Monday, September 30, 2019

Moving it Forward

 I've finished 90 of the 100 blocks in 100 days by Gnome Angel.  This is as big as I will make this quilt.  I may put the remaining 10 blocks on the back.  I do love how bright and bold it is.  These were fun easy blocks to make.  I had a lot of fun making them.
I've also been quilting leaves and vines into my Divine quilt.  I think it will look great on the guest bed. 
My head is bursting with ideas.  I wish I had more hours in the day to bring them to fruition.  Look forward to seeing new patterns and quilting tips.  I'm so excited!!!  Make sure you sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss a thing.

Now I want to see what exciting things you have coming together in your sewing room. Link up and share

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Quilts and Airplanes

I enjoy putting quilts on point.  It's a fun way to mix up a pattern with a block or group of blocks.  This quilt uses two simple blocks, a snowball and plus block. Putting it on point makes it look more complicated than it really is.   
 Some people shy away from putting a quilt on point because of the math.  It's really not that hard.  the formula is quite easy.  a2 + b2 = c2.  
 For the setting triangles a and b equal the size of your finished block.  For the corners c equals the size of your finished block. Then add your seam allowance. Don't want to do the math?  I have several patterns where it's all figured out for you.  To celebrate my hubby's new toy I have all my on point patterns on sale.  Find them here.
 Not only is this formula good for quilts but for when your hubby decides to buy an airplane in New York State and you live in Utah.  Before making the purchase he wanted to make sure it would fit in the truck he would be driving it home in.  It needed a little work and while he is working on getting his pilot's license but doesn't have it yet.  Plus our son's girlfriend needed help moving across the nation.  So he saw it as a way to help her out and get what he wanted.  Gotta love the man.  He puts up with my crazy so well.  I'll gladly put up with his.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Jellyroll Friendly Half Square Triangles

Did you know you could make half square triangles from jellyrolls?  Yep!  And it's so easy!  Plus there is no waste.
 All you will need is a flying geese ruler and jellyroll strips.  I find it a great way to use up leftover ones.  You know where you use part of the strip and your left with a bit extra.
 Place your strips right sides together.  Here I've used a background strip with a jellyroll strip.
 Next take your flying geese ruler and line up on the 2 1/2" line and cut.
 Now turn your ruler as shown and cut again. Continue down your jellyroll strip flipping the ruler back and forth.
 Take your triangle sets to the sewing machine and chain, chain, chain them together.
Press open and have fun play, play playing with those fun, fun, fun half square triangles.
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Monday, September 23, 2019

Moving It Forward

 Last week was Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest.  It was fabulous!  I enjoyed listening to Luara Schwarz Smith and Gloria Loughman's lectures.  There quilts were amazing!  And it was so interesting learning about their methods. Some day I may have to branch out from my scrap bins and try some painting and printing on fabric.  My mom would be so proud.  She has tried to get me to paint my whole life.
My Spells class went well.  The ladies did a wonderful job with their letters.  Everyone got several letters made.  I can't wait to see their finished quilts. If you would be interested in a class for your shop, guild or retreat contact me.  I'd be happy to share.
 In my spare time I cut out a new project and started sewing some pieces together.  I was going to go with a light background but was not sure it would make my fabrics pop.  So I found a charcoal at a local quilt shop that I like so much better.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Layer Cake Friendly Majestic Mountains.

I love to play with a block and find new and different ways to use it. Majestic Mountains is a block I have played a lot with. I like it because it is pre-cut friendly, a layer cake and some background fabric and you've got endless possibilities. 

I did this scrappy Dutchmen's Puzzle quilt in tribute to my great grandparents who immigrated from the Netherlands to the mountains of the Wasatch Front.  I used the majestic mountain block to from my Dutchmen's Puzzle blocks. 

