Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Drawing Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration for your quilts? I know a lot of people find it in nature or architecture. 
Scrappy half squares
 While I have found inspiration in these places. My favorite place to find quilting inspiration is from the past.

Jacob's Ladder
Antique quilts speak to me. I love to draw on their tried and true patterns.
Majestic Mountains
 To see how those from the past have used patterns, fabrics, and color to make their own design.
Nine patch with stars
Then draw from their example, change up placement, color and value to make my own interpretation.
Railroad Crossing
Honoring those who came before while moving the art of quilting forward.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Moving It Forward

I've doubled my pineapple block population. It's a slow process and I don't know how much of a dent it is putting in my bin. But they make me oh so happy! 
 Coming home from our little spontaneous get away found me with lots of fresh produce; peaches, tomatoes, and zucchini.  My hubby was suppose to check on the zucchini while I was gone. I didn't want to end up with boat sized zucchini. He forgot and I had four boat sized zucchini. One became bread, two when to my youngest son, (thank goodness it's his favorite veggie) and one sadly went in the compost. When my boys were little and this happened I would let them carve them into boats and float them in the wading pool.
 The tomatoes became salsa and the peaches are canned and ready for yummy winter eating.
Now I'm ready to put up my feet and enjoy your progress. Link up and share what you've moved forward this week.

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Mini Zippy Wallets

Last week I showed your the little mini zippy wallet I made for my daughter. As I mentioned I had a laundry basked full of scraps. I started pulling bits from it thinking oh this will be cute, and this will be cute. Before I knew it I had seven mini zippy wallets made. I think they will make fun little gifts. 
I was glad for a couple of cooler days after getting back with my daughter. We had so much success at the market I needed to make several batches of soap. First I replenished my supply of Lemon Poppy Seed.

Made mini bars of Eucalyptus Mint with Aloe and Blemish Buster, my daughter's favorites so she sells a lot of them.
Today I'm hoping to make a new fall soap, Spiced Cider. I should have made it sooner. I was thinking September was the beginning of fall but we sold several Pumpkin Spice at the market.

 Fall must be in the air.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Growing up my dad was in land development. Summers for him were really busy. As a family we never had an extended summer vacation. Instead we always went on our family vacation between Christmas and New Years. That doesn't mean we never got away during the summer. If my dad could swing it we would get away for a quick get away. He would call my mom from the office and say, 'pack the motor home.' My mom got to the point she told us to just put old clothes in the motor home so we would be ready when dad got the urge to go. 
Memory quilt of my family at Bear Lake
This last weekend I followed in my dad's footsteps. My daughter will be a senior in high school this year and school started yesterday. As one last who ha before summer ended and my daughter grows up completely I decided we would leave after selling soap at the farmer's market. 
We headed south to visit my parents. Luckily we were able to get tickets to Tuacahn Ampitheater.
 Where we enjoyed Newsies.
We also did a little last minute school shopping and swimming in my parents pool. So glad we could follow my dad's example and get away. Sorry it meant I missed Moving it Forward. I promise to have the link up next week and feature a little progress with these pretty fabrics new from Sherri and her daughter Chelsea, for Moda.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Zippy Mini Pouch

The other day I caught my DD looking at thread wallets. It so happens that earlier in the day I had seen these cute little zipper pouches on Instagram. They were so similar I thought we could save some money, she could get what she wanted, and I could have a little scrappy play. I let her go through my bits bin. She picked out some pretty pinks and grays. I sewed them up into this little zipper pouch.  
It holds her drivers license, student card, and a little cash. Plus has a little tab she can hook her keys through. She is thrilled.

I had so much fun making it. So when I found a cute little unicorn in my scrap bag I knew he needed to be part of a little zipper pouch. I added a few other scraps. and this cute little thing came to be.

Two under my belt and a laundry basket full of scraps the fun has just begun. What will I come up with next? Who knows but it's going to be fun.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pineapple Solution

 I got a little carried away cutting 1 1/2" strips when I made this project. Those extra strips have been sitting in a project box waiting for inspiration. Well, inspiration finally hit while shopping at Costco with my DD. How you ask? She asked if we could get a pineapple. For some reason it struck a chord with me and I thought, those scrappy strips would make a beautiful pineapple quilt.
I have made a pineapple quilt before so I had this cool ruler. It is the Possibilities Pineapple ruler. I found the book that goes with it but was unable to find the ruler. No worries Crazy Mom Quilts has a no ruler, no paper piece tutorial here. Just in case you get bit by the pineapple bug. It is contagious you know.
 These blocks take a bit of time. But they are so pretty.
 After taming the jungle my garden has become on Saturday I was able to squeeze in a little scrappy play. I now have four pineapple blocks.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last weeks scrappy stars now have sashing and have moved on to the flimsy stage. I've used up the last of my bolt of batting. How does that happen? So for the moment this project is taking a little break.
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward? Can't wait to see. Link up and share.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Like the Shoemaker's Elves

