Friday, September 29, 2017

Twinkle Twinkle

Sometimes I forget things. Take for example, the other day while talking to my son on the phone I was interrupted.  I lost my train of thought and asked him what we had been talking about. Apparently I had been telling him how young I had been feeling. That although my chronological age is increasing my mind and body are doing well. He found this little incident quite funny. 
The reason for making this quilt is similar.  I realized after agreeing to teach this quilt that I gave the original one away.  It seems in addition to being forgetful I am also an avid giver of quilts. 
Without a class display, I dove into my scrap bins to remedy this problem. Thankfully most of my patterns scrap friendly. Even the ones that I design around a certain fabric line. I quilted it simply with stars and swirls.  And bond it with a scrappy blue binding.
Now, barring anymore senior moments I'm ready for my Twinkle class. Plus when the class is over I'll have another great quilt available to share with someone in need of a Quilty Hug.
I guess senior moments and avid quilt giving is not all bad.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Please Use My Quilts

Last week I enjoyed seeing many beautiful show quality quilts. Quilts by Joe Cunningham, Susan Cleveland, and Barbara Olson, they were inspiring. The detail. The quilting. WOW!!! I was in awe at the amazing talent. And while these show stopping quilts impress me no end. For better or worse they are not the quilts I make. 
I have only enter a quilt in a show once. The only good thing the judges had to say about it was that I am good with color. And while their critique did not discourage me. I won't be entering anymore quilts in shows. I'm just not that kind of quilter. 

 I'm quick and dirty. Some of my friends, mostly those who don't quilt think I'm disparaging myself. I'm not. I know the quality of my work while wonderful to the novice would have the quilt police all over me. Good thing I can out run the quilt police.  Or at least avoid them. I'm the quilter that believes there are no rules in quilting only guidelines.
 My quilts are more utilitarian. I want them used. They go on picnics and to football games. I want them to become blakies and snugly, cuddly things. I want them used to swaddle babies. I want children to use them for walls in their tents and forts.
I want teenagers to huddle under them at campfires and movies.   
To be a place where newly weds make love and  toddlers crawl between sleepy parents.
 I want them to become thread bare and patched, full of memories, comfort and love.
Let those with far more patience than me make show quilts.  I'll take my imperfect, quick and dirty quilts and share them with those I love.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Moving It Forward

Scraps were flying in my Wonky Rose Garden Class. Oh and were they pretty scraps. I just love scraps! It was fun to watch the ladies share and trade scraps. I wished I had brought a few to trade. There were a few I really wanted to add to my collection. Not that I need more scraps. But they are a weakness of mine.
All that wonderful scrap trading created these beautiful roses. I hope I get to see all the lovely quilts when they are done.  There are definitely going to be some beautiful rose gardens.
When I wasn't busy with Quilt Fest I started a little free motion quilting on my Twinkle quilt.
Now it's your turn to share your progress.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quilt Fest 2017 Part 2

I was delighted when one of my former students brought this quilt from my Dazzled class, I taught earlier this year. She made her's bigger and used the scraps to make the lovely pieced border.
Then I was off to teach a wonderful bunch of ladies in my Modern Gems class yesterday. 
 I loved seeing what fabrics they had choose for to make this quilt. It's one of my favorite things about teaching. Seeing how each quilter makes the same quilt unique and their own.
 I was curious when I saw this neat tool, Quilt in a Day's Sew Straight.
 And pretty impressed when I saw it in action. It enables you to sew a straight line when sewing through squares without having to draw a line.
 Made making these snowball blocks go so much more quickly.  You can also do hst just by adjusting where you line things up. Pretty slick!
She also had this little travel iron.  Another lady in the class had used it after surgery for all her ironing. They both agreed it was a great iron.
So in addition to being able to teach these great ladies they taught me a couple of useful tips.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quilt Fest 2017

I had lunch today with Dorthy and the Wicked Witch of the West. My talented friends provided the entertainment last night and at lunch today at this years Quilt Fest. They sang Somewhere Over my Iron, and Follow the Fat Quarter Bin. Oh were they good!
In addition to their fun songs the quilt show was all red and white quilts.
 lots and lots 
 Of beautiful red and white quilts.
 The youth quilt show was pretty impressive too. 
 Some really gifted young quilters. I was amazed!
Tomorrow I'll share what we did in my class and a really cool new tool I learned about from one of my students.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Moving it Forward

I've slowly been working on another set of pineapple blocks. I would have had the linky up sooner but I wanted to finish squaring up these blocks to share.
Surprisingly I'm even making a little head way in my scrappy strips. I might even have to cut a few more before I'm done.
 Here are the pretty trimmings. Don't you just love pretty trimmings?
 And all my finished pineapple blocks together. I think I'm half way.
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward this fine Monday? Link up and share.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun with Budding Sewists

