Monday, December 31, 2018

Moving Forward and Tutorial

Are you ready to ring in the new year?  I'm planning big things for 2019.  I hope to have many scrappy tutorials to share.  I hope you will find them informative and helpful.  Even though it's a day early I thought it would be fun to share this tutorial.

Before Christmas you might remember I was working on some scrappy log cabin blocks.  Because I was running out of longer strips I had to come up with an alternate plan.  Cute scrappy star blocks became my solution.
 I thought it would be fun to share a little tutorial on each block and finally the quilt.  First start with a square and strip. Sew together.
 Continue sewing strips around the square.
 Then go around again.
Continue unit you have a square that is more than 10 1/2" square.  Square up your block to 10 1/2" This is your log cabin block.
 For the star center sew a strip onto one side of a square.
 On the adjacent side sew another strip.
 Continue back and forth sewing strips onto these two sides 
 Until you can square it up to 5 1/2"
Cut a 3" strip of background and star point fabric (I know these are 2 1/2" but I have a plan for them and I used up my 3" strips.)
 Using a half square or flying geese ruler cut 8 half square triangles from your star point fabric.
 From background strip cut 4- 3" squares and using a quarter square or flying geese ruler cut 4- quarter square triangles.
 These are the pieces you will need for the star block
 Sew a half square star triangle to one side of the quarter square background.
 Press open and sew another half square star triangle to the other side of the quarter square background.
 press open to create flying geese unit.  (Make 4 of these)
 Layout the flying geese units with the quarter log cabin center and 2 1/2" background squares to create star.  Sew together.
Cut 25- 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing strips
Cut 7- 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips
Sew these end to end and sub cut into 6- 2 1/2" x 50 1/2" strips
Sew the 10 1/2" x 2 1/2" sashing strip between blocks so you have 5 rows with 4 blocks in each row.
Sew the 50 1/2" strips between your rows and to the top and bottom of your quilt.
The result will be a 50" x 62" quilt.  This is mine.  If you make one I'd love to see.  

 And as promised it's time for Moving it Forward.  Now that Christmas is over we should have no secrets.(Right, wink wink)  Can't wait to see what you're moving forward.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Patchwork Puppy

I have a cute little autistic friend.  She loves stuffed animals.  She literally has hundreds of them, but is always on the lookout for more.  
 So for Christmas I made here this cute little patchwork puppy.  You can find the tutorial here. I used 2 1/2" squares instead of 2 1/4.  I have lots of those pre cut.
He is a fun little guy to make.  I think a whole quilt of these guys would be fun.  What do you think?

Now for the winner of last weeks giveaway.  Sorry it took me a little time to make sure everyone got all their chances.  Thank you to everyone who played along and especially those who followed me on Instagram.   The lucky winner is  Barbara Woods.  Congratulations!  Once I get your snail mail I'll get your prize in the mail.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Tomorrow is Christmas.  I wish you all the best!  May this blessed day find you with family and friends.  I hope you feel the love of our Savior.  That you take time to reflect on the reason for the season.  

Enjoy a snuggle under a Christmas quilt.  Enjoy a little break.  Move it Forward will be back next week.
We've started our Christmas puzzle a little early this year.  My sister, Lori gave us this insane Dr. Seuss at the family Christmas party. The pieces are all different sizes.  There is even a cat in the hat piece.  While very fun I'm spending way to much time putting it together. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Anvil Finish and Giveaway

As the mother of three boys I'm always on the lookout for fabric lines that will make a great man quilt.  Metropolis by BasicGrey for Moda fit the bill.  You can find this and other great Moda lines at the Fat Quarter Shop.So I went to work to design another quilt for my boys.  
16 sets of 2 matching 10" squares, background and the red for a splash of color and this modern man quilt was the result.
 I quilted it with cascading lines going across the blocks diagonally through the quilt.
 I'm happy to share this quilt in the latest Pre-Cut Patchwork magazine. This fabulous magazine has 12 other pre cut projects to add to your bucket list.   I have one to giveaway to one lucky reader.
Leave a comment for a chance to win.  Follow me on instagram for another chance.  I'll pick a winner next week.  Good luck!  And enjoy your last weekend before Christmas.  Hope you are enjoying family and friends and not stressing with last minute prep.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Moving It Forward

