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.      
From background and from scraps                                          
32- 2" x 6 1/2" rectangles                                        
32- 2" x 5" rectangles                                              
32- 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles                                       
32- 2" squares                                                         

Draw a diagonal line on your 2" scrap squares  Place this on your 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" scrap rectangles. Place on top of your 5"  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" scrap rectangles.  Place on the 3 1/2" 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"  background rectangles and repeat the process you did in the first step replacing the 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.  .


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.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Quilt Competition Moving it Forward

A few weeks ago my friend Ruth, called to ask if I would be willing to be part of the Stitching Showdown ant UQSM.  Sure I'm up for a challenge.  Then she told me our name, Hair Brained Stitchers, and she wanted us to do something crazy with our hair.  Out of my comfort zone, but I'd already said yes.  If you follow my Instagram or watched us live on Facebook you may have seen said crazy hair.  Sorry I'm not showing it here.  I will show you the pretty fabric we had to work with.


 We had from 10- 4:30 to create a quilt.  I wish I had more progress shots but we were sewing like made ladies once we got an idea and a rough sketch of what we were doing done.  What do you think this became?

 We had some fine competition.  These were the Snippy Girls.  You might recognize Amber from Gigi's Thimble.  Love those giant flowers with the ric rac.

The Homestead Quilters came up with this cute fish quilt.  I love the one swimming the wrong way.
Finally our quilt.  Do you see what that mess became?  Did you guess jellyfish tendrils?  And guess what we won!!!!  
What did we win.  A cash prize plus each participant go this wonderful scissor set from Nuttall's Bernina.
And all the scraps.  This is just my haul.  It was a fun day.  A little stressful at the end trying to get it all finished up.  It was so worth it.  What a fun day!  The quilts were auctioned and the proceeds went to Sew Much Hope.  
Now that I've shared my fun.  I want to see what fun you've been having sewing along this past week.  Link up and share your progress. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Scrappy Layer Cake Friendly Quilt

What's a girl to do when she has an extra layer cake lying around looking for a home.  Find it a home of course.  Meet North Star.  The result of said home finding.
 This is a quick, easy quilt to make.  It can easily be made in a day using strip piecing.
 Do you have a layer cake you've been looking to make into a quilt?  This could be your answer. 
The pattern is now available on my website.  Find it and other pre cut and scrap quilt patterns along with my class schedule.