Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Quilting Helps

 I currently have two quilts basted and three flimsies in need of basting.  Since I have a lot of free motion quilting in my future I thought I'd share a few tutorials with tips on quilting your quilt.

I really love big stitch on quilts. It takes a little more time but I love the impact it has. Sherri has a wonderful tutorial on this method.
It I'm going to be repeating an image in my quilting I like to cut it out of contact paper. This allows me to repeat the image uniformly throughout my quilt. If you would like to see my method you can go here.

This method works well with baptist fan. To learn how to cut your archs check out this link.
Do you have any great tips or tricks you use to get your quilt quilted?  I'd love to learn from you. Please share.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

I apologize for this post being late. I've not been feeling myself, so this weekend when I usually write this post I was resting and trying to get back to me. That said lets get on to the fun stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to. Hoping it will make me feel better.
 Before this yuck put me down I finished making my wonky stars and assembled all my scrappy blocks together. I now have a flimsy.
Now make my day with all your progress.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Slash of Color

Spring is a fickle girl. I joked with the postman yesterday as the rain turned to snow that spring is like living with a teenage daughter. She is beautiful and wonderful but she keeps you guessing. I was so afraid this fickle girl would keep me from getting any pictures of my newly finished Splash of Color quilt. You can find a tutorial on this one here.
Like I said it was rainy yesterday and even a little snowy for awhile but late in the afternoon I was able to sneak outside and get a few pictures. I thought I better show some of spring's beauty after dwelling on her not so lovely side. My forsythia is blooming and made another lovely splash of color with my quilt. 
And here she is with the cherry blossoms.
Linking up with Sarah, Amanda Jean, and Cynthia to celebrate this spring finish.

Finally I had so much fun reading everyone's mom memories. Aren't moms the best?! Thanks for sharing. Our winner is; Julierose! She and her mother enjoyed golfing together. Congratulations Julierose, if you want to send me your snail mail I'll get your prize off.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

At the Retreat

My project boxes now contain blocks instead of cut pieces. Now to put them into quilts.
I guess I could have started that at the retreat but I can never get it sewn the way I lay it out at a retreat. I always end up with turned blocks and kissing cousins. Grrr! 
So I had a little buggy ride instead. And tried to make a dent in my random strip bin. I only got a few blocks done. I will show progress when I get a little further along.
It was a great retreat! I ate too much as usual. But the food was so good.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ Aprons and Fun

 Last week the ladies at my church had a little celebration to celebrate the birthday of Relief Society, What is Relief Society? Glad you asked. It is the women's organization in the LDS church.  In addition to learning and providing service we have fun. The theme was Retro.
We were to wear our aprons and pearls. Sadly the only aprons I had were the ones my children had made in their sewing class at school. I wanted something other than a dishtowel apron. So I found this cute, fast and easy tutorial. The fact that it could be made in 30 minutes was a major selling point to me. And when it really was that easy I was sold. I added jumbo ric rac to mine. But I do love the pom pom fringe on the one shown.
After a yummy dinner and short program each table was given an All a Dollar table cloth, scissors, and tape. From this we were to make a dress. Well the creative juices got flowing and a good sport from each table proudly modeled their creation. Here they are. 

My table made the yellow Belle inspired dress. My neighbor is the cutie in the pink and blue dress with pill box hat and matching hand bag. Tons of fun. A big thanks to the talented ladies that organized it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Moving It Forward

My Scrappy Wonky Star quilt is growing. I think I have it as wide as I want it. I just need to add a few more rows along the bottom. I only have a couple of stars left. But I have plenty of the blue striped centers and little bits to make more. 
 In addition to playing with my scraps I made a little freezer jam before leaving for my retreat. Strawberry freezer jam is one of our family's favorites. We had run out so this will be a real treat.
Just before I left we started a new bar of soap. The honey oatmeal brought relief to my DD. The ACT test is over. YEAH! We will find out the results in a few weeks. We are now enjoying a lovely bar of Mint Mocha. It's a great pick me up in the morning.
I'll share my progress from the retreat later. Now it's your turn to share your progress. Make sure your visit the links. You'll be greatly rewarded. There is so much inspiration each week.

Friday, March 17, 2017


 Did you ever play jacks as a kid? Bounce the ball, pick up a jack, catch the ball before it bounces again.
 I know with electronics few kids have enjoyed this game. My mom was really good. I never could beat her. But I enjoyed playing with her.
 This little quilt is in memory of those happy hours. It features Riley Blake's Wistful Winds fabric. A bright, happy line full of flowers and little girls. Perfect for memories with ones momma.
 You can find the pattern in the current issue of McCall's Quilting. I have one to giveaway.
Just leave a happy memory of something you used to do with your mom. I'll pick a winner next Friday.
(I accidentally posted this for a few moments on Wednesday. I was trying to get ready for my retreat and  preparing a post for while I was gone. Whoops! If you commented while it was up don't worry I have your entry.)