Friday, September 12, 2014

I love Quilting because....




September is National Sewing Month and the
 Fat Quarter Shop has teamed up with bloggers to bring you a glimpse 
into why we love quilting and sewing.
I love quilting because it relieves my stress.
I love to cut fabric, smooth fabric, 
look at fabric, search for a perfect fabric,
piece fabrics, hand quilt, machine quilt, bind...
and on and on.
In doing all those things, I find stress relief from my job,
my family responsibilities and life in general.
I think we all need a creative outlet and 
way to slow down from the normal hustle and bustle of life.


If this is your first visit here, here is a little about me ala the Fat Quarter Shop.

When did I start quilting:
While I was in dental school I was an avid crocheter. I made dishcloths, miniature and life size afghans and toys like a mad woman. After about 6 months my hands started to show signs of carpel tunnel and I couldn't crochet anymore. That was devastating to me. One day while checking out the craft department at Walmart, I stumbled onto the book Little Quilts All Through the House. I had some experience with sewing since I was 8 so I decided to make the log cabin. I had a rotary cutter and mat but no rulers so I free hand cut the strips. It's the wonkiest quilt I own but it hooked me on quilting.
When did I know I was a quilter?
Gosh, well I think I knew I was a quilter when I joined the guild in Rochester, MN back in 2002.
Once I moved to Ohio I joined the quilt guild here.
Have I ever had a quilting injury?
I cut the end of my finger with the rotary cutter. Again it was before I had any quilting rulers to help me cut. There were no instructions or classes available at that time. My nearest quilt shop was 1 1/2 hours away and no online shopping existed in 1996!
My advice to a new quilter-
Don't be afraid of using the colors you love. The ones you love might change and that's okay too. Take a few classes at the LQS or online and practice, practice, practice...
I still 'practice' my quilting.
On top of the get to know me questions, 
the fat quarter shop challenged us to make a project out of
our comfort zone.
I contemplated that thought.
I began sewing at age 8. 
I have sewed garments, pieced quilts, quilted quilts,
 crocheted, knitted, embroidered by hand and machine,
made crewel, tatted, and countless other crafts.
I couldn't think of a project out of my comfort zone until I remembered the
Hour Glass mini post card pattern.

I like to make small projects but they can be challenging.


While I was making this little hourglass quilt, I discovered that 
my Quilt in A Day ruler that had been collecting dust for 10 years was 
the most invaluable tool I owned!


I combined the pattern with 1930's reproduction fabrics from my stash and added 
a low volume 30's background to help the hourglasses pop.




Each hour glass finished to 2" and my challenge was trimming!
Even after years and years of sewing I still found a bit of 
a challenge in quilting.
I learned to use a specialty ruler.
The next project on my list is the Sew Together Bag, now there's a challenge!

If you would like to create a heart like the rainbow banner heart, 
the fat quarter shop has a free pattern HERE!



p.s. my etsy shop is running a 25% off sale to celebrate National Sewing Month!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Jelly Roll Jam 2 with the Fat Quarter Shop


Yep you read correctly, 
the Fat Quarter Shop has created another jelly roll pattern.


This pattern is super easy to sew with a precut jelly roll
from Moda.
It's just strips.
I think it would be a great beginner quilt project.
On top of that, this pattern makes 2 quilts from 1 jelly roll.
If it's 2 for 1, sign me up!


I chose to make my quilt with Lexington by Minnick and Simpson.
I will be honest...
it was all the light prints in the line, 
or low volume, inside voices as some call them.
I'm a HUGE fan of the low volume trend.
As you can see, when I was picking my fabric, a paw happened to get in my way!


He stayed until I was about half way through 
and started putting blocks on my design wall.
Then he got after my design wall!
That turkey.


Anyhow, this is my first quilt top. 
It took about 2 1/2 hours to sew.
I was going slow due to cat issues and watching Netflix.
You probably sew it faster if you tried.



There is a video that shows the basics of the pattern.
I am loving how the Fat Quarter Shop puts up so many YouTube videos.


My top finished at 36 1/2" x 38 1/2".
 I have enough strips to make another small quilt
with just blue and tan prints.
Hmm, now that I look at my top...
I'm thinking...
maybe applique on the "low volume" areas...
hmm.... maybe blue stars.
Would you applique on it?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sweet Scandinavian Sew Along

I'm not sure if you have heard but Sherri from This and That is hosting a sew along.



