Monday, July 29, 2019

Moving It Forward

Still have lots going on in the sewing room.  It's good thing as it's keeping me from missing my girl too much.  I mentioned to my hubby I needed more design wall space for all my projects.  I have added to my Moda Bake Shop QAL.  I'm almost ready to start assembling this quilt.  It may have to go out on the family room floor.  

 The design wall is full with this project.  I pulled all my red, pink and yellow scraps from my bits bin and made fabric from them.
Then I took that fabric made letters and added my scrappy Dresdens from last week.  Now to figure out how to put this all together.  I'll be using it as a sample for my upcoming Spells class for the Utah Quilt Guild's annual meeting.  Their theme this year is 'Sew Bewitching.'
 And taking up a big chunk of the design wall are my growing number of Fusion blocks for the 100 blocks in 100 days.  The more I get done the more I like this quilt.
What fun projects are you moving forward?  Are the summer months keeping you too busy to sew or like me do you have so many projects they can barely be contained in your sewing area?  Link up and share.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Stars, Birds and Dresdens

 What a fun class we had yesterday at K & H.  The Free Spirit Girls had lots of fun making wonky stars. 
Susan and Angela decided to stick with the pattern, Sparkle.  Though I think both will change the size of there quilt by making more stars.  They are addictive after all.
 Sue found this pattern.   Instead of using the stars and applique birds shown in the pattern.
 She will use her wonky stars
 And the wonky birds she made in the Enchanted Garden class.  I can't wait to see how it turns out.
 I was thrilled when Susan brought her finished Scrappy Dresden top.  Don't you just love how her solid Dresdens pop on her scrappy. low volume background?  What a great finish!
One of the great rewards of teaching is seeing how a student takes your quilt and makes it their own.  I'm thrilled with how the Free Spirit girls get bolder and more outside the box as the year goes on.  I'm busy planning next year.  Looking forward to watching their skills grow!  I'd love to help you and your group develop their quilting skills.  My 2020 year is starting to fill up.  Schedule your group now so you don't miss out!  Contact me here or via email to get your workshops, trunk shows and lectures scheduled.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Moving It Forward

Lots of little projects going on in my sewing room.  I'm trying to keep so semblance of order with all that is going on.  I thought I was doing a pretty good job until my hubby came down and said "This is a mess."  I guess it's all perspective.  I had a little fun making these little dresdens.  I have an idea forming in my head that I want to use them in.
My 100 blocks in 100 days with Gnome Angel are coming right along.  Here they are so far.
 Finally to beat the heat.  It's been in the 90's here.  I made these wonky snowmen.  Now to embellish these frosty fellows.
 In addition to all the sewing my favorite girl is leaving me for the next year and a half.  She will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  She leaves Wednesday.  I'm excited for her.  I know she will do a wonderful job.  She is so loving and kind.  Just a little worried about how I will cope without her.
Photo by Ravenberg Photography
Now that I've shared my adventures.  I'd love to see what your up to.  Link up and show us your progress.  Let us cheer you on.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Curves Made Easy

Curves can scare quilters.  Don't let that fear keep you from using them.  This easy method will have you adding some sweet curves to your quilty creations. 
The first step is to use my perfect circle applique tutorial.  Then let the fun begin by cutting those appliqued circles. 

 By cutting them in half you can create something like my Clam Shells pattern.
Quartering them you can make a fun drunkard's path border along with the leaves in my Devine pattern. 
 Or create some waves like I did in my Sailing block and the great baby boy quilt that I used it in.
 So let the fear go and let the fun begin.  Show off your curves.  If  you make some let me know.  Link them up in our next Moving it Forward link up, show them off on Instagram an tag me so I get to see @emsscrapbag.  Also if you would like a more hands on approach to this method, contact me.  I'd love to help you  and your quilty friends learn this skill and improve your quilting abilities.  Hurry though my 2020 schedule is filling up.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Moving it Forward

