Friday, July 3, 2015

Red White and Blue Weekend!!!

Tomorrow is the 4th of July and I am so looking forward to Food, Family, and  Fireworks!!!  This is always a fun time to get together and celebrate!!!   And I am going to be doing a little 4th of July inspired sewing as well this weekend.

Red, White, and Blue scraps (and a touch of gold) that will be turned into Scrappy Strips for Log Cabin blocks!!!  Time to start slashing and sewing ;)

Happy 4th of July to all my Quilty Friends here in the USA!!!

And a Happy Quilting Weekend to you All!!!  
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Panguitch Quilt Walk!!

June 11th to the 13th was the annual Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival and I had so, so, so much fun!!!!  I spent most of my time there in this fabulous classroom.   The Festival is held in the local high school which makes for lots and lots of class space, and I just love that!!!  Everyone set up and got to sewing!!!

My first class on Thursday was the End of the Rainbow class, which is the cover quilt on my Irish Chain Quilts book ;)   This class was so much fun!!!  We were slashing up scraps and crazy patch piecing and having an all around great time!!!  And everyone made some fantastic progress.  Here are a few finished blocks from the class.

Then that evening, I taught my Daisy Chain class, one of the quilts from the Appliqued Chains section of Irish Chain Quilts.   Several people in class were doing applique for their first time and it was so excited to see their eyes light eye when they finished their blocks.   One gal said, "seriously, it's that easy!!!"   And I said, absolutely it is and oh so much fun!!!  Didn't their blocks just come out darling!!

Then on Friday morning I taught my final class which was Back to Basics ;)   This is such a fantastic class for teaching the basics of HST's and Flying Geese!!!  Everyone really enjoyed it and I just loved seeing all the different fabric choices of everyone.  So cute!!!

Then Friday night I had off and went to visit the kids who were camping near by.   Saturday morning I was so excited to be shown this fantastic finish!!  One of the gals in my End of the Rainbow class had finished her quilt top!!!!   Isn't it just stunning!!!   I love all of the different tone on tone prints she used in the background.  Just fabulous!!!

 And then, Saturday afternoon I got to do an Irish Chain Quilts Trunk Show!!!  I will admit, I was a little nervous before I started.  They had me up on the high school stage and the room was packed!!!  But, like always, as soon as I started talking quilts, all the butterflies flew away and it was oh so much fun!!!

I started off by sharing a little Single, Double, and Triple Irish Chain action including the Double that my mother made me that was the inspiration behind the book.   And from there we led right into the quilts from the book.

 It was so much fun to be able to walk through each of the quilts in the book and share my inspiration behind them, or how I made them, or fun ways I quilted them.  

Each quilt just seemed to have it's own little story that needed to be shared.  I just love that about quilting.   You don't realize it, until you stop and think about it, but each quilt I make is special in it's own way for one reason or another.

And, I have to admit, nothing makes you feel better than when someone opens your quilt and a whole room does the Ohhs and Ahhs.   Yup, I was floating on Cloud 9.

And before you knew it, I was to the last quilt in the book.   It went by so fast but it was just so much fun!!!

And afterwards, I let everyone come up and check out the quilts while I signed books.   I have to say, I loved every second of it and I can't wait to do another trunk show!!  So, So, So much fun!!!

Thank you so much to the ladies of the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival for having me!!!!  It truly was amazing!!!  I know I say it every time, But I just love to teach!!!!!   I always come away from it just feeling so full of love for quilting and quilters!!!   They really are the nicest people in the whole wide world!!!  

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!

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

First, we need to announce the winner from last weeks Terrific Tuesday Giveaway!!   The winner of The Evening Mist Layer Cake  from The Rustic Rooster Quilt Shop  is . . .   Number #62 . . . Congrats Barbara McD !!   I have emailed you :) 


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Ollie and Evie.  Rhonda has an adorable Etsy shop packed with wonderful pre-cuts and beautiful yardage!!!  And she has a great special on Shipping right now.   Free Shipping for purchases over $50.00 with the code 50SHIPS!!!   

And the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is for a fabulous Holly's Tree Farm Layer Cake!!!!  Oh my, I just love this line by Sweetwater.  And you know, only 179 days until Christmas is here. Time to get Holiday Christmas in July sewing!!!  

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 that tells me if you plan on doing any Christmas Sewing in July and if so, what you are planning on making.  

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Olie and Evie love.   You can follow them on  Facebook, at their blog, or Favorite their Shop, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Olie and Evie Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 7th 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, June 29, 2015

Check . . . What's Next

You know that feeling when you get to cross a huge "To Do" off your list . . .well, I am so floating around with that feeling this morning ;)    This weekend I finished another one of those Super Secret Projects that I have been working on like crazy for the last 2 weeks.  Of course, I can't show much now, but I can show that I used fabrics from these 3 new Moda lines coming out this fall.   Prairie by Corey Yoder, Tucker Prairie by One Canoe Two, and Meadowbloom by April Rosenthal!!!  These three lines are all so fabulous and can I just say how excited I am with how fantastically they came together in the project.  So fun!!!  

And don't you know it, the second I crossed that secret project off my list . . . I was itching to start another.   And I am so super excited to start this project!!!!   I picked up a Pie Making Day  Fat Quarter Bundle by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics at Market and I have been just so impatiently waiting to cut into it.  So it couldn't wait a second longer.   Aren't those colors and prints just so fabulous!!!   Can't wait to start stitching these up.

So what are you planning on working on this week???

I hope it is something that makes you Happy Quilting!!!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

A few weeks ago I was asked by the wonderful folks at Fat Quarter Shop if I wanted to make one of their new Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt that uses Kate Spain's new Christmas line Jingle.   I knew right away that I wanted to make this up for Barbara  (my wonderful MIL and Binding Fairy ;)  Kate Spain is one of her absolute favorite designers and she loves all things Christmas, perfect fit!!!

The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt was so much fun to make!!!  With the stip piecing it went together really fast even with all the angles you are playing with.  I tweaked my design just slightly, as I liked the squares jutting in just a bit ;)  I just love the way it turned out, what a great design!!!  The pattern for the Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt can be found right here ;)

And as always, Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop has made putting it together even easier with a fabulous Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt video tutorial that walks you through each and every step of the way ;)

When it came time to quilt mine, I decided to pass the baton.   Barbar does amazing feathers, and since this was going to be under her tree, I thought she might like to quilt it up with her beautiful features.  So we mapped out a plan and Barbara quilted it up.   Didn't she do a fantastic job!!!!  This so makes me want to practice my feathers more so I can do this!!!   Barbara used a fabulous red and green variegated thread called Fantastico Christmas Chance.  What a perfect match!!!

And that is my Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt Finish!!!!  I am so excited for Barbara to have this under her tree this year ;)  Working on this made me want to dig my Christmas Tree out from the closet and start decorating in June ;)

Fat Quarter Shop has Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt Kits and Baking Sets available if you want to make your own using the same fabrics.  It really is so much fun to make!!!

Only 181 days until Christmas, I can't wait!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Weekend and who knows, maybe you can start some Christmas Sewing too :)

Linking Up this Tree Skirt Finish to Sarah's and Amanda's :)

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