Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Works in Progress Wednesday: Process Edition

 Happy Wednesday--welcome to my works in progress--process edition. I really feel like I want to share more about process when I write these progress posts; I really love when other quilters share their process and hope to be able to do the same.

Do you ever have those times when you don't know what to sew? Or maybe you feel like starting something new but feel a little guilty about the works you have in progress? When I feel that way my solution is to work on my scrap bin...after a little bit of sewing scraps I usually have a good idea of what I want to work on...and I'm more motivated to finish up my works in progress. 

Last evening I was having such a hard time deciding what to sew; it was my first chance to be back in my sewing room for a few days, and I honestly didn't know where to begin! So, I just began by piecing a bunch of Somerset half-square triangles left over from earlier projects into some patchwork strips. It's good to have some sewn patchwork pieces ready to use for bags or other projects.

 I also sewed together some Moda Candy mini charms from the Sewing Box collection. This piece is destined to become a "Sew Together" Bag.

Then I was ready to tackle the project I mentioned on Monday: choosing the final fabrics for my "Jumping Jacks" quilt. I started by setting out all of my previous blocks and then bringing fat quarters in to "audition" for the remaining spots. I can't even believe how long it took as the addition of each new fabric often caused me to make a change somewhere else.

And here they final four blocks. Just to be sure I don't change my mind again I cut everything out and even did the strip-piecing for all of the parts and pieces. I'm super excited to get these sewn together today. Maybe I will get this quilt top together by the end of August.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

PS Congrats to Josie McRazie who won the Bear Creek Quilting Company giveaway.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Insta Monday

 Well the days of summer have come to an end for me...I go back to school today. I have a pretty easy schedule this semester with just one class which meets twice a week. I'll have one section of English 101 with twenty students which means I'll be grading a lot of papers over the next sixteen weeks.

One of my summer goals was to finish up my "Nested Churn Dash" quilt, and I'm happy to say I finished up the binding this weekend. I'll get some good pictures this week and share this quilt one final time.

 I had also hoped to finish up my "Jumping Jacks" quilt before summer's end, but I wasn't able to finish. I'm far enough along, though, that I know I'll be able to finish soon. I took the picture above mostly so I could get a good idea of what colors I want to use for my final fabric pull for the remaining blocks. It really helps me to get a perspective on my quilts when I look at them in photographs. I know I want another blue, another red, another green and maybe two yellows...

 I finished up blocks seven and eight on Saturday. Both fabrics in block seven are from the Fig Tree Fresh Cottons collection. I'd forgotten how much I love the corals in that group!

 For block eight I used two prints from Somerset which should be in stores this fall. This green is my favorite print in the collection, and I used my last piece of it for this block--but I think it was worth it as I really love this block!

So four more blocks to plan is to at least get them all cut out this week.  I also finished the next Simply Small project and will get that post up asap!

Finally: did you know there are quite a few free classes available on Craftsy? The Quilt Con lecture series from 2013 is free here,  the 2013 Sampler Quilt Block of the Month class is free here, and there is also a Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch class that is free here. If you are a beginner, the Piece, Patch, Quilt Beginner class is free here.  I've taken the Quilt Con lecture series, and really enjoyed many of the lectures and presentations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Giveaway: Bear Creek Quilting Company

Happy Saturday...and time for one more giveaway! Shari from Bear Creek Quilting Company is offering a $50 gift certificate to her online store to one of my readers--open to domestic and international customers. Fabrics and bundles are reasonably priced, and her shop also sells gift ideas, kits, notions, patterns, and books. Browse by category or by manufacturer...the web site is easy to navigate!

Available now are some new Moda special release bundles (see them all here) including Somerset by Fig Tree & Company. US orders over $65 receive free shipping, and US orders under $65 are eligible for $5 flat rate shipping.

You have two ways to enter:
That's all...good luck, and have a great weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Accuquilt Dresden: Block on Board

Note: The Accuquilt Dresden die was provided to me at no charge; however, the opinions expressed here are completely my own.

 Dresdens are one of my favorite blocks, so when given the opportunity to play with the new Accuquilt Dresden "Block on Board" die I quickly said yes. The great thing about these new Go! dies is that everything you need for a block can be cut at once which saves time and simplifies the whole process.

I pulled some of my favorite Bonnie and Camille scraps and set out to make a block.

The Dresden Accuquilt die contains options for rounded or angled Dresdens. In fact, you can even alternate the petals or make one of each type of block. I also like the fact that there are two circle templates on the die. When you're using sheer fabric you can cut another perfect circle for a lining...or you can cut one circle of fabric and another circle of interfacing to use the easy interfaced method for finishing the edges of your circle.

The cutting went super fast and of course all of your pieces will be exactly the same size.

 There are also notches on the sides of the Dresden blades to make sure you line everything up perfectly.

You'll need 20 petals to make a Dresden block. I sewed my petals in pairs and then in groups of four before sewing them all together.

 I will definitely use this Dresden die--it makes a finished Dresden which finishes approximately 12 1/2" in diameter; this is a good standard size to use for pillows or quilts, of course.

I cut my block background at 15". At first I was going to finish this up into a pillow, but I'm thinking of using it instead in a sampler quilt I'm putting together with my "orphan" blocks.

You can go here to purchase this Accuquilt Dresden Go! die, and for a free table runner pattern from Accuquilt, be sure to visit here.

