Monday, January 29, 2018

Moving it Forward

Not a lot of sewing happened last week. But in little snatches of time I was able to make a dozen more scrappy rail fence blocks. They are the perfect no brainer, stress reliever,  kind of sewing one needs from time to time. Seeing my little pile of blocks grow was an added bonus.
Now it's your turn to share. I hope you were able to find snatches of time, if not more, to move a few of your projects forward. Link up and let us see your progress.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Plan B Kind of Week

I was hoping to have my Scrappy Pineapple quilt finished and ready to share with you today. But to say that this week has not gone as planned might be a bit of an understatement.
At the beginning of the week my daughter's friend came to live with us. We have plenty of space but had to do a little rearrange to create a room for her.  Then 
My original Plan B quilt
Wednesday my sister called and needed me to watch her three year old. Always a delight, for someone whose babies have grown up. We had a wonderful day; play with play dough, doing puzzles, and making cookies.
Plan B Northwest
Then just as Thursday rolled, literally at about midnight. My daughter became ill and I spent the night trying to help her get comfortable. Finally about 10 in the morning she was able to sleep. I was so tired I did the same.
Plan B Circle Up
 Consquently the pineapple quilt is where it was at the beginning of the week; basted and waiting to be quilted.
Plan B Half Square
 Since it's been such a crazy week, I thought it fitting to share a parade of my plan b quilts. You can read about the story behind them here.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Moving It Forward

I decided to go with my plan of aqua for the mini dresdens. I had only been looking in my aqua scrap bin. After all this is a scrap quilt. But my heart was set on aqua so I branched out to my leftover pre cut bin and found a few layer cake and charm squares that would work. I now have my aqua dresdens.
I'm happy I stuck with the plan. I think they will be the perfect addition to the larger red dresdens. I need to get them sewn on the background and all the centers appliqued.
I've also started a new scrap project for Sarah's Scrumptious Scraps quilt along. My strips bins was full and overflowing so that is where my inspiration came. I look forward to sharing my creation with you in March along with a tutorial. 
Make sure you follow along on Sarah's blog. Lot of talented quilters will be sharing scrap quilts and tutorials so you can make your own.

And now it's your turn to share what your moving along. Link up and let us see your progress.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Float Party

I have spent many summer afternoons floating down a river in a tube. Many happy memories and a few fun stories have been a result of this lazy pastime. So when I saw Jen Kingwell's new line, Beach Road, for Moda floating leisurely in a patchwork tube came to mind. 
Because when I float a river I'm accompanied by some pretty awesome young women. (A perk of getting to work with the youth at my church.) I needed to make enough patchwork tubes for everyone.
All that fun wavy line quilting earlier in the week made for a great flowing river for all these tubes to float down.
 So nice to have this fun reminder of all those river runs. Can't wait to show those awesome young women. Maybe they will want to make one of there own. I'd love to help them with it.
 I found this fun piece in a bin. I thought it was just a solid blue piece of fabric when I pulled it out. Imagine my delight when I saw the sailboats appliqued on it with the mariner star. I don't know where it came from but it made a perfect back for my Float Party. And the wavy line quilting works perfectly with it also. I had to add a strip of fish fabric to make the back big enough but I love the results.
If you would like to join my young women in making this simple layer cake friendly quilt you can find the pattern here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've finished the background for my Scrappy Dresden, added all the large Dresdens. Now I'm pondering a color for the mini Dresdens. I was leaning toward aqua, but a peek in my aqua bin made me second guess that decision. Most were not wide enough for what I want to do. Those that were seemed darker than what I wanted. So I might have to rethink this. Maybe yellow.
While I mulling that over in my mind I'm having a little fun quilting some waving lines in my quilt featuring Jen Kingwell's latest line.I do love how it is looking.Some times the simplest quilting has the greatest impact.
It's Monday and you know what that means. A chance to share what you've been working on, and be inspired by what everyone else is moving along. Link up and share.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Into The Woods

One of the things I like to do when I design a quilt is to play with a single block. I see how it looks bigger or smaller. Maybe repeat an element in the block. It's fun for me to see how this effects the block. Then see if those blocks play well together or if there is a variation that will make a quilt in and of itself. I've done it with circles, majestic mountain blocks and Shoo fly blocks to name a few.
 When I saw Annie Brady's Big Sky line for Moda trees came to mind. Just a simple pine tree. I made it big. I made it small. Then I went for short and tall. After coming up with four different tree blocks I arranged them and came up with this design.
 Simple pine trees with various sized plain blocks to include all the fabrics in the line. I think it makes a great little boy quilt.
You can find the pattern in Annie's Time Friendly Quilts.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Moving it Forward

I've been slapping up my scrappy rail fence blocks onto the design wall. I chain the scrappy rails. When a rail is long enough I stitch it to a gray background and admire how cute it is. I'm a little crazy that way but I do love how well my scraps play together.
 The bits leftover from my scrappy pineapple have all been used and I am now diving into my bits bin. A good thing as it was overflowing. It seems to be the constant state of my scrap bins these days. Thanks to my Go and the 1 1/2" strip die I have many usable pieces in no time.
 I have decided to separate the different gray backgrounds until I get more done and decide how I want to arrange them. But I have to admit I'm losing steam on this project. I love it. Don't get me wrong. I just want to make something other than rail fence blocks.
 So to mix things up a bit I pulled out my Scrappy Dresden from the class I taught last year at Bryce. And made it a few more friends.
Yesterday my oldest headed back to Seattle. I miss him already. It was nice to have him home for the last few weeks. A little crazy but in a good way. With him gone and everyone back in school I'm hoping a little more sewing can get done and I'll be more regular with my posts.
 Now it's your turn. What fun, creative things have you been up to this new year? Link up and share.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Raised Beds

I hope everyone is staying warm. We haven't had a lot of snow. Just enough to give us a white Christmas. But I know some of you are getting blasted. This new quilt is to give you hope for spring. I call it Raised Beds
 It is a precut layer cake friendly pattern. Just one layer cake and a background and your set with this simple, beginner friendly quilt.
 I quilted the background with pebbles to give cobblestone look around my flower beds. It took forever, but I'm so pleased with the results.
This quilt features Crystal Manning's Painted Garden line by Moda. I love all the pretty, bright colors. They are perfect for fighting the winter blahs. Stay warm and enjoy those snow days, they make for great sewing days.