2298546367091306 Em's Scrapbag: 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019

Moving It Forward

 While I've been working on my other projects I've been feeding these half square triangles through as leaders and enders. I've made enough progress I thought I'd share it. I cut all the triangles with my Accuquilt Go.  You can find my method for cutting scraps on the the Go here.  Little by little I've been assembling the half square triangle and then putting them into a square in a square block.  This antique quilt I saw on Pinterest was my inspiration.  
Also just a little FYI.  I've updated my tutorial page. Take a minute to check it out.  Hope you find a little inspiration there.  
Now let us see what progress you are making.  Looking forward to celebrating with you.  Link up and share. 
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Just Because Wonky Stars Make me Happy

I'm still getting lots of time sewing with my leg in the air.  If I don't keep it up it swells and I get cankles to the point that from my calf down is all the same size.  Not pretty nor does it feel good.  So I guess I'll just sit and sew.  
 I finished making enough scrappy, wonky stars for a quilt.  So I got those sewn together in this funky, fun quilt.  Don't these stars make you happy?  They do me, in the making and them just by themselves.
Adding this to my growing flimsy pile.  Looking forward to when I can baste and get this one quilted.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sunny Skies~ Moving it Forward

Thanks to my neighbor picking up the orange fabric for me.  I was able to get the rest of my blocks finished.  I love how happy they look together.  This Quilty Hug is sure to bring a little sunshine into someone's life.  
 Because it is so sunny and bright with the yellow and orange.  And all those pretty blues and greens remind me of summer.  I'm calling this one, Sunny Skies  Now to wait for my toe to heal so I can crawl around to get back and batting measured and cut.  So I can baste it and get it quilted.
That's my little bit of progress.  Now it's your turn to share what you've been moving forward.  Can't wait to celebrate your progress with you. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Lucky Pinnie

Happy St. Paddy's day this weekend.  I don't have any Irish in me, but my brother was born on the 17th.  I call him my leprechaun. Being born on St. Patrick's day with red hair, I'd say qualifies him.  So celebrating is a must.    
I made this cute little pincushion for the happy day.  The little necklace I made a while back with the 8-11 year old girls at my church.  We pressed leaves into clay.  If you receive my newsletter (sign up on the side bar) you received instructions to make this simple pinnie.  My newsletter arrives once a month with what's new, where I'm teaching, and a little bonus.  Sign up so you don't miss out. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


It has come to my attention that I put the wrong measurement on the squares for the bow ties.  I left my notes down in my sewing room so I went of my memory and that was wrong.  I apologize.  I thank Cathy for bringing it to my attention.  
I wanted to let everyone know as soon as possible.  The squares should be cut 2" not 2 1/2".  I hope I haven't caused too much grief.  That you will still trust my future instructions and continue to play along with the sew in.  Once again I am so sorry.

If you  have already made your bow tie blocks and don't want to bother making more in the correct size.  Then sew the bow ties into 2 rows of 8 and 2 rows of 10 and add to your quilt as instructed before.  Then add a 2 1/2" border.  I'll make instructions for both styles next month.  Once again I am so sorry.  I know I should not do instructions when I'm not feeling well (between my toe and the bad cold I received from my visit to instacare.) But I said I would post instructions on the second Friday and wanted to keep my word.  I apologize for the mess this has made and will do everything in my power to correct it.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Moving It Forward

I'm so thankful for all the pre cutting I've done in the past filling project boxes with projects.  I do this mostly so I'll be ready for each Quilty Hug sew in.  But it's been a blessing now that my mobility is limited.  Everything is cut and ready for my to just sit and sew.  I may have to do a lot of cutting once I've recovered to replenish my project boxes but for now I'm happily sewing.

These little nine patches were in one box.  I had started them.  They are now all sewn.  I then framed them in a happy yellow for the one with orange centers.  
I'm planning orange for the yellow centered ones.  This would have been done but,  I've misplaced the orange.  How does that happen.  I didn't think it was possible to lose BRIGHT ORANGE YARDAGE.  I've been using it in more than one project but somehow it is lost.  My neighbor took pity on me when I told her as she was borrowing my 1 1/2" strip die.  We each have a Go and share dies.  So while she was out she picked me up some more.  Now I'll be able to finish these cute little blocks and put them into a happy Quilty Hug.
I've also been focusing on turning a few of my free pieced quilts into 5" x 7" greeting cards.  
 Each card has a blank inside and one of my original free pieced quilts on the front.
 They are currently in my Etsy Shop, just in case you are looking for a fun, unique card to send.
 I did the same thing with 4" x 6" postcards.  A fun quilt post card without the work.  Send now.  Frame later.
What fun things are you moving forward?  Link up and let us see your progress.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 2

First off I want to share my happy news!  I've avoided surgery!  My toe is still aligned and healing well.  I won't be able to drive for another 4 weeks. I'm in a boot, it's keeping my toe safe.  So while I'm grounded I'll be sewing away.  

