Thursday, July 31, 2014


Have you heard about the Sweet Scandinavian Sew Along by Sherri Falls of This & That patterns? It has just started, so it's not too late to join in.  You can find all of the information on Sherri's blog here.  Also, this isn't just any regular sew along...Sherri is putting together this quilt and will be auctioning it on Ebay with all proceeds going to the Susan G Komen foundation. I will be sure to let you know after the blog tour has ended and the quilt is available for bidding.

My kit and instructions from Sherri included supplies to make three of the large main star blocks. I am in love with this block, and it was super easy to put together.

 First you make some simple four-patch blocks.

 Then you make the star point units using the corner triangle method. I used The Angler for these units so I wouldn't have to draw diagonal lines on the backs of the fabrics--but the diagonal line method is just as accurate. Be sure to look at the diagram in the pattern (or here on my blog post to get the correct placement for these units).

Assemble two mirror-image star point units, a four-patch unit, and a solid square to make the star sections. You will make four of these for each block.

 Star point units are put together with a rectangle of background fabric. This was really nice because there was no need to worry about matching seams.

 Next you add the center sashing unit...

And then you add another star point unit to complete your block. It really is a fun block, and the quilt is gorgeous. Hope you'll sew along!

 The rest of the stops on the blog tour are as follows:

August 5 Vickie with the corner blocks.

August 12 Lissa with 3 of the large main blocks.

August 19 Kimberly with 3 of the large main blocks.
And Sherri Falls will finish it all up with the alternate blocks (her first post shows the chain blocks).

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Quilty Works in Progress

Happy Wednesday quilty works in progress day! Do you ever have a hard time deciding on a project after finishing up something big? I always have a list of things I want to do, but after finishing up the king-sized Nested Churn Dash last week I had a hard time deciding "what next?" For me, the best thing is to just start sewing. I trimmed up some half-square triangles. I made a binding for a quilt arriving home soon. And then I just started to play.

I  decided to make a "Jumping Jacks" block just for fun since there was a quilt-along for this quilt starting on Instagram. The pattern is Jumping Jacks by Fig Tree & Company.

 After making one block I decided I'm definitely going to make the entire quilt. I have two more blocks ready to sew. I'm using Fig Tree fabrics from a variety of different collections.

I've also been wanting to make Camille's Mini Raincheck quilt. This is a free download pattern available from her sidebar. So I pulled my background and umbrella fabrics and have this ready to go. Maybe it will rain here if I make an umbrella quilt!

 I'm also working on mini 9-patch blocks. I'm not sure what these are for, but they sure are fun to make.

And I finished up the last two of my Bee Blocks for my quilt bee...guess it's time to get ready for a new year of Bee Blocks.

Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you have something fun to work on today!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scrappy Churn Dash

 I hope you're not tired of my Nested Churn Dash quilt. My number one quilting goal this summer was to make a scrappy quilt with all of my Minick & Simpson fabrics. I truly love the combination of reds, creams, and blues--these colors are just soothing to me, and they remind me of summer, good times, and the ocean and lake. I actualy remember buying my first Minick & Simpson fabric, "Nantucket," from The Christmas Goose quilt shop in Las Vegas (I'm not sure if that was the first Minick & Simpson Moda collection, but I think it was at least an early one). And with every new Minick & Simpson collection I had to get at least some to add to my stash. I have lots of projects made with their fabrics: table runners, table toppers, lap quilts and even a full-sized quilt, but I've always wanted to make a summer quilt to use in in the master bedroom. 

My initial idea this summer was to make a scrappy trip around the world quilt with these fabrics, but after making Jane's Nested Churn Dash block for her blog tour I started thinking that just maybe I'd have enough fabrics to make a king-size quilt with my Minick & Simpson stash.

 After finishing my blocks yesterday I had to move some furniture to find a place to lay them out. And then the process of deciding how to set them began. My initial thought was to use a cream Bella solid and use reds and blues for the sashing posts. It turned out that none of Bella solids I had on hand were just the right color. I didn't have enough cream prints to do a scrappy cream sashing, either. What I had the most of was blues, so scrappy blues it was.

 By choosing the scrappy blues I could no longer use blues and reds for the posts. A jelly roll strip of a tan print from "Mid-Winter Reds" was the perfect solution, providing just the right amount of contrast and creating a nice secondary pattern at all of the block intersections.

This is already a favorite just to decide on all-over pattern...or splurge on custom? I guess it's technically a "free" quilt so far since I've used scraps...but paying for quilting on king-sized quilts is the reason I don't make many of those (this is just my fifth king-sized quilt ever).

It's folded up now; I plan on piecing the backing today and starting something new. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Quilt Details:

  • Blocks from the Nested Churn Dash pattern by Jane Davidson found here.
  • 16 blocks finished at 24" x 24"
  • 24 sashing strips finished at 2" wide
  • 9 sashing posts finished at 2" x 2"
  • Quilt top measures 102" x 102"

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Churn Dash Blocks and Winners

 I'm still working on those Churn Dash blocks! Monday evening I finished up numbers 7, 8, and 9. They've been going together pretty quickly since I'm using chain piecing. I just have to be careful to keep the piles in the right order. Even though it's scrappy I am trying not to have the same fabric more than once in any given block.

Blocks 10, 11, and 12 are ready to go. And then there are just four to go. I think I'll have a king-size quilt top by the end of the week for sure. And then I can start on one of the other hundred "must make" quilts on my list.

I need to announce winners from my last two giveaways, too. Congratulations to Kathy at Kwilty Pleasures who is the winner of the Christmas Runner Kit from Olie and Evie.

