Monday, July 31, 2017

Moving It Forward

Do you remember that pretty jelly roll and Bella solids from last week?  Here they are now

My favorite method for turning strips into half square triangles is my Nifty Notions ruler. I love that I can cut squares and triangles from the same strip and eliminate waste. Plus I get pieces that fit together perfectly and sew up oh so nice. I have a tutorial here if your interested.
In addition to sewing up pretty little pinwheels I made a bunch of soap. Here are my freshly poured Blemish Buster and Oatmeal Honey. 
I had to wait over night to find out how my swirl in the Blemish Buster turned out. I'm pretty happy with the result.
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward this week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Mail

Yesterday a plain brown box was delivered to my porch. But the contents were anything but plain. Five Quilty Hugs were lovingly pack inside by Kristi. First this wonderful, scrappy x &+ quilt.
 Next this modern basket quilt.
 And this contemporary quilt,
 Also this sampler quilt,
 Finally this stunning star quilt.
 Thank you Kristi for your generosity.
 I know each one will being so much comfort and love to someone valiantly fighting cancer. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Star Weaver

Having a little more fun with my Accuquilt Go! This time on a fun star quilt pattern I call Star Weaver. Originally I designed this using only the quarter square die. And it can be made using only that die. But I found that I could save me matching up a lot of seams if I also used the square in a square die.  
So the stars all use the quarter square die and the chain sashing combines the two dies. You can find the pattern here. This little video shows how the star is made.

And lucky day if you don't have the quarter and square in a square dies you can get them on sale now. YEAH! Plus any other dies you might be dying to get.  Hee! Hee!
                                            Accuquilt GO! Dies

Monday, July 24, 2017

Moving It Forward

I received this pretty Wild Nectar jelly roll with coordinating Bella solids last week.  I'm loving the blend of prints and solids and can hardly wait to start playing with them.
Our personal family rodeo got us ready for the days of '47 rodeo.  We love to go every year and watch the real cowboys ride bucking broncos, and bulls. My hubby's favorite are the FMX riders they have at the end. He prefers a motorized horse. 
Saturday Anna and I did the farmer's market. It was hot but we cooled of with a yummy mint limeade from the booth just down from ours. It was a good day for us. I'll be spending the next week making Blemish Buster, Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe, Oatmeal Honey, Into the Woods and Sun and Sand Soap.  
I've been sneaking bits of time to play in my pile of gifted scraps. Slowly my number of scrappy log cabins is growing. 
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward in the past week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Playful Finish

Monday I shared how I quilted this whimsical quilt. I had so much fun making this quilt. I'm so happy I took part in the exchange.
 Each of the ladies did a wonderful job making their owls. I just love how well they all play together.
 I think it will make great baby quilt. I might have to include the book Sam and the Firefly. It was the inspiration after all.
Then another generation can share in the happy memories I have with this book.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gifted Scraps

 One of my quilting angels also does a lot of sewing for Days for Girls. She recently gave me a large garbage bag full of scraps from her sewing. She figured we could use them to make quilt. The other day I started sorting. I used my Go to cut a bunch of square for one project and threw any strips into another project box. I found a bunch of black with white dots I thought would make fun centers. I wanted to have a few sample blocks so I started to play. I came up with these.
I may continue to work on these in my spare time. They are so fun to make. Who knows if I'm lucky I may have enough for a quilt by our next sew in.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

It's no secret I love my Accuquilt Go. What you may not know is I've been designing patterns for them. Back in February I cut out and made this quilt. I call it Confetti. It uses the 12" cube parallelogram die. If you don't have the 12" cube but one of the other cube sets you could still use the parallelogram die and just make a different size quilt.  
You can find the free download pattern here. They also include a video with step by step instructions if you prefer.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Moving It Forward

I had a pile of quilts basted and just waiting for me to quilt them. I had been waiting for inspiration to hit. Sometimes figuring out how to quilt a quilt leaves me stumped. Well, I was looking through my continuous line Pinterest board and it hit me. My owl quilt needed to be quilted with fireflies. DAH!
It was perfect! It went right along with the inspiration for the quilt, the book Sam and the Firefly. So I got busy quilting fireflies all over my quilt. You can see them better on the back.  Some of my fireflies are better than others but I'm pretty pleased with the effect.
 After my owls were quilted I started on my quilt using Big Sky fabrics. I can't show you the front yet but here is the back. I quilted leaves and organic lines.  It has a lot more quilting that I usually do and took quite a while to complete but I love the results.
Now it's your turn. Please share with me your progress. I love seeing how you are moving things along.

