Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Twist in my Mystery

The scraps continue to fly in my sewing room. I've finished all the blocks plus a few more to make it bigger in my mystery quilt.  As mentioned I didn't want to just slap a border on it as was suggested in the pattern. 
 I used these units to go around the edge of my quilt. I like the way they finish the pattern on the 16 patches and create diamonds where the pattern was beginning to repeat. I think it gives it a more finished feel.
I think it gives it a more finished feel. I'm about half way so I'm hoping today to finish this up and hopefully have a top soon. 

Fat Quarter Shop Basic of the Month Sale
Several people have commented on my background, both in class and here on my blog. It is Bella Solid 9900-100. It is one of my favorite solids to use as a background. I also like the buttery yellow of 9900-148 and any gray. Gray is a wonderful background in my opinion. Now is a great time to stock up as the Fat Quarter shop has them all 20% off.  Always good to stock up when there is a sale. I know I will and wanted to share the news in case you would like to. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Moving It Forward

It was snowy all weekend so I hulled up in my sewing room and let the scraps fly. I've decided to make my mystery scrap quilt a little bigger and for go the border. Do you think it will make it look weird? Just now an idea struck me that may fix that problem. I'll post it once I get it far enough along that you can see what I'm doing. I think explaining may be too difficult.
In addition to flying scraps I made some more orange ginger soap. I am almost out and it's been just over a month since the last batch was ready. It takes a month for it to cure. Since I've run out of blemish buster and it will be two weeks before the new batch is ready. I decided to make a double batch this time and fill both of my molds. Oh I love how this smells.  
Here are the coin stacks I showed last week. Looking forward to this reveal. For now just a little sneak peak.
Hope you have had a productive week. Link up and show us what your moving forward. Feel free to grab the button in the side bar. Thanks again Sarah.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Spare Change

I've had a recent love affair with strips and strings. This quilt may have been the beginning of that love affair. That and the fact that my strips and strings bins have been overflowing. This simple coin quilt is just jelly roll strips sewn together and then cut into coin strips. 
I then framed the strips and added background. It makes a quick and easy gift or charity quilt.  This quilt features the fabric line Mama's Cottage by April Rosenthal for Moda. I quilted with simple organic lines, vertical for the background and horizontal through the coin stacks.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Moving It Forward

My method of managing scraps is that when a bin gets full it's time to design a quilt around what's in the bin. I organize my scraps in bins by color, for scraps between the size of a fat quarter and charm square. Those smaller than a charm square go in a bits bin. I also have a bins with 1 1/2" strips, 2 1/2" strips and random widths. Well, my random widths bin can barely be contained by it's lid. So it's time to design a quilt using these strips. 
I by sewing those strips into stratas and then cutting them into little sets of coins. I have a couple of planes for these coin sets. But so far this is all the progress I have with this new project.
I'd love to see what you are moving forward. Are you tackling an unruly scrap bin? Is a new brain child forming in your head? Or are you making progress on an existing project. 

Grab my botton, fixed thanks to Sarah and link up and share. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


 A few months back I saw an antique quilt made with these cute pinwheel blocks. I wish I could remember where I saw it so I could show you.
Anyway, I feel in love with it. It inspired me to try it with the new line Wild Nectar for Moda by Crystal Manning. 
 I love the fun bright prints with the vivid solids.
It was a quick fun quilt to make. I've named it Whisp. You can find the pattern in the newest issue of Quilting Quickly.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bryce Winter Retreat

Last Tuesday I headed down to Bryce with my Aunt Valeen. She introduced me to this fun retreat a few years back. Her friend couldn't make it and she didn't want to make the long drive by herself. So lucky me! I took over her friend's classes. That is how I met Sherri. One of those classes was taught by her.
Last year I taught a few classes. And imagine my delight when several of the ladies in my Scrappy Dresden class brought their finished quilts for show and tell.  I love how each one made the quilt their own. It's one of my favorite things about teaching a class.
 This year I had this bunch of fun ladies in my Yarn Bomb Trees.
 Each lady took my pattern as a starting point and made it her own.
 Look at all these wonderful scrappy improvisational trees.
 We had so much fun whacking trees into background fabrics
 Then adding the scrappy stratas.
I hope next year I'll get to see all their completed quilts.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Moving It Forward

I had a wonderful time at Bryce last week. I just love spending time with quilters. It was so good to touch base with Melissa and Sherri again. It seems the only time I get see with these fun, kind and talented ladies is when we teach at the same retreat. 
Teaching went well.  I'll share more of that later this week. And the class I took from Bonnie was great. Did you know we are sisters? Well, not exactly. It's just that people mistake me for mother, Brenda's daughter at all the retreats. The fact that we have the same last name and everyone knows Brenda designs with her daughter throws them. Fortunately Brenda claims me. And now I've met my sister, Bonnie. 
The class was a mystery. My first. I've never had the confidence to cut into my fabrics for a quilt not knowing what I'd be making. The fact that this was scrappy, gave me the confidence I needed. I figured my scraps play nice and I'd be happy with whatever the results were.  I am! I was able to get almost half my blocks done. Above are the results. Thanks Bonnie for a great class.
Now it's your turn. Link up and share your progress. I'm looking forward to being inspired by all the great work you do.

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Little Scrappy Love

I've made several of these cute little scrappy heart wall hanging/table topper. I hang mine every year, but I've found they also make quick gifts. 
 I have a wonderfully handy friend. Well truth be told I have several. But this in particular friend made me these really cool towel racks for my bathroom. I bought the hardware. She had the wood and know how. I love how they look in my bathroom. This pathetic picture in no way does them justice. There just isn't enough  room or light to get a good picture.
I hope she will be as thrilled with my handwork as I am with hers. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've added the minis and all the centers. My scrappy Dresden is now a flimsy. Next step, figure out a back and how to quilt it.  I'll save that for another day. This week I'm off on a quilting adventure to Bryce; lots of friends, food and fun fabric all rolled together in a great quilting retreat.  I'm looking forward to teaching a couple of classes and also taking one, a scrap mystery. I've never done a mystery before. The fact that this one was scrappy made me brave enough to try. My scraps always play so nice together. I know whatever happens I'll like it.
Now it's your turn. What have you moved forward this week? Link up and let us see. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Meet Tropicalia

While trying to come up with a name for my newest finish, somehow scrappy pineapple fell short and fruit basket seemed over used for pineapple quilts. Yes, I like to be a little different. It's my subtle way of being rebellious. And though I seldom rebel in a way that would truly be considered naughty. I do have a bit of a rebel streak in me. You'll catch me most Fridays going to the gym in my slippers. I think slippers are the perfect rebel foot attire for the gym. It may be one of main reasons I love my yoga class.
 So when I came across the image of the Chiquita banana lady and her fabulous hat. That I found an add for to buy. There are also tutorials on how to make your own. I think I might need one. My daughter would die. She thinks my cowboy boots are bad enough. Anyway in one of those adds it was described as a Tropicalia fruit hat.  Tropicalia, isn't that a fun word to say? Kind of rolls of the tongue. Tropicalia, tropicalia, tropicalia see what I mean.
 Further research of this festive word revealed that it is a Brazilian artistic movement that started in the late 1960's. Further evidence that it was meant for my quilt as I was born in the late 1960's.  Tropicalia art is full of bright vivid colors. I love bright vivid colors and my quilt is full of them!
So without further ado I introduce you to Tropicalia, my newest quilt finish.