Monday, September 18, 2017

Moving it Forward

I've slowly been working on another set of pineapple blocks. I would have had the linky up sooner but I wanted to finish squaring up these blocks to share.
Surprisingly I'm even making a little head way in my scrappy strips. I might even have to cut a few more before I'm done.
 Here are the pretty trimmings. Don't you just love pretty trimmings?
 And all my finished pineapple blocks together. I think I'm half way.
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward this fine Monday? Link up and share.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fun with Budding Sewists

After a rough start this week has turned out pretty great. Having my mind at ease helped me to concentrate.  So I could bust out the rest of my Color Me Creative sewing accessories. I now have a new journal, (tutorial) zipper pouch, (tutorial) sewing mat, (tutorial) needle case, and pin cushion. I'm looking forward to using them at my next retreat in a few weeks.
Though Wednesday the pin cushion and sewing mat got a test drive. I had six, 12- 13 year old girls show up and help me sew another Quilty Hug. You may remember the pieces I had cut out Monday. Each girl sewed at least one row in this cute little quilt. Didn't they do a lovely job? 
In addition to helping me sew they brought me my favorite treats. Yum! It was such a fun night. I hope we will be able to do it again.
This weekend Anna and I will be at the farmer's market. I'm stocked with Pumpkin Spice for the cooling fall weather. I was a little late getting our Spiced Cider made. It will have to wait until next market.  Watch for it and all our other great skin loving soaps in our Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lost and Found

I've had a couple of really big scares the last couple of days. First, Monday evening I got a call from my oldest son, Alex's supervisor.  He wanted to know if I knew where my son was. Alex is my adventuring son. I have bear spray in my garage from his last adventure to Glacier National Park. And last summer he let me put tracker on his phone while he rode his motorcycle across the country. So if anything happened I'd know where to send help. So to have him missing was a little disconcerting. I knew he hadn't planned an adventure for last weekend but still. Fortunately he was only home sick and some how his supervisor had not got the message. 
 Monday I also left a message with a friend who had been taking a few of my quilts around to the various quilt guilds to show for classes I'd be teaching at Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest. So imagine my shock when I found out that she had given them to someone in my guild in July to return to me. I knew in my heart of hearts that they were safe and whoever had them had just been busy. Still, I had a hard time being rational and not worrying myself sick.
 I tried to do a little mindless sewing in prep for my class. But those irrational thoughts kept creeping in.  I sent out a group email to the ladies in my guild along with a post on our Facebook page. to see if anyone remembered who took my quilts so I could touch base with them. By the end of the day I had my quilts. 

I'm hoping nothing goes missing today. I don't think my nerves can handle it.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Moving it Forward

I'm so excited! I used to work with the young women at my church. I now serve in another capacity. I've missed working with those amazing young ladies. Lucky me on Wednesday they will be coming to my home to make a Quilty Hug. They had told their current leader they wanted to do some kind of service. I told you they are amazing. Their leader asked if there was anything they could do to help with Quilty Hugs. At first I thought they could use my Go cutter along with my neighbors and iron and cut scraps into usable pieces. Then I realized that many of these girls know how to sew. So I cut out a simple quilt for them. 
I'm having them make this quilt. I figure there are no seams to match and if someone's seams are a little bigger we can adjust easily and have them feel they did a good job. 

In addition to cutting pieces I made a strata with my strips to continue my matching sewing accessories.  Should be able to show you the whole set soon. 
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward? Link up and share.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Solid Creativity

After seeing the great background fabric Sarah used for her table runners, ideas started churning in my head. I've been wanting to do a matched set of sewing accessories; journal, pin cushion, zipper pouch, needle case, etc. So after inquiring where Sarah got said background fabric. I made a purchase and started cutting solid strips to go with it.
I was hoping to show you a set but I got some kind of nasty bug and spent a day on the couch with Netflix. Fortunately the bug was short lived and yesterday I was able to make this little journal cover for a composition book with graph paper in. I found a few at Walmart and stocked up. I like to use them to sketch out blocks and quilt ideas.
Hoping to get a few more of my sewing accessories made today. I'll share my collection when I get them done.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Building Blocks

