Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~Flanged and Mitered Binding

 I've got binding on the brain right now. So I was thrilled when I came across Karen's tutorial on Mitered and Flanged binding. It immediately went on my bucket list. My mind is mulling over quilt ideas that would be perfect for this finishing touch.
Karen graciously allowed me a few pictures to share with you. I love all the information she shares in each photo for her tutorial. They make the whole process so easy to understand.
If like me your dying to try this method. You'll find the tutorial here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

The quilts I finished free motion quilted last week need binding. Over the weekend I cut a couple of binding to move these along.
I can only send a sneak peek of these quilts right now. But will show them in all their glory as soon as I can.
But I know if you link up and visit the other links I know you will find lost of inspiration. I always do. Can't wait to see what you have moved along.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Quarter Square Love Affair

You may have noticed I've been making quilts using quarter square triangles. There was Happy Hour, a solution to my orange and yellow scrap bins overflowing. There was also this one, I'm still in need of a name for, using scraps from my gray and black scrap bins. Both quilts have tutorials if you are interested. But what started this love affair with the quarter square were these stars.
 That became this quilt, featuring Freedom by Sweetwater  for Moda.
 That you will find in this magazine.
I have one for a lucky reader. Leave a comment for a chance to win. I'll pick a winner next Friday.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Free Motion Play

I have a pile of quilts that I basted and needed to quilt. For Christmas a couple of my friends gave me safety pins. A wonderful gift as far as I'm concerned. I used to run out while basting quilts. Now I can have several quilts basted and still have pins to spare.

 A few of these quilts spoke to me. I appreciate when this happens, figuring out how to quilt my quilts is a struggle for me.  This scrap friendly quilt wanted organic lines first going one way then the other. I really like the texture this created.
While pursuing my continuous line board on Pintrest I found this design by Film in the Fridge. I feel the addition of the leaves through the dogwood pattern is perfect. 
 I made my leaves a little different. Here is a close up of my rendition.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Supernova

Every year the talented and generous, Sarah, hosts Hands to Help. Thanks to her and the many generous quilts that read her blog, I am able to make it through the year giving Quilty Hugs. In case you are new to my blog Quilty Hugs are quilts donated to cancer patients through  the Rack Pack and Hope Lodge. There is no way I could meet the demand without all this generosity. In addition to providing me with quilts, Sarah also gives prizes and has tutorials with quilt ideas to make. 
She picks a theme for these each year. She as done nine patches and 16 patches. This year she is doing stars. Supernova shown here is her latest. It is made with half square triangles. You can find the tutorial here.
While you are there pick up the button for her fun quilt along.
And I almost forgot our family has a new bar in the shower. This actually happened on Friday, I just forgot to take a picture. Didn't want you to think my soap lasts forever, though it does last for quite a while. We are now enjoying a bar of Detox. When I made this bar I thought it was a fail. The sweet anise was the only scent I could smell. Not until I took it in the shower did the sweet orange and lavender come through. I can't tell you how great it smells and how excited I was that it wasn't a fail and licorice was the only scent coming through.
You can get your own bar of Detox or one of my many other skin loving soaps here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Moving it Forward

Weekends seem to fly and Monday arrives before I know it. I find that I get little time to sew over the weekend. Neglected house work needs doing, family calls; and while I can do without the housework I do enjoy my time with my family. This past weekend we had a bridal shower for my cousin's daughter. It was so nice to see cousins and aunts that I don't see as often. I also got to go to the movie, Hidden Figures. I loved it and would highly recommend it.  

Friday before all this fun began I was able to make this quarter square star.  Look for more of these in the future.
I also got busy on 'My Neighborhood' row quilt hosed by Quilter Chic. I finished the first row and made the blocks for the second row. The second row also has applique. I still need to get that done. But I'm a little closer to being caught up. I think it will be a fun quilt. I've almost got my row designed. My row will preview in April. If your looking for a fun project I think this one will flip the bill.
Now it's your turn. Did you find time to sew over the weekend? 
I'd love to see what you move forward. Share and make sure to link back so others can find us and play along.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Yarn Bomb Trees, A Finish

I barely finished quilting my Yarn Bomb Trees before I left for Bryce. I trimmed the batting and and backing just before Ruth and I left.
I didn't have time to cut a binding. In fact I took a gamble that I would be able to find a binding at the retreat. And as luck would have it I found the perfect binding. I cut it the first night we were there and got it sewn on one way.
I spent my free time at the retreat binding it. I wanted to be able to photograph it in beautiful Bryce.
Happy day I finished it and we received a light dusting of snow to add to the red rock beauty. Love how it looks in this awesome scenery.
Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia, and Amanda Jean to celebrate.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Pretty Pretty Fabric

I love fabric! I know that's not a shocker. But I get so excited when I see new lines. I'm lucky I often get to see new lines before they are released. Let me tell you there are some really great lines coming. Today's fabric is bright and happy. The color combinations fresh. 
 Boundless is one such line. The red, aqua, navy, pink and spring green make me smile. I really like this quilt using it. The stars that are created as an alternate pattern are fabulous.
 Another great line is Spring Meadow by Barb Tourtillotte for Clothworks. I was honored that they wanted to use my Let's Go Dutch pattern to feature their line.
Do you have a current favorite line? What is it?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Fast Nine Patches

