Friday, January 29, 2016

Celebrating Sister Quilts

 You may remember by in July when I returned from girls camp with my DD I pulled out my green, blue, and yellow scrap bins. Cut up a bunch of strips and made some quarter log cabins. Well, let me tell you I had a lot of fun playing with those blocks. In fact I spent hours playing with arrangement ideas in EQ. (My arm dosen't get as tired reaching up and moving things around as it does when I do this on the design wall. Well this is the layout I came up with.
Because of my work on the scrap squad I decided to share my idea with Diane. She shared it with Carolyn who asked if I could make one for their magazine, Quiltmaker. Well of course! So a sister quilt was born. Carolyn chose, Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I love that it still has those lovely greens and blues I enjoyed at camp. 
 Each sister is unique, one scrap happy, laid back, and a homebody.
 The other organized, professional and well traveled.

Kind of reminds me of me and my sister.

Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate these two sisters.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pressing Matters

Back in 2012 my boys created a new pressing station for me. Well, three and half years latter is is need of a new cover.  You can see I have made the most of it.  When one side got old and torn I flipped it around and used the other end.  Now both ends are in sorry shape and I cannot delay the inevitable.
 So I bought me some new fabric on sale at JoAnn's. Borrowed my friend's staple gun. (I have one but could not find it at the moment. Isn't that how it always happens?) Once I got down to business it took no time at all to recover my pressing station.
Makes me wonder why I waited so long.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Moving It Forward

January when the days are cold and gray is the prefect time to pull out something bright and cheerful to sew on. So that is just what I did. 
It's amazing how these happy colors can take the January blahs away.  Soon your singing along with your favorite tunes as your sewing machine joins in with a steady hum. And before you know it you have lots of pretty units,
 to add to your spinning wheels.
Now it's your turn. What were you able to move along. I know a lot of you got snow days. Hope they found you snug, warm, and sewing merrily along.
Please remember to link back so others can see how everyone is progressing. Thanks!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Celebrating Another Man Quilt

The men in my life are happy to have another masculine quilt in our home.  I finished Arrowhead a few months back but couldn't share until now.  In fact if I had remembered it would be coming soon I might have put off Josh's quilt and just let him have this one.
He's probably happy I forgot.  He's been using one on his bed and the other to snuggle under while watching videos.
The deer have been in my backyard so getting a pretty picture in the snow didn't work so well. Though I still love it as a backdrop. And I do like to look out my window and see the deer.  So I'll have to tolerate deer tracks in my snowy quilt pictures.

The reason I couldn't share this man quilt before was because I had to wait for it to come out in Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts. I used the fabric line Nocturne by Janet Clare for Moda. Perfect for a man quilt.
Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I pulled out my wonky blocks yesterday and started to play.  First I arranged them in pinwheels.
 Next I tried streaks of lighting.
 Also a fun spiral.
 Then there were wonky rows
 and finally wonky kites.
I had so much fun playing I've decided that this is a block I will have to revisit. So many options, like my free four all block, I will have to have more than one of these quilts.
Linking up with Cynthia.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Moving It Forward

It's Monday and time for Moving it forward. What were you able to move forward this last week?  Did you cut out blocks?  Sew 'em up? Put 'em together? Add some borders? Whatever it was we  want to hear about it so we can cheer you on. A step forward even if it's a small one is still a step in the right direction.
I spent a lot of time last week ripping.  Questioning my sanity in designing my own patterns instead of letting someone else do the math. But I was able to move my scrappy trip around the world forward just a little.  I did get it basted. Like I said a step forward even if it's a small one is still a step in the right direction. Which felt so good after all those steps backward.
Now it's your turn.  Link up and share your progress. Please remember to link back.  Use the button if you like.  Code is on the side bar.

Friday, January 15, 2016


 So happy I can finally share Dazzled with you.  You may remember the tutorial I did using Fons and Porter's curved seam templates. Well this is what became of those pieces.  A fun play on drunkard's path.
I love how For You by Zen Chic for Moda made this quilt come to life.  She is a favorite fabric designer of mine.  Her vibrant colors and bold patterns make my heart sing. I had fun piecing a back from the scraps.
Thrilled to share that it made it into Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting on new stands now.
 I had fun sharing it with my friend, Carolyn, who works at JoAnn's yesterday. She is currently making Twisted Posy. She said she is almost done.  I can't wait to see it.
Whoopin' it up with Sarah and Amanda Jean for this finally able to celebrate finish.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Filling Project Boxes

 Inspired by all the cleaning going on over at Sarah's and Sherri's I decided to tackle the creative clutter in my own sewing area.  My cutting, ironing and sewing surfaces are clear.  In the process I filled several scrap bins to overflowing and found three empty project boxes.  I know I couldn't believe it either.  Well that's a definite license to start another project or two.

