Monday, September 29, 2014

Tips for Scrap Quilts


 After making a scrappy trip around the world quilt in 2013 and two scrap quilts this summer (my Nested Churn Dash quilt and my Jumping Jacks quilt), I thought a lot about how much I enjoy quilting with my scraps. Not only are scrap quilts easy to work on between other projects, but they also allow you to have fun again and again with bits and pieces of favorite fabrics.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Favorites on Friday: Fabrics


Happy Friday! Thanks so much for all of the positive responses to these Friday Favorites posts; I've been having fun deciding what to write about each week. Today's Favorites on Friday post has a little bit of this and that, some fabrics I can't wait to sew with and my two favorite reference books.


First up is Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane for Moda. This has a fun retro vibe and reminds me of my great-grandmother's Iowa kitchen--my great grandfather was a dairy farmer, too! I can hardly wait to make some new pot holders and casserole mats for my kitchen with these fun prints. 


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Works in Progress Wednesday



Lots of sewing this week...but since much of it is for market I'll be primarily sharing little bits of the fabrics I'm working with. Fall decorating is still one of my works in progress, too. Over the weekend I was able to pull out some of my "fall-flavored" Fig Tree quilts and display them on a quilt ladder in my front entry. I smile every time I walk by, and I can hardly wait to fill this ladder with Christmas quilts in a few months!


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Playful Petals Blog Tour




Happy Monday! Today I'm super excited to be able to participate in the blog tour for Corey Yoder's recent book C&T Publishing Playful Petals: Learn Simple, Fusible Appliqué 18 Quilted Projects Made From Precuts.  I've been following Corey through her blog for several years now, and I'm always inspired by her fresh sense of style and design. I was finally able to meet her in person in Pittsburgh last May, and she was just as nice and kind as I knew she would be, so I consider it an honor to be asked to participate today.  


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Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorites on Friday: Fall Quilts


 Since I've started doing a little Fall decorating around the house (Monday is the first day of Autumn) I thought it would be fun to share my favorite fall quilts for today's favorites post. My absolute favorite fall quilt is one I did about ten years ago using scraps. It was one of my first attempts at machine applique using fusible material along with a buttonhole stitch.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What I'm Working On: Scrappy Log Cabins



 I just can't stop making scrappy log cabin blocks. I went through my scraps and separated a lot of "low-volume" fabrics to use for the "light" sections


 I try to pick out fun center squares and then make sure there is a good mix of colors in each block. So the blocks aren't completely random, but I'm not being super picky, either.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Little Weekend Quilting


 I did get to do a little quilting done this weekend...well, actually, I did a lot, but some of it I can't share just yet. But I worked on a couple of my own projects, too. All of those flying geese...they are now part of my "Whit" quilt. And now I just need to hand stitch the binding for the finish.


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Favorites on Friday



 For a little while now I've been thinking about a new blog feature I want to do on Fridays: "Favorites on Friday." This will give me an opportunity to feature favorite fabrics, favorite notions, and even favorite quilt designs and patterns. It will be something different every week! 


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

National Sewing & Quilting Month



By now you've probably heard that September is National Sewing and Quilting month, and Fat Quarter Shop has come up with a fun blog tour to inspire quilters and sewers to think a little about these great past times and also to branch out and try something new. Each participating blogger was asked to answer a few questions...here are a few of my thoughts...

1. How did you start quilting/sewing?

My first memory of quilting and sewing is of doing an embroidery project in my Blue Birds group for Camp Fire Girls when I was about 6. I remember being a little frustrated because I sewed my whole project through my skirt and had to rip it out. I don't think I ever finished that project. When I was ten I received one of my Mom's sewing machines for my birthday, and patchwork pillows were my first projects! Later I took sewing lessons at the Singer store in our mall and started making clothing.

2. When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

When I was sixteen I got my first job at Cloth World. We were allowed to cut fabric we wanted and leave it under the counter until pay day when we could then purchase it. It was then I knew I was definitely a sewer...I spent everything except for what I needed for gas money on fabric. I really started quilting a lot when I was about 27 or 28, and haven't stopped since!

3. Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?

See question number one. The fact that I own several seam rippers proves that I'm constantly making mistakes and hopefully learning from them. But I really do keep a good attitude when I mess up...after all...making mistakes is part of the journey!


4. What advice would you give to someone who's just starting out in sewing/quilting?


Have fun! Try new things! Keep "swimming!" I really do believe we can have joy from creating in both quilting and sewing, and keeping it fun is key. Be sure to balance your sewing and quilting goals with both fast and fun projects as well as those techniques that challenge you to learn something new.



You can download the Fat Quarter Shop "Color of My Heart" quilt pattern pictured above (finished quilt measures 27 1/2" x 27 1/2") here.




 I had the hardest time thinking of something new to try to celebrate this national quilting and sewing month, but then I remembered I have tried something new recently.  One of my goals this year was to tackle the "Sew Together Bag." Although I'm okay with zippers...this bag seemed a little daunting at first. After all...it has four zippers, including a bound zipper.


One day I just decided to give it a try, and now I've  made six of these fun project bags with a few more cut out and ready to sew. I keep thinking of other uses for them...and they really are the perfect gift. I'm glad I gave this pattern a go, because it really has been fun...and it's gotten me back to doing a little more traditional sewing!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I'm Working On



It probably comes as no surprise that I'm still working on those flying geese! I've finished all 160 of them now...and they are all sewn in sets. I think I like them even better in pairs!


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Flying Geese Quilt Blocks



This weekend was a flying geese kind of weekend. I made a lot of them...160 to be exact. And they are small...they are cute now, but they will be even cuter when they are sewn together!


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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Simply Small: New Project and Parade



 How about a new "simply small" project? My "simply small" projects are beginner projects that can be made with Moda Candy packs and just a little bit of extra yardage. Today's "Scrappy Four Patch Table Topper" can be made using just one Moda candy pack. It goes together in no time, and is perfect for your everyday decor or for piecing with holiday fabrics for seasonal decor.
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Little Finishes



 There is just something about a finish...even if it is a little one. Almost-finished just isn't the same as completely finished. And with a lot of projects on my "want to make" list, I needed some complete finishes on the books. I know I showed a picture of this tumbler mini the other day, but now it's really finished with a binding and little hanging pockets on the back. I normally would have gone with a darker blue binding...but I didn't have anything darker on hand. I do love the light print that I used, and it will look fine where I plan to hang this.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September...




Happy September 2nd...I meant to get this post written yesterday; however, we returned home pretty late in the evening from a five-day trip, and I was just too tired! But I'm happy to be home, and of course I have a list a mile long of projects for fall! 






I was able to take my machine with me on our little trip to northern Utah, and my first item on the list was to put together my "Jumping Jacks" blocks (pattern by Fig Tree & Company). 
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