Friday, June 14, 2019

Picnic Quilt and Table Runner

Summer officially begins here in the US next Friday.  The weather is finally warmer.  I'm looking forward to all the fun the next couple of months will bring; family reunion, BBQ/potlucks, picnics, parades, fireworks, and the rodeo.  A few of those events need a quilt to sit on to enjoy.  So I created this patriotic star quilt.  I'm calling it Braveheart.  The points of the star do make hearts after all.  I think it will be delightful to watch the parade and fireworks on.  Not to mention have a little picnic while we listen to concerts in the park.
 I also made a matching table runner.  Won't it look great on the table at the BBQ/potluck?

Plus make a great summer decoration for my home.  Are you as excited for all the summer fun as I am?  Do you want a fun quilt or table runner to help you celebrate?  These are quick and easy.  
You can find the pattern here. If you make this or any of my quilts, I'd love to see.  Please send me a picture via email or tag me on Instagram @emsscrapbag.

One more thing, don't forget today is the last day of Fat Quarter Shop's Sweet Sixteen Birthday celebrations.  Don't miss out on all the great deals. Plus Blueprint is offering 50% off your first three months.  That's a great savings!  Just the classes alone are worth it.  Not to mention the savings on kits and supplies.  Don't wait!  The offer ends June 30th. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Just a Thought ~Joy

I know our brains are good at seeing what's wrong.  We do want to protect ourselves.  But I hope we will take a moment to see all that is good in our lives. 


Speaking of good things.  Did you know Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their birthday?  Check out the fun here

Monday, June 10, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a most wonderful weekend with the Heartland Quilters.  I knew the moment Heather asked if I would be willing to come teach them my Naughty Garden. I would say yes!  After all I'd be flying into St. Louis, and one of my all time favorite movies is "Meet Me in St Louis" with Judy Garland.  That alone sold me.  Not to mention how much I love meeting other quilters.  We are all kindred spirits.
 I got to catch the tail end of Diane Knott's class and finally meet her in person.  What a treat!  Such a great lady.  Next I shared a trunk show full of scrappy quilts and share my methods and philosophy on using up those scraps. 

Then on Saturday we had a delightful time creating flowers.  Listen to all the chatter and watch the scraps fly.
Now see all the wonderful wonky flowers these ladies created.

 They truly embraced the wonk.!  I can't wait to see how their quilts turn out. 
 In addition to the fun sewing I got to see the St. Louis arch and the largest ketchup bottle in the world.  My silly hubby was jealous of my getting to see that ketchup bottle.  He simply adores ketchup.  Gotta love that man!
Thank you Heather and the Heartland Quilters for having me.  I had a wonderful time!

Are you interested in a workshop and/or trunk show?  Contact me.  I'd love to come play with scraps in your neck of the woods.  We'll have so much fun!

Finally what many of you have been waiting for, our little link up.  Show us what you're moving forward.  We'd love to see. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along final border

Are you ready for the final round in the Medallion Quilt Along?  Next month we'll have a link up and show off your creations.  I'm so excited to see what you've come up with.  This month's border is a pinwheel on point.  

If your bow ties finish at 2" you will need 44 sets of the following.  If your bow ties finish at 2 1/2" (I'm still kicking myself for that mistake.  I've tried to fix it and I hope you didn't give up on me.)  You will need 48 sets of the following.
From background 2- 3 7/8" squares and 1- 4 1/4" square. From prints 1- 4 1/4" square. 
 Cut your 3 7/8" background squares on diagonal once.  Cut your 4 1/4" squares on diagonal twice as shown.
 Place right sides together a background and print triangle from the 4 1/4" squares.
 Sew along one of the right angle sides.  Be consistent in which side you sew on with all your triangle sets.
 Your unit should look like this.  
 Place a 3 7/8" triangle right sides with the previous unit and sew in place.  Repeat with the matching 4 1/4" triangles and 3 7/8" triangle so that you have four of these units.
 Trim dog ears and sew into pinwheel block.
 Pop the center seam to reduce bulk and press.  Make remaining pinwheels.
 Arrange around  your center. If you have 2" bow ties 10 pinwheels along top and bottom.  Sew in place.  12 pinwheels along sides.  Sew in place.
If you have 2 1/2" bow ties 11 pinwheels along top and bottom.  Sew in place.  13 pinwheels along sides.  Sew in place.
Let me know if you have any questions.  Have fun!  And be ready to show off your beautiful quilts next month.  They don't need to be finished.  A flimsy is fine.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Moving it Forward and a Heart Full of Thanks

