Monday, May 29, 2017

Moving It Forward

My tickled pink quilt is moving along. I ran out of background fabric. So I had to move it to the back burner for a bit. I ordered more and it has arrived so I'm hoping to work a little more on it this week. 
While waiting for my background fabric to arrive I started quilting this nautical quilt. Made from the new Janet Clair line, Ahoy Me Hearties. I'm quilting a combination of subtle and not so subtle waves. I'm really enjoying the effect.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving forward? Share your progress. We'd love to cheer you on and be inspired by your work.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Some Quilt Love

Thank you to everyone who has sent a Quilty Hug. They are all so beautiful. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, generosity and talent. I can't express what a difference your kindness makes, without your help I could never help all those I help. Each quilt is bundled in a gift bag with a note telling them of the love put into the quilt that was made just for them.
I've tried to thank each of your personally. There have been a few boxes without names and return addresses. It makes me sad that I can't express my gratitude to you personally. Please know your time and talent are appreciated. That you are doing a good thing and bringing comfort and love to someone going through a really hard time. So if you don't get a personal thank you from me. Please accept this one. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 
Speaking of Quilty Hugs I finished the quilt for my friend from her hubby's shirts. It was so fulfilling to make this quilt. I'm thrilled that she loves it. That it brings her comfort and fills her with fond, happy memories of him.
Wish I could beat cancer. Or that someone would figure it out. In the mean time I'll fight it with Quilty Hugs.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Auditions and Call Backs

I've been auditioning various version of my feather blocks. First I tried a three dimensional spine. It took way to much work to get the spine to look good. I didn't like it enough to invest that much time on each block.  
 So next I tried a thin strip for the spine. I liked it better but was not thrilled with the blunt brown top at the end of my feather.
 Finally I added a small diagonal pink tip. I liked this better. Sorry it's a little hard to see in the picture.
 Every fall I transplant a few herbs into pots I got from my grandparents house when we sold it. I remember grandpa always had lots of house plants in his window and these cute pots are a fond reminder of him. Sadly while I was away teaching at Bryce this last winter, my family forgot to water my thyme. I've been without it ever since. Bummer!
 Thankfully the plant I cut it from has come back with the warm spring weather. Looking forward to being able to cook with fresh thyme again.
My lavender is also starting to bloom. Oh how I love the scent of fresh lavender. Looking forward to fresh cuttings. With herbs on the mind and the recent demise of my aloe plant. (Somehow the roots died) I harvest the gel and made this all natural Aloe and Herb Soap. It is colored with cut herbs and clay, and scented with an essential oil blend of herbs. It is fresh smelling and skin loving. Find it in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

My pink scrap bin is so full I can barely fit the lid on. If you know me, you know what that means. It's time to make a quilt. I've been mulling over in my mind how I want to use up these pretty in pink scraps. After a day or two an idea came to me. 
A tickled pink quilt, using feathers. I looked up tutorials to get me some ideas and I found these. First Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed
 Next these more square feathers by Intrepid Thread.
 And finally these applique style feathers from, Little Bit Funky.
Now because I have a hard time following someone else's pattern and just have to do my own thing. I'm pulling elements from these three to create my own. I've got a couple of prototypes right now. I'll share those latter along with the method to my madness, aka a tutorial. In case the wonderful feathers above are not quite what you are looking for.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last week I basted my friends quilt with her hubby's shirts and got busy quilting it for her. I quilted several suns
On the plain blocks I quilted stags. He was a great hunter. They have the head of one of his deer in their living room. So I thought it the perfect touch for the filler blocks.
 Lots of this kind of filler. It reminded me of flowing water.
 I even added some cattails for his duck hunting.
I just need to bind it. I can barely wait to give it to her. I'm so excited.
Now it's your turn to share what you moved forward this week. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Bushel and A Peck

I have always loved musicals. Growing up in a home with three sisters we watched a lot of musicals, my poor brother. My dad would say it should be a requirement for young men. That way they would know how a girl expects to be treated. Frankly my brother couldn't have cared less. He is definitely not a romantic. Musicals may have turned him off. 

I first watched Guys and Dolls in college. I have watched it many times since. I have it on DVD. A Bushel and A Peck is a favorite song from it. I thought it a fitting name for my newest quilt pattern. With square bushel blocks and giant x's (pecks) I just couldn't resist. 

. I had fun quilting leaves and flowers in the bushel blocks.
 And pomegranate shapes in the x's.
 This pattern is charm and layer cake friendly. In case you have one laying around and are looking for a home for it. I used The Good Life, by Camille and Bonnie, for Moda. It will be in shops in Aug. Mark your calendars or pre-order now. It is really a cute line. 
If you use a layer cake you will have leftover squares. You might want to try this free pattern with. My daughter and her friend are making one for neighbor's new baby.
If your looking for fabric, and who is not always looking for new fabric? Crafty is having a sale. 60% off. Hop on over and have some fun retail therapy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial

