Monday, March 30, 2020


 Isn't it nice to know that snow will melt. That the cold of winter will turn to the warmth of spring.
That what once seemed dead will soon come to life.  Buds emerge.  Bulbs and seeds sprout.  Blossoms bloom.
This gives me so much hope for the future.  Even as classes and trunk shows have been put on hold or cancelled.  I'm planting seeds.  Moving forward.  Even before all the crazy broke loose I started making changes to my business.  One of those changes was to have my friend, Lauren, create a new logo for my business.  What do you think?  Didn't she do a great job?

Out of frustration with blogger not notifying me when you all comment.  Thus making it hard for me to connect with you, and reply to your comments. I've tried unsuccessfully to remedy this.  So I'm working on combining my blog and website.  Watch for those changes to happen in the next few months.  I'm hoping it will go seamlessly.  I know that may be a lot to ask.  I've handed it over to the professionals.  Or I'd have no hope at all. 
This meme reminds me that all this change is normal.  That it is how we grow and improve.  Wishing you all the best as you figure out what your new normal is in these changing times.  That you can find creative solutions to your challenges.  Wish me luck as I figure out mine.

Friday, March 27, 2020

20 Half Square Triangle Blocks

 The half square triangle may be one of the most versatile quilting units.  You can create so many designs with it.  I recently spent a couple of days playing with these cute little building blocks.  I came up with 20 blocks.  I know I could create more if I spent more time.
 Or if I broadened my horizons beyond a 16 patch block.  Here are just a few of the blocks I came up with.
Can you tell I really like pinwheel blocks?  I like the movement they create.  They just make me happy.
I've created a YouTube video with the remaining 12.  I hope you'll take a moment to watch it.

 I will also be including a pdf for each one in upcoming newsletters along with a quilt layout for each.  Make sure you sign up so you don't miss out.

Also did you know that Bluprint is offering free classes for through April 9th?  Relax with a yoga class.  Entertain your kids.  Learn a new skill or hone your skills with an existing one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quilts and Comfort

I've posted some of these pictures of quilts over water in some of my social media.  
Floating Boxes
 I got several comments from quilters worried that they might have fallen in.
 What they didn't realize was that I was behind the quilt holding on to it.  My sister, Becky, took all the pictures.
 In these times of uncertainty I hope we can hang onto each other.  Even with social distancing I hope we will check on our friends and neighbors.  Shoot them a text.  Call to see how they are doing.  Let them know you care.
Twisted Star
Together we can get through this.  We may not know what the future holds.  But we can show up kind, loving and supportive.  
Who knows we might end up even better on the other side.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Quilters Are Resourceful

I was recently listening to this podcast by Brooke Castillo.  In fact her whole new series on handling chaos is great.  But what stuck out to me was that when things get crazy if we will dig in and create we will be better able to cope.  
By creating good in the world we find solutions not only for our problems but can make the world a better place for those around us. 
This video from on of my favorite talks by Dieter F. Uchtdorf says it all.  It touches my heart and makes me want to create more.

It is why I do what I do.  I know quilters are kind, generous people.  I know by helping them develop their skills and giving them resources to create beautiful quilts I'm enlisting their help to make the world a warmer, softer, more loving and beautiful place.  
Thank you for helping me reach my goal!

Friday, March 20, 2020

Easy Accurate Half Square Triangles

 One of my favorite things to do as a designer is to play with various quilt blocks and units to see what I can create. The half square triangle is one of my favorite units to play with.  I recently created a video to show you my favorite method for making these little gems.
 By playing with color placement you can create all kinds of designs.  My Sunshine on a Cloudy Day is a result of this kind of play.

By putting them on point and changing up sizes I came up with Mountain Retreat
Watch my latest video and start making lots of these fun handy little quilty units.

 Tune in next week and we will explore even more options.  Hope you'll share what you come up with in my Facebook group.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I Feel Lucky!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you are feeling lucky on this holiday, despite the crazy that is going on in the world.  I know it can seem scary with the caronavirus spreading and shelves in the stores empty but I find there is still so much to be grateful for.  
Lucky Pinnie
I just want to take some time to mention a few of the things I'm grateful for.  One, I live in a great neighborhood.  My neighbors look out for each other.  As a fun, safe way to entertain the children while they are home from school one neighbor suggested we put up a shamrock in one of our windows for St. Patrick's day.  That way the kids can get outside and do something fun while still keeping a safe distance.  It was fun to walk this morning and see all the various shamrocks in windows.  Gotta love my neighborhood!

