Monday, October 30, 2017

Moving It Forward

Christmas will be here before we know it and it's always fun to have a Christmas throw to snuggle under. I think it helps make all those Christmas dreams come true.  Moda has this cute new line coming out. It was premiered at market this last weekend. It is called Vintage Holiday by Bonnie and Camille. I love how bright and happy it is.  This perfect combination of cute fabric, approaching holidays and needing a good snuggling quilt I got busy and cut one out. 
Then I had fun chaining the pieces through my machine. 
Hope to show more progress on my new Christmas quilt next week. For now it's your turn. What fun things are you moving forward?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Finishes

You may remember back in September I had a cute group of 12-13 year old girls come and sew with me. They wanted to do a service project and thought making a Quilty Hug would be fun. It was a delightful evening and they created this cute little quilt. Each girl sewed a row. 
Because I didn't have enough machines to have all the girls sewing at one time I had grabbed a giant scrap bin and my Go! Cutter. When the girls were not sewing they were busy pressing and running scraps through the Go! This scrappy quilt is the result of all that cutting.
 On Wednesday they will have their Young Women in Excellence night. I really wanted to have the quilts they helped with ready for them to display before I gave them away. So happy I was able to squeeze out enough time to get them quilted and bound. Now they will be able to share with their parents what they were able to learn and do and see in what a great job they did.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Your Favorite Pre-Cut?

For someone who is not fond of cutting, pre-cuts are a godsend. I love that I get a bit of every fabric in a line without having to buy yardage of each pretty fabric. I don't mind when I have leftovers. As a scrap quilter they make wonderful additions to a scrap bin. 
Even before pre-cuts were bin I loved the Nickel Quilt books. My guild did a nickel exchange and then we all made quilts from these books. It was a lot of fun. Having the books makes for great eye candy and is a great way to use leftover charm squares.
Nickel Quilts
Big Book of Nickel Quilts
 Making Majestic Mountain blocks from layer cakes squares is one of my favorite things to do with a layer cake. This little quilt is one I did just that with. 
A Little High A Little Low
This was another play on the majestic mountain block I did with a layer cake.
Jellyrolls are also fun and there are so many possibilities.  Here are just a few.
Bloomin' Peaks
Pharaoh's Pyramids 

 What is your favorite pre-cut. What do you like to make with it? Or do you like to just collect them? Craftys has a great selection of pre-cuts just in case you want to stock up.Craftsy Logo

Monday, October 23, 2017

Moving It Forward

Lots of sewing going on but not a lot I can share. I did get my pile of quilts basted from last week. I'm slowly working my way through the quilting of that stack.  I'm hoping to have the ones the young women made quilted and bond by the 1st of November. You can see their quilts here and here. This is a special night for them to celebrate the good things they are doing, new skills they have learned, and the goals they have accomplished through the year. 
 In addition to quilting my pile I've been making another man quilt. Here is a little sneak peek. I'm calling it Rhythm and Blues.
Now the fun part of this post. What you've been up to. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Link up and share so we can celebrate with you.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Moving It Forward

Tuesdays are my day for basting quilts. The last few Tuesdays I've had other obligations. Over that time this pile of tops, backs and batting have been growing. Thankfully tomorrow I'll be able to meet with friends and get this pile moved a step closer to completion. Good thing I have a lot of safety pins. 
Anna and I had a very successful day at the farmer's market. Our soap shelves are in need of replenishing. We sold out of Lemon Poppyseed and only have a few bars of Cedar/Vanilla, Lavender/Sage, Groovy Love, Pumpkin Spice, Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe and Good Morning. 
So what's a girl to do? Make lots of soap. I started with the Lemon Poppyseed. I do love the clean lemony scent of this bar.
Next I made Eucalyptus Mint w/ Aloe. This is Anna's favorite. She sings it's praises which sells a lot of it. Not only that we recently got this great review for this bar on our Etsy shop
sltillis1 on Oct 5, 2017
5 out of 5 stars
I love them all, but the eucalyp/mint w/aloe bar is incredible!
 Our Spiced Cider Bar is now ready and in the Shop. I was hoping to get a few more batches done before we left for Portland. Sadly I ran out of time. So many fun and wonderful things to fill my days and so little time in which to accomplish them. I definitely need more hours in my days.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving forward? Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bits of Love

I'm always looking for an excuse to dive into my bits bin. Seeing these hearts on Sarah's instagram feed was all the excuse I needed. I dumped my bits bin in a laundry basket. This lets me see more bits at one time and keeps them contained as I rummage around looking for the perfect bit.
 I made strip sets that were about the same size then added background to three of the corners, sewed them into hearts. Before I knew it I had nine wonky hearts. I sewed those into sets of three grouping them by similar width. Added a little background to the top or bottom of each set to stagger the hearts and make each set the same size. 
 I added a strip between. If I were to do it over I would have only added strips on either side and made the hearts closer in the center. I didn't take into account how they would curve around the pillow form. Oh well live and learn.
Sweet Dreams
I would love to make throw pillows like this for my couch. But I have a naughty doggy that eats pillows and makes it look like it snowed in my house no matter what time of year it is. That naughty dog is not allowed in the bedrooms.  Plus it makes a lovely addition to my scrap happy bed. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

