Monday, October 29, 2018

Moving It Forward

I've been doing a little free motion quilting, organic lines.  First I went up and down about a 1/4" from the seams.
 Then I went across the same way.
 It made these cute little framed squares.
I've cut the binding and will be having my quilting angel, Sheri, bind this Quilty Hug. That way I can get on to the next one in the pile. Thank goodness for quilting angels.

Now it's your turn.  What are you moving forward?  Link up and share your progress.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Over the Rainbow Flimsy

My low volume bricks are now all combined with my rainbow of bright solid bricks.  You can learn a little more about the process of this quilt here and here.
 The low volume bricks reminded me of clouds.  So I've decided to name this quilt over the rainbow.
It was a simple, fun quilt to make.  I love how bright and cheerful it is.  I'm thinking simple organic line quilting when I get that far.  For now it is joining my pile of flimsies.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Moving It Forward

I had a fun weekend with friends at my aunt's cabin sewing to our hearts content.  I made a ton for these bright happy stars.  Who doesn't love wonky maverick stars?  
 On the way to the cabin we enjoyed a little fabric acquisition.  Here is my little haul.  Can you tell I love brights?
Pathway to our little adventure.
 The fall colors were gorgeous.

Did you have a fun, productive weekend.  Link up and share what you've been moving forward.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Treasures at Sea

During one of my scrap sorting quests I pulled a bunch of blue and green scraps.  I used the Go Cutter to cut them into 5" and 2 1/2" squares.  I found a fun nautical themed background with anchors, stars, and navy badges.  I combined these with my Treasures pattern.  
 Ruthie took it over from there. She made all the squares, added the sashing and borders, then quilted it with star fish, sand dollars,
kelp, and sea horses.
Then I trimmed it up and got it bond.  Now this Treasure at Sea is ready to comfort and warm as a Quilty Hug.
Finally the winner of last weeks giveaway is Jan of From the Button Box.  Congratulations!!!  If you will send me your snail mail.  I'll get your magazine off to you.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dies to Die For

I was asked a while back what my favorite Dies are for my Accuquilt Go.  I'm finally getting around to answering that request.  If you know me you know I find cutting the necessary evil in quilting.  My Go cutter has made that evil process more manageable.   To say I love it may be an understatement.  
My favorite dies are probably my strip cutters.  I have the 2 1/2" (jelly roll) die and 1 1/2" die.  I use both of them a lot.  Not just to cut strips cut to sub-cut those strips into squares.  Like in Floating Boxes, 
and Fruition where I sub cut strip sets to make quick easy nine patches and sixteen patches. 

 I did the same thing with the 1 1/2" strip cutter for Gradation.
My next favorite dies are my half square triangles.  I have a 2 1/2" hst die that can cut up to 36 hsts in one fell swoop.  It's totally awesome!  I don't worry if my scrap doesn't fill the whole die.  I just load it up with scraps and crank out as many as I can.  It makes cutting out for Harvest Sky
and Whisp go so much faster.
 Finally I have a 12" cube.  With it I made Funfetti using the parallelogram.

 Cut out kits for my Modern Gems quilt class in less than a day.

 Made quick work of a bin of orange, yellow, blue and green scraps to make this quilt.  

It contains dies to make rail fences, flying geese, half square triangles, hour glass, and square in a square blocks.  Let me tell you it is wonderful!  The 8" cube is on my wish list.  My neighbor has the hexagon die that she lets me borrow.  It's a great way to cut out a grandmother's garden quilt.  One of the young women in our neighborhood broke her foot at the beginning of summer and we kept her and her mother from going crazy by supplying her with hexagons. She almost made a whole quilt.

Hope this helps you know what dies might be right for you.  So you can spend less time cutting and more time sewing.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Moving It Forward

I finished all my low volume made fabric pieces for they idea I had forming last week.  I pulled out a rainbow of bright solids to go with them.
 After cutting a bunch I started laying everything out on the design wall.  This is what I have so far.  I still have more low volume pieces.  I just need to cut a few more of my bright solids.
That's what I've been moving forward.  Now it's your turn to share your progress.  I'm looking forward to seeing what's developing in your sewing room.  Link up and share.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Play Ball

I'm so excited to share my Play Ball quilt with you.  I'm bummed that I forgot to get pictures before I sent it off to Fons and Porter.  I don't know what I was thinking. This is a layer cake friendly quilt.  It features Sandy Gervais' line Well Said for Moda
I would wait for the quilt but I wanted to give you a chance to pick up the magazine if you wanted to.  Since it is on shelves now.  I also have a copy for one lucky reader. 
Just leave me a comment and I'll pick a winner next week.  Good luck!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Moving It Forward

My bits bin is one of my favorite places to play.  All those itty bitty bits of fabric sing their siren song and I give in.
 Recently I've pulled a lot of it's bright happy bits to make Gradation, points for stars on Twinkle, and random bits for fun houses in It Takes a Village.
 This left a disproportionate number of low volume bits.  I've been pondering a use for them.  Slowly a vision has been coming together in my head.
So I pulled all the low volume bits out and began sewing them together to make fabric.  When I get a good size chunk I cut it into these cut rectangles.  I figure I'm almost half way for the plan that is forming in my head.
Now I want to see what you've been playing with in your sewing room.  How are you moving the ideas forming in your head forward.  Link up and share.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Use Your Words

I had so much fun last week teaching free form, improvisational letters in my Free Spirit Class at K&H Quilt Shoppe
I believe putting words into your quilts is a fun way to add some interest and pop. 
I didn't get any pictures taken during my class.  Yes, I'm a little bummed about that.   

 So I was so happy when Pam sent me a picture of what she had done.  Didn't she do a great job?
 This was such a fun class to teach.  I hope the other ladies will share their creations with me.
 If you would be interested in learning this method, I'd love to teach it at your guild or retreat.  Leave a comment or email me so we can work out the details.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Finding Good Homes

 I had a ton of fun at Quilt Fest.  
One of my favorite parts of Quilt Fest is the orphan block night.
 Members of the guild donate orphan blocks
 A few volunteers get the daunting task of sorting them into bundles for quilts. 
 I've had this job.  It's not for the faint of heart.
 Then quilters gather for a fun night of creating.
 Where lots of orphans find their way into some pretty great quilts.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Moving It Forward

Prior to hearing the news about my grandma I had spent the weekend in preparation for the next Quilty Hug Sew in.  Glad I did since it is tomorrow and last week didn't see a lot of time in the sewing room.  I got strips cut for another scrappy log cabin.  I do love a scrappy log cabin.
Next I got more triangles cut for the butterfly quilt.  It's looking like I have more than enough pink and purple triangles. It may become two quilts.
Finally I cut out triangles for a patriotic star quilt.  So glad I have my Go cutter.  It made quick work of all those strips and triangles.  Plus it's a safe way to cut fabric while you binge watch your favorite Netflix show.
Now let me see what you've been up to.  Link up and share your progress.