Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another scrap project

While I wait for more gray background fabric for the project I showed on Monday, I pulled out my scrap bins and began cutting quarter square triangles. I'm not quite sure how these will come together, but I think they will be fun to play with.  They will also make a nice leaders and enders project.
 While cutting them up I also ended up with a bunch of hsts and bitty strips. Funny how in trying to use up scraps you end up with more. No wonder I can never make a dent in all my scraps.
No worries they are good friends that give me hours of enjoyment.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial ~What to do with Thin Scrappy Strips

Do you ever wonder what to do with all those strips of fabric that are a little to thin to sew with but are so cute that you don't want to throw them away. I know they make cute ties on bags of candy and popcorn balls for the holidays. But that hardly puts a dent in these fun strips. On the other hand a Christmas garland is festive and will put these pretty strips to good use. First gather all these pretties.Cut them into about 5-6" lengths. You do not need to be precise in this. I just fold them until they are about the rights size then cut a bunch at one time. You tie these onto a piece of string. I use hemp. I tie a bead on the end of the string so my little pretties don't fall off.Then you just keep adding the little pretties. Pushing them together to make this fun garland.To decorate your Christmas tree. This is a simple project that children can help with. A great way to create not only a fun garland but a Merry Christmas memory.

Another use I have found for thin scrappy strips is fabric twine. I've been making this recently. I do it while I watch a show with my hubby at night.  It is easy, mindless and has many uses. I think it will be festive on holiday packages, or to hang homemade ornaments. Here is the tutorial I used to learn how.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Moving It Forward

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  Over the holiday while eating way too much food I also started another scrap project. Having finished the top with my blue rail fence blocks with the warm tone wedges. I'm hoping to get it quilted this week and share it with you Friday. I needed a new scrap project. I had a bunch of odd shaped triangles in my bits bin. I thought they would look nice with a gray background. I did a little playing with their placement on the gray and came up with this block.
I made a bunch and squared them up. Here are my pretty trimmings
I ran out of gray background before I ran out of odd triangles. I may never run out of odd triangles. I've ordered more background. I'm hoping it will arrive sometime this week. I really want see where this one goes.

 Hope you were able to move a few projects along with all your holiday festivities. Link up and share with us what you were able to do. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gratitude Parade V

Welcome to the final day in my Gratitude Parade

I am grateful for my Savior for his atoning sacrifice that enables me to repent and become better.
 For the beautiful world He created for me and the closeness I feel to Him as I create
 For His word that gives me hope and strength to carry on.
 I'm so thankful He hears and answers my prayers
 For the temple where I can learn and feel His peace.
 For church leaders that give of their time and talents to serve me and my family
And for an opportunity to serve and give back.

Thanks for taking time to read my ramblings. This is just a small portion of all I have to be grateful for. I truly am blessed.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gratitude Parade IV

Welcome to day four. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.

 I'm grateful for good neighbors who take care of me with meals when I'm sick and relieve me zucchini when my garden is a little too prolific.  
For a wonderful community that is safe and full of wonderful people who work to create fun Fourth of July celebrations, Easter Egg hunts, and Christmas lights and caroling events.
For a great local produce stand (in the winter it has Christmas trees)
For a grocery store where the checkers know me and bag boys that help with all my groceries.
For all the wildlife I see on my morning walks, from deer to the tree so full of birds it sings.
For my friends grandpa who waves to me from his horse as he goes down main street.
For all the little kids that use my rope swing and hopscotch now that my kids have grown up.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Gratitude Parade III

Welcome to day three
I'm grateful for my share group that every other week shares what they've learned along with a lovely lunch.
 My SQS group and Layton Quilt guild for the almost 20 years of friendship and learning. They took me under their wings when I was a newbie and taught me everything I know about quilting.
 For the wonderful young women I've had the privileged of enjoying every Wednesday evening, at girls camps, youth conferences, and Sunday lessons.
 For all the wonderful nurses, doctors and other patients I met through my care that gave me courage and insight. Especially Ginger who has blessed me with a means to give my quilts to so many in need.
 For Sarah and her H2H drive each year that help me boost the number of quilts I can give to those wonderful people. To all the quilters who share their talent to help this cause.
 To everyone who reads my blog, joins my link ups and leave such kind comments.
For all of you who keep blogs that give me so much inspiration.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gratitude Parade II

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone has a wonderful feast with all those dear to them.
Now for day two

