts?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Houston, We Have A Problem

I've slowly been making progress on my hexie stars.  Little by little she grows.
 I have nearly gotten all the hexies I prepped sewn on.  So I was planning on prepping a few more today.  I went to find my template that I press the edges around to get them ready to join.
Slight complication, I can't find it.  I'll look a little more but I may be repeating my original process and making a new one.  Grrr!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quilt Camp

Quilt camp kicked off Tuesday night complete with camp songs and smores. They also presented the youth quilts along with the awards.  This whimsical beauty, Magical Maui's Gum Gum Tree, won the youth division.
The creative genius behind this quilt  won a sewing machine.  I'm she will put it to good use.  Yeah! for up and coming quilters. 
I enjoyed my Featherweight class and my machine is singing happy for the tender loving care she received. We had a lot of fun in my Dresden class.  Sue's 30's are cheery.
Belinda's  juvenile prints playful. She was fussy cutting animals from a print to go in the center.
Last night I had a lovely group of ladies having some scrappy fun making Twisted Posies.
 And look who I ran into, Annie Smith of Quilt Stash.  I haven't seen Annie in years.  It was so fun to catch up.  What a talented fun lady.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Celebrating Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is one of my all time favorite children's authors.  As a child I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.  As a mother I rediscovered him and feel in love with Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.  His works are full of nuggets of knowledge.  I thought I'd share a few today to honor his would be 99th birthday yesterday.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” 
 "I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it.  LUKEWARM IS NO GOOD."
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 
 "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men"
“So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.” 
 We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” 
“You should never, never doubt something that no one is sure of.” 

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Dresden Play

Next week is Quilt Fest for the Utah Quilt Guild.  I can't wait to take my Featherweight class.  Being able to better take of my dear friend will be a blessing to both of us.  Though I must admit I'm a little nervous to be taking her apart and reassembling her.  But we will be in good hands.  I know the teacher is great!

In addition to my Featherweight class I will be teaching.  In prep for my Dresden class I've been doing a little play.  This first one I sewed 2" strips together into sets of four.  Then cut my blades.  Next time I will make more sets so I get a more scrappy feel.
 When I made this quilt I intended to layer the Dresdens like the one below.  But the smaller blades got lost so I altered my plan.  I've wanted to do a layered Dresden since so this was the perfect opportunity.  I would have liked to make the blue Dresden a little bigger but I didn't have enough fabric.  She is still even if she is a little small.
 Finally I made a Dresden with curved blades like this quilt.
I hope all these options will inspire my students to try different combinations.  I can't wait to see what they come up with.  If you would like a few tips on making Dresdens you can check out my tutorials here and here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Nearly Perfect Day

I made soap again this weekend.  A lovely rosemary and spearmint soap that smells heavenly.  
I also cut up a bunch of lights to go with the texture prints I cut last week.  I had a plan for the larger strips.  I have visions of a lovely half square triangle quilt.  I have to admit I'm looking forward to playing with the layout of this one.  Even though it's not in my color pallet.  The rest of the strips were cut for the least amount of waste.  
 As luck would have it that turned out to work perfectly for another Free Four All quilt.
 So I now have a new leaders and enders project that I mindless sewed on yesterday along with a few other projects I'll reveal later. While the washing machine did it's job.  (The only household job I'm really good at. If only there were a machine to fold it then I'd really love the laundry.)  And my soap cured, smelling like a bit of heaven.
 Making for a nearly perfect day.  I did have to fold the laundry after all.

Also I wanted to let you know I've updated my Tutorial page.  I added tutorials and grouped them into categories.  If you could take a minute to hop over there and let me know what you think I would appreciate it.  Thanks!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fresh Salsa

Happy Labor Day! Hope you are enjoying your long weekend.  Today I'm off to Fort Bridger for a Mountain Man Rendezvous with my family.  My great grandparents homesteaded near there and this is a tradition I love.  I enjoy all the artisans sharing their crafts in the traditions of the past.  

Speaking of traditions from the past, my garden is producing like crazy.  A great blessing that can feel a little overwhelming.  If your like me you are on the hunt for recipes to keep it from going to waste.  Today I thought I'd share my fresh salsa recipe.
Fresh Salsa
1- green pepper chopped
3-4 cups chopped tomato
1 small onion finely minced
1-2 Anaheim peppers chopped
1  garlic clove crushed
salt to taste
Combine and enjoy!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Whoops, Whoops, Fix It, Finish

While basting this quilty hug I discovered this little problem right in the middle of the quilt.  I didn't want to unpick the whole quilt.
 So I flipped it and needle turned it to fix the that little whoops
I quilted it in a flight of the bumble bee pattern and discovered when I was done that the scrap from my peas seed package somehow found it's way onto the back and got quilted in.  Don't you just love when that happens?  NOT!
 I carefully trimmed around the stitching and gently frayed the fabric out so as not to pull the quilting stitches.
With all that had gone wrong with this quilt I wondered if it was wise to continue.  Miraculously the binding went on without a hitch. 
And this quilty hug was complete.  Yeah!  Not only for the finish but being able to fix all the whoopsies.  Cause really for all it's trouble it is a cute quilt.

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