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. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Partial Seams Made Easy

Partial seams may be a technique that scares some quilters.  It shouldn't it's really quite easy.  In fact I've created a new YouTube video to show you how.
 Once you add this skill to your quilting tool belt you will open a world of possibilities on new patterns you can make.  Like my newest design, Twisted Star, found in the newest issue of McCalls Quilting.

Or my jellyroll friendly Linked pattern.  Where it comes in handy creating these interlocking links. 
 Or Dahlia, a layer cake friendly play on the majestic mountain block.  Victoria Fndlay Wolfe's herringbone pattern also uses this method. 

Like I said, a world of possibilities.  Here is the video.

Find great prices on jellyrolls, layer cakes and more at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I like to peruse the sale items after I've found my needed items.  It's so much better to pay for fabric than shipping.   Bluprint is also having a sale 50% of EVERYTHING!  Stock up now and save.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Framed Plus Quilt

When I made my first YouTube video I shared a scrap of fabric to illustrate how you could use a favorite print to choose colors for a quilt.
 I then showed some scraps that had colors from that fabric.  Well, since they were already pulled, I decided to make a quilt with them.
 This framed plus quilt is the result.  I'm having a hard time getting the cute green sashing fabric to photograph well.  Sorry about that.
I'll be including the pattern for this block and quilt layout in my newsletter.  Sign up so you don't miss out. 

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. 
FYI Accuquilt has cutters and dies 20% off today.
Fat quarter shop has a beautiful batik fat quarter bundle for only $29.49.
Bluprint has up to 60% off craft supplies today.  Stock up and save.

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.