After a rough start this week has turned out pretty great. Having my mind at ease helped me to concentrate.  So I could bust out the rest of my Color Me Creative sewing accessories. I now have a new journal, (tutorial) zipper pouch, (tutorial) sewing mat, (tutorial) needle case, and pin cushion. I'm looking forward to using them at my next retreat in a few weeks.
Though Wednesday the pin cushion and sewing mat got a test drive. I had six, 12- 13 year old girls show up and help me sew another Quilty Hug. You may remember the pieces I had cut out Monday. Each girl sewed at least one row in this cute little quilt. Didn't they do a lovely job? 
In addition to helping me sew they brought me my favorite treats. Yum! It was such a fun night. I hope we will be able to do it again.
This weekend Anna and I will be at the farmer's market. I'm stocked with Pumpkin Spice for the cooling fall weather. I was a little late getting our Spiced Cider made. It will have to wait until next market.  Watch for it and all our other great skin loving soaps in our Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lost and Found

I've had a couple of really big scares the last couple of days. First, Monday evening I got a call from my oldest son, Alex's supervisor.  He wanted to know if I knew where my son was. Alex is my adventuring son. I have bear spray in my garage from his last adventure to Glacier National Park. And last summer he let me put tracker on his phone while he rode his motorcycle across the country. So if anything happened I'd know where to send help. So to have him missing was a little disconcerting. I knew he hadn't planned an adventure for last weekend but still. Fortunately he was only home sick and some how his supervisor had not got the message. 
 Monday I also left a message with a friend who had been taking a few of my quilts around to the various quilt guilds to show for classes I'd be teaching at Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest. So imagine my shock when I found out that she had given them to someone in my guild in July to return to me. I knew in my heart of hearts that they were safe and whoever had them had just been busy. Still, I had a hard time being rational and not worrying myself sick.
 I tried to do a little mindless sewing in prep for my class. But those irrational thoughts kept creeping in.  I sent out a group email to the ladies in my guild along with a post on our Facebook page. to see if anyone remembered who took my quilts so I could touch base with them. By the end of the day I had my quilts. 

I'm hoping nothing goes missing today. I don't think my nerves can handle it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Moving it Forward

I'm so excited! I used to work with the young women at my church. I now serve in another capacity. I've missed working with those amazing young ladies. Lucky me on Wednesday they will be coming to my home to make a Quilty Hug. They had told their current leader they wanted to do some kind of service. I told you they are amazing. Their leader asked if there was anything they could do to help with Quilty Hugs. At first I thought they could use my Go cutter along with my neighbors and iron and cut scraps into usable pieces. Then I realized that many of these girls know how to sew. So I cut out a simple quilt for them. 
I'm having them make this quilt. I figure there are no seams to match and if someone's seams are a little bigger we can adjust easily and have them feel they did a good job. 

In addition to cutting pieces I made a strata with my strips to continue my matching sewing accessories.  Should be able to show you the whole set soon. 
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward? Link up and share.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Solid Creativity

After seeing the great background fabric Sarah used for her table runners, ideas started churning in my head. I've been wanting to do a matched set of sewing accessories; journal, pin cushion, zipper pouch, needle case, etc. So after inquiring where Sarah got said background fabric. I made a purchase and started cutting solid strips to go with it.
I was hoping to show you a set but I got some kind of nasty bug and spent a day on the couch with Netflix. Fortunately the bug was short lived and yesterday I was able to make this little journal cover for a composition book with graph paper in. I found a few at Walmart and stocked up. I like to use them to sketch out blocks and quilt ideas.
Hoping to get a few more of my sewing accessories made today. I'll share my collection when I get them done.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Building Blocks

Yesterday was a first Tuesday so me and my angels got together for a little Quilty Hug sewing. I had four project boxes with pre-cut pieces in various stages of completeness. Shelly chose the scrappy log cabin and added a few more blocks.
 Marilyn wanted a little mindless sewing and chose these simple four patches.
 I chose these blocks. I would have got a lot more done if I hadn't spent so much time sewing without bobbin thread. GRRR!!!! I was chaining these cuties and did a whole run without bobbin thread. Will I ever learn.
Sue and Ruthie had other obligations and couldn't make it. I'm looking forward to next month I think with all these building blocks we should be able to put a couple of tops together.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I cut into my Front Porch fabric. Can I just say I love this fabric. Sheri and Chelsi have quite a talent. They haven't come up with a line yet that I don't just adore. After cutting it into rectangles and squares I started chaining said pieces through my machine. 
 A day of blissful chaining and I had these units.
What has your blissful sewing brought you this week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Floating Nine Patch

This floating nine patch quilt was a bit of a group effort. I cut the strips. (I probably cut enough for three or four quilts. Thankfully there are lots of quilt patterns that use 2 1/2" strips so they will find a home.) Then I made a few blocks. Shelly made the rest of the blocks at one of our Quilty Hugs sew ins. Marilyn took the blocks and sewed them together. Then I sandwiched, basted and quilted it.
 I quilted vertical lines spaced 1/4" on either side of the seam. I took the opportunity to practice a little geometric quilting through the larger strips between the vertical quilting lines. Good practice and I'm pretty pleased with the results. Did you know that Craftsy has all you can watch as a back to school special? Just in case you want to learn a little free motion quilting or anything else for that matter.
 I found a geometric brown that blended well with all the fabrics to bind it with. Happy to have another Quilty Hug that will work for a man. I feel I don't do enough of those. Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate.