Friday, June 22, 2018

Snowballs Short Cut Quilt!!!

I am super excited today to share another Short Cut Quilt finish!!!  You all now how much I love to make the Short Cut Quilts so when Fat Quarter Shop asked if I wanted to make their latest Short Cut quilt called Fat Quarter Snowballs, it was an absolute yes!!!    And how fun is this quilt!!!

Snowballs goes together super fast and I actually up-sized the pattern a to make it even faster and Layer Cake friendly ;)  You can find the free pattern right here  and as you can see, it calls for Fat Quarters that are cut into 6" squares.  But like I said,  I went ahead and used Layer Cake squares making my quilt finish at 66 1/2" x 76", so it's a great large lap size quilt.  And I also used 2 background solids, instead of just 1 and alternated them on corners of the blocks and nixed the border.  I know, I'm always changing things, tee hee hee :)

 And you all know that I love to make quilts for my Alma Mater, SUU, and Homecoming is coming up so it was time to make a new Red, White, and Black quilt.   But I was super excited to use Low Volume instead of solid white!!!  I am on a low volume kick as of lately, and I had tons of extra Layer Cake pieces in my scrap box from lots of different projects that worked perfect for this.   I just love how the low volumes pop against those beautiful red and black solids.  So fun!!!

When it came time to quilt it, I opted for a combination of 2 favorites, swirls and paisleys!!! And I did them more on a medium size scale and just love the awesome texture it gives the quilt :)   And I just love seeing all of those wonderful curves on the quilting on all of the straight lines in the piecing, it's just so fun!!!

And this quilt was all scrap busting, even down to the binding that was leftover from a previous quilts backing, and the backing which is made from all black and white pieces leftover from 4 other backings.   Gotta love using up some of those bigger scraps ;)  And I just have to say, these little Happy Quilting labels just make me smile every time I put them in a quilt, and especially in a quilt that I know will be given away.   Why did I wait so long to start labeling my quilts :)

And that is my Snowballs quilt!!!   And I just have to say again how much I love, love, love those low volumes!!!   And did you notice how the black and red solids come together in the background to look like little thread spools.  Double Bonus!!!     Thanks Fat Quarter Shop for another great Short Cut Quilt!!!   And be sure to pop on over to the Jolly Jabber for lots more Snowball quilts, a you tube video, and of course, lots of quilty inspiration!!!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!  I am thrilled that no one has to be taken anywhere for the next 2 days and I am just going to sew and sew all weekend ;)
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dessert Sampler - Block 1

Don't you just love how a good little quilting session can brighten your day!!  It has been "a week", so yesterday afternoon, I decided I needed a little something to cheer myself up.  So I pushed aside all of the "deadline" projects, and ignored the dirty dishes and laundry, and just sewed for fun!!  And since I just choose Moda's new Dessert Sampler for my new Long Term, No Deadline, All Fun Project, it was the perfect thing to work on!!!   And I finished Block 1 ;)   And boy oh boy, does it bring a smile to my face!!!!

And as soon as I was done stitching it together, I immediately wanted to start working on another block!!!  But I decided, I wanted to do a little organizing first.  I don't want to let myself sit and cut out all the blocks, as that will take out the "one block at a time" feel that I am going for with this project.  But I did go through my Layer Cakes and slice them all in half and then sort them in 6 color ways so I can follow the 6 color ways layout in the Dessert Sampler pattern.

And I also saw that in the beginning of the Dessert Sampler pattern there is a list of strips to cut for the Background Fabric to make that go faster as well ;)   So I cut all of those strips.  And now with my Cupcake 1 and 2 Mix arriving, I am super set for Dessert Sampler block goodness!!!

In Fact, I even had a little time to cut out Block 2!!!  It's all set to sew :)   And I am super excite to see all of these happy reds and corals come together.  So pretty!!!