 First off Happy Valentine's Day! Hope you have fun sharing candy, cards and love with your sweethearts.
Now on to the tutorial. The nine patch is such a classic. So many great quilts can be made with it. Sarah did a fun series last year called Nifty Nines. She offered many great designs and tutorials. I realized while preparing for this blog that I've made several variations on the nine patch: maverick stars, wonky flowers, and disappearing nine patches. A tutorial for that can be found here.   I made these nine patch blocks as part of a bee.
And this Quilty hug was a group effort.
I don't know how I could have missed making a simple nine patch. Especially since it is so scrap friendly. Well I plan to remedy that. While watching videos in prepartion for learning to use my go I came across this video. 
I thought if I can cut squares from strips why not from strip sets? So I tried it. I took strips I had cut with my 2 1/2" strip cutter. I found that you want them at least 8" long. You will need three sets of strips from two different fabrics.
 I then sewed them in sets of three as shown. and placed them on my Go cutter so the blades run across the strips. Run this through your Go.
 You get six sets of three that will make two nine patches. I could fit one more set of three so you can start another set of nine patches quick and easy.
I haven't tried layers yet. I'll let you know when I do. Even if they don't work three blocks with one swipe through the Go is pretty good. You can find where to get a Go and a discount on dies on my side bar.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Moving It Forward

I had a wonderful week at Bryce. The Winter Retreat put on by Lynnette and Wendy of Main Street Quilt Cottage was fabulous. So many talented and friendly quilters. I didn't get a lot of sewing done. Just the binding on my Yarn Bomb Trees, I'll show that later and about 10 wonky star blocks. But the ladies in my classes were very productive. Here are the Dresdens from my Scrappy Dresden class. 
 And a few bear paws from my Beware Goldilocks class.
My roommate and snowshoeing buddy, Ruth, finished this beautiful Kaleidoscope top. Isn't it gorgeous?!
I'm excited to see what you've done this week. Especially since I was unable to visit blogs last week. Link up and share your progress.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What's New

You may have noticed a few changes to my blog. I'm excited to be an affiliate for Accuquilt and Craftsy. I love both of these companies. As you know I recently acquired a Go. I have made these two quilts using my Go. 
I love how quickly I'm able to cut things out so I can get to the fun part of sewing.
I buy a lot of my supplies through Craftsy, mainly Aurifil thread. I watch for it to go on sale and stock up. I can fit tons on a bobbin. A great bonus, because I often sew miles without bobbin thread. GRRR! The fact that I can fit more on a bobbin means I do this less often.
 I thought it would be fun and informative to share what soap my family has in the shower. My family is my best customer when it comes to my soap.  My two boys, who have moved out, come and stock up or ask me to send them more (Alex lives in Washington) Anyway I thought by sharing what we had in the shower would let you see that we use it and how long it lasts.
When the previous bar becomes a sliver I put it on the top of the new bar. That way we don't waste a bit of our skin lovin' soap. When you visit my Etsy shop you will notice I've changed the name and begun to add my patterns. Take a minute to look around and let me know what you think. 

I hope you like the changes. Thanks for visiting, I do appreciate it. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Quilt As You Go

I came across this fun and informative tutorial from Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k.handmade . Her blog is full of great ideas and this is no exception. Not only can you make some great little projects using this method you can use up leftover batting bits. 
 Here are a few of the cute zipper bags Svetlana has made using this method. It is definitely on my to do list.
Do you want to learn this great method? Well, here is the link. If you make something using this method let me know. I'd love to see it!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Moving it Forward

I've had my yarn bomb trees basted for a while now waiting on inspiration to hit. I was drawing a blank on how to quilt it. Finally my muse spoke and I began, pebbles in the sashing
 and organic lines in the blocks.
 I'm about half way now and I'm loving how it is looking. I'm hoping to finish it up today and get a binding ready so I can bind it while I'm at Bryce.
That's my little bit of progress. 
Looking forward to seeing yours. Link up and share. It always inspires me.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bryce and Project Boxes

Next week I'll be in Bryce. I'm very excited for two reasons. One I get to spend a fun week with friends, teaching and learning. Two, Ruth and I are going to go snowshoeing in Bryce National Park. (This is a new love of mine and I'm way excited!) In preparation for all this fun I've getting ready. 
First I worked on step outs for my Scrappy Dresden class and Bear Scraps. Remember how I said I had a plan for the smaller pieces when I was making this project? Well, here they are. I'm using them in the background of my next Scrappy Dresden quilt.
Next, thanks in part to my new Accuquilt Go, I filled all my project boxes. 
 With lots of fun projects to keep me busy when I'm not out snowshoeing or teaching a class.
 With any luck I'll get a few things done.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Love is In the Air

It's February first! 
 So I'm pulling out all my Valentine's quilts.
 I have a few. 
 Something about hearts, and love
 makes me want to create 
quilts of all sizes
and even soap.
This is Groovy Love available now in my Etsy shop
Treat yourself of someone you love to this skin lovin', sweet smelling soap.