Monday, February 17, 2020

Scrappy Spiderweb Progress and a Winner

I'm home and within the hour my sister and her hubby will be here to pick up their kids.  I've had a lot of fun with my nieces and nephew.  My youngest niece joined me each morning on her bike as we made a loop around Liberty Park, while her siblings were in school.  We all made Valentine cookies to share with friends. My design wall became a giant collage of scraps. And my older nieces have both beat me in games of Settlers of Catan.  
 Afternoons while my niece napped or played with her toys I made a little progress my scrappy spiderweb quilt.  You can find my video tutorial for this fun scrap buster on my YouTube channel. 
 I forgot to mention the winner of the magazine with my newest quilt design.  Loris is the lucky winner.  I hope she will share her quilt with us when she finishes it. 
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Friday, February 14, 2020

How to Quilt a Star Quilt

Braveheart is one of my best selling patterns.  I just taught it last week at Bryce.  So I thought it would be nice to share several ways you can quilt this fun patriotic quilt of valor
 or scrappy baby quilt.  So I got together with Ruth, my retreat buddy and expert long arm quilter.
And we've made another video showing quilting options for this quilt, from easy to advanced. Though if you've not made this quilt you could use Ruth's expertise on other star quilts.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Little Bits of Love

With Valentines day just around the corner.  I'm sending you a post full of love. It's no secret I love to play with scraps.  These little cuties are a fun way to use up some scraps.  Make them as pincushions to share with your quilting friends.  Find the template and instructions in your newsletter.  
Another fun way to use up scraps is this fun improv quilt.  Click here for the pattern. 
 Don't feel like making a quilt.  What?  I also have this cutie as a downloadable print.  It would look so cute hanging on your wall.  It comes in various sizes.
 Or I have cards and post cards for you to send to all your Valentines.
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Monday, February 10, 2020

Every Quilt Has a Story

While your reading this I'm busy watching my sister, Becky's kids.  They range in age from 11-4 and there are four of them.  It's been a while since I've had four kids at home so this will be a grand adventure.  I think that though it will be busy.  It's also going to be tons of fun!  
This quilt was inspired by my niece, Mary.  She is the my sister's eldest child.  When she was quite small I would watch her and she would gather up all the scraps on my sewing room floor and design quilts on my design wall.  As she grew she wanted to do more and more in my sewing room.  I remember one time, she was around 6, she told me she could do dangerous crafts.  When I asked her what this meant she told me she could use scissors.  Too funny!   

Now that Mary is 11 she is quite the seamstress.  She made pj's for her whole family for Christmas.  
Mary's Garden is a tribute to her.  My daughter may not enjoy sewing with me, she enjoys photography with my sister.  Mary, on the other hand, is my sewing buddy.

Friday, February 7, 2020

My Scrap Sorting Method

While my sewing area is seldom tidy.  I'm of the philosophy, creative clutter is better than tidy idleness.  When my bins are not out being used they are organized and fun to look at.  That may be why they are seldom put away.  
 But I do have a method to my madness.  So I only take out the bins I'll be using in any given project.  This allows me to easily find the perfect scraps for each quilt.    Whether it be for a bits quilt, a string quilt, or a quilt and uses various chunks.
 I recently made a YouTube video sharing my method.  Check it out and see if it might help you manage those ever multiplying scraps.  You gotta use them up or they will take over. 
But if managed you'll have lots of fun creating my favorite kind of quilts, scrappy of course. Here's the video.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Scrap Busting at Bryce

I'm thrilled to be enjoying a little R & R at Bryce Winter Retreat.  While I am teaching three classes, I still have plenty of time to dive into my scraps.  Yea!  It's one of my favorite things to do.  And all the prep I needed to do for my classes and running my business while I'm away I've not had nearly enough time for scrappy play.  
 I mixed business with please while making my Scrappy Spiderweb video.  And I can't tell you how hard it has been to not drop all that I've needed to do to and dive into all those pretty strips.  I'm looking forward to making a whole stack of these blocks.
My Piece of Cake x and + blocks have also been calling.  I'll have a hard time deciding which of these two projects I'll work on first.  I hope to be able to share lots of progress when I get back.  It may take me a while to post since when I get back I'll be watching my sister, Becky's kids while she shoots a wedding in Hawaii. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Scrappy Stars and Roses at Bryce Winter Retreat

Tomorrow, after my Quilty Hug sew in, Ruth and I are heading to Bryce for our annual winter retreat.  I'll be teaching my Braveheart and Wonky Rose Garden quilts.  
 In my Braveheart class the students will have the choice between making a quilt or a table runner.  My pattern comes with instructions for both. I recently made a video on how to make the flying geese part of these stars, just in case you are interested in making a few flying geese.
I love teaching my Wonky Rose Garden.  This free form quilt is a fun make.  Each rose turns out different.  Once you wrap your head around the improv piecing you'll be making a whole rose garden.  I love how the scrappiness of this quilt gives it an impressionist art look.  

