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...

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