And congratulations to Marcella  who wins the 35th Anniversary celebration giveaway from Olfa.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Summer Quilting

 It's hard to believe that summer is past the mid-way point for me. I only have five more weeks until school starts (I teach English Composition part-time at a local community college), and I'm starting to feel the pressure to finish up at least some of my summer goals. My number one summer quilting goal is to finish my King-size Nested Churn Dash quilt. I have 6 completed blocks (the blocks are 24" x 24", so it's hard to get them all in one photo), and I have 10 more to make.  I do have all of the parts and pieces cut and arranged in piles for the remaining blocks.

 Here is a close up of my two most recent finishes. Every time I finish a block it's my new favorite...until I make the next one. The block on the left uses a light blue for a "light" in the outer corner hst's...kind of looks like I made a mistake in the photo, but I was short on the lighter fabrics, so I had to substitute with a few light blues. The quilt is going to be so scrappy I think it will be okay.

I'm already starting to worry about the sashing; I think I should probably go with a solid cream for the sashing strips with a variety of red and blues for the sashing posts.  it's going to be a pretty visually "busy" quilt, so maybe the cream solid will give a little bit of a resting space.

I had to take a break from churn dash blocks to make an iPad case for my daughter's friend. She said her favorite color was green, and the new Heather Bailey fabrics, "Up Parasol" seemed perfect for her. I mixed in a little "Nicey Jane" and the green polka dot from "Happy Go Lucky" as well.

Hope your summer is going well! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Olfa 35th Anniversary Giveaway

 Did you know Olfa is celebrating 35 years? It's hard to believe. I actually used  Olfa cutters while working at a fabric store called "Cloth World" during the 80's (I know...I'm dating myself). At the time I wasn't a quilter, but it was pretty fun demonstrating how the blade could accurately cut through so many layers of fabric at once! 
If you fast forward to today...I can't imagine my life without my Olfa cutter, and the new Splash version is my absolute favorite!

In celebration of a wonderful 35 years, the folks at Olfa would like to give an Olfa rotary cutter and mat to one of my readers (US only please). See below for how to enter.

Also, I was able to make a quilt block for Olfa commemorative anniversary quilt featuring the color...yellow, of fun! enter the giveaway just leave a comment mentioning your must make project before the end of summer.  That's it. I'll keep the giveaway open through Saturday evening.

I'll be back soon to share what I've been working on this week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Small Quilts and Quilted Projects Parade

 Happy Tuesday, and welcome to Simply Small quilted projects parade day! Last week I thought it might be fun to have a Christmas in July project to share with you, so I used two Moda Candy packs of 25th & Pine to make a couple of potholders and a table runner.

 These projects really went together quickly, and I thought it was extra fun that I got all of them from just 2 Moda Candy packs. One charm pack will also work, and you'll just need some background fabric scraps, fabric for backing and binding, and batting to finish them up (I also added in one layer of InsulBrite in each of the pot holders).

I'll be emailing the pattern to everyone who participated in today's parade, and the pattern is also available in my Craftsy Shop (get the potholders/table runner pattern here). If you want to participate in next month's parade, simply make any small Christmas project using Moda Candy (2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares). You can use this pattern or any other pattern of your choosing: just make it Christmas!

And now...on with the parade! 

 Up first is Elaine's beautiful runner...I just had to share it!

 And now for the scrappy place mats...first are Lisa's beautiful Fig Tree place mats!

 Next up are these place mats from Gai.

Janet sent this colorful version accented with black and white.

Joy's place mats are beautiful!
Sharon made four...looks like they are ready for her table, too!

 Debbie is all ready for Halloween with her place mats!

And finally is this version by Susan.

For some Christmas in July inspiration you can read my Christmas in July post on the Moda Cutting Table blog here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Makin' It Cute!

Recently I was asked by my friends at Fat Quarter Shop to review the new Makin' it Cute Petal Pack templates by Barb & Mary of Me & My Sister Designs.  Since I had seen these adorable templates at market in Pittsburgh I gladly said yes! After playing with my template pack this weekend I must say I am a fan!

 The template package comes with 3 different sizes of flower templates (I didn't use the largest size in my sample), a leaf template, and a center circle template. The templates are  made from a heavy plastic and are re-useable. I used a Frixion pen to trace around the templates onto my fabric ( this was the perfect pen to use since any remaining ink will iron away when you're finished with your project). It was a fun way to use some of my fabric and batting scraps...

I'm going to use my flower to embellish a basket I'm making for my sewing room, but you could use these adorable flowers for headbands, bags, pillows and more. They are also great to use for paper-crafting, and there are separate instructions on the packaging for that.

I used Aurifil 12 weight thread to attach my button as the finishing's enough thicker than regular thread to give a fun look...and you don't need as many stitches to securely attach the button. 

The folks at Fat Quarter Shop are giving away 20 Makin' it Cute Petal Packs sure to enter on the Jolly Jabber blog for a chance to win.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Giveaway Saturday

 Happy Saturday! Today I have a fun giveaway from Rhonda of Olie & Evie...Rhonda is one of my wonderful sponsors I was privileged to be able to meet a couple of weeks ago while at the Small Town Quilt Show in Midway, Utah.

Olie & Evie is an Etsy shop with lots of wonderful goodies! In keeping with the spirit of "Christmas in July" Rhonda is giving away a kit to make the Winterlude Table Runner pictured above (fabric is by 3 Sisters for Moda). There is also a discount code you can use: summerstash. This discount code is good for 15% off all orders over $20 through July 16th.

So, hop on over to Olie & Evie and take a look around! There are lots of goodies there: patterns, pre-cuts, yardage, quilt kits, stitchery and notions, and even a clearance section. Come back with a comment letting me know what is on your favorites list from her shop. I'll keep the giveaway open through July 16th. Good luck, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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