Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Quilting with Fig Tree Fabrics

It seems a lot of my sewing this week has been with some of my favorite Fig Tree fabrics! First I was able to piece block 11 of the 2013 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month. Just one more block, and I'll be able to finish this quilt with so many blocks I've loved piecing throughout the year.

 Here is the final row so far...

I was also able to finish up my "Cherry Pie" wall hanging. I made  just three blocks and put them together with 2" cut sashing and border. I used my favorite Fig Tree gingham for the binding and quilted with my go-to wavy line quilting (actually, it's the only quilting I'm always happy with other than straight line quilting which I tend to like on more modern projects).

 I used the corner triangle hanging method I use on mini quilts, but to my dismay, this quilt was a little too big for that method. The quilt sunk below the dowel in the middle, so I decided to make a mini "sleeve" for the dowel at the middle of the quilt. Problem solved...and I used a lot less fabric than I would have if I had made a full hanging sleeve.

 I opened up the binding just a bit to sew the "sleeve" into the seam allowance, then I stitched the binding back down, covering the raw edges.

Spring break is over...and I've got quite a bit of market sewing to get done over the next couple of weeks...I'll try my best to keep up here and with e-mails! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Great Granny Squared Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Great Granny Sew Along blog tour! If you are here for your first time, I welcome you to browse through my blog posts to share just a little bit of my quilting life. I'm a fabric lover and a dedicated quilter, and I have a lot of fun posting about my projects, my tips and my ideas on this wonderful art.

This blog tour and sew along will provide additional instructions each week for the next few weeks so that you can sew a sampler quilt using some block variations from Lori Holt's book Great Granny Squared.  There are four blocks in the sampler quilt; the first one is the Filled Basket Block.

You can find all of the information on the Great Granny Squared home page. And go here to download the Great Granny Squared PDF file for this week.

Make this week's block, the "Filled Basket Block" pictured above...and Fat Quarter Shop will be giving Sullivan Embroidery Scissors & Clover Point Protectors to three winners that submit their Filled Basket Block photo on the GGS Flickr Group

I also have one copy of the book to give away to one of my blog readers. Leave a comment about your number one quilting goal right now to be entered. Happy Monday, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh, and be sure to drop by Pam's, Erin's, The Jolly Jabber, and Lori's to see their versions!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quilted Works

 Next Friday and Saturday, April 25th and 26th, I will be at Quilted Works in St. George, Utah. On Friday I'll be teaching my Shine quilt from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then, that evening I'll be sharing a trunk show and doing a book signing for Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation ! Saturday's venue will be another class...the cover quilt from Fresh Family Traditions, "Kitchen Sink." If you live in the area, I would love to see you there!

My original Shine quilt was made in Bonnie & Camille's Scrumptious fabric collection. I recently remade it using April Showers for a shop sample at Quilted Works...they did the quilting and binding for me at the shop, and I am so excited to get to see it all finished next week when I'm up there. Of course I had to use the navy stripe for the binding...

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Christmas Goose and Craftsy

"Kitchen Sink" from Fresh Family Traditions

Saturday, April 19th, I will be at Christmas Goose in Las Vegas, Nevada for a trunk show, book signing, and class! The trunk show and book signing run from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., I'll be teaching "Kitchen Sink," the cover quilt from my new book Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation .

If you are in the Las Vegas area I would love to have you join me for any or all of these events!

I'm also excited to announce the release of a free Craftsy download, Save Those Scraps! This is a downloadable Scrap Quilting Handbook featuring some of my most popular scrap quilting posts for Craftsy. It also features wonderful material by my fellow Craftsy writer Angela Mitchell of Fussy Cut and Ashley Smith, quilting acquisitions editor at Craftsy.

The handbook features 21 pages of information on sorting, displaying, and of course, using your scraps! There are lots of photos, and you're sure to be inspired by the ideas in Save Those Scraps.

Happy Saturday, and thanks so much for stopping by!