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.