The Sweet Scandi Sew Along actually.

Sherri has already blogged about the fabric that you need and how to make one set of blocks.

Last week, Sherri of a Quilting Life demo'd the next set of large main blocks.





Holly Jolly is the book we are using.
Today, I am happy to show you the corner star blocks.




Following the cutting instructions provided,
you will need to make 16 flying geese.
I like to sew multiple units like these in a chain.
It seems to save thread and time. 
Then I press all the units and pin and sew again and so forth.




One tool I found quite useful for the flying geese was the Flying Geese Bloc-Loc ruler.
I used it to trim any excess fabric 'wings'.




Next you add solid corner squares to 8 of your flying geese. 
Be sure to position your red fabric in the correct direction for 4 of the units 
and the reverse for the other 4 as shown or 
your star will not turn out correctly.
(ask me how I know this!)




Next you should make the half square triangle units for the center of the block.
Then attach the other flying geese units to the sides
and start assembling the block.




There are very detailed instructions in Sherri's book.
I had absolutely no trouble making the units.




Now that the corner units are finished.
I am sending them off to Sherri where she will
piece the quilt together and auction it off
for the Susan G. Koman Foundation.
All procedes will go towards breast cancer research.





If you missed any parts of the sew along you can find the first ones here:

and the rest are yet to come! 
Lissa of Modalissa
and Kimberly Jolly of Jolly Jabber

I sincerely hope you join in.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Fat Quarter Fizz Quilt

Fat quarter fizz quilt designed by the Fat Quarter Shop is a super amazing easy quilt!


I have always wanted a Halloween quilt. 
Halloween is my favorite holiday.
So I picked a bundle of  Eerie by Basic Grey and started sewing.


I had a fun time choosing the placement of the fabrics and balancing the lights and darks.


Fat Quarter Shop has created a video how to that shows
 how to cut the fat quarters, color placement and quilt sample ideas.
The free pattern can be found here!



 When I began this quilt, I thought I would have plenty of time to quilt and bind it.
Turns out life doesn't always turn out as you plan.
I have it quilted (I'd like to add more!) 
Binding fabric is chosen but
I have some unpacking to do first.


To say life is complicated....is an understatement (;

Monday, August 04, 2014

Nail Polish Quilt



I have been sewing kind of a bunch lately. 
Basically, my personal life is in complete turmoil
(all I am going to say right now, more in another post),
Interestingly, the more turmoil, the more sewing I have been doing.
Hey, it's my therapy.
Anyhow, the fat quarter shop sent this really simple pattern for me to try.
Well with a 7 year old AND a 13 year old...it was an immediate hit before I even started!!

In case you want to make one, the pattern is available for free from the Fat Quarter Shop.



Due to the aforementioned 'stuff' in my life, my girls are getting
new bedrooms and new color paint!
Yippee....decorating (:


Grace chose a violet color from Sherwin Williams
Silver Peony.
I used that as my inspiration for my first nail polish quilt.
I think it will be awesome on her new wall.


Now you might be asking how long it took to make it? 
Well cutting the pieces took longer than sewing.
Total for the top was about an hour. 
There is even a video on the steps to piece it.



It's only 13" x 18" or so.
The quilting took my about 2 hours (.machine binding included.).
I chose a light grey that appears metallic....as nail polish can appear at different angles.

Now I have to make one for the 7 year old...
that will be on hold for awhile here.
Just wondering, would you make a nail polish quilt? 

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Pre Vacation Sale on my Etsy site

25 % off all items
 in my etsy shop including new Moda precuts and Cotton and Steel.
Sale is now through August 6 at midnight eastern time. Does not apply to previous purchases.
My shop will be on vacation from August 6 to August 15.






Hope you can find some deals today!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fun Size Quilts Winner

Sorry to be a day late. I honestly forgot last night. 


The winner of the e-book Fun Size Quilts is:

Gill Watson and she answered:

I love hand stitching the binding on quilts ! 

Gill I will be sending you an email today and forwarding your information to Martingale.
thanks for all your wonderful answers to my question, I loved reading them this morning.