Do you remember the story of the Shoemaker's Elves? The shoemaker would set out the supplies for a new pair of shoes and go to bed. In the morning to his surprise a new pair of shoes would be there. Like this lucky shoemaker I have some pretty special elves. Let me tell you about them. A few months ago I received a bunch of tops from the shop that got me started in this wonderful quilting business.
 After seeing my post about these tops my neighbor across the street called me to say she thought she had fabric that would work as backing for several of them. So I walked across the street with my pile of quilts and was able to find several backs. Then at our next Quilting Hug Sew in Ruth told me that our mutual friend, Vivian had gifted her a roll of polyester batting to quilt our hugs with. Did I have any ready to go. I gave her this top and the gifted back.
She took it and did a beautiful job quilting it. While Ruth was busy quilting away I got a binding ready. So Sherri could bind it. And the next thing I know I have a completed quilt. So thankful for all my elves.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Always an Adventure

My scrap bin never fails me. I now have a quilts worth of scrappy stars. Oh they make me happy. Now to figure out the sashing. 
Yesterday I set out early and with a little help from friends I was able to baste a couple quilts. Then I headed off to see my grandma and enjoy a lovely visit with her. What a blessing to get to hear her stories. She told of her mother carding wool and using it to put between the layers of her quilts. My great grandma was an amazing quilter. Lucky me I have a few of her quilts. She said they wasted nothing. During the summer they even pick off the wool that got stuck on fences and sagebrush at their homestead in Lyman Wyoming. Then in the winter great grandma would card the wool and grandma then 7 would help her by placing it in a nice stack. 
Last week my adventuring son, Alex came for a visit. We met up with my parents for lunch after a visit to REI. 
Alex was planning an excursion to Glacier National Park and needed a few supplies. Before leaving on his my living room looked like a campground. He had a wonderful time. Came back safe, always a relief to his mother, and with great pictures. I now have a can of bear spray.  Airlines frown on bringing that in your carry on luggage. A blessing I guess since he didn't have to use it.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Moving It Forward

You may have seen on Instagram that I've started a new scrap project. I had a lot of fun looking through my scrap bins. So many happy memories there. 
 After pulling what I needed I cut my pieces and started chain sewing. 
And before too long I had these cute little stars on point. 
Are you ready to share your progress? I can't wait to see what you've been up to. Link up and let us see.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Plan B Half Squared

A couple of months ago I pulled out my orphan bin ready to make another Plan B quilt. There were a ton of half square triangles in there so I started by pulling them all out.
 Next I grouped them and sewed them together. It was a ton of fun. There are just so many possibilities when you are playing with hsts.
 Then I added a few orphan blocks. My favorite is this 3D fish. I added a few strips here and there to make everything fit together. After sandwiching and basting I quilted with an all over stipple
Finally I added a fun, scrappy, blue and green binding to complete my Plan B Half Squared Quilt.
I'm thrilled all these orphans play so nicely together in their new home. Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia to celebrate.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Story and Good News

Sunday I was given the opportunity to share about Quilty Hugs. Yesterday we had our monthly sew in. I thought while I showed pictures of our progress you might also like to know the story of how Quilty Hugs came to be. 
 Some of you may know I have an auto immune disease. Well about 10 years ago while trying to get it under control I ended up in a chemo lab. While I sat there feeling sorry for myself in walked the most amazing woman, Ginger. She was also there for treatment but, instead of being on the pity pot like me, she came singing and handing out prizes. Over the course of my treatment I came to know Ginger. I was inspired by her positive outlook and desire to make things better.
 So when a few month later at the Utah Quilt Guild annual meeting when asked on a survey what charity I felt they should choose for the upcoming year I chose Ginger's Happy Chemo. Imagine my surprise when two months later the Utah Quilt Guild president, Crystal called me. She told me they had chosen Happy Chemo and wanted me to be in charge. I couldn't say no, even though I felt way in over my head. I set up sew in at many area quilt shops, made a quiltometer to show how many quilts had been donated, and wrote articles for the Beeline, Utah Quilt Guild's newsletter. At the end of the year we had donated hundreds of quilts that went into Boxes of Love along with product samples and information for cancer patients. Technically my time to be in charge was over. The Guild would pick a new charity for the new year, but I couldn't quit.
 Thankfully not long after the Guild chose a new charity, Sarah started her Hands2Help project.  And quilts continued to be donated for cancer patients. I had a little scare last year durring Hands2Help when Ginger's cancer returned and was diagnosed at stage 4. In addition to this devastating news she was also facing many personal problems. She had to let a few things go and sadly the Boxes of Love was one of them. I knew I had over a hundred quilts on there way from generous quilters thanks to Sarah. So Ginger helped me find other foundations that could help me get these quilts to cancer patients. I had to come up with a new name since Happy Chemo was Ginger's brain child so Quilty Hugs was born. I'm ever so thankful to those that give their time and talents to bring comfort to cancer patients.
Now for the good news. Yesterday Ginger went in for a scan and they found no, zero, nada metabolic activity. Meaning they could find no cancer. YEAH!!!! So amazing. I'm so happy for her. She has been an amazing and inspiring friend. She does so much good and my life is better thanks to her. So grateful for miracles.