 Don't you love how everything just seems to fall away when you are Happy Quilting!!  I know I sure do ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

180 More Doodle Quilting Designs!!!

I am so super excited to share the newest book in the Doddle Quilting.   You might recall back here when I shared a similar post on 180 Doodle Quilting Designs well, this is it's Sister Volume, 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs and it is jam packed with amazing Free Motion Quilting Designs to help you discover even more quilting goodness!!!

This book is set up just like the last book and has a wonderful "How To Use This Book" guide that will walk you through Tracing, Doodling, and Quilting all of the fun designs found in the pages of 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs .  And I had to squeal a little bit when I found that one of my free motion designs, Loopy Daisies, was the sample they used for the instruction page.  How fun is that!!!!   I love loops for learning Free Motion Quilting, they just flow and are great for beginning, and then throw in a flower here and there and super cuteness :) 

Each design in the book is shown in three layouts.  A square, a triangle, and a rectangle.  This really allows you to see how the design will look in different parts of your quilt, whether you are using it in a block, a border, or a setting triangle.   And of course, a lot of the designs work for an all over or edge to edge design as well ;)   This is my Wild West design, and again, it has you practicing those fun loops but add a star instead of a flower.   This one has you practicing loops and straight lines, which will add to your free motion quilting toolbox as well!!  

And there is one other design I have in the book, and it is one of my all time favorites for borders!!!  The Wavy Peel!!!  It is just a slight change on a double arch, but the wave adds so much fun ;)  And isn't it great to see how it actually looks in a quilt.   This was my Sun, Sea, and Sand quilt and the Wavy Peel was the perfect border design for this beach inspired quilt ;) 

Those are my three designs that can be found in 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs but there are so, so, many more amazing Free Motion Quilting Designs found in the pages of this awesome book.  You will find a bevy of designs from 15 different designers in all styles and skill levels.   And all you have to do to practice is trace, doodle, and quilt!!!   

I was absolutely thrilled to be a part of the original 180 Doodle Quilting Designs and am equally excited to be a part of the second volume 180 More Doodle Quilting Designs!!!   What an honor indeed.   Both of these books are just amazing resources for free motion quilting resources and something you will want to have in your quilting library!!! 

 And it wouldn't be a book reveal, without a giveaway!!!  For your chance to win a copy of  180 More Doodle Quilting Designs pop on over to Martingale and cross your fingers that you get lucky!!!  Your going to love this book!!!

Thanks for stopping in today and each day ;)

I hope you all have a very Happy (Free Motion) Quilting Day!!!!
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Tuesday, June 19, 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 2 Grand Canal Charm Packs from The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co.  is . . .   Number #25 . Congrats KaHolly!!!   I have emailed you :)      


And on to today's

Today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway is being sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.   Fat Quarter Shop is amazing and they never cease to amaze me with everything they have going on at their shop!!!     And did you know they have a 24 Hour Flash Sale every day with 2 Flash Sales on Tuesdays!!  You will find some amazing deals there ;)

24 Hour Flash Sales at the Fat Quarter Shop!

And for today's Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a charming Seaside Rolie Polie  by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake Designs to one lucky winner!!! This is just perfect for summer and I absolutely adore Tasha's cute prints!!

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 your favorite "Sea Animal" ;)

 ENTRY 2 - Show your Fat Quarter Shop love.   You can follow them on   FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYou Tube or at their Blog.  You can Sign up for their Newsletter which will ensure you catch all of their amazing sales, or you can visit The Shop and then share a favorite item ;)   Just be sure to leave a comment of how you showed your Fat Quarter Shop Love!!!

And that's it ;)  The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, June 26th, 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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Friday, June 15, 2018

Fat Quarter Favorites!!!

It's funny how the timing of things work out ;)  I am still reeling from excitement of finishing my Splendid Sampler quilt yesterday that had waited for a year to be finished, and now today, I get to share 3 quilts that I have been keeping a secret for over year!!!   So exciting to finally get to share these finishes!!!

So early last year I was asked if I wanted to contribute to a Fat-Quarter Favorites book.  These would be quilts that are made strictly with Fat Quarters!!!   And you all know how much I love Fat Quarters, I was all over this!!!   I submitted a few designs and was thrilled a few weeks later to hear that not 1, but all 3 designs I submitted were accepted for the book!!!   And I got stitching :)

The first quilt is Double Dutch and was inspired by the idea of turning pinwheels into dutch windmills, hence the name ;)   I used Fat Quarters from Lella Botique's Farmer's Daugther line for Moda and love the way it allowed me to add a 4 color scheme in the quilt while still having a great variety of prints.   And don't you just love those 4 colors together.  And all you need to make it is 16 Fat Quarters and some background!!! 

My second quilt in the book is How They Shine.  And you all know how much I love Star Quilts!!!   And I love the secondary design that is created in this quilt by changing out the background and print layout.   It is a super fun one to make and I used Corey Yoder's Flower Mill line for Moda that really makes each block pop.  And all you need to make it is 20 Fat Quarters and some background!!!

And last, but not least, my third quilt in the book is called Red Cross.   And I just love this design and it's wonderful geometric interlocking puzzle.   And it was so super fun to piece together!!!  And picking out all of the fabrics, just as fun ;)    I used a whole variety of shades of red all from different fabric designers for Moda.   I love the way all the different shades play together, and then you use the last of the fat quarter scraps for a wonderful scrappy sashing that gives that finishes off the interlocking design and creates some fun secondary designs.     It's just so fun!!!   And again, all you need is 16 Fat Quarters and some background!!!

And those are my three quilts in Fat Quarter Favorites!!!   I will be back next week with individual posts on each of these three quilts to share more of the details in the design, piecing, and quilting ;)  But for now, I am just thrilled to finally get to share these quilts!!!  

And this book is filled with so many more amazing designs that are all made with our favorite stashed Fat Quarters!!!   If you are like me and have stacks of Bundles and Individual Fat Quarters, you need Fat Quarter Favorites in your quilting library ;)    And if you are lucky, you can pop on over to Martingale and enter in a chance to win your own e-copy!!!    And even if you don't win, you can still pop over to see lots more of all the great quilts in Fat-Quarter Favorites!!!    

Good Luck and I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!  

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Splendid Sampler Finish!!!

A Year to Make, A Year to Wait and finally, my Splendid Sampler is Done!!!!  And I couldn't be more thrilled!!!!

So ya, if you have been following along with my blog for a while, you know that pretty much every Saturday of 2016 was spent working on my Splendid Sampler blocks.   And then in early 2017 I shared over here the book release  and how I was so close to having my quilt top done.   And I am happy to say, I finished the quilt top and the backing in May of 2017.  And then somehow there was a Year Long Wait!!!   

Honestly, I don't know why it sat for so long.   I knew I wanted to spend some time on it to really do some custom quilting in lots of colors, and there always just seemed to be a deadline that needed to be met.    But lucky for me, I managed to create a deadline for this quilt, because nothing gets me to a finish like a deadline.   So what is that "deadline" you ask . . . .Well it's the Splendid Sampler 2!!!!   Yup, it's back again with 80 new designers and 100 new blocks ;)  So exciting!!!!   And I told myself what better way to celebrate the launch of the Splendid Sampler 2, then with the finish of my original Splendid Sampler!!!!

I can not even begin to say how much fun I had making the blocks for this quilt.   I delighted each week in picking out fun fabrics from my scrap bin in colors of the rainbow.   I loved trying new techniques, and mostly, doing a lot of tiny piecing.   And mostly, I loved getting to be a part of such a huge group of quilters working on this!!!  It truly was a world wide project that made it just so amazing!!!

