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!

 We found a fun place for lunch one day a little way out of the city. The Road Island Diner features American food and east coast favorites served up in an old trolley car...such a fun atmosphere!

It was fun to eat in a vintage car, and the food was delicious!

 We also spent some time walking Park City's Main Street which is modern and trendy and yet full of historical buildings. As soon as the sun started to go down the temperature dropped into the perfect 70 degree range with soft breezes!

There was something about the charm of it all that was very relaxing. There are many choices for dining on Main Street, was hard to choose between so many options for the meals we ate out!

 Of course we ventured down the mountain one day to visit Pine Needles Quilt Shop in Gardner Village. I hadn't been in since they moved into their new location. The shop is bright and full of wonderful fabrics, quilts and needle-work. We're back home now, and it's back to work; it was a fast trip, but a much needed vacation with just a few family events on the calendar and a lot of relaxation time.

Wednesday (July 1st) is the "Minis and More" parade, and I've already received some of the most beautiful entries. Michele and her son of Island Life Quilts created a wonderful blog button (below). You can find the text code for it on her blog. On Wednesday we'll also give a reminder for the next project and the August project, too. Hope you'll stop by!

Finally...July 1st also marks another special day...I began writing this blog on July 1st, 2008, so I've now been writing for seven years! It's been a wonderful journey, and I appreciate so much everything I've received from this amazing on-line quilting community. I have some fun things planned to celebrate throughout the month...something different every week. This week's celebration is 30% off of everything in my Etsy shop. Use the code HAPPY7TH through July 4th as my thank you.

Thanks so much for stopping by...have a great week!
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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!

With warmer weather here for a while and not so many quilts here to bind, I've also been doing a little stitching in the afternoons when it's really hot.

I've been looking forward to trying the new Aurifloss by Aurifil since I saw the adorable wooden spools debut a little while ago; I saw them again at Quilt Market and could hardly wait to get some! I ordered a set as soon as they were available and knew they would be perfect for this stitchery I had traced and ready to sew a couple of years ago. I used the Tart set from Fat Quarter Shop to stitch it up (there are actually two more colors included in the set: white and navy).  I think I'm also going to splurge on the Macaroon set since it has some more subtle colors that look like they will coordinate well with these.

I'm also trying to decide how to use this stitchery. I know I'm going to border it with patchwork and then either frame it or make a wall hanging or pillow out of it. One of my husband's favorite things to say is, "It'll be all right." So this stitchery just had to be made (stitchery pattern is here).

I also made progress on my Primitive Gatherings stitchery! I'm ready to tract the words in the cream borders and do the final stitching. For some reason it's harder to photograph these darker fabrics and wool, but I really love this little sampler.

Hope you enjoyed today's Friday is one more photo of my scrappy log cabins before I go...I'm hoping to finish them up this weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

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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).

There are so many things I love about this quilt...I love that I made it completely from scraps, I love the four patches, and I love the low-volume backgrounds. I love the pattern, the setting, and even the fact that I used two different fabrics for the outer borders.

 And...I absolutely love the quilting. I have several go-to quilters, and they are all so fabulous that I generally don't give any directions at all about the quilting. My friend Marion did the quilting on this one and used an all-over pattern, the Curlique Vine by TK Quilting. She got it perfect as always!

 I initially wanted to use the Somerset fabric above for the border, but I didn't have enough for the whole quilt. I was set on using only fabrics from my stash for this and so used the polka dots from Avalon for the top and bottom borders.

 I think it added to the overall scrappy charm of the quilt!

This photo (above) shows how the blues play out in the quilt. I planned for them to show up in vertical rows and was so happy it turned out. I think there is just the right amount of blue!

I love that I was able to sneak in some Farmhouse pieces right at the end, too... I was doing my market sewing for Joanna right at the time I was getting ready to finish the blocks for this.

 Sorry for all of the photos...I just really had a hard time deleting any from this post...and I have to share the back because I love the backing, too! 

Now I'm off to start piecing some scrappy binding so I can get this finished and on my bed! This is truly a favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.

 12-Block (for finished blocks 6" x 6") Sampler Setting (23" x 30")

Note: all seams are 1/4". Wait to cut your borders until your quilt center is complete: use your quilt measurements.
Fabric Requirements:
  • 1/4 yard sashing fabric
  • 1 charm square (5" x5") for sashing posts
  • 1/4 yard border fabric
  • 1/4 yard binding fabric
  • 7/8 yard backing
  • (12) 6" x 6" (finished--6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished) quilt blocks
  • (17) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" sashing strips
  • (6) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" post squares
  • (2) 1 3/4" x 27 1/2" side border rectangles
  • (2) 1 3/4" x 23" top and bottom border rectangles. 
  • Cut 3 strips 2 1/4" x width of fabric for binding. 

