Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bear Paw Sew Along

It was my intention to have a finished Scrappy Bear Paw quilt for today. Well, that didn't happen. I barely got it basted yesterday. I was busy finishing all the setting squares for my wonky garden. As you can see I did get that done. And my Scrappy Bear Paw is ready for me to get busy with some free motion quilting. 

Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have a finish. Did any of you finish? Even if your not finished we would love to see your progress. Link up and let us see.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial Linky Party and Giveaway

It's the last Tuesday of the month, time to review this months tutorials and have a little linky party. This months tutorials included Vic's Mile a Minute log cabins.
How to do partial seams.
 And a little quilt math with putting quilts on point.
I hope you found these tutorials useful. Let me know what you would like to see in the future. Now a little linky and giveaway. The lucky winner get a PDF pattern of their choice from my website. To enter leave a comment for one chance, for two more chances leave a link from something you done using a Tuesday Tutorial.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Moving Forward

I don't know what happened last week with the linky.  I apologize. When I found out I was out of town and didn't have access to my computer to fix it. By the time I got home I was afraid doing something might lose all those who had already linked up. Hopefully this week things will go better. At least I'll be home so I can fix it if things do go wrong. 
As far as what I moved forward this week, I worked on my wonky roses. This is my last rose for my wonky rose garden. Just need to put the background on.
 I've also started making fabric to use for my setting triangles. In case you missed it, how to figure out setting triangles is here.

Now it's your turn. What did you move forward?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Grandpa's Wrench in Grandma's Garden Revisited

I made this little quilt back in the spring of 2006. It was part of a challenge. We were given the grandmother's garden blocks and size perimeters, I think. I tried to follow the link from way back on my blog but it doesn't work anymore. Anyway this is what I came up with.  
 At the time I just did some simple quilting in the flowers, baskets and wrench. You can see it here. My inspiration was my father and his little escapade on Thanksgiving. How was I to know he would repeat it several times. In addition to rolling his jeep in 2005 he has cut himself on the ban saw, not sure on the year and crashed on his four wheeler in 2011. (This one led to a life flight just as my siblings and I were arriving from out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend.) He is fine now but he and mom missed that Thanksgiving. That was the last straw for mom. Grandpa is now is grounded to his lazy boy on Thanksgiving weekend. One too many wrenches for Grandma.

 Back in the day I thought I would add flowers or something to the baskets but that never happened. I just hung it on my wall and enjoyed it. Well, I have something coming up where I am going to share this quilt and wanted to dress it up a little. So I added some cross hatch quilting.
My favorite thing about this quilt is this grandmother's garden block. Not only did the quilter have to use a different fabric to finish her outer ring. She pieced that last piece. (There is a better picture of it here. As a scrap quilter this just speaks to my heart.

Linking up with Sarah to share this revisit finish.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw~ Borders

 My DD started school today. At the last minute we decided to have one last hoo ha before she headed back. So we headed down south to my parents for some swimming, shopping and Anna went riding in the RZR with Grandpa. We had a ton of fun which meant the borders on the Scrappy Bear Paw didn't get done. We remedied that today. And here it is.

In my original quilt the reason for the scrappy border was that I still had scraps in my bin. The purpose of that quilt was to use up all my darker scraps that don't play as well with my bright happy ones which make up the majority of my bin. In the classes I have taught many didn't make the scrappy border but chose to do a print or no border at all. The choice is yours. It is your quilt after all.

Next week we will have a linky party to share. Even if your quilt is not complete, I know there are a few of those, I would like to see what you did. So wherever you are in the process please link up.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial~ On Point

I really like to put quilts on point. The look really appeals to me. I like the look so much that when we tiled our home I had them put it on point. 
Mary's Garden
 It does involve a little math though. This math is based on the Pythagorean theorem. Which when I was in school I thought I would never use and thus did not pay much attention to. Not until helping my oldest with his math did I find the true value of this great theorem.
 It states that squaring the two legs of a triangle and adding them together equals the hypotenuse squared. In other words  a2 + b2 = c2
Mountain Retreat
 When setting a quilt on point your legs are the same. 2a² =c²  round up to the nearest measurement on your ruler. Then add 1" for seam allowance. Cut a square this size and cut on diagonal twice. This will give you your setting triangles. Example if your block finishes at 6". 2x6²= c²  If you do the math you will get √72. This equals 8.49. Round to 9 and add your 1 3/4". Which gives you 10 3/4". Cut an 10 3/4" square and cut it on diagonal twice.
 For your corners you go in reverse as the hypotenuse is our known number and we are trying to find our legs. c² = 2a². Using the same 6 would be c. So 6²= 2a². Which gives us 36 that we then divide by 2 giving us √18. Which equals 4.24. Round to 4.25 and add 1" for seam allowance. So cut a 5 1/4" square cut on diagonal once.
 I understand that for some of you math may not be your strong point. No worries. Bonnie Hunter has a chart that gives sizes of blocks along with setting and corner triangles here. Sorry if I confused you with all the math but I like to know why and how things work and thought there might be a few of you out there that would too.
Mountain Blossoms
 Just a heads up next week we will have a link up and giveaway.  If you have used a tutorial you have found here be prepared to link up and win a chance for your choice of one of my patterns in pdf format.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Moving It Forward

Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy hand work. Do the big stitch on my most recent project reminded me. So I pulled out my hexie stars and made a couple of stars and added them in addition to adding a few more hexies. It's getting so big it's getting a little difficult to fit it in a picture. 
It's over 30" in each direction. I'm going to have to decide soon how big I really want it. Also how I want to finish the edges. Any suggestions?
Now it's your turn. What were you able to move forward?