And like I said, I knew I wanted to do some equally amazing quilting ;)   So with lots of changing of threads, I quilted swirls in the background in white, echoed arches in the chain in black, and then I stitched in the ditch on the pieced blocks and did a simple scalloped outline on the applique blocks with a variegated thread of each 6 basic colors.   The stitching in the ditch took a while and I am still not great at it, but I just love how it makes all of the tiny piecing just pop!!!  So worth the time :)

And just fYI, that purple heart block above, ya, that's my block that I designed for the Splendid Sampler.  It's called Lots of Love, and it was so fun to make ;)    And all that love in the quilting made for lots of cool texture as well.   How fun does it look on the back of the quilt!!!  I love the swirls and arch combo, so neat!!! 

And since I am sure that little sneak peak of the back has got you wondering, here is a full shot of the back :)    It's a Grunge Rainbow!!!  Eeekkk, you all know how I am all googly eyes over Grunge  ;)   I used up all of the leftover yardage of Grunge fabrics that I had from other projects to piece this giant back and I just love it!!!

And I have to say, I am just so happy with the layout I choose to highlight these blocks ;)  You all know how much I love Irish Chain Quilts, so the idea to put these in an Irish Chain Setting just made me smile from ear to ear.  And it turned out even better than I had seen it in my head!!!

And since I was asked over a year ago to share how I did this layout . . .here is a quick mini tutorial :)

For a King Size measuring 98" x 98" you will need: 
                                                   72 Splendid Sampler Blocks  -  (Or any 6" finished blocks)
                                                   72 Black and White 9 Patch Blocks -
                                                         -Make from 360 Black 2 1/2" squares & 288 White 2 1/2" squares
                                                   312 White  2 1/2" x 6 1/2"  Sashing Strips
                                                  169 Black 2 1/2" squares for Cornerstones

For a Queen Size measuring 90" x 90"you will need:                     
                                                   60 Splendid Sampler Blocks  -  (Or any 6" finished blocks)
                                                   61 Black and White 9 Patch Blocks -
                                                         -Make from 305 Black 2 1/2" squares & 244 White 2 1/2" squares
                                                   264 White  2 1/2" x 6 1/2"  Sashing Strips
                                                  144 Black 2 1/2" squares for Cornerstones

To make your 9 Patches, simply layout 5 Black Squares and 4 White squares as shown.  I used scrappy squares in all kinds of prints, but you can use solids if you prefer (in which case I would strip piece these ;)  Sew the squares into 3 rows of 3 blocks each and press the seam allowances towards the black squares.  This will allow you to nest the seams when you now sew the three rows together.   And just rinse and repeat to make your designated number of 9 patch blocks!   (I used these as my Leaders and Enders for quite a while ;) 

Then you will have a stack of 6" pieced blocks and a stack of Black and White 9 patch blocks that will look a little like this ;)   Now just lay out the blocks according to the diagram above.   And if you want to change your color layout, that is fine, just be sure to alternate pieced blocks and 9 patch blocks ;)

Once you have a layout you like, you can piece your rows together adding a Sashing strip between each block.   So for example, this is the first Block Row in the King Size quilt.   Simply sew all of the blocks and strips in a row and then press the seam allowances towards the Sashing strips.  Repeat for all the Block Rows in your quilt ;)

Then you need to make some Sashing Rows.   Simply sew a Black Cornerstone to a Sashing Strip and repeat for the designated number of pieces in your layout.   (King will have 12 Sashing Strips and 13 Cornerstones and Queen will have 11 Sashing Strips and 12 Cornerstones) Press the seam allowance towards the Sashing Strips.  Which Yes, means you are pressing to the light, but this will allow you to nest your seams ;)

Now all you have to do is sew your rows together ;)  I like to sew a Sashing Row to each of my Block Rows first (and two to the last row) and then I will Sew the Sashed Rows together ;)  Just be sure to follow your layout!!   And before you know it, you will have a super fun Splendid Sampler Irish Chain!!!  