Friday, January 31, 2020

How to Quilt X and O Blocks

If you're like me you are often stumped when it comes to figuring out how to quilt your quilt.  
A Bushel and A Peck
 I solved this problem by inviting my friend Ruth, a skilled long arm quilter, over. She has won ribbons for her amazing quilting.  We made several videos showing options from easy to advanced on ways to quilt several of my quilt patterns.  We chose quilts that had elements that you would find in many other quilts. 
The first in this series is available now.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Twisted Stars

I'm thrilled to finally be able to share this quilt with you.  I made it last summer.  You may notice that my background is lush and sunny.  Not exactly the weather one find in Utah in January.
This is a fat quarter friendly quilt.  It features the fabric line Scarlet and Sage by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.
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Monday, January 27, 2020

Fun with Medallion Quilts

I had so much fun designing and making this Medallion quilt last year.  It is now a pattern, just in case you are interest.  
 I'm also teaching it as a class at K& H Quilt Shoppe on the fourth Thursday of each month for the next four months.  Each month we will be doing a different border.  Yesterday the ladies either brought their own center or worked on it in class. 
 We also started on our first border.  It was fun to see those borders come together.  Sue hasn't decided on a center yet, but she got her borders done.  She even made that cute little bow tie for her next border.
 Marilyn used a panel for her center.  She is changing up the size so her quilt will be a rectangle instead of a square.
 Angela pieced her center and got her borders on. 
 I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone's medallion quilts progress over the next few months.  It's one of my favorite things about teaching.  Watching my students take my patterns and make them their own.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Scrappy Spiderweb Tutorial

If you've read this blog for very long you know, my solution to full scrap bins is a scrap quilt designed around that full bin.  Well my random strips bin, that bin I dump all the strips that don't quite reach the full width on my Accuquilt strip cutters, trimmings from quilt backs, or strips that just randomly happen in my other sewing.  It was overflowing.  Not the first time, probably won't be the last.  
 So my solution was to start a new scrappy spiderweb quilt.  Since I was making the blocks anyway, I thought I would share a tutorial with you.  So I made new YouTube video.  Hope you like it.
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Enjoy making spiderweb quilts?  Looking for a challenge?  Let me know if you would be interested in a controlled spiderweb quilt.  If there is enough interest I'll work on making something available to you.  




Almost forgot, here's the video.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Drunkard's Path meets Clam Shells

We've had a few warmer days.  Not real warm just warm enough to melt my snowy backdrop.  This picture reminds me that I need to refill my bird feeders.  They appear to be empty.  My larger feeder with a tray at the bottom empties faster than these tube ones with perches.  I'm wondering if the deer are eating from it.  I wonder this for two reasons.  One it empties so fast.  Two when the snow was  there the deer tracks gave evidence of there congregating under it.  Has anyone ever heard of this happening?  Just wondering.
 I finished quilting all those feathers in my Clamshells quilt.  I really like the combination of the pebbles and feathers.  I'm not always as thrilled with my quilting as I am with this quilt.  I think my skills are finally being honed.
 This quilt is a play on a drunkards path.  I originally designed it using my sister, Julie's fabric line Salt Air for Moda.  Because it was a beachy fabric line and these half circles look like a clamshell quilt.  I named it Clamshells

Don't let those curves scare you.  With my easy method they are really quite easy.  Learn how with my YouTube video.  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Free Motion Quilting~ Pebbles and Feathers

