Friday, March 31, 2017

Dazzling Sunshine in the Rain

You might remember I hurried to finish this top for a class I was teaching. I hurt my back and was not able to get it quilted for the class. I will be teaching the class again, this time at Elaine's Quilt Block. They have my original quilt on display but I thought it would be fun to bring an alternate colorway.
 So yesterday I got busy and quilted it with dogwood flowers. I like the way it fills in the background with a similar motif as the blocks.
 The weather was not working with me. Dazzle had to provide it's own sunshine. I think she did a pretty good job.
If you are needing to create a little sunshine of your own the pattern can be found here. Linking up with Sarah and Amanda to celebrate this finish.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Quilting Helps

 I currently have two quilts basted and three flimsies in need of basting.  Since I have a lot of free motion quilting in my future I thought I'd share a few tutorials with tips on quilting your quilt.

I really love big stitch on quilts. It takes a little more time but I love the impact it has. Sherri has a wonderful tutorial on this method.
It I'm going to be repeating an image in my quilting I like to cut it out of contact paper. This allows me to repeat the image uniformly throughout my quilt. If you would like to see my method you can go here.

This method works well with baptist fan. To learn how to cut your archs check out this link.
Do you have any great tips or tricks you use to get your quilt quilted?  I'd love to learn from you. Please share.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

I apologize for this post being late. I've not been feeling myself, so this weekend when I usually write this post I was resting and trying to get back to me. That said lets get on to the fun stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to. Hoping it will make me feel better.
 Before this yuck put me down I finished making my wonky stars and assembled all my scrappy blocks together. I now have a flimsy.
Now make my day with all your progress.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Slash of Color

Spring is a fickle girl. I joked with the postman yesterday as the rain turned to snow that spring is like living with a teenage daughter. She is beautiful and wonderful but she keeps you guessing. I was so afraid this fickle girl would keep me from getting any pictures of my newly finished Splash of Color quilt. You can find a tutorial on this one here.
Like I said it was rainy yesterday and even a little snowy for awhile but late in the afternoon I was able to sneak outside and get a few pictures. I thought I better show some of spring's beauty after dwelling on her not so lovely side. My forsythia is blooming and made another lovely splash of color with my quilt. 
And here she is with the cherry blossoms.
Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia to celebrate this spring finish.

Finally I had so much fun reading everyone's mom memories. Aren't moms the best?! Thanks for sharing. Our winner is; Julierose! She and her mother enjoyed golfing together. Congratulations Julierose, if you want to send me your snail mail I'll get your prize off.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

At the Retreat

My project boxes now contain blocks instead of cut pieces. Now to put them into quilts.
I guess I could have started that at the retreat but I can never get it sewn the way I lay it out at a retreat. I always end up with turned blocks and kissing cousins. Grrr! 
So I had a little buggy ride instead. And tried to make a dent in my random strip bin. I only got a few blocks done. I will show progress when I get a little further along.
It was a great retreat! I ate too much as usual. But the food was so good.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Aprons and Fun

 Last week the ladies at my church had a little celebration to celebrate the birthday of Relief Society, What is Relief Society? Glad you asked. It is the women's organization in the LDS church.  In addition to learning and providing service we have fun. The theme was Retro.
We were to wear our aprons and pearls. Sadly the only aprons I had were the ones my children had made in their sewing class at school. I wanted something other than a dishtowel apron. So I found this cute, fast and easy tutorial. The fact that it could be made in 30 minutes was a major selling point to me. And when it really was that easy I was sold. I added jumbo ric rac to mine. But I do love the pom pom fringe on the one shown.
After a yummy dinner and short program each table was given an All a Dollar table cloth, scissors, and tape. From this we were to make a dress. Well the creative juices got flowing and a good sport from each table proudly modeled their creation. Here they are. 

My table made the yellow Belle inspired dress. My neighbor is the cutie in the pink and blue dress with pill box hat and matching hand bag. Tons of fun. A big thanks to the talented ladies that organized it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Moving It Forward

My Scrappy Wonky Star quilt is growing. I think I have it as wide as I want it. I just need to add a few more rows along the bottom. I only have a couple of stars left. But I have plenty of the blue striped centers and little bits to make more. 
 In addition to playing with my scraps I made a little freezer jam before leaving for my retreat. Strawberry freezer jam is one of our family's favorites. We had run out so this will be a real treat.
Just before I left we started a new bar of soap. The honey oatmeal brought relief to my DD. The ACT test is over. YEAH! We will find out the results in a few weeks. We are now enjoying a lovely bar of Mint Mocha. It's a great pick me up in the morning.
I'll share my progress from the retreat later. Now it's your turn to share your progress. Make sure your visit the links. You'll be greatly rewarded. There is so much inspiration each week.

Friday, March 17, 2017


 Did you ever play jacks as a kid? Bounce the ball, pick up a jack, catch the ball before it bounces again.
 I know with electronics few kids have enjoyed this game. My mom was really good. I never could beat her. But I enjoyed playing with her.
 This little quilt is in memory of those happy hours. It features Riley Blake's Wistful Winds fabric. A bright, happy line full of flowers and little girls. Perfect for memories with ones momma.
 You can find the pattern in the current issue of McCall's Quilting. I have one to giveaway.
Just leave a happy memory of something you used to do with your mom. I'll pick a winner next Friday.
(I accidentally posted this for a few moments on Wednesday. I was trying to get ready for my retreat and  preparing a post for while I was gone. Whoops! If you commented while it was up don't worry I have your entry.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Little Soaping

