Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday This and That

Happy Monday (for just a little while longer here on the west coast)! We had a busy weekend with a family trip to northern Utah. We were able to spend some time in Park City, and although the temperatures were pretty warm, it was still much cooler than back at home.

Park City is a fun place to vacation...there is a lot to see and do. I loved riding the ski lift up to ride the Alpine Slide down...but I'm definitely not much of a dare-devil when it comes to racing down the mountain on a little sled!

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Friday, June 26, 2015


Happy Friday! It's favorites day today! If you're new here, my Friday Favorites posts are usually a potpourri of things I'm working on along with new products and patterns that I have found, used, and love. 

 Today's first Friday Favorite is something scrappy, of course!  I'm getting close to finishing up my scrappy log cabins and have been trying to add a few strips to each block every time I go in the sewing room. I'm going for 20" finished blocks, so these outer rows are taking a little longer!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Finish

Happy Wednesday...I have an almost-finish to share today (I still need to get the binding finished). I'm sort of head over heels in love with this quilt, so there may be a lot of photos ahead!

This is my "Go Four It" quilt (pattern designed by Lissa Alexander and found in the April 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting).

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Six inch Quilt Block Sampler Settings

Now that we're a couple of blocks into the Summer Sampler quilt along, I thought it would be good to present a couple of ideas for your block settings so you can choose those fabrics and set them aside. 

I'll be presenting tutorials for 6 blocks in all, and so you'll have the choice of a six-block quilt, or if you make two of each block as I am, you'll be able to make a twelve-block sampler.

First up: the twelve block sampler setting instructions...even if you're not quilting along with the summer sampler series, these settings can be used for putting together any orphan blocks of this size.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop!

Have you heard...Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 12th birthday with a special 24-hour flash sale each day through June 26th.

Check their website each day after 10 a.m. (Central Time) to see what the sale of the day is!

Happy Birthday Fat Quarter Shop!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Summer Patchwork Sampler Quilt: Ohio Star

Happy Friday and welcome to the second installment of my Summer Patchwork Sampler Quilt. This week we will be making the Ohio Star block.

 I've made one of my blocks using a single fabric and used two fabrics for my 

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Irish Chain Quilts Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my day on the Irish Chain Quilts blog hop! I was super happy to participate in this blog hop for my friend Melissa Corry. I don't think I've ever met an Irish Chain quilt I didn't love, so I was looking forward to  seeing Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Works in Progress: Red & White Quilt Finish

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a wonderful June! This week I spent quite a bit of time finishing up my Moda Building Blocks quilt top. It's all in one piece now!

It's a big quilt, so it's been a little hard to photograph indoors (at the end of the post I have an outside photo of the full quilt). I've had a few questions about the fabrics...they are all from a variety of Moda collections by many different Moda designers, and some have been in my stash for several years. 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Snapshots Quilt Along: Ice Cream Block

Happy Monday! It's Snapshots Quilt Along Day! Now that I'm caught up (and actually even a little ahead), it's been even more fun working on this quilt. If you happen to be behind...just start with this month's block. Someone gave me that advice many years ago in regards to scrap booking, and I've used the idea with quilting with a lot of success. Sometimes just making the block for the current month can inspire me to go back and get caught up.


This month's block is block 6--the delightful "Triple Scoop Sundae" block.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Favorites: New Quilt Books

One of my favorite parts of quilt market is getting to see some of the newly released quilting books. Having a booth made it a little more difficult for me to get around and see everything, but there were two books that came my way that I'd love to share today.

The first book I fell in love with is Desert to Sea: 10 Quilts from Australian Designers which is a lovely book compliled by Jane Davidson of Quilt Jane.

Jane's delightful book features ten "beautiful, eclectic quilts designed by eight inspirational Australian quilters." The quilts feature simple shapes as well as more complicated designs: there are quilts designed with straight pieces and plenty of quilts with curves. There is piecing and applique, and the designers have brilliantly used color and texture in the beautiful quilts. And of course, there are several I want to make. 

One nice feature about the book is the addition of blank design pages for four of the projects: these are helpful for helping the quilter decide on colors and color placement. Jane self-published her book through Amazon and did a beautiful job. 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Works in Progress: Red and White Quilt

Happy Wednesday!  Because my husband was away on a fishing trip and I didn't have anything on the calendar, I was able to spend half of Monday and all day Tuesday just quilting (I did do a tiny bit of housework and cook some yummy zucchini bread, too).  First on my list was a work in progress that I really want to Moda Building Blocks quilt in red and white.

 I was about half way through with section D when I left off 18 weeks ago (I can't believe it had been that long, so it's definitely time to get this one finished). It seems like the longer a project sits, the harder it is to pull it out and work on it. So it feels great to be working on this again!

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tip Tuesday: Organized Scrap Quilts

Happy Tuesday! Summer is the time I get a lot of quilting (and organizing) done in the sewing room. And since I've been working on several scrappy projects lately, I thought it might be fun to share some of my tips for making scrap quilts.

It seems like every year at about this time I feel like sewing something red, white and blue.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Patchwork Sampler: Star Block

Happy Friday! Welcome to the first week of my Mini Patchwork Sampler quilt! I'll be sharing one 6" block tutorial every other week on Fridays. Make one or two of each block: I'll be sharing a 6-block setting and a 12 block setting when the block tutorials are all finished. This is designed to be a scrappy project...use your favorite left overs from another project. 

 This week's block is a sawtooth star block with a fast and easy method for

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Works in Progress: Quilts and Applique'

Happy Wednesday! I've been working on a few things in the sewing room--I've been trying to focus on works in progress so I can get a good list of things to work on this summer. I really do seem to get a lot of my sewing done in the summer because it's too hot here to go outside much!

 First I pieced the back for my "Go Four It" American Patchwork & Quilting quilt along quilt. I had yardage on hand of one of my favorite Aloha Girl prints and thought it would make the perfect summer back!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Mini Quilts and More

Happy June! Although it's not officially summer here, it sure feels like it, and I think I've already got that summer state of mind! I'm super excited to announce "Minis and More," a blog quilt parade of the month I'll be co-hosting with Michele of Island Life Quilts.

Summer Star Mini in "Aloha Girl" by Fig Tree & Company

Here is how it's going to work:

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