Friday, March 30, 2018

My First Mystery Quilt

I had fun in Bonnie's mystery class. It was my first time doing a mystery quilt. I don't know if I will do one again. This one appealed to me because it was just scraps and a background. I know that my scraps play nice together so I wasn't to afraid that I wouldn't like the quilt.
 Oh, and I do like this quilt. All those bright scraps and light green background say spring to me.

Hopefully the warm weather we've been enjoying the last couple of days will continue. That the snow we had earlier in the week is gone until next winter.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hugs and Inspiration

Like I mentioned Monday, Quilty Hugs have started to arrive at my home thanks to Sarah's H2H.  Here are the first three. I love them all but the chicken one is way fun. The binding fabric has fried eggs on it. That made me smile. Thank you Kathleen and Louise I know these quilts will being comfort and hope. Louise I apologize I've been unable to send you a thank you note. Someone at my house recycled the box that your wonderful quilt came in before I was able to get your return address off. Please know that your quilt arrived safe and is appreciated.
I thought if fitting that today, as I prepared this post, that the inspiration for this whole Quilty Hug's thing gave a TED talk. Now I knew this was in the works but today it is available on YouTube. I feel so blessed that Ginger came into my life. She has been an inspiration to me on so many levels. She is strong, kind and optimistic. Here is her TED talk. Prepare to be lifted and energized. She is truly amazing. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Moving It Forward

 It's been an exciting week. I always love this time of year; the rebirth of spring, and Sarah's H2H. The quilts have already started to roll in. I wanted to take pictures but the weather has not cooperated. It is currently snowing and has been flitting between snow and rain all weekend. Later this week we could hit 70*. Oh spring is a fickle girl. When that warmer, dryer weather hits I'll take pictures of some of the wonderful Quilty Hugs that have arrived. Thank you everyone for your generosity.
Spring also brings graduation and big plans for the future. I have two children graduating this spring; my Anna from high school and Josh from college. Last Thursday Anna and I attended an orientation at the college she will be attending. I can't believe my baby is at this stage in her life. She has become quite a wonderful young lady. I'm excited and happy for her, but a little sad for myself.  It's hard to say goodbye to this stage of my life. I know that she will still call and need me. I still do this with my mom. But it won't be the same and I'm a little worried about being lonely now that all my children are grown. Anyone else feel this way? How are you coping?
As I ponder these changes and avoid the weather I've been working my way through a pile of basted quilts. What have you been moving forward while you deal with the changes and challenges of your life? Are you like me? Does quilting bring peace and healing? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Lava Lamps or Beads

I've continued my wedge play this week. As I continue my love affair with my random strips bin. This bin is a bit like Mary Poppins's bag. Scrappy Log was pulled from this bin, along with Change for a Jelly Roll. 
 I'm still working on a name for this one. The shape the wedges make remind me of lava lamps. They also remind me of beads. I feel the quilt has a hippie/bohemian vibe. So maybe the name should have something to do with that.
 I'm thinking of doing some big stitch in the background area. I think it will add a nice dimension to the quilt. 
The hand work should give me time to figure out the right name.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Moving it Forward~ Wedges

A few weekends ago when Craftsy had free streaming of all their classes I took advantage of it. One of the classes I watched was Sarah Fielke's Big Techniques from Small Scraps. I'm a big fan of Sarah Fielke's work. I have several of her books. Watching her video was a treat and inspired me to play with my wedge rulers
 Since I'm still trying to thin out my strip bin I started by sewing strip sets together. Next I used Kay England's 22.5* ruler and cut a bunch of wedges.
 Now I'm playing with arrangement. I think I need a few more wedges. But oh I'm having fun.
Being Monday it's now your turn to share the fun you've been having in your sewing room. Link up and show us your progress.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Yo Yo Fun

Tuesday after basting my quilts I stopped at JoAnn's to pick up more background fabric for my uneven nine patch. I was unable to find an exact match for one of them. As a scrap quilter that doesn't bother me too much. It's close though it reads lighter than the other one. After completing the top I grabbed my yo yo maker and made a bunch of yo yos for the intersections.
 I might need to make one more. Not sure I'mm thrilled with the first on in the second row. It's a little to dark next to the background.
I had so much fun making yo yos I got on pintrest to spark my creativity. Here are a few of the fun projects I found.
Yo Yo Catapiller

Yo Yo clips
Pretty spring bouquet 
Yo Yo Owl
Check out Pintrest for more fun yo yo ideas.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Reveal and A Sneak Peek