Last fall I harvested 
 and dried calendula petals
 with the idea they would make pretty soap.
 Also because calendula is said to have anti inflammatory properties.
 My mom really struggles with arthritis
 and I was hoping this soap might help her. 
It not only has the calendula petals sprinkled on top
 but infused in the oils and some mixed in
She'll be able to try it in a few weeks. Once it has cured. I'll also have some in my shop if you'd like to try a bar. I'm calling it Hello Sunshine.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dazzle Class

 Last Wednesday I had a wonderful time with the Ogden Quilt Guild. It was my privileged to share a few of my quilt and teach curved seams.  They also treated me to a yummy lunch, tacos, beans, rice and dessert.
The ladies did a great job on their blocks. I hope they invite me back so I can see their quilts.
You can see mine here and here. Yes, I have two. I realized about a week before I taught this class that mine was at a shop. So I hurried to make another.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Scrappy Tips

Spring is in the air and I'm feeling the need to clean and organize. I like to sort my scraps according to color. Until last weekend I kept my yellow and orange scraps together and my blue and and aqua/turquoise scraps together. The problem with not having a separate bin for the aqua/turquoise scraps was sometime I didn't know if I should put a fabric in the blue bin or the green bin. Adding the extra bin has eliminated that problem. In addition to the bins shown I a low volume bin, black/gray bin, brown bin, and aqua turquoise. I'm thinking eventually I'll need to separate my pink and purple bin. The problem there is I have a lot of pinks in various shades but not many purples. So I might have to find a different way to separate this bin, maybe light pinks and hot pinks.
In addition to color bins I organized my pre-cut pieces. I don't do a lot of pre cutting. If you would like tips on that check out Bonnie Hunter's system here. If and when I get on a cutting spree I cut into units that will make 4" and 6" blocks. The 2" and 3" units hold half square and quarter square pieces. I can make hour glass blocks, flying geese and half square triangles from these units. You will also notice a bin with 1/4 circle units. I have a bunch of these from making drunkard's path blocks using the curved seam ruler. I didn't want to waste them and recently saw and idea to use them up on Cynthia's blog.
You'll notice the bottom draw of my scraps has various sized squares. These ones don't play so well with others. I got a little zealous when cutting out various quilts. I don't want to waste them and I'm sure I can find a home for them somewhere. Having them labeled and out where I can see them keeps them in my mind and hopefully my sub conscience will form a plan.  
I just hope it's not at 2 in the morning.

Do you have a method for your scraps? Share any tips in the comments.

Also didn't realize until just now that it is Pi day. How did that happen? Will my math wiz kids forgive me? Probably cause there will will be pizza tonight. Should have posted my circle applique tutorial. Here's a link in case you want to make a few circles for Pi Day.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Moving it Forward

I've been milling around ideas of how to use my wonky stars I made here. Early Saturday morning, like at 2 a.m.,(does this happen to anyone else?) the idea came to me. My stars will finish at four. Maybe because at the Quilty Hug sew in I was cutting scraps into various pieces that would make 4" blocks this idea has been forming unbeknownst to me. Whatever the reason I'm pleased with the result.Here is what I have so far. 
 I'll be going away this weekend with friends to sew. I don't like to spend my retreat time cutting. I want to just chat, eat and sew.  So I got a couple of projects ready. I can barely wait start moving these forward.
In the mean time, what have you been moving forward? I'd love to see what you've been up to. Link up and share your progress.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Colored Pencil Zipper Pouch

I wanted to do something for my DD as a thank you for all the wonderful pictures she took for me of my soap. She has a box of 50 Crayola colored pencils she uses for her interior design class. They kept falling out of the box and going all over in her back pack. She put them in a zip lock back to fix this problem. I just knew I could come up with a prettier solution. So I grabbed this leftover layer cake square and these Bella solids strips. 
I cut the strips into 2 1/2" pieces and the layer cake into 2- 2" strips and 2- 3" strips
I started sewing my colorful strips together. But found I wanted them skinnier.
Rather than unpick I just trimmed off the seams.
Gathered a few more solids so I wouldn't have any repeats per side.
 After sewing two colorful strips I added them to my layer cake pieces and made this cute little zipper pouch.

 Perfect for those pretty colored pencils.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Quilty Hugs in Progress

. Lots of good sewing got done yesterday, being the first Tuesday we had our Quilty Hug sew in. Shelly brought back this simply lovely quilt, she had taken home last time last time to finish. This quilt has a sister quilt. The focal fabric in it has a light background and the sashing is black with yellow corner posts. I'll show that next month, Marilyn has it and she is on vacation. We missed her. I won't complain to much I did get the strawberries, pineapple, and asparagus she had in her fridge. She was afraid it would spoil while she was gone and felt bad missing our little sew in. We look forward to having her next month. 
With the top done, Shelly decided to  make a bunch of these scrappy nine patches from the strips I cut out here. I try to have several projects to choose from at each of our sew ins. Each nine patch has a sister in the reverse. We are planning on framing them and then putting them all together.
 Do you remember these 16 patches? Ruth sewed them into rows with sashing. Hopefully next time this one will be a flimsy. Time to start thinking about how to quilt it. Any suggestions?
While all this great sewing was going on I went to work on a giant bag of scraps with the Accuquilt Go. I used the 2 1/2" strip die and the starter die that comes with the 2" square, 4" square and 2" hst. From the smaller strips I cut 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles. I figure all these will play nicely together no matter how we arrange them. I'm looking forward to playing with them.
After the sew in I went to buy more bins to put these pre cut pieces in until I can find a little time to play. I have a bin for each size but it was too hard to take a picture that way. So the bins are just stacked here.