How is your medallion quilt coming along?  Are you ready for the next border?  Do you remember those cute little bow ties I showed recently on Moving it Forward?  Those are for your next border.  Aren't you excited? 
For each bow tie you will need 2- 2 " background squares, 2- 2" and 2- 1 1/2" squares from your bow tie fabric.  You will need 44 sets of these.
 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric on the 1 1/2" bow tie squares.
 Place in one corner of a 2" background square. Sew on the line you drew.

 Press back the bow tie square as shown.  I like to make sure it covers the square before I trim the seam allowance.  Trim seam allowance to 1/4".  Repeat with other 1 1/2"  bow tie square and 2" background square.
 Arrange bow tie as shown.
 Sew together
 Repeat with remaining 43 bow tie sets.  Then sew zig zag style into 2 rows of 10 and 2 rows of 12
Sew the set of 10 rows to the sides of your medallion quilt.  Then sew the set of 12 rows to the top and bottom of your quilt.

Sit back and enjoy the progress you've made on your medallion quilt.  Try to patiently wait until next month for the next border.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Moving It Forward

This last week I spent a lot of time with my feet up.  My toe seems to be doing well, but my foot is still quite swollen.  So up the feet go.  While they were up I tore the paper off my stars and kites quilt.  Doing that reminded me of why I don't like paper piecing.  It's messy and takes to long to tear all that paper.
My Quilty Hug Sew In is Tuesday so I cut a bunch of half square triangles with my AccuQuilt Go (you can see my process here.) Next I made up these blocks.  I like to have a sample so when someone chooses a project box they know what they will be making.  
It is a little tricky to sew with my foot up, but I have practice.  Three knee surgeries will do that.  I have a little garbage can I put a project box on then I put a quilt on top of that so it's soft and prop my leg up.  Where there's a will there's a way.  I definitely have the will.  So pretty or  not I've found a way.
Now it's your turn to share your progress.  What have you been moving forward?  Link up and let us see. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Feeling the Love

Tuesday morning while working on my last blog post, my hubby mentioned he needed to work on his abs.  Being the good wife I am, I got up to show him some yoga poses that help with ads.  Not thinking about the fact that I was wearing socks.  As I shifted poses from plank to three legged dog my foot slipped out from under me and I cam crashing down on my toe.
Crazy Love Blocks from my class
 After lying in a heap for a while hubby helped me up and I hobbled to a chair.  When I got up the courage to look at my big toe it was facing in the wrong direction.  A trip to instacare revealed it was broken, and I was referred to an orthopedist.  I was told I would most likely need surgery.  I was totally bummed. This couldn't have happened at a worse time.  I was teaching my Crazy Love quilt on Thursday and I was suppose to leave today with my middle son.  He has gotten a job in Omaha, and I was helping him move.  Since I would be of no help.  My son left on his own a day early so he would be able to spread out the travel.  Which turned out to be a good thing.  His Honda was not happy pulling the trailer and he had to go really slow.  So thankful we have relative in Cheyenne that let him spend the night, before heading on to Omaha. 
More Crazy Love Blocks from my class
 I called the quilt shop to let them know what had happened.  I still really wanted to teach, but couldn't drive.  They offered to come get me and take me home after.  I told them I have great neighbors and would find a ride there if they would please take me home.  In the mean time the orthopedist, who probably thought I was crazy.  Not only did I have the story of how I broke my toe but why I couldn't have surgery on Thursday because I was teaching a quilt class.
Angela's Yarn Bomb Trees Quilt
 He gave me the option of numbing my toe and then manipulating it to get the bone lined up and my toe pointing in the right direction.  He said he would check it in a week.  If it was still aligned I could avoid surgery.  No surgery sounded pretty good to me, though the manipulation did not.  I bit the bullet and let them numb my foot.  I didn't feel a thing!  My toe is facing the right way!  And with any luck I will avoid surgery. 
Fun binding detail on Angela's quilt
I taught my class yesterday.  It was a huge success!  Everyone was so understanding of me having to sit and them come to me for demos and questions.  Thanks to Angela (did you see her awesome Yarn Bomb Tree quilt from last month's class?  Don't you love her big stitch binding?)  who went around and took pictures for me.  
I feel so loved and blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life.  Who take time to help me out when I do something so dumb as yoga in socks.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I Need Your Help