I was thrilled when Ruthie brought her Bear Scraps quilt to bind on Tuesday. I love that she made my pattern her own by making the cutest little tree border.  This quilt is a great scrap buster and works well as a fabric exchange. Ruthie and her friends exchanged half square triangles. If you are not into 30's you could do batiks, civil war, brights, whatever floats your boat. 
 While Ruthie bond her quilt I basted this one featuring Well Said by Sandy Gervais. Just a sneak peek for now.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Moving It Forward

I was given the uneven nine patch ruler back when I participated in the Dresden and Double Wedding Ring Challenges.  It's been on my list since. This weekend at my retreat it made it to the top of the list. 
I had a charm pack full of bright prints and a couple of black prints I had thrown in a project box along with the ruler. I thought the ruler worked like the Double Wedding ring ruler but I was mistaken. So I will be adding yo yos where the blocks meet. I also need to get more of my black fabrics so I can finish this cute little baby quilt.
Now it's your turn. Grab the button from the side bar. Link up and share what you've been moving forward.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Flimsy and a Hug

In addition to all those lovely blocks this cute little top was finished. I cut it out way back here with my Accuquilt Go cutter. It through me when things didn't go together the way I had planned. I had thought that by sewing two of the units together and then sewing two of these together we would have a square block. It didn't. I finally realized that by cutting the die cut units I took a 1/2" out. Sometimes I wonder where my brain goes. Fortunately we found another way to lay it out. I think it turned out pretty cute.  I'm going to look through my stash and see if I can find a border fabric to make it a little bigger.
This simple four patch quilt, full of novelty prints, only needed a binding. Sue cut it between all the other pressing and cutting she was doing. Sherri got it sewn on. And before you know it we had a finished Quilty Hug.
This one will go to Primary Children's cancer unit.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sew In Sucess

Yesterday we had a wonderful Quilty Hug sew in. Marilyn made these little beauties left over from this quilt using Jen Kingwell's Beach Road. They will eventually become 16 patches that we will put with an alternate block.
 Ruth put these blocks together from the units she had made last time. I'm really excited to see how this quilt comes together.
 I finished making these blocks. The triangles in the shoo fly blocks are leftovers from my Portals quilt. They should make a great masculine quilt.
 Finally Shelly sewed 2 1/2" strips together that Sue cut and pressed into these units.
We are planning on making this quilt with them. 
After the sew in Ruth and I went in search of snow. And we found it. Yeah! I was finally able to christen my snowshoes in this.
It made for a beautiful hike.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Moving It Forward

I'm slowly making progress on my scrappy rail blocks.
 I've been feeding them through my machine as leaders and enders.
 I figure I'm just over half way. I have around 25 of each.  I need forty of each to get the size quilt I want to create.
 How that will come together is still evolving in my mind. Something that will involve a gradation of the grays from top to bottom I'm thinking.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Did you take advantage of Craftsy's free stream of videos? I sure did.  Were you able to get a little sewing in?
Link up and share what you were able to move forward. We would love to celebrate your progress, and be inspired by your work.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Hands 2 Help Quilty Hug

I am always so thankful to Sarah this time of year as she kicks off her Hands 2 Help. All the quilts I receive from you generous quilters helps me make it through the year of giving Quilty Hugs to cancer patients. There is no way I could do it with out her and you.
 So I was thrilled when she asked me to design a scrap friendly quilt tutorial.
 This is Change for a Jelly Roll. Another of the quilts I've designed through my recent love affair with my strips and stings bin. Watch for more. I have a few more in the works. You can find the tutorial for this one on Sarah's blog.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Let the Snow Fly

I enjoyed a lovely winter hike yesterday. Sadly there was not enough snow for me to try out my snowshoes. 
 Hopefully after this next storm I'll be able to put them to good use.  But today while the snow flies I'll be enjoying free streaming of classes on Craftsy and snuggling in my newly finished Scrappy Dresden Quilt.
Have a great weekend. Enjoy lots of creative time. And stay warm.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Scrappy Dresden Finish

Yesterday I finished quilting and binding my Scrappy Dresden quilt. I'm thrilled with the results.  
 So glad I did the extra digging in my stash for the aqua. I love the red and aqua plates on my scrappy black/gray background.
I'm even pleased with how the quilting turned out. It really isn't my strong point. Though I'm starting to feel more confident with it.
 I'm glad the weather cooperated for pictures. Another snow storm is forcasted. We go almost all winter without snow. Temperatures have abnormally warm all winter. Then just as spring is about to arrive we get dumped on. We had 6" last weekend and we are suppose to get another 8" this weekend.
I guess I'll get to use the snowshoes I got for Christmas after all.