Thursday, May 24, 2018

Red, Black, and Low Volume!!!!

So if you have been around here for a bit, you know I tend to make a few Red, Black, and White quilts each year ;)  I make them for my Alma Mater, SUU, and they are raffled, or auctioned off to raise money for scholarships.   Well, its time to start another SUU quilt, but this time, instead of plain white, I am using Low Volume prints, and I am so excited!!!!  I really am on a bit of a Low Volume kick at the moment and I am just loving it :)  Plus, it really is using up some serious scraps and that is just double bonus!!!

I spent the other day doing some serious chain stitching!!!   I just love this classic color combination, seriously so glad that my Alma Mater has such awesome colors :)   I was blown away to find that I had enough red/white and black or grey/white low volume prints in my scraps/stash for all the backgrounds.  I really think it is just going to be so fun fun when it all comes together :)

And because this quilt is being made using one of Fat Quarter Shop's soon to be released Shortcut Quilt patterns, you know it is coming together super fast!!!  This was the second day of chain stitching and pressing and all my blocks are now done and this is ready to be sewn into a quilt top!!!   So fun ;) 

And I best be off now.  School ended yesterday and the kids are all up and ready for their summer to start!!  

Happy Quilting!!!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!

It's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day so let's have some fun :)

But first, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!  
The winner of the Vintage Holiday Layer Cake from Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .   Number #117 . . .   Congrats Nancy!!!   I have emailed you :)      


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Happy Quilting!!!  Yup, little ole me today ;)  No need to tell you about any specials here, so let's get right to the giveaway ;)  One lucky winner will be receiving their choice of 3 Happy Quilting PDF Patterns.    

You have two entry chances, the second being optional, and please leave a separate comment for each.  All Entries are welcome, including International Entries.  Please just be sure to leave an email address if you are a no-reply blogger ;)  

ENTRY 1 - Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite Pre-Cut  (Hard to choose, but I think mine would be Layer Cakes ;)  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Happy Quilting love. You can follow Happy Quilting on BloglovinEmail Updates, or RSS to get daily updates.  Or you can like Happy Quilting on InstagramFacebookPinterestTwitter or Flickr  Any one way will do . . . Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Happy Quilting Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, May 29th, when I will announce a winner at the beginning of next weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Post :)

Good Luck and Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Traveling Trunk Show Times

Last week was so much fun with traveling to two local quilt guilds and sharing a trunk show of my quilts!!!  Last Saturday morning I got to spend time with the Dixie Quilt Guild in St. George, Utah and these ladies were just amazing!!!  They had so many wonderful questions and it was just great to be there.   And don't they meet in the coolest place!!!   This is the old Electric Theater in downtown St. George and it is is just so neat ;) 

And because the boys and dad were on a camp out, the girls came with me to the Trunk Show ;)  This was the first time I tried taking them along and I am happy to report they stayed nice and quiet just off stage and colored while I presented :)  Maybe it had something to do with the bribe of going out to lunch afterwards, either way, it worked out fantastic!!!

And then on Wednesday, we headed north to the Bryce Canyon quilt guild.  They meet at beautiful Ruby's Inn just outside of Bryce Canyon and even though they are a smaller group of ladies that come from all around the area, they are just amazing!!!    I was thrilled to spend the evening with them and even more excited when it came time for Show and Tell and one gal that was in my class in February shared her finished Moroccan Lullaby quilt top!!!  Isn't it just gorgeous!!!!

Because it was the evening, we spent the night and then the next day hiked in beautiful Bryce Canyon!!!  What a treat :)    And you notice I keep saying we, that's because Jacob came along with me!!!!   This is the first time he has been able to come to one of my Trunk Shows and it was so great to have him along, he even helped and held the quilts!!! 

And then, of course, there is always the unpacking part.   I will admit, I put this off until Saturday.   It never ceases to amaze me how long it takes to get them all put back nice and neat where they belong.  But at least I have learned from experience and now take pictures of the stacks of quilts, so I can refer back to them and know right where each one goes ;)   Ya, I am a neat freak, what ya gonna do ;)

It was such a wonderful time getting to share my quilts with these two guilds.  I know I say it all the time, but there is just so much joy in being able to share my love and quilting.  And these trunk shows are such a wonderful way to get to answer so many quilting questions, whether it is about inspiration, or technique, or color or quilting choices, it is always fun!!!

