Monday, April 29, 2019

Scrap Quilting Moving it Forward

I had fun teaching a couple of classes last week.  This gave me the chance to dive into my bits bin.  Weee!!!  was that fun.  Playing with little bits of pretty fabric just makes me smile.  In no time I had several chunks of made fabric. 
That then became cute little tulips.  Two of my favorite loves, scraps and tulips.  I was in heaven. 
 I think the ladies in my class also enjoyed it. Here are a few.
 Would you like to make some?  You can find the pattern here

Have you had a chance to dive into your fabric?  What fun things are you creating?  Link up and let us see.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Charity Quilts for Quilty Hugs

I love this time of year!  Thanks to Sarah, generous quilters, and H2H my mail is happy everyday.  Here are just a few of the beautiful quilts that have been donated to Quilty Hugs.
 My heart spills over with gratitude and love for the kindness of these fine quilters.  The care put into these quilts is amazing!
 So much hope and love are contained in each one.  This group was loaded into Michelle's car.  They will go into 'Love Handles' bags for breast cancer patients. 
Thank you everyone that gives so generously so that we can share your love with those battling cancer.  Contact me if you would like more information.  I'd be happy to share.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Free Motion Quilting~ Moving it Forward

I'm slowly working my way through the pile of basted flimsies from last week.  I decided to do dogwood flowers in this one.  I was feeling pretty good about my skills until I went to quilt guild meeting.
We had Helen Butler come.  She is a phenomenal quilter.  I tried to find a website for her but was unable to.  But if you google her you will be amazed.  Here is one she did big stitch on.  Isn't it lovely?
 This one displays her applique skill.  Wow!  Her talent is amazing.
I hope I haven't intimidated you with Helen's skills.  We are all at different places in our quilting journey, and you are right where you are suppose to be. I still want to see the progress you are making wherever you are in your journey.  Link up and show us what you are moving forward.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Charm Friendly Rail Fence Quilt


 I'm so happy to be back baking for Moda Bake Shop.  It was fun to play with a couple of charm packs from April Rosenthal's Orchard line. You can find a couple of your own and lots of other pre cuts at the Fat Quarter Shop. Then you can do a little playing of your own. 
This quilt is a quick, easy finish with great results.  Perfect if you looking for a quick gift.  You can find the instructions here.  If you make one let me know.  I'd love to see it.
 The weather her has finally improved here.  I'm hoping to get out and enjoy it.Hope you can do the same. Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Scrappy Bear Paw Quilt

It just makes my day when someone sends me a picture of a quilt they have made using one of my patterns.  I love seeing the fabrics they choose and how they make it their own.  
This quilt was a group project by Stitchers Quilt Guild in Elizabethtown Kentucky.  Using my Bear Scraps pattern they each made a block in one of the three sizes. They wanted their's bigger so they added an extra row.  They are using it as an opportunity quilt to raise fund for their guild.  I hope they earn lots of money.  I know I'd love this quilt.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Words to Delight

Just sharing an uplifting thought and photo today.


Thought by Gordon B. Hinckley.  Photo by my daughter Anna Bailey.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Moving It Forward

The pretty stack of quilts I showed on Thursday are all basted.  It was so nice to be able to join my friends again at quilt group.  Not much better than quilting with friends.  
Now I'm working my way through quilting them, one down five to go.
 What are you checking off your list, moving one step closer to completion?  Link up and share.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Happy Day

For the past five weeks I've happily sewn on quilt tops.   I've created quite a stack. Being home bond is not all bad I guess.  Happy news my toe is healing well.  I'm out of the boot YEA!!!!  I'm still in a protective shoe but I'm so pleased to be able to drive again.  I feel a bit like a 16 year old. Look out world!  I'll be taking these flimsies to quilt group to be basted and find their way to the quilting stage.  
Now to share a little job with the lucky winner of last weeks giveaway.  The random # generator chose beth s of Love Laugh Quilt. If you haven't visited her blog.  Take a moment to do so.  She make some pretty great stuff, from scrappy quilts to woven items.  She inspired me to start weaving.  I'm so happy her boys appreciate quilts also.  I hope when she finds time to make this one they will love it.  
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow the instructions for the next border in the Medallion Quilt Along will go up.  Are you ready?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Moving It Forward

If you have followed my blog for very long you know that most of my scrap quilts come about out when a certain bin gets so full the lid will no longer fit.  Such was the case of my beige, gray and black bins. Inspired by this quilt from Quiltdivajulie, I started thinning the bins.  I pulled all strips and chunks big enough to create strips.  
Next I cut the chunks into strips.  Then sewed same sized strips into long pieces.  I altered the angle I laid my strips onto a foundation. (Just an old sheet I purchased at a thrift store cut into 10 1/2" squares.)  Then started sewing the strips on.  I tried to keep them in the same order, but failed miserably.  Managing three different strips sizes in three different colors was too much for my feeble mind.  I'm going to let that fail add to the character of this quilt.  So far I've got 16 blocks made that are creating some funky diamonds.  I'm looking forward to seeing how these funky diamonds progress.
Now I'm looking forward to seeing what you are moving forward.  It brightens my Monday.  A day that is often in need of brightening.  Link up and let us cheer you on.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Nautical Nights Giveaway

This mamma of boys has created another man quilt.   This one features Regency Sussex by Christopher Wilson for Moda.  When I find a great man friendly line like this I just have to design a quilt for my boys around it.I'm so thankful my boys appreciate a man quilt. 
 The broken dishes block has sentimental value to me.  I have a quilt made in bright pinks, oranges, and blues my mom made.  It wasn't finished when she gave it to me.  She was moving and knew she would never finish.  Lucky me!  I'm the only one of my sisters that really sews.  The all know how just choose to spend their time in other ways.  So I got the quilt.  I pulled on my love of this block and add a star sashing to create Nautical Nights.

You can find the pattern in May/June Quiltmaker magazine.  I have one for a lucky reader.  Leave a comment telling me a block that has sentimental value to you for one chance.  Subscribe to my newsletter, info on the sidebar, for a second chance.  I'll pick a winner next Thursday.  Good luck!
If you are looking for more man friendly quilt patterns I have several  in my Etsy Shop

Monday, April 1, 2019

Moving It Forward

This last week we had a ton of fun making trees and birds for an Enchanted Forest quilt at the Free Spirit Club, held the 4th Thursday of the month at K & H Quilt Shoppe.  Nola is doing her quilt all in Tula Pink.  It's going to be so bright and fun.  I can barely wait to see the finish.  
I love the enthusiasm that Sue had for this class.  She is taking this quilt and making it her own.  She will be making a giant yarn bomb tree.  Then add her wonky birds to the branches and under the tree. Another quilt I can't wait to see the finish for.
On the home front, my baby, will be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She received her call this week.  She leaves mid July for the Nevada, Las Vegas West Mission.  I'm so excited for her.  She will do a beautiful job.  She is so loving and accepting of others.  Just not quite sure how I feel about being an empty nester. 
How did your week go?  Were you able to make progress on a project or two?  If so link up and let us celebrate with you!