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Finish and A Toy

 I had seen this as a block on pintrest and wanted to give it a try. So I cut a lot of strips, I mean a lot. I probably have enough for 30 more quilts. Yes I got a little carried away. Grant it I thought I would make this bigger, then changed my mind. I started it at a retreat with friends you can read about that here.
Last weekend my hubby found a new toy he wanted to go look at and wanted me to tag along. It was going to be a bit of a drive so I thought I'd use the time to finish up the big stitch in the center of this. I got most of it done on the ride. Then finished the rest while watching a movie on Netflix.
 Getting it this far got me excited to finish it. I took my sons' dart board and used it as a template to make a large circle around the big stitch. I machine quilted around it and then continued making concentric circles until the whole thing was quilted. I'll be linking up with Sarah and Cynthia to celebrate this little finish.
And here is my hubby's new toy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

Summer is almost over. I noticed on my walk they are painting all the school crossings. In addition to school starting next week we will also be finishing up our Scrappy Bear Paw Quilts. Here is mine minus the borders.
 It was hard to get a full view. A flimsy is just too thin for my hangers and it just slips through so I draped it over the fence. Here is a somewhat skewed view on the grass.
How are you coming on your's? We'll have a link up in a few weeks so if your a little behind you have a little time. Schedule here. Pattern on the side bar.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Partial Seams

 Sometimes in quilting not everything fits in a nice grid pattern.
Twisted posy
 Fortunately that is okay, quilters are resourceful, we can think outside the box; applique, y seams and partial seams are all examples of this.
Naughty Garden
 As the next step in the Scrappy Bear Paw has partial seams I thought it fitting to do a tutorial on just that today.
Crazy Love
Place your two pieces together that will make the partial seam and sew about 3/4 of the way down the shorter side.
 Next sew the adjoining piece to the side next to the partial seam.

 Once you open this up you will have what you need to continue the seam.
I like to pin this and then overlap my seam a little and continue sewing the seam.
 This method allows you to put blocks together that are not all the same size in a manner similar to this in addition to the other quilts posted here. Let me know if you have questions. I realized while writing this tutorial that the pictures I took during the process may not have given the clearest methodology. If there is a lot of confusion I may revisit this with different pictures.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Moving It Forward

I often piece my backs. I like to use any leftovers from the front. It tends to keep my scrap bins from overflowing. Well, sort of, they still seem to get pretty full. This is my newest pieced back. It has a few orphan blocks, leftover bits from strip piecing units, and the remaining layer cake squares. 
 I was pleased that I used up all but a small strip and one layer cake square. I can't show you the front just yet but I was able to get it basted and quilted. I wanted to keep with an oriental theme. So I used this echoing motif in the center.
 Then lotus flowers and bamboo in the borders. Still working to perfect my free motion quilting. I feel I did a good job on choosing motifs with this. That is usually where I struggle. I still need to work on being more uniform with shapes. They are definitely a little wonky.
 Now it's your turn. Let's see what you moved forward.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Stretched Star Finish

This stretched star quilt started as a bunch of donated squares. Shelly used the stitch and flip method to put on the background triangles. Next she arranged them, sewed them into rows and added borders.
 Ruthie did a beautiful job quilting it.  Make sure you stop by Ruthie's blog. You are sure to be amazed by her newest mini. I'm in awe over it. It's even better in person.
 I added the binding. Together we created a Quilty Hug that is sure to comfort and bring a little happiness.
 Linking with Sarah and Cynthia to celebrate.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Scrappy Bear Paw Sew Along

Three papa bear paws scrap ready to join the others. Sorry about the pic. my camera is giving me fits, hence the late post. We are rolling with it and hope to figure things out soon.
Here the mommas, papas and babies are all together ready to make a scrap happy top. Join us next week for this continuing saga.
How are you coming on yours?  The schedule can be found here. Hope you are having as much fun as I am and that your just as excited about your top. Whee!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Mile a Minute Log Cabins

The log cabin block is a tried, tested and trusted block. It is one of my favorites. 
 In fact my first quilt was a log cabin quilt. Here it is faded, worn and well loved.
Our family's Christmas quilt that we sleep under the week before Christmas to ensure that all our Christmas dreams come true is also a log cabin.
 I made this quilt for one of my sons long ago out of an American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I housed my bloggy friends with giant log cabin blocks in this quilt and my wonky roses are a version of a log cabin block
 This one is from Vic at Park Hill Farm.
She has a lovely tutorial on how to chain these great blocks to make them a mile a minute.

 Make sure you check it out. Thanks Vic for letting me feature your method here today on Tuesday Tutorial. If you have a great tutorial you would like to share let me know. I'd love to share your knowledge here.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Moving it Forward

Last week I spent my time helping my oldest to the Seattle area. So I did not get any sewing done.
 But it's Monday and time for Moving things forward. As I have nothing to share I wanted to share how your Quilty Hugs are moving forward. Here is Michelle the founder of the Rack Pack with bags full of the beautiful quilts and other gift items that were so generously donated ready to be taken to an area hospital for cancer patients. I know they will bring so much comfort. Thank you everyone for helping make it possible.
Now it's your turn. What were you able to move forward? Can't wait to see!