There are several other Accuquilt "Block on Board" Go! Cutter dies available, too. Here are some other blogs where you can see blocks and projects from a variety of the other dies (you can also find this list on the Accuquilt blog):

August 18th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon GirlGO! Flowering Snowball
August 19th – Strip QuilterGO! Ohio Star
August 20th – Freemotion by the RiverGO! Log Cabin
August 21st – A Quilting LifeGO! Dresden Plates
August 22nd – Pleasant HomeGO! Blazing Star
August 23rd – Living Water QuilterGO! Hunter Star
August 24th – Ray’s Sew CraftyGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 25th – Blue Feather Quilt StudioGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 26th – One Stitch at a TimeGO! Double Wedding Ring
August 27th – BeaquilterGO! Log Cabin
August 28th – Sew Incredibly CrazyGO! Rob Peter to Pay Paul
August 29th – Sew Fresh QuiltsGO! Ohio Star

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quilt Works in Progress Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It's a "Works in Progress" kind of day is just a bit of what I'm working on this week. First of all my scrappy "Nested Churn Dash" quilt arrived home from Texas...quilted beautifully in an all-over design by Maggi Honeyman.

 With such a busy quilt I don't think custom quilting would have really stood out, so an all-over pattern seemed the perfect fit.

I sewed the binding on by machine the night the quilt arrived I just need to do the hand-stitching! I went with a stripe on navy from Grant Park not only because it seemed to frame the quilt beautifully, but also because my only other option without buying any new fabric was to make a scrappy binding.

 I'm also trying to finish up my Jumping Jacks (pattern by Fig Tree & Co.) quilt before school starts next week. I worked on three blocks, chain piecing as much as possible.

The color combinations are soft and dreamy...a little more muted than my choices for the first three blocks I made.

 But I really love how they all play together so well!

I'm half-way there! My next step will be to pick fabrics for the next two or three blocks.

Oh, and remember my "Around the World" post...three of my quilting/blogging friends now have their posts can click on the links below to read all about them and their sources of inspiration.
  • Carrie of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company
  • Andy of A Bright Corner
  • Elizabeth of Occasional Piece--Quilt

Finally...congrats to the winner of the Fort Worth Fabric Studio bundle giveaway...Mary on Lake Pulaski...I'll be emailing shortly!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Oh...and I linked up this post with WIP Wednesday today over at Freshly Pieced!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam II

When my friends at Fat Quarter Shop asked if I'd like to participate in the Jelly Roll Jam II blog tour I immediately agreed. I made a couple of baby quilts from the first Jelly Roll Jam pattern and was curious to see what this one would be like.

Of course this pattern is just as fun as the first one was, and it is a snap to put together. Just 20 jelly roll strips makes an adorable baby quilt, and you can use the extra strips for another quilt top, for a scrappy binding, or even for a pieced back for this quilt!

 I used Moda Snuggles fabric in cream for my backing. It's incredibly soft--I think you can almost feel the soft in this photo. Now I need to make a quilt for me with this backing!

I used the red flowers on pink from Vintage Modern for my binding...the pink coordinated perfectly with my fabrics from Miss Kate. To find the free pattern for the Jelly Roll Jam II Quilt go here. And to watch the Jelly Roll Jam II video go here!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Giveaway

Happy Friday! Let's celebrate the almost end of summer with a fun giveaway from Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. Jodie puts together the most wonderful fabric bundles and has a "Pretty Bird" fat quarter bundle to give to one of my blog readers! To see a list of all 12 fat quarters included in the bundle, click on the link above (and there are a few available if you think you might need one asap)! To see all of the fun bundles in the shop click here.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio also carries pre-cuts, notions, buttons and trims along with patterns and books. There are also special shop sections for holiday fabrics and patterns and sale items.

"Dock of the Bay" Fat Quarter Bundle from Fort Worth Fabric Studio make this easy...just leave a comment mentioning your favorite bundle from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and one thing you'd like to do before summer comes to an end.

I'll keep the giveaway open through Monday evening. Good luck, and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Works in Progress Wednesday

 Now that I'm home and semi-recovered from vacationing, I'm hoping to get back on track with my "Wednesday Works in Progress" posts. Since I have less than two weeks of summer vacation left, I'm also in a mad dash to finish some new things and wrap up a few older works in progress! Before leaving for Washington D.C. I started working on my "Jumping Jacks" quilt using Fig Tree scraps.

 I finished up my second block this morning and have one more ready to sew. I'll need to set them together and decide on fabrics for the next few blocks then. The quilt has 12 blocks, and I'm hoping I can finish it by the end of next week.

I also did some sewing the other day with some Miss Kate jelly roll strips. I sure do love this fabric. No matter the combination, these fabrics always look good together!

 I won't be able to share this fun project until next week, but I used a Moda Snuggles for the backing, and am in love with how soft it is. Seriously, why did it take me so long to back a quilt in this yummy fabric? I definitely need a quilt with this for backing.

I'm binding my quilt with this sweet rose on pink from the Bonnie & Camille collection Vintage Modern. It's great when you can mix and match collections!

I'm also planning on binding my "Homestead" quilt so I can get it on the wall...and will also be finishing up two mini quilts from about a year ago.

Hope your Wednesday involves some quilting. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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