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...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Block 5 - Half Square Triangles

Bella Skill Builder Block 5
Half Square Triangles

Sorry for the dark picture this time. The true colors show up in the group photo.
I used the recommended triangles on a roll to make these blocks.
It was very easy to follow and made trimming a breeze.

The Fat Quarter Shop has a tutorial for this block on You-tube.

Adding the Avocado Bella solid is going to really spice up this quilt :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend..... what are your plans?

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that lately I have been digging into ALL of my UFO's.
I have lists and lists. It's embarrassing enough that I won't tell you the grand total.

I've cataloged all kits, unfinished projects,
quilt tops that need quilting (Flimsy's),
Quilts that need binding and
items I am donating.
I was determined NOT to start another project until I got a handle on the UFO's.
Well that lasted about a week.
I did bind 2 quilts on my list BEFORE I started this new little mini...
but I really should stay focused on my UFO's for a little while longer.

While I was sorting scraps (part of this whole organizing thing) I noticed a fabric that I had with all 50 states on it.
Inspiration struck.
I decided to make another Temecula quilt Welcome Spring mini in red, white and blue.
This is the third welcome spring mini that I have made.
I did one in spring colors and one in Halloween/fall inspired colors last year.
They are small, quick,use only scraps and are totally addicting.
I EVEN hand quilted it!
I love to decorate for the season.
I always have and so with Memorial Day and soon after Fourth of July...
well why not look for some more holiday d├ęcor?

Target Dollar spot for the win...
love this wooden flag with all 50 states that I picked up just the other day.

So here's my patriotic mini again. I chose states with specific meaning.
Where we have lived and all close relatives.
This little project was just what I needed to stay on track on my organizing and UFO's.
I'm heading in to do some more sorting this weekend.
What are your memorial day plans?
I hope it involves a little making.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's Day Sale!

As a thank you to all Mother's
my entire etsy shop Spun Sugar Quilts

is 30% off ( no coupon required )

until May 14th at Midnight CST.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Block 4 - Flying Geese

Bella Skill builder Block 4!
Flying Geese

Flying Geese....
super simple with the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler.
I have literally had the Flying Geese Ruler for over 10 years....
never used it once until I made these blocks...
Now after making these, I can not figure out why I waited so long.
I love that ruler because the geese turned out perfect.
The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video tutorial on how to use the Flying Geese ruler here:

Blocks 1-4 all together. It's going to look amazing when it's done.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Jelly Roll Check Quilt Along - A Short Cut Quilt

I love Jelly Rolls.
I am so excited for today's quilt, Jelly Roll Check which is part of the Fat Quarter Shop's Shortcut Quilt Series!
I chose Alpine by Erin Michael from my stash.

This quilt is a fun and fresh design, and you are going to love making it!
All you need is two Jelly Rolls (which are on sale at the Fat Quarter Shop today!) a background fabric and an accent fabric!
The best ruler to use is the Creative Grids 6.5" Square because the non slip keeps the ruler in place when you make your cuts as I have shown here >>

Here is the Short Cut Video available on You-Tube where you can see how it's done >>

This is a super easy to assemble quilt....strips, cuts and sew rows of squares.
My kind of awesome!

Did I mention that there is a Jelly Roll Sale?

Now I NEED to either get this quilted OR do it myself.
I have plans for this one.
You can check out some other color options for this quilt by some of my quilty friends:

Cheryl from Quilter Chic
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Tina from Emily Ann's Kloset
Tricia from Notes of Sincerity

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Bella Skill Builder Block 3 - The Pineapple

Yes it's the first of the month and
I'm ready to show you my Bella Skill builder blocks for April,
the Pineapple blocks!

The Fat Quarter Shop has created a video to demonstrate how easy this block can be.

I used the Creative Grids Pineapple ruler for my blocks.
Here is just one of the steps in the block.

You line up the 45 degree angle and cut off the excess.
I'll admit, it creates a lot of scraps and trimmings but the result is awesome.

Blocks 1,2 and 3 all together.
I'm loving it. I can't wait for next month's flying geese.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spellbound Quilt Along

I have been participating in quite a few quilt alongs lately.
The honest truth is that I find if I am quilting along,
I'm FAR more likely to finish the quilt top.
Now I haven't been very good about getting the tops quilted.
When I was in Ohio I had a fantastic machine quilter that was only a 20 minute drive from my house.
I haven't found a quilter here yet.
I am sure there are many... I
just haven't made time to meet any or take any quilts to them.
I NEED to soon as I am drowning in quilt tops.

This Spellbound quilt pattern is from It's Sew Emma.
2 jelly rolls and a few yards of fabric and voila...
a quilt top.
I chose Sugar Pie by Lella Boutique and Compositions by Basic Grey.

The pattern is straight forward and
using the Creative Grids 90 degree double strip ruler really makes it EASY.
I sewed this in between other projects.
I guess you could say it was my leaders and enders quilt.

It's a big quilt.
I started to lay it out on my foyer floor.
You can see how well that went....

My helpers were not going to have all that fabric laying around.
It was too much fun for them to drive into the blocks.
I finally brought my design wall upstairs and assembled it.
By the time I was ready to take pictures the sun went down :(

You can still see the secondary pattern created by careful fabric and block placement.
Now I must confess....
I thought I had purchased the coordinating yardage for this quilt...
somehow I didn't buy it with my last Fat Quarter Shop order.
First I called 5 quilt shops within driving distance.
One of them had a few bolts of Composition but it was 35 minute drive.
I decided to search my stash and I chose a melon colored fabric from the Sweet fabric line from about 2007-8?

I also found that Ella Blue Basic Grey fine lines coordinated pretty well.
I decided that if I am holding on to all this stash that I might as well start using it.
How about you? Have you been using your stash?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Scrappy Planner Sew Along Week 6 : Fat Quarter Flirt in Busy Backgrounds

Welcome to the Scrappy Project Planner sew along Week 6!
It's Fat Quarter Flirt Week.
I'm sewing along with Lori Holt and The Fat Quarter Shop.

Do you have a scrappy planner?
Have you been following along with each week showcasing the projects from the planner?
I have had my planner since October.
I have started all 6 quilts - lol seriously.
I've only finished one top ... this one :)

This week's quilt is the Fat Quarter Flirt.
When I traveled to Utah last October for a quilt retreat with Lori,
she showed us her version of the Fat Quarter Flirt in "busy backgrounds".
I immediately wanted to make it.
Unfortunately my busy backgrounds were in Minnesota.
Well fast forward to this month....
I grabbed a bunch of my 'busy backgrounds'...

you know that prints that are too colorful for a project or too light for another....
or just too busy in terms of the print itself? Those are busy backgrounds.

Can you see with the prints that I have chosen how they are light?
Yet there is quite a bit of color too...
I wasn't too sure how these would end up looking in a quilt
but I decided to mash them all together anyway for a surprise result.

I meticulously cut my blocks.

And these are the left over scraps from the fat quarters.

They multiplied like bunnies in this project.

Here's my token cat picture.
Actually she rarely left my side while I made this quilt.
I think it might end up being her favorite.

It's a rather large quilt overall and I had a tough time getting the whole top in one picture.

I love the busy background version and I can't wait to get it quilted ASAP.
If you'd like to see other versions of the Fat Quarter Flirt check out the Jolly Jabber.