Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Quilts & More

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We had a wonderful time with family and got to see all four of our children...yay! But today I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that it is the last day of November and that Christmas is just three weeks from this Friday!



 So on Friday I pulled out all of the Christmas quilts and quilt decor for decorating. I always pull all of the quilts out first. Some always go in the same places, but with others I move them around depending on whether I've moved furniture or made something new that year. This is also the time when I


try to take "inventory" and decide what I might need to make before Christmas or during the upcoming year. I've already added a couple of things to the list, and if I get my gift sewing finished in time I'll try to get them done for this year.



 One of this year's new additions is my mini trees wall hanging I finished up this fall. I just got the binding finished up on Thanksgiving Day while waiting for the turkey to cook!



 I just love the swirly design with leaves that my friend Marion quilted on it!



 I also did a little quilting on Saturday. I'm trying to get fabrics quilted for gift giving. I'm doing a 1" cross-hatch and thought if I quilted one or two each day I will be able to finish up the bags assembly line style later this week.



 The back of the green Fig Tree print above has the light Fig Tree print below for backing. And the Iowa print above has the blue 30's print on the other side.



 One more thing I've been working on is finishing up the binding on my Snapshots quilt. It's quilted with some perfect circles which just add to the fun overall feeling of this quilt!




 What have you been working on? Remember that tomorrow is the Minis and More parade...if you've made anything small during November that you'd like to share, please email me a photo...no blog necessary to join in...but if you'd like me to link to your blog, please include the link in your email.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Friday Sales for Quilters

Happy Wednesday!  We're getting ready for our Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow along with some Christmas decorating this weekend (yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't decorate until after Thanksgiving, although this year I did put a wreath on my front door just a few days ago).


 I guess I have just one more day to enjoy our Thanksgiving place mats and
the fall quilts and decor! I'm actually looking forward to staying home, cooking, and visiting with family. I'm also looking forward to pulling out my Christmas quilts and doing a bit of decorating as well.



Here are a few sales you might want to know about if you're planning on some quilty shopping this weekend...


First...Craftsy will be having some terrific Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales with up to 75% off craft supplies and kits, and all classes are $19.99 or less. (I've heard rumors that these sales may be live today)!


 Jodie at Fort Worth Fabric Studio has her big sale going on now, too:

Tuesday 11/24 through Thursday 11/26,  all Moda is 15-25% off.  And Friday 11/27 through Saturday 11/28, all Riley Blake & Michael Miller is 15-25% off.    {No code needed for either of these sales, sale prices will be reflected in the shopping cart}.

Treasure Hunt ALL DAYS:  Tuesday 11/24 through Saturday 11/28:   Each day we will feature at least 5 new treasure hunt items!   Look through our catalog for the images with a gold star.   These items will be on sale at an exceptional price for one day only!   You will love what we have selected for the treasure hunt - a sampling of new goods, basics, precuts, best-sellers, and more! 


And Brooke at Lady Belle fabric is also having a  terrific sale going on now:





Have a wonderful and joyous Thanksgiving if you are celebrating this week! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Favorite Quilt...and a Profile

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm excited to share a few things I've been keeping "under wraps" since last spring! I was absolutely surprised and honored when the editor of American Patchwork & Quilting called to ask if her team could come to my home and take photos for a profile article on me and my quilting...

 "Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

of course I was delighted (and more than a little nervous), but it ended up being the most wonderful day and the most wonderful experience! So, the February 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting will have the profile article about me as well as a quilt I designed for the issue. Subscribers are starting to receive their issue copies, and the magazine will be on newsstands December 1st.


The profile article contains fun photos of our home (with lots of quilt pictures included). I was grateful for the article as well: author Linzee McCray has a wonderful way with words and beautifully conveyed my thoughts and feelings about quilting.