I'm also grateful for good friends.  Last week before most of this crazy happened I had left for a quilt retreat.  We started to hear of all the toilet paper shortages, school closures and rising cases of the virus while we were there.  Nikki came up with this solution for the toilet paper shortage.  I don't think I would use my pretty fabric.  But it could be a good way to get rid of that ugly fabric lurking in your stash.
I'm very thankful for the many lessons that quilting has taught me.  The one that comes to mind at this time is that there is an abundance in this world and I will have enough.  I pulled scraps from that overflowing bin for two days at my retreat.  I have a pretty stack of blocks to show for my efforts. Yet that bin is still overflowing.  It's like the measure of meal the widow, associate with Elijah in the bible.  Because she was willing to share she had enough and it lasted through the famine in the land.  I truly believe that as we share what we have with others that we will have enough.  That while times may be hard we can get through them together.

I'm sharing my lucky feeling with a free pdf of  my four leaf clover lucky pinnie.  Sign up for my newsletter to receive your free copy.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Quilting Is My Superpower

Quilting is my superpower.  Well, maybe.  I feel pretty confident when it comes to choosing fabric.
 My piecing while not perfect is pretty good.  But when it comes to figuring out how to quilt it I call in reinforcements.
 I watch Bluprint classes on free motion quilting quite a bit.  I must admit they have really helped me hone my skills.  I really like Christina Cameli and Angela Waters' videos. 
 As I've been doing my How Do I Quilt This series on YouTube, I called in the expertise of my friend, Ruth Davis.  While I'm often quick and dirty, feeling done is better than perfect.  She is a show quality quilter.   Check out our newest video in this series on my channel. Remember to like an subscribe if you find my videos helpful.
Is it a quilt or a super hero cape?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Unboxing and Boxing

This little box of pretties arrived from Fat Quarter Shop.   I had noticed that cute fat eighth bundle on a recent Flash Sale.  And since it is ALWAYS more fun to pay for fabric than shipping I went ahead and did a little more shopping.  I already have ideas for most of these.
 After unboxing my fabric finds, I started boxing up projects for my upcoming retreat.  No teaching at this one.  Just lots of fun sewing with friends.  First these improvisational snowball blocks.  I'm hoping to receive some more happy mail with more of the Kona poppy I'm using for the background.  Otherwise I'll only be able to make a few more blocks.
 I also hoping to make progress on my x and + blocks.  Want to make a few of your own?  Watch my YouTube video.
 I also cut out another Picnic in the Park quilt.  It's always good to have a baby quilt handy.  Plus I think it will be fun to take this into the mountains when the wild flowers start to bloom.
 While these are probably enough projects to keep me busy.  I have high hopes of getting even more done.  So I'm also bringing my scrappy spiderweb quilt.  Learn how to make this one with my Scrappy Spiderweb video.
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Monday, March 9, 2020

Quilt Field Trip

Some people go on field trips with children.  I used to do that an always had a lot of fun.  My children have grown and flew the nest.  But field trips still sound fun.  So I now take my quilts.  We've been to Bryce, Lagoon Trail and Muller Park.  This time I gathered this pretty pile.
 And we headed to the city, Salt Lake City that is.  What's a field trip without a school bus?   Remembering to stick together and not lose your partner. 
 We were on top of the world and cheering at the all the sites.  Whoop!  Whoop!
Scrap Busting Star
Thank you to my sister, Becky, for all the great pictures.  If you are looking for a great wedding photographer she's your girl.  She felt she needed to pay me for watching her kids while she shot a wedding in Hawaii.  I just thought I was having a fun week with her kids.  But I'm not going to say no to a fun photo shoot.  Watch for more of our adventure.  

Friday, March 6, 2020

Simple Charm Square Quilt

I'm continuing with my charm filled March.  This time I'm revisiting my Simply Charming Quilt.  

 For a 47" x 52" quilt you will need 85 charm squares.  This quilt is perfect for a beginning quilter.  I use it when I'm teaching youth.  I have made it a couple of times with the 12 year old girls at my church.  It turns out perfectly for them.  There are no seams to match up.  So it is very forgiving.