I hope you all had a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!  Now that things are all put back together in my sewing room, it's time for me to get stitching :)  See ya tomorrow!!!
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Scrappy 4th!!!

You might recall my Scrappy 4th strip sewing session from back here, well today, I am excited to share the finished quilt!!!!   I am just thrilled how a few scraps came together to make such a fun quilt, perfect for sitting out on the grass and watching fireworks on the 4th!!!

I debated for a bit on how to finish this quilt up.  I thought about star blocks for a bit, but in the end, decided to keep it simple with the strips concept ;)  And the great thing is, the pieces I added were  scraps as well, so this really is an all Scrappy 4th quilt!!!  I had a large scrap of Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater left over from some secret sewing that matched the Sweetwater Freedom prints just perfectly.    And then I remembered I had a bit of Chambray left over from my William and Jack quilt  and thought it would give the quilt that perfect denim touch ;)

And it all came together so perfectly!!!  It really is just a happy and scrappy quilt that was a super fun and fast one to make ;)  I think I had the quilt top made in two days, and then it just sat in the "to be quilted" pile for a little bit, waiting to make it to the top :)

When it came time to quilt it, I decided to have some fun doing different designs in each of the different strip sections of the quilt.   And of course, you have to add in some stars and stripes!!!!  So wavy stripes in the Chambray and Firework Stars in the tone on tone, and finally, Ribbon Candy and Figure 8's alternating in the print rows.    It really was so much fun to quilt and I just love how it turned out!!!

And talk about some fun texture!!!  And I wasn't through using scrappy bits either :)  I used every last strip of Freedom that I had in the binding and then added some scrappy solid red strips as well.  I had some fun playing with the placement of the print and solid strips.   I have a tutorial here of how I do custom bindings ;)    It really was that perfect little finish to give the quilt that last bit of pop!!!

And that is my Scrappy 4th Quilt ;)  Now just to wait another month of so to enjoy the fireworks!!  Oh, and if you like this quilt and have never made a "jelly roll race quilt" like the center of this one, I explained some of the technique here, and have a similar quilt tutorial right here ;)   They really are so much fun to make!!!

Thanks for popping in today and sharing this finish with me!!!!   

I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!  I know I will love surfing around to see all of the Spring Quilt Market pictures :)  So excited!!!!

Linking this finish up to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's ;) 
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Jessi's New WIP

My daughter, Jessica, finished her last patchwork quilt that she was working on over here, and is jsut waiting to get it on the long arm.  So, of course, it was time for her to start a new project!!  (Like Mother, Like Daughter :)   She is planning to make the Easy Stack, Cut, and Sew Blocks using this tutorial by Cluck, Cluck Sew.  And I let her choose a layer cake and of course, she choose my long saved (hoarded) Paradisio Layer Cake by Kate Spain.   Ya, we totally have the same tastes in fabric :)  Good thing this girl is loving quilting, cause it makes it easier to share my favorite fabrics with her, tee hee hee.   

I am loving this design, because it is really teaching Jessi how to use her rulers for measuring!!!  She has pretty much made basic patchwork quilts, which I have helped her cut in the past.  But this tutorial and it's fun improv nature, really lets Jessi play with measurements and change them up.  Rather than just having her place the ruler down and cut, I ask her how much she wants to cut off (1 1/2", 2", 2 3/4" ect. ) and then have her find the measurement and line up the ruler accordingly.  So fantastic!!!!  I helped her with the first 2 sets of blocks, and I was so excited to go downstairs this morning and see her working on her next set all on her own!!!

And she has 3 sets done and is feeling pretty confident that she can independently sew on these!!  And she keeps telling me how much fun these blocks are which of course, makes me just smile from ear to ear!!!   I am headed to Bryce Canyon for a Trunk Show today and she told me she is going to sew while I am gone because in her words "I've got this mom!!!!"   I can't wait to see what kind of progress she makes while I am gone!!! 

School is out next week and this girl let me know this morning that she has some serious plans for sewing together all summer.  I can't wait!!!
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