 "Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

 The quilt I made for the issue is quite special to me as well. It's actually a re-make of a family quilt I was gifted a few years ago. The original quilt is in terrible condition (it was well-loved and used), and I wanted to "rescue" it by re-making it from the second I held it. You can read more about it in the magazine, and it truly is my favorite quilt right now. I have a great technique for making it as well, so don't let the curves scare you if you'd like to make this quilt!


 "Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.”

 I thought I'd share my profile photo too...I've never thought of myself as photogenic, but the photographer was amazing and captured my love for quilting in this photo.



"Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2015 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.” 

 And here (above) is the cover photo of the issue so you can be sure to find the issue on newwstands.

I can't finish this post today without a special thank you to my readers: thanks so much for your friendship and inspiration...it's what the on-line quilting community is all about! I appreciate being able to share about this incredible past time on a regular basis, and also appreciate the ideas and inspiration you are able to share through comments and emails.

Have a great day!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Quilting: This and That

Happy Monday! I've been doing a little bit of cleaning and organizing in the sewing room as well as a little bit of sewing. I've been trying to finalize my Christmas gift-giving project list so I can get all of that sewing finished up by the end of the month.


First I made a new Stash & Dash bag; I made one of these earlier this



summer and ended up giving it away for a gift. I used left over strips for this one, but because of the way the strap is attached I wish I had sewn the strips the other way. I ended up making my strap out of the center strip fabric so the would match up, but you can see from the photo that I didn't get it all centered perfectly (my strap is in the middle of the bag, but the center strip isn't exactly centered).
 

Still, I'm really happy with this bag. I love the cross-hatch quilting I did on the Soft & Stable, and I'm super happy with the way the machine-stitched binding turned out as well (I never use machine-stitched binding on quilts, but I've been getting better at it by using it in so many bag and accessory projects.


There are so many ways to use this little bag: sewing supplies, make-up, travel cords, and even for a jewelry storage bag. I am making a few more of these before Christmas for friends and family.



I used all Fig Tree fabrics for this--mixing in some Somerset, Farmhouse, and Strawberry Fields Revisited fabrics with Aloha Girl. The pattern was free earlier this summer from Annie Unrein; it is only available for purchase now, but you can find all of the information about how to get the pattern and see a series of terrific tutorials for making this on Annie's blog.



There has been another little bag I've been wanting to try for months. I think it is something about the cute shape that left me wanting to make it so badly (for bags, isn't it about the shape a lot of the time?)!

It was also appealing that this bag can be made with just two Layer Cake squares. You can find Carrie Nelson's tutorial for it on the Moda Cutting Table blog. I do love the shape (and I used Soft & Stable for my interfacing), but it really is a pretty small little bag, so I'm not sure what I'll use it for yet.



I was hoping to use it to store binding clips, but I use a lot of binding clips and not too many will fit.


I also caught up on Bee blocks...finishing up this fun block for Sinta using the Red Pepper Quilts tutorial here.


And I finished up the letter "L" block for Abby who is making the Spell it with Moda quilt with her Bee month blocks.



I have some more projects I want to get going on...but first I need to quilt up a bunch of Soft & Stable...I think if I do all of the quilting first, then the project construction will go pretty quickly if I do it assembly line style.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Quilting!

 
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Sundance Dresden

Happy Friday! Today I have some fun Bright Sun eye candy to share with you! This is actually something I've known about since quilt market in Minneapolis last spring! Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop designed and pieced a beautiful Dresden pillow using our fabrics...her design is a fun "double Dresden" variation which is pieced using the Creative Grids 18 degree Dresden Plate Ruler.



Kimberly's pillow is extra gorgeous in Bright Sun fabrics, and I was able

to let her borrow my "Dream Catcher" quilt  after market to use for a backdrop while she was filming (the "Dream Catcher" quilt pattern is available in paper and pdf in my Etsy shop)! I knew the pattern and video would be coming out soon after the Bright Sun fabric was in shops, and since the fabric is now available, Kimberly has released the pattern and video.