 I'm grateful for a wonderful husband that supports all my creative outlets, even and especially when the housework suffers and dinner is a little late.
For my children: Alex who loves life and lives it to the fullest. Josh who is always willing to lend a hand even without being asked. Neil who is a great sounding board for all creative ideas. And Anna who keeps me young by including me in all her fun adventures.
 For my parents. My mom who has always encouraged me to develop my talents and is my greatest cheerleader. My dad for all his wisdom and the great example he set not only for me but my children.
 My sisters; Julie who helped me get my foot in the door by allowing me to design with her beautiful fabric. Lori who lets us come and visit sunny California and enjoy her company and hospitality. And Becky who takes great family pictures for me and lets me steal her children and enjoy playing with little people every now and then. And my brother, Brian who is a good friend and always willing to help out.
 My paternal grandma for being such a wonderful lunch companion throughout my whole life. My paternal grandpa for sharing his love of gardening with me. My maternal grandmother for her loyalty and example of overcoming hard things. My maternal grandfather example of hard work and honesty.
 My aunts, uncles and cousins and all the wonderful Bear Lake memories.
And our dog Spike who is my faithful companion when everyone else is gone during the day.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gratitude Parade

With it being Thanksgiving weekend here in the states, and the recent surge of virtual trunk shows, I thought it would be fun to combine the two by sharing my quilts and expressing a little gratitude.  So over the holiday weekend I'll show a few quilts and share a little of what I've been blessed with. 
 I'm grateful for the return of my health that allows me to have energy to do the things I love
  I'm grateful for good food
 I'm thankful for color, lots and lots of color.
I'm grateful for pretty fabric down to the tiniest scrap
I'm grateful for a special place to create that has a wonderful design wall made by my handsome and handy hubby and boys.
I'm grateful for my sewing machine so I can check off more of my bucket list of quilt than if I had to do it by hand.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday Tutorial and Winners.

Don't you just love a simple block that can be arranged in a myriad of ways? Half square triangles, log cabins, majestic mountains, rail fences all lend themselves well to this kind of play. My scrappy blue rail fences with the warm wedges added also play well.
 Not quite sure what this block is called, but it sure was fun to play with. First I tried a streak of lightning look.
 Then a pinwheel.
 Then a strip with a wedge look.
 and a strip with a more boxy look.
 Finally a spiral.
Isn't it fun to see how each arrangement changes the look of the quilt? Which one do you like best? I'm leaning toward the streak of lightening and pinwheels. Do you have a favorite block you like to play with?

And now for the winners in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour.
For the two magazines available here; # 48- Vivian and # 44- Jennifer Ann Evans. 
For the prize through Quiltmaker # 60 Donna Cutting
Congratulations ladies! Please send me your snail mail so we can get your prizes to you.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Moving It Forward

It's Monday, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone is moving forward.
I must admit I have nothing to show in the sewing and quilting area of my life. However Vicki asked that I share how my daughter and I did at our boutique this past weekend. Here is my beautiful daughter at our booth. She was real asset. I think she could sell snow to Eskimos. We had a wonderful day, met many great people and were dead tired by the end.
 I didn't realize how much we had sold until I got putting it away after the boutique. These shelves and bins where full prior to the boutique. Now half of one shelf is empty and several of my sampler bars are down to only one or two bars.
Guess that means I get to make more soap. Any requests?

Now it's my turn to see what you've been moving forward. Link up and let me see. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Posies, Stars and Winners

 A few wees ago I shared this little block. Many of you asked about it and where you could find a pattern. I told you that I was working on a new pattern and that it was with one of my fabulous pattern testers.
 While waiting for her to finish up I continued to work on my quilt. Here is mine using Coney Island by Fig Tree for Moda. I call it Posy Parade. The flowers are large and easy to make. It measures 59" x 59" making a nice child's size quilt.

 Here is my tester, Brenda's quilt. She made it for her granddaughter, Ruby. I love her bright happy flowers.
In addition to Posy Parade I created Shooting Stars. Mary tested this one for me. Isn't fun to see how different her's is from mine. While I used cool colors she went warm. I love it changed the whole feel of the quilt. 
 I also love that we both chose the same quilting pattern. I told her that great minds think alike. She said the nuns at her school growing up said that but followed it with 'fools seldom differ. I prefer to think of us as great minds.
Now that my wonderful testers have finished their good work, the patterns are available on my website.  Linking up with Sarah, Myra, and Amanda Jean.

Now for our winners. Did you think I forgot?  The random number generator selected # 19, Valerie Reynolds and #9 Vicki in MN. Congratulations ladies. Please send me your snail mail and I'll get your magazines off to you.