When it comes to Free Motion quilting I've been self taught.  Thanks to an artist mother who has a home that is better stocked than most craft stores and encouraged me to dabble in painting, sewing and various other crafts.  I've had a lot of practice trying new things.  When I first started quilting, my kids were little, hubby was in school and money was tight.  So quilting by check was not an option.  So I asked questions at my guild.  Took the handful of knowledge I was given and went for it.  
 Now that the kids are grown and money is not so tight I still quilt my own.  It's not my favorite thing always but I feel a sense of accomplishment saying I made my quilt completely by myself.  I've know I have lots of room for improvement in my quilting. So I recently started taking some classes on Bluprint.   Did you know you can get unlimited streaming of classes for less than $4 a month.  Between the yoga classes I watch on snow days when I can't walk outside.  The sock knitting classes I've been watching.  I really want to knit socks!  And the free motion quilting classes I've been binge watching.  I'm getting my moneys worth.
I watched Christina Cameli's Secrets of Free Motion Quilting and Patsy Thompson's Feather Basics.  They both taught me things that my self teaching had totally missed. I used what I learned to start quilting my Clamshells quilt.
I've got all the pebbles done in the background and a couple of the clam shell rows are finished.  I'm thrilled with what I learned and how it is helping me improve my skills.  I'm even really liking the effect of my quilting rather than just being happy to have a finish under my belt. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Layer Cake, Charm Square and Jelly Roll X & + Blocks

If you are like me you tend to end up with extra layer cake, charm square and jelly roll pieces.  What's a girl to do with all those?  I throw mine in a box.  I have a box for layer cake and charm squares and one for jellyroll pieces.  When they get full I make a quilt of course.  These x and + blocks help me make room in my boxes for more happy pieces.  
My Three Red Hot Kisses quilt is an example of this fun, scrap busting block.  I didn't pay as much attention to value in this one.  Because of that some of my x's and +'s get lost.  This next go around I'm being a little more intentional.  Using medium to dark fabrics for my x's and +'s and light low volume prints for the background.  
Learn how to make your own, with my newest YouTube video. New link, I don't know what I did that made the formatting of my original video small.  Gotta love technology.  I'm sure it was user error but still.  I did some yoga and then got busy fixing it.  Here is the result. Hope you like it.  



Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Scrap and Strings Quilts

Last week I had my first Quilty Hug Sew in of the year.  It was great fun and such a treat because all my quilting angels were able to come.  We made a lot of progress and soon I will have more tops to show you.  For now I have these two.  First Spot On, you may remember the sister quilt here.  
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Sherri finished binding this fractured diamond quilt.  It came about when the gray, beige and black bins were overflowing.  It has a wonky kind of feel because I was not very good at keeping track of which strip went where when making the blocks.

Finally Sue dove into some of our bins and got busy with the Go Cutter.  She cut lots of 1 1/2" strips.  Many of which will become Scrap Busting Stars.  Have you joined the Challenge?  If your bins are full and you'd love to turn all those scraps into beautiful quilts.  This little challenge could help. 
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Baby Boy Quilt Top

Listening to my favorite jams was just the trick I needed to get all these scrappy stars made for my newest baby boy quilt top.  I love how my scraps came together in this newest version of my Braveheart quilt pattern.
 I'm debating weather I want to add the final border or just bind it in navy.  What are your thoughts?
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Perfect Star Points

Next month I get to head down to Bryce.  It's time for the annual retreat I attend, teach at and find time to snowshoe at.  One of the classes I will be teaching is my Braveheart quilt.  
One of my former young women, (though I tell them once your my young woman your always my young woman.  I love working with the youth in my church.)  Anyhow she is expecting her first baby.  I always make a baby quilt for my young women when this happens.  Because I wanted a different colorway for my Braveheart class.  My navy and turquoise scrap bins were full so I need to use those two colors.  I added orange, red, and yellow to the mix, all from my scrap bins.

Turned on my favorite jams and got busy sewing.  I also wanted to do a better job demonstrating my method for flying geese.  So I made a new YouTube video.  
Love it when one project can check off many to do items.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Quilts in the Wild

My friend, Ruth, and I loaded up a bunch of quilts yesterday for a fun winter photo shoot.  I'm so fortunate to live by some pretty great trails.
Modern Gems
 Yesterday we decided to try our luck along the Lagoon Trail.  I like to ride my bike here in the summer.  It's full of great places to hang and drape quilts.

Just Desserts
Once at the trail head we loaded up my wagon with quilts and went in search of those great places.  
Crazy Love
 One of my favorite was this old barn.  I love the way this quilt looks against the old wood on the barn.
Crystallized
 It also made a great back drop for my vibrant Yarn Bomb Trees.  Did you know that all my bright scrappy quilts are on sale through the month of January.  I find sewing with bright colors helps me beat the January blues.
Yarn Bomb Trees
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