Monday, December 30, 2019

Scrap Busting Challenge

I promised my Facebook group a scrap busing challenge in the new year.  I thought I'd share a teaser here.  Just in case, you want to play along.  You will need a lot of 1 1/2" strips.  I cut a bunch from my low volume bin because I was having trouble getting the lid on it.  So I'm doing a little taming. 
 I will give specific instructions on Friday.  Plus I will do my first Facebook live at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday to answer any questions.
If your scrap bins are overflowing, this could be a good solution.  There are no requirements on how many blocks you have to make.  You could make one for a pillow, enough for a small to large quilt.  If you so desire you could make multiple quilts.
You will be able to post your blocks and quilts on the Facebook page.  Share ideas and connect with a great scrap quilter community.  It's going to be 'SEW' MUCH FUN!!!!

I also wanted to let you know of a great deal that Bluprint is offering.  Did you know that this week you can get unlimited free class.  YES!  That's right.  UNLIMITED! There are some great ones!  Some of my favorite are; The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli,  Socks My Way by Laura Neel, and I love their yoga classes!  Cram in a lot of learn or sample to see if Bluprint is right for you.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Show Off Your Curves

Do curves scare you?  They shouldn't.  Let me hold your hand and show you a simple, easy method to ensure success with curves.
You'll learn how to make fun quilts, like my Clamshell quilt.  This is layer cake friendly quilt and goes together really quickly.  If you are looking for a fun fast quilt.  
 Divine uses the same technique simply cutting the circles into fourths instead of in half.  I used a variety of low volume backgrounds to give this a more scrappy feel.
 This cute little sail on block I did for Moda Bake Shop also uses my easy method.  Use one of my patterns or create your own.

I promise you can do this!  It's fun and easy.  Make sure to share your creations with me on Instagram by tagging @emsscrapbag of join my Facebook page and share all your scrappy creations.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
May you have a beautiful day full of love and giving.  Enjoy your family and friends!

 Wishing you all the best in the new year!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Enchanted Forests

Enchanted Forest was one of the quilts I took on my winter photo shoot.  I adore this quilt!  I had so much fun making it.  In fact carving out time to make these wonky, free form blocks was my birthday gift to myself.  One of the best birthday presents ever!
 This quilt continues to delight me.  I love how happy it is.  It has a winter feel but is bright and cheerful.  Something we often need in the winter months.  Especially when the January blues set in.  Treat yourself to this fun make if that tends to be a problem for you.  You can find the pattern here.
 This is my winter trees quilt.  It uses my Yarn Bomb trees pattern  I simply skipped the strip making step and used nonpieced trunks and branches.  This quilt has a more serene feel.  And would make a great modern wall hanging.  In case  your looking to warm up your walls with quilts this winter.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Going in Circles

It's that time of year when there is so much to do.  Every minute seems packed with shopping, baking, wrapping and more.  With all that is going on we can get a little frazzled.  Let me share with you what I did recently.  If for no other reason than to give you a laugh as you hurry to check everything off your list.  It had been weeks since I shaved.  Anyone else let this little bit of personal hygiene go in the winter?   So I finally shaved my legs while in the shower.  When I got out of the shower I was putting lotion on my legs.  The first leg I put lotion on was oh so smooth.  Then as I put lotion on the second leg I thought oops, I missed a spot.  Nope.  Apparently I shaved the same leg twice.  It's smooth as a baby's bottom.  The other is hairy as a bear.  It's got three weeks of hair.  Needless to say I wore a long skirt and boots to church Sunday.  
Now that you've had a good laugh and hopefully feeling pretty good about yourself.  Either you've never done something so brainless or, in good company, or at least your not alone.  Let me share with you my latest YouTube video.  My method for circles is almost brainless.  So even on your most crazy day you are ensured success.  Hope you'll take a minute and check it out.  If you like it I hope you will like and subscribe.  If it knocks your socks off or you think someone else might benefit from it please share it.  Thanks!
 Thanks to all your wishes of luck I was able to finish my Oh Christmas Tree skirt.  It is under my tree right now.  I'd take a picture there but our tree is in the basement this year.  We need more room to fit all the people who came to our Christmas party so the tree got set up down there, making it hard to take a good pictures.  But I'll just let you know I think it looks great.
Because I like to change things up I made my Christmas tree skirt reversible.  One year we can have trees the next we can have snowmen.  I have eyes, buttons and noses to put on my snowmen, but that will have to wait for another year. Guess which side we are using this year?

Good luck with your last minute Christmas preparations.  Hope you have better luck than me keeping things straight.  If not long skirts and boots cover a multitude of mistakes.  hee hee!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Winter Wonderland

My favorite winter hike is up Muller Park Canyon.  I snowshoe it at least once every winter.  It is gorgeous anytime of year. I especially like it in winter.  Something about the snow makes it magical.  