House Warming

 Like many of you I enjoy decorating with quilts. The season I have the most quilts to hang about my home is fall. I wonder if that has anything to do with the dropping temperatures? My friend. Suzy's hubby once asked her if she thought their house was cold? 'No why?' she replied. 'Because you keep putting quilts on the walls' was his response.
Blowin' in the Wind
Like Suzy I put lots of quilts on the walls in the fall. Most of them I have had for years. 
Scrappy Apples
They bring back happy memories. The apple quilt was an exchange with friends. The other two were some of my first patterns. It's fun to see how my style has changed and how I've improved.
Indian Summer
Do you warm your house in the fall? What are some of your favorite quilts to decorate with? I'd love to see them. You can leave a comment or if you like I've created a linky that I'll leave up for the week so you can share pictures that way. Looking forward to how you warm your house.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Moving It Forward

 The scrappy log cabin is growing slowly but I'm loving the results.
Here are the finished blocks
And here is a stack in progress. Slowly growing round by round. Barely making a dent in all those scrappy strips.
How's your progress coming. I'd love to see. Hope it's moving faster than min.
Link up and share.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Picture Perfect

My sister, Becky, called the other day to see if I could help her out. Apparently I'm the go to sister when something needs to be sewn. While all my sisters are quite talented we all have different strengths. Julie is good at art and design. Lori is who you call for yummy food. And Becky is a go to photographer. I'm always happy to help. That's what sister's are for, right?   And I've learned my efforts are always rewarded. My sewing to help Julie with her fabric lines not only got me an in at Moda but landed my quilt on the cover of McCall's Magazine. So what did Becky need? 
 She was looking for a cute way to package your photos for clients. She has been using a box. But she told me that was expensive to ship.  She had seen linen envelopes on Etsy.  The problem was all the shops where outside the U.S. so shipping was once again a problem. Did I think I could make her a few. She had done some research. She had priced fabric and had sites for me to purchase linen. She was thinking big. She is sure I can sell them in my Etsy shop. She just knows they will sell. She may be right but I told her for now I'd just make them for her. So I delved into my stash and made a few for her. I hope she likes them. My daughter, also a photographer thought they were pretty cool.
In addition to sewing for my sister I've been packaging soap for this weekend's farmer's market. So happy the weather is going to be good. I about froze last time. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Little Healing Sewing with a Tutorial

Our family's lives have been turned upside down recently. I share more of that later. This upheaval caused me to debate whether I should have my Quilty Hug Sew in. When it came down to it I decided I'd be happier sewing with friends than sitting on my pity pot. So yesterday morning my friends arrived, sewing machines hummed, pretty blocks were made and my spirits were lifted.  
 I remembered several people asked about this block from our last sew in. I thought I'd share how easy it is to make.
You will need 2- 2 1/2" background squares, 2- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles, and 1- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" print rectangle. 
Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 2 1/2" background squares. Place a square on one end of your 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" print rectangle and sew on the line.
Repeat the process on the other side of your print rectangle.
Trim your seam allowance and press. Then sew this unit between the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles. 
 See easy, peasy.  Make a bunch being careful to make sure you sew the diagonal line the same way each time. Then you can lay them out like this or experiment.  They make a fun little quilt.
Now for the upset in my families lives. Last Wednesday my husband's Uncle Doug passed away. Then on Friday his Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob was a famous jazz pianist.  He played with Nat King Cole and for Judy Garland. He even used to play in the Playboy mansion for Hugh. Maybe they are having a jam session in heaven now. Our family loved hearing all his stories. Here is a little video of him of few years ago.

If that was not enough on Friday my sweet mother in law passed away after a rough four years battling lewy body dementia. 
While this is a lot to take in over such a short period of time. We know they are in a better place and we are thankful they are not suffering anymore. I like to think they are missing us but so happy to be with those who've gone before.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Moving It Forward

You may remember I had a lovely bunch of 12 and 13 year old girls over the other night and they made this cute little quilt. I didn't have enough sewing machines to keep all the girls busy. So I grabbed a big scrap bin, the ironing board and my Accuquilt Go.  I chose two dies for them to use. First the 3" hst die and the 4 3/4" square on point. They had a ton of fun; picking scraps pressing them and running them through the Go.  I was able to make these pretty square in a square blocks from all their cutting.  
 I thought of putting them all together. I ran into two problems with that. I didn't have enough blocks for a full quilt.  And It was pretty busy. I found a pretty honeydew green in my stash and used it for an alternate block. It calmed things down and allowed the blocks to shine.
Just as I finished sewing the last row on my mind was milling over a new project. This pretty jelly roll of Momma's Cottage caught my eye. Doesn't it look so yummy there on the newly made flimsy?  Time to dig in.
Now it's your turn. What have you been digging into this week.  Looking forward to seeing your yummy projects.