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.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 3 part 3

Are you ready for the final step in border three.  This one is easy!  When your done your quilt should measure 48 1/2" x 48 1/2" if your bow ties are based on the 2" squares and 54 1/2" x 54 1/2" if your bow ties are based on the 2 1/2" squares.
For the corner posts from background cut 8- 2" x 5" rectangles, 8- 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles and8- 2" squares.  From scraps cut 16- 2" squares 

Sew a 2" scrap square to the end of each of your 2" x 5" background rectangle (unit 1)
 Sew a 2" scrap square between a 2" background square and 2" x 3 1/2" rectangle (unit 2)
For each corner post you will need 2- unit 1's and 2 unit 2's.  Arrange so the 2" scrappy squares run diagonal through your block and sew together.  Make for of these. 
 If your bow ties are based off 2" squares arrange three tree blocks and three house blocks so they alternate as shown.  To the top and bottom borders add your corner posts.  Sew on the side borders.  Then sew on the top and bottom borders.

If your bow ties are based of 2 1/2" squares arrange your top and bottom borders so they start and stop with a house block and alternate with the tree blocks.  Use four house blocks and three tree blocks for the top and bottom borders. Then sew a corner post on each end.

For the side borders start and stop with tree blocks and alternate with house blocks.  Use four tree blocks and three house blocks.  Sew these to the sides of your quilt.  Then sew on the top and bottom borders.   

Now your ready for next months border. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 3 part 2


The alternate block for border 3 is a cute little house to nestle between your trees.  
Cutting: From background for each house 1- 6 1/2" x 1" rectangle, 2- 5 1/2" x 1" rectangles, 2- 2" squares, 2- 4" x 1" rectangles (If you cut strips from wof fabric yesterday you can use those here)
From house fabric for each house 1- 4 1/2" x 1"  rectangle, 1- 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle, 2- 2" x 1 3/4" rectangles, 2- 1 1/4" x 1" rectangles, and 1- 2" x 1 1/4" rectangle
1- 5 1/2" x 2" rectangle for roof, 1- 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" rectangle for door, and 2- 1 1/4" squares for windows.
From green 1- 6 1/2" x 1" rectangle

Sew a 1 1/4" x 1" house rectangle to each of your windows.
 Sew the 2" x 1 1/4" house rectangle between your two window units.
 Draw a diagonal line through your 2" background squares.  Place on each end of your 5 1/2" x 2" roof rectangle and sew on drawn line.  Trim seam allowance and press back.
 Sew your 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" door piece between the 2" x 1 3/4" house rectangles.  Sew the 4 1/2" x 1" house rectangle on top of the door unit.
 Sew your window unit to the top of this and then add the 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" house rectangle to the top of that.
 Sew a 4" x 1" background rectangle to the sides of your house unit and then sew the roof unit to the top of that.
 Sew the 6 1/2" X 1 background rectangle to the top and the 6 1/2" x 1" and the 6 1/2" x 1" green rectangle to the bottom
 Make 12 of these if you have the smaller 2" bow tie border
Make 14 of these if you have the larger 2 1/2" bow tie border

Friday, April 12, 2019

Medallion Quilt Along Border 3 Part 1


Because this month's border is made up of three different blocks I'm going to do a separate post for each block. One over the next three days.  Today's block is a set of cute little trees.  You will need a Tri-Recs Ruler
Cutting:  From background for each block:  Cut 1- 6 1/2" x 1"rectangles , 2- 5 1/2" x 3/4" rectangles, 1- 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" rectangle, 2- 2 1/4" x 1 3/4" rectangles, 2- 1 1/4" squares, with the Tri-Recs ruler cut 2 recs pieces that mirror each other using the 4 1/4" and 2 1/2" lines (found I could cut strips of fabric in 6 1/2" x wof, 5 1/2" x wof, 4 1/4" x wof, 2 1/2" x wof  you could cut out the background for all your blocks)
From various scraps cut a 1 1/4" x 3/4" rectangle, a 1 3/4" x 1" rectangle and using the Tri-Recs ruler cut a 4 1/4" and 2 1/2" tri piece.
From green: 1- 6 1/2" x 1" rectangle
Take your tri pieces and sew one of the rec pieces to one side.  Make sure to have a 1/4" point extend as shown.
 Press toward the background
 Repeat process with the mirror rec piece.  Once again making sure to leave your 1/4" point extended.
 Sew the 1 3/4"x 1" rectangle between the 1 3/4" x 2 1/4" rectangles.
Sew the 1 1/4" x 1" rectangle between the 1 1/4" squares
 Sew the 1 3/4" unit to the bottom of your 4 1/4" tree and the 1 1/4" unit to the bottom of your 2 1/2" tree.
 Sew a 5 1/2" x 3/4" rectangle to each side of your larger tree
 Sew the 2 1/2" x 2 3/4" rectangle to the top of your small tree
 Sew your small tree to the right of your big tree.
 Sew a 6 1/2" x 1" strip to the top of your tree unit
 Sew the 6 1/2" x 1" green strip to the bottom of your tree unit.
If you have the smaller 2" bow ties you will need 12 of these blocks.
If you have the larger 2 1/2" bow ties you will need 14 of these blocks.

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