I needed a quilt Quilty Hug for a man. So I used 126 squares, a combination of a charm pack I had and leftovers I found in my pre-cut scrap bin.  I still need to find border fabric.

I've made this into a YouTube tutorial video.  And for those of you who subscribe to my email, you will receive a PDF version.  Not on my email list?  Sign up today so you don't miss out.  

Here is the video.  If you like it, I hope you will like and subscribe to my channel.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Charm Squares and Stars

It's March and soon it will be the official beginning of spring.  YEA!  St. Patrick's Day is also coming up.  And as luck would have it I know a leprechaun.  At least I call him a leprechaun.  My brother was born on St. Patrick's Day, with red hair.  If that doesn't make you a leprechaun I don't know what does?
A Bushel and A Peck
 I'm sharing my luck with you.  Through the month of March all my charm square and star quilt patterns are on sale. 
 Don't miss out on this pot of gold.  Take a moment to check them out and see what treasures you could create.
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Medallion Quilts are Growing

We had a delightful time last week at K & H Quilt Shop working on our Medallion Quilts.  Each month we meet to create another border based off my Mountain Home pattern.  
Most of the ladies created their own center.  You could do this or use the one provided in the pattern.  
 We worked on the bow tie border.  And while we got a lot of cute little bow ties made.  Only Lauren got them sewn on.
 Can't wait to see how these progress.  Next month we'll be adding houses and trees. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

How Do I Quilt This?

If you're like me this is a question that comes up every time you finish a top.  I love choosing fabrics and creating tops.  But I'm often stumped when it comes to how to quilt that top.  
 I've joined with my talented friend, Ruth, of Ruthie Quilts to create a series of YouTube videos to address this problem.  Ruth shares her skill, she is an award winning quilter.  I dumb things down with my quick and easy ideas.
 Together we give several options on how to quilt several of my patterns.  Though these motifs and how they are used in our examples could be used on many other quilts.  I thought of the feathered wreath after we made the video.  I used a yogurt lid and a herra mark a circle then filled in the rest of the space with free motion feathers.
So far I've posted three in this series.  Watch for more to come.  Here is the latest.
FYI there is a lovely 10" Stacker of Jill Finley's It's the Berries on Fat Quarter's flash sale.  Did you know you can receive a free book by Eleanor Burns when you purchase  a Go! Qube.   Also Bluprint has Boundless Looking Glass Fabric for only $5.50 a yard.    I do receive a small commission if you purchase through these links.  It doesn't add to your sale price, but allows me to create more free content here. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Scrap Busting Star Quilt

When I started the Scrap Busting Star Challenge this quilt was only a top.  It sat basted for a while.
 I eventually got around to quilting it.  Just a simple all over stipple.  It's quick, easy and I've had enough practice with it to have it look good.
 My binding angel, Sheri bound it for me in a pretty blue.  Now it's ready to gift as a Quilty Hug.
Are you needing a scrap busting project.  It's not to late to join the fun.  My YouTube video shows you how to make this scrappy star block.  Make your quilt as big or little as you like.  I'd love it if you shared your quilt with me when your done.  Email me a pic or share on my Facebook page or on Instagram @emsscrapbag.  Thanks!

FYI Fat Quarter shop has soft cushion premium scissors set of 3 for only $3.82 today only.  Bluprint has up to 70% off on clearance items.  Check it out to see if there is anything you can't live without.   I do receive a small commission if you purchase through these links.  It doesn't add to your sale price, but allows me to create more free content here. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Wonky Roses

My Wonky Rose Garden quilt came to be when once again my light blue bin of scraps was overflowing.  I pulled little bits and strips from my pink, red, orange, yellow and purple bins to supplement. An impressionist style rose garden grew from those scraps.  I must admit I'm pretty proud of that little garden.  

 I also have a lot of fun teaching it to others.  I recently had the pleasure of teaching it to a fine group of ladies.  Here are all there beautiful roses.  Can't wait to see how their gardens grow. 
You can create your own rose garden.  Where by the way no weeds will grow.  Now that's a bonus!  Find my pattern here.  Or I'd love to share this fun scrappy, improv method with your group.  Contact me for details.  
FYI there is a cute little fat quarter bundle for sale on Fat Quarter Shop's Flash sale today.  Plus 40% off Boundless Rhapsody Batiks at BluPrint.  I do receive a small commission if you purchase through these links.  It doesn't add to your sale price, but allows me to create more free content here.