It is with a heavy heart that I share the passing of my dear friend and co founder of Quilty Hugs/ Happy Chemo, Ginger Johnson.  She was such a force for good.  She brought out the best in others and always looked for the good.  She was full of hope.  She was patient and kind.  I could go on and on.  I feel so blessed to have had her influence in my life for the past 13 years.  
In honor of this amazing woman I took a car load of quilts to Primary Children's Hospital and Huntsmen Cancer Institute following her funeral.  I can think of no greater tribute to a woman that spent her life helping others in their battle with cancer.  May her legacy live one through the many generous quilters that create such vessels of love and comfort.  Thank you to each and every one of you for sharing your time and talents in this valiant cause.   You have no idea the comfort, hope and love these creations bring.
 A special thanks to Sarah for all her efforts in organizing H2H.  I came back from visiting my son to a foyer overflowing with boxes full of Quilty Hugs.  It brought comfort to my heart after the news of Ginger's passing.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!
Now to honor your generous quilters.  Link up and share what you're Moving Forward.  I know most of what shows up here is gifted to others.  As Jenny Doan says, "It's the hobby you start for yourself that soon becomes about everyone else."

Friday, May 31, 2019

Maverick Star Finish

I was hoping to be able to take better pictures of my Maverick Star quilt.  But 20-30 mph winds and rain put the kaput on that.  I had promised K & H Quilt Shoppe they could display the quilt for Shop Hop and my upcoming class.  So I'll take better pictures when I get it back.  For now here it is hanging at K & H.  
I hope if you're in the area that you'll take time to visit the various shops on the hop.  They have lots of fun, quilty prizes!  You won't be sorry.  I promise.  Besides who couldn't use more fabric?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Just a Thought ~Inspire

I apologize for the missing link up on Monday.  I've been out of town visiting my oldest.  I don't know what happened.  So here it is.  Sorry for the inconvenience and delay.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Moving it Forward ~FMQ and Big Stitch

Gentle wavy lines are what I chose to quilt on my wonky maverick star quilt.  The first time I taught this quilt I had a scary experience.  Scary at the time now it's quite funny. 

 I had a small window between my classes and wanted to get some lunch. I had seen a Subway not to far from where I was teaching so I thought I would just pop over there.  Well as it turns out this Subway was not open yet.  I knew there was one on the other side of town.  Fortunately this was a small town.  So I hurried over.  I got there, ordered, and was heading back when flashing lights appeared in my rear view mirror.  Oh, bother! I pulled over.  The officer said, "Going a little fast"
I told him I had not thought so.  He asked where I was going.  I told him I was on my way to teach a quilting class.  I thought I'd die when he asked the name of the class.  I had to tell him "I'm a Maverick Star.  Must have been my lucky day.  He didn't give me a ticket.  

After quilting my maverick stars, I auditioned a couple of fabrics for binding.  I didn't find any I was thrilled with.  I remembered a fun binding my friend, Angela had shown me.  I cut plain gray binding then did big stitch in various colors to attach it.  I'm pretty pleased with the results so far.  Hoping soon to be able to share it as a finish.
Now it's  your turn to share what fun things you are doing in your sewing room.  Link up and let us see.  We want to cheer you on.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Cacti for Moda Bake Shop

 My parents live in Southern Utah among the red rock.  I love the beauty found there.  My newest quilt for Moda Bake Shop is in honor of that majestic beauty.  Meet Cacti!  This quilt uses a matching layer cake and charm pack.

 From a set of 2 layer cake squares and 2 charm packs you get two corresponding cacti.
Working your way through the pack you get a colorful collection of cacti

 to arrange into a vibrant quilt.

I used the new line, Spotted by Zen Chic.  I told you I had another project in the works with this fun line when I showed you my Pinwheel Pincushion.  Isn't it great?  I absolutely adore anything Zen Chic does.  Find it and other great lines at the Fat Quarter Shop.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pinwheel Pincushion

As promised the Pinwheel pincushion.  Isn't it adorable?  Makes you want to make one.  I know. 

So here is the video tutorial so you can make your own.  
Thank you, Fat Quarter Shop for letting me play along.  It was a ton of fun to make!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Moving it Forward Pincushion

Pincushions are fun little projects.  I like that they are fairly quick.  Fun, fast finishes, what's not to love.  Plus the fact that they make a great little gift for your sewing friends.  Heck, for any friend now that many are using them in bowls for decorations.   So when I was given the opportunity to be part of the Pinwheel Pincushion Remix for Fat Quarter Shop I jumped at the chance.  
 I picked four fun fabrics, Spotted by Zen Chic.  Watch for more with this fabric line.  I absolutely adore it!  Here's a little sneak peek of my progress.  Thursday I'll give the official reveal.

