Friday, July 29, 2016

Scrappy String Finish

My scrappy string quilt is finished in large part to Ruth. My am I ever glad she got her new long arm and is looking for quilts to practice on. She has always been very generous in helping with quilting our groups Quilty Hugs but I've tried to only give her one a month. Don't want to wear her out or take advantage of her generosity. This month however she has taken one every time I've gone to baste at the center where we meet. I usually take one of my own and one or two Quilty Hugs. This month Ruth has taken all the quiltly hugs. 
 She did a beautiful all over design and I'm sure this scrappy number will bring lots of comfort. If you're interested in how I made it you can find a tutorial here.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

We are winding down on the cutting part of this project. I did break it up, mostly because I dislike cutting so much. Breaking it up allows me to do a little of the fun stuff in between the necessary evil. Since this week is a cutting week, I pulled out my scraps and got busy. I left the green bin alone as my background is green. 
 The rest of the bins supplied these cute little piles.
 They are now all in the project box and ready for next weeks step. You can find the schedule here.
How are you coming along. I'd love to hear.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

It's the last Tuesday of the month. What does that mean? It means we are going to have a little linky party. If you've used a tutorial from the Tuesday Tutorial we want to see what you did. This month we featured the charming quilt.
 Majestic Mountain blocks. The tutorial for this quilt is found on Moda Bakeshop.
We also did a little sun printing.  This was so easy and fun. The girls loved it at our day camp.
 Here they are sporting their sun printed neckerchiefs.
Now it's your turn. Show us what you have done. It doesn't have to be a tutorial from the last month. Just featured from our Tuesday Tutorials.

Moving It Forward

My how summer is flying by. How did it become the end of July? I better get going on my red, white and blue project. I did manage to get those pieces from last week made into stars.
 And the layer cake became majestic mountain blocks.
That's what I moved forward. 
Now it's your turn. What project were you able to move along. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Making it Through the Pile with a Little Help

This cute little quilt was made at one of my Quilty Hug Sew Ins. It was a very simple quilt, just a layer cake (if you know the line please let me know, I can't remember I do know it's from Moda.) and some discarded triangles from this quilt. I made pinwheels out of the discarded triangles and cut the layer cake squares into fourths.
 Shelly arranged the pieces and sewed them together.
Ruth quilted it for me on her new machine. Then it came back to me to be bound. One more down in the pile of quilty hugs to be finished. Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

This weeks Scrappy Bear Paw found me a little behind. I had all the paws made but not sewn together into their four paw blocks. So this morning I've been busy them together. Here they are in all their glory. I'm loving how happy they all are.
 Not to mention how happy the baby bear paws are to have their mothers.
 Each time I finish a step I get more and more excited for this quilt. Not to much longer. Where did this summer go? Yesterday registration arrived for my daughter for school. How is that possible? It seems she just got out for the summer. But for good or bad time marches on. How are you coming on your Bear Paws? Are you getting as excited as me?

Winners for last week are Kaja and Kleine Vingers. Congrats ladies!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

I love to play with a block and find new and different ways to use it. Majestic Mountains is a block I have played a lot with. I like it because it is pre-cut friendly, a layer cake and some background fabric and you've got endless possibilities. Here are just a few.
For today's tutorial I thought I would share how you make the block and let you experiment to see what you come up with. Take two squares, I'm using 10" aka layer cake size. Draw a diagonal line through it. Sorry it's hard to see in the picture.
 Place it right sides together with another 10" square. Sew 1/4" on either side of the line you drew.
 Cut on diagonal line and press open.
 Cut into equal segments, for the layer cake size I use 2 3/8". The last strip is actually 2 1/2" but it's such a small difference I don't worry about it.
 Reverse the order of your strips and sew together. There you have it a Majestic Mountain block.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Moving it Forward

 July just makes me want to use patriotic colors. So even though the fourth is past I'm feeling the need to play with red, white and blue. Sweetwater's new line Freedom for Moda was just what I needed. I cut me a bunch of half square and quarter square triangles to start. I have a plan. More to come later.
Then for no apparent reason I grabbed this Haiku layer cake and cut into it. Getting that necessary evil out of the way (aka cutting) so I can have many hours of fun sewing. 
Now that you know what I'm moving forward I'd love to hear what your moving along. Link up and share.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Perks of Being A Quilter

