Monday, April 28, 2014

Easy Quarter Square Triangle Tutorial

I have been making a lot of quarter square triangles lately for a variety of different projects, so I thought it might be good to share my favorite method for making these versatile blocks.

With this method there isn't any reason to create the quarter square triangle 


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

In Progress



 There are a lot of "works in progress" going on right now...another "Sew Together" bag for me...out of my favorite Bonnie & Camille scraps (I'm giving my first one to my younger daughter for her birthday Saturday; she fell in love with it when I showed it to her the other day, and since it's so hard to pick fabrics for her I thought she should just have that one).


  
And a "Sew Together" bag for my older daughter who also saw my first bag and thought this might make a good gift for some house/dog sitting she is going to do for us this summer! Now my older daughter is really hard to sew for; I never know what she is going to like. So a couple of months ago we sat down together and browsed fabrics on-line. She fell in love with Honky Tonk by Julie & Eric Comstock for Moda. So I bought a fat quarter bundle, and now whenever I want to sew for her I pick from that collection--problem solved! She told me the other day a quilt from the collection would be nice too.



I also have my next two Blogger Girl's Block of the Month blocks cut out...the first of May isn't that far away!



And, we have a garden in progress, too! I have wanted a garden since I was a little girl, and this is our first attempt. It is incredible how fast everything grows. I think I took this picture just about a week ago, and I swear our tomatoes are twice the size now!

There are some more "works in progress" that I can't share just yet:  market quilts for Joanna of Fig Tree & Company and some new patterns with new market collections. I'll be sewing like crazy today for sure.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


PS Congratulations to Betsy who is the winner of the Great Granny Squared book from Monday's giveaway! (I picked the first comment because it seems that the number 1 never comes up on the random number generator)!

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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!

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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!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter...Because of Him



 


Happy Easter!


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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!

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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!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Sew Write" Journal Cover and Pencil Pouch


 Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved


There is a new Quilts and More magazine available...and I have a couple of small projects included. If you've followed my blog for a little while you might know I love hexagons. My very first design was my hexagon bag pattern (first published in American Patchwork & Quilting), and of course I love paper piecing hexagons of all sizes. So I thought it would be quite a bit of fun to design a hexagon notebook cover.

I used Lori Holt's Hexie Half ruler in the small size so I wouldn't have to sew any "y" seams. And then I decided to make a little pencil pouch with some of my scraps.  You can make the notebook cover and the pouch from one charm pack, or you can use bits and pieces from a favorite collection. I used Denyse Schmidt's Florence collection for my sample notebook cover and pouch.





Used with permission from Quilts and More magazine. 2014 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved


There are a lot of other fun projects in this issue as well! Just look at the cute projects on the cover! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bucket List Patchwork Quilt



Happy Monday! While I have some new patterns coming out with some of the new market collections coming soon, I also have a couple I've been working on here and there. The first new pattern is for a quilt you've seen bits and pieces of here and there..."Bucket List." And yes, this pattern got its name because it was on my "to do" list for so long!



Bucket list is a wonderfully scrappy quilt. The use of one contrast fabric for the alternating blocks really helps the scrappy patches to stand out!




I have my quilt hanging on a wall right now...it's perfect wall-hanging size (50" x 50"). But it's also great for a table covering or a picnic quilt! My friend Abby quilted this beautifully using a perfect "mini" orange peel design.


Paper patterns won't be ready to ship for about 10 days (you can pre-order now), but I have the Bucket List PDF patterns available in my Etsy shop for instant download...and they are just $6.00 until the end of spring break...next Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Working on my Quilty Bucket List



Spring break is officially here, and I've been working on some small projects I've had on the list for a while. I'll be doing some market sewing soon, so this has been fun for me to have some fast finishes.

Something I've been wanting to make for quite some time is the "Sew Together Bag." 


This bag is a wonderful zipper pouch with three interior zipper pockets inside along with four other open pocket areas. You can really have fun mixing up the fabrics for the different parts and pieces. I used some of my favorite Gracie Girl (by Lori Holt for Riley Blake) for my bag.



Yes, the Sew Together Bag does have 4 zippers to install, but the pattern is wonderfully well-written, and every topic you might have a question on is addressed. I'm thinking about making more...some for gifts and at least another one for myself. I want to have one for applique and another one for paper piecing. Having the separate pockets will make it so easy to keep the various supplies organized.



 I've also been working on some Christmas ornaments (yes, I said Christmas in April)! But seriously, I've always wanted to have a lot of handmade ornaments ready to give out at the beginning of the holiday season. And this is the only way it's going to happen.
 

 I'm using Bonnie's wonderful pattern called Christmas Candy Ornaments. And this pattern is as sweet as can be. There are also patterns for a wreath and Santa ornament included.


 And, you can make a lot of these ornaments with a small amount of fabric. I used just one Moda Candy pack of Kate Spain's Solstice to make the 8 ornaments pictured above (and I even have some fabric left over). I'm going to get these ready for some hand quilting and put them in a project bag ready to take in the car.
 
  
Something else I've been wanting to make ever since I sewed the market sample for Joanna for her Cherry Pie quilt is a cherry wall hanging for my kitchen.  After making a pear wall hanging just recently, I decided I really did need to have some cherry decor as well.


 I made three cherry blocks using a mix of fabrics from my Fig Tree scraps.


And now I just need to figure out how I'm going to set them to fit the space I have in mind. And then start on some of the other projects on my list!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

**Note: I often include product links in my posts...mostly because I find it helpful myself, and because I often receive requests for that type of information if I don't include it. I'm not receiving any compensation for most of the links I include in my posts; however, I am a Craftsy affiliate, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on one of my Craftsy links. In this post, the Sew Together Bag links are affiliate links, and the pattern for this bag is only available on Craftsy. However, I was not compensated in any way for my review of the pattern...I really do love it!


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Churn Dash Quilts



Welcome to the Churn Dash "Simply Small" project parade. If you are looking for the information about the project for the May parade, go to yesterday's post to read all about the Scrappy Patchwork Pillow project which uses just one pack of Moda Candy. And now...here is a fun group of Churn Dash projects!




 Hildy will start us off with her beautiful 4-block churn dash table topper. I absolutely love the combination of fabrics she used!


 Wendy also made a beautiful 3 block runner that just says "summer" to me!


Janet made the larger version with all 5 blocks...beautiful!


  
Jennifer sent in this beautiful 4 block runner photo.



Lisa C. also made a 4 block table topper version...beautiful!



 Peggy made a fun Bonnie & Camille version!






 Mindy made this beautiful runner!




 Sandie made two mini runners! She used Kate Spain fabrics!


 Sharon sent this beautiful version.



 Susan not only made a long runner, but she also made a matching mini!


Tilda's version is beautifully classic in reds and cream.




  Pati sent in her Tapestry runner...beautiful and ready for quilting!





 And how about this lovely April Showers version! She is going to use the blue stripe for the binding...beautiful!


And Dorothy finishes up the parade with her lovely runner.

Thanks so much for sharing your photos, everyone!I'm really looking forward to seeing some lovely pillows next month!



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