Monday, August 31, 2015

Classic Vintage Hope Blooms Log Cabin Quilt

Once again the awesome Fat Quarter Shop has created a pattern
and video to showcase a newer quilting notion.
If you didn't know, Creative Grids produces
a wide variety of rulers for every quilting need.
The newest in the Classic Vintage series
highlights the 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool by Creative Grids.


The pattern can be done without this ruler.
However, I was curious about it.
Thoughtfully, I asked the question, why would a company create a useless ruler?
There must be something about it that makes it special.
When I read the pattern and looked at the pictures,
 I was like "meh", no big difference than any other ruler.
I followed along.
Ignore that the picture shows the curvy log cabin trim tool....
I opened the wrong ruler at first - hey I was excited for a new toy!

I cut pieces for one block...
a trial block if you will -
out of Modern Country by Mary Elizabeth Kinch, 
Hello Darling and Atusko Matsuyama 30's collection.
The free pattern can be found on Fat Quarter Shop here.

I highly recommend that you watch the video - really- no really I do.

Once I started trimming the block with the ruler, I quickly figured out how cool it is.
You square up each round before you add another.
It's perfect.

I mean perfect.
I was stunned.
After watching me sew and trim for a while, my 8 year old said, that is so cool. 
Then she went to ask me to make her a whole quilt like this.
love them.

My block turned out perfect. 
The ruler was worth every penny (yes, I bought it, wasn't given to me).
It was simple to use... and right now, simple is best for me. 
Nothing frustrates me more than a tool too complicated to use!

So if you are wanting to make a simple quilt accurately, 
I highly recommend the Log Cabin Trim Tool.

Thank you for reading my little blog,

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Winner Winter Wonderland giveaway

Winner of the Winter wonderland giveaway - a fat eighth of Ella Blue basics is

Thank you for all the great comments. 
I really appreciated that you took time to comment.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Winter Wonderland Sew Along Block #5 and a giveaway

I am super excited to be a part of the Winter Wonderland Sew Along.
The Winter Wonderland Sew Along is the Sleigh Bell Sampler. 
 Each week you make two of these adorable blocks!!!
If you have just discovered this sew along, the book can be purchased at the Fat Quarter Shop
Sherri asked me to participate while we chatted at quilt market this spring. 
I thought...I will have plenty of time to make a block or project.
Um, I think you know where this is going....
My Block is #5 the Wreath.
I gathered my fabrics including Ella Blue's basics 
red tone on tone stripe, green cross hatch 
and Lecien basic white with aqua dots.

Cutting was simple...small pieces for sure with some 1" x 1"!

I adore how my block turned out.
Sherri is sharing the block construction on her blog here.

A few commented that my block was constructed incorrectly.

I frogged it at 7 am and re-stitched it. 
While I was stitching the block I had a ton of trouble with my sewing machine. 
I was frustrated. 
I guess I wasn't paying attention to my block placement.

The improved block looks great!

I would like to turn this into a potholder for the holidays.
I thought for sure I would have had time yesterday to quilt it and bind it.
That didn't happen.
I was unpacking fabric bolts and cutting a bunch of bundles.

To help you get started or continue your sew along, 
I'm giving away a fat eighth bundle of the new Ella Blue basics - 37 prints!

Just leave a comment on this post. 
I will draw on August 17,2015.
thanks for reading ;)
p.s. I have 30% off Back to School sale in my etsy shop!