Yesterday was a first Tuesday so me and my angels got together for a little Quilty Hug sewing. I had four project boxes with pre-cut pieces in various stages of completeness. Shelly chose the scrappy log cabin and added a few more blocks.
 Marilyn wanted a little mindless sewing and chose these simple four patches.
 I chose these blocks. I would have got a lot more done if I hadn't spent so much time sewing without bobbin thread. GRRR!!!! I was chaining these cuties and did a whole run without bobbin thread. Will I ever learn.
Sue and Ruthie had other obligations and couldn't make it. I'm looking forward to next month I think with all these building blocks we should be able to put a couple of tops together.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I cut into my Front Porch fabric. Can I just say I love this fabric. Sheri and Chelsi have quite a talent. They haven't come up with a line yet that I don't just adore. After cutting it into rectangles and squares I started chaining said pieces through my machine. 
 A day of blissful chaining and I had these units.
What has your blissful sewing brought you this week? Link up and share your progress.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Floating Nine Patch

This floating nine patch quilt was a bit of a group effort. I cut the strips. (I probably cut enough for three or four quilts. Thankfully there are lots of quilt patterns that use 2 1/2" strips so they will find a home.) Then I made a few blocks. Shelly made the rest of the blocks at one of our Quilty Hugs sew ins. Marilyn took the blocks and sewed them together. Then I sandwiched, basted and quilted it.
 I quilted vertical lines spaced 1/4" on either side of the seam. I took the opportunity to practice a little geometric quilting through the larger strips between the vertical quilting lines. Good practice and I'm pretty pleased with the results. Did you know that Craftsy has all you can watch as a back to school special? Just in case you want to learn a little free motion quilting or anything else for that matter.
 I found a geometric brown that blended well with all the fabrics to bind it with. Happy to have another Quilty Hug that will work for a man. I feel I don't do enough of those. Linking up with Sarah, Cynthia and Amanda Jean to celebrate.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Drawing Inspiration

Where do you find inspiration for your quilts? I know a lot of people find it in nature or architecture. 
Scrappy half squares
 While I have found inspiration in these places. My favorite place to find quilting inspiration is from the past.

Jacob's Ladder
Antique quilts speak to me. I love to draw on their tried and true patterns.
Majestic Mountains
 To see how those from the past have used patterns, fabrics, and color to make their own design.
Nine patch with stars
Then draw from their example, change up placement, color and value to make my own interpretation.
Railroad Crossing
Honoring those who came before while moving the art of quilting forward.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Moving It Forward

I've doubled my pineapple block population. It's a slow process and I don't know how much of a dent it is putting in my bin. But they make me oh so happy! 
 Coming home from our little spontaneous get away found me with lots of fresh produce; peaches, tomatoes, and zucchini.  My hubby was suppose to check on the zucchini while I was gone. I didn't want to end up with boat sized zucchini. He forgot and I had four boat sized zucchini. One became bread, two when to my youngest son, (thank goodness it's his favorite veggie) and one sadly went in the compost. When my boys were little and this happened I would let them carve them into boats and float them in the wading pool.
 The tomatoes became salsa and the peaches are canned and ready for yummy winter eating.
Now I'm ready to put up my feet and enjoy your progress. Link up and share what you've moved forward this week.

Friday, August 25, 2017

More Mini Zippy Wallets

Last week I showed your the little mini zippy wallet I made for my daughter. As I mentioned I had a laundry basked full of scraps. I started pulling bits from it thinking oh this will be cute, and this will be cute. Before I knew it I had seven mini zippy wallets made. I think they will make fun little gifts. 
I was glad for a couple of cooler days after getting back with my daughter. We had so much success at the market I needed to make several batches of soap. First I replenished my supply of Lemon Poppy Seed.