And that is my Splendid Sampler Finish!!!!  And I am just so super, duper excited that it is now all finished!!!   This was truly a project that had a whole Lot of of Love put into it and I am so grateful to all of the wonderful friends that I made along the way.   And if you missed participating in this Splendid Sampler, I would highly recommend popping over to the Splendid Sampler site and checking out the Quilt Along for the Splendid Sampler 2.  It's going to be so much fun!!!   

That's all for today ;)  I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!! 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Teaching Time - Panguitch Quilt Walk!!!

 I just love getting to teach at the Panguitch Quilt Walk!!!  The classes are always so much fun and just filled with the nicest people!!   I love that I get to see friends that I have met and had in classes over the 7 years I have been teaching there.   And of course, there are always new faces and friends to be made and it is just such a happy atmosphere.   We truly are happy quilting!!!

The first class I taught was on Friday morning and it was my  Corckscrew Pattern :) This is always a fun class to teach!!!   I just love watching these blocks come together and it is always fun to see what fabrics and colors everyone chooses to use.   The rainbow goodness in this class is just enough to keep you smiling for hours after ;)   So fantastic!!

And here is a closer look at each of their blocks. Everyone did such a great job in class.   They sewed and laughed and sewed some more and had such beautiful finishes.   And see that middle picture on the top row, she hand dyed her fabrics!!!  So gorgeous, I totally want to take a class to learn to do that!!!    And the first picture in the second row, ya,she was such a trooper.  She accidentally left a few pieces of her blue fabric at home so she couldn't finish her block, but she did partial seams to put as much of it together as she could.  So fun!!!  This was a fantastic class and I was so grateful to share the morning with these amazing ladies :)

And then after a wonderful lunch provided by the gals at the Quilt Walk and a fantastic Trunk Show by Jina Barney, it was time for my next class.   And I was super excited to be teaching one of my newer patterns, the Playful Posies Pattern.     I am always a little nervous the first time I teach a class because although I check my patterns over and over, if a mistake happens to slip through, it is normally a class where it is pointed out to me.   But yippee, not an error could be found, and everyone did such a great job!!!   And it's always fun when the blocks are different sizes depending on the size quilt they are making.   Isn't it so fun to see them all together in all their size and fabric and layout variations ;)

And I was so excited to see all of the different fabrics that everyone choose for the blocks!!!  It never ceases to amaze me how much it changes things up just to change the fabric that is being used.  From Batiks, to 30's, to Brights, and even a 4th of July block.   Everyone had such great finishes!!! 

And last but not least, I know I have mentioned it before, but I love, love, love when students from past years bring back their quilts and share their finishes with me :)   It is just so neat to see what started as a block in class, all finished and quilted :)   And this year, I had one student that brought back two quilts she had made from my classes in the previous two years.    This is her gorgeous Petal Pop quilt that she made with April Rosenthal's Sweet Marion fabric.   Isn't it just so pretty in those beautiful bold colors!!!   And she did her own quilting as well,  just so pretty!!!   

 (FYI,  all these patterns are available in my Craftsy Shop or in my Etsy Shop  if you see one you want to make :)

And she also brought back her finished End of the Rainbow Quilt from my Irish Chain Quilts book.    I just love how happy and bright her beautiful rainbow is!!!  And aren't her background low volume's just so fun!!   She really played up that background and it just looks amazing!!  Such a beautiful finish and I am so glad I got to see it all done ;)

And what a wonderful weekend this retreat was!!!   I know I say it every time, but I truly just love being able to teach!!!  It is so wonderful to get to share my love for this amazing industry and the wonderful way it allows each of us to create in our own way ;)   I can't wait for next year!!!

And if you are in the Utah Area, the Utah Quilt Guild is holding Quilt Fest 2018 in September and I am super excited to be teaching three classes there!!!   Maybe I will see you in one of them ;)  

I hope you all have a very Happy Quilting Day!!!
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