Friday, June 28, 2019

Scrappy Cacti

You may remember last month I designed a Cactus quilt for Moda Bake shop.  I used a layer cake and matching charm pack of Spotted by Zen Chic.  Well I've made another.  This time I dove into my scrap bins.
 You just need a 10" square and matching 5" square of each fabric.  So scraps work well.  You could even use a fat eighth.
 I have yet to make it down to red rock country to photograph my cacti quilts.  So my backyard will have to do until I find time for a trip down south.
You can find the tutorial for this quilt at Moda Bake Shop here.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sail on at the Sea Shore with Moda Bake Shop

I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Moda Bake Shop At the Seashore Sew Along.  The beach is my favorite vacation spot.  The sun, sand and sea speak to me.  My hubby and I have a Hobie Cat so sail boats came to mind.  This little block was the result. It uses a little circle applique.  That is then cut to create the fun wave effect.  

For those of you who are visiting from Moda Bake Shop welcome!  As promised here is a cute little baby quilt using my block. You won't have to make an appliqued circle for each of these blocks because for every three blocks you make you will have enough extra quarter circles for another block.  You can also use the extra half square triangle sails so there is less waste.  I hope you will find this method fun enjoy making this little quilt. First you will want to make 8 blocks like the one you find in the tutorial on Moda Bake Shop. 
                                     
Next you will make 8 blocks reversing the light blue and navy backgrounds. 
 Finally arrange blocks into 4 rows of four by alternating the two blocks.  Sew your rows together.
 Quilt as desired, bind and share with your favorite baby.
If  you make one I hope you will share it with me.  I'd love to see it!  Share it via email or on Instagram @emsscrapbag. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Moving It Forward~ MBS At the Seashore Sew Along

Apparently there has been a little mix up with the At the Seashore block schedule.  For those of you who saw my little block, consider it a sneak peek.  If not look forward to it soon.  This little block designed by Audrey of The Cloth Parcel is the first block in the sew along.  It was fun to make and oh so cute.  
I hope you will join in the fun if you haven't already.  You can find the tutorials for the blocks here.  Along with quilt settings.


Now it's your turn to share what you're moving forward.  Link up and let us cheer you on.


Friday, June 21, 2019

Scrap Quilt With Focus Fabric

 When teaching about scrap quilting I encourage those who are a little hesitant to dive into the scrap bin and just let those scraps play together to choose a focus fabric.  A fabric that speaks to them. Then to pull scraps based on the colors in that fabric.
That is basically what I did with this quilt.  I had found the ocean fabric and then pulled from the scrap bins.  When pulling fabrics do worry about being exact with color.  In fact it is wise to have a wide color base.  Making sure you have a good value scale.  Meaning you have a wide range going form light to dark.  If you are unsure.  Just set your camera on it's black and white setting.  The camera will do all the work for you.  You'll easily be able to see if you grays from almost white to black.
 For those of you who subscribe to my newsletter you received a free pattern of this quilt.  If  your not signed up you might want to.  You can find the form on the side bar.You don't want to miss out on the free patterns, tips and coupons you will find each month. Not to mention a heads up on the classes I will be teaching
 . Also just an FYI, Accuquilt is having a BOGO on Studio dyes.  This is a great time to stock up, especially if you enjoy applique.  Also Fat Quarter Shop is having a flash sale on The Violetta Collection 2.5" Strips by Laura Ashley for Camelot Cottons!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Moving it Forward

Trying to figuring out how to quilt a quilt I often get stuck.  My quilting angel, Sheri, had got all the Quilty Hugs bond.  She was wondering if I had another for her.  Sadly I was a little behind. So rather than stew over how to quilt this patriotic Quilty Hug. I decided to do a quick stipple.  It's quilted now.  I need to trim it up and get the binding cut.  So Sheri will have a quilt to work on while she watches shows at night.  
In addition to getting a little quilting done.  I also redid my Quilt Page.  It had been years since I had updated it.  I may do a little tweaking yet but at least the quilts are current.

What have you been working on?  I hope the business of summer with vacations, yard work, and BBQ's is not keeping you so busy you are not finding time to escape to your sewing room.  I find even a few moments helps me.  Link up and show us what your working on.

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."