Friday, November 17, 2017

Merriment and a Winner

Do you remember these cute little blocks I was making for my newest Christmas quilt? Well they are all sewn together, have borders added and Tuesday I basted my quilt. I spent the next couple of days quilting it. I always think I can do that faster than I can. I quilted holly leaves and ribbons through it. In addition to getting this quilted I was hoping to get it bound and some more scraps cut for another quilt. Yes I always have such high hopes for productivity.
 I did get it bound after two days of quilting. Yes I am a poky machine quilter. But I can get that binding on in no time.
 Now my little Christmas quilt is all done. A week before Thanksgiving, so happy about that. Now we will be able to enjoy it this holiday.
I like the alternate pattern the blocks create. I think it looks like a jumble of Christmas packages. I'm calling this little Christmas throw Merriment. You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Now as promised I need to pick a winner for last weeks giveaway. Thank you everyone for your great response. The random number generator picked #22. So Loris you are our lucky winner. So happy for you! If you will send me your snail mail address I'll get your magazine out to you.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Moving it Forward

This cute little stack of ready to sew pieces was made quick work by my Accuquilt Go.
First I dove into my giant bin of unsorted scraps. I had a large chunk of lovely lavender so I was looking for fabrics that would go with it. So my guidelines as I sorted was any light blue, yellow, peach, pink and purple that was at least 3 1/2' x 6 1/2" big. I ended up with quite a pile.
Next I pressed those pieces and using my rail fence die from my 12" block cube I cut about 200 rectangles. Next I found the center of one of those solid rectangles and cut through it at a 45* angle. I used this piece for my template and cut the rest of rectangles. Now one bin is ready for the Quilty Hug sew in. Can you guess which quilt from last Wednesday's post it will be?
I also pulled scraps for another quilt. I borrowed my neighbor's 5" square die while she borrowed my 2 1/2" strip die. It's nice that we both have Go's and can share dies. I'll share my other scrap quilt plans once I get the rest of my pieces cut. For now please link up and share what you are moving forward.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nine Patch Stretch

You may recall back in April I showed a few of these blocks. Well after what seemed like forever, I am finally able to show you what they became.
String blocks, nine patches and a log cabin variation combined to make this fun scrap quilt.
Oh, how I love scraps and when they come together into a quilt my heart just sings.
Do you have an overflowing scrap bin? Are you looking for another project? Well you can find the pattern to this one in the newest Easy Quilts magazine. 
I have an extra for one lucky reader. Leave a comment for a chance to win. Oh and one more thing. Did you know? Craftsy is having a sale on their classes.  So if there is something you've been wanting to learn now is a great time. I've enjoyed my weaving and knitting classes through them. It's great I can go back and watch the class again and again. So if I forget what I learned I have it at my finger tips and it's never lost.
Wanna take a class

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Going on a Treasure Hunt

We had our Quilty Hug sew in yesterday. We have a couple of flimsy, that I will show when they are complete. Getting to the flimsy stage means I have a few project boxes in need of filling so we will be ready for the next sew in. So I went on a treasure hunt yesterday afternoon. The treasure I seek?  Scrap friendly quilt to turn into more Quilty hugs. 

Fist I found this one on pinterest. When I followed the link I couldn't find the exact quilt but like it.
Then I found this one.  Don't think we will be doing the cute applique but the scrappy weave will still make a cute quilt.
We have lots of strips and while we just finished a scrappy log cabin quilt. I think these quarter log cabins are very cute. 
I also liked this one. I think we have enough charms that we could easily get this on under way. 
Now to make my final choices and get those project boxes filled. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Painted Gardern

My hubby has said, 'I don't know what your favorite color is but I know you like bright colors.' He is spot on. Bright bold colors speak to me. I  my opinion you can never have enough color. So when I saw Crystal Manning's Painted Garden for Moda I feel in love. 
 I took a layer cake and cut it into strips to mix and match.
 So far I have these little raised flower beds, each with pretty rows of colorful flora.
Now it's your turn. What fabrics have you fallen in love with this week? What project has you tip toeing through tulips? Link up and share. We'd love to look at what you are growing.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rhythm & Blues

I am pretty eclectic when it comes to my music choice. There are very few genres that I don't like. When my friends come to sew they comment on it. They can't believe the variety that plays while we sew. Everything from Broadway show stoppers to Country. Throw in a little R&B, jazz, big band, and indie, well you get the idea. I like music. 

I'm also the mother of three 20 something boys. One of which is a drummer in a blues band. So when I saw the new batik line Yuki by Debbie Maddy for Moda I instantly had knew I had to do something with it.
I played around with the majestic mountain block,one of my favorites to play with. After setting it running diagonal through my quilt. I added a chain block with varying sizes of squares and my Rhythm & Blues quilt was born. 
I think my little drummer boy will like it.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Sampling

All my chaining stitching has paid off. I now have this lovely little pile of blocks for my next Christmas quilt. Have I told you how much I love this new line. It's so cheery. Perfect for a little holiday cheer.
 In addition to making cheerful Christmas blocks I've been getting ready for our upcoming holiday boutique. I've made Evergreen soap scented with juniper, cedar, and fir.
 I had to make another batch of lavender/sage. I think the swirl turned out nice.
 This one I'm calling Artic blast. It is scented with peppermint, cinnamon, clove, and lemongrass. It smells cool and fresh.
 In addition to my full size bars I've been busy making mini bars for our samplers. We do these in two sizes. A full sampler is your choice of six bars and come in a nice gift box. You can see it on the side bar.
Our mini sampler is your choice of three mini bars and comes in this cute little stack. 
Both make great gifts, party favors, or stocking stuffers.  You can find our all natural soaps in our Etsy Shop.