Friday, August 23, 2019

Trunk Shows, Workshops and More

One of the great things about working with the talented designers on Moda Bake Shop has been their experience and mentoring.  Thanks to Susan Vaughn, of The Felted Pear, I now have a page that features my trunk shows and workshops.  It's a work in progress so check back often.  
I've learned so much from these generous and gifted ladies.  I'm so grateful for the knowledge they have bestowed on me.  I hope I can be as giving with my talents as they are with theirs.  One of the ways I try to give back is a free pattern each week in my newsletter.  Don't miss out on these little gems.  Find the sign up near the top of the right side bar.
This week's free newsletter pattern.
Now I create a lot of scraps but I also receive quite a few from generous quilters wanting to help my my Quilty Hugs.  One of those very generous scrap donors is Simple Stitches Fabric Shop.  In addition to their online shop they have a local sewing school. 
Thanks to their generous scrap donation a whole lot of Quilty Hugs are made.  In fact the majority of the ones I put together for our monthly sew in come from their beautiful scraps.  Thank you Simple Stitches for your generosity. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Moving It Forward

 I've finished all my Moda Bake Shop At the Seashore blocks.  I had a ton of fun making them.  I had to wait to put them together until the fabric I ordered for the sashing came.
I had to get these cute charm packs too.  Because it is so much more fun to pay for fabric than shipping.  These cuties got me to the free shipping level.
 This weekend I started assembling my blocks.  Here is a section of my quilt.  The closer this gets to done the more I love it!
 I would have shown you more but it's on the family room floor and I can't get good pictures there.  My 100 blocks in 100 days is on the design wall. I'm keeping it there because it allows me to see what colors I need to add to even everything out and keep a balance of color.  Here are a couple of the latest blocks.  After taking this picture I noticed I need to paint my toes again.  They are looking a little shabby.
Now I want to see what you're up to.  Link up and share your progress.  Let us cheer you on!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Sneak Peek and a Little Joy

 I can't really show you what became of the fat quarter pack I showed a little while back.  But here is a sneak peek.  She is a top.  I'm hoping to get her quilted in the next week.
Though I can't show you what I'm up to.  I can show you some pretty awesome quilts that other's have made using my patterns.  Here is Lee's Enchanted Forest quilt.   Didn't she do a fabulous job!  I love the beautiful blue background.  It really lets those scrappy trees and birds shine.
 Next Zona finished her Dahlia quilt.  I love all the bright happy fabrics she chose.  Zona is a new quilter and did a fabulous job!  Can't wait to see how she grows and develops as a quilter. 
Did you know that I've created a new student gallery on my website?  I love seeing all the quilts that are created from my patterns.  So I thought it would be fun to show off quilters work and see how they took my patterns and made them their own.  Take a minute to check it out.  If you've made one of my patterns and would be willing send me a picture and I'll include it there.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Moving it Forward

I've joined the parade of quilts by Cynthia Muir aka ahhquilting on Instagram.  For the month of August she has chosen a certain type of quilt to parade each day.  This is the quilt I paraded for smallest quilt. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see what else I paraded.  It's been fun to see what everyone else is parading follow #paradeofquilts2019 to join the fun.
 I'm still keeping up with my 100 blocks in 100 days.  Here are the first 40.  My layout keeps changing as I add more blocks.
 I'm waiting on my sashing fabric for my At the Seashore sew along with Moda.  I wish it would get her faster.  I'm so excited for this quilt!
Don't forget Bluprint's sale.  What classes do you want to take?  Do you have ones you recommend?
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Now it's your turn to share your progress.  What have you been moving forward?  Link up and let us see!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Sharing a Little Love

I've combined my made fabric words and hearts.  I switched the centers on my Dresdens.  The black was just too much.  So a soft white with pink hearts took it's place.  Oh, so much better!   I had to split the word another to make the quilt a decent size.  Otherwise it would have be very fat and not so tall.
I'm pretty pleased with all the changes.  I think it will make a nice sample for my 'Spells' class this September at the Utah Quilt Guild's annual Quilt Fest.  I still have a few openings if you want to come.  In addition to my class there are lots of other great classes, a quilt show, lectures and trunk shows by some pretty great quilters.  Can't come to me?  I'd love to come visit you. Let me share my love of scrap quilting, free form improvisation quilting and more. Contact me for details.
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Also did you know Blueprint is having a sale?  Get 30 days of digital class for just $1!  That is awesome!  I love the classes they have.  I have taken quilting classes and learned to knit.  Don't miss out! 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Free Quilt Pattern

Just a little FYI.  I'm offering this as a free pattern for those who subscribe to my newsletter. 
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Moving it Forward

I had leftover made fabric (find my tutorial for this here) from my Love One Another word play.  So I made me some wonky hearts.  More on these later in the week.
I'm continuing on with my 100 blocks in 100 days.  Here is block 34.  Love how it looks against the foliage of my garden.  My garden is keeping me busy.  In addition to finding uses for my zucchini. I've been making pesto with my basil and oregano.  Plus enjoying cucumbers and cherry tomatoes in my salads.  I even have a couple of tomatoes that are almost ready.  Really excited for those!   
 I also got this fun fat quarter bundle of Scarlet and Sage by Fig Tree & Co.  I have some pretty exciting plans for it. I can barley wait to dive in. 
Now I want to see what you're up to.  Link up and share the progress you are making in your sewing room. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

A Little More Word Play

I'm so excited for my Spells class at Utah Quilt Guild's Annual Meeting.  I may be having way too much fun making samples for this class.  Do you remember the wonky snowmen I showed awhile back?  Well three of them have found a home in this fun door hanging.  
Adding the 'Let it Snow'  It's easy to want snow in August.  I know most people don't feel that way in January.  I may be the exception.  I love winter!  Now I'm ready, not only for my class, but for the snow to fly this winter. 