Another great scrap buster is the x and + quilt. I made this one a few years back. I call it Three Red Hot Kisses. You can't see them all here but there are three red Xes in there. I had a lot of fun making it.   
In my photo stream on Pinterest I saw a bunch I liked. This is one of them. I liked the way Janet played with color. Making it more of a controlled scrappy look. I just love how the warm pluses pop and the cool Xes make a nice lattice look.
Simply Pieced
All the bright colors in Carol's quilt. There is just so many interesting fabrics and colors to look at.
Postcards from Panama
I made a pre-cut friendly tutorial for this scrapbusting quilt a few years ago. I did it because I had a lot of partial layer cake and charm pack squares. Does this happen to you? If so and you are looking for a home for them you might want to give it a try.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Moving it Forward

Thank you to everyone who offered advice on the t-shirt quilt. After rearranging and adding the extra t-shirt and five 6" filler blocks I have a 60" x 72" quilt. I'm pretty pleased with the results. And thrilled that it will be big enough not only for his wife but for either of his sons. 
I hope as they snuggle it will be comforting and bring back happy memories of their husband and dad.
Now it's your turn link up and share your progresss. Can't wait to see what you've been moving along.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Little This and That

 I've heard it said  May is as busy as Christmas. One week in and I'm tending to agree. On Tuesday I met with friend at the Senior Center and basted a couple of quilts. I was hoping to have one done to show but I'm still quilting.
 After basting quilts I stopped at Joe's Nursery to pick up plants for my garden. I got most of those planted last night, with the help of my not so helpful dog, Spike. I mostly try to plant as fast as I can after throwing his ball. Once he got excited and took a bite out of my pumpkin plant. Naughty, naughty dog.
I had to order more zippers. Between zipper pouches and skirts my daughter and I had used up the last batch. My zippers arrived yesterday.  Don't they make a lovely bouquet? 
Perfect for Mother's Day and Crafting.  I'm treating myself to a class and a new yoga mat.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hunters and Fishermen

 Earlier this year my dear friend lost her sweet husband to cancer. In addition to being a fun loving, caring man. One that my boys enjoyed talking with as they headed up the road on their way to hike or play in the mountains behind our homes. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. I told my friend I would love to make a memory quilt for her out of his clothes. She chose his t-shirt collection and gave them to me late last week. I bought interfacing and got busy cutting and creating. I love how they all came together. My problem is the quilt is 6" wider than it is long. I have one white t-shirt left from a fair that my friend said they hadn't really done anything fun at. In fact she almost didn't even give me the shirt.
 Even with the shirt I will come up short. Any suggestions on how I can lengthen this quilt? I've thought about adding a pieced strip to the top and bottom of the quilt from the leftover pieces of t-shirt. What do you think?
Speaking of hunters and fishermen, I recently made some soap just for them. The sweet anise essential oil takes away the fishy smell on hands and masks the hunters scent while hunting. I sold out of it at my last show and recently had a request. I only had my sampler size. They took that and I got busy making more. It is now done and in my Etsy shop. Even if your not a hunter or fisherman if you like the smell of black licorice you'll love this bar.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial~ More Scrap Friendly blocks

I'm always on the look out for scrap friendly blocks. Here are a couple of my recent finds. I really like these cathedral windows. They are definitely on my bucket list. Jera from Quilting In the Rain has a wonderful tutorial. You can find it here. 
I also like this wonderful block done in two colorways, by Stitched in Color. When combined it makes a wonderfully scrappy quilt. This great tutorial can be found here.
Hope this gives you a little inspiration and gets you wanting to play in your scrap bins.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Moving It Forward

I have so much fun each year at the Panguitch Quilt Walk. So it's no wonder that I look forward to the second weekend in June. As it approaches I get more and more excited. This year I'll be teaching two classes, Modern Gems and Dazzled.  I've been asked if I could provide kits for my Modern Gems class. Since I could quickly cut it out with my Accuquilt Go, I said yes. 
So I pulled a bunch a fabric and go busy cutting. All the prints are are cut. I had to order more background. I'm hoping it arrives today.
Now it's your turn. What have you been moving forward. Can't wait to see.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Floating Boxes

These floating nine patch and four patch blocks came from a cute little jellyroll. I used my quick method using the Accuquilt Go for the nine patches..
 So this quilt went together quickly. My dear friend Brenda tested it for me.
 
She did her's with a red background and black and white boxes. Sorry I forgot to take a picture while I was at her house. 
You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop. In case you have a jellyroll you are looking to find a home for.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Productivity

Yesterday was my Quilty Hugs sew in. We had a lovely time and got a lot done. Shelli and I sewed this lovely stack of scrappy nine patch style blocks.

 After finishing up this 16 patch quilt
Ruth started these cute scrappy blocks
 She also brought this quilt she had finished quilting. Now to get a binding cut so Sherri can get it bond. Then we can find it a good home.
All in all it was a productive day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Scrap busters

It's no secret I love scrap quilts. All that color and oh the memories those little bits of fabric hold. And if you've quilted for very long you probably have a scrap bin. Well I thought it would be fun today to share a few scrap busting ideas. 

This first one is for all those strips and strings. You can find the tutorial here.
This postage stamp star block takes the tiniest of pieces. I have made this into a quilt at least once, but can't seem to find a picture. The tutorial can be found here.
This x &+ block is pre-cut friendly so if you have parts of charms, jellyrolls and layer cakes.  Try this tutorial.
It makes a beautiful quilt.
Finally these scrappy star blocks in multiple sizes can be mixed and matched. 
Hope this gives you some ideas on scrap busting. If you make a quilt let me know I'd love to see your scrappy creation.