Here is another fun version of the Sundance Dresden pillow...in Kate Spain's fabrics...I love this version, too!  I just received this ruler and am thinking I need to make a Christmas Dresden asap...I love this design!


Codi's (of Fat Quarter Shop) version of the Sundance Dresden Pillow

You can get a kit for the Bright Sun version of this pillow which includes the pattern, Bright Sun fabric, batting, and pillow form here (the Creative Grids ruler must be purchased separately).

You can also purchase the pdf pattern for the Sundance Dresden pillow separately.

And...you can watch Kimberly's YouTube video which shows how you can make the pillow step by step! Kimberly has great tips which will really help if you've never made a Dresden block before.

Have a great weekend...and thanks so much for stopping by!


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Log Cabin Christmas Table Topper Tutorial

Happy Wednesday! I've started my Christmas gift sewing, and recently did a tutorial for a Christmas Log Cabin table topper that I've shared over at the Accuquilt blog.



 I used the Log Cabin die which cuts perfect 1 1/2" strips in the exact lengths needed for log cabin blocks. A 12" finished block can be made; however, smaller blocks can also be made simply by cutting only the smaller strips.


 I just love log cabin blocks, and even though I only needed four of these blocks for my project...I just kept sewing them! (I'm sure I'll figure out a way to use the others soon).



 I will be doing a post soon with links to my favorite Christmas sewing projects...but for today...



 You can go here for the full tutorial for this 18 1/2" x 18 1/2" table topper. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

More Red & Green Quilt Blocks

Happy Tuesday! I'm back with more red and green quilt blocks...yesterday I finished up the two blocks from month nine; there is just one month to go, and then I can start putting them together. I'm more than a little bit giddy thinking I'm finally going to have a red and green quilt for Christmas this year--it's been on my to-do list for several years!


This month's blocks were a lot of fun. They were both fairly easy constructions,


but one definitely had more pieces than the other! I love that I was able to incorporate some of the other backgrounds and green fabrics from previous months, it just makes it all the more fun to have such a scrappy quilt!
 

The peppermint block was fun...lots of pieces, but the result was so cute it was definitely worth the extra time it took!


There was also a beautiful star to make this month...simple and elegant.


It's almost as fun to finish up each month's blocks as it is to take the monthly photo of all of them together!


But my 21 blocks will have to stay in a pile while I not so patiently wait for the final month's package to arrive. I'm not sure if there will be more blocks or just finishing instructions, but I'm excited to get this one finished in time for Christmas!



Thanks so much for stopping by!
 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Fat Quarter Baby Quilts

Happy Monday! Today I'm happy to be sharing a quilt I made from one of Fat Quarter Shop's latest books, Fat Quarter Baby! I have a new granddaughter, so I was excited to get to make another quilt for her using one of the cute patterns from the book.



I was assigned to make the "Hannah" quilt, and I knew right away I wanted to use Prairie by Corey Yoder for Moda.

 The "Hannah" quilt uses just 4 fat quarters along with an eighth yard piece and background, backing and binding fabric. I cut out the quilt and placed all of the parts and pieces on one of my design boards.

I had some left over scrappy Prairie fabric binding left over from the first baby quilt I made my daughter, and with the addition of just a few extra scrappy pieces it was just enough to bind this quilt.


I did make a couple of changes...instead of using just four fat quarters I was able to use fat eighths and use two different prints for most of the blocks. This helped me make it even a little more scrappy and fun!



For background I used some of the tone on tone dots from the Daysail collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. It added a fun touch of whimsy to this already cute design.



My quilt is at the quilter's right now, but I have the binding all ready to go when it comes back!


I'll be sure to share this again when it's all finished!




We're definitely in love with this little quilt here at our house. And there are a lot more wonderful projects in the book...20 baby quilts for girls and boys along with a bonus table runner, too!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll visit the other stops on the blog tour to see the other wonderful quilt designs--stop by the Jolly Jabber blog to get all of the information about this blog tour.

 
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