Find instructions for this block in the newsletter today.  Along with a quilt setting.  Haven't signed up for the newsletter?  Oh no!  Don't miss out on all the free bonus patterns!
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Moving It Forward

Still have lots going on in the sewing room.  It's good thing as it's keeping me from missing my girl too much.  I mentioned to my hubby I needed more design wall space for all my projects.  I have added to my Moda Bake Shop QAL.  I'm almost ready to start assembling this quilt.  It may have to go out on the family room floor.  

 The design wall is full with this project.  I pulled all my red, pink and yellow scraps from my bits bin and made fabric from them.
Then I took that fabric made letters and added my scrappy Dresdens from last week.  Now to figure out how to put this all together.  I'll be using it as a sample for my upcoming Spells class for the Utah Quilt Guild's annual meeting.  Their theme this year is 'Sew Bewitching.'
 And taking up a big chunk of the design wall are my growing number of Fusion blocks for the 100 blocks in 100 days.  The more I get done the more I like this quilt.
What fun projects are you moving forward?  Are the summer months keeping you too busy to sew or like me do you have so many projects they can barely be contained in your sewing area?  Link up and share.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Stars, Birds and Dresdens

 What a fun class we had yesterday at K & H.  The Free Spirit Girls had lots of fun making wonky stars. 
Susan and Angela decided to stick with the pattern, Sparkle.  Though I think both will change the size of there quilt by making more stars.  They are addictive after all.
 Sue found this pattern.   Instead of using the stars and applique birds shown in the pattern.
 She will use her wonky stars
 And the wonky birds she made in the Enchanted Garden class.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.
 I was thrilled when Susan brought her finished Scrappy Dresden top.  Don't you just love how her solid Dresdens pop on her scrappy. low volume background?  What a great finish!
One of the great rewards of teaching is seeing how a student takes your quilt and makes it their own.  I'm thrilled with how the Free Spirit girls get bolder and more outside the box as the year goes on.  I'm busy planning next year.  Looking forward to watching their skills grow!  I'd love to help you and your group develop their quilting skills.  My 2020 year is starting to fill up.  Schedule your group now so you don't miss out!  Contact me here or via email to get your workshops, trunk shows and lectures scheduled.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Moving It Forward

Lots of little projects going on in my sewing room.  I'm trying to keep so semblance of order with all that is going on.  I thought I was doing a pretty good job until my hubby came down and said "This is a mess."  I guess it's all perspective.  I had a little fun making these little dresdens.  I have an idea forming in my head that I want to use them in.
My 100 blocks in 100 days with Gnome Angel are coming right along.  Here they are so far.
 Finally to beat the heat.  It's been in the 90's here.  I made these wonky snowmen.  Now to embellish these frosty fellows.
 In addition to all the sewing my favorite girl is leaving me for the next year and a half.  She will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She leaves Wednesday.  I'm excited for her.  I know she will do a wonderful job.  She is so loving and kind.  Just a little worried about how I will cope without her.
Photo by Ravenberg Photography
Now that I've shared my adventures.  I'd love to see what your up to.  Link up and show us your progress.  Let us cheer you on.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Curves Made Easy

Curves can scare quilters.  Don't let that fear keep you from using them.  This easy method will have you adding some sweet curves to your quilty creations. 
The first step is to use my perfect circle applique tutorial.  Then let the fun begin by cutting those appliqued circles. 

 By cutting them in half you can create something like my Clam Shells pattern.
Quartering them you can make a fun drunkard's path border along with the leaves in my Devine pattern. 
 Or create some waves like I did in my Sailing block and the great baby boy quilt that I used it in.
 So let the fear go and let the fun begin.  Show off your curves.  If  you make some let me know.  Link them up in our next Moving it Forward link up, show them off on Instagram an tag me so I get to see @emsscrapbag.  Also if you would like a more hands on approach to this method, contact me.  I'd love to help you  and your quilty friends learn this skill and improve your quilting abilities.  Hurry though my 2020 schedule is filling up.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Moving it Forward

Lots of good stuff has been happening in my sewing room.  First up I've made another block in the Moda Bake Shop At the Sea Shore SAL.  This one is by Carole Carter.  We must think alike as we both did sail boats.
 I'm also keeping up with my 100 blocks in 100 days by gnomeangle. This picture is missing a few.  Don't know what's up with that.  I have made all 15.  Must have taken the picture for the blog prematurely.
I'm also working on a project for my newsletter.  I'm giving instructions for a block in each one.  From time to time I will also include a quilt layout with the blocks I've shared.  This is one of the blocks.  Not getting my newsletter?  Don't want to miss out on these bonus blocks and quilt layouts?  Make sure you sign up on the side bar near the top.
Now that I've shared my various sewing adventures.  I'd love to see yours.  Link up and let us see what your moving forward.