One of the perks of being a quilter is that people know you appreciate quilts. This leads to getting to see lots of beautiful quilts. Not only that but once in awhile, when the stars align you get to be the recipient of said beautiful quilt. It happened here and here. In the past month I have acquired two more in similar fashion.  Yes, I know I'm extremely lucky.
While I was at my parents celebrating my mom's birthday and Father's day I did a trunk show. I invited my mom to come along. After all moms are usually your best fan and it's nice to know you have one fan. It's a big confidence builder. After the trunk show she showed me this quilt. She told me it was her grandmothers. Other than that she didn't know it's story. She wanted me to have it. She knew I would love it. She was so right! How great are those scrappy Dresdens!?
 Then when we went to meet my hubby's aunt, she also brought out a quilt. This quilt was made by his grandmother's quilt guild for his  birth mother. Such a treasure, and a blessing, considering he never got to meet his mother.
Each butterfly has the name of the person who made it.
It is in need of repair. His mother really loved and used this quilt. I absolutely love that about her. His aunt had started to repair it for him but while we were there she gave it to me to finish for him.
 Hoping I can do it justice.
Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia to celebrate this little perks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

 Chain, chain, chain, I've been chaining the next step in the Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along.
 It's got me singing and anticipating the next step, making the mamma bear paws.
 Here's everything cut and ready to go.
How are you coming on your bear paws? To help I have 3 rolls of 2" finish half square triangles on a roll. Leave a comment with your progress to get a chance to win.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

I sent my DD off to girls camp yesterday. Sadly this year I'm not going. I do however get to do a day camp with the girls ages 8-11. I'm in charge of the crafts. How fun is that? I chose sun printing on bandanas. I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing so I made one in advance. 
 It made me a little nervous when the tutorial said to cover the entire bandana in dye. And more than thrilled when it worked. Here is my finished bandana.
Here is the video tutorial I watched to learn how to do this. 
In addition to making fun bandanas you can do it on fabric. I would suggest fat quarters of untreated cotton fabric. It was very easy and I love the results. The hardest part was waiting for the fabric to dry.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Moving It Forward

Monday seems to roll around very quickly. I'm still working on my pile of tops and backs. Though I'm thinking after this one I might move on to something else. I believe my free motion quilting skills are improving. I usually struggle with loopy flowery designs but I felt this one went more smoothly and my stitches were more even. Still lots of room for improvement but we are moving forward.
 Once the quilting was done I got the binding on one way. Hope to finish it up today.
Now it's your turn. What did you move forward?

Friday, July 8, 2016

Quilty Hug Finishes

It's been a good week. I was able to baste a couple of those quilty hugs I got backs for over the Fourth of July weekend. Not only baste but I got two of them quilted and bound. First this scrappy little charm quilt. 
 Next this sweet heart quilt made from donated blocks that we added sashing to. Some of the hearts had decorative stitching around the edges others were just fused on. I choose to quilt with a tight stipple to make sure the hearts were stitched down well.
 In addition to finishing up quilty hugs I met with a couple of friends for lunch. I have known these lovely ladies since elementary school. We make it a priority to get together for a birthday lunch every year. We all have birthday in May or June so we're a little late this year but better late than never.
It's so great to have a lifetime of memories with such wonderful women. Here's to many more!

Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean and Cynthia.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

Welcome to this weeks step in the Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along. If your new you can find the schedule and pattern here. This week we are cutting our 2 1/2" squares for our mamma bear paws. We may be doing this a little backwards as we did the baby bear paws last week. 
 I may have cheated on this step a little. I'd like to think of it more like being smart. I have a bin I keep 2 1/2" squares in and I just raided it. That sure made things quick and easy. Here are my little babies waiting for their mamas.
How is everyone coming along? I know last weeks step was a lot. In fact, it is the biggest step in the process but babies do take up a lot of time. The mamas and papas practically take care of themselves. If your a little behind that's okay many of the next steps should allow you a little make up time.
Let me know how things are coming and if you have any questions.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial

It's summer time and although that means a little more laid back lifestyle I find it also means less time for sewing. But sometimes you need a quick quilt for a gift. The Charming quilt is just the ticket.
No seams to match, can easily be made from pre-cuts and goes together really fast.
To make this quilt you will need two charm packs and a 3/4 yard of fabric for borders. I used these.

Next cut 5 of your charms in half.

Then sew one of these to eight of your charms to make a row. Make nine rows.

For some reason this pic is turned and I can't get it to turn back. Anyway, start your first row with a half charm square. With the next row end with a half charm square. Continue alternating rows for remaining seven rows. Then sew your rows together.
For borders cut 5-5" strips the width of the fabric. Measure your sides. They should be 42 1/2". Cut two of your strips to fit and sew them on the sides. Now measure your top and bottom. It should measure 48 1/2". Sew the remaining three strips together and cut two strips to fit. Sew these on the top and bottom.
Now wasn't that easy? You can easily adjust the size by adding more charms to your rows and adding more rows.