Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bella Skillbuilder Month 7 – Half Square and Quarter Square Triangles


I'm quite a bit late this month with my Bella Skill builder blocks.
I have a legit excuse...
I was in Iceland!
More on that in another post...
Since our return, I have been slowly catching up and finally found time to write my blog post.
This month is all about half square and quarter square triangles.


Let me just say that I found these pattern instructions to be very helpful
and my block turned out so much more accurate than my HST's usually do :)


Awesome things about this project are the videos that go along with it by the Fat Quarter Shop.





I love these color combos and just look how it's coming together.
It's so big that I couldn't get a picture of the entire layout from the front.


I'm hoping to find a bit more sewing time this month so I can get September's blocks ready to go.
Gosh by the time I add those...this will be nearly done!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Spent Some Time in Utah


 I spent 4 days in Utah near the end of June.
It was a Riley Blake / Lori Holt retreat for shop owners at the Quilter's Lodge in Draper.


I am always looking for ways to bring unique and cute fabric to my etsy shop.
This was a perfect opportunity to learn and expand my business.


Part of the retreat we learned applique for the new Quilt Along
on Lori blog for her Bee Happy quilt.
Of Course, I fell in love with the quilt months ago when the fabric was released for shop owners.
I have bundles, precuts and yardage in my etsy shop - it's even 25% off until Wednesday July 19 at midnight CST! Everything in my shop is on sale :)


Riley Blake provided us little kits for our blocks so that we could get right to making
- that was awesome.
Lori will be sharing her way of organizing to make this quilt and I'm telling you....
you will want to try her method!


 Here are a few close ups of the blocks that I really really love.
Think of the possibilities?
If you don't want to make the whole quilt.
Frame one, mini quilt, potholder and on and on...


I'm smitten.


 The Super Star pillow which Lori showed us that the retreat, uses her Bee Happy simple shapes too.
Again, a wonderful way for Lori to show you how the templates can be used for other projects, not just the Bee Happy Quilt.


And again... I really wanted this pillow for the 4th of July so I started it at the retreat.


You can see my mess - I mean my sewing station :)
Unfortunately, my Super star pillow is just a quilt top...
but I'm pretty sure I will have it finished for the next 4th of July.
It was a totally cool retreat where I made some new friends, hung with old friends and reconnected with one too.
Way more than I could've asked for.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Wild Goose Chase Quilt

The fat quarter shop has another Classic Vintage pattern release this month.
It's called Wild Goose Chase.


I knew I wanted to try at least one block because
I have never made this particular pattern before.

The pattern suggests using the Triangles on a Roll for the flying geese.
Which are sale at the Fat Quarter Shop this week with the code Triangle15

As you know, I have just recently tried the Flying Geese ruler which was a great success and now this technique.
Hmm both work so well that it's hard to say which is better.
Both are accurate, each have positives and negatives.


The Fat Quarter Shop has a video of how to make the block:



I mixed a Robert Kaufman cat fabric and Yuwa 30's collection candy flower.
The block is about 17" finished.
I want to make an entire quilt with this block so it will go on my to - do list :)


Saturday, July 01, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Block 6 - Courthouse steps

Bella Skill Builder Block 6
Courthouse Steps


Using the creative grids 6" log cabin trim tool made assembling these blocks easy.


Not to mention very accurate.


I continued with my planned color choices with these blocks
and I have to say it's turning out better and better each month.


Here are Blocks 1-6 so far.


There are some spaces for the next 3 installments....
It's a little wild looking even for me :)
See you next month.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Jelly Roll Railway Quilt along....


The Fat Quarter Shop has created another awesome pattern
that can be done with a Jelly Roll or scrap strips. 
Jelly Roll Railway


The kit can be found HERE

I decided to raid my 2.5" strip stash to make this quilt.
I could have easily used a Jelly roll but I wanted to use my colorful stash.



I paired those happy colors with a bunch of low volume light background prints that I have been collecting. I think there are at least 48 prints in the quilt.


Now I have to choose a border.
I'm tempted to use the royal blue or the lilac with the flowers and bees...