Lots of good stuff has been happening in my sewing room.  First up I've made another block in the Moda Bake Shop At the Sea Shore SAL.  This one is by Carole Carter.  We must think alike as we both did sail boats.
 I'm also keeping up with my 100 blocks in 100 days by gnomeangle. This picture is missing a few.  Don't know what's up with that.  I have made all 15.  Must have taken the picture for the blog prematurely.
I'm also working on a project for my newsletter.  I'm giving instructions for a block in each one.  From time to time I will also include a quilt layout with the blocks I've shared.  This is one of the blocks.  Not getting my newsletter?  Don't want to miss out on these bonus blocks and quilt layouts?  Make sure you sign up on the side bar near the top.
Now that I've shared my various sewing adventures.  I'd love to see yours.  Link up and let us see what your moving forward. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Mountain Retreat

 I while back I found a fun camping print that had oranges, blues, greens and browns.  My mind said those colors would make a great quilt.  So I started pulling from my scrap bins.  This half square triangle quilt set on point was the result.
It is another version of my Mountain Retreat quilt.  I think those half square triangles make a lovely mountain range.  Don't you? 
It reminds me of camping and hiking with my sons.  Enjoying the great outdoors and all it's beauty. It is a masculine looking quilt that still allows me to use a lot of color.  That doesn't happen very often. 

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I'm excited to be part of Gnome Angel's 100 blocks in 100 days.  I was just going to do a few of the blocks.
But it turns out, once you start you can't stop.  So here are a few more of my completed blocks. 
And here is a weeks worth of blocks.  My daughter thinks it's a bit bold.  But I'm loving it!

Now it's your turn to share.  What are you moving forward.  Link up and let us see.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Medallion Quilt Show and Tell

I'm so excited to see everyone's Medallion Quilts.  I hope you have had as much fun as I have making yours.  
 I even had fun choosing different quilting motifs for each border.  Usually I dread this part of my quilt journey.
 I quilted leaves, flowers, loops, swirls and stippling.  Each border has a different motif.
Next I pulled out some wide strips from my scrap bins and made a scrappy binding.  You can find a tutorial for my method here.
 I truly enjoyed designing this quilt and sharing it with you.  Figuring out different borders and how to arrange them.  If you are late to the game.  You can still create your own medallion quilt find the different tutorials here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Just a Thought ~ Hard Things

I knew that the block I created for Moda Bake Shop's At the Sea Shore Sew Along may have stretched people a little.  I knew that may turn a few quilters off.  I'm pleased that so many quilters followed Luke Danes, of Gilmore Girls advice, "You just gotta jump in and be scared and stick with it until it gets fun."
The quilt above is a result of this action.  I was asked to participate in a double wedding ring challenge.  This scared me to death, all that curved piecing.  I was told I could do something small.  So I agreed to the challenge and figured I would just do a table runner.  I started the process.  I found it wasn't as hard as I thought.  In fact it was quite fun. Before I knew it my table runner was a queen size quilt.  

So kudos to all those that gave it a go!  I hope you found it fun once you got used to the method.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Moving It Forward ~ Dresdens

This was a fun, busy, quilting week. In addition to my Moda Bake Shop fun.  You are joining in right?  The blocks are tons of fun.  I'm way excited for my quilt.  I can barely wait for each reveal.   I took some time Tuesday to baste a few quilt.  
Thursday I enjoyed watching the ladies in my class make the Scrappy Dresden quilt their own.  Susan made some lovely Dresdens from her solids stash.
Sue decided to try making points on both ends.  Aren't those little blades adorable?
Angela tried quarter and half Dresdens in purple.  
 Laura made tons of blades in oranges and yellows.  

 She also brought a little show and tell.  Didn't she do a fabulous job on her Naughty Garden?
 She has it all basted and is doing some fabulous big stitch quilting.  What a great touch!
 If you make one of my patterns I'd love to see how you made it your own.  Send me a picture via email or tag me on Instagram @emsscrapbag.

Now for your current project.  What are you moving forward? Link up and let us see!  We want to cheer you on in your progress.