First I took those overflowing scrap bins and started cutting strips for a log cabin variation. I still need to go through my red and pink bins but I've got me a good start.
Next I cut various leftovers from layer cakes and cut me up another project.  I had to order more background.  Hoping to get that cut soon so I can start this one too.
I still have a couple more projects boxes to fill, and I never run out of scraps. Oh the wheels are turning.  The possibilities are endless.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Moving it Forward

I chose this week to move along my wonky bee blocks.  The wonderful ladies in my Sew Bee Wonky group made these blocks for me back in 2014.  
 There were not quite enough to make my quilt as big as I wanted it to be so I had fun going through my bins and finding fabrics that would work and cutting them up.
 Next I slashed and sewed my blocks.  You can find my method here. Soon I had two nice piles of wonky blocks.
 Because this method creates a rectangular block and I wanted more options than just putting them in rows, I squared my blocks up.
Next step, play with arrangement.  But that will have to wait for another day.

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Now it's your turn. What were you able to move along the road to completion?  Can't wait to see. Don't forget to link back. Thanks!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Winter Trees

I finished my winter trees just in time to get it photographed before another winter storm arrives.  I'm thrilled with how it turned out and think it looks lovely in this winter setting.  I'm not even in the least bit sad that more snow is on it's way.  I love that too!  Winter is my favorite season.
It took me a minute to decide how I was going to quilt it.  I was leaning toward doing wood grain but had to look through my continuous line board on pinterest just to make sure that was what I wanted.  When I saw this combination of organic lines and leaves I knew I had found a winner.  I feel the wavy lines has the wood grain feel and I just loved the thought of leaves in my winter forest.  I know that makes little to no sense, since there are no leaves on winter trees. But it is what I wanted and if you can get what you want why not do it?
If your interested in the process you can find it here. I used a fat eighth pack of Black Tie Affair by Basic Grey for Moda. Linking up with Sarah, Lizzy, and Amanda Jean to celebrate my first finish in 2016.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

With A Little Help from My Friend

 My leaders and enders project got a big boost yesterday from my friend Ruth. Being the first Tuesday of the month it was time for a Happy Chemo Sew In. I had several projects for my wonderful helpers to choose from.  Sadly a bug is going around and we were small in numbers. One of the projects was my leaders and enders project. I try to keep blocks that have a lot of seems out of the sew ins as it seems everyone has a different 1/4" seam allowance and it just make assembly so much easier if the blocks are put together by one person. I was on the last step so I had brought them into the mix. Ruth sewed the remaining 41/2" squares to the previous units to create these beautiful blocks
Not quite enough for a quilt.  I had not counted the pieces while I was making them. just mindlessly feeding them through the machine. Fortunately I have more parts.
Hopefully it is enough for a row or two each way. Right now it only measures 42" square.  Not quite as big as a quilty hug should be.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Moving it Forward

I made these scrappy trip around the world blocks a few years ago.  I had enough for a throw size and thought about making enough for a bed size.  That's about as far as it got.  I never got around to making any more. 
 Many of my friends recently took a trip around the world class and seeing there lovely quilts made me want to revisit mine. So I pulled out the blocks and arranged them on the design wall.  After just finishing Josh's full size quilt I was not in a hurry to quilt another large quilt.  And as it seems I need more masculine bed quilts anyway, and this one doesn't really fit in that category I decided throw size was big enough. So I sewed the blocks together.
 Now I'm wondering if I should add a border or just quilt and bind it as is.  I'll do a little auditioning and then decide.
Now it's your turn.  What were you able to move forward this last week.  We'd love to see your progress.  Remember to link back you can use my button if you like the code for it is on my side bar.

Friday, January 1, 2016

One Final Finish for 2015

Our little vacation to the coast was just what I need to break through the wall I had hit while quilting Josh's quilt.  I breezed through the quilting on the last border.
Quickly cut a scrappy binding, tutorial here if your interested. I sew it on using these two tutorials; one for joining the other for machine binding. Doing it all by machine made it super speedy. 
 Here is the back. Not the greatest picture.  I was running out of daylight.  I used all the leftover bits and pieces from the front.  I really like how I was able to make a row of houses from the leftover flying geese and 5" squares.  Josh is thrilled to have it for his bed.  No more worrying that some part of him is not covered by the throws he has been using. He did have one that fit his bed but it's been cold here, 20* as a high, so another bed quilt is much appreciated. I'm linking this scrappy finish with Cynthia.
 Now a look back at a few 2015 favorites.
Not Always Black and White, Scrappy Bears, Multiplicity, 
Radiant Star, Fruition, Nautical Nights, 
Garden Quilt, Crystallized, and Scrappy Dresden
Looking forward to a creative 2016.