Monday, January 28, 2019

Moving It Forward

This last week I had a joyous time teaching my Yarn Bomb Trees pattern at K &H Quilt Shoppe.  This is one of my favorite classes to teach.  All those scraps flying, the relaxed, laid back play that comes from improvisational piecing, and being with fellow quilters is a delight.  The scraps were definitely flying.  I little trading went one.
 As the ladies sewed up their strata sets. 
 Then the real fun began as they cut into their background to make their trees.  Everyone got at least one done.  Some got several.  Another great thing about this class.  You see lots of results.
 Lauren chose to do all black trees.  This inspired Angela.  By the time she left the class she had purchased a bunch of Halloween prints.  She is planning a fun, funky Halloween quilt with black trees.  I absolutely love how these ladies made the pattern their own.  Can't wait to see Angela's quilt.

Speaking of making it their own, Sue added this cute little bird to her tree.
 Sue had made the quilt before, but because it is such a fun one, she chose to take the class to make another one.  Didn't her first quilt turn out great?!
So lots of moving forward for these ladies.  Now I'd love to see what you've been moving forward.  Link up and let us see and celebrate your progress.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Wonky Log Cabin Star Quilt

I really had fun making this quilt.  I'm happy with how it turned out.  Especially since I ran into a hiccup along the way.  Don't you just love when something great comes from the unexpected?  I find that often those alternate plans often workout better than what I had originally planned.  Maybe someday I'll learn not to worry when things start to go wrong, and just know something great is just around the corner.
 I quilted it with a quick all over stipple.  I thought of doing a lime or orange binding but decided I liked how the brown let the blocks shine.
  You can find a tutorial for this little quilt here.  Just in case you are looking for a fun scrap buster.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Moving It Forward

Last week at my quilt guild we had a sew in to make a quilt similar to this one.  I got busy sewing and forgot to take a picture of the example we had.  In that one each star was outlined by an accent fabric.
In preparing for the class I failed to notice that the accent color strips were cut a 1/2" smaller than the rest of the strips.  I thought I would be okay.  So I just started making blocks.  I got this far and realized I was not liking the effect.  Rather than reverse sew I'll put them on the back of the quilt.
Instead I just started over.  I'm much happier with these blocks.  Plus I believe this adjustment will make the quilt easier to quilt, since the pieces on the end are bigger and not adding to the bulk were blocks come together.  
I hope you've had more success than me this week moving things forward.  Link up and let us see your progress. 

Friday, January 18, 2019


Do you journal?  As far as writing every day about my day I haven't done that in a long time.  I use to.  In fact I find great humor reading my Jr. High school journal.  I got out of the habit of this kind of journaling when I went through my health struggles.  I just hated writing negative stuff so I just stopped.
But just because I don't do traditional journaling doesn't mean I don't like to have a journal around.  In fact, I have several journals.  I keep a journal full of great quotes I hear.  A journal for my soap recipes and one for quilt ideas.  I have a journal I write thoughts and impressions in as I read scriptures or other great books.  I like my journals to be fun and cute so I like to make covers for them.  This little tree covered journal is my latest.

Would you like to make a fun journal cover?  I have a tutorial here.  You can see more of my journal covers here, here and here.  Just in case you are looking for some ideas to get you started.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a little fun last week.  First I dove into my solids bin and pulled lots of bright happy solids out.  Something about my solids bin makes me feel like a kid with a new box of crayons.  All that pretty color creates a world of possibilities. 
 Look how cute these little four patches are.  I could make these all day.  They are just so fun.
 I tried some square in a square blocks.  I like them with the white background but I think next time I might try a black or navy.  
Finally I made a few diamond blocks. What will become of this play.  That is a good question.  Once again the possibilities are endless.

While I figure that out let's see what you are moving forward.  Link up and share your progress.  

Friday, January 11, 2019

Medallion Quilts

As I design quilts I draw a lot from the past.  Quilters from yesteryear are a great resource.  Isn't it wonderful that we can pick and choose from all those that came before and make something totally are own?  Recently I've had an interest in Medallion quilts.  A lot of that interest was inspired by this quilt by Jen Kingwell
By Gone Aussie Quilting
 So I did a little research.  Medallion quilts were a favorite style from 1780-1800.  They often used a panel as a center.  Fabric manufactures printed fabric specifically for this as well as fabric that would work for borders.  Quilters would often have the same center then create their own borders to make the quilt their own.

Applique centers became popular in the late 1700's.  Quilters often cut out shapes from printed fabric for their applique.
Hexie Center
Later pieced centers became popular.  Hexagon centers beginning in 1817
 Star Center
Centers featuring a pieced star started around 1830.

Hope all this information as made you excited to make a medallion quilt as I am.  Would you be willing to join me in a sew along?  We'll change things up a bit from our sister quilters of yesteryear.  Instead of having the same center I thought we could each make our own center.  Choose your favorite method, applique or pieced.  You will want to have a 24" center for next month when I start giving instructions for various borders.  From then on the second Friday for the next five months you will find new instructions for another border.  By the end you will have a nice throw size quilt.  Sound good?

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Grab the button and get going on your center.  This is going to be so fun!  I think a link up party next month anyway would be fun to see what everyone came up with.  Then wait until the end to do a big reveal.  What do you think? 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Moving It Forward

I hope everyone had a wonderful fist week of the new year!  I can definitely tell it's January.  It's bitter cold.  It's hard to find a parking place at the gym.  And difficult not to step on someone in Zumba class.  (Not cause I'm uncoordinated which has happened.Whoops! But because there are so many people in there.  

As far as my quilting ventures go I pieced a bunch of fabric from my bits bin.  Then cut out three tulips from my made fabric. 
 Finally I appliqued them and stems on a lovely gray background.  I have some great plans for this little piece.  I'll share more on Friday.
But now it's your turn.  What great things have you started this new year?
Link up and let us see!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Recap 2018 and First Finish 2019

2018 was a great year.  My quilting angels, the wonderful women who join me each month to create Quilty Hugs, made several great quilts.  Each of these quilts is given to a cancer patient to bring comfort and love during their battle.  It was fun to look back and remember who worked on each quilt and what they did.  
In addition to the Quilty Hugs I had a lot of fun creating new patterns.  I was a little amazed to see all that came out of my little head.  The creative process is my favorite part in all this.  Taking an idea altering it, making it my own now that is fun.  Kind of like a mixtape for quilting.  I enjoy sharing them with others through magazines, classes and my shop.  I love when someone takes one of my patterns and makes a mixtape of their own. 
I try to have a few free tutorials each year. Mostly I gave a lot of tips and trick on working with scraps.  In addition I had these three scrap friendly, I hope you found them helpful.
Change for a Jelly Roll
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Log Cabin Star
I hope to have more tutorials this year as well as a sew along.  I'm very excited!

2019 is off to a good start.  Crazy Love being the first of what I hope will be many finishes.  I'm looking forward to teaching it in February at a local quilt shop.
  If you would like me to come and teach any of my quilts or scrappy methods to your guild or quilt shop contact me. I'd love to meet you in person and get to know you better as well as your quilting friends.  Best wishes for this new year.  I hope you find many hours creating while you check off a few of your bucket list quilts.