At the beginning of this year I set a huge goal for my little business.  In many ways this goal seems so overwhelming.  I have no clue how I will ever accomplish it.  Why may you ask would I do this to myself.  I ask myself that.  I'm pretty happy with where my business is.  But I would really like a computerized long arm.  It takes me so long to get all the Quilty Hug tops that are so generously donated and made at my sew in on my trusty domestic machine.  I'm thinking a computerized long arm would really help with this.  But they are not cheap.  Hence the lofty goal.
 I'm working hard to create fun classes, useful tutorials, and new patterns.  I'm taking a class to help me learn how to grow my business. Last weeks class assignment was to assess the needs of your customers.  Here's were your help comes in.  As a quilter what do you look for in classes, and patterns?  Do you like pre-cut patterns, scrap patterns,etc.?  When taking a class what do you look for, method, project? 
 I appreciate your input.  I look forward to using it to serve you better.  I trust that as I put forth my best that good things will come back to me. 
That eventually I'll reach my goal and be able to give even more.  Thank you for helping me to do this.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Moving It Forward

This past week I had fun making these baby bow ties.  Each one will finish at 3".  Aren't they so cute?!
You may remember all those times I shared little piles of sparkly wonky stars.  Well I finally have enough for a quilt.  So I started throwing them up on the design wall along with sashing.  I need to cut more sashing but when all is said and done. I'll have eight rows of seven, in a cheerful, funky quilt.
Now that I've shared my play this week.  I want to see what you've been up to.  Link up and share your progress. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Play Ball comes Home

Back in October I posted about this quilt.  The sad thing was that I didn't have the quilt.  I had forgotten to take a picture before I sent it off to Fon's and Porter.  Well, it came home this last week.  YEA!!!  It brought back happy memories as I remember working on it last year while I was at Bryce.  Since I had just returned from another fun week at Bryce all those fun times were renewed for me.  Isn't it wonderful how that works?!

 I tried something new when I quilted it.  I had never done loopied loos but since the name of the quilt was Play Ball I thought they were a nice fit.  I worried that I could be somewhat consistent in their shape.  Miraculously I didn't do too bad.  I think this is a design I will revisit in the future.
This was a fun make.  It is layer cake friendly so not a lot of cutting.  A big bonus in my book.  I used a fat quarter of Well Said by Sandy Gervais. You can find it and other great fat quarters at the Fat Quarter Shop. The patter is in the September/October issue of Quilting Quickly.   If you can't find the issue you can download the pattern here.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Moving It Forward~ Stars and Kites tutorial

You may remember about a month ago I shared a quilt my guild is making.  I had forgotten to take a picture.  Fortunately, Brenda shared her picture with me.  Isn't it lovely.  I really like how Vivian used a black print to outline her kites and stars.  If you click on the picture you can see what a beautiful job Ruth did quilting it.
I had some interest in how this quilt is made.  So I thought I'd share.  To make your kite template, start with a 6 1/2" square piece of paper.  Measure 2 1/2" away from one corner both directions and make a mark.  In the opposite corner measure 1/4" in both directions and make a mark.  Connect the marks as shown.  This creates your template.
 Mount on lightweight cardboard.  I use cereal and cracker boxes.  Then cut out.
Cut out a 6 1/2" strip of fabric that you want to use for your stars.  I put about four layers together.  Trace your template on the strip as shown.  You may have to click on the picture in order to see the drawn templates.  Continue in this manner along the length of your strip.  Cut out.  

Using a 6 1/2" foundation square (I used an old phone book page)  glue, baste, or pin your kite in place.
 If you are outlining your kites and stars, use a 1" wide strip and sew to the side of your kite.

Press and trim excess.
 Repeat process on the other side of your kite.  I found I was less likely to forget this step if I did both sides at the same time.
 Using your kite strips (I used mostly 1 1/2" strips though I had a few that were a little bigger or a little smaller) sew to one side of your kite.
 Continue sewing strips until your foundation is covered.
 Trim your strips

 Repeat this process on the opposite side.
 Continue making blocks until you have reached your desired size quilt.  Vivian made her's 8 x 12 with a wide border.  I'm planning on 10 x 12.  without a border. 
So I'm about a quarter of the way there.  Now that you've seen my progress, I'd love to see yours.  Link up and share what you are moving forward.