To make your own Majestic Mountain blocks you will need two squares.  I'm using 10" aka layer cake size. Draw a diagonal line through it. Sorry it's hard to see in the picture.
 Place it right sides together with another 10" square. Sew 1/4" on either side of the line you drew.
 Cut on diagonal line and press open.
 Cut into equal segments, for the layer cake size I use 2 3/8". The last strip is actually 2 1/2" but it's such a small difference I don't worry about it.
 Reverse the order of your strips and sew together. There you have it a Majestic Mountain block.
Here are a few quilts I've made using this fun block. In Dahlia I mixed up the blades to make the blocks scrappy.  Then stitched them around a square to make a pinwheel like flower.
In a Little High a Little Low I also mixed up the blades and sewed them into rows back to back.
In Rhythm and Blues I used them going diagonal through my quilt to give it movement.  
This is the same quilt just in a different color way.  
I hope you have fun playing with this fun block.  Please share what you come up with me.  I'd love to see what you come up with.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Drunkard's Path Made Easy

 Does the Drunkard's Path pattern scare you?  It shouldn't, not with this easy method.

First applique circles on using my perfect circle applique method.  
 Next quarter you circles.
 Finally arrange your circles as shown and sew together.
I used this method for both the leaves and the fun border in my Divine quilt.  Find the pattern here.

and the waves in my Moda Bake Shop by the Sea block.
Hope you have fun trying this easy method.  I'd love to see what you come up with.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Moving it Forward

There comes a time when the creative clutter that is your sewing area becomes more of a hindrance than a help.  When scraps and piles of fabric abound in a big hot mess.  So you bite the bullet and get busy creating some semblance of order.  I reached that point this weekend.  So I began sorting piles.  Refolding fabric into pretty little stacks and placing it in the right color coordinated bin.
 I did pinks and purples, oranges and reds.
 All my low volume fabrics got refolded and rearranged.
 Along with my grays, blacks and browns.
I still have blues, greens and yellows to go through.  That is my goal for today.  I'm motivate! Seeing all these pretty fabrics has got my creative juices flowing.  Ideas abound as to where and how they can be used.  I guess that cleaning up once in a while is a good idea.
Let's keep the inspiration coming.  What things are you moving forward.  Link up and let us see.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Half Square Triangle Fun

A while back I pulled a bunch of pink and purple scraps.  I used my Go Cutter and this little scrap busting method to cut a bunch of half square triangles.  I have dies that cut 3 1/2" , 2 1/2", and 1 1/2" half square triangles.  This comes in handy in so many ways.  It saves time!  It allows me to play with scale!  A fun way to add interest to a quilt.  Like in this butter fly quilt and my Bear Scraps pattern.
 I had fun quilting a garden for my butterflies to play in.
 My quilting angel, Sheri bond it for me.  Now it's ready to go to a good home as a Quilty Hug.
 I also used my 2 1/2" half square triangle die to cut out this patriotic quilt.  I used the 2 1/2" strip die to cut the 2 1/2" squares in bulk.  Saves so much time.  Just cut your strips and then line them up on the 90* line on your die and cut the other way.  You can do diamonds this way also using the other angle lines available on the die. 
I may have to do a tutorial on that some time.  Let me know if you are interested.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Little Things Add Up

Such wisdom in these words.  It is the small things we do consistently that bring about the great things in our lives.  Sewing a little every day creates the quilt.  What we choose to eat at each meal determines how we feel and look.  I probably drive my kids crazy with my asking them if the choices they are making today are leading to what they want tomorrow.  Let me drive you a little crazy and ask you the same thing.  If not choose today to make small steps to lead to the great things you want.

Just a little FYI, the pattern for this sweet little quilt will be in this Friday's newsletter.  Don't miss out!  Sign up today.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Moving It Forward

I had a bunch of leftover Fig Tree fabrics from recent projects.  So I pulled them from my scrap bins for a new project.
 I used my perfect circle applique method and appliqued them to various low volume backgrounds.
 Then I quartered them and made these leaf sets.  Now to add some more background and put everything together.
What fun project are you working on?  Let's see what you're moving forward.  Link up and let us cheer you on. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Double Wedding Ring Runner

I now remember why my last attempt at making a double wedding ring runner turned into a queen size quilt.  Making those scrappy arcs is just so much fun.  
 I used Darlene Zimmerman's Double Wedding Ring Rulers. They make this quilt so much easier. 
Can't wait to share this with the Free Spirit Club next year.  I'll be taking my runner to K & H for display.  So much better than me having to give up the one on my bed.  I do love that quilt.  It makes me happy and I know I sleep so much better under it. 

Do you want some hands on help creating these fun scrappy rings?  Not in my area?  I'd love to come to you and share my love of scrap quilting.  Contact me for details.