6-Block (for finished blocks 6" x 6") Sampler Setting (19 1/2" x 26 1/2")

Note: all seams are 1/4". Wait to cut your borders until your quilt center is complete: use your quilt measurements.
Fabric Requirements:
  • 1/3 yard sashing fabric and inner border
  • 1/8 yard for sashing posts
  • 1/4 yard border fabric
  • 1/4 yard binding fabric
  • 3/4 yard backing
  • (6) 6" x 6" (finished--6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished) quilt blocks
  • (17) 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" sashing strips
  • (12) 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" post squares
  • (2) 1 1/4" x 22 1/2" left and right inner border rectangles
  • (2) 1 1/4" x 17" top and bottom inner border rectangles
  • (2) 1 3/4" x 24" left and right border rectangles
  • (2) 1 3/4" x 19 1/2" top and bottom border rectangles 
  • Cut 3 strips 2 1/4" x width of fabric for binding.

I hope that having the setting and fabric information now will make it easier for everyone to finish their samplers.  I'm also preparing a PDF with this information and will have it available for free download later this week...I'll let you know as soon as it's up!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.

The quilt I chose to review is "An Irish Braid." This quilt is a variation with a scrappy center section. This is a fun scrappy quilt, but it would also be fun as a two color quilt. I loved that Melissa asked each of us to make a block based on the quilt we chose so she could piece a charity quilt. Since the block sizes on this quilt didn't mathematically work for me to make it mini (without a lot of math), I simply used the outer sections of Melissa's block for my version.

Image Courtesy of Martingale Publishing, Photographer Brent Kane

Since all of the blocks for the charity quilt are Irish Chains, they will create a fun quilt. And, each participant chose a different color to sew with so the charity quilt will have the rainbow effect of the cover!

 For my quilt block I used the yellow prints from Bright Sun for the darks, and I also used the yellow arrows on Ivory for my background.

Be sure to stop by all of the other blogs and especially stop by Melissa's for information on her grand prize giveaway.

June 8th -   Happy Quilting - Blog Hop Intro
June 9th -   Moda Lissa - Lissa Alexander
                  Fat Quarter Shop - Jocelyn Ueng
June 10th -  Piece N Quilt - Natalia Bonner
                  In Color Order - Jeni Baker
June 11th -  Amy's Creative Side - Amy Ellis
                  Sew Kind of Wonderful - Jenny Pedigo
June 12th -  Quilt Story - Megan Jimenez
                  Diary of a Quilter - Amy Smart
June 15th -  Freshly Pieced - Lee Heinrich
                  Christa Quilts - Christa Watson
June 16th -  Moda Cutting Table - Carrie Nelson
                  Little Miss Shabby - Corey Yoder
June 17th -  Fresh Lemons - Faith Jones
                  V and Co.  - Vanessa Christenson
June 18th -  A Quilting Life - Sherri McConnell
                  Stitch This! - Jenny Wilding Cardon
June 19th -  Happy Quilting - Wrap Up & Grand Prizes
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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. 

I had so much fun making the 6" blocks--and there were quite a few of them to make for the bottom half of the quilt. Making those small blocks reminded me of working on my Farmer's Wife quilt. Some of my blocks are extra scrappy because I tried to use up as many of the smaller pieces as possible.

 The final block I made was one of the 36" blocks, but I didn't have enough of any red fabric for the large square needed to cut the block's  setting triangles. Luckily, my local hardware store had the DaySail collection and I was able to get 5/8 of a yard of the text print on red I needed to finish up!

Although if I were to do it over there are some fabric combos I might change up, I'm truly happy with the finish--I absolutely can't wait to get this quilted! And It feels good to finish up another project from last year!  I'll be sure to share photos again when it's all quilted and bound.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.


 The block went together quickly and is super cute.  You can download the pattern from the Snapshots Quilt Along main page. While you're on the main page you will notice that the finishing and backing instructions are ready, too. That means you can start sashing your blocks and begin putting blocks and rows together.

I cut out all of my sashing and have rows one and two assembled. This really is such a fun quilt, and even more I love that so many of the blocks can be made up to be mini quilts for your sewing room or kitchen.

Be sure to stop by all of the other Snapshots Quilt Along blogs today to see their fabric choices.

Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms
Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way
Pat Sloan of The Voice of Quilting
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life
Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting
Thelma Childers of Cupcakes N' Daisies
Pam Viera-McGinnis of Pam Kitty Morning
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs Stephanie Kendron of The Modern Sewciety
Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Greg Jones of Grey Dogwood Studios
Jessie Fincham of Messy Jesse
Sondra Davison of Out of the Blue Quilts
Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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. 

Another fun book that came home with me from Quilt Market is Little Big Stuff: Pint-sized Play Sets to Sew for Kids written by Michelle Jensen.

Michelle's book actually won't be available until August, but is available for pre-order on Amazon now. This fun book features play sets and projects to sew for kids. There is a good variety of projects including: aprons; kitchen accessories; camping gear including a tent, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and pillow; and baby doll accessories. I absolutely love the patchwork sleeping bag and will be making two of them later this summer for Christmas gifts!

                                                        Photo courtesy of Martingale

Some of my favorite projects are the garden gear...

                                    Photo courtesy of Martingale

 The kitchen projects...

                                                         Photo courtesy of Martingale

 And the baby doll accessories! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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