Made mini bars of Eucalyptus Mint with Aloe and Blemish Buster, my daughter's favorites so she sells a lot of them.
Today I'm hoping to make a new fall soap, Spiced Cider. I should have made it sooner. I was thinking September was the beginning of fall but we sold several Pumpkin Spice at the market.

 Fall must be in the air.

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Growing up my dad was in land development. Summers for him were really busy. As a family we never had an extended summer vacation. Instead we always went on our family vacation between Christmas and New Years. That doesn't mean we never got away during the summer. If my dad could swing it we would get away for a quick get away. He would call my mom from the office and say, 'pack the motor home.' My mom got to the point she told us to just put old clothes in the motor home so we would be ready when dad got the urge to go. 
Memory quilt of my family at Bear Lake
This last weekend I followed in my dad's footsteps. My daughter will be a senior in high school this year and school started yesterday. As one last who ha before summer ended and my daughter grows up completely I decided we would leave after selling soap at the farmer's market. 
We headed south to visit my parents. Luckily we were able to get tickets to Tuacahn Ampitheater.
 Where we enjoyed Newsies.
We also did a little last minute school shopping and swimming in my parents pool. So glad we could follow my dad's example and get away. Sorry it meant I missed Moving it Forward. I promise to have the link up next week and feature a little progress with these pretty fabrics new from Sherri and her daughter Chelsea, for Moda.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Zippy Mini Pouch

The other day I caught my DD looking at thread wallets. It so happens that earlier in the day I had seen these cute little zipper pouches on Instagram. They were so similar I thought we could save some money, she could get what she wanted, and I could have a little scrappy play. I let her go through my bits bin. She picked out some pretty pinks and grays. I sewed them up into this little zipper pouch.  
It holds her drivers license, student card, and a little cash. Plus has a little tab she can hook her keys through. She is thrilled.

I had so much fun making it. So when I found a cute little unicorn in my scrap bag I knew he needed to be part of a little zipper pouch. I added a few other scraps. and this cute little thing came to be.

Two under my belt and a laundry basket full of scraps the fun has just begun. What will I come up with next? Who knows but it's going to be fun.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pineapple Solution

 I got a little carried away cutting 1 1/2" strips when I made this project. Those extra strips have been sitting in a project box waiting for inspiration. Well, inspiration finally hit while shopping at Costco with my DD. How you ask? She asked if we could get a pineapple. For some reason it struck a chord with me and I thought, those scrappy strips would make a beautiful pineapple quilt.
I have made a pineapple quilt before so I had this cool ruler. It is the Possibilities Pineapple ruler. I found the book that goes with it but was unable to find the ruler. No worries Crazy Mom Quilts has a no ruler, no paper piece tutorial here. Just in case you get bit by the pineapple bug. It is contagious you know.
 These blocks take a bit of time. But they are so pretty.
 After taming the jungle my garden has become on Saturday I was able to squeeze in a little scrappy play. I now have four pineapple blocks.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Moving It Forward

Last weeks scrappy stars now have sashing and have moved on to the flimsy stage. I've used up the last of my bolt of batting. How does that happen? So for the moment this project is taking a little break.
Now it's your turn. What are you moving forward? Can't wait to see. Link up and share.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Like the Shoemaker's Elves

Do you remember the story of the Shoemaker's Elves? The shoemaker would set out the supplies for a new pair of shoes and go to bed. In the morning to his surprise a new pair of shoes would be there. Like this lucky shoemaker I have some pretty special elves. Let me tell you about them. A few months ago I received a bunch of tops from the shop that got me started in this wonderful quilting business.
 After seeing my post about these tops my neighbor across the street called me to say she thought she had fabric that would work as backing for several of them. So I walked across the street with my pile of quilts and was able to find several backs. Then at our next Quilting Hug Sew in Ruth told me that our mutual friend, Vivian had gifted her a roll of polyester batting to quilt our hugs with. Did I have any ready to go. I gave her this top and the gifted back.
She took it and did a beautiful job quilting it. While Ruth was busy quilting away I got a binding ready. So Sherri could bind it. And the next thing I know I have a completed quilt. So thankful for all my elves.