You may remember a few weeks ago I showed some wonky log cabin blocks.  Well, after making just over a dozen blocks I realized that I was running low on longer strips and I would not be able to make all the blocks I needed to make this a good throw size quilt for Quilty Hugs.  So I needed to come up an alternate plan.  
I found if I made smaller free form pieced blocks with my smaller pieces I could turn them into stars and add a fun element to my quilt.  I'm toying with the idea of sashing between my blocks.  We'll see once I get more blocks done.

That's what I've been been moving forward.  Now it's your turn.  Link up and let us see what is happening in your sewing room this week  before Christmas.  Wow!  That went fast.  Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ripping My Heart Out

I've had way too much fun playing in my scrap bins this week.  Lovin' every minute of it.  There is just something so relaxing to me when the scrap fly.Not to mentions fulfilling as things start to grow on my design wall.  I had this mostly assembled when I decided I didn't like the heart in the bottom center.
The different fabrics just mushed together.  So my seam ripper and I got busy, rip, rip, ripping.  Then I started to audition fabrics. 
 I liked this one but worried that I might not have enough.  Didn't want to get mostly done and run out.  I'd had enough time with the seam ripper.
 Then there was this one.
 But I finally settled on this one.
 Now that's more like it.  Definitely worth the time spent with the ripper.  Now to baste and get her quilted.  Hopefully I'll be able to hang it for Valentines.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Moving It Forward

In preparation for a class I will be teaching early next year, I pulled out my yellow, pink, red, blue and green scraps.  Don't you just love to work with bright happy colors in the gray of winter?  It sure makes me happy.  I made a few improvisational letters to spell out I HEART YOU. 
 Then I started making hearts.  Lots and lots of wonky hearts, Added a little love for good measure.
Now I just need to find a way to bring it all together.
What are you bringing together this Christmas time.  Are you busy with gift making or are you just sewing in bit of time to relieve stress?

 Link up and share what you can.  We'd love to see.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Mary's Garden

I have a cute niece who has always enjoyed sewing with me.  As a toddler she would gather up scraps in my sewing room and arrange them on my design wall.
 Each time she comes to visit the first thing she asks is if we can sew.  Isn't that wonderful?  Over the years we have made pillows and zipper pouches.  This year she is making pajamas for her brother and sisters.  She has become quite the little seamstress.
 In honor of her I designed this quilt.  I call it Mary's Garden.  I made it a few years back and have been asked several times for a pattern.  I've finally got around to doing it.  It was fun to revisit these scrappy blocks as I refreshed my memory of how I made them.
You can find the pattern here. Also check out the great flash sale at Fat Quarter Shop.  The Sno winter fat quarter bundle would make a fabulous winter quilt.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Moving It Forward

While waiting for more background fabric to arrive I've been making these log cabin blocks.  I love log cabin blocks.  I made my first quilt using them.  I think they are my go to whenever I have random scrappy strips.  
And I had a few scrappy strips from this scrappy pull inspired by this little scrap. Out of small and simple things proceedeth that which is great, or at least larger than it's parts.  
Not only am I getting the log cabin quilt.  I also had enough for the newest rendition of Mountain Retreat.  Which the background finally came for.  Making it possible to finish this top.
Also just a little FYI.  Did you know Craftsy is having a 12 Days of Craftsy with a different gift each day.  Make sure you check it out.  There may be something you or someone on your Christmas list may need. Also Accuquilt currently has $50 rebate on Go Big Cutters.  Just in case you've been really good and Santa owes you.
Now I'd love to see what you've been working on.  Share if you can.  I know it's Christmas time and many of us have secrets. Maybe a sneak peek will do.