What projects are you working on?  Are they big or little.  Fast finishes or ones that will take years?  Link up and let us celebrate what you're moving forward.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Happy Finish

This happy little quilt is one I made back when my toe was broken and I couldn't drive. My dear neighbor rescued me and bought the orange fabric.  You may remember I misplaced the fabric.  I still haven't found it.  It is hiding so well in my sewing room. Once I was able to drive again, I got it basted.  It's been sitting in a stack waiting to be quilted since.  Now that my shoes match, funny story about that in a moment.  I'm getting through the pile.  I did a simple stipple and it went very fast.  YEA!
Now let me share with you a funny thing that happened at the post office recently.  I was still in the protective shoe but able to drive.  While waiting in line at the post office a cute little three year old, behind me in line, asked her mom if I was unable to find my other shoe.  She figured that was why my shoes didn't match.  Her mamma was embarrassed.  It just made me laugh. 
Yesterday I had a fun day with the Layton Quilt Guild teaching this quilt.  The ladies were delightful.  It was fun to see their sheep come together.  I took a video for my Instagram story but forgot to take pictures.  I hope they will share their finished quilts with me. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I had my Quilty Hug sew in this week.  Marilyn pieced most of the blocks for this little scrap quilt.  I had found a fun ocean print in my donated fabric.  It was just over a half yard.  I cut it into 10" squares.  Then added 2 1/2" strips to the remaining 8" to make them 10" Next I pulled green and blue prints from my scrap bins.
When I put it up on the design wall to see the progress Marilyn had made.  I loved it!  It was so close to being a top.  I took the afternoon to finish it up.  Now to get it basted and quilted.
 I also met with Cathy.  She generously donated all the quilts you see below plus a few more to Quilty Hugs.  I am so grateful for her loving kindness.  These beauties will bring so much comfort and hope.  I was good to meet with Cathy again.  We did the same thing last year.  She is hoping to be able to join my quilting angels from time to time at our sew ins.  Isn't that awesome!?
Now I want to see what you're moving forward.  Link up and show us your progress over the past week. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 4 part 2

Welcome to part two of border 4 of the medallion quilt along.  

For each corner stone block you will need 6- 1 1/2" background squares, 6- 1 1/2" scrappy squares, 2- 3" background squares and 2- 3" scrappy squares. 2- 2 1/2" background squares

Sew your 1 1/2" squares into 3- four patches.  
 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of your 3" background square.  Place right sides together with a 3" scrappy square and sew 1/4" on either side of the line you drew.  Cut on line.  Press open and square up to 2 1/2".

Arrange your pieces as shown 
 and sew together.  Make 4
 Sew one to each end of your top and bottom borders as shown.  Sew your borders to the top and bottom of your quilt.
Please excuse my Moda Bake Shop at the Seashore blocks peeking through.  My design wall is a little crowded at the moment.

  We'll be about done with this quilt along when that one starts.  Just in case you want to join this one next.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 4

It's the second Friday.  Are you ready for another border?  I have to admit I'm loving how this is coming together.  I hope you are just as pleased with the progress of your quilt.
This month's border frames your quilt in mountains.  You will need a yard of background fabric and lots of scraps. If you have the 2" bow ties cut         If you have 2 1/2" bow ties cut
From background and from scraps                          From background  and from scraps                 
32- 2" x 6 1/2" rectangles                                        32- 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
32- 2" x 5" rectangles                                              32- 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" rectangles
32- 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles                                        32- 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" rectangles
32- 2" squares                                                          32- 2 1/2" squares

Draw a diagonal line on your 2"or 2 1/2" scrap squares depending on the size you used on your bow ties.  Place this on your 2" x 6 1/2" or 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangles.
Do 16 of them as shown on the right and 16 as shown on the left. 
Sew on diagonal line press back and trim seam allowance.  Unit !
 Draw a 45* line on your 3 1/2" or 3 3/4" scrap rectangles. Place on top of your 5" or 5 1/2" background rectangle.  Do 16 so the scrap rectangle runs up and down and 16 so the scrap rectangle runs side to side as shown.
Sew on diagonal line.  Trim seam allowance
and press back. Unit 2
Draw a diagonal line on the 5" or 5 1/4" scrap rectangles.  Place on the 3 1/2" or 3 3/4" background rectangle.  Do 16 so the scrap rectangle runs side to side and 16 so the scrap rectangle runs up and down.

 Sew on line.  Trim seam allowance and press back. Unit 3

 Draw a diagonal line on your 2" or 2 1/2" background rectangles and repeat the process you did in the first step replacing the 2" x 6 1/2 or 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" background rectangle with the scrap rectangles of the same size.  Unit 4 Sorry I apparently forgot to take pictures of these one. Opps!

Take the a Unit one and sew it to the right side of Unit 2 as shown.

 Sew a Unit 3 to the left side of the previous piece as shown.
 Finally sew Unit 4 to the left of the previous pieces.  Repeat this process to make 16 blocks
 Mirror this process to make the remaining 16 blocks.  .
 If you have the 2 1/2" bow ties you will want to trim 1/4" off the your blocks.  Do this on the side with the 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" scrap rectangle.

Arrange your blocks into 4 sets of 8 as shown.  You can sew the side sets on to your quilt.
Tomorrow I will give instructions for the corner stone blocks to add to your top and bottom borders.