Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What do I do With All this Scrap

You don't have to read this blog long to discover my love of scraps. 
 I love the tiniest bits. I even have a special home for them. I call it my bits bin. Delving into it is one of my greatest joys. Finding homes for those itty bitty pieces is so fulfilling.
 In addition to my bits bin I have bins of strips. I have three of these bins; one for 1 1/2" strips, one for 2 1/2" strips,
and one for random width strips. 
 Along with the bits bin and strips bins I have scrap bins sorted according to color; red, yellow, orange, navy, aqua, green, black/gray, purple/pink, and brown. These bins contain anything bigger than a charm square but smaller than a fat quarter.
 Whenever a bin gets so full the lid can no longer be put on I make a quilt using that bin.
For the next little while I thought it would be fun on Wednesdays to share quilts that have come from the various bins. Maybe share a little process on how they came to be. And maybe add a few more with tutorials along they way. Would this be helpful to you? What are your thoughts?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Moving it Forward

Happy Memorial Day to my USA readers. And a big thank you to all who serve to keep us safe. Over the weekend I quilted this patriotic Quilty Hug. I hope it finds a veteran to comfort.
 Also last week I spent way too much time playing on this fun little thing.  House cleaning, yard work and other more pressing projects got pushed aside.  Sometimes I'm just a naughty girl, but I can't say that I'm sorry. It was wicked fun and I just love the results.
Were you naughty this week? Did you let your responsibilities slide while you played? I'm sure you would never do that. (wink, wink) Link up and share what you moved forward. I'd love to see what my partners in crime have been up to.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Quilt Parade

I came home Wednesday from sales calls and visiting my grandma to find a lovely stack of boxes full of Quilty Hugs.  Here's a little parade of what was in side. First this fun modern quilt.
From Karen
 Then a wonderful scrappy quilt. Oh, how I love a scrap quilt.
From Barbara
 This sweet quilt with lovely turquoise and lavender not only looked good it smelt yummy.
From Erica
 And these three great quilts sure to bring comfort and love.
From Wilma
I also received this back from Fon's and Porter. You can read the story of this quilt here.  It features the fabric line Front Porch by A Quilting Life for Moda.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Moving It Forward

Because I have finished the top of my last leaders and enders quilt. I took time Saturday to cut out another. My Accuquilt Go made fast work of these hsts.  I'm looking forward to playing with these. Hsts have so many possibilities.
 In bits of time I've been adding to my birds and trees.  Not sure how big this will be or how it will come together. I just know it is a lot of fun to make these blocks.
Now it's your turn to share what you've been having fun creating. Can't wait to see your progress.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Cherry Pie Anyone?

As I mentioned last week, my family has a bakery. When my mom, aunts, and uncles started working at the bakery their first job was to make pies. I love pie. It is one of my favorite desserts. I may get that from my grandpa. He used to say, his two favorite kinds of pie were hot and cold. I have to agree those are my favorite also.
 When my mom, aunts, and uncles started working at the bakery their first job was to make pies. I never worked at the bakery, but my mom did teach me how to make pie. Now that my boys are grown and not around to eat it. I have to limit my pie making. Otherwise I would eat a whole pie. While that would be yummy, it would not be good for my waistline.
 So instead I designed this Cherry Pie quilt. I had fun making the pies and creating a fun lattice sashing. The new fabric line Badda Bing by Me and My Sister for Moda was the perfect choice for a Cherry Pie quilt. While this line is not currently available you can pre order it from the Fat Quarter Shop. Or find lots of other pretty fabrics to fill your stash.
While not quite as yummy, I would still consider it a comfort food. The bonus being no added calories. You can find the pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had a beautiful Mother's Day yesterday. I feel so blessed to be a mother. It brings me my greatest joys. I am also ever so grateful for my mom, my grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends who buoy me up, cheer me on, strengthen, love  and mother me. I am truly blessed.
In addition to celebrating Mother's Day, last Monday was my birthday. To celebrate I was treated to a relaxing day. I enjoyed an awesome message, a fun yoga class, and a little scrappy play. These cute little birds were the result. I'm looking forward to creating more along with a few other improv blocks.
Other progress this week included turning the heels in my socks. Oh this makes me excited. Can't wait for another pair of hand knit socks.
 I also can't wait to see what progress you have made this week. Link up and share what you're moving forward.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Just Desserts

Over 70 years ago my grandpa opened Topper Bakery. He had opened one before. It failed during the depression. He and my grandma lost everything. At that time he promised my grandmother he would never go into business for himself again. He struggled with odd jobs to support his family and pay back the debt he incurred. After struggling for many years the idea to start another bakery came. 
 When he let my grandma know, she got angry and told him he would have to do it all on his own. He found a building. Lined up supplies and got used equipment and displays. He had everything he needed except for baking scales. He was ready to open and still no baking scales. He was getting everything ready to open. Worried about how he was going to pull it off. When grandma walked into the bakery with scales.
 I've always loved this story. The fact that this bakery was and is a success. That my grandparents overcame their challenges. And especially that my grandma, in spite of her fear and all that she went through with the failed bakery still came through and helped my grandpa. Speaks to my heart and has always been an example to me.
 This quilt is designed in honor of my grandparents bakery. It is made up of pies and cakes. I call it Just Desserts. It features the fabric line Well Said by Sandy Gervais.
 I pieced the back with a lovely gray I found in my stash and some leftover from the front.
 It is quilted with organic lines in geometric shapes. I love the texture it adds to the quilt.
You can find this and all my patterns in my Etsy shop.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Moving It Forward

I started these scrappy rail blocks back in January. At least that is the first time I found them on my blog. They have been a project I've worked on off and on. I really have a hard time making the same block over and over again. My attention span can be a bit short.

The layout came to me over time. I had toyed with alternating the grays in stripes. I didn't care for that. One day the idea to gradually go from light to dark came. I'm pretty pleased with the result.  Now to get it basted and figure out quilting.
Now my favorite thing about Mondays, getting to see what you've been moving forward. 
Link up and let us see your progress. Big or little it's progress and that counts.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Finding Another Way

Back in November I used my Accuquilt Go to cut out this quilt.  It didn't quite turn out the way I had envisioned.  First I didn't take into account that the cut I made would result in my blocks not being square. I fixed that problem changing the pattern and lining up so that the long sides ran one way and the short sides another.  
 Next I realized that I had cut some of the blocks so they were a mirror of the others. This happened when I didn't put all the pieces didn't get turned so that the right side was facing up. I added those to the back. All in all I'm pretty pleased with this little quilt.
 Also this week at our Quilty Hug sew in I put together these blocks. All the fabric came from my scrap bin and I used the Go to cut the pieces. I sure do love that tool. Makes the necessary evil of cutting so much easier. My dear friend, Ruthie, pieced the blocks. I had fun arranging them. I wasn't quite sure how this would turn out.
I think that once again my scrap bin has produced a pretty great quilt. No wonder scrap quilts are my favorite.