 I thought it would be fun to take a bunch of my quilts to the trail head and do a little photo shoot.  If I was more ambitious I would have hiked them to elephant rock.  I'm sure I would have got some fabulous pictures there. 
 The ones I got at the trail head were pretty spectacular. I love how the colors of Sunshine on a Cloudy Day  popped in this winter wonderland.
While the blues in Rhythm and Blues took on an icy feel.  
 I never saw it before but in the snow the majestic mountain blocks became icicles.
 Or a river of ice, depending on the angle of the quilt.
Watch for more from my winter wonderland photo shoot in the coming weeks.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Oh Christmas Tree Skirt

 I've had the rounds of a Christmas tree skirt cut out for several years now.  I knew I wanted to do applique on them, but was having trouble figuring out what exactly I wanted to applique; trees, houses, snowmen.  So many ideas; so little time.  So I kept putting it off. 

My quilt guild has a thing called the Ott Light.  Each month everyone who is at the meeting has their name put in a drawing.  If you are drawn you have one month to finish a project your ought to have finished by now.  Guess who got drawn last month.  Me!
 It was just the push I needed to finish my tree skirt.  I pulled out my green and brown scrap bins.  Cut up a bunch of trees and trunks.  Arranged them around my circles and got busy appliqueing them down.  Before long I had this cute little top. 
Over the weekend I sandwiched the layers.  I have until noon on Thursday to get my Oh Christmas Tree skirt quilted.  Wish me luck!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Machine Binding Tutorial

I've have several binding tutorials on my blog.  You can find them here. But did you know that I now have a YouTube video that shows you step by step how I machine bind my quilts?
 I used the scrappy binding I made while doing my Scrappy Bias Binding video.  Once I had finished quilting my By the Sea quilt.
I had thought of just doing a binding in the blue I had used for the sashing.  I'm so glad I went with scrappy!  I love the fun interest it adds.  Plus it allowed me to manage my ever growing scrap bins.
Learn how to machine bind your next quilt with my newest video here.  It's fast, easy and looks great!
And just a little FYI Accuquilt is having some amazing deals.  Christmas is coming!  Now would be the perfect time to get those dies you've been wanting or if you haven't purchased a cutter you might want to.  Take care of the necessary evil, save time and have more fun sewing.  Blueprint has fabric bundles up to 60% off.  Give your stash some new life. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Hawaiian Applique and Adventure

Hubby and I had a wonderful anniversary in Hawaii.  One of my favorite parts was visiting the mission home at the Polynesian Cultural Center and seeing all the beautiful Hawaiian quilts.   What an art!
 They had this display to show how it was done.  I don't know if I'll ever make a quilt like this but it was fun to see how it was done and to get to stitch a few stitches in a sample they had for people to try.

We also spent a day at Pearl Harbor.  This tree of life monument gives me a little inspiration for a quilt.  I might have to play with that soon.
We also enjoyed all of the beautiful scenery.  I loved watching the ocean waves with all their power and beauty.  
We also had fun watching the surfers on North Shore ride those big waves.  The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing was going on while we were there.  My boys would have loved it.  
We had a lovely time!  The weather was perfect!  It's nice to be home though.  I'm ready to play in my scraps.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Scalloped Dresden How to

Continuing with my love with Dresdens I've created a YouTube Video featuring scalloped Dresdens.  The Fast to cut Dresden Plate Template is great for creating all kinds of Dresdens.  If you love Dresden Plate quilts, like me, you might want to pick one up.  
 If you've never made one or need a few tips make sure you watch my video. 
 Weather you want to come up with your own original design or use one of my Dresden patterns.  This tutorial is sure to help you have success. 
Hello Sunshine

Friday, December 6, 2019

Dresdens and Scraps

Dresdens and Scraps are like chocolate and peanut butter.  They make a fabulous combination.  
My Scrappy Dresden pattern is one of my all time favorite quilts.  It is also one of my most popular classes.  Recently while teaching it one lady decided that she didn't want to hide her scraps with the Dresdens.  She decided instead to place a piece of muslin where the Dresden would be then build her scrappy background around it.  Another lady in the class said she had so many scraps she was happy that this pattern used so many.  She opted to keep the scrappy background behind her Dresdens.  Either way I know their quilts will be beautiful.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Coins and Stars

This pink and navy scrap buster is the newest free Quilty Hug pattern in my newsletter.  It got it's start when I found all those coin pieces in some donated fabric.  We added stars to make it a good throw size.  Sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar to receive the pattern and other great quilting information.
While you are reading this I'm on my way to celebrate 30 years of marriage with this guy.  He is the love of my life.  He puts up with all my crazy so well.  
The day of our marriage was a blizzard.  And while winter is my favorite season.  Hubby wanted to go somewhere warm.  So we're off to sunny islands and beautiful beaches.  I'll share more when we return.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Modern Crumb Quilts

I must admit I'm smitten with my bits bin.  Whenever I can find a few moments to sneak away I find my self seeking it out for a little play.  It never fails to relax me and bring me joy.
 I've used it to make tiny little pin cushions and ornaments.  It's also where the pieces for my favorite quilt, my double wedding ring came from.
 In fact I've decorated my bedroom with creations from it's contents.  I just can't get enough of that little bin. And it's these little bits are so much easier to snuggle with in the form of pillows and quilts than random pieces. You would think I'd run out of little bits from all I've created.  But somehow it is always magically full.

I've create a video sharing my process of using up my bits.  Just in case you're in love with your bits and would like to create a few snugly things from it's contents.