Friday, July 14, 2017


I just love when my flowers start blooming in front of our little shed. It makes for such a lovely place to photograph quilts. How appropriate that this one is called Summertime.  I used the beautiful line, Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique for Moda. The blues remind me of summer skies while the peaches remind me of my apricots and peaches, true symbols of summer.
 I quilted it with feathers, leaves 
 and flowers, more signs of summer.
I'm loving this summertime finish. You can find the pattern in the July/August issue of Love of Quilting, along with several other perfect for summer quilts.

Speaking of summer Anna and I will be doing the Salt Lake City Downtown Farmer's market again next week. Now that we have one under out belt we are less nervous for this one. That and we received this wonderful text from Michelle, one of our customers from the last market. She said, "I just wanted to tell you, me and two of my daughters who struggle with blemishes have been using your Blemish Buster. We LOVE it? We started seeing huge improvements within the first two days. I'm happy we found your product and I'll keep buying it as long as you keep making it."
This made me feel so good. I knew it worked for my son and daughter but it was nice to know that it worked for others as well. Michelle bought us out of our Blemish Buster soap but I've made more. You can find it and the rest of our all natural skin loving soap in our Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sewing with the Angels

I had a great time celebrating on the Fourth. But as it was the first Tuesday it meant that we either had to reschedule our sew in or cancel. Not wanting to give up the fun we have sewing together we went for a reschedule. Here is what we got done. Ruth made these cute little blocks. I think they will make a sweet quilt.
 I put together these flannel four patches. I need to dig through our stash and see what I can find to go with them. So we can make another man quilt.
 Marilyn finished framing these blocks and set them into a quilt top. She took them home to finish it up.
All this wonderful progress means I need to get cutting new projects for next time. What is your favorite scrap friendly go to charity quilt?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Moving it Forward

I'm in love with these cute little four patches that I'm making for my next Free Four all Quilt. With all the fun ways to arrange it I never seem to get tired of making them.
So I've been busy chain, chain, chaining them through my machine. Until recently I would use a small pair of scissors to snip the threads between each four patch.
 But at Quilt Walk a couple of ladies had this really cool devise. It serves the same purpose as seam rippers set on end but much safer. The blade is recessed so your not going to stab yourself. I'm so pleased to have discovered it. Sure makes cutting those threads so much faster.
Helped me whip out all these blocks.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving along?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Manly or Not?

Me and my quilting angels have been working on this quilt for a little while. I finally finished it up. I'm hoping it will work for a man quilt. I've had a request for a man battling prostate cancer. What are your thoughts?
 I quilted it with simple organic lines alternating the direction with each square. The angels used this method to turn a layer cake into these great 16 patches. If the consensus is that it will work for a man it will quickly go to it's new home. If not I've got to get busy and make a masculine quilt.
I have one started from leftover from this quilt. Hope to share that progress soon. Linking up with Sarah and Amanda Jean to celebrate this fine finish. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Let's Go! Free Four All

I've been playing with my GO! Fabric Cutter. Have I told you that I love my Go! First I cut strips, 1 1/2", 2 1/2" with my strip cutters. From a 5" strip I used my  4 1/2" square die to cut squares. I'm planning another Free Four All quilt. It's going so much faster with my Go.
 I sewed my 1 1/2" strips together in sets of two.
Then turned my strip sets 90* on my Go and made little 2 patches. Hoping today to turn them into four patches. 
And a little FYI I had a lovely chat with Becky from Patchwork Posse. If you would like to listen you can find it here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm thrilled to be the guest designer for International Association of Quiltersthis month. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Becky, the founder was a neighbor. Well almost she lives about 10 minutes away in the town I went to high school in, small world. As a guest designer in July I felt it fitting to do something patriotic. I also wanted to do something quick and easy. Summer somehow seems busy rather than lazy to me, lots of parties, bbq, gardening, vacations, family and fun. I find it harder to get a little sewing time in but still want to have a finish once in awhile. So this little runner was my solution.
 It fits nicely on my table and looks festive with flowers from my garden. You can find the pattern and join this fun online group here. In addition to my pattern you will find sew alongs, tutorials, exchanges, and lots of other creative quilters.
My raspberries are here in the garden and they are prolific this year. These raspberry plants have a story. When we first moved in we had a neighbor that was not so friendly. The kind of neighbor they make movies about, like Monster House. These raspberry plants came from their house. They spread through the fence. At first we only got a few raspberries. But I used this as a teaching experience for my kids, to let them know there is good in everything. That although are neighbor was not nice we did get yummy raspberries from him. The neighbor is gone and the sweet treat remains. This weekend I made a bunch of jam